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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.


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


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


Fairweather LLC Names Davey GM

Lori Davey

Fairweather, LLC has announced the appointment of Lori Davey as the company’s new general manager. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation


BP Amoco and ARCO Prepare for Litigation

Following the decision of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed combination of BP Amoco and ARCO, the two companies reaffirmed their intention to pursue the issue in court. The companies said in a joint statement: "We are surprised and disappointed the FTC has rejected all efforts for a positive resolution. We have consistently been open to improvement of our original proposal. We have addressed the concerns of the State of Alaska


Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage


NOAA’s National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy Opposed

Implementation Plan

  Recently, NOAA Fisheries released the implementation plan to support the latest National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy. The policy, announced at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show in February, was developed with input from recreational fishing and boating communities


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.  


Fairweather Recognized for Safety & Health

Fairweather Safety Manager Gordon Randall is presented the 2015 Everett Award by Commissioner of Alaska  Department

  Fairweather, LLC was a presenter at the recent 2015 Alaska Governor's Safety & Health Conference, addressing relevant health, safety and environment (HSE) topics and earning two significant HSE achievement awards. The conference, hosted by the Alaska Safety Advisory Council


Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

  A partnership between Canadian government and private industry today unveiled high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845


S.Korea to Pay $380,000 to Ferry Victims Families

The South Korean government said on Wednesday it would pay about 420 million won ($380,000) as compensation for each of the 250 students who died or remain missing from last year's ferry disaster, in the first settlement offer to victims' families.


Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somali Piracy

Somali officials say foreign ships plundering fish stocks; Somali piracy greatly reduced due to security measures. A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned


USA Urged Not to Delay Arctic Drilling

Arctic drilling: Pic by Greenpeace

 The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, reports AP.   The US Arctic potentially contains enough oil and gas to allow it to be a significant contributor


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


Damen Refits Fisheries Research Vessel

Photo: Damen

Tridens joins select group of vessels installed with ‘drop keel’ echosounder technology     Last week, the Dutch governmental shipping company Rijksrederij (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment


Indonesia Restricts Foreign Vessels to Spur Local Shipbuilding

Susi Pudjiastuti: Ministry of Marine and Fisheries

 Indonesia will begin restricting foreign vessels transporting domestic aquaculture products in Indonesian waters to encourage growth for domestic shipbuilders from next year.   The stricter fishing laws would spell the end of foreign fishing vessels plying Indonesian waters


Aker Delivers Tanker to SeaRiver Maritime

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers Second Aframax Tanker, Eagle Bay

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has delivered its second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The 820 foot long, 115,000 deadweight ton tanker was delivered within the timeframe most recently reported by AKPS and will


USCG Aids Fishing Boat Taking on Water

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew assisted the crew of the fishing vessel Alaskan Pride after they began taking on water in Izhut Bay near Kodiak Island, Alaska, Thursday.   The Jayhawk crew lowered a dewatering pump to the crew of the fishing vessel


Aleutian Islands Gets Shipping Protection Zone

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved protective buffer zones (“Areas to be Avoided”) around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, approximately 10 years after a shipping disaster occurred off its coasts. In December 2004






 
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