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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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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.

AVEVA Sponsors Topsides 2013

AVEVA showcases latest design and resource management software for the offshore industry at Texas conference. AVEVA has announced  that it will once again sponsor the Opening Night Networking Reception at the upcoming Topsides Platforms & Hulls Conference and Exhibition 2013 (Topsides). AVEVA will also showcase its newest software technology including AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) which enables Plant Design for Lean Construction, and AVEVA Enterprise Resource Management (AVEVA ERM), a complete application suite to optimise the materials management, planning and construction process. The conference runs February 5 to 7, 2013, at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

LNG Terminal Opposed

Strong opposition by Conn. Gov. State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Gina McCarthy delivered Rell's statement, criticizing the proposed security zone around the floating barge as the taking of property by a private company with federal approval. Nearly 200 people attended the hearing at Mitchell College. Their focus was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's draft report that found the project will have minimal impact on the environment and public safety if certain guidelines for construction are followed. The AP said many opponents worried that Connecticut has been stripped of its jurisdiction and that Long Island Sound would be industrialized.

Lincoln Leaves San Diego, Begins TSTA

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James R. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up two weeks of training and certification with a scheduled port visit to Naval Air Station North Island July 22-24. Lincoln’s crew enjoyed two full days of liberty in the San Diego area while the ship took on personnel and equipment from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 in preparation for the next phase of operations. Prior to the visit, Lincoln spent its first two weeks underway since completing sea trials and a nine-month Dry-dock Planned Incremental Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. During the time underway, Lincoln completed carrier qualifications for the ship’s flight deck…

Explosion on Iranian Tanker Repels Rescue Team

The tanker Sanchi burns (CREDIT: China Ministry of Transport)

Fire rages for 4th day; tanker collided with freight ship on Saturday. Rescue crews were forced to retreat from a stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea on Wednesday following an explosion on the ship as a fire raged for a fourth day after a dramatic collision. The blast happened on board the tanker in the afternoon after rescue crews were dousing the ship with foam in an attempt to put out the fire, China's Transport Ministry (MOT) said in a statement on Wednesday. The cause and damage to the tanker from the incident were not clear.

IMO Secretary-General Comments on Sanchi Tanker Disaster

Kitack Lim. Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that  his organization's thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. "I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved one," he said in a statement. Lim commended those involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship. “This is an ongoing situation which we are monitoring.

Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea

File Image: The stricken tanker Sanchi burns prior to sinking. (CREDIT: china Ministry of Transport)

An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…

Give Iran Talks A Chance - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have to be given a chance, but sanctions could still be reinstated if needed. Merkel said Iran had to comply with an agreement under which Tehran agreed to limit parts of its nuclear work in return for the easing of some sanctions. "If Iran does not meet its obligations, or does not meet them adequately, we remain ready to take back the current limited suspension of sanctions," she said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

Port of LA Sets New Record with 2017 Container Throughput

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. “We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The…

Australia's AWE, PPP, NZOG To Drill 2nd Oil Well Off NZ Coast

Australia's AWE Limited, Pan Pacific Petroleum and New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd will drill a $ 40 million oil exploration well off the coast of New Zealand after they were unable to case a first well drilled at the site, NZ Oil and Gas said on Tuesday. NZ Oil and Gas said in a statement that the new well would take up to 48 days to drill at the Oi prospect, in 120 meters of water about 40 kilometres offshore from the Taranaki region on New Zealand's North Island. The joint venture would seal and abandon the first well, which was drilled to around 1,500 metres, the company said, adding that the new well would be drilled to a target depth of 3,881 metres. AWE has given a pre-drill, un-risked best estimate prospective resource of 11 million barrels of recoverable oil.

Thibodeaux Named President of Fugro Chance

Blaine Thibodeaux (Photo: Fugro Chance)

Offshore survey company Fugro Chance Inc. has appointed Blaine Thibodeaux to president. His responsibilities include Fugro’s Gulf of Mexico and Arctic offshore operations, including marine positioning, offshore construction and subsea projects, and international services. Having begun his career with Fugro’s IT group in 1996, Thibodeaux joined John Chance Land Surveys (a Fugro company) in 1997. As a Division Manager, he oversaw FLI-MAP, the airborne corridor mapping system, collecting thousands of miles of LiDAR data for federal and state agencies and the private sector.

Lower Chance of El Nino in Autumn

A U.S. weather forecaster decreased its outlook for the El Nino weather phenomenon in its monthly update on Thursday, estimating the chances of the weather pattern occurring during the Northern Hemisphere autumn and early winter at 65 percent. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, lowered its estimate from an 80 percent chance. (Reporting by Marcy Nicholson; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Antiterrorism Exercise in Norfolk

The exercise's concept of operations gave the training team a chance to eliminate the ashore/afloat team by achieving unity within the operational environment. The exercise only focused on the first step to a threat. Units participating were guided-missile destroyers USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), and NAVSTA Norfolk installation security from the Sewells Point Police precinct. The objective of the exercise was to assess AT Navy Mission Essential Tasks (NMETS), and a broad spectrum of primary capabilities such as force integration and safety, and to introduce the position of the antiterrorism tactical watch officer (ATTWO).

Forecast Predicts 70% Chance of El Nino

Photo courtesy of NOAA

The U.S. weather forecaster maintained its outlook for the El Nino weather phenomenon in its monthly update on Thursday, pegging the chances of the weather pattern striking during the Northern Hemisphere summer at 70 percent. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, said there was close to an 80 percent chance of El Nino, that can wreak havoc on crops, during the fall and early winter. (Reporting by Josephine Mason in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

EDOC Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Edoc Systems Group Ltd., a software company for the marine and forestry industries, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. “We see this as a great chance to thank our customers first and foremost. The original three customers that helped get this company going in the beginning are still with us today – we truly appreciate the loyalty and we’re looking forward to partnering with them for another 10 years,” said Ron deBruyne, President of Edoc. Edoc had humble beginnings working on makeshift desks in the back office of a tug company. Thinking back to those early days deBruyne said, “That environment gave us the first important lesson – listen to your customers to find the true problem they want solved.

Containership to Become Gigantic Artwork

Artist JR will turn CMA CGM Magellan into a giant piece of art (Photo courtesy of CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group announced that CMA CGM Magellan, a 365-meter containership, will be covered by a collage made by French artist JR on more than 150 containers as part of “Terre d’Eaux” festival. For the first time, a containership will be turned into a work of art welcoming on his front side a JR‘s monumental collage. Thanks to the technique of photo collage, French artist JR exhibits on walls throughout the world, in Los Angeles, Paris, Brazil, India or Kenya, catching the attention of those who do not usually visit museums.

Disney Cruise Ship to Get Marvel Makeover

Disney Magic's Marvel Avengers: Image credit Disney Cruises

Disney Cruise Line's first ship, 'Disney Magic', is due to be refitted & modernised during her Fall 2013 drydocking in Spain. Included in fairly extensive renovations and interior additions will be the creation of an area that  gives a chance for young 'recruits' to unleash their inner super heroes at Marvel’s Avengers Academy! This is the first time Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Other more general changes to the ship…

Great Lakes Wind Energy Project Taking Off

A LEEDCo official has informed 'The News-Herald' that more than 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio so far have signed up to pledge to buy a portion of their future electricity needs from offshore wind power. LEEDCo has begun work on a five to nine turbine wind energy demonstration project in Lake Erie named "Icebreaker," which is slated to be completed in 2017. It would be the first freshwater offshore wind project in the nation. The Icebreaker project involves the installation of six 3-megawatt American-made Siemens wind turbines approximately 7 miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland in Lake Erie. Officials also have a 1,000 megawatt target in mind by 2020.

China Shipbuilding Industry on Downward Slide

China’s first half 2012 shipyard figures make grim reading & the national shipbuilding association warns little chance of help from Beijing. In the first half, newly received order volume in China were 10.74m tons, sharply down 50.3% year-on-year. Till the end of June 2012, orders on hand stood at 125.87m tons, a decrease of 30.7% year-on year. The equipment division of the Ministry of Industry and Information estimated many yards may will run out of work during the second half of 2012. “The shipbuilding industry is getting worse. Beijing has not released any new specific supporting measures for the industry yet,” an official from the national shipbuilding association told 'SinoShip News'.

US Weather Forecaster says La Niña Conditions Have Faded

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña has faded and neutral conditions are likely to continue through at least the Northern Hemisphere spring, even as it forecast the chance of El Niño may appear in the coming months. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, in a monthly forecast said that neutral conditions have returned and are favored to continue. However, the CPC noted some chance of the appearance of El Niño as early as March to May 2017. (Reporting by Chris Prentice)  

Pink Lashings Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Photo: Peters & May

As the first Peters & May Pink Lashings shipment leaves Palma for Fort Lauderdale, the global marine transport company is calling all yacht owners to support its campaign to help raise £25,000 for the charity, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT). The initiative, launched this October in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, gives yacht owners using Peters & May the option to have specially manufactured pink lashing straps in support of the charity when their vessel is secured for transportation.

Echoscope 3D Sonar Adopted by Fugro Chance

Fugro Chance adopts the Coda Echoscope(R) to help in some of Its complex offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Coda Octopus Group, Inc. announce that following extensive and successful trials, Fugro Chance in Houston, Texas and Lafayette, Louisiana have purchased and rented a number of Coda Octopus real-time patented sonars, the Echoscope(R), which have now been delivered. The dual frequency Echoscope(R), with a number of recent enhancements, has proven to be invaluable in a range of complex operations undertaken by Fugro Chance, due to its real time 3D imaging capabilities which allow users to see their environment even in zero visibility conditions.

Famous 16-Foot Great White Shark Gone Missing

image: Ocearch

Mary Lee, the 16-foot Great White Shark that has had Twitter in a frenzy the past few weeks, has gone missing – electronically speaking. According to Ocearch, a conservation group set out to track and collect date from tiger and great white sharks, said her transmitter hasn’t had a “ping” since June 17, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Fans on twitter have been speculating her death, but never fear, it is more likely her tracker has lost battery power. Mary Lee was named after Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother.

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