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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


US Slaps Sanctions on Singapore Shipping Firm over North Korea Links

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 The United States imposed sanctions on a Singapore-based shipping firm and its president, alleging they are supporting illicit arms imports into North Korea.   The Treasury Department said that Senat Shipping Company was providing extensive support to Ocean Maritime Management Company


Senat Shipping Disputes US Sanctions

Singapore-based Senat Shipping said on Friday it had done nothing illegal and that it was unreasonable to be put on a U.S. sanctions list for alleged connection with a blacklisted North Korean shipping company. The U.S. Department of Treasury on Thursday listed Senat


AAM, UNH in Vessel Design, Construction Pact

University of New Hampshire New Research Vessel

  All American Marine, Inc.(AAM) together with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are pleased to announce a contract for the design and construction of a new aluminum catamaran research vessel. All American Marine will build the 48’ x 17’ catamaran custom devised by Teknicraft


Three Rescued on Lake Tahoe

The Coast Guard and multiple agencies rescued three people Wednesday evening after they were reported missing on Lake Tahoe. At 9:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe that a 31-year-old female and her


Best Bunkering Practices

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Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations.   “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to


Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

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An added 400 dockworkers to handle Port of Oakland cargo; first new hires arrive this week to help clear vessel buildup   The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today


North Atlantic Extends Rig Contract with Total

West Phoenix Rig. Photo by North Atlantic Drilling Ltd

 North Atlantic Drilling has been awarded a contract extension for the semi-submersible rig West Phoenix by Total E&P UK Limited.    The contract will commence mid-March 2016 and secure work for the unit through the end of August 2016


Redwood City Proposes Port Deepening Project

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Recommended $73 Million Plan for Redwood City Navigation Improvement Program; Public Hearing Set for August 10   A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City


Eastern Shipbuilding Bags Four Z-drive Tugs Order

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  Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced it has contracted with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida to build four new z-drive tractor/ASD tugs. The new tugs will utilize the popular and proven Z-Tech 2400 series designed by naval architect Robert Allen


Port Manatee Welcomes Ship Repair Tenant

Port Manatee has added operations of Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication LLC, enhancing its full-service port offerings at the entrance to Tampa Bay.             “The services offered by Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication are an ideal


USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for USCG Cutter Katmai Bay   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015.


China Conducts 8-day Naval Drills in Yellow Sea

Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Naval Fleet. Photo by Idrw

 China has launched regular military exercises in the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Strait, says the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Daily, the Chinese military's official newspaper.   The China's military newspaper reported that eight days of "military missions" had begun on


HHI’s New Weather System Helps Plan Sea Trials

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A new system has been developed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to help better manage sea trial schedules for vessels built at its Ulsan yard.   The new Sea Weather Forecasting System, developed by HHI in collaboration with Korea Institute of Ocean Science &


Sterndrive Boost Offshore Fishing Charter Boat

Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrive Proves Itself on New Offshore Charter Fishing Boat

  Capt. Rick Croson has been running a successful fishing charter business from North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach for more than 10 years. When the time came to order a new boat, he made the unusual decision to request a diesel sterndrive power package


First Guyanamax Ship Joins CMA CGM Fleet

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  The CMA CGM Group upgrades its fleet calling North Brazil, French Guyana and the Caribbean; takes delivery of the CMA CGM Cayenne, the first vessel of the Guyanamax three-vessel series    Container shippers the CMA CGM Group announce that the CMA CGM Cayenne






 
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