Maine News

At the stakeholder meeting in Maine: Mark Kontio, Maine staff assistant for Congressman Bruce Poliquin; Lt. David Vejar, northeast navigation manager; Chris Rector, regional representative for Senator Angus King; Rear Adm. Shep Smith, director of Office of Coast Survey. (Photo: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey)

Penobscot Bay Survey in Focus at NOAA Stakeholder Meetings

Recently, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey hosted two stakeholder events in Belfast, Maine, to engage the local community on various NOAA products and updates in the region. Originally from Belfast himself, Rear Adm. Smith, director of the Office of Coast Survey, provided a warm introduction to both events. Dean Moyles, of Fugro, a NOAA hydrographic contractor, presented a summary of the hydrographic survey work being performed in Penobscot Bay. Lt. David Vejar, NOAA northeast navigation manager, highlighted various products and services, including how to access NOAA charts and data, the upcoming

Photo: Maine Aqua Ventus

US Awards $3.7 Mln for Wind Project off Maine

The Maine Aqua Ventus project, an experimental floating deep-water offshore wind project off the coast of Castine, Maine, has received $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.   The project was originally competing for a $47 million grant but was passed over for projects in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon. The DOE instead awarded Maine $3.7 million for work to continue on a pilot project off the coast of Monhegan.

Maine Marine Earns Grant to Study Ocean Turbine Stress Limits

Maine Marine Composites has been awarded a $249,976 federal grant from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to analyze the best ways to predict fatigue in the support structures of floating offshore wind turbines. A federal agency, the BSEE was created in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources in the exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf. "Maine Marine Composites engineers predict the performance and stress on components in ocean-based systems by analyzing

Wind Turbine Blade: Photo courtesy of UMaine

UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines

Universtiy of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center granted up to $4 million to fund offshore windmill project. Habib Dagher, the director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is busy planning the first phase of a “potential $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE held a competition to screen proposals for clean energy that would jumpstart wind farms in the United States. Seventy competitors submitted proposals for a chance to receive funding for their development of offshore wind energy. The UMaine

Advanced Navy Ship, DDG 1000, Progresses

; The 155-foot-long, 60-foot-high and 60-foot-wide module was lifted to a height of approximately 100 feet using four cranes:  two of Bath Iron Works’ 300-ton capacity cranes and two additional 400-ton cranes provided by Reed & Reed, Inc., a construction company headquartered in Woolwich, Maine.  Once at the prescribed height, the ship’s 610-foot hull was then moved into position beneath the suspended module using the shipyard’s electro-hydraulic ship transfer system.  After confirming final positioning of the deckhouse and ship, the module was lowered into place. 

Photo of what seaweed community looks like after introduction of invasive seaweed (Dasysiphonia japonica) (Photo: Kristen Mello/UNH)

Sea Habitats Altered by More Invasive Seaweed-Study

amounts of a fine red seaweed clogging the coastline, the result of sweeping changes in the marine environment occurring beneath the water.   To further investigate, researchers at the University of New Hampshire looked at seaweed populations over the last 30 years in the Southwestern Gulf of Maine and found the once predominant and towering kelp seaweed beds are declining and more invasive, shrub-like species have taken their place, altering the look of the ocean floor and the base of the marine food chain.   In the study, recently published in the Journal of Ecology, researchers compared

Launching the Jamie Hanna

On August 14, 2012, more than 50 fellow lobsterman, boat workers, mechanics, family, and friends gathered to witness the launching of the 55-foot research and lobster vessel Jamie Hanna. A procession of cars made the 2 mile trip to the launching ramp at Outward Bound on Clarke Island, Maine. The lead car cleared the road to make way, as the 20 ton hydraulic trailer inched along and a crew on the pilothouse roof lifted phone lines and branches. When the boat arrived at the ramp an hour later, the tide was falling and concerns were raised about whether the boat would fit between the rocks and the

The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the U.K. National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Riding the Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

one third of the 4,000 TWh of electricity used in the U.S. each year.  Approximately 85,000 homes can be powered by 1 TWh/year. 2.) The technical resource potential for tidal generation is estimated to be 250 TWh/year.  Alaska has the most locations with high kinetic power density, followed by Maine, Washington, Oregon, California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. 3.) The technical resource potential for electric generation from ocean thermal resources is estimated at 576 TWh/year in U.S. coastal waters, including all

Electric Boat - the past, present and future of submarines by General Dynamics

Delivery of Zumwalt Warships Delayed

 Problems with the complex technology being installed in the new destroyers of the Zumwalt class have forced the Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to delay delivery of the first two ships, the US Navy said.   Work at the contractor’s Bath Iron Works unit in Maine has fallen behind “due to the complexity of the first-ever all-electric ship and the particular demand it has created for skilled electricians shipyard-wide,” Commander Thurraya Kent, a Navy spokeswoman. The ships will be delivered a year later than planned.   The three ships are

Image: DeepWater Buoyancy

DeepWater Buoyancy Adds Gulf Coast Representation

of quality marine products for over 30 years.   DeepWater Buoyancy secured the designs and manufacturing rights to a select group of former Flotation Technologies oceanographic and oil and gas products, and has been manufacturing and enhancing those systems from its facility in Biddeford, Maine since 2013. Waters & David will represent the oil and gas line which consists of products for the survey, seismic, ROV and installation markets.   Products include marker floats, cable floats, instrument collars, installation buoyancy and ROV/skid buoyancy.  In addition to the standard

BIRNS Choose ESNE for New England Sales

;s newest sales representative. The agreement includes sales and support of BIRNS’ high performance electrical, coaxial, optical, electro-coax, electro-optical and electro-opto-mechanical hybrid connectors. The territory for ESNE’s sales efforts on behalf of BIRNS includes Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. With more than 35 years experience, ESNE is the largest and longest continuously run manufacturers’ representative firm in the Northeast serving the oceanographic community.   “We

Ocean Business Sold

and Ocean Careers, which will continue to be organized by the Intelligent Exhibitions team, according to the press release. The deal, which was consummated for an undisclosed sum, also includes LIDAR International and LIDAR Europe, which will be transferred to Diversified’s offices in Portland, Maine. The ensuing pages highlights much of the news eminating from Southampton last month. (As published in the May 2013 edition of Marine Technologies - www.seadiscovery.com

FAST-3 underwater sensor platform gets ready for deployment near the FORCE test site in the Minas Passage, NS (Photo: FORCE)

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage

FORCE identify the best sensor settings and operating schedule for future data collection at the FORCE demonstration site.   Dr. Haley Viehman, a post-doctoral fellow at Acadia University, will be analyzing the data upon retrieval. This work builds on her previous research at the University of Maine, where she studied fish interactions with an in-stream tidal turbine deployed in Cobscook Bay.   “I’ll be examining how fish use the water column, and how their densities and depths vary with respect to time of day, tidal stage, and current speed,” said Dr. Viehman. &ldquo

(Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Deaths of North Atlantic Right Whales Puzzle Scientists

backhoe to get inside the animals to perform necropsies.   The whales, designated a species at risk, have been sighted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in higher-than-normal numbers this summer, Davies said, possibly because their zooplankton food source is scarcer in other habitats such as the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy.   Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed some snow crab fisheries early in response to the deaths, and has asked ships in the high-traffic Gulf of St. Lawrence to voluntarily keep their speed to 10 knots or less.   But longer-term solutions such as

R/V Cape Hatteras: Photo courtesy of DUNCOC

Legendary Research Ship on Sale

and USA Today - and the work of R/V Cape Hatteras was shared with the world. Rebecca Stephens Smith, Marine Superintendent with DUNCOC, said "In its history the R/V Cape Hatteras spent a total of 5,401 days (14 years, 10 months) at sea collecting data and specimens along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to the Caribbean. Beyond the public eye, research aboard the vessel has helped to expanded human knowledge and understanding of the ocean, the ocean floor, the water column, and the many living things calling the ocean home."  

Blake (Photo courtesy of David Evans and Associates)

DEA’s New 82-foot Survey Vessel Commissioned

Geodetic Survey Steamer Blake, an oceanographic and hydrographic vessel renowned for testing innovative technologies such as the Pilsbury current meter which was the first deep sea current meter and the Sigbee deep sea sounding machine. The original Blake was commissioned in 1874, operated in the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. The Blake’s accomplishments are documented in Three Cruises of the BLAKE by Alexander Agassiz. The vessel has numerous seafloor features named after her, including the Blake Abyssal Plain, Blake Plateau, Blake Canyon and Blake Ridge, all of which

USS Springfield

Portsmouth Shipyard Delivers USS Springfield

delivered USS Springfield (SSN 761) back to the fleet on Sept. 12 ahead of schedule and under budget.   PNSY conducted Springfield's docking continuous maintenance availability off-yard at Sub Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. Although PNSY routinely performs work outside the Kittery, Maine shipyard, off-yard availabilities are unique and an all-inclusive team mentality from planning to execution is especially important.   The Springfield Project Team and Ship's Force, with support from PNSY and the Regional Support Group in Groton, led the submarine's availability. Project Superinten

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