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USCG Open to Comments on Proposed Regs

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 27 and New York City Oct. 29 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. These meetings are the last two of six public meetings held for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard's ballast water management regulations in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 151, Subparts C and D. The proposed rule would also add approval procedures for ballast water management systems found in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter Q. Live webcasts (audio and video) of the public meetings will also be broadcast online at: http://ballastwater.us The public meeting scheduled for Oct. 27 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Oakland Airport, One Hegenberger Rd., Oakland, Calif. The phone number for the hotel is (510) 635-5000. The public meeting scheduled for Oct. 29 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marriott New York Downtown, 85 West Street at Albany Street, New York City. The phone number for the hotel is (212) 385-4900. The public is encouraged to participate by submitting written or verbal comments at the meetings. The comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking closes Dec. 4


BOEM Seeks Comments on Environmental Review

Public Hearings Scheduled to provide opportunities for public input.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), providing updated environmental and socioeconomic analysis to support two proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233 is tentatively scheduled for 2013 in the Western Planning Area (WPA), offshore Texas; and Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 231 is scheduled for 2014


CG Public Meetings, Proposed Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Seattle on Sept. 28 and in New Orleans on Sept. 30 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. A total of six public meetings are slated for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard’s ballast water management regulations in Title 33


Steps Aimed to Enhance Security

Within one year of President Bush’s signing of the Maritime Transportation Security Act on November 25, 2002 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America’s ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. “With 95 percent of our nation’s overseas cargo carried by ship


Corps to Release Draft Proposal for Navigation Study

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a draft proposal for public comment and review in the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway Navigation Feasibility Study. The Corps' study team met with federal principals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and Maritime Administration to discuss the range of possible alternatives. The next step will be the preparation of a draft report in May


OSEC to Hold Sixth Public Meeting

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson has announced that the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) will hold its sixth public meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 and Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The OESC is a public federal advisory body including some of the nation’s leading scientific, engineering and technical experts. Chaired by former Sandia National Laboratory Director Dr


Public Meetings to be held on Norfolk Channel Deepening Project

The US Navy published a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for proposed dredging of the Norfolk Harbor Channel in the Elizabeth River. The dredging is necessary to provide the service’s aircraft carriers with safe and unrestricted access. Public scoping meetings will be held in Norfolk (October 4) and Portsmouth, Virginia (October 5). Source: HK Law


National AIS Project – Environmental Statement

The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) addressing proposed implementation of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The proposed NAIS involves installing receivers, transmitters, transceivers, repeaters, and other equipment on towers and other structures at up to 450 sites at locations along 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways, as well as the use of selected remote platforms


Keppel Elects New Executive Chair

Keppel Corp. Limited and Keppel TatLee Bank Limited have appointed Lim Chee Onn as executive chairman upon the retirement of Sim Kee Boon, effective January 1, 2000. Boon will continue to act as senior advisor to the Keppel Group. Onn, who holds a BSc in Naval Architecture from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, has been senior executive director of Keppel Corp. since September 1983


NTSB to Meet

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an Advisory stating that it will hold a public session in Washington, DC on March 9, 2004 to consider, among other things, a marine accident report concerning the sinking of a U.S. passenger vessel in the Everglades National Park. One passenger, of the 33 on board, suffered serious injuries. (HK Law)


Yang Ming to Float 500 mln Shares

Photo: Yang Ming Marine Transport

 The Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport will make a public offering of 500 million shares as part of the company's ongoing recapitalization plan, the Taiwanese ocean carrier said in a statement .  It will offer the shares to existing shareholders


Egypt to Establish USD 4bln Petrochemical Complex in Suez

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

 Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum entered in a partnership with the Ministry of Public Business Sector to establish a petrochemical plant in Suez governorate at a total cost exceeds $4 billion, Zawya reported quoting Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla.  


Low-Carbon Shipping Alliance Gains Momentum

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Days after the announcement by International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), another commercial company has joined the initiative to help shipping and related industries transition towards a low-carbon future.  


Panama Canal Hearing Addresses Toll Structure Changes

Photo: The Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) today held a public hearing on its tolls structure modifications proposal.   “The modified tolls will safeguard the Canal's competitiveness, charge a fair price for the value of the route and provide a competitive service to the global shipping industry


El Faro Investigators Call for Better Weather Forecasting

The eye of Hurricane Joaquin is visible in the lower left corner of this image taken from the International Space Station October 2, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

New recommendations coming out of the investigation into the 2015 sinking of U.S. cargo ship El Faro call for efforts to improve the weather information available to mariners.   All 33 crew on board died when the 790-foot El Faro sank close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas


New Global Industry Alliance Established to Support Low Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future


Abandonment of Seafarers on Agenda

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Seafarer abandonment was the subject of a seminar held at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (22 June) – a joint IMO-Consular Corps of London event.    Diplomats and consular officers involved in dealing with abandonment cases heard


SBM Offshore Awarded Liza FPSO Contract

SBM Offshore said it has secured contracts from ExxonMobil to construct, install, lease and operate a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) for the next phase of the Liza project in Guyana.    The contracts follow completion of front-end engineering studies and the


DOF Subsea Shelves IPO Plans

Pic: DOF ASA

Norway's DOF Subsea has decided to hold off on launching its initial public offering (IPO), citing volatile market conditions.   Company shareholders DOF ASA, with 51 percent, and a fund managed by First Reserve, with 49 percent ownership


Op/Ed: The Spill Response Industry's Greatest Challenges

Devon Grennan

Devon Grennan, president and CEO of Global Diving & Salvage, and president of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) asks the tough questions. What are the biggest challenges the spill response industry faces in light of the current political and economic climate in the United States?


Lake Constance Ferry to Test MTU Gas Engine

From left: Stefan Ballier, senior manager of ferry operations at the Constance utility; Dr. Norbert Reuter, head of the city of Constance utility company; Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems; and Matthias Vogel, Vice President Sales at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. (Photo: Rolls-Royce Power Systems)

From 2019, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the City of Constance public utility are to begin testing the marine propulsion technology of the future on Lake Constance. This takes the form of a gas engine carrying the MTU brand. The public utility's new car ferry is to be equipped with twin


SEACOR Marine Holdings Begins Trading on NYSE

Photo: SEACOR

SEACOR Holdings Inc. has announced the completion of the spin-off of SEACOR Marine, finalizing the transition to SEACOR Marine’s status as an independent public company. Until this point a subsidiary of SEACOR, SEACOR Marine attained full independent status yesterday, June 1, 2017


HSH Nordbank Rejects Rickmers Restructure

Photo: Rickmers Group

 Board of HSH Nordbank AG has surprisingly denied approval of the term sheet regarding the financial restructuring of the Rickmers Group, says a press release from the group.   Rickmers Holding AG strives for restructuring in self-administration on the basis of continuation of the


Rickmers to File for Insolvency as Revamp Fails

German shipping group Rickmers said it would file for insolvency after bondholder HSH Nordbank rejected its restructuring plan a day ahead of a last-ditch bondholders' meeting.   Rickmers had proposed a revamp plan under which the equity stake of owner Bertram Rickmers was to be reduced to


Parade Of Ships Kicks Off Fleet Week in New York

Photo: United States Navy

 U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton held a salute to the participating ships of 2017 Fleet Week New York (FWNY) during the official Parade of Ships kickoff May 24.    Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) rendered a seven-gun salute with U.S






 
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