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President Lifts Ban on Bristol Bay Offshore Exploration and Drilling

The Bush administration recently announced that it has lifted a ban on offshore oil drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The move is a shot in the arm for the Alaska oil and gas industry, which is hoping for approval to build a new natural gas pipeline. A recently elected oil-friendly governor, the pipeline project and now expanded offshore drilling possibilities mean increased demand for workers. On January 9, 2007, the Bush administration lifted a long-standing moratorium on oil exploration in a 5.6 million acre area in the North Aleutian Basin of Alaska's Bristol Bay region. New Alaska Governor Sarah Palin welcomed the news that the moratorium has been lifted. The prospect of exploration in Bristol Bay coupled with the possibility of building a new natural gas pipeline means more jobs and revenue for the state. For several decades Alaska has provided nearly 20 percent of the United States' domestic supply of oil energy. Leasing in Bristol Bay could begin between 2010 and 2012. The jobs will follow quickly thereafter. It is big news, but I think Alaskans - and Canadians - are even more anxious to see what happens with the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline In 1988, oil companies paid the federal government approximately $96 million for rights to explore and develop 122,000 acres north of Unimak Island and the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. Before any wells could be drilled, though, Congress and President George H.W


Container Recovery from RENA continues

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RENA Container Recovery Passes 800 Mark.   The number of containers recovered from the stricken Rena on Mount Mauganui’s Astrolabe Reef has risen above the 800 mark.  A total of 815 of the 1,368 containers have now been brought to port. Braemar Howells’ operations manager Neil Lloyd confirmed numbers were boosted this week with 21 containers landed on Monday, and a further eight on Tuesday.  


Chesapeake Firm to Recycle Ships

Two government ships, currently moored at a shipyard near Baltimore, Md., will be recycled at the Bay Bridge Enterprises facility in Chesapeake, Va., under the terms of contracts announced today by the Maritime Administration. Both are World War II-era ships, formerly anchored in the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Bay Bridge will receive $95,000 to dismantle the Hoist, and $695,000 to dismantle the Sphinx


Marine Travelift Promotes Johnson

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Jason Johnson was promoted to North American Sales Manager for Marine Travelift, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay.  Johnson will be responsible for business development and marine sales in the Americas for the Company. Johnson was hired by Marine Travelift in 2008 as a Sales Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marina Management from the Maine Maritime Academy, and serves on the IMI (International Marina Institute) Advisory Committee


MSC Ship: First USN Ship Visit to Vietnam Port in 38 years

USNS Richard E. Byrd in Vietnam. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Anh Ho)

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd left Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam today, marking the end of a historic visit - the first by a U.S. Navy ship to the port in more than three decades.  Byrd spent seven days at Cam Ranh Shipyard for routine maintenance and repairs that included underwater hull cleaning, polishing of the ship's propeller, repairing shipboard piping, and overhaul of the salt water cooling system that keeps the ship's engines cool


Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward


City, Owners Argue over Drifting Drydocks

High winds set a portion of the dry docks in Chemainus Bay dangerously adrift last week, prompting some finger pointing between the owners and North Cowichan. Three massive dry dock sections, still lashed together, became separated and were blown sideways relative to the remaining two sections at about 6:30 p.m. May 1. The sections didn't cause any damage and tugboats had the dry docks re-secured together within a few hours


Coast Guard Responds to Cargo Ship Aground

The Coast Guard responded to a cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay. The Mediterranean Shipping Company vessel Japan, a 796-ft. Panamanian flagged cargo ship, ran aground near Sandy Point Light approximately one mile north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A Coast Guard inspection team and boarding officers from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore were deployed to the grounded vessel. Additionally, a 25-foot Coast Guard response boat crew from Station Annapolis, Md


NOAA’s Newest Chart to Support Puerto Rico Maritime Economy

The Port of San Juan, which is experiencing a tremendous growth of maritime traffic and planning for more, received an additional economic boost today when NOAA debuted a new nautical chart that will make ocean-going vessel traffic safer and more efficient through San Juan Bay and the port area.  “There is not only more traffic, but larger vessels are making San Juan their port call,” said Capt. John Lowell, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey


Coast Guard Breaks Thick Delaware River Ice

Iced-up Delaware River: Photo courtesy of USCG

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters 'Capstan' and 'Cleat' are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways, encountering significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick about three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt. Veronica Smith, chief of waterways managment division at Coast Guard Sector


Boater Rescued from Sailboat Blaze

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The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man's 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a VHF-FM channel 16 broadcast from Brown at approximately 10:40 a.m


Pemex Suspends Eviction of Workers in Campeche

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  Due to the behavior shown by the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, whose career was diverted in the last hours, the Technical Analysis Group Emergency Response Plan for Hurricanes (PREH) of Pemex, recommended the suspension of the removal of offshore platforms in Campeche.


U.S. Shipbuilding: ESG Nabs Two Z-Drive Tug Contracts

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Eastern Shipbuilding (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company each exercised one additional Z-Drive Tug to be built at ESG.   This brings the total to six of the new Robert Allan, Ltd. Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built at ESG's


New Oil Field Found in British North Sea

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  GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f (licence P1588) and BP operated block 30/1c (licence P363) was flow tested at a maximum rate of 5


Sea Harvest Invests R125m in Trawler

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This year Sea Harvest celebrated 50 years since its inception and  it launched its new vessel on Quay 6 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Fred Robertson, the Chairman of Sea Harvest and majority shareholder Brimstone Investment Corporation was present at the vessel christening ceremony


Hong Kong to Hainan Dao Yacht Race

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  A yacht race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao will take place on 16 October 2014 (Thursday). About 20 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will start at 1320 hours on 16 October 2014 off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and follow an easterly route through the harbour


Vigor Delivers Tank EBDG Barge to Maxum Petroleum

Global Pilot (Photo courtesy of Elliott Bay Design Group)

The Seattle divisions of Vigor Fab and Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) today announced that the 15,000-barrel tank barge Global Pilot has been delivered to Maxum Petroleum. Designed to balance performance with fabrication cost, the 15,000-barrel tank barge features a recessed machinery space


GONDAN Delivers PSV Designed with FORAN

Stril Luna, designed with FORAN. (Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard)

FORAN was the shipbuilding CAD/CAM System used in the design and production of the vessel Stril Luna, built by Astilleros Gondán and delivered to the Norwegian shipowner Simon Møkster Shipping. Stril Luna, an offshore platform supply vessel (PSV)


DNV GL Forms Americas LNG Solutions Group

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To meet the rapidly growing demand for a wide variety of LNG related services, DNV GL has established a group of LNG experts in North America. In addition to deep LNG expertise, the Houston-based “LNG Solutions Group - Americas” is also experienced in all business


Capsized Boats Leave Mile-long Sheen in Mobile

Vessels were being urged to travel carefully through the Mobile shipping channel on Tuesday after two boats containing 2,000 gallons of oil capsized the previous night, leaving a mile-long sheen, the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Sector said. Five crew members were rescued from the 52-foot (15-metre)


Floating Storage at Sea Stalls Despite Falling Oil Prices

Falling oil prices still to attract large scale storage at sea Oil tanker rates gaining ground after years in doldrums Despite falling oil prices, traders in recent weeks have booked just a few tankers to store cargoes at sea as higher freight costs outweigh any profit play for now


US, Canada to Conduct Full-scale Port Security Exercise

U.S. and Canadian military personnel and government civilian agencies are scheduled to participate in Exercise Frontier Sentinel 14 from Friday through Oct. 24. The full-scale exercise is the final phase of a three-part scenario that focuses on maritime homeland security.


COWI NA Merges its Marine Companies

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Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc. merger creates new player in the North American marine engineering market COWI North America, Inc. (COWI NA) announced that its two marine companies, Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc


Smith Brothers Chrtisten New Tug

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Smith Brothers, Inc., Chesapeake Bay-based barge and marine equipment charter company, recently added the tug Capt. Kenneth to its fleet of inland and truckable tugs. With the 99-year-old namesake looking on alongside his son, Jeffrey Smith, company president


Statoil: New Oil in the Grane Area

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Statoil has together with PL169 partners proved new oil resources in the D-structure in the vicinity of the Grane field in the North Sea.   Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation






 
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