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Friday, October 20, 2017

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John Deere Rolls Out Trio of Marine Engines

4045SFM85 (Photo: John Deere Power Systems)

John Deere Power Systems has expanded its lineup with three new marine engines available for order from early 2018. The new 4.5L PowerTech 4045SFM85 offers high power to weight ratio for repowering and new vessel construction, and is ideal for planing and semi-displacement hulls, the manufacturer said. It has two ratings for light-duty commercial vessels, high-speed governmental applications and high-speed pleasure craft, which includes an M4 rating with 205 kW (275 hp) at 2,600 rpm and M5 rating with 235 kW (315 hp) at 2,800 rpm. The 4045SFM85 propulsion engine ratings will meet U.S.

EPA Recognizes Shipyard Environmental Innovations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release

Penalties for Illegal Dumping

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release

EPA not Required to Exceed MARPOL Standards

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) to immediately set emission standards for marine diesel engines higher than the standards provided for in MARPOL Annex VI. In the instant case, an environmental advocacy group sued the EPA after that agency promulgated a regulation that adopted the MARPOL standard for large marine diesel engines. Plaintiffs argued that the CAA is a technology-forcing statute, requiring the EPA to adopt standards higher than those already in existence. The court, noting that the EPA had adopted a two-step approach calling for potentially higher standards in 2007, ruled that the agency’s decision was not arbitrary. Bluewater Network v.

EPA without authority to exempt ballast water discharges

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacks authority to exempt ballast water discharges from requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA). With limited exemptions, the FWPCA prohibits discharges of any pollutant from a point source (such as a ship) into navigable waters of the United States, except in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Since 1973, the EPA has exempted ballast water discharges from the NPDES requirements. In 1999, various environmental advocacy groups petitioned the EPA to revoke the exemption. The EPA declined and this litigation ensued. It is too early to determine how this matter will be resolved, but ship owners and operators should pay close attention.

EPA Awards Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocking Contract

Lake Explorer II

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) R/V Lake Explorer II. The research vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract that started on August 14, 2014 includes drydocking, routine repairs and maintenance, upgrades and design, fabrication and installation of a new bulbous bow. The 90-foot research vessel has been stationed in its homeport of Duluth, Minnesota since 2009, and is the newest addition to the U.S.

New York – No Discharge Zones

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Hempstead Harbor, Nassau County, New York. The harbor is thus designated a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Oyster Bay/Cold Springs Harbor Complex, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The harbor complex is thus designated a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. (Source: Holland & Knight)

Maritime Administration Environment Director Honored

Michael Carter, Director of the Office of Environment at the Maritime Administration, recently received a Team Bronze Medal from the Environmental Protection Agency for his work with the Vessels-to-Reefs Guidance Development Team. Other team members, who were also awarded the medal, included participants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Navy, and the Office of Management and Budget. The Artificial Reefing Best Management Practices were developed to provide the first consistent set of guidelines for use by EPA regions, states, the Maritime Administration and the Navy to prepare ships for artificial reefing in an environmentally sound manner. The guidelines now provide a baseline for the states to estimate the costs associated with preparing the ships.

North America ECA: Alaska Senator Protests

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich urges US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take 'hybrid' approach to cruise ships in Alaskan waters. The senator is leading an effort with Hawaii’s senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a phased-in approach for cruise ships forced to meet stricter standards for air emissions under the North American Emission Control Area, or ECA. Under the ECA, cruise ships will be required to burn more expensive, cleaner-burning fuel in specific geographic areas in the U.S., including all of Alaska’s Inside Passage through the Gulf of Alaska and up to the major cruise ports of Whittier and Seward.

Agencies Reach Accord on Managing Long Island Sound Dredged Materials

Six government agencies tasked with regulating dredging activities in Long Island Sound have reached accord on a process to support the goal of reducing or eliminating open water disposal of dredged materials into the Sound while maintaining the economic viability of New York and Connecticut's working ports. agencies to formally administer a Regional Dredging Team to comply with the June 3, 2005, rulemaking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) that designated open-water dredged material disposal sites in Central Long Island Sound (CLIS) and Western Long Island Sound (WLIS). The establishment of the Regional Dredging Team…

Port of Houston Authority Gets EPA Award

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Port of Houston Authority an environmental award for commitment to environmentally beneficial practices that go beyond regulatory requirements. The port has committed to reduce total water use by 5%, non-hazardous waste by 15%, emissions of volatile organic compounds by 15%, and energy use by 10%. source: HK Law

EPA Proposes to Increase Civil Penalties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, increase the maximum civil penalty for most violations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and other environmental statutes from $27,500 to $32,500. The increase is intended to account for inflation. Comments on the NPRM should be submitted by August 4, 2003. Source: HK Law

United Defense Shipyard Receives EPA Award

United Defense announced the presentation of an environmental stewardship award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Southwest Marine (SWM), its San Diego, Calif., shipyard. EPA Chief of Staff Thomas J. Gibson presented the award to SWM for the company's “outstanding voluntary contributions to environmental protection.” Southwest Marine played a key role, partnering with the EPA, in the development of an Environmental Management Systems Guide. This guide provides a plan for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to help eliminate or greatly reduce potential sources of environmental pollution during the production process.

USCG, Enbridge to Conduct Oil Spill Response Exercise

The Coast Guard 9th District, partner agencies, and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership will conduct a full-scale oil spill response exercise in Indian River, Michigan, Wednesday. More than 200 participants from the Coast Guard; Enbridge; the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County Office of Emergency Management; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; and the Environmental Protection Agency, will participate in the exercise, which simulates a breach in Enbridge’s Line 5 and a worst-case discharge of light crude oil.

Grant for Cleaner Ferry Engines

The DEQ’s grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help retrofit two of DOTD’s ferry boats – the M/V Acadia, which operates at the Plaquemines crossing, and the M/V St. Francisville, which operates at the St Francisville/New Roads crossing. This is the first step in re-powering DOTD ferries with new cleaner running engines. DOTD plans to re-power other vessels in the future as additional funding becomes available.

Maritime Pollution Prevention Act Signed into Law

President Bush has signed into law the Maritime Pollution Prevention Act of 2008 (H.R. 802). This law implements for the United States Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release discussing the new legislation.

Emission Controls on Spark-Ignition Marine Engines Proposed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, establish evaporative emissions standards for marine vessels that use spark-ignition engines (including sterndrive, inboard, and outboard engines and personal watercraft). Comments should be submitted by November 8, 2002.

American Samoa Port Authority Fined for Oil Spill Prevention Deficiencies

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a News Release stating that the American Samoa Port Authority was fined $2,600 for deficiencies regarding the oil spill prevention measures at its commercial harbor and airport. The port authority is now developing a comprehensive oil spill prevention and control plan. Source: HK Law

EPA – Large Diesel Engines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule extending, through December 17, 2009, the date for adoption of a rulemaking to address the control of emissions from new marine compression-ignition engines at or above 30 liters per cylinder. Comments on this change should be submitted by May 29. Source: HK Law

Alaska Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel Transition

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated its final rule implementing requirements for sulfur, cetane, and aromatics for highway, nonroad, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel produced in, imported into, and distributed or used in the rural areas of Alaska. Beginning June 1, 2010, diesel fuel used in these applications must meet the 15 ppm (maximum) sulfur content standard. Source: HK Law

Owner of Ship Repair Facility Convicted of CWA Violation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release stating that the ex-owner of a now-closed Newport, Oregon ship repair facility pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act. The company renovated and painted ships by pressure washing and sand blasting the hulls. The owner allowed grit and paint from his operation to be discharged into the Yaquina River. When sentenced, the owner faces a maximum sentence of up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Source: HK Law

Atlantic Strike Team Assists EPA at Defunct Manufacturing Site

Two members of the Atlantic Strike Team deployed today to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a defunct manufacturing site in Cortland, N.Y. The strike team members will assist the EPA with health and safety oversight, contractor supervision and air quality monitoring at the Buckbee-Mears Company, which produced cathode ray technology for televisions and computers.

EPA- Emission Controls on Large Diesel Engines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed the deadline for promulgation of the second set of air emission standards for large marine diesel engines (those at or above 30 liters per cylinder) from April 27, 2007 to December 17, 2009. The reason for the delay is to allow for further negotiations of international standards at IMO. The delay will also provide time for consideration of the state of technology for deeper emission reductions. Source: HK Law

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