North Carolina News

Shell Bolsters Offshore Wind Interests with Bid in U.S. Tender

Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project licence in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy. Shell, as well as Norway's Statoil, qualified to participate in the upcoming leasing round offshore Kitty Hawk, the U.S. interior ministry said on Tuesday. The lease award is set for March 16. Shell's core business of producing oil and gas is reeling after more than two years of weak prices. The company has limited experience in building offshore wind farms but last month

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University of Arizona; University of California Riverside; University of Central Florida; University of Colorado

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Average Sized Dead Zone Expected in the Gulf of Mexico

;It is the culmination of a multi-year academic-federal partnership to develop a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models. The partnership included teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University and the USGS. Some of these groups are also developing independent forecasts, released in coordination with NOAA and using the USGS data.NOAA and its partners continue to develop additional hypoxia forecast capabilities. For example, new forecasts are being used to evaluate the

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

subsea robotics and the marine industry, bringing a paradigm change in the relationship between man and machine. From his Richmond, Vermont headquarters, he explains.   To kick things off, can you share with our readers how you came to found and own Greensea? I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; I grew up on the water. My first job was at 13 working on fishing boats and sailboats, and then I started diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Davidson College in North Carolina. I earned my undergrad in Physics – Computational Physics, and following

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute, American Association of Port Authorities and the Mine Warfare Association.    Dentzman holds a Master of Science (MS) in Geological Oceanography from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology from the University of Illinois

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BOEM's Jim Bennett Weighs in on US Offshore Renewables

possible and there is a wind resource. We’ve been focusing on that area and since 2009. We have had seven competitive leases and a couple of noncompetitive. In that process we have worked very closely with the states, and we’re now in a position where we have 13 leases (the most recent in North Carolina is still awaiting full execution). In essence we have 13 leases, with at least one lease in every state from Cape Hattaras up to Cape Cod. That is a good foundation to build the program into the future. Our last two sales – one off of New York and one off of North Carolina – were

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Diver Rescued off North Carolina Coast

A diver in distress was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responders off the North Carolina coast on Sunday.   Crew members aboard the 25-foot diving boat Under Pressure reported to USCG Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington, N.C. that a diver had surfaced with shortness of breath and dizziness 35 miles south by southeast of Wilmington.   The diver was medevaced by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and brought to Air Station Elizabeth City where awaiting EMS personnel transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.   A video of the medevac is available

Dr. Cisco Werner (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Werner Director of Scientific Programs

; Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). Cisco brings extensive experience leading scientific efforts in the federal government and previously in academia as Director and Professor of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) Department of Marine Sciences. While at UNC-CH, Dr. Werner was the George & Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor from 2005-2008. From 2007-2017 he was co-Editor in Chief of the journal Progress in Oceanography.   Cisco’s research has focused on

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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

of models that are the foundation of the forecast was developed by NOAA-sponsored teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences/College of William and Mary, Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University and the USGS.   To help reduce nutrient runoff, NOAA provides information to farmers through its Runoff Risk Advisory Forecasts, which tell them when to avoid applying fertilizers to their croplands

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Shipwreck Recovery to Commence in August

Florida-based Swordfish Partners and Deep Blue Exploration have contracted Blue Water Ventures International to recover potentially valuable artifacts and coins from a shipwreck site off the coast of North Carolina the parties believe to be the 1838 sinking of the steam paddle wheeler, Pulaski.    Endurance discovered the site of the loss and the shipwreck is currently subject of a Swordfish Partners admiralty claim in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa.   The wreck has been arrested and Swordfish Partners has been named Substitute Custodian with

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Deepwater Atlantic Habitats Study Commissioned

 TDI-Brooks International, Inc. said it has been awarded an interagency five year, multimillion dollar study focusing on the exploration and investigation of deepwater biological communities located in U.S. federal waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, potentially including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   The study, entitled “Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II: Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon and Seep Communities,” is being funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the National

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

; The University of Connecticut ($257,531) will identify what effects microplastic consumption has on oysters, what types of microplastics are most likely to be consumed by oysters, and increase understanding of how microplastics are impacting marine resources.   University of North Carolina at Wilmington ($289,098) will assess if  black sea bass consume contaminated microplastics and if microplastics are being transferred between prey and predator species.   Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ($192,690) will assess the role of seasonal phytoplankton blooms

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

the drone while transmitting the collected information. The drone then drops the pod to another location to start the process again. The SONAR data will be processed as it is obtained via cloud-based servers to generate a bathymetry map.   Prototypes of its heavy lift drone have been tested in North Carolina’s Duke Forest, and the team has been using the ocean off of the North Carolina coast to test pod prototypes to 2,000 meter depth for Round 1 of the contest. It’s truly a team effort: undergraduate students are working on mapping algorithms in a Duke Data+ Summer Program and they are

U.S. leader: Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern (multiple) and crew transport vessel. Photo: courtesy Fred Olsen Windcarrier

Wind Energy: The Good News in Offshore

2.4 gigawatts of installed offshore wind energy hoped for by 2030. The first is Deepwater Wind’s South Fork, although Statoil now also has rights to areas acreage. Ship owners would be wise to get to know the unfamiliar company names winning leases in New Jersey (offering over 345,000 acres), North Carolina (429,000 acres), Rhode Island (Deepwater Wind) or Maryland, where U.S. Wind Inc. plans a 248 MW project for 2020 and Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC’s a 120 MW windfarm due 2022.    North Carolina in 2017 qualified nine companies to bid in its 7th offshore lease auction, and in

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After Florida, more States Press US for Offshore Drilling Exemptions

efforts to expand oil and gas production offshore. A proposed leasing plan unveiled last week aims to open up all U.S. coasts to drillers over the next five years. Alaska and Maine are the only two U.S. states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.   The governors of Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina on Tuesday were seeking meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to press their case that drilling would pose significant risks to coastal tourism, while other state representatives issued sharply-worded Tweets.   "Tourism and recreation along the Delaware coastline

Michael Pentony (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the deep-sea red crab fishery.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Between college and graduate school, Pentony served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering project manager on a variety of military satellite and launch

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Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

missed during set up. Some helpful guidance from Blue Robotics and I resolved the issues in short order. I repeated these tests several times until I felt confident that the housings were sealed and I had configured the software properly.   In the field testing The conditions here in coastal North Carolina can be challenging for operating a ROV. Visibility is typically poor, the area has an abundance of snags and obstacles, and is notorious for strong currents. Not the worst conditions a ROV pilot will experience, but certainly not the best either. The day of the test was typical for here, 12 to

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