Because of the alarming rising levels seen on Mississippi River, Bloomberg informs that the Morganza Floodway may be opened for the third time in the history, increasing the possibilities of flooding a large part of rural Louisiana and affecting refineries in the region.
On 16 May, JAX LNG, a liquefied natural gas facility located at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the official start-up of the newly constructed plant. JAX LNG is the first small-scale LNG facility in the US with both marine and truck-loading capabilities.
In April 2018, the Department of Homeland Security of USCG released its annual report concerning the PSC performance of U.S. flagged vessels. The report includes deficiency and detention rates for each type of inspected vessel, as well as performance metrics for Recognized Organizations that perform work on the Coast Guard’s behalf.
The Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program will give away more than $46 million over the next 12-15 years to help those most affected by Port-related impacts. The grants help address the effects on air and water quality, traffic, and noise on local schools, health-care centers, senior facilities and the wider community.
The US House Appropriations Committee has called for a one-year Department of Defense study of the impact of offshore wind turbines. The Committee believes that these turbines, when arranged in large arrays, may interfere with radars, while the vibrations generated by the operation of turbines may cause sonic interference to underwater sonar as well.
The US domestic maritime industry employs over 37,590 individuals, supports $2.5 billion in worker income, and produces nearly $10 billion for the Pacific Northwest regional economy, according to the findings of a new report conducted by PwC on behalf of Transportation Institute (TI).
Carlyle Group will appeal to the Trump administration to guarantee a two-year approval of its South Texas crude export project. Carlyle-backed Lone Star Ports LLC aspires to open the first new US crude export facility that can accommodate supertankers. The export facility would require dredging a South Texas ship channel deep enough to facilitate fully loaded supertankers to maneuver at its planned terminal.
It has been almost 12 years since the Hong Kong-flagged container ship ‘Cosco Busan’ allided with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing one of the most discussed oil spills in US waters. The incident is a good example of how lack of communication can lead to serious environmental incidents.
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang has declined claims by US President Donald Trump that the two countries had made a deal to stop the trade war. During a Press Conference, Lu Kang mentioned that he is not aware of the deal that the US is talking about. He added that the underlying reason that the 11 rounds of consultations have not managed to conclude on an agreement is that the US attempts to achieve unreasonable demands.
The US drilling rig count reduced by one unit, reaching 987, according to Baker Hughes. In addition, for the the week that ended in May 17, the US had 22 rigs working. In comparison to the same period last year, there are 59 units less, as the rig count last year was 1,046. Ohio experienced the largest increase in rigs with a 4, reaching 20. Wyoming’s rig count rose by 3, Louisiana gained 2, and finally New Mexico gained one unit and now has 103 rigs operating.
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