Storms and Hurricanes

Severe storms, particularly along the East and Gulf coasts and Florida, can disrupt and damage marinas, marine industry factories and other facilities. Trade Only follows threatening weather and the damage it causes.

Trade group leader reflects on Sandy anniversary

Melissa Danko was relieved to see an end to Tuesday’s workday. The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy brought with it a flurry of phone calls and emails from news outlets anxious to recap the year after the storm that devastated the marine industry. As executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, Danko…more

NOAA will stop printing traditional nautical charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the end of traditional paper nautical charts, but NOAA-certified print-on-demand partners will continue to sell up-to-date paper charts. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of more than 1,000 nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced major changes ahead for mariners and others…more

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Company helps N.J. marina rebound after Sandy

Like so much of the Northeast coast, New Jersey’s Raritan Yacht Club took a devastating beating from last October’s Hurricane Sandy. But marina developer Structurmarine has helped the yacht club resume its full schedule of cruising and racing activities and events. One of the oldest yachting organizations in America, the Raritan club is in Perth…more

Tropical Storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico

A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said today. The hurricane watch covers the area from Grand Isle, La., east to Indian Pass, Fla. A tropical storm watch is in effect…more

Agencies remapping East Coast areas Sandy damaged

Three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines last year. NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are using emergency supplemental funds that Congress provided to survey coastal waters and shorelines, acquiring data that will update East Coast…more

Couple seek to get Sandy-wrecked sailboat removed

More than nine months after a Staten Island, N.Y., community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, a property owner is left with a constant reminder of the storm — a wrecked sailboat leaning against his backyard bulkhead. The sunken boat, with only its 25-foot mast protruding from the surface, has been an issue for a local…more

Dozier’s Waterway Guide offers Sandy-damage app

Boaters along the New Jersey coast, Long Island and Hudson River have a new free smartphone app that gives them updated map-based information on marinas, boating facilities, waterways and inlets along the heavily trafficked boating corridor. Available for iPhone, iPod and Android phones, the free Sandy Boater’s Guide app is offered by Dozier’s Waterway Guide,…more

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could set new record

NOAA is predicting a record-sized “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico this summer — stretching from Texas all the way to Alabama — and some scientists are blaming the demand for ethanol, which is made from corn. The “dead zone” is caused when nitrogen-based fertilizer washes off farm fields in the Midwest Corn Belt…more

New Jersey event plans coastline remap after Sandy

Navionics is partnering with the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, West Marine and other New Jersey businesses to help remap the state coastline that Hurricane Sandy drastically changed. The businesses have organized a three-day event July 19-21 called the Sandy Project to remap affected coastal areas. The project coordinates local boaters in gathering sonar…more

New York mayor unveils storm-protection plan

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed flood walls around much of lower Manhattan, a 15- to 20-foot levee to guard Staten Island and the construction of dunes in vulnerable areas as part of a nearly $20 billion plan that even he called “incredibly ambitious” at its unveiling Tuesday. The mayor said the plan was to…more

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