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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


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


"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


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


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 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


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


US House Passes Bill to Pressure Regulators on LNG Exports

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to speed permits for exports of natural gas, a measure that even if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, is not expected to help bring much new fuel to global markets.  


Russia – Turkey Gas Pipeline Approved

Turkey

  Ankara hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Taner Yildiz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The parties discussed the main issues of constructing a new gas pipeline across the Black Sea towards Turkey.


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Gas Supply to Ukraine

The deal is that Russian natural gas supply to Ukraine will be from 2009 to 2019

  The Gazprom headquarters hosted today a briefing session led by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee dedicated to the Company's activities this winter. Special attention was given to the contracts for gas supply to Ukraine and its transit to Europe.


Congress Won't Cool Fight Against Obama on Climate

Image for climate change

  Data showing the heating of Earth in 2104 to the highest level on record will do little to stop Republicans in the U.S. Congress from fighting President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to slow climate change. Republicans, who won control of the Senate in November's elections


TITAN to Host American Salvage Association Fundraiser

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee Fundraiser will be hosted by TITAN Salvage on Thursday, January 22, at the Houston Maritime Museum. All proceeds from the event will support ASA Education Committee scholarships and science fair prizes.  


Jawaharlal Nehru Port Aims High

Courtesy: Jawaharlal Nehru Port

India’s largest container port, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), said it aims to grow as one of the top 10 global container ports in the next five years.   After announcing his 'Make in India' vision plan, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first port of call was JNPT


Bahamas Approves Indian Register of Shipping

Indian Register of Shipping Approved as Recognized Organization by Flag State Bahamas. Indian Register of Shipping is pleased to announce that it has obtained authorization to act as ‘Recognized Organization’ & ‘Recognized Security Organization’ to carry out


Quebec's Oil-by-rail Victims to Get $200 mln Settlement

Lac-Megantic oil-by-rail disaster

  Victims of the Lac-Megantic oil-by-rail disaster that killed 47 people in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2013 agreed to a nearly $200 million settlement from Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Co and its U.S.-based parent company, a lawyer for the victims said in a statement on Friday


ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

Image: ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK has published the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships which aims to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety and explosion prevention measure.  


ClassNK Releases v3 Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

 ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda (image: courtesy ClassNK)

ClassNK has released the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. The updated version provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures


St. Petersburg Becoming Int'l Gas Sales Hub

Gas Sales Center

  Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, inaugurated today a new office building of Gazprom Export in St. Petersburg. Taking part in the ceremony were Mikhail Mokretsov, Vice-Governor of the city of St. Petersburg, Alexander Medvedev


Petrobras Sets up Special Committee

  The Board of Directors of Petrobras approved at a meeting held today, the creation of a special committee to act as interlocutor ("Reporting line") of independent internal investigations conducted by the Trench, Rossi e Watanabe and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices .


QGEP to Acquire FPSO from Teekay

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção SA (QGEP) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Atlanta field located in the Santos Basin offshore


ICS Alters Position on Ballast Water Convention

The global trade association for merchant shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has modified its stance towards the ratification by governments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention






 
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