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Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching. Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate, the reports says. The report, published every five years, is required under Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (section 54) and aims to provide a regular and reliable means of assessing reef health and management in an accountable and transparent way. For the first time, the report specifically considers the Great Barrier Reef Region’s heritage values, including Indigenous heritage, historic heritage and the area’s world heritage values. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure and home to rich marine life Conservationists also fear that proposed development on the Queensland coast, including a planned coal port expansion at Abbott Point, could further harm its health. This assessment is new and responds to revised requirements of our Act and the World Heritage Committee requesting an explicit assessment of the area’s outstanding universal value.


Cat Marine Engines Re-Power US Army Dredge

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The US Army Corps of Engineers operates two hopper dredges on the west coast of the U.S. to keep shipping channels open. The largest and most modern of them is the Essayons, built by Bath Iron works in Bath, Maine in 1982. Its aging power plant has been replaced by eight state-of-the-art Cat marine engines totaling more than 15,000 kW. The 350 ft long Essayons is based in Portland, Oregon. Its annual schedule includes work in harbours between Alaska and California, as well as Hawaii


Containerhsip ANL Excellence Cleared For Voyage

The containership ANL Excellence, which ran aground in Moreton Bay off Brisbane on July 21, has been given the all-clear to continue its voyage. The ship, which was traveling to Brisbane from Malaysia with a large cargo of consumer goods, ran aground when it became trapped on a sand bank at low tide. Owned by Australian National Line, the vessel's captain admitted outright that human error was to blame for the mishap - a pilot missed a navigation beacon.


Barge Traffic Still Slow On Mississippi

Barge traffic on U.S. Midwest rivers continued slow as low water levels on the upper and lower Mississippi River and ice buildup on the Illinois River kept navigation treacherous, Reuters reported on Wednesday. "At the Memphis gauge, the water level is about three feet below the desired level," said Lt. Brian Meier, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Memphis office. "The forecast is for water levels to stay pretty steady for next couple days," he said.


More Time to Comply with Discharge Regs

A team of K&L Gates LLP environmental and maritime lawyers representing a coalition of shipping interests has obtained an order from a United States District Judge in San Francisco to allow the maritime industry additional time to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly-issued requirements governing the discharge of pollutants from vessels.   Enacted by the EPA on December 18, 2008, under the Clean Water Act


Genetic Yacht Lab Maps Sea Life Looking for Cures

A team of scientists has begun collecting the genomes of sea creatures off the Florida coast in the hopes that unmapped species, some of which have the capacity to reverse disease and injury in themselves, may hold the key to new treatments for humans. Of about 250,000 marine species identified so far, scientists have sequenced the genetic material of only about three dozen, according to University of Florida neuroscientist Leonid Moroz.


Salvage Cost of Stranded Tanker Soars

According to a report on www.businessday.co.za, bad weather could drive up the cost of salvaging the stranded oil tanker MT Phoenix to $4.5m, citing information from the South African Maritime Safety Authority. The tanker reportedly ran aground north of Durban on Tuesday. One well-placed industry source cited by the news service estimated the costs could soar even higher. Phoenix reportedly was stranded off a residential area, making the salvage job that much more challenging.


Fishing Vessel on Cape Peninsular Beach

Photo credit: National Sea Rescue Institute

'Eihatsu Maru' a 50 m Japanese registered long-liner is aground on South Africa's Cape Peninsular Beach The vessel has been on the beach for several days due to heavy surf. Most of those on board had been taken off the vessel, and all were safe, including the ship's dog. Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said they would try to move the vessel again again shortly depending on conditions. Crowds gathered to watch from the edges of the beach


Brazil's Petrobras Finds Oil in Libra Prospect

Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Monday it found "good quality" oil in an exploration well in the giant Libra prospect, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. The well is the first drilled by the Petrobras-led consortium which won the right to explore and develop the area which contains an estimated 8-12 billion recoverable barrels of petroleum. Petrobras has a 40 percent stake in the group with Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA each owning 20


Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

Image: MIGRANTE - Europe

 The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of thousands of migrants as they sailed across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, bringing the number of people rescued this weekend to 5,800.   The migrants were to be taken to the Italian region of Calabria as well as the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, it said.   The bodies of eight migrants were found on board two of the rescued vessels


Indian Navy, Coast Guard Save 14 From Sinking Vessel

Combination photo of rescue of 14 crew members of MV Coastal Guard by Indian Navy and Coast Guard. (Courtsey: Twitter handle of Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson of ministry of defence)

 In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, the Indian Navy and Indian coast guard rescued 14 people from the crew of the Indian flag cement carrier ship, MV Coastal Pride, that sunk 75 nautical miles off the coast of Daman, on Wednesday morning.   


Brand New Ro-Ro Ran Aground in Norway

Kvitbjørn. Photo: Nor Lines, Vikebladet

 Ro-ro cargo vessel Kvitbjørn ran aground off Ulsteinvik port, Norway, in the afternoon June 28, while approaching the port.    The vessel, owned by Norway-based Nor Lines, was refloated at 2145 LT same day with the help of tugs at high tide, and taken to port


FUGRO, Cross Group Awarded Multi Well GoM Contract

Photo courtesy of FUGRO

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will showcase her capabilities on a multi well intervention campaign which recently started in the Gulf of Mexico. The campaign involves utilization of a top tensioned 6


First ME-LGI Engine Test Deemed a Success

ME-LGI demonstration at the Tamano works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Mitsui tests first commercial model on HFO and methanol   MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) recently demonstrated the liquid-gas-injection concept in Japan on 17 June, 2015 using the very first ME-LGI engine to ever be commercially produced


Lukoil Helps Extend Life of Ship’s Pistons

The HS Debussy (3,500 TEU) was built in China at Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd. and was launched there in 2009. (Photo courtesy: Hansa Shipping)

After running on minimum feed rate for years, Hansa Shipping’s containership HS Debussy is expected to exceed 50,000 running hours without piston overhaul at present operation conditions.    With the help of Lukoil Marine Lubricants’ Navigo 70 MCL cylinder oil


Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

 A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.  


Russian Ship Collides with Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels

STS Kruzenshtern. Photo by Barque Kruzenshtern

 The Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern collided with the Icelandic Coastguard patrol ships Þór and Týr, which were docked at the quayside. Both Icelandic vessels sustained damage.   “These things can happen when a big ship is approaching the quay, or leaving it


Pilot of Grounded Tug Sentenced for Negligence

The pilot of a tow vessel that ran aground in June 2014 was sentenced for negligence.   Gerold Holt Bosarge was sentenced June 12 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to a violation of Title 46, United States Code, Section 2302(b)


Petrobras Stops Platform Output After Gas Leak

Brazil state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA stopped production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union said on its website on Monday, citing worker reports.  


The Critical Link in Hudson River Remediation Project

Photos courtesy of Sennebogen

Approximately three times a week, for six months of the year, trains depart from upstate New York, en route to one of three EPA-approved long-term disposal facilities. The trains, which are loaded with dewatered, PCB-containing sediments, represent the last leg of a complex environmental dredging


Vietnamese Freighter Grounds off Albay Coral Reef

Damages to Coral Reefs Photo PCG

  Coral reefs in the vicinity waters of Legazpi, Albay were damaged by a Vietnam-flagged cargo vessel which ran aground 900 yards off the entrance of Legazpi City Port last Monday, June 15. MV Ocean 03, with 4,532 gross tonnages and manned by 21 Vietnamese crew


The ‘Greening’ of America’s Marine Highways

Photo credit: Glenn Hall Photography

Ingram Barge Company sees two kinds of green in their newest venture on the inland rivers.   In late March, the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation


Over 3,700 Migrants Rescued in Med

Ships patrolling the Mediterranean have plucked more than 3,700 migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats in the last two days, Italy's coastguard said on Tuesday. Ships from several countries, including those taking part in a European Union mission called "Triton"


Environmentalists: Walrus Population at Risk in Arctic

Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency's conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell's 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it runs counter to established protections for walruses. A 2013 rule implemented by the Fish and Wildlife Service


HMAS Newcastle Seizes $1 bln in Narcotics

Members of HMAS Newcastles boarding party prepapre to board and search a dhow on 19 June 2015, which revelaed 581 Kgs of hidden illegal narcotics

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle patrolling with the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East region has seized another 581kg of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of approximately $520 million.   The half-tonne heroin haul is Newcastle’s fifth in two






 
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