New PIB Discharge Requirements
MO’s Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from October 21-25, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X for carriage by ship, thereby prohibiting the discharge of cargo residues into the sea. The categorization and carriage requirements for high-viscosity PIB will be included in the annual MEPC.2/Circular on the Provisional categorization of liquid substances, usually issued by IMO on 17 December each year and will be proposed for inclusion in the next edition of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of…
South Korea Mulls Maritime Study with North Korea
South Korea would propose a joint research with North Korea to develop marine resources and ocean tourism, reports Korea Herald. South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry pointed out the need of an excavation of North Korea’s marine resources, and development of ecotourism content and infrastructure to attract Asian tourists. The plan is to work together on eco-friendly marine tourism measures with North Korea, and designate uninhabited islands as “Islands of Peace” where they can develop resources together.
NOAA Announces FY 01 Budget Request
budget. In the year when NOAA is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, the requested increase will allow the agency to continue a mission critical to all Americans, to assess and predict the weather and changes to our earth's climate and to preserve and protect our coastal and living marine resources. NOAA's overall responsibilities are divided into two main areas - to assess and predict the environment, which includes short-term weather warnings and forecasts, providing seasonal climate forecasts as well as long-range climate assessments, and promoting safe navigation. The second primary responsibility is stewardship of U.S. coastal resources and protection of living marine resources.
Next Geosolutions Acquires RMS Submarine
Next Geosolutions announced the acquisition of UK-based marine resource solutions company, RMS Submarine Ltd. The acquisition of the companies enables Next Geosolutions to focus on the operations and maintenance market, for both the cables and renewables industries, and represents a strengthening of its presence in the North Sea and Baltic region. Based in Suffolk, RMS Submarine provides marine resource and management solutions in the marine survey, submarine cable, offshore renewables and oil and gas industries.
Foss Maritime Company to Build New Class of Tugs
Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Wa., has announced plans to build a new class of the highest horsepower tugs on the West Coast devoted exclusively to ship docking. The new series of 6,250 horsepower Azmuthing Stern Drive (ASD) thruster tugs will be constructed for the use in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., by Halter Marine Inc., in Lockport, Lou. This tug is scheduled for arrival early in the fourth quarter of 2001. The 6,250 hp Detroit Diesel engines are fitted in a hull that will have an overall length of 98 ft. and a beam of 40 ft. The propulsion driveline consists of the new fuel efficient, electronically controlled Detroit 16V4000 main engines, which exceed California's air quality standards for low emissions.
ECDIS Ordered for 20 Indonesia Surveillance Vessels
Transas ECDIS has been selected for installation on board 20 surveillance vessels under operation of the Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (PSDKP – KKP), Republic of Indonesia. The systems will be supplied and installed in cooperation with the Transas long-term local partner PT MultiIntegra. “Transas ECDIS will be integrated with main sensors such as GPS, Gyro, Speed Log, Wind Sensor and also AIS Transponder that can be operated in silence mode,” said Director of Surveillance Vessel – Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance Ir. Budi Halomoan, M.Sci.
USCG Aid Disabled Fishing Boat Off Nantucket
Crews aboard two Coast Guard cutters brought an 83-foot fishing vessel safely to anchorage at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday. Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District Command Center, were notified at 11:30 a.m. Saturday that the scallop fishing vessel Chaz’s Toy lost propulsion during a living marine resource boarding by the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crew 120 miles southeast of Nantucket. The crew of the 270-ft Escanaba issued a marine assistance request broadcast for Chaz’s Toy soliciting commercial or good Samaritan assistance for the vessel, which went unanswered.
Bills re: Northwest Straits Marine Conservation
Senator Murray (D-WA) and Representative Larsen (D-WA) introduced companion bills (S. 3373 and H.R. 6746 respectively) to reauthorize and expand the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative Act to promote the protection of the resources of the Northwest Straits, and for other purposes. The previous legislation (Pub.L. 105-384, Title IV) established a citizens’ advisory committee to assist in coordination of marine resource conservation measures in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. (7/31/08).
UN Conference Opens, Call to Protect Oceans for Future Generations
Opening the Ocean Conference, UN officials stressed the need to protect and conserve the world's oceans for future generations. Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate.
Alabama Governor Approves Closed-Loop LNG Facility
Governor Bob Riley has approved the application submitted by TORP Technology to operate a liquefied natural gas terminal 63 miles off the Alabama coast after the company agreed to use an environmentally-friendly method to reheat the gas. The company had originally proposed using an open-loop system that would have used seawater from the Gulf to warm up the imported LNG. Governor Riley has consistently opposed applications by companies that planned to use the open-loop system because of the negative impact on Alabama’s marine resources. In 2006, Governor Riley opposed a plan by ConocoPhillips to build an LNG facility using the open-loop system 13 miles south of Dauphin Island.
JAMSTEC Orders MHI Wide-area Seabed Research Vessel
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for construction of a wide-area seabed research vessel from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and an agreement has been signed. The vessel on order will efficiently advance wide-area research into seafloor resources, its comprehensive research capabilities to include elucidation of mineral and ore deposit origins and formation conditions, and will also enable contributions to disaster prevention research.
Coast Guard Intercepts Illegal Shark-Finning Vessel
Coast Guard Cutter Tybee arrived in San Diego, Ca. on Friday escorting the King Diamond II, a Honolulu-based, 82-ft. fishing vessel with 12 tons of prohibited shark fins onboard. A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment operating from a U.S. Navy ship boarded the King Diamond II approximately 350 miles southeast of Acapulco on the afternoon of August 13 and seized the vessel after discovering the illegal shark fins. The Coast Guard Cutter Chase arrived on scene on August 15 and took custody of the vessel, its crew and the catch. The Coast Guard law enforcement detachment returned to the Navy ship, which continued its patrol, and Chase began its escort of the King Diamond II toward San Diego.
Van Dawark to Head Todd Pacific Shipyards
Thomas V. Van Dawark will assume duties as the president and chief operating officer of Todd Pacific Shipyards. Stephen Welch, Todd Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, made the announcement. Van Dawark is the former president and CEO of Marine Resources and Foss Maritime Co. In his 14 years as president, he grew revenue and income substantially. Welch said Van Dawark will build on the solid foundation that Rollie Webb established. Webb recently announced his resignation from the president and COO position.
Xiamen to forge itself as model for marine construction
According to a new plan released by the municipal Marine & Fisheries Bureau, Xiamen will power ahead with its blueprint to build itself into a model city for marine construction in the future. Based on the plan, Xiamen is expected to build itself into a city with an advanced marine economy, a beautiful marine ecological environment, innovative marine technology and rich marine culture by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Over the years, the exploitation of marine resources has become an important aspect of Xiamen's economic development. The new plan has set a short-term target for marine-related construction in the city…
CG Reminder, Slow for Right Whales
The Coast Guard reminds operators of vessels 65 ft or greater in length that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule takes effect Nov. 1, requiring those vessels to slow down while operating in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic waters where North Atlantic Right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. The Coast Guard has worked closely with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service division during the past decade to further both agencies’ shared goal of conserving and rehabilitating the North Atlantic right whale population. “The Coast Guard, in coordination with NMFS, has a long history of protecting living marine resources and will continue to take action to protect the right whale from ship strikes and other threats…
Indonesia Woos Jokowi Netherlands for Investment in Maritime
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited the Netherlands to invest in Indonesian infrastructure projects, particularly those that support Jokowi’s maritime sector development program, reports the Jakarta Post. In the maritime sector, the president lauded the Dutch government for its interest to help Indonesia achieve its maritime axis vision. The vision was realized by developing maritime clusters including fisheries, ship development, infrastructure and marine resources.
USCG Revises Model Maritime Service Code
The U.S. Coast Guard announced on May 18 the publication of an updated and revised Model Maritime Service Code designed to assist countries seeking guidance in developing effective maritime forces with corresponding authorities. The Model Maritime Service Code, primarily based on some of the laws and directives of the United States Coast Guard, provides a structure that endeavors to ensure the economy of forces and unity of effort necessary to address the spectrum of issues a maritime country may face. The code provides the legal framework to address emerging maritime safety and security concerns, including the protection of mariner rights and the effective flow of global commerce, pollution prevention, protection of living marine resources and preservation of the marine environment.
CSSC to Build Research Vessels
China's government controlled China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is going beyond building navy vessels and making advanced scientific research ships, Xinhua reported. CSSC has been focussing on defence sector till now. It was the largest supplier of surface combatants to the Chinese Navy, said the report. CSSC has been using its expertise in the research and development of naval hardware to construct high-tech civilian ships, encouraged by government measures to boost transfer of defense-related technologies to civilian and business sectors, said company officials.
MMS $450k Grant for Miss. Heritage
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $450,000 to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP), to fund phases one and two of a project to document and conserve the heritage resources of the Mississippi gulf coast. Grant funding for the first two phases will identify resources and collect data of known and potential heritage resource locations in the coastal counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson. The project is expected to conserve the natural, scenic, historical, archaeological, and cultural environments of the Mississippi gulf coast. The CIAP was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Japanese Deep Ocean Exploration Ship Shown Off
Japan has unveiled a 6,283-ton exploration vessel that will search for rare metals and other natural resources in waters around the nation. The Hakurei, 118 meters long and 19 meters wide, was shown to the media at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo. The vessel features drilling equipment that can dig up 400 meters into the seabed at a depth of 2,000 meters. The ship will initially search for resources off Okinawa Prefecture and the Ogasawara Islands. The Hakurei is owned by the government-backed Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.
NOAA Awards Fisheries Survey Vessels Contract to Krill Systems
Krill Systems Inc., a leader in advanced fuel and vessel monitoring systems, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for supply and installation of Vessel Fuel Measurement and Management Systems (VFMMS) onboard six NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessels (FSV). In a competitive bid, on an unrestricted basis, NOAA issued its award to ‘the responsible vendor whose quotation resulted in the best value to the Government, considering both price and non-price factors’. The factors used to evaluate the quotations were: Technical Approach, Past Performance and Price. NOAA…
Krill Wins NOAA FSV Contract
Krill Systems won the contract from NOAA for supply and installation of Vessel Fuel Measurement and Management Systems (VFMMS) onboard six NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessels (FSV). In a competitive bid, on an unrestricted basis, NOAA issued its award to ‘the responsible vendor whose quotation resulted in the best value to the Government, considering both price and non-price factors’. The factors used to evaluate the quotations were: Technical Approach, Past Performance and Price. NOAA…
Krill Systems Completes NOAA Contract
Krill Systems Inc. have installed their Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems (VFMMS) in 6 NOAA Fisheries survey vessels. Installations on NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson and NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler represent the final fittings of a multiple vessel NOAA contract awarded in a competitive bid, on an unrestricted basis, to Krill Systems to implement VFMMS (Vessel Fuel Measuring and Management Systems) within their fleet. “We were very pleased, initially…