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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 oil pollution damage is in place.  Note that oil tankers having a gross tonnage of greater than 1000, either carrying oil in bulk as cargo or with oil residues on board need not carry a BCC since they are already covered by the Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 (CLC Convention).  Port Marine Circular No. 21 of 2008 (11/18/08). (Source: Holland & Knight)

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

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


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. (

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

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

Arctic Council Sign Oil Spill Agreement

At their recent meeting the circumpolar states of the Arctic Council have agreed to tackle oil spill disasters as a team. The Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic—the Council’s second ever binding agreement—was signed by all eight Arctic ministers, reports the Barents Observer. In the event of an oil spill anywhere in the ecologically sensitive Arctic region

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

Shipping in Rough Waters

Photo: The North of England P&I Association Limited

 Unpredictable markets and continuing marine claims volatility means the international shipping industry is facing a particularly challenging time, says Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club. His comments are published today (16 July 2015) in the 170 million GT

'Challenging Time' for Shipping Industry - North P&I Chairman

Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club

Unpredictable markets and continuing marine claims volatility means the international shipping industry is facing a particularly challenging time, says Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club. His comments are published today (16 July 2015) in the 170 million GT

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

Fishermen Accuse Chevron of Oil Spill, Demand Compensation

About 500 fishermen in Angola's Cabinda province are demanding compensation from Chevron Corp, saying it was behind an oil spill that prevented them from catching fish for nearly two weeks, an industry body said on Tuesday.   Environmental authorities in the southern African country found

Barge Industry Hails Phaseout of Single-Hulled Vessels

Thomas A. Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry that represents a large majority of the nation’s tank barge owners, today hailed the January 1, 2015 phaseout of single-hulled tank vessels as a public policy success that has

Ship Salvage in the Presence of WWII Era Torpedo & Mines

What began as a typical grounding response quickly turned into anything but when the initial dive survey turned up a World War II era torpedo and unexploded mines around the vessel.

T&T Salvage continues to support shipowners with prompt, safe and cost-effective solutions to complex salvage, wreck removal, and anti-pollution challenges.  A comprehensive management team, with an average of 26 years in the industry

EALs & Oil Spill Remediation

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EALs & Oil Spill Remediation: The Effects of EALs on Oil Spill and Discharge Reporting and Remediation In the wake of increased environmental scrutiny and potentially expanding liability issues, oil spill remediation continues to be of great interest to marine operations

Donjon-SMIT Relocating to Houston


Alexandria, VA- Donjon-SMIT, the unique provider of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) services established by Donjon Marine Co., Inc. and SMIT Salvage Americas, Inc. will be moving its company headquarters from Alexandria, VA to Houston, TX

Marine Salvage & Oil Spill Response Insights

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Last month Maritime Reporter had the good fortune to receive insights from a trio of maritime salvage leaders – Paul Hankins, Tim Beaver & Jim Elliott – garnering insights on one of the most challenging and ever-changing sectors of the maritime market.  

Transboundary Oil Pollution Debated in IMO

Transboundary oil pollution damage resulting from offshore activities Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

   A working group led by Denmark and Indonesia met in the IMO to consider the need to regulate the issue of transboundary oil pollution, on 13 April, 33 countries and a number of international organisations have just met at the IMO headquarters in London under the chairmanship of

IMO’s MEPC Set to Adopt Polar Code Provisions

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Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee   The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London

Marine News Editor's Note

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It is at times like this that bumper sticker humor comes in handy. One of my favorites has to be the infamous “God, please let me have another oil boom – I promise not to mess this one up” version that graced the bumpers of pickup trucks on the Gulf Coast in the late 1980’s

Shipping Company To Pay $800K For Dumping Oil

AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, was sentenced in federal court today to pay a total of $800,000 in fines and community service payments for violating the Clean Water Act and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by intentionally discharging 4

Thordon Reports Big Orders from Chinese Shipyards

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has received an order for a total of 20 seawater-lubricated COMPAC Propeller Shaft Bearing Systems for Chinese shipyards, marking the Canadian company’s most significant order for commercial vessels. Thordon Bearings

Miko Marine Expands Into Asia

Miko in Asia is being led by Per Johansson (left) and Spencer Go (Photo: Miko Marine)

Miko Marine AS has appointed Spencer Go as managing director of its new subsidiary in Singapore which was established in May.  Miko Marine Asia Pte Ltd has opened a new office in Lokyang, Singapore from where Spencer Go will be spearheading the sale of Miko products and services throughout

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