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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)  


Knightsbridge Closes Vessel Acquisition Transaction

Bermuda-based Knightsbridge Tankers Limited announced that it has closed the first stage of its vessel acquisition transaction. Knightsbridge has issued 31 million shares in exchange for 11 Cape size bulk carrier newbuildings and two Newcastlemax newbuildings. knightsbridgetankers.com


MacGregor Winches for Malaysian Accommodation Barges

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor has secured a winch package contract from Nam Cheong Limited group, a global offshore marine player listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Malaysia's largest offshore support vessel builder


Edouard to be First Major 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of nearly 105 mph (165


Twin Disc Mid-Atlantic Hires Ricky White

Ricky White: Photo Mill Log

Mill Log Equipment Company DBA Twin Disc Mid-Atlantic informs it has hired Ricky White as the Territory Manager for the southern Mid-Atlantic States to include the state of North Carolina (less the Outer Banks), and South Carolina. Ricky will operate out of the full service Rock Hill


ESAB Boasts Over a Century of Technological Innovation

ESAB boasts more than a century of technological innovation

  September 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. A world leader in welding and cutting technology, with the broadest, most complete line of products and solutions for industry, ESAB’s reach extends to almost every nation in the world, with more than 8


Brambles Acquires Ferguson Group

Photo courtesy of the Ferguson Group

The Ferguson Group announces that it has been acquired by Brambles Limited for an enterprise value of £320 million. Brambles Limited is a supply-chain logistics company operating in more than 50 countries, primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands


Golar LNG to Appoint Sir Frank Chapman as Chairman

Sir Frank Chapman

  Rolls-Royce Holdings plc reports that Golar LNG Limited has announced its intention to propose the appointment of Sir Frank Chapman as its Chairman, conditional upon the closing of the Secondary Offering recently announced by Golar LNG Limited.  


Keppel to Acquire Golar Hilli Interest

LNG carrier: File photo

KSI Production Pte Ltd (KSI), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Keppel Corp. says it has agreed to acquire 50 ordinary shares representing a 10% interest in Golar Hilli Corporation, which owns one Moss LNG carrier. Golar Hilli is the owner of the Moss LNG carrier HILLI which


EOC Takes Full Ownership of OSVs

Lewek Antares

  On 26 August 2014, EOC Limited agreed to acquire 50% of the entire issued share capital of Lewek Antares Shipping Pte. Ltd. (the "Target") , a company incorporated under the laws of Singapore, from Konquest Marine Pte Ltd ("KMPL")


Long Beach Cargo Operations Resume

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Repair work begins after storm surges subsides The Port of Long Beach resumed full cargo-handling operations Thursday, Aug. 28, after a lessening of storm surges from Hurricane Marie that had battered south-facing piers and interrupted the loading and unloading of four vessels a day earlier.


EU to Help Italy Cope with Boat Migrants

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly called for.


MES-UBI Begins Operations in Vietnam

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (MES) and UBI Tower Sole Member Limited (UBI Tower) established the joint venture company named MES-UBI Heavy Industries Company Limited (MES-UBI) which manufactures the pressure vessels installed in the refinery and petrochemical plants with


Seadrill's Q2 2014 Revenue Holds Nearly Steady

Drill ship: Photo courtesy of Seadrill

Revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were US$1,222 million compared to US$1,221 million in the first quarter of 2014, according to the company's financial report. Operating profit for the quarter was US$476 million compared to US$890 million in the preceding quarter


Rosneft and NADL Sign Exchange of Assets Deal

Rosneft president Igor Sechin

  Rosneft, Seadrill Limited and North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL) signed a Framework Agreement that envisages long-term cooperation in the sphere of oilfield development projects. The document foresees the acquisition by Rosneft of NADL shares through an exchange of assets and


Polynesian Shipping Sold to Neptune Pacific Line

Neptune Pacific Line buys Polynesian Shipping

  The Board of Polynesian Shipping Line Limited, Apia informed   that the business and the Company’s associated investments have been sold to Neptune Pacific Line Limited. The sale is as a going concern and will continue to provide services in the Australian and New Zealand trades






 
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