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
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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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
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
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
Natural gas pipelines and power utilities across the United States struggled for several weeks to keep lights on and homes warm through the coldest winter in decades, but it may take many months for the cost and the fallout of the so-called "polar vortex" to work through the energy chain
Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group announced Dr. Robin Bidwell, CBE as its nonexecutive chairman. For 35 years, Dr. Bidwell built and led Environmental Resources Management (ERM) the global environmental advisory firm employing more than 5000 employees in over 40 countries
Vessel operators press for uniform national vessel discharge regulation On March 4, in testimony before the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week examining the impacts of federal environmental regulations on maritime transportation. This will be the second part of a two-part hearing to review the status
Fugro inform that the Airport Authority of Hong Kong has awarded them a contract to carry out a major nearshore geotechnical and environmental ground investigation programme in the waters near the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.
Reuters - The U.S. offshore drilling regulator on Thursday laid out potential mitigation measures companies may need to take to carry out seismic testing off the Atlantic coast to gauge oil reserves. The measures were a part of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's final environmental review
By Susanna Twidale, Reuters U.K. energy regulator Ofgem on Wednesday launched a £400 million tender for linking offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Britain's national power grid. Ofgem is calling for firms to construct high-voltage transmission links to connect the Westermost Rough
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has teamed up with the public to build the most comprehensive and up-to-date dataset on marine radiation levels in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. With no U.S
ABB, a global provider of power and energy solutions, is to supply a complete Shore to Ship Power (S2S) system to Color Line’s ro-pax ferry, SuperSpeed1. The 34,231 tons gross SuperSpeed1, built by Aker Finnyards at Rauma in Finland
W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has been named the exclusive North American marine distributor for Perma-Pipe, Inc., the largest North American manufacturer of pre-insulated piping
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District has awarded two separate contracts to URS Corporation for environmental remediation work at military facilities in Utah and Kansas. At McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, URS will investigate
The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drill ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the first for Wärtsilä’s new system. The contract was signed in the end of 2013.
Green Award for inland shipping said it achieved a milestone on February 17, 2014 when it handed over its 500th nr certificate. Robert Baack, COO of IMPERIAL Shipping Holding GmbH, received the Green Award certificate nr 500 during a festive ceremony on board of the DB Haniel 14 in Duisburg
The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, has deployed teams to assess and respond to potential environmental impacts due to the grounding of the Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 13.