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APRG Expands Training & Response Team

The Alaska Pacific Response Group L.L.C. (APRG) has added Dick Jackson and Tom Jones to its ICS training and oil spill response team staff. Jackson, formerly with Mobil Oil, will be the primary representative for Oregon and California. Jones, formerly with Alaska Clean Seas will be the primary representative in Fairbanks, Alaska and serve APRG's clients in Alaska's interior and North Slope. APRG provides OPA 90 Qualified Individual Services, Spill Management Team services and associated contingency planning, NIIMS ICS training and NPREP exercises to meet OPA 90 and ISM Code requirements for marine operators.


USCG Presents William M. Benkert Awards

Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger presented the 2014 Rear Adm. William Benkert Awards at the American Petroleum Institute's (API) annual tanker conference Thursday. The award is given to support and recognize maritime industry efforts for their environmental protection programs. This biennial award was started in 1995 and honors industry leaders in the field of marine safety and environmental protection and provides an opportunity for the Coast Guard


North America ECA: Alaska Senator Protests

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich urges US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take 'hybrid' approach to cruise ships in Alaskan waters. The senator is leading an effort with Hawaii’s senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a phased-in approach for cruise ships forced to meet stricter standards for air emissions under the North American Emission Control Area, or ECA. Under the ECA, cruise ships will be required to burn more expensive


EPA Fines Shell for Clean Air Act Permit Violations during Offshore Oil Exploration in Alaska

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA documented numerous air permit violations for Shell’s Discoverer and Kulluk drill ship fleets


Greenpeace Activists Refuse To Leave Shell Arctic Oil Rig

Greenpeace activists hang on a Shell oil rig on board the Blue Marlin. Photo by Greenpeace International

 "Shell wants activists off its rig. We want Shell out of the Arctic," says Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA’s Executive Director.   Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific.   Six campaigners with the environmental organization boarded the drilling rig, which is being hauled by a separate vessel


Shell Barge Arrives in Alaska

Arctic Challenger. Photo by Royal Dutch Shell

 The Arctic Challenger, an oil spill containment barge, that had left Bellingham, north of Seattle, and was headed toward Dutch Harbor, in Unalaska, off mainland Alaska,  reached port in Alaska on Wednesday, June 10, for a brief stop before heading to the Chukchi Sea to support exploratory oil drilling.    The vessel is moored on the Aleutian Islands in Dutch Harbor, where the U.S. Coast Guard is beefing up its patrols in case activists show up at the fishing community to


Holland America Marine Environmental Biz if the Year

In recognition of its measurable efforts to reduce its environmental footprint both at sea and in port, Holland America Line has been selected as the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club. "We applaud and congratulate Holland America Line in winning the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award," said Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani


USCG to Station Ships in Arctic

USCG Icebreakers:Photo credit USCG

USCG to station ships at Alaska's North Slope this summer to eye Shell drilling platforms For the first time in history the Coast Guard will be stationing responders at Alaska’s North Slope this summer, when Shell Oil begins drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. said that the Arctic doesn't represent a security threat for at least the next decade, but that the Coast Guard has "a much wider aperture


New Report Recommends Offshore Energy 'Arctic Standards'

Report Frontispiece: Image courtesy of PEW

A new PEW Charitable Trust report entitled: 'Arctic Standards: Recommendations on Oil Spill Prevention, Response, and Safety, has just been released. A brief explanation follows: What Are Arctic Standards Arctic OCS standards would provide consistent requirements on how to design, build, install, and operate equipment to safely explore and develop oil and gas resources and respond to accidents in the region using best Arctic science, technology, and practices


US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Shell Spill Plans in Alaska

A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency's approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc related to the company's oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas on Alaska's Arctic coast.   By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a claim that the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is part of the Department of the Interior


ExxonMobil Starts Production at Point Thomson

Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 200 million barrels of natural gas condensate, a high quality hydrocarbon similar to kerosene or diesel Courtesy ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil said today it has started production at its Point Thomson project, the first company-operated project on Alaska’s North Slope. Central pad facilities are designed to initially produce about 5,000 barrels per day of condensate and 100 million standard cubic feet per day of


Qatargas' Beach Clean-up Day at Al Ghariya

Qatargas beach clean up day Photo Qatargas

A large number of Qatargas employees participated in the third annual Qatargas beach clean-up held on Saturday (23rd April) at Al Ghariya beach, 85 kilometers North of Doha. Qatargas launched the annual beach clean-up day initiative in 2013 in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and


GAC EnvironHull Unveils Fuel Savings Calculator

GAC EnvironHull Photo GAC

Ship owners and operators can now compare fuel cost savings reaped by hull cleaning with GAC EnvironHull’s online fuel savings calculator. A foul-free hull offers the benefits of significantly enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs by reducing resistance in the water


Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers


Oil Spill at Port of Los Angeles

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil spill in the Los Angeles Harbor, Thursday morning.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach command center received a report at 10:48 a.m. of an unknown quantity of oily-water mixture coming from a holding tank


Strong Cruise Season Marks Canada Place’s 30th Anniversary

Star Princess at Canada Place (Photo: Port Metro Vancouver)

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2016 cruise season officially kicks off today with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place. Vancouver expects to welcome approximately 830,000 passengers on 228 calls, reflecting a forecasted 3 percent increase in passenger volume over 2015.  


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


High Correlation of Biomass to Species Diversity in Northern Chukchi Sea - BOEM Study

Last summer, researchers began a five year study to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic Chukchi Sea from an ecosystem perspective, looking at microbes, whales and everything in between. Marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical ecosystem services that contribute to human


First Methanol-powered Tankers Due for Delivery

Photo: Methanex Corporation

Starting in April, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) will welcome innovative, clean-burning, fuel-efficient vessels to the sea. These seven 50


NRC Aquires ENPRO Services

NRC has responded to thousands of marine and land-based oil spill incidents around the globe. Courtesy NRC

National Response Corporation (“NRC”) announced today it has acquired ENPRO Services, Inc., adding to its national footprint and expanding its full line of environmental, emergency response, and industrial services. Since 1983, ENPRO has been providing essential environmental


US, India to Shore up Maritime Cooperation

Photo: Idrw.org

 U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and  Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar agreed  to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security, as concerns grow in Washington over Beijing's growing military ambitions.  


Cruise Ship Industry Sues Alaska Capital over Artificial Island

City leaders in Juneau, Alaska, have misspent millions in fees from cruise ship passengers to build an artificial island with a life-sized statue of a humpback whale, a passenger vessel association said in a lawsuit.   The Cruise Lines International Association on Tuesday sued Alaska's


UASC, Qatargas and Shell Join to Push LNG as Marine Fuel

Qatargas CEO Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani (fifth left), United Arab Shipping Company CEO Jorn Hinge (fourth left), and Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, Michiel Kool (sixth left) along with other officials after the signing ceremony. Photo: Qatargas

 Qatargas, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Shell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of LNG as a marine fuel in the Middle East region.    This is the second such agreement signed by Qatargas and Shell in as many months and establishes


China Eyes Faster Arctic Routes Opened by Global Warming

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.  


First Methanol-fueled Tanker Launched

Lindanger naming ceremony Courtesy DNV GL

Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger is the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine






 
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