Full Acceptance of International Ballast Water Requirements for Ships Nears: Japan’s Accession Puts Full Ratification Within Less Than 3%

On October 10, Japan deposited its accession to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004 with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). A total of 42 states have now signed up to the convention, representing 32.02% of the required 35% of the world merchant tonnage, placing the Convention 2.98% away from full ratification. The Convention, once fully ratified, will trigger mandatory requirements that will address the problem of invasive species being transported around the world in ships’ ballast water.

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Coast Guard Scientists Prep for Arctic Patrol

A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center will depart from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 8. The purpose of their month-long evaluation is to improve Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic region, specifically in the areas of boat operations, communications, navigational safety and oil spill response.



The Future? The Present?

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:


BOEM Moves Ahead on New York Offshore Wind Planning 

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:


2014 New England Regional MATE Student ROV Competition

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.