California Seeks to Tighten Coastal Protection
California Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman and EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen announced the release of the draft plan, California Ocean Resources Management: A Strategy for Action Plan prepared in response to Governor Schwarzenegger's June 4, 2004 directive for California to renew its longstanding commitment to protect and manage its ocean and coastal resources. Both the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission have identified an emerging national crisis situation regarding this nation’s ocean and coastal resources. “Today we are releasing a draft Action Plan for public review which suggests a bold new approach to protecting and managing California’s ocean and coastal resources,” said Secretary Chrisman.
West Coast Ports Backups Prompt Coffee Traders to Switch Ports
U.S. coffee importers have begun diverting shipments bound for West Coast roasters to ports on the Gulf and East Coasts due to a labor dispute that has caused prolonged backlogs in California, market sources said. Traders said they began re-routing ships carrying coffee from El Salvador and Brazil, among other origins, destined for California ports three or four weeks ago, sending them instead to ports in Houston, New Orleans, Virginia and New Jersey. "Why back up more containers in a place that's not releasing them?" said Christian Wolthers…
Governor Schwarzenegger Disapproves BHP Deepwater Port License
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued his formal disapproval to United States Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton for the licensing of the BHP “Cabrillo Port” LNG deepwater port planned for construction off the coast of Ventura County, California. The Governor did however make it clear that he supports the state’s need for an increased LNG supply. While I believe strongly that California needs to expand its access to natural gas resources, specifically Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), I am disapproving this application based on my review of the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) that are required by state and federal law, respectively.
California Leaders to Convene for Maritime Conference
The 14th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium, slated to take place February 19-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center, attracts key members from California’s State Legislature and representatives from California’s ports and the maritime industry. The symposium aims to encourage productive dialogue among maritime industry leaders and communicate port needs to California decision makers. The symposium is hosted by a broad-based coalition of the maritime industry, headed up by the California Association of Port Authorities…
California OGV Fuel Regulations Under Review
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued an advisory to owners or operators of oceangoing vessels visiting California ports offering guidance for complying with the state’s fuel regulations during the Air Resources Board Sunset review process. The California Oceangoing Vessel (OGV) Fuel Regulation includes a sunset provision which states that the requirements of the California OGV Fuel Regulation will cease to apply if the United States adopts and enforces requirements…
California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards
The California State Lands Commission's (SLC) report '2013 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters' concludes that no shipboard ballast water treatment systems are currently available to meet all of California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water. Commission staff reviewed 75 shipboard ballast water treatment systems for this analysis, however, significant limitations in the existing data hamper the ability of Commission staff to determine if shipboard ballast water treatment systems are available to meet California’s performance standards.
Calif. Fines Shippers $440K for Violating Fuel Regulation
The California Air Resources Board has fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from dirty bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. “Ships en route to California ports emit thousands of tons of diesel exhaust each year,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. An ARB investigation showed that on 17 visits to California ports between November 6, 2009 and July 18, 2011, the vessel Hoegh Inchon operated its main engines within Regulated California Waters on bunker fuel, a dirtier fuel oil that contributes to onshore pollution levels of diesel particulate matter, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides. The parent company, Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Co.
California, U.S.’s Largest Coastal No-Sewage Zone
U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld announced details of the Agency’s proposal to ban all sewage discharges from large cruise ships and most other large ocean-going ships to the marine waters along California’s entire coastline. This will establish the largest coastal No Discharge Zone in the United States and is expected to eliminate millions of gallons of sewage that large ships discharge every year into local waters. “California’s coastal waters are a unique national treasure. The clear waters of the Pacific are central to California’s economic and ecological vitality. Stopping 20 million gallons of sewage from entering California’s coastal waters and bays protects people and wildlife from dangerous pathogens…
San Diego Yards Win Navy Repair Deals
BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4419); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4420); and General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4421), are being awarded a combined $383,058,661 firm-fixed-price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise an option for complex, emergent and continuous maintenance, repair, modernization and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships homeported in San Diego, California. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, at contractor facilities or Naval Base San Diego, and is expected to be completed by March 2018.
Crowley Awards CMA Student
Crowley Maritime Corporation presented its annual Seamanship Award to California Maritime Academy student Christian Barron, from Benicia, California. The Seamanship Award is given each year to the California Maritime graduate who best exhibits excellence in seamanship. Nominations from instructors and fellow students determine the winner. Barron graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Transportation.
California – Ballast Water Management
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a Letter to Shipping Agents stating that, effective March 22, it will commence enforcement of new Ballast Water Management Regulations. The new regulations apply to vessels arriving in California carrying ballast water from another port or place within the Pacific Coast Region. These regulations supplement current regulations that apply to vessels arriving in California from ports or places outside the Pacific Coast Region. Source: HK Law
California Clean Coast Act
The State of California enacted the Clean Coast Act. This law, which comes into effect on January 1, 2006, will prohibit oceangoing ships from conducting onboard incineration while operating within three miles of the California coast. The law will also prohibit oceangoing ships from releasing hazardous waste, other waste, sewage sludge, and oily bilgewater into marine waters of the state. If there is a release of such material from an oceangoing ship into marine waters of the state, the owner or operator must, within 24 hours, notify the State Water Resources Control Board. Upon the departure of an oceangoing ship from its first port or place of call in California in 2006…
California Clarifies BWMS Position
Installation or use of an USCG accepted Alternative Management Systems (AMS) does not waive a vessel's requirement to meet the California Code of Regulations ballast discharge performance standards. In accordance with the California Public Resource Code and California Code of Regulations, vessels may manage ballast water using an alternative, environmentally sound method approved by the California State Lands Commission or the USCG as being at least as effective as ballast water exchange, using mid-ocean waters, in eliminating nonindigenous species. As any USCG accepted AMS must demonstrate efficacy at least as effective as mid-ocean exchange…
CA Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation Marine Notice (2012-1)
The California Air Resources Board staff has issued an advisory (Marine Notice 2012-1) regarding upcoming changes in the vessel fuel sulfur requirements beginning August 1, 2012. The advisory also reminds operators that they must comply with both the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation and the North American Emission Control Area requirements. The California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation provides significant air quality benefits by requiring vessels to use cleaner, low sulfur distillate fuel when visiting California ports. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Soriano at (916) 327-6888, or by email at email@example.com; or Paul Milkey at (916) 327-2957, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Opposes California Container Tax
The California state legislature is considering a new tax on shipping containers that would cost an estimated $34m a year to Hawaii shippers, The Pacific Business Journal reported. More than 80 percent of goods consumed in Hawaii are produced elsewhere and shipped to the islands, and 90 percent of those are shipped through the California ports of Oakland and Long Beach on the ships of Matson Navigation Co., Horizon Lines and Pasha Hawaii Transport. California State Senate Bill 974 would impose a $30 fee per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit, the standard measure of maritime shipping capacity) on every cargo container traveling between California and Hawaii. Most cargo containers are at two TEUs so it amounts to a $60 container fee in most cases.
U.S. Suspends 36 Offshore Licenses, Orders Review
The U.S. Interior Department suspended 36 oil leases in California's offshore waters and ordered a review of the impact the drilling would have on the environment. The environmental reviews on each lease will reportedly take 18 to 45 months. A department official said that the decision reflects a commitment to protect California's marine and coastal environment. Many California residents oppose offshore drilling, remembering the 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara that spoiled miles of beach and killed hundreds of birds. Because the oil companies holding the leases are planning new or revised oil exploration, development and production activities…
Feds Approve CA Sewage Ban and No-Discharge Zone
Feds Approve California Sewage Ban and Create Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation. Federal action is unprecedented in geographical scope, will prohibit the discharge of more than 22 million gallons of treated vessel sewage to shorelines and shallow waters in Calif. each year. U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will today sign a rule that will finalize EPA’s decision and approve a state proposal to ban all sewage discharges from large cruise ships and most other large ocean-going ships to state marine waters along California’s 1,624 mile coast from Mexico to Oregon and surrounding major islands. Today’s action establishes a new federal regulation banning even treated sewage from being discharged in California’s marine waters.
California Issues Report on Ballast Water
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a document entitled Report on the California Ballast Water Management Program
Cal Maritime Leadership Symposium
Trade and transportation organizations with close ties to California’s vital maritime industry will gather in Sacramento May 12-14 for the California Maritime Leadership Symposium. The event is organized by The California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA), California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC), California Marine & Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council (CALMITSAC), The Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, the Propeller Club of Los Angeles/Long Beach and the California Maritime Academy. “Our focus will be education and information,” explained David Hull, Port Director of the Humboldt Bay Harbor District and chair of the symposium.
Sensitive Site Mapping
The State of California has mandated programs requiring contingency plan holders to identify protective response strategies for environmentally sensitive sites throughout the state. Area mapping of environmentally sensitive areas is an example of how some state regulators are stepping beyond federal requirements in initiating response readiness particularly in areas that might be environmentally impacted by a major spill. While California may be the first to require such state regulations, other states are taking their lead from California and looking at similar programs.
California – Ballast Water Discharge Standards
Following up on yesterday’s item regarding the report of the California State Lands Commission (SLC) on Performance Standards for Ballast Water Discharges in California Waters, I have been advised that the SLC staff submitted the report to the Commission, but that the Commission has deferred action until their next scheduled meeting in February 2006. Following approval by the Commission, the report will be forwarded to the California Legislature for consideration. It is currently unclear whether the SLC will be directed to develop regulations in accordance with the report or whether the Legislature will take direct action. Source: HK Law
Titan Receives Recognition
On Tuesday, September 24th, 2002 California State Senator Tom Torlakson honored Titan Maritime, its subcontractors, the USCG, and the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) for their success with the underwater oil cleanup of the freighter SS “Jacob Luckenbach”. Senator Torlakson presented Titan with a plaque in recognition for their successful efforts in protecting the sensitive California coastline and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary from further oil pollution damage from this wreck. Titan has just completed a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to recover oil from the SS “Jacob Luckenbach”, an ocean freight vessel built in 1944.
Environmental Attorney Joins Long Beach Harbor Commission
Environmental attorney and Long Beach resident Tracy Egoscue joined the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday as the first Commissioner appointed by newly elected Mayor Robert Garcia. She was approved by the City Council last week for a six-year term. Egoscue heads a Long Beach-based private law practice, and in the past was Executive Officer of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board – Los Angeles Region, and prior to that served as Executive Director of Santa Monica Baykeeper, an environmental advocacy group.