Twitter Chat Wed. @ 10 AM PST w/ Sylvia Earle

Mission Blue

Interested in the ocean plastic problem? Join a Twitter chat with the legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, March 1.

ICS Chairman Pushes for CO2 Reduction Strategy for Shipping


Speaking in Indonesia at The Economist magazine’s World Ocean Summit,  Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Esben Poulsson has set out what the industry would like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to achieve as part of its CO2 reduction strategy for the shipping sector.

He said that unless the IMO makes significant progress, the industry could be vulnerable to regional action, not only from the EU–which is considering incorporating shipping into the EU Emissions Trading System–but also from Canada or California, which have already introduced carbon pricing.

“We are confident IMO can adopt an ambitious strategy by 2018 matching the spirit of the Paris Agreement,” said Poulsson, adding that the IMO must agree to “a baseline year for peak CO2 emissions from shipping, as well as setting out some serious long-term aspirations for dramatically cutting the sector’s total CO2 by the middle of the century.”

ICS stresses that the IMO should adopt objectives for the entire sector, not for individual ships, and agree on a mechanism for delivery, preferably by 2023.

March for Science April 22

March for Science

The March for Science is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 2017. It is an international movement, with marches planned throughout the world.

Recent U.S. policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and these concerns are shared by scientists and nonscientists alike around the globe, prompting this movement for science.

Find out more here.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Runs on Biodiesel

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

On February 21, the 200-ft. sailing school vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 fuel, comprising 20 percent biodiesel, at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The ship will sail from New England to Florida, then on to Cuba in March.

Completed in 2017, the vessel is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship built in the U.S. in more than 100 years. It has the profile of an early 19th century vessel, but is a modern, state-of-the-art floating classroom hosting practical sail training and leadership development activities.

Caption: SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at Newport Shipyard before fueling with B20 provided by Newport Biodiesel. (Photo Credit: OHPRI)

Expedition Underway to Search for Amelia Earhart’s Plane


A group of ocean explorers left Honolulu February 18 and will be at sea 30 to 45 days on an expedition to the equatorial Pacific Ocean to search a wide area of ocean floor that may be the resting place of Amelia Earhart’s aircraft.  This discovery would end one of the world’s greatest mysteries and locate a priceless piece of aviation history.

The Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition is led by the explorer Alan Eustace and managed by Nauticos LLC.  The oceanographic systems laboratory from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is using the Hydroid REMUS 6000 AUV for the search.

You can follow the expedition at

National WWII Museum’s PT-305 Close to Launch

The National WWII Museum’s fully restored PT-305 will be ready for public rides beginning April 1. The U.S. Navy used this vessel to attack Axis supply ships and troops transports in the Mediterranean during World War II. The vessel will be the only operational combat-veteran PT boat in existence, marking the culmination of a 10-year journey to return it to water.