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New York State ballast water extension request- deadline 30 September

The purpose of the extension was to allow vessel operators additional time for evaluation INTERTANKO reported that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) had extended the deadline for filing extension requests for new vessels that are constructed on or after 1 January 2013 to install ballast water treatment systems. The extension is from 30 June 2011 to 30 September 2011.Following on from this, and after requests from Members, a standard letter template has been developed for Members to use in requesting exemption from the implementation of the requirements for new vessels constructed after 1 January 2013. AThe purpose of the extension was to allow vessel operators, who may be requesting an extension, additional time to evaluate several soon-to-be-issued scientific and regulatory documents and studies. These are summarised in a letter template (see below) and provide justification for granting an exemption for vessels constructed after January 1 2013 from these stringent discharge requirements.The main basis for this exemption request is the EPA's Science Advisory Board report which concludes that current ballast water treatment systems would have to be wholly changed to be able to meet the 1000x IMO discharge standards. Furthermore, the EPA study concludes that, even with ...

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Response to 9/11

Rescue at Water's Edge To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine share how they helped evacuate people from lower Manhattan and brought supplies and first responders back to the World Trade Center site. More than 300,000 people were evacuated by water on 9/11 - the largest unplanned water evacuation in the history of the United States.

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Port Authority honours the lives of 84 colleagues

They were killed during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, employees from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will gather at a church in Lower Manhattan to honour the lives of 84 colleagues who were killed during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.Like many Americans, the tragedy continues to haunt Port Commerce Department director Rick Larrabee."I was in the north tower of the World Trade Center on the 62nd floor when the first plane hit, so I was directly impacted along with the rest of the people who worked for me. Most of us got out, but one individual, Bill Fallon, did not make it," he told TradeWinds today.When hijacked commercial jets crashed into the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001, the aftermath crippled global commerce as authorities raced to lock down US ports.Facilities reopend days later, uncloging vital arteries that connected Americans to imported goods, but Larrabee says the decision was a difficult one.He noted: "We all felt at the time we didn't know if another attack was coming, and people began to realize that ports were vulnerable to terrorist activities.Rick Larrabee. "We were concerned about ...

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