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Entries in Marine Technology (10)

Friday
Mar162018

The Growing Relationship between Québec’s & New England’s Marine Technology Communities 

Despite the on-coming storm, many gathered at Boston’s Seaport Hotel on the evening of Monday, March 12 at the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between Technopole Maritime du Québec (TMQ) and the Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), and the Québec reception that followed.

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Wednesday
Jan112017

A 2017 New Year’s Resolution with Global Impact: The Polar Code Enters into Force

The Polar Code, or more precisely, the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters entered into force on Jan. 1, 2017, marking an important milestone in global efforts to protect the polar ecosystems as well as the ships, crews, and maritime passengers transiting defined waters surrounding the poles.

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the mandatory Polar Code “sets out mandatory standards that cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training and environmental protection matters that apply to ships operating in the inhospitable waters surrounding the two poles.”

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Looking North: A Watershed Moment in Arctic Awareness

October 2016 marked a watershed moment in increased awareness of the importance of the Arctic and regional and global implications of Arctic climate change.  Verrill Dana partnered with the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN) to host a Marine Technology and the North Symposium coincident with the plenary meeting Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) recently convened in Portland, Maine. The Symposium and SAO meeting were perfect catalysts for a month-long series of Maine-based events bringing together some of the leading minds in academia, industry, and government to consider challenges and opportunities in the Arctic.  

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Friday
Sep162016

IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management Ratified - What's Next?

Last week in Law at the Waterline, we celebrated the ratification of the IMO convention on ballast water management, an event we described as “a major milestone for enhanced protection of our oceans and a profound business driver for marine-environmental technology.”  As we progress to towards the convention’s permanent implementation date of September 8, 2017, Law at the Waterline will have a series of posts tracking this process and progress of implementation, including type approval and other standards for treatment technologies and developments expected in the U.S. Coast Guard’s promulgation of its requirements. We begin the series this week with some background information in a post by Grace Denny, a student at Boston College.

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Friday
Jul242015

NOAA Seeks Applicants for Hydrographic Panel

NOAA is soliciting applications for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency’s hydrographic programs, products, and technology. Applications must be received by August 10.

“Quality data is essential to NOAA maritime programs, whether it is developing innovative products for precision navigation, creating richer data streams for ocean observations, or tapping into new possibilities of crowdsourcing and other modes of data collection,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D, acting assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service. “As we determine future priorities, we depend on advice from actual users of our products, and this panel is a vital part of that information gathering process.”

The panel advises NOAA on operations and research issues related to hydrographic surveying, nautical charts, tides and currents, geodetic and geospatial measurements, and coastal resilience. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation; port administration; marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries; cartography and geographic information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response; or other science-related fields.

Current panel membership includes individuals with diverse backgrounds in the maritime technology sector including commercial shipping, the cruise industry, industry/trade associations and businesses ranging from small businesses to large consulting firms. HSRP has informally mentioned a particular interest in adding a New England perspective to the panel.

For more information on how to apply, see the Federal Register notice or visit the HSRP website.