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US Coastal military installations are at risk of losing land

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has released an analysis which proves that US East and Gulf Coast military installations are at risk of losing land—where vital training and testing grounds, infrastructure and housing now exists—as sea level rise moves the high tide line inland in decades to come.

US charges companies with pollution cover-up

A court in Charleston, South Carolina has charged the Liberian company Aegean Shipping Management and Marshall Islands-registered shipowner Aegeansun Gamma, as well as three engineering officers, with conspiracy and failing to keep accurate pollution control records.

Horizon master wins large settlement after whistleblowing incident

The master of the container ship Horizon Trader has won an appeal at a US court and been awarded over $1 million in damages following a whistleblowing incident. The court found that Loftus’ right to be free of retaliation for whistleblowing was violated, and that Horizon Lines could not provide clear evidence that he would have been demoted regardless of his actions

Federal court puts restrictions on Navy’s LFA sonar use

The Ninth Circuit court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) had illegally approved a permit authorizing the Navy to use its high-intensity long-range sonar – called low-frequency active sonar (or LFA) – in more than 70 percent of the world’s oceans.

India, US to boost maritime cooperation

India and the United States have agreed to deepen the scope of cooperation in the maritime sector with the American ports evincing keen interest in comprehensive port-led development, especially the ambitious Sagarmala programme.

US Port of Boston welcomes its largest ever cargo ship

COSCOCS, one of the largest container operators in the world, upgraded its service into the Port of Boston Sunday with a vessel that can carry more than 8,500 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), Conley’s largest cargo ship to date.

U.S. Shipyard to build next generation of polar icebreakers

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Matthew Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) cited the proven track record of the men and women of the U.S. shipyard industry describing the capability and capacity of the U.S. shipyard industry to build the next generation of polar icebreakers.

EIA projects rise in U.S. crude oil and liquid fuels production

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. petroleum and other liquid fuels production, which in addition to crude oil and condensate production includes natural gas plant liquids derived from natural gas processing as well as biofuels and volume gain at refineries, is projected to grow from 14.8 million barrels/day (b/d) in 2015 to 18.6 million b/d in 2040 in its Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case.

New issue on USA States specific BWM requirements

Some US States have introduced additional state specific ballast water management requirements for vessels calling at ports in those states. The UK P&I Club has summarised the main additional requirements for some of these states for operators’ reference and guidance.

Poll

Should BWM training be a mandatory requirement?

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