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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

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.

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.

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

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


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

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

To Scrub, or Not to Scrub -That Is the Question

Nicholas Confuorto

On January 1, 2015, the IMO Annex VI, ECA zone requirements came into effect.  Ship owners and operators are now faced with having to decide between switching to a lower sulfur fuel or embracing alternate solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) and LNG

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina


  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review

House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal US Oil Export Ban

A bill to repeal the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports was passed on Thursday by the House of Representatives energy panel.   The legislation, which passed 31 to 19, is opposed by President Barack Obama. It is expected to be passed by the full House in coming weeks

White House Does Not Back US House Bill to Repeal Oil Export Ban

White House photo

The White House said on Tuesday it does not support a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 40-year-old ban on exports of crude oil.   "This is a policy decision that is made over at the Commerce Department, and for that reason

US House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal Oil Export Ban

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee passed a bill on Thursday to repeal the U.S. ban on oil exports, providing momentum in the chamber for overturning the 40-year old trade restriction. The House Energy and Power subcommittee passed the bill by a voice count

Maersk Introduces Surcharge Refrigerated and Intermodal

Photo: Maersk Line

 The Danish shipping company Maersk Line informed its customers that it will introduce a new code of surcharge controlled atmosphere (SatarCare) to containers with refrigerated goods, from next September 15.   This surcharge, according to the shipping company

Where Arbitration Began: Maritime Arbitration in New York

In March 1656, Andrew Kilvert brought suit against Jan Geraerdy in the Court of Burgemeesters of the colony of New Netherland, demanding the release of his vessel, which had been arrested to obtain payment for the sale price of Kilvert’s ship

Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

  The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer

Tidewater Logs 1Q 2016 Loss

The most versatile vessels in the Tidewater fleet are the AHTS

  Tidewater Inc. announced today a first quarter net loss for the period ended June 30, 2015, of $15.1 million, or $0.32 per common share, on revenues of $304.8 million. For the same quarter last year, net earnings were $43.7 million, or $0.88 per common share, on revenues of $385.7 million

Deadline Extended for SHIPPINGInsight Award

The judges have extending the deadline to submit entries for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 to give more time for companies to participate.   The annual SHIPPINGInsight Award recognizes a ship operating company and its technology partners for a successful project

Australia's Massive Shipbuilding Plan Announced

Part of the facility at Adelaide shipyards

  The Australian Government has thrown domestic shipbuilders an A$89 billion (US$ 66 billion) lifeline. It plans to deliver a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. Over the next 20 years the Government will invest the $89 billion in ships and submarines for

Bergeron to be Keynote Speaker at SHIPPINGInsight

Scott Bergeron

  Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), has agreed to serve as a keynote speaker at the SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, which takes place in Stamford, Conn., Oct. 13-14.

US Senate Panel Ends Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

U.S. Senate panel passes amendment to end restrictions on travel to Cuba   The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 on Thursday to end restrictions on Americans travel to Cuba, a committee spokesman said.   Four committee Republicans joined 14 Democrats to back the

Simrad Debuts Maris ECDIS900 MK5, MK15

a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems

  The Simrad Professional Series has launched a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)– theSimrad MARIS ECDIS900 MK5 and MK15.Available in 19-, 24-, and 26-inch widescreen monitors

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