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President Lifts Ban on Bristol Bay Offshore Exploration and Drilling

The Bush administration recently announced that it has lifted a ban on offshore oil drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The move is a shot in the arm for the Alaska oil and gas industry, which is hoping for approval to build a new natural gas pipeline. A recently elected oil-friendly governor, the pipeline project and now expanded offshore drilling possibilities mean increased demand for workers. On January 9, 2007, the Bush administration lifted a long-standing moratorium on oil exploration in a 5.6 million acre area in the North Aleutian Basin of Alaska's Bristol Bay region. New Alaska Governor Sarah Palin welcomed the news that the moratorium has been lifted. The prospect of exploration in Bristol Bay coupled with the possibility of building a new natural gas pipeline means more jobs and revenue for the state. For several decades Alaska has provided nearly 20 percent of the United States' domestic supply of oil energy. Leasing in Bristol Bay could begin between 2010 and 2012. The jobs will follow quickly thereafter. It is big news, but I think Alaskans - and Canadians - are even more anxious to see what happens with the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline In 1988, oil companies paid the federal government approximately $96 million for rights to explore and develop 122,000 acres north of Unimak Island and the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. Before any wells could be drilled, though, Congress and President George H.W


Container Recovery from RENA continues

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RENA Container Recovery Passes 800 Mark.   The number of containers recovered from the stricken Rena on Mount Mauganui’s Astrolabe Reef has risen above the 800 mark.  A total of 815 of the 1,368 containers have now been brought to port. Braemar Howells’ operations manager Neil Lloyd confirmed numbers were boosted this week with 21 containers landed on Monday, and a further eight on Tuesday.  


MSC Ship: First USN Ship Visit to Vietnam Port in 38 years

USNS Richard E. Byrd in Vietnam. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Anh Ho)

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd left Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam today, marking the end of a historic visit - the first by a U.S. Navy ship to the port in more than three decades.  Byrd spent seven days at Cam Ranh Shipyard for routine maintenance and repairs that included underwater hull cleaning, polishing of the ship's propeller, repairing shipboard piping, and overhaul of the salt water cooling system that keeps the ship's engines cool


Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward


Chesapeake Firm to Recycle Ships

Two government ships, currently moored at a shipyard near Baltimore, Md., will be recycled at the Bay Bridge Enterprises facility in Chesapeake, Va., under the terms of contracts announced today by the Maritime Administration. Both are World War II-era ships, formerly anchored in the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Bay Bridge will receive $95,000 to dismantle the Hoist, and $695,000 to dismantle the Sphinx


Marine Travelift Promotes Johnson

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Jason Johnson was promoted to North American Sales Manager for Marine Travelift, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay.  Johnson will be responsible for business development and marine sales in the Americas for the Company. Johnson was hired by Marine Travelift in 2008 as a Sales Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marina Management from the Maine Maritime Academy, and serves on the IMI (International Marina Institute) Advisory Committee


Coast Guard Breaks Thick Delaware River Ice

Iced-up Delaware River: Photo courtesy of USCG

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters 'Capstan' and 'Cleat' are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways, encountering significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick about three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt. Veronica Smith, chief of waterways managment division at Coast Guard Sector


Coast Guard Responds to Cargo Ship Aground

The Coast Guard responded to a cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay. The Mediterranean Shipping Company vessel Japan, a 796-ft. Panamanian flagged cargo ship, ran aground near Sandy Point Light approximately one mile north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A Coast Guard inspection team and boarding officers from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore were deployed to the grounded vessel. Additionally, a 25-foot Coast Guard response boat crew from Station Annapolis, Md


City, Owners Argue over Drifting Drydocks

High winds set a portion of the dry docks in Chemainus Bay dangerously adrift last week, prompting some finger pointing between the owners and North Cowichan. Three massive dry dock sections, still lashed together, became separated and were blown sideways relative to the remaining two sections at about 6:30 p.m. May 1. The sections didn't cause any damage and tugboats had the dry docks re-secured together within a few hours


NOAA’s Newest Chart to Support Puerto Rico Maritime Economy

The Port of San Juan, which is experiencing a tremendous growth of maritime traffic and planning for more, received an additional economic boost today when NOAA debuted a new nautical chart that will make ocean-going vessel traffic safer and more efficient through San Juan Bay and the port area.  “There is not only more traffic, but larger vessels are making San Juan their port call,” said Capt. John Lowell, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 25

USS Harmon (DE-72). U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 25 1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Maine 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy


Costa Tow Update: Climate Onboard 'Calm'

Costa Concordia on tow: Photo credit the salvors

According to the latest update, after approximately 30 hours of navigation, the Concordia has travelled 63 nautical miles at an average speed of 2 knots, informs the salvors' website 'The Parbuckling Project'. The convoy is located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica


Phillips 66 Marine Fueling Facility Nears Completion

Phillips 66’s previously announced marine over-the-water fueling facility at its Richmond, Calif. terminal is nearing completion. The facility, located on Canal Boulevard, and known as Pier No.12 in the Richmond Harbor, is scheduled to come online in early September 2014.


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

Maritime Studyies Lecture: Image courtesy of CMTI

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

Photo: The City of South Portland

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock to the export of Canadian oil sands crude and setting up a showdown with industry which called the process illegal.


Pier Damaged at Port Canaveral

North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 (Photo courtesy of Port Canaveral)

Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates   The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday. No injuries occurred and cleanup continues today.


Crystal Cruises to Sail Elusive Northwest Passage

Crystal Cruises Northwest Passage

  The “World’s Best” Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style  voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle)


New Keel Cooling Option for Diesel Engines

Image: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the availability of a keel cooling option with D4 and D6 marine diesel engines to meet customer demands in the North American marine commercial market. Volvo Penta is now offering factory-built keel-cooled engines for the entire line of marine


Kirby Awards ATB Contracts to Bay Shipbuilding

Photo courtesy of Bay Shipbuilding

Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), has been awarded a contract to build two 155,000-barrel capacity barges and two 6,000 HP tugs for Kirby Corporation. The vessels are to be operated as Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) units and


Crystal to Cruise via Arctic Northwest Passage in 2016

Arctic waters: File photo

Crystal Cruises says it is introducing a new expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the Northwest Passage (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle) that explorers spent centuries seeking, until it was first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen just over 100 years ago.


Brightoil Eyes Upstream After Bohai Purchase

Hong Kong-listed oil trader Brightoil Petroleum Holdings Ltd said on Wednesday it expects its upstream business to be the key long-term growth driver for the group following its acquisition of oil blocks in China's Bohai Bay. Chief financial officer Danny Tan was speaking at a media briefing on


USCG Responds to Disabled Duck Boat

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  Coast Guard watchstanders coordinated a tow of a disabled tour boat near McCovey Cove in the San Francisco Bay, Tuesday afternoon.  At approximately 12:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report from a *local tour boat, Ride the Duck


GLDD, BAE, Awarded DoD Contracts

Dredging Work off New York: File photo

U.S. Department of Defense informs that a New York Harbor dredging contract has been awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) and a Navy USS Jacinto drydocking contract to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. Details as follows: 1. Dredging contract


Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity

MV Bay Breeze: Photo SF Bay Ferry

SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional


Bay Shipbuilding Awarded USCG Repair Contracts

Hollyhock (WLB-21)

Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) subsidiary, Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been awarded a USCG contract for drydock repairs to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-21) and a second USCG repair and sustainment contract for the icebreaker Mackinaw






 
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