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BOEM Completes Draft Environmental Review

Public Hearings scheduled for Central and Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales.     The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft environmental impact statement regarding multiple oil and gas lease sales tentatively scheduled between 2012 and 2017 in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico planning areas, offshore the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017 schedules five annual area-wide lease sales in the Western Gulf and five in the Central Gulf.    “The draft environmental impact statement evaluates baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development and production in the Western and Central Gulf,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “It is an important step toward implementing the Gulf of Mexico lease sales proposed in the next five-year program, and I strongly encourage the public to provide input on this document.” The environmental impact statement is available for review online at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html. BOEM will begin accepting comments on the environmental impact statement following the publication date of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.  


LNG Enviro Impact Assessment for GOM Revised

The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration announced today that they are revising an environmental impact statement to lower estimates for potential impacts to red drum and other fish species of concern due to a proposed Shell USA Oil and Gas liquefied natural gas deepwater port facility in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard identified a calculation error after the original environmental impact statement was published that had erroneously placed the potential annual impact to red


BOEMRE Hearings: Draft EIS for Western GOM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will hold two public hearings in Houston, Tx. to accept oral or written comments on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for proposed Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218.   The SEIS was prepared to update the analyses done in earlier environmental impact statements and to analyze new information regarding the western Gulf of Mexico planning area.   


Mukilteo Ferry Terminal: WSDOT Release Environmental Study

Mukilteo ferry terminal: Photo credit WSDOT

The 60-year old Mukilteo ferry terminal (about 25 miles north of Seattle) is one step closer to replacement with the release of a final environmental impact statement. “We’ve reached a major milestone,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. “I want to thank all of the community members, tribes and agencies that reviewed and commented on the EIS to ensure all potential environmental impacts


Thomas Jelenić Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Thomas Jelenić

Thomas Jelenić has been named Senior Ports and Marine Manager in the Los Angeles office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Jelenić is responsible for leading and supporting port environmental planning and design projects as well as helping to expand the firm’s ports practice in California


BMT Receives Health, Safety and Environmental Awards

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BMT Reliability Consultants, an operating company of BMT Group Ltd., an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been awarded the universally recognized standards for occupational health and safety, BS OHSAS 18001 and environmental management, ISO14001. BMT Reliability Consultants implemented a fully integrated management system which allows the organisation to effectively identify


Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Project – Environmental Statement

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft supplement to the environmental impact statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with construction of authorized improvements to the Federal Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Project. Elements to be evaluated include widening the Gulf Entrance channel from 450 ft. to 550 ft. and deepening the Upper Pascagoula channel from 38 ft. to 42 ft.


Freeport LNG Development – Environmental Statement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice announcing availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for construction and operation of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and pipeline proposed by Freeport LNG Development, LP. The proposal includes LNG ship docking and unloading facilities in Brazoria County, Texas. Comments should be submitted within 30 days.


Castrol Offshore Environmentally Safer Greases

A new performance standard for critical offshore operations will help North Sea oil and gas drilling operators comply with new environmental requirements. Under rules set by the North-East Atlantic regulator, OSPAR, the range of the UK Offshore Chemical Notification scheme is being extended from 1st January 2009 to include all greases used to lubricate jack-up open gearing – that raise and lower the platforms from and into the sea.


BOEMRE Hearings: Draft Supplemental EIS for O&G Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will hold two public hearings in New Orleans, La. to accept oral or written comments on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for proposed Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218.   The SEIS was prepared to update the analyses done in earlier environmental impact statements and to analyze new information regarding the western Gulf of Mexico planning area.   


European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable


Shipping Industry Clean Up its Act

Photo:  International Chamber of Shipping

 Shipping impacts the world in many positive ways by enabling trade around the world, But despite all the positive impacts, you also have negative impacts, especially environmental impacts, CNBC quoted as Mads Stensen, global sustainability manager at Maersk saying.  


Hempel’s Dynamic Brings Saving for Lemissoler

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Global shipmanagement company, Lemissoler Navigation, via its affiliated and managed company Frontmarine Co. Ltd, has achieved significant fuel savings from coating its newbuild 58,500dwt supramax bulk carriers with Hempel’s Dynamic antifouling product.


Hempel Coatings for Lemissoler Newbuilds

Global shipmanagement company, Lemissoler Navigation, via its affiliated and managed company Frontmarine Co. Ltd, has coated four of its eight newbuild 58,500 dwt supramax bulk carriers with Hempel’s Dynamic antifouling product, and based on its performance


Joint Effort on to Repair Hudson River Cable

  Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC (HTP), owner and operator of an electric power cable buried beneath the Hudson River between Edgewater, New Jersey and New York City, is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)


GCT Deltaport Grows Capacity with Konecranes RTGs

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Complementing its GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project in Port Metro Vancouver, GCT Canada has confirmed the order of twelve state-of-the-art rubber tyred gantry (“RTG”) cranes from leading clean energy equipment manufacturer, Konecranes of Finland


Yidong Terminal Orders Hybrid RTG Cranes

Photo: Corvus Energy

Yidong Terminal has ordered nine additional retrofit hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to be installed in Port of Shanghai.  


GAC Dubai Wins Group HSSE Award

Stuart Bowie Managing Director of GAC Dubai receiving the trophy Courtesy GAC

  GAC Dubai’s introduction of a suite of practical innovations to improve safety in working conditions and reduce the company’s carbon footprint has won it the Group Chairman’s Award for HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) Excellence for 2015.


GE LM6000PG Marine Module Package Certified

Photo: GE

GE Marine and GE Oil & Gas announced that the marine module package design for its LM6000PG aeroderivative gas turbine has been certified by Lloyd’s Register and RINA Services (RINA). The test where the LM6000PG module effortlessly achieved 42 megawatts (MW) was conducted at the GE Oil


Borouge, Maersk Agree to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Photo by Maersk Line A/S

 Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical company Borouge signed an agreement with Maersk Line to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for their shipments.    Besides being the first plastics producer in the Middle East to sign the Carbon Pact with Maersk Line


New DNV GL Notations for Water-lubricated Tail Shafts

Image of a stern tube (courtesy of Svenska Bearing)

New DNV GL notations for water-lubricated tail shafts offers unlimited intervals between shaft withdrawals   Two new tail shaft monitoring class notations from DNV GL offer ship owners and operators the possibility of unlimited intervals between tail shaft withdrawal surveys for


All-Electric Ferry Development Underway

(Image: Art Anderson Associates)

Art Anderson Associates and partner EESImarine have been developing concepts for an all-electric ferry and are now teaming to generate funding for the implementation of the concept for Skagit County’s Guemes Island-Anacortes passenger and car ferry replacement.  


Green Groups Urge Arctic Council Urged to Ban HFO

Supply ship. Photo: WWF-Canada

 Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem, reports  Canadian Press.   The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could


GEODIS joins Maersk Line’s Carbon Pact challenge

Photo: Maersk Line A/S.

 Global Forwarder GEODIS and Maersk Line deliver their share and partner on a 5-year strategic commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.    This agreement integrates both companies’ sustainable commitments to reduce GEODIS’ CO2 emissions per container moved


Kalmar to Deliver Straddle Carriers for Maher's NJ Terminal

Straddle carriers for Maher Terminals Photo Cargotec

Kalmar has received a large order for  27 straddle carriers from its long-term customer Maher Terminals LLC in Elizabeth, NJ.   The order has been booked into Cargotec's 2015 third quarter order intake and deliveries are expected to be completed during the spring 2016






 
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