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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Environmental Impact News

Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping

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Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, adding it formed part of Turkey's most expensive construction project. The Bosphorus is one of the world's busiest waterways with 42,000 vessels passing through in 2016 - compared with 16,800 that transited the Suez Canal in the same year.

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping to Prevent Environmental Pollution

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

Environmental protection is one of the main criteria of sustainable development, says Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACSC). ACSC keeps in the center of constant attention the minimization of environmental impacts of sludges, waste oil, fuel, other liquid and solid wastes obtained during the operation of vessels and the functioning of onshore facilities, on water basins, ground and air. Preventive measures within the framework of existing opportunities are taken against the damage of the environment in the course of operations.

DNV GL Launches Project to Test Biodegradable Lubricants

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has launched a new joint development project (JDP) in cooperation with marine insurers The Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld to test the potential influence of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) on failures in stern tube bearings. DNV GL will oversee detailed laboratory testing of EALs by Leonardo Testing Services Ltd. at the University of Sheffield (UoS), UK. The JDP has been prompted by an increase in stern tube bearing failures over the last few years.

BOEM Completes Draft Environmental Review

Public Hearings scheduled for Central and Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft environmental impact statement regarding multiple oil and gas lease sales tentatively scheduled between 2012 and 2017 in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico planning areas, offshore the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017 schedules five annual area-wide lease sales in the Western Gulf and five in the Central Gulf. “The draft environmental impact statement evaluates baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development and production in the Western and Central Gulf,” said BOEM Director Tommy P.

Port of San Diego Plans Terminal Modernization

The port’s proposal includes removal of two outdoor transit sheds among other upgrades in order to provide space and flexibility for cargo and remove unnecessary transit around the terminal. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

The Port of San Diego has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the potential effects of a proposed modernization plan for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT), located off Harbor Dr. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy. The plan proposes to create three terminals within one existing footprint, and bring additional cargo through the terminal within its current specialties of break-bulk cargo such as military and energy parts, refrigerated containers for fresh produce, and clean bulk cargo used in construction.

TDDCL Seeks Input for New Repair Yard

Image: TDDCL

The Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL) has invited companies to submit proposals to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and Geotechnical Investigation for a new ship repair yard development project at Port of Spain. TDDCL has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with Invest Trinidad and Tobago (InvesTT), which is empowered by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the future development and operation of the Port of Spain Dry Docks on the reclaimed 140-acre Sullivan Island.

Sand Bypass System Being Considered in Ventura Dredging Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice of Intent to prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Ventura Harbor Sand Bypass System and Regional Beneficial Reuse Feasibility Study. The study will evaluate measures to improve maintenance of federal harbors in the Ventura/Santa Barbara County area of California for more efficient operations and beneficial uses of the dredged material for storm damage protection and environmental restoration and enhancement. 67 Fed. Reg. 1452

Dredge Material Management Feasibility Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice of Intent to evaluate options for managing dredge materials in Los Angeles County. The Corps and local agencies are preparing a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. A scoping meeting will be held in Long Beach on February 26, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 7353

Los Angeles Container Terminal Project Completed

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice stating that the draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Berth 97/109 Container Terminal Project in the Port of Los Angeles has been completed. Source: HK Law

USACE Propose L.A. Marine Terminal Improvement Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice of intent to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for a permit application for the proposed West Basin Marine Terminal Improvement Projects in the Port of Los Angeles. One portion of the proposal would involve dredging the channel to 53 ft. A public scoping meeting will be held at the Port of Los Angeles on July 16, 2002. Written comments should be submitted by August 5, 2002.

FERC – Broadwater LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an official notice stating that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Broadwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that has been proposed for construction and operation in Long Island Sound has been prepared and is available to the public. The EIS concludes that such construction and operation, with the adoption of FERC and Coast Guard recommendations, would result in limited adverse environmental impacts.

EIS/EIR for Marine Terminal Expansion Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Pier J South Marine Terminal Expansion Project in the Port of Long Beach is available for review.

LNG Enviro Impact Assessment for GOM Revised

The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration announced today that they are revising an environmental impact statement to lower estimates for potential impacts to red drum and other fish species of concern due to a proposed Shell USA Oil and Gas liquefied natural gas deepwater port facility in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard identified a calculation error after the original environmental impact statement was published that had erroneously placed the potential annual impact to red drum as equivalent to 8.5 percent of the 2002 Gulf of Mexico commercial and recreational harvest. The revision states that the proposed "Gulf Landing" facility could annually cause the death of eggs and larvae equivalent to 0.8 percent of the 2002 harvest of red drum had they grown to harvestable size.

Corps and EPA Clarify Clean Water Act Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they are taking action to better coordinate federal programs affecting protection of wetlands and streams. Completing a regulation proposed by the Clinton Administration in 2000, the Army Corps of Engineers is adopting EPA's approach to the Clean Water Act's definition of "fill material," which has been in place since 1977. The regulation will not only remove ambiguity from Clean Water Act's regulations, but also enhance environmental protection of our wetlands and streams by prohibiting the dumping of trash or garbage in them. In addition, the agencies will apply new conditions to permits issued to regulate the placement of dirt and rock from mountaintop mining in streams.

Thomas Jelenić Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Thomas Jelenić

Thomas Jelenić has been named Senior Ports and Marine Manager in the Los Angeles office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Jelenić is responsible for leading and supporting port environmental planning and design projects as well as helping to expand the firm’s ports practice in California. He comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff after 14 years with the Port of Long Beach, most recently serving as Assistant Director of Environmental Planning.

SNAME Call for Authors, Reviewers, Sponsors

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is calling for Authors, Reviewers, and Sponsors for Phase 2 of the Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVeP) program. This effort is pulling together industry experts and stakeholders to identify the relative merits of the many environmental practices available for marine vessels. MVeP is being developed to provide vessel owners, operators, designers, ports, and other governing bodies with a standard methodology to assess the relative impacts of environmental practices. Thirty-four discrete marine vessel environmental impacts have been identified. MVeP will provide a Performance Assessment Guide, based on objective technical information, for each of these impacts.

FEIS for Magnolia LNG Project Due in November

The Directors of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited advised that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review (SER) for the company’s Magnolia LNG Project, setting November 16, 2015 as the anticipated date for issuance of the project’s final environmental impact statement (FEIS). The SER is a critical milestone for the Magnolia LNG project, the company said. In addition to establishing the FEIS issuance date, it also establishes a 90‐day post‐FEIS decision deadline for all agencies responsible for issuing related federal authorizations including FERC. The timeline for publishing the FEIS includes completion and issuance of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and receipt…

BMT Receives Health, Safety and Environmental Awards

BMT Reliability Consultants, an operating company of BMT Group Ltd., an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been awarded the universally recognized standards for occupational health and safety, BS OHSAS 18001 and environmental management, ISO14001. BMT Reliability Consultants implemented a fully integrated management system which allows the organisation to effectively identify, control and reduce the risks associated with health and safety in the workplace…

Japan: Little Chance Sanchi Oil Slick Reaches Its Coast

(Photo: Iranian Ports & Maritime Organization)

Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades and produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The vessel’s crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are all believed to have perished in the incident.

Panel to Review Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

An independent three-member review panel has been established to conduct the environmental assessment of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, a proposed new three-ship container terminal that would accommodate growing demand for goods shipped in containers. According to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the construction of the privately-funded project would create 12,700 person-years of employment over a five-and-a-half year period and its operation would support approximately 12,400 full-time jobs on an ongoing basis. Appointed to the review panel are members Dr. Diana Valiela, Dr. David Levy and panel chair Jocelyne Beaudet, announced Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Mukilteo Ferry Terminal: WSDOT Release Environmental Study

Mukilteo ferry terminal: Photo credit WSDOT

The 60-year old Mukilteo ferry terminal (about 25 miles north of Seattle) is one step closer to replacement with the release of a final environmental impact statement. “We’ve reached a major milestone,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. The Mukilteo terminal is the state’s busiest terminal, serving nearly 4 million passengers last year. But it is vulnerable to earthquake and in need of major repairs to continue safe, reliable ferry service between Mukilteo and Clinton.

Mexican Gulf Energy Lease Sales – BOEM Issues Environment Analysis

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), with environmental analysis that will support decision-making concerning oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. The FEIS provides baseline analysis in support of the 10 lease sales scheduled in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico planning areas over the next five years and evaluates baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development and production in these two areas. BOEM will continue to evaluate new scientific and environmental information over the course of the coming years and to integrate that information in planning for individual lease sales.

Port of LA Re-Releases the Draft Environmental Impact Report

The has posted the Re-circulated Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) for the proposed Berth 97-109 Container Terminal Project (China Shipping). With the posting of the draft document, a public comment period is now in effect until close of business day June 30, 2008. The Port will hold a public meeting on June 5, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at Banning’s , , in . At the meeting, Port staff will present an overview of the proposed project and receive ublic comments. The DEIS/DEIR is a re-circulation of the original DEIS/DEIR released in 2006. It includes a re-assessment of existing project components, assessment of proposed components, and new environmental measures in response to community feedback on the previously released DEIS/DEIR.

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