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MarAd Issues Notice on FEIS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Main Pass Energy Hub deepwater port (DWP) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is available for review and comment. Public meetings will be held in Grand Bay, Alabama (March 21); Pascagoula, Mississippi (March 22); and New Orleans, Louisiana (March 23). Written comments should be submitted by April 24. Source: HK Law


OSHA Issued Notice on Shipyard Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice confirming that its incorporation by reference of 19 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to fire protection for shipyard employment. Source: HK Law


TSA Issues Notice on Operation Safe

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice modifying the delivery instructions for receipt of applications under the Operation Safe Commerce Cooperative Agreement Program. The ports of LA/LB, Seattle/Tacoma, and New York/New Jersey have been invited to submit proposals for funding consideration under this initiative. Applications must be received on or before 4 p.m., March 20, 2003. Entities planning to submit applications under this program should read the notice


FMC Issues Further Notice of Inquiry

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a further notice of inquiry relating to the recently proposed Implementing Rules for the Regulations of the Peoples Republic of China on International Maritime Transportation. The FMC is seeking comments from the shipping community and the public regarding the proposed Chinese rules and whether they comport with section 19 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 and the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988.


Algoma Refunded for Cancelled Tanker Contracts

Algoma Central Corporation announced earlier this week that it has received payments totaling $41.7 million from two Chinese banks on refund guarantees related to the cancellation of three ocean tanker shipbuilding contracts which occurred in 2010.   In 2007, Algoma, through its wholly owned subsidiary, entered into contracts to build three 16,500 - deadweight ton product tankers in China. Each contract contained provisions that permitted cancellation under certain conditions


St. Lawrence Seaway Notices Update

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The Great lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System today issued notices number nine and 10 regarding maximum allowable drafts in the Montreal section in Lake Ontario and revocation of certain transit restrictions. Seaway notice 9 addresses maximum allowable drafts in Lake Ontario’s Montreal section, stating the maximum allowable draft is increased to 80.8 dm (26' 06"), subject to favorable water elevations, effective April 14, 2014. This increase applies to all vessels


Hong Kong Requires Health Declaration

The Hong Kong Department of Health issued a Notice


MSC Napoli Beached and Leaking

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that the MSC Napoli was being towed to sheltered waters in Lyme Bay, Devon. A second notice reported that, due to continuing bad weather, the container ship will be beached to prevent it from sinking. A third notice said that approximately 50 containers have been lost overboard as severe gales rock the beached ship. There are indications that bunker oil is also leaking from the ship.


Hong Kong Emergency Wreck Buoy

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it will mark new dangerous wrecks in Hong Kong waters with the Emergency Wreck Marking Buoy recommended by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). Notice No. 173 of 2009 (12/17/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


Lloyds Register Statutory Alert:

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Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports; Applicabilty: All owners and operators of Lloyd’s Register classed vessels trading to Australian waters. Further to Classification News No. 09/2012, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued Marine Notice 11/2012 – Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports, available on their website here. This supersedes the previous Notice 7/2012.


New Low-emissions Fuel Patented

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has coauthored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to


NSRP to Launch Shipbuilding Research Project

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On April 3, 2014, The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) issued a pre-solicitation notice in anticipation of Research Announcement 13-01 being issued in June 2014. This Research Announcement will be soliciting summary proposals that respond to priorities in the program’s Strategic


Coast Guard Seeks Comment on New Safety Training

U.S. Coast Guard advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments on maritime safety training requirements   The U.S. Coast Guard Monday, April 14, 2014, announced the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking involving the possible expansion of its maritime safety


BOEM Proposes GoM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

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As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for


U.S. Coast Guard Must Assert its Authority

Dennis L. Bryant

It is time for the Coast Guard to defend the authority granted  to it by Congress, the Executive Branch and the courts. On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intended to promulgate a rule containing its assessment framework for


Port Strike to Bring Delays in Vancouver

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) warned that this week’s industrial action by truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver is expected to severely impact Canada's largest and most diverse port. A strike notice has been issued to the port authority by the United Truckers Association


Port Metro Container Truck Drivers Issue Work Stop Notice

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Reuters – Vancouver container truck drivers have issued a 48-hour stop work notice to authorities at Canada's busiest port over a long-running dispute related to pay and service levels. The United Truckers Association of British Columbia (UTA)


BOEM Seeks Comment on Proposed Energy Research

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As part of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is seeking public comment as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to


Marine Casualty Reports – Clarified

Jonathan Waldron

So you think you know when to make a marine casualty report? There has been a lot of confusion over the years as to when to make a marine casualty report with regard to certain incidents.  Yet, although the Coast Guard constantly urges industry to make required reports


Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) will publish a Federal Register Notice on March 24, 2014 inviting the public and Marine Transportation System stakeholders to participate in the agency’s second symposium intended to develop a robust national maritime strategy.  


BOEM Assesses Prospects of Wave Energy off Oregon

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assessing whether there is competitive interest in wave energy research or development in an area of federal


Passage Planner Features Weather and Piracy Overlays

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Scottish maritime software development company Jargoon has announced its product Seall Passage Planner has been added with additional features which further enhance the versatile passage planning tool. The newly added features are focused on providing additional navigational data and information


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Grounds in Batanes

Taiwanese fishing vessel FV Jui Fa Tsai with five crew composed of two Taiwanese and three Indonesian nationals ran aground at vicinity 16 nautical miles Northeast off Itbayat Island, Batanes on April 1, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. Immediately, Coast Guard District North Eastern Luzon was alerted and


New Marine Diesel Engine Fuel Patented by College Pair

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Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) apprises that faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has co-authored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. 


 
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