Suppression of Random Drug Test Results: A Bad and Unnecessary Decision
Last September, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) unsettled much of the U.S. maritime industry when he dismissed with prejudice a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) action to revoke a Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC) despite his finding that the mariner’s urine had tested positive for cocaine. The case is referred to as USCG v. Hopper, SR-2014-14. American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) considered the Hopper outcome to be a bad decision…
Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm
Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak, with smaller operators and the shallow-water sector scaling back the most. As the situation unfolds, MarineNews asked David Barousse…
Five Years on from Macondo
An interview with NOIA’s Randall Luthi provides unique perspective on where the offshore energy business has been, where it is now, and where it could be headed next. It is a predictable but at the same time, an important anniversary to examine: five years beyond the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began on 20 April 2010 on the BP-owned, Transocean-operated Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bids Placed for Novy Port Icebreaker Contract
The tendering process for the Yamal Novy Port terminal icebreaker design and build contract has kicked off, seeing seven companies submit bids for the project, IAA PortNews reported. The tender, announced by Vyborg Shipyard entrusted to build the vessels, received bids for the icebreaker’s design and construction from Spetssudoproekt CJSC, Nordic Yards Holding GmbH, Aker Arctic, FSUE Krylov State Research Center…
IRS Introduces Ship Construction Standards
The International Register of Shipping has submitted goal-based new ship construction standards for verification audit by the International Maritime Organisation.
US Orders Owner to Clean Up Ruptured Pipeline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara County, Calif. The order requires Plains Pipeline, L.P. (a.k.a. Plains All American Pipeline), the pipeline owner and operator, to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, and in the ocean, to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination.
6,000 Gallons of Diesel Spilt in Alaskan Gulf
A Unified Command consisting of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Seldovia and the responsible party…
Q88 LLC Opens Office in London
Q88 LLC has opened a new office in London. Located in Soho, the cultural center of London's West End district, the office will serve as a hub for business development and client relations.
Fluxys LNG Launches Zeebrugge Capacity Consultation
Belgian gas infrastructure operator Fluxys said on Thursday it was launching a market consultation to assess demand for additional capacity at the Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal in Belgium.
Israeli Dockworkers End Ports Strike
Israeli dockworkers ended a two-day strike on Thursday that had shut down the country's two main seaports in protest at the creation of new foreign-run ports. Some 2,400 workers had walked out of the ports of Ashdod and Haifa as union leaders went underground and for most of Thursday defied orders from labour courts to return to their posts. Some 40 ships were left waiting to be unloaded. Israel's…
Lamprell to Implement Software for Automated Manufacturing
U.A.E based offshore jackup rig builder Lamprell Energy Ltd., will implement SSI's EnterprisePlatform software solution to allow its engineering team to automate manufacturing processes. Acording to SSI (developer of ShipConstructor software), the immediate benefit will come from streamlining and automating Lamprell's processes used to control robotic machinery on the production floor (e.g. CNC Profiling…
Norwegian Hull Club CEO Stepping Down
The Norwegian Hull Club announced that John Wiik will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016. Filling Wiik's role will be Faz Peermohamed, the club announced. Peermohamed, a senior partner at London's Ince & Co., is a career shipping man: he is an ex Ship's Master and a maritime lawyer. He currently holds the position of Global Head of Shipping at Ince, where he has worked for some 22 years. Wiik joined the Club in 1979, when the company was still known as Bergens Skibsassuranseforening.
Hyde Marine to Present on BWTS at Nor-Shipping
Hyde Marine, Inc., announced it will attend Nor-Shipping 2015, June 2-5, held at the Norges Varemesse in Oslo, Norway. The marine technology company will present at BIMCO'S Driving Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management Seminar, June 2. Mark Riggio, product manager, Hyde Marine, will participate during the seminar's Technology Provider Panel and will give a short presentation on how Hyde Marine…
Bollinger Appoints Sales VP
Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotion of Eric Bollinger to Vice President of Sales. President and CEO Ben Bordelon made the announcement, stating, “Eric has been a key contributor to our company’s sales efforts for over 39 years. His knowledge and understanding of our markets will benefit and support our customer service and customer relations efforts.
Entries Sought for SHIPPINGInsight Award
Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award, which will be presented at the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 13 in Stamford, Conn.
Furuno Debuts Updated Echo Sounder
Furuno has introduced a new IMO Echo Sounder, FE800, offering an 8.4-inch Color LCD display with built-in dual-frequency capability. It also features a new system design that provides immediate retrofit capability of older Furuno units, as well as easy installation on new build vessels. The new color display accommodates both full and split-screen options. It offers a traditional single-frequency bottom presentation that you are used to seeing…
Savannah Harbor Expansion Project Update
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Port of Savannah on Thursday, for an update on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). "The SHEP will create economic opportunity not only across Georgia, but throughout the Southeast," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The harbor deepening, currently in the construction phase, will deepen the shipping channel from 42 to 47 feet at mean low water.
UNOLS Seeks Nominations for Council Positions
The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S.
Duke Energy to Help Develop Jeffersonville Port Site
Duke Energy Indiana has selected a 140-acre parcel of land inside the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville in Clark County for the utility's 2015 Site Readiness Program.
Lifting of US Crude Oil Export Ban Possible within Year
The U.S. Congress could lift the 40-year old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil…