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Green Lights on Singapore Strait TSS Crossing

Singapore Strait Western Part: Image credit Br. Admiralty

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted an earlier recommendation that ships display 3 all-round green lights when crossing the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The night signals identify these vessels crossing the TSS during hours of darkness which will allow other vessels in the appropriate lanes to take actions if required, thereby enhancing navigational safety. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-first session in Nov 2012, in accordance with the provisions of resolution A.858(20), adopted the proposal to recognise the measure as a full-fledged recommendatory measure (i.e. it is no longer an interim measure) with effect from 1 June 2013 at 0000hrs UTC (0800hrs Singapore LT). The night signals and the procedures remain unchanged. Ship owners, agents and masters of vessels are: (a) To take note of the details regarding the display of the night signals set out in Appendix 1; and (b) Recommended to comply with the procedures set out in Appendix 1 when intending to cross the TSS and precautionary areas in the Singapore Strait. (The appendices refer to the applicable measure adopted by the IMO  Maritime Safety Committee in 2011).  


UK Approves Dong Energy Wind Extension

Britain's energy ministry on Friday approved the expansion of Dong Energy's Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in the Liverpool Bay of northwest England, paving the way for the Danish company to build on its leading position in the UK market. Britain's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change gave the green light to the project which will comprise up to 69 turbines totalling 250 megawatts (MW) in capacity, enough electricity for 170,000 homes.


US Approved 52 Oil Re-export Licenses in Last 6 Months

The U.S. Department of Commerce approved 52 crude oil re-export licenses in the last six months to destinations other than Canada, the department said on Tuesday. The permits, which were approved between October 2013 and March, include 14 licenses for re-exports to European countries, according to data released by the department's Bureau of Industry and Security. The United States does not allow exports of its own oil with few exceptions such as barrels going to Canada or re-exports of


EU to Approve Hapag-Lloyd, Vapores Deal with Conditions

Photo: Compania SudAmericana de Vapores

European Union antitrust regulators will conditionally clear a deal by Hapag-Lloyd and Compania SudAmericana de Vapores to form the world's fourth-largest container shipping company, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The case is important for the shipping industry where consolidation could help it to overcome the worst slump on record. And if regulators take a soft line on any concessions required to allow the deal to proceed this could spur more mergers in the industry


BP, Pavilion Ink Long-Term LNG Deals

Pavilion to buy 0.4 mln tpy LNG from BP for 20 years. Aims to become a global LNG firm in medium to long term. Working with SGX, regional govts on LNG price marker. Singapore's Pavilion Energy said it had signed two long-term contracts to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) for trading and supply to Asia, adding to a previous contract as the state-owned firm seeks to become a global supplier. Pavilion Energy said in a statement on Wednesday its wholly owned subsidiary Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd


Greece Okays Piraeus Port Sale

Image: Piraeus Port Authority SA

Greece Economy Minister George Stathakis said that his government is dropping its opposition to selling off the Piraeus Port Authority SA. A sale of the Piraeus Port would be a reversal on the part of Greece’s Syriza party-led government, which had earlier pledged to block such moves. The country's leftist government had ruled out any privatization plans when it came into power but it later started pondering the revision of the sale terms and now has have given the green light for


Shipboard Life in Style

A new concept in luxury living and travel has been brought to realization with the completion of the much-vaunted ResidenSea ship, The World, which made its service debut at European ports during April. The unique vessel, home to a resort community continuously circumnavigating the globe, is the brainchild of Knut U. Kloster Jr., and is a testament to the Nordic maritime sector's propensity for innovation. Mr. Kloster was former chairman of Royal Viking Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines


Tracerline Offers Leak Detection Dye

Caption: Tracerline Dye-Lite (Photo: Tracerline)

Tracerline® Dye-Lite® All-In-One™ full-spectrum fluorescent dye easily pinpoints leaks in all oil and oil-based fluid systems, including engine oil (includes synthetics), fuel, automatic transmission fluid, power steering and hydraulic fluid (petroleum-based).  All-In-One dye ensures optimum leak detection in marine vessels systems because it actually contains two distinct fluorescent dyes. One dye fluoresces best under ultraviolet light, and the other under blue light


UMaine's Offshore Wind Pilot Project Gets Green Light

Image courtesy of Maine Aqua Ventus

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved in a 2-1 vote a term sheet for Maine Aqua Ventus’ pilot offshore wind energy project. The decision clears a hurdle for Maine Aqua Ventus in its path to receive electric ratepayer support as it tests new offshore wind technology developed at the University of Maine. (Maine Aqua Ventus is a consortium made up of Emera, Cianbro and Maine Prime Technologies LLC, a spin-off company representing UMaine).


MPA Rewarded for Green Practices

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Courtesy: National Archives of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) clinched top honours at this year's Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards.   MPA has won two of the three titles given to the sector, including the overall Outstanding Singapore Environmental Achievement Award. It was also named joint-winner for the public sector category together with the Nanyang Technological University.   At an event organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) on Wednesday


EU Funds Port Move

Image: Port of Cork

 The Port of Cork has received almost EUR13 million in EU funds for the Euro100 million redevelopment of Ringaskiddy, as part of plans to modernize the port.   The funding comes under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and is primarily aimed at creating jobs and boosting growth


Shell Green Lights GoM Field After Cost Cuts

Royal Dutch Shell has given the green light for the development of its largest platform in the Gulf of Mexico after making steep cost cuts which made the deep water project economical despite low oil prices.   The decision to pour billions of dollars into the Appomattox project comes as


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


Dutch Green Ports to be Model for Turkey

Photo by DHA

 Netherlands will be a model for Turkey’s ports within an environmentally-friendly Green Port implementation, says Daily News.   Port of Amsterdam and Dutch officials said that they were ready to boost ties with Turkey suring their visit to Istanbul, Marmara, Aegean


It's Official: Sweden Boosts Submarine Fleet

Kockums A26 - picture by SAAB AB

 Sweden has given a long-awaited green light to the planned procurement of two new-generation A26 submarines from Saab Kockums.   Sweden's official announcement ordering two new submarines to boost its armed forces, months after a futile hunt for a suspected Russian mini-sub in the


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


Shell to Get Permission to Drill in the Arctic

Arctic exploration and production: Shell in the Arctic

 The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell Oil Company, one of the largest oil companies in the world to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.    The UPI reports that the decision rests on the U.S


Pakistan to Buy Eight Submarines from China

Image by Pakistan Defence

 Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said on Thursday, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale.   The Pakistan Navy says Islamabad has given the green light to the military's plan to


Greenpeace Activists Refuse To Leave Shell Arctic Oil Rig

Greenpeace activists hang on a Shell oil rig on board the Blue Marlin. Photo by Greenpeace International

 "Shell wants activists off its rig. We want Shell out of the Arctic," says Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA’s Executive Director.   Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an


Evergreen Installs ClassNK-NAPA Green Software

From left to right: Chairman and President Noboru Ueda from ClassNK, President Mong-Jye Lee from Evergreen Marine Corp. and President Juha Heikinheimo from NAPA Group at the signing ceremony in Taipei on April 10, 2015

Eco-efficiency software aims to increase fuel efficiency and business intelligence on Evergreen Line chartered container vessels   Evergreen Line has commenced installation of ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software on chartered container vessels


Vandalism to Lights & Bouys Endangers Mariners in Pacific Northwest

The recently replaced Elk Rock Island Light 13 dayboard near Portland, Ore., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.


Damen Workboat Delivered to Green Marine

Photo: Damen

Marine operations company Green Marine Energy Support Services, based in Stromness, Orkney, took delivery of a Damen Multi Cat 2712 workboat for its offshore wave and tidal activities, the builder announced.   The vessel’s first job was laying the moorings for and towing Green


EBRD Plan for Cyprus: Banks, Ports and Privatisation

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development laid out its first official plan of action for Cyprus on Wednesday, saying it would focus on repairing banks, privatisations and key infrastructure like ports. The EBRD agreed a five-year deal to invest in Cyprus just over a year ago


BC Ferries Joins Green Marine

Photo: BC Ferries

BC Ferries achieved its first certification from Green Marine. BC Ferries joined Green Marine this year and was certified on May 28, 2015,  after having its results reviewed by an independent verifier. Green Marine is a globally recognized, voluntary


Activists Planning Protest Against Shell's Arctic Business

U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the last two months against Royal






 
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