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Effective Means Of Combating Invasive Aquatic Species Urged

Witnesses representing the shipping industry, ports, and an environmental organization met on May 15 to urge the development of mandatory federal ballast water management regulations and alternative management options to more effectively address the problem of aquatic invasive species in the United States. The joint hearing of the U.S. House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee focused on the implementation of the National Invasive Species Act of 1996 (NISA), which addresses aquatic invasive species and required the Transportation Secretary to issue voluntary guidelines to prevent the introduction of invasive species by vessels equipped with ballast water tanks. Ballast water is a leading pathway for nonindigenous aquatic species in the United States. “After Three Years Of Working Under The Voluntary Program, We Have A Very Poor Record Of Compliance” – Subcommittee Chairman Duncan “The Coast Guard issued the voluntary guidelines in 1999,” said U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), the Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. “Unfortunately, after three years of working under the voluntary program, we have a very poor record of compliance. “Reducing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasives is a difficult problem to solve. Ballast water exchange is not perfect, and it is not practical, or safe for all ships at all times.


IMO Adopts New Ballast Water Rules

A new international convention to prevent the potentially devastating effects of the spread of harmful aquatic organisms carried by ships' ballast water has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. The instrument was adopted at an international conference held from 9 to13 February 2004 at IMO's London


Port Awards Environmental Excellence Award

The Port of Los Angeles, along with the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, presented today its first-ever Environmental Excellence Award to Evergreen America Corporation. The award recognizes the environmental stewardship of Port of Los Angeles customers. Port Chief Operating Officer Bruce Seaton presented the Environmental Excellence Award to Captain Hwang and Jason Hsu of Evergreen America.


Bill To Reauthorize Ballast Water Law

Senator Levin (D-MI) introduced the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2005 (S. 770) to amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to amend and improve that Act. The bill, which is 130 pages in length, includes some interesting provisions. For example, it would authorize ballast water exchange only through December 31, 2011. Thereafter, ships would have to utilize a technological approach that reduces the concentration of viable biological material in


Don't Throw it Over the Wall ...

Annex V of the MARPOL Convention aims to eliminate and reduce the amount of garbage being dumped into the sea from ships.  Amendments to Annex V were adopted by resolution MEPC.201(62), which entered into force on 1 January 2013. The revised Annex V prohibits the discharge of all garbage into the sea, except as provided otherwise.  For example, Annex V totally prohibits of the disposal of plastics anywhere into the sea


Bound for the Great Lakes? Ballast Tank Exam a Certainty

Ballast file photo

The Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) informs of the release of its 2013 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway ballast water management report. The mission of the BWWG is to harmonize ballast water management efforts between: the U. S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada – Marine Safety and Security, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Since 2006, ballast water management requirements in the Great Lakes and the St


Ballast Convention Nears Completion

Last week the International Maritime Organization came a step closer in the completion of the long awaited international Convention on the control of Harmful Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water. Intertanko participated at the specially convened meeting of the Ballast Water Working Group where over 180 delegates representing member states and NGOs upheld the IMO's spirit of compromise in discussing and agreeing on some of the main principles of this difficult Convention.


USCG to Hold Meeting on Great Lakes Species Invasion

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on May 9 in Cleveland seeking public assistance in further preventing aquatic nonindigenous species from entering the Great Lakes from the ballast water discharged from oceangoing vessels. Specifically, the Coast Guard is exploring ways to manage the ballast water on vessels entering the Great Lakes that have so little water in their ballast tanks, they cannot pump it out and thus declare they are “No Ballast Onboard” vessels, or NOBOBs.


Tanker Delivery - MV Eagle Sapporo

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 110,000 dwt type double hull crude oil tanker, the Eagle Sapporo (MES Hull No. 1696) at its Chiba Works to Maybaru Shipping & Trading Pte Ltd, Singapore on December 10, 2008. This is the 11th Aframax Tanker in this series which has the largest deadweight and the largest cargo tank capacity with 42 meter beam and an overall length 804 ft. Special Features:


Herbert-ABS Releases New Load Management Software

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC, a company in naval regulatory, management, salvage and ship design software, announced the release of its latest version of CargoMax Load Management Program for ships. CargoMax, a loading analysis instrument, has helped with shipboard stability and load management software for over 30 years. This proven system, which is type approved by major classification societies, helps to maximize cargo utilization, simplify regulatory compliance


FSL Trust Sells Two Bulk Carriers

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust has sold its two dry bulk vessels, MT Stella Fomalhaut and MT FSL Durban. The disposal is expected to save FSL Trust approximately $3 million (approximately S$3


Venezuela: New Exchange Rate for Foreign Vessels

GAC said a new exchange rate has come into effect in Venezuela for services rendered to foreign-flagged vessels performing international trading. The official rate, as per SICAD II public currency exchange auctions, is BsF. 49.06 per USD.


Nanjing Tanker To Be Delisted, First By Central Gov't Backed Firm

 Loss-making shipping company Nanjing Tanker Corp will be delisted from the Shanghai Stock Exchange after a five-day grace period, marking the first time for a company backed by the central government to be dropped from a domestic exchange.  


Trojan Marinex on Course for Type Approvals

Image courtesy Trojan Marinex

On March 10, Trojan Marinex announced that its entire Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) product suite obtained International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval, but rather than harp on being among the first to get IMO Type Approval and testing to minimum standards


CSA Seeks Solution to Impending U.S. BW Discharge Regulations

On December 19, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement its new Vessel General Permit (VGP), which the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) said will demand a technical solution that is currently unavailable to the marine industry.


Wilson Sons Place OSRV Brazil Shipyard Contract

Ocean Wilson OSV: Photo credit the owner

Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has contracted with  Braizilian subsidiary shipyard Oceanpact  for the construction of four Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs), with recovered oil storage capacity of 1,050 m³, a length of 67 meters, and a beam of 14 meters.


Tecton Acquires Endurance Exploration

Tecton Corporation (TTNC) has acquired Endurance Exploration Group, LLC,  a development stage company that specializes in subsea shipwreck research, search and survey, inspection and recovery projects, in a share exchange agreement.  


Shanghai Remains World's Busiest Container Port

Shanghai Huangpu River: Photo CCL

Shanghai port container throughput rose 3.3 percent to a record 33.6 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year, according to official data just published, reports Xinua. According to the Chinese news agency, the city first became the world’s biggest container port in 2010 when


TORM Seeks Removal from SEC Register

Photo: TORM

Today, TORM A/S filed Form 15F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with the intention of voluntarily terminating the registration of its securities and its reporting obligations under Section 13(a)/Section 15(d) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


Ultrapetrol Completes 100% of Mortgage Note Exchange

Image courtesy of Ultrapetrol

Ultrapetrol announce the results of its offer to exchange all of its outstanding $25.0 million 8 7/8% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021 that were issued in a private placement on October 2, 2013 as follows: The company informs that the notes were issued for an equal principal amount of


Baltic Exchange Appoints Jones A-P Director, Singapore

Christopher Jones: Photo courtesy of Baltic Exchange

Jones joins the Baltic Exchange from ICAP Shipping Singapore where he was director of sale & purchase. He will replace Philip Williams who retires from the role in April, and he 
will be based at the Exchange's Singapore office. Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said:


Law Firm Ince & Co Advise on Huge Jack-Up Rig Deal

Martin Brown: Photo courtesy of Ince & Co

International law firm Ince & Co (Singapore) LLP represented Oro Negro in its international bond issuance, an offering of US$725-Million Notes due 2019. Partner Martin Brown described the issue as very good news for both the global high yield market and the oil services sector including the


Russian Energy Major to Trade ADRs on Moscow Exchange

Share display board: Image courtesy of Gazprom

Gazprom inform that its shares are now being traded in American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) on the Moscow bourse. The company explains that the listing of its ADRs at a Russian stock exchange assures higher demand for these securities and, consequently, the Company's shares


Great Lakes Ballast Water Report Published

The Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group announces the release of the 2013 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway ballast water management report. The mission of the BWWG is to harmonize ballast water management efforts between: the U. S


NRL Models Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

A diver tests underwater imaging system in the Arabian Sea, after an airborne platform saw this mine through the water. The emphasis here, says Dr. Jason Jolliff, an NRL oceanographer who forecasts ocean optics, is on developing models of the ocean environment to help the naval warfighter. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

NRL Shows Capability to Forecast Water Clarity During Naval Missions Dr. Jason Jolliff is an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). "The emphasis here," he says, "is on developing models of the ocean environment to help the naval warfighter


 
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