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How Can Feds Help Oil, Gas Industry? Stay Out Of It, Insiders Say

May 3, 2016

As U.S. oil and gas continues its “lower for longer” path, the question arises of whether a bailout – such as the one granted to the automotive industry at the end of the 2000s – has become part of the national discourse. The automotive industry’s rescue amounted to a bill of $9.3 billion once the… Continue Reading »

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PLOCAN Sends Underwater Glider on Oceanographic Mission

April 16, 2016

An underwater glider has been put into operation in Madeira archipelago waters by a group of technical specialists from PLOCAN, in collaboration with scientists and technicians from Madeira Ocean Observatory (OOM) and Instituto Hidrográfico Portuguese Navy on board the ship NRP-Zaire of the Portuguese Navy. The initiative is framed into the EU-project AtlantOS-H2020, which PLOCAN… Continue Reading »

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DNV GL Introduces Offshore Leak Detection Systems Guidance

April 13, 2016

DNV GL has launched globally applicable guidance for leak detection systems for offshore fields. The Recommended Practice (DNVGL-RP-F302) is based on the findings of a DNV GL led joint industry project (JIP) completed in 2015 with 19 companies, including Eni, Lundin, Petrobras and FMC technologies, and industry regulators as observers. It covers all the lifecycle… Continue Reading »

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Ramboll to Monitor Counter Filling Ops for Submarine Wreck

April 9, 2016

Ramboll has been commissioned to support the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in the environmental monitoring of the installation of a supporting counter-fill for the sunken German WWII submarine U-864. The rediscovery of German WWII submarine U-864 off the Norwegian west coast in 2003 prompted concerns that the vessel’s cargo of mercury could severely pollute surrounding… Continue Reading »

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US Judge Approves BP Civil Settlement With Government Over 2010 Spill

April 6, 2016

U.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc’s civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states. The company at the time said its total pre-tax charges… Continue Reading »

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Norway Greenlights Deepwater Fish Farm Project

April 6, 2016

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility. Situated outside of Trondheim, this innovative new facility introduces a paradigm shift in salmon farming now, and other fish types in the future and… Continue Reading »

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Most Severe Coral Bleaching Documented on GBR

March 31, 2016

Aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, James Cook University informed. “This has been the saddest research trip of my life,” says Prof. Terry Hughes, convenor… Continue Reading »

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SMRU Studies Harbour Seals Decline Using Vodafone Technology

March 30, 2016

Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews is set to begin a study into the sharp decline in Harbour seal populations off Orkney, Scotland, under a three-year Government-backed initiative. Marine scientists at SMRU will attach marine telemetry tags to the fur at the back of the heads of a number of seals,… Continue Reading »

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New Study Helps to Reduce Ship-Whale Collisions

March 26, 2016

University of Victoria (UVic) is leading a mission off Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino, to deepen the knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes. Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements… Continue Reading »

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FORCE, Partners Fund New Environmental Monitoring Program

March 25, 2016

Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy announced $500,000 in funding to begin a new environmental effects monitoring program (EEMP) at the FORCE site in the Minas Passage. “We need to understand what effects in-stream tidal technologies may have on the marine… Continue Reading »

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