The U.S. Coast Guard issued a temporary rule extending through October 31 its security zone encompassing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) Valdez Terminal Complex and TAPS tank vessels and a second security zone in the Valdez Narrows. Comments on this action should be submitted by June 30. 69 Fed. Reg. 28827 (May 19, 2004). The U.S. Coast Guard also issued a proposal to make these security zones permanent. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by July 30. 69 Fed. Reg. 28871 (HK Law).
Proponents of a controversial liquefied natural gas plant in Maine say a study ordered by the Canadian government has found there is no reason to ban supertankers from the Bay of Fundy, as Ottawa has threatened to do if the U.S. approves the project. Downeast LNG said the environmental study found there were no immediate risks of having LNG supertankers go through the Bay of Fundy, part of which is split by the New Brunswick-Maine border, to the proposed plant.
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Brian Goodwin, Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) made its first transit through the Suez Canal as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group Sept. 23. 's first transit through the Suez Canal marked its entry into the 5th Fleet area of operations. relied on the skill and expertise of its Sailors to successfully maneuver the 's navigational challenges.
Laborde Products, Inc., provided a two-day class to enable U.S. Navy's Special Boat Teams to maintain and repair the engines that power the Special Operations Craft—Riverine (SOC-R). Certified Yanmar Technician Randy Saacks and other Laborde engine professionals demonstrated disassembly, assembly and trouble-shooting. "This training ensures that the members of the Navy's Special Boat Teams have the skills required to get the job done no matter where they're deployed and
According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, Japanese oil tanker M. Star was subject last month to a terrorist attack, UAE inspectors said on Friday, August 6, raising fears of a new campaign targeting global oil interests. The M. Star, a 1,082-ft supertanker, was shaken by what appeared to be an explosion shortly after midnight on July 28 as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel of water separating Iran and Oman
American Cruise Lines’ first Alaskan cruises aboard 'American Spirit' applauded American Cruise Lines announce that its inaugural season in Alaska aboard the American Spirit has begun, with its opening 11-night Seattle-to-Juneau cruise having just been successfully completed. Weekly roundtrip cruises from Juneau will now run through early September. Featuring a complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay
The Alaska Marine Highway System has begun a special schedule for the M/V Chenega/ providing service between Juneau and Sitka, and Juneau, Haines and Skagway, which will continue through mid-April. M/V Chenega is filling in for the M/V Fairweather on these routes, while Fairweather is in Ketchikan for maintenance on its engines. Chenega will make a round trip between Juneau and Sitka on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The trip from Juneau to Sitka is
Stephen Cummings and David Harris of the Brisbane Marine Pilots attended an Emergency Shiphandling course conducted September 13-17, 2004, at MarineSafety International's simulator training complex in Newport, RI. Topics covered included ship maneuvering in narrow channels and docking operations in tight quarters under difficult circumstances of wind and current. The pilots were also able to practice procedures for employing escort tugs using a computer model of the port of Brisbane
A Panamanian registered freighter carrying potash that ran aground between Germany and Denmark was freed by tugboats on Sunday and will go to a Danish port for checks, coast guard officials said. The 32,935-ton Friendly Ocean ran aground on Saturday west of the northern German region of Darss, in a narrow shipping area between Denmark and Germany where ships have often struggled with shallow waters. A German and a Danish tugboat freed it on Sunday morning
Cutlasses have been traded in for AK47s and galleons for high-powered speedboats, but pirates are still thriving and, according to a report released on Thursday, the international piracy business is flourishing. Piracy worldwide rose by 57 percent with 469 attacks recorded last year, a 10-year high, said the report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). "There's been a sudden emergence of attacks in the Malacca Straits and the Red Sea
NOAA uses data from a new current meter in New York harbor operated by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. The system provides enhanced real-time information to mariners travelling through the nation’s second busiest port.
Tideland Signal's -50dBm SeaBeacon 2 System 6 racon (radar beacon) has been chosen to mark the Ofon 2 offshore complex in OML 102 (Oil Mining Lease), 65 kilometers off the Nigerian coast. Feature of the SeaBeacon 2 System 6 dual-band racon are its dynamic range
Maritime fraud, international intrigue and an indefatigable investigator – all add up to a fascinating account of the extraordinary people bent on fooling the system with mind boggling schemes. Author Don Oliver is a specialist maritime insurance surveyor who has visited countless ports
Warsash Maritime Academy will welcome the eighth scaled ship model to its fleet in May 2013. It will be the first container ship to join the existing fleet at Southampton Solent University’s Ship Handling Center when it is officially launched at a special ceremony.
Long tracks of elevated nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels show up along certain shipping routes when viewed from NASA's Aura satellite. For more than a decade, scientists have observed “ship tracks” in natural-color satellite imagery of the ocean
The newly developed remote control Giraffe Robot can reach up to 8 meters to control valves in hostile environments. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed a remote-controlled robot, dubbed the 'MHI-Super Giraffe (MARS-C), which is capable of working at heights up to 8 meters (m) and
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) explains its role in support of marine safety, pollution, maritime security & vessel monitoring in a new brochure. EMSA operates maritime information systems to support the maritime monitoring activities of the Commission and Member States
ANT provides solutions for Superyacht schools of the future in partnership with U-Touch. Advanced New Technologies (ANT) Ltd, one of the world’s leading technology integrators for the Superyacht and luxury home markets, is pioneering education at sea by bringing the very latest in
China reached this milestone in December 2012, as its net petroleum imports surpassed those of the U.S. In a recent press release NYC-based PIRA Energy Group reports that weak reported oil demand in the U.S. reduced the commercial stock draw
Quality Maritime Training (QMT) partners with Educational Systems & Technologies on the River and the Sea; (acronym STORM) to provice simulator & training technolgies. Quality Maritime Training (QMT) of St. Petersburg, Florida has partnered with Educational Systems and Technologies on the
The third annual Ocean Exchange, to be held in Savannah, Georgia, has selected the theme of Leap to Zero+ as it continues its search for entrepreneurs from around the globe with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy, as even in the worst of times there tends to lie opportunity. I would not be remiss in saying there are more than a handful in the shipping community that could label conditions today “the worst of times” – simply put
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced completion of work to install a ballast water treatment system on the very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Libra Trader at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. On January 10, the company announced plans to install the system on a VLCC ahead of IMO installation compulsion
GeoVS was awarded a contract to supply and install its system in Poole Harbor, Dorset. The system brings a step change in monitoring and managing ship movements in ports and restricted waterways. Dr. Rafal Goralski, Technical Director of GeoVS, a University of Glamorgan spin off company
Jeppesen agrees with Indonesian Navy Hydrographic Office to distribute Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) for Indonesia including Straits of Malacca. With the completion of this agreement, Jeppesen says it will provide the worldwide commercial shipping industry with comprehensive ENC coverage for