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Study Favorable for N.J. Offshore Wind Farms

A June 19 report from The Philadelphia Inquirer said preliminary results of a two-year study just released by the state Department of Environmental Protection reported that developing wind turbines off New Jersey's coast would have a "negligible" impact on the environment. Officials said the $7m study is meant to provide a scientific baseline for direct planning for the turbines. The final report is expected early next month. New Jersey's study covered 1,360 square nautical miles off the coast between Seaside Park and North Wildwood. It was conducted by the research firm Geo-Marine Inc. (Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer)  


Corps to Release Draft Proposal for Navigation Study

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a draft proposal for public comment and review in the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway Navigation Feasibility Study. The Corps' study team met with federal principals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and Maritime Administration to discuss the range of possible alternatives. The next step will be the preparation of a draft report in May


Ship Concept Study Delivered to Navy

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. have delivered their Focused Mission High Speed (FMHS) Ship Concept Study to the United States Navy. The FMHS concept design is the result of a 90-day contract awarded to the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team by the U.S. Navy on November 8, 2002. The results of the study show that the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team design meets or exceeds the general guidance and requirements (top speed, performance in a seaway, signatures, aviation capability


TSA to Test New ID Card

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the award of a $12 million contract to BearingPoint, Inc. to begin the Prototype Phase of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). This is the third phase in developing a program to improve security at seaports, airports, rail, pipeline, trucking and mass transit facilities by creating a nationwide credential that will prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to secure areas.


CG Final Report, Lady D Accident

On August 24, the U.S. Coast Guard released the final report of investigation into the March 2004 capsizing of the passenger vessel Lady D in the northwest harbor of the Patapsco River, Baltimore. Five passengers aboard the Lady D died in the accident. The report states the accident was initiated by the master's unsafe decision to depart the dock at Fort McHenry in the face of an approaching visible squall line. The report also states that the Lady D, a small pontoon water taxi


Green Star Reduces Fuel Consumption

Green Star Products, Inc. announced that it has received the final report on a fuel savings test conducted on a Greek shipping vessel. The tests were conducted using Green Star's Diesel Fuel Energizer (DFE) added to fuel tanks. Tests were performed on two Caterpillar Ship Engines Model 3412 (rated at 720 hp each) and also on two Caterpillar Generator Sets Model 3306 (rated 240 hp each). The test data indicates the shipping vessel reduced fuel consumption by an average of 12 percent


HAL to Conduct Air Emission Reducing Study

To determine the feasibility of new technology designed to dramatically reduce air emissions on seagoing vessels, Holland America Line plans on conducting a seawater scrubber feasibility project aboard one of its cruise ships thanks to the assistance of a $300,000 EPA/West Coast Collaborative grant and $100,000 contribution from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The total cost of the installation is more than $1.2 million


Safety Board Determines Cause of 2006 Barge Fire

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the failure of Athena Construction to require its crews to pin mooring spuds securely in place on its barges led to an unintentional release of one of the spuds. This resulted in a pipeline rupture that killed six. On October 12, 2006, the uninspected towing vessel Miss Megan was pushing two deck barges in the West Cote Blanche Bay oil field in Louisiana, en route to a pile- driving location


NOIA President on National Oil Spill Commission’s Final Report

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in response to the National Oil Spill Commission’s Final Report - Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling: “The lengthy report and its numerous recommendations will certainly provide ample fodder for all those interested in offshore drilling for months to come.  The Commission has put forth recommendations that should be vetted, aired and in some cases possibly implemented


Oil Major Total Close to Angola Kaombo Decision

Kaombo block (Courtesy Total)

French oil major Total is on the verge of making a final investment decision on Angola's Kaombo oil project after lowering the cost by $4 billion, its chief executive said on Friday. "We're on the verge," Christophe de Margerie told reporters on the sidelines of an oil conference in Paris. A final investment decision on the Angolan oil project it operates had been delayed repeatedly because of the large costs related to the ultra-deep offshore project


Study Targets Reduced Offshore Wind Costs

Xodus Group, Cathie Associates and UTEC Geomarine have formed an industry leading consortium to deliver a study which will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in U.K. waters. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA)


Investor Selling up to 10% of d'Amico

Photo: dAmico

Reuters - The main shareholder in D'Amico International Shipping has launched a placement of up to 42.2 million shares, or about 10 percent in the Italian shipper, the company said on Thursday. In a statement, it said the shares will be sold via an accelerated bookbuilding to boost liquidity in


Wilbur Ross-backed Diamond S Shipping drops IPO

Diamond S Shipping Group Inc's largest shareholder, Wilbur Ross, said the tanker company's initial public offering had been canceled because the suggested price was too low, Bloomberg reported, citing an email from the billionaire investor.


Obama urged for Early decision on Keystone

 Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.   The group included several lawmakers expected to face tough


Russian Floating Nuclear Plant: Reactors Loaded

Loading reactor: Photo credit Rosenergoatom

The two reactors for Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, due to be stationed in the Arctic, have been installed, reports "Barents Observer', citing Russia's state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom. Each of the KLT-40S reactors that were recently lifted onboard


Improving U.S. Freight Transportation System

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation published its final report on United States freight transportation, offering an assessment of its current condition with recommendations for strengthening nationwide infrastructure and U.S. economy.


ClassNK Update on Loss of 'MOL Comfort'

MOL Comfort before sinking: Photo courtesy Indian Coast Guard

Based on both the results of its own independent investigation as well as the deliberations of the third meeting of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety held on 28 October 2013, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has released preliminary findings and safety measures resulting from the


Important LNG Trade Developments Summed Up by GIIGNL

LNG terminal operations: Photo courtesy of GIIGNL

In a report just published, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) note that in 2012, LNG trade has seen the first decline (minus 1.9%) in the past thirty years. The strong growth in spot and short term trade seen in recent years (up by 110% from 2009 to 2011) is no


U.K. Offshore Oil and Gas Interim Report

Photo: Department of Energy & Climate Change

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issued a news release stating that the interim report on the economic and energy security opportunities still available from the U.K.’s offshore oil and gas resources has been completed


New Cummins Tier 4 Diesel Engines Hit the Market

New Tier 4 Final G-drive engines from Cummins Power Generation

Cummins Power Generation launched two new diesel G-drive engines from 240-433 horsepower that are certified to meet EPA Tier 4 Final emissions regulations for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM or soot) without the use of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)


Navy Put Port Ship-husbandry Services Under the Microscope

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has spelled out in a memorandum his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts. 
 "Back in September, I directed a complete review of our husbanding and port services


U.S. Navy to Audit Port Services

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spelled out in a memorandum last week his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts. The memorandum, dated Dec. 5, provides details and additional tasking to guidance Mabus


Oil Spill Contained in Davao

Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sasa contained the spread of oil spill reported at the Legaspi Oil Company Incorporated at KM 09, Sasa, Davao City last Friday, January 17. According to report, the incident resulted when the coco fatty oil, a by-product of coconut oil


Crude Oil Carriers DHT Report Favourable Wind in Q4 2013

DHT Tankship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Oslo, Norway-based DHT Holdings, Inc. reports fourth quarter 2013 results and the acquisition of two VLCCs. Financial Highlights of the quarter EBITDA for the quarter of $18.9 million and net income for the quarter of $11.5 million ($0.48 per share) including $15


BOEM Opens Door to Assess Atlantic Oil Reserves

Reuters - The U.S. offshore drilling regulator on Thursday laid out potential mitigation measures companies may need to take to carry out seismic testing off the Atlantic coast to gauge oil reserves. The measures were a part of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's final environmental review


 
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