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US to use marine organisms to monitor strategic waters

The US military decided to deploy networks of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors in order to monitor adversary activity in the oceans. This is a challenging task, in which hardware alone cannot meet every need in the dynamic marine environment. Sea life, however, offers a potential new advantage.

Major oil companies to pay over climate change

New York made an important step towards protecting the environment, as it sued five major oil companies, demanding ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and  ConocoPhillips pay for the cost of protecting the city from the arising threat that the climate change poses.

BSEE releases recommendations for gas release prevention

The US Government Accountability Office conducted a review of BSEE’s oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, and found that the bureau had been unsuccessful in implementing a risk-based inspection component as part of its inspection program.

US Great Lakes vessels to enhance their performance

US flagged Great Lakes vessel operators are about to spend $65 million, in order to modernise their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter and reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce during spring.

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.

China supportive to IMO environmental strategy, says ICS

ICS Chairman, Mr Esben Poulsson, has praised the positive role played by the Chinese Government in supporting the global regulatory framework for merchant shipping provided by IMO, in contrast with the tendency by some other IMO Member States  towards adopting unilateral shipping regulations.

Aquatic species cross Pacific after Japan tsunami in 2011

According to marine biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Williams College and other institutions nearly 300 coastal species were detected in Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, after the tsunami in Japan in 2011, which crossed the ocean by attaching on debris.

Statoil’s wind farm to generate up to 1GW power to New York

The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power, making it a key part of New York State’s plan to deploy renewable energy sources to meet the state’s electricity needs.

US tests most powerful wind turbine for offshore industry

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announced that Clemson University in South Carolina will test and verify the gearbox and main bearings of the V164-9.5 MW, the world’s most powerful wind turbine. The turbine is most likely to be used for the first round of major offshore wind projects in the United States.

US’s first Jones Act-compliant wind jack-up vessel planned

Zentech and Renewables Resources International announced their plans to build the first Jones Act-compliant, four-legged, self-propelled, dynamically positioned level 2 jack-up vessel based on a U.S.-built barge. The vessel is expected to provide the evolving U.S. offshore wind industry with a much needed and cost-competitive marine logistic solution.

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