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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


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


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’


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.


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


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


Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone in Rhode Island

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  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


Augmented Reality App for Raymarine Dragonfly-PRO Sonar Systems

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Raymarine Unveils an all-new version of its popular Wi-Fish mobile app for use with Dragonfly-PRO and Wi-Fish CHIRP Sonar systems. The app has been expanded and now includes Augmented Reality Viewing of your saved waypoints and fishing hot-spots.


Operation Atalanta Continues to Keep the Coast of Somalia Safe

Photo: The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) welcomes the European Council’s decision of 25 November to extend the mandate of Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation along the East African coast.  


World Fuel Services Prepares for Global Sulphur Cap

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From 1 January 2020, a new global sulphur cap on marine fuels will come into effect which will turn the whole bunker industry upside down; and World Fuel Services is urging the shipping, bunkering and energy sectors to work together to meet this new challenge.


Grangemouth Port sees Record Volume

Derek Knox, Port Manager for Grangemouth in the port’s busy reefer container compound. Photo Port of Grangemouth

The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container facility has enjoyed one of its busiest seasons, with over 50,000 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) being handled at the port in the last two months. This four-year high is the result of a buoyant fresh food export season utilising the


Public Support Needed to Promote Inland Navigation in Baltic Region

Panellists discussed Swedish challenges and European best practices for inland navigation in Stockholm. Photo Port of Hamburg

Inland navigation has a lot of potential in the Baltic Sea Region, even though the geographical and administrative conditions for inland navigation differ from country to country. This was highlighted by the panel that debated the future of inland navigation in Sweden as part of the 7th Strategy


Maersk Drilling to Pilot GE’s Marine Data Analytic Tools

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GE and Maersk Drilling have partnered for a data analytic-driven pilot project that aims to increase Maersk’s drilling vessels’ productivity and reduce maintenance costs by up to 20 percent.   The two companies have collaborated to deploy SeaStream Insight


Denmark to Go through with Near-shore Wind Farms

Denmark's right-wing minority government bowed to pressure from opposition parties and approved plans to build two near-shore wind farms, despite its earlier objections it said on Thursday.   After granting building rights for the wind farms to Swedish wind farm developer Vattenfall in


Vietnam Expanding South China Sea Runway

Vietnam is extending a runway on an island it claims in the South China Sea in apparent response to China's building of military facilities on artificial islands in the region, a U.S. think tank reported. Satellite images taken this month showed Vietnam had lengthened its runway on Spratly


Australian Navy Frigate on Task in Kaikoura

Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Darwin approaches Underway Replenishment Tanker HMNZS Endeavour to conduct a Replenishment at Sea. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has sailed to Kaikoura to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support at the request of the New Zealand government.   Darwin is using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter for the evacuation of civilians and the distribution of


Port of Montréal Expands Global Reach

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 Investments made by the Government of Canada and the Montréal Port Authority to enhance the Port of Montréal’s infrastructure will make the global movement of goods more fluid, create direct and indirect jobs in transportation systems across the country


Fred Harris to Retire

Fred Harris (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ubiquitous General Dynamics Leader Fred Harris to Step Down January 1, 2017; Dirk Lesko to Lead Bath Iron Works; Kevin Graney to Lead NASSCO General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris  effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A


With China's Support, Duterte to Ban Fishing in Disputed Lagoon

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen, a move his office said was supported by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.  


HMAS Darwin Completes Earthquake Relief

Able Seaman Electronics Warfare Ryan Taylor (left) and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nicholas Challinor Stevenson (right) speak with Kaikoura resident Andrew Spencer. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Darwin has completed her mission in earthquake ravaged Kaikoura, New Zealand.   In the space of 36 hours, Darwin evacuated more than 60 civilians by sea boat to local ship, HMNZS Canterbury, and delivered approximately 13,500 kilograms of food


Injured Crewman Hoisted over 170 mi off Columbia River

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., hoists an injured crew member from the 618-foot cargo vessel Global Saikai over 170 miles from the Columbia River Photo USCG

A Coast Guard aircrew performed a medical evacuation of an injured crew member from a 618-foot cargo vessel over 170 miles offshore from the Columbia River, Saturday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton safely transported the 23-year-old man to


Teamwork Smoothes Complex FPSO Repair

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Work to repair five separate areas on board FPSO FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte Ltd using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field. The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005






 
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