One of the features of the Master of Coastal and Ocean Policy program is the flexibility to learn more about a specific area of research through independent research projects guided by a UNCW faculty member.
Recently, two MCOP students, Jonathan Bingham and Kathy Cyr, worked on a research project overseen by Dr. Larry Cahoon exploring the potential for the Port of Wilmington to employ lighter vessels. The work received press by the locally influential environmental interest organization, The Coastal Federation.
In a post-PanaMax world, ports (and the economy they support) are struggling to remain accessible to cargo ships. Dredging wider and deeper channels is an option, but it expensive and taxing on ecosystems. Cahoon, Bingham, and Cyr found that lighter vessels provide a promising policy alternative.
You can read the story here.
Way to go Kathy and Jonathan!