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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
The UK Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) issued a News Release stating that it is seeking views on ways of identifying and assessing alternatives to proposed port developments and on how the government’s objectives for transport in terms of safety, economy, environment, integration and accessibility can be taken into account in the appraisal. In conjunction with the News Release, DTLR has issued its draft Project Appraisal Framework for Ports
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks consultation with interested and affected parties in establishing a program to approve ballast water treatment systems. The intent is to ensure that ballast water treatment systems approved for use on vessels will meet the ballast water discharge standard the Coast Guard will be implementing in the near future. Comments and related material should be submitted by December 3, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 47453 (August 5, 2004).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeks public comment on its proposal to expand the reporting requirements for shipyards with respect to its asbestos standard. Comments should be submitted by January 5, 2009. (Source: Holland & Knight)
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
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) said it is asking for public comment on a proposed policy regarding the factors for obtaining loan guarantees through the Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program, Title XI. Title XI is a discretionary program that provides loan guarantees for vessel construction in U
Reuters - Finnish gas company Gasum is to acquire 51 percent of Norwegian Skangass's distribution operations from Lyse Corporation as it seeks to improve the efficiency of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) network. Gasum said on Monday that the deal
A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday denied BP Plc's request to halt payments from the $2.3 billion fund it created to compensate commercial fishermen for financial losses after the British company's 2010 offshore oil spill, according to court records.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a global executive search to fill the the top post at the Port of Los Angeles. Under Mayor Garcetti’s direction, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners established an ad hoc search committee to oversee the process
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced today a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed rule on offshore oil and natural gas production safety systems. Comments will now be accepted through Dec. 5, 2013.
Kongsberg Maritime has introduced two new Diesel Electric models for its Engine Room Simulator, K-Sim Engine (previously Neptune). The DE88 Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig model, containing eight Wärtsilä 16V26 engines and eight thrusters, is already available
Russia boycotts ITLOS arbitration concerning their siezure of the Dutch-flagged 'Arctic Sunrise', and Greenpeace responds to reports that piracy charges against the 30 held in custody were to be replaced by that of 'hooliganism'. The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that it will not accept
The Navy is hosting an online collaborative event to solicit input from a broad, diverse audience in hopes of generating innovative ideas on how to best maintain the capabilities and capacity of the Navy and mitigate risks in an era of constrained resources.
Norwegian marine, energy, steel and machinery group Scana Industrier announce that as from 1, November 2013, Rolf Roverud leaves his position as CEO of Scana Industrier ASA and Jan Henry Melhus will act as CEO from the same date. Currently, Melhus holds the position as Executive Vice President /
Freight transport insurance specialist TT Club said it is continuing its efforts to reduce risk in the supply chain. Through constant analysis of the claims it receives, the international insurer has pinpointed an array of operational circumstances that more commonly cause dangerous incidents
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is accepting further public comment on the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement until midnight Friday, November 29, 2013. On October 24, 2013, A. P. Moller-Maersk A/S, CMA CGM S.A. and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A
The growth in crude production in the Atlantic Basin will have a profound impact on regional crude supply/demand balances. According to PIRA Energy Group, a sizeable crude surplus will develop within the region, and crude will be forced to seek markets elsewhere
The U.S. Coast Guard, in the Code of Federal Regulations, has called for public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address the problem of overhead clearance (air-draft) accidents. In its petition
Algoma Central Corporation says it has received payments totalling $41.7 million from two Chinese banks on refund guarantees related to the cancellation of three ocean tanker shipbuilding contracts which occurred in 2010. In 2007, Algoma, through its wholly owned subsidiary
Teekay Tankers Ltd. and Teekay Corporation today jointly announced the creation of Tanker Investments Ltd. (TIL), which will seek to opportunistically acquire, operate and sell modern secondhand tankers to benefit from an expected recovery in the current cyclical low of the tanker market