2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Competition Now Open

2016 Executive Knauss FellowsThe 2018 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship competition is now open. Students enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program with an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources may apply.

Applications are due to your state’s Sea Grant program by February 21, 2017.

The length of assignment is one year (nonrenewable), from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. These dates can be slightly adjusted to accommodate academic semester needs.

More info available here.

Caption: The 2016 Executive Knauss Fellows during their Placement Week in November 2015. (Photo Credit: NOAA National Sea Grant Office)

Hazmat Inventory Certifications for Ship Recycling

DNV GL hazmat expertDNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt have signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels.

Certification fulfills requirements of the European Ship Recycling Regulation, which came into force in 2013 to address the environmental and health issues associated with ship recycling. Of approximately 60,000 ships around the world, about two-thirds are affected by the regulation.

Caption: A DNV GL hazmat expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. (Photo Credit: DNV GL)

Polar Code Now in Force

IMO Polar CodeMelting sea ice is stirring major business and political interest in the polar regions. To address this, the IMO put the Polar Code into effect at the start of this year to enhance ship safety in these harsh regions and prevent pollution from increased shipping.

Check out the details here.

Algae Forms Bright Ring Around Antarctica

Great Calcite Belt

Every year during the austral summer (when it’s winter in North America), satellite imagery reveals a wide belt of unusually reflective seawater encircling Antarctica. This bright, patchy halo is known as the Great Calcite Belt and covers 16 percent of the entire global ocean.

Eos reports that new research shows how dense algae populations in the GCB lead to the halo look and could cause carbon dioxide release from the ocean into the atmosphere, thus influencing the global carbon cycle.

Caption: The Great Calcite Belt appears as a bright ring around Antarctica as a result of dense algae populations. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

ST January Issue Is Out!

Sea Technology magazine January 2017 cover

Our January 2017 issue is out! It’s out Annual Review & Forecast, featuring insightful articles from thought leaders in government and NGOs on ocean issues.

Get free access to our e-book here.

Your Shampoo Bottle Could Be Made of Ocean Trash

Marine debris

Plastic debris in the oceans is a growing problem, and Procter & Gamble is getting in on a solution by planning to produce Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles that will be 25 percent made up of these recycled materials, collected by thousands of volunteers on the shores of France.

This will be a limited run of up to 170,000 recycled bottles to be sold in France this summer. The company also promised to produce more than 500 million of the same type of bottles per year across Europe by the end of 2018.

Caption: Marine debris is a growing international problem. (Photo Credit: NOAA)