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Canada Embarks on Arctic Survey Mission

CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent  (File photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

Canada has launched its 2016 Arctic expedition to collect important scientific information to support the nation’s submission on the extended continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. This year’s survey is a collaborative effort with Sweden, and Danish scientists will also participate in the research.   The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent left Dartmouth on July 22, 2016, for Tromsø, Norway, where it will take on board personnel from Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service and Global Affairs Canada before embarking on a six-week expedition in the Arctic Ocean.   On the voyage between Canada and Norway, the Canadian Hydrographic Service will undertake a seabed-mapping expedition under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. This will be the fifth such expedition, which involves Canada, the European Union and the United States.   After the Canada-Sweden expedition ends, Canadian researchers aboard the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent will go on to collect data in the Canada Basin, in the western Arctic Ocean, as part of a collaboration with colleagues from the United States.   “Securing international recognition of the outer limits of Canada’s continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean is a Canadian priority,” said Stéphane Dion, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs


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


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

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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


Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland has set its plan to move containerized cargo once a marine terminal closes March 31. The Port said today its Continuity Plan will keep trade flowing and prevent vessel diversions to other ports.   The plan addresses the impending shutdown of Outer Harbor Terminals LLC


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


COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited.  


Two Greek Shipping Firms Indicted

 Greek shipping companies Oceanic Illsabe Limited and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited, and two of their employees, were convicted of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), obstruction of justice, false statements, witness tampering and conspiracy


India to Develop Paradip as World-Class Smart Port City

Photo by Paradip Port Trust

  The Ministry of Shipping is planning to develop Paradip as a world class, globally competitive, smart industrial Port City, Joint Secretary (Ports) Pravir Kishn said.   The rationale behind developing Paradip as a smart city is that it already has a Major Port and strong mineral


Hyundai Merchant Marine to buy Hanjin's 'Good' Assets

South Korea's financial regulator said on Wednesday that Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd will seek to acquire healthy assets of troubled shipper Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd. The Financial Services Commission said in a statement that Hanjin will soon file for court receivership but that the impact


Seaspan Raises $80 Mn from Shares Sale

Image Courtesy Seaspan Corporation

Seaspan Corporation announced today the close of the sale of its previously announced public offering of 3,200,000 8.20% Series G Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (the "Series G Preferred Shares") for gross proceeds of $80 million.


US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper


DP World Rating Upgraded by Fitch

Photo DP World Port

Fitch Ratings recently upgraded DP World Limited’s  Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to BBB from BBB- and its Short-Term IDR to F2 from F3. The rating outlook is stable.   The upgrade follows on the Fitch announcement in November 2015 that DP World’s outlook had been


Vizag Port Mulls Major Expansion

Photos: Visakhapatnam Port Trust

Vishakhapatnam Port is poised for major expansion, with the Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurating several projects during his visit to the port, says government press release.    The Minister inaugurated a Container Freight Station of 1 lakh TEU


Eltorque Debuts New Compact Actuator

Photo: Eltorque

Eltorque, a Norwegian supplier of electric valve control, has launched a new super-compact valve actuator.   “The market has requested a compact and cost-effective actuator for small valves and in tight spaces. With the QT50, Eltorque has responded to that request by developing the


Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

A new lease sale has been proposed for 122,405 acres for commercial wind energy leasing offshore North Carolina.     The proposed lease, announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper as part of


Australia’s New Ballast Water Management Requirements

Image: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

The Australian government has announced via the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that from June 16, 2016, new requirements for ships engaged in international voyages will be enacted under the auspices of the ‘Biosecurity Act 2015’.  


SpeedCast Acquires WINS Limited

Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced its acquisition of WINS Limited, a Europe-based provider of broadband satellite communications and IT solutions for the maritime sector.  


Boxship Capacity Crosses 20 million TEU Mark

Graph:  Clarksons Research

 This week, containership fleet capacity has passed the 20 million TEU mark, another milestone in the rapid rise to prominence of the sector, according to Clarksons Research.   Down the years, much of the capacity expansion has been driven by the delivery of larger and larger units at


VARD Bags Three-vessel Contract

Vard Holdings - A FINCANTIERI Co. Photo Vard

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels secured a contract for the design and construction of three vessels for an undisclosed client. The aggregate contract price is approximately USD 70 million


Ong Appointed Company Secretary, Triyards Holdings

Courtesy TRIYARDS Holdings Limited

The Board of Directors of Triyards Holdings Limited announced that Mr. Yeo Keng Nien has resigned as the Company Secretary of the Company with effect from 15 July 2016. The Board would like to thank Mr. Yeo Keng Nien for his contributions during his term of service as the Company Secretary of






 
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