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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

to support an extension of the PTC or Investment Tax Credit and to resolve some of the knotty jurisdictional issues faced by too many agencies in the OSW permitting stew.About the AuthorJoan L. Bondareff is of counsel in Blank Rome LLP's Washington, D.C., office who focuses her practice on marine transportation, environmental, regulatory, renewable energy, and legislative issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA), an appointment by Virginia Governors Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, where she promotes offshore wind and renewable energy for

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AIS Data: History & Future

vessels and pollution incidents.  Use of AIS data from commercial services can allow traders and others to track vessels (and their cargoes) worldwide, making it difficult for vessels to arrive unexpectedly and influence a market.As we learned in a recent report of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), three federal agencies generate terrestrial AIS-derived information.  The U.S. Coast Guard focuses primarily on coastal areas, ports, and harbors.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) focuses on AIS products for inland waterways.  The Saint Lawrence Seaway

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NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

the nation.”“The world’s largest collection of ‘ocean intelligence’ can now be accessed to help sustain and grow one of the world’s largest blue economies,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Whether it’s aquaculture siting, marine transportation, or offshore energy, OceanReports puts this data at our fingertips and gives us an edge as we continue to grow our national economy.”OceanReports builds on more than a decade of data collection to transform how seemingly disparate ocean information can be delivered to the nation&rsquo

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Algoma Joins Whale Conservation Efforts

network of whale watchers. For the first time, the crews on Algoma’s self-unloaders, bulkers, tankers and cement carriers will collect data about the whales they see on their journeys this summer."Algoma is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally responsible marine transportation,” said Gregg Ruhl, Algoma’s Chief Operating Officer. “Taking part in this conservation initiative and bringing the power of our fleet to gather more data and better understand the whereabouts of marine mammals will support research that can help minimize our environmental

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Unique Grillage Design for Offshore Wind Farm

Conbit has developed a unique grillage design as part of a collaborative scope for an offshore wind farm project in the U.K. and one of the biggest in the world.Conbit said it is providing the specialist offshore engineering for parent company ALE, who has been contracted to provide the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out and ballasting of over 100 TPs for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One in the North Sea, set to be the biggest wind farm in the world.For the structural engineering, Conbit used its internal structural engineering expertise to conduct the structural integrity

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

;s 10 current members in February.   The panel is seeking five new members for a four-year term that starts January 1, 2019 and runs through 2022.   “Improving and maturing the next generation of navigation products and services for increased safety and efficiency of marine transportation is crucial to keep commerce flowing through our nation's ports and waterways,” said Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith, director, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey. “Panel members give NOAA critical perspectives on the needs of the maritime sector which are extremely valuable in our mission

Chamber of Marine Commerce Statement on Right Whale Necropsy Results

; Current vessel speed restrictions have led to delays of up to seven hours depending on the vessel voyage. Ongoing collaboration between government officials, scientists, and the marine industry will continue to reduce risks to these endangered whales, while maintaining the efficiency of marine transportation in the region. This builds on a record of collaboration in protecting North Atlantic right whales that has been successful for more than decade. As major users of North Atlantic waters, Canadian shipowners have long been engaged in research and other measures to protect marine wildlife

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Torgersen Joins Phoenix International

in Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE) and regulatory affairs and is a retired Master Mariner (Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans). He is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans with a Master of Quality Management (MQM) and holds a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Marine Transportation Management from the State University of New York. Additionally, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve and has been a speaker/lecturer at numerous industry conferences

The scientific base of Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, as seen from the sea. The future Satellite Ranging Station will be located between the two antennas visible in the image. Credits: Norwegian Mapping Authority/Per Erik Opseth. Photo: NASA

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

 NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture.   The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network of space geodetic stations, which measure and monitor the size and shape of Earth, its orientation in space, the exact location of points on its surface and how these locations change over time. Space

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Roan Joins IMCA in North America

and providing recommendations for clarification to the regulatory agencies. Roan is a former co-chair of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee where he chaired several subcommittees that provided industry input for future USCG regulations. He holds a BS in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, N.Y. and an MBA from Rice University in Houston

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