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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. “We are committed to doing so within the extensive international legal framework that applies to the Arctic Ocean. Our citizens and northern inhabitants expect us to continue to show leadership on Arctic issues, and that is what we are doing. We are not reacting to change but shaping it. This meeting provided an opportunity for a forward-looking discussion among states with unique interests and responsibilities for the stewardship of the Arctic Ocean.” Following the meeting, Minister Cannon released the Chair’s Summary and, at a closing press conference, summarized some of the meeting’s highlights, including the following: •    Arctic Ocean coastal states reaffirmed their commitment to the orderly resolution of any possible overlapping claims and will continue to cooperate closely in the scientific and technical work needed to delineate the outer limits of their respective continental shelves.


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

DNV GL

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.


CG Proposes Safety Zone Around Drillship

The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone around a drillship while it is anchored on location in order to drill exploratory wells at various locations over the US outer continental shelf in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas between July 1 and October 31. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by February 5. 75 Fed. Reg. 803 (January 6, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  


Energy’s Promising Future Threatened

Unrealistic Fears and Overstated Risks obscure the benefits of new seismic data. The United States stands poised on the edge of a bright energy future. After decades of decreasing domestic energy production and increasing reliance on foreign sources of oil and natural gas


What’s All the Noise at IMO?

Michael Bahtiarian

Shipping may think they hear the sound of new regulations as they are slammed onto their desks.  What is all the noise concerning noise at IMO?  This may very well be the question from ship owners, operators and builders closely following activities at the International Maritime


Preparing for Low Sulphur Operation

Engine Room

Stricter limitations on sulphur emissions (SOx) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil can put equipment at risk and increase operational costs


OW Bunker Bankruptcy has ‘Limited Impact’ on Monjasa

Photo: Monjasa

Though OW Bunker’s collapse has varyingly affected many companies around the globe, Danish bunker fuel provider Monjasa A/S said in a statement that the news holds an “insignificant commercial impact” for its business as the company has had only limited financial exposure towards


Study: US Offshore Holds Huge Untapped Potential

Credit: Chevron - Statoil ASA

New studies show huge economic and energy potential of untapped offshore areas Two new studies released today by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the


Stolt-Nielsen Buys One Million of Its Common Shares

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that on November 18, 2014, it agreed to purchase one million of its common shares through a private tender of shares at a price of NOK 110 per share. The shares are purchased in accordance with the buyback program announced on November 18, 2014.


Sea Trucks Bags Another Installation Contract

Photo courtesy of Sea Trucks Group

C has been awarded a second installation contract for a development in Nigeria to West African Ventures, Sea Trucks’ principle Nigerian business. The newest contract is further to Sea Trucks’ announcement made last week whichdeclared a contract from Afren for subsea installation of


MAN Diesel & Turbo Bags Chinese Ferry Orders

MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply four 9L4860CR engines for the diesel-mechanical propulsion of two passenger ferries

  MAN Diesel & Turbo has secured a contract for the supply of four 9L48/60CR engines for the diesel-mechanical propulsion of two passenger ferries for Chinese shipping companies, Huadong Ferry and Dadong Ferry. The two newbuildings are currently under construction at Huanghai Shipyard in


Polarcus COO Buys Half a Million Company Shares

Polarcus Adira (Photo courtesy of Polarcus)

Polarcus Limited announced today that a primary insider of Polarcus has acquired shares in the company. Duncan Eley, Chief Operating Officer, has on November 14, 2014 acquired 500,000 shares at an average price of NOK 0.9542 per share, the company said in a press release


Tilbrook Joins Woodside Board

Gene Tilbrook

  Woodside has appointed Mr Gene Tilbrook to its Board as a non-executive director effective 4 December 2014. Mr Tilbrook joins Woodside as an independent director. Mr Tilbrook has broad experience in corporate strategy, investment and finance. He was a senior


Stolt-Nielsen Board Declares Interim Dividend

Stolt-Nielsen Limited today announced that the company's board of directors approved the payment of an interim dividend of $0.50 per Common Share on December 11, 2014 to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2014. In accordance with normal settlement practice


Maersk Considers Exiting Angolan Oil Field

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says its investment in Angola's Chissonga oil field is under consideration as a result of falling oil prices. "We will only continue the project if we feel comfortable that we have limited risk and could expect reasonable returns


Repairs to Mumbai Port's Lock Gate

Mumbai Port

  Mumbai Port Trust in their circular No. MbPT Circular No. TM/ID/CIRCULAR/678  has informed about their plan to repair the outer lock gate through a private contractor.  The schedule is as under :-   Removal of the lock gate on 15th May during day by Port floating crane


Additional Fosun Reps Appointed on ROC Board

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  The Board of Roc Oil Company Limited (ROC) has today announced the appointment of Dr Yuanlin JIANG, Mr Yao XU and Mr Qunbin WANG as Non-Executive Directors of ROC, as nominees of Transcendent Resources Limited (Fosun), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fosun International Limited effective 10


Hapag-Lloyd Update on Congestion in Manila.

Nearly 900,000 cargo containers moved through the Port of Manila in the first quarter of 2014.

  The ongoing congestion in Manila has not improved. Consequently, the situation resulted in cumulative delays and build up of containers at the transhipment port in Singapore. In view of this, Hapag-Lloyd will temporarily halt booking acceptance for shipments destined to Manila North






 
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