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The Benefits of Sustainable Marine Lumber

waters to have a double hull. In 2010, an explosion of the oil drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, would surpass the volume of oil spilled by the Valdez, releasing over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 87 days, affecting some 16,000 miles of coastline in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.For any marine-based operation, including marinas, these and other ecological crises led to increased regulation and expected due diligence relating to operations, as well as marina site planning, design and construction. In addition to operations and management

Larger-than-average GoM ‘Dead Zone’ Expected

them to help inform overall nutrient reduction targets across the watershed.This is the third year NOAA is producing its own forecast, using a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models jointly developed by the agency and its partners – teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University, and Dalhousie University and the USGS, who provided the loading data for the models. The NOAA forecast integrates the results of these multiple models into a separate average forecast

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US Gives $88 Mln Relief to Gulf Fishing Communities

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $88 million in fishery disaster funding to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, where a catastrophic regional fishery disaster occurred due to extreme freshwater flooding in 2019 associated with the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.“The Department of Commerce stands with our U.S. fishing communities, especially in times of hardship,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These funds will help industries and individuals recover from this disaster, and build resilience for the future.”Funds can

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Oceaneering's ROS Wraps Remote Work Campaign on Offshore Rig

in a new era for remote survey and positioning services,” Echols said. “Advancements in these areas have enabled operators to rethink the way they conduct work.”Oceaneering's ROS surveys are supported by its Remote Control Monitoring Stations in Houston, Texas, and Lafayette, Louisiana.Oceaneering has explained that its ROS can be used to execute exploration work, floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel hookup, plugging and abandonment, development, re-latch, and re-spud activities

Ms. Aria Mason & Governor Bel Edwards watch as her initials are welded in a plate that will be affixed to the keel of R/V GILBERT R. MASON. (Photo courtesy of USM)

R/V Gilbert R. Mason Keel Laying

On March 3, 2020 a keel laying ceremony was held at the Municipal Auditorium in Houma, LA for the 3rd Regional Class Research Vessel, R/V GILBERT R. MASON. The R/V MASON will be operated by the Gulf - Caribbean Oceanographic Consortium led by the University of Southern Mississippi and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Many of Dr. Gilbert Mason’s family members, as well as a number of dignitaries from both Mississippi and Louisiana, attended the event. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards attended and was one of the speakers. Dr. Mason’s granddaughter, Aria

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Aker Solutions Bags 20-Year Deal with Chevron in Gulf of Mexico

the first order for the Anchor project in the US Gulf of Mexico, the scope includes about 24 kilometers (15 miles) of 20,000 psi dynamic steel tube- and power umbilicals and distribution equipment.The first ultra-high pressure development is located approximately 225 kilometers (140 miles) offshore Louisiana at a water depth of 1,524 meters (5,000 feet). Chevron sanctioned the $5.7 billion Anchor project in December 2019, targeting first oil production in 2024.The field is believed to hold more than 440 million barrels of potentially recoverable oil-equivalent resources.In a statement on Monday, regarding

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Protecting Ports from Sea Level Rise

in the Netherlands at 1,200 ft wide as a single sector gate comprised of two rotating floating sector leaves.  St. Petersburg has a similar floating sector gate 650 ft wide.  New Bedford also has a sector gate 150 ft wide, but the gate leaves are on wheels.  The Bubba Dove floodgate in Louisiana uses a floating barge gate 250 ft wide and is reported to have been one one-third the cost of a sector gate.  A similar floating barge gate has been proposed for the Galveston navigation gate, 787 ft wide.  Some of the existing navigation gates in exposed waters are around 40% wider that

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GoM: Total Begins Two Deepwater Projects

Total S.A announced the final investment decision (FID) to develop the Anchor oil field located in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM), off the coast of Louisiana.Additionally, front-end engineering and design (FEED) has begun for the North Platte discovery in the deepwater GoM.Total holds a working interest of 37.14% in Anchor, alongside operator Chevron (62.86%).The Anchor field will be developed with seven subsea wells connected to a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) with a capacity of 75,000 barrels of crude oil and 28 million cubic feet of gas per day. First oil is expected in

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New Surface Power Supply for BlueROV2

Torrance based Blue Robotics announced their newest product, the Outland Technology Power Supply for the BlueROV2, which was developed and manufactured by Outland Technology of Slidell, Louisiana. The Outland Technology Power Supply (OTPS) provides a solution to power the BlueROV2 through the tether cable, eliminating the need for batteries and allowing it to be operated indefinitely.The Outland Technology Power Supply is comprised of three components: the topside power supply unit, the ROV enclosure, and the tether, which can be purchased in 125m and 250m lengths. The ROV enclosure comes with a

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