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Canada Funds New Tanker Research Center
Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Transport, has announced that the government of Canada is providing $3.7M to establish the Vancouver-based Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping.
The activities of the center will support the government’s commitment to protect Canada’s coasts and to enhance marine safety through the world-class tanker safety system that aims to strengthen ship-source spill prevention, preparedness and response.
The center’s mandate is to be the leading, independent source of evidence-based information on best practices for marine shipping, including the shipping of natural resource products, and to promote and facilitate research that supports the highest standards for safe and responsible marine transportation.
71 Nations Celebrate Sea Sunday
Global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers’ campaign Sea Sunday kicked off on Sunday in hundreds of church congregations around the world. This year highlights the work their teams do responding to emergencies at sea and their aftermath.
2015 started with a series of shipping tragedies which included the sinking of two vessels the Cemfjord off Wick in Scotland and the Bulk Jupiter close to Vietnam in east Asia – on both vessels nearly all on board were lost – all eight crew were missing presumed dead on the Cemfjord and 18 seamen were lost on the Bulk Jupiter, with one survivor.
In Southampton Sound in the South of England, the car carrier the Hoegh Osaka narrowly avoided a similar fate, when it listed severely on leaving port and was run aground to save it. Two crewmen were injured, but all the seafarers were rescued by the coastguard.
The Mission to Seafarers’ teams respond to those who face danger at sea, and support seafarers and their families in their hour of need in 71 countries and 260 ports worldwide.
Scientists Predict 20-Foot Sea Level Rise
When past temperatures were similar to or slightly higher than the present global average, sea levels rose at least 20 feet (six meters), suggesting a similar outcome could be in store if current climate trends continue, states a team of scientists after conducting a study led by the U.S.
The new estimate far exceeds some, such as those made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, which predict a rise of over three feet (one meter) by 2100.
The U.S. findings, published in the journal Science, cite that in the past sea levels rose in response to melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Lead author of the study, Andrea Dutton, a University of Florida geochemist, says, “This evidence leads us to conclude that the polar ice sheets are out of equilibrium with the present climate.”
Warming temperatures contribute to sea level rise by expanding ocean water, melting mountain glaciers and ice caps and causing portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to melt or flow into the ocean.
Callimanopulos Orders Four Tankers at China Shipping Industry
China Shipping Industry (Jiangsu) has signed a contract to build four tankers -two LR2s and two Suezmaxes – for Trade and Transport Inc., a company owned by Greek shipping magnate Gregory Callimanopulos.
All four tankers are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2017.
The two 114,000 dwt LR2 tankers will be 250 meters long, 44 meters wide, with a draft of 13.5 meters. The MAN B & W 6G60ME-C9.5 main engine will push the vessels to a maximum speed of 14.5 knots.
The 158,000 dwt Suezmax tankers will be 274 meters long, with a molded breath of 48 meters and a draft of 16 meters. The two Suezmaxes will be powered by the same engine as the LR2s, and will have the same maximum speed of 14.5 knots.
The vessels will be built based on designs created by Marine Design & Research Institute of China, and will meet Exxon’s requirements on cost-effectiveness and environmental impact.
This contract is a confirmation of recent media reports linking Callimanopulos with a USD 440 million order of eight tankers at China Shipping Industry.
Sea Sunday services to recognise seafarers - Portsmouth News - Portsmouth News
SEAFARERS will be celebrated at church services tomorrow.
Churches all over the world will come together to remember the world’s 1.5 million seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them.
As well as raising money to help those who work at sea, the day is celebrated with services, parades and ship blessings.
This year’s theme will be the Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground in the Solent, off Hill Head on January 3.
The day is organised by the Mission to Seafarers, which supported the Hoegh Osaka’s crew of 24 after the incident.
Butterfly Exhibit Flutters Into Norwalk s Maritime Aquarium For Summer ' The ... - The Daily Voice
NORWALK, Conn. -- In a special summer exhibit, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is hosting "Flutter Zone," an immersive, walk-through butterfly exhibit, accompanied by the IMAX movie "Flutter Fun."
The exhibit at the county s largest tourist attraction is certain to offer a new view of the butterfly.
It features hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies of dozens of varieties from Asia, Africa and South America. Visitors can walk among them as they flitter and flutter about. Some may even choose to land on your head or arm.
Visitors also can watch the life cycle of butterflies unfold in a special section of the exhibit featuring the chrysalises, whose metamorphoses will keep the exhibit stocked with butterflies throughout the summer. Displays also emphasize the horticultural and agricultural importance of butterflies and other pollinators.
Official: Qeshm to be turned into major regional marine port
Managing Director of Qeshm Free Zone Hamid Reza Momeni said in the light of the development of marine activities in the two Kaveh and Suza ports, the Qeshm Island will be turned into a main marine port in the region.
Speaking to IRNA in the course of an inspection tour of the head of Jebel Ali Free Zone of economic capacities of Qeshm, he said currently three jetties with a docking capacity of 100 thousand tons ships are active at Kaveh Port, adding that with the implementation of the development plan four new jetties will increase the capacity of the port to 2 million containers per year.
He added that the southern coastline of the city of Suza with such capacities as a draft of 48 meters can become one of the largest strategic ports of the world.
Stressing that for the implementation of the targets foreign investments are sought, he said based on statistics 50% of gross national product (GNP) of the United Arab Emirates is maintained through seafaring and Iran can take proper advantage of such an experience.
Momeni emphasized that certainly the experience and facilities of the UAE together with giant capacities of Qeshm Free Zone can bring about outstanding achievements for the two neighboring countries.
Dublin Port Welcomes Planning Permission for €230m ABR Project
Dublin Port Company today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which will transform Dublin Port s infrastructure and enable it to service the economy for decades ahead. The project will increase the port s ability to handle large ships by deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port s seven kilometres of berths. It will also deepen the port to provide an entrance channel with a depth of at least 10m.
The ABR Project is the largest single infrastructure development project in the history of Dublin Port. The project is expected to take five years to complete, costing an estimated €230m.
Given the port s sensitive location at the heart of Dublin Bay and Dublin City, the project was subjected to a rigorous assessment by An Bord Pleanála of possible impacts on the environment generally and specifically on protected Natura sites.
Today s decision comes as trade volumes continue to rise at Dublin Port with 2015 set to be a record year. New figures show total throughput (imports and exports) rose by 5.0% in the first half of 2015 with imports growing particularly strongly at 5.6% as the domestic economy improves.
Oakland port adds 400 dock workers
A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said.
The first of the new hires are arriving this week and more will be brought in through September, port officials said in a news release.
Port operators intend to accelerate cargo operations and clear out a backlog of vessels anchored in the bay.
"We re not operating with the speed and efficiency our customers deserve right now," Maritime Director John Driscoll said in the release. "Additional longshore labor is an important first step in getting back on track."
Port representatives said waterfront employers and the longshore union agreed last month to beef up Oakland s labor pool.
In addition to adding workers, they agreed to train and promote 100 current workers. That will expand the workforce available to fill positions requiring greater skill and experience.
Offshore successes whet Rotterdam s appetite
What do Pioneering Spirit, monopiles and the Armada Intrepid have in common? They are all examples of how the port of Rotterdam is working to realise its ambitions in the offshore sector. “Our goal is to become North-western Europe’s leading offshore hub for the decommissioning of oil platforms and the construction of wind farms, among other activities,” says Joost Eenhuizen, the Port Authority’s Business Manager Maritime Industry & Offshore.
By now, most people will be aware that the completion of the offshore vessel Pioneering Spirit – at a length of 382 metres the world’s largest ship ever – is being handled at Rotterdam’s Prinses Alexiahaven. “But loading the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit Armada Intrepid onto the heavy cargo vessel Dockwise Vanguard was also a true milestone in our offshore programme,” Eenhuizen hastens to add. On top of that, it was recently announced that Sif Group, Verbrugge International and the Port Authority have entered into an agreement to realise a manufacturing and storage and transhipment terminal in Rotterdam. This new facility, located on a site of some 42 ha, will manufacture steel monopiles (deep foundations) for offshore wind farms and the oil and gas industry.
Krishnapatnam Port Bestowed With the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award
Krishnapatnam Port , recognized as one of India s largest ports and ranked amongst world s finest ports connecting the eastern and western parts of the world, has been bestowed with the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award. The prestigious award, in recognition of Krishnapatnam Port s initiatives and achievements in the field of environment, was presented by the Hon ble Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Mr. C Sasidhar, Managing Director - Krishnapatnam Port on 11th July, 2015 at the 17th World Congress on Environment Management & Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards function held in New Delhi.
The Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by the Institute of Directors, are presented annually under various categories. The winners of the Golden Peacock Awards for 2015 were finalised by a grand jury headed by Justice P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and the Chairman Emeritus of Golden Peacock Awards, Justice (Dr.) Arijit Pasayat, former Judge of Supreme Court of India and former Chairman of Competition Appellate Tribunal & Authority for Advance Ruling (Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax) and the Chairman of the Golden Peacock Awards. Golden Peacock Environment Management Award is the coveted and prestigious recognition given to the organisations which have attained significant achievements in the field of environment management.
Florida ports dig deep to draw bigger ships, create jobs
With varying success, South Florida s seaports are striving to grow wider and deeper to lure a bigger share of the increased trade expected to flow from Asia and Latin America.
Port Everglades just got approval — 18 years in the making — for a federally funded dredging project. PortMiami already has dug its harbor down to 50 feet to attract a new generation of super-sized cargo ships.
The Port Of Palm Beach also plans to expand. But the port has run into fierce opposition from nearby residents and environmentalists who fear the impact of a dredging project that would bring more and bigger ships through the Lake Worth Inlet.
All of Florida s ports hope to benefit from increased trade, as a growing middle class in emerging nations demands more imported goods.