A roundtable discussion will be held on January 21 at the Hilton Hotel at Harbor Island, in San Diego, Calif. The discussion, sponsored by Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, will focus on preventing pollution from cruise ships. Marine oil spills have largely been associated with oil tankers and cargo ships, yet oil and waste discharges from passenger cruise ships can be just as damaging to ecosystems and deadly to wildlife. Cruise liners can release not only petroleum products, but sewage, plastic, toxic chemicals, and “graywater” into marine environments. This discussion will bring together representatives from government regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and the cruise ship industry. It is expected that a free exchange of ideas and perspectives will improve our ability to find solutions to existing problems and prevent future pollution incidents.
The Ocean Conservancy is releasing Cruise Control: How Cruise Ships Affect the Marine Environment. Cruise ships can carry up to 5,000 passengers and produce waste equivalent to that of small cities, yet they are not governed by the same anti-pollution laws as municipalities of comparable size on land. The Cruise Control report recommends a series of necessary governmental actions, including: Regulating all cruise ship discharges; Amending the Clean Water Act to to prevent discharges of raw
Matson Navigation Co. will pay $3 million in fines after admitting it illegally dumped bilge water that may have been contaminated with waste oil, the U.S. Attorney in Seattle said. San Francisco-based Matson, a unit of Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin Inc. specializing in moving cargo between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii, will also be placed on probation for three years, U.S. Attorney Kate Pflaumer said in a release.
Shashank Pendse, a citizen of India and Chief Engineer on the ship M/V Spring Drake; MMS Co., Ltd, a Japanese company that manages the ship; and Grus Line Shipping S.A., the Panamanian company that owns the ship; were all indicted on Feb. 6 in on charges that allege they dumped oil at sea, obstructed justice and made false statements. In Aug. 2003, the Spring Drake was docked in Portland to pick up a load of grain when it was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has received an award from the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of pollution prevention programs initiated by the shipyard during National Pollution Prevention Week in 2002. Edwin Lowry, Director of the California EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control, presented the award to NASSCO for implementing a wide- ranging program of activities targeted at improving
Ships operating in the North Sea will have just one year to demonstrate compliance with stringent new exhaust emission standards following the entry into force of new air pollution regulations on 22 November 2006. The North Sea SOx Emission Control Area (SECA) will come into effect on 22 November 2007, one year after the entry into force of related amendments to Annex VI Regulations for the Prevention of Air
Nine CSL Newbuilds Eliminate oil usage with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. The drive for pollution free ships continues as Canadian-based ship owners, CSL Group Inc., eliminate oil from the stern tube and equip nine of their latest new builds with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. CSL has specified non-metallic propeller shaft bearings that use seawater rather than oil to lubricate the shafts on the Trillium Class vessels built at Chengxi Shipyard and
Amendments which raise by 50 percent the limits of compensation payable to victims of pollution by oil from oil tankers enter into force on November 1, 2003. The amendments to the 1992 Protocol of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC Convention) and to the 1992 Protocol of the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (IOPC Fund) were adopted in October 2000.
A Halifax Provincial Court Judge has imposed a penalty of $80,000 against the Motor Vessel Alida Gorthon for a pollution offense. The Alida Gorthon is a 12,750 GRT general cargo vessel owned by Blow Sea Shipping Ltd. and registered in Cyprus. The vessel faced charges under the Canada Shipping Act related to the unlawful discharge of a pollutant and failure to report the discharge of a pollutant. The charges were laid following a June 22
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisatio (CSIRO) join forces. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, ASMA will draw on the scientific knowledge and technical support of CSIRO before, during and after a maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment. The CSIRO/AMSA Scientific Support Agreement was developed following
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes the release of the independent review of its response to the grounding of the Rena, and the announcement of $2 million of government funding to help improve New Zealand’s maritime response capability.
New Zealand Government Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a $2 million package to help Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) improve New Zealand’s wider maritime response capability following an independent review of its response to the grounding of the container ship 'Rena' off the coast
The Maria Tsakos Foundation-International Center for Maritime Research and Tradition and ClassNK have embarked on a joint venture to cooperate on matters of common interest, with emphasis on maritime research and environmental protection.
Charterers face significant liabilities, even where shipowners have their own P&I covers, reminds the UK P&I Club and should be properly insured. Liabilities to shipowners, cargo owners and third parties may be contractual (e.g. breach of charter-party) or non-contractual (e.g
Transformer manufacturer CG has received certification from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) for its liquid immersed SLIM and “Bio-SLIM distribution transformer.” The hermetically sealed transformer is also available with a bio-degradable transformer fluid which reduces the risk of
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Station Marblehead, Ohio, along with the crew of the CSL Niagara and Lloyds Register, safely refloated a grounded vessel near Sandusky, Ohio, Monday night. The Canadian flagged, self-discharging, bulk cargo vessel CSL Niagara, operated by V-Ships
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo are working with industry representatives to develop a salvage and lightering plan for freeing a grounded 225.5-meter self-discharging bulk cargo vessel near Sandusky, Ohio, Monday. The Canadian flagged vessel, CSL Niagara
To mark the Chairmanship of Masamichi Morooka, the International Chamber of Shipping was last night presented with a scale model of the award-winning NYK car carrier Auriga Leader, the world’s first solar-assisted vessel to be put into commercial service
The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge after it was partially closed due to a barge that sank Monday. A portion of the river had been closed to commercial deep-draft traffic after a deck barge sank November 11
Maritime training provider Seagull announced the release of nine new eLearning titles. The fourth quarter release includes titles covering Electrical safety, Galley operations – nutrition, Nutrition and well-being – awareness, Electric propulsion – electrical machines
According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), grounded fishing vessel Arctic Hunter has leaked approximately 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 400 gallons of hydraulic lubricating oil, and a light sheen was seen surrounding the vessel.
Several years ago, the 1971 Fund was replaced by the two subsequent Funds that pay higher compensations to the victims of oil pollution. It was an international innovation when a global, solidary scheme on compensation for the victims of oil pollution caused by tankers was established with the
The governing bodies of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) held recent meetings at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and decided to wind up the ground-breaking 1971 fund which has since been replaced by the 1992 protocol.
The Coast Guard and state and local authorities began working to ensure the safe transport of two troubled vessels being towed to a Brownsville scrap yard after one began listing into the other Thursday. At approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, the captain of the tug with the vessels in tow called Coast
IHC Sealing Solutions, part of IHC Merwede, will launch the zero-pollution SUPREME Athmos seal at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam, November 5-8. According to the manufacturer, the SUPREME Athmos seal enables ships – with limited draught up to approximately five meters – to