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U.S. DOJ: Pollution Settlement Nets $1 Million

$1 Million Settlement Enhances Land and Sea in the Eastern District of Texas.   BEAUMONT, Texas — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced a settlement reached with a European shipping corporation has resulted in significant enhancements to nature conservation groups in the Eastern District of Texas. The $1 million settlement was announced at a press conference on the banks of Village Creek in Hardin County, Texas today.  CIMPSHIP Transportes Maritimos, S.A., a Portuguese corporation headquartered in Funchal, Portugal, was initially indicted in 2010 and charged with conspiring to violate environmental laws causing willful pollution of waterways within the Eastern District of Texas.     According to the indictment, CIMPSHIP owned the Niebla, a 38,000 ton ocean-going ship which was operated as a bulk-freight carrier transporting bulk cargo from various ports in the Gulf Coast including Port Arthur, Texas.  It is alleged that from Mar. 2008 through Aug. 2009, Niebla crew members failed to maintain an Oil Record Book as required by federal law.   A settlement agreement was reached between the government and CIMPSHIP in which CIMPSHIP agreed to pay a $1 million community service payment to be used for local conservation efforts in lieu of prosecution.  Federal statutes authorize such settlements to Congressionally-approved Foundations.  


Tug Company to Pay Nearly $1M for Seagrass Damage

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ilinois will pay nearly $1 million for damages to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today. The $969,000 settlement reached on behalf of NOAA and the State of Florida is the largest ever obtained for damages to seagrass in the sanctuary


LHWCA Settlement Unenforceable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a written settlement agreement involving a claim under the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is unenforceable unless actually signed by claimant. In the instant case, plaintiff’s decedent had filed a claim under the LHWCA. His attorney reached a settlement with the employer’s attorney, which was reduced to writing. Plaintiff’s decedent reviewed the document and approved it, but died before actually signing it


Stolt Offshore Settles Hubline Claim Out of Court

Stolt Offshore S.A. announced that following suspension of the arbitration proceedings that it had previously initiated, an out of court settlement of all outstanding claims relating to the Duke Energy/AGT Hubline project in the USA had been reached. The cash related to this claim has now been received. Tom Ehret, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt Offshore, said, "The settlement of the Hubline claim, which is in line with provisions


FMC, Transpacific Carriers Settle

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Steven R. Blust announced yesterday that the Commission has entered into a settlement agreement with the major ocean carrier agreements and their members who serve the inbound waterborne U.S. trades with Asia, including the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), and two TSA-related bridging agreements. The settlement addresses carrier practices investigated in the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No


ENSCO Completes Financing Facility

ENSCO International Incorporated announced the closing of a new $195 million loan facility guaranteed by MARAD. The facility will be used to finance the ENSCO 7500 semisubmersible drilling rig currently being constructed for ENSCO by Friede Goldman Offshore. The rig is scheduled to commence drilling operations for Burlington Resources during the fourth quarter of 2000. The MARAD guarantee covers both interim financing during the construction period as well as 15 year bonds to be issued upon


SBM Offshore Says Petrobras Discussions Ongoing

Floating production services provider SBM Offshore responded to media reports of a potential settlement with Petrobras regarding tenders in Brazil, stating the discussions are presently ongoing and a conclusion has not been reached.   SBM Offshore announced September 28 that it was invited to participate in Petrobras tenders.   The company said it is in constructive discussions with the authorities but will not further comment pending the finalization of these discussions


BP Wins Right to Appeal Gulf Spill Damages Claims

BP Plc deserves the right to have a federal appeals court review some damage claims awarded under the settlement to compensate people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.   The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said BP did not expressly waive its right to appeal various claims determinations made under the 2012 settlement following review by a district court


Star Bulk Receives $24.3M for Star Ypsilon Settlement

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK), announced that the claim involving the vessel Star Ypsilon has been settled. Under the settlement, the Company has received the amount of $22.22m as settlement for the unrealized revenues due to the interruption of the time charter of  the Star Ypsilon that occurred in July 2009.  Star Bulk received separately the amount of $2.08m for unpaid charter hire, bunkers and interest, bringing the total amount collected to $24


EU Takes South Korea to WTO

The European Commission has requested the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up formal consultations under its Dispute Settlement mechanism over the unfair Korean shipbuilding practices. This decision has been taken further to the failure to reach an amicable solution to this long-standing dispute by September 30, 2002. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "The lack of progress in our bilateral discussions so far has left us with no option but to take Korea to the WTO


Ten Terex TFC 45 H Reach Stackers Delivered to Benin

Reach Stackers Courtesy Terex Port Solutions

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) delivered ten Terex TFC 45 H reach stackers to Benin. The machines were put into operation in March 2016 by Société Béninoise des Manutentions Portuaires (SOBEMAP). With the robust reach stackers


Concordia Settles: $9.25m for Grounding

Concordia Maritime entered into a settlement agreement regarding a dispute associated with Stena Primorsk’s grounding in the Hudson River in December 2012. According to the settlement agreement, Concordia Maritime will pay $9.25 million to the counterparty.


Italy Rescues Nearly 1,800 Migrants in Mediterranean

Italian vessels have helped rescue nearly 1,800 migrants from boats trying to reach Italy from north Africa in the last 24 hours, the navy said on Friday, indicating that numbers are rising as the weather warms up. The navy said 1,759 migrants were rescued in 10 operations involving the Italian


Terex Port Solutions Debuts New Reach Stacker

Liftace 5-36 reach stacker Photo Terex

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will present the Liftace 5-36 reach stacker, the next machine of its line of new-generation lift trucks at bauma trade fair (11 to 17 April in Munich). Besides Liftace reach stackers, this new generation also includes Terex Stackace empty container handlers


US Judge Approves BP Civil Settlement with US Government over 2010 Spill

(Photo: Casey Ware)

U.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc's civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states.


Paragon Sells Ships, Defer Deliveries

Pic: Paragon Shipping Inc.

 The dry bulk operator Paragon Shipping has reached an agreement with its creditors to liquidate its remaining fleet in order to settle one of its debt obligations.   The company agrees to sell its six mortgaged vessels to unaffiliated third parties in exchange for the full and final


Dryships Sinks Into Loss

DryShips Headquarters Photo Dryships

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), or DryShips or the Company, an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights


Water in Lena River in Yakutia to Reach Critical Level

Photo pixabay.com

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry predicts rise in water level to critical levels of 92 rivers in all regions of the Far East. The most unfavorable situation may arise on the Lena River in Yakutia. "After analyzing the information about the state of the ice in the rivers of the Far


Gulf Navigation Profit Doubles, But Future Unclear

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

 Dubai-headquartered tanker owner Gulf Navigation's (GulfNav) annual profit doubled in 2015, thanks to improving tanker rates and rising revenues from its shipping services unit, even as concerns remain over its liabilities and debt obligations.  


2,500 More Ships to Cypriot Registry

Thomas Kazakos. Image: Cyprus Shipping Chamber

 As 2,500 ships currently under management by Cyprus-based companies could be registered in the Cypriot registry, a settlement of the Cyprus problem could boost the island`s commercial fleet to new levels, reports CNA.   The Cypriot registry currently ranks 10th in the world and 3rd in


SBM Offshore: US Authorities Reopen Corruption Probe

SBM Offshore, the world's top oil production ship leasing company, said on Wednesday that U.S. authorities had re-opened an inquiry into bribery allegations involving the Dutch company.   SBM Offshore reached a record $240 million settlement in November 2014 with Dutch and U.S


Offshore Fracking: Accord Reached to stop offshore fracking in California

A conservation group said the federal government must stop approving offshore fracking from oil platforms in California's Santa Barbara Channel under the settlement of a lawsuit it filed. The group, the Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit filed in U.S


Terex Liftace 5-31 Reach Stacker Delivered to Port Blyth

TEREX LIFTACE 5-31 REACH STACKER Photo Terex Port Solutions

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) delivered a Terex Liftace 5-31 reach stacker to the north-east England based terminal, Port of Blyth, UK. The machine became operational at the south harbour of the North Sea port in December 2015. The cost effective


MSF Ends Mediterranean Rescues, Appeals to EU

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has ended its sea rescue operation aimed at reducing the number of migrants and asylum seekers killed while trying to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa to Europe, it said on Tuesday.  


Arctic Shelf Oil Could Meet 3.5% of Russia's Production

Arctic oil Production Photo Gazprom neft press-center

  According to the optimistic forecast, oil production on the Russian Arctic shelf by 2030 will reach only 18 mln tonnes per year, Vasily Bogoyavlensky, Research Director of Oil and Gas Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.






 
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