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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda.Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to a motion filed by a range of conservation and business groups and coastal cities opposed to the adminstration's efforts to expand U.S. offshore drilling.The Justice Department had sought a delay in the court proceedings arguing that it did not have the resources it needed to

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Ørsted Collaborates with US Fishing Coalition on Offshore Wind

opportunity for commercial fishermen to provide direct input to the wind energy industry on matters of significant interest to their businesses,” according to the statement issued in Boston by the RODA, originally organized by scallop fishermen and others to protect their interests as the federal government leases large offshore tracts to build wind turbines.Under this partnership, both industries will remain autonomous but provide a platform to move towards workable solutions. While non-binding in nature, it is RODA and Ørsted’s hope that discussions will prove beneficial to all

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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast.Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national environmental policy, according the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, against U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service.The U.S. fisheries service in November gave initial permission to five companies to conduct

MTS 2018 Technology Innovation Breakfast Series

The MTS Technology Innovation Breakfast series provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. These member-exclusive networking breakfasts bring together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series finished in November with an event that focused on maritime cyber security. This breakfast was the inaugural event for the newly

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how MTS and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The future of maritime cyber security is an important topic for government, industry and academia. In the inaugural event for the MTS Maritime Cyber Security & Infrastructure Committee (MTS Cyber), the Technology Innovation Breakfast

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Arctic Oil Expansion Panned by Scientists

would create an oil and gas exploration program on the refuge's coastal plain, letting prospectors build any roads and other infrastructure they deemed necessary inside the refuge to carry out their operations. Half of the available drilling royalties would go to the state of Alaska and half to the federal government. The program's administrator would be required to hold at least two lease sales within 10 years after the bill became law.   The scientists said drilling on the coastal plain would be particularly harmful because it contains a "unique compression" of habitats supporting animals

Tech for Breakfast: The Future of ASVs

2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast: The Future of Autonomous Surface Vehicles   The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The next event will be held on October 31, in Pentagon City, Arlington, Va., from 7-9 a.m. and will feature a robust

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NOAA Names Werner Director of Scientific Programs

 He assumed his new role on June 12, 2017.   Prior to being named Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, he served as the Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). Cisco brings extensive experience leading scientific efforts in the federal government and previously in academia as Director and Professor of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) Department of Marine Sciences. While at UNC-CH, Dr. Werner was the George & Alice

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Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

system in the region.   OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine, and T&T operate the skimming system as well as an array of small crafts, and other specialized response equipment. OSROCO, Cabras and T&T employees are trained and certified in accordance with the U.S. Federal Government’s oil spill response and safety standards. Additionally, the companies’ comprehensive spill response program focuses on safe and compliant on-water operations for prevention, containment and protection of oil and fuel spills.    The LSC 4C Side Collector is permanently

Engaging Future Leaders for Ocean Technology

support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency and the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation plays a vital role in the success of the OT sector: “Considering the increase in provincial collaboration and partnerships, the recent infusion of $40m by the federal government in the Ocean Frontier Partnership at MUN, the development of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, and more; the OT sector continues to thrive and offers boundless opportunity to NL’s youth and future aspiring entrepreneurs.&rdquo

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US Blue Tech Companies to Watch in 2017

PortCall Sunburst Sensors WearWare Inc.   The U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative is a collaboration between The Maritime Alliance (TMA) and the International Trade Administration (ITA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. A team of more than 50 people in U.S. federal government agencies stationed around the world and the nonprofit industry association are collaborating on this first-ever initiative.   TMA Executive Director Greg Murphy said, “The 17 companies that were selected to join the first cohort of the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative

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