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Denmark Claims Slice of Arctic Continental Shelf

Photo: WHOI

Denmark has claimed ownership of around 900,000 square kilometers of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean by filing documents to United Nations.   "The submission of our claim to the continental shelf north of Greenland is a historic and important milestone for the Kingdom of Denmark," minister of foreign affairs Martin Lidegaard said in a statement.   Denmark, along with Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States -- is eager to control as much Arctic territory as it can. The region contains 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of its oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.   The government said the project aims to define the outer limits of Denmark's continental shelf and thereby the Kingdom of Denmark. The area is as large as France and Germany put together and 20 times bigger than Denmark itself.   States are entitled to a continental shelf extending 200 nautical miles from their coast. Claims beyond that must be supported by scientific and technical data.   Against this background, experts have collected and processed data since 2002 from the area north of Greenland for the submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.   Denmark acknowledges that Norway's continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles overlaps the Danish claim. It may also overlap with claims by Canada, Russia and the United States.  

Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers' Meeting

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with foreign ministers of the five Arctic Ocean coastal states—Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States—in Chelsea, Quebec on March 29. “By virtue of our sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in large parts of the Arctic Ocean, we are in a unique position to address new opportunities and challenges in the region,” said Minister Cannon

Canada Launches Surveys Prior to Arctic Shelf Claims

Icebergs: Photo Canadian Govt.

The Canadian Government informs that  David Wells, Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador witnessed the departure of the 'CCGS Terry Fox' from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, as it headed out on a six-week scientific survey to collect data needed for Canada’s Arctic continental shelf submission. It will be joined by the 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent', which departs from the same location tomorrow. A second survey, to collect additional data, will be conducted in 2015.

USCG Publishes Outer Continental Shelf Notice of Arrival Rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of an outer continental shelf notice of arrival rule designed to enhance maritime domain awareness over outer continental shelf activities. This final rule enhances maritime security and safety by requiring U.S. and foreign vessels, floating facilities and mobile offshore drilling units arriving on and engaging in outer continental shelf activities to report their arrival time and location and

Emergency Evacuation Plan Does Not Create Legal Duties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that an Emergency Evacuation Plan for a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) does not create legal duties to third parties. U.S. Coast Guard requires the operator of MODUs located on the U.S. outer continental shelf to prepare and submit an emergency evacuation plan. Two employees on a MODU alleged that they were injured while being evacuated to shore as a hurricane approached

Arctic Taskings for the Coast Guard


On January 30, 2014, the White House released the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.  The purpose of the Implementation Plan is to put flesh on the bones of the May 10, 2013 National Strategy for the Arctic Region.  The National Strategy had identified three lines of effort to address challenges posed by the changing Arctic environment.  The Implementation Plan sets forth the methodology, process, and approach for executing the Strategy

Washington State – Coastal Oil Spill Response Plans

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard are looking for interested parties to help update the state's oil spill response strategies tailored for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and for Washington's outer coast. The existing site-specific strategies, also known as "geographic response plans," identify sensitive natural and cultural resources. The plans also help prioritize how equipment and cleanup crews should be deployed during an oil spill response.

US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

Fugro Atlantic to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey area covers over 45,000ha in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and is seen to be a key step forward in developing offshore energy supplies in the region. In awarding the contract, Commonwealth of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell said: “[This is] a positive move forward toward the development of offshore wind energy

Salazar Statement on Leasing Court Ruling

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling on DOI’s request for clarification of the Court’s earlier decision to vacate the 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program:  “I am pleased with the Court’s decision.  Consistent with the Department’s request

Clean-up Continues in NC

Packaging foam was removed from nearly ten miles of Outer Banks coastline today as cleanup crews scoured the National Seashores at Cape Lookout and Hatteras Island, N.C. The National Park Service, Hapag-Lloyd and Moran Environmental Recovery will continue to work together to finish cleaning beaches affected by packing material that began washing ashore Wednesday.

Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal

Image by Swan Energy Limited

 Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).   The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

New Charges in 2012 Fatal Platform Blast

West Delta 32 platform after the explosion (Photo: BSEE)

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, Grand Isle Shipyards Inc., Wood Group PSN Inc., as well as Don Moss, 46, of Groves, Texas, Curtis Dantin, 50, of Cut-Off, La., and Christopher Srubar, 40, of Destrehan, La., have been charged with crimes for a November 2012 explosion on an oil production

CMA CGM in Talks to Buy NOL

Courtesy CMA CGM

  CMA CGM confirms that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited), its controlling shareholder, with respect to a potential combination with NOL

Celata Heads BOEM's Gulf of Mexico Office

Michael Celata

  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced Mike Celata as the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. Celata, who starts his position immediately, has been with BOEM and its predecessors since 1988

Swan, EXMAR Partner for India’s First FSRU Terminal

Image: © Swan LNG

EXMAR has entered into a binding Term Sheet with Swan Energy Limited for the joint development and operation of the Jafrabad LNG Port project, to be located in the State of Gujarat, India.   The Jafrabad LNG Port will be a 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) LNG receiving terminal

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4

Beware the Dangers of Cat Fines

Image: CMT

Horror stories frequently circle the maritime industry portraying tales of onboard damages induced by catalytic fines, or cat fines, used in oil processing.   All cat fines that remain in fuel oil after centrifugal separation have the potential to cause abrasive wear and damage to the engine

VARD Wins Offshore Vessel Order

Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, said it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one offshore vessel for an undisclosed international customer. The new offshore vessel is designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway

Adani to Buy Kattupalli Port from L&T

Kattupalli (Photo: Larsen & Toubro)

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced it has entered into an in-principle agreement with Adani Kattupalli Ports Private Limited (AKPPL), a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), for the sale of Kattupalli Port in Tamil Nadu on India’s east coast.   

Global Terminal Operators Go Green

Photo: APM Terminals

 Thousands of port employees around the world have enthusiastically contributed their time and effort to a joint environmental initiative launched by marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals

Essar Ports Q2 Profit up 9%

Courtesy Essar Ports

•   Essar Ports Q2 FY’16 net profit jumps 9% Y-o-Y to Rs.104.5 cr •   Essar Ports Q2FY’16 revenue up 8% Y-o-Y to Rs.470.3 cr •   Essar Ports Q2FY’16 EBITDA up 5% Y-o-Y to Rs.379.5 cr

Cosco Compensates Sevan

Image: Sevan Drilling ASA

 COSCO Corp (Singapore) will refund $26.3 million, or 5 percent of the contract price, plus associated interest to Sevan Drilling by December 1, 2015.   Sevan Drilling and Cosco have agreed to exercise the first six-month option to extend the deferral agreement to April 15, 2016

Alfa Laval Debuts PureNOx Prime

PureNOx Prime (Image: Alfa Laval)

As the implementation of Tier III NOx limits approaches, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) is rapidly maturing. Now Alfa Laval has introduced Alfa Laval PureNOx Prime, a smaller, leaner and streamlined version of its EGR water treatment system for EGR engines operating with low-sulphur fuel.

Statoil to Explore Offshore S. Africa

South Africa map

  Statoil has completed a farm-in transaction with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited (ExxonMobil), acquiring a 35 percent interest in the ER 12/3/154 Tugela South Exploration Right. The remaining interests are held by the operator ExxonMobil (40%) and co-venturer

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