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THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Award Conservation Grants

The Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises Ocean Fund awarded $796,000 on March 30 in 15 new grants to marine conservation and environmental organizations, including a $100,000 grant to The Conservation Fund for its Alaska land preservation program and a $100,000 grant to Conservation International for its campaign to conserve Caribbean biodiversity. Almost $9 million has been awarded to 64 non-profit organizations working to protect the marine environment since the fund’s inception in 1996. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on this environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life. The complete list of 2007 Ocean Fund grant recipients is as follows: Audubon of Florida: $30,000 to continue satellite telemetry tracking of migration patterns of roseate spoonbills in the Florida Bay Ecosystem. Blue Ocean Institute: $50,000 to support Safe Seas, a program that works with communities in the Pacific to keep albatrosses and sea turtles from drowning in longline and gillnet fishing gear, and to reduce hunting of sea turtles in Latin America. Caribbean Conservation Corp.: $40,000 to produce a video series, “Ocean Fund Eco-Explorations,” in partnership with Open Water Media


SS United States’ Propeller May be Scrapped

Once one of the worlds greatest ships, the SS United States has fallen into a state of disrepair (Photo courtesy of the SS United States Conservancy)

Once a top secret, the 60,000 pound propeller from the nation’s flagship may be scrapped to raise money for the preservation of the historic vessel. On board America’s Flagship the SS United States on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m., the SS United States Conservancy will announce the result of its nationwide search for a donor to save one of the historic ship’s massive five-blade propellers


Environmental Balance

by John W. Waterhouse, P.E., President, Elliott Bay Design Group As a designer of ships, and president of a vessel design company, I know the shipbuilding industry is made up of people who recognize the importance of ferries, cruise ships and other maritime vessels to our economy. These same people also care a great deal about the marine environment in which our ships operate. That's why reports by environmental groups criticizing the marine industry for supposed ecological offenses leave a


GSA Auctions Perfect Storm Rescue Vessel

A former U.S. Coast Guard cutter whose heroic rescues garnered notice in the movie, The Perfect Storm, made its debut on the U.S. General Services Administration auction Web site, GSA Auctions(TM), http://www.gsaauctions.gov, last week, after spending more than six months without a permanent home. Reported to the U.S. General Services Administration as excess by the U.S. Coast Guard in January 1994, the decommissioned Tamaroa was initially housed at New York's Intrepid Sea Air Museum until


SS UNITED STATES Project Releases RFQ

RFQ is First in Two-Step Process to Find Developers to Repurpose America’s Flagship.   With all the buzz surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, it’s full steam ahead to give the greatest American ocean liner a new lease on life as a 21st Century waterfront destination.  The SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) is proud to announce the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of an aggressive process to identify a


Nature Conservation & Economic Activity Co-exist in Antwerp Port

Antwerp Port

  The Antwerp port area is one of the most important habitats for European endangered species. No fewer than 90 protected species of plant and animal live within the port area. Furthermore, a significant proportion of these plants and animals are specific to ports, being dependent for their continued existence in Flanders on habitats that typically occur in and around ports. When protected species are found within the Antwerp port area it is forbidden for economic activities to threaten


Australia Introduces Penalties for Pollution

In an effort to increase enforcement of MARPOL and reduce deliberate oil discharges into the sea, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has increased penalties and fines for offences of this nature. In addition, following a recent court case involving a ship borne pollution incident, AMSA has now made it clear that the defence of 'accidental pollution' resulting from worn or deteriorated equipment will no longer be accepted.


US Port Wins AAPA Environmental Award

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority wins international award for opening & managing Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has awarded the Port its 2012 Environmental Enhancement Award for the preserve, a unique 88-acre site on Lake Erie near downtown Cleveland, that the Port opened to the public on a daily basis in February. “We are honored and excited to receive this award,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman


UPDATE: Coast Guard Responding Mississippi Allision / Spill

The unified command continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 434 in Vicksburg, Miss., Monday.   Tank soundings indicated that the barge is still leaking product into the waterway.  Containment boom has been deployed around the area at the leak and skimmers are being used to recover product.   Personnel from Sector Lower Mississippi River, Marine Safety Detachment Vicksburg and the Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team from Mobile, Ala


Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen to Close NMDay 2014

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen

Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will close the “Safety at Sea” Seminar being hosted by North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the National Press Club from 2:30-6:00pm. NAMEPA’s seminar will join industry and governmental leaders as they discuss issues of the day surrounding Safety at Sea. The seminar is designed to highlight both best practices and opportunities for improvement


Young Artists Awarded in Salekhard

Organizers and guests of Make the World Cleaner exhibition of contest works

  Salekhard hosted today an awarding ceremony of the winners of the Make the World Cleaner contest of children’s drawings and crafts, organized by the Directorate of the Federal Service for Supervision over Natural Resources Use for the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area with the support of


Canada Ill-Placed to Ensure Safety of Arctic Shipping

Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand

Canada will have trouble ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday. Canada, said Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, had "no long-term national vision" to cope with more


Fujifilm Debuts Silicone Fouling Release System

Fujifilm Smart Surfaces said its latest silicone fouling-release system solution will help save fuel and time during drydocking, helping tackle indigenous and invasive species that continue to propagate rapidly, infesting multiple waters and causing vast ecological and economic damage.


Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center in Arctic

Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center to appear in the Arctic

  The regional Environmental Center of the Northern Fleet will be established in the Arctic in the near future. The news agency TASS reported the news with reference to the Deputy Russian Defense Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov.


Ship Safety: IMO Committee Agree Draft IGF Code

First vessel to burn LNG fuel - Bit Viking: Photo DNV GL

IMO informs that the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), along with proposed amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, have been agreed by the inaugural session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 1)


Maersk Sees US Approval of Shipping Alliance as Formality

Nils Andersen

U.S. regulatory approval of a proposed shipping alliance involving AP Moeller Maersk should be a formality, the Danish company's chief executive said on Wednesday. The alliance between Maersk and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the two largest container shippers in the world


DP World & Hutchison Port Holdings to Combat Global Warming

Mohammed Sharaf, Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World

  In an unprecedented show of commitment for an environmental cause, DP World and Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) have joined hands to combat global warming in a Waste Reduction Campaign that will multiply the effect of their individual efforts to curb global greenhouse emissions.


Short-Term Perils of Lower Oil Prices: DW Monday

Oil tanks: File image

At present we are seeing lower oil prices as a function of softer demand growth in both Europe and China combined with recent output increases from OPEC, particularly Libya, together with the ongoing surge in US production, notes Douglas-Westwood in the latest 'DW Monday'.


Damen Delivers Tug to Bremenports

Photo courtesy of Damen

Bremenports, the management company for the twin German ports of Bremen and Bremenhaven, took delivery of its first Damen-built vessel – a Stan Tug (Stu) 1606. Built to a proven design and delivered on time, the tug, named Albatros, will be mobilized primarily in assisting maintenance


New Recommendations to Avoid Jacking System Failure

A joint industry project on jacking system maintenance and inspection has resulted in a new DNV GL Recommended Practice. This provides guidance to ensure the correct and safe functioning of rack and pinion style jacking systems. The objective is to reduce the risk of gear failure


Optimarin Cements Offshore BWT Market Share

Tore Andersen

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin says over 50% of its system orders now placed for PSVs, AHTS and associated, advanced service vessels.   According to CEO Tore Andersen, the last six months alone have seen 16 new agreements signed


Wave Energy Conversion Competition Offers Cash Prize

Photo: Ricardo

Ricardo has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to administer a ocean Wave Energy Converter (WEC) prize challenge, aimed at helping to bring this potential source of clean energy to commercial scale.


New Propulsion Couplings to Launch at Workboat

Image: Renold Hi-Tec Couplings

Renold Hi-Tec Couplings, of Halifax, U.K., will debut a new range of high temperature, marine propulsion rubber-in-compression couplings on booth 3809 at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans from December 3-5, 2014. The new HTB-MP range is a second generation of couplings based on the


Gulf of Guinea Antipiracy Guidelines Updated

The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region.’ The Guidelines have been jointly developed by BIMCO, ICS


Carnival Plans to Save 1 Billion Gallons of Fuel

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation’s multiyear Fuel Conservation Program expected to save more than one billion gallons of fuel and $2.5 billion in fuel costs, while reducing carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms by the end of 2014; fleet of over 100 ships will see 24 percent improvement in fuel






 
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