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World - World's largest sea lock to be completed this summer

This summer, OpenIJ – a consortium of construction companies building the IJmuiden lock – will deliver the largest sea lock in the world to Rijkswaterstaat.

Southeast
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SC - Charleston to become deepest port on the east coast

The Charleston Harbor is on track to have the deepest port on the east coast and harbor some of the world’s largest ships.

Great Lakes
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MI - In Lake Michigan’s first national sanctuary, nearly 100 possible shipwrecks could reveal tales of the superhighways of the Great Lakes

In October 1887, the steamer Vernon set sail from Michigan toward Chicago with about 50 people on board. Likely overloaded with cargo, she never made it.

Great Lakes
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OH - NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicts harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie will be smaller than average this summer

For the second year in a row Lake Erie should experience a mild harmful algal bloom, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Northeast
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NY - Worst Brown Tide In Years Threatens Great South Bay

Levels of brown tide algae recorded from Sayville to Bellport are highest since 2017 and are harmful to marine life, scientists say.

Mid-Atlantic
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NY - Scientists: Great South Bay Off Long Island Suffering Through Most Intense Brown Tide In Years

SAYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It has become an annual sight off Long Island and it’s not getting any better. Scientists say the waters are seeing one of the most intense brown tide algae blooms in years, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday.

Coastwide
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World - Optimized Weather Routing Makes Shipping Cheaper and Safer

Remko Vermeer, one of the former seafarers employed in the continuous shift service at DTN, is more than familiar with weather information and weather routing from experience.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Exxon Valdez trustees and stakeholders differ on spending of final oil spill settlement funds

Nearly 30 years after ExxonMobil agreed to pay $900 million to help restore resources damaged by the company’s disastrous 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, more money remains than was once expected, and there are plenty of ideas as to what should be done with it.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Engineering marvel: Two Alaska fast ferries head to Spain on 'the mother of all ships'

The fast ferries MV Fairweather and MV Chenega were towed in Ketchikan today to be loaded onto a massive submergible freighter, where they will be transported to Spain for ferry service between Spain and Ibiza.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - How toxic is the water's surface on Florida's Indian River lagoon?

Over the last 30 years, urbanization has increased along the Indian River Lagoon, which stretches about 250 kilometers on Florida's east coast. As a result, water quality has deteriorated and there is widespread loss of seagrasses and persistent harmful algal blooms, which threaten ecological, human and marine animal health, such as manatees

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Instead of building pipeline, water district needs to just say 'no' to pumping permits

The word “no” appears to be absent from the Suwannee River Water Management District’s vocabulary.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Corpus Christi: BlueWater Texas Deepwater Port Project Wading Through Federal Permit Process

Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — In the 16 months since Phillips 66 and Trafigura Group pte. Ltd. announced the formation of a joint venture to build an offshore deepwater port near Corpus Christi Bay the stakeholders have kept busy meeting the demands of a federal permitting process that includes an extensive inquiry into the environmental impacts.

Arctic & Antarctica
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World - Specter of Arctic standoff looms as melting sea ice upsets geostrategic balance

Climate change is disrupting the environmental balance of the Arctic with potential global ramifications. Arctic states are jostling for control of shipping lanes, natural resources and strategic advantage as polar ice retreats.

International
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Int'l - Urbanization Is Fueling Turkey's Sea Snot Invasion

Industrialization and population growth in the Istanbul region is being blamed for a slimy outbreak of marine mucilage, threatening sea life in the Marmara Sea.

International
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Int'l - A sunken ship’s trail of destruction: turtle carcasses, dead dolphins

Nearly 100 carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burnt and sank, raising fears of a severe marine disaster.

Coastwide
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World - UN says ship fire caused "significant damage to planet"; announces team for environment impact study

Colombo, Jun 20 (PTI) The United Nations on Sunday said the Singapore-flagged cargo vessel, which caught fire off the coast of Colombo last month, has caused "significant damage to the planet by the release of hazardous substances", as the world body announced a team of experts to determine the full extent of the disaster and necessary follow-up action.

International
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Int'l - Cargo Is Piling Up Everywhere And It's Making Inflation Worse

John Nephew thought he had a winner with a new tabletop game called Dice Miner. Importing the games from China turned out to be its own roll of the dice.

International
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Int'l - Panama Canal Increases Length Capacity Now Serving Most Containerships

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of its expansion, the Panama Canal Authority announced it has increased the maximum allowable length for vessels transiting the Neopanamax Locks.

Great Lakes
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OH - Mild algal bloom expected for Lake Erie this summer

Barring a dramatic change of events, western Lake Erie's algal bloom is likely to be smaller and milder in 2021 than it has been in recent years.

International
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UK - Adur and Worthing councils to lease seabed from Queen

Adur & Worthing Councils are set to become the first local authorities in the UK to lease the seabed off their coast from the Queen in a pioneering project to invest in climate change measures and restore marine habitat.

Coastwide
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US - Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Congress Addresses Shipping Emissions

In honor of World Oceans Day, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) reintroduced legislation aimed at addressing the ocean impacts of climate change and reforming federal ocean management to better account for climate mitigation.

West Coast
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CA - Ninth Circuit Urged to Make Feds Change San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

California is asking the appeals court to make the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alter the way it dredges two crucial channels in the San Francisco Bay to comply with state water quality standards.

Coastwide
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World - Port congestion issues causing havoc for ag shippers

Container shortages have placed a heavy strain on agricultural exporters, leaving them without access to international markets and no guarantee that their product will be delivered on time, explains House chair of the subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., during Tuesday’s hearing titled, “Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain.”