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White House: No Change in Crude Oil Exports Regulations

Josh Earnest (White House photo)

The White House said on Tuesday there has been no change in the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, responding to a question about whether an impending change might be behind price moves in oil markets.   "There has been no change in regulations regarding crude oil exports," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, noting the Commerce Department was in charge of export regulations.   "I'm not going to speculate about any sort of policy change that may or may not be contemplated at this point," Earnest said.     (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


White House Says US Ship Near Yemen to Ensure Commerce

(U.S. Navy photo by Anna Van Nuys)

The White House said on Tuesday that the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier near Yemen is intended to ensure freedom of navigation and commerce in the area.   White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited energy, among other important commodities, as important shipments near the coast of Yemen that need protecting.     (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Lisa Lambert)


Administration Calls for Prompt Creation of Department of Homeland Security

Citing, among other things, the explosion on the French supertanker LIMBURG in waters of Yemen, the White House issued Remarks of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and other Administration officials calling on Congress to promptly enact legislation to establish the Department of Homeland Security. Source: HK Law


LIMBURG Subject of Terrorist Attack

In Remarks released by the White House, President Bush stated that he believes the attack on the LIMBURG is terrorist-related and that he assumes that al Qaeda was involved.


DPW Controversy Continues

In its daily press briefing, the White House included a lengthy discussion of the process that led to the Administration’s approval of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World (DPW) of U.S. port facilities owned by P&O Ports. The White House also released a Fact Sheet outlining the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Representative Nadler (D-NY) wants the process stopped until Congress can review it thoroughly


White House Concerned about Impact of Iran Vessel Seizure

The White House said on Wednesday it was concerned about the impact on navigation caused by Iranian authorities' seizure of the Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz and said it was monitoring the situation.   White House spokesman Josh Earnest said no injuries had been reported from the ship and that the ship remained in the custody of Iran as of this morning.     (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra


President Bush Announces STAR Initiative

In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, the White House issued a Fact Sheet discussing the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Initiative, which is intended to enhance security while increasing trade. The STAR Initiative commits APEC economies to accelerate action on screening people and cargo for security before transit, increasing security on ships and airplanes while en route,


This Day in Naval History - July 04

From the Navy News Service 1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain. 1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag on Ranger at Portsmouth, N.H. 1801 - First Presidential Review of U.S. Marine Band and Marines at the White House. 1831 - U.S. concludes indemnity treaty with France. 1842 - First test of electrically operated underwater torpedo sinks gunboat Boxer. 1863 - Confederates surrender of Vicksburg, Miss


Maritime Transportation Act Signed into Law

The White House issued a Press Release stating, among other things, that President Bush signed into law the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (H.R. 2443). In addition to serving as the annual authorization act for the Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission, this law inserts an exemption for certain passive owners (primarily institutional lenders) into OPA 90, mandates oil spill response plans for non-tank vessels in excess of 400 gross tons


Panama, U.S. Sign ship-boarding Agreement

The White House issued a statement by the President welcoming the signing by Panama and the United States of an agreement providing for the boarding of ships on the high seas in support of efforts of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trade in deadly weapons and materials. The U.S. Department of State released Remarks made by the Panamanian Minister of Government and Justice and the U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security during the signing ceremony


Obama Pushes for US Icebreakers

File Image: Polar Star - one of the U.S. Coast Guards dwindling fleet of icebreakers.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.  


White House: No Threat from China Navy Ships in Bering Sea

The Pentagon has not detected any threatening activity from the Chinese navy vessels in the Bering Sea, the White House said on Wednesday.   "Based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest


Five Chinese Ships in Bering Sea as Obama Visits Alaska

Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.   Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first


Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

 Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state.   US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships


Cuba Fears Invasion of US Yachtsmen

Havana Bay (Image: Public Broadcasting Service)

 The rapprochement between the United States and Cuba could mean that tens of thousands of U.S. yachts could soon descend on the island, an influx for which the country's infrastructure is not prepared, Agence France-Presse reported.  


Obama asks Congress to Widen Arctic Refuge Protections

Courtesy National Wildlife Refuge  Alaska

  The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling.


U.S. Offshore Oil Drilling Rule Planned

Offshore fire courtesy CMMI

The United States is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing Obama administration officials.


US Calls on Iran to Redirect Yemen-bound Cargo Ship

The United States called on Iran on Tuesday to send humanitarian relief for Yemen to a U.N. distribution center in Djibouti and criticized plans, reported by Iranian state media, for Iranian warships to escort a cargo vessel directly to Yemen.  


Iranian Ships Fire Shots at Singapore Tanker In The Persian Gulf

Photo by Iran Military

Iranian patrol boats opened fire on a Singapore-flagged oil tanker as it moved through the Strait of Hormuz in a confrontation, reports Reuters. The Alpine Eternity, a ship flagged to Singapore, fled toward the shore of the United Arab Emirates


Obama: Land Reclamation in S. China Sea Counterproductive

President Barack Obama said on Monday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are unproductive and called for an end to aggressive action in the region.   "We think that land reclamation, aggressive actions by any party in that area are counterproductive


Strike at Peru's Top Port Likely to Stoke Inflation

Photo: APM Terminals

A dockworkers strike at Peru's biggest port, Callao, has hit imports of basic goods in the Andean country and will likely stoke inflation, the main exporters association said Monday.   The 18-day strike has nearly frozen activities at the northern terminal of Callao at the edge of the


Obama Raises Maritime Concerns with China

President Barack Obama. Pic credit: White House

 US President Barack Obama urged Beijing to take "concrete steps" to ease tensions over maritime claims, as America and China wrapped up three days of candid talks, reports AP.   "The president raised ongoing U.S. concerns about China's maritime behavior


White House: Iran Talks Deadline Could Slip

The White House said Tuesday's deadline for negotiators in Vienna to come to a final, firm agreement on Iran's nuclear program could slip. When asked if President Barack Obama's administration expects the deadline "to slip," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday


'Kayaktivists' Take Shell Arctic Protest Nationwide

Noble Discoverer transits Puget Sound after its departure from the Port of Everett, Wash., June 30. Noble Discoverer was the last of three oil drilling and support vessels to depart western Washington for the Arctic this summer. (USCG photo by Amanda Norcross)

Environmental activists in the U.S. prepare to take their so-called “kayaktivism” nationwide as they urge lawmakers to revoke oil and gas exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea, says environmental group Friends of the Earth. The group’s “Shell No” day on July 18


Obama to Visit Arctic

Photo: Official Facebook Page of Obama

 President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century".   He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic






 
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