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ARRA Funds for Cleaner Diesel in Port of Houston

EPA is awarding $9m in Recovery Act funds to support the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program in the Houston-Galveston area. The Recovery Act grant will spur innovative clean diesel projects that protect air quality and create and retain jobs through an innovative financing program that will promote the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment at the Port of Houston. The Recovery Act funds will work to reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year. “Recovery Act dollars will help the Port better protect air quality and the health of nearby communities,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “Investing in clean diesel puts people to work and keeps them working, which helps our economy and our environment.” Overall, the Recovery Act allotted $300m for the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC). President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) on February 17, 2009 and directed that the Recovery Act funds be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. For information on EPA’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, visit: http://www.epa


Clean Diesel Projects – EPA Grants Available

US$ 20 million available from US Environmental Protection Agency to establish clean diesel projects, including marine diesels The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing harmful pollution from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines and improving air quality and Americans' health


Diesel Forum Launches New Website

The Diesel Technology Forum today launched a new Web site focusing on clean diesel solutions to reduce emissions from existing diesel engines according to Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer. “This unique site is geared toward key stakeholders including trucking and transit bus fleet owners and operators, equipment operators, government officials, the media and general public,” stated Schaeffer. “Our goal is to provide basic program information and real-life examples of success


EPA Grants for Diesel Tech

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 9 and 10 have announced a regional competition through the West Coast Collaborative, for more than $5 million to deploy verified or certified clean diesel technologies. The EPA is encouraging all qualified applicants to submit proposals for funding now. It’s part of an initiative to significantly reduce diesel emissions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Pacific Islands.


EPA Report Highlights Benefits of Emissions Reduction Program

More than 50,000 older diesel powered engines were upgraded or replaced between 2008 to 2010 because of Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding which resulted in major clean air benefits and fuel savings, according a new report issued today - the “Second Report to Congress: Highlights of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The results outlined in this report demonstrate that the clean diesel retrofit program (DERA) is


EPA Offers Up to $9 Million for Emission Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects to reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program has significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel


NRDC Says Ports Are Largest Urban Polluters

Ten major ports get environmental grades from "B-" to "F"; Los Angeles and Long Beach earn unsatisfactory "C" grades U.S. seaports are the largest and most poorly regulated sources of urban pollution in the country, according to a report released by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Coalition for Clean Air. Harboring Pollution: The Dirty Truth about U.S. Ports grades the ten biggest seaports for their impact on air and water quality, land use, and nearby communities.


Port of Pittsburgh Applies for ARRA Grant

The commonwealth has applied for a $1.5 million Clean Diesel Emerging Technology grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade two marine diesel engines in the Pittsburgh area, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced. "Diesel engines play important roles in our everyday lives, but old, inefficient engines are major sources of air pollution that make it difficult for many people to breathe," Governor Rendell said


GLMRI Awarded $750,000 Clean Diesel Grant

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) has been awarded a $750,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Grant to help reduce air emissions from a 1,000-ft Great Lakes ore carrier.  Dr. Richard Stewart, GLMRI co-director, said the grant enables Key Lakes I, Inc., a Great Lakes vessel operator to repower the M/V Edwin H. Gott during the year-long project


Qatar Champions LNG as Cleaner Marine Fuel

Nakilat, Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited will convert a Q-Max vessel as a pilot project making it capable of running on LNG and reducing the ship’s exhaust gas and greenhouse gas emissions. Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.


Bioremediation Goes Mainstream

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A reliable solution for response and prevention that can save money, time and regulatory aggravation is here. The threat of oil pollution has long been a problem in the shipping community. You don’t have to look too far to review the myriad of oil spills that have plagued the industry


Agreement Reached on Hong Kong Pellet Spill

A volunteer collects plastic pellets washed up on a bank of Lamma Island during a cleanup operation in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Regarding the massive spill of polypropylene plastic pellets into the Hong Kong waters from a cargo ship during typhoon Vicente in July 2012, and following active negotiations amongst the parties concerned, a Hong Kong Marine Department spokesperson said a settlement agreement was reached for a


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.


USCG: Deepwater Horizon Response is Far from Complete

Discoverer Enterprise arrives to install the capping equipment - July 2010 (Photo: BP)

The U.S. Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) for the Deepwater Horizon Response completed the transition to the “Middle Response” (“Middle R”) process and opened active National Response Center (NRC) cases for three miles of coastline in Louisiana.


Wärtsilä Launches Inline Scrubber System

Image courtesy Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä said its new inline scrubber system is designed to offer notable benefits over conventional exhaust gas cleaning systems, and its compact form saves considerable space, which is particularly important in smaller vessels and when being retrofitted


EBDG LNG Bunker Barge Gains ABS Approval

Image: Elliott Bay Design Group

On February 27, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in New Orleans and Ketchikan, obtained approval in principle (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of a 2


Diesel-Electric Propulsion for Offshore

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Images of the Bravante courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding, the genet on truck is courtesy of Cummins Mid-South Long reserved for specialized applications such as icebreakers, diesel electric has enjoyed a rapid growth for marine propulsion in the past decade


Continental Refining Expands Diesel Offering

Photo: Continental Refining Company

Continental Refining Company Now Processing Low Sulfur Marine Diesel T90-700 and Completes Upgrades to Receive Transmix for Finished 500ppm LM Diesel Fuel Production; CRC Expands with Two New Niche Market Product Offerings that Serve Marine Users and Help to Prevent Bottlenecks in the U.S


High-Tech Fishing Vessel Delivered with MAN Propulsion

Fishing vessel Herøyhav: Photo courtesy of MAN

Norwegian company Herøyhav AS has taken delivery of a 69.95-m trawler/purse seiner from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, equipped with a propulsion package supplied comprising a MAN 9L27/38 engine and a two-speed reduction gear that drives a MAN Alpha 4,200 mm diam. ducted propeller


Latest DoD Contracts: Drydocking & Dredging

USNS Laramie: USN Photo

Amongst the latest US Department of Defense listing, Detyens Shipyards has been awarded the dry-docking contract for Navy oiler USNS Laramie, and Mansen Construction has been awarded a US West Coast dredging contract. Details as follows: Ship repair contract


MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct


BP Whiting Oil Spill: Latest Update

Clean-up operations: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard informs that weather conditions improved overnight enabling clean up operations and assessment activities to progress near the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. High winds and heavy surf created unsafe conditions for contractors and assessment team personnel both


MR Tankship Market Analysis: Second-Hand Price-Rise Outstrips Newbuild

MR2 Tanker Values: Image McQuilling Services

In their latest analysis, shipbrokers & marine transport consultants, McQuilling Services, in their latest analysis discuss observations, current and historical, for the clean tanker market, specifically MR tankers. The report concludes that they believe the current MR secondhand asset market


Five Cat Engines to Power World’s First LNG-Hybrid Barge

Caterpillar Marine announced the first shipment of Cat 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge


Update: Response Efforts Continue on South Matagorda Island

Photo courtesy of Texas City Y Response

Effective shoreline clean-up efforts are on-going, Saturday, along Mustang, South Matagorda and North Padre islands in response to the Texas City oil spill. As of sunset Friday, response workers have removed a total of 200,775 pounds of oiled sand and oiled debris from the shorelines of Mustang


 
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