Shell Pay a Million to Settle Arctic EPA Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. concerning numerous air permit violations by Shell's 'Discoverer' and 'Kulluk' drill ships during the 2012 Arctic drilling season. On September 5, 2013, EPA settled with Shell for violations of their Clean Air Act outer Continental Shelf permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska.
Clarkson's Long-serving Mike Cameron Retires
Maritime industry veteran Mike Cameron has retired after 40 years – 34 of them with Clarksons. Guests from Italy, Scandinavia, USA, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Dubai and Greece recently gathered to celebrate the retirement of Mike Cameron after 34 years of working at Clarksons. Mike's family and industry friends were entertained by witty speeches recalling his almost 40 years of working…
PM Leads Talks on Boosting UK Maritime Interests
Government ministers and industry leaders met at number 10 Downing Street today for a meeting to decide how best to maintain Britain’s competitive position in the global maritime industry. The roundtable meeting, set up to mark the beginning of London International Shipping Week, was attended by senior figures from top global shipping companies and focused on the elements required to boost the UK’s reputation as a leading maritime services centre.
Seagull Release New Distant Learning Titles
Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull, has unveiled new additions to its portfolio and revisions to a number of existing modules. Marine environmental awareness…
Kawasaki to Build Brazil Drillship Hull Modules
Kawasaki Heavy Industries is to build hull parts of the first of 6 drillship for Estaleiro Enseada Do Paraguaçu (EEP) of Bahia State, Brazil. The vessel is the first of six ordered by Sete Brasil (Brazilian investment company in the oil & gas industry), which will be chartered by Petrobras (Brazil's state-owned oil company). After the drillship’s hull parts are completed at Kawasaki’s Sakaide Shipyard…
Peerless, Danfoss Launch Online Store
Peerless Electronics, a stocking distributor for Danfoss Industrial Automation, is announced the opening of the Peerless/Danfoss Online Store. Danfoss is a manufacturer of high efficiency industrial valves for industrial steam, air, water and Biomass applications. In addition to the diversified valve product lines, the Peerless website also offers a full range of Danfoss Pressure Switches for Industrial applications, Pressure Transducers & Sensors and Temperature Sensors.
Four Rescued After Two Boats Crash on Manasquan Inlet Jetty
The Coast Guard and partner agencies monitor debris and pollution Monday after two boats grounded on the Manasquan Inlet jetty Sunday, stranding four people. The captain of the 32-foot boat, Slashbacks, contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at 11:30 p.m. Sunday via VHF-FM channel 16 radio reporting the Slashbacks lost power while towing a 31-foot boat, Lady Jane, through Manasquan Inlet.
Protecting Freight While Shipping
No matter what you ship, chances are it needs some kind of protection. Even tough materials such as steel and concrete can be susceptible to chipping, breaking or corrosion. For sensitive electronics, delicate glassware, perishable foods and other specialized needs, having the right protection can make the difference between sending your customer a work of art and shipping a box of shards. Get an idea…
Three New Lumitec Products to Debut at IBEX
Lumitec, a designer and manufacturer of marine LED lighting solutions, is set to premier three new products at IBEX September 17-19 at booth 2155. Lumitec will also reveal technology updates for some of their most popular lights. Leading the launch is Lumitec’s new Cayman line of spreader/floodlights with a measured output of up to 2,400 lumens, (integrating sphere measurement). The Cayman family offers: dual-color output…
Thrustmaster Announces Management Promotions
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc., a company in the design and manufacture of marine thruster systems, announced several promotions in its top level operations management.
Victaulic to Present Grooved Pipe-joining Technology
Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, is exhibiting its line of IACS-approved products that they say reduce the need for vessel maintenance and help make maintenance quicker, simpler and safer at Marine Maintenance World Expo 2013. On show at stand no. 1020 will be a selection of rigid and flexible couplings, fittings and accessories that reduce the time and space needed for piping system installation, and allow easier access for repair and maintenance.
SMART Communications Selects Thuraya for Crew Calling Service
Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, has been selected by SMART Communications of the Philippines for the launch of its new crew calling service, Marino PhonePal. The multiyear deal will see SMART partner with Thuraya on network services and hardware for its maritime voice service. Marino PhonePal is an expansion of SMART’s current crew calling service, from an existing Asia Pacific footprint now to include major sea lanes in Australia…
Today in U.S. Naval History: September 9
Today in U.S. 1825 - USS Brandywine sails for France to carry the Marquis de Lafayette home after his year long visit to America. 1945 - A "computer bug" is first…
Alion to Help Ontario Ministry of Transportation Acquire New Ferry
Alion Canada was awarded a $1.3 million contract to assist the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario, Canada, in securing a replacement ferry for the Motor Vessel (MV) Pelee Islander.
IMB Urges Vigilance to Avoid Pirates off Somali Coast
As the monsoon in the NW Indian Ocean begins to subside and the weather once again becomes conducive to the operation of small pirate skiffs, the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has urged Masters not to be complacent as they transit the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It has called for vessels to remain alert and apply the Best Management Practices (BMP), including its reporting requirements, as it transits the area.
SMSGlobal CrewCommCenter Installations Surpass 3,000 Vessel Milestone
SMSGlobal Ltd., a provider of personal communications for the global maritime industry, today announced that the number of vessels now equipped with its CrewCommCenter has reached 3,000.
SUNY Maritime President Announces Departure
SUNY Maritime College President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), announced on Friday, September 6, 2013, that she will step down shortly after the completion of the Fall semester. Admiral Carpenter has served as President since August 31, 2011, and has decided to step down in order to have more time for family and to pursue both personal and professional priorities and passions. SUNY Chancellor…
Retailers Stocking Up Ahead of Holiday Season
Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 5.1% in September over the same month last year as retailers head into the holiday season…
Brennan Opens Houston Distribution Center
Brennan Industries, Inc., an international supplier of hydraulic fittings and adapters, expanded its distribution capabilities in Texas with the addition of a distribution center in the Houston area. The new distribution center will allow Brennan to better serve its valued customers in the Houston and surrounding areas,” said David M. Carr, president at Brennan Industries. Brennan’s 8,800-square-foot facility, located at located at 525 Garden Oaks Boulevard, Houston, opened on September 3.
The Bottom Line from the U.S. Salvage Leadership
In the choppy wake of regulatory changes, subtle changes in how, where and why salvors do business, high profile salvage assignments and still more lurking on the horizon…