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CMC Joins Legal Action, NY Ballast Regs

The Chamber of Marine Commerce, along with a number of other industry stakeholders, are joining forces to take legal action against the state of New York's proposed new ballast water regulations.  The other parties joining in the lawsuit include American Great Lakes Ports Association, Canadian Shipowners Association, Federal Marine Terminals, Canfornav, Polska Zegluga Morska, Port of Oswego and Port of Albany Commission. During the past few months, four Great Lakes states (New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio) have issued new ballast water regulations, joining Michigan and Minnesota, both of whom already had ballast water regulations.  Generally, the CMC contends that most regulatory activity being proposed by these states is relatively consistent with IMO standards for ballast water treatment, i.e. requiring ships to have ballast water treatment systems by 2016. However, CMC states that the new regulations proposed by the state of New York are neither manageable nor consistent with international standards.  CMC argues that the regulations being proposed by New York are so unrealistic they would be impossible for many vessels - most particularly Canadian lakers - to comply with.  The proposed NY legislation requires that vessels be able to sanitize ballast water one hundred times greater than International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards by 2012, and one thousand times greater than IMO standards by 2013, ..


Canadian Shipbuilding: East against West

According to a May 16 report from the Vancouver Sun, the Harper government is expected to release its long-term shipbuilding strategy in the coming weeks, creating two national centers to handle billions of dollars worth of contracts. The strategy could spark a high-stakes game pitting West Coast firms against East Coast companies in a winner-take-all contest. Vancouver-based Washington Marine Group and J.D. Irving on the East Coast will be asked to submit proposals to become the “center


Aker Proposes New Kvaerner Board

Aker Maritime, which wants wide-ranging link-ups with Kvaerner, proposed a new board for Kvaerner before a corporate showdown on Friday. Aker, the top shareholder in Kvaerner with 17.8 percent, put forward Pehr Gyllenhammar, chairman of Britain's biggest insurance group CGNU, as chairman of its proposed board. Kvaerner has said it opposes Aker's plans for link-ups. Gyllenhammar said he hoped he could help resolve the clash between the two Norwegian industrial groups but stressed he would be


U.K. Government revises Finance Bill 2012 to favor UK Shipowning Companies

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has welcomed the UK government’s decision to minimize the effect of new rules in Finance Bill 2012 which resulted in a potentially serious trap for existing UK shipowners entering tonnage tax. Finance Bill 2012 originally extended some anti-avoidance rules relating to leasing companies, so that they applied to existing UK shipowning companies chartering out ships which enter UK tonnage tax


Siemens to Decide on Hull, UK, Wind Turbine Factory

A final decision by Siemens on its proposed new wind turbine factory in Hull, North-east England, is expected by the end of the year Planning consent for the ambitious £210-million redevelopment of Alexandra Dock where the factory will be based was granted in May. Already huge jack-up cranes are now regularly shipping turbine components from a riverside quay off Albert Dock to offshore wind farm sites off the Norfolk coast.


Mandatory Verification of Container Weights Increases Safety

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

At last week’s meeting in the IMO, it was decided that the weight of containers are to be verified before it is possible to carry them by sea. This will prevent ship accidents and prevent the loss of containers into the sea. The IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) recommends new international (SOLAS) regulations stipulating that containers must not be carried by sea until their weight has been verified and the shipper has informed the ship about


Panama Canal Authority Holds Public Hearing

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) held a public hearing giving Canal customers and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the modified pricing structure proposed by the ACP in early June of this year. Nearly fifty interested persons presented comments, with many expressing their appreciation for the recent improvements in safety and efficiency of Canal operations, but also saying that the percentage increase is too high and poorly timed.


Sustainable Shipping Initiative Launched in Singapore

Focus on sustainable shipping at Singapore event – Wärtsilä participates  The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) launched in Singapore recently is a series of practical, collaborative action plans aimed at developing a sustainable shipping industry for the future. Wärtsilä and other members have committed to deliver first results before the end of 2013. Presented as part of Singapore Maritime Week


ShipConstructor Update Responds to New Needs

ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1

ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1, released from SSI, has been specifically designed to rapidly respond to emerging trends in ship design and engineering as identified by SSI's new Client Council program, the company said. Client Council Program "Both technology and industry requirements are evolving quickly so our clients continually need to adapt," explained SSI CTO Denis Morais. "SSI's Client Council program has been designed to address this by having focus groups of similar


Oil Train Regulation Passes in California

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   California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state's Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous U.S. state. It passed its final vote in the Assembly 61-1, with strong bipartisan support within the state legislature in Sacramento


Mandatory e-data Exchange to be Adopted by Facilitation Committee

Facilitation Committee session Photo IMO

The Facilitation Committee, meeting this week (4-8 April), is expected to adopt mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers as part of a revised and modernized annex to the 1965 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)


Secretary Foxx Designates 3 Marine Highway Projects

Anthony Foxx Photo U.S. Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi River, previously designated as the M-55, will serve as the primary route for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle project.  Sponsored by the Port of New Orleans in partnership with


Pacific Basin Rights Issue for $151mln

Photo: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

 Hong Kong bulker  Pacific Basin has proposed a one-for-one rights issue in a bid to raise approximately $150.6m for strengthening its long term equity capital.   The shipping company plans to sell around 1.9 billion rights shares at a price of HKD0.60 per share, representing a 58


New Dredged Material Site Proposed in LI Sound

Long Island Sound map (Image: EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region. The Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site (ELDS) would be located offshore from New London, Conn


Hess sells Shannon LNG Terminal

Ireland is the only country in NW Europe without an LNG terminal. Map:  ShannonLNG

 New York-based energy company Hess has sold Shannon LNG, a proposed gas-import terminal in County Kerry, Ireland’s Sunday Independent has reported.   The newspaper did not name the buyer for the site. The identity of the new owner of the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal


Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

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Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said today it is encouraged by the potential of significant gains for landside freight transportation programs


Total Proposes 0.61 ‎€ per Share Dividend

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The Board of Directors of Total met on February 10, 2016, and agreed to propose to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 24, 2016, a 2015 annual dividend of 2.44 euros per share, stable compared to the 2014 annual dividend. This corresponds to a fourth quarter 2015 dividend of 0


Port of Melbourne Sale Soon

Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

 The Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says that critical laws to maximise the value of the lease of the Port of Melbourne are set to finally pass the state parliament this week, reports The Age.   The Coalition has used their numbers in the upper house to force a series of amendments to


RRS Boaty McBoatface: Name Sought for New UK Polar Ship

Image: British Antarctic Survey

 The public are being asked to name the UK’s new polar research ship.  The current front-runner for the vessel's name is already gathering a lot of attention: RRS Boaty McBoatface.   An open vote has been set up to name the next Royal Research Ship (RRS)


BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell.


EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging


BOEM Approves Virginia’s Offshore Wind Research

Plan makes way for first wind energy research facility in federal waters   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its approval of the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S


ICS is Shipowners' Rep at UN Meets

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At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the interests of shipowners at the opening session of a UN Preparatory Committee starting work on a new legal instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).


BOEM Announces Final Rule for Oil and Gas Leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Final Rule for Leasing of Oil and Gas or Sulfur in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) will be published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016.   The final rule updates and streamlines the existing OCS leasing regulations


China Merchants to Change Name

Image: China Merchants Holdings (Pacific)

 China Merchants Holdings (International) Company has proposed to change its name to China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited.    The proposed change is subject to approval by shareholders through a special resolution at the AGM and confirmation by the Registrar of Companies






 
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