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On Aug. 14, the U.S. Coast Guard held a public meeting in Seattle to update the commercial marine industry on the development of a mandatory international code for ships operating in polar waters, both Arctic and Antarctic, and to take comments.
The American Waterways Operators (AWO), other marine groups and the U.S. Justice Department want to reopen cases challenging the constitutionality of Massachusetts tank vessel laws enacted after a 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay.
The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has cut its inventory of credential applications in half in the past few months.
In August, a large group of Alaska natives from Barrow, Alaska, congregated in Seattle to christen their newest vessel, the Unalaq, a 150'×50'×8' landing craft with a loadline draft of 5'6".
Panama City, Fla.-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group has signed a contract with Harvey Gulf International Marine to build a new 212'7"×59'1"×25'7" Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV). The Harvey Stone will be the 14th offshore service vessel Eastern has built for New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf over the past 13 years.
In July, MetalCraft Marine delivered a new aluminum 50'8"×15'10" patrol boat, the Thomas Paine, to the Massachusetts Environmental Police for coastal fisheries enforcement. The boat’s design is based on the Sentry patrol boats, which are a joint venture between Kingston, Ontario-based MetalCraft and Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Edgewater, Fla.,
October 2014 BOATBUILDING BITTS
Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D. Va., U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Virginia Port Authority CEO/Executive Director John Reinhart and Paul "Chip" Jaenichen at the Port of Virginia in Norfolk on Wednesday. They were there to highlight the port’s role as an economic engine for the region and its continued development of facilities and services in anticipation of the need to move greater freight volumes.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Md, and related facilities at an existing compressor station and at metering and regulating sites in Virginia.
The Department of Energy has received an application from Louisiana LNG Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed LNG liquefaction plant to be located near mile marker 46 on the Lower Mississippi River.
Maritime bills in limbo
Congress will get one more chance to
pass maritime bills next month, but will
Author: Pamela Glass
October 23, 2014