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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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BOEMRE Approves Third Deepwater Drilling Permit

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today approved a third  additional deepwater drilling permit that complies with all of the new safety standards, including demonstrated containment capacity, implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. The approved permit is a revised permit to drill a new well for ATP Oil & Gas Corporation’s Well #4 in Mississippi Canyon Block 941, located approximately 90 miles south of Venice, La. “This permit approval demonstrates that deepwater drilling can and will continue in the Gulf of Mexico provided that operators have successfully demonstrated their ability to operate safely,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich.

BOEMRE Approves Operations for Ninth Deepwater Well

NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today approved a deepwater permit for the drilling of a ninth well that complies with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. The approved permit is a revised permit to sidetrack for Murphy Exploration & Production Company Well #A008 in Green Canyon Block 338 in 3…

Federal Regulators New Drilling Rules

According to a June 8 report from The Houston Chronicle, the Obama administration imposed new safety requirements Tuesday for offshore drilling, paving the way for energy companies to resume oil and gas exploration in shallow waters after private inspectors sign off on their operations. The move effectively lifts a ban on shallow-water drilling, though companies could spend weeks or months trying to comply with the mandates for new equipment testing and other safeguards before they can resume operations less than 500 feet below the surface of the sea. Although the new safety rules apply to oil and gas exploration in all federal waters, a ban on drilling in deeper depths will continue for at least six months. (Source: The Houston Chronicle)

First Deepwater Permit to Meet New Standards in GOM

On Feb. 28, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved the first deepwater drilling permit since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. Noble Energy’s application for a permit to bypass is for Well #2 in Mississippi Canyon Block 519, approximately 70 miles south east of Venice, La. “This permit represents a significant milestone for us and for the offshore oil and gas industry, and is an important step towards safely developing deepwater energy supplies offshore,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. “This permit was issued for one simple reason: the operator successfully demonstrated that it can drill its deepwater well safely and that it is capable of containing a subsea blowout if it were to occur.

EU Seeks to Improve Passenger Safety on Ships

The Commission has proposed a new package of measures to reinforce passenger safety on ships. Two proposals aim at preventing accidents such as the Express Samina’s in 2000 by increasing stability requirements for vessels and by reinforcing safety rules to cater for passengers with reduced mobility in general, and high-speed ships in particular. The Commission also presents its view on how passenger protection should be strengthened through stricter liability rules when accidents do occur. These new proposals already announced in the Commission’s new White Paper on Transport, complement a series of rules adopted in the late 1990’s following the Esotonia accident.

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said on June 7 that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules, along with the administration's six-month halt on deepwater drilling—both issued amid public pressure—threatened thousands of jobs. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Approves Shallow-Water Well in Gulf

According to a July 20 report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has approved a permit to drill a new well in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the first such clearance since new safety regulations were put in place in response to the BP PLC oil spill. The permit was granted to Apache Corp. in Houston, which began work on the well Sunday, July 18. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Quality Shipyard Launches Cindy Brown

According to a report from www.dailycomet.com, Quality Shipyard launched the 266-ft Cindy Brown Tide for Tidewater on Jan. 13. But the MV Cindy Brown Tide enters an uncertain climate for offshore shipbuilding as the oil-and-gas industry waits to see what new safety and environmental regulations emerge in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill. (Source: dailycomet.com)  

Titanic ll Project Drawings Described

Image credit Blue Star Line

The Titanic II Preliminary General Arrangement Plan and Preliminary Midship Section Drawing depicts nine decks complete with first, second and third class, officer and crew accommodation as well as the insertion of a new ‘Safety Deck’. Chairman of Blue Star Line, Professor Clive Palmer, indicated the plans from Deltamarin for his shipping company Blue Star Line represent a significant milestone for the Titanic II project. “These plans underline the commitment and progression Blue Star Line has for the Titanic II project,” he said.

BAE Employee Safety Professional of the Year

Photo courtesy BAE Systems

BAE Systems Ship Repair’s Director of Safety Assurance, Phil Smith was named Signal Mutual's 2009 Safety Professional of the Year. The annual award honors safety professionals who are instrumental in the development and implementation of outstanding safety practices within their respective industries. Smith was also recognized for helping to improve safety culture by sharing best practices and new safety initiatives with other Signal Mutual member companies. Smith and the BAE…

Global Cruise Industry Adopts New Safety Policies

The new policies address issues related to the recording of passenger nationality and the common elements of musters and emergency instructions, resulting from the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched in January 2012. The Nationality of Passengers policy was developed in response to the request of governments at the May meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee meeting. This policy prescribes that the nationality of each passenger onboard is to be recorded and made readily available to search and rescue personnel as appropriate. Under the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy, member cruise lines have specified 12 common elements that will be communicated to passengers in musters and emergency instructions.

Seaspan, Walter Gretzky Celebrate NAOSH Week

(left to right, Mark Houghton , Vice-President, Seaspan Marine Operations and Walter Gretzky tour Vancouver Shipyards)

With North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) week well underway across the continent, Seaspan welcomed Walter Gretzky to its Vancouver Shipyards to underscore the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Hockey’s most famous father addressed Seaspan employees with a powerful speech, sharing details from a personal industrial accident and reinforcing the message that everyone plays a vital role in the health and safety of their workplace. “Even one injury is one too many,” said Walter Gretzky. “We all have to ask ourselves the question, are we as safe as we think?

MOL Bulker is the First Built with Safer Hull

Bulk carrier of the type featuring the NSafe-Hull

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the world’s first use of highly ductile steel plate NSafe-Hull, developed by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation on a merchant vessel. The ship featuring this new safety-enhancing feature, a large-size bulk carrier, was launched on August 2. The NSafe-Hull’s highly ductile steel reportedly absorbs side impact to the hull three times more effectively than conventional steel plate, reducing the risk of cracks in the hull and significantly increasing the safety of the vessel, MOL said.

Wilson Ship Management, WSS Signs Service Fleet Agreement

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) finalized a five-year Safety Service Fleet Agreement with Wilson Ship Management (WSM), sealing the deal last week in Oslo at Norshipping. Wilson Ship Management has been testing WSS’s new Safety Service Concept over the last 12 months. “In today’s market, we are continually looking for ways in which we can keep costs under control," said Heine Olsen, Fleet Manager at Wilson Ship Management . The contract with Norwegian-based WSM is the first of its kind for WSS. “This agreement is a result of successful team work between ourselves and Wilson Ship Management.

Jeffboat Safety Milestone

American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) (ACL) announced that on December 15, its Manufacturing Division, Jeffboat, accomplished the safety milestone of working two million hours without a lost time injury (an injury requiring time off from work) for the first time in its more than 70 years of operation. The shipyard has reached one million hours worked without a lost time injury twice in its history, most recently in June 2009. While Jeffboat has continually decreased injuries since 2004, it continues to implement new safety programs, including providing additional training to employees and conducting detailed investigations to identify root causes of injuries and implement corrective actions. Jeffboat and Teamsters Local Union No.

Cruise Council Unanimously Adopts New Safety Policies

The 17-member cruise lines of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) three new policies addressing onboard safety requirements and procedures. These policies were ratified unanimously at ICCL's biannual board of directors meeting in Miami on March 10. The three policies include: identification of a helicopter pick-up area onboard each of the vessels, for use during a medical emergency (recommended but not required by U.S. or international law); provision and storage of additional lifejackets equivalent to the number of passengers in the cabins of the largest designated safety area onboard each ship (exceeds current U.S.

Willard Delivers SOLAS Rescue Boats

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard Marine rescue boats meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty. AMHS has ordered two 670 rescue boats for the M/V Columbia, which is being refitted with new safety equipment. The boats are being supplied through Vigor Industrial Shipyard in Portland, Ore.

Halul to Purchase Four Offshore Vessels

Halul Offshore Services (HOSC) will buy four new safety standby vessels at a cost of about $16m and signed a contract with a Singaporean shipbuilder Pacific Ocean Engineering (POE). The contract for the vessels, expected to be built in 16 months at the POE’s shipyard in China, was signed by HOSC chairman Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim al-Thani and POE managing director Raymond Quah. The vessels, designed to provide safety cover to offshore installations for protection and rescue operations, are equipped with fire fighting pumps, life saving gadgets and environment monitoring systems for checking poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas and flammable gases. Each vessel will have a fast rescue craft capable of being fast deployed for rescue of survivors from the sea.

Public Comment for Four New Deepwater EAs

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that public comment is invited with respect to four Environmental Assessments (EA) for Exploration Plans (EP). The EPs involve deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and were completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Consistent with federal regulations, an EP is deemed “submitted” once all supporting materials and documentation has been provided. Once a plan is deemed submitted, BOEMRE has 30 calendar days to analyze and evaluate it. The 30-day time frame…

Cruise Council Unanimously Adopts New Safety Policies

The 17-member cruise lines of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) three new policies addressing onboard safety requirements and procedures. These policies were ratified unanimously at ICCL's biannual board of directors meeting in Miami on March 10. The three policies include: identification of a helicopter pick-up area onboard each of the vessels, for use during a medical emergency (recommended but not required by U.S. or international law); provision and storage of additional lifejackets equivalent to the number of passengers in the cabins of the largest designated safety area onboard each ship (exceeds current U.S.

BOEMRE Approves 15th Deepwater Well

For those of you keeping track, today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a drilling permit for the fifteenth deepwater well to comply with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. The approved permit is for BHP Billiton Petroleum (GOM) Inc. to drill a new development well in Green Canyon Block 653 in 4…

WSS Opens Marine Safety & Training Academy in Atwerp

Andrew Sheriff

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) opened a new FRS (fire, rescue & service) Center and Safety Training Academy in Antwerp, Belgium. “The opening of new safety service training facilities around the world will play a vital role in the growth of our total safety offer,” said. Andrew Sheriff, Business Director Safety. “Centers also housing a Safety Academy, such as this one, allow us to focus on specialized training alongside the ongoing development of our safety technicians. Antwerp was seen as a key location for expansion.

New Security Regs Will Challenge

(Photo Credit: U.S. On July 1, 2003 the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register the long anticipated regulations concerning maritime port and vessel security. This is a major rulemaking printed in seven separate individual rulemakings. These rulemakings concern compliance with provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) and implementation of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The regulations incorporate the ISPS Code into the domestic maritime trade. For more, see full published article in the August 11, 2003 edition of MarineNews.

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