BOEM to Hold Public Meeting in New Orleans
BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing on December 8th in New Orleans on Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public hearing in New Orleans on Dec. 8, 2011, to provide an opportunity to comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 – 2017. This is one in a series of 13 public hearings. A leasing program consists of a schedule of oil and gas lease sales (auctions) indicating the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity for the five-year period following its approval by the Secretary of the Interior. The proposed program includes six offshore areas where there are currently active leases and exploration, and where there is known or anticipated hydrocarbon potential. It schedules 15 potential lease sales for the 2012 – 2017 period —12 in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska. What: The public is invited to comment during a public hearing on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 – 2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Who: BOEM Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi When: Dec. 8, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WETA Draft Transition & EWTSM Pan
WETA has released a Draft Transition Plan and Draft Emergency Water Transportation System Management Plan. The draft documents are now available for download at www.watertransit.org. The public is invited to any of three Public Hearings/Special Meetings of the Board of Directors to provide oral input on both plans: Wednesday, April 15 at Noon, BCDC, 50 California St, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m., Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA
EPA Issues Rule on Shipbuilding Air Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule regarding emission standards for hazardous air pollutants relating to shipbuilding and ship repair (surface coating) operations. The rule amends the definition of ship in order to close an unintended gap and to clarify the regulations. The change comes into effect on February 27, 2007, unless adverse comment is received by January 29 or a public hearing is requested by January 8 Source: HK Law
Public Hearing, Proposed Gretna Ferry Route Change
The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will hold a public hearing on a proposal to change the route of the Gretna ferry from the Gretna-Jackson Avenue route to the Gretna-Canal Street route. In addition, proposed changes in the times of operation for the Gretna ferry will be discussed. The proposed start date for the new route and/or times of operation will be in the fall of 2009. The hearing will take place on August 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
BOEMRE Hearings: Draft Supplemental EIS for O&G Lease Sale
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will hold two public hearings in New Orleans, La. to accept oral or written comments on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for proposed Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218. The SEIS was prepared to update the analyses done in earlier environmental impact statements and to analyze new information regarding the western Gulf of Mexico planning area.
Panama Canal Authority Holds Hearing on New Toll Structure
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is holding a public hearing today on a proposed toll structure change. The proposed restructuring, which the ACP Board of Directors approved on December 24, calls for each ship segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement. For instance, containers will be measured and priced on TEUs, dry bulkers will be based on deadweight tonnage capacity and metric tons of cargo, passenger vessels will be based on berths
Panama Canal Authority Board Publishes Toll Proposal
Panama Canal Authority The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has published its proposal to restructure the Panama Canal's pricing system and certain regulations. On February 2, 2007, the ACP announced its desire to move toward a charge that accurately reflects the commercial value of the service and route. After a 30-day public consultation period, the ACP conducted a hearing on March 14. The proposal announced today has been slightly modified from the February proposal:
Pearl Crossing LNG Terminal – License Application
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that they have received an application for licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port terminal from Pearl Crossing LNG Terminal LLC. The proposal calls for construction and operation of a LNG deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Any public hearing must be held not later than March 18
PVA Weighs in on TWIC Rulemaking
Carolyn Horgan, 2013 President for Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) commented on the Coast Guard's notice of proposed rulemaking on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers: “PVA commends the Coast Guard for acknowledging, in its proposed rule, that virtually all U.S. flagged passenger vessels are appropriately secure and that an expensive TWIC reader would not add to their security.
USCG Sets 2nd Round of Hearings for El Faro
The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings May 16-27 for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Caro, and its 33 crewmembers. The Coast Guard completed its first round of hearings in February 2016. The second round of hearings, to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., will focus on shipboard operations, cargo loading, lashing and stowage operations for the accident voyage while also examining the vessel's analysis
Marine Link's Joe Keefe Sounds off on Oregon Public Broadcasting
Marine News and Maritime Logistics Professional editor Joseph Keefe last week spent 10 minutes with Oregon Public Broadcasting to discuss the fate and the future of Oregon's only deep water port. Listen in to find out more. As ICTSI Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6, the agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective
Lax SMFF Enforcement a ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen’ -ROR
A top U.S. Coast Guard official said at a recent congressional oversight hearing that the Coast Guard “has not been aggressively enforcing the compliance” of vessel response plans filed under federal Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations. The rules, derived from the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are meant to prevent a worst-case discharge resulting from fire or explosion aboard a vessel.
Panama Canal Hearing Addresses Toll Structure Changes
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,” said Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano. “The public hearing is a key part of the tolls modification process
Panama Canal’s New Tolls Structure Approved
Modifications to the Panama Canal tolls structure have been approved by the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama. After a thorough analysis of the current utilization and productivity of the Neopanamax Locks, and after meetings with Panama Canal executives, customers and industry representatives in Europe, Asia and North America, the proposed tolls modifications were officially announced on June 1, 2017. This was followed by a formal consultation period to ensure all interested
Redwood City Proposes Port Deepening Project
Recommended $73 Million Plan for Redwood City Navigation Improvement Program; Public Hearing Set for August 10 A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City, has been issued in draft by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' San Francisco District. The draft called the plan "technically sound, economically justified
Taimyr Disapprove Oil Terminal "Tanalau"
Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr refused to sign the conclusion of the public hearings on the project and everything Payyahskogo Severopayyahskogo fields and the construction of the oil terminal "Tanalau." "As a result of re-hearing Association based on its own observations and conclusions Greenpeace concluded that inappropriate construction of the oil terminal" Tanalau "on the Yenisei River
Penobscot Bay Dredging Called Off, for Now
The Army Corps of Engineers withdrew on Tuesday its state permitting application for a Penobscot Bay dredging project opposed by lobstermen, tourism business owners and environmentalists. The Portland Press Herald reports Corps project manager Barbara Blumeris sent a letter to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday saying that the federal agency was withdrawing its application for requisite state permits.
LNG Bharat to Roll Out FLNG Terminal
LNG Bharat Private Ltd is setting up a floating LNG Floating Storage Unit (FSU) with a capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum at Krishnapatnam port in Nellore district the Hindu Businessline reports quoting J. Murthy, the Managing Director. The company had taken 120 acres of land from the port and leased a berth for setting up the terminal and a pipeline would also be laid from Krishnapatnam to Ennore in Tamil Nadu, via Sullurupeta and Sri City.
Coast Guard Hearing on El Faro Sinking
The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship EL FARO, and its 33 crewmembers. The first hearing session will focus on the pre-accident historical events relating to the loss, the regulatory compliance record of the EL FARO, crewmember duties and qualifications, past operations of the vessel and the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue operations
Proposed Changes to Long Island Sound Dredged Material Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend its 2005 rule that designated the Central and Western Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Sites. The proposed amendments will help meet the goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in open waters of the Sound. These amendments are available for public review and comment through March 25, 2016, and the EPA will also hold two public hearings on the proposed amendments in early March.
US Coast Guard Wraps up First Phase of El Faro Disaster Probe
The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a hurricane last fall shifted direction on Friday, as the Coast Guard wrapped up its initial public hearings on the accident that killed all 33 people onboard. The agency will now wait to see if key evidence can be recovered from the shipwreck. In April, searchers will make a second attempt at finding a voyage data recorder that could provide detail on the ship's sinking off the Bahamas.
New Dredged Material Site Proposed in LI Sound
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region. The Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site (ELDS) would be located offshore from New London, Conn., and would be available for the disposal of dredged material from harbors and navigation channels in eastern Long Island Sound in the states of Connecticut and New York.
Remembering El Faro
From the desk of Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy: It has been one year since the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro and her 33 crew members. I encourage everyone in the maritime community to take a few moments to remember them, and reflect on the hazards faced by all seafarers. This is an extremely difficult milestone for the families and loved ones. My thoughts continue to be with them.
US Probe into El Faro Disaster Concludes Public Hearings
U.S. investigators stood in silence for 33 seconds on Friday as they concluded the public phase of a probe into the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a 2015 hurricane, recognizing each crew member aboard who died. The Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation, convened for the most serious accidents, heard two weeks of testimony in the last of a series of hearings on the worst disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades.
MarineLink's Joe Keefe Sounds off on Oregon Public Broadcasting
MarineNews and Maritime Logistics Professional Editor Joseph Keefe on Thursday spent ten minutes with Oregon Public Broadcasting to discuss the fate and the future of Oregon's only deep water port. Listen in to find out more. As ICTSI Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6, the agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective