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New PIB Discharge Requirements

MO’s  Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from October 21-25, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X  for carriage by ship, thereby prohibiting the discharge of cargo residues into the sea. The categorization and carriage requirements for high-viscosity PIB will be included in the annual MEPC.2/Circular on the Provisional categorization of liquid substances, usually issued by IMO on 17 December each year and will be proposed for inclusion in the next edition of the  International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code)  which lists chemicals and their hazards and gives both the ship type required to carry that product as well as the environmental hazard rating. Amendments to the IBC Code are usually put forward on an annual basis so the next amendments could be considered during 2014, and if included in the next set of amendments to the IBC Code then the provisions for PIB could have an effective implementation date of 1 July 2016. The report of the ESPH Working Group will be put forward to the Sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (meeting in February 2014) for approval. The Sub-Committee then submits its recommendations to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which is next scheduled to meet 31 March to 4 April 2014. The MEPC


Krill Systems Completes NOAA Contract

NOAA Ferdinand R. Hassler: Photo credit NOAA

Krill Systems Inc. have installed their Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems (VFMMS) in 6 NOAA Fisheries survey vessels. Installations on NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson and NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler represent the final fittings of a multiple vessel NOAA contract awarded in a competitive bid, on an unrestricted basis, to Krill Systems to implement VFMMS (Vessel Fuel Measuring and Management Systems) within their fleet.


Potential Bidders Eye Waterway Contracts

State and federal officials held a meeting at the Harrison County Courthouse on March 7 for potential contractors who will bid to clean up inland channels and waterways in the three coastal counties. An overflow crowd of 150 demolition and salvage professionals packed a courtroom to learn from the U.S. Coast Guard and Mississippi's Department of Marine Resources the work they will have to do to get the contracts. The federal government has issued a solicitation at www.fedbizopps


VT Halter Marine to Build Three for NOAA

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc., will build another Fisheries Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA exercised its option for the third of four planned vessels under an existing contract. This vessel is valued at approximately $38 million. Construction will begin later this year with delivery planned during the second half of 2007. VT Halter Marine designed the 208’ FSVs in accordance with strict guidelines for


Launching of Fisheries Research Vessel in Finland

STX Finland's Rauma Shipyard celebrated the launch of the special purpose vessel ordered by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Republic of Namibia. Representatives of the owner, classification society Bureau Veritas and STX Finland were present. Newbuilding No. 1378, RV Mirabilis, measures 62 meters in length and, upon completion, will operate as a research vessel, gathering information on fish stocks and their living environment


NAMEPA to Host "Resources and Readiness in Alaska" Seminar

District 17 Commander RADM Tom Ostebo will be a keynote speaker at a “Resources and Readiness in Alaska” seminar to be presented by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) on August 18th in Anchorage at the Captain Cook.  The seminar is part of NAMEPA’s Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Seminar series and will begin at 1:00PM with an introduction by NAMEPA Founding Chairman Clay Maitland.


Cargotec wins Award from MHI Shimonoseki Shipyard

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Cargotec won the Best Supplier award 2010 from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shimonoseki shipyard in Japan. It was given to Cargotec’s Offshore business and local Japanese team and, in part, is recognition of the company’s drive to understand future customer needs through the provision of an extensive geographic presence and strong collaboration with customers. “This award is a great acknowledgement from an important customer in the Asian market


NOAA, USCG Provide Commercial Mariners with Guide to Right Whale Protection

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard announce the availability of "A Prudent Mariner's Guide to Right Whale Protection" - an interactive, multi-media CD program that serves as a guide and voluntary training resource for commercial mariners operating in right whale habitats along the U.S. Atlantic coast. The CD, distributed free-of-charge upon request, provides a comprehensive collection of right whale information delivered in a


BOEMRE Awards $1.8M in Grants to Alabama

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has awarded more than $1.8 million in Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grants to the state of Alabama and to Mobile County, Ala. The grants will fund ongoing wetlands preservation, facility upgrades, and outreach initiatives for the state’s coastal areas.   Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, CIAP provides funding to the six Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas producing states to


Six-Year Old Found Alive Under Capsized Boat

A six-year-old boy was found alive under a capsized boat near Huntington Park, Newport News, Va. last night. The boy was found by Newport News Dive Team members in a joint-agency rescue effort involving the Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, Newport News lifeguards and Newport News Fire and Rescue. The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 5:30 this afternoon of a 15-foot pleasure craft capsized in the James River with four people already recovered and the boy missing


DNV GL’s Arctic Map Shows Complex Risk Picture

Børre Paaske

The world’s need for energy is driving interest in further industrial activity in the Arctic, yet the region’s conditions are highly variable depending on the type of activity, location and time of year. This creates a complex risk picture


Jacksonville Adds PORTS Real-time Data System

1. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (left) and James McLaughlin, executive director, Jacksonville Marine Exchange, dedicate the Jacksonville, Florida, PORTS, on July 23, 2014.

  Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today which will increase safety for ships using the St. Johns River. The system, called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)


U.S. Navy: Marine Mammal Project Breaks New Ground

Dolphins jump out of the water near the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) during an underway replenishment with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Hooper/Released)

The U.S. Navy said that a newly released scientific report demonstrates the viability of a new method to estimate received sound levels during real scenarios and analyzes movements of satellite-tagged individuals of three species of marine mammals exposed to Navy mid-frequency active sonar around


USCG Rescues 2 After Boat Capsizes Near Kiptopeke Park

US Coast Guard rescues two after boat capsized

  The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday who were reported missing after their 21-foot fishing boat sank approximately a mile west of Kiptopeke State Park. Rescued were Bonatacio Montalvo, 64, of Machipongo, Virginia, and Jose Rosales, 27.


Coast Guard Forces Back Illegal Mexican Fisherman

Coast Guards FALCON

  A patrolling Coast Guard aircrew spotted, pursued and compelled a lancha across the U.S./Mexican border, Friday, after the lancha was spotted poaching in U.S waters. At 2:30 p.m., a Coast Guard aircrew aboard an HU-25 Falcon aircraft spotted the 25-foot lancha fishing 45 miles offshore


Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

Scott Weaver

The White House yesterday awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.


Xiamen to forge itself as model for marine construction

 According to a new plan released by the municipal Marine & Fisheries Bureau, Xiamen will power ahead with its blueprint to build itself into a model city for marine construction in the future.    Based on the plan, Xiamen is expected to build itself into a city with an


Scientists Train Students on Oil Spill Research

WHOI researcher Catherine Carmichael works alongside high school science teacher Shawn Walker to collect oiled sand patty samples for analysis. (Photo by Danielle Groenen, Deep-C Consortium)

As part of ongoing research nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will team up with a group of high school students in Florida to collect remnants of oil from Gulf Coast beaches this week.


USCG Issues Fines for Tank Response Plan Noncompliance

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations related to tank vessel response plan requirements. The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET, Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express


Tank Vessel Response Plan: Alaska Violators Fined

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties in Alaska to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations concerning vessel response plan requirements, as follows: The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET; Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express


AOTOS Recognizes Americans Brave at Sea

Honor presentation: Photo credit AOTOS

Six vessels and two individual mariners were recognized for courageous acts at sea at the 44th annual United Seamen's Service (USS) 2013 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) attended by more than 700 guests at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City.


Chemical Tankship Cargo PIB Decided Category 'X'

Chemical tanker: Photo courtesy of Odfjell

IMO’s  Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from 21 to 25 October, 2013, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X  for carriage by ship


BOEM Completes Enviro Review for Proposed Oil &Gas Sales in Eastern GOM

Area includes approximately 658,000 acres   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for two proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico's Eastern Planning Area. "This analysis evaluates baseline conditions and


JAMSTEC Orders MHI Wide-area Seabed Research Vessel

Conceptual drawing of wide-area seabed research vessel

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for construction of a wide-area seabed research vessel from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and an agreement has been signed. The vessel on order will efficiently advance wide-area research into


Namibian Government Halts Seabed Mining

The Australian-based Deep Sea Mining Campaign congratulated the Namibian Governments on its decision to place a moratorium on seabed mining. “The Deep Sea Mining campaign applauds the Namibian government’s decision to impose a moratorium for 18 months on marine phosphate mining






 
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