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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

K Line’s CO2 Reduction Targets on Track

Graph: "K" Line America, Inc.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) has announced that its CO2 reduction targets have been approved as "scientifically consistent" with the  2 degree centigrade  temperature  goal set by the COP 21 Paris Agreement. As a result, K Line says it has obtained certification from Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), and has set its interim target to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent for 2019. In March 2015, we introduced our long-term environmental vision,"K" Line Environmental…

Inland Waterways Conference Set for Cincinnati

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft conducts an all-hands meeting at Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 14, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The 2017 Inland Waterways Conference is set to be held in scenic Cincinnati, Ohio, from March 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The event will feature full days of hot topics and VIP speakers to address emerging inland waterways topics and trends, highlighted by Lunch Keynote Speaker United States Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, speaking on March 7 from noon to 1:15. "We are honored that Admiral Zukunft will take part in our conference" said Alan Bernstein, Conference Director.

Tug Grounding Causes Fuel Spill in Alaska

Emergency personnel continue their response to the tug boat Samson Mariner which ran aground and spilled fuel while towing a barge in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska, Wednesday evening. Approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel spilled from the tug prior to being patched by Alaska Commercial Divers Wednesday night. The Samson Mariner has been refloated and is anchored in Ward Cove alongside the barge it was towing. A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted an overflight with Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel aboard to determine the extent of any possible sheen or environmental impacts. A sheen has been reported in the area and SEAPRO has been tasked with fuel containment and recovery using boom and absorbent pads.

Malaysian Educators on Course for Energy-Efficient Shipping

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An  International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is training Malaysia’s maritime educators to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums. The workshop, taking place in Kuala Lumpur (20-21 February), was developed under IMO’s GloMEEP project and supports maritime training institutes to deliver the IMO Model Course 4.05 to seafarers. The course consists of a series of lectures, interactive exercises and videos to enhance the learning experience and ensure crews are adequately trained to contribute to efficient shipping.

Evergreen Recognized for Protecting Blue Whales

On behalf of Evergreen Line, Captain CT Chen (first left) attended the recognition ceremony of 2016 vessel speed reduction incentive program in Santa Barbara Channel Region. Photo courtesy of www.OurAir.org

Evergreen Line has received recognition for its excellent performance in a voluntary environmental and ecological protection program, which started on July 1 last year and ended on November 15. The initiative was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of vessels and avoiding whale collisions by encouraging slow sailing speeds in California's  Santa Barbara Channel region. The recognition ceremony took place on January 23, 2017. Vessels enrolled in this program were required to reduce speeds to 12 knots or less within 95 nautical miles of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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.

Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

Photo: Matrix New World Engineering

Sinking a 6,000-ton, 371-foot former cargo vessel to help create an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico is a herculean feat, one only accomplished with strict adherence to rigorous federal and state environmental regulations. When the cargo ship Kraken was recently sunk 67 miles off the Galveston coast, Matrix New World Engineering helped the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program ensure that the vessel was free of environmental hazards and safe to support coral, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life.

Shipbuilder HII Declares Quarterly Dividend

Columbia Class Courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.60 per share, payable on March 10, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 3, 2017. Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.

Green Award Launches Certification of Inland Passenger Vessels

Schoonhoven (Photo: Green Award)

Green Award, the quality mark for ships that meet the above-industry standards, expands to a new ship type. From 1st of January 2017 the Green Award certificate is available for inland passenger vessels. Green Award certifies sea-going and inland navigation ships that go beyond the industry required standards. Established in 1994 as a certification scheme for sea-going oil tankers, Green Award has grown to a world-wide recognized quality assessment organization accepting 5 types of sea-going ships and with incentive providers all over the world.

Vancouver Port Selects “PBCF” as Equipment Designated

PBCF (circled in yellow) is being installed. Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) was selected as a vessel quieting technology by the EcoAction Program implemented by Port of Vancouver, Canada. PBCF was jointly developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd. and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd. (Note 1), and is being sold by MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program offers discounted harbour due rate to vessels that have implemented voluntary emission reduction measures and other environmental practices.

Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

Seabin prototype V4 Photo Wartsila

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with the Seabin Project to join their global pilot programme, which addresses the worldwide littering problem affecting our oceans. The project aims at approaching the challenge from multiple angles with a key emphasis on education, research and technology. Wärtsilä will work in cooperation with Seabin Project for the next three years and has sponsored both the city and port of Helsinki's involvement with the programme.

IMO Secretary-General Visits Antarctica

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim experienced polar conditions at first hand during a recent visit to Antarctica (8-12 February). Shipping in waters surrounding the two poles has increased in recent years. IMO’s Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017, bringing in additional safety and environmental provisions for ships operating in these harsh, remote and unique conditions. Secretary-General Lim was hosted by the Chilean Navy during his journey to King George Island in Antarctica.

Ship Breaking Hazardous Waste Disposed off Safely at Alang Yard

File Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

All the hazardous waste generated in ship recycling at Alang are being disposed off in safe and environmentally sound manner in Gujarat Pollution Control Board authorized Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) site operated by Gujarat Maritime Board. Landfills are constructed as per the Guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board and provided with liner system in bottom which prevents leachate to percolate to the sub-soil. Monitoring of environmental parameters is done by Gujarat Pollution Control Board regularly. Regular health checkup for the workers is also conducted by GMB.

India Spends $ 20 mln towards Clean, Green Ports

Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India. Photo: Official Twitter page

Under the Green Port Initiative (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), the shipping ministry of India has identified 12 activities to make the Major Ports more clean and green from the environment perspective, stated the Minister of State for Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan. These initiatives include preparation of Environment Management & Monitoring Plan (EMMP), provision of equipment to monitor environmental pollution, acquiring dust suppression system, setting up of sewage and waste water treatment plants and garbage disposal plants…

Marine Contracts Hits Low, Says Wartsila's CEO

Jaakko Eskola. Photo: Wärtsilä

In the marine markets, contracting activity fell to an exceptionally low level, Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO, Wärtsilä said in the annual report 2016. The majority of the volume decline was seen in the shipping industry, where overcapacity and low earnings remain the key challenges. Low oil prices and reduced capital expenditures from oil companies continued to limit demand also in the offshore industry. For some years already, Wärtsilä has focused on developing an extensive offering and a wide market exposure.

Oil Spill in Fore River, Maine

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an oil spill in the Fore River in Maine along with Maine Department of Environmental Protection and local fire departments.   According to initial reports, the cause of the spill was a car accident involving an overturned tank truck carrying diesel fuel on Interstate I-295.   Pollution responders from Coast Guard Station South Portland and Coast Guard Sector Northern New England are on scene.

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.

ACO Claimers Delivered for Installation on Nibulon Tugs

Photo courtesy of ACO

ACO Marine has delivered three of its smallest Clarimar wastewater treatment units to Ukraine-based Nibulon Shipbuilding and Repair Yard for installation aboard a series of high specification project tugs. Nibulon, Ukraine’s leading exporter of agricultural products, grains and fertilizers with a history dating back to the nineteenth century, entered the shipbuilding and repair sector in 2012, following the acquisition and development of a yard on the Southern Bug River, near the company’s trans-shipment terminal, in Mykolayiv.

RIBCRAFT Delivers Patrol Boat in NC

Photo: RIBCRAFT

Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has delivered a RIBCRAFT 6.5 to the Pender County Sheriff. Located on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of North Carolina, Pender County Sheriff formed a joint venture with the County Rescue Squad to provide on water enforcement and rescue operations seven days a week during the summer months. The 21’ RIBCRAFT meets the county’s multifunctional requirements and expands its on water response capabilities. RIBCRAFT worked…

Tugboat Spills Oil in Halifax River

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Savannah

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducted a first-light assessment survey Thursday of a tugboat oil spill on the Halifax River near Ormond-by-the-Sea. The tug Tutahaca was reported to be leaking bilge oil into the river Wednesday. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was directed to launch to conduct an overflight assessment survey of the river. Marine Environmental Response and Sea Tow arrived on scene with the tugboat at approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday and deployed 600-feet of containment boom and more than 1,500-feet of absorbent boom around the affected area.

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.

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