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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.


Public Meetings to be held on Norfolk Channel Deepening Project

The US Navy published a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for proposed dredging of the Norfolk Harbor Channel in the Elizabeth River. The dredging is necessary to provide the service’s aircraft carriers with safe and unrestricted access. Public scoping meetings will be held in Norfolk (October 4) and Portsmouth, Virginia (October 5). Source: 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


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.


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 www.mes.co.jp/english/press/2013/20130401.html.


Status Update: Northeast Gateway

On October 18, 2005, a public scoping meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts to discuss the proposed Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port project. The purpose of the meeting was to accept the public’s comments regarding the proposed project. The meeting took place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Faneuil Hall and was preceded by an informational open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A similar public scoping meeting and open house for the Northeast Gateway project took place in Gloucester


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).


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)


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.


Drydocks World to Build Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

Image Courtesy Drydocks World

Drydocks World, an international service provider to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced it has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design


All Items Approved at Stolt-Nielsen Meeting

Photo courtesy Stolt-Nielsen Limited

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that all agenda items were approved and all nominated directors were elected at its Annual General Meeting of shareholders held yesterday in Bermuda. The final dividend for 2013 of $0.50 per common share recommended by the Board of Directors on February 7


RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime of Shipping stall

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry. The event which brought together the leading industry representatives of the world took place between 9 to


NTSB Board to Discuss Wall St. Ferry Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to discuss a 2013 accident involving the Seastreak Wall Street commuter ferry in lower Manhattan. On January 9, 2013, the high-speed passenger ferry, Seastreak Wall Street, on a routine trip from New Jersey to Pier 11/Wall Street


Porter Receives GSSC’s Navigator Award

Left to right: Byron Dunn, GSSC President; Larry Porter, and Ron Pierce, GSSC Chairman of the Board.

Larry Porter, Master Trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was the recipient of the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium’s 2014 Navigator Award. Each year, GSSC honors an individual who has displayed outstanding leadership or made other significant contributions to the


Britain Warns Scots: Independence would Hurt Energy Industry

Britain on Tuesday warned Scots that voting for independence would put jobs and investment in the Scottish energy industry at risk, threatening the commercial viability of North Sea oil and gas fields and renewable energy projects. In September Scotland will hold an referendum on whether to


UK Gov't Sees More Scope for Refinery Closures

Britain said on Wednesday there was scope for more UK refining capacity to close without undermining energy security but set up a new task force to help the struggling sector fend off overseas competition. The government's long-awaited review of Britain's refining and fuel imports sector comes


GDF drills dry well in Arctic Barents Sea

French explorer GDF Suez drilled a dry well in the Arctic Barents Sea about 65 kilometers southwest of the Johan Castberg fields, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. GDF holds 60 percent of the license, while Concedo and OMV each hold 20 percent.  


IMO Closer to Polar Environmental Regulation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed which ships are to be covered by the future environmental regulations for voyages in polar areas, The Danish Maritime Authority said.


MERPAC to Meet on IGF Code Training Requirements

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to work on Task Statement 80, concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).


MLC Amendments Address Abandonments, Claims

Governments, maritime employer representatives coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and their counterparts from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met this week at the International Labor Organization in Geneva for the first meeting of the Special


ASNE to Host Blue Green Sustainability Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Blue Green Sustainability Symposium is an inaugural event highlighting emerging technologies and solutions to meet the modern challenges of environmental consciousness in the maritime industry.


Hints Of Possible Deal On Ukraine Gas Emerge At G20

 Behind statements that Russia will not budge in demanding Ukraine repay its debts for its natural gas deliveries, hints    emerged at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs this week that a deal in which Moscow eases its stance might be in the works.  


US Coast Guard District Chief of Staff Retires

Capt. Bingaman retirement: USCG photo

With over 30 years service under his belt, Capt. John Bingaman has retired following a ceremony held at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, Ohio. Capt. Bingaman, who grew up in Greensboro, N.C., oversaw 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve


 
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