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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.


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


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


Cosco Pacific Appoints Zhang Wei as Vice Chairman

Photo: Cosco Pacific Ltd.

 Cosco Pacific Ltd. has appointed Zhang Wei as vice chairman and managing director, replacing Qiu Jinguang who has stepped down from the positions with immediate effect, reports Dow Jones.   "Qiu Jinguang has resigned as an Executive Director


DP World Volume Up 3.7%

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Photo DP World

DP World Limited today held its Annual General Meeting for the year ended 31 December 2015.  DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, made the following statement regarding operational performance in the first quarter of 2016.  


Essar Ports Hazira Allows Third-party Cargo

Essar Ports Hazira  Photo Essar

Essar Bulk Terminal Limited, Hazira, a subsidiary of Essar Ports Limited, which is a part of Essar, has received an approval from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to handle 15 million tonnes of merchant cargo over three years. Based on this approval, the Hazira Terminal


ICS Criticises 'Prestige’ Judgement by Spanish Court

An oil cleanup volunteer holds up Comorant covered in oil from the sunken Prestige oil tanker on the coast of Galicia, Spain. Photo Greenpeace

At a meeting of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPCF) this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has strongly criticised the judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in the ‘Prestige’ Case.  


BOEM Announces Final Rule for Oil and Gas Leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Final Rule for Leasing of Oil and Gas or Sulfur in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) will be published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016.   The final rule updates and streamlines the existing OCS leasing regulations


Imabari Installs SOx Scrubber onto Bulk Carrier

Bulk carrier M/V Nadeshiko (Photo: Imabari Shipbuilding)

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. announced it has become the first shipyard in Japan to successfully install a SOx scrubber onto bulk carrier.   The SOx scrubber, manufactured by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., has been installed for a domestic ship owner aboard the 84,000M.T


China Merchants to Change Name

Image: China Merchants Holdings (Pacific)

 China Merchants Holdings (International) Company has proposed to change its name to China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited.    The proposed change is subject to approval by shareholders through a special resolution at the AGM and confirmation by the Registrar of Companies


Otto Marine Offloads Support Vessel for $38mln

SOC ENDEAVOUR. Pic: Otto Marine Limited

 Singapore-based Otto Marine Limited has signed a  Memorandum of Agreement to sell a Work Maintenance Vessel known as SOC  ENDEAVOUR to an unspecified party through  its wholly owned subsidiary,  Koi  Marine Limited.   


BOEM's Public Meetings Rescheduled

This Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) analyzes potential environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with the proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas L- Under the Sea - Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding meetings to seek public input on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes potential impacts of oil and gas activities that could result from lease sales scheduled in the 2017-2022 Five Year Program for Outer


BOEM, Jacksonville, U.S. Army Corps Ink Shore Protection Deal

A dredge ship offshore pumps OCS sand to shore for a Duval County coastal restoration project in 2011. USACE photo.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing them to dredge nearly 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters for periodic renourishment of the Duval County shoreline


Vedanta to Re-develop Mormugao Port

Vedanta’s Iron Ore business CEO - Kishore Kumar receiving Letter of Award from I. Jeyakumar, Chairman – Mormugao Port Trust in the presence of Nitin Gadkari - Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Photo Vedanta

 Vedanta Limited, India’s only diversified natural resources company today received the ‘Letter of Award’ for Redevelopment of Berth No.8, 9 and Barge Berths at Port of Mormugao, Goa (‘Project’) on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) Basis.


Partnership Seeks to Boost Maritime VSAT for China

SpeedCast signs partnership MOU with Beijing Marine Communications & Navigation Company Limited to build a global maritime VSAT service for China Market   SpeedCast International Limited, a global satellite communications and network service provider


Damen Delivered Charlock’s Dredge Pumps

Photo courtesy of Damen

The state-of-the-art 3,200 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) Charlock has been equipped with two Damen dredge pumps. One highly innovative semi-axial dredge pump is fitted on the trailing pipe, the other dredge pump is mounted inboard


EV Acquires Epidote

MIPSPro maximizes data value by efficiently identifying and diagnosing well  integrity issues.  Image Epidote

Leading specialist in well diagnosis, EV, has announced the acquisition of Aberdeenshire-based well integrity software supplier, Epidote Limited, to enable a world-class well diagnosis service.   The acquisition results in EV taking full ownership of the company and its five employees.


Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year

File Image: An LNG STS Transfer underway (credit: Excelerate)

The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is






 
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