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Washington State Ferries announces 2040 Long Range Plan

More than half of Washington State Ferries’ 23-vessel fleet is scheduled to be retired by 2040. WSF Long Range Plan also focuses, for the first time, on green practises concerning its ferry fleet and being prepared for climate change and seismic events. According to Gov. Jay Inslee, the plan is based on electrifying the ferry fleet to reduce fuel use, emissions, noise and maintenance costs.

US EPA finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019

The US EPA has issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, with the total US renewable fuel volume requirement set 3% higher than the 2018 mandate, but nearly 30% lower than the statutory volume standards set forth by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007).

USCG optimistic about new icebreaker funding

As global warming and ice melting opens new shipping routes in Arctic, the head of the US Coast Guard announced that it may soon get funding for a new heavy icebreaker. The US has currently two operational icebreakers, the Polar Star, which is heavy but more than 42 years old, and the Healy which is a medium one.

MSC pays $630K for violating air quality regulation

California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company paid a total of $630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board for breaching the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth regulation.

Woodmac: Production cuts expected ahead OPEC meeting

Ahead the OPEC meeting to be conducted in Vienna this week, energy consultant Wood Mackenzie examined the current landscape around the oil production supply and demand taking into consideration the role of US, Russia and other leader countries, as well as the potential influence of Qatar’s withdrawal from the group, noting that the move will likely not affect significantly the supply.

China imports US crude oil after two months

China imported its first US crude oil cargo after about two months, since the two countries agreed to stop imposing new tariffs on each other’s products for 90 days. However, Chinese oil traders said they were still cautious.

US Court upholds ban on Mexican seafood imports dangerous for Vaquita

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided to uphold a preliminary order implementing a federal law that requires a ban on seafood imported from Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California and caught with gillnets that drown the vaquita porpoise. The decision is critical to the survival of the remaining 15 vaquita.

JAXPORT to receive funds for harbor deepening

The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted $46 million for the Jacksonville Harbor deep draft navigation project. This will be additional to the $50 million in federal funding awarded to JAXPORT for the project over the past two fiscal years.

Quad countries will focus on maritime security

On the 13th East Asia Summit at Singapore in mid-November, the Quad countries, namely India, US, Japan and Australia, are expected to revitalise the conversation concerning the maritime security and disaster relief initiatives as well as economic development projects in the critical Indo-Pacific region.

US grants Iran oil waivers to 8 countries

The United States has granted temporary exemptions to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey allowing them to continue buying Iranian oil. More than 20 importing nations have zeroed out their imports of crude oil from Iran.

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