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AIS Data: History & Future

and pollution incidents.  Use of AIS data from commercial services can allow traders and others to track vessels (and their cargoes) worldwide, making it difficult for vessels to arrive unexpectedly and influence a market.As we learned in a recent report of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), three federal agencies generate terrestrial AIS-derived information.  The U.S. Coast Guard focuses primarily on coastal areas, ports, and harbors.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) focuses on AIS products for inland waterways.  The Saint Lawrence Seaway Developmen

SurfWec Artist Concept. Images Courtesy:  SurfWEC LLC.

Efficient Wave-Generated Power … Really!

to build and run a local project, and if you can do that your chance of success inherently goes up.”According to van Hemmen the stars are seemingly aligned for this project, as New Jersey offers “this weird hotbed for technological innovation. New Jersey has the waterfront, it has the transportation capacity, it has the education … the project size is right for it to be developed in New Jersey.”One of the key players is Ohmsett in Leonardo, New Jersey, situated on Raritan Bay. This is a world-class tank testing facility situated directly in an area that could prove ideal for

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NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

nation.”“The world’s largest collection of ‘ocean intelligence’ can now be accessed to help sustain and grow one of the world’s largest blue economies,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Whether it’s aquaculture siting, marine transportation, or offshore energy, OceanReports puts this data at our fingertips and gives us an edge as we continue to grow our national economy.”OceanReports builds on more than a decade of data collection to transform how seemingly disparate ocean information can be delivered to the nation’s

Ocean Observer (Photo: Gardline)

Gardline Surveying for i3

at FDP approval expected this year.In December 2018, i3 received indicative terms from RSRUK for Liberator's use of their leased Bleo Holm FPSO facility via Ross field infrastructure, and the parties are working together agreeing the terms for Liberator Phase I construction and tie-in, and transportation, processing and operating services agreements. These agreements are expected to be finalized alongside the 2019 FDP approval by the UK Oil and Gas Authority.As an alternative to the use of the Bleo Holm, i3 has also executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the provision of a standalone

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MeeMaken Buys Into Blue Offshore

Dutch carousel and tensioner manufacturer Blue Offshore Group. Blue Offshore’s management team will maintain ownership of a minority of the company’s shares.Blue Offshore, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, supplies basket carousels and tensioners for the offshore installation, transportation and storage of export cables, array cables, umbilicals and flexible pipelines in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the offshore renewable energy sector.MeeMaken, which has a large global network and a portfolio of service companies in the offshore energy sector, is familiar with the

Kenneth Dastol, CEO & President, Zenitel Group. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Zenitel: Expanding in Maritime, Offshore

, Brazil, Columbia etc.We realize Zenitel is diverse in the markets it serves. Can you put in perspective the size, shape and direction of the maritime and offshore businesses to your overall?Zenitel is organized around five segments being, maritime, oil & gas, security & safety, industry and transportation. The maritime and oil & gas is representing 60% of the overall business after the acquisition. We believed all segments will grow, as maritime and oil & gas are turning back on investments.One glance at your website and it is evident it has been a busy year for Zenitel. Looking back at

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New Tech Simulates Methane Hydrate Recovery

. It will also enable support for the safe and efficient operation of shallow methane hydrate lifting equipment and gas processing equipment.(Photo: MES-HD)MES-HD said it has acquired various hydrate-related technologies and patents through its many years in the development of technologies for the transportation of natural gas hydrate (NGH) in pellet form. The company also possesses testing facilities for measuring various attributes of multiphase flows (mixtures of solids, liquids and gases) inside lifting pipes, and has conducted experiments on flows containing methane hydrate. Adding to this knowledge

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MAN Scores OffShore Wind Reference

output of 28,800 kW for the ship, which is being built at the shipyard of China Merchants Heavy Industry in Haimen/Nantong with delivery due in Q4, 2020. The order is for a single vessel, with options for three more.The Alfa Lift is a heavy installation crane vessel design with semi-submersible heavy transportation capabilities. The vessel is designed to install all types of bottom fixed offshore wind foundations and will also transport and install topsides and subsea modules, in addition to other heavy cargoes within oil and gas. Featuring a free deck length of 148 m, and a free deck area of 8,100 m²

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Downed Fighter Jet Recovered off Hawaii

Warrant Officer Russ Strathern, a marine safety specialist, and response officer at Sector Honolulu, on January 9. “The main section of the fuselage containing residual oil and potentially hazardous substances has been salvaged and transported to a staging location for the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board led investigation.”Strathern added, “Because of the incident complexity and operational environment, this evolution was technically challenging. The aircraft owners worked tirelessly with the salvor and jurisdictional authorities to safely mitigate the threat to the public

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Seacor Marine Acquires Three Cosco PSVs

class 1 notations. They can accommodate a subsequent upgrade to a battery hybrid power solution. They will be registered in the Marshall Islands and be named the M/V Seacor   Alps, Seacor   Andes, and Seacor   Atlas, respectively.Seacor Marine provides global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and windfarm facilities worldwide

The Troll C platform (Photo: Øyvind Hagen / Equinor)

Equinor to Build CO2 Storage Under the Seabed

Shell and Total are working on front-end engineering and design (FEED)-studies, which should provide more accurate cost estimates.The preliminary estimates from 2016 showed it could cost between 7.2 billion crowns ($852 million) to 12.6 billion crowns to establish a full CCS chain, including CO2 transportation by ships and the subsea storage.Equinor said about 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be pumped for storage under the seabed during the first phase of the project, which could be later expanded.If approved, the storage is expected to start operations in 2023 or 2024, Gassnova, a governmental

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