The United States is the world leader in robotics, including those in the maritime space. Can we maintain or extend our leadership? There are increasing indications that will be a challenge, (but one to which we can rise) as reflected in this article: http://i-hls.com/2014/05/new-british-robotic-boat-totally-autonomous/
According to Marine Log magazine, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is moving forward with wind energy planning efforts for the Outer Continental Shelf offshore New York. See: http://www.marinelog.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6768:boem-moves-ahead-on-new-york-offshore-wind-planning&Itemid=224
Undersea ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) have been in the news a lot lately, including leading the search for the tragically-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. This year’s annual student ROV competition at on May 3rd at UMass-Dartmouth continues a terrific tradition of the marine technology industry and higher education partnering to encourage young students’ interest in science and engineering. Nearly two dozen student teams from high schools and middle schools throughout New England will be participating in this year’s competition. The teams have designed and built ROVs to complete simulated missions related to exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Come and see future engineers and scientists display their engineering and piloting skills. For details, see the event notice here.
The Environmental Protection Agency has made waves with its recent statements concerning the possible release of new permitting requirements for small commercial vessels.