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by wade on February 28, 2015
OFFSHORE LABRADOR IS NOT A PLACE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. So Judith Bobbitt felt completely in her element when, in 1978, she took her dream job as a physical oceanographer aboard an oil industry vessel. “At sea I felt completely at peace,” she says recalling her short career as a working member of the team collecting data on temperature, salinity, current speed, and interpreting it for multinational drilling operations in the Davis Strait and on the Labrador Shelf. Not even the initial seasickness on each trip could deter her. Read more.
A MARITIME VISION FOR CALIFORNIA
by wade on February 24, 2015
(San Diego, California; 15 Feb. 2015) California’s future is intimately tied to the Pacific. This vast ocean determines our coastline, influences our weather, boosts our tourism economy and provides great opportunity to further develop our “Blue Economy.” This is certainly true for San Diego, discovered by sea, built on a bay that brought the Navy and industries serving the Navy, and home to world-class ocean research institutions and the largest maritime and water technology (BlueTech) cluster in the United States. Read more.
THE PATH TO THE ARCTIC: NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
by wade on February 23, 2015
When Newfoundland and Labrador is described as the path to the Arctic, it is done so using the fullness of the word, from the province’s strategic location to its world-class Arctic-related expertise, infrastructure, and facilities. As Canada’s most easterly province, extending north to the edge of the Arctic, Newfoundland and Labrador is ideally located along international shipping lanes and northern sea routes to connect with markets in the Arctic, Canada, the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. Read more.
THE FLUID DYNAMICS OF BUSINESS
by wade on February 6, 2015
MOST PEOPLE LOOK AT A WAVE AND SEE WATER CRASHING IN ON ITSELF, BUT NOT Randy Billard. For him each wave is a marvel of mathematical possibilities. He is stoked by how wave energy is transferred and the tremendous forces it can exert. And he’s proud of his ability to use mathematics, physics, and computational software to visualize and model the wave interaction with small vessels and produce training simulation programs for vessels at sea. Read more.
ENDURING THE ARCTIC DEVELOPMENT MARATHON
by wade on January 26, 2015
(TromsØ, Norway; 20 Jan. 2015) Development of Arctic oil and gas resources requires an approach similar to preparing for a marathon, according to Tim Dodson, Statoil’s executive vice president of exploration. An avid runner himself, he shared his insights on the future of the Arctic with the 1,400 attendees at the 2015 Arctic Frontiers: Climate and Energy conference currently underway in the town known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” Read more.
SPEEDING SLOWLY TOWARDS EFFICIENCY ON THE HIGH SEAS
by wade on January 26, 2015
(St. John's, NL; 19 Jan. 2015) Large vessels that transport cargo, oil and other goods over large distances require a lot of fuel and to save time they move fast. However, Maritime transport within the EU faces challenges such as significant increases in transport volumes, growing environmental requirements and a shortage of seafarers. The concept of an autonomous ship would mean the unmanned vessels would move more slowly, be much more environmentally friendly and address the EU goals for reducing shipping related greenhouse gases. Read more.
OCEAN CLUSTERS MEET IN REYKJAVIK TO DISCUSS FULL UTILISATION OF HARVESTED FISH
by wade on November 3, 2014
(Reykjavik, Iceland: 30 Oct. 2014) The North Atlantic Ocean Cluster Alliance (NAOCA) gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 30 to discuss mutual projects and cooperation. The alliance consists of clusters and organizations from Norway, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. At the meeting in Reykjavik, The New England Ocean Cluster, a new American cluster initiative from Maine, joined the Alliance.
DEEP SEA DREAMER
by wade on October 20, 2014
Venturing into the unknown is a natural compulsion for homo sapiens. From climbing Everest to exploring Mars, to probing the vastness of space with telescopes, our species is driven by curiosity, and the potential for financial gain, to evolve technologies that enable us to master space, time, and distance. Among the most technically challenging and potentially rewarding areas that remain tantalizingly out of reach are the depths of the oceans. Read more.
SHIPPING INDUSTRY WANTS HIGHER QUALITY DATA SAYS SURVEY
by wade on October 7, 2014
The latest INTTRA Technology Outlook survey, which tries to identify the top technology priorities and challenges on the minds of international logistics and shipping industry professionals from direct shippers, carriers and freight forwarders around the world has shown that the industry’s top priority is “improving supply chain visibility capabilities to integrate higher quality data.” This demonstrates the importance now placed on having easy access to quality shipping information that is timely, accurate and complete. Read more.
A NEW ERA IN CANADA-EU RELATIONS
by wade on October 6, 2014
(Ottawa, Ontario; 26 Sept.2014) We, the leaders of Canada and the European Union (EU), meeting today in Ottawa, are committed to strengthening and deepening our strategic partnership that builds on our shared history and values. We reaffirmed our commitment to contributing to our mutual prosperity through our continued cooperation. Read more.