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Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York

Just days after Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, Statoil reports that it has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York.   Statoil will now have the opportunity to explore the potential development of an offshore wind farm to provide New York City and Long Island with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity. Statoil submitted a winning bid of $42,469,725 during the online offshore wind auction concluded by the U.

Map of the unsolicited offshore New York bid. (Source: BOEM)

Offshore Wind: BOEM Fields Pair of Unsolicited Bids

BOEM has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies seeking to develop offshore wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These requests are for areas located offshore New York and Massachusetts and are not in response to a formal call for interest.   BOEM has finished its review of the unsolicited lease requests and deemed the requests complete. Moreover, BOEM has reviewed the applicants' qualification materials and determined that the applicants are legally, technically, and financially qualified to pursue offshore wind energy leases. Please see details regarding each

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US to Auction Leasing Rights Offshore NY for Wind Energy Development

The U.S. government on Thursday announced a Dec. 15 auction for the leasing rights to develop wind energy off the coast of New York as part of the Obama administration's push to create jobs through renewable energy.   The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction the rights to 79,350 acres or about 125 square miles (325 square kilometers) in federal waters. Fourteen companies are eligible to participate in the lease sale, the agencies said.   The New York Wind Energy Area starts about 11.5 nautical miles from Jones Beach, a state park on a barrier

Joint Effort on to Repair Hudson River Cable

  Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC (HTP), owner and operator of an electric power cable buried beneath the Hudson River between Edgewater, New Jersey and New York City, is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), and other agencies to contain the release of small amounts of non-toxic cable fluid into the Hudson River. The fluid release was detected on Saturday and is the apparent result of damage to a portion of the cable in the Hudson River near the New Jersey shoreline

“You cannot be profitable in this industry unless you are safe. You cannot be safe unless you train,” said Morton S. Bouchard, III. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, New York, NY – Today in New York Morton S. Bouchard, III and many local maritime dignitaries officially opened The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.   Captain Robert Glas, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Bouchard Transportation made the traditional ribbon cut with the comically sized pair of scissors, as Morton S. Bouchard, III, his two sons, US Congressman Joseph Crowley, RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D., President of SUNY Maritime and a host of

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New York at Risk of Flooding Every Two Decades -Study

Hurricanes could start flooding New York City's coastline as often as every 20 years due to the effects of climate change on sea-level rise and hurricane activity, scientists said on Monday.   Water could surge some 9 feet (2.8 meters) in hurricanes occurring anywhere from three to 17 times more often than today, they said.   "That's approximately - worst case scenario - once every 20 years," said Benjamin Horton, part of a team of U.S. scientists who published their findings in a study.   The projections act as a reminder of the human cost of climate change, said Horton

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Launch of 'The Jefferson Project at Lake George NY'

(NYSE: IBM), and the FUND for Lake George announce the launch of “The Jefferson Project at Lake George,” a 3-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with the goal of understanding and managing complex factors in the waters of the lake. Lake George, about 50 miles north of Albany in upstate New York, is known internationally for its crystal-clear waters with a depth of up to 200 feet. Rich in natural and cultural history, it is 32 miles long and up to 2.5 miles wide, formed nearly 10,000 years ago by melting glaciers. Negative impacts on Lake George include road salt, storm water runoff

Working Harbor Committee to Present Salvage Program

ended up on the rocks off Giglio, Italy in 2012. When there is trouble on the water the marine salvage industry arrives with divers, engineers and some amazing expertise and heavy equipment to protect the environment and save what can be saved of the ship. The nonprofit Working Harbor Committee of New York and New Jersey will present an evening program on May 6 that will showcase this little known, but vitally important, arm of the maritime industry with dramatic films of actual salvage operations and talks by some of the salty professionals who work in the industry: “Getting It Up! The Fascinating

The United Nations Development Programme to appoint globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson to inaugural role during the UN’s first ever Ocean Conference. Credit: UNDP

Musician Cody Simpson is 'Ocean Advocate' for UN

  named Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.  “I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said  Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”   According to UNDP, Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The Ocean Conference, which has been under way since Monday and which will wrap up on Friday,

Chesapeake Bay (Photo: NOAA)

Scientists Predict Larger ‘Dead Zone’ for Chesapeake Bay

;s crabs, oysters and other fisheries.   Spring rainfall plays an important role in determining the size of the hypoxic zone. In 2017, the Susquehanna River delivered 81.4 million pounds of nitrogen into the bay slightly greater than the long term average. Rainfall amounts were greatest in New York and Pennsylvania, leading to higher than average streamflow into the Bay from the Susquehanna.   The Bay outlook is based on models developed by NOAA-sponsored researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Scienceoffsite link and the University of Michiganoffsite link

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Ensco Announces Cash Tender Offer

for payment pursuant to the tender offer will be determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase by reference to a fixed spread of 20 bps over the yield based on the bid side price of the 0.375% U.S. Treasury due March 15, 2016, as calculated by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. at 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 10, 2015. Holders whose notes are purchased will also receive accrued and unpaid interest thereon from the last interest payment date up to, but not including, the settlement date. The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. New York City time on March 10, 2015, unless extended

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New Blueprint for Long Island Sound Restoration

, healthier Long Island Sound for people to enjoy."   “Long Island Sound is an important ecological and economic treasure, and the new CCMP provides a strong blueprint for all partners to follow in keeping it on the road to recovery,” said Marc Gerstman, Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “New York State remains committed to advancing this ambitious agenda, and we look forward to working with our federal, state and local partners to build on the successes we’ve achieved over the last 20 years and utilize our best available

Stevens Receives Port Grant to Bolster Coastal Resiliency

$6.6 Million Grant Will Support Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence (CRUX) Research Stevens Institute of Technology has received a five-year, $6.6 million research grant from the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PANYNJ) to improve preparedness and resiliency at critical Port Authority infrastructure sites through an innovative observation and forecast system that provides information on the potential risk and magnitude of overland flooding prior to and during significant storm events. "We have envisioned a road map to more accurate flood forecasting by creating an

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Transocean Closes Acquisition of Transocean Partners

Transocean Ltd. announced the closing of the acquisition of Transocean Partners. Each outstanding public common unit of Transocean Partners was converted into the right to receive 1.20 shares of Transocean Ltd., which issued approximately 23.8 million shares related to the transaction. In connection with the closing, Transocean Partners' common units were delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2017 regional State of the State address at Farmingdale State College.  (Photo: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo)

New York Seeks to Develop US' Biggest Offshore Wind Projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week proposed to develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million homes as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production.   The offshore wind proposal came after the Democratic governor said on Monday that Entergy Corp's 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would shut by 2021 and the state planned to replace its power output with renewable and low carbon energy sources.   The offshore wind proposals include a 90-MW project to be built about 30 miles southeast

Oil up 2%

. drawdowns were bullish, they also contrast with surging production from OPEC and other major producers such as Russia, causing crude prices to swing lately.   "We are still very well supplied for this time of year," Tariq Zahir, trader in crude oil spreads at Tyche Capital Advisors in New York, said referring to total U.S. crude stocks that stood record seasonal peaks of nearly 505 million barrels.   Brent crude futures were up 84 cents, or 1.8 percent, at $46.72 per barrel by 12:44 p.m. EDT (1644 GMT).   U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up $1.05, or

Navigating New York Harbor: Photo courtesy of USN

New, New York Harbor Current Meter

NOAA uses data from a new current meter in New York harbor operated by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. The system provides enhanced real-time information to mariners travelling through the nation’s second busiest port. The Stevens current meter measures the  direction, speed, and volume of ocean currents in the harbor’s navigation channels, north of the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island.  Its data will be used in NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) system, which delivers real-time environmental observations, forecasts

TWR Delivers 6 Slocum Turbulence Gliders

Teledyne Webb Research (TWR) delivered six Slocum Turbulence Measurement Gliders to NOC Liverpool, U.K.; Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Germany; and New York University. New York University will be using the Slocum turbulence glider in a project aimed at projecting global sea-level change. The gliders will be used to study the interaction of warm, salty North Atlantic waters with cold, fresh polar waters coming from the melt of outlet glaciers along the coast of Greenland. Where these waters meet there appears to be layering and interleaving of the two water masses, said Professor David Holland.

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