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Harley Marine Goes Green

Harley Marine continues to implement its “Harley Marine Goes Green” program, including: company-wide ISO 14001 and ABS SQE Certification; exceeding compliance with local, state and federal environmental regulations and requirements; harbor tug fleet conversion to eco-tugs using ultra low emissions technology; and, their own patented self-contained Vapor Recovery Unit used during petroleum loading operations to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from oil and tank barges. The “Harley Marine Goes Green” campaign was launched in April of 2008 with a contest for the best “green” idea. In addition, a Harley Marine “Go Green Team” was formed with representation from each location and operating area, including vessel tugs, barges, maintenance shops and offices throughout the Harley Marine family of companies. Environmental Objectives and Targets were determined. The number one objective has and will continue to be zero oil spills into the water as well as reducing airborne pollutants. Other Green Program Highlights: •    Reduced impact to the environment by eliminating the purchase of approximately 12,000 Styrofoam cups and 50,000 plastic water bottles per year. •    Minimized our waste stream by creating a pump out facility in Seattle for bilge water and waste oil that is then processed by a local environmental company; and


VADM Stewart Announces Retirement from USMMA

Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, has announced his retirement from government service.  VADM Stewart’s career spanned over 44 years of public service to the as a Marine Corps officer and member of the civilian Senior Executive Service. "After 10 years at Kings Point and over 44 years in service to our nation, Kathy and I are looking forward to retiring from public service," said VADM Stewart


Safe Bulkers Plans IPO

anticipation of a planned initial public offering of its common stock. Safe Bulkers is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, such as grain, iron ore and coal, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world’s largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The initial public offering will include approximately 10,000,000 shares of common stock


Moran Shipping's Capt. Steve Palmer Recognized

Award Ceremony: Photo credit USCG

Captain Steve Palmer, Vice-President Moran Shipping Agencies, receives USCG's Meritorious Public Service award. Making the presentation on behalf of the Commandant, Rear Admiral D. B. Abel spoke as follows: "The Commandant takes great pleasure in presenting the U. S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Captain Steve Palmer, Vice president and Quality Manager for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc. for meritorious public service to the Coast Guard from November 1998 to April


GE Renews Royal Canadian Navy Contract

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GE Marine renewed a contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada to provide maintenance and logistics support services. The three-year contract renewal covers the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that power Halifax-class patrol frigates. The original five-year contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada began in 2001, and was renewed in 2006 for an additional five years


Safe Bulkers Announce Pricing of its Shares

Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced that its public offering of 800,000 shares of its 8% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share, was priced at $25 per share. Concurrently with the public offering, the company has also sold through a private placement, 800,000 series b preferred shares to Chalkoessa Maritime Inc


Safety Agency Lays Off More Workers

Government safety agency Transport Canada advise another 157 they may lose their jobs bringing the grand total to 370 employees affected Amongst those receiving notices today are technical inspectors responsible for marine safety and security, as well as civil aviation airworthiness inspector.  "We are deeply concerned for the safety of the travelling public.  Once again, inspectors in marine safety and security as well as civil aviation are being chipped away at a time when


HSRP Meeting Set

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee, will convene on July 29-30, 2008, to consider and deliberate on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hydrographic Services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial industries, ocean and coastal stewardship, recreational boating, and ocean policy. This public meeting will take place at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco,


Marine Highways RFP for Cost-Savings Calculator

In 2009/2010, the Marine Highways Cooperative (MHC) conducted an MPO Information Needs Study. Based on this research, the MHC wishes to contract services to develop a user-friendly online calculator to help transportation planners determine the public benefits of new or expanded marine highway services. Specifically, the MHC wishes to determine the annual cost savings in congestion, pollution, infrastructure development & maintenance, energy (fuel)


Marine Highway Corridors and Projects Identified

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On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.”  In addition, the Maritime Administration made available $7m for which these projects will be able to compete through a Notice of Funding Availability.  The Marine Highway Program was fully implemented in April 2010 through publication of a Final Rule in the Federal


Holland America Line Ships Score 100

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  On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100.  


Yachting Malta PPP Sets Sail

Commodore Godwin Zammit. Photo by the Royal Malta Yacht Club

 Yatching Malta Ltd (YML) - a new public private partnership (PPP) between the government and the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) was formed with the aim of putting Malta on "the global yachting map".   Prime Minister Joseph Muscat launched YML at the club's headquarters in Ta


LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia


Kondracki Joins TOTE Services Leadership Team

TOTE Services has promoted Michael J. (Mick) Kondracki to director of labor relations and risk management effective March 16, 2015, as announced by the company’s president, Phil Greene, Jr.   In his new role, Kondracki will oversee risk management


EALs & Oil Spill Remediation

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EALs & Oil Spill Remediation: The Effects of EALs on Oil Spill and Discharge Reporting and Remediation In the wake of increased environmental scrutiny and potentially expanding liability issues, oil spill remediation continues to be of great interest to marine operations


Senate Confirms Doyle to Another Term

William P. Doyle

The United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle to another term in office as a Federal Maritime Commissioner on the evening of March 23, 2015.  The vote was a unanimous 89 in favor, 0 opposed, and 11 senators not voting.   Upon confirmation, Commissioner Doyle said


ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering

Image courtesy of Harvey Gulf

  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector's increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS' Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today


Carisbrooke Takes Fuel Regulations in Stride

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"Our first three months of Emission Control Area operation have run without a hitch," said Carisbrooke Shipping CEO Robert Wester. "We put this down to careful preparation supported by the skill and diligence of our sea staff."  


EPA: MTU Must Audit Emissions Testing

MTU America Inc., a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, will implement an auditing program to ensure proper emissions testing and compliance with federal emission standards for its heavy-duty diesel non-road engines as part of a settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations, the U


Brazil to Lease 29 Ports to Private Companies

  A plan to attract private investment to Brazil's strained port infrastructure is even more important in the face of federal budget cuts that will curb public investment, Brazilian Ports Minister Edinho Araújo said in an interview.  


US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

Photo courtesy of Fugro

Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications


Singapore MPA Unveils Smart Port Initiatives

Launch of the myMaritime@SG mobile application: Photo by MPA

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced several new initiatives to improve connectivity in the Port of Singapore, including a new 4G mobile network built in collaboration with M1 Limited.   The MPA and M1 also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work


New Orleans Cargo Totals at 14-year High

Cargo worked at the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, the highest total since 2000 and up 28 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, the port reported.   Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101


Rolls-Royce Extends Service Capability in S.Korea

Photo courtesy of Sunjin Entech

Rolls-Royce has extended its service capability in South Korea by partnering with Busan-based ship repairer Sunjin Entech.   The new service agreement means that Rolls-Royce can now provide customers with a bespoke one-stop service solution at the Gupyung and Youngdo yards


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.






 
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