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Penfield Reef Lighthouse off Bridgeport, CT

Penfield Reef Lighthouse off Bridgeport, CT

The US Coast Guard is close to finding new owners for three Connecticut lighthouses. 

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IMO MEPC Agrees on NOx Control Areas

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Photo courtesy of Maritime Executive

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to limit Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from ships' exhaust gases during its meeting last week.

The agreement relates to both the Baltic and North Seas, and final confirmation is expected at the next MEPC meeting in spring 2017. 

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New CEO for The Nautical Institute


The Nautical Institute is pleased to announce that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer after interviewing a competitive shortlist of six candidates. Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI, currently the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring in May 2017 after 14 years in post.

John took up the COO post in November 2015 in which he has had overall responsibility for the Institute’s specialised training services, including the industry-standard Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.

His 16-year seagoing career began in 1975, gaining command in 1987 and spending two years as a marine pilot at Walvis Bay. His extensive experience in maritime education has included senior positions at Warsash Maritime Academy and Flagship Training in the UK, CEO of Vanuatu Maritime College and Professor of Maritime Training at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania.

As Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, John will be managing the resources of an organisation that has 7,000 members and over 50 branches around the world. He has been a member of the Institute for 30 years.

On being appointed, John said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the next phase of development at the world’s leading body for maritime professionals – The Nautical Institute.”

He continued: “The Nautical Institute makes a real difference to professionalism through our publications, our qualifications and the special projects we lead. It is essential we continue to foster the benefits of membership and to encourage younger, fresher minds to make constructive contributions to what we mean by a ‘maritime professional’ in the 21st century.”

John’s appointment comes at a time of rapid change within the industry and increasing demand for the kind of professional standards and recognition that the Institute promotes. Part of his role will be to ensure that the organisation’s governance structure – comprising committees, Council and Executive Board of Trustees – fully represents the interests of its members.

“We will continue to engage positively, helpfully and constructively with individuals, regulators and employers in our ambition to make the maritime sector safer, cleaner and more effective,” John pledged.

He concluded: “I look forward to increasing our influence on matters of importance to our members and engaging with the worldwide community of maritime specialists.”

IMO: No Final Climate Plan Until 2023

This week, the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to require most blue-water merchant ships to log their fuel consumption. 

However, the committee did not follow calls from environmental groups to move swiftly towards CO2 emissions regulations and more stringent ship design efficiency requirements...Continue Reading Here.

Sulfur Cap to Drop in 2020

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has agreed to reduce the global sulfur emissions limit to 0.5 percent in 2020. The agreement not to delay the new limit until 2025 was reached at a session on Thursday...Continue Reading Here. 

Next U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Set to Rise in Lake Erie

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. expects to finalize a deal by yearend with Fred. Olsen Renewables AS to build a 20.7 megawatt wind project in Lake Erie, off the Ohio coast, the president of the Cleveland-based non-profit group said in an interview...Continue Reading Here. 

Editorial: Public Demand for Commerce – Going “All In” To Eliminate Accidents

I recently saw the movie “Sully”, I recommend it to anyone with an interest in aviation or marine transportation.  It is a Clint Eastwood Directed movie about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s first ever (successful) emergency water landing of Flight 1592.  Something considered technically impossible prior to his successful execution of it on the Hudson River...Continue Reading Here. 

Japan-Led Group Blocks Proposal for South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

PORTOROZ, Slovenia, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Countries led by Japan on Tuesday blocked a move by South American and African states to create a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales they say are endangered by hunting despite a global moratorium in force for 30 years...Continue Reading Here. 

Thames Ship Discount for Environmental High Performers 

The Port of London is set to become the first UK port to recognise ship owners committed to progressively improving their environmental performance, as part of a wider approach to reduce the port’s environmental impact...Continue Reading Here. 

Response Continues for B.C. Tug Spill

Salvage response efforts continue for the sunken ATB tug Nathan E. Stewart, which grounded and went down near Bella Bella, B.C. on October 13.

The Stewart sank with about 60,000 gallons of diesel on board, in addition to 500 gallons of lube oil and nearly 1,000 gallons of oily bilge water. About  6,600 gallons of diesel was pumped off the tug before it went under. A status report Monday indicated that the total amount of fuel removed now stands at 30,000 gallons...Continue Reading Here.

IMO climate change moves on agenda

The requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption were approved at the last session. Also on the agenda is a decision on the implementation date (2020 or 2025) for the global 0.50% m/m sulphur cap for fuel oil. With the Ballast Water Management Convention entering into force in September 2017, implementation of the treaty will be under consideration...Continue Reading Here. 

WriExpanded Panama Canal sets the new ‘Green Route’te here...

The Panama Canal recognizes the efforts of the environmental management of its every customer by putting into effect a better environmental practices and investing on technologies that provides emissions reduction and avoiding the environmental reductions, having more and more vessels with better environmental performance transiting green through the Green Route...Continue Reading Here. 

Angelakos-owned Greek Shipping Companies Fined $1.5M For Pollution, Cover-Up

A federal judge in Seattle has ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard...Continue Reading Here. 

ABS Earns Auditor Status in AWO Responsible Carrier ProgramAWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits.

(Seattle, WA) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). The RCP, a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies, requires AWO member companies to undergo periodic management and vessel audits conducted by an independent third party.

Towing vessel operators serving the inland waterways, coasts and harbors are looking closely at their fleets to determine the best way to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations establishing vessel safety and inspection requirements. Vessel owners and operators can choose whether to opt for annual Coast Guard inspections or adopt a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS). AWO has submitted the RCP for Coast Guard acceptance as a TSMS and anticipates final approval this fall.

“ABS recognizes that with new Subchapter M requirements in place, towing vessel owners need a trusted technical advisor that understands their unique operational challenges and can help navigate regulatory requirements,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Gaining RCP auditor status adds to our wide-ranging solutions which are supported by a team of technical experts located strategically across the country and include a comprehensive suite of Rules and Guides that demonstrate our steadfast commitment to safety and environmental protection.”

“This agreement with ABS expands the pool of well-qualified, well-trained third-party auditors who can conduct RCP/TSMS audits,” said AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti. “This is consistent with AWO’s longstanding goal of facilitating member compliance with Subchapter M and raising standards of safety and environmental stewardship throughout the tugboat, towboat and barge industry.”

“As we meet with towing vessel owners, we hear repeated requests for help in identifying compliance options that best fit their fleet needs,” says ABS Americas Division President James Watson. “Achieving RCP approval expands ABS’ offering and increases the portfolio of services we can offer towing vessel owners and operators on inland waterways, coasts, and harbors.”

Located in every major U.S. port city, ABS’ team of technical specialists is prepared to guide owners and operators to develop a compliance plan that meets and exceeds their individual needs.

AWO has a 72-year history as the national advocate for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry and is a recognized leader in maritime safety and environmental stewardship. Aligning AWO’s industry expertise and robust safety management system with the safety culture and experience of ABS will support AWO’s membership in meeting the technical, operational and regulatory challenges associated with the Subchapter M requirements.

winners of marine sciences project papers announced

The Education Committee of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced the winners of their joint Marine Sciences Project Paper Competition for high school and undergraduate students.  The awards will be presented at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner to be held on October 27 at Pier A in New York City.  The dinner caps the afternoon North American World Maritime Day conference.  
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Shipping Firms Call for IMO to Regulate CO2

Ahead of next week's meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70), a group of more than 50 leading maritime firms has issued a public call for "policies that drive investment in cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts within the industry.".. Continue Reading Here. 

Video: Merchant Vessel Tows Sailboat to Safety

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced three individuals from a sailboat some 200 miles southeast of Cape Fear – a rescue made easier by the fact that the boat got an emergency tow from a handysize bulker...Continue Reading Here. 

Maritime Nations Near Big Cut to Pollution-Causing Sulfur in Ships’ Fuel

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Group Representing 85 Percent of Ocean Container Shipping and Key Customers Calls for Climate Action

Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change...Continue Reading Here. 

The Polar Code will protect the environment of the Arctic

The International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code) will enter into force on January 2017 and applies to ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. It covers the various environmental requirements and recommendations relating to oil, sewage, garbage, chemicals and invasive species providing for safe ship operation and protecting the environment...Continue Reading Here.

Transas boss calls for regulatory compliance for Big Data connectivity

Frank Coles, Transas CEO, has called for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to set standards of compliance for the communication connections between ship and shore or else create a significant cyber security risk. Speaking at an event in Stamford in the US, Coles opened by stating that compared to the highly regulated ship equipment environment, the connectivity environment is relatively uncontrolled in terms of maritime certification and compliance...Continue Reading Here. 

SHIPPING INDUSTRY UNITED IN SEEKING FURTHER PROGRESS

ON CO2 AT CRITICAL IMO MEETING

In advance of next week’s critical meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the global shipping industry has called on IMO Member States to give serious consideration to a joint industry submission regarding the need for further progress on addressing the sector’s CO2 emissions...Continue Reading Here. 

New Guidance Released on Seafarer Mental Health

A new publication Managing Traumatic Stress – Guidance for Maritime Organisations aims to provide top-level guidance to senior management to help improve the mental health of seafarers. It offers education and evidence-based approaches specifically designed for the maritime industry... Continue Reading Here.

EPA Examines Port Air Pollution Options

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth...Continue Reading Here.

California’s Proposed Ballast Water Fee Hike 

A fee increase has been proposed for ships entering California ports. The fee will be collected by the State Lands Commission for the California Ballast Water Program. This Program, managed by the State Lands Commission, has been in existence for 13 years since the passage of the California Marine Invasive Species Act. The current fee is $850 with a proposed increase to $1,000 per ship call. The 45 day public comment period for this fee increase started with a public notice on September 23, 2016 and will end on November 7, 2016...Continue Reading Here.

Low Carbon Study Ready for MEPC 70

Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Shipping in Changing Climates, a $4m multi-university and cross industry research project funded by EPRSC, have released Low Carbon Pathways 2050 – a new study that details a number of potential pathways for the shipping industry’s transition to a low carbon future...Continue Reading Here.

LNG Sector Ready to Meet Demand

Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) next week, the cross-industry coalition SEA\LNG has highlighted the ability of the LNG sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry...Continue Reading Here.

ICS Says Canadian Oil Moratorium "Draconian"

The International Chamber of Shipping has written to Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau arguing against the nation’s proposed moratorium on crude oil transport in Northern British Columbia waters...Continue Reading Here.

10/18/2016: Update on BWMS type-approval applications

As announced previously on Maritime Commons, the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center is reviewing applications for U.S. Coast Guard ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval from Optimarin, Alfa Laval and OceanSaver...Continue Reading Here.