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Is ‘renewable diesel’ an alternative to fossil fuel?

dieselAs an ocean research scientist, Bruce Appelgate thought it best to start going green at home, on one of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s research vessels. Appelgate, the San Diego institution’s associate director, decided to run the 125-foot Robert Gordon Sproul on 100 percent “renewable diesel” fuel from September 2014 to December 2015, a period when the Sproul undertook 39 research and educational missions, put in 89 operational days at sea and covered 14,400 miles.



Don’t be them: attend ‘Navigation for Husbands & Wives’ in Newport

aground0727CruiserPort University brings a popular couples’ seminar called “Navigation for Husbands & Wives” to the Newport International Boat Show. The two-hour class, held at the Newport Blues Cafe, is designed to build confidence and encourage teamwork.



The Hull Truth: Codega to brief buyers at the Newport Boat Show

codegaThe most fundamental decision faced by boat buyers is a witch’s brew of physics and psychology. Buyers need to begin by asking themselves two questions: What kind of cruiser am I going to be and what hull design best reflects that lifestyle?



Feds sue fishermen for taking buoy ‘hostage’

buoy_0816Is it finders keepers or a kind of hostage-taking when a fisherman “rescues” an oceanographic buoy that was adrift and won’t return it to the U.S. Geological Survey until the government agency pays him for his trouble?



Voyage data recorder could hold clues to El Faro sinking

el_faroA team of scientists and investigators have found the voyage data recorder from El Faro, the cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin last fall with all 33 hands on board.



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