Costa Concordia – All fuel oil removed
SMIT Salvage successfully completed its assignment on the removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia. Over the last couple of days, the SMIT Salvage diving team was transferring HFO from the last settling tank in the engine room. Early this morning, the last tanks were completed, closed and sealed off. The entire oil removal process which lasted just over one month went smoothly and was executed in line with expectations.
Piracy – EU Naval Force Extends Mission, Sends Ships
The decision to extend the mission will enable Operation Atalanta Forces to work directly with the Transitional Federal Government and other Somali entities to support their fight against piracy in the coastal areas. In accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the Somali government has notified the UN Secretary General of its acceptance of the EU’s offer for this new collaboration.
Shipbreaking Laws to be Tightened by European Union
The European Commission has proposed new rules to ensure that European ships are only recycled in facilities that are safe for workers and environmentally sound.
Ballast Water Treatment – USCG Amending Regulations
The Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships'…
Report: Cameron Reaches Full Ocean Depth
According to a report on http://news.nationalgeographic.com, explorer and film maker James Cameron has arrived at the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, members of…
WISTA Japan Debuts at Executive Committee Meeting in Singapore
Karin Orsel, President of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) announced during the recent WISTA Executive Committee meeting the formation of WISTA Japan. This brings the total number of WISTA chapters to 34 globally. “One of the highlights of this meeting in Singapore was the official founding of WISTA Japan. Thanks to the commitment of Yoriko Ishida, and Shoko Kaminori, Japan now is the 5th Asian country with its own WISTA Chapter” stated Orsel.