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Ballast Water Management Hearing Held

On March 25, the Subcommittees on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation and on Water Resources & Environment of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure conducted a joint hearing on Ballast Water Management. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the international ballast water standards recently agreed to by the IMO and to review reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA). RADM Thomas Gilmour, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection, testified that the new international convention sets reasonable standards, while allowing individual port states to establish more stringent requirements. Joseph J. Cox, Shipping Industry Ballast Water Coalition, testified in support of international regime adopted at IMO. James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers Association, stated that vessels operating exclusively on the Great Lakes should be exempt from ballast water management requirements and such issues should be addressed on a bi-lateral basis with Canada. Professor Roger Mann, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, testified the risk of introduction of invasive species can not be eliminated, but it can be reduced through use of uniform and scientifically defensible standards. Catherine Hazlewood, The Ocean Conservancy, testified in support of the reauthorization of NISA, while offering recommendations for enhancing its provisions


Webb Institute: $100,000 in Scholarships from ABS

Chairman of the Board of Trustees R. Keith Michel, ABS CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki, Webb Institute President RADM (Ret) Robert C. Olsen and Webb Trustee Jon Jay LaBerge.

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, announced the receipt of $100,000 in annual scholarships from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The ABS Scholarship Program provides financial support to deserving engineering and naval architecture students based on GPA, class rank, leadership ability and recommendations. “Webb Institute is honored to receive ABS’ continued support of our students as they pursue their educational


MARAD Announces Meeting for License Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Calypso LNG LLC, Calypso Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application is available for review and comment. The application proposes construction and operation of a natural gas deepwater port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 to 10 miles off the east coast of Florida to the northeast of Port Everglades


Members Wanted

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership in the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) Eastern Great Lakes, and five regional subcommittees: Northeast Ohio Region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Region, Western New York Region, Lake Ontario Region, and St. Lawrence Region. The AMSC assists the USCG Captain of the Port Buffalo in developing, reviewing, and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan. Applications should be submitted by February 7. 73 Fed. Reg. 1363 (HK Law).


Korea to Get First Int’l Cruise Ships

According to a Dec. 13 report from Korea JoongAng Daily, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said it has approved the country’s first operation of international cruise ships, in a bid to strengthen the country’s foothold in the Northeast Asian cruise market. (Source: Korea JoongAng Daily)


Job Opportunities in NE Florida LNG Sector

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Northeast Florida is taking the lead in the natural gas industry to attract and keep business in the area. Viewed as a viable player in this industry, the region is building upon its status as an importer and exporter of liquefied and compressed natural gas by cultivating its available, skilled workforce to support this growing industry, says the JAXUSA Partnership via Business Wire. Significant developments are occurring in the area that will offer employment opportunities


Maritime Exercise Held in China

China's largest ever maritime search-and-rescue exercise, involving 400 people, 28 fleets, two helicopters and an aircraft, was carried out on Thursday in the waters near Dalian Port, northeast China's Liaoning Province. The exercise started when a collision between a passenger ferry and a cargo boat was reported and the National Maritime Rescue Emergency Plan was enacted immediately. The main elements of the exercise, including the rescue of 368 passengers and dozens of sailors


Jones Act Waiver Not Likely

Efforts by U.S. officials and oil firms to waive Jones Act shipping requirements and increase available oil tankers to the Northeast are so far dead in the water, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. "No one has made a credible case in the Executive branch or Congress to grant waivers or eviscerate the Jones Act," John Graykowski, acting administrator of the Maritime Administration told Reuters. The Jones Act -- which is overseen by the Department of Transportation's Maritime


IMarEST Appoints ANZSPAC Executive Director

Liz Hay, Executive Director of ANZSPAC (Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific) Division

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has appointed Liz Hay as Executive Director of its ANZSPAC (Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific) Division.   She will combine the position with her dual role as Chief Executive Officer of both the Australian Shipbuilders Association and Australian Ship Repairers Group, which are currently in the process of merging. Based on Australia’s Gold Coast


Stena Tanker Sails the Northeast Passage

Stena Polaris

The Stena Polaris is approaching its destination – the port of Yosu in South Korea. Her voyage began on September 17 in Russian Ust Luga in the Gulf of Finland, and she is expected to arrive in Yosu in about a week. For part of the voyage of 8,400 nautical miles, the tanker sailed in a convoy headed by a Russian nuclear powered icebreaker through the harsh Northeast Passage. Sailing via the Northeast Passage offers the expansive Northern Asia opportunities to speed up the freight


SCI Publishes Shore Leave Survey

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With Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006 in force, one might expect to see a reduction in the number of seafarers without visas; yet, recent data collected by the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) shows that not only are shipowners failing to pay for crewmember visas as required by the


Webb Institute Ranked a Best Value College

Photo courtesy of Webb Institute

Webb Institute, an undergraduate institute specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, ranked number two on Money magazine’s list of Money's Best Colleges, a new approach to ranking colleges that aims to measure educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.


The Martitime Security Focus Is Shifting

Hans-Joachim Stricker

Former Vice-Admiral and Commander-in-chief of the German Navy Hans-Joachim Stricker, President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), believes that in terms of security the industry is headed in the right direction. But challenges remain.


Rosneft to Carry Out Ecologic Fishery Research in Laptev Sea

Laptev Sea

  For the first time in history of Arctic Rosneft will carry out integrated ecologic fishery research on three licensed sites (LS) of Laptev Sea: Anisinsko-Novosibirsky, Ust’ Lensky and Ust’ Oleneksky. The Program of ecologic fishery research realization is the first and


ClassNK Issues Another Approval for ECDIS Training

ClassNK approves Fleet Managements ECDIS Training

  ClassNK issued its Type Specific Training Course approval for “FURUNO MODEL FEA ECDIS & FURUNO MODEL FMD ECDIS” (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) Training Courses offered by Fleet Management Training Institute (Nerul, India)


Total Restarts Production at St Fergus Terminal

Production at the St Fergus natural gas terminal in Britain restarted on Monday afternoon following an unplanned offshore outage which resulted in reduced production, Total Exploration and Production UK said. The outage at the terminal on the northeast coast of Scotland caused UK spot natural


Green-ship Certification Center Opens in Korea

Image: KR

Announced in 2012 as the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center, The Korean Register – an IACS member class society, and founding partner in the project –announced that the center has opened for business earlier this month in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea.


Brightoil Eyes Upstream After Bohai Purchase

Hong Kong-listed oil trader Brightoil Petroleum Holdings Ltd said on Wednesday it expects its upstream business to be the key long-term growth driver for the group following its acquisition of oil blocks in China's Bohai Bay. Chief financial officer Danny Tan was speaking at a media briefing on


Australian Senate Rejects Offshore Foreign Worker Visa Plan

Australian protesters: Photo MUA

All maritime unions – the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), The Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) – opposed the Abbott Government’s attempts to flood the offshore oil and gas sector with cheap foreign labour


Volumes Up for Cleveland’s New Liner Service

Cleveland Europe Express shows major increase in volume, while established maritime and development finance revenues also up substantially The Port of Cleveland announced that its Cleveland-Europe Express, the dedicated monthly liner service that launched in April


Great Lakes Towing Hosts Networking Event

Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company hosted a WIRE-Net networking event at Great Lakes Shipyard in order to celebrate manufacturing and innovation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. More than 100 attendees gathered on the banks of the Cuyahoga River to connect with other manufacturing professionals


Sanjam Gupta helps Launch WISTA in Sri Lanka

Sanjam Gupta

  Within two years of the launch in India in 2012, the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (better known as WISTA), Ms. Sanjam  Sahi  Gupta, its Founder President, has moved fast to spread WISTA to the Indian sub continent


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

Maritime Studyies Lecture: Image courtesy of CMTI

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


Jacksonville Adds PORTS Real-time Data System

1. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (left) and James McLaughlin, executive director, Jacksonville Marine Exchange, dedicate the Jacksonville, Florida, PORTS, on July 23, 2014.

  Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today which will increase safety for ships using the St. Johns River. The system, called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)


Concordia Tow Update: Smooth Sailing

The Costa Concordia wreckage in tow (Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project)

The Costa Concordia wreck removal team reported this morning at 10:30 a.m. that after 22 hours of navigation, the convoy was over 50 miles off Giglio Island with about 140 miles from Genoa Prà-Voltri. At the time of the update, navigation speed was about 2 knots.






 
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