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DEC 2018

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38 ST | December 2018 www.sea-technology.com NOAA Award for Teledyne Teledyne Webb Research has received an indefi- nite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from NOAA for the provision of Slocum gliders, sensors and service components. The award has a maximum value of $7 mil- lion over five years. MARAD Looking for Vessel Construction Manager The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a request for proposal at https://bit.ly/2Q1hejh to solicit for a vessel construction manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a national security multimission vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected will contract with a qualified ship- yard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget. US Coast Guard Releases Strategy on Maritime Commerce The U.S. Coast Guard announced its Maritime Com- merce Strategic Outlook, the service's long-term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the U.S. Maritime commerce accounts for $4.6 trillion in an- nual economic activity. The strategy includes three lines of effort: facilitating lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; moderniz- ing aids to navigation and mariner information systems; and transforming workforce capacity and partnerships. To support this vision, the Coast Guard will accelerate integration of modern navigation systems into an existing network of buoys and beacons. Aquaculture Research Awards NOAA Sea Grant announced 22 aquaculture research projects totaling $11 million in federal funds. The proj- ects were selected through Sea Grant's 2018 national aquaculture research initiative. The projects will address specific priorities of the 2018 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Research Initiative, in- cluding: supporting the development of emerging sys- tems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S.; developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science-based information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and increasing the resiliency of aquacul- ture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions. Congress Members Call on EPA To Maintain Independent Science Advisor U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Don Bey- er (D-Va.) led 96 of their colleagues in calling on Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to abandon his plans to dissolve the agency's independent office for scientific analysis. "At a time when the world is facing the consequences of climate change and extreme weather patterns and tox- ic substances continue to challenge access to clean air and water, it is striking that the EPA would even consider shying away from the use of robust science," wrote the members in a letter. The Office of the Science Advisor is charged with pro- viding objective advice to the administrator and imple- menting the EPA's scientific integrity policy. WRDA Officially US Law The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, included as Title I of the America's Water Infra- structure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), was signed into law. The new law will provide for investment in harbor, waterway, flood protection and other water infrastructure improve- ments throughout the U.S. This critical legislation authorizes water infrastructure projects developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will strengthen ports, harbors and waterways, and will create and sustain jobs. US Highway Administration Recognizes 3D Echoscope Coda Octopus Group Inc.'s real-time 3D Echoscope was identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as the highest class of sonar for underwater bridge inspections exhibit- ing "the most desirable qualities" for such applications. The FHWA study, including field trials, commenced several years ago using Coda Octopus's second gener- ation (2G) of the technology. Since then, Coda Octopus has launched its fourth generation (4G), which has ad- dressed a number of areas including size, weight, power and cost. The FHWA report estimates that, according to the 2011 National Bridge Inventory data, there are approxi- mately 500,000 bridges in the U.S. that span waterways. State highway agencies oversee approximately 31,000 bridges with submerged substructures that require un- derwater bridge inspection. Bridges and ports present the challenge of aging infrastructure across the U.S. Grants for 2018 National Coastal Resilience Fund The U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NOAA and their partners announced $28.9 mil- lion in new grants for the restoration or expansion of nat- ural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands that help mini- mize the impacts of storms, rising sea levels and other ex- treme events on nearby communities and infrastructure in 22 states and Puerto Rico. The 35 grants will generate $38.3 million in matching contributions for a total con- servation impact of $67.2 million. Congress provided funding for Title IX of the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act, allowing grants to be awarded through a partnership between NFWF, NOAA, Shell Oil Co. and TransRe. These grants were then award- ed through the newly created National Coastal Resil- ience Fund. ST capital report

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