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Arctic Rays Chooses ESNE as Sales Rep

Arctic Rays LLC has announced Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE) as the company’s North East sales representative.  The territory for ESNE on behalf of Arctic Rays includes the New England states, plus New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.Mark Warren is the principal force at ESNE. His experience with technical products used in the deep ocean environment drives the decision-making strategies essential to successful product sales. 

Vicinity Map Seagate Boston. (Image courtesy Tighe & Bond)

Protecting Ports from Sea Level Rise

Ike caused storm surge damage to Galveston in 2008 and a feasibility study is underway by the Army Corps of Engineers, with an Ike Dike concept design being advanced by Texas A&M University.  Similar concepts for a hurricane surge protection barrier are being progressed for the New York-New Jersey Harbor in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with the most feasible barrier connecting Long Island to Sandy Hook.  Common to the existing and proposed storm surge barriers are three main elements: dike; tidal flow gates and navigation gates.  The dike and tidal flow gates are existing traditional

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
Boone Davis, President & CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

are counting on offshore wind to turn ports into centers of economic activity, at a big scale, something like a new GM plant in Detroit in the 1950s.  Critically, though, there aren’t going to be 25 such economic engine ports on the east coast.  More realistically, the New York–New Jersey Bight will likely have one central OFW port.There are a number of reasons for this.  An OFW port requires vast space, unrestricted overhead clearance, and heavy, weight-bearing infrastructure.  It needs deep drafts for berthing and maneuvering.  There aren’t many of these locations

Doug Copeland. Photo: Atlantic Shores

Atlantic Shores Launches Ocean Survey Ops

Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, announced the launch of ocean survey operations today within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development.Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.The survey vessel Geosea will be utilized to characterize the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be deployed later this year to

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Ørsted to Deploy GE's 12MW Offshore Turbine

and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines on the two offshore wind farms constituting Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic cluster:the 120 MW Skipjack off the coast of Maryland, expected to be commissioned in 2022; and 1,100 MW Ocean Wind off the coast of New Jersey, expected to be commissioned in 2024.Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said, “We look forward to introducing the next generation offshore wind turbine to the market. For decades, Ørsted has pioneered the introduction of new technology and new

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

them.” Then, it’s just a case of integrating them.OPT: Powering autonomyReady for offshore deployment, the PowerBuoy destined to work for Premier Oil. Image from OPT.In some cases, resident underwater vehicles may not have access to power, so alternative power sources may be needed.New Jersey, US, based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has been a leading company in this area, working with Italian oil company ENI.An OPT PB3 PowerBuoy® was installed, using a three-point mooring system, in November 2018, near ENI’s Amelia B platform in the Adriatic Sea, where it’s providing

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
(Photo by Collin Dobson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

(EA) off the coast of Oregon and Washington, operated by Oregon State University,The Regional Cabled Array (RCA), a submarine cable network of sensors and instruments, operated and managed by the University of Washington,As well as the Cyber infrastructure, managed by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.After deploying a third party ROV for several years it was concluded that a dedicated underwater robotic vehicle could be a significant addition to the suite of tools available to the program and provide operational flexibility, as well as scheduling and budget optimization.The Falcon, already

A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. (NOAA)

NOAA: $2.7M for Marine Trash Studies

the projects selected are the removal of 30,000 pounds of marine debris from shoreline and beach habitat in St. Paul Island, Alaska; the removal of 441,000 pounds of medium-to-large debris at two critical salt marsh sites in the New York City borough of Queens; and research by Rutgers University in New Jersey to study how microplastics move from rivers to the ocean, and how they may enter the food chain.Approximately $1.5 million in grants will support 10 community-driven removal projects in Alaska, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island (Alaska), California, Guam, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina

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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

.Four major developers had submitted proposals to the state, including a joint venture between EDF and Shell and another between Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.The New York contract marks another recent win for Orsted, which last month was awarded a 1,100-MW contract by the state of New Jersey for a project off the coast of Atlantic City.The selection of Orsted and Equinor continues the trend of European companies dominating the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector.The cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms has dropped dramatically in recent years but is far more costly

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

commercial offshore wind project in the US.   It’s relatively small – 30 megawatts, a project developed by Deepwater Wind.-- 2018 – DOE reports (2017 data) that the U.S. has a total of 25,434 MW of offshore wind energy in the pipeline, with projects in development in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia.  Globally, (2017 data) 3,387 MW of offshore wind capacity was commissioned, resulting in a cumulative installed global capacity of 16.3 GW.  The United Kingdom is the largest offshore wind market with 5,824 MW of cumulative installed capacity, followed by

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