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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

Los Angeles Port Promotes Clean Energy Projects

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  The Port of Los Angeles has entered a long-term agreement with Hecate Energy Harborside LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hecate Energy LLC (HECATE), to build, operate, and maintain photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems (PV Systems) that will generate electricity at multiple site locations

San Pedro Bay Ports Update on CAAP

Ports of Los Angles and Long-Beach

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).   Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010

US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms

Interior to auction 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for wind energy development; 13 energy companies qualified to bid in lease sale   As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S

Ports of LA, Long Beach Update Clean Air Plan

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A joint community workshop involving environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will be held October 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).   Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina


  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review

India Mulls Exclusive Ports for Coastal Shipping

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 Indian Government is planning to establish low-cost Non-Major Ports along coastline under the Sagarmala project in an effort to boost coastal shipping and reduce wait times.   Currently due to the concerns over lack of berthing facilities at Ports ships in India are forced to spend 70

Australian Defence Unveils Indigenous Artwork

Anthony Walkers Song Cycle of the Seven Sisters is unveiled by Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky, Secretary for Defence Dennis Richardson and Elder of the Ngunnawal people, Aunty Agnes Shea

  Defence today unveiled an Indigenous painting at its Science and Technology headquarters in Canberra as a mark of respect for cultural diversity within the organisation.   The artwork, Song Cycle of the Seven Sisters, painted by award-winning Indigenous artist Anthony Walker

Port of New Orleans Goes Green

Photo: Green Marine

Green Marine, a North American environmental certification program for the marine, port and terminal industry, officially recognized the Port of New Orleans recently as a certified Green Port. The Port of New Orleans is the 8th U.S. Port to reach certification in the voluntary environmental

WOC Provides Industry Comments on U.S. NOP

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has submitted a paper synthesizing the common themes from industry comments on the U.S. National Ocean Policy (NOP). Initiated in 2010, the NOP calls for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal

NYK Recognized Parent-friendly Third Time On

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  NYK has been recognized as a parent-friendly company by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for a third consecutive term, previously receiving recognitions in 2007 and 2011. NYK was recognized for achieving the targets of its third action plan covering the four-year

CMRE at the Forefront of NATO’s Interoperability

CMRE participates in the annual NATO-led Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX), ongoing at the Joint Force Training Center (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz (Poland).   From June 9-25, 2015, NATO STO CMRE (Center for Maritime Research and

PSA International Ventures into South-Western China

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  PSA International (PSA) established itself as the first and only Global Terminal Operator in the Guangxi-Beibu Gulf region by signing a Joint Venture Agreement with Beibu Gulf Port Group (BPG) and Pacific International Lines (PIL) to operate a new container terminal in Qinzhou City

US Senators Want a Stop to Arctic Drilling

Photo: Greenpeace Finland

 Eighteen U. S. senators have urged the Obama’s administration to halt Shell’s Arctic drilling plans saying that it is an unacceptable and irresponsible decision, says a report in Reuters.   Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by seventeen other Senators

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