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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


Infrastructure for Alaska’s LNG and Other Resources

 Joseph N. Fields III,  Alaska International  Development Corporation.

Trans Arctic Shipping Routes (TASR) It is time for the global maritime industry to push development of Trans Arctic Shipping Routes (TASR) and port facilities along Alaska’s northern coast. Not only for shipping goods from the Pacific to Atlantic and vice versa, but specifically to facilitate development of specialized ports for LNG exports from Alaska to global markets. Alaska has a limited maritime community mostly in the south: Southeast Alaska is a maritime community; South Central


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


Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

 Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state.   US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships


Fishing Vessel Sinks, Spills Oil in Alaska

Boom surrounds the sunken vessel Pacific Venture near The Twins, Sitka, Alaska (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lewis Beck)

 A 58-foot fishing vessel ran aground, sunk and spilled oil in Sitka, Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No injuries have been reported, and there have been no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife.   The fishing vessel Pacific Venture, a 58-foot seiner


Chinese Ships Headed Home After Bering Sea Sighting

Five Chinese Navy ships sighted in the Bering Sea off Alaska during a visit to the region by U.S. President Barack Obama have begun their "return transit," the top uniformed officer in the U.S. Navy told Reuters on Thursday.  


RYDLYME Marine Selects GoM Distributor

Photo: RYDLYME Marine

RYDLYME Marine has named R Carter & Associates, Inc. of Mobile, Ala. a new stocking distributor for the Gulf of Mexico area, targeting shipyards, larger workboats, government vessels and drill ships operating in the region.   RYDLYME Marine, a manufacturer of a line of safe


Alaska's Biggest Crane Arrives in Kodiak

Photo courtesy of Matson

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, took delivery of a new 65-ton gantry crane to replace one half its size at the company's Kodiak Terminal.    Standing more than 340 feet tall at its peak with a boom spanning 164 feet, Matson's new crane is the largest in Alaska


Tenneco, Texas A&M Partner on Emissions Solution

Tenneco’s large engine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) diesel aftertreatment technology

Sea trials, training and scholarship program designed to educate students on clean air technologies.   Tenneco, a global supplier of Clean Air aftertreatment technologies is helping engineering midshipmen at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy learn firsthand how advanced aftertreatment


US Gives Shell Final Nod to Drill for Oil in Arctic

Fennica (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic for the first time since 2012, a move environmentalists vowed to fight.   The Interior Department gave Shell the final permit to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea


NOIA Praises US Approval for Shell Arctic Drilling

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued a statement offering his praise of Royal Dutch Shell’s revised Application to Drill in the Chukchi Sea.   The Interior Department granted Shell final approval to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi


Diesel Spill in Sitka Sound

A Unified Command has been formed to respond to a release of diesel fuel from the Jarvis St. Power Plant, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Monday.   Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation pollution responders from Juneau and members of Marine Safety


NOAA Declares Whale Deaths an ‘Unusual Morality Event’

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak. Credit: NOAA

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause


Wärtsilä Scrubbers for Finnlines Vessels

A total of nine Finnlines vessels have now been contracted to be fitted with Wärtsilä scrubber systems (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Finnlines, a Ro-Ro and passenger vessel operator with services in the North and Baltic Seas, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply three vessels with exhaust cleaning scrubber systems. The deal marks a repeat order for Wärtsilä


Alaska Marine Lines Reduces Fuel Surcharge

Photo: Alaska Marine Lines

Alaska Marine Lines, a marine transportation company providing barge service to and from Alaska and Hawaii, informs it has filed with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from certain locations as a result of fluctuating fuel costs.  


Obama Pushes for US Icebreakers

File Image: Polar Star - one of the U.S. Coast Guards dwindling fleet of icebreakers.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.  


White House: No Threat from China Navy Ships in Bering Sea

The Pentagon has not detected any threatening activity from the Chinese navy vessels in the Bering Sea, the White House said on Wednesday.   "Based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest


Five Chinese Ships in Bering Sea as Obama Visits Alaska

Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.   Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first






 
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