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Vineyard Wind wins offshore Connecticut bid

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) opted for Vineyard Wind to advance to contract negotiations for its 804MW Park City Wind project as part of the state’s Request for Proposals (RFP).

US blacklists six vessels for transmitting Venezuelan oil

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)  blacklisted additional six vessels linked to Venezuelan PdVSA, with the latter having already been sanctioned. All vessels stated above, departed Venezuela for Cuba in the fall to deliver oil for the sanctioned Cuban trading firm Cubametales.

U.S. Navy Contractor allegedly dumps waste in Japanese ports

An environmental services contractor is now under investigation by American and Japanese authorities, for reportedly dumping illegally at U.S. Navy bases in Japan. In fact, between 2008 and 2018, Kanto Kosan Co. allegedly discharged partially treated wastewater into the sea at two U.S. Navy bases and then attempted to cover it up.

China bans US Navy visits to Hong Kong

China has decided to suspend US Navy ships visits and aircraft to Hong Kong after the US voted a legislation last week supporting pro-democracy protesters. In the meantime, President Trump is seeking a deal with China, aiming to end the trade war.

2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season which was marked by intensified tropical activity from mid-August through October, comes to an end on Saturday, November 30. 2019 marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The only other period on record that produced four consecutive above-normal seasons was in 1998-2001.

Fire erupts on plant near Port Neche, Texas

On November 27, Wednesday, a fire erupted on a petrochemical plant in Port Neches, Texas, resulting to the injury of two plant employees and one contractor, who were transmitted to the Southeast Texas Regional Medical Centre and to Memorial Hermann in Houston for treatment. 

St. Lawrence Seaway closure could cost $193m/per week

The Chamber of Marine Commerce commented that the possibility of closing the St. Lawrence Seaway in December – which aims at accommodating higher water outflow at the Moses-Saunders dam in December – will have a negative impact to the Canadian and US economies of $193 million/per week.

Rystad expects US to become energy-independent

Rystad Energy forecasts that US will become energy-independent in the following months, whereas by 2030 US’s energy production will outpace primary energy demand by about 30%.

USCG to initiate efforts that support a secure and collaborative maritime domain

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance of the USCG has announced the publication of an enhanced report on the status and work completed by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs) for 2018. In particular, the 43 AMSCs submit an annual report to the Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) detailing their activities and common issues relating to challenges, suggestions, accomplishments and best practices. This report then helps CG-FAC and other program offices to create national strategies to address mutual problems and emerging threats.

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