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NOAA Seeks Coral Reef Comments

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the availability of the draft operations plan for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. Comments should be submitted by May 15, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 13022 (HK Law)


MOL Crew Rescues Mariners from Disabled Vessel

A scene of rescuing crew members

While steaming some 700km west of Guam on January 20, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. operated coal carrier C. S. Sunshine rescued all 24 Chinese crew members of a disabled freighter January 20. At 8:15 a.m. (local time) on January 20, the Panama-registered C.S. Sunshine, which departed Newcastle, Australia, bound for Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, received a distress signal from a Panama-flagged freighter that had lost power. The 46,700 MT, 228.4m C.S


Coral Princess Delivery Postponed Again

The delivery of Princess' upcoming ship Coral Princess has been delayed, cancelling its December 24 sailing. The vessel's inaugural Panama Canal cruise will now depart on January 3, 2003. Passengers on the affected December 24 sailing will receive a full refund, as well as credit toward a future cruise. Travel agent commission will be protected on all fully paid bookings. "We deeply regret having to cancel this departure," said Phil Kleweno, president


Aker Yards to build Six Containerships

Aker Yards has been awarded a contract by Reederei F. Laeisz GmbH in Rostock (Germany) to build six container ships of the newly developed type Aker CS 2800. The total contract value is approximately EUR 245 million. Delivery by Aker Yards in Germany is scheduled between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the third quarter of 2010. The contract is subject to financing. Aker Yards has previously delivered four container vessels to F.


Resolve Completes Federalized Wreck Removal

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Resolve Salvage & Fire, the salvage, emergency response and wreck removal subsidiary of Resolve Marine Group, Inc., has completed the removal of the grounded 202-foot freighter Jireh from Mona Island.    Mona Island lies 35 miles off the western coast of Puerto Rico and is a 22- square-mile ecological reserve managed and protected by Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA). Resolve worked closely with the Unified Command -- comprising U.S


Meyer Werft Completes New Dual-fuel LNG Tankship

LNG Carrier Coral Energy: Photo credit Meyer Werft

The new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, 'Coral Energy', is for the Dutch owner Anthony Veder, based in Rotterdam. The ship is the first of a new gas tanker type which is equipped with an eco-friendly dual-fuel engine. The tanker is operated with natural gas bringing the emissions of the vessel to extremely low values which are clearly below the prospective applicable limits for ECA-areas. The vessel was already named in Rotterdam on December 7 by Her Royal Highness Princess


Greenpeace In Legal Battle With U.K. Over Oil Exploration

Environmentalist group Greenpeace took the U.K. government to court over what it sees as Britain's failure to protect coral beds, whales, dolphins and other marine life from the effects of oil and gas exploration. Nigel Plemming QC, representing Greenpeace, told London's High Court that the government had failed to apply the European Union Habitats Directive to oil and gas exploration in the relatively deep waters of the Atlantic Frontier


NOAA to Conduct Drill in Florida Keys

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct an emergency response drill in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary April 19-21, 2005, and is asking for assistance from local residents to help ensure its success. The goal of the drill is to improve the agency’s ability to protect the environment of the Florida Keys and the public in case of a major incident. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


This Day in Naval History - May 07

(By Navy News Service) 1779 - Continental Navy sloop Providence captures British brig Diligent off Cape Charles. 1934 - USS Constitution completes tour of principal U.S. ports 1940 - FDR orders Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters indefinitely. 1942 - Carrier aircraft sink Japanese carrier Shoho during Battle of Coral Sea.


This Day in Naval History – May 8

1911 - Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea ends with Japanese retiring from area 1945 - VE - Day, Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allies 1963 - Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis. 1972 - U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam. (Source: Navy News Service)


Australia's Victoria state may sell two biggest ports

Australia's Victoria state government said it may sell Port of Melbourne, the country's largest container and general cargo port, continuing a rush by states to sell major assets to fund new infrastructure projects. Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the government will commission a


Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime


Saving Coral Reefs – One Shipwreck at a Time

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

In the summer of 1991, a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel, the HUI FENG #1, ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands, lying some 1


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


GIMF Completes Construction of New Liftboat, The Bellator

The Bellator (Photo: Gulf Island Marine Fabricators)

Gulf Island Marine Fabricators (GIMF) has just completed construction of a new liftboat, The Bellator, for C.S. Liftboats, Inc, Abbeville, La. The Bellator is ABS Classed A-1, AMS, and Mobile Offshore Unit. The new boat, designed by A.K. Suda Inc


Crew Rescued from Sinking Bulk Carrier

Image: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that 24 crewmembers are safe after abandoning ship approximately 440 miles west of Guam Monday. At 8 a.m. Sunday, watchstanders at the USCG Sector Guam Command Center received report of flooding from the 500-foot bulk carrier cargo ship Rich Forest.


US Secretary of Interior Honors BOEM Ocean Research Teams

Sally Jewell: Photo courtesy NASCC

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has presented the 'Partners in Conservation Awards' to two science teams conducting ocean research sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at a Department of the Interior ceremony. The research involved collaboration with about two-dozen


Sinking Pacific Cargo Ship Crew Transferred to CG Cutter

Rich Forest & Cutter Sequoia: Photo credit USCG

Survivors of the sinking cargo ship 'Rich Forest' have been transferred safely from the AMVER rescuing ship 'C.S. Sunshine' to Coast Guard Cutter 'Sequoia'. The 500-foot cargo ship Rich Forest was abandoned by its 24 crew-members after the engine room flooded and were picked up from their


ISS advises of North Queensland Weather Disruptions

As forecast cyclone approaches, Inchcape Shipping Services, (ISS), is advising that the adverse weather around the coast of North Queensland, Australia, is causing port disruptions, closures and evacuations.   The current monsoon low lies over the north of the Coral Sea


Cyclone Approaches North Queensland Ports

Inchcape Shipping Services, (ISS), is advising that the adverse weather around the coast of North Queensland, Australia, is causing port disruptions, closures and evacuations. The current monsoon low lies over the north of the Coral Sea, but is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the coast


Cargo Ship Refloated After Reef Grounding, Rudders Lost

MV Commander: Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard marine casualty investigators are investigating the cause of the recent grounding of the 'MV Commander' on Round Reef just outside Christiansted Harbor in the US Virgin Islands. Initial underwater assessments have identified that the Commander’s two rudders are missing


Grounded Vessel Refloated without Pollution

 The MV Commander is anchored in the vicinity of Protestant Cay and presents no current threat to the environment

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Resident Inspection Office St. Croix crews are assessing the condition of the 221-foot cargo ship MV Commander, after it successfully refloated Saturday afternoon from Round Reef, where it grounded Friday night just outside Christiansted Harbor in St. Croix, U.S


Recent Vessel Sales: January 2014

Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built(Age) - Price Millions USD Bulk Carriers 01/13 BAO YUN DA - 5,769 - 96(18) - $1.5 01/20 PACIFIC CHIKUSA - 16,870 - 00(14) - $5 01/13 CYNTHIA PIONEER - 23,641 - 09(5) - $15 01/20 DANIELA BOLTEN - 23,641 - 08(6) - $14.8


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 7

Paricutin (AE-18) rearming Coral Sea (CVA-43). U.S. Navy photo.

Today in U.S. Naval Hostory - February 7 1800 - USS Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


 
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