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Resolve Fixes Damaged Coral Reefs

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International salvage company, Resolve, is helping to repair damage done by the maritime industry through a pioneering coral reef replacement system. From its U.S. base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Resolve has developed a technique to effectively grow coral and anchor it to the seabed atop custom‐made underwater structures. Resolve has completed the environmental remediation of the 910 ft long decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier ex‐Oriskany. Resolve was awarded the project by the US Navy and successfully prepared and sank the vessel for reefing purposes off the coast of Pensacola, FL – creating the worldʹs largest artificial reef. Coral reef damage is a big concern for the shipping industry. Recently, the insurer of a Panama‐flagged tanker which struck a reef in the Caribbean agreed to pay the high cost of replacing the damaged coral. This was one of seven such incidents in the past month. Resolve’s system involves fragmenting healthy corals, nurturing them in a lab, attaching them to larger eco‐friendly reef structures, and then transplanting them back into their previous environment. These structures provide a raised, porous, yet sturdy substrate to promote rapid growth, environmental complexity, and an animal friendly habitat. Resolve’s Marine BioTechnicians measure the growing coral regularly to gain an approximation of the growth levels


Tubbataha Reef Wreck Removal Completed

Guardian Final Lift: Photo credit USN

The stern section, the last module of the former minehunter 'USS Guardian' has now been removed by salvors. In January 2013 the Navy mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines, inside Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The Navy removed the approximately 15,000 gallons of fuel aboard the ship and decided that the safest way to extract the Guardian from the reef was to deconstruct and carry it away in smaller sections.


Keys Coral Reefs First In U.S. To Receive International Protection

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Sam Bodman joined with shipping industry representatives today to announce that the department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has taken historic steps through the International Maritime Organization to create the first U.S. zone to protect coral from anchors, groundings and collisions from large international ships. The zone, known as the Florida Keys' Particularly Sensitive Sea Area, is more than 3,000


Coastal Land Preserved, Anniversary of Oil Spill

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On the 15th anniversary of a million gallon oil spill that damaged the coastline of Puerto Rico, NOAA and partner organizations are celebrating the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal reserve near one of the areas hardest hit by the spill. NOAA, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Trust for Public Land announced that 152 acres east of San Juan have been added to the San Miguel Natural Reserve to help compensate the public for lost recreational beach use and injured natural


Lockheed Martin System To Monitor Gulf of Suez Safety

Lockheed Martin has completed the final Site Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Gulf of Suez Vessel Traffic Information Management System (VTIMS), which will monitor and control ship traffic in all major port and harbor waters. The $50 million maritime safety system is the foundation of the Arab Republic of Egypt's total port management program. Work boats and fishing vessels traverse the 175-nautical-mile-long Gulf along with huge oil tankers and boats full of tourists visiting the famous Red


TITAN, CSA to Partner on Environmentally Sensitive Jobs

TITAN Salvage and CSA International, Inc. announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that allows TITAN to gain the experience and expertise of CSA's coral reef and seagrass experts when TITAN undertakes environmentally sensitive jobs anywhere in the world. CSA, a leader in marine environmental sciences and related services, will help ensure that potential impacts of wreck removal and salvage operations to reef or seagrass habitats are mitigated and minimized to the


Naval Vessel Damaged in Palau

The Navy on March 22 dispatched a Lafayette-class frigate and two tugboats to escort s warship back to Kaohsiung, after it was damaged in Palau when carrying out a naval friendship tour. According to Taipei Times, no one was hurt in the accident. Another Cheng Kung-class frigate was also ordered to go to sea to replace the damaged warship and continue the mission. The damaged ship was currently around 93km from Palau, escorted by Palauan vessels


Hawaiian CAT: Enviro Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger’s twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year.


Boats: Hawaiian Catamaran: Environmental Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger's twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year


Marine Debris Removed from Remote Hawaiian Islands

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant Program have just returned from a joint mission to remove thousands of pounds of deadly marine debris from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-ft. buoy tender home ported in Honolulu, departed on Aug. 22 for a 1,000 mile trip to the remote islands of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. Their goal was to remove as much lethal marine debris as possible


Saving Coral Reefs – One Shipwreck at a Time

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

In the summer of 1991, a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel, the HUI FENG #1, ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands, lying some 1


Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


Grounded Vessel Refloated without Pollution

 The MV Commander is anchored in the vicinity of Protestant Cay and presents no current threat to the environment

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Resident Inspection Office St. Croix crews are assessing the condition of the 221-foot cargo ship MV Commander, after it successfully refloated Saturday afternoon from Round Reef, where it grounded Friday night just outside Christiansted Harbor in St. Croix, U.S


Cargo Ship Refloated After Reef Grounding, Rudders Lost

MV Commander: Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard marine casualty investigators are investigating the cause of the recent grounding of the 'MV Commander' on Round Reef just outside Christiansted Harbor in the US Virgin Islands. Initial underwater assessments have identified that the Commander’s two rudders are missing


Rig Donation: A step-by-step guide

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A primer for those interested in Artificial Reefs as a way to dispose of old offshore structures, rigs and ships. The quandary of what to do with a non-productive well and the associated rig structures has always plagued offshore operators. As federal and state regulations begin to tighten in


China Warships Patrol Far Off Southern Island

Changbaishan 071 LPD: Photo courtesy of China Navy

China Navy's  Nanhai Fleet flotilla is patrolling the Zengmu Reef, the southernmost part [of what it considers to be] the country's territory, and those on board the 3 ships took a ceremonial oath to safeguard sovereignty, reports Xinhua.


Lynch Takes Helm of NOAA’s Atlantic Fleet

Anne K. Lynch

NOAA Capt. Anne K. Lynch has assumed command of the agency's Marine Operations Center-Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., which manages the day-to-day operations of the nine research and survey ships in NOAA's Atlantic fleet. Each year these ships conduct dozens of missions to assess fish and marine


Tanker Strikes Coral Reef

Multiple sources reported that a 500gt tanker MT Awang Bazao grounded in Bintan Sea, Riau Islands. The Mongolian-flagged vessel struck coral reef in the Malang Berdaun area, 1.5 miles from the mainland, while en route to Singapore. Rough weather conditions allegedly pulled the ship off course


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 6

USS Omaha (CL-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 6 1851 - U.S. Navy expedition under command of Lt. William Lewis Herndon, on a mission to explore the valley of the Amazon and its tributaries, reaches Iquitos in the jungle region of the upper Amazon after their departure from Lima, Peru.


OceanGate Dives on Black Elk Energy's 'Idle Iron'

Submersible Antipodes: Image credit OceanGate

Deep-sea manned submersible operations provider, OceanGate, has completed a series of dives in the Gulf of Mexico to observe the ecological impact of decommissioned oil platforms on ocean life using the 5-person manned submersible Antipodes.


Danger Lurking: Above & Below the Surface

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Feds issue Interim Guidelines for reefing old rigs at the same time that NOAA identifies myriad potentially polluting shipwrecks. Salvage opportunities abound. In late June, the U.S. Interior Department revised its interim policy for defunct, offshore oil-and-gas platforms


Around the Pier: Research and Rescue

R/V Roger Revelle saves marooned family in Palau

A mission to install a weather station in one of the most remote places in the world took on a humanitarian component when Scripps research vessel Roger Revelle took aboard a woman and her three children, who had been confined to a small atoll for more than a month.


Coral Sea Bulker Drifted Dangerously: ATSB Release Findings

ID Integrity: Photo courtesy of ATSB

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) release its findings on the breakdown and subsequent drift towards danger of the bulk carrier 'ID Integrity', in the Coral Sea, 18 to 23 May 2012 as follows: What happened In the early hours of 18 May 2012, while transiting the Coral Sea


CSA Demonstrates Advanced Diver Navigation System Capabilities

CSA Advanced Diver Navigation System

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) recently deployed its Advanced Diver Navigation System to conduct numerous projects with differing purposes. The CSA system includes the Shark Navigator, a self-contained, highly portable, diver-operated mapping system with high accuracy positioning.


 
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