Intermodal Transportation News

Oceanex Joins Fleet of Trained Whale Watchers

The intermodal transportation firm Oceanex has swelled the ranks of sailors volunteering as whale observers for the Réseau d’observation de mammifères marine (ROMM). The crews of the Oceanex Sanderling, the Oceanex Connaigra and the Oceanex Avalon will be given special training to qualify them to gather whale observation data during their voyages. Véronique Nolet, a biologist and Green Marine program manager, will conduct the onboard training starting tomorrow.   "Oceanex is proud to participate in ROMM’s data collection as a way to concretely help in whale

NOAA Seeks Applicants for Hydrographic Panel

; The panel advises NOAA on operations and research issues related to hydrographic surveying, nautical charts, tides and currents, geodetic and geospatial measurements, and coastal resilience. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation; port administration; marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries; cartography and geographic information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response; or other science-related fields

Science lets us know more about the oceans.  In the past I think we looked at this as an infinite resource, but science has told us it is not. The oceans are finite. A year after the Japanese tsunami we were seeing marine debris wash up on U.S. and Canadian shorelines; it’s not that big of a world.  Dr. Holly Bamford

Insights: NOAA's Dr. Holly A. Bamford

an annual basis carrying tens of million metric tons of cargo.  Businesses need to get their product from point A to point  B, safely and on time. A product which is going to come off the boat, onto a rail, onto a truck, into WalMart in Iowa.  All of this is very dependent on the intermodal transportation.  There’s decisions being made every day on how to get a ship into port, safely and at the right time, taking into consideration wind, wave, water level and currents conditions. NOAA has a system that provides – every six minutes – real time oceanographic and atmospheric

Training to Prevent Marine Accidents & Deaths

flag state and the classification society, too. The introduction of STCW and its many amendments is just one piece of the puzzle. Likewise, training alone will not prevent accidents from happening. And, until that reality is embraced by the full chain of personnel involved with today’s intermodal transportation chain, the inevitable accident will remain the rule, rather than the exception.   (As published in the June 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -

Senator Patty Murray (WA)

Senators Murray, Cantwell Introduce American Port Legislation

doubling the amount of funds available to American ports each year. These investments support American jobs and help the economy thrive. The legislation would also set aside portions of the user fee to support critical low-use ports and to create a competitive grant program to improve the U.S. intermodal transportation system, which helps goods reach their intended destinations quickly and efficiently. The Maritime Goods Movement Act has already received strong support from large and small ports in Washington state, including the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Grays Harbor, Everett, Longview, and Vancouver

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