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.


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.