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Roundtable on Cruise Ship Pollution to be Held in January

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.


Ocean Conservancy Releases Report

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 Fined $3M For Bilge Violation

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.


Companies Indicted for Ocean Dumping

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


CSL Bulkers to Receive Thordon Bearings

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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


USCG Confirm Jelly Fish Concentration in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts

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  Coast Guard pollution responders, and the Fairhaven Harbormaster responded to a report of a large oil sheen in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Friday morning. At 2:00 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a local, experienced mariner of a possible pollution sheen in Buzzard's Bay. Response crews with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a 29-foot response boat from Station Woods Hole


NASSCO Receives Environmental Award

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


North Sea SECA Enters into Force

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


Canada Protects Waters From Pollution

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


NFFT Looks to Address Fuel Regulations

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Nano Fossil Fuel Technology (NFFT) said it has been helping companies reduce fuel consumption, reduce pollution output and save bottom-line dollars for more than 30 years. After focusing on other industries over the past several years, Nano is now looking to help the shipping industry address MARPOL Annex VI and other pollution regulations. NFFT uses a fuel catalyst to chemically improve fuel including maritime shipping bunker C, diesel trains, fleet diesel trucks, fleet gas cars


BSEE Responds to Explosion in Gulf of Mexico

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   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to an explosion at West Delta 105 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans. The offshore oil and gas operator, Fieldwood Energy


Maersk to Introduce Low Sulphur Surcharge

Low Sulphur Surcharge

  To offset the additional cost incurred by switching to cleaner fuels in Emission Control Areas, as required by the new regulation, Maersk Line will introduce a new Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS). The surcharge will be effective from 1 January 2015 and affect all cargo with load port


Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments


7 Rescued from Sinking Freighter Near Haiti

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   Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating


ICS: Oil Pollution Compensation Regime under Threat

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The running of the global regime for compensation from oil pollution from ships may be under threat, due to a decision by governments to wind up the 1971 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)


Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center in Arctic

Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center to appear in the Arctic

  The regional Environmental Center of the Northern Fleet will be established in the Arctic in the near future. The news agency TASS reported the news with reference to the Deputy Russian Defense Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov.


The Hydroptere Flies with Finesse

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The hydrofoil trimaran Hydroptere will try for another nautical record with support from biotechnology leader Finesse Solutions After a year resting in Long Beach, the Hydroptere returns to sailing. French and American sponsors are joined by a new partner: Finesse Solutions of Santa Clara


MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

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Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters has been reached with the approval by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International


Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken barge in the Chicago River between the Lake and Randolph Street bridges and divers are currently in the water to conduct a survey of


Cruise Newbuilds Feature Seawater Lubrication

Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings fitted to bronze carriers

The Viking Star, a47, 800GTcruise ship, is one of three Viking Ocean Cruises’ newbuilds to opt for Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. Constructed at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, the 944-passenger Viking Star is the first of three new ships equipped with


Bureau Veritas Launches New Notation for Underwater Noise

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Bureau Veritas has developed a voluntary notation intended to assist shipbuilders and operators reduce underwater noise radiating from ships. The comprehensive set of standards and measuring services is grouped as NR614 Underwater Radiated Noise (URN)


CMA CGM to Apply Low Sulfur Surcharge

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CMA CGM said it will implement a low sulfur surcharge on all its trades in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and for all cargos as of January 1, 2015. MARPOL Annex VI regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships assign Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Emission Control Areas (ECA) with more


Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300% Since 1992

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans in this map of shipping lanes derived from a 2008 study of the human impact on marine ecosystems. (Credit: Grolltech)

Satellite data reveals major boost in shipping traffic Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased fourfold over the past 20 years, according to a strudy recently published by the American Geophysical Union which examined international ship traffic.


Crewman Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice in Pollution Case

Chief engineer of car-carrier vessel pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in marine oil pollution case The chief engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


Danish Crew Receives Bravery Award

Secretary General Koji Sekimizu presents the IMO Bravery Award to Captain Andreas Kristensen in the presence of Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth and the Danish Ambassador in London Claus Gr

This year’s “Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea” is given to the crew from the DFDS ship BRITANNIA SEAWAYS. The award is presented by United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) for exceptional bravery displayed at sea.






 
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