US

Oceana calls US, Canada to protect endangered right whales

Collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear are two of the greatest threats for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales, Oceana said, launching a new campaign in the US and Canada to address these issues and protect these marine mammals. 

Greenpeace protesters block part of Houston Ship Channel

On September 12, 22 Greenpeace US climbers created a blockade from the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, shutting down the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the US ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in nearby Houston.

IG Clubs: US sanctions on Venezuela and PdVSA

The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884. 

Iran announces Adrian Darya’s oil sold at sea

An Iranian representative to London announced that the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 – previously known as Grace 1 – was sold at sea to a private company, denying that Tehran had broken its promises over the vessel and highlighted that EU’s Syria sanction do not apply to Tehran.

Spill recovery operations continue at Jamie Whitten Lock

The USCG continues oil spill recovery operations, responding to a crude oil discharge located within the Jamie Whitten Lock at mile marker 412 on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, Wednesday, September 11. Up to now the cause of the oil spill remains unknown.

Port of Los Angeles calls for a trade war settlement

The Port of Los Angeles announced a new cargo record for the fifth consecutive month in August, moving 861,081 TEUs and recording the busiest August in its 112-year history. On this occasion, the head of the Port called for an end to US-China trade war for global trade stability to be restored.

Grand Bahama shipyard back in operation after Dorian

Following the damaging effects of Hurricane Dorian, which disrupted operations for many ports and changed cruise lines’ routes, the Freeport-based Grand Bahama Shipyard announced that it is back in operation, after being slightly damaged by the storm.

Washington sees hybrid-electric ferry building programme

The state of Washington, represented by Governor Jay Inslee, joined a ceremony held to highlight the beginning of Vigor constructing five hybrid electric ferries by 2028 for Washington State Ferries (WSF), representing the ‘greening’ of its fleet.

Released Iranian tanker reportedly arrives off Syrian port

Following a long journey across Mediterranean, the Iranian oil tanker ‘Adrian Darya 1’, which is at the centre of a major diplomatic dispute between Iran and the US, eventually arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus and sold its cargo, violating EU and US sanctions. 

Poll

Should BWM training be a mandatory requirement?

maritime events