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A plasma-burning machine cuts the first steel plate that will be used to build the ballistic missile submarine Columbia (SSBN 826). Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

Columbia Class Subs Take Shape in Virginia

Pappano, Columbia’s program executive officer; Capt. Jon Rucker, Columbia’s program manager; Will Lennon, vice president of the Columbia-class submarine program for General Dynamics Electric Boat; and shipbuilders.Construction of the 12-boat Columbia class will take place in Virginia, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with Electric Boat assembling and delivering all of the submarines. The lead boat is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2027

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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

local economy, how government can spur innovation, current experiences and the economics of starting a renewable energy project, stakeholder engagement, and entrepreneurship and innovation in the supply chain. There will also be student research posters on display from UMass Dartmouth, University of Rhode Island, and others

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and also graduated from the Sea Education Association’s program in Woods Hole. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

A visualization of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Image: Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames)

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

A major $2 million scientific study led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography will monitor disruptive ocean currents in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a long term goal to improve forecasts for safer offshore operations in the region.The Loop Current System (LCS) is the dominant ocean circulation feature in the Gulf of Mexico, influencing all ocean processes in the Gulf with implications for a wide range of human and natural activities, from oil exploration to coastal eco-systems. To date, knowledge of its underlying dynamics is limited.URI’s initial study

Chris Gibson, VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay.

One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

most different?As VideoRay has grown, we now work out of a much larger, professional facility.  The building is about 25,000 sq. ft. and has dedicated areas for Production, Repairs, Operations, and Sales. We also have a separate nearby Research & Development facility and remote employees in Rhode Island and San Diego.The VideoRay Pro 4, Pro 5, and Defender on an oil rig. Photo credit to Dean Nafziger of UROV. Image: VideoRayPlease provide an overview of the VideoRay ROV family today.VideoRay is well-known for our three-thruster, yellow ROVs. These ROVs are portable, rugged, and reliable. We have

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INVENTION: Pitching a Tent Underwater

a scrubber, and a fan to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, continuously cleaning the air in the tent. This unique ability to control the atmospheric composition creates a safe and breathable environment for divers.The habitat was successfully deployed during a test dive off the coast of Rhode Island in late October, conducting the first-ever field deployment of the patented life support system. They will continue to conduct a series of test dives this spring, and will begin to spend longer periods of time underwater, up to 8-12 hours, and possibly overnight, within the next six months

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Ørsted Tapped for Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm

investment decision (FID), construction on the Revolution Wind project is expected to start in 2022, and the wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2023.With the 100MW added capacity, Revolution Wind has now secured a total of 700MW offshore wind capacity, including previously awarded projects in Rhode Island and Connecticut, which Ørsted will build as one joint project. Ørsted will also build the adjacent 130MW South Fork project at the same time.Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said, “We’re happy to have been selected for contract

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

currents and pressures in the full water column from areas near the ocean floor to the surface. Data collected about full water column circulation will increase understanding of LCS behavior and inform LCS forecasting efforts. Award Amount: $2,078,240Project Director: Kathleen Donohue (University of Rhode Island)Project Team Affiliation: University of Rhode IslandTaking the Pulse of the West Florida Shelf at a Hypothesized Loop Current Control PointThis project will procure, deploy, and operate a single-point, real-time, ocean dynamics mooring northwest of the Dry Tortugas to measure temperature, salinity

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.. Photo: 
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BOEM "Blown Away" by Record U.S. Offshore Wind Auction

with recent mandates in Northeastern U.S. states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York requiring utilities to procure offshore wind energy.Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres (157,800 hectares) near the Massachusetts islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island's Block Island.The same areas failed to sell at a 2015 auction, reflecting the industry's changing view of the potential of the United States as a market for offshore wind."Mayflower's entry into U.S. offshore wind is exciting," Mayflower Director John Hartnett said in a

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Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

with recent mandates in Northeastern U.S. states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York requiring utilities to procure offshore wind energy.Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres (157,800 hectares) near the Massachusetts islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island's Block Island.The same areas failed to sell at a 2015 auction, reflecting the industry's changing view of the potential of the United States as a market for offshore wind."Mayflower's entry into U.S. offshore wind is exciting," Mayflower Director John Hartnett said in a

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Ørsted Concludes Deepwater Wind Acquisition

, Co-CEO Jeffrey Grybowski, President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) David Hang, both originally of Deepwater Wind, and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Claus Bøjle Møller of Ørsted.Ørsted US Offshore Wind will be joint headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. The company will begin integration over the coming weeks and months and is further strengthening its presence in other key markets

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