Last Friday night, at approximately 1800 CST, a cargo ship sank in the southern part of the North Sea, about 35 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate.
***This article was written by George Guy Thomas and originally appeared on Orbcomm's Blog on November 30, 2016. You can view the original article HERE.
***This article originally appears in the October 2016 edition of Ocean News & Technology
Safety and security are as important as operational efficiency for owners of geographically dispersed maritime assets and remote infrastructure. These organizations are increasingly much more proactive about monitoring and responding to the threat that vessels pose to assets including pipelines, offshore rigs and other fixed infrastructure above and below the water. When a vessel comes into contact with these assets, it can lead to unplanned and expensive surveys, repairs, costly litigation, and the potential of third-party claims for the economic and environmental impacts of a spill in the maritime environment.
On April 12th, NASA shipped its last-existing, built-for-flight space shuttle external tank from it's Michoud Assemby Facility in Louisiana to the California Science Center so it can be displayed with the space shuttle Endeavour. Once opened, in 2019, this exhibit will be the only place to see a fully authentic space shuttle in a launch pad-like configuration.
According to the US Federal Maritime Commission, port congestion is global and reaching critical proportions. Larger ships, stronger economies, weather-related problems, labor uncertainty and overdue upgrades/expansions to port infrastructure have all combined to generate more port congestion than ever before. At many ports, congestion has become a persistent problem, with vessels frequently forced to wait at anchor for a berth. Meanwhile, ships maneuvering around anchored vessels increase the danger of collisions, and tidal currents and wave action make tightly packed ships in harbor areas vulnerable.
***This article originally appeared in the Sep/Oct 2013 edition of Tank Storage Magazine
An important new use for AIS surfaced in a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society. In a multi-member partnership of the WCS, NOAA, the US Coast Guard, Space Quest, Google and SkyTruth, research was performed that points to the possibility that AIS data could help to minimize the negative effects of shipping on wildlife.