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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


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


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


Arctic Taskings for the Coast Guard

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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Durban’s 90-year-old Dry Dock Set for Repair

The 35-meter-long, 900 ton outer caisson at the Prince Edward Graving dock in Durban will be undergo a $2.4 million refurbishment project over the next four months. (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

The 90-yer-old Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban, which is owned and operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), will be undergoing a R30 million ($2.4 million USD) repair project on its outer caisson over the next four months


Shippers Demand Probe of Abandoned Calabar Port Dredging

Calabar port. Photo:  Nigerian Ports Authority

 The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Cross River State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the N20 billion contract awarded to Calabar Channel Management (CCM) for dredging Calabar Port by former President Goodluck Jonathan.   


Shell Gets APD for limited Arctic Drilling

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) personnel conducted inspections of Shell Oil Co. marine vessels Noble Discoverer and the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

  After extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno today announced that Shell has received conditional approval of two Applications for Permits to Drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory


NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S


Northern Offshore acquired by Shandong Offshore

Pic: Northern Offshore Ltd

 Offshore oil and gas drilling firm Northern Offshore Ltd. has reached agreement on the terms of a recommended $165m cash acquisition by Shandong Offshore International Company Limited.    The NOK7.59 per share offer by Shandong has been unanimously recommended by the board of


Australian Navy Awards In-service Support Contract

HMAS Choules is a Bay Class Landing Ship Dock, based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design. It served with the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2006 to 2011, before being transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. (Australian Navy photo)

The Australian Government informs it has awarded a $60.6 million in-service support contract for maintenance of the Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, over the next two years.    The maintenance contract awarded to Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Ltd (A&P Australia)


MOL Renames Group Ship Management Co.

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  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced today that effective July 2, its wholly-owned ship management company for dry bulkers, New Asian Shipping Company, Limited is renamed to MOL Ship Management (Hong Kong) Company, Limited. MOL Ship Management (Hong Kong) Company


Stolt-Nielsen's Results Show Bright Future

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  Stolt-Nielsen Limited today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2015. Net profit attributable to shareholders in the second quarter was $42.5 million, with revenue of $500.7 million, compared with a net profit of $38.7 million, with revenue of $487


Dry Bulk Market Crisis: Opportunity or Threat?

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The shipping industry is experiencing the biggest dry bulk market recession since the 1980s, as uncertain global economic outlook and increased imbalance between supply and demand have lead to historically low freight rates .It seems the downturn will continue until 2017 if a viable equilibrium is


NASA to Further Develop Titan Submarine Design

Image: Titan submarine. By NASA

 Step forward the Titan Submarine, a proposal that NASA has just awarded a second round of funding through their Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. It is very much just a concept at the moment, but it is promising nonetheless.  


Redwood City Proposes Port Deepening Project

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Recommended $73 Million Plan for Redwood City Navigation Improvement Program; Public Hearing Set for August 10   A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City


2 STS Cranes Commissioned at Flinders ACT

Two new ship-to-shore cranes installed at Outer Harbor

  Two new ship-to-shore container cranes have been fully commissioned at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Outer Harbor. The new cranes, which cost $24 million, are essential for South Australia to secure the direct shipping services needed for the State's exports to remain


Scorpio Buys Two Product Tankers

Photo: Scorpio Tankers Inc

 Scorpio Tankers has purchased an MR product tanker, currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, for around $37mln and a LR2 product tanker, currently under construction at Daehan Shipbuilding, for around $58.5mln.   MR product tanker is scheduled for delivery in September


BW Group Buys Dorian Stake

Photo: Scorpio Tankers Inc.

 Scorpio Tankers Inc has agreed to sell its 6 million common shares of Dorian LPG Ltd to BW Euroholdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BW Group Limited, for a purchase price of $15.34 per share.    The shares will be sold pursuant to an effective resale registration


DP World Opens London Gateway Logistics Centre

London Gateway. Photo by DP World

 DP World's first distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park opened officially, with the UK's shipping minister, Robert Goodwill MP, in attendance.   Goodwill and DP World chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, formalised the opening of the centre during a ribbon cutting






 
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