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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

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)

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

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

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

Doyle Named VP Development at USMRC

Margaret Kaigh Doyle web.JPG

The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) and the Maritime Simulation Institute said that Margaret Kaigh Doyle has been appointed Vice President – Development, effective January 30, 2012. Doyle has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry and the majority of her career has focused on representing the interests of various sectors in the industry including ship owners and operators, government agencies and salvage and firefighting organizations

CMI Orders VSTEP Simulators

The Caribbean Maritime Institute has ordered multiple VSTEP simulators for its new high tech simulation center at the campus in Kingston, Jamaica.   VSTEP will deliver all simulator solutions for the facility, including a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator and a Class C Engine Room Simulator. CMI also ordered full classroom setups for both NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and NAUTIS Engine Room Desktop Trainers. The new simulation center of Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will serve as

Wärtsilä Propulsion for Antarctic Icebreaker

The new Polar Logistics Vessel will be powered by Wärtsilä machinery. Courtesy Wartsila

A new Polar Logistics Vessel being built for Terre Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the French Polar Institute (IPEV), and which will be operated by the French Navy, is to be powered by Wärtsilä propulsion solutions

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize

Photo by International Maritime Organization

 Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime

New Appoitments at Becker Marine Systems USA

Becker Marine Systems head office Courtesy  Becker Marine Systems

  Becker Marine Systems USA continues growth in North America. Becker Marine Systems, the leader in rudder technology and the inventor of the Becker Mewis Duct Energy-Saving Device has added Brian Rhoades and Adam Wood to their USA staff.

Algoryx Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime Ink R&D Deal

AgX Dynamics can solve millions of physics equation in real time.

  Kongsberg Maritime and Algoryx Simulation have entered a five year agreement, which supports Kongsberg Maritime’s continuing development of fidelity and realism in its K-Sim range of maritime simulator systems. Simulators are today essential and integral in training, planning

Polarstern Embarks for Cape Town on Training Cruise

On Board Training (Photo A. C. Peralta Brichtova)

  On 29 October 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport in Bremerhaven for Cape Town, South Africa, where it is expected to arrive on 1 December. It will take 32 students hailing from 19 countries on board, who will be introduced to the latest methods and instruments

Colonial Pipeline Revising Tariff After Shipper Complaints

Colonial Pipeline has crafted a revised tariff intended to soothe shipper concerns about access to the critical gasoline and diesel artery that links the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Northeast.   Last March Colonial withdrew a previous revision after some shippers complained to the Federal Energy

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

Alewijnse Completes Research Vessel Electrical Repairs

RV Belgica (Photo: Alewijnse Marine Systems)

System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has completed electrical repairs on the Belgica, also launching an appraisal of a possible limited lifetime extension for the ship.    RV Belgica, a research vessel owned by the Belgian state, suffered water damage to the engine room on July 19

Search Underway for Missing Man in Waters Off Bahamas


  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man in the water 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, Friday. At approximately 1 a.m., the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male after he fell into the water during a cruise

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

Loss of Diversity Near Melting Coastal Glaciers

Dallmann-Expedition 2015

  Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by experts from

Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book, Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners, builds on a concept first introduced in the aviation industry that was responsible for a massive reduction in accidents. This concept will enable seafarers to make the best use of their physical and

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

Concept of Container for North Sea Route

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  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"

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