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.

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.


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