Bids Received, Central GOM Lease Sale
The offshore energy industry continues to show interest in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf, with 67 companies submitting 642 bids on 468 tracts that are being offered offshore Louisiana…
MAN Diesel L27/38 Engine for Tugs
MAN Diesel Spain has been active within the tug segment recently, having played a key role in three orders that contract the company to supply 18 MAN Diesel L27/38 engines to Boluda Corporación Marítima, Spain, the international marine group and shipbuilder. The engines are destined for nine newbuilding tugs; ten engines were already delivered in 2009 with the remainder due in 2010/2011. The three orders encompass two engines for the V.B.
Statoil Fast Tracks Projects
“Our ambition on certain fields on the Norwegian continental shelf is to halve the time from discovery to production,” said Ståle Tungesvik, head of reserves and business development in Statoil. Speeding up the development time is an important way of realizing Statoil’s objective of maintaining oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf at the current level. Three of four discoveries made since 2007 have been classified as small.
U.S., Canadian Coast Guard Oil Spill Exercise
Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Arctic region stakeholders and established responders are scheduled to hold a joint “Canada - United States…
USCG Investigates Bridge Allision on Potomac
The Coast Guard is investigating an allision caused by flood conditions between an 80-ft construction barge and the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C, around March 15. A 25-ft Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., along with boatcrews from D.C., Police Department and D.C., Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the Coast Guard conducted an initial assessment and found no apparent significant damage to the bridge or the barge.
EU NAVFOR Destroys More Pirate Groups
On March 12, after receiving a report from MV E.R. Lubeck (Liberian Flag, German owner), that pirates in two skiffs had tried to hijack her, COMEUNAVFOR initiated a surge operation to intercept and disrupt the pirate action group (PAG). The EU NAVFOR Flagship ITS Etna tasked the EUNAVFOR Swedish and Luxemburg Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and EUNAVFOR Warship HNLMS Tromp against the PAG consisting of one mother skiff and two skiffs.
EPE SA Wins Lebanese Contract, Oil Spill Cleanup
After several successful environmental projects in Lebanon, Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE SA ) recently won an international bid for offers and…
OSRO Builds Chinese Pollution Control Consortium
In response to regulations enacted on March 1, 2010 on the Prevention and Control of Vessel-Induced Marine Environment Pollution, a Hong Kong based firm – OSRO China…
PVA Elects New Officers and Board
At the 2010 Passenger Vessel Association Convention at MariTrends in Tampa, Fla., the members of the PVA elected their new officers and board members. Captain Kevin Stier…
Almaco Modernizes M/S Kristina Katarina
Almaco Group has been awarded by Kristina Cruises the contract to modernize passenger cabins and public areas on the owner's new flagship M/S Kristina Katarina.
New Navy Contracts
Maersk Line, Ltd, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $8,630,000 firm-fixed-price contract for a nine-month time charter of tanker MT Samho Moonstone, currently a foreign-flag vessel…
Delta Wave Launches dTrac
Delta Wave Communications, Inc. announced their new web based dTrac asset tracking solution. dTrac supports a variety of satellite communications technologies for global asset tracking requirements.
TEN Semi-Annual Dividend
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) (NYSE:TNP) announced that its Board of Directors has declared the company’s semi-annual dividend of $0.30 per share payable…
Neilson NSRI’s Academic Research Director
The National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) has appointed Dr. Richard Neilson as academic research director. Dr. Neilson has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer and researcher in a number of Scottish Universities. During this time he spent four years on secondment with oil service company, Rotech Drilling Services, where he was responsible for the design and analysis of downhole tools. Dr Neilson has a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, EA Comments
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting public comments for a planned Environmental Assessment of the impacts of implementing additional in-stream barrier/deterrent…
Hearings Adjourn in Port Arthur
The Coast Guard adjourned the formal hearings, Thursday, March 11, concerning the Jan. 23, 2010, incident involving the tank vessel Eagle Otome, the Gull Arrow and the tug Dixie Vengeance. The incident resulted in more than 400,000 gallons of oil being spilled into the Sabine-Neches waterway. Eric Lewis, the VTS watchstander, testified concerning his training, maritime experience, and the details of the displays and sensors he monitors as a watchstander.
This Day in Naval History – March 17
1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British 1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 17
1863- The cutter Agassiz defended the Union-held Fort Anderson at New Bern, North Carolina, from a Confederate attack. 1902- All but one of the members of the crew…
Counter Piracy Mission Handover
After busy months on patrol in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, a task force of NATO warships on March 12 handed over their counter-piracy mission, (Operation…
Danaos Takes Delivery of 42nd Containership
Danaos Corporation (NYSE: DAC) announced that on March 12, 2010, it took delivery of a newly built containership, the CMA CGM Musset, expanding its operational fleet…