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Global AIS: Genscape Spots Alaskan Crude Export VLCC

VLCC Polar Discover: Photo courtesy of Genscape

No Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Genscape Vesseltracker monitoring data showed that a cargo of Alaskan North Slope crude was loaded Sept. 26 at the Alaskan port of Valdez for delivery into the South Korean refining center of Yeosu, says a Genscape blog post. The U.S.-flagged tanker, Polar Discovery, is reported to have sailed from the ANS export terminal at Valdez, Alaska, for east Asia. Yeosu is home to a GS Caltex-operated 775,000 bpd refinery, the world’s fourth largest. The Polar Discovery is expected to arrive at Yeosu on October 10, according to Vesseltracker. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, no Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Overseas exports of ANS are permitted by U.S. federal law. ConocoPhillips confirmed to Genscape on Sept. 29 that it had entered into a sales agreement to export a cargo of ANS crude to Asia during Q4 2014. According to a ConocoPhillips official, the company is “entering into this transaction because during the trading period for this volume, bids from Asian customers were higher than bids from U.S. West Coast customers. At that point we calculated we could achieve a higher realized price for the crude oil after all incremental costs were taken into account.”


NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel laying ceremony for the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built under contract. Robert McRae, BP’s NASSCO Site Team Manager, welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction. On the day of the ceremony, NASSCO erected the first structural block of the Alaskan Frontier.


U.S. Must Answer Russia's Challenge In The Arctic - Treadwell

Mead Treadwell

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Arctic expansionism is a challenge the U.S. must answer with icebreakers, ports, and territorial claims of our own, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said today. Treadwell spoke this morning at the 34th Annual U.S.-Russia Forum in Washington, DC, on a panel focusing on foreign policy issues between the two nations.   Speaking just after Russia's Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, kicked off the program on foreign policy issues between the two nations


NASSCO, BP Hold Naming Ceremony

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO, www.nassco.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has joined BP p.l.c. in naming the Alaskan Explorer, the second of four Alaska-class double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. Maureen Hayward, spouse of Tony Hayward, Group Chief Executive of Exploration and Production for BP, was the ship's sponsor, officially naming the Alaskan Explorer and striking a ceremonial bottle of champagne across the ship's


UAF Arctic Research Vessel to be Built

Image courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

More than three decades ago, marine scientists in the United States first identified the need for a research vessel capable of bringing scientists to Alaska’s icy northern waters. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced its intent to award a $123m contract that will meet that need. The university has selected Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wis. to build the 254-ft Alaska Region Research Vessel.


Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today. The newly published Greenpeace briefing “Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations” outlines how a culture of overfishing


America's Top Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis

Top US Fishing Ports in 2012: Image credit Port of New Bedford

The Port of New Bedford says it has released its 6-pronged plan to revive its historic groundfishery and modernize the port. Details as follows: According to the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission’s (HDC) "Groundfish Port Recovery and Revitalization Plan for the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven," the region’s groundfish fishery stands to improve if fisheries scientists and managers apply similar video survey technology as that which helped revive the


Indonesia to Develop Maritime ‘Technoparks’

Image by Marintec Indonesia

 The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has announced plans to develop five maritime technology parks to improve fisheries-based business in Indonesia, says The Jakarta Globe.   The areas set for development — dubbed Technoparks for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, or TPKP — have been announced as the Natuna Islands in Riau Islands province; Simeulue district in Aceh; Sangihedi Islands district in North Sulawesi; Western Southeast Maluku district in


Totem Enters Into Agreement With NASSCO

Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) of Anchorage, Alaska, has come to an agreement with National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) for the construction of two RoRo vessels for its Alaska service. Measuring 839 ft. (255.7 m), the vessels are scheduled for delivery during late 2002. According to Robert P. Magee, TOTE's president and CEO, "This $300 million private investment will further commitment to Alaskans well into the next century by enhancing Alaskan job opportunities on our vessels


Coast Guard Seek Input on Ocean Guardian

The Coast Guard will hold listening sessions around the country beginning the end of March seeking input from all sectors of the fishing industry on its fisheries law enforcement strategy, especially as it relates to current fisheries trends and future challenges. At the listening sessions, the Coast Guard will discuss its fisheries strategic plan, known as Ocean Guardian, which outlines the Coast Guard’s strategy for effective and professional fisheries law enforcement


Busan LNG Bunkering Terminal by 2020

Photo Source: Busan New Container Terminal

 A new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering terminal may become operational at South Korea's Busan New Port by 2020.    South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping will reportedly invest $500 million (KRW 600 billion) to construct the facility.  


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


USCG Aid Disabled Fishing Boat Off Nantucket

The scallop fishing vessel Chaz’s Toy

  Crews aboard two Coast Guard cutters brought an 83-foot fishing vessel safely to anchorage at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday. Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District Command Center, were notified at 11:30 a.m. Saturday that the scallop fishing vessel Chaz’s Toy lost


Shipping Rules to Protect Arctic Ocean

Photo: Friends of the Earth U.S.

 Clear and consistent rules that enhance maritime safety and best preserve what is important to Alaskans will benefit the entire Arctic region now and far into the future, reports ADN.   Experts forecast that the volume of cargo coming through that route is likely to increase from 1


NOIA Praises US Approval for Shell Arctic Drilling

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued a statement offering his praise of Royal Dutch Shell’s revised Application to Drill in the Chukchi Sea.   The Interior Department granted Shell final approval to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi


Obama to Visit Arctic

Photo: Official Facebook Page of Obama

 President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century".   He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic


Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  


Washington State Ferries Adds Extra Trips

Preseason game against the Denver Broncos

  Friday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos marks the start of football fans’ ferry travel season. To manage the influx of people, Washington State Ferries will provide additional ferry sailings leaving Bremerton at 10:15 p.m. and leaving Seattle at 11:30 p.m.


Indonesian Navy Busts Thai Cargo Ship

Silver Sea 2. Photo by The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

 The Indonesian fisheries minister says a massive refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish has been seized by the navy and brought to shore after an Associated Press report alerted authorities about its presence in the country's waters.  


China Completes Unmanned Ships R&D Project

A research project examining the potential use of unmanned maritime vessels has received unanimous approval from Acceptance Expert Group on July 31, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) reported.   The project, entitled Unmanned Multifunctional Maritime Ships Research and


Fishermen's Messaging Service Saves Lives, Boosts Income in East India

A fisherman's son and now a fisherman himself, Kulamani Tarai knows all too well that while the sea has provided sustenance to his family for generations, it can also be a cruel and deadly place.   Every morning, when he leaves his mud-and-thatch home on India's east coast to venture out on


Harper Government Invests in Naufrage Harbor

Naufrage Harbor

  The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today an investment to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at Naufrage Harbor, Prince Edward Island.  This funding will be used to replace a section of an existing deteriorated wharf with a new


Thordon Bearings Secures AK Ferry Contract

A Thordon COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing (image: Thordon)

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for


Iceland Left out of Arctic Fishing Accord

Iceland left out

  Iceland was not involved in the creation of the new joint cooperation agreement on fishing in the Arctic Ocean, and insists it should be included. The five nations involved in the agreements since 2008 all have coastal boundaries with the Arctic Ocean






 
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