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EU Moves to Curb Ocean Plastic

The European Parliament on Wednesday agreed on new measures to tackle marine litter coming from single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.The Single-Use Plastics Directive, proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament this week, places a ban on selected single-use products made of plastic for which alternatives exist on the market, such as cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, sticks for balloons, as well as cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene

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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

The European Commission said on Monday it had authorized French subsidies to four offshore wind farm projects which are aimed at testing a new way of producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt

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Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

told Reuters.The verdict is expected in three to four weeks.The issue arises out of a conviction for illegal fishing of an EU fishing vessel, the Senator, in the waters off the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago.Norway, which is not a member of the EU, argued successfully in a lower court that the European Commission does not have the right to issue fishing licences off Svalbard, over which Norway has sovereignty via a 1920 treaty.The ship's owner, Latvian fisherman Peteris Pildegovics, is appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court and seeks to assert a right to fish for snow crab off Svalbard."


Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast

TenneT."We will now have the first link between the Netherlands and Denmark, adding to existing connections with Norway and Britain."TenneT and Danish counterpart have invested 621 million euros ($705 million) in the project, supported by a 86 million euro subsidy from the European Commission as part of efforts to build a European electricity network.The link will run from Endrup in Denmark to Eemshaven in the Netherlands when completed.Rapid growth in renewable energy generation including wind and solar has increased the need for better interconnections between countries, prompting

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European Commission Okays French Backing of Tidal Energy Test Site

The European Commission has found a French project promoting electricity generation from tidal energy to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will contribute to the EU's energy and climate goals without unduly distorting market competition, the Commission said.The Normandie Hydro plant is a demonstration plant for producing electricity from tidal energy. It will be developed by OpenHydro and operated by EDF EN and will be located at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsula, on the English Channel. The demonstration plant will comprise seven turbines with a power generation capacity

French Tidal Energy Project Clears another Hurdle

advances that will be reimbursed if the technology is successful."The Commission found that the project promotes market penetration of a novel renewable energy technology and that the level of aid is proportionate and will not lead to overcompensation, in line with the guidelines," the European Commission said.(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

emerging solutions for operating aquaculture in more exposed environments. Meanwhile, conference presentations scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 include ‘Copernicus: Satellites and Services for Marine Environment Monitoring and Maritime Safety’ (13.45-14.05) with Fabienne Jacq, European Commission; ‘Inside Mission Control – Challenges of Over-the-Horizon Autonomy’ (15.35-15.50), presented by James Cowles, Commercial Technical Sales Manager, ASV Global; and ‘Considerations for Dynamic Subsea Laser Scanning’ (11.20-11.45) with Gordon Beattie, Survey Innovation

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All Eyes on Ireland

mapping transects across the ocean in collaboration with European, Canadian and U.S. scientists, and the Institute is leading a consortium of European Research partners, the Atlantic Ocean Coordination and Support Action, to support the implementation of the Galway Statement on behalf of the European Commission.   “It can be seen that Ireland has invested heavily in building research and innovation capacity in ocean observation and other areas in order to underpin a dynamic and growing blue economy both nationally and internationally,” commented O’Connor. “This is complement

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New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages (Hydrodynamics, Electrical Sub-systems

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New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

, pilot RPAS service operations in support of Member States focusing on marine pollution detection and monitoring and emissions monitoring. However, this technology has a multipurpose character and could in an emergency be used for other purposes, if necessary or requested by Member States, the European Commission and other EU agencies.   Martek Marine has been awarded one of several framework contracts launched by EMSA which deals with “Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) services in the maritime environment”. The contract won by Martek is specifically for ship engine emission

FORESEA Backs 10 Offshore Renewable Energy Developers

Pytheas Technology QED Naval Seacurrent Zyba To mark the awards, the FORESEA program will host a Drinks Reception at 17:30 today at the Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference & Exhibition, with addresses from Neil Kermode, Managing Director, EMEC and Maud Skäringer, European Commission.    “This FORESEA award is an important part of the financial package which will help us to fully capitalize on our installation at EMEC, leverage further investment, and progress towards the marketplace, said Patrik Moller, CEO of CorPower Ocean – a wave energy technology

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