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PORTLAND-BASED MARINE BUSINESS INCUBATOR LAUNCH ATTENDED BY ICELAND OFFICIALS
by wade on March 24, 2015
(PORTLAND, Maine; 16 March 2015) The U.S. ambassador to Iceland and Iceland's ambassador to the United States are visiting Maine on Tuesday, 17 March, in an effort to build upon and create new economic opportunities between the two countries. U.S. Ambassador Robert Barber and Iceland Ambassador Geir Haarde will first attend a private reception in Portland for the unveiling of the conceptual design for a marine-based business incubator being launched on the city's waterfront, according to an announcement last week from the Maine International Trade Center. Read more.
NEW RESEARCH CENTRE TO HOUSE LARGEST MARINE ENERGY RESEARCH GROUP
by wade on March 1, 2015
(Cork, Ireland 30 Jan. 2015) Ireland’s marine renewable energy sector could ultimately be worth as much as $12.6 Billion (€9 billion) by 2030, and be supporting thousands of jobs on the island, according to Energy Minister Alex White. 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.
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.
TWO NEW U.S. OCEAN RESEARCH SHIPS TO SET SAIL IN 2015
by Admin on January 8, 2015
(Anacortes, Wash.; 05 Jan. 2015) Two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology, and health of the oceans.
The U.S. National Science Foundation has commissioned the Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-auk), while the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) ship, dubbed Neil Armstrong, will begin science operations late next year, said ocean researchers. Read more.
MARINE TECHNOLOGY CLUSTER IMPORTANT FOR MISSISSIPPI’S FUTURE
by Admin on January 6, 2015
A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people--that is more than one in every three people in the regional workforce--are employed in the blue industries. And it’s not just the Mississippi Gulf Coast that has a stake in the blue economy. Read more.
PLANNING FOR A DEEP-SEA COLONY
by Admin on December 3, 2014
(TOKYO, Japan: 22 Nov. 2014) Forget colonies in space, one Japanese construction company says in the future human beings could live in huge complexes that corkscrew deep into the ocean.
Blue-sky thinkers say around 5,000 people could live and work in a modern-day Atlantis, a sphere 500 metres (1,500 feet) in diameter that houses hotels, residential spaces and commercial complexes. The vast globe would float at the surface of the sea, but could be submerged in bad weather, down the centre of a gigantic spiral structure that plunges to depths of up to 4,000 metres. Read more.
MAKING THE OCEANS-KINESIOLOGY CONNECTION
by Admin on November 20, 2014
Kinesiology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about oceans, but they are more connected than they seem. What about working conditions for offshore workers--do the accommodations work for offshore workers who are at sea for weeks? What about health and safety procedures? Is the safety equipment in good working order? 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.