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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


Ailing Mariner Medevaced off Alaska

An ailing crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Seafreeze Alaska was medevaced approximately 195 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday.   A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, hoisted the 21-year-old man, who reportedly lost consciousness for 45 minutes, and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight emergency medical personnel in Cold Bay.   


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


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.  


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


Fishermen Rescued from Liferaft West of Cape Blanco

The fishing vessel McCalis, a 60-foot fishing vessel homeported in Charleston, Ore., takes on water 8 miles west of Cape Blanco, Ore., Aug. 14, 2016. Three fishermen abandoned the fishing vessel onto a liferaft and were rescued by a boatcrew from Search and Rescue Detachment Coquille River. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector North Bend.

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a liferaft 8 miles west of Cape Blanco at 1:15 p.m., Sunday. The three fishermen, reportedly uninjured, are aboard a Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat en route to Station Coos Bay, located in Charleston, after abandoning their fishing vessel when it started taking on water. Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call from the fishing vessel McCalis, homeported in Charleston


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


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


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


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


NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers.   On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's


Cross-Bay Ferry Launched

Photo: Cross-Bay Ferry

A new ferry service has opened in Florida, a St. Petersburg/Tampa ferry service, and organizers project that this is just the start as they "test the waters" for the new  service dubbed The Cross-Bay Ferry. “Everywhere I go, people ask me about the ferry,” said St


Submarine Optical Fibre Cable to Link Andamans, Mainland India

Image courtesy: Exciting India

 India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is  about 200km east of India, way out in the Bay of Bengal.   The estimated cost of the project, which is Rs 1,102


Cross-Bay Ferry Plan Unveiled

“The Cross-Bay Ferry is a fantastic example of regional collaboration to take on an important challenge – transportation

With anticipation high for a St. Petersburg/Tampa ferry service, organizers of the project today announced an exciting set of launch events, including a series of runs for supporters to “Test the Waters,” plus a striking new logo and a formal name: The Cross-Bay Ferry.


Arctic Sea Ice Melt Continues

Average sea surface temperature measured by satellites using thermal emission sensors, which produce global data adjusted after comparison with ship and buoy data, and sea ice concentration derived from NSIDC near-real-time data for August 7, 2016. Also shown are drifting buoy temperatures at the ocean surface (colored circles); gray circles indicate that temperature data from the buoys are not available. (Credit: M. Steele, Polar Science Center/University of Washington)

As of August 14, Arctic sea ice extent is tracking third lowest in the satellite record, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The southern route through the Northwest Passage appears to be largely free of ice. Despite a rather diffuse ice cover in the Chukchi Sea


Royal Navy Warship Goes to Libya

RFA Mounts Bay (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

 The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have announced.   Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed


Coast Guard Sets Port Condition X-Ray in NC Waters

Image: NOAA

The Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina has set Port Condition X-Ray for all navigable waterways in the North Carolina COTP Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Tropical Storm Hermine, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.  


New Tour Boat for Argosy Cruises

(Image: Teknicraft Design)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), together with Argosy Cruises of Seattle, Wash., has signed a contract for the construction of a 125-foot aluminum monohull tour boat for operation in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay.   This project will mark the first keel laid at All American Marine’s


DNV GL Awards AIP for Hyundai Heavy's SkyBench

From left to right: Trond Hodne, DNV GL Business Director Maritime, Im Hong-il, Senior Engineer and Team Leader of the Basic Hull Design Department of HHI’s Shipbuilding Division, Sung Ho Shin, Head of Pre-Contract Maritime at DNV GL in Korea, and Jan-Olaf Probst, Head of Business Development Hamburg at DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: DNV GL

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced it received the second approval in principle (AIP) from DNV GL for SkyBench, a design for maximizing cargo loading capacity of large containerships.  


Statoil: Considerable Johan Castberg spin-offs

Statoil has today, as operator for the Johan Castberg project, distributed a proposed impact assessment programme for the largest field yet to be developed on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)

Statoil’s proposed impact assessment programme for the Johan Castberg project reveals that the project will be important to Norwegian industry and have strong ripple effects. During our improvement work we have created new opportunities for the Johan Castberg field in the far north


Vigor Introduces Freezer Longliner Design

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Vigor will unveil its new 142’ Freezer Longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at this year's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Wash.   Based on an existing design by Marco Marine, the 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel has a fish hold capacity of 14


Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance.   Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately


Maersk Sells North Sea Stakes to RockRose

Photo: Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has agreed to sell stakes in three North Sea fields to RockRose Energy, the latest new entrant into the ageing basin.   RockRose suspended trading on Wednesday before announcing it has agreed non-binding headline terms and a


APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service

AGX – Atlantic Gulf Express (Westbound)

APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami


New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  






 
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