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AMPOL Completes Downed Platform Project

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American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL), a leading oil spill response and total environmental solutions provider, has completed a platform recovery project in Amelia, La., announced CEO Kirk Headley.  From planning to implementation, the total project took approximately five years and included lifting the platform and remediating hydrocarbons and hydrogen sulfide on the recovered platform that had been trapped beneath 100 feet of mud. The cleaning and remediation processes were completed by air from man liftsand subsequently the platform was deemed environmentally safe for recycling.  “We take safety seriously and spend countless hours training our employees to be prepared for jobs of this nature,” said Headley. “Our crew worked in very hazardous conditions to complete this project in a safe and successful manner.”   AMPOL has extensively trained professionals on staff, some of whom are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, the professionals at AMPOL work with their clients to develop comprehensive remedial plans; then implement the most applicable treatment technologies to mitigate the problem.   AMPOL specializes in inland, near shore and offshore emergency response and hazardous waste remediation for oil and gas operators, industrial companies andgovernment agencies

EDF, EPA in Action to Counter Shipping Pollution

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced its support for the request by the U.S. government to protect against global shipping pollution generated by large ocean-going ships. During a noon news conference on March 30, at Port Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that the U.S. government applied to designate U.S. coastal waters as "Emission Control Areas" under international law.

House Passes Bill to Reduce Pollution from Ships

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) hailed passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday that would strictly limit air emissions from ships visiting this country’s seaports. The Maritime Pollution Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 802), sponsored by Congressmen James L. Oberstar (D-MN; chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD; chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and

Wrecks of the World II: Evaluating and Addressing Potential Underwater Threats


Conference, June 6-7, 2011 International Wreck and Removal Sector Speakers to Converge at WOW Conference Next Week   Delegates and speakers from around the globe will converge on the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in the Washington, DC area Linthicum Heights, MD) US to participate in the second Wrecks of the World conference being held June 6-7, 2011. The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environmental Protection

IMO: New ECA Sulfur Limits FAQ

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Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use onboard fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10% from January 1, 2015, against the limit of 1.00% in effect up until December 31, 2014.    To help provide further clarification on the new regulations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published a frequently asked question (FAQ) list, available here:

Low Sulphur Fuel Requirements from 1 Jan

​​Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use on board fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.10% from 1 January 2015,

Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use on board fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.10% from 1 January 2015, against the limit of 1.00% in effect up until 31 December 2014. The stricter rules come into effect under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships), specifically under regulation 14

Coast Guard and Anti-Pollution Vessels from Rolls-Royce

More and more authorities are specifying Rolls-Royce ship designs and equipment for coastguard and anti-pollution vessels. Maritime states are increasingly aware of threats to their coastlines and exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The nature and seriousness of the threats varies from state to state. They may include fisheries control and prevention of illegal fishing, emergency towing of ships with engine or steering failure which represent a pollution hazard if they drift ashore

Air Pollution Rules to Enter Force

Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships are set to enter into force on 19 May 2005, following the ratification by the Independent State of Samoa of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78). The 1997 Protocol to the MARPOL Convention, which includes Annex VI, enters into force 12 months after being accepted by 15 States with not less than 50% of world

Port Company to Pay, Storm Water Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed a fine of $47,100 against APM Terminals Pacific Limited for violations of its storm water permit at its Port of Los Angeles facility. According to the EPA, between October 1, 2004 and January 17, 2008, APM Terminals Pacific Limited, one of the world’s largest container terminal companies, reportedly discharged industrial-activity storm water at its marine shipping container terminal facility

CMA CGM Receives the Highest Score

In January 2013, the Group-owned CMA CGM fleet was rewarded by state ports (Port State Control), the highest score for its fleet in recognition of the fleet’s compliance with international regulations regarding safety at sea, technical / regulatory compliance and pollution prevention. For this ranking, port national authorities verify the state of vessels, the level of maintenance, the quality of the crew, procedures in place for the management of safety and pollution.

Shippers Brace for IMO's New SOx Rules

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IMO to decide whether to introduce rules in 2020, or 2025; EU, China already pushing for stricter regulation. The global shipping industry is bracing for a key regulatory decision that could mark a milestone in reducing maritime pollution

40 Years Protecting the Mediterranean

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO) joined celebrations marking four decades of cooperation in the Mediterranean to prevent and combat marine pollution from ships under the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC).   

Togo Ratifies High Seas Intervention Treaty

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 Togo has become the 89th State to ratify International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties of 1969.    The Convention affirms the right of a coastal State to take necessary

Japan, Allies Block Proposal for South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

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Countries led by Japan on Tuesday blocked a move by South American and African states to create a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales they say are endangered by hunting despite a global moratorium in force for 30 years. The proposal brought by five African and South American countries would

MN100: Elastec

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The Company: Located in Carmi and Fairfield, Illinois and Cocoa, Florida, Elastec manufactures water pollution control products specializing in oil spill recovery equipment. Established in 1990 with the invention of the ELASTEC Drum Skimmer, the U.S

Implementation of ECA Measures at Shenzhen Port

Photo: Shenzhen Yantian Port

 The local authorities at Shenzhen port within the Pearl River Delta have now formally announced that vessels will be required to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m, or equivalent emission reduction measures from 1 October 2016.   

Plan Introduced to Drive US Offshore Wind Energy

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A new collaborative strategic plan has been published today which aims to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States.   Announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the plan

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

The Company: ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid)

MN100: HMS Global Maritime

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The Company: HMS Global Maritime is an internationally respected, full-service marine management company, with the resources and experience to deliver tailored, cutting edge solutions, management, and support to clients of all sizes through four divisions - anywhere in the world

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference

IMO Releases New Guides for Energy Efficiency Regulations

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 Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization

More Plastic than Fish in the Ocean

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 Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change?    India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.   

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water

Onboard Verification of Fuel Sulphur Content

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 Spot sampling and analysis of a ship’s fuel is becoming increasingly common as a means for port state control officers to verify the actual sulphur content of the fuel in use.   The shipping industry is facing increasingly stricter air emission limits all over the world

Governments Spur Crackdown on Sea Pollution

File photo: Robert Hendry

Governments at the recent meeting of Parties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea have called for more action to address marine litter in the oceans, particularly plastics and microplastics, which present a severe and long lasting threat to the marine environment.  

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