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President Lifts Ban on Bristol Bay Offshore Exploration and Drilling

The Bush administration recently announced that it has lifted a ban on offshore oil drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The move is a shot in the arm for the Alaska oil and gas industry, which is hoping for approval to build a new natural gas pipeline. A recently elected oil-friendly governor, the pipeline project and now expanded offshore drilling possibilities mean increased demand for workers. On January 9, 2007, the Bush administration lifted a long-standing moratorium on oil exploration in a 5.6 million acre area in the North Aleutian Basin of Alaska's Bristol Bay region. New Alaska Governor Sarah Palin welcomed the news that the moratorium has been lifted. The prospect of exploration in Bristol Bay coupled with the possibility of building a new natural gas pipeline means more jobs and revenue for the state. For several decades Alaska has provided nearly 20 percent of the United States' domestic supply of oil energy. Leasing in Bristol Bay could begin between 2010 and 2012. The jobs will follow quickly thereafter. It is big news, but I think Alaskans - and Canadians - are even more anxious to see what happens with the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline In 1988, oil companies paid the federal government approximately $96 million for rights to explore and develop 122,000 acres north of Unimak Island and the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. Before any wells could be drilled, though, Congress and President George H.W


CG Photo: Coast Guard Preps Cleveland Waterway for Winter

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen

Coast Guardsmen bring Cleveland Harbor's East Basin Channel Lighted Buoy 11 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, based in Detroit, Dec. 2, 2010, to replace it with a smaller unlit buoy designed to better withstand damage from ice as Lake Erie freezes during the winter months. U.S., Canadian and industry partners work together to retrieve or replace about half of the lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons throughout the Great Lakes in an evolution known as Operation Fall Retrieve


McDonnell Awarded Modification to Contract

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis is being awarded an $11,055,420 modification to a previously awarded fixed-priced-incentive contract (N00019-03-C-6528) for T-45 training system integrated logistic support and technical manuals. Work will be performed in St. Louis (80 percent); Warton, Lancashire, England (13 percent); and Filton, Bristol, England (7 percent), and is to be completed in December 2003. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal


ABP Awards Transas VTS Contract

Transas Marine (UK) Ltd. has recently gained a contract to supply a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system for Associated British Port’s (ABP) South Wales Ports - Cardiff, Barry, Newport, Swansea and Port Talbot. The contract was awarded by ABP South Wales after extensive market assessment and a comprehensive tendering procedure. The Transas VTS system meets ABP’s primary requirements and responsibilities as the Statutory Harbour Authority for its ports, which are the management of shipping


Merger Creates UK's Largest Independent Ship Repairer

Burgess Marine acquire Testbank Ship Repair, making them the country's largest independent in the ship repair business. Burgess Marine, headquartered in Dover and with sites in Poole and Portsmouth’s naval base, has acquired Testbank Ship Repair, with locations at Southampton docks, Portchester, near Portsmouth, and Avonmouth, near Bristol. The deal will see 120 full-time staff work under the Burgess Marine banner from the six sites, with a combined annual turnover of £20m-plus


Bristol Harbor Group Commissioned for LNG/CNG Initiative

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was awarded a task order for an Alternative Fuel (LNG/CNG) Initiative through its Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Marine Design Center (MDC). BHGI will analyze a subset of the USACE fleet regarding its suitability for conversion to Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and/or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) power


Revised OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program

The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the Preliminary Revised 2007-2012 Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for lease sales covering the 2007-2012 timeframe. The comment period will be open through May 3, 2010. The Preliminary Revised Program was required by order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S


New Generation of Seine Skiffs

Photo courtesy Husky Boats

Tyler Boats of Sedro Woolley launched its second 22-ft by 11-ft Seine Skiff.  Powered by a John Deere 6081, 375 hp engine, this seine skiff is designed to pull.  Helped by a 32-inch nozzle steering these skiffs have a pull measurement over 9,500 lbs. This pulling power is harnessed within a stable designed platform for the operator.  The seine skiff is often described as the “weak link” in a purse seine operation


Crowley's DH Petroleum Barges Deployed to Western Alaska

Crowley Maritime Corp. is deploying two new double-hulled, combination deck cargo and tank barges this week in Western Alaska. The DBL 165-1 and DBL 165-2 barges left Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash., earlier this month and made a brief stop in Seward for final outfitting of equipment - including hoses, lines, pumps and other gear - necessary for operating in Western Alaska. The barges are expected to load their first cargoes of petroleum products in Bristol Bay this week and will


Marine Trades & Technology School, IYRS, Raises US$ 700,000

IYRS Gala: Photo IYRS

Rhode Island School, IYRS, focuses on history, student accomplishments and raises $700,000 at annual fundraiser When guests arrived at IYRS Annual Summer Gala--the annual fundraiser for this Rhode Island marine trades and technology school--they came ready for a great party. But the crowd of gala-goers also gathered at this waterfront school for a reason that runs far deeper than a good time through this maritime community: to celebrate the craftsmanship of IYRS students and graduates and


APM Slashes Out-of-Service Days

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Removing a 132 metric ton engine from an 11 deck luxury cruise liner whilst it’s in-service may sound impossible, but that’s exactly what marine engineers Atlantic Pacific Marine (APM) did in February. The company teamed up with wire sawing experts Drillcut (UK) Ltd


Seafarers Charity Aids Crew, Families of Fatal Ship Collision

Photo: Apostleship of the Sea

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, said seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a car carrier and a fishing boat in Spanish waters. Media have reported that three crew are confirmed dead after the Baltic Breeze


USCG Leading Marina Pollution Response

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U.S. Coast Guard pollution responders are continuing to respond to reports of pollution in Charleston City, Bristol and Ashley River marinas Sunday. Boaters reported pools of thick, purple diesel-type product pooling in the marinas Saturday evening.


Coast Guard Concludes Great Lakes Icebreaking

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Beauchamp

The U.S. Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a binational domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St


UK Ferry Service Saved by the Community

Ferry Brigantia: Photo courtesy of Bristol Ferry Co.

The Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last November, and needed to raise £250,000 from investors by 31 July, but it surpassed that target, topping £300,000. According to  BBC News, citing ferry boss Ian Bunguard


Rebuilt Ferry 'Medway Queen' Re-dedicated, Awaits Refit Tow

Medway Queen in Albion Dock: Photo credit  Richard Abels

The 'Medway Queen Preservation Society' (MQPS) reports progress on the restoration of the historic UK River Medway passenger ferry. The re-dedication ceremony was held in the Albion Shipyard in Bristol, and now the tow to Gillingham in Kent (on the same River Medway) is eagerly awaited.


Rolls-Royce Unveils New Patrol Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new design of maritime patrol craft at the Defense and Security Event International (DSEI) in London. The first of a protection vessel family of designs, is a new 55-meter craft featuring a range of equipment from Rolls-Royce (stabilizers, thrusters, steering gear


CTruk Builds BV-classed Wind Farm Service Catamaran

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CTruk delivered its 12th 20T multi-purpose catamaran, CWind Challenger. As well as being the first of these popular offshore wind support vessels to be designed, built and classed to Bureau Veritas (BV) rules, the 18.5m multi-role workboat is also the first Category 1 vessel built by the company


Madelaine-D 2502 Delivered to Argosy Barge Lines

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Argosy Barge Lines, LLC of Bellaire, Texas, accepted the Madelaine-D 2502 as the newest addition to their fleet in March 2013. The ABS-classed deck barge was built by Sterling Shipyard of Port Neches, Texas. The barge was designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc


Shearer Group Continues to Expand

Top, from left: Joshua Sebastian, P.E., Engineer Manager; Michael Capitain, Naval Architect, and Ronald Sikora, Designer. Bottom, from left: Jacqueline Ellis, Designer, and Jo Ann Pitzer, Administrative Assistant

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice near Houston. Over the past year the company has made five new additions: Joshua Sebastian, P.E., Engineer Manager; Michael Capitain, Naval Architect; Ronald P


Bristol Harbor Group Designs Two NYPA Tugs

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Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was recently awarded a contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to engineer, design and perform construction supervision support services for two new tug vessels. The tugs will be used primarily for deployment


Bristol Harbor Group Continues Expansion

Annie Fisher

The Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice. Over the past six months the company has welcomed four new additions to the team: Annie Fisher, Naval Architect; Nathan Seelig, Mechanical Engineer; Christopher Cluett


DSV Seeks Higher Levels of Managing Safely

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Freight forwarding and logistics company DSV said it understands the importance of operational excellence and 7 people from across the three DSV divisions have just completed an intensive health and safety course accredited by the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (IOSH).


Seafarers' Charity Volunteer in UK New Year Honours List

Image courtesy of Apostleship of the Sea

Apostleship of the Sea volunteer ship visitor Joe McHugh has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire medal) for his services to radioactive substances regulation and also for his voluntary services to the community. For many years Dr McHugh has worked in the Radioactive Substances


UKHO Wraps up Navigation Training Course

From left to right, back row: Nikolay Radoslavov Lyaskovski (Bulgaria); Mohamed Zabour (Algeria) and Yusuke Nagase (Japan). Front row: Dwight Nanan (Trinidad & Tobago); Sub Lt Uaychai Phothong (Thailand); Rahubadda Kankanamge Anura Ariyarathna (Sri Lanka) and John Dalomae (Solomon Islands).

For a fifth consecutive year, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has delivered a successful outcome from its internationally renowned and accredited marine cartography courses to a group of students drawn from seven nations. Students from the Hydrographic Organizations of Algeria


 
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