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PHMSA – Burial of Submerged Pipelines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking comment on its Study on Burial of Submerged Pipelines. The study addresses hazards to navigation from offshore submerged pipelines, found mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1990, there have been 58 reported instances of a vessel or its equipment striking a submerged pipeline offshore and 64 reported instances where a submerged pipeline was either uncovered or presented a hazard to navigation. Comments on the study should be submitted by May 21. Source: HK Law

EPA: Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on its Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report. Comments should be submitted by February 4, 2008. The report, which will be posted at Cruise Ship Water Discharges, assesses five cruise ship waste streams: sewage; graywater; bilge water; solid waste; and hazardous waste. 72 Fed. Reg. 72353 (HK Law)

Nontank vessel Oil Spill Response pPlans: Comments Sought

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice and is seeking comments relating to the recent legislative requirement for nontank vessels of 400 gross tons ITC and greater to have oil spill response plans (similar to those of tank vessels). The legislation, enacted August 9, 2004, requires nontank vessel response plans (NTVRP) to be prepared and submitted to the Coast Guard no later than August 9, 2005. That is insufficient time for the agency to promulgate implementing legislation

MARAD Seeks Comments on Proposed Policy for Deepwater Export Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is seeking comments on the agency’s proposed policy to accept, evaluate and process license applications for the construction and operation of offshore deepwater export facilities. The agency is proposing to use the existing Deepwater Port License regulations, found in 33 CFR Parts 148, 149 and 150, for such purposes. However, due to the considerable technical, operational, and environmental differences between import and export operations for natural

USCG Seeks Comments on Liquid HazMat Regulations

The USCG is seeking feedback on its revision of 46 CFR part 151, the regulations for barges carrying bulk liquid hazardous materials. A starting point is a package of recommendations made by the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) in 1993. CTAC recommended modifying the regulations to address construction changes, venting and gauging arrangements, cargo classification (especially toxic cargo classifcation) and grandfathering provisions.

USCG to Require Anchors, Emergency Retrieval Systems

The USCG has issued an interim rule requiring anchors and emergency retrieval systems on tank barges and the vessels towing them in coastal and Great Lakes service. In a significant change from the October 1997 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the rule requires all single-hulled tank barges operating on the U.S. territorial sea, the Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and parts of Puget Sound, be equipped with an operable anchor system.

Indian Shipping Policy Waiting for Final Nod

Image: The shipping ministry of India

 The shipping ministry of India had circulated a draft policy note seeking comments from various ministries ahead of its submission to the cabinet. But the finance ministry headed by Arun Jaitley is yet to offer its comments on the note, says a report in the Livemint   And, without the views of the finance ministry, the policy cannot be taken to the cabinet for approval. The beleaguered shipbuilding industry is keeping its fingers crossed as it awaits finance minister budget on 28

USCG Proposes New Rules for Maritime Facilities Access

Notice of proposed rulemaking by U.S. Coast Guard focuses on seafarers' access to maritime facilities   On Monday, the U.S. Federal Register published a notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281) which would provide clear regulatory requirements for each facility owner or operator to provide seafarers associated with a vessel moored at the facility, and other individuals

Lawmaker Wants Review of Cruise Ship Deal

A top House Democrat called on federal officials to justify their decision to sign a $236 million deal with Carnival Cruise Lines for Hurricane Katrina housing, saying the six-month contract is overpriced. In a letter, Rep. Henry Waxman of California asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to release documents indicating how the price was calculated. Waxman said he had Carnival documents from 2002 showing the company normally earns revenue of $150 million over six months.

AWO: Need for Congress to Enact Vessel Discharges Legislation

Friday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reject three maritime industry associations’ challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) highlights the urgent need for Congressional action to establish a uniform and practical regulatory regime for vessel discharges, The American Waterways Operators (AWO) announced today. The VGP was developed by EPA in 2008 under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant

Final OTI Rules Approved

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  The Commission voted at its meeting 22nd October to issue a final rule on ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) licensing and financial responsibility requirements, and directed staff to prepare an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking concerning service contracts and NVOCC service

U.S., Alaska End Exxon Valdez Legal Action

The Exxon Valdez remains in place in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska after running aground on Bligh Reef March 23, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil (USCG photo)

U.S. and Alaskan authorities have ended their efforts to seek additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent settlement, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. The department said in a statement that it is "bringing to a close the

New Jersey Transportation Chief to Resign

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday said his transportation commissioner Jamie Fox would step down by the end of the month to return to the private sector after only a year in the position.   Fox was previously a lobbyist with airline company United Continental Holdings Inc

Sea Breeze 2015 Kicks off in Odesa

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III (center) speaks with Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (right) at the closing ceremony for Exercise Obangame Express in Accra, Ghana, March 27, 2015.

  Maritime forces from 11 nations kicked off the U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2015 in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea, Sept. 1. Sea Breeze, now in its 14th iteration, is an annual exercise held in Odesa, Ukraine and the the Black Sea which seeks to enhance

Neptune Orient Lines Logs Q2 Profit

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) swung to a tiny net profit in its second quarter after six straight quarters of losses but said it had seen severe freight rate erosion. "The group's container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by

Venezuela Bid to Review $46mln Tidewater Award Rejected

Photo: Tidewater

Venezuela's request to review a $46 million compensation claim it has been ordered to pay to oil service company Tidewater was rejected and the stay on the award's execution lifted, a World Bank tribunal said in a decision posted on its website on Wednesday.  

Cairn India Seeks to Export Oil Despite Ban

Cairn India Ltd has invited initial bids for exports of its oil from the desert state of Rajasthan, according to a copy of the tender notice seen by Reuters, despite a government ban on overseas sales of locally-produced crude.   A government official said there had been no change in the

Seattle Protesters Seek to Block Access to Shell Arctic Rig

A group of protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Tuesday seeking to block workers attempting to reach a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig that could depart this week to resume fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic.   Over the past month

BOEM Seeks Comment on Chukchi Sea Exploration

Shell’s Revised Multi-Year Arctic Exploration Plan Deemed Submitted   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has deemed submitted Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) and invites the public to review and comment on it

LNG, Oil tankers Diverted from Yemen

Aden Refinery temporarily suspends tender process to import; Gasoil shipment headed for Yemen diverted towards Singapore. SINGAPORE, April 9 (Reuters) - At least four oil and natural gas tankers that were headed to Yemen have been diverted as chaos mounts in the country after the launch of

Indian Police hold Company Officials Over Oil Ministry Leaks

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  Indian police have won court approval to hold five company officials for 72 hours as they investigate an alleged scam to steal documents from the oil ministry to sell to consultants and private companies. The officials from Reliance Industries, Essar , Cairn India

CSX Train Hauling North Dakota Crude Derails

A CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns in the second significant oil-train incident in three days. One or two of the cars plunged into the Kanawha River

Gas Tanker Reportedly Aground off Nigeria

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has run aground off Nigeria after taking on a cargo at the country's Bonny Island export plant, two trading sources said. The 165,000-cubic-metre-capacity Magellan Spirit tanker, owned by Teekay LNG Partners

AVEVA Acquires 8over8 Limited

Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA

AVEVA has acquired 8over8 Limited, providing the software platform for AVEVA to address the current global need for increased project control, capital discipline, minimizing project overruns and delivering improved efficiency in operations, the company said.  

MARAD Considers Deepwater O&G Exports

A U.S. agency is considering how the country could export crude oil and natural gas from deepwater ports as the domestic drilling boom adds pressure for Washington to relax trade restrictions and approve shipments of fuel.   The U.S. Maritime Administration, or MARAD

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