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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ocean Policy

Commission on Ocean Policy Releases Report

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy issued its mid-term report entitled Developing a National Ocean Policy. The report includes a brief history of national ocean policy, an overview of the Commission mandate and organization, highlights of invited testimony and public comment through June 2002, and a list of commission products and future Commission activities.

Meeting of U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

The first regional meeting of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, to be held in Charleston, South Carolina on January 15 and 16, 2002, will start earlier and end later than previously planned. The January 15 session will start at 8:30 am and end at 6:20 pm. The January 16 session will start at 8:45 am and end at 5:00 pm. Source: HK Law

National Ocean Policy Bill Introduced

Senator Hollings (D-SC) introduced a bill (S. 2647) to establish a national ocean policy, to set forth the missions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to ensure effective interagency coordination, and for other purposes. (HK Law)

Meeting of Commission on Ocean Policy

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy will hold its first regional meeting (the Commission’s third meeting overall) to hear and discuss issues of concern to the southeastern region of the United States, covering the coastal area from Delaware to Georgia. The meeting will be held on January 15-16, 2002 in Charleston, South Carolina. 66 Fed. Reg. 65767

Oceans in Serious Trouble?

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy was set to release its preliminary report on ocean policy on Tuesday, April 20. The report will be of interest to anyone who makes their business on the U.S. waterways, as the Commission is of the opinion that our oceans and our coasts are in serious trouble and that the nation must seize this historic opportunity to sustain the oceans, coasts, and their valuable resources for future generations.

WOC Provides Industry Comments on U.S. NOP

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has submitted a paper synthesizing the common themes from industry comments on the U.S. National Ocean Policy (NOP). Initiated in 2010, the NOP calls for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources. To translate the NOP into substantive actions, the National Ocean Council (NOC) released nine strategic action plan outlines for public review including: ecosystem based management

'National Marine Technology Week' Date Set

Justin Manley: Photo courtesy of MTS

Congressmen Farr and Young introduce a bi-partisan Congressional Resolution designating September 22, 2013 through September 28, 2013, as “National Marine Technology Week”. Resolution coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Marine Technology Society and OCEANS 2013 in San Diego. The Marine Technology Society is an international community of ocean engineers, technologists, policy-makers and educators that provides the ocean community with forums for the exchange of information

Follow Interagency Arctic Trip with Social Media

Several White House and federal agency officials participating in the new Ocean Policy Task Force will be traveling throughout Alaska and the Arctic from Aug. 17 to 21, to observe ongoing activities in the region and meet with local and indigenous community leaders and industry representatives. During their travel, the party will provide updates on their activities and observations, including photos, videos and blog posts throughout

Ocean Policy Study: Shortchanging Water Transport?

In August 2000, Congress directed the President to appoint a group of experts to study the policy of the United States with respect to the oceans and make recommendations for changes. The legislative mandate was broad - covering protection of life and property; responsible stewardship; protection of the marine environment; enhancement of commerce and transportation; expansion of human knowledge; improvement of capabilities and technologies; close cooperation among stakeholders; and U.S

ABA Book Explores Ocean Zoning Management

Zoning the Oceans

With oceans considered by many as one of the last frontiers, a new American Bar Association book will help experts and government planners use zoning as a vehicle for ocean development and management. “Zoning the Oceans: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management’’ is the first book to focus on new and emerging state ocean zoning programs in the context of recent developments in offshore coastal zone regulation at the state and federal levels

Op/Ed: ASTRO Act Shoots For the Stars

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi weighs in after the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on offshore development and introduced the Accessing Strategy Resources Offshore (ASTRO) Act.   Today’s hearing was a slam dunk by the House Natural Resources Committee. Not only did the Committee bring in experts and stakeholders with their own unique offshore perspectives to the hearing

Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation measures for heavy fuel oil (HFO) use in the Arctic:    “Ocean Conservancy welcomes steps taken by the International Maritime Organization to mitigate risks to the Arctic from the use

UN Agencies Commit to Cutting Harmful Fishing Subsidies

Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou, UN News Centre

 As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries.   The agencies – the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – are due to announce the commitment today at The Ocean Conference

Op/Ed: Trump Signals New Day for Offshore Energy

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National Ocean Industries Association president Randall Luthi weighs in on President Trump’s Executive Order on offshore energy. It’s a new day and a new attitude for American energy. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) applauds President Donald Trump’s Executive Order recognizing the vital role of offshore energy in an overall national energy policy. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that in the year 2040, traditional forms of energy

Quality of Ocean Carriers “Poor to Average”

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year, according to a survey of exporters, importers and freight forwarders conducted jointly by Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC).   The ESC and Drewry contacted several hundred shippers and forwarders from all over the world in March 2017 and asked them how satisfied they were with 16 price and non-price related attributes of the services provided by

NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

Randall Luthi Photo NOIA

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil and natural gas industry, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) blanket denial of seismic survey permits is an unsurprising attempt to put another nail in the coffin of sensible energy

Obama's Arctic Ban and Aftermath

Photo courtesy: BP p.l.c.

 US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.   Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban new offshore drilling in federally owned waters off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic Ocean.   The majority of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and the entirety of the Canadian Arctic are now

NOIA Decries Obama Withdrawal of Offshore Areas

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the withdrawal of portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and natural gas leasing:    “President Obama’s short sighted, unilateral withdrawal of Atlantic and Arctic Ocean areas from future oil and gas leasing not only risks the long-term energy security and energy leadership position of the United States, it violates the letter and spirit of the law

NOIA Congratulates Trump, Urges Path Forward on Offshore Development

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Photo VoA

 NOIA President Randall Luthi today released the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President:   “On behalf of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), I congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory at the polls.  The American people have spoken, and this long and contentious election is finally over.  Even though it appears the political divide in our Nation has widened

CMA CGM Bags Award for CSR Performance by EcoVadis

Photo: CMA CGM

 For the second consecutive year, CMA CGM has won the “Gold Recognition Level” by EcoVadis a specialist agency in CSR evaluation.    This award acknowledges CMA CGM’s CSR ambition and performance especially regarding: the improvement of its Carbon performance by 50% in 2015, its commitment to vulnerable children through CMA CGM Corporate Foundation and its Safety policy.   Environment: to minimize the impact of the Group’s activities with

Indian Naval Ships Call At Port Louis, Mauritius

INS Kolkata at Port Louis, Mauritius. Photo: Indian Navy

 Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Aditya, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are in Mauritius since 1st September 2016, in a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.   INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale and INS Aditya is commanded by Captain Vidyanshu Srivastava.   The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under

Retailers Working to Minimize Disruption from Hanjin Bankruptcy

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The National Retail Federation (NRF) Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold weighs in on this week’s bankruptcy filing by Hanjin Shipping.   “Retailers’ main concern is that there is millions of dollars worth of merchandise that needs to be on store shelves that could be impacted by this. Some of it is sitting in Asia waiting to be loaded on ships, some is already aboard ships out on the ocean and some is sitting on U.S

Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea Marine

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

 Despite its remote location in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument faces a looming threat of global climate change that will affect its land and marine ecosystems, as well as its cultural resources, according to a new NOAA report.   The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series report, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, finds that sea-level rise, ocean acidification

Cosco: No to Shark Fin

Photo by Wild Aid

 China's biggest shipping and logistics company Cosco has pledged a total ban on transporting shark's fins,  says SCMP. It called the move a "body blow" to the international shark's fin trade. In a letter addressed to the Hong Kong branch of the US-based wildlife conservation group WildAid obtained by the Sunday Morning Post, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco Shipping) “pledges to implement” a “no shark fin” policy.

NYK to Buy Into Emas Chiyoda

From left:  Shogo Shibuya, President & CEO of Chiyoda Corporation, Lionel Lee, Group CEO & Managing Director of Ezra and Tadaaki Naito, president of NYK. Photo by NYK Line.

 Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has agreed to invest in EMAS Chiyoda, a subsea services joint venture between oilfield services firm Ezra Holdings Ltd and Chiyoda Corp.   NYK has reached an agreement with Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra) and Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) to acquire a 25 percent share of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited (ECS). After NYK’s participation, the shareholding structure of ECS will change to Ezra 40%, Chiyoda 35%, and NYK 25%.

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