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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


SUNY Maritime Approved as NY Tax-free Site

Photo courtesy of Suny Maritime College

The State University of New York Maritime College is officially open for business, after receiving formal designation as a tax-free area under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY program. In a March 2 letter to Maritime College President Michael A. Alfultis, Ph.D


IMO Seeks Input on Ballast Water Management

Online surveys are part of IMO study which aims to provide a comprehensive review of the technical standards and approval testing procedures in the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8). (Photo: IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is inviting stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMS) to complete online surveys as a part of a study to assess the implementation of the BWMS approval guidelines and the


IR Class Launches Advisory Committee

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IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has established a senior level advisory committee in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to increase activity and foster business links in the region. The committee comprises of 11 senior representatives from the shipping industry in UAE and is headed by


Marine Claims Insurance Reminder by Danish Authority

Need to take insurance to cover maritime claims

  If you own a ship with a gross tonnage (GT) of or above 300, you must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about your insurance for maritime claims by 31 March 2015. The requirement does not apply to foreign ships. It is about time to check your insurance for maritime claims.


ACR Electronics Debuts USCG Approved Distressed Flares

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  ACR Electronics, Inc.expands their marine survival gear offerings by adding two new USCG approved distress flares, the Aurora Red Hand Flare and the Orange Hand Smoke signal.  Built by the world leading manufacturer of commercial marine pyrotechnics


India's $8 Billion Warships Project on Track

India's government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build the country's most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. Since taking over last year


The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources


Lawmakers Push for Crude Exports to Mexico

The chairman of the U.S. Senate's Energy Committee and 20 colleagues on Wednesday urged the Commerce Department to allow crude oil exports to Mexico, saying it would benefit the economies of both countries. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee's chairman, and Heidi Heitkamp


Coalition Calls for Action on Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and a broad-based coalition of organizations that rely on marine vessels to transport essential cargoes said a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges is urgently needed. The coalition called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to


Britain Should Appoint Ambassador to the Arctic

The Arctic is changing rapidly (Image by The Arctic Council)

 The House of Lords Arctic Committee urged that UK should follow the example set by France, Singapore and Japan and appoint an Ambassador for the Arctic.   The committee of lawmakers from Britain's upper house blamed UK's feeble approach to promoting country's interests and warned


Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

Photo:  ESG Global Security

The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration.


Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

John Thune (R-SD), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation  (Official Senate portrait)

  The effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S. 373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, with strong bipartisan support.    


Richmond Ferry Service to Become a Reality

Nina Rannells of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Courtesy SFBT

  At its meeting of March 5, the Board of Directors of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) approved a Cooperative Agreement with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Richmond to provide operating subsidy for proposed Richmond ferry service


RCS' EAL Earns Additional Approval

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RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic  802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended


ABS Holds Meeting to Improve Offshore Equipment Safety

Inaugural meeting brings class and industry together to improve technical standards for offshore equipment safety   ABS recently convened the inaugural meeting of the ABS Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee, bring together a group of technical advisors on March 4, 2015






 
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