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Final report on MV RENA published

TAIC report includes key lessons learnt, recommendations and safety issues The Final Report on MV RENA has been published at TAIC (Transport Accident Investigation Commission) website on November 2014 including safety issues, recommendations and key lessons learnt. The Liberian-registered container ship Rena had left the New Zealand port of Napier at 1020 on 4 October 2011 and was bound for the New Zealand port of Tauranga. The master had given an estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station of 0300 the next day. The master calculated the estimated time of arrival by dividing the distance to go by the Rena's normal service speed. The calculation did not account for the unfavourable currents that normally prevailed down that stretch of coastline.After departure from Napier the master learned from notes on the chart of the unfavourable currents. He then authorised the watchkeepers to deviate from the planned course lines on the chart to shorten the distance, and to search for the least unfavourable currents.The Rena's second mate took over the watch shortly after midnight on 4 October. He calculated that the Rena would arrive at the port of Tauranga pilot station at 0300 at the ship's then current speed. Times ...

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GSC reviews TMC feasibility study of the MV RENA wreck

Review and observations on the TMC feasibility study In response to the Full Wreck Removal Feasibility Appraisal Report dated the18th June 2014 prepared by TMC (Marine consultants) Ltd. on behalf of the owners and underwriters of the MV RENA, the Regional Council engaged Global Salvage Consultancy (GSC), to review the TMC report and prepare a report on the findings of their review.The GSC Report Review and observations on the TMC feasibility study of the MV Rena wreck site has been released to assist in informing the public on the feasibility of a full wreck removal at Otaiti/ Astrolabe Reef.The container vessel MV RENA grounded on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand on 5th October 2011. Despite the efforts of salvors, who managed to remove most of the fuel oil and containers, the vessel eventually broke in two and sank. Since 2012 contractors have been engaged in the partial removal of the wreck and its associated debris.The TMC Report only considered traditional wreck removal methods, focusing primarily on two methodologies, namely the use of sheerlegs or jack-ups. However, GSC has considered a further option whereby a converted tanker is used as a dedicated salvage platform, which improves ...

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Aerial surveillance reduces illegal discharges in the Baltic Sea

​HELCOM's international aerial surveillance operation over the Northern Baltic Sea ended on September 10, 2014, despite thick fog at night time, 27 hours after the start. This year's Coordinated Extended Pollution Control Operation (CEPCO North) was organized by the Estonian Police and Border Guard and no oil spills or other discharges from ships were detected. "The operation involved four specially equipped aircraft from four countries - Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden. More support was provided by three participating vessels as well as through satellite surveillance from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The weather conditions had a major effect to the operation due to unpredictable fog, but nevertheless the overall cooperation went smoothly", says Priit Pajusaar, CEPCO North 2014 coordinator and Police Captain from Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Such high-intensity operations supplement the regular aerial control operations in the region which aim at creating a realistic picture of the level of compliance to the anti-pollution regulations in the Baltic area. The purpose is also to gather evidence of infringements and, if possible, to catch polluters red handed. "Pollution surveillance has a substantial preventive effect on the illegal oil discharges. All HELCOM states should ensure sufficient support and funds ...

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ATSB issues fatigue assesment report for MV RENA

Investigation shows that Rena crew were fatigued On 4 October 2011, the container ship Rena departed Napier, New Zealand, bound for Tauranga, New Zealand, with an estimated arrival time of 0300 on 5 October. At about 0214 on 5 October, Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef.The Transport Accident Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand is undertaking a formal investigation into this accident. As part of that work, TAIC requested the assistance of human factors specialists at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), to assess the likelihood and extent of any performance impairment to the master and second mate due to fatigue. To protect the information supplied by TAIC, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the provisions of theTransport Safety Investigation Act (2003).Following the analysis of the sleep and work data supplied by the TAIC, the ATSB conducted analysis of the fatigue likelihood and produced a report which was provided to TAIC on 26 August 2014.For further information on this occurrence and investigation, please contact theTransport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand.Source: ATSB

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BSEE district managers discuss offshore operational issues

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) District Managers from the Pacific Region's California District and the five Gulf of Mexico Region Districts met last week in New Orleans to discuss emerging and ongoing offshore operational issues. The meetings are held quarterly and involve staff from other BSEE programs and offices as well. The District Offices carry out a comprehensive field inspection program on offshore drilling rigs and production platforms both in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The offices also review well and production safety system permit applications to ensure all safety requirements are met. This quarter's agenda topics included the Bureau's Strategic Plan, the integration of Investigation Report findings into BSEE enforcement efforts, and Annual Performance Reviews. The establishment of a new Technology Center in Houston and its resource capabilities were also discussed. The five Gulf Region District Offices are located in: Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and New Orleans, La., and Lake Jackson, Texas. The California District Office is located in Camarillo, Calif. Source: BSEEIn the start, I was outspoken with you propecia before and after has changed my life. It has become much more fun, and now I have to run. Just as it is ...

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LNG bunkering depends on how fast global ports will get ready for gas fuelled future

Lloyd's Register analysis of ports provides insight into the future of LNG bunkering world-wide as short sea demand grows and the possibility of expansion into bunkering for deep sea emerges. Lloyd's Register's LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. 22 ports were assessed in the analysis with 18 key questions addressed. This latest analysis builds on the Lloyd's Register LNG bunkering Infrastructure Study completed in 2011. Shipowner demand, unsurprisingly, remains the biggest driver from the ports' perspective but availability of LNG infrastructure has risen from being considered a low priority to the second most important driver after demand. Pricing is third. Most ports surveyed are in the North American and European emission Control Areas (ECAs). Key findings 59% of ports surveyed have specific plans for LNG bunkering infrastructure. Lack of in-port infrastructure will not hamper LNG bunker delivery plans. 76% of the ports believe that LNG bunkering operations will commence at their port within 5 years. By 2020 key European ports will be able to support deep sea bunkering operations. 73% of ports say that LNG will be supplied by existing onshore ...

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GreenPort Congress to focus on improving the relationship between ports and stakeholders

The 2013 GreenPort Congress clearly identified that to achieve an environmentally responsible port sector, port users need to communicate more. The 9th GreenPort Congress will therefore focus on improving the relationship between the ports, its users, customers and stakeholders, who will all be involved in the programme. Hosted by the Port of Barcelona on 15-17 October 2014, the following sessions will be included: Customers, users and stakeholders perception of a Green Port Tools for green ports to respond to stakeholders' expectations Meeting the forthcoming challenges for green ports Global versus regional regulations on shipping related aspects and impact on ports Financing opportunities for green port R&D projects The 2nd GreenPort Cruise Conference will take place the day before the GreenPort Congress, on 14 October 2014, and will address the environmental and sustainability issues facing cruise ports and terminals across the world as, with the increasing popularity of cruise holidays, ports are seeing a large increase in the size and number of passenger ships visiting.  The local infrastructure is also required to cope with the influx of huge numbers of passengers at a time. Cruise ports will learn how to avoid congestion in the cruise port, whether to choose Cold ironing ...

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Green, sustainable power for Honolulu port

Clean hydrogen power that's expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide. The work comes on the heels of last year's study and analysis that confirmed the viability of hydrogen fuel cells to provide auxiliary power to docked or anchored ships. Hydrogen researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have joined with several partners in the follow-up project, which will result in a portable, self-contained hydrogen fuel cell unit that can float on a barge, sit on a dock or be transported to wherever it's needed to provide electrical power. Ports have been a major source of water and air pollution in the U.S. but remained relatively unregulated until recent years. As ports have begun to expand and their impact on the environment has become more apparent, port operators face a variety of regulations. Many ports have begun to enact sustainability goals or adopt green practices, and that's where fuel cells can play a role. "No one has ever built this kind of custom unit for this purpose," said Sandia's project ...

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