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NOAA Seeks HSRP Panel Membership

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is seeking applications for the HSRP 2010 Panel Membership Solicitation process. NOAA would greatly appreciate your distributing the attached Federal Register Notice to interested applicants. Closing date is June 30, 2010. The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Panel that provides recommendations to the NOAA Administrator on NOAA's hydrographic and navigation products and services. NOAA is encouraging applicants with expertise in navigation data, products and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields as determined by the Administrator to apply for Panel membership. For further information on the HSRP FACA Panel, you can go to the following website:

HSRP Meeting Set

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee, will convene on July 29-30, 2008, 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 Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco,

WNY Shooting Tragedy: SECNAV Orders Security Review

Navy Yard entrance: Photo credit USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has directed a rapid review of Navy and Marine Corps' security procedures at military bases in the United States. "Our Sailors, Marines, and civilians are familiar with the dangers of service, but our security is something we can never take for granted," said Mabus. "I ordered a review of every Navy and Marine Corps base in the United States to ensure that we live up to our responsibility of taking care of our people."

Navy Put Port Ship-husbandry Services Under the Microscope

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has spelled out in a memorandum his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts. 
 "Back in September, I directed a complete review of our husbanding and port services contracts following the investigation into contracting procedures in the Pacific Fleet. This tasking memo reiterates the urgency of that review and provides additional tasking," said Mabus.

Australia to Review Indonesia-bound Vessels

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Australian Defense Force have commenced a joint review into Australian vessels which entered Indonesian waters contrary to Australian Government policy, during operations conducted in association with Operation Sovereign Borders. The review was announced by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Commander Joint Agency Task Force Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC, AM, on Friday

ClassNK Launches Technical Reviews

  Accessing the latest research findings or information on new technologies and incoming regulations as they emerge can prove challenging. To help make access easier, leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the release of its technical review articles through the ClassNK homepage. This comes in response to the growing demand from the global maritime community for access to the latest technical information reports and articles.

Congress Updated on Status of Marine Fisheries

In its second report to Congress on the status of marine fish stocks, the National Marine Fisheries Service said 100 species reviewed are overfished or approaching an overfished condition, while another 200 species are not overfished. Data from the report will be used by national and regional fishery managers as they finalize plans to end overfishing and rebuild the depleted fisheries, officials of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

History of U.S. Review of Proposed DPW Acquisition

The U.S. Treasury Department outlinedthe history of the review of the proposed acquisition by Dubai Ports World (DPW) of various U.S. port facilities currently operated by P&O Ports. The review was performed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). On February 23, the Senate Committee on the Armed Services was briefed in open session on the proposed acquisition. Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI) released a copy of his opening remarks

NG, U.S. Navy Complete CANES Preliminary Design Review

With the successful completion of the preliminary design review (PDR), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) moved the U.S. Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program one step closer to delivering streamlined and updated shipboard network systems for improved interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The two-day review, conducted at Northrop Grumman's CANES program office in San Diego, served as a forum for the Navy

Improved Information Flow for Shipping Clients by Data2Logistics

Data2Logistics 'drives' CARS (Claims & Audit Review System) for faster freight bill auditing Global freight bill processor, auditor and advisor Data2Logistics announce the launch of their Claims & Audit Review System (CARS), improving information flow for shipping clients. The system invigorates the company’s money-saving freight bill auditing ability with enhanced speed, resulting in faster audit cycles

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

ITF Seafarers’ Trust Launches Shore Leave 2.0

Press release - The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is launching an enhanced version of its free Shore Leave app – the first app designed to help seafarers looking for reliable transport when in port. Shore Leave only needs to be downloaded once

Transpacific Container Lines Address Economic Pressures Ahead in 2016

Pic: Transpacific Container Lines

 In a container freight market challenged by volatility and facing the prospect of further consolidation, member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines intended to ensure

NTSB Issues Update on El Faro Investigation

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent activities.   The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that

Over-Capacity Crisis, Next Year Will be Worse

Pic by Maersk Line

 "The container shipping industry is in the midst of an over-capacity crisis which will worsen next year," Neil Dekker, director of container shipping research at Drewry said in a note accompanying the release of its 2015 edition of the Container Market Annual Review and Forecast

Next Steps for IMO/Norad Project

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Senior officials from the six southeast Asia countries benefiting from an IMO-Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad) marine environment project are meeting for a second meeting in Bangkok, November 9-10, to review progress and discuss the next steps.  

Verifavia to Monitor Shipping Firms for EU MRV Requirements

Image: Verifavia Shipping

 Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector, has been tasked by five shipping companies with performing a pre-verification gap analysis against the European Commission’s (EC) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) rules. 

Cohen Retires from ExxonMobil, McCarron to Takeover

Ken Cohen Courtesy ExxonMobil

  Ken Cohen, vice president, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron as vice president

Canada PM Tells Minister to Modernize Energy Regulator

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau

  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed his natural resources minister to "modernize" Canada's independent pipeline regulator, said a letter released on Friday that gave details on the newly elected leader's environmental plans.

Magnolia LNG Receives Final FEIS

Maurice Brand is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited Photo LNG

Liquefied  Natural  Gas Limited and Magnolia LNG LLC (Magnolia) announced that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference

Hon Mal Brough MP Courtesy Parliament of Australia

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Hon Mal Brough MP, today opened the Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.   Minister Brough said that the Australian Government believes that strong cyber security is fundamental to

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Port

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development.   The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

Indian Ocean: No Insurance Premium Reduction Likely

Image: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 In October a number of trade bodies released a joint press release to formally announce a reduction of the High Risk Area (HRA).     Insurance companies have said the reduction may not result in reduced insurance costs due to the assessment of insurance risk being dependent on

Celata Heads BOEM's Gulf of Mexico Office

Michael Celata

  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced Mike Celata as the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. Celata, who starts his position immediately, has been with BOEM and its predecessors since 1988

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