Task Force News

04 Nov 2019

GloFouling Crosses 12 Lead Partnerships

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The GloFouling Partnerships project, is a joint initiative between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) ,  has 12 Lead Partnering Countries.Indonesia and Mexico have recently joined Fiji, Tonga, Brazil, Madagascar, Mauritius and Philippines as those which have already established their national task forces. Jordan, Sri Lanka, Peru and Ecuador will join in the coming months.The project…

01 Nov 2019

IMO Leading GloFouling Partnerships

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Marine biodiversity is under threat from invasive aquatic species, but International Maritime Organization (IMO) is leading a major global project to combat that threat and find solutions to this major problem.And that project has just passed two major milestones as two more countries, Indonesia and Mexico, have formed their national task force to take part in the initiative, said a press note from the UN body.The project, GloFouling Partnerships, is a joint initiative between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and IMO.

15 Oct 2019

USCG VIDA policy proposal

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On 31 July, the US Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register stating that it is seeking comments on a draft policy letter that, if adopted, would establish the Coast Guard’s policy for acceptance of type-approval testing protocols for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) that render nonviable organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods under existing regulations. This policy would include the process for incorporating accepted protocols into the type-approval procedures established under existing regulations…

23 Sep 2019

Ardmore Appoints Dr. Tikka to Board of Directors

Dr. Kirsi Tikka (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) (“Ardmore”) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kirsi Tikka to the company’s Board of Directors.Dr. Tikka has over 30 years of shipping experience having recently retired from the American Bureau of Shipping  (“ABS”) in July 2019. She joined ABS in 2001 and held various specialist and leadership positions within ABS including as ABS Executive Vice President Global Marine, Europe Division President, and as Vice President and Chief Engineer, Global.

13 Sep 2019

AI & Machine Learning, Possible Force Multipliers for the Coast Guard

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML): mention these two terms and the listener may instantly think of the ads displayed as you view your favorite online news site. This is one version of what AI/ML might be. Given the state of AI and ML research today, these advanced mathematical techniques represent something the U.S. Coast Guard should explore for mission application. To do this, common definitions need to be created, challenges understood, and practical use…

12 Sep 2019

WISTA UK, ABP Host 'Women in Maritime'

ABP Chief HR Officer, Alison Rumsey speaks at the ABP-WISTA UK reception in City Hall during London International Shipping Week. Photo: ABP

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK's largest port operator, teamed up with the Women in International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA UK) to organize a reception to promote the ongoing effort to drive gender diversity across the maritime industry.The event celebrated the progress made to date and discussed ways to accelerate this momentum, it said.Set in London's iconic City Hall building during the first day of London International Shipping Week (LISW), London's premier shipping industry conference…

15 Aug 2019

US, Malaysia Start Maritime Training Drill

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The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) began Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2019 marked by an opening ceremony at Lumut Naval Base, Aug. 14.MTA Malaysia 2019 is a continuation of 25 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability.The Pacific Area commander for the U.S. Coast Guard, Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, said that working alongside the U.S. Navy and international partners in this exercise is an important part of their mission in the Indo-Pacific.

13 Aug 2019

Brazil Addresses Biofouling

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Biodiversity can be threatened by organisms which can build up on ships' hulls and other marine structures, a process known as biofouling.A press note from International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that during a workshop in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil (5 August), experts on biofouling and invasive species and others took the first steps towards setting up a national task force to tackle the issue.According to the UN body, Brazil is one of 12 lead partnering countries in the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships project…

13 Aug 2019

Hepburn to Provide RAS for Canada’s JSS

Pic: Seaspan Shipyards

Toronto-based naval technology company Hepburn Engineering has won a contract to provide Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS).The Canadian shipbuilder Seaspan Shipyards announced that it has awarded Hepburn the  contract for work on Canada’s JSS.Hepburn will provide four Replenishment Stations for the Joint Support Ships, which will allow the vessels to transfer fuel, fresh water, and solid goods to and from other vessels.These Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) systems will be fully compatible with NATO standards…

14 Jul 2019

Iran Builds Recreational Harbor in Mazandaran

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Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) consented to the construction and of a recreational harbor in Mazandaran province.Mohammadtaghi Ananzorp, the Director General of Ports and Maritime of Mazandaran Province, stated that the committee for the licensing of maritime structures of the Ports and Maritime Organization agreed on the establishment and construction of a Recreational Harbor in the coastal strip of Izadshahr in Mazandaran province.He added that all natural and…

10 Jul 2019

Special Weather Bulletin for Gulf Region

Invest 92-L, which may become Tropical Storm Barry by Thursday, is becoming better organized this morning as satellite imagery and surface weather observations indicate that a circulation seems to be developing over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.In addition, it appears that the deeper thunderstorm activity is occurring offshore and it appears that Invest 92-L is located further south than what many of the model guidance members have indicated in their forecasts.

28 Jun 2019

GIA Task Force Met in Sweden

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Global Industry Alliance (GIA), a key International Maritime Organization (IMO)  initiative supporting ship decarbonisation, is set to be extended to 2023, in line with the time-frame of IMO’s Initial greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) Strategy.The UN body announced that the extension follows two years of good progress by the initiative, whose 6th Task Force meeting took place in Gothenberg, Sweden this week (25 June).The task force discussed developments in a number of on-going projects…

28 Jun 2019

Ballast Water Update: Weighing the Advent of VIDA

Captain Sean T. Brady, Chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (OES)

The hard-fought passage of VIDA promises a simpler, more unified and logical set of environmental standards related to the discharge of myriad vessel streams. Industry wanted it, and now it is here. Will it deliver, and if so, when? That depends on who you talk to.As most commercial maritime operators know, US ballast water regulations made a sharp turn last December. That’s when President Trump signed the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018.That legislation contained Title IX – the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)…

25 Jun 2019

Antwerp Port Enhances Capacity

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Europe’s second-largest seaport Port of Antwerp is building additional container handling capacity in the Antwerp port area.To cope with further growth until 2030 and also to attract international investment in the future, additional capacity of 7 million containers per year is required, said a press release from the port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships.With the ECA Complex Project the Flemish government is considering the best location for this additional handling capacity.

24 Jun 2019

17.5 Tons of Cocaine found on Containership

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led multi-agency examination of shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport netted a historic load of cocaine, the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of U.S. Customs and CBP, with an estimated weight of over 17.5 tons and a street value of about $1.1 billion.During a midstream joint boarding Sunday night, CBP, HSI, and U.S. Coast Guard authorities detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers aboard the MSC Gayane…

19 Jun 2019

Fuel Barge Stuck in the Mud in Alaska

The Coast Guard responds to a fuel barge that settled in the mud and began to show signs of structural stress while offloading petroleum product on the Naknek River in Naknek, June 18, 2019. Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force responders from Sector Anchorage and contracted cleanup professionals are standing by on site in the event that any fuel enters the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo

A fuel barge has become stuck in mud on the Naknek River in Naknek, Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. The Coast Guard said it is responding to the Crowley BC-152 barge, which settled in the mud and began to show signs of structural stress while offloading petroleum product."This barge did not run aground, but became stuck in the mud during low tide yesterday as it was offloading product," said Lt. James Nunez, incident management division chief for Coast Guard Sector…

10 Jun 2019

SECNAV Names Future Destroyer after USCG Legend

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 132, in honor of Coast Guard Capt. Quentin Walsh, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his service during World War II.“Capt. Walsh was a hero whose efforts during World War II continue to inspire, and his leadership in securing the French port of Cherbourg had a profound effect on the success of the amphibious operations associated with Operation Overlord,” Spencer said.“For over two centuries…

29 May 2019

NYK Joins Task Force on Climate

Photo: NYK Line

Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen (NYK) has announced its support of recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), in addition to the company’s participation in the TCFD Consortium established on May 27, 2019.NYK aims to improve its climate change–related disclosures through discussion and information-sharing in the consortium.In NYK’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green” released in 2018, NYK announced the group’s intent to integrate environmental…

23 May 2019

MOL to Join TCFD Consortium

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Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that it will participate in the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Consortium, which was established to provide a forum for discussions among corporations and financial institutions that agree with "TCFD recommendations"."This aims to ensure that companies factor in climate change-related risks and opportunities when they disclose their strategies to investors," said a press note from MOL.The final report…

23 May 2019

Iran, Iraq to Dredge Arvand river

Image: Ports & Maritime Organization

Iran and Iraq have agreed to solve the issue of dredging of Arvand River (Shatt al-Arab) in Iranian southwestern city of Khorramshahr in Khouzestan.Based on the agreement reached, it was decided to establish a temporary technical committee with the aim of providing the preconditions for joint dredging of Arvand River, said Fars News Agency."It is expected that more technical meetings with Iran and Iraq experts will be held for dredging operations at Arvand river in the upcoming ten days…

12 May 2019

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

California Dreamin': In CA, offshore wind has unlimited potentialWhen it comes to States promoting renewable, non-fossil electricity generation, California surely leads the list, from utility-scale regional grids to individual rooftop solar panels.In fact, a December 2018 update from the California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the state may already have exceeded an initial renewable generation goal of 33% by 2020. CEC estimates that in 2018 that generation number was already 34%.

24 Apr 2019

World Navies Report: Denmark

The Royal Danish navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362) transits the Gulf of Aden. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mario Coto)

Navies operate on a spectrum between deterrence and defense, to include offensive operation, support of foreign policy, and power projection to civil affair and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Many have constabulary responsibilities, and it could be argued that, with the exception of the largest navies, most are more like a coast guard than a military force in their normal responsibilities.Every Navy is different. Yes, they all share similar challenges of acquisition…

17 Apr 2019

BOATBUILDING: What’s in Your Workboat?

WHAT'S INYOUR WORKBOAT: An interesting look at the new catamaran Moose Boats is currently building for Westar Marine Services. (CREDIT: Moose Boats)

Moose Boats rises to the challenge of building its biggest vessel ever. That’s an important step forward for this growing California shipyard. Equally impressive is what’s inside that rapidly developing hull and why those features were chosen.The U.S. boatbuilding scene is a changing landscape of waterfront manufacturing that constantly evolves to meet the inevitable peaks and valleys of demand. Nowhere is that reality more apparent than at California-based Moose Boats. In October 2016, Lind Marine announced the acquisition of Moose Boats.

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