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Europe's Atlantic Action Plan Unveiled

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine & maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. The Atlantic area is home to numerous maritime activities. This includes both traditional activities, such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and shipping, as well as emerging ones such as offshore renewables and marine biotech. Individually, the Atlantic Member States (Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) are doing a lot in each of these areas and some have adopted their own respective maritime strategies. The Action Plan now encourages the Member States to work together: to share information, costs, results and best practices, as well as generating ideas for further areas of cooperation. The Action Plan considers responses to the challenges of delivering growth, reducing the carbon footprint, sustainable use of the sea's natural resources, responding effectively to threats and emergencies and implementing an "ecosystem" management approach in Atlantic waters. It contains four overarching priorities:


Great Lakes Restoration Plan Announced

Gina McCarthy: Photo EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informs that Administrator Gina McCarthy has released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the world. McCarthy, who chairs the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, released the plan at a meeting of Great Lakes Mayors in Chicago


CMA CGM Holds Firm in Difficult Environment

 Volumes carried rose by 10% year-on-year to 2,604 million teus in the third quarter of 2011, confirming that CMA CGM is benefiting from the size and modern technology of its ships. Over the first nine months of the year, volumes carried were up by 9.4%, for a total of 7.42 million teus. Consolidated revenue stood at $3,856 million for the quarter, up 2.8% over the prior-year period, and at $11,086 million for the first nine months, up 5.2% year-on-year


New Training Alliance for Chartworld

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MSG MarineServe, Safebridge and ChartWorld ECDIS training alliance. ChartWorld International has selected MSG MarineServe GmbH, its sister company Safebridge GmbH and the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) as its official training partner for the new ChartWorld eSeries, a “ECDIS as a Service” concept. MSG Marine and Safebridge will provide a complete eSeries training package, which encompasses both generic and type-specific training using a combination of traditional class based


Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Approves 2013 Budgets

2013 budgets approval reflects strong financial performance & commitment to investments tied to its Strategic Action Plan. In 2013, the Port intends to continue improving its business lines by attracting more projects to its Foreign-Trade Zone and development finance programs, and strategically enhancing the financial performance of the maritime operation. As a result, operating revenues are expected to increase 18 percent next year


Canada Announces Harbor Investments

The Harper Government invests in Mamainse and Kinoosao Harbors Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse Harbor. The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall.


Refueling Down Under

The conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) receives fuel during a replenishment at sea from the Royal Australian Navy auxiliary oiler replenishment ship HMAS Success (AOR 304). The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) trail astern. Kitty Hawk is currently operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia's Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005


EMSA's LNG Bunkering Study Now Online

EMSA’s commissioned study on standards & rules for bunkering gas-fuelled ships has now been published on its website. The study (carried out by Germanischer Lloyd) contains a comprehensive overview of the regulatory framework for the bunkering of gas-fuelled ships including identified gaps. All relevant existing international and European rules with a possible impact on LNG bunkering have been described in detail


Bourbon Sells First Nine Vessels of “Transforming for Beyond” Plan

Following the transfer of ownership of the first nine vessels to the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing (ICBCL) as part of a 51 vessel sale and bareboat commitment and the payment of $144 million, Bourbon announced that the 10‐year bareboat charter period of those nine vessels by Bourbon will commence today. As announced last week, the transfer of the remaining 15 vessels currently under operation is expected to be completed within two months and the transfer of the 27 vessels under


Interior Holds Second Sale for Renewable Energy in Federal Waters

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department completed the nation’s second competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, garnering $1,600,000 in high bids for 112,799 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia. Virginia Electric and Power Company is the provisional winner of the sale, which auctioned a Wind Energy Area approximately 23


Canada Invests in Harbor Grace Project

Senator Manning announces funding for a harbor improvement project Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Harbor Grace


Canada’s New Patrol Vessel Christened

CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. (Source: Canadian Coast Guard)

Entry into service of Canadian Coast Guard's new mid-shore patrol vessel, the CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., was inaugurated by The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of


EC Sues Spain over Port Security

The European Commission is taking action against Spain before the Court of Justice of the European Union, because 20 Spanish ports have yet to adopt and implement the port security plan. The main objective of European port security policy is to provide protection for ships and port facilities


Canada Invests $18.4m in Small Harbors

The Government of Canada invests in Newfoundland and Labrador's small craft harbors Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador


Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO's MSC Agenda

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IMO advises that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization's London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014, and a preview of main agenda items follows: The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at


BOEM to Review Wind Energy Demonstration Project Offshore Oregon

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  As part of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is seeking public comment as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA)


IMO's MSC Meeting Approves Important SOLAS Amendments

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IMO informs that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted important SOLAS amendments related to inert gas systems as well as amendments to a number of treaties to bring into force the mandatory IMO audit scheme. In addition it has approved, in principle


Denmark Sets Plan to Deter ECA Marine Fuel Cheats

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) considers it important that no shipowner should gain a competitive advantage by cheating on bunker fuel content when new stricter requirements for ship exhaust gas sulphur emissions take effect in the ECA on 1, January 2015


LNG-fuelled Ultra-Large Container Ships of the Future

Joint 14,000 teu boxship LNG as fuel project will be ‘cornerstone’ of a broad sustainability strategy supported by LR Capital Ship Management Corporation is prioritizing a business strategy inspired by, and applying, the key principles and goals of the International Maritime


Port of Long Beach Recognized for Green Efforts

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The Port of Long Beach was recognized Tuesday, June 17, as the “Best Green Seaport” at the 28th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai, China. Known for its nearly 10-year-old Green Port Policy, the Port of Long Beach has regularly reported reduced impacts


US Closer to Wave Energy off Oregon

Map of potential ocean wave energy resources (Image: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Milestone cleared for first marine hydrokinetic research lease offshore the west coast; step in efforts to explore new frontier of wave energy offshore Oregon As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources


OMV & Gazprom to Build South Stream in Austria by 2016

Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazproms Management Committee

  Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee and Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive Officer of OMV inked a Shareholders Agreement for the South Stream Austria joint project company. The document was signed in Vienna today during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the


Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention: Task Force Meets

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When the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) met recently in Ottawa, it says it took important steps towards developing the Action Plan for oil pollution prevention mandated by Ministers in Kiruna


EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth

Blue Growth a priority as EU launches Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities, the EU Fisheries department said today in a statement


Planned tug strike at Port Hedland Called off

  According to local reports, the industrial action planned at Port Hedland by the AIMPE union for tomorrow (Saturday 9 August), Monday 11 August and Wednesday 13 August has been called off, for now. Tugs at Port Hedland will remain operating as normal.






 
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