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USACE Issue Impact Statement on Ecosystem Restoration Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice stating that the draft integrated feasibility report and environmental impact statement for the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project is available for consideration. Public meetings will be held in Cambridge (October 11) and Taylors Island, Maryland (October 12). Written comments should be submitted by October 23. 71 Fed. Reg. 53090


Recently Acquired Dockwise Did Well in 2012

Dockwise publish audited annual accounts for 2012, having earlier published an unaudited version. The unaudited 2012 results were first disclosed as part of the publication by Dockwise of the Q4 2012 results on 13 February 2013. Performance highlights: Revenues USD 539 million Adjusted EBITDA USD 181 million Adjusted Net Profit USD 40 million Fleet Utilization 74% As indicated in the position statement of Dockwise regarding the mandatory cash offer by Boskalis for


Hornbeck Offshore Files Shelf Registration Statements

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has filed a universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3 and an acquisition shelf registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Once declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the universal shelf on Form S-3 will enable the Company to sell from time to time, in one or more public offerings, up to $350 million of its common stock, preferred stock, debt securities or warrants to purchase common stock


Aker Takes Major Stake In Kvaerner

Aker Maritime has acquired control of about one fourth of Kvaerner for a reported $350 million (3 billion crowns). The purchase made the industrial holding firm, a group of companies operating in more than 20 countries with no previous Kvaerner ownership, the biggest shareholder in Kvaerner. "Aker Maritime ASA has today bought rights issues, shares and options in Kvaerner ASA which together amount to 26.39 percent of the company after the ongoing rights issue


Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that the chief engineer of an oil tanker pled guilty in federal court to making false statements to deceive the U.S. Coast Guard with regard to overboard discharges of oil-contaminated bilge waste. The offenses occurred during a routine port state control (PSC) boarding by the Coast Guard in Portland, Maine. The chief engineer faces a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000


Marad Responds to Labor Critics

U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued a Report Comparing U.S. and Foreign-Flag Operating Costs. The U.S. maritime labor union(s) responded with pointed criticism. Marad issues its own statement in reponse.   Text of Marad Chief Matsuda's Prepared Statement: “The U.S. Maritime Administration’s top priority is to promote the growth and sustainability of America’s maritime industry. The first-of-its-kind ‘Comparison of U.S


USACE to Conduct Boston Harbor Navigation Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a feasibility study and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to determine the navigation-related needs of the harbor, port facilities, and harbor users of Boston Harbor. Without deepening portions of the waterways, users will continue to experience tidal related inefficiencies, the port will be unable to accommodate new larger vessels, and cargo will be redirected to other


Odfjell Invest Orders $645m rig from Daewoo

Odfjell Invest has decided to exercise an option to have one drilling rig built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineerng in South Korea for $645 million, Odfjell Invest said on Friday. The semi-submersible rig, the company's second, will be delivered no later than June 30, 2010, Odfjell Invest said in a statement. The company will consider financing $100 million of the cost by issuing new equity, Odfjell Invest said.


California Proposes Standards for Discharge of Ballast Water

The California State Lands Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action that would, if adopted, establish performance standards for the discharge of ballast water for vessels operating in California waters. The Proposed Regulations were released separately, along with the Initial Statement of Reasons. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by June 6. Review of the proposed performance standards causes one to despair for the art of the feasible.


NOIA Echoes Importance of Atlantic Seismic Exploration Hearing

Randall Luthi (Photo: U.S. Department of Interior)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the hearing on seismic exploration on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf held today by the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. “The National Ocean Industries Association appreciates Chairman Lamborn’s leadership on this important hearing on the crucial role of seismic surveys in the development of oil and natural gas for our


Ban Launches UN Ebola Response Mission

Two midwives in Ebola protective gear supplied by UNFPA hand over a newborn to her mother at the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo UNFPA Liberia

  IMO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September.


BP, Pavilion Ink Long-Term LNG Deals

Pavilion to buy 0.4 mln tpy LNG from BP for 20 years. Aims to become a global LNG firm in medium to long term. Working with SGX, regional govts on LNG price marker. Singapore's Pavilion Energy said it had signed two long-term contracts to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) for trading and supply


DNV GL Supports Call to Put a Price on Carbon

Bjørn Kj. Haugland, DNV GL Chief Sustainability Officer, here with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Rasmussen, CEO of Monday Morning Gl

  DNV GL joins global push to put a price on carbon. Over 1,000 companies and 73 countries now support a price on carbon to start bringing down emissions. Speaking on the sidelines at the UN Climate Summit in New York, DNV GL Group Sustainability Officer Bjørn K


Ivory Coast to File Legal Complaint over Ghana Border Row

Ivory Coast to file legal complaint over Ghana border row

  Ivory Coast said on Friday it would file a complaint with an international jurisdiction after Ghana took legal action to resolve a dispute over the two nations' maritime border in an area rich in hydrocarbons. British firm Tullow Oil has licences in Ghanaian waters near to the boundary


Statoil Says Normal Operations at In Amenas Gas Plant Resuming

A general view of Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas

   Normal operations are resuming at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria 18 months after a raid by Islamist militants killed forty employees, one of the plant's operators, Statoil, said on Monday. "The corporate executive committee has decided that ordinary rotation is to be


Joe Barton: Lift Oil Export Ban

A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue. Rep


Iraq Sues Tanker Operator over Kurdish Lifting

Iraq has filed a case against Greek shipping company Marine Management Services (MMS) for its role in the "illegal" export of crude from the autonomous Kurdistan region, the oil ministry in Baghdad said in a statement on Thursday.


Areva in Steam Generators Contract in S. Africa

  France's Areva said on Saturday it sealed a contract worth around 300 million euros with South African utility Eskom to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, near Cape Town. Areva will design, manufacture and install six steam generators in the plant's two


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


Increased Drug Trafficking in Indian Ocean Needs Action

Heroin from Afghanistan is increasingly trafficked through the Indian Ocean and more international action is needed to prosecute smugglers on the high seas, the United Nations anti-crime and drug body said on Tuesday. In the last 18 months, more than 4


Saudi Shipper Bahri Names Omar as CEO

Photo courtesy of Bahri

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has named Ibrahim Abdulrahman al-Omar as its chief executive, effective on Oct. 1, a bourse filing said on Wednesday. Omar has worked in several senior positions at firms including Saudi Telecom and its affiliate Viva Bahrain


Sri Lanka Port Project: China Merchants, CHEC Invest $601-M

Two of China's largest port operators and engineering firms have agreed to invest in a $601 million terminal in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, part of a series of deals signed during a visit by President Xi Jinping to the island nation. Keen to establish its presence in the Indian Ocean


Scotland's 'No' to Independence Welcomed by Shell

Union flag: File photo

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden on Friday welcomed Scotland's vote against independence. "Shell welcomes the decision by the people of Scotland to remain within the UK, which reduces the operating uncertainty for businesses based in Scotland," van Beurden said in a statement.


Sulzer Shareholder has 5 pct Dresser-Rand Stake

Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg's Swiss investment firm Renova Group said on Friday it had a 4.99 percent stake in U.S.-based Dresser-Rand, which might become the object of a takeover battle. Swiss pump maker Sulzer, in which Renova Group has a 33 percent stake


Nigerian Oil Workers Call Off Strike After Talks with Government

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  Nigerian oil workers' unions have called off a four-day strike after reaching a deal with the government in a dispute over pensions, they said on Saturday. A joint statement from the two main unions also said they had agreed to resolve directly with the state oil firm an outstanding






 
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