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Navy Environmental Expert Receives Award

Mary L. Wenzel received the prestigious White House Closing the Circle Award in a ceremony on June 11th at the White House. The award is presented annually to federal employees whose efforts have resulted in a significant contribution to, or have made a significant impact on, the environment. Wenzel received the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in implementing Presidential Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management. Under her leadership the Navy program office responsible for the design and construction of the new Lewis and Clark Class ships succeeded in becoming the first Department of Defense acquisition program to implement a comprehensive environmental management system and to receive certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Wenzel is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, in Bethesda, Maryland. She is currently the Environmental, Safety and Health Manager for the T-AKE Acquisition Program at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., responsible for all aspects of environmental protection, safety and occupational health associated with the design and construction of twelve Lewis and Clark (T-AKE) Class ships. Designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea while providing replenishment services to U.S


NASSCO Receives Certification for OHSAS

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics has received certification of its compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Specification 18001. Established in 1999 by a consortium of the world's leading national standards bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultants, OHSAS 18001 is a voluntary international specification process that establishes requirements for a company's occupational health


MarAd Port Dolphin Energy LNG DWP License Application

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that the US Coast Guard intends to prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the environmental review of the application submitted by Port Dolphin Energy LLC for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP). If approved, the LNG DWP would be located in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico approximately 28 miles off the west coast of Florida


Harley Marine N.Y. Receives EPA Award

Harley Marine NY, a subsidiary company of Harley Marine Services has been selected to receive a 2010 U.S. Environmental Quality Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Harley Marine NY has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health.  This award is the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA.  In addition to exceeding compliance with local


Northrop Grumman Environmental Efforts Recognized

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been recognized as a leader for the company's actions to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate the risks of climate change and for the quality of its climate change data by CDP on two of its listings. The achievement was announced in the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2013, which tracks how America's largest listed companies are acting in response to environmental sustainability. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international


NYK Line PCTC Vessels Verified Environmentally Correct

LR cert. of compliance: Image credit NYK Line

Japan's NYK Line say they have received certification from classification society Lloyd's Register (LR) for two of its PCTCs (pure car and truck carrier) for the disclosure of accurate numerical values based on proper methods of collecting environmental data, including the handling of onboard waste and the emission of greenhouse gases (CO2). The certification was provided by third-party certifier Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA).


Hill Receives NOAA Hero Environmental Award

Marvin O. Hill received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Hero Award Friday in Elkins, West Virginia. The award was presented by Alan Rezek, Meteorologist in Charge of the Charleston, West Virginia Weather Forecast Office during a ceremony at the Elkins' fire station. Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their "tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's


Tug Company Honored

Island Tug and Barge Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., received an award from the Washington Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. The Exceptional Compliance Program (Ecopro) Award was presented at the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center on Pier 66, 2205 Alaska Way, in Seattle. Tank-barge companies receive the Ecopro Award only if they meet or exceed all 26 of Ecology's marine-safety standards for tank barges


Mahoney Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Commerce For Oceans and Atmosphere

At a Commerce Department ceremony in Washington, D.C., today James R. Mahoney, was sworn in as the assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. In this capacity, he is a chief manager of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation's top science agency for oceans and the atmosphere under its current administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, USN (ret.). Commerce Secretary Don Evans administered the oath of office.


Public Comment for Four New Deepwater EAs

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that public comment is invited with respect to four Environmental Assessments (EA) for Exploration Plans (EP). The EPs involve deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and were completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. A new feature has been added to increase accessibility for the public to submit comments on the


Port of Hueneme Receives EPA Grant

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Port staff received news that the Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to


IMO Closer to Polar Environmental Regulation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed which ships are to be covered by the future environmental regulations for voyages in polar areas, The Danish Maritime Authority said.


ASNE to Host Blue Green Sustainability Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Blue Green Sustainability Symposium is an inaugural event highlighting emerging technologies and solutions to meet the modern challenges of environmental consciousness in the maritime industry.


Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

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The White House yesterday awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.


Lake Michigan Refinery Oil Discharge: Latest Update

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The Coast Guard informs that their representatives together with those from the Environmental Protection Agency were back on scene Wednesday to oversee cleanup operations after a crude oil discharge Monday evening at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting.


Rolls-Royce Wins Heyerdahl Award

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded the maritime Heyerdahl Award 2014. The award was presented by His Majesty King Harald at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Associations Annual Conference in Oslo March 31. The award goes to the Environship Concept


Ingalls Shipbuilding Get Seventh USCG Legend-class Contract

Legend-class cutter: Photo courtesy HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter (WMSL 756).


J.K. Fabrication Winch Earns DNV Approval

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J.K. Fabrication announced it has received DNV Type Approval on its Model 40-30-3000 Anchor Winch. The winch can now be specified into existing commercial applications on barges, tugs, fishing and yacht vessels around the world. The company said the new Arctic Prowler Longlining vessel


Update: Response Efforts Continue on South Matagorda Island

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Effective shoreline clean-up efforts are on-going, Saturday, along Mustang, South Matagorda and North Padre islands in response to the Texas City oil spill. As of sunset Friday, response workers have removed a total of 200,775 pounds of oiled sand and oiled debris from the shorelines of Mustang


Horizon Marine Opens Brazilian Office

Horizon Marine, Inc. announced the opening of its Brazilian office and the hiring of André Gellers as Country Manager. Andre has worked for more than 10 years supporting the Brazilian oil and gas industry, managing projects related to environmental licensing, emergency response


Wärtsilä’s Propulsion CMS recognized by 3 Classification Societies

 Wärtsilä has received service level recognition for its Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS) by DNV-GL. Wärtsilä is the first company to attain this type of recognition from three of the major classification societies, namely the American Bureau of Shipping


Green new-build wins GAC Group Chairman's Environment Award for GEMS

 The commitment of GAC Energy & Marine Services (GEMS) to sustainability when building its new purpose-built office and warehouse building in Houston, Texas, has earned it the First Prize in the GAC Group Chairman's Award for Environmental Excellence for 2013.  


Chile Miner to Reopen Patache Port after Quake

Chilean copper miner Collahuasi said on Tuesday that it has received authorization to reactivate its Patache port in the country's north following a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last week. "We just received authorization and a ship has already entered the port to load


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)


Maersk Line increases business while reducing CO2 footprint

 Maersk Line today published its Sustainability Progress Update for 2013, showing a 3.8 million tonnes CO2 reduction in a year where the business grew 4.1%. “2013 was a good year for Maersk Line – financially as well as in terms of our sustainability performance” says


 
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