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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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FMC Will Hold Meeting

The Federal Maritime Commission will hold a meeting in Washington, DC on January 30, 2002. The Agenda states that the open portion of the meeting will address issues regarding financial coverage for performance of cruises by passenger vessels boarding passengers in the United States. The closed portion of the meeting will address exclusive tug arrangements in Florida ports. Source: HK Law

CTAC Meeting To Hold Meeting

The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) and its subcommittees, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Houston on March 25-27, 2002. Items on the agenda include vessel cargo tank overpressurization and hazardous substance response standards. Source: HK Law

USCG to Hold Meeting on Oil Spill Response

Federal and state agencies, oil spill cooperatives and private industry cleanup contractors plan to conduct a meeting Wednesday in Everett, Wash. at 8:30 a.m. at the Marine Spill Response Corporation located at MSRC Pacific / NW Region 1330 Industry Street #100 Everett, WA. 98203. The meeting will provide vendors, inventors and persons with conceptual ideas a platform where they can display, demonstrate or discuss new cleanup methods and equipment, which are currently not in use or listed in the World Catalog of Oil Pollution Equipment.

Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project to Hold Meeting

The US Army Corps of Engineers will host a meeting in Port Lavaca, Texas on June 5 to receive public comment on the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project. Written comments should be submitted by July 2. 72 Fed. Reg. 28032 Source: HK Law

Environmentalists Don't Want French Ship to go to India

The groups Ban Asbestos and the National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims, or ANDEVA, held meetings with the office of France's defense minister. The groups hope to stop the transfer of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Clemenceau to India, where it is to be scrapped. The dispute centers on the amount of asbestos that is still present on the ship, even after some insulation has already been removed. Many fear that workers in Asian countries are not sufficiently protected from dangerous substances such as asbestos while they dismantle the ships. Source: NSNet

Ferry Experts and Legislators to Discuss Steel Electric Ferries

Washington State Ferries will hold meetings regarding the status of the Steel Electric class vessels and Port Townsend/Keystone ferry service. Legislators and staff from affected ferry communities, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will review current ferry status and discuss future vessel and service options. John Boylston, Naval Architect, Legislative Joint Transportation Committee consultants and WSF engineers will present Steel Electric repair and replacement options. Legislators and their staff, shipyard representatives, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will likely attend. The meetings will be held in the Rainier Conference Room.

Shipping Coordinating Committee To Hold Meeting

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on February 26, 2002. The propose of the meeting is to review the agenda items to be considered at the 47th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 47) to be held in London on March 4-8, 2002. Items on the agenda include harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; recycling of ships; prevention of air pollution from ships; implementation of the Convention on Oil Pollution Prevention, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) and the Protocol thereto relating to Hazardous and Noxious Substances (OPRC-HNS); interpretation of and amendments to MARPOL 73/78; and harmful effects of anti-fouling paints for ships.

Vietnam President Urges Vinashin to Increase Production

Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet said that he expected the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) to increase its international profile by producing more ships for the world market. Triet made these comments at a meeting with company officials and the management board of the Dung Quat Shipbuilding Company in central Quang Ngai Province. Triet also visited the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant and held meetings with the management board. Deputy General Director of the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Corporation Truong Van Tien briefed the President on the progress of construction over the past year, and affirmed that the management board was working closely with the project contractor to resolve issues, particularly in speeding up construction. Source: VNS

IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

Photo: IMO

A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Hugo Martinez, signed the Letter of Understanding on technical cooperation between the Government of El Salvador and IMO, which outlines the intention of IMO to assist El Salvador in implementing important IMO international conventions, including the MARPOL, OPRC and STCW treaties.

Panama Canal, Vehicle Carriers Discuss Expansion Program

Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator Jorge L. Quijano

As part of the permanent dialogue with the shipping industry, a Panama Canal Authority (ACP) delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited South Korea to hold discussions with the vehicle carrier market segment and obtain feedback on the future toll structure being developed by the ACP that will go in effect upon completion of the Canal Expansion Program. Canal officials met with the Korea Shipowners’ Association, Hanjin Shipping and STX Pan Ocean, Ltd. The delegation also met with several vehicle and heavy equipment companies.

Panama Canal Delegates Meet with Japanese Customers

Photo: ACP

A Panama Canal delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited Japan to hold discussions with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the major Japanese shipping lines, as well as end customers such as Japanese car manufacturers and energy sector companies. “The Panama Canal strives to have face-to-face meetings with our customer base,” Quijano said. Japan is among the top five user nations of the Panama Canal, as a major importer of grains from the U.S. Gulf Coast and exporter of vehicles to the North American consumer market.

DMCA Shares Maritime Experience with Abu Dhabi

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) shared its renowned experience in implementing world-class maritime registration and licensing services with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport in Abu Dhabi (DMAT) during their recently held meeting. Both parties also exchanged expertise to achieve their common goals of further improving the marine licensing system according to the highest international standards and reinforcing the UAE’s position as one of the most important maritime and logistics capitals in the world.

BOEM's Public Meetings Rescheduled

This Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) analyzes potential environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with the proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas L- Under the Sea - Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding meetings to seek public input on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes potential impacts of oil and gas activities that could result from lease sales scheduled in the 2017-2022 Five Year Program for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing. Public meetings provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the Five Year Program and the potential impacts of oil and gas leasing. Attendees can have one-on-one conversations with BOEM scientists…

Cabo Verde’s Regional Maritime Security Role Discussed

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A recent visit to Cabo Verde November 30 to December 6 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provided an opportunity to meet various government agencies involved with maritime security and discuss the country’s future role in regional maritime security activities. Cabo Verde announced its intention to host the MultiNational Centre of Coordination (for Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal) under the proposed operational framework to support the wider region’s maritime security Code of Conduct…

ReCAAP Report on Crew Abduction in SE Asia

Map:  The Standard Club

In the light of three incidents where the crew of tug boats were abducted in the waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) published a special report on the ‘Abducting of Crew from Tug Boats in Waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines’. Between March and July 2016, six incidents occurred on board five tug boats towing barges and one fishing trawler, says the report.

Northrop Grumman Hurricane Recovery on Track

A year after Hurricane Katrina wreaked more than $1b of damage on its Gulf Coast shipyards, Northrop Grumman Corp. is building 12 Navy ships, with the longest delay estimated at just 10 months. Last December, Reuters reported, the company had anticipated delays on several ships of close to a year. It is now predicted that the longest delay would be 10 months on the Aegis guided missile destroyer Kidd, and also a nine-month delay on LPD-20, one of four amphibious transport dock ships under construction at the company's New Orleans, Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi shipyards. The company still faces serious challenges, such as finding 800 to 1…

Jamaica Signs Bilateral Investment Treaty with Kuwait

Photo: Jamaica Logistics

Jamaica signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with Kuwait that will encourage and guide future investments into the Caribbean country. The agreement signed between Anthony Hylton, Jamaican Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Kuwaiti Minister of Finance, His Excellency Mustafa Al-Shemali, is part of a broader high-level Ministerial Trade Mission to the Middle East Gulf States of Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It forms a crucial part of the Government of Jamaica’s push to create Jamaica into one of the world’s top four logistics centers.

Drydocks World Creditors Approve J/V Scheme

Background: On 27 June 2012, DDW announced that it had entered into a joint venture agreement with Pacific Carriers Limited ("PCL"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuok (Singapore) Limited. The SEA Group would, following completion of the transaction, be managed as a joint venture between DDW and PCL and would be called DDW-PaxOcean Asia. Pte Ltd. Completion of this transaction was conditional on, amongst other things, the Schemes being approved by the Creditors. The creditors meeting duly approved the proposed schemes, commenting Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World said:  “I am pleased with this strong support and overwhelming commitment from our creditors to keep the company sustainable and poised for growth with all its great potentials.

FMC Held Meeting on PVO Program

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) held a meeting on January 30, 2002 regarding its Passenger Vessel Operator (PVO) Program. Under the PVO Program, operators are required, among other things, to provide financial assurances and related material to the FMC with regard to reimbursing prospective passengers in the event of non-performance. The FMC Staff raised various issues with the Commissioners related to the PVO Program. Questions were raised regarding whether the self-insurance program should be altered or discontinued. The Staff was concerned that current reporting requirements may be insufficient and that there are no penalties for failure to submit reports in a timely manner.

USCG to Hold Meeting on Great Lakes Species Invasion

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on May 9 in Cleveland seeking public assistance in further preventing aquatic nonindigenous species from entering the Great Lakes from the ballast water discharged from oceangoing vessels. Specifically, the Coast Guard is exploring ways to manage the ballast water on vessels entering the Great Lakes that have so little water in their ballast tanks, they cannot pump it out and thus declare they are “No Ballast Onboard” vessels, or NOBOBs. “Protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species is an important issue for the Coast Guard. I expect that working with the public will greatly assist us in developing effective and practicable management strategies for NOBOBs,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm.

RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime of Shipping stall

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry. The event which brought together the leading industry representatives of the world took place between 9 to 11 April 2014 at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre in Tokyo, Japan. The participants of the exhibition were 489 companies from 27 countries of the world. The special focus of the exhibition…

HMM to Join New Shipping Alliance

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

Korea Times says that Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will join a new global shipping alliance, as the cash-strapped shipper has successfully reached a debt-rescheduling deal with its bondholders. HMM announced that it has reached a resolution with holders of all five bond issues that are maturing in 2016 and 2017. South Korea’s second largest shipping line had held meetings with holders of the 177-2, 179-2 and 180 issues on 31 May, and holders of the 176-2 and 186 issues on 1 June.

Rock Pinnacle Work to Begin, Water Still Needed

Tom Allegretti, President & CEO, American Waterways Operators.

Senator Durbin, Illinois Lt. Senator Richard Durbin held a meeting in Alton, Illinois, with Members of Congress, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, navigation stakeholders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard to address the low-water situation on the Mississippi River. At the meeting, it was announced that the Corps will begin work tomorrow to blast and remove rock pinnacles at Thebes, Illinois, (shown in photo below), located south of St. Louis on the Mississippi River.

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