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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Atlantic Ocean News

Telenor Expands Use of Intelsat Global Satellite Capacity

Intelsat announced that Telenor Satellite Services expanded a multi-year contract with Intelsat to include transmission services on three different spacecraft in C- and Ku-band. The capacity is being used for Telenor’s Sealink maritime high-speed data communications solution through its Eik Teleport in Norway. Through this agreement, Telenor renewed its contract on the Intelsat 903 and Intelsat 704 satellites for C-band capacity connectivity in the Atlantic Ocean Region and Indian Ocean Region respectively and in addition began using Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat 907 satellite for North Sea and Atlantic Ocean distribution. Sealink…

HSV 2 Swift Completes Sea Trials

In a world first for a commercial based High Speed Craft (HSC), certified and operated in accordance with the HSC Code by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), USN HSV 2 Swift has completed very comprehensive heavy weather sea trials in the North Atlantic Ocean. HSV 2 Swift is a 98 metre Incat SeaFrame configured to US Navy specifications and is designed by Revolution Design in Tasmania, Australia, and built by Incat Tasmania, also in Tasmania, Australia. HSV 2 Swift is contracted to the US Navy, through Military Sealift Command by Bollinger Incat USA.

Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

Iran destroyer, same class: Photo Wiki CCL

Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as saying that several warships would be sent towards U.S. maritime borders in the Atlantic although the Pentagon said at the time that it was not concerned and that many countries operated in the ocean's international waters.

Temporary Georgia Coast Security Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones and a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on the Savannah River and in St. Simons Sound and the Atlantic Ocean along portions of the Georgia coast. These actions are being taken in conjunction with the upcoming G-8 Summit to be held at Sea Island, Georgia. The temporary rules will be in effect June 5-11, 2004. Savannah River - 69 Fed. Reg. 29653 (May 25, 2004). St. Simons Sound and the Atlantic Ocean - 69 Fed. Reg. 29656 (HK Law).

USS Enterprise Enroute to England

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) steams through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean following a port visit to Portsmouth, England. Enterprise Sailors enjoyed four-days in Portsmouth, the resting place for HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world, which is now a floating museum attracting thousands of tourists each year. The ship is underway in the Atlantic Ocean in support of Summer Pulse '04. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs)…

Incat Holds World Record for Two Decades

Incat Robert Clifford with the Hales Trophy at a ceremony in London in 1998 following the win by the ship CatLink V. (Photo courtesy Incat)

Twenty years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by an Incat Tasmania-built ship. June 23 marks twenty continuous years that Incat-built fast ships have held the record for the fastest Transatlantic Crossing. On June 23, 1990 Hoverspeed Great Britain, a ship built by Incat in Tasmania, for operation between England and France by Sea Containers Ltd, broke the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial passenger ship.

US Approves Plan to Open Atlantic to Oil Reserve Surveys

The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling. First outlined by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in February, the plan lays out the mitigation measures companies would be required to undertake before conducting seismic testing to gauge the oil reserves in the Atlantic Ocean. "We are taking every step we think is reasonable to take to try and put those protections in place, while still allowing surveys to occur," Acting BOEM Director Walter Cruickshank said on a press call.

US, Canada, EU, Sign Atlantic Ocean Research Accord

The recently signed "Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation" concerns research into the workings of the Atlantic Ocean and its interaction with the Arctic. The alliance will build on existing bilateral cooperation agreements and projects with the aim of developing and advancing a shared vision for the Atlantic. For the European Union, the Statement was signed by European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki. For the United States the Statement was signed by Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

Europe's Atlantic Action Plan Unveiled

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine & maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. The Atlantic area is home to numerous maritime activities. This includes both traditional activities, such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and shipping, as well as emerging ones such as offshore renewables and marine biotech.

Atlantic Offshore Scotland Secures Charter with Maersk Oil UK

Atlantic Offshore’s Ocean Troll  (Photo: Atlantic Offshore Scotland)

Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator Atlantic Offshore Scotland Ltd, has secured a two-year firm charter with Maersk Oil UK. The company’s ERRV Ocean Troll, will provide Emergency Response and Rescue services for Maersk Oil’s Culzean project in the central North Sea. The Charter is the first Fire Fighting Class II (Fi-Fi II) ERRV to have operated in the UK sector. The charter commenced in July 2017 and will last for a firm period of two years, with two, one-year options thereafter.

Storm Fay Heads for Bermuda

Subtropical Storm Fay formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and was headed in the direction of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), was located 525 miles (845 km) south of Bermuda and was expected to reach the British territory on Sunday morning, the Miami-based center said. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham)

MARAD Announces Meeting for License Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Calypso LNG LLC, Calypso Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application is available for review and comment. The application proposes construction and operation of a natural gas deepwater port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 to 10 miles off the east coast of Florida to the northeast of Port Everglades. A meeting to receive verbal comments will be held in Fort Lauderdale on November 28. Written comments should be submitted by December 17. [Source: HK Law]

WHALESSOUTH Reactivated

The mandatory ship reporting system, administered by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Coast Guard, for ships operating in certain waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia and northern Florida comes into effect again on November 15. The reporting system, known as WHALESSOUTH, will remain in effect through April 15. [Source: HK Law]

U.S. Navy Photo: USS George H.W. Bush

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) for a refueling at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Leonard Adams/Released)

US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday.   The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year, with three to six reaching hurricane status, including possibly two major hurricanes with winds reaching at least 111 miles-per-hour (178 kph), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said at a press conference in New Orleans.     (Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

Disney Cruise Liner Arrives for NY Christening

Disney Fantasy: Credit Disney

Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Fantasy sails past Statue of Liberty for Christening Ceremony The Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, arrives in New York after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

USN Photo of the Day: USS James E. Williams

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy photo

The guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior 14-1. Joint Warrior is a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise.

Boston Safety Zones Created

The US Coast Guard has established two temporary safety zones each with a radius of 500 meters around two independent submerged turret loading buoys of Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13 nautical miles south-southwest of Gloucester, Massachusetts. All vessels, other than liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and their support vessels, are prohibited from entering the safety zones. 73 Fed. Reg. 1274 (HK Law).

Titanic: 93 Years Ago Today

On this date in 1912, the luxury liner TITANIC sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 people were killed in this sinking of the “unsinkable” ship. The event shook the industry and the regulators out of their complacency. Let us remember and not fall back into such a comfortable state that we quit forgetting that avoidable things are avoided through caution. (HK Law)

U.S. Navy on Patrol

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) pass the Rock of Gibraltar as it makes the transit from the Mediterranean Sea to Atlantic Ocean. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm)

Calypso LNG DWP License Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that they have received an application for licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) from Calypso LNG LLC. The application calls for construction and operation of an LNG DWP in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 9 miles off the coast of Florida northeast of Fort Lauderdale. 71 Fed. Reg. 65031 (HK LAW)

MarAd -LNG DWP license application

The Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that an environmental impact statement will be prepared as part of the environmental review of the Calypso LNG DWP license application. The application is for construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) in the Atlantic Ocean approximately nine miles northeast of Port Everglades. A public meeting to receive comments on the project will be held in Fort Lauderdale on December 6. Written comments should be submitted by December 21. source: HK Law

Forest Lines Names New Execs

Trans-Atlantic ocean vessel operator Forest Lines has elected James M. Baldwin, Jr. as executive vice president and named Ronald M. Ackerman assistant vice president, sales and marketing. Baldwin is a former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and President of the New Orleans Board of Trade. He currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission. Ackerman joined Forest Lines in 1996 as assistant pricing manager and has served as marketing manager since 1997.

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