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Mid-Atlantic
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SC - S.C. Ports Sees Further Recovery Amid Pandemic

With August volumes continuing to trend upward, S.C. Ports Authority imports are returning to, and at times exceeding, pre-pandemic levels, pointing to ongoing recovery, the SCPA said in a news release.

Coastwide
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USA - On the Level: How NOAA Water Data Updates Help Maritime Shippers

In-depth tide data and benchmark verification project will take dozens of experts years to complete.

Coastwide
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USA - Manson Construction Co. Announces Contract to Build Largest U.S. Hopper Dredge

Seattle-based Manson Construction Co. announced the execution of a contract for the construction of a 15,000 cubic yard hopper dredge with Keppel AmFELS.

International
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World - Lines Ultra-Large Containership Focus Hits Ports With Limited Berth Space, Draught

A focus on ultra-large vessels by container lines to manage capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting smaller ports with limited berth and draught.

Coastwide
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USA - Biggest Ship Ever Seen on Mississippi Would Leave No Wake, Haul Load of 2,375 Trucks

A Miami ship line proposes an untried design never seen on the world’s rivers and yet conceived to haul as much cargo as 2,375 highway trucks while never churning up a dangerous wall of water behind it.

International
Waterways

South Africa - Coastal and Marine Economy: Can It Be Salvaged From the Impacts of Poor Water Quality?

South Africa has one of the highest unemployment (currently above 31% and growing, worsened by Covid-19), poverty stricken and unequal societies in the world.

Great Lakes
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WI - Fontana Teams With Private Marina on Harbor Cleanup Study

FONTANA – A study on the causes of messy sediment buildup in the Abbey Harbor will be a public-private venture.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - 'Nurdle Patrol' Survey Finds Plastic Pellets on Almost Every Louisiana and Texas Beach

At Grand Isle State Park, on a sandy beach popular with sunbathers and anglers, Jace Tunnell pointed to the tide line and its usual scattering of litter: milk jugs, water bottles, candy wrappers, plastic bags.

West Coast
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CA - Innovative New Whale Detection System Aims to Prevent Ships From Striking Animals

Whale Safe launches in Southern California waters to help reduce deaths of the iconic marine mammals

International
Waterways

World - Viking Seafarers May Have Navigated With Legendary Crystals

For centuries, Viking seafarers ruled the North Atlantic, braving open seas peppered with icebergs to travel thousands of kilometers to their colonies in Iceland and Greenland—all without compasses.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Cape Carteret OKs Funds for Deer Creek Dredging

CAPE CARTERET — Town commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night to adopt a budget amendment to fund Cape Carteret’s share of a county-led project to dredge a silted arm of Deer Creek.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - Experts Warn of Potentially 'Deadly' Great Power Games in the Arctic

The joint U.S., U.K., Norwegian and Danish exercise off Russia’s coast in the Barents Sea is the latest example of rapidly growing military tensions in the Arctic, experts say, warning of potential dangers of great power rivalry in the region.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Biggest Vessel in Port of Virginia’s History Calls; 15,000-Plus-TEU CMA CGM Brazil

At more than 1,200 feet long and nearly 170 feet wide, the containership CMA CGM Brazil is massive.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Galveston Bay Receives 'C' Grade in Annual Pollution Report

An annual report evaluating the condition of Galveston Bay was released on Wednesday, providing new information on pollution, water quality and other environmental issues.

Southeast
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FL - Task Force Says Biscayne Bay Has Reached its Tipping Point, Proposes Recommendations

In 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned of an environmental “regime change” occurring in Biscayne Bay’s ecosystem.

International
Waterways

Atlantic - Wind-Powered Oceanbird Promises to Reduce Cargo Shipping Emissions by 90%

A Swedish consortium has unveiled the Oceanbird – an innovative sailing cargo vessel that aims to revolutionize maritime transport in the Atlantic Ocean.

Northeast
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NY - Scajaquada Creek and the Blue Economy

As part of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s new awareness campaign for Scajaquada Creek – “Scajaquada September” – the organization held a press conference where they discussed a number of impressive goals, including reconnecting a wetland and floodplain.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - RiverLink, Asheville Look to Repair Polluted Urban Streams That Flow Into French Broad River

If Roy Harris could give his humble opinion in how Asheville should start its monumental attempt at reparations, he would say to start at the historically Black Southside neighborhood and clean up a stream known as Nasty Branch.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Gulf of Mexico - Offshore Oil Wells, Ports Shut as Hurricane Sally Advances on U.S. Gulf

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Energy companies, ports and refiners on Monday raced to shut down as Hurricane Sally lumbered towards the central U.S. Gulf Coast, the second significant hurricane to shutter oil and gas activity over the last month.

Southeast
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FL - Miami-Dade ‘Blueways’ Plan Aims to Increase Water Access

Water, water everywhere, but no way to put in. That’s often the case in Miami-Dade County, blessed and cursed with hundreds of miles of mostly publicly inaccessible waterways, from the Biscayne Bay shoreline to lakes natural and artificial and rivers and canals that stretch to the edge of the Everglades.

International
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Indian Ocean - Japan ship operator to pay $9M over Mauritius oil spill

The Japanese MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. The oil spill disaster turned deadly this week when a tugboat leaving the shipwreck collided with a barge and sank, killing at least three sailors, police said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Repair to Well Off Texas Coast Taking Longer Than Expected

Officials say repairs to a natural gas well off the Texas coast that started leaking last week will take longer than expected

International
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NZ - Test Case: Port Otago Wants Coastal Rules on Environment Relaxed

New Zealand ports are watching and waiting as one of their own tries to add a little grey to "black and white" legislation set up to preserve protected coastal areas.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Major Lake Michigan Tributary Removed From Polluted Site List

MENOMINEE, MI — A river that marks the border between Michigan and Wisconsin has been removed from a federal list of heavily polluted sites in Great Lakes waters, although it continues to have contamination issues with toxic fluorochemicals.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Officials Expect to Start Old Ferry Channel Dredging in December

CAPE CARTERET — Carteret County officials hope to begin dredging Old Ferry Channel, in Bogue Sound between Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle, and probably at least some of Deer Creek in Cape Carteret in December.

Caribbean
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Caribbean - Carnival Unaware of Its Ships Damaging Seabed

A MAJOR cruise line has said it is unaware of any issues with its ships related to allegations of seabed and marine life damage caused by vessels sheltering in Bahamian waters near the Berry Islands.

Southeast
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FL - $134,928 NOAA Grant Will Help Continue Dives Against Debris in the Florida Keys

After Hurricane Irma, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached out to local dive and snorkel operators in the Keys to help with debris removal within the Sanctuary.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana Ports Hit by Hurricane Laura Battered as Ship Traffic Restricted; Industry Prepares Return

Since Hurricane Laura swept through southwest Louisiana nearly two weeks ago, there's been very little ship traffic in the region because of restrictions on ship depth, damage to two main public ports and because power and water outages have crippled the region and hampered the restart of industrial facilities.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - In Just 20 Years, Ships Could Cross an Open Arctic Ocean

Sailing via the North Pole was impossible until the 1950s. Now, it is all but inevitable.

International
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World - Five Ways Saildrone’s ‘Satellites of the Seas’ Could Transform Mauritius Oil Spill Response

It has been 43 days since the Wakashio grounding and there is growing anger on the ground at the state of affairs in Mauritius.

Northeast
Waterways

NJ - State, Feds Review New Dredge Material Management Site for Surf City Channel

While there is no firm start date for the dredging of the Surf City channel in the bay off Ninth Street, it is slated for a future project, state transportation officials said last month.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - Loopholes in Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil Ban Defer Action to the End of the Decade

In concessions to Russia, the International Maritime Organisation has watered down draft rules to protect the Arctic from oil spills and black carbon pollution

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Federation to Receive Debris Removal Grant

An area environmental nonprofit organization is going to receive funding to remove marine debris, including abandoned and derelict vessels.

Southeast
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GA - Savannah Becomes Top U.S. Port for Exports

Commodities like raw cotton, pulp and kaolin clay see major growth

International
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China - Chinese Company Could Run Crucial Argentine Shipping Route

Shanghai Dredging is interested in managing the Paraná–Paraguay waterway, which connects Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Port of Corpus Christi, City of Port Aransas Reach Settlement on Harbor Island

Corpus Christi, TX, USA – The Port of Corpus Christi and City of Port Aransas have reached an agreement on the future development of Harbor Island. This agreement amicably resolves all pending litigation between the Parties.

Southeast
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FL - Pollution Has Cost Florida Millions, and the Bill Keeps Rising

Amid a historic fish kill in Biscayne Bay, the public's eyes are on some of the causes of the dire situation plaguing our waters: nutrient pollution and algal blooms.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Carteret and Hyde Counties Partner With NC Ferry Division on Critical Dredging Project

In July, the North Carolina Ferry System announced that they were temporarily reducing service on the Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke due to critical shoaling issues in the ferry channel just outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.

Southeast
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FL - ‘Like Groundhog Day’: New Report Has Same Old Findings on How to Save Biscayne Bay

There’s a new plan to save ailing Biscayne Bay, and it looks a lot like the old plan — and the one before that.

International
Waterways

CAN - Railways See Untapped Potential in Atlantic Canada Ports

Coordinated efforts among the railways, the ports and port operators to expand capacity could benefit all stakeholders along the supply chain.

Mid-Atlantic
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PA - Report: Pennsylvania Falls Behind in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the health of the nation’s largest estuary is continuing to improve.

Northeast
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ME - Lawsuit Challenges Access to Prized Piece of Portland's Working Waterfront

A lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court could limit historical access to the working waterfront by commercial fishermen in Portland.

Southeast
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FL - Longboat Key Expects to Face Penalties Following Major Sewage Spill Near Sarasota Bay

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Following one month of water sample testing from a third-party consultant, Longboat Key officials were pleased to learn major sewage had little impact on the short-term health of Sarasota Bay.

International
Waterways

World - Oil Spill in Mauritius Calls for More Efforts to Safeguard Coral Reef Ecosystems

On July 25, 2020, a Japanese cargo ship struck a reef on the southeast coast of Mauritius, leaking tons of oil into coral reefs, pristine turquoise water lagoons and unique ecosystems of the island nation.

Coastwide
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USA - More Than $5.9 Mln Invested in Marine Debris Cleanup Projects

Matching grants bring total to $5.9 million for 23 projects across 18 U.S. states and territories

Northeast
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NE - Endgame Looms for New England's Great River

After a half-century of failures, the recovery of the Connecticut River ecosystem hangs in the balance. Will authorities finally act to save it?

West Coast
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CA - Port of Oakland’s Marine Terminal Slashes Emissions With Electric Cranes

The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has cut diesel emissions from 13 of its massive yard cranes by 95 percent after retrofitting them with hybrid-electric engines.

Northeast
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MA - Plymouth County Commsission Primary Candidates Split Over Dredging Program

The four candidates agree on a lot of things — term limits, homelessness and regional purchasing agreements, but they are split on the county’s 2015 purchase of equipment for a dredging program

International
Waterways

World - Autonomous Ships Are About to Set Sail — Into Choppy Waters

Next month an ultra-modern 15-metre trimaran will slip into Plymouth harbour on Britain’s south coast, flagging the way to a new future in maritime transport.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Virginia Coastal Policy Center Announces Partnership With Tribes, N.C. Institutions

William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) is undertaking a project with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) to increase engagement among tribal communities, government agencies, and universities.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Continue to Respond to Dredging Vessel

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Coast Guard crews and partner agencies continue pollution and salvage response Sunday for the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - In Full Bloom: Crusade against stormwater runoff includes arsenal of management practices

Being a Hampton Roads resident means an uncomfortable familiarity with stormwater. Few of us have escaped the summer storms that bring the deluge of rain, wreaking havoc on the side streets’ traffic. Thankfully each city has a stormwater management department on its own crusade, combating the flash flooding and the subsequent waterway pollution.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - 4 Missing After Pipeline Explosion at Port In Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A dredging vessel at a Texas port hit a natural gas pipeline Friday, sparking an explosion that sent six people to the hospital and left four others missing, authorities said.

International
Waterways

Indian Ocean - Japan ship deviated from shipping lane before Mauritius impact, data shows

The Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs diverted more than 100 kilometres from a regular shipping lane, data from a maritime analysis firm showed.