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ROV Helps Recovery Dive Teams Locate Dumped Car

the technology to aid in the oil and gas industry. Now, ROVs are used in all manner of exploration and commercial applications from dam and water tank inspections, evidence recovery, pipeline maintenance, aquaculture, and drowning victim recovery.James City County, located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has an estimated population of 67,000 citizens. The county has a Marine Patrol and Underwater Search and Recovery Team that employs their JW Fishers’ SeaOtter-2 ROV whenever mission accomplishment is of the utmost importance. Many of the local waterways are low visibility and the need to

Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is licensed as a professional engineer in Texas

A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. (NOAA)

NOAA: $2.7M for Marine Trash Studies

the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grantees will implement locally based, cost-effective activities to remove marine debris, including derelict fishing gear and abandoned and derelict vessels. Approximately $1.2 million will support four marine debris research projects in California, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia. These projects address ecological risk assessment and the fate and transport of marine debris

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

. For example, the governor of New York’s goal is for 9,000 megawatts (MW) of OSW by 2035; the governor of Rhode Island has set a goal of 1,000 MW of clean energy projects by the end of 2020; and the Massachusetts legislature has created a goal of 3,200 MW of OSW by 2035. Finally, in Virginia, the state legislature declared 3,000 MW of OSW to be in the public interest, allowing (some say requiring) the State Corporation Commission to approve the two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project owned by Dominion Virginia Energy and managed by Ørsted.  This project

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

up from $42 million a few years earlier and just $1.5 million in an earlier round of bidding.”Another critical Strategy outcome: the National Research and Development Consortium, currently comprised of most major offshore wind developers and four Atlantic coast state agencies from Massachusetts to Virginia.  In 2018, DOE chose the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYERDA) as consortium administrator. DOE contributed $20.5 million for competitively solicited R&D projects, and NYSERDA matched that amount.Finally, Norton emphasized the importance of DOE’s economic

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

; Rear Adm. Scott 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

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

strongly supportive, supportive but cautionary, and, of course, some in opposition.A CA Task Force spokesperson said staff continues to work on “outreach, data collection and working with state and federal agencies.”  Regarding development of a wind energy supply chain, like in NY and Virginia, the spokesperson said, “it’s too early in the process” to focus on that.The BOEM/Task Force work, of course, is preparatory.  In reality, all of this background work positions BOEM to officially start its prescribed wind energy evaluation process.  BOEM’s next

Olis Robotics Hires Boyer as CCO

launch innovative new products and services. He most recently served as a vice president for Kymeta Corporation, and previously held program management and business development lead positions with SAIC, Ravenwing (acquired by Boeing) and BAE Systems. Boyer earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA from The George Washington University.Olis Robotics’ CEO Don Pickering said, “Tom’s expertise developing and demonstrating the value of innovative technology will be critical as we accelerate partnership development and launch Olis Robotics&rsquo

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

cable specialist Cortland supplies equipment which is used by research institutions around the world to help track and monitor changing ocean conditions. Our team led by renowned biogeochemist Dr. Greg Cutter, Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University, Virginia, developed an oceanographic solution for US GEOTRACES.To support the scientific challenges, a suitable cable had to be non-metallic to meet non-contaminating criterium as any exposed metal can interfere with the sample quality of trace elements, such as iron and zinc, by the time they return to

Each year, the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) sponsors the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award for a deserving paper addressing submarine cables and their relationship with the law of the sea.

Submarine Cables Writing Award

and science scholars, judges, and practitioners (including ICPC representatives) about the law of the sea and its key legal instrument—the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It is organised by a consortium of research universities and institutes and led by the University of Virginia. The Rhodes Academy’s twenty-fourth session will convene from 30 June to 19 July 2019, in Rhodes, Greece. Numerous students affiliated with ICPC Members have graduated from the Rhodes Academy and the ICPC is proud to support the program. For more information about the Rhodes Academy (including

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