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EMSA Seeks Stand-by Spill Recover Vessels

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a Prior Information Notice stating that it is seeking to contract with ship owners for service contracts making the ships available to stand-by for potential use as oil spill recovery vessels. The four priority areas where such service is sought are the Baltic Sea, the Western Approaches to the Channel, the Atlantic Coast, and the Mediterranean Sea. In the event of a large oil spill and following a request by a member state, the stand-by vessel would cease its commercial activities and commence oil spill response. (HK Law)


Delegation of Authority to Commandant, USCG

The Secretary of Transportation has delegated to the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard authority to appoint representatives to the Advisory Board of the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute which was established under section 5001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). Source: HK Law


TotalFina Drops More Cash Oil Spill Recovery

TotalFina plans to add $4.5 million for tourism promotion to the $120 million it has already pledged to clean up the December fuel spill from its chartered tanker Erika. The company has been under intense pressure from fishermen, environmentalists and politicians since the Dec. 12 disaster. Oil from the ship has killed or trapped an estimated 300,000 seabirds and polluted about 250 miles of France's coastline. Critics charged that TotalFina did not act willingly or quickly enough to prevent


USCG Commissions Cutter Walnut

USCGC Walnut, one of the newest ships in the USCG's fleet, was formally commissioned at the USCG Integrated Support Command on Sand Island, Hawaii. Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and Vice Adm. James M. Card, Vice-Commandant of the USCG, were guest speakers at the ceremony. Walnut, a 225-ft. Juniper-class aids to navigation tender, is equipped with the most advanced electronic navigation and propulsion systems of any USCG cutter


Coast Guard to Participate in Multi-Agency Response Exercise

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise Monday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the national capital region. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard's mass rescue plan. The objectives of Nautical Shield 2007 are to exercise notification procedures, establish a unified command, keep the public and media informed


Metso Wins Major Automation Contracts for Advanced Ships

Metso has been awarded major automation system contracts for 3 advanced vessels to be built in Finland. One contract is for 2 Multifunctional Icebreaking Supply Vessels (MIBSV) by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy for Russian Sovcomflot. The second is a Multipurpose Deck Cargo Carrier by STX Finland Oy for Finnish Gaiamare Ltd. belonging to Turku based Meriaura Group. The MIBSV’s are designated for the Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi gas field and will be used as supply vessels for the Exxon


Coast Guard and Anti-Pollution Vessels from Rolls-Royce

More and more authorities are specifying Rolls-Royce ship designs and equipment for coastguard and anti-pollution vessels. Maritime states are increasingly aware of threats to their coastlines and exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The nature and seriousness of the threats varies from state to state. They may include fisheries control and prevention of illegal fishing, emergency towing of ships with engine or steering failure which represent a pollution hazard if they drift ashore


This Day in Coast Guard History – May 6

1796-Congress increased the monthly compensation of Revenue Marine officers: masters $50; first mates $35; second mates $30; third mates $25 and mariners $20. 1896-President Grover Cleveland placed the Lighthouse Service within the classified federal civil service. 1898-The cutter Morrill participated in an engagement at Havana, Cuba on 6 and 7 May 1898 during the Spanish-American War.  Her officers were awarded Bronze Medals by the authority of a joint resolution of Congress that


GOM Spill: $69M Initial Bill to BP

The Obama Administration sent a preliminary bill for $69.09m to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Administration will continue to bill BP regularly for all associated costs to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis. As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill


Siem Offshore Order Duel-Fuelled PSV's

A Siem Offhsore PSV: Image courtesy of the owners

Norway-based Siem Offshore has contracted Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Poland to build four dual-fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). The vessels are to be of VS 4411 DF design, and Siem Offshore say that they currently have two vessels of similar design under construction for delivery in 2014 and 2015. The new PSV's will be equipped with dual-fuel LNG or Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) systems which Siem Offshore claim to represent the latest technology of dual fuelled systems and hull


EPA Proposes Changes to Oil Spill Response Plan

Mathy Stanislaus (Photo: EPA)

Agency proposes amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to


Palfinger Adds Winch Line with NDM Acquisition

Photo: Palfinger Marine

Palfinger Marine acquires Norwegian Deck Machinery AS, expands product portfolio with new deck winches    Palfinger Marine has expanded its product portfolio with the acquisition of Norwegian Deck Machinery AS (NDM), stating NDM’s position within the design and development of


BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business


US Judge: BP Spill Smaller Than Feared

Photo: BP

BP Plc will face Clean Water Act fines for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill of up to $13.7 billion, less than a maximum of $17.6 billion it could have been fined, after a judge ruled on Thursday the size of the spill was 3.19 million barrels.  


Keenan Named VP at Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Keenan as Vice President, Platform Solutions Group. In this role, Keenan will have responsibility for leadership and management of the company's government and commercial


SERS Partners IEMS for Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

  Dubai-based Swire Emergency Response Services (SERS), a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore group, announced its partnership with Mediterranean-based International Environmental and Marine Services (IEMS) to jointly provide Tier 2/3 response services to clients in Europe


Courts Upholds BP 'gross negligence' Gulf Spill Ruling

A U.S. judge weighing how much BP Plc should be punished for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday refused to overturn his own finding that the oil company's conduct was "grossly negligent." The decision by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans means BP could still


CMM Orders Five OSRVs for Petrobras Work

Image: Damen

Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM (CMM) has secured contracts with Petrobras Brazil to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) with a new fuel-efficient Damen axe-bow design. CMM has secured contracts with Petrobras to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response


Long-term Study May Reveal Deepwater Horizon Impacts

Dr. Wes Tunnell

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will receive approximately $1.25 million over the next three years to work with Mexican colleagues in the southern Gulf of Mexico to look for residual impacts from the Ixtoc I oil spill of


Navigation in Parana River Restored

  Navigation in the Parana River was temporarily interrupted due to an fuel spill after a collision between two vessels at km 285 (near Sab Pedro) on Saturday, 13 December. One of the vessels suffered damage on its fuel tank causing fuel spill


BSEE Attends Arctic Council Meeting

David Moore (Photo: BSEE)

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) David M. Moore recently traveled to Seattle, Wash., for a meeting of the Arctic Council Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group. The EPPR Working Group addresses various aspects of prevention


Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution


Pipeline Spills into Black Sea From Russian Source

A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse on Wednesday where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap. "Some quantity of oil has spilled into the sea," Sergei Proskurin


BP, Anadarko Fail to Win Review of Gulf Spill Fines

  BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp narrowly failed to persuade a U.S appeals court to reconsider its 2014 ruling that they could face civil fines under federal pollution laws over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By a 7-6 vote, the 5th U.S


Tanker Oil Spills Notches New 5-year Low

ITOPF Graph

A new five-year low in oil spills from tank­ers reported by the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), as the average for 2010-2014 falls to 1.8 large spills per year.   During the year, ITOPF recorded 1 large spill of bitumen (over 3






 
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