Increased Maritime Activity Highlights Need for National Ocean Policy

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By Susan Olcott, This New Year comes with new opportunities – as well as the potential for conflicts – in the open ocean. In 2013, the US federal government will offer competitive lease sales for offshore wind farms in the waters off of Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Considering the impact these sites could have on existing ocean industries, like … [Read more...]

Emission Control Areas– A Risky Business?

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A recent investigation by the UK P&I Club revealed evidence that compliance with low sulphur fuel regulations has exacerbated ever-increasing incidences of vessel main engine failures and electrical blackouts. Engine failure, steering failure, failure of bow thrusters or complete blackout amounts to around 7% of the Club’s third party property damage claims in US$, … [Read more...]

Greenpeace Activists Get Ice-Cold Greeting by Russian Drilling Rig Crew

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Greenpeace activists scaled OAO Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform in the Arctic to protest drilling plans on Russia’s first major oil project in the ocean. Six ecologists, including the environmental organization’s executive director Kumi Naidoo, approached the rig in inflatable speedboats and occupied it earlier this morning, Greenpeace said in an … [Read more...]

Words Can’t Describe Something this Beautiful Well Enough [VIDEO]

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20 miles off Santa Cruz, California, Mark Peters and some friends were fishing for albacore and playing around with a custom underwater "torpedo" case for his HD GoPro video camera.  Besides catching a load of fish, it was an otherwise typical day on the ocean. And then something unbelieveable happened... [vimeo][/vimeo]   … [Read more...]