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MSRC And CGA Lengthen Management Agreement

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Clean Gulf Associates (CGA) have extended their Management Agreement for an additional five years, through 2005. The agreement, which was established in 1997, provides for MSRC to maintain and store CFA response equipment, in addition to deploying the company's response equipment in the event of a member spill.

SCAA Supports International Oil Spill Conference

As the Voice of Spill Response Professionals, the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) is supporting and assisting with the planning and coordination of IOSC 2014 on May 5-8 in Savannah, Ga. SCAA encouraged all members to attend IOSC, submit technical papers, volunteer as technical paper review team members and demonstrate equipment technologies. The centerpiece of SCAA's support during this year's Conference is working with the U.S

Gulf Oil Spill: Ships Face Few Delays

Commercial tugboat Janet Colle pressure washes the exterior of USCGC Harry Claiborne (WLM 561) of residual oil after an oil clean up mission. Claiborne is equipped with a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) to help remove oil from the ocean surface. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Jonathen E. Davis)

By Susan Buchanan As oil from BP's sub-sea well laps coastal Louisiana, most ships in the Gulf have avoided contact with the spill but owners fear that regulations will be tightened after the disaster, raising their costs. “We've seen no delays from the spill, and it hasn't affected the operations of any of our ships,” said Dean Taylor, president of Tidewater Inc. in late May. Four vessels owned by Tidewater, which is headquartered in New Orleans

GNH Purchases Tankers

Gulf Navigation Holding (GNH), a shipping and marine services company, announced on Saturday a $136.1macquisition of six double-hulled tankers. GNH's acquisition of the six product - Gulf Ahmadi, Gulf Riyad, Gulf Sieb, Gulf Safwa, Gulf Jash and Gulf Shagra - boosts the size of its burgeoning fleet to 18 wholly owned vessels. The new acquisitions, which offer flexible capacity and can carry clean oil, products and ore, are 48,000 metric tons deadweight each.

From Shrimp To Scrap

Photo courtesy of B&J Martin, Inc

Jimmie Martin of Galliano, La. said his firm is still working on three platforms that were damaged by Katrina in 2005.  Martins firm, B&J Martin Inc., operates crew and supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico, but their signature work is their site clearance operation.   The US Mineral Management Services (MMS) mandated in 1990 that all abandoned well sites and platforms had to be cleaned in such a way that a commercial shrimp trawler could work the bottom without damaging their

Nat’l Commission Says: Jones Act No Hinderance to Spill Clean Up

The January 11, 2011 report from the non-partisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling confirmed the Jones Act did not prevent foreign vessels from assisting with the clean-up effort during the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.  “Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling” was prepared by the independent entity at the request of President Barack Obama.  

Gulf Coast Dockside Operations and Assets acquired by Associated Terminals

Associated Terminals recently expanded its stevedoring and material handling operations on the lower Mississippi River with its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Gulf Coast Dockside, Inc., along with a substantial interest in Bulk Material Transfer, Inc. Gulf Coast Dockside is a stevedoring company whose primary operations are located in Chalmette, LA, near milepost 90.5 of the lower Mississippi River

Drilling Moratorium Trims Bristow’s Revenue in Gulf

According to a June 10 report from the Associated Press, Bristow Group, which provides helicopter service to the offshore oil industry, said revenue from deep water drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico may slide as much as 85% by the end of June because of the six-month moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf. The company, which has large international operations, said that revenue from the Gulf generates about six percent of its operating income

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Wellhead Allision

Photo courtesy USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an allision between a towing vessel and a wellhead in the Barataria Waterway at approximately 1 a.m., July 27. The tug vessel Pere Ana C, pushing the dredge barge Captain Buford Berry, allided with the wellhead while it transited the Barataria Waterway. The wellhead is currently emanating oil and natural gas into Barataria Bay. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans issued a Broadcast Notice to Mariners that a report of oil release was detected

Offshore Rig Operator Shares Up on Moratorium Lift

According to a report from the Associated Press, the end of the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf has lifted the stocks of companies that operate the offshore oil and gas drilling rigs. Shares of Transocean, Diamond Offshore and Ensco all gained more than three percent on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the report said. (Source: The Associated Press)  

Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final preparations for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

Wärtsilä Debuts Package for hydropower & industrial plant

Wärtsilä Hydro & Industrial services - Keeping the power flowing

  Wärtsilä Corporation, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets, expands into a new market segment, offering a comprehensive package of seals, bearings and associated solutions to hydropower installations and industrial plants

Port of LA: 10 Years of Clean Air Gains

Port Exceeds 2014 Emission Reduction Targets for Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx), with SOx Emissions Nearing Zero   Findings from its 10th consecutive year of tracking air pollution show the Port of Los Angeles has set new records for cutting

Yemeni Govt, Saudi-led Forces Retake Red Sea Strait

Loyalist Yemeni troops and Gulf Arab forces have seized the Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters, reasserting control over the strategic sea lane, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Residents reported air strikes and shelling by warships in

MN 100: Elastec

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The Company: Elastec manufactures and markets innovative pollution control and recovery systems. The company’s core competency is oil spill response: skimmers, fire and containment booms, boom deployment systems, portable vacuum equipment, workboats, dispersant spray systems

To Scrub, or Not to Scrub -That Is the Question

Nicholas Confuorto

On January 1, 2015, the IMO Annex VI, ECA zone requirements came into effect.  Ship owners and operators are now faced with having to decide between switching to a lower sulfur fuel or embracing alternate solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) and LNG

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST

The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST.    “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate

Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Underwater listening station launched to better understand impact of ship noise on at-risk whales   Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of

‘Trash Boats’ Help Keep Waterways Clean

Photo: Elastec

Elastec, a U.S. based manufacturer of pollution control equipment, is producing trash and debris collection boats to assist local governments in meeting Clean Water Act standards, aid in the reduction of floating pollutants in waterways and help protect aquatic ecosystems.  

First Ethane-powered Ships Classed by Bureau Veritas

Photo: Bureau Veritas

The first ethane-powered ship, JS Ineos Insight, the leading ship in a series of eight 27,500-cubic-meter multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacific, China, for Denmark’s Evergas, was named on July 14. The new vessels configured for transport of ethane, LPG or LNG

Clean Marine EGCS Installation For Two Vessels

Photo: Clean Marine

Clean Marine  signed a contract with  Chinese yard Huanghai Shipbuilding Co.Ltd. for the supply of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on two reefer/fishing support vessels, which are currently under construction. The contract also includes an option for delivery of additional EGCS on

Clean Marine to Supply EGCS for two More vessels

3D illustration of Clean Marine EGCS connected to 1 ME 2 AE 1 boiler

Clean Marine has signed a contract with the Chinese yard Huanghai Shipbuilding Co.Ltd. for the supply of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on two reefer/fishing support vessels. The vessels are owned by EF Transport (Malta) Ltd, whose fishing fleet is primarily engaged in the North-East

Dubai World Launches Rotterdam Terminal

 RWG celebrated its official opening. Photo: Rotterdam World Gateway

 DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM, has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the global supply chain with the most innovative and automated container terminal in the world.  

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