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Arctic - U.S. falling behind in competition for Arctic exploration

For decades, the frozen Arctic was little more than a footnote in global economic competition, but that’s changing as its ice melts with the warming climate.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Arctic - Emissions Research Tracks Effects of Increased Arctic Shipping

New sea routes through the arctic threaten to increase emissions through maritime traffic.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

ARC - Northern Sea Route: Can Russia’s Arctic Game-Plan Outdo US’ Strategy In The Indo-Pacific?

While global headlines continue to focus on Russia’s “aggressive postures” against Ukraine, Moscow seems to be slowly and steadily playing its geopolitical game in the Arctic, by emphasizing the importance of the accessibility to Arctic ports and further developing the shipping lanes of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), connecting the Pacific and Atlantic.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - NOAA starts phasing out its paper charts

When Karl Brunner takes tourists out on his sail charters and lobster tours, he has a trusty paper nautical chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) that acts as a map to the ocean.

Northeast
Waterways

NY - Under state budget, Peconic Estuary Program to receive twice the funding

An organization focused on protecting the waterways and wetlands surrounding Peconic Bay is set to get a major boost in funding under the state budget.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - U.S. EPA Program funds California watershed restoration

The California State Water Resources Control Board will use $4.4 million of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to fund projects in seven counties around the state.

International
Waterways

World - New materials to make ships more sustainable and less noisy for marine life

Ships have a significant environmental impact during building, operation and when they’re scrapped, but new approaches and composite materials to replace steel – still popular due to its strength and low cost – could make vessels more sustainable, recyclable, and less noisy for marine animals.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - State water managers oppose legislation to expand basin boundary

State legislators are sponsoring bills to expand the authority overseeing water control structures in Collier County, but the state agency overseeing the governing board thinks it’s a bad idea.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - Golden Ray to weather third hurricane season since St. Simons shipwreck

Crews are back to work cutting up a section of the shipwrecked Golden Ray that contains thousands of gallons of fuel as the extensive salvage operation in St. Simons Sound seems doomed to stretch into another Atlantic hurricane season.

International
Waterways

World - What the Closing of the Suez Canal Says About U.S. Maritime Security (with ASPN Podcast)

The Ever Given wasn’t the first ship to block the Suez Canal. A multi-ship pile-up in 2018 snarled maritime traffic there for two days. But the sheer size and bulk of the Ever Given was a much greater challenge—one that took 11 days to solve.

International
Waterways

World - Here Are The Cruise Lines Returning to Service in North America and the Caribbean

The cruise industry is returning to service in North America and the Caribbean, with a handful of ships either operating already or soon set to begin sailing.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - ‘No community should suffer this’: Florida’s toxic breach was decades in the making

A leak at an abandoned fertilizer plant is just the latest development at a site that has polluted the area since it was built

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

ARC - Maxim Kulinko: Rosatom works purposefully to create modern Northern Sea Route infrastructure

Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation’s Northern Sea Route Directorate, talked with Arctic.ru correspondent Kristina Khramtsova and discussed ways to increase freight traffic volumes to 80 million metric tons by 2024. They also talked about measures to offer year-round navigation.

International
Waterways

World - Insatiable Ocean Carriers Set the Table for the Suez Canal Ship Debacle (with ASPN Podcast)

A lot of ink has been spilled to explain exactly what happened in the Suez Canal, where a massive container ship got wedged across the narrow channel, idling ships or forcing lengthy detours around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

Great Lakes
Waterways

MI - Army Corps releases latest Lake Michigan water level data

DETROIT — Lake Michigan appears to have hit its seasonal low for 2021 and lake levels are expected to begin their seasonal rise, according to the latest report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which tracks and forecasts Great Lakes water levels.

Coastwide
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USA - WHOI and NOAA Release Report on U.S. Socio-economic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur in all 50 U.S. states and many produce toxins that cause illness or death in humans and commercially important species. However, attempts to place a more exact dollar value on the full range of these impacts often vary widely in their methods and level of detail, which hinders understanding of the scale of their socio-economic effects.

Southeast
Waterways

GA - Savannah leads US ports in expansion drive to beat congestion

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has shifted up a gear in its efforts to boost capacity.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Brian Mast, Gayle Harrell, Toby Overdorf Want Corps of Engineers to Eliminate Discharges from Lake Okeechobee

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, state Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and state Rep. Toby Overdorf, R-Palm City, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to eliminate regulatory discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie River as part of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Houston flooding polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore

Runoff from Houston’s 2016 Tax Day flood and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey flood carried human waste onto coral reefs more than 100 miles offshore in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, according to a Rice University study.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Evacuations expand as Manatee phosphate plant collapse ‘imminent’

The governor declared a state of emergency after an effort to fix a breach failed. More residents are being told to leave the area.

International
Waterways

World - Cargo Overboard, Intense Rolling: The Risks Of Fully Loaded Mega-Container Ships

It would be tempting to hope the recent stranding of the 1,300-foot, 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship in the Suez Canal was a one-off — just a case of a very big ship getting stuck in a narrow waterway. But more than 100 ships of similar size are plying the world's waterways, and even bigger ones are being built in Asia, creating logistical challenges and concerns about more mishaps in the future.

International
Waterways

World - US ports, shippers face major fallout from Suez Canal chaos

The mega-container ship Ever Given is finally free. The Suez Canal is unblocked. Problem solved? Not even close.

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Supreme Court rules against Florida in water fight

The Supreme Court ruled Florida did not prove Georgia caused damage to Apalachicola Bay.

International
Waterways

World - Russia is Turning Ever Given's Plight into a Marketing Tool for Arctic Shipping. But It May Be a Hard Sell

Increased traffic through the Northern Sea Route could be a financial boon to Russia, and a quicker way to export its fossil fuel reserves.

International
Waterways

World - ESAIL captures two million messages from ships at sea

The ESAIL microsatellite for making the seas safer has picked up more than two million messages from 70,000 ships in a single day.