$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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) and Rolls-Royce announced that they have reached a suitable and amicable resolution to the lawsuit regarding the Mermaid pod-propulsion system on Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium-class ships. When they were first designed and implemented, podded propulsion was a significant technological advance over traditional shaft propulsion, but it experienced a number of technical issues in the early years of use
Conrad Industries, Inc. entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia for the issuance of a modification for $4.3 million to increase the contract price of the contract entered into in September 2002 to design, construct, test and deliver four towboats. In addition, the agreement provides for time extensions to complete certain aspects of the contract. This agreement was reached to fully resolve and settle the claim filed by Conrad’s
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. was indicted on July 19, 2006 by a federal grand jury in Beaumont, Texas for alleged violations of law concerning maintenance of books and records with respect to the handling of waste oils on the Pacific Ruby, one of the company's wholly-owned Aframax vessels. OSG was named as a co-defendant in a superseding indictment of the chief engineer on the Pacific Ruby, who was first charged on May 17, 2006
By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters A divided U.S. appeals court has rejected BP Plc's bid to block businesses from recovering money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even if they could not trace their economic losses to the disaster. By a 2-1 vote, the 5th U.S
Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today the successful placement of senior unsecured bonds in a total amount of NOK 1,250 million (approximately $207 million USD) in a new seven-year bond issue carrying a coupon of 3m Nibor + 3.35%. The settlement date for the new bonds is expected to be March 18
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.
Gazprom inform that Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Shell, met in Sochi and signed a document that that envisages the preparation of FEED documentation for the third LNG production train within the Sakhalin
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced that it has entered into a delivery and settlement agreement with its remaining lender to unwind its final credit facility. Under this agreement, the company will sell its four vessels to a nominee of the lender in full satisfaction of the underlying loan
Russia has started repairs of the world’s only nuclear-powered container vessel, the 260m long, 61,000 displacement, 'Sevmorput' to be employed in both commercial and military operations in the Russian Arctic, reports Barents Observer.
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 19 1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on January 4, 1871.
Researchers from Plymouth University (UK) conducted a marine geoarchaeological survey off Methoni, Greece. The Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonar and the GeoPulse Pinger Sub-Bottom Profiler were used for visualisation of underwater antiquities over the local underwater
Stolt-Nielsen Limited says it will pay an interim dividend of $0.50 per Common Share on December 11, 2013 to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2013. In accordance with normal settlement practice, the shares will trade ex-dividend on and after November 22
DOF Subsea, a provider of integrated subsea solutions, has chartered a new multipurpose vessel to assist in North Sea operations. The company has entered into a long-term charter agreement with Reach Subsea for the newbuild construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Reach
Offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry, Noble Corp., reports that (excluding a sale transaction mentioned below, settlement and asset impairment charge), third quarter 2013 earnings were $219 million, or $0.85 per diluted share. The results compared to $177 million, or $0
Works to increase stability of the uprighted, but still grounded, wreck are in progress at Giglio island as winter approaches. Adverse weather conditions registered recently, have caused minor movements of the wreck, considered by engineers as settlement on the false seabed
Seadrill Limited subsidiary, Seadrill Partners, as part of a settlement agreement, has agreed to non-payment for 37 days hire of the semi-submersible rig 'West Acquarius'. The 37 days off hire were required for the ultra-deepwater harsh environment semi-submersible West Aquarius to complete
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. concerning numerous air permit violations by Shell's 'Discoverer' and 'Kulluk' drill ships during the 2012 Arctic drilling season.