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USCG Issues Fines for Tank Response Plan Noncompliance

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations related to tank vessel response plan requirements. The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET, Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express, operated by MOL Tankship Management, have been issued a monetary violation for noncompliance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 155 Subpart D in Alaska. Vessel operators can face penalties of up to $11,000 per violation, per day. Tank vessels bound to or from a U.S. port and transiting through the Western Alaska Captain of the Port zone must have an approved geographic specific appendix in their vessel response plan for Western Alaska prior to transiting or operating within the COTP zone if carrying oil in bulk as cargo or oil cargo residue. Violation of this requirement can include the issuance of a letter of warning, notice of violation, or a civil penalty.  In 2012, an alternate planning criteria was established by the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network to enable tank vessels operating in Western Alaska to comply with an appropriate alternative to the national planning criteria established under Title 33 CFR Part 155. “The Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network's Alternative Planning Criteria for tank vessels was approved by the Coast Guard over a year ago, giving vessel operators ample time to comply,” said Lt


Liverpool Shipyard Back in Action

Ferry naming: Photo courtesy of Cammell Laird

Big name UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird, of Birkenhead, Liverpool was proud to announce the naming of the first complete ships to be built there for 20 years. The ceremony marked the completion of a multi-million pound contract which has seen Cammell Laird build two new car ferries for Western Ferries MV Sound of Seil (Cammell Laird keel number 1387) and MV Sound of Soay (keel number 1388). The vessels continue Western Ferries tradition of naming its vessels after Scottish sounds


America's Western River: A Unique Security Challenge

By RADM Robert Duncan, USCG, Captain Ron Branch, USCG, Chris Doane and Joe DiRenzo III Since 9-11 all facets of the media have combined to focus national policy makers, in and out of government, along with the general public on the asymmetric terrorist threat facing the United States and its global trading partners. Lengthy newspaper articles or Op-ed pieces, documentaries on television such as The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel


First Transas ERS in Australia

Transas has recently been awarded a tender for the Supply and Delivery of an Engine Room Simulator for the WA Maritime Training Centre based in FREMANTLE, Western Australia. The WA Maritime Training Centre Fremantle is one of Challenger TAFE’s specialist training centres. According to the terms of the aforementioned tender, Transas will provide its first ERS 4000 simulator in Australia. The configuration includes 2 identical student stations with a separate instructor station


Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'

Ferry Isefjord: Photo credit Western Marine

A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of  modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route


Unseaworthy Tugboats Sneak Out of UK Port

Newlyn Harbour: Photo credit Geograph Elizabeth Scott CCL

Two tugboats detained in a Westcountry fishing port and condemned as unseaworthy slip out unseen, believed bound for Africa. An investigation has been launched after the sudden disappearance of the two 151-tonne former Ministry of Defence (MoD) "dog class" boats, which are now thought to be bound for Africa. The 70ft tugs – Juliette Pride 1 and 2 – had been tied up at Newlyn, in West Cornwall, after major defects were found by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard


Former Western Ferries Director Paid $5.7m

Ken Cadenhead, the former managing director of privately held Western Ferries, left his post last year with $5.7 million after the company bought his 22% stake, The Herald reported. The figure implies Western Ferries, which is locked in a battle with state-subsidized Caledonian-MacBrayne for the Dunoon-Gourock route, has built itself into a company worth $26 million with just one route on the Clyde. Around 10 ferry operators are awaiting tender documents, expected to be issued next month


Kleven Maritime to Build Six for Siem

Norwegian shipbuilding group Kleven Maritime AS won a $477m contract to build six ships for Siem Offshore, the companies announced. Kleven said the contract shared by its two western Norway yards was the largest in its history. The shipyards will deliver six, 292-ft. anchor handling tugboats during 2009 and 2010, with an option for six more in 2010. The ships will be capable of anchor handling as well as construction work for the offshore oil industry.


Austal Starts Navy Boats

Production has commenced for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Armidale Class patrol boats. To be built in Western Australia over a 42-month period, the 12 vessel fleet will act as the principal maritime patrol and response element of Australia’s National Civil Surveillance Program. Project partners Austal Ships and Defence Maritime Services (DMS) held a ceremony attended by Senator David Johnston, Senator for Western Australia, representing the Minister for Defence


Wärtsilä Acquires Maritime Service

Wärtsilä has acquired the Norwegian company Maritime Service AS, which specializes in ship service, mechanical and reconditioning services. Maritime Service has its operations in Ålesund, in More region on the west coast of Norway. Maritime Service is well-positioned within fishery segment and has promising business potential in the ferry and off-shore vessel businesses. The purchase of Maritime Service will strengthen Wärtsilä’s position and expand Wärtsilä’s service offering in More


Increased Oil Storage Plays: Analysis

Reported VLCC & Suezmax Fixtures into South Africa: Image courtesy of Poten & Partners

During the last few days, various articles in the oil and shipping press have hinted at the possibility that renewed contango in the oil markets could lead to increased storage plays after several Suezmaxes were fixed for discharge in Saldanha Bay, South Africa


Gazprom, Sovcomflot Expand LNG Transport Cooperation

Gazprom and Sovcomflot named the new state-of-the-art 170,000m³ liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC) Pskov, after one of the oldest Russian cities. The ship will be chartered to Gazprom Global LNG (GGLNG) under a long-term contract. The LNGC Pskov is the second vessel in a series of


RN Warship Intercepts Caribean Drug Smugglers

Drug confiscation: Photo MOD

Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has seized £21 million worth of cocaine after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean, informs the Ministry of Defence. Sailors then transferred the cocaine to a US Coast Guard vessel. After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted


East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that China has become the world's largest importer of oil, and energy more generally


Aecon Report Strong Q2 2014 Energy Sector Results

Aecon personnel at work: Photo courtesy of Aecon

Canada-based Aecon Group Inc. has reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights Revenue was $590 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $698 million for the same period of 2013


Port of Hueneme to Get US$400,000 Security Upgrade

Port of Hueneme: Photo courtesy of the Port

The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $400,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2014 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism


New Western Flank Oil Discovery at Balgowan-1

Map of PEL 91 including Balgowan-1 and Burners-1

  Drillsearch Energy Limited announced that a new oil discovery at the Balgowan-1 exploration well in PEL 91 on the Western Flank Oil Fairway of the Cooper Basin. Wireline logs carried out at Balgowan-1 have confirmed a 9-metre gross oil column in the McKinlay-Namur and as a result


First Grain Shipload Leaves ADM Brazil Port

Loading grain: Photo Geograph cr. Bob Jones

The first loaded vessel has departed Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) new export terminal in Barcarena, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará. ADM explains that the terminal is a significant addition to ADM’s expanding logistical network in Brazil


Statoil: Gudrun Officially Opened

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Statoil CEO Helge Lund were greeted by Gudrun platform manager Ole Martin Bakken. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg officially opened the Gudrun platform in the North Sea today, 19 August. This is the first new Statoil-operated platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) since Kristin in 2005. Gudrun is the first in a long line of new field developments operated by


BOEM to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi will open the Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sale 238 at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.


GoM Sale Yields $110m in High Bids

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, today’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the U.S


High Bids in Western GofM Lease Sale

Offshore rig fronting GoM map: File image

U.S. Government agency BOEM informs that Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted US$109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf offshore Texas. A total of 14 offshore energy companies submitted 93 bids.


Two-way Route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

Two-way route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

  The IMO-adopted ship routeing measure to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation and protect the region’s sensitive marine environment will come into effect at 0000 UTC on 1st December 2014. The two-way route aims to reduce the risk of collisions and groundings by


USCG Rescue Fisherman from Western Lake Erie

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  The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman from western Lake Erie after he launched an emergency distress flare Wednesday afternoon, near South Bass Island, Ohio. The Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the man rescued, and there is no Coast Guard imagery for this case.


Signet Tows Aircraft Carrier on Final Voyage

SOLAS Certified, ABS A1, 10,000 BHP, Signet Warhorse III en route to Newport Naval Shipyard to tow USS Saratoga to Brownsville, Texas.

The final voyage of aircraft carrier USS Saratoga begins today. From the Eastern Hemisphere to the Western Hemisphere, the USS Saratoga has made her mark around the globe, and served more than 38 years in the United States Navy. The carrier’s aircraft flew sorties in the Vietnam War






 
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