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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 Its aging power plant has been replaced by eight state-of-the-art Cat marine engines totaling more than 15,000 kW.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.


EMSA Assists in Spanish Oil Recovery Operations

Due to the heavy weather in the area, the bulk carrier Fedra sustained engine failure, dragged anchor and ran aground off Europa Point, , following which it lodged against a cliff and subsequently broke up. Several hours later, the bulk carrier Tawe ran aground near the . Both vessels have limited quantities of bunker fuel on board, and the leakage of oil is putting the environment in the vicinity of the vessels under threat.


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


Eniram to Provide Boil-off Management for LNG Sector

Eniram Limited, the Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, announced that it is releasing an onboard and onshore Boil-off Management Tool designed for LNG carriers.   Eniram’s Boil-off Management Tool enables


Uber-Style Cargo Moving App Catching on at Congested LA Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles area ports are using a Uber-style app called Cargomatic to help clear congestion from recent slowdowns, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.    After labor strife created what may be delays of up to two months, container terminals on the Pacific coast have no choice


Winter in US Northeast Takes a Toll on Ferries

Photo: The Boston Harbor Association

With its black hull rumbling against a field of broken ice, the Warren Jr. slowly eased away from a dock in the Boston suburb of Hingham on Tuesday, aiming to clear a path for some of the four ferries that carry commuters from here into the city each day. 


IACS and European Commission Hold Joint Workshop to Kick Off European Shipping Week

  The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) held a joint workshop in Brussels with the European Commission to kick off European Shipping Week, the association announced today.   The joint workshop featured speakers from the European Commission's Transport


US Proposes First Rules for Arctic Oil, Gas Drilling

Photo: BOEM

The Obama administration on Friday proposed standards on exploratory drilling for oil and gas in U.S. Arctic waters that would add costs for energy companies but aim to protect against catastrophic spills.   The rules, proposed by the Department of Interior


BIMCO's New Charter Contract for LNG Shipping

Image: BIMCO Headquarters

 With the amount of LNG traded on the spot market continuing to grow, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) is developing a new contract for the transportation of LNG under voyage charter terms.    This will add additional flexibility to the spot market and give


Indian Police hold Company Officials Over Oil Ministry Leaks

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  Indian police have won court approval to hold five company officials for 72 hours as they investigate an alleged scam to steal documents from the oil ministry to sell to consultants and private companies. The officials from Reliance Industries, Essar , Cairn India


NZ: Oil Spill off Taranaki

FPSO Raroa - Pic by MODEC

 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said it was monitoring the situation of a small oil spill at the Raroa platform, about 70 kilometres off the Taranaki coastline.   The operator, the New Zealand branch of international oil company OMV, says about 250 litres of oil was spilt on Friday when a


Oversupply, China Slowdown Push Freight Prices Down

Picture credit: International Chamber of Shipping

 Freight shipping prices have plummeted to a historic low, fueled by a long-standing problem of too many ships and lower demand from China, as per a report in AFP.   However, the economists say that this is not a serious warning sign on the global economy.  


Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine


US Pays Philippines $1.97M for Reef Damage

     The USS Guardian Aground on the Tubbataha Reef (Photo courtesy of the US Navy)

The U.S. government has a made a $1.97 million payment to the Philippines for damages to a protected coral reef caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper. The USS Guardian ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in January 2013


China Snow Dragon Arctic

Pic: Arctic Frontiers

 The melting Arctic presents a geopolitical challenge and it is the last bit of unclaimed land left on our quickly heating globe. A report in the Worldcrunch analyses why China is suddenly so interested in the Arctic.   China is now becoming more involved primarily because of issues


Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine


Container Ship Runs Aground at Fremantle Port

Maersk Garonne (Image by Maersk Line)

 A ship that ran aground at Fremantle Port early Saturday has been refloated. The 62,000-tonne Denmark-registered container ship Maersk Garonne became stuck in soft sand about 500m off South Mole.   Jeanette Murray from Fremantle Ports said: “the Maersk Garonne was pulled free by


Hijacked Indonesian Vessel Found in Philippines

Pic: Philippine Coast Guard

 The hijacked Indonesian cargo ship Rehoboth has been found abandoned in waters off Mati town in Davao Oriental province off the southern Philippines coast, says the  the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).   PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said the PCG- Southeastern Mindanao district






 
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