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NOAA, USCG Provide Commercial Mariners with Guide to Right Whale Protection

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard announce the availability of "A Prudent Mariner's Guide to Right Whale Protection" - an interactive, multi-media CD program that serves as a guide and voluntary training resource for commercial mariners operating in right whale habitats along the U.S. Atlantic coast. The CD, distributed free-of-charge upon request, provides a comprehensive collection of right whale information delivered in a compact and user-friendly format. The program includes: crew training information about right whales, recommended navigational actions when operating in right whale habitat, a guide to reporting sightings of dead or injured right whales, an informative video presentation, and a short follow-up quiz. It also provides guidelines for compliance with the Mandatory Ship Reporting Systems, including an innovative, interactive report generation program, as well as key supplementary information contained in a separate "Media" folder, such as video clips, information about the current Mandatory Ship Reporting areas, and diagrams of the recently implemented, recommended traffic lanes in right whale high-use areas. NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with the Coast Guard and a number of other partners, developed the CD program and is currently targeting shipping companies and vessel operators who plan to ensure the CDs are delivered directly to vessels and included in bridge management training


Changes in Vessel Operations Protects Whales

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston are implemented. Both changes significantly reduce the risk of collisions between large ships and whales. Beginning on June 1, ships 300 gross tons and above will be asked to avoid an area in the Great South Channel from April through July, when right whales face the highest chance of being struck by ships


North Atlantic Right Whale – port access routing study

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a port access routing study to analyze potential vessel routing measures and consider adjusting existing vessel routing measures in order to reduce vessel strikes on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. The areas under consideration include Cape Cod Bay and possibly Race Point and the Great South Channel in the northern region and approaches to Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, and Brunswick in the southern region


This Day in Coast Guard History – May 17

1999-The Coast Guard "kept the peace" when the Makah Indian tribe hunted and killed a gray whale in Neah Bay, Washington.  The Makah were guaranteed the right to hunt whales in their 1855 treaty with the U.S. (Source: USCG Historian’s)


Avoiding Collisions with the North Atlantic Right Whale

“Since implementation of mandatory seasonal speed restrictions along the U.S. east coast in 2008, the number of vessel struck right whales like this one has been dramatically reduced.”

A Training Module for all Mariners Professional mariners have a unique responsibility as they transit the world’s oceans. Mariners see a part of this earth that the vast majority of humanity will never witness and, in turn, they become stewards of the ocean by following the numerous regulatory measures aimed at reducing the impact of shipping on the environment. These regulations include, but certainly are not limited to, the use of AIS to avoid collisions and harmful oil spills


Deep-Water Rig Can Expect Unfriendly NZ Reception

SV Tiama: Photo credit Greenpeace NZ

New Zealand environmentalists wait patiently aboard their yacht 'SV Tiama' for the arrival of Texas' Anadarko rig 'Noble Bob Douglas' at the deep-sea drilling site about 110 nm west of Raglan. Crew member Bunny McDiarmid sets the scene in her blog post: "Out on the Tasman it is still, sunny and calm. The water has been so flat lately that, ironically, it’s technically known as "oily seas" because there’s a sheen over the water


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. "The decision is a huge victory for whales, dolphins and coral reefs," Peter Melchett, the environmental group's executive director, told reporters after the ruling. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats


Blue Whale Operations Update

Coast Guard District Eleven continues to support the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in conducting overflights to monitor the locations of blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel and surrounding area. This information is being passed to vessel agents to increase industry awareness. Since September 8, 2007, two blue whale carcasses have been discovered in the Santa Barbara Channel, and one was discovered in Long Beach Harbor


Court Strikes New Balance for Navy, Whales

The U.S. Navy can go ahead with training exercises this month using sonar off the California coast but should afterward implement new guidelines to protect whales, a U.S. appeals court said, according to a Reuters report. For years, U.S. courts have weighed the rights of whales to live undisturbed versus U.S. national security needs. The order of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest effort to strike the right balance.


Whale Struck by Container Ship, Carcass Removed from Seattle Area Beach

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. was contracted to remove the fin whale that had washed up on the Seahurst Park beach in Burien, WA. Global removed the carcass and prevented its further decomposition in the city park. On April 13, several reports were made to the U.S. Coast Guard that a whale had washed up approximately five miles south of Seattle’s Alki Point. The fin whale, not local to thearea, was believed to have been struck by a container ship at sea and brought into the Puget


Russian Submarine in North Sea?

Image by Royal Navy, UK

 A Scottish fishing boat skipper Angus Macleod has reported a terrifying brush with what is believed to be a rogue Russian submarine inside British waters in the North Sea.   Macleod said he and his four crew were “extremely lucky” to survive the incident in which his net


ABS CEO Lays Out Vision for Technical Leadership at CMA Shipping

      ABS CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

  During the recent CMA Shipping 2015 conference in Stamford, Connecticut, ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki provided the conference's keynote address to set the agenda for discussion over the following two days. CMA Shipping is an annual meeting of nearly 1


Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone in Rhode Island

Right Whale Courtesy NOAA

  A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established in Rhode Island Sound to protect an aggregation of 4 right whales sighted in this area on April 1, 2015. This DMA is in effect immediately through April 16, 2015


China Gets 40-Year Rights at Pakistani Port

Picture by Gwadar Port Authority

 China has been allowed operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a planned deep-water harbor in Pakistan.   This move will give China access to Gulf countries, and the possibility of building a naval base on the Arabian Sea in future, sources revealed.  


Israeli Port Work Starts, Haifa Longshoremen strike

A Chinese construction firm began work on a new Mediterranean port in Israel on Tuesday, prompting a strike at Haifa docks further up the coast where the workers oppose the new competition. Israel's government, looking to break up the monopoly of two state-owned ports in Haifa and Ashdod


Rolls-Royce Notifies Total Voting Rights

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  In accordance with DTR 5.6.1 of the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules (DTR), the Company is required to notify the market of its total number of voting rights and capital as at the end of each calendar month.   The issued share capital of the Company is comprised of the


Dutch Yards May Need to Rethink Contract Structures

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD said a recent decision of the Dutch courts means that shipyards in The Netherlands may no longer be able to rely on the right to retain a vessel while awaiting payment for work done. As a result of this unexpected decision


Marine Noise Emissions: Is it Your Next Regulatory and Environmental Hurdle?

Marflex Variable Frequency Drive Cargo pump.

A different kind of emission in the compliance spotlight – above and below decks. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment during its 2012, 56th session submitted a draft revised code on noise levels onboard ships


IMO, UN Agencies Address Maritime Migration

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: UNHCR / Jean-Marc Ferré)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the problem of the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants


IMB Concerned About Compensating Pirates

Somali pirates threaten crew

  The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has joined other maritime organisations in expressing concern over the decision to compensate convicted Somali pirates. These criminals have been responsible for taking hostage thousands of seafarers


MarineCo Orders New Damen Workboat

MarineCo UK  has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for a Multi Cat 2712 vessel to be delivered in April 2015.   The Multi Cat 2712 is the second contract for this new type in the Damen Multi Cat Series, It measures 27 meters in length and 12 meters in width


Konecranes Agilon Wins Quality Innovation Award

Courtesy Konecrane  Agilon

  Konecranes’ Agilon material management solution has won the Quality Innovation award in the Large companies series in The Quality Innovation Award of the Year competition, arranged by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland. Agilon brings industrial internet to material logistics and enables


Whale Carcass Washes Up Under Seattle Ferry Dock

A dead gray whale has floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor wafting onto the dock and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip, a transportation official said on Thursday.  


Euronav Pays Bond to Buy 15 Maersk Tankers

Photo: Euronav NV

Euronav NV will repay the US$235 million bond issued to finance the acquisition of 15 VLCC oil tankers from Maersk Tankers Singapore, following a closure of its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange.


New Code Aims to Protect Dolphins near Aberdeen

Photo courtesy of Aberdeen Harbour

A joint taskforce has launched a Code of Practice to protect Bottlenose dolphins near Aberdeen’s Harbour mouth, and provide guidance to vessels operating in the port.    The code has been developed by a joint taskforce who have come together as a result of increased interest in






 
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