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.

US to approve offshore seismic and energy surveys

The US Department of the Interior announced that will resume evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean. The seismic surveying offers better understanding of the offshore areas, including locating offshore hazards, siting of wind turbines, as well as offshore energy development.

Thousands of acres auctioned for wind energy in US

U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the completion of US’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. The lease area has a potential generating capacity of 1,486 MW, enough energy to power more than 500,000 homes.

EPA to act on waters of the US Rule

In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army has announced its intention to review and rescind or revise the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

Wind power lauds Massachusetts energy legislation

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) applauded the Massachusetts state legislature which just passed a new law that will dramatically expand procurement of renewable energy in the state.

US Coastal military installations are at risk of losing land

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has released an analysis which proves that US East and Gulf Coast military installations are at risk of losing land—where vital training and testing grounds, infrastructure and housing now exists—as sea level rise moves the high tide line inland in decades to come.

Federal court puts restrictions on Navy’s LFA sonar use

The Ninth Circuit court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) had illegally approved a permit authorizing the Navy to use its high-intensity long-range sonar – called low-frequency active sonar (or LFA) – in more than 70 percent of the world’s oceans.

MARAD releases Energy Efficiency White Paper

US MARAD has announced the availability of the Energy Efficiency White Paper that provides marine vessel owners and operators information on how to evaluate potential investments in efficiency measures and technologies.


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