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Pollution Response Team to Conduct Training in Juneau

A multi-agency pollution response training event will be conducted in the Juneau area during this week from May 13-15. The exercise is being coordinated under the Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, which has established requirements for periodically exercising oil spill response contingency plans throughout the country. A joint exercise team, consisting of local oil spill response planners, has been meeting to plan this exercise since January. A specialized team of Coast Guard exercise planners from the National Strike Force Coordination Center in North Carolina facilitated the team throughout the planning process. The Juneau Delta Western facility volunteered to participate as the lead industry planner for the exercise. Many activities will take place during the three-day event, with the main focus on training. Classes will be conducted during the 12th and 13th for shoreline cleanup, creating a joint information center, cost documentation process, and response equipment operations. A joint command post exercise will be conducted at Centennial Hall May 14. On the 15th a small equipment deployment and demonstration will occur in the Lawson Creek and Snowslide Creek areas of Juneau harbor. On-water activities on the 15th are not anticipated to impact normal harbor activities. An estimated 100 responders are expected to attend the various events


Industry, Government Collaborate on Long Island Sound Casualty Simulation

On September 17, McAllister Towing and Reinauer Transportation will be partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Sector New York in a major simulated marine accident and pollution incident on the waters of Long Island Sound. Responders will be faced with a simulated grounding and subsequent oil spill impacting the waters and shoreline of Connecticut and New York. The exercise is part of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP)


APRG Expands Training & Response Team

The Alaska Pacific Response Group L.L.C. (APRG) has added Dick Jackson and Tom Jones to its ICS training and oil spill response team staff. Jackson, formerly with Mobil Oil, will be the primary representative for Oregon and California. Jones, formerly with Alaska Clean Seas will be the primary representative in Fairbanks, Alaska and serve APRG's clients in Alaska's interior and North Slope. APRG provides OPA 90 Qualified Individual Services


Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill


Transas Presents its Crisis Management System in Malaysia

Transas Marine Pacific was invited to present its state-of-the-art Crisis Management System – PISCES - at one of Malaysia’s most important professional forums. A Marine Environmental Conservation Course under the auspices of the Malaysian Technical Co-operation Program was convened at country's premier maritime education and training institution - Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM) - from June 17 to 30, 2007. Twenty delegates from the Yemen, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tonga


Port of Redwood City Receives Homeland Security Grant

Photo: Port of Redwood City

The Port of Redwood City has received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant that will enable it to conduct maritime security training and exercise planning to remain compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and to protect port personnel, property and cargo. The aim of the training is to build up to a full-scale exercise, one that tests the port's ability to react to incidents such as breaches of security or natural disasters.


Multi-Agency Oil Spill Drill to be Conducted in San Diego

A multi-agency drill simulating a major oil spill off the coast of San Diego is scheduled to be held Wednesday and Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center. The two-day exercise will involve dozens of participating agencies from around the southern area. The drill is designed to test the response capabilities of the agencies and create a decision-making environment for participants. The joint-agency efforts will be monitored and evaluated in order to identify any areas in need of


Dubai Maritime City Ends Cruise Season With Safety Drill

Members of the Cruise Ship Emergency Response Task Force at the simulated table top exercise. Inset: Captain Abdulla Al-Hayyas on board the Costa Cruise Lines’ FAVOLOSA during the simulated drill (Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority).

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced that the Cruise Ship Emergency Response Task Force, convened in September, 2011, to address the challenges presented by the introduction of ever larger cruise ships to the UAE waters, hosted the first cruise sector mass casualty table top exercise and drill last week.  


Bahrain Mine Counter-measures Exercise Draws 41 Nations

USS Ponce: Photo credit USN

International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13 sees a gathering of 35 ships, 18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) & over 100 explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) divers. Representatives from 41 nations are assembled in Bahrain to prepare for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13, May 6-30, 2013, in the Gulf Region.
 International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13, is the largest exercise of its kind in the region and will exercise a wide spectrum of


Subsea Well Blowout Response Tested in GofM

James Watson: Photo credit BSEE

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Noble Energy, Inc. and the Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) participated in the exercise. A full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment was employed to assess  Noble Energy’s ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. BSEE Director James Watson confirmed that the HWCG capping stack deployed for the exercise met the


Seven NATO Countries End Black Sea War Games

ITS RIMINI berthing alongside ITS AVIERE in port in Burgas, Bulgaria before taking part in Exercise Breeze 2014 (Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office)

Seven NATO countries completed naval exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, officials said, in a signal of the alliance's resolve to support east European members who have been unnerved by Russia's behavior in the Ukraine crisis. Though scheduled before the crisis erupted


OSRO: The Child of Necessity

Dennis Bryant

Most people in the maritime industry in the United States are familiar with the concept of the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO).  It is one of the many quiet successes of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) and has enhanced the prompt and efficient cleanup of spills of oil and


Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Oil spill response: Photo credit LOSCO

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned


Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics.


Rosneft and Lukoil Commence Joint Drilling at Caspian Shelf

Rosneft and Lukoil commenced joint drilling works at Caspian Shelf

Rosneft and Lukoil began the construction of prospecting and appraisal well ? 1 at Ribachya structure as part of geologic exploration of North Caspian licensed site, situated in a Russian sector of North Caspian water area. The project is operated by the Caspian Oil Company


NAO Exercises Option to Purchase Shares

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that the underwriters of the company's initial public offering, which closed on June 17, 2014, have exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 882,352 common shares. The sale of these common shares isexpected to close on June 26, 2014


Marine Salvage Saves Time, Money, Lives & the Environment

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Though maritime transportation is unequivocally proven as the safest and most environmentally benign means to move goods from ‘point A to point B,’ it is a given that accidents do happen. When they do, having a qualified, competent marine salvage company around can be the difference


Australian Defence Force in Key RIMPAC 14 Role

Sailor in RIMPAC RAN Ship: Photo ADF

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) says it is playing a key role in the world’s largest maritime exercise taking place in and around the islands of Hawaii. Hosted by the United States Pacific Fleet, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC 14) will see 23 nations, 48 ships, six submarines


China Looks to Join Big US-led Pacific Naval Drills

A giant U.S.-led naval exercise began off Hawaii on Thursday with China joining its Asia-Pacific rivals for the first time, but analysts doubted the drills will ease tensions over Chinese maritime claims and some said Beijing could use them to strengthen its navy.


Marine Salavage: Responder Immunity Benefits a Responsible Party

The Author, Jon Waldron

Putting to rest the fears and misconceptions about what responder immunity means and what it will eventually do. It’s all good. As many in the response industry, and in many cases the marine industry in general appreciate, there has been an extended effort to enact an enhanced responder


RIMPAC Underway off Hawaii

U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu during an exercise in the Pacific Ocean, June 23, 2014. Peleliu will participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel Viramontes)

RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise consisting of 20 plus nations and hundreds of aircraft, ships and submarines began yesterday in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The exercise will provide a unique training opportunity for fostering and sustaining cooperative


Scorpio Tankers Update Finance & Newbuilding News

Scorpio tankship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Tankers inform of a new $150 million stock buyback program; initial purchasers' exercise of their option to purchase additional $60 million in convertible senior notes due 2019, and newbuilding vessel deliveries. Main points follow: New $150 Million Stock Buyback Program


Transas Simulators Used During IMRF Exercises

Photo courtesy of Transas

On June 1, a mass rescue simulation exercise using Transas Navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 took place within the International Maritime Mass Rescue Conference 2014 held by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The conference was hosted by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS).


U.S. Navy Surgeon General Visits the Peace Ark

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  The U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, embarked the People's Republic of China medical ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866) for a tour, while it is in port for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in Pearl Harbor July 2


Navy Partnerships Matter: RIMPAC in Action

Sailors haul mooring line aboard  USS Rushmore: Photo USN

The future is maritime partnerships maintains the US Navy in a recent news release. The world’s navies must be able to come together quickly to work on common interests and things that are important worldwide. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014 (RIMPAC 14) is put forward as an example of






 
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