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“Moratorium” is a Four Letter Word

While ten letters in all, “moratorium” might as well be the foulest four-letter word in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch right now. On May 27, the Obama Administration ordered a halt to drilling in water depths more than 500 feet, effectively cancelling 33 drilling projects and reversing a tide of industry optimism in the region. Bill Foret, president of Golden Meadow, La.-based Abdon Callais Offshore LLC, said the company could have placed 50 OSVs to work on April 19 — a day before BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 crew members and set off a gusher of crude 5,000 feet below the Gulf’s surface for more than 80 days. “The OSV market was showing signs of improving,” Foret said. “And OSVs of all sizes were in high demand.” Kurt Crosby, CEO of Crosby Tugs Inc., based in Golden Meadow, La., agreed. “Things were looking good before this incident,” Crosby said. “Obama had approved drilling in the Eastern Gulf, off the East Coast and Alaska. Things were looking really positive. Now, it’s just uneasy and unsure. We don’t know what will happen next.” More than 100 days after the explosion, BP has capped the well and hopes to kill it for good. However, what many industry watchers call an overarching political stunt by the Obama Administration threatens an entire industry


Canada Invest in Marine Training Center

The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario’s marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound. “Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate our ships,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley. “Today’s investment creates opportunity for students interested in marine careers while securing the future viability of Ontario’s marine industry.”


President Bush signs Marine Highway Legislation

On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program within the federal government. Under the new law, marine highway or "short sea" transportation refers to the carriage by vessel of cargo in containers, loaded on the vessel by cranes or by means of wheeled technology. Specifically, the new law requires the establishment of a program and the designation of


Collar Appointed Vice President, Special Projects

Crowley Maritime Corporation veteran Steve Collar has joined Marine Transport Corporation as Vice President, Special Projects effective July 1. He is domiciled in Marine Transport's Weehawken, NJ, headquarters and reports to Jeff Miller, Vice President, Chartering. Crowley acquired Marine Transport, a U.S.-based supplier of chemical parcel transportation, refined petroleum transportation, crude oil lightering, and ship management, in February.


Canadian Ports: Minister Emphasizes Key Role

Honourable Lisa Raitt: Photo Transport Canada

Transport Canada informs that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has spoken of the important role Canada's marine ports play in supporting trade and economic growth in a speech to the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, hosted by the Belledune Port Authority. Building on this year's conference theme of 'Anchors Away', Minister Raitt highlighted the opportunities and challenges in global shipping for Canada's ports


US Maritime Fatalities on the Decline

Deborah Hersman

Hersman announces slight rise in 2012 transportation fatalities; aviation, pipeline and marine deaths drop According to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board, total transportation fatalities in the United States increased by three percent in 2012 from 2011, but deaths in the marine sector declined over the same period. The data indicate that transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012, compared to 34,551 in 2011


Shettig Promoted to VP at Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Shettig has been promoted to vice president of the company's East Coast and Gulf contract services business. He will remain domiciled in Houston and continue to report to John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's marine services group. Shettig, who most recently served as general manager of East Coast and Gulf contract services, will now have profit and loss responsibilities for the business


New Chair Selected for MTS National Advisory Council

John Gaughan, Vice President of the American Maritime Congress, has been selected as the new chairman of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Gaughan served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office, for Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. He also served at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as Maritime Administrator from 1985-1989 and as DOT Chief of Staff from 1989-1991.


GAO Issues Report on Federal Financing of Marine Transportation System

The General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its Report entitled Marine Transportation: Federal Financing and a Framework for Infrastructure Investments. This Report provided the basis for the agency's recent testimony at the Congressional hearing reported in yesterday's Maritime Items. The Report, which provides an excellent overview of maritime, highway, and aviation funding and expenditures, recommends that national goals be established regarding the


USCG to Co-Sponsor Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard and the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee are sponsoring the third national Harbor Safety Committee conference, "Local Port Coordination for the 21st Century - A Marine Transportation System Perspective." The conference focuses on the importance of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and how the MTS structure can assist policy- and decision-makers operate efficiently, effectively, and consistently throughout the nation


Study Examines Impacts of Inland Waterway Investment

File photo

The National Waterways Foundation (NWF) has commissioned and released a two-year study to examine the U.S. inland waterways’ national economic return on investment and the need for and benefits of an accelerated program of waterways system improvements that sustain and create American jobs.


FMC Commissioners Meet with China Transport Officials

Wang Jianmin, Vice President of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange and Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.

Federal Maritime Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and William P. Doyle met with transportation officials from China on January 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Members of the delegation included Professor Yu Shicheng, Chairman of the Shanghai Maritime University Council and Director of the


White House Recognizes Military2Maritime

Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, discusses the Military2Maritime program that connects veterans with opportunities in the domestic maritime industry during a White House Veterans-Transportation Forum. (Photo: AMP)

Military2Maritime program recognized by White House for veteran hiring practices   As Congress considers the role the Jones Act and the American maritime industry play as part of the Keystone XL pipeline debate, the national Military2Maritime program


Webinar to Demonstrate Barge Emissions Tool

Matthew Payne, Team Leader at SmartWay Transport Partnership, will lead the webinar.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SmartWay will host a webinar for barge carriers and other interested stakeholders to demonstrate Barge Tool, designed to help companies calculate carbon, NOx and PM emissions from barge freight movement.  


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


Alaska: No Rush for Canada Ferry Project Resolution

Alaska can use an existing British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada enforces an order blocking so-called "Buy America" purchasing rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official said on Tuesday.


UNDP and IMO Chiefs Meet

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu at IMO Headquarters on January 20, where the two highlighted common commitment to sustainable development and discussed the important role of maritime


Innovative Financing Increases Infrastructure Unvestment

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Last July, President Obama announced the Build America Investment Initiative, an Administration-wide effort aimed at boosting private investment in our nation’s infrastructure. And Friday, Vice President Biden announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to bring private sector


Ottawa Bars Use of 'Buy America' Rules at Ferry Project in Canada

The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation


FMC: US Port Congestion a Top Priority

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero announced to staff January 13 that his priority for the Commission in 2015 is addressing congestion issues that are plaguing U.S. ports.    Starting in September 2014, FMC Commissioners led public forums concerning port


OMSA Opposes McCain Amendment

Ben Billings (Photo: OMSA)

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued a statement regarding Senator John McCain’s proposal allowing foreign-built vessels to take over marine transportation in the United States, stating the amendment would gut U.S. shipbuilding while outsourcing jobs and security.  


Custom Ro-Pax Delivered in China

San sha No. 1 (Photo courtesy of Knude E. Hansen A/S)

The first Ro-Pax cruiser designed and built in China for the Chinese market has entered into service on January 1, 2015.   The ship, named San sha No. 1, can carry wheeled cargo, containers, trailers as well as passengers, and was delivered to China's southernmost city Sansha in Hainan


Alaska Marine Lines Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Alaska Marine Lines has filed with the Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from 31% to 29% on shipments to, from and within Central Alaska and Prince William Sound locations. The line has also filed to decrease the fuel surcharge from 14% to 7% on shipments to


Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Alaska Class Ferries

Alaska Class Ferry concept

  Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide a highly efficient propulsion system for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan


SUNY Maritime: Bridging the Competency Gap

Tug & Barge Simulator

SUNY Maritime’s Cutting Edge Tug & Barge Simulator fills an enormous training hole in the tri-state area. When Morton S. Bouchard, III, maritime and political dignitaries officially opened the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State






 
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