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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


ICC partners WCGC for Annual Golf Tournament

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  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has become the Official Global Partner of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC), the largest and longest running corporate amateur golf event. The new venture is set to expand international participation, branding and media attention


Study: Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Production

Oyster farmer Perry Raso at Matunuck Oyster Farm in Rhode Island (Photo courtesy of the NOAA)

U.S. shellfish producers in the Northeast and the Gulf of Mexico will be most vulnerable to an acidification of the oceans linked to climate change that makes it harder for clams and oysters to build shells, a study said on Monday. The report said the two regions would be more at risk in coming


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


Need for New Maritime Organization in Asia

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 There are calls for a new institution to manage Asia’s maritime disputes - a proposal for Maritime Organization for Security and Cooperation (AMOSC) is in the offing.    Last year (2014) brought new tensions to the South China Sea


BP on Gulf Oil Spill Trial

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  The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana yesterday ruled on the issues raised in the Phase 2 trial of the Deepwater Horizon case: the quantification of oil spilled and BP’s source control efforts following the accident. The Court found that 3


Oil Majors Seek to Claw Back Costs from Service Firms

Global oil majors say they are demanding cheaper but better services from engineering and service companies, or simply taking work back in-house, after losing hundreds of billions on cost overruns in the last five years. Cost overruns and delays were the main reason why oil majors generated


UN Mulls Treaty for Maritime Biodiversity

Global distribution of Large Marine Ecosystems.  Photo credit: NOAA, United Nations

United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.  By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Enhanced VoIP Service for Mini-VSAT Broadband Network

Photo courtesy: KVH I

KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) global maritime satellite network. The network's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is now delivered on a prioritized and protected data stream


Golar LNG sells Golar Viking

Image: Golar LNG Ltd

 Golar LNG Ltd has completed the sale and delivery of the LNG carrier Golar Viking to PT Perusahaan Pelayaran Equinox (Equinox) for US$135 million.   The 140,205-cbm Golar Viking (built 2005) has been renamed Salju under Indonesian flag and registry.  


Seakeeper Enters Asia-Pacific Market

Seakeeper continues to strengthen its worldwide sales and service support with its new facility in Raffles Marina in Singapore. The office will serve as a base for all company operations in Asia.

  Seakeeper continues to strengthen its worldwide sales and service support with its new facility in Raffles Marina in Singapore. The office will serve as a base for all company operations in Asia. "We're taking a global approach to our business model," said Phil Bourque


Deadliest Catch: The Quest to Coat Cornelia Marie

“No one is going to take care of your vessel better than you are. Everything that we have is vested in this ... ... if we fail my kid’s kids will be broke.” Josh Harris, Owner,  Cornelia Marie

  Josh Harris and Casey McManus, a pair of 31-year-olds who respectively own and run the fishing boat Cornelia Marie – made famous on the Discovery Channel’s cable television show Deadliest Catch – discuss with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News their decision to


Bawat Gains USCG’s AMS Acceptance

Image: Bawat

The ballast water management system developed by Danish company Bawat A/S has been granted U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for an interim period of up to five years, enabling commercial vessels equipped with the system to be approved to discharge treated


The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources


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






 
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