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Canada Conducts Spill Response Study

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A comprehensive study assessing current marine-spill preparedness and response capabilities was released by the Province today. The study also outlines necessary improvements to achieve a world-class system to ensure B.C.'s coast is protected from potential marine spills. Nuka Research, an international expert in spill preparedness and response, had been commissioned by the provincial government to undertake the study so B.C. could better understand the federal government's ability to deal with a spill off the west coast. The West Coast Spill Response Study contains three volumes, including:     Volume 1 - An assessment of the existing marine-spill prevention and response regime in place for B.C.     Volume 2 - A vessel traffic study assessing the current and potential levels of shipping on the west coast of Canada and the current volume of hydrocarbons being shipped or used as fuel.     Volume 3 - An analysis to identify international best practices and the elements required for establishing a world-class marine spill preparedness and response system. "While we respect federal jurisdiction over marine spills, we must ensure B.C.'s interests are being met, and that means adding more resources to protect our coast,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment. “This study is essential to informing our discussions with the federal government in building a world-class marine spill response system."


Marine Oil Spill: Canadian Province Releases New Preventive Study

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A comprehensive study assessing current marine-spill preparedness & response capabilities has been released by British Columbia. The study also outlines necessary improvements to achieve a world-class system to ensure B.C.'s coast is protected from potential marine spills. Nuka Research, an international expert in spill preparedness and response, had been commissioned by the provincial government to undertake the study so B.C


Bow Mariner Update: Oil Recovery Ops Continue

According to the Coast Guard, the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) oil recovery vessel VIRGINIA RESPONDER began skimming operations, however, recoverable oil is widely dispersed and the amount recovered has been minimal to date. A helicopter has been flying throughout the day to locate patches of oil and direct the skimming vessel. The oil spill recovery vessel has been on-scene since Monday prepared to recover oil.


ASA and SCAA Establish Affiliate Relationship

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) have established an Affiliate Membership relationship. The Spill Control Association of America was organized in 1973 to actively promote the interests of all groups within the spill response community. The organization represents spill response contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, instructors, government & training institutions and corporations working in the industry.


Maritime New Zealand Supports Spill Response

Two technical experts from Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) have flown to the U.S. at the invitation of one of the oil spill response companies assisting with the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico spill. An oil spill equipment technician and a response planning officer from MNZ’s Marine Pollution Response Service (MPRS) have been seconded to support the Deepwater Horizon spill response. They will be working for Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSR)


Trinity Offshore Re-Brands as TY Offshore

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John Dane III presented TY Offshore to the maritime industries. The re-branding of the company from Trinity Offshore to TY Offshore is intended to provide clear market positioning for the leading Mississippi-based designer and builder of commercial tugs, offshore barges, oil spill response, patrol and oil field support vessels from 10 meters to 95 meters (33’ to 312’) in length. The name change is also intended to delineate the company from Dallas, Texas-based Trinity Industries


Washington: We Need More Spill Response Vessels

Shipping companies and oil-handling facilities should take immediate steps to increase the number of boats available to respond to oil spills in Puget Sound and along Washington's coast, according to Ecology Director Jay Manning. A newly released study commissioned by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) found that there are not enough vessels available to simultaneously deploy oil booms, transport oil-spill equipment and supplies


T&T Marine Provides Gulf Cleanup Response

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T&T Marine Salvage, a leading provider of maritime support services, has responded with manpower and equipment to help clean the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Our crews have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup effort,” said T&T Marine Salvage Vice President Kevin Teichman. “We have flown in personnel and equipment from our response bases around the world for this ongoing project


RESOLVE, Shanghai Shengmin Shipping Svcs Form Oil Spill Response JV

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U.S.- based RESOLVE Marine Group and Shanghai- based Shanghai Shengmin Shipping Service Co., Ltd. Join Forces to Prevent Maritime Pollution Shanghai, China,   April 29, 2011 – Shanghai Shengmin Shipping Service Co., Ltd. and  U.S.–based RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. have announced the formation of an Oil Spill Response Organization joint venture, the Shanghai Resolve-Shengmin OSRO Company (SRSOC)


NY Nor'easter Fails to Prevent 'Sandy' Pollution Clean-up

Map Showing Arthur Kill Pollution Sites: Image credit NOAA

In anticipation of the winter storm which came on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, spill response teams based on New York’s Staten Island stopped work for just a day. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is continuing aerial surveys of Arthur Kill, the waterway spanning New Jersey and New York which experienced several hazardous spills in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. These surveys serve as reconnaissance for responders managing the oil spill cleanup.


Ecuador Order Elastec/American Marine Oil Spill Equipment

Oil spill equipment training: Photo courtesy of Elastec/American Marine

Elastec/American Marine say that quality and dependability made all the difference when the state oil company of Ecuador decided recently to purchase its oil spill response equipment. PetroEcuador recently acquired two ELASTEC TDS136G grooved drum skimmers, two ELASTEC SeaSkater weir skimmers


Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Oil spill response: Photo credit LOSCO

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned


Legislation Grants Funding for EU's EMSA

EU Council Adopts Regulation on EMSA Funding The European Union Council adopted a regulation yesterday to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations in the years 2014-2020.


Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics.


RSC Bio Solutions Busts Myths Surrounding Readily Biodegradable Fluids

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There’s a lot of conflicting information related to readily biodegradable lubricants and fluids. What’s the real story? The U.S. EPA’s 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements are now in place requiring the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in oil to


Agenda For June 19 Public Meeting on NPREP Guidlines

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Leaders of the maritime industry will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 19 with representatives of the relevant government agencies to have a dialogue addressing concerns with, and ways to improve, the recently published draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines


Coast Guard MSU Savannah Change of Command

Change of Command ceremony: Photo USCG

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Savannah informs it has held a change of command ceremony to formally recognize transfer of command of the unit from Cmdr. Joseph Loring to Cmdr. Amy Beach. Cmdr. Loring served as commander of MSU Savannah for the past three years and is departing to continue


Bulker Fuel Oil Spill Clean-up Off Norfolk Va. Continues

The US Coast Guard says it continues to monitor clean-up efforts in the Elizabeth River at Lambert's Point in Norfolk. The National Response Center contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 3:20 p.m


Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters Drive Key Safety Improvement Future safety policy to address the human element  The history of marine safety is soaked in water and written in blood. “There is no other way around it,” says Robert Frump, author of “until the Sea Shall Set Them Free


Alert: NTVRP Interim Authorizations Expire 31, July 2014

The UK P&I Club notifies that the “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements” (NTVRP) final rule  required owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gt and above to submit oil spill response plans for vessels operating on the navigable waters of the


Marine Salvage Saves Time, Money, Lives & the Environment

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Though maritime transportation is unequivocally proven as the safest and most environmentally benign means to move goods from ‘point A to point B,’ it is a given that accidents do happen. When they do, having a qualified, competent marine salvage company around can be the difference


Marine Salavage: Responder Immunity Benefits a Responsible Party

The Author, Jon Waldron

Putting to rest the fears and misconceptions about what responder immunity means and what it will eventually do. It’s all good. As many in the response industry, and in many cases the marine industry in general appreciate, there has been an extended effort to enact an enhanced responder


USCG Responds to Boston Drydock Oil Spill

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  A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Boston pollution response crew is responding to an oil spill from the USNS Fisher, drydocked at the Boston Ship Repair facility. The spill, estimated at approximately 11,000 gallons, is self-contained in drydock and there is currently no oil in the


OSRO: The Child of Necessity

Dennis Bryant

Most people in the maritime industry in the United States are familiar with the concept of the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO).  It is one of the many quiet successes of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) and has enhanced the prompt and efficient cleanup of spills of oil and


Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

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Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider






 
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