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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


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


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


National AIS Project – Environmental Statement

The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) addressing proposed implementation of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The proposed NAIS involves installing receivers, transmitters, transceivers, repeaters, and other equipment on towers and other structures at up to 450 sites at locations along 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways, as well as the use of selected remote platforms


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


Keppel Elects New Executive Chair

Keppel Corp. Limited and Keppel TatLee Bank Limited have appointed Lim Chee Onn as executive chairman upon the retirement of Sim Kee Boon, effective January 1, 2000. Boon will continue to act as senior advisor to the Keppel Group. Onn, who holds a BSc in Naval Architecture from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, has been senior executive director of Keppel Corp. since September 1983


Proposed Sanctuaries Aim to Protect Historic Shipwrecks

(Photo: NOAA)

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released draft plans for proposed national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would aim to protect nationally significant shipwrecks, including those from the 1800s, World War I and other maritime battlegrounds.


Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.  


Shipping Lines CEO Meet at Busan Port to Attract Int’l Passengers

CEOs of Shipping Liners Gather to Attract Int’l Passengers Photo Busan Port

Busan Port Authority (BPA, president WOO Ye-jong) stated that BPA held a meeting for KOR·JPN passenger liners(six companies) and Busan Tourism Organization on the 30th in order to attract more international passengers to the Busan Port.


USCG Readies for Green Bay Ice Breaking

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

 The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that commercial fuel shipping activity into the Port of Green Bay will conclude by Jan. 20,  2017.     At that time, in conjunction with the Green Bay (Brown County) Port Director, the Coast Guard will signal the end of the local navigation


Korean Register Names New Chairman & CEO

Lee Jeong-kie (Photo: KR)

Classification society the Korean Register (KR) has elected Lee Jeong-kie as its new Chairman and CEO.    Lee assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of B. S. Park, who passed away after a short illness in October 2016.  


BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the


NOIA Decries Obama Withdrawal of Offshore Areas

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the withdrawal of portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and natural gas leasing:    “President Obama’s short sighted


ExxonMobil Awards FPSO Contract to SBM Offshore

ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited has awarded contracts to SBM Offshore for a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) for the Liza development and production in Guyana.    Under the FPSO contracts


MSC Signs Global Declaration of Intent Against Counterfeiting

Passage of a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Photo: © Pinosub / Adobe Stock

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed an official declaration, designed to prevent the maritime transportation of counterfeit goods.   The declaration is the work of the International Chamber of Commerce, which launched the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy


Financial Close for Bahrain LNG Terminal

Photo: Bahrain LNG

 Bahrain LNG, the developer of the Gulf state’s receiving and regasification terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), has closed a $741 million syndicated loan for the platform’s construction.   The private-public partnership  is being developed to supplement local


Transocean Closes Acquisition of Transocean Partners

NEXT GENERATION DRILLSHIPS AND RIGS PHOTO TRANSOCEAN

Transocean Ltd. announced the closing of the acquisition of Transocean Partners. Each outstanding public common unit of Transocean Partners was converted into the right to receive 1.20 shares of Transocean Ltd., which issued approximately 23.8 million shares related to the transaction.


Boskalis Scales Back Holding in Fugro

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that it has reduced its holding in Fugro N.V., an integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services. Boskalis’ holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent.


India Looks at Port Dependent Industries in Major Ports

Photo: Indian Ports Association (IPA)

 India's Ministry of Shipping held a consultation meeting with various stake holders on ‘Policy for Award of Waterfront and Associated Land to Port Dependent Industries in Major Ports’ in New Delhi.    The policy was approved by the Union Cabinet earlier this year and


LA, Long Beach Ports Focus on Updating Clean Air Action Plan

San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan  Photo

The governing boards of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will hold a joint public meeting Nov. 17 to discuss proposals for updating the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Developed over the past year, the CAAP Discussion Document outlines the ports’ plans for


Moody's: Ratings of Overseas Shipholding on Review for Downgrade

Photo: OSG

 Moody's Investors Service, has placed the ratings of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) under review for downgrade, including its B2 corporate family and Caa1 senior unsecured ratings, and the B1 and Ba2 senior secured debt ratings of its subsidiaries, OSG Bulk Ships, Inc






 
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