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ICCOPR Approves Updated Oil Pollution Research Plan

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  The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) unanimously approved the Oil Pollution Research & Technology Plan (OPRTP) for FY2015-2021 at the committee’s quarterly meeting Sept. 29, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose of the plan is to provide current assessments of the nation’s oil pollution research needs and priorities. This is the first update to the plan since 1997.  "The research needs focus on the tools and technologies employed by the Coast Guard On-Scene Coordinators to address oil spills in the marine environment," said Bill Vocke, who works for the Coast Guard's incident management and preparedness policy directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters and also serves as ICCOPR’s executive director.  "Addressing these priority needs will not only improve our capabilities to respond to spills but also improve prevention, preparedness, and injury assessment/restoration capabilities," said Vocke. The FY 2015-2021 version of the plan details why oil pollution research is needed and the parties that are involved in research activities. It also presents the committee’s Oil Pollution Research Categorization Framework for tracking research activities and successes. The plan also presents the committee’s research priorities and explains the process the committee used to identify present research gaps and priorities, noteworthy oil spill events


Singapore –Bunkers Convention

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding the maritime community that the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunker Convention) comes into force on 21 November 2008.  As of that date, ships having a gross tonnage greater than 1000 may only enter the port of Singapore if they carry on board a Bunker Convention Certificate (BCC) to attest that insurance or other financial security to cover liability for bunker


MMS and USCH Sign Oil & Gas Agreement

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USCG specifying which agency will be responsible for certain aspects of oil and natural gas exploration, development, production, and transportation activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The MOU identifies 27 areas of responsibilities for both agencies. For example, MMS will be responsible for most drilling and production matters, pipeline operations


Coast Guard Announces Interim Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard has published an interim rule that adjusts limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The interim rule, effective July 31, 2009, increases the current OPA 90 limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index since the limits were amended by the Delaware River Protection Act of 2006. The rule also increases the current OPA 90 limit of liability for the Louisiana


Company Gets $37m Penalty for Oil Record Book Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice said that a U.S. shipping company agreed to plead guilty to deliberate oil pollution and presenting fraudulent oil record books to the U.S. Coast Guard. The company agreed to pay a $37m penalty, consisting of a $27.8m criminal fine and a $9.2 million community service payment. Additionally, the company will be on probation for three years, during which time it will comply with a court-imposed environmental compliance program.


Bunker Convention to Enter Force in '08

Pollution damage from fuel oil carried on ships will be covered in 2008 with entry into force of international bunkers liability and compensation convention The last significant gap in the international regime for compensating victims of oil spills from ships is set to be closed, with the entry into force on 21 November 2008 of an international treaty covering liability and compensation for pollution damage caused by spills of oil, when carried as fuel in ships' bunkers


McMillen Joins T&T Bisso

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The T&T Bisso Response Network announced the addition of DeeAnn McMillen to its Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) management team. McMillen has 19 years of experience assisting clients with regulatory compliance. She has spent the previous nine years focusing on vessel emergency response services, OPA 90 and state regulatory compliance. (www.ttbisso.com)


NOAA Identifies Lurking Environmental Threats

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A new NOAA report that examines national oil pollution threat from shipwrecks has been presented to the U.S. Coast Guard. With as many as 20,000 recorded shipwrecks in NOAA’s database, the May 2013 report finds that just 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation’s coastal marine resources. Of those, 17 were recommended for further assessment and potential removal of both fuel oil and oil cargo


Ship Engineers Sentenced for False Statements

Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Paula D. Silsby, United States Attorney for the District of Maine, announced today that two chief engineers of a freighter ship were each sentenced yesterday to two years of probation and a fine of $3000 for their roles in concealing the overboard ocean dumping of waste oil from the M/V Kent Navigator through false log books and statements designed to deceive the U


Maritrans "Taking" Claim Denied by Court

On September 9, 2003, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected Maritrans' claim that the double hull requirement of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 constituted a "taking" of its single hull barges under the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Court concluded that, because Congress permitted Maritrans' vessels to operate for several years before requiring their removal from service, Maritrans was able to recoup part of its investment in the vessels; and therefore no taking


Update on MSC Alexandra, VLCC Dream Collision

Photo: Hafen Hamburg

 During the incident involving Dream II Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship) on 3rd August, 10 empty containers fell overboard. (See report in Marinelink )   Of these, five fell overboard onto the deck of Dream II VLCC and another five fell into the sea


MSC Alexandra, VLCC Dream Collided in Singapore Strait

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore says it was notified just before midnight yesterday (Aug 4) of a collision involving Dream II VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship)  in the Singapore Strait, about 3 km South-East of Sebarok Island.


Myanmar accedes to CLC Protocol

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 ​Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession to the 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC).    The efforts to bring the legislation into national law followed the participation of Myanmar at a five-day workshop hosted


IUMI Position Paper on the Offshore Safety Directive

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 Neil Roberts, Manager, Marine and Aviation, Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), United Kingdom, and International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Ocean Hull Committee Secretary and Political Forum Liaison discuses  about the position paper published by IUMI.  


Saint Lucia Accedes to Four IMO Treaties

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Saint Lucia has acceded to four International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties, including conventions covering ballast water management (BWM Convention) and emissions from ship exhausts and energy efficiency (MARPOL Annex VI).   Tafawa Williams


ICS Criticises 'Prestige’ Judgement by Spanish Court

An oil cleanup volunteer holds up Comorant covered in oil from the sunken Prestige oil tanker on the coast of Galicia, Spain. Photo Greenpeace

At a meeting of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPCF) this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has strongly criticised the judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in the ‘Prestige’ Case.  


Thordon Bearings Launches Oil Savings Calculator

 Thordon Bearings Launches Oil Savings Calculator   Thordon Bearings has developed a bespoke modeling tool capable of calculating the amount of operational oil prevented from leaking into the world’s oceans with each installation of a seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing.


Crystal Charters Escort Vessel for Arctic Cruise

RRS Ernest Shackleton (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

When cruise liner Crystal Serenity sets off on its 32-day expedition voyage through the Northwest Passage from Anchorage to New York August 16, she will be escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton.   Crystal Cruises recently secured RRS Ernest Shackleton for the voyage via a charter party


US, Canadian Coast Guards Leaders Discuss Partnership

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the USCG 9th District met with their employees aboard Coast Guard ships and a CCG helicopter in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan March 21 2016. (Photo credit: USCG)

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District, was welcomed aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley by Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon and Captain Signe Gotfredsen of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Monday.  


Grandweld Shipbuilding Grows in Middle East

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United Arab Emirates shipyard Grandweld has secured its position as the number one regional shipyard for the offshore segment, completing construction of a total of 17 vessels over the space of the last year. Latest projects include advanced crew boats, dive maintenance and support vessels


PCA Announce New Booking & Service Tariff

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New booking tariff for neopanamax locks & changes to other service tariffs Friday, March 11, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama  The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) announced the following new booking and PCSOPEP tariffs for the neopanamax vessels and modifications to other pilot related tariffs


Fiji Accedes to Six IMO Environmental Treaties

Kitack Lim (left) with Jitoko Tikolevu (Photo: IMO)

Fiji has acceded to six IMO treaties, including important conventions covering ballast water management and the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships. This brings the number of States party to the Ballast Water Management Convention to 49, with the aggregate remaining at 34


States Urged to Ratify Compensation Regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes

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 The International Maritime Organization (IMO), together with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), is urging its Member States to ratify and implement a key compensation treaty covering the transport


More than 100 Graduate from SUNY Maritime

Morton Bouchard III, President & CEO of Bouchard Transportation

More than 100 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees at State University of New York Maritime College Jan. 29.   Graduates represent 15 fields of study, a quarter of them at the graduate level. More than 60 of them will also graduate with U.S


SUNY Maritime to Honor Mort Bouchard

Morton S. Bouchard (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Company)

The State University of New York Maritime College will confer the honorary degree of doctor of science degree on Morton S. Bouchard III, the president and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., during winter 2016 commencement exercises Friday, January 29.   






 
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