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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


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

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),, 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

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

Royal Navy Data Provide Insights for Arctic Science

Image: Arctic Council Secretariat

 The researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice using recently released Royal Navy submarine data reports Science Daily.   This meeting of oceanography and military intelligence has seen declassified data from the 1990s analyzed to gain insights into how diminished ice cover affects turbulence in arctic waters.  

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

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

Containership Aids Distressed Cuban Rafters

Philadelphia Express (Photo: Crowley)

The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU containership – recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla. As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga., crewmembers spotted the floating object with people aboard

Philadelphia Express Assist Distressed Cuban Rafters

Crowley-Managed Philadelphia Express Provides Assistance to Distressed Cuban Rafters near Key West

  The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU container ship ­– recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla.   As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga

Felixstowe Port Goes Green

Mark Seaman (left), Finance Director, and Robert Page, Head of Human Resources, at the Port of Felixstowe plant a tree to launch the Go Green initiative at the port

  The Port of Felixstowe is creating an environmental corridor as part of the Go Green campaign launched by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and a number of other global port operators. The initiative at Felixstowe will include the refurbishment of part of a system of dykes within the port

Swedish Club 1H post $ 6.3 mln Deficit


  In the first six months of the accounting year 2015 the Swedish Club made a deficit of USD 6.3 million. The result was affected by lower returns from both the technical- and non-technical accounts.   Underwriting performance registered a combined ratio of 112% but remains slightly

U.S. Asia-Pacific Drills to Increase

The United States plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of a new strategy to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the Philippine military said on Wednesday.

NOAA Declares Whale Deaths an ‘Unusual Morality Event’

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak. Credit: NOAA

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause

Six Pirate Attacks off Singapore


 Several pirates attacks were reported during the weekend in Straits of Malacca and Singapore to six cargo vessels passing through.    On August 21 and 22, six vessels while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Detroit Agencies Perform Maritime Security Exercise

Detroit Coast Guard members are participating in a Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee multi-agency table-top exercise Wednesday at the Detroit Fire Department Regional Training Center. The purpose of this exercise is to test plans and policies of federal, provincial

Clarkson Sinks in the Rougher Seas

Logo: Clarksons

 Shipping company Clarksons has  published profits of GBP6.2mln, down 36.7 per cent on the first six months of the previous year, citing “severe challenges faced by the dry bulk market” (of unpackaged raw commodities) as the primary cause of the decline.  

West Africa's August Crude Exports to Asia to Slip

West African crude oil exports to Asia were expected to fall to 1.84 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, Reuters data and a survey of traders showed.     Slower buying by Indian independent refiners such as Reliance was the primary factor behind the overall decline of 13

NAO Expedition to Study Walruses

This is the third season on the satellite tagging of walruses

  From Naryan-Mar complex expedition started "Investigation Atlantic walrus habitat" for the study of animal southeastern Barents Sea. The expedition of seven experts on the research vessel "Kartesh" organized by the Council on Marine Mammals (CMM)

Cambodia: Anti-dredging Protests Heat Up in Koh Kong

Protestors in Koh Kong board a Vietnamese sand-dredging vessel in an attempt to halt its operations. Photo: Mother Nature

 The The Phnom Penh Post reported that activists have continued their campaign to drive out sand dredging companies from Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, refusing a meeting with local authorities and instead holding a 100-strong protest outside the district hall.  

China Conducts 8-day Naval Drills in Yellow Sea

Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Naval Fleet. Photo by Idrw

 China has launched regular military exercises in the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Strait, says the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Daily, the Chinese military's official newspaper.   The China's military newspaper reported that eight days of "military missions" had begun on

More than 100 Shipbuilders Lose Jobs at ASC

Warehouse facilities and workers at ASCs submarine construction and maintenance facility at Osborne, South Australia. Photo: ASC Pty Ltd.

 South Australian defence shipbuilding company ASC has axed 101 blue collar jobs from its facility at Osborne near Port Adelaide.    The submarine and shipbuilder ASC has let go 101 contractors from its facility in Adelaide in a move it says will increase productivity on its air

Green Groups Ask U.S. to Stall Shell's Final Arctic Permits

MSV Fennica. Pic by Arctia Shipping

 Ten environmental groups say a missing icebreaker should be a deal-breaker for Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska's northwest coast and urged the U.S. government not to grant final permits to Shell, reports Reuters and AP.  

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