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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Commonwealth Flagship Bid Debuts with Website Launch

The proposed new Commonwealth Flagship.

A renewed effort to encourage the building of a replacement ‘Royal Yacht’ has been put on the table by yachtsman and retired advertising  entrepreneur Ian Maiden. Replacing the Britannia which was decommissioned in 1997 is a controversial subject and has had enthusiasm, pledges and disapprovals at every level of government and across the public spectrum. The fact is that times have changed and financing a new yacht from the public purse is currently definitely not an option. This is despite the fact that this ship’s prime purpose would be that of a Commonwealth Flagship…

Austal completes DDR for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project

Austal’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is on schedule, with Detailed Design Review completed on time and in accordance with the Construction of the 19 steel vessels is due to commence, on schedule Photo Austal

Austal has successfully completed the Detailed Design Review (DDR) for the A$306 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project on time and in accordance with the contracted schedule. A key element of the Commonwealth’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy, the PPB-R Project is contributing to the growth of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability in the lead up to the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs for the Royal Australian Navy, due to commence in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

Fugro Atlantic to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey area covers over 45,000ha in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and is seen to be a key step forward in developing offshore energy supplies in the region. Fugro Atlantic vice president Tom McNeilan, indicated that the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has never been developed for energy purposes and there is little record of how installed structures have performed and only basic knowledge of the character of the seafloor and sub-surface is available. Fugro’s successful execution of detailed geotechnical and geophysical investigations for the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound…

Roundtable Discusses Nigeria’s Maritime Future

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) together with the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) have co-hosted an event on “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House in London on September 28. The event brought together investors, business leaders and government officials – representing maritime interests from across the Commonwealth – in a bid to stimulate discussion, increase cooperation and forge partnerships around the myriad opportunities of Nigeria’s maritime sector. The event was hosted as part of CWEIC’s Commonwealth Maritime Initiative (CMI), which aims to promote the maritime industry as a key driver of economic growth and trade (cargo carried by sea is set to quadruple by 2050)…

Virginia Passes Bill to Ban Solid Waste Barges

The 1999 session of the Commonwealth of Virginia's General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting the transportation of solid waste on the Commonwealth's navigable waterways. State Senator William T. Bolling (R) introduced Senate Bill 1308 in response to the volume of solid waste transported to Virginia for disposal, as well as the possibility that New York City will seek to increase this volume because existing city landfills are scheduled to close by 2001. Senate Bill 1308 and House Bill 2556 will be referred to a committee to reconcile their different definitions of "non-hazardous solid waste" and the specific waterways in the legislation. Once reconciled, it is anticipated Governor James Gilmore (R) will sign the legislation into law.

Rail-Barge Service from Eastern Shore to Resume

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service next week as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad. The barge, which was removed from service last year, provides connecting service between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Last year, the Bay Coast Railroad suspended service on the barge when it identified $1 million in structural deficiencies critical to the barges safety. In order to restore service, the Commonwealth of Virginia provided a grant through the Shortline Railway Preservation Fund, which included $700,000 in state funds and a $300,000 match provided by Accomack and Northampton counties, as well as Bay Coast Railroad.

Buzzards Bay Case Remanded for Further Proceedings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit remanded the Buzzards Bay case for further proceedings. Following an oil spill in Buzzards Bay in 2003, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a law imposing various operational and financial responsibility requirements on tank vessels operating in state waters. The federal government and various maritime industry representatives sought to overturn the state law, arguing that it was (in large part) preempted by federal law. The federal district court, based on the pleadings, permanently enjoined enforcement of the state law. In a 54-page decision, the appellate court determined that the permanent injunction is premature since the state may be able to fashion a regime that does not conflict with the federal regime.

Matson Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Picture: Matson Inc

Continuing decreases in bunker fuel prices has prompted Matson to drop its fuel-related surcharge by 4 percentage points. Matson announced it will lower its fuel surcharge for service to Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Micronesia, effective Sunday. The decrease takes the surcharge from 35.5 percent to 31.5 percent for its Hawaii service, from to 36 percent to 32 percent for Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands service and from 41 percent to 37 percent for Micronesia service, the company said.

RALion Contract For Australian Research Vessel

RALion, a Joint Venture between Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., Alion Science and Technology Corporation of McLean, Virginia, and Alion Science and Technology (Canada) Corporation of Kanata, Ontario, has just been awarded a contract to design a new Research Vessel for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. The contract has been awarded by Sembawang Shipyard Pte. Ltd. of Singapore who will build the vessel under contract to Teekay Holding Australia Pty. Ltd. (as Project Managers). The RALion Joint Venture design team is extremely pleased to be working on this major contract in collaboration with their distinguished clients at Teekay and Sembawang.

Jumbo Shipping and Volgo-Baltic Logistic

LC Volgo-Baltic Logistic (VBL), one of Russia’s biggest freight agencies, has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch Heavy Lift shipping company Jumbo Shipping. Jumbo Shipping has appointed VBL as its exclusive commercial agent for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Oil Export Terminal Re-Opens

Russian oil export terminal Novorossiisk reopened to shipping following a two-day weather-related closure, shipping sources said. The Black Sea terminal handles exports from Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

FMC – Oral Argument Set in PRPA Matters

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has determined to hear oral argument in three pending proceedings involving the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA). The issue on which oral argument has been set is whether the PRPA is an arm of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Oral argument will be heard on October 18. Source: HK Law

Australian Gov’t Pushes for Ship Project

Thales has submitted a bid to the Commonwealth to build two amphibious warships at shipyards on Australia's east coast, including at Sydney's Garden Island. The vessels, weighing about 22,000 tons each, will be able to deploy 1000 Australian Defense Force personnel with their tanks, vehicles and equipment. Source: The Australian

Coast Guard, Massachusetts to Further Safeguard State Waterways

The Coast Guard and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today announced the signing of a new partnership agreement that will help the Coast Guard and Massachusetts state law enforcement officers work together more effectively to ensure the safety and security of the Commonwealth's waters. Under the terms of the agreement, approved last week by Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan and Governor Mitt Romney, Massachusetts State Police and Environmental Police officers working with the Coast Guard have the authority to take enforcement actions against those suspected of violating federal safety and security zones created by the Coast Guard. The agreement…

Virginia Leads US in Shipbuilding Jobs

Alexander Manning pulls a piece of track into position at Newport News Shipbuilding under a transfer car for the submarine John Marner (SSN 785). Photo by Chris Oxley

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) today joined with the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), to highlight new data that shows Virginia ranks first among all U.S. states in shipbuilding with 63,650 jobs, far and above any other state. These jobs pump more than $5.5 billion into Virginia’s economy every year. The U.S. shipyard industrial base in Virginia and across the nation is vital to America’s national and economic security. Private U.S.

Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo -Puerto del Rey

Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the leasing, design, construction, operation and financing of the rehabilitation, improvement and operation of the Isla Grande Dry Dock ("IGDD") in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the design, construction, financing, and development of a superyacht marina complex.

Study: Port of Virginia a Key Economic Driver

Photo: Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia continues to be a significant economic force in the Commonwealth’s economy, according to an economic impact study conducted by The College of William & Mary. This fall, the port contracted with the college’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business to measure the economic impact the port had on the Commonwealth during fiscal 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 20, 2013). The results of the 36-page study were released by the port today following three months of research by a team led by professors Roy L. Pearson and K. Scott Swan.

Containership Volume To Slow

The giant containerships, which act as a floating conveyor-belt for international trade, are struggling to maintain volumes in the face of global slow down, shipping analysts said. "The continued recession environment will act as a plague on the markets," said a recent report by the New York-based Commonwealth Group. Analysts said it was the container carrying behemoths on the trans-Pacific trades that had started to suffer first, largely because of U.S. slow down. Many can load over 6,000 truck-sized units at once, packed with anything from refrigerated fruit and shellfish through to televisions and cars. "My impression is the transPacific…

Vessel Grounded Outside San Juan Harbor

The Coast Guard approved the salvage and oil removal plans earlier this week for the M/V Kent Reliant which has been grounded outside San Juan harbor since September 18. The salvage operation will begin with the removal of all the vessel’s oil products which is expected to last two days then the partial removal of cargo is expected to begin. A Protective boom has been deployed and staged in environmentally sensitive areas around Isla de Cabras and Isla de Esperanza. The salvage company, Titan Marine, was forced to delay the start of offloading procedures for the heavy fuel oil today due to poor weather conditions. The primary considerations of the response coordinators, Federal On-Scene Commander, Coast Guard Capt.

Coastal Land Preserved, Anniversary of Oil Spill

NOAA Photo

On the 15th anniversary of a million gallon oil spill that damaged the coastline of Puerto Rico, NOAA and partner organizations are celebrating the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal reserve near one of the areas hardest hit by the spill. NOAA, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Trust for Public Land announced that 152 acres east of San Juan have been added to the San Miguel Natural Reserve to help compensate the public for lost recreational beach use and injured natural resources for an extended period after the Berman Oil Spill on Jan. 7, 1994.

Virginia’s CIT Receives National Award

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) received national recognition for its assistance in the development of a ballast-water processing system designed to reduce the introduction of invasive foreign plankton transported by cargo ships. The project with Old Dominion University and Browning Transport Management was selected as "outstanding" in the technology assistance category of the National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers (NAMTAC) Project of the Year Awards competition. The award was presented last night at the NAMTAC 2002 Fall Awards Banquet in Asheville, NC, to Robert Harrell, CIT's vice president of regional operations. The award is CIT's 16th NAMTAC award in the past 10 years.

Major Shipping Nation Sccedes to key Conventions

One of the world's largest shipowning nations, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, has acceded to two major IMO Conventions and deposited its annual assessment for 2008 with the Organization. His Excellency Mr. Basil G. O'Brien, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to IMO has deposited with IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, instruments of accession to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001 (AFS Convention) and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunkers Convention). The AFS Convention…

Philadelphia Maritime Interests File Lawsuit

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has granted a request for an expedited hearing requested by major maritime interests in the Delaware River area in a lawsuit questioning the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. The hearing, scheduled presently for October 3, 2007, is based on a complaint filed by the International Longshoremen's Association District Council of Philadelphia and Wilmington (DE), the Philadelphia Marine Trade Association (PMTA) and the Maritime Stakeholders Group (MSG). The three organizations, which collectively represent more than 300 maritime-related entities, claim that the PRPA is overstepping its jurisdiction by preparing to convey maritime land to a non-maritime related use.

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