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Offshore Installations: BSEE to Host Hurricane Preparations Forum

The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will host a public forum on offshore energy infrastructure hurricane preparedness and response on Thursday, June 27, 2013, as part of its efforts to improve the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. “In our continuing efforts to be fully prepared for hurricane season, we are bringing together representatives from the government, oil and gas industry and environmental community to discuss our actions to protect offshore energy infrastructure and the environment during a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico,” said BSEE Director James Watson. “We will have an important discussion about what we are all doing to prepare for and respond to such storms to ensure minimal impact to the supply of energy from offshore areas.” In the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season, platforms toppled and pipelines were ripped from the seafloor. The severe damage to offshore infrastructure and refineries along the coast ultimately halted offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico for a prolonged period of time. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now predicting an active 2013 hurricane season and the BSEE Offshore Energy Hurricane Preparedness and Response Forum will examine how the government, oil and gas industry and environmental community will work to minimize the impact to offshore infrastructure and the environment.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse To Move Soon

Crews on Tuesday were making final preparations to move the historic Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the nation’s tallest brick lighthouse, from its perch on an eroding beach along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. With the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season churning out at sea, the lighthouse was set to be lifted onto steel rails later this week and begin a month-long journey to a new foundation further inland, officials said.


CG Prepares for Hurricane Season

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Operations Center in Portsmouth placed North Carolina units on high alert this morning and is advising them to keep a close eye on Sub-Tropical Storm Gustav that is 290 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C. The local Coast Guard commands were advised to: prepare for threatening winds and rain; prepare their personnel for a potential recall to duty; and make preparations to evacuate non-essential personnel and military dependents.


Texas issues FAMA Newsletter

The Texas Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) released the Spring 2006 edition of its Facility and Maritime Affairs (FAMA) newsletter. In addition to discussing the previous hurricane season, the newsletter reminds owners and operators of vessels operating in Texas coastal waters of the requirement to register with OSPR. A civil penalty of not less than $100 per day of violation may be assessed for failure to register.


Caribbean Storm Likely to Strengthen, Veers Away from US

A low-pressure system moved over Puerto Rico on Friday and is expected to veer northeast away from the U.S. East Coast but still has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "There's a good chance that this system could develop into a (tropical) depression within the next 48 hours," said David Roberts, a Navy hurricane specialist with the NHC.


US Forecaster sees El Nino Likely into N. Hemisphere Spring

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday warned that much-watched El Nino conditions are likely to last another nine months, potentially roiling global crops and commodities prices. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center projected a more than 90 percent chance that El Nino would continue through this winter and an 80 percent likelihood it would last into the Northern Hemisphere's early spring.


Louisiana Port Wary of Next Hurricane

The only road in and out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the main U.S. staging point for deepwater oil and natural-gas production, sits just 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 centimeters) above the marshland. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita largely spared the road, Louisiana Highway 1, because neither struck Fourchon directly. According to Bloomberg, officials are worried that the upcoming hurricane season, beginning June 1, might play out differently


USGS iCoast – Did the Coast Change?

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Hurricane season starts again this June. Do you know what happens to our coasts after these extreme storms? The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a new crowdsourcing application called “iCoast – Did the Coast Change?” to show you these coastal changes from extreme storms. iCoast allows citizen scientists to identify changes to the coast by comparing aerial photographs taken before and after storms.


Edouard to be First Major 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of nearly 105 mph (165 km/hr) as of 0900 GMT on Monday with higher gusts, and was forecast to strengthen further as it headed northwestwards over the central Atlantic.


Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.   Due to some likely weakening over the Dominican Republic, Erika was no longer forecast to make U.S. landfall as a hurricane. It could still smack the Miami area with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph) on


On USCG Anniversary, Gov. McAuliffe Urges Hurricane Preparedness

Gov. McAuliffe Urges Hurricane Preparedness

  Gov. Terry McAuliffe encouraged Virginians to get ready for hurricane season and provided an update on the commonwealth’s preparations Friday at a press conference in Portsmouth at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth. The governor also presented Rear Adm


Atlantic May See First 2015 Hurricane, 'Danny' Strengthens

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Danny is on track to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season by Friday and could approach the Caribbean islands by the late weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.   It is still too early to predict whether Danny


Danny Strengthens into First Hurricane of 2015 Atlantic Season

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season on Thursday even as the storm remained relatively small and far from affecting any land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.   Winds from Danny were gusting up to 75 miles per hour (120 kph)


Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Ignacio is east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and not expected to pass north of the islands until Monday night and Tuesday

  Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1


Port of Seattle’s Cruise Season Underway

Photo: Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.  


Montreal Readies for Peak Cruise Season

Image: Tourisme Montréal

 The Port of Montreal is expecting a banner year of tourism. The emergence of spring marks the beginning of a brand new cruise season, says Tourisme Montréal.   With no fewer than 19 ships expected, including 5 new ones (the Oceania Marina, Oceania Insignia, AIDA Diva


US Ports Begin 2015 ‘Fast and Furious’

Photo: The American Great Lakes Ports Association

Even with a blip due to ice coverage in late March and early April, U.S. ports along the Great Lakes-Seaway System are tracking ahead of tonnage moved in April 2014. In fact, most ports are seeing increases in multiple categories.   “In 2015 we are excited to continue the momentum


Cameroon Cocoa Exports Up in April

Cameroon cocoa exports jumped 24 percent to 181,893 tonnes year-on-year by end-April since the start of the 2014/15 season on Aug. 1, data from the sector's regulator showed on Tuesday.   Statistics from the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB)  showed that Africa's fourth biggest


US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday.   The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year


Hurricane Seasonal Alert for Delaware Bay

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-established. All vessels, facilities and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions


Hurricane Blanca Weakens off Mexico, Still Headed for Resorts

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  Hurricane Blanca weakened to a category 1 storm on Friday but is still expected to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Blanca, the second hurricane to form off Mexico's Pacific coast this year


Storm Carlos Moves West, Nearing Mexican Pacific Port

Tropical storm Carlos threatened Mexico's Pacific coast with heavy rain on Monday as it churned west near the port of Lazaro Cardenas, and it is forecast to become a hurricane again by early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.


Tropical Storm Bill Pelts Texas Coast

Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.   The second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall near Matagorda


Tropical Storm Forms Off US Mid-Atlantic Coast

Credit: NOAA

Tropical storm Claudette, the third named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic season, formed east of the mid-Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.   Claudette was located about 290 miles (465 kilometers) south-southeast of Nantucket


BSEE Updates Hurricane Reporting Requirements

BSEE is providing updated guidance for the current and future hurricane seasons through a Notice to Lessees (NTL) released July 27, 2015. NTL 2015-G02 clarifies reporting requirements related to personnel evacuation, production curtailment, and shut-in activity






 
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