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USCG Open to Comments on Proposed Regs

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 27 and New York City Oct. 29 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. These meetings are the last two of six public meetings held for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard's ballast water management regulations in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 151, Subparts C and D. The proposed rule would also add approval procedures for ballast water management systems found in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter Q. Live webcasts (audio and video) of the public meetings will also be broadcast online at: http://ballastwater.us The public meeting scheduled for Oct. 27 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Oakland Airport, One Hegenberger Rd., Oakland, Calif. The phone number for the hotel is (510) 635-5000. The public meeting scheduled for Oct. 29 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marriott New York Downtown, 85 West Street at Albany Street, New York City. The phone number for the hotel is (212) 385-4900. The public is encouraged to participate by submitting written or verbal comments at the meetings. The comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking closes Dec. 4


BOEM Seeks Comments on Environmental Review

Public Hearings Scheduled to provide opportunities for public input.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), providing updated environmental and socioeconomic analysis to support two proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233 is tentatively scheduled for 2013 in the Western Planning Area (WPA), offshore Texas; and Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 231 is scheduled for 2014


CG Public Meetings, Proposed Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Seattle on Sept. 28 and in New Orleans on Sept. 30 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. A total of six public meetings are slated for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard’s ballast water management regulations in Title 33


Steps Aimed to Enhance Security

Within one year of President Bush’s signing of the Maritime Transportation Security Act on November 25, 2002 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America’s ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. “With 95 percent of our nation’s overseas cargo carried by ship


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


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


OSEC to Hold Sixth Public Meeting

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson has announced that the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) will hold its sixth public meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 and Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The OESC is a public federal advisory body including some of the nation’s leading scientific, engineering and technical experts. Chaired by former Sandia National Laboratory Director Dr


Coast Guard Holds Cleveland Hearing on Training Plan

According to reports, Coast Guard wants to hear from people in the Cleveland area this evening on its plan to create 34 weapons training zones in the Great Lakes. Coast Guard officials have said that the live-fire training is needed to protect the region from terrorism and other illegal activities. But environmental groups and the Canadian government worry about possible lead poisoning of the lakes from the tens of thousands of bullets that would be fired each year in the training zones


Gulf LNG Clean Energy Marine Terminal Project – Meeting

The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing a letter of recommendation as to the suitability of the Pascagoula Bar, Horn Island Pass, Lower Pascagoula Bay, and Bayou Casotte Channels for liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine traffic. The letter of recommendation is in response to a letter of intent submitted by Gulf LNG Clean Energy Marine Terminal Project to operate a LNG facility in Jackson County, Mississippi. A public meeting will be held in Pascagoula on December 7 to receive input


NTSB to Meet

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an Advisory stating that it will hold a public session in Washington, DC on March 9, 2004 to consider, among other things, a marine accident report concerning the sinking of a U.S. passenger vessel in the Everglades National Park. One passenger, of the 33 on board, suffered serious injuries. (HK Law)


Long Beach Public Invited to Celebrate QM's 80th

Queen Mary NY days: Photo Wiki

The iconic trans-Atlantic liner Queen Mary turns 80 on September 26 and the public is invited to join a ship-wide celebration. The Queen Mary will open her gangways and ballrooms, decks and salons, attractions and eateries to a daylong celebration highlighted by a very special event


Two Prestigious Awards for Fincantieri

  In the presence of the Minister for Education, University, and Research Stefania Giannini, at the Auditorium at Villa Farnesina in Rome, Fincantieri, represented by its Chairman Vincenzo Petrone, today won one of the prizes in the Major Industrial Groups category during the National Award


FMC Public Forum on US Port Congestion

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero will hold a forum titled, "U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions" on Monday, September 15, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m


Naval Ships at Baltimore U.S. National Anthem Bi-Centenary

Ensign raised: Photo USN

The U.S. Navy's second joint high-speed vessel, USNS Choctaw County has arrived in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with SECNAV Ray Mabus to join  with other Navy ships to celebrate the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the 200th anniversary of the poem penned by Francis Scott Key that later became the


Baker Hughes Names Kimberly Ross as CFO

Kimberly A. Ross

  Baker Hughes Incorporated has today announced appointment of Kimberly A. Ross, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective October 22, 2014. Ross currently serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of Avon Products, Inc


Public Forum to Address US Port Congestion

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle

Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders and Exploring Possible Solutions Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle will host a forum regarding U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast port congestion on October 1, 2014 at the World Trade Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor


New Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'John Warner'

John Warner christening: Photo USN/HII by John Whalen

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'John Warner' (SSN 785), will be the first Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, following its christening by Mrs. Jeanne Warner at Newport News Shipbuilding yard, informs the US Navy.


NOAA Expands Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Map of the Thunder Bay expansion

  NOAA today released a final rule and environmental impact statement expanding the boundaries of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. The new boundaries now include the waters of Lake Huron adjacent to Michigan’s Alcona


Holland America Line’s 2 vessels Hit Perfect Scores

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  Holland America Line’s ms Statendam and ms Westerdam achieved perfect scores of 100 on recent routine United States Public Health inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The unannounced inspection for ms Statendam was held June 17, 2014


US Navy to Christen Submarine John Warner

Shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding pull the bow flag tight on the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) in preparation for the boats Sept. 6 christening. The bow flag is about 30 feet in diameter and will be the centerpiece of the christening ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen)

The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine John Warner, Sept. 6, during a 6:30 p.m. EDT ceremony at Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Former U.S. Sen. John Warner will deliver the ceremony's principal address


USCG Updates Prohibited Cargo Carriers List

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Port State Control (PSC) updated its list of vessels and ship management companies that are prohibited from carrying U.S. government impelled cargos. Prohibited Vessels AN HO ANNE ASSOS STRIKER CHEMBULK TORTOLA CORSO DREAM ENERGY CHAMPION ENERGY PIONEER


BLM Supports Expanding Oil and Gas Pilot Offices

Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would increase the efficiency of oil and gas permitting on public lands and coordination among agencies by continuing the BLM’s Oil and Gas Pilot


Pskov Gas Carrier Construction Nears Completion

Photo courtesy of RS

On August 25, 2014, the naming ceremony for the Pskov high-tech liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier was held at the South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The ceremony was attended by Aleksander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Evgeniy Ambrosov


Parsons Wins Dubai Water Canal Project

Rendering Dubai Water Canal: Photo Dubai Govt.

Engineering, construction, technical, and professional services provider, Parsons, says it has been awarded a contract by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to perform infrastructure design services for the Dubai Water Canal Project.


High Bids in Western GofM Lease Sale

Offshore rig fronting GoM map: File image

U.S. Government agency BOEM informs that Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted US$109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf offshore Texas. A total of 14 offshore energy companies submitted 93 bids.






 
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