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BOEM to Hold Public Meeting in New Orleans

BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing on December 8th in New Orleans on Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public hearing in New Orleans on Dec. 8, 2011, to provide an opportunity to comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 – 2017. This is one in a series of 13 public hearings. A leasing program consists of a schedule of oil and gas lease sales (auctions) indicating the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity for the five-year period following its approval by the Secretary of the Interior. The proposed program includes six offshore areas where there are currently active leases and exploration, and where there is known or anticipated hydrocarbon potential. It schedules 15 potential lease sales for the 2012 – 2017 period —12 in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska.   What:   The public is invited to comment during a public hearing on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 – 2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Who:    BOEM Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi When:   Dec. 8, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


WETA Draft Transition & EWTSM Pan

WETA has released a Draft Transition Plan and Draft Emergency Water Transportation System Management Plan. The draft documents are now available for download at www.watertransit.org. The public is invited to any of three Public Hearings/Special Meetings of the Board of Directors to provide oral input on both plans: Wednesday, April 15 at Noon, BCDC, 50 California St, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m., Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA


EPA Issues Rule on Shipbuilding Air Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule regarding emission standards for hazardous air pollutants relating to shipbuilding and ship repair (surface coating) operations. The rule amends the definition of ship in order to close an unintended gap and to clarify the regulations. The change comes into effect on February 27, 2007, unless adverse comment is received by January 29 or a public hearing is requested by January 8 Source: HK Law


Public Hearing, Proposed Gretna Ferry Route Change

The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will hold a public hearing on a proposal to change the route of the Gretna ferry from the Gretna-Jackson Avenue route to the Gretna-Canal Street route.  In addition, proposed changes in the times of operation for the Gretna ferry will be discussed.  The proposed start date for the new route and/or times of operation will be in the fall of 2009. The hearing will take place on August 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m


BOEMRE Hearings: Draft Supplemental EIS for O&G Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will hold two public hearings in New Orleans, La. to accept oral or written comments on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for proposed Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218.   The SEIS was prepared to update the analyses done in earlier environmental impact statements and to analyze new information regarding the western Gulf of Mexico planning area.   


Panama Canal Authority Holds Hearing on New Toll Structure

       Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is holding a public hearing today on a proposed toll structure change. The proposed restructuring, which the ACP Board of Directors approved on December 24, calls for each ship segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement. For instance, containers will be measured and priced on TEUs, dry bulkers will be based on deadweight tonnage capacity and metric tons of cargo, passenger vessels will be based on berths


Panama Canal Authority Board Publishes Toll Proposal

Panama Canal Authority The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has published its proposal to restructure the Panama Canal's pricing system and certain regulations. On February 2, 2007, the ACP announced its desire to move toward a charge that accurately reflects the commercial value of the service and route. After a 30-day public consultation period, the ACP conducted a hearing on March 14. The proposal announced today has been slightly modified from the February proposal:


Pearl Crossing LNG Terminal – License Application

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that they have received an application for licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port terminal from Pearl Crossing LNG Terminal LLC. The proposal calls for construction and operation of a LNG deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Any public hearing must be held not later than March 18


PVA Weighs in on TWIC Rulemaking

PVA LOGO.BMP

Carolyn Horgan, 2013 President for Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) commented on the Coast Guard's notice of proposed rulemaking on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers: “PVA commends the Coast Guard for acknowledging, in its proposed rule, that virtually all U.S. flagged passenger vessels are appropriately secure and that an expensive TWIC reader would not add to their security.


Brazil to Lease 29 Ports to Private Companies

  A plan to attract private investment to Brazil's strained port infrastructure is even more important in the face of federal budget cuts that will curb public investment, Brazilian Ports Minister Edinho Araújo said in an interview.   Brazil, which has seen exports of iron ore, soybeans, sugar, coffee and beef soar, is planning to lease 29 public terminals, including at the country's largest port in Santos and in the northern state of Para


Panama Council Approves New Canal Tolls

Image: Panama Canal Authority

The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors.   The accepted proposal—which modifies the pricing structure for most Canal


Panama Okays New Canal Toll Structure

Toll infographic (Source: Panama Canal)

 Panama’s cabinet council has approved a request by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to modify the canal toll structure and implement volume-based discounts for container ships. The new toll schedule will take effect April 1, 2016.  


Redwood City Proposes Port Deepening Project

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Recommended $73 Million Plan for Redwood City Navigation Improvement Program; Public Hearing Set for August 10   A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City


Taimyr Disapprove Oil Terminal "Tanalau"

The indigenous peoples of Taimyr not approved the oil terminal Tanalau on the Yenisei

  Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr refused to sign the conclusion of the public hearings on the project and everything Payyahskogo Severopayyahskogo fields and the construction of the oil terminal "Tanalau." "As a result of re-hearing Association based on its own


Houston Pilots Propose 3.5% Rate Hike

The port commissioners, sitting as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports, are considering a proposed 3.5% increase in pilotage rates for the Houston Pilots. Interested parties will make oral presentations at a public hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 9 am.


Senators Address NJ’s Rock Salt Situation

Senator Robert Menendez

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the following joint-statement regarding New Jersey’s shortage of rock salt:    “We are pleased to hear that the first shipment of rock salt arrived at Port Newark last night


Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation

ADEC Cruise Ship Program The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004)


Sewol Crew Gets Little in Legal Resources

MOKPO, South Korea, May 20 (Reuters) - South Korea's legal system appears to be failing 15 surviving crew of a ferry that sank last month, killing hundreds of children, with their being tried and convicted by an angry public before the case has even come to court.


Texas City Y Collision: Formal Casualty Hearing Notified

Aftermath Texas City Y collision: Photo USCG

The US Coast Guard informs that in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, it will begin a formal hearing at the Galveston County Criminal Justice Center Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. concerning the collision between the bulk carrier 'Summer Wind'


Texas City Y Marine Casualty Hearing Closes: Results Later

The courtroom: Photo USCG

Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigators have closed a formal hearing in Galveston, that was held to gather facts that led to a March 22, 2014 collision and subsequent 168,000 gallon oil spill near the Texas City Dike.


New Tolls Structure at Panama Canal

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority has advised that a new tolls structure will be introduced when the expanded Canal opens. The proposal the Authority plans to present in the coming months provides a structure that is competitive, attractive and customised to reflect advantages to clients by ship type


Long Beach Drafts Report on Cement Terminal Improvements

The Port of Long Beach this week released a draft environmental impact report examining proposed modifications to the existing Mitsubishi Cement import facility on Pier F. To gather comments on the recirculated draft EIR, a public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct


Panama Canal Polls Industry on Proposed Fees

ACP Administrator/CEO Jorge Luis Quijano (Image: Courtesy ACP)

ACP touts new Toll Structure as reflecting value of route and better customer service. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced a proposal for a new toll structure, following more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments.


DOI Issues FSEIS for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193, moving the DOI a step closer to resolving federal court concerns regarding the 2008 oil and gas leases offshore Alaska


Long Beach to Decide on Cement Import Facility

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Board will review Mitsubishi project at meeting May 11   The Port of Long Beach has prepared the final environmental impact report for the Mitsubishi (MCC) Cement Facility Modification Project. The port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider the adequacy of the final EIR at its






 
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