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STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...
POWER PLAYER: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, says Rhode Island businesses could play a big part in offshore wind power in the coming years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Orsted capitalizing on R.I.’s wind-farm experience

The large Danish renewable energy company Orsted swept into Rhode Island less than two years ago, acquiring Deepwater Wind LLC and its Block Island...
THE HELMSMAN: Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport Inc., says the nonprofit offers sailing lessons and hosts regattas from Newport Harbor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Sail Newport a crucial link to the bay and beyond

From children boarding their first boat to experienced sailors who compete in regattas, Sail Newport Inc. offers a connection to the water for more...
ENGINEERED YARNS: Jim Owens is a principal at Nautilus Defense LLC, a Pawtucket-based company that uses functional braided composite yarns and threads in defense-related products. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For Nautilus, naval tech can serve other purposes

Nautilus Defense LLC’s first connection with the U.S. Navy took place before the company was founded, when Jim Owens had an opportunity to work...
SHIPSHAPE: Jason Kelly is executive vice president of Moran Shipping Agencies Inc., based in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

When foreign vessels, crews come calling, Moran Shipping responds

For more than 80 years, agents at Moran Shipping Agencies Inc. have been assisting foreign-flagged vessels as they sail through U.S. waters and dock...
FRESH HARVEST: Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, pulls up oysters from his oyster farm located near the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Thriving Matunuck Oyster Farm has fed offshoot businesses

Matunuck Oyster Farm LLC, a 7-acre plot in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond, is home to countless oysters that will eventually end up on a...

Strength of ‘blue economy’ won’t fade

When Rhode Island’s economy bounces back – and it will – its strengths before the COVID-19 pandemic will again lead the way. High on...

BankFive pledges $75K toward UMass Dartmouth’s blue economy initiative

DARTMOUTH – BankFive will contribute $75,000 over three years to help identify blue economy-related industry and workforce-training opportunities, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and...

SouthCoast Blue Economy Corridor Initiative update set for June 28

NEW BEDFORD – Reps. William Richard Keating, D-Mass., and Joseph Patrick Kennedy III, D-Mass., along with SouthCoast Development Partnership officials, will visit the University...

Mass. grants UMassD., SouthCoast Development Partnership $300K for blue-economy corridor

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the SouthCoast Development Partnership received a $300,000, three-year state investment from the Mass. Executive Office of...

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