R/V Neil Armstrong completes acceptance trials; Elcano LNG carriers to be largest to transit Panama Canal

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R/V Neil Armstrong completes acceptance trials
August 28, 2015—The first-of-class oceanographic research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), has successfully completed acceptance trials. Built by shipbuilder Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA, Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.

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Sicilian Shake-up

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With six races complete and a discard in effect, the scoreboard gets a revamp with several Melges 32 teams climbing the ranks while others tumble

Trapani, Italy – A high pressure system hung over Sicily for the start of the third day of racing at the 2015 Melges 32 World Championship organized by B.Plan Sport & Events (BPSE) in cooperation with Melges Europe. Another weak northeast gradient lingered producing a 6-8 knot northerly wind, with the breeze dipping below class minimums on occasion. PRO Anderson Reggio exercised patience, eventually firing off two quality races.

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A Tale of Two Trapanis

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A lighter, variable breeze challenged competitors and kept racing tight until the final boat crossed the finish line

Trapani, Italy – In stark contrast to the full-on, breezy, physical conditions of the first day of Melges 32 World Championship racing, Day Two greeted competitors with light and dicey racing testing the mental toughness of the twenty-two boat fleet. With many teams licking their chops to improve on their Day One performance, the lighter conditions provided the perfect arena almost guaranteed to shake-up the standings.

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Ezra and Japanese engineering giant in subsea joint venture; USCG orders precautions following Tianjin explosions

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Ezra and Japanese engineering giant in subsea joint venture
August 27, 2015—Singapore’s Ezra Holdings has entered a binding MOU with Japanese engineering giant Chiyoda Corporation. Chiyoda will invest in Ezra’s Subsea Services business to form Emas Chiyoda Subsea—a 50:50 Joint Venture. The partnership creates an opportunity for Emas AMC to expand its subsea-to-surface offering, and provide more value to clients and partners, and for Chiyoda to rapidly accelerate its expansion of its Offshore & Upstream business portfolio.

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NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon?

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Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future.

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Pure Trapani

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Three races completed at 2015 Melges 32 Worlds resulting in very tight top tier

Trapani, Italy – After a brief one-hour delay, PRO Anderson Reggio sent teams to the North race course to initiate and complete the first three races of the 2015 Melges 32 World Championship series organized by B.Plan Sport & Events (BPSE) in cooperation with Melges Europe.

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World’s longest cable ferry to begin operations this fall; VT Halter lays keel for second LNG fueled Crowley ConRo

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World’s longest cable ferry to go in operation this fall
August 26, 2015—BC Ferries’ cable ferry, the 150-passenger, 50-vehicle Baynes Sound Connector, was expected to be towed from Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver last night to arrive this morning at Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island. When it enters service this fall, it is expected to be the longest cable ferry in operation—about 1.9 km.

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