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USCG to Hold Meeting on Oil Spill Response

Federal and state agencies, oil spill cooperatives and private industry cleanup contractors plan to conduct a meeting Wednesday in Everett, Wash. at 8:30 a.m. at the Marine Spill Response Corporation located at MSRC Pacific / NW Region 1330 Industry Street #100 Everett, WA. 98203. The meeting will provide vendors, inventors and persons with conceptual ideas a platform where they can display, demonstrate or discuss new cleanup methods and equipment, which are currently not in use or listed in the World Catalog of Oil Pollution Equipment.

Vietnam President Urges Vinashin to Increase Production

Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet said that he expected the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) to increase its international profile by producing more ships for the world market. Triet made these comments at a meeting with company officials and the management board of the Dung Quat Shipbuilding Company in central Quang Ngai Province. Triet also visited the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant and held meetings with the management board.

NSRP Elects New Chair and Vice Chairman

The Environmental Technology Panel of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has elected Jennifer Parker, from Bath Iron Works, as chairman and Frank (“Hogie”) Thorn, from Newport News Shipbuilding, to the position of vice-chairman. Parker replaces Mike Chee, of National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), who held the panel’s chairman position for the pervious ten years. Thorn replaces Parker as the panel’s vice chairman.

Moschou Elected to Odfjell Board

At an Extraordinary General Meeting held Nov. 6, Mrs. Marianna Moschou, 54, was elected to Odfjell's board of directors. Odfjell's board consists of B. D. Odfjell jr. (Chairman), Terje Storeng, Peter G. Livanos, Reidar Lien and Marianna Moschou. The company intends to elect another director at the Annual General Meeting to be held in the spring 2004. Until late 2001 Mrs. Moschou served as the Deputy Head of Citibank's Global Shipping Division with

NRC – Transport of Radioactive Material

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding three meetings to seek public comment to enhance development of the technical basis for a rulemaking to revise NRC regulations on the security requirements for transportation of radioactive material in quantities of concern (RMQC). The meetings will be held in Lisle, Illinois (January 15); Oakland, California (January 17); and Rockville, Maryland (January 23). Written comments should be submitted by February 8. 73 Fed. Reg. 826 (HK Law)

Panama Canal Delegates Meet with Japanese Customers

Photo: ACP

A Panama Canal delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited Japan to hold discussions with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the major Japanese shipping lines, as well as end customers such as Japanese car manufacturers and energy sector companies. “The Panama Canal strives to have face-to-face meetings with our customer base,” Quijano said. "We aim to be more accessible to our clients

KeySpan LNG Proposed Upgrade – Meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice stating that it will hold public meetings in Providence (January 11) and Middletown (January 12) regarding the proposal to upgrade the KeySpan LNG facility in Providence to allow importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by ship. Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard will participate in the meetings. 69 Fed. Reg. 75532 (HK Law).

Mir Causes Anxiety In South Pacific

From Conny Martin's standpoint, the vast empty expanse of the Pacific Ocean where flaming chunks of Russia's Mir space station may find their watery grave does not feel empty at all. Martin is one of 2,800 people living on Chile's Easter Island, a triangle of volcanic rock marooned in the ocean, 3,200 km (2,000 miles) from the nearest big population centers in South America or Tahiti -- and potentially in Mir's flightpath

MES Determines Board of Directors

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd (MES) said the members, directors, corporate auditors and their respective roles have been unofficially been decided. The positions will be resolved formally at the board of directors’ meeting to be held after the close of the 110th annual general shareholders meeting. A table listing the directors and their roles can be viewed at

U.S: No ASEAN South China Sea Consensus is Telling

The inability of a forum of Southeast Asian defence ministers to agree on a joint statement at the end of a forum on Wednesday reflects their concern about China's activity in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. "It was clearly an issue of discussion and an issue of concern by countries in the meeting, because everybody raised it," Carter told a news conference. The Association of South East Asian Nations held its defence ministers meet this week

Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal

Image by Swan Energy Limited

 Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).   The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar

Seagull's Software Tool for Benchmarking Seafarers Knowledge

Seagull Maritimes Managing Director, Roger Ringstad Courtesy Seagull Maritime

  Seagull Maritime has launched an advanced software tool able to benchmark seafarer knowledge levels, allowing shipowners and operators to compare their crew and potential recruits with industry peers. The new tool will provide shipping companies with online access to data that can help

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

Indonesia coal mining Photo Adani- Indonesia

  There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents.   Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium:    Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

Portsmouth Holds Coast Guard Day Festival

2015 Coast Guard Day festival Photo USCG

  The City of Portsmouth held a 2015 Coast Guard Day festival Saturday at the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion Park in Portsmouth. The City of Portsmouth is a designated Coast Guard City and held the festival to honor the men and women of the service and their families.

Lundin Spuds off Malaysia

Courtesy Lundin Petroleum

  Lundin Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Malaysia BV  has commenced drilling of the Selada-1 exploration well in Block PM308A, offshore Malaysia. The well will target hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands and is located 14 km to the south of the Bertam field operated by

Next Steps for IMO/Norad Project

Photo: IMO

Senior officials from the six southeast Asia countries benefiting from an IMO-Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad) marine environment project are meeting for a second meeting in Bangkok, November 9-10, to review progress and discuss the next steps.  

China Says Unaware of Plan to Discuss Sea Dispute at APEC

China is not aware of any plan to discuss the disputed South China Sea at an Asia Pacific leaders' summit next week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid tensions between China and the Philippines over the waters.   For its part

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

Photo Vard Tulcea SA

  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

Draft Law on Arctic Development

Photo courtesy

  The draft law on the development of the Arctic region will be discussed at a joint meeting of the Presidium of the Advisory Council on the Arctic and Antarctic in the Federation Council and the State Commission on the Development of the Arctic November 20.

German Vessal Held in US

Cornelia. Photo by Micharms

A German ship Cornelia is being held in the Duluth Bay by U.S. authorities in Lake Superior for a fortnight, says local media.   The U.S. Coastguard is investigating the German bulk carrier for alleged environmental violations.   

MOL Adopts Thermal Imaging System for Coal Carriers

Remote monitoring of coal temperature during loading

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the introduction of the FLIR C2 thermal imaging system commercialized by FLIR Systems Japan K.K. on MOL Group-operated coal carriers.   The system, which relies on infrared rays, helps prevent spontaneous combustion of coal in the cargo hold

Damen Ice class Dredger for Rosmorport

Launching ceremony Courtesy Damen

This month Damen Shipyards Group launched ice class Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers TSHD 2000 for Russian Port Agency FSUE “Rosmorport”.   Song Thu Corporation shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam is building the Damen TSHD 2000 under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)

SSI Urges IMO for Action on Reducing CO2 Emissions

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today released - ahead of discussions at COP21, which will be held in Paris from 30th November - a statement calling for the shipping industry to play its part in

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