Is the Jones Act slowing Gulf Spill clean-up efforts?


JULY 2010

Small commercial vessels exempted from incidental discharge regulation
LoBiondo sponsored measure set for signature

ACL promotes Braman
named Senior VP and COO Transportation Services

MOL investigates M Star tanker damage
doesn't buy freak wave theory

X-Prize launches $1.4 million oil spill cleanup challenge
Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge is to find the most effective and environmentally safe solutions for capturing oil from all spills at the spill site

Seafox and Keppel FELS to build advanced wind turbine installation vessel
will be able to operate in deeper water depths than existing vessels

Growing demand for MAN Diesel turbocharger cut-out solution
allows optimal fuel consumption at both full and part load

Marine Group Boat Works completes bio-fueled Navy Range Training Support Craft
first of three to be built under $30 million contract

Winston & Strawn briefs on new cruise vessel safety law
large cruise ships must provide security measures similar to those familiar in onshore resorts

Tide of offshore spill legislation washes around Washington
still unclear just how much will become law

DSME wins $262 million ferry order
Tunis orders 3,200 PAX, 1,060 auto unit for 2012 delivery

MOL tanker attacked west of Hormuz
no oil leakage, but hull damage and crew member injured

Bisso appoints director of Quality and Compliance
hires John C. Baker from Kirby Corporation

GAO reports on Navy shipyard investment incentives
finds Navy lacks policy to help ensure it achieves goals and objectives

Rand Logistics to repower Lakes steamship
will convert 1952-built SS Michipicoten to diesel power

BP dumps Tony Hayward
steps down as oil giant announces $17 billion loss for quarter

Chinese oil pollution laws get tougher
UK P&I Club warns of extensive new legal and regulatory requirements

"Unofficial moratorium" costs Hercules Offshore $150,000 a day
BOEMRE slow in issuing shallow water drilling permits

Two teams shortlisted for Philadelphia port expansion project
Consortium including Hyundai Merchant Marine among contenders

Gulf spill response gets back on track
assets move back after storm threat ends

Bristol Harbor Group provides design for NYPA floating crane
under construction at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland

Pacific Ship Repair offers water jet cutting
Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting system bought with help of Small Shipyard Grant

Beluga set for newbuilding spree
reported $128 million capital injection from Oaktree Capital Management

Bonnie forces pause in relief well drilling
vessels and rigs ordered away from Deepwater Horizon site

MSC firms up order for new cruise ship from STX France
delivery set for spring 2012

Austal USA lays keel of JHSV-1
ceremony marks formal start of potential $1.6 billion program

Cosco Dalian gets $500 million drillship contract
will use hull built for multipurpose floater project

Massive rally protests drilling moratorium
11,000 crowd Lafayette's Cajundome

Oil majors put $1 billion into GoM oil spill containment system
rapid response system will capture and contain oil in the event of a future underwater well blowout

New GoM spill containment system: the technology
components of new system to be operated by Marine Well Containment Company

Repair costs impact Tidewater earnings
quarterly numbers will come in under analysts' consensus

DSME books $1 billion contract for containerships
ten 8,400 TEU units

Robot cuts blasting time at Gibdock
Envirobot speeds redelivery of containership

Women of the Storm launch petition to restore the Gulf
aim is to insure that Federal Government acts on GoM restoration

Hamworthy books $77 million Brazil contract
supplies ship design and cargo handling systems for Transpetro LPG newbuilds

Crowley orders two more Ocean Class tugs at Bollinger
brings total to four for delivery in 2011 and 2012

Restis acquires Aries Offshore
Tanker and bulker player takes first step into offshore market

Executive order implements Ocean Policy Task Force recommendations
creates National Ocean Council

Now Bromwich will hold public meetings on offshore drilling safety
meetings to be held in seven states

Heerema Marine Contractors orders deep water construction vessel
signs LOI with DSME

China responds to massive spill
500 fishing vessels join Dalien clean-up effort

BP keeps Macondo well shut in
gets 24 hour extension of permission for integrity test

Navios Acquisition to add seven VLCC's
$587 million deal

MAN Diesel power for Fjord Line cruise ferries
10L32/44CR main engines, L21/31 auxiliary generating-sets and RENK gearboxes

Donjon-SMIT offers new Salvage, Lightering and Marine Firefighting (SLMFF) services package
contract has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and accepted by the International Group of P&I Clubs

A Whale won't be part of Gulf response
oil too highly dispersed for super skimmer to be effective

Austal water taxis hit high speeds on sea trials
four for Trinidad and Tobago exceed contract speed requirements on trials

Feds seek royalties on output from leaking well
includes potential liability for royalties on lost or wasted oil and gas from the well

Port of Houston and Maersk get $1.5 million clean diesel grant
Maersk Line vessels to switch to low sulfur fuels on approaching Texas waters

First wind turbine installers with Voith Schneider propulsion
VSP's speedy drive reversal a big plus in jack-up operations

Spill commission "lap dogs" slip leash
Co-chair says panel will push to end moratorium as soon as possible

Laker repower earns Clean Diesel award
Interlake Steamship Company receives Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative (MCDI) Leadership Award

BP shuts down oil flow from Macondo well
oil stops gushing into Gulf for first time since April 20

NAVSEA announces selection of Naval Shipyard commanders
Rear Adm. (sel.) Gregory R. Thomas to be next commander of Norfolk; Capt. Brian Osgood to succeed him at Pearl Harbor

Signet Maritime completes Colle purchase
Assets and personnel in Pascagoula now operating as Colle Maritime Company, a Division of Signet Maritime Corporation

EPA probes Eastern Shipbuilding
investigates allegations that yard filled in wetlands

BP set to start well integrity test
delayed by repairs to faulty choke system

Naval presence reduces pirate attacks in Gulf of Aden
IMB reports piracy attack numbers for first half of year

Aker Philadelphia gets LOI for five feeder ships
start up has hopes of initiating Jones Act short sea feeder service

IADC opposes new moratorium
blanket, industrywide edict is contrary to precedent

Canada goes ahead with Joint Support Ship
new approach to Navy procurement abandoned in 2008

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards up and running
BAE Systems completes acquisition of Atlantic Marine

Northrop Grumman looks to exit shipbuilding
closing Avondale is just one part of plan

BP delays start of well integrity tests
Feds want further analysis of seismic data, pressure tests

Horizon Shipbuilding builds oil recovery barge in nine days
nine more to follow

Louisiana talks to potential buyers for Avondale
Northrop Grumman indicates shipbuilding at site could end by 2012

Does new moratorium flout court ruling?
Hornbeck Offshore Services has substantial concerns

Kvichak exports pilot boats to Netherlands
designed by Camarc Design Ltd., U.K.

Detyens wins $6.8 million MSC contract
regular drydock and overhaul of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent

MCTF: Jones Act critics distract from clean-up efforts
blanket waiver of the Jones Act would do further harm to Gulf economy

Another deepwater rig leaves the GOM
Ocean Confidence heads for Congo

BP places new cap on leaking well
testing will take up to 48 hours

Shallow water industry also hit by drilling moratorium
reality is that permits for shallow water drilling are not proceeding

Industry slams new Salazar drilling moratorium
not necessary for safety and will cost jobs, says API

Salazar replaces drilling moratorium with new suspensions
This time around restrictions are not based on water depth

NOAA cancels SWATH contract
VT Halter notifies vendors

Moratorium will hit workers beyond Gulf Coast
offshore workers call 68 percent of all U.S. Congressional Districts home

A2SEA orders wind turbine installer
goes to COSCO for jack-up unit

A2SEA orders wind turbine installer
goes to COSCO for jack-up unit

Seadrill buys harsh environment jack-up building at Jurong
pays $356 million for rig ordered by Petropod

Zukunft now Federal On-Scene Coordinator
relieves RADM James Watson in Deepwater Horizon spill response role

Maersk orders slow steaming kits for 34 more vessels
Wartsila Upgrade Kits deliver additional fuel savings and CO2 reductions beyond those achieved by speed reduction alone

$536 million Transpetro order for new STX Europe Brazil shipyard
eight LPG tankers for deliveries starting in 2013

Irika Shipping agrees to $4 million penalty in "magic pipe" case
paid $500,000 in similar case in January 2007

Exodus of deepwater rigs from GOM is underway
Diamond Offshore mobilizes Ocean Endeavor to Egypt

Allen approves installation of sealing cap on leaking well
means well will gush unchecked for a time

Allen demands details of BP containment strategy
writes letter to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley

K-Sea reaches agreement with lenders
President and CEO says Gulf clean-up is adding to normal seasonal rebound

Tug boat owners fits equipment in exchange for reduced fine
Tacoma tug owner puts oil-water separator in bilge

Hollow victory for industry as Salazar loses another round in court
de facto moratorium in place despite court decisions

A Whale gets go ahead for further tests
will use additional system fabricated at Buck Kreihs Ship Repair

How "Jones Act harming clean-up" story got legs
Dallas newspaper digs up the facts on a skimmer offer

Maersk looks for 2010 profit to top $3.5 billion
says improvement in the container business has been greater than envisaged

STX Finland gets new president
Martin Landtman steps down with immediate effect, Juha Heikinheimo steps in

Avtron upgrades third WTGB
Penobscot Bay gets Avtron ADD-32 electric drive propulsion system

Two missing after barge hits Ride the Ducks tour boat
Had 37 passengers and crew on board

Ensco buys high-spec jack-up from Diamond Offshore
KFELS Super B Class changes hands for $186 million

BIW gets $105.4 million more for Zumwalts
enables procurements for second and third ships

Total Marine Fuels adds to bunkering capacity in Le Havre
charters converted product tanker newbuild as bunker barge

Party bosses to punish Vinashin chief
Vietnamese shipbuilder at brink of bankruptcy

Seized narco sub could have cruised 65 ft below waves
nothing semi about this sub

Two Louisiana maritime firms face federal charges
U.S. Attorney brings charges against DRD Towing and Offshore Service Vessels

Two Louisiana maritime firms face federal charges
U.S. Attorney brings charges against DRD Towing and Offshore Service Vessels

Kleven books PSV orders
Contracts from Eidesvik and Meling

A Whale, an airship and HORDs all part of Gulf spill clean-up
As giant skimmer continues trials, USCG adds an airship and tarball collectors to the cleanup arsenal

Conservancy releases more details of SS United States rescue plan
Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest to contribute up to $5.8 million

Maersk Tankers, HHI and DNV cooperate on CO2 ship designs
tankers a cost effective way to get CO2 from power plants to offshore storage

Tanker hijacked in Red Sea
latest victim of Somali pirates

A Whale continues skimming operations
contending with waves in excess of 10 ft

A Whale starts skimming
giant skimmer gets busy with USCG R&D team on board

NCDOT fires Ferry Division Chief
found not to be a team builder after alleging nepotism and payroll padding

Rickmers names four 13,1000 TEU box ships at HHI
have been chartered long term to Maersk Line

Evergreen orders ten 8,000 TEU containerships at Samsung Heavy Industries
negotiating further orders with Asian yards

Ulstein delivers seismic vessel Oceanic Vega
designed to stay at sea for five years

Somali pirates use new boarding techniques
NATO issues new "Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy"

Rowan to acquire Skeie Drilling and Production
will gain four high spec jack-up newbuilds

Giant skimmer ship awaits Gulf go ahead
needs Coast Guard and EPA approval to start work

SS United States saved from scrappers?
NCL reported to have agreed to sell famed liner to conservancy

Libya orders cruise ship at STX France
remarkably similar to ship MSC Cruises said it planned to order

SNAME names Erik Seither Executive Director
takes helm at society headquarters July 6

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