According to The Brunswick News report, the car carrier Golden Ray was grounded after the pilot aboard, Captain Jonathan Tennant, deliberately took it out of the channel and contributed to the best possible outcome for the incident.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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