NOAA’s Backyard Buoys to improve ocean data access

NOAA’s Backyard Buoys to improve ocean data access

(WASHINGTON) — A new ocean science effort to improve equity and inclusion is underway, thanks to a $4.98 million cooperative agreement involving three regional associations of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, which is led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided the funds through a cooperative agreement for Backyard Buoys, a project…
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Birdon gets contract for up to 27 inland buoy tenders

Birdon gets contract for up to 27 inland buoy tenders

(WASHINGTON) – The Coast Guard Waterways Commerce Cutter (WCC) Program has awarded Birdon America of Denver, Colo., an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity firm fixed-price contract with economic price adjustments for the detail design and construction of its river buoy and inland construction tenders. The initial award is worth $28.49 million. The contract includes options for the construction of 16 river buoy tenders…
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Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

By Capt. Gregory L. Smith Imagine for a second driving your car through traffic in a strange city with missing or misleading road signs, traffic lights and lane markings. Over the past decade, that is exactly the kind of navigation Western river mariners have increasingly been expected to perform. Technology that would permit 100 percent virtual aids to navigation (ATONs) may become available…
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Study calls for Pacific ‘fairways’ for safer navigation

Study calls for Pacific ‘fairways’ for safer navigation

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on the draft Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS). This is the first comprehensive evaluation of vessel traffic patterns in waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. A Federal Register notice of availability for the draft PAC-PARS has been opened for comment. Comments and related materials…
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Largest high-speed ferry In U.S. features Furuno electronics

Largest high-speed ferry In U.S. features Furuno electronics

(CAMAS, Wash.) — Delivered in December, Seastreak Courageous, the largest capacity high-speed ferry in the United States, is guided by Furuno marine electronics. Built by Midship Marine in Harvey, La., the 720-passenger vessel was delivered to its home terminal in New Jersey. Courageous boasts many upgrades from earlier designs in the Seastreak fleet, including a comprehensive suite of Furuno electronics…
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