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Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

INTERVIEW: RDML John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

culture of connectedness ... in the end our greatest advantage is people and partnerships.Meet RDML John OkonRear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography CommandRDML John Okon is a native of Syracuse, NY, and holds degrees in Meteorology and Oceanography from State University of New York Maritime College and  Naval Post Graduate School and National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. He commanded Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare Center in Yokosuka, Japan and Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, California. Admiral

A custom 38-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel will be carried aboard the recently-launched R/V OceanXplorer (Photo: Andy Mann, OceanX)

Metal Shark Builds Custom Tender for R/V OceanXplorer

Shipbuilder Metal Shark reports it has delivered a new research tender to OceanX, a New York-based nonprofit ocean exploration initiative and media organization.The custom 38-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel will be carried aboard the recently-launched one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production and exploration vessel, the R/V OceanXplorer. The combined marine research and media vessel OceanXplorer is both a floating, integrated marine research platform and a Hollywood-caliber media production studio.Metal Shark said members of its in-house engineering team worked

Sailors say a pod of nine orcas rammed their boat and bit their keel for more than an hour in late July in the Strait of Gibraltar off the coast of Spain. (Submitted by Victoria Morris )

Aggressive Killer Whales Batter Sailboats off Spain and Portugal, Maritime Authorities Warn

vessels, and in some cases acting together in such a way as the people on those boats thought themselves to be in grave danger.The Spanish Maritime Search and Rescue Agency, Salvamento Maritimo, has reported multiple sailing vessels yachts have been damaged by encounters with orcas.According to the New York Times, the Spanish Ministry of Ecology recorded 13 orca encounters since mid-August off the coast of Galicia alone.Several sailing vessels, including Urki 1, Amadeus, and the Spanish Navy's racing boat Mirfak, had to be towed into port by Salvamento Maritime rescue vessels because of significant

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The Troubled History of Protecting Marine Assets

where there was a risk of dredging or anchoring. Where possible, physical buoys were deployed. Marine charts were clearly marked to show the location and area of some subsea cables and pipes.But even burying cables and pipes and marking them on charts wasn’t a guarantee of protection, as New York Power Authority discovered twice within a 10-year period. Despite its cables across Long Island Sound being buried 10 ft. under the seabed, anchor strikes ruptured cables resulting in millions of dollars in repairs each time.The risk to subsea infrastructure grew exponentiallyDespite all attempts

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Offshore Wind Could Bring In $1.7B to U.S. Treasury by 2022

intelligence group Wood Mackenzie. Apart from the benefits to the Treasury, the offshore wind industry in the U.S. could create 80,000 jobs annually from 2025 to 2035.Commissioned by four energy industry groups, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA), and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) at the University of Delaware, the study dives into the economic impact of offshore wind activities as a result of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) lease auctions in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Two

 The JALBTCX team standing with COL. Thomas Asbery, Former District Commander, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (far right), in front of their aircraft, at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.  Credit:  USACE.

Army Corps' Data Driven to Improve Coastal Projects

In a hotel conference room on Long Island, New York, a team of experts are processing data and information on computers. Alongside them is a large display monitor screen that's projecting the information."It's a beautiful thing. On the screen they are able to observe the condition of New York's and New Jersey's coastlines almost in real-time," said Jeffrey Cusano, Geospatial Coordinator, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The team is the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise.  Recently, Cusano and other members of the U.S. Army Corps

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USVs: A Solution for Inspecting Dams and Guarding Waterways

The widely reported dam failures in Central Michigan this spring highlighted the dangers of aging infrastructure. As an op-ed in The New York Times, “Dam Failures Are a Warning,” suggested, “Two dams down, a few thousand to go.” It was not meant to be a sensational statement. Deteriorating infrastructure is an issue for most countries. Many nations have systems in place to evaluate and grade the state of their national infrastructure. In the United States, the nation’s civil engineers provide an assessment of the nation’s sixteen infrastructure categories using an

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ION Geophysical, PGS in 2D Data Team-Up

;s latest imaging technology and PGS' broadband 2D GeoStreamer offering, would lead to the production of "enhanced deliverables with higher resolution and greater spatial coverage, offering deeper insights and more reliable pre-stack attributes for exploration screening on a global basis."New York-listed ION and Oslo-listed PGS intend to develop an integrated seamless 2D seismic data library over time to inform exploration business decisions for E&P operators.  The combined data library would be jointly marketed."The combined 2D data libraries will provide E&P companies

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

provisions – such as knock-for-knock clauses, by which each party assumes the risk of loss or injury of its own property and employees, which varies from state to state. For instance, whereas the U.S. federal maritime law generally recognizes and enforces knock-for-knock indemnity clauses, New York state law contains a provision in its General Obligations Law that invalidates knock-for-knock provisions in certain kinds of construction contracts.Dispute resolution is another important consideration that is often overlooked. Historically, many maritime disputes are submitted to arbitration before

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