Interested in the ocean plastic problem? Join a Twitter chat with the legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, March 1.
Speaking in Indonesia at The Economist magazine’s World Ocean Summit, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Esben Poulsson has set out what the industry would like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to achieve as part of its CO2 reduction strategy for the shipping sector.
He said that unless the IMO makes significant progress, the industry could be vulnerable to regional action, not only from the EU–which is considering incorporating shipping into the EU Emissions Trading System–but also from Canada or California, which have already introduced carbon pricing.
“We are confident IMO can adopt an ambitious strategy by 2018 matching the spirit of the Paris Agreement,” said Poulsson, adding that the IMO must agree to “a baseline year for peak CO2 emissions from shipping, as well as setting out some serious long-term aspirations for dramatically cutting the sector’s total CO2 by the middle of the century.”
ICS stresses that the IMO should adopt objectives for the entire sector, not for individual ships, and agree on a mechanism for delivery, preferably by 2023.
The March for Science is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 2017. It is an international movement, with marches planned throughout the world.
Recent U.S. policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and these concerns are shared by scientists and nonscientists alike around the globe, prompting this movement for science.
Find out more here.
On February 21, the 200-ft. sailing school vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 fuel, comprising 20 percent biodiesel, at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The ship will sail from New England to Florida, then on to Cuba in March.
Completed in 2017, the vessel is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship built in the U.S. in more than 100 years. It has the profile of an early 19th century vessel, but is a modern, state-of-the-art floating classroom hosting practical sail training and leadership development activities.
Caption: SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at Newport Shipyard before fueling with B20 provided by Newport Biodiesel. (Photo Credit: OHPRI)
A group of ocean explorers left Honolulu February 18 and will be at sea 30 to 45 days on an expedition to the equatorial Pacific Ocean to search a wide area of ocean floor that may be the resting place of Amelia Earhart’s aircraft. This discovery would end one of the world’s greatest mysteries and locate a priceless piece of aviation history.
The Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition is led by the explorer Alan Eustace and managed by Nauticos LLC. The oceanographic systems laboratory from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is using the Hydroid REMUS 6000 AUV for the search.
You can follow the expedition at ExpeditionPortal.Nauticos.com.
The National WWII Museum’s fully restored PT-305 will be ready for public rides beginning April 1. The U.S. Navy used this vessel to attack Axis supply ships and troops transports in the Mediterranean during World War II. The vessel will be the only operational combat-veteran PT boat in existence, marking the culmination of a 10-year journey to return it to water.
The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program is seeking to fund projects that advance new or existing technology-based solutions that address long-standing and emerging coastal observing, product development and data management challenges.
The projects will be focused on technologies with demonstrated operators who commit to integrated, long-term use of those technologies and open data sharing. The technologies must be sufficiently mature for long-term operations.
This announcement specifically funds activities needed to progress those technologies through the transitional stages between research and full operations, such as system integration, testing, validation and verification.
Full proposals are due by Monday, March 20, 2017.
See details here.
Caption: CTD package being deployed east of Abaco Island, Bahamas, aboard the RV Knorr. (Photo Credit: NOAA AOML)
The semifinalists for the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE have been announced.
The teams advancing will test their entries at a depth of 2,000 m, racing to map at least 20 percent of the 500 sq. km competition area at 5-m resolution and identify and image at least five archeological, biological or geological features at any depth, all within 16 hr.
Up to 10 finalist teams will be selected to proceed past Round One and will split a $1 million milestone prize purse. In Round Two, they will need to operate their entries at a depth of 4,000 m, aiming to map at least 50 percent of the 500 sq. km competition area at 5-m resolution and identify and image at least 10 archeological, biological or geological features at any depth, all within 24 hr. A $4 million grand prize and $1 million second place prize will be awarded to the teams that receive the top scores for demonstrating the highest resolution seafloor mapping after meeting all minimum requirements for speed, autonomy and depth.
As part of the total $7 million prize purse, 12 teams will also be competing for the NOAA $1 million bonus prize and will need to demonstrate that their technology can “sniff out” a specified object in the ocean by tracing a biological and chemical signal to its source.
See the 21 advancing teams here.
Image Credit: Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
The Florida Manatee Bowl will be held this Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Teams of local high school students will gather in Fort Pierce, Florida, for the annual regional competition that tests teams through quick-answer buzzer questions.
The winners earn a spot in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB).
HBOI co-hosts the event with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, with the event location alternating each year between Fort Pierce and Miami.
“Now in its 20th year, the Florida Manatee Bowl opens up the world of environmental and Earth sciences to high school students,” said Dr. Dennis Hanisak, FAU Harbor Branch director of education and event coordinator. “By exposing students to ocean science early on, they are better prepared to become knowledgeable citizens and future leaders.”
Caption: Fort Pierce Inlet, Fort Pierce, Florida. (Photo Credit: Don Ramey Logan)
Martek Marine has launched iVital, a telemedicine service that could lead to annual industry-wide savings of up to $168 million.
At any given time, 1.5 million seafarers are operating around 55,000 merchant vessels across the globe. Of these seafarers, about 7 percent each year will be evacuated from the vessel on which they are working due to ill health. The annual cost to the industry of diversions and helicopter evacuations is $760 million, almost a quarter of which is ultimately unnecessary.
iVital could save shipowners hundreds of thousands of dollars each by avoiding costly, unnecessary course diversions and helicopter evacuations through the misdiagnosis of ill or injured crew members.
Image Credit: Martek Marine