Thames Ship Discount for Environmental High Performers
The Port of London is set to become the first UK port to recognise ship owners committed to progressively improving their environmental performance, as part of a wider approach to reduce the port’s environmental impact. The Port of London Authority (PLA) is set to introduce a discount on port charges for vessels with lower emissions that meet an Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) score of 30, or above. The ESI, developed by the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), ranks ships’ environmental performance based on factors including emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide, and carbon dioxide.
Seattle’s Terminal 5 Closer to Becoming ‘Big Ship Ready’
The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions of the property. “Based on public comment we are including a number of improvements, such as shore power for vessels…
Industy Supports EU's Call for Financial Incentive to Enhance Sustainable Recycling
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship”. SEA Europe, IndustriAll Europe and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform join the EESC in supporting an incentive that will make sure ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner. “European…
NYK Conduct Annual Safety Campaign
n August 24, NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers held a meeting at NYK headquarters in Tokyo to openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels that NYK is managing and operating. This meeting is part of NYK’s two-month Remember Naka-no-Se safety campaign,* which is implemented annually from July 1 of each year. The meeting is chaired by President Naito, who oversees NYK’s Safety and Environmental Management Committee…
Categorical Exclusions for Gulf Offshore Activity Limited
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R. Bromwich announced that the department will restrict its use of categorical exclusions for offshore oil and gas development to activities involving limited environmental risk, while it undertakes a comprehensive review of its National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process and the use of categorical exclusions for exploration and drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf. Director Bromwich and Secretary Salazar also announced that the Department of the Interior intends to conduct a new environmental analysis in the Gulf of Mexico that will help provide information to guide future leasing and development decisions.
Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape
Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is. Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in reservoirs, or is transported, consumed, stored, and handled in some way. The Arctic is no exception. Not only are there oil reserves in the Arctic, some of which are being or will soon be considered for exploration and production, there is also oil being transported as cargo or as fuel to Arctic communities.
Green GL Passports For Boxship Trio
Marking a departure from the company's highly effective chartering strategy of the past 30 years, three self-owned newbuilds are being phased into Contship Containerlines' core Australasian trades during the 2002 second-half. The 4,115-teu Contship Aurora class is technically distinguished by its considerable scope for perishable cargo, in that 1,300 plugs have been incorporated for integral type refrigerated containers. The trio ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering is replacing tonnage deployed on Contship's Eagle service between Europe, Australia and New Zealand, operated in partnership with P&O Nedlloyd's eastabout and Mediterranean strings, and will ultimately contribute to a new, weekly eastabout, round-the-world schedule.
MSC Oiler Honored with Environmental Award
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) receives stores from the Military Sealift Command underway replenishment ship USNS John Ericsson (TAO-194) during a connected replenishment. Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is on a scheduled deployment supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and the global war on terror. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John L. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Mullen announced that Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (TAO-194) won a 2006 Environmental Quality Small Ship award. The 678-foot ship is currently operating out of Pearl Harbor and is crewed by 81 civil service mariners and a military detachment of 23 active-duty Navy Sailors.
Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab
Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory. The result of three years of planning, Retlif’s new Composites Testing Laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, materials used in commercial aviation, aerospace and avionics, maritime, military and rail applications.
MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards. Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam, the awards applaud those in the maritime industry who have introduced successful sustainability practices within their core business. MSC was shortlisted alongside UASC, Marinvest and d’Amico Shipping Group. Chief Sustainable Development Officer Dirk Vande Velde attended the event to collect the award.
CMA CGM, ENGIE Ink LNG Deal
CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM. * A study about the development of engineering specifications for a bunkering vessel adapted to LNG powered container ships, so as to improve over time the logistics chain necessary to fueling this type of vessels, thus promoting their deployment.
Rolls-Royce Inks Landmark Automatic Ferry Crossing System Deal
Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1. The system, the first of its kind, will control two new double-ended battery ferries as they cross between Anda and Lote on the 1330 km long E39 which connects communities along the west coast of Norway. Battery powered ferries have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the government. Automatic systems ensure consistent behaviour during the journey and hence predictable energy consumption.
ICS Letter to Canadian Transport Minister
ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe reaches out to the Canadian Transport Minister in a letter this week. I am writing on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which is the principal global trade association for shipowners representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet. ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations from 37 nations, and includes the Canadian Shipowners’ Association and the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. ICS represents all sectors and trades of the shipping industry…
Maritime Stakeholders Discuss Arctic Safety and Growth
Some 2,000 government, industry, research and civil society representatives gathered for the Arctic Circle Assembly held October 7-9 in Reykjavik, where the group of international participants engaged in dialogue and cooperation centering on the future of the Arctic. “Safety at sea is a condition for growth in the Arctic, where shipping is vital to – and often the only type of – infrastructure,” said Andreas Nordseth, Director-General, Danish Maritime Authority. The Danish Maritime Authority arranged an event for Blue Denmark…
Bait Barge Operator Tapped at Port of LA
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded a five-year contract to San Pedro Bait Company, Inc. to supply live bait in the Port of Los Angeles. The new bait barge operator will be located in the Port’s Outer Harbor, near Cabrillo Marina, and will supply live bait to the active sport fishing industry and to recreational fishers. The contract award comes after the two prior long-term live bait suppliers at the Port of Los Angeles were found to have operating conditions that presented environmental hazards. The previous barges were removed from service at the Port in November 2006 and February 2007. A Request for Proposals was issued on January 24, 2007, and San Pedro Bait Company was selected by demonstrating the greatest commitment to environmental stewardship.
Shoreham Port, Arcadis win BB Award for Oil Seepage Investigation
The Award, for the ‘Best Scoping or Operation of a Site Investigation’ was presented to Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port and George Flower, Technical Director at Arcadis at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last week. The mysterious smell and oil seepage were discovered to be caused by an oily substance seeping out onto the beach at extreme low water and this was discovered to have originated from the giant coal gas works that once occupied the Portslade end of the Port.
CMA CGM Bags Award for CSR Performance by EcoVadis
For the second consecutive year, CMA CGM has won the “Gold Recognition Level” by EcoVadis a specialist agency in CSR evaluation. This award acknowledges CMA CGM’s CSR ambition and performance especially regarding: the improvement of its Carbon performance by 50% in 2015, its commitment to vulnerable children through CMA CGM Corporate Foundation and its Safety policy. Environment: to minimize the impact of the Group’s activities with innovation as a major driver: The Group sets itself extremely ambitious targets in the area of environmental sustainability and reached some in 2015: for example…
Wärtsilä's Environmental Report Recognized
Wärtsilä Group's first Environmental Report was ranked the best separate environmental report in 2001 alongside M-Real's report in a competition held in Finland annually to judge the environmental and social responsibility reporting of Finnish companies. The Wärtsilä report is the first report to be published by a Finnish mechanical engineering company. It has been prepared with highly ambitious objectives, adopting the model of the Global Reporting Initiative. The report describes the company's products and their environmental impact. The whole reporting competition, comprising the report, Internet pages and annual report, was won this year by the wholesale and retail chain Kesko Oyj. Wärtsilä Group published its first Environmental Report in June 2001.
Harley Marine Receives Enviromental Awards
Harley Marine Services is a environmental protection and stewardship within the marine industry and has been since its founding in 1987. They have developed a robust, multi-faceted environmental management program that is innovative and designed to have participation throughout each operating area of the company including the offices, shops, tugs and barges and at every level from deckhands and clericals to the CEO. Since receiving ISO 14001 environmental certification in 2008…
BOEMRE to Aggressively Recruit Environmental Scientists
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today launched a focused, nationwide recruitment campaign to fill current and new environmental science positions at the agency. “As we work to elevate the role of science in our decision-making, we must attract top-flight environmental scientists to conduct scientific studies, complete legally-mandated environmental reviews, and fill important positions in environmental compliance,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich.
CP Ships Appoints Director of Environmental Services
CP Ships Limited has appointed environmental management specialist Dennis Fortune as its first Director of Environmental Services, based in Montreal. Mr Fortune is responsible for leading CP Ships' extensive environmental management program which involves all aspects of the company's operations including marine and terminal activities, hazardous cargo handling, occupational health and safety and compliance with local and international regulations. "We are proud of our environmental management track record and, with Dennis's extensive experience, we look forward to building on our strengths," commented CP Ships' CEO Ray Miles. Mr Fortune has more than 20 years of environmental management experience, most recently as head of his own consultancy, Dennis Fortune Environmental Associates Inc.
Danos Adds Environmental Services
Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose, La., the Environmental Services Division provides full-service environmental cleaning – from spill kits to tank cleaning and small releases to large magnitude spills. Executive Vice President Paul Danos said, “Adding environmental services to our family of capabilities positions Danos to better serve our customers’ oilfield needs. Danos’ environmental services team…
Columbia River Channel Project Gets Greenlight
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that Major General Carl A. Strock, Director of Civil Works, has signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project. Construction of the navigation improvements and associated ecosystem restoration features may now proceed after a cost-sharing agreement is signed. Issuance of the ROD - a written public record under the National Environmental Policy Act explaining why the agency has decided upon a particular course of action - clears the way for the Corps' Portland District to begin work improving the federal navigation channel that stretches 103 miles between the Pacific Ocean and Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash.