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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Vermont News

Greensea CEO Ben Kinnaman announced the opening of his company's second office.

Greensea Opens Second Location

Greensea announced the opening of a second office in Plymouth, MA, an expansion fueled by autonomy and subsea navigation tech advances using its OPENSEA platform.Greensea Systems (Richmond, VT) new location, at 10 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 222, in the historic Cordage Commerce Center, once home to the Plymouth Cordage Company, will be the company's first office outside of Vermont and will become home to a growing team of software developers and robotics engineers."We are known for our open-architecture platform…

Kristin Decas (Photo: IAOTP)

Decas Selected as a Top Port Director

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers

Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funding will assist the Connecticut Maritime Foundation, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in marine vessel repowering and vehicle replacement projects. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas.

A submerged catamaran is all that remains at the scene of a rescue on Lake Champlain, June 8, 2016. A crew from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, pulled three people from the submerged hull after the 14-foot boat capsized in heavy winds about a mile from shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

3 Saved from Overturned Boat on Lake Champlain

The Coast Guard responded to an overturned vessel and three people in the water Wednesday on Lake Champlain, Vermont. Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a call at approximately 2:15 p.m. from a person on land reporting a capsized 14-foot catamaran in Appletree Bay about one mile northwest from shore. Station Burlington launched a crew aboard a 26-foot boat who arrived on scene at about 2:45 p.m. and found three people sitting on the hull of the overturned boat. The survivors reported heavy winds in the area caused the craft to capsize.

Ellen Crivella. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL’s Ellen Crivella Named 2016 Rising Star by Women of Wind Energy

DNV GL’s Ellen Crivella was honored with the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) luncheon at the 2016 AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition. Each year, the Rising Star Award recognizes a woman relatively new to wind energy who has already made significant professional contributions and shown unusual talent, dedication and innovation in their wind industry work. As DNV GL’s global head of practice for environmental and permitting services, Ellen has been involved in the siting, permitting and financing of over 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects.

Photo: Vermont UM Bunkering

Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port. The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port. Singapore-based Seaquest Tanker and Vermont UM Bunkering have had their licences nullified and will not be allowed to operate as bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators in the port of Singapore, with effect from April 26 and 27, the MPA said.

Michael Everett (Photo: Trojan Battery)

Trojan Battery Appoints Everett SVP of Engineering

Trojan Battery Co., LLC, a leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Michael Everett senior vice president of engineering. Based at Trojan’s corporate headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Everett oversees the company’s product development, research and development, process engineering, technical support and various other analytical responsibilities for the company’s worldwide engineering strategies. With more than 20 years of experience in a variety of technology industries, Everett has held senior management positions with Maxwell Technologies Inc., 3D Systems Inc.

U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Luce Hall located at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island.

Naval War College Contributions Recognized

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) leaders and alumni received a warm welcome on Capitol Hill, Oct. 7 during a congressional breakfast organized by Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed. The event offered a chance for members of Congress and their staff to hear details of how NWC educates and develops leaders, strengthens global maritime partnerships and supports Navy missions and combat readiness. "The war college is an extraordinary asset to the nation and the Navy," Reed noted. "[The value] is not just the instruction in the classroom…

Rowe Technologies Appoints Northeast US Agent

The Vice President Sales & Marketing for Rowe Technologies, Inc. Ray Mahr, Jr., has announced the appointment of Mark Warren of Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE), as the company’s exclusive agent in the Northeastern U.S., including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, effective immediately for the sales and marketing of Rowe products and services. Rowe designs, develops and manufactures Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) for applications in oceans, lakes and rivers.

Courtesy USCG

USCG Warns Against Ice Dangers On Lake Champlain

Coast Guard crews at Station Burlington, Vermont, are urging Lake Champlain locals and visitors to use extreme caution on the lake and surrounding waters this weekend. With more snow forecasted, unsafe ice may be hidden from view and poses greater danger than normal as the added weight of the snow decreases density of the ice. "The thing folks need to recognize is that while beautiful and enjoyable, ice is also deadly - especially when conditions like these exist," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Knight, officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Burlington.

Gilliam Named Greensea's Chief Marketing Officer

Marybeth Gilliam has joined the Greensea Systems as Chief Marketing Officer. Gilliam will help develop and implement a worldwide marketing strategy for the company's vehicle automation and navigation systems, working directly with Greensea's President and CEO, Ben Kinnaman, to further commercialize Greensea's current products, Balefire and Endal, as well as any new technology developed by Greensea's talented engineers. Gilliam brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in market research, marketing, branding, and sales, including 14 years managing her own company.

Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime Ranked a Top Northeastern College

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has been named a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review for an eighth successive year, as announced by the publishers last week. Maritime College is one of 226 colleges and universities from an 11-state region that The Princeton Review recommends to college applicants in its 2015 print and online editions. “Maritime’s selection as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review is particularly rewarding because it is a student-based honor.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus: Photo credit USN

Next Navy Ship Names Chosen

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced the names of the next 3 joint high speed vessels, & 2 littoral combat ships. The next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. "It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five great American cities," said Mabus. "Several cities will be represented for the first time in the Navy fleet…

Thomas H. Belknap, Blank Rome LLP

“Maritime … Or Not?”

Here is a multiple choice question:  which of the following contracts is considered to be a “maritime contract” under U.S. law? You will be forgiven if you simply tried to apply logic in answering this question and guessed that all four are maritime contracts. If you know your maritime law, however, then you should have answered that “c” and “d” are maritime contracts whereas “a” and “b” are not. Or, at least, that is the current state of the law. Why might this matter? In the first place…

Battelle Wins $15 Million USACE Contract

Five-year contract provides environmental expertise for maintaining the nation's waterways. Battelle has won a five-year, $15 million contract to support and consult with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, North Atlantic Division.Battelle will provide technical expertise in support of the District's mission for maintaining the nation's waterways, specifically focusing on contaminated sediments, restoration, and remediation. The indefinite delivery/indefinite…

134-feet multi-mission, survey catamaran for Lafayette, Louisiana-based, C&C Technologies.

Build And Repair Work Accelerates

All U.S. Coasts enjoying upswing in business. For many U.S. builders, last year closed on a happier note than 2010 – when the BP spill, offshore drilling ban and weak U.S. and global economies hurt business. In 2011, new orders for vessels for the oil industry and for the U.S. and foreign governments promised to keep a number of builders busy in 2012. A need to comply with new federal regulations created work, and repair activity grew. The upshot is that coastal economies are getting a needed boost. But some companies find themselves with more customers than they can immediately handle.

Seakeeper New Rep Firm Commar Sales

Seakeeper has brought on ComMar Sales to handle the East Coast, South, Gulf Coast and Florida distribution of its line of Gyro Stabilization Systems. ComMar will represent Seakeeper in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Washington DC. (www.seakeeper.com)