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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.

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

Charleston Harbor Deepening Gets US Funding

Charleston Harbor deepening project earns key federal funding for preconstruction engineering and design; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocates $1.303 million in federal funding for Post-45 Harbor deepening project   Today SC Ports Authority announced $1.303 million in federal funding for the Post-45 Harbor deepening project, allowing the preconstruction engineering and design (PED) phase of the 52-foot deepening effort to begin. The announcement follows last week's U.S

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

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

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 . This Committee shall act independently and will report directly to the Board. The powers and responsibilities of the Special Committee shall include (i) approve the research plan; (Ii) receive and analyze

Arctic Drilling 'Not Worth the Risk' -Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean was "not worth the risk." "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said. The Obama administration on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell

China Port Cargo Losses to Reach $1.5 bln

Explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin last month would lead to cargo losses of at least $1.5 billion, and were having a "significant impact" on the marine insurance sector, a trade body said on Tuesday. "We are expecting to see cargo losses of at least $1

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

Photo: Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting.   The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  

Inmarsat 3rd Global Xpress Satellite's Launch Delayed

“ This incident involving a failed Proton launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome is extremely unfortunate and will inevitably delay our launch plans for our third Global Xpress satellite.

  Inmarsat has provided an initial update on the launch schedule for Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) following the failure of the preceding Proton Breeze M launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday 16 May. According to an announcement by Inmarsat’s launch partner, ILS

ARENA Funding Helps CSIRO set-up New Solar Lab.

Photovoltaic Outdoor Research Facility CSIRO Newcastle

  CSIRO is set to increase confidence in large scale solar by more accurately predicting how different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will perform on Australian shores. Over the course of a 32 month project supported by $1.3 million ARENA funding

Summer Wind, Miss Susan Tow Collision Report

Collision between Bulk Carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan Tow Houston Ship Channel, Lower Galveston Bay, Texas This is a synopsis from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause

The Emirati Crew Leads Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had the Volvo Ocean Race trophy within their grasp as the seven boats entered the final lap on Saturday heading for Gothenburg after a one-day ‘pit-stop’ in The Hague, reports the Khaleej Times.  

Marine Casualty Reporting: Addressing the Coast Guard's Processes

Dennis Bryant

The United States marine casualty reporting and investigation processes as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard are seriously flawed and in need of major overhaul.   These processes have been broken for years, yet minimal efforts have been made to address the root causes

Charleston Harbor Deepening Gains Federal Approval

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board Moves 52-Foot Deepening Project Forward   Today in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the

SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference

The e-Navigation Underway 2015 – North America conference will be hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College from September 28 to 30 on the college’s Throggs Neck, N.Y. campus.    The conference’s theme is: “Reducing Risk through

White House: Iran Talks Deadline Could Slip

The White House said Tuesday's deadline for negotiators in Vienna to come to a final, firm agreement on Iran's nuclear program could slip. When asked if President Barack Obama's administration expects the deadline "to slip," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday

Final West Coast Frigate Decommissioned

USS Gary (FFG 51) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing its final deployment before decomissioning. (US Navy photo by Donnie W. Ryanl)

The U.S. Navy has decommissioned its last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast as past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell

Passenger Vessel Runs Aground in Aegean Sea

Flying Cat. Pic taken from Youtube video.

 A passenger vessel (Flying Cat) with a total of 253 persons on board was safely evacuated on Sunday after running aground off Tinos island in the Aegean Sea, Xinhua reported quoting the Greek Coast Guard.   No injuries or severe damage have been reported while an evacuation operation

Canada Commissions Study on Underwater Noise

Green Marine has signed a nine-month contract with Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life, along with potential solutions. “This agreement is a logical next step following the Memorandum of Cooperation that Green

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