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Arctic Patrol Ships to be Ordered

A federal cabinet committee has okayed a plan to build six corvette-sized Arctic patrol vessels, according to a report by The Canadian Press and posted on www.canada.com. The committee approved the plan to build the 100-m, 6,000-ton, according to several sources, The Canadia Press reported. It is anticipated that the ships – which will start construction following a two-year period in which the shipbuilding project will be planned – will cost about $300m per ship.


House Judiciary Committee Approves FY 2008 Coast Guard Bill

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2008 authorization bill for the U.S. Coast Guard. The legislation has already cleared the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Prior to final approval, the Judiciary Committee added language strengthening the Coast Guard’s ability to combat maritime smugglers of illegal immigrants and would rachet up security at ports and liquefied natural gas facilities


"Cruise-to-Nowhere"Legislation Sees Mixed Results

House Bill (H.B.) 19, in North Carolina, was passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill prohibits "cruises to nowhere" and regulates other offshore gaming operations the state doesn't have the authority to ban outright. Vessels that embark and disembark passengers in North Carolina, but make an intervening stop in a neighboring state, would be regulated under the bill. To be considered to have made an intervening stop, a vessel would have to dock at a port in another state


Oil Spill Bill Forwarded

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the Oil Spill Prevention Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that aims to make ships safer and assess and improve vessel tracking procedures.Boxer said, “Californians know all too well the devastation an oil spill can cause to our waters, wildlife and our communities.  Just last fall, 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel poured into the San Francisco Bay after the Cosco


WRDA Passage to End Lakes Dredging Crisis

The end of the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper.  Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be used to dredge the


Carnival Pays Quarterly Dividend, Appoints New Director

Carnival Cruise Liner: Photo credit Wiki CCL Rapidfire

Carnival Corporation appoints new non-exec director to serve on health, environment, safety & security committees At the annual shareholders meeting of Carnival Corporation & plc  held in Miami Beach, Fla., shareholders elected a new member to the company's board of directors – Debra Kelly-Ennis, president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, Inc.  Kelly-Ennis will serve in a non-executive capacity on Carnival Corporation & plc's 14-member board


IMO Conference Addresses Oil Pollution Compensation

A third tier of compensation for oil pollution incidents from tankers, to supplement compensation currently available under IMO's Civil Liability and Fund Conventions, is set to be adopted at an international conference to be held at IMO Headquarters from 12-16 May 2003. The International Conference on the Establishment of a Supplementary Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage is expected to adopt a Protocol to the


Nominations Approved

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved a number of nominations, including Ellen Engleman to be a Member and Chairman of the NTSB, Richard Healing and Mark Rosenker to be Members of the NTSB, Jeffrey Shane to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, and Emil Frankel to be Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. Source: HK Law


Iran Sanction Proposal Targets Oil Companies, Tanker Fleet

A U.S. proposal to sanction Iran’s state-owned oil company and its main tanker fleet may ensnare any person or business in the world involved in purchasing or shipping Iranian oil, according to a report from Bloomberg. Pressure is mounting on Iran’s nuclear program, as the prospect of an attack from Israel grows beyond rhetoric. In turn, the pressure is rising to force Iran to back down. The Senate Banking Committee unanimously adopted a measure Feb


IMO Approve New Safety Regulations for Polar Navigation

Arctic Navigation: Image DMA

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) informs that the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding


IMO Steps Up Safety in Polar Waters

IMO adopts a new set of regulations on navigation in polar waters now in force

  United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted global, binding regulations to enhance safety of navigation in polar waters. After several years’ intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today adopted a new set of regulations on


Overwhelming Support for ‘Hit the HMT Target!’

Habor Maintenance underway at Port of Long Beach

Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) applauded a “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations that was signed by 22 senators, urging appropriators to meet the dredging funding commitments made in the 2014 Water Resources


What’s All the Noise at IMO?

Michael Bahtiarian

Shipping may think they hear the sound of new regulations as they are slammed onto their desks.  What is all the noise concerning noise at IMO?  This may very well be the question from ship owners, operators and builders closely following activities at the International Maritime


MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments

SOLAS amendments to make IGF Code mandatory approved by Maritime Safety Committee   The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014


IMO’s MEPC Addresses BWM Convention Issues

Sampling to check for invasive species​ in Batumi, Georgia. The resolutions adopted by the MEPC address type-approval of ballast water management systems and port State control. (Phot: Fred Haag/IMO)

IMO’s environmental committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force Measures to assist in accelerating the entry into force and implementation of the key international convention designed to eradicate the global spread of harmful


Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention was one of the agenda items at last week’s IMO meeting.

  The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). At last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment


MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The MEPC approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates for greenhouse gas emissions from ships. (Photo courtesy of the IMO)

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London. Third IMO GHG Study 2014 approved The MEPC approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates


General Dynamics is Link Govt-level Security to Consumer Smartphone

GD Protected Samsung KNOX Smartphones

  General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOX™-enabled Galaxy S® 4 smartphones provisioned with added


Capuco is Chief Naval Architect of Gibbs & Cox

Benedict Capuco, Vice President, Platform Solutins Group at Gibbs & Cox.

  Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Mr. Benedict P. Capuco as Chief Naval Architect.  In this role, Capuco will provide corporate leadership to the company's naval architecture and marine engineering


Malgrain Named Executive VP of Bourbon

Photo courtesy of Bourbon

Nicolas Malgrain appointed executive vice president of Bourbon; joins group’s executive committee At a meeting on November 4, Bourbon’s board of directors appointed Nicolas Malgrain as executive vice president effective December 1, 2014


Testing US Oil Export Ban Carries Risks

Companies eager to export U.S. oil face fines and other risks if they stray from government-approved practices, trade lawyers said this week, but the challenge is figuring out what the government allows because its rulings have so far been private.


Senate Panel Ponders Expedited LNG Export Reviews

Senator John Hoeven

U.S. lawmakers on the Senate Energy Committee will vote on a bill this week aimed at speeding up the Department of Energy's review of liquefied natural gas export applications. The panel will weigh a bill introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Republican of North Dakota


AAPA Honors Three for Port Industry Service

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – a trade group representing ports throughout the Western Hemisphere – today at its 103rd Annual Convention and Expo in Houston honored three port industry leaders. Receiving AAPA’s Distinguished Service Award were former


Dryships Achieves Refinance of 5% Convertible Notes

Photo by DryShips

  DryShips Inc. global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following:


Ocean Rig's $120m Loan Agreement with DryShips

Ocean Rig UDW

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. a global provider of off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following: On November 18, 2014, Ocean Rig’s $120 million loan to its majority shareholder, DryShips Inc. (―DryShips‖), was approved by a special committee of Ocean Rig’s Board of






 
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