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Europe's Atlantic Action Plan Unveiled

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine & maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. The Atlantic area is home to numerous maritime activities. This includes both traditional activities, such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and shipping, as well as emerging ones such as offshore renewables and marine biotech. Individually, the Atlantic Member States (Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) are doing a lot in each of these areas and some have adopted their own respective maritime strategies. The Action Plan now encourages the Member States to work together: to share information, costs, results and best practices, as well as generating ideas for further areas of cooperation. The Action Plan considers responses to the challenges of delivering growth, reducing the carbon footprint, sustainable use of the sea's natural resources, responding effectively to threats and emergencies and implementing an "ecosystem" management approach in Atlantic waters. It contains four overarching priorities:


Great Lakes Restoration Plan Announced

Gina McCarthy: Photo EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informs that Administrator Gina McCarthy has released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the world. McCarthy, who chairs the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, released the plan at a meeting of Great Lakes Mayors in Chicago


Canada Announces Harbor Investments

The Harper Government invests in Mamainse and Kinoosao Harbors Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse Harbor. The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall.


Long Beach Port Improves Air Quality

2014 Air Emissions Inventory

  The Port of Long Beach has surpassed every air pollution reduction milestone set for 2014 by the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, according to an analysis released today. An annual, comprehensive inventory of port-related air pollution emissions in 2014 found the Port’s efforts to reduce pollution have cut diesel particulates by 85 percent since 2005, surpassing the CAAP goal for 2014 of a 72 percent reduction


Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Approves 2013 Budgets

2013 budgets approval reflects strong financial performance & commitment to investments tied to its Strategic Action Plan. In 2013, the Port intends to continue improving its business lines by attracting more projects to its Foreign-Trade Zone and development finance programs, and strategically enhancing the financial performance of the maritime operation. As a result, operating revenues are expected to increase 18 percent next year


CMA CGM Holds Firm in Difficult Environment

 Volumes carried rose by 10% year-on-year to 2,604 million teus in the third quarter of 2011, confirming that CMA CGM is benefiting from the size and modern technology of its ships. Over the first nine months of the year, volumes carried were up by 9.4%, for a total of 7.42 million teus. Consolidated revenue stood at $3,856 million for the quarter, up 2.8% over the prior-year period, and at $11,086 million for the first nine months, up 5.2% year-on-year


New Training Alliance for Chartworld

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MSG MarineServe, Safebridge and ChartWorld ECDIS training alliance. ChartWorld International has selected MSG MarineServe GmbH, its sister company Safebridge GmbH and the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) as its official training partner for the new ChartWorld eSeries, a “ECDIS as a Service” concept. MSG Marine and Safebridge will provide a complete eSeries training package, which encompasses both generic and type-specific training using a combination of traditional class based


EMSA's LNG Bunkering Study Now Online

EMSA’s commissioned study on standards & rules for bunkering gas-fuelled ships has now been published on its website. The study (carried out by Germanischer Lloyd) contains a comprehensive overview of the regulatory framework for the bunkering of gas-fuelled ships including identified gaps. All relevant existing international and European rules with a possible impact on LNG bunkering have been described in detail


Bourbon Sells First Nine Vessels of “Transforming for Beyond” Plan

Following the transfer of ownership of the first nine vessels to the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing (ICBCL) as part of a 51 vessel sale and bareboat commitment and the payment of $144 million, Bourbon announced that the 10‐year bareboat charter period of those nine vessels by Bourbon will commence today. As announced last week, the transfer of the remaining 15 vessels currently under operation is expected to be completed within two months and the transfer of the 27 vessels under


Refueling Down Under

The conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) receives fuel during a replenishment at sea from the Royal Australian Navy auxiliary oiler replenishment ship HMAS Success (AOR 304). The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) trail astern. Kitty Hawk is currently operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia's Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005


Jelenić Joins Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Thomas A. Jelenić (Photo: Pacific Merchant Shipping Association)

Maritime environmental and logistics industry expert Thomas A. Jelenić joins Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) as Vice President, the trade association announced today. Jelenić will work in PMSA’s Long Beach office as of June 13, 2016.  


US Navy Asks Lockheed to Fix Littoral Combat Ships Issues

U.S. Navy photo by Timothy Schumaker

The U.S. Navy has sent Lockheed Martin Corp three requests to correct problems, including propulsion-related issues, with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program dating back to May of last year, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.   The ships were originally designed as a small


BOEM Approves Virginia’s Offshore Wind Research

Plan makes way for first wind energy research facility in federal waters   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its approval of the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S


Danish Registry's Tonnage Rise Despite Challenges

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

2015 was another busy year for the Danish Maritime Authority in which many results were achieved – covering a wide span from growth to safety. This is evident from the annual report of the Danish Maritime Authority, which has just been published.


Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions - Update

Mississippi River Photo DNR

  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and


Denmark Tightens Sulphur Emissions Rules

File photo: Scandlines

A new action plan published today by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to strengthen enforcement of regulations on ships' sulphur emissions in both Denmark and the SECA countries for 2016 onward.  


ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.  


India Bullish on Maritime Industry

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping. Pic: nitingadkari.org

 For the development of maritime sector in the country, India has rolled out some important projects and signed MoUs, asscording to the Ministry of Shipping.   India signed an MoU with Iran for developing Chahbahar Port. An SPV, Indian Ports Global Ltd has been formed with equity


Coast Guard Closes Portion of Upper Mississippi

File Image: A barge fleeting area on the Mississippi River (WCI)

The Coast Guard yesterday has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile markers 184 to 179, due to hazardous condition on the river near St. Louis. Capt. Martin Malloy, Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port


IACS Council Establishes Cyber Panel

(From Left to Right) Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay (Vice Chairman IACS and Executive Vice President of Marine and Offshore at BV) Mr. Koji Sekimizu (Secretary-General of IMO) Mr. Christopher Wiernicki (Chairman of the IACS and Chairman, President and CEO of ABS) Dr. Sun Licheng (Vice Chairman of the IACS and Chairman and President of China Classification Society).

  The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has created a Cyber Panel to lend support and resources to address what has become a key industry issue. IACS panels represent the top tier of the Association's issue-specific bodies


BSEE to Perform Risk-based Inspections

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has launched a pilot Risk-Based Inspection Program in an effort to improve its focus on offshore oil and gas facilities that exhibit a number of distinguishing risk factors.   According to BSEE


More "Green" Ships Call at Antwerp Port

Environmental Ship Index ESI Courtesy WPCI

  The number of environment-friendly seagoing ships calling at the port of Antwerp is increasing year by year, according to the results of the Environment Ship Index (ESI) introduced in Antwerp in 2011. This index enables ports to grant a discount on port dues for ships that make a


DNV GL Offers Barrier Management Solution

With the latest release of the QHSE software solution Synergi Life, DNV GL offers a new Barrier Management module with an integrated system of live bowties and barrier dashboards, for updates and monitoring. The holistic approach offers a unique way of collecting and consolidating information


ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  


NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease






 
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