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MAY 2013

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The FMC is an independent regulatory agency created in 1961 to oversee the foreign waterborne commerce of the U.S. More than 95 percent of U.S. foreign trade exits or enters the country on vessels that are primarily foreign-owned. R.Adm. Ostebo Discusses Coast Guard Arctic The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held a hearing in March on "Assessing U.S. Preparedness and Response in the Arctic: The Opportunities and Challenges of Increased Marine Activity." U.S. Coast Guard Commander R.Adm. Thomas Ostebo was among those who testifed. Ostebo discussed the mission and current projects of Coast Guard Arctic. Currently, the Coast Guard is working on preventing pollution and developing responsible energy practices. Two systems, the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System and the Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS), have been developed to handle oil spills in a region where cold, dark conditions make disaster response more diffcult. Though the systems are not effective in ice, SORS was recently tested offshore Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost deployment point. Since fsheries are a vital part of the region, the Coast Guard has been policing illegal fshing practices. The Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization are among the international organizations the Coast Guard is working with. The Coast Guard also heads the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council Oil Spill Task Force. Since 1867, the Coast Guard has had a presence in Alaska. The Coast Guard is responsible for 950,000 square miles of Arctic waters. Marine safety, environmental protection and scientifc exploration are among its initiatives in the Arctic. NEW Improved Electronics Massachusetts Representatives Call for Cape Wind Loan Guarantee Low Power Consumption Mini Rosette /CTD Water Sampler 1018 M with Model 316 or 320 Idronaut CTD ® • Light-weight, small, compact • Allows operation from a small boat • Conducting cable or battery-powered • Programmable timed operations • Pressure activated bottle closing (optional) • Deep & shallow water models available • Optional Teflon® coated Water Sampler • CTD compatible • Flag Pulse to CTD A/D input General Oceanics Inc. 1295 N.W. 163 St., Miami, FL 33169 Tel: (305) 621-2882, Fax: (305) 621-1710 E-mail: 60 st / MAY 2013 Massachusetts senators and congressmen are urging the U.S. Department of Energy to grant funding to Cape Wind, the United States' frst wind farm to be built off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, reported The Boston Herald. The delegates sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu asking for the approval of a Department of Energy loan guarantee for the project. The letter, supported by all Massachusetts delegates, stated that Cape Wind will create nearly 1,000 local jobs and boost the clean energy industry. The wind farm could help produce cleaner air and reduce greenhouse gases. Cape Wind is the only offshore wind farm to have all federal, state and local permits, as well as approval of its construction plan. The project is backed by environmentalists, as well as labor and health organizations. The letter was signed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. William Cowen (D-Mass.), Rep. William Keating (DMass.), Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.). Aiming to develop 54 gigawatts of wind power, the Department of Energy has set a clean energy goal that is intended to create thousands of jobs and revive ports. n

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