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Modern-Day Mayflower Sets Sail Ahead of 400th Anniversary Voyage

Four hundred years after the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic from Britain to the United States, a group of engineers plan to have a crewless-ship also named the Mayflower, navigate itself along the same route.The voyage is due to begin in September and the new Mayflower could become the first full-sized, fully autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic, organizers IBM and marine research group Promare say.The original Mayflower ship transported 102 British settlers from England to America. They would become the first pilgrims to land there.A hull designed in the Polish port city of Gdansk set off by road

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Aker Solutions Bags 20-Year Deal with Chevron in Gulf of Mexico

," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. "This demonstrates the mutual trust between the two organizations, as well as the capabilities and experience of our umbilicals manufacturing organization in the US."Aker Solutions' facility in Mobile, Alabama in the United States will perform the engineering, design, and manufacturing of the umbilicals. The work will start up immediately. Aker Solutions did not share the financial details of the Anchor order.The Anchor field will be developed using the semi-FPU, which will have a production capacity of 75,000 b/d of oil

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U.S. to send envoy to Saudi Arabia to Stabilize Oil Prices

two weeks as Saudi Arabia and Russia kicked off a price war and the coronavirus pandemic destroyed demand. U.S. oil now trades at less than $23 a barrel.The crash has shocked the oil industry as a pact among OPEC and non-OPEC producers to cooperate imploded, triggering a production free-for-all.The United States is sending a special representative to negotiate with Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday, after the kingdom unleashed production following years of touting its role as a stabilizing force for markets.Saudi Arabia and Russia are locked in a war for global oil market share after their three-year

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Sunken Submarine USS Stickleback Found

August 21, she sighted two bamboo rafts containing 19 survivors of a freighter. They were taken on board for 18 hours, given food, water, medical treatment, and set afloat again a short distance from one of the Japanese islands.Stickleback returned to Guam on September 9, 1945. She departed for the United States the next day. She arrived in San Francisco and participated in the Third Fleet parade on September 28. After a short cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, Stickleback was decommissioned and placed in reserve on June 26, 1946.Stickleback was recommissioned on September 6, 1951 and served at San Diego

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US, Canadian Forces Ready Marine Mammal Monitoring System

high-intensity acoustic noise often associated with testing can harm marine mammals if they are too close.  Grebner said M3R will go a long way towards protecting endangered species while facilitating the Navy’s need to continually test, evaluate, and develop systems that will expand the United States’ advantage over potential challenges.“The technology will allow us to keep track of which species are present on a daily, monthly and seasonal basis,” said Grebner.  “M3R technology will also allow us to acoustically detect species that are normally hard to find due

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Vineyard Wind to Miss Startup Target Over Permit Delay

needs time to study the impacts of such projects, due to the growing number of offshore wind farms planned for the East Coast.Vineyard Wind had hoped to start construction last year.The 800-megawatt project would power more than 400,000 homes, making it the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. Its regulatory struggles are being closely watched by competing offshore wind developers and northeastern U.S. states amid surging demand for climate-friendly power sources.The next milestone in BOEM's review of the project is the June publication of a supplement to the environmental review

Phoenix Bags $97m SUPSALV Contract

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. (Phoenix) won a $97 million (maximum value) contract to provide diving and diving related services to the United States Navy. The primary purpose of this contract is to deliver operational, engineering and technical support to the Navy's air, mixed gas and saturation diving services program overseen by the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Office of Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV).The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

At 88 years young, Capt. Walsh still runs the day-to-day operations of International Maritime, a consulting company he established in 1976.
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Trieste: 60th Anniversary of Deepest Dive

research deplete our knowledge base. ONR is a guardian looking beyond the immediate needs of science toward the future.”During his tenure as Officer-in-Charge of Trieste, Capt. Don Walsh was designated USN Deep Submersible Pilot #1—something that had never been achieved before in the United States. Image Courtesy Don Walsh.A lucky pilotWalsh said Jan. 23 “was a lucky day.” Ambition, a sense of adventure and good fortune placed him on the path to historic destiny.Growing up near the San Francisco Bay, Walsh was captivated by the ships entering and exiting the harbor. Inspired

MTS Welcomes Two New Board Members

for Sustainability Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Previously, Miller held senior positions, including Assistant Director for Ocean Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he was instrumental in the creation of the United States’ first National Ocean Policy.He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature and made significant contributions to several major federal policy documents. His work has been recognized with awards both in the U.S. and abroad, including for the development of salinity remote sensing

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
Boone Davis, President & CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

.  But is it too self-serving, unfairly benefiting one company?  Maybe there are workarounds for bridge clearance problems. “The US needs to develop a workforce from scratch,” noting that a massive campaign was undertaken in the UK, something that needs to start now in the United States.Laura Smith, USA Director for Atlas ProfessionalsMaybe port location should be decided on other issues, say, workforce development, particularly building a diverse workforce, a top concern among policy makers.  If workforce is the analytical filter, maybe a port in Brooklyn would better

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