“Arctic Caucus” called for by Sens. King and Murkowski 

On Thursday of last week, the first-ever hearing dedicated to the Arctic region as a whole was held in the U.S. Senate. The hearing signaled the launch of the “Arctic Caucus” (Caucus), a body assembled by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to explore issues facing the geographic area.  The formation of the Caucus coincides with the United States’ ascension to a two-year post as chairperson of the Arctic Council (Council), the intergovernmental body of eight Arctic nations.

Senator King’s remarks on the region illustrate that his interests reach beyond that of the Council. He said, “As the climate changes and the Arctic continues to open, the strategic significance of the region will only grow more important, both for Maine and for the rest of United States. In essence, what we are seeing before our eyes is the revealing of a new and enormously important ocean resource with respect to energy, security, and commerce.” 

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ShippingWatch Article Discusses Mega-Ships and Their Impact on Ports Around the World

Mega-ships force ports to more investments upgrading several to handle the growing number of ultra-large container carriers. This will eventually, undoubtedly impact U.S. ports in addition to LA/Long Beach, as intimated in this article from ShippingWatch.  Read "Kim Fejfer: Mega-ships force ports to more investments" from


New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

Verrill Dana’s client the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center just released this video:

It’s worth five minutes of your time to see how New Bedford’s Marine Commerce Terminal was built, and how it will operate to support off-shore wind projects and maritime commerce generally. There is no other facility like it in the Western Hemisphere.


Marine Technology Transfer: Leveraging Challenges into Opportunities

Let’s start 2015 by taking a fresh look at some of the issues and challenges facing the marine technology industry, as discussed in the attached column from the December, 2014 issue of Sea Technology magazine. It’s by our own Harlan Doliner, Chair of Verrill Dana’s Maritime Group, and summarizes a presentation he gave on marine tech technology transfer issues at this past fall’s Oceans ’14 conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


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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