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)
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) & European Cruise Council (ECC) announce that the cruise industry has adopted two 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
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
Chemical transportation company Stolt-Nielsen SA said it is buying three used tanker ships for about $40 million. The company said its wholly owned subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, has exercised an option to purchase the tankers, currently on charter, from Montana Ship Holding AS. According to Stolt-Nielsen, it chartered the ships in December 2001 with an option to buy at any time. The company said the three ships are to be converted at a cost of $7
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a sixth deepwater drilling permit on March 25 that complies with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. The approved permit is a revised permit to drill a new well for Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC’s Well #1 in Alaminos Canyon Block 810
New Calculator Tool Provides Return-on-Investment Estimates for Safety Automation. Free Safety ROI Tool from Rockwell Automation quantifies savings and productivity gains to help cost-justify safety investments Engineers, plant managers and environmental health and safety (EH&S) professionals now have a tool to calculate the potential annual return they’ll receive if they invest in an integrated safety automation system
First Initial Plan to Undergo Site-Specific Environmental Review The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced the approval of an Initial Exploration Plan (EP), submitted by BHP Billiton, Inc., for activities in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The EP was completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill
Survival Craft Inspectorate, a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has acquired an industry innovation widely used in the cruise ship industry and announced plans to open two new offices in North America. The energy sector specialist expects these latest developments to add £10m (US$ 15.8m) to its turnover in the next three years. The opening of new offices in Fort Lauderdale in the United States and St John’s in Canada will create 10 jobs
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, is to launch a new division at the Cruise Shipping Miami 2013 exhibition (March 11-14, 2013). The new division of SCI will supply, install and maintain emergency liferafts for the commercial cruise shipping and energy markets. SCI will initially open three offices in the United Kingdom with the first being at the company’s Findon operation
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero commended the Coast Guard for issuing a bulletin last week regarding container weights that he hopes allows parties to agree how they will operate after new Safety of Life at Sea Treaty (SOLAS) amendments come into force later this year. Cordero made his comments in Oakland, Calif. as a panelist during a conversation hosted by Women in Logistics (WIL) and the Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) entitled
U.S. Coast Guard, industry working together in preparation for the implementation of inspected towing vessel regulations Marine Inspectors from Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Portland conducted a field dry dock examination, Wednesday, to educate and train the towing vessel community on new
Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24
Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of its revolutionary smartAIS technology. Combined with award-winning, proven Vesper Marine products, smartAIS provides new capabilities – including the world’s first black box AIS
Mark your calendars- Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, May 11- May 12, in New York. The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is now gearing up for its 2017 Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, which will be held May 11 – 12
Tor E. Svensen, Group Executive Vice President at DNV GL, has decided to retire effective from August 1, 2016. Svensen is a ubiquitous figure in maritime circles, and he will continue to work in the maritime industry and will, amongst other things
Black-Box Class B AIS Transponder is First to Provide Built-In MOB and Anchor Alarm Functionality Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety.
In light of the Final Well Control Rule released today, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement voicing both gratification and concern with the new regulation and its implementation. “The good news for industry today is that we are now
Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience.
Drewry survey finds that confusion reigns over new container weighing rule with most stakeholders expecting some delays after its implementation in July. There is just over a month to go before new safety regulation comes into effect that will mandate container weighing from 1 July
The probable cause of the 2015 collision of the Conti Peridot and the Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility
CargoSmart Limited has announced that its customers are preparing to submit the verified gross mass (VGM) of their cargo through CargoSmart's platform to comply with the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements that go into effect on July 1, 2016.
Freightgate Inc announced an easy to use, integrated (SSO enabled) solution for International Shippers around the world to comply with the new IMO Requirement to certify VGM (Verified Gross Mass). The new solution includes a plug-in that let’s you connect directly from
With three days of terminal operations completed under the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Regulations, export cargo loading has proceeded without incident at the facilities within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network.
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is offering Videotel’s new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the vitally important prevention measures that can keep seafarers
Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst. While it is unclear whether the season, which began June 1