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EMSA Seeks Stand-by Spill Recover Vessels

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a Prior Information Notice stating that it is seeking to contract with ship owners for service contracts making the ships available to stand-by for potential use as oil spill recovery vessels. The four priority areas where such service is sought are the Baltic Sea, the Western Approaches to the Channel, the Atlantic Coast, and the Mediterranean Sea. In the event of a large oil spill and following a request by a member state, the stand-by vessel would cease its commercial activities and commence oil spill response. (HK Law)


Delegation of Authority to Commandant, USCG

The Secretary of Transportation has delegated to the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard authority to appoint representatives to the Advisory Board of the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute which was established under section 5001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). Source: HK Law


TotalFina Drops More Cash Oil Spill Recovery

TotalFina plans to add $4.5 million for tourism promotion to the $120 million it has already pledged to clean up the December fuel spill from its chartered tanker Erika. The company has been under intense pressure from fishermen, environmentalists and politicians since the Dec. 12 disaster. Oil from the ship has killed or trapped an estimated 300,000 seabirds and polluted about 250 miles of France's coastline. Critics charged that TotalFina did not act willingly or quickly enough to prevent


USCG Commissions Cutter Walnut

USCGC Walnut, one of the newest ships in the USCG's fleet, was formally commissioned at the USCG Integrated Support Command on Sand Island, Hawaii. Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and Vice Adm. James M. Card, Vice-Commandant of the USCG, were guest speakers at the ceremony. Walnut, a 225-ft. Juniper-class aids to navigation tender, is equipped with the most advanced electronic navigation and propulsion systems of any USCG cutter


Coast Guard to Participate in Multi-Agency Response Exercise

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise Monday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the national capital region. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard's mass rescue plan. The objectives of Nautical Shield 2007 are to exercise notification procedures, establish a unified command, keep the public and media informed


DryShips Delivers M/V Sorrento

Photo: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc., an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels,  has announced that on November 22, 2016, it has successfully delivered the 2004 built Panamax bulk carrier M/V Sorrento to an unaffiliated third party buyer for a gross price of $6.7 million.   Following this delivery the Company has now completed all of the five vessel sales previously announced on October 31, 2016.  


Metso Wins Major Automation Contracts for Advanced Ships

Metso has been awarded major automation system contracts for 3 advanced vessels to be built in Finland. One contract is for 2 Multifunctional Icebreaking Supply Vessels (MIBSV) by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy for Russian Sovcomflot. The second is a Multipurpose Deck Cargo Carrier by STX Finland Oy for Finnish Gaiamare Ltd. belonging to Turku based Meriaura Group. The MIBSV’s are designated for the Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi gas field and will be used as supply vessels for the Exxon


Coast Guard and Anti-Pollution Vessels from Rolls-Royce

More and more authorities are specifying Rolls-Royce ship designs and equipment for coastguard and anti-pollution vessels. Maritime states are increasingly aware of threats to their coastlines and exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The nature and seriousness of the threats varies from state to state. They may include fisheries control and prevention of illegal fishing, emergency towing of ships with engine or steering failure which represent a pollution hazard if they drift ashore


Siem Offshore Order Duel-Fuelled PSV's

A Siem Offhsore PSV: Image courtesy of the owners

Norway-based Siem Offshore has contracted Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Poland to build four dual-fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). The vessels are to be of VS 4411 DF design, and Siem Offshore say that they currently have two vessels of similar design under construction for delivery in 2014 and 2015. The new PSV's will be equipped with dual-fuel LNG or Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) systems which Siem Offshore claim to represent the latest technology of dual fuelled systems and hull


DryShips Sails Back into Tanker Market with Two Modern Vessels

Image: DryShips Inc

 Greek owner of drybulk carriers DryShips Inc. has announced that it is re-entering the tanker shipping market as it agreed to purchase an Aframax tanker and a very large crude carrier (VLCC).   DryShips has entered into agreements with unaffiliated third parties to acquire:   -  One 113,644 DWT Aframax tanker currently under construction in South Korea. The Company expects to take delivery of this vessel sometime in the second quarter of 2017


Oil/Chemical Spills from Harvey Are Big, but Dwarfed by Katrina

More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows.  


Oil, Chemical Spills from Harvey Adding Up

File Image: a typical spill boom as deployed (CREDIT: Elastec)

More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows.  


DryShips Commences 5 Year TC for Second VLGC

File Photo: DryShips Inc

 DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that, its second Very Large Gas Carrier commenced its time charter on a fixed rate with five years firm duration to an oil major.    The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to


USCG, EPA Cleaning up a Dozen Texas Chemical Spills after Harvey

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are working with Texas state regulators to clean up oil and chemicals spilled from a dozen industrial facilities after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, authorities said.   The spills came from oil refineries


Dryships Adds New VLGC

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, has announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced high specifications second newbuilding Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC).   The VLGC will be employed under a time charter on a fixed rate with five years


Hong Kong Continues Cleanup Following Palm Oil Spill

Hong Kong stepped up efforts on Wednesday to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tonnes of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory's waters.  


Oil Spill Response: SCOPE 2017

(Image: SCOPE)

Later this year a major oil and chemical protection exercise dubbed SCOPE 2017 will be carried out in Norway. A joint project including major European and Scandinavian stakeholders, the simulated response to a combined oil and chemical spill aims to foster clearer communication and coordination of


Dryships Time Charter Contract for Newcastlemax Vessels

Image: DryShips Inc

 DryShips Inc., a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has entered into a time charter with a major coal and steel trader for its fourth and last of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels.   The contract has a duration of about one year


Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.   The cause of the derailment was unknown


It All Flows Downstream

Omni Catamaran cleaning Chicago waterway (Photo: Elastec)

Oil spills, trash, debris, sediment, chemicals: how do we keep our waterways clean?   If an oil spill happens on water, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) has very clear rules on who is responsible for paying for cleanup costs. Most oil spills can be traced to the spiller – a


Maritime Broadband Radio: First Wireless Network at Sea

Maritime Broadband Radio, MBR, is also installed on the Coastal Administration’s surveillance plane LN- KYV. (Photo: Kongsberg Seatex AS)

Norway has become the first nation to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service, enabling exchange of information that can be crucial in limiting damage when accidents occur.   Kongsberg Seatex and Radionor have teamed up to develop Maritime Broadband


DryShips Adds Fifth Kamsarmax Drybulk Carrier

File Photo: DryShips Inc

 DryShips announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced 81,300 deadweight tons newbuilding re-sale Kamsarmax drybulk carrier.    The vessel will be employed in the spot market.   Since the beginning of this year


Oil Spill Training Exercise in West Africa

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A tanker collides with an unknown ship off the Ivorian coast, causing a major oil spill. This was the scenario of an oil spill training exercise that took place in Abidjan and Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire (8-9 June).   


Managing Oil Spills

Pic: International Maritime Organization

 International experts have been sharing experiences, new technologies and scientific advancements relating to oil spill response at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, United States (15-18 May).   The theme of the conference is “prevent, prepare


Dryships Adds Second Aframax Tanker

Image: DryShips Inc

 DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced 115,666 deadweight tons Aframax tanker built in 2012, which will be employed in the spot market.   "Since the commencement of our acquisition program






 
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