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Cruise Ship Passenger 'Bill of Rights' Adopted

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has approved "Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights" detailing members' commitment to the safety, comfort & care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry.  The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S. passengers who purchase their cruise in North America on CLIA's North American member cruise lines, regardless of itinerary. International Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights:    1.    The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master's concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.     2.    The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.


Right Whale – Wrong Whale

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule rescinding its 2003 rule that purported to separate the right whale into the North Atlantic right whale and the North Pacific right whale and make various other changes under the Endangered Species Act. The 2003 changes were made without proper authority. NMFS will commence analysis to determine whether the two northern right whales are related. Adding to the confusion, there is also a southern right whale


Potential Whale Breeding Grounds Discovered

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A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine, leading right whale researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a breeding ground for this endangered species. The NEFSC’s aerial survey team saw 44 individual right whales on Dec. 3 in the Jordan Basin area, located about 70 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine


CG Reminder, Slow for Right Whales

The Coast Guard reminds operators of vessels 65 ft or greater in length that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule takes effect Nov. 1, requiring those vessels to slow down while operating in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic waters where North Atlantic Right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. The Coast Guard has worked closely with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service division during the past decade to further both agencies’


Zodiac Aids With New Self-Righting Design

Zodiac International has developed a new patented, self-righting technique to comply with the updated RoRo ferry liferaft regulations. Formulated by a team of technical engineers, the design is patented in both France and the U.S. - to be followed shortly by other jurisdictions. The self-righting design enables liferafts to automatically turn from a capsized position to an upright position on the surface of the water, regardless of whether they inflate in the inverted position underwater or on


Ship Passengers Granted New Legal EU Rights

A new European Union regulation gives passengers travelling by water improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures. Passengers travelling by water are set to enjoy improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures as a new EU regulation on maritime passenger rights enters into force.. These passengers will now benefit from similar rights to those travelling by air and rail.


Update on Omega's Chapter 11 Proceedings

Omega Navigation Enterprises Inc. has announced that, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings in Houston, Texas, the Court has granted all of the interim relief that Omega requested. This included the right to continue to operate and pay all operating expenses in the ordinary course; the right to continue to pay employees and crew in the ordinary course; the right to continue all cash management procedures in the ordinary course; and the right to continue to maintain all insurance in the


Sedative OKd To Help Free Entangled Whale

A federal judge in Boston on Friday cleared the way for rescuers to use a sedative to free a whale tangled in fishing line while fighting for its life off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. District Judge George O'Toole rejected a motion by an environmental activist who said a sedative would kill the 50-ton North Atlantic right whale -- one of an estimated 100 to 500 of the endangered species remaining. The Center for Coastal Studies, a rescue group from Provincetown, Mass


Colombia Grants E&P Rights To 5 Oil Companies

The Colombian government Tuesday granted exploration and production rights on nine offshore areas on the Caribbean coast to five different companies in an effort to boost the country's oil reserves. In Tuesday's auction, Colombian state-owned oil company Ecopetrol SA, India's state-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (500312.BY), Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), U.K.-based BP PlC (BP) and Hess Corp. (HES) won the rights separately or in partnership to explore the nine blocks


Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone in Rhode Island

Right Whale Courtesy NOAA

  A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established in Rhode Island Sound to protect an aggregation of 4 right whales sighted in this area on April 1, 2015. This DMA is in effect immediately through April 16, 2015. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less. VOLUNTARY DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS (DMAs) Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas


Iran, Oman Sign Maritime Agreement

 Iranian Foreign Minister  Mohammad Javad Zarif and Omani Interior Minister Hamud bin Faisal bin Said al-Busaidi. Photo: Islamic Republic News Agency

 Iran's Mehr news agency said that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi have announced that the two countries have agreed to demarcate a previously undefined stretch of maritime border.  


DMCC, DMCA to Promote Dubai’s Maritime Sector

Executive Chairman of DMCC, Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority. Photo by DMCA

 DMCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) with the Dubai Maritime City Authority to help promote Dubai to the maritime sector as a global destination for companies wanting to set up and expand into the GCC and MENA region.  


Duke Energy to Help Develop Jeffersonville Port Site

Duke Energy Indiana has selected a 140-acre parcel of land inside the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville in Clark County for the utility's 2015 Site Readiness Program.    A key component of Duke Energy's economic development model, the Site Readiness Program identifies


Maritime Disputes Test China's Peaceful Rise

US and Malaysian jets fly above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea. The Carl Vinson Strike group is deployed to 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by John Philip Wagner, Jr.)

The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States. The islands, rocks, reefs and shoals at the heart of the dispute - most of them uninhabited and submerged at high tide - cover


Alewijnse Success at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Photo: Alewijnse

Electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of delivering electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Twelve months after it began work there, the results are well above expectations with 19 contracts fulfilled for 10


Shell Offers Smooth Transition to ECAs

(Photo: Shell Marine Products)

Shipowners switching to low sulphur content fuels in line with their obligations in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) have demanded confidence in the cylinder oils specified to lubricate their engines   The shipping world has been settling down to new restrictions on sulphur content in fuel


Hundreds Rally in Myanmar over "boat people" Crisis

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon on Wednesday to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims. About 300 people, led by about 30 Buddhist monks, shouted slogans against the United Nations and Western


China Builds-up Naval Power

Map: CIA

 China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land.  


USCG Assists 2nd Activist From Arctic Challenger

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assist Chiara D’Angelo, an activist, down from the anchor chain of Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham, May 25, 2015. The Coast Guard crew responded to D’Angelo’s request for assistance to come down from the anchor chain. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham)

  Coast Guard personnel assisted in the removal of an activist who secured herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham, Wash., Monday morning. Chiara D'Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from the vessel's anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m


ASRY in Maritime Deal with Relay

Relay & ASRY signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels

  UK-based engineering firm signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels in ASRY, expanding the list of the yard’s onsite specialist contractors. ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a specialized Services Agreement with Relay


Red Tape, Industrial Relations Could Stifle LNG Potential

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  Australia could develop the world’s most technologically advanced LNG industry, according to a report by Accenture. But if industry is to reach its potential and maximise its contribution to the national economy, it must first overcome some significant hurdles.


Severe Flooding Cuts Off Lone Road to Alaska's Oilfield

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  Alaska's lone road to North Slope oil field operations remains closed for the third time in two months while emergency crews continue to redirect flooding from an adjacent river, state officials said on Friday. Alaska Governor Bill Walker's office said he would sign a second disaster


Mobil Says Oil Discovery off Guyana is 'Significant'

Photo by ExxonMobil

 Unlike almost all its neighbors, Guyana isn’t an oil producer yet. But the energy giant Exxon Mobil recently announced it had discovered “significant” oil off the coast.     The discovery could put Guyana on oil and gas Map and the country could become a player


Iran Aid Ship Reaches Djibouti Waters, Waits to Enter Port

An Iranian aid ship has reached the outskirts of Djibouti's port and is waiting for a permit to enter after Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel with goods for Yemen, an activist on board said on Thursday.   The Iran Shahed vessel, carrying 2


US DON Launches the "Hatch"

United States of America Department of the Navy Sea

  The Department of the Navy (DON) launched its crowdsourced ideation platform, the "Hatch," May 20. The launch of the Hatch is part of the initiative to build a DON Naval Innovation Network (NIN). The Hatch is an accessible






 
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