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Arctic Evacuation of Cruise Ship Crewmember

Photo courtesy Cindy Shults

The Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau is coordinating a rescue with Alaska Clean Seas and British Petroleum for the transfer of a 27 year-old German woman suffering from a possible appendicitis aboard the cruise ship Bremen about 30 miles west of Prudhoe Bay Sept. 3.   The cruise ship has altered its voyage and is heading toward Prudhoe Bay were the 42-ft vessel owned by ACS will meet just offshore. Two medical personnel from the BP medical clinic will be aboard the vessel to provide immediate medical care to the woman if needed. Alaska Clean Seas personnel are expected to bring the women into Prudhoe Bay and take her to the BP Industrial Clinic to assess the situation and make recommendations for possible future treatment. "The remote regions of Alaska always offer difficult challenges and the Arctic Ocean is no different," said Capt. Michael D. Inman, chief of response for the Coast Guard’s 17th District. "The coordination efforts of Coast Guard rescue controllers and the actions of ACS and BP have helped assist this person in need."

Nor-Shipping Clean Shipping Awards

Nor-Shipping organizers, in cooperation with Den Norske Veritas (DNV), announced the nominees for the first Clean Shipping Awards. Winners will be announced at Nor-Shipping 2009’s Opening Conference, scheduled for June 9. Working in cooperation with DNV, Nor-Shipping has established the Clean Shipping Awards, scheduled to be introduced at Nor-Shipping 2009’s Opening Conference. Selected by an independent jury, the Clean Shipping Awards cover three categories: Clean Sea

Carnival Legend Awarded RINA Green Star

Italian classification society RINA has awarded its Green Star logo, a dedicated environmental standard for shipping, to the 88,500gt Carnival Legend, delivered from Kvaerner Masa yard August 14, 2002, to Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Legend is also built to RINA class. The 2,124-passenger vessel is a sistership to the already delivered Costa Atlantica (2000), Carnival Spirit (2001), and Carnival Pride (2001). Two more vessels, the Costa Mediterranea (2003)

Consilium Oil Spill Radar Tested

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  During three days of extensive testing, the advanced capability of Consilium’s oil spill radar to detect oil slicks has been successfully verified. The sea trials were part of an exercise in order to certify satisfactory safety and efficiency in oil spill response operations.   The operation was conducted by the Norwegian Clean Seas Association For Operating Companies (NOFO), from June 8 – 10, 2010

Sigma S6 Oil Spill Response Radar Certified Compliant

Rutter Inc. (TSX: RUT) announced that Canadian based Rutter Technologies, a division of Rutter Inc. (TSX:RUT), has now received official notification from the Norwegian Clean Seas Association (NOFO) confirming that its Sigma S6 Oil Spill Response Radar is compliant with the NOFO standard. The NOFO Standard applies to the design of and the equipment carriage requirements for oil spill response vessels operating on the Norwegian Continental shelf

World Ocean Council Welcomes Damen

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Damen Shipyards Group  has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). Damen is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. By focusing on optimizing ship design and working on product innovations, Damen works to  reduce environmental impacts of shipping. This has resulted in, for example, an in-house E3 label

Underwater Hull of ro/ro Vessel Coated with Ecospeed

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In February a 200-meter ro/ro vessel was given a protective Ecospeed coating in Gibraltar. Ecospeed has a life expectancy of twenty-five years and will therefore protect the vessel against cavitation and corrosion damage for the remainder of its service life without the need for a full repainting during future drydockings. Any Ecospeed application can easily be adapted to yard’s schedule or to unpredictable weather conditions because the coating requires only two layers and the second

NPREP: Pre-Exercise Public Outreach Events

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard announces its National Preparedness Response Exercise Program (NPREP) pre-exercise Public Outreach events to be held Sept. 13, 2011 in Ventura, Calif., free of charge. Government and Industry experts will be facilitating seminars on three topics of interest: Deepwater Horizon Response, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, and Sensitive Sites Strategy, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Static displays such as communications trailers, a HASS-like boat

Coast Guard Commandant Visits Vietnam

Commandant Papp in Vietnam Discussion: Photo credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to expand U.S. ties to Vietnam with a visit by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, who became the first Commandant to visit as part of an official international outreach initiative. Over the past three years, the Coast Guard, in close coordination with the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, has been helping Vietnam to build their maritime governance capacity by providing training assistance to the Vietnam Marine Police

Oil Under Ice

Helix Oil Skimmer being deployed off the USCGC HEALY.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab       How did an urgent requirement to build a road to Alaska end up helping to design submarines and to recover oil spills in the Arctic ice? The Army Corps of Engineers was faced with a monumental challenge of building a highway to connect the “lower 48” to Alaska during World War II to keep America’s northernmost territory secure from

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

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  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

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  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to

Alfa Laval Debuts Inline Scrubber Design

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 Alfa Laval’s PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning system platform now includes an inline scrubber design: I-design.   “Through open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid arrangements, PureSOx can be suited to any vessel’s sailing profile,” says René Diks

DONG Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain.   The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities

GLS Wins Multi-Vessel USACE Contract

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Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

Gobbler OSRV Harnesses Fire Suppression Tech

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The new Gobbler Offshore 290 oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV) not only excels at remediation, but harnesses the latest in environmentally sound fire suppression technology, according to its developer. The boat comes standard with a Sea-Fire pre-engineered system and 3M's Novec 1230 Fire Protection

Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station.   The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

New Examination Facilities put Felixstowe Ahead

Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP (left) has opened a new examination facility at the Port of Felixstowe

  A new ambient-temperature food examination facility has been formally opened at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, by Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP.   The £4 million investment included a major refurbishment and expansion of the examination facilities and

Clean Energy Bunkers Isla Bella with LNG

Photo by Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. participated in a little history last month when it supported General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO’s launch of the Isla Bella container ship, the first of its kind to operate on LNG fuel. Clean Energy provided bunkering services and fuel from its Boron

Deal Struck for Dual-fuel Containership Conversion

At the signing at Europort - front left to right: Dr. Thomas Spindler, Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke; and Christian Hoepfner, Wessels Reederei GM; and back left to right: Marcel Lodder, Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ; Stefan Eefting, Vice President, MAN PrimeServ; Rainer Runde, Project Manager, Wessels Reederei; and Gerd Wessels, Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei

German shipping company Wessels Reederei has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu containership Wes Amelie to dual-fuel operation

World-First, Dual-Fuel Container Ship Conversion

Pictured at the signing at Europort were (front, left to right) Dr Thomas Spindler (Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke) and Christian Hoepfner (Wessels Reederei GM); (back, left to right) Marcel Lodder (Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ), Stefan Eefting (Vice President, MAN PrimeServ), Rainer Runde (Project Manager, Wessels Reederei), and Gerd Wessels (Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei)

  Wessels Reederei, the German shipping company, has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu container ship ‘Wes Amelie’ to dual-fuel operation

Tariffs Hiked at Rotterdam Port

Port Authority wants to encourage the market to ship a lot more transhipment cargo via Rotterdam

  The tariffs which visiting sea-going vessels pay in Rotterdam will increase by 0.5% next year. That is half of the past year’s inflation rate. This is in accordance with the three-year agreement made last year between Deltalinqs, VRC

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

Manslaughter Charges Filed in 2012 Oil Platform Blast

Two companies involved in the deadly 2012 explosion of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico have been indicted on federal charges of involuntary manslaughter, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and Grand Isle Shipyards Inc

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