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


JUNE 2010

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

Crowley trains Kuwaitis on Z-drive tug operation
Kuwait Navy crew train on first of two tugboats built by Rozema Boat Works

BV classes powerships
Turkish yard converts bulk carriers to floating dual fuel power plants

STCW gets amendments on hours of rest
added at Manila diplomatic conference

Coast Guard and EPA act to free-up response resources for Gulf
interim rule frees up resources committed to other areas

EPA, not Jones Act, blocking use of foreign skimmers
agency sets unrealistically high standard for water returned to Gulf by skimmers

Dutch submarine to intercept Somali pirate communications
will join NATO antipiracy mission in Sepember

Task force opposes McCain measure
legislation to end Jones Act based on outdated and discredited studies

Suit challenges Salazar Cape Wind decision
alleged that "science was manipulated and suppressed for political reasons"

Survey shows uptick in shipping industry confidence
Moore Stephens says shipowners, managers, charterers and brokers all feel more confident

NSRP project means savings in Navy tank coating costs
NAVSEA makes some changes to relative humidity requirements

Noble swoops on Frontier
deal values independent driller at $2.16 billion

Marad issues Gulf of Guinea warning
operators must transit with extreme caution and vigilance

OSHA citations for Sneed Shipbuilding
faces $59,300 in penalties

DSS Holdings on tanker newbuild spree
Craig H Stephenson led company to get 10 newbuilds from Korea

McCain introduces legislation to repeal Jones Act
cites Gulf spill clean-up concerns

Bourbon unveils $2 billion newbuilding plan
will also add 5,000 new employees

Genco to acquire 16 Supramax bulkers for $545 million
reaches agreement with Bourbon subsidiary Setaf

ABS enhances casualty response service
offering free enrollment in Rapid Response Damage Assessment Program (RRDA)

T&T Marine Salvage in Guam deal
cooperative services agreement with OSROCO and UNITEK to provide oil spill response services

Marinette books further RB-M contract worth $19.3 million
Coast Guard orders nine more Response Boats-Medium

Marinette books further RB-M contract worth $19.3 million
Coast Guard orders nine more Response Boats-Medium

New moratorium may be less sweeping
may distinguish between appraisal and exploratory wells

Norwegian operator orders world's largest LNG fueled ferry
Fjord1 places order with Fisker Strand BLRT AS

BP puts American face on Gulf response
Bob Dudley appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

Salazar threatens new deepwater moratorium
would replace moratorium blocked by court ruling

Judge throws out deepwater drilling moratorium
Adminstration says it will appeal

Thad Cochran to receive Bateman Award
American Shipbuilding Association honors Senator

Sembcorp Marine breaks ground for new yard
state-of-the-art New Yard will be Singapore's first integrated shipyard facility

New Jersey offshore wind study shows minimal environmental impact
mitigation procedures could limit impacts on birds and marine mammals

Now Diamond Offshore challenges legality of moratorium
arbitrary, capricious and an unconstitutional taking of private property

Salazar renames MMS
now it's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

Seajacks orders wind turbine installer at Lamprell
places $129 million for modified Gusto MSC NG5500 design jack-up

Former Matson President and CEO dies
Mike Wasacz dead at age 73

Jindal files brief in case challenging moratorium
argues that states are entitled to participate in OCF policy and decision-making

Kvichak completes RBM-C for NYPD
sistership to USCG Response Boat Medium, customized for police role

Philadelphia Gear gets Navy contract worth $426 million with options
main reduction gears for DDG-51

Alcoa in deal to boost aluminum use in Russian shipyards
signs MOA with United Shipbuilding Corporation

NTSB issues update on Staten Island ferry investigation
control components on one propulsion unit identified as possibly defective

BP sidelines Hayward in handling of spill crisis
operation handed over to Bob Dudley

Rhode Island Governor signs key offshore wind legislation
speeds regulatory oversight of Block Island project

Mighty Servant 3 joins Gulf clean-up
Giant heavy lift vessel joins response

Waxman gives BP CEO a rough ride on Hill
accuses Tony Hayward of stonewalling

Netherlands court convicts Somali pirates
Five year prison sentences for attack on Netherlands Antilles registered vessel

Great Lakes operator "cautiously optimistic"
Rand Logistics reports increased operating income

Vitter introduces Senate legislation to end moratorium
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) introduces parallel bill in House

BP to set up $20 billion spill claims fund
$100 million set aside for oil rig workers idled by moratorium

Ole Skaarup dies at 94
Industry loses an icon

Bollinger delivers OPA-compliant barge to Bouchard
60,000 BBL unit now in service

Boskalis dredge deployed on sand berm building effort
Boskalis also assisting response with skimming arm installation expertise

Norwegian car carrier specialists to combine
Combined Eidsiva and Dyvi Shipping will be renamed Norwegian Car Carriers ASA (NOCC)

Panama approves new Canal toll pricing structure
January 1, 2011 set for implementing new tolls for all segments except reefers

Milestone Intersleek 900 application
Daewoo newbuild LNG is 100th Intersleek application by International Paint Korea

Obama addresses Nation on Gulf oil spill
video and transcript of Oval Office address

Obama picks new MMS head
Michael R. Bromwich given "mandate to implement far-reaching change"

HUG Engineering to join diesel development cooperation
aim is integrated application on diese of combined SCR and turbocharging solution

Thad Allen sets up accelerated Jones Act waiver process
would route waivers related to the BP oil spill response through the Federal On-Scene Coordinator

Wind farm vessel operator gets backing for fleet expansion
OWPMS plans 60 newbuilds

Austal unveils Wind Express series
new range of high speed transfer vessels for the offshore wind farm industry

BP CEO faces tough questioning on "nightmare well"
letter outlines troubling findings by House committee

New Operation Commander for EU NAVFOR
U.K. Royal Marines Major General Buster Howe succeeds Rear Admiral Peter Hudson CBE

Uncertainty in Gulf rig market
no floater fixtures reported in past week

Chouest and Bollinger join suit against drilling moratorium
say drilling ban is already bringing industry to a standstill

Jones Act not hampering Gulf clean up
OMSA and MCTF both say they would raise no objections should needed waivers be sought

Landrieu presses Salazar on moratorium
experts didn't call for it and it's crippling Louisiana economy

Experts: Salazar misrepresents our position
eight experts consulted with for report do not support blanket drilling moratorium

Breakthrough order for Krystallon
scrubbers will enable RO/RO newbuild quartetto meet new EU regs

Derecktor christens widened dry dock
Bridgeport yard can now handle larger vessels

BP brings in ships for enhanced collection system
Discoverer Enterprise to be joined by two more collection vessels

Rederi AB Transatlantic takes delivery of AHTS
first of four from Spanish yard

New Iran sanctions target shipping and cargoes
sanctions on IRISL also apply to its bogus front companies

BP share price plummets
class action suit asserts company misled investors

Hornbeck Offshore challenges legality of deepwater drilling moratorium
suit says Salazar actions are arbitrary and capricious

Crew abandons ship that escaped Somali pirates
MV RIM left powerless, taking on water and beyond repair

New MD at Ulstein Power & Control
Gunnar H. Hide takes helm at control and monitoring specialist

TrailerBridge reports improved credit ratings
upgrade by Moody's follows similar action by Standard & Poor's

Norway puts hold on deepwater drilling in new offshore licensing round
awaits findings on causes of Deepwater Horizon disaster

Interior issues new offshore drilling safety directive
but moratorium remains in place for drilling beyond 500 ft water depth

ACB delivers for Alaska Galore
eco tour operator takes delivery of 25 passenger landing craft

Wärtsilä swings ax in Netherlands
Zwolle and Drunen production transferred to China

Wärtsilä swings ax in Netherlands
Zwolle and Drunen production transferred to China

Promotion at ACL
Dan Jaworski named National Director, Marine Assurance and Vetting

Magic pipe costs ship operator $850,000
oiler blows whistle to Coast Guard inspection team

GL issues guidelines on gas as a ship fuel
LNG seen as as an environmentally and economically attractive option

Odfjell reports major savings from AWT ship routing
positive results from first 90 days experience on 65 tankers

Vitter: inspect deepwater rigs, don't ban drilling
fires off letters to Obama and Salazar

U.S. to become LNG exporter?
Cheniere plans to add liquefaction services at Sabine Pass LNG terminal

Dredging International wins key Panama Canal contract
widening and deepening of Gatun Lake navigational channel

Solstad Offshore orders LNG fueled PSV
Delivery from STX Europe in November 2011

BP planning enhancements to containment system
include connect/disconnect capability for hurricane season

Austal USA gets $99.5 million JHSV award
long lead time material (LLTM) for ships four and five

Caterpillar subsidiary buys EMD
new ownership for manufacturer of two cycle, medium speed diesel

Canada announces shipbuilding procurement strategy
struggling Davie sees itself as candidate to play prominent role

BP places containment cap on leaking riser
but oil still being vented initially

Austal wins order from Guadeloupe ferry operator
two 47 m high speed cats for L'Express des Iles

OMSA slams offshore drilling moratorium
more than 100 vessels may soon be tied up

CSL to fit CSNOx exhaust gas scrubber in Great Lakes vessel
can effectively reduce SO2, NOX and CO2 emissions

Problems plague latest attempt to stem Gulf leak
CBS Early Show reports on BP Snag of the Day

Crew retakes hijacked ship
North Korean vessel breaks out of Garcad

Jindal concerned by deepwater drilling moratorium
writes letter to Obama and Salazar

Stena adds seventh Suezmax to newbuild series
says in-house tanker design gives 15 percent fuel savings

American Club launches new loss prevention tool
e-learning familiarizes seafarers with MARPOL

Gunderson cuts barge production rates
City's recently adopted River Plan will increase regulation, bureaucracy, and costs of operating

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