NOAA

New tool enhances safety for larger cargo ships entering Miami

NOAA launched a decision support tool for super-sized ships, coming through the recently-expanded Panama Canal, to enter the Miami seaport more safely. The tool reduces accidents by more than 50%, increases the amount of cargo ships can carry, reduces transit delays for commercial traffic, enhances recreational activities, and improves hazardous spill response. 

Speed restrictions off US Virginia Beach

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an alert regarding the right whale Dynamic Management Area off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, after three whales were spotted in this area. This DMA is in effect since 10 February 2018. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

Arctic saw smallest ever winter sea ice coverage in 2017

Arctic warming persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to a new report sponsored by the US NOAA.

Right whales in danger of extinction

In a study published by phys.org, it is noted that it is now possible that the endangered species of right whales can become extinct and new measures need to be taken. North Atlantic right whales, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, had a deadly year in 2017, as only 450 whales are left, of which 17 died this year.

Salvage attempt underway for grounded vessel off Honolulu

After reports that a fishing vessel grounded off Diamond Head near Kaimana Beach, the US Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department responded and rescued the master and 19 fishermen from the vessel at late night of October 10.

USCG: Gulf of Mexico oil spill greater than estimated

New data provided indicate that the total volume of oil discharged from the damaged pipeline off Louisiana, may be as much as 672,000 gallons, rather than the 392,700 gallons initially reported, the US Coast Guard informed.

Dead whale found on cruise ship’s bulbous bow

A dead whale was found stuck on the submerged bulbous bow of the 290-meters long “Grand Princess” cruise ship, when she reached Ketchikan port, Alaska. The incident is currently investigated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

NOAA warns of above-normal active hurricane season in Atlantic

The US NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook, warning that the season has the potential to be the most active since 2010, with forecasters predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season and increasing the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. 

BOEM: Seismic surveys harm marine life in Gulf of Mexico

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for evaluating potential environmental effects of geological and geophysical activities within the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf.

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