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HSRP Meeting

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will be meeting November 19-20. The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on topics relating to operations, research and development, and dissemination of data pertaining to:  hydrographic surveying; nautical charting; water level measurements; current measurements; geodetic measurements; and geospatial measurements. The HSRP will hold its next meeting in Tampa, Florida to discuss NOAA’s Navigation Services programs.  The HSRP will hear from maritime interests and non-navigation users about connections to NOAA’s Navigation Services and Climate during two Stakeholder Panels.  The agenda also includes a discussion of the Integration of PORTS® Data Into the U.S. Coast Guard Automated Identification System (AIS); Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS) National Strategy review and activities update; Office of Coast Survey (OCS), National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and Center for Operational Products and Services (CO-OPS) strategic plans; NOAA’s Electronic Navigational Charts: Status Report and External Expectations; and a facilitated HSRP strategic planning session. The complete agenda is available at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm


HSRP Baltimore Meeting

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee, will convene on April 14-15, 2009, to consider and deliberate on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hydrographic Services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial industries, ocean and coastal stewardship, recreational boating, and ocean policy. This public meeting will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland


DHS Announces $141M in Port Security Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced $141,969,967.61 in the fifth round of awards under the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The FY 2005 PSGP fortifies security at our nation’s critical ports and maritime facilities. PSGP funds address key national priorities by helping to protect ports against small craft and underwater attacks and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. The program also funds measures to enhance explosive detection capabilities aboard passenger


Study Backs Up Cruise Industry’s Commitment to Environment

The results of two recent environmental studies regarding cruise ship wastewater discharge provide new and significant scientific insight into the low environmental impacts of cruise ship operations on the marine environment. Two independent yet interrelated studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) provide a major step in understanding the environmental impact of cruise ships.


Is DD21 Program In Peril?

Prospects for a proposed all-new $30 billion advanced Navy destroyer foundered on Tuesday, undercut by a study carried out for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The boom was lowered on the ship, known as DD 21, by an influential panel advising Rumsfeld on ways to "transform" the U.S. military into a more lethal, agile force. "We didn't see a substantial difference in operational capabilities in the DD 21 compared to the other (existing U.S


FL Governor Taps Port Canaveral CEO for New Seaport Security Council

J. Stanley Payne, CEO of Port Canaveral, is among 10 leaders selected to serve on Governor Bush’s newly created Seaport Security Standards Advisory Council. The panel of port, tourism, and law enforcement leaders will review the current security measures enacted in 2001 to determine what changes are needed to protect Florida’s ports from terrorism, drug trafficking, and cargo theft. The Council also will provide a formal review process for regulation disputes.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Provisions

Mr. DeMarcay is a partner in the law firm of Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli. Based in New Orleans

Do they save you time, money, and aggravation? • Caution Over the last decade, the legal community has embraced alternative dispute resolution modalities, such as mediation and arbitration, as tools to resolve disputes between litigants.  Both of these options can be very effective in quickly resolving claims. That said, it is prudent to consider other methods before entering into any such agreement


U.S. Coast Guard Academy to Host Academic Workshop

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The Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy will host an academic workshop, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy entitled “Resilient Ports, Marine Transportation Systems and Maritime Communities in an Era of Global Environmental Change.” This one-day workshop will bring together a diverse group of scholars, practitioners and stakeholders from across the country to discuss how to achieve resilient ports and marine transportation systems in an era of extreme


Panama Canal Case Headed to Arbitration

Picture Credit: Panama Canal Authority.

 The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium building a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway said in separate statements that they will take a dispute over cement quality to international arbitration.   The PCA has asked for an international arbitration panel to review a decision to award US$233 million to the consortium expanding the canal in a dispute over cement quality.   The consortium, led by Spain's Sacyr and Italy's Salini Impregilo


Panel to Oversee Australian Submarine Program

Australia’s future submarine programme

With France, Germany and Japan having confirmed their participation as potential international partners in the Australia’s future submarine programme, the Government today announces the establishment of the Expert Advisory Panel, which will oversee the competitive evaluation process. The Expert Advisory Panel will assure the Government that the competitive evaluation process remains sound, is conducted in accordance with probity and accountability principles


BOEM, Geologists Partner for OCS Information Sharing

BOEM and Association of American State Geologists to collaborate on offshore marine minerals and oil and gas information sharing   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) have signed an agreement to foster interaction


Charleston Harbor Deepening Gains Federal Approval

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board Moves 52-Foot Deepening Project Forward   Today in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the


Portsmouth Naval Base Harnesses Sun Power

Ken Hobbs, Head of Energy Solutions and Services at BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth Naval Base (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has completed a large scale installation of solar panels at Portsmouth Naval Base to increase energy efficiency and generate savings. In total, almost 2,000 solar panels comprising the latest photovoltaic technology have been installed on two key Portsmouth Naval Base buildings


Propulsion Under Wireless Remote Control

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Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. has been supplying wireless remote controls for thrusters since the 1980s, offering products that are supported through their lifecycles with upgrades that result from recent technological developments.   Breathwit Marine Contractors installed


STX France Shipyard Adds More Automated Welding

STX France Shipyard

A good order book and need for higher capacity in the dock were the basis for STX France to purchase more welding automation for its shipyard’s panel welding.   STX France decided to turn to Pemamek after a competitive offering round


FEIS for Magnolia LNG Project Due in November

The Directors of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited advised that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review (SER) for the company’s Magnolia LNG Project, setting November 16


BP Wins Right to Appeal Gulf Spill Damages Claims

BP Plc deserves the right to have a federal appeals court review some damage claims awarded under the settlement to compensate people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.   The 5th U.S


Long Beach's Cement Terminal Project Approved

The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships.

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project this week, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to


European Ports Identify Their Priorities

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

European ports are real “multitaskers”: they combine different functions ranging from gateway to the world, nodes in the transport chain, hotspots for Europe’s industrial activity, safe and secure shelters, the link between Europe’s peripheral regions and islands to the


Solarworld Wants Duties on Chinese Solar Goods in U.S. Extended

  German solar manufacturer SolarWorld will apply to the United States for an extension of duties on Chinese panel imports that are due to end this year, weekly Euro am Sonntag said. Chief Executive Frank Asbeck justified his intention by saying Chinese panel makers would still receive


ARENA Funding Helps CSIRO set-up New Solar Lab.

Photovoltaic Outdoor Research Facility CSIRO Newcastle

  CSIRO is set to increase confidence in large scale solar by more accurately predicting how different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will perform on Australian shores. Over the course of a 32 month project supported by $1.3 million ARENA funding


Entries Sought for SHIPPINGInsight Award

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award, which will be presented at the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 13 in Stamford, Conn.   The annual award honors a ship operating company and its technology partners for the successful


US House Energy Chairman Supports Lifting Oil Export Ban

U.S. Representative Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' energy panel, on Tuesday said he favors lifting the 40-year-old U.S. oil export ban.   "Oil exports can be a win for the American people and a win for our allies," Upton said


ICS Publishes Annual Review

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review of maritime policy developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting and to coincide with this week’s meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee.   


MHI Debuts Non-ozone-depleting Refrigerant

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  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a new series of centrifugal chillers, dubbed the "ETI-Z Series," adopting a new refrigerant, HFO-1233zd(E), that offers outstanding environmental compatibility. The various models in the new series will be progressively






 
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