Coral Reefs: A Unique Natural Resource
Stony corals are marine invertebrates with somewhat unique life cycles. For the most part, they reproduce sexually, broadcasting gametes into the water. Often, an entire coral colony or reef will spawn on the same night. Coral may also reproduce asexually by producing genetically identical polyps. Fertilized gametes drift in the current until, hopefully, they alight on a hard surface like a rock suitable for attachment. The gamete then develops into a polyp, producing a basal plate that affixes itself to the hard surface.
Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification
Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea. At these locations volcanic carbon dioxide escapes from the seabed, lowering the water’s acidity to a level, which scientists predict for the future of the oceans. The researchers believe that the decline in zooplankton is due to the loss of suitable hiding places.
Damaging an Egyptian Coral Reef Expensive
Due to an increase in tourism, Egyptian coral reefs are important to its economy: official records show 170 damage incidents. Vessel groundings are a large threat which coral reefs face, with the possible subsequent threats of pollution causing further damage to the ecosystem and biodiversity. Damage to coral reefs can range from minor injuries to the severe degradation of its structural complexity. The natural recovery of coral reefs from severe groundings can take years. The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Authority (EEAA) is the authority which deals with such incidents and may issue compensation claims against a vessel. Egyptian Law 102 of the year 1983 for natural protectorates regulates and adopts penalties against the party responsible for damaging coral reefs.
Hurricane Isaac Passed, 'Jireh' Salvage Continues
Salvage crews & coral ecologists return to Mona Island, Puerto Rico, to cut apart the grounded freighter M/V Jireh. The U.S. Coast Guard and the rest of the response crew have been working carefully to cut up portions of the ship, in order to lighten the vessel enough to refloat and remove it from the reef. Once disassembled, the removed portions of the ship are loaded onto a barge and taken to Puerto Rico for recycling. In previous ship salvage cases involving coral habitats…
Ship Assessed $565,796 for Coral Damage
Ship Assessed $565,796 for Coral Damage The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a News Release stating that a ship was assessed a total of $565,796 for coral damage caused by anchoring in a no-anchor zone in the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. On the total, $100,000 was to pay for response and natural resource damage assessment, with the remainder for further monitoring and restoration. Source: HK Law
Resolve Fixes Damaged Coral Reefs
International salvage company, Resolve, is helping to repair damage done by the maritime industry through a pioneering coral reef replacement system. From its U.S. base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Resolve has developed a technique to effectively grow coral and anchor it to the seabed atop custom‐made underwater structures. Resolve has completed the environmental remediation of the 910 ft long decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier ex‐Oriskany. Resolve was awarded the project by the US Navy and successfully prepared and sank the vessel for reefing purposes off the coast of Pensacola…
Coral Reef Research – New Program for Educators
Tempe Arizona based high-school teacher Mike Trimble became the first CREW (Coral Reef Educator on the Water) member of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Global Reef Expedition. From March 25th-30th he joined the Foundation's research ship the M/Y Golden Shadow and a team of international scientists as they conducted coral reef research round Navassa Island in the Caribbean. The launch of the CREW project is a milestone in the Foundation's education program and future CREW members will participate in upcoming research missions.
Reef Ecosystem Reserve – operations plan
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made available the Final Reserve Operations Plan (ROP) for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. (HK Law)
EMMF Florida Office Move
The ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) office in Coral Gables, Florida, is moving. The office address and telephone numbers will change, effective June 1, 2004. All email addresses remain the same. ExxonMobil Marine Fuels One Alhambra Plaza, Suite 900 Coral Gables, FL 33134 Tel: +1305-459-6358 Fax: +1305-459-6412 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOAA Seeks Coral Reef Comments
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the availability of the draft operations plan for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. Comments should be submitted by May 15, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 13022 (HK Law)
Coral Princess Employs Innovation in Propulsion
Coral Princess’ propulsion system is the first in the cruise industry to fully utilize a new development of the diesel engine known as an EnviroEngine, as well as the first in the Princess fleet to incorporate gas turbine power generation. This combination uses technology proven to be both highly efficient and environmentally sound, and, in a unique design development where the gas turbine is installed in the ship funnel, provides additional space for a wider range of public rooms and onboard facilities. Coral Princess is powered by one gas turbine that operates in conjunction with two diesel EnviroEngines. The turbine replaces at least two diesel engines and by using two separate power systems, this unique one-of-a-kind configuration creates a very reliable and safe energy source.
President Of Panama To Christen New Coral
Mireya Moscoso, president of the Republic of Panama, will christen Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Coral Princess, in a historic ceremony in the Panama Canal. The first cruise ship christening ever in the Canal, this unique “lockside” naming will take place as Coral Princess transits the Canal’s Gatun Locks on January 17, 2003. The ship will be in the Canal as part of it regular cruise itinerary, on a sailing that departs from Ft. Lauderdale on January 13. “In our 32 years of Panama Canal cruising, we’ve established a strong and beneficial relationship with Panama, so we feel President Moscoso is the perfect person to christen this ship, which was built specifically for Canal transits,” said Phil Kleweno, president of Princess Cruises.
CSA Demonstrates Advanced Diver Navigation System Capabilities
CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) recently deployed its Advanced Diver Navigation System to conduct numerous projects with differing purposes. The CSA system includes the Shark Navigator, a self-contained, highly portable, diver-operated mapping system with high accuracy positioning. CSA’s Diver Navigation System is designed to give the diver complete autonomy from topside sensors or support vessels, aid in locating targets, and support seafloor feature and resource mapping. Divers can plot predetermined survey lines…
Saving Coral Reefs – One Shipwreck at a Time
In the summer of 1991, a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel, the HUI FENG #1, ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands, lying some 1,000 miles south of Honolulu. The atoll has a long storied past and is now a national monument and wildlife refuge, cooperatively managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Nature Conservancy.
Honour for Select Coral Sea Veterans
Surviving Australian veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea will be flown to New York next month to commemorate the battle’s 75th anniversary. Staff Officer Heritage Research at the Sea Power Centre Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods said Australian veterans of the battle were being sponsored by the American Australia Association. “The president of the Association, John Berry, is holding a dinner on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Intrepid for Australian and US veterans,” he said. Lieutenant Commander Woods said the battle was a turning point for Australia in the Second World War.
In-hull Dual Fuel Engine Conversion an Industry First
To convert its vessel Coral Anthelia to dual fuel operation, Anthony Veder worked with Cat dealer Bolier to complete the industry’s first in-hull retrofit – saving considerable time and money in the process. The project saw the retrofit of a marine diesel engine to dual fuel operation in the hull of a ship without altering the vessel’s structure, limiting any onboard operations or requiring the ship to dock. Gas shipping company Anthony Veder partnered with a team of Dutch partners, including Cat dealer Bolier, to accomplish this industry-first feat – all within less than five weeks.
Keys Coral Reefs First In U.S. To Receive International Protection
historic steps through the International Maritime Organization to create the first U.S. and collisions from large international ships. square nautical miles and is one of only five such areas in the world. Starting Dec. 1, ships greater than 164 ft. in length transiting the zone will be held to internationally accepted and enforceable rules. areas within the zone altogether and abide by three no-anchoring areas within the zone. the Florida Particularly Sensitive Sea Area and address, these protective measures. More than 40 percent of the world's commerce passes through the Florida Straits each year. since 1997. resources while simultaneously supporting shipping and economic growth. Secretary of Commerce Samuel W. the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. from U.S.
Coral Princess Delivery Postponed Again
The delivery of Princess' upcoming ship Coral Princess has been delayed, cancelling its December 24 sailing. The vessel's inaugural Panama Canal cruise will now depart on January 3, 2003. Passengers on the affected December 24 sailing will receive a full refund, as well as credit toward a future cruise. Travel agent commission will be protected on all fully paid bookings. "We deeply regret having to cancel this departure," said Phil Kleweno, president. "The shipbuilder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique is working hard to deliver the ship as quickly as possible, however the ship requires additional work which will preclude the operation of the December 24 sailing.
First Skangass LNG Loading in Zeebrugge
LNG was loaded aboard Anthony Veder's Coral Energy, the Skangass time chartered ship, at the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, marking the first Skangass loading at Zeebrugge under the recent agreement between Skangass and energy company Eni. Skangass and Eni entered an agreement for small scale LNG, securing the small scale LNG availability in the Nordic markets and supports EU programs for clean industry. The Coral Energy carried the LNG to Skangass' receiving terminal in Lysekill, Sweden to be distributed by pipeline or trucks. Skangass is continuously developing the LNG infrastructure in the Nordic markets. A new receiving terminal is under construction in Pori, Finland that will be completed in 2016.
Bulk Carrier Charter Agreement With Morgan Stanley Capital Group
Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN) entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its Panamax Vessel, M/V Coral Seas, with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. The M/V Coral Seas, a 2006 build, 74,477 dwt Panamax bulkcarrier, has been fixed to Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. for a period of 23 to 25 months at a gross daily rate of $12,000. In addition, the Charterers have an option to extend the charter period for an additional 11 to 13 months at a gross daily rate of $14,500. As a result, the Company’s fixed revenue days have now increased to 89% from 84% in 2012, to 66% from 59% in 2013 and to 37% from 30% in 2014 based on latest redelivery dates.
CLF Ventures Issues RFP
CLF Ventures Inc., a non-profit affiliate of the Conservation Law Foundation, an influential New England environmental advocacy organization, seeks proposals from qualified firms and individuals to serve as technical consultant to CLF Ventures and Dann Marine Towing for the replacement of two marine diesel main propulsion engines and gearboxes on the Coral Coast, a tugboat operating out of New York Harbor. The successful proposer will provide technical project management to oversee the replacement of the Coral Coast’s pre-regulation diesel engines with EPA Tier 3 certified engines, and will also serve as a technical consultant on a diesel emissions reduction workshop geared toward diesel marine vessel owners.
Caymans Ban Cruise Ships at Port
The Cayman Islands government have banned cruise ships from anchoring at a port where their huge chains have damaged coral reefs, the AP reported. Environmental officials say some coral can be preserved despite extensive damage along the sea floor near the Spotts Dock facility, which is used as an alternative port when seas are too rough for cruise ships to call on the George Town harbor. A cruise ship anchoring for one day can destroy nearly an 1 acre (0.4 hectares) of intact reef, government officials said. Cruise ships capable of holding their position without anchoring will still be allowed to unload passengers in Spotts Bay, about 10 miles east of the capital. Source: AP
World's First Dual-fuel Ice-class LNG Carrier
LNG Carrier 'Coral Energy' naming ceremony to take place next month at the Port of Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. The new ship is claimed by the Dutch owners, Anthony Veder, to be world’s first direct driven dual-fuel ice class 1A LNG carrier. Its development started in 2010 in close cooperation with Norwegian gas provider Skangass. The design of the ship makes it possible to deliver LNG to all sizes of terminals in an environmental friendly way. The ship provides LNG as a cleaner…