Small Vessel Warning: Possible Wave On Way From EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has made waves with its recent statements concerning the possible release of new permitting requirements for small commercial vessels. 

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Omega Epsilon Ocean Engineering Honor Society Job Fair

The Omega Epsilon Ocean Engineering Honor Society at the University of Rhode Island is sponsoring a job fair at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus on March 7, 2014 from 2-4 PM at the Coastal Institute.  Omega Epsilon is comprised of juniors and seniors in the Ocean Engineering program. Given the specialized nature of the industry, the society is working to put students and potential employers together. Omega Epsilon is asking for assistance in making this annual event even more of a success than it has been in the past. They are providing booth space free of charge to interested companies. They are also looking for people willing to speak to students about their specific company, or about careers in the Ocean Engineering industry in general. It also gives students who are just starting their careers a chance to interact with those who are already established. For more information on this great event, please contact Courtney Rocha at ( for more details.


Webinar: Potential for Conflicts in the Arctic

Co-produced by the National Council on Science and the Environment and led by experts from the Stimson Center and the Elliot School of International Affairs.

Join us on October 8 to examine the potential security and ecological ramification of increased Arctic transit.  I am honored to be part of the panel moderated by Elizabeth L. Chalecki, PhD, Visiting Research Fellow, Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center and including Captain Charles L. Cashin, III, Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard, Council on Foreign Relations; and Robert Huebert, Associate Professor, University of Calgary.
The (not so) hypothetical scenario: The Russians open the Northern Sea Route for regular ship traffic.

Potential for Conflicts in the Arctic
October 8, 2013
1:15 pm to 2:25 pm ET

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About 200 people are registered to date.


Ecochlor BWTS Selected for Installation on 7 Vessels Owned by International Shipholding Corporation

In an age where few areas of consensus exist for any environmental issue, the sea-faring nations of the world have agreed that the best hope for addressing the economic and environmental devastation wrought by invasive species inadvertently transported in the ballast water of large merchant vessels is the successful, global implementation of effective ballast water treatment technologies. Driven by incoming U.S. and international regulatory requirements, ballast water treatment systems are projected to be a 35 billion dollar industry world-wide between now and 2020. As you’ll see in the linked press release, our client Ecochlor, Inc. of Maynard, Massachusetts has just signed contracts with International Shipholding Corp. (“ISH”) for the retro-fitting of several of its fleet with Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment systems, starting now through the end of 2016. ISH, with its subsidiaries, is the owner and operator of the largest US flag fleet of cargo vessels, so its selection of Ecochlor and its cutting-edge technology is a major accomplishment. Attorneys in Verrill Dana’s Maritime and Business & Corporate groups, including Harlan Doliner, Elizabeth Myers, Mark Googins, Dennis White, are very proud to have played a role advising Ecochlor in these transactions. We congratulate Charlie Miller, Tom Perlich, Peter Bollier and all of their Ecochlor team for their industry-leading achievement.

View press release from Ecochlor here.


Marine Technology and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Please join the New England Section of the Marine Technology Society and MOTN, the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network, for the forum “Marine Technology and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary” on Saturday September 21, 2013 at the Stellwagen Bank NMS headquarters on beautiful Scituate Harbor in Scituate Massachusetts. There will be a morning speaking program followed by lunch and in the water technology demonstrations in the afternoon. The cost is only $30.00 for members and friends, and $15.00 for students. If you wish to display or present your technology or topic, there are still a limited number of slots available on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge for displays. See the attached flyer for more details. For more information or to register, please contact Chris Jakubiak at or 401-480-6469 (cell). We need to have a final head count for lunches by September 12, so please send in your registration before then. Please feel free to distribute this information to anyone you think may be interested in attending. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st.