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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


Thomas Jelenić Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

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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


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


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.   


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.   


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.


Doing Business Differently to Meet Sustainability Targets: DNV GL

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 Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce environmental footprint at the same time as the industry is under significant cost pressure.    Since business as usual is not an option, DNV GL has launched two papers to advise the industry on how and where to


Not All EALs are Created Equal

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What is an EAL? Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are defined by the EPA as offering these three characteristics. First, they must be “biodegradable” - biodegrading into carbon dioxide and water by ≥ 60% or more within 28 days (according to OECD 301B or ASTM D7373


Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

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Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million for both


Large or Small, Land or Sea, Every Spill Matters.

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There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental


Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

Photo courtesy of Harbor Breeze Cruises

Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within


MPA Asks Singapore Maritime Firms to Adopt Sustainability Reporting

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 In June this year, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) introduced sustainability reporting on a ‘comply or explain’ basis.  To assist and encourage the maritime sector to embrace the new requirement for Sustainability / Integrated reporting


Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship

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 Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction.    The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed


First Commercial Cruise Will Sail Canada's Northwest Passage

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The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice.   The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska


Los Angeles Pushes for Valero Terminal Improvements

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The Port of Los Angeles has released an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP) — the first step in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process — for a Marine Oil Terminal Wharf Improvements Project at the Valero Terminal on Mormon Island in Los Angeles Harbor.


Panama Canal Launches Green Award System

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 The Panama Canal has launched the Green Connection Award, a new initiative to recognize customers who demonstrate excellent environmental stewardship, and to encourage others to implement technologies and standards to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  


Thyssenkrupp Involves in Panama Canal Expansion

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 Thyssenkrupp supplied 14 innovative elevators for expansion of the Panama Canal , seven for each new lock complex, one of which is on the Atlantic side and the other on the Pacific.    Traffic through the locks will be monitored from two control towers that can be accessed via


Ecospeed Demonstrator Vessel on Display

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation attended the first in a series of planned Ecospeed demonstration ‘roadshows’ (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation  attended the first in a series of planned ‘roadshows’ Subsea Industries has initiated to demonstrate the zero environmental impact and simplicity of cleaning hulls protected with its Ecospeed hard coating


Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

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Vesper Marine announced that it has provided its virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) to New York Power Authority (NYPA) to protect submerged power cables in Long Island Sound.   The WatchMate Asset Protection System is the first U.S


Award for Japan's First LNG-fueled Tugboat

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 NYK Line received award sponsored by the Japan Federation of Freight Industries (JFFI) recognizing the environmental load reduction achieved by Japan's first LNG-fueled tugboat, Sakigake.   This is the third time since 2009 that NYK has been honored at this annual awards ceremony.


Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

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Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard






 
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