New Ocean Technology Group Promises a Fresh Voice on Capitol Hill

The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) officially launched Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Located in Washington, D.C., IOSTIA is geared toward providing a trade organization for marine companies who don’t fit into existing associations, which are often geared toward offshore oil and gas industries.

A 501(c)(6) organization, IOSTIA has the ability to lobby on Capitol Hill, and its leaders hope to provide members a unified voice on issues and broaden the conversation on marine science and technology.

IOSTIA is geared toward the following technology service sectors: renewable ocean energy; environmental monitoring protection; fisheries and aquaculture; marine science; maritime security; ocean mining; marine telecommunications; autonomous vehicles; offshore wind energy; oceanography; subsea mining; sensors; arctic change; marine archaeology; ocean observations; hydrography; ports and infrastructure; diving and manned exploration.

An ocean technology company, with no serious connection with oil and gas, may find itself uncomfortably jammed into a petroleum-related association because it is the closest option. Companies like this shouldn’t have to settle… IOSTIA fits that need.

—CEO Rich Lawson

As an international organization, IOSTIA appeals to global “blue-tech” companies and plans to engage with foreign embassies in Washington D.C. and assist international companies who are entering the U.S. market. IOSTIA CEO Richard Lawson says the organization is open to companies of all sizes, from one-man consultancies to multi-national corporations.

The organization also offers forums where members can engage with topics such as emerging technologies, grants and contracting, international business and development for young professionals. There is also a commercial service program and business savings program.

IOSTIA plans to put marine technologies in front of members of congress through fairs on capitol hill (the first to be held June 4, 2018) as well as bringing companies into contact with agencies like DOE, NOAA and NASA, says IOSTIA Public Policy VP Jeffrey Taylor, “so that they are always up-to-speed on the cutting edge in the areas of ocean science, technology and energy.”

Watch a Maritime TV interview with Taylor and IOSTIA CEO Rich Lawson about the launch or learn more about the organization at

BOEM Releases Latest Environmental Studies

Sea lions

The latest Environmental Studies Program reports from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are now available.

They cover a wide range of topics, from Alaska and California marine mammals and Atlantic marine archaeology to Alaska air quality modeling and deep circulation in the Gulf of Mexico. 

This batch includes 15 reports covering all four Outer Continental Shelf regions and relate to BOEM’s three program areas: offshore oil and gas, offshore renewable energy and marine minerals. Photos and video are included.

These and other reports from BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program spanning four decades are available at

The most recent quarterly reports are available at and

Photo Credit: BOEM

New Issue of ST Is Out!

ST April 2017

Our April issue is now available! You can view the entire issue for free by subscribing to our e-book here.

Integrating Renewable and Traditional Energy

WIN WINThe DNV GL-led joint industry project WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection) has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection.

The project is moving into the second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems and investigating possibilities for broader applications. 

The project has four partners: DNV GL, Exxon Mobil, ENI Norge and the Norwegian Research Council.

It proves that large-scale renewable units can be integrated into oil and gas systems, which lowers carbon emissions, as well as equipment and operations costs for oil companies.

Caption: A standard wind turbine is mounted to a floating foundation. This foundation also serves as a platform for the water injection system. (Credit: DNV GL)