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AAPA Applauds Vote on WRDA

After a successful floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today to approve passage of a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorization bill, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President/CEO Kurt Nagle applauded committee and subcommittee leaders for championing the legislation, noting that this is a prelude to conference and final passage of one of the most critically-needed authorization bills of this session. “America’s ports depend upon a regular, biennial cycle of new project authorizations to improve federal navigation channels to accommodate calls from a modern world fleet of deep-draft ships,” remarked Nagle. “This bill is critical to maintaining America’s position as a dominate world trading partner and ports as engines of the nation’s economic growth.” Nagle said that AAPA and its U.S. member ports “are very appreciative” of the support provided by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Don Young (R-AK) and Ranking Member James Oberstar (D-MN), along with Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chair John Duncan (R-TN) and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). The last WRDA bill was signed into law in 2000. In the intervening half-decade, as demand for critical water resources projects has accumulated, so have the costs to implement them, making it more difficult to secure passage of a new WRDA.


Senate Passes CG Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2004. Negotiations can now commence to resolve differences between this bill and the version adopted by the House of Representatives some time ago. The major difference between the two bills regards security plans for foreign vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The House bill would, in accordance with language in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA)


Naval shipbuilding gets booster shot in legislative chambers

The Conferees on the Defense Authorization Bill, S.1059, for fiscal year 2000 wrapped up their conference after providing "Extended Lease" authority of 20 years or more to the Secretary of the Navy for the services of non-combatant ships, and rejecting an attempt by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to repeal the three-year waiting period before foreign-built ships are eligible to carry preference cargo. The House Armed Services Committee has been working for three years to provide the Secretary of


Taylor: Base Closures "Bone-Headed"

Congressman Gene Taylor declared Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's list of recommended base realignments and closures as "yet another bone-headed decision." "Back in February 2001, Rumsfeld announced his intention to hold a round of base closures. February 2001 was a whole different world than the one we're in now," said Taylor. "On September 11th, 2001, we were attacked. Since then, we've gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We've declared a global war on terrorism


Congressional Maritime Legislative Initiatives In 2000

The year 2000 has enjoyed special significance as a transition year bridging two centuries. Similarly it has significance with U.S. lawmakers for the Second Session of the 106th Congress. As the last year of the currently elected Congress, this year anticipates action on a series of pending legislative measures and yet to be introduced proposals affecting the maritime industry. Specifically tax-related legislation and maritime policy-related legislation could be addressed.


Hollings Secures $29.5 Million for Port

U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings announced today that he has secured a total of $29.5 million for port security efforts at the Port of Charleston as part of the fiscal year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The funding is directed to Charleston's Project Seahawk, the nation's first port security command and control center and a project Hollings helped create. The Omnibus spending measure, approved by the Senate Thursday, encompasses the 7 appropriations bills that have yet to be approved


Maritime Transportation Anti-Terrorism Act Of 2002 Approved By House

Bipartisan legislation that establishes a comprehensive national system to increase anti-terrorism security at U.S. ports and waterways was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 4. “The Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002” (H.R. 3983) was approved by a voice vote. The legislation was introduced by the bipartisan leadership of the Transportation Committee, including: - Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee


Hydro's Board Seeks Share Buyback

The Board of Norsk Hydro ASA will at the company's Annual General Meeting May 11, 2004, ask for authorization to buy back shares. Under this authorization, the Board may buy up to 2,808,810 of the company's own shares in the market, over the 18 months period commencing May 12, 2004. Each share may be purchased at prices ranging from NOK 200 to NOK 700 per share. The Board will at a subsequent General Meeting propose to cancel the purchased shares


Moore Stephens & Clyde & Co Set Up Insurance Intermediary Consultancy

Insurance accountant and consultant Moore Stephens has joined with international law firm Clyde & Co to provide specialist advice to intermediaries on all aspects of the authorization process and on continuing compliance with FSA requirements. The rigorous FSA regime comes into effect on January 15, 2005. Intermediaries have until July 14 this year to submit their completed registration packs to the FSA. The new rules are not voluntary


ClassNK Registers First US-flagged Ship

Photo: ClassNKs first U.S. flag vessel.

Global classification society ClassNK  announced that ClassNK has classed its first United States-flagged ship. The vessel, newly named MT SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, LLC (SLNC), is classified as an oil tanker and chemical tanker with IMO type II & III, and will be operating in the U.S.-flag cargo preference service. Russell Paret, President of SLNC said, "We are very pleased to be working with ClassNK as they have been knowledgeable and diligent in


House Introduces Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the House introduction of critical vessel discharge legislation yesterday, praising the leadership of sponsors Duncan Hunter (R-Calif


Is the US Prepared to Protect Its Arctic Interests?

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The answer to this question is a resounding “no.” The U.S. is not prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic over the next decade. The primary legal regime that is being relied upon by all members of the Arctic fraternity, the Law of the Sea Convention


The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – A Silent Giant No More

Jim Stark

The recent enactment of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) has brought a sense of optimism to inland waterways mariners, operators and industries across the nation.   Our inland waterways are poised for success


ClassNK Gets Authorization from Canadian Flag

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President, ClassNK

  Leading classification society ClassNK has received authorization from Transport Canada to carry out statutory surveys on Canadian-flagged vessels on behalf of the Government of Canada. ClassNK has maintained a presence in Canada since the establishment of its Vancouver Office in 1995


Messer's CEO Norville Announces Retirement

Bill Heller (left), new President and CEO of Messer Cutting Systems; and retiring President and CEO Gary Norville. In the Background is Messer’s Titan III Cutting Machine

Bill Heller to assume the position as Messer Cuttings Systems’ President and CEO Gary Norville started at Messer Cuttings Systems Inc. in September 1980 selling and installing cutting machines. Norville worked in many different departments during his career with Messer


Jinhai Heavy Industry Secures Another Invention Patent

Invention Patent for Jinhai Heavy Industry

  Jinhai Heavy Industry of China has received patent rights for its large ship superstructure hoisting method after a state intellectual property review. The patent rights is for twenty years. The invention patent of large ship superstructure assembly method


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Accepts Shares Tendered

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  Reference is made to the open market partial tender offer for up to 650,000 shares of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced on 7 August 2014.   Pursuant to the offer, only a limited number of shares were tendered to the company


Greece Secures Aid Tranche after Passing Reforms

Euro zone countries have approved the disbursement of a 1 billion euro tranche of aid to Greece after it passed a series of reforms to qualify for the money, the Greek government said on Wednesday. The decision came after lawmakers passed a bill last week to merge public sector pension funds


Boskalis to Launch Share Buyback Program

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces the start of its share buyback program. Within the framework and based on the principles of its business plan for the 2014-2016 period Boskalis intends to execute a buyback program for up to 10 million of its own shares


USCG Issues Interim OSV Cargo Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.


Reflex Marine to Bring FROG-6 into Mexico

L-R: Víctor Manuel Santillana Santos, GINEMEX administrative director; Isaias Roberto Santillana JuÁrez, GINEMEX general director; and Luis Fernando López Martínez, GINEMEX commercial and project manager

Reflex Marine has been granted approval by the Mexican Merchant Marines to sell its crane transfer device, the FROG-6, in Mexico. The certification is a result of Reflex Marine working with the Mexican government’s testing agency, the Centro de Normalizacion y Certificacion de Productos


Oil Train Regulation Passes in California

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   California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state's Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from


US Shippers Seek Role in LNG, Oil Exports

Congressman Hunter

The U.S. government should ensure that international trade of U.S. natural gas, and potentially crude oil, will offer opportunities for the domestic shipping industry, maritime groups said on Wednesday. Booming shale gas production has put the United States on track to become a major exporter


New USCG Rule for Lifesaving Devices

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published a final rule aligning its regulations with the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act. Before 2010, certain uninspected commercial vessels including barges and sailing vessels fell outside the scope of the statute requiring the Coast Guard to regulate lifesaving


Vessel Discharge Legislation Awaits Congressional Nod

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  The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the House introduction of critical vessel discharge legislation yesterday, praising the leadership of sponsors Duncan Hunter (R-CA)






 
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