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U.S. Coast Guard Clarifies BWM Type Approval Process

Recently the Coast Guard has been responding to rumors that type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that incorporate ultraviolet radiation (UV) as a disinfection process will not be possible under Coast Guard type approval requirements.   These rumors are not true. The Coast Guard has made no decision regarding the general acceptability of UV as a treatment process or the specific acceptability of any UV-based BWMS for purposes of type approval under the Coast Guard's March 2012 Ballast Water Discharge Standard Final Rule.   We believe this misunderstanding has arisen due to differences between the type approval testing that has been conducted in accordance with the International Convention for the Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments adopted by the International Maritime Organization in 2004, and the Coast Guard's type approval testing procedures as established in the Ballast Water Discharge Standard Final Rule, specifically in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 162.060. Some individuals are under the impression that UV systems with type approval granted by other Administrations on the basis of numbers of “viable organisms” will not pass the Coast Guard’s “living organism” threshold, and therefore cannot be type approved by the Coast Guard.


Crowley Marine Services Announces ISO/ISM Certification

Crowley Marine Services has achieved certification of more vessels under the ABS joint ISO/ISM quality and safety management program than any other tug and barge operator in the Americas. Crowley's extensive West Coast Harbor Services, Oil Transportation and Contract Services fleet and shoreside facilities together with its East Coast Contract Services, RoRo barges and Venezuela operations have been certified under the ABS joint ISO/ISM certification process.


MMS Awards Contract for Royalty Reengineering

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service awarded a $47 million, seven-year contract to Andersen Consulting to develop, install and operate an integrated financial system that will improve the Federal government's Royalty Management Program (RMP). With the signing of this contract, MMS fully enters the implementation phase of its reengineering initiative, which was spurred by aging computer systems, changing energy markets


Ray Smith Joins Matson

Ryamond L. Smith has joined Matson Navigation Company, Inc. as chief operating officer (COO) in San Francisco. As COO, Smith is responsible for all marketing and operations activities, as well as safety, quality and environmental affairs. He reports to Matson President and CEO C. Bradley Mulholland. Smith brings to Matson leadership skills and transportation and logistics expertise, having served as CEO of Fritz companies, United States Fleet leasing Ampent


AAPA Backs IMO Ballast Water Decision

A landmark decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for new regulations to curtail the spread of harmful aquatic species carried in ships’ ballast water has earned accolades from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere. The announcement came last week during a diplomatic conference to finalize the international treaty, which had been ten years in the making.


Letter to the Editor

The article entitled, "Go to the Head of the Class" (MR/EN, Sept. 1999) presents a refreshing example of progress in maritime education. Professors Femenia and Butman of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) are to be commended for developing a Shipyard and Marine Management Program that is responsive to the needs of the maritime industry, and one that exemplifies the synergy of education and industry working together


URS Appoint Retired Rear Admiral Vice-President

Rear Admiral Nevin Carr: Photo credit URS

Retired Rear Admiral Nevin Carr has been named Vice President for Surface Readiness & Future Capability at URS Corporation. In his new position, Mr. Carr will be responsible for expanding URS’ capabilities and solutions to meet the evolving needs of the surface warfare community. He will be based in the company’s Norfolk, Virginia office. Mr. Carr retired from the U.S. Navy in 2012, following a distinguished 34-year career as a surface warfare officer


Seabulk International Appoints CFO

Seabulk International, Inc. announced the election of Vincent J. deSostoa as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. deSostoa, who most recently served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Zeosoft Corporation, will report directly to Seabulk's President and Chief Executive Officer, Gerhard E. Kurz. He will be responsible for all of the Company's financing activities, including its relations with investment bankers and lending institutions


ABS Names Wiernicki Chief Technology Officer

Chris J. Wiernicki has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ABS, where he will report directly to ABS President and CEO Robert Somerville. Wiernicki replaces Dr. Donald Liu who has retired after 38 years of service during which he attracted worldwide renown for his industry leading achievements, particularly in the development and application of the finite element method to ship design.


MMS Responds with Royalty Relief Modifications

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) has updated two Notice to Lessees (NTL) to help the domestic industry adjust to and survive low prices. "Oil prices, adjusted for inflation, are down to levels last seen in the early 1970's," said Carolita Kallaur, associate director, Offshore Minerals Management Program. "While benefitting consumers generally, unanticipated price drops have some adverse consequences for society


Atlantic Towing Orders Ice Class Damen PSVs

Photo: Damen

Atlantic Towing (USA) has selected newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group to meet its 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC)


Canaveral Tops State List for Sand Bypass Funding

Port Canaveral

The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,500 in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for beach renourishment.


Least Known Navy Activity? Underwater Shipwreck Archeology

Naval Archeologist: Photo USN

Robert S. Neyland, Ph.D., director of the Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, D.C., manages the people who protect more than 17,000 ship and aircraft wrecks around the world.


Coastal Zone Management: ABA Publish New Book

Book cover: Image courtesy of ABA

With oceans considered by many as one of the last frontiers, the American Bar Association's new book “Zoning the Oceans: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management’’ is intended to help experts and government planners use zoning as a vehicle for ocean development and


Bourbon Achieves $770m USD in Vessel Sales in 2013

Photo:  Bourbon

In line with its strategy, BOURBON achieves US$ 770 million of vessel sales in 2013. Bourbon has sold 12 additional vessels to ICBC Financial Leasing for US$ 378 million and concluded a new sale and bareboat charter agreement with Standard Chartered Bank for US$ 150 million


Videotel Simplifies Management of Crew Records

Videotel Marine International, a maritime training solutions provider, has released an Application Programming Interface (API) service in order for its clients to be able to manage their crew training records housed within webFTA - Videotel’s powerful cloud-based training records management


2013 DOT Year in Review: Saint Lawrence Seaway

Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

On the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the binational waterway we operate in partnership with Canada, the end of the calendar year also means the end of the navigation season. And 2013 was another busy year on the Seaway. In fact, activity at our Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation in Massena


Maersk Line Ltd. Tap J. Russel Bruner President & CEO

The Board of Directors of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has named J. Russell Bruner the next President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited. Mr. Bruner will succeed John F. Reinhart, who will step down on January 31, 2014 to become the CEO and Executive Director of the Port of Virginia.


ABS Forms Asset Performance Management Group

ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS, a provider of global maritime classification services, announced the formation of the Asset Performance Management Group (APMG). The new organization integrates several existing services into a single team focused on complete life cycle performance services that complement traditional


Maritime Training Expands to Meet Louisiana Gulf Demand

Employers are hiring in coastal Louisiana, especially as offshore drilling picks up in the Gulf of Mexico. Companies are concerned about finding enough skilled workers in a locally tight labor market. For mariners, a variety of training programs at different levels and costs are offered in south


Strike Club Weighs in on Port Strikes

The news this week that a longshoremen’s strike had effectively stopped cargo operations at the port of Baltimore, a major hub for foreign car imports into the U.S., underlines a new warning by The Strike Club. Strikes by stevedores continue to dominate the list of perils causing delays


Swedish Club Invests in Safety

Lars Rhodin

The Swedish Club has underlined its commitment to improving the safety culture in the maritime industry by allowing all member companies, whether lead hull or P&I, to sign up to its Maritime Resource Management (MRM) course free for a period of two years.


Jensen Get Tankship Construction Management Contracts

Ray Martus with his wife Trish Martus: Photo courtesy of Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime Consultants , Crowley Maritime's Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has been awarded a new construction management contract for four new 330,000-barrel, Jones Act product tankers, being built by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.


ABA Book Explores Ocean Zoning Management

Zoning the Oceans

With oceans considered by many as one of the last frontiers, a new American Bar Association book will help experts and government planners use zoning as a vehicle for ocean development and management. “Zoning the Oceans: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management’’ is the


US Outer Continental Shelf: New Vessel Safety & Environment Rules Proposed

USCG HQ Logo

The U.S. Coast Guard herald the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities  to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system.






 
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