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From Scoop:

Industry supports review of oil spill response capability
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Industry supports review of oil spill response capability

The oil and gas industry describes calls for a moratorium on exploration and production as a misguided and misdirected response which would suspend an industry worth $2b a year in GDP and $1b in taxes, not because of an accident to an oil rig, but to a container ship.
More at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00274/industry-supports-review-of-oil-spill-response-capability.htm
 
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From Scoop:

Greenpeace activists confront deep sea oil exploration ship
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Auckland, Monday 17th October, 2011. This morning Greenpeace activists held a legal protest outside Port Taranaki against a ship that is due to depart imminently to start exploring for deep sea oil — the new frontier of oil development off New Zealand’s shores.
More at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00266/greenpeace-activists-confront-deep-sea-oil-exploration-ship.htm

Comment: Yes, these are the same people who scream bloody murder whenever the price at the pump goes up.​
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Committee Approves Ballast Water Treatment Legislation
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H.R. 2840, the “Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011,”￾ was approved by voice vote. The bill, introduced in the House by Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), amends the Clean Water Act to set a single nationwide performance standard, which conforms to the standard set by the International Maritime Organization, for the treatment of vessel ballast water.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53106:committee-approves-ballast-water-treatment-legislation&catid=3: international-shipping-news&Itemid=63
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Maersk Uses Emsys for USN Biofuel Trials
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W R Systems, Ltd (WRSystems) was asked to supply its Emsys laser-based Emissions Monitoring System (EMS) for the purpose of emission verification for an ongoing fuel trials on-board the AP Moller-Maersk vessel Maersk Kalmar.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53209:maersk-uses-emsys-for-usn-biofuel-trials&catid=3:international- shipping-news&Itemid=63
 
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From Tampa Bay.com:

Oil spill from drilling in Cuban waters could have limited U.S. response
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WASHINGTON – As exploratory oil drilling is set to begin in December off the coast of Cuba, the U.S. government acknowledged Tuesday that because of chilly diplomatic relations, it could have a limited ability to control the response to an oil spill there, let alone one the magnitude of last year's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
More at http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/oil-spill-from-drilling-in-cuban-waters-could-have-limited-us-response/1197425

Comment: This is an attitude that needs some fast adjustment. Oil spills don't care about political ideaologies!​
 
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From The Examiner:

The worst suspicions are confirmed after the Gulf oil spill
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If you have not already done so, you must re-assess your buying habits as far as seafood is concerned. In a recent article our worst suspicions were confirmed: that contaminated seafood from the Gulf of Mexico has reached the supermarkets after the oil spill and the “cleanup”￾ that wrecked the industry.
More at http://www.examiner.com/organic-food-in-tucson/the-worst-suspicions-are-confirmed-after-the-gulf-oil-spill

Comment: Sounds like more of a sales pitch then a story, complete with a recipe!​
 
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From The Los Angelas Times:

Sunken tanker mystery: Where's the oil?
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On Dec. 23, 1941, the tanker Montebello, carrying 3 million gallons of crude, was sunk by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Cambria. Today, the tanker is there but the crude is long gone.
More at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sunken-ship-20111021,0,7062876.story

Comment: C'mon, this really can't be that much of a mystery! A sunken ship full of holes tends to leak things out as the water comes in.​
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Wärtsilä and European Investment Bank agree on EUR 150 million loan for R&D activities
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 150 million loan to Wärtsilä to finance the company’s research, development and innovation activities in several European countries.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53910:waertsilae-and-european-investment-bank-agree-on-eur-150-millio n-loan-for-rad-activities-&catid=44:latest-news&Itemid=64

Comment: In terms of doing whatever it takes to make being green pay, Wärtsilä is the company to watch. Instead of whining about new or proposed regulations, they're looking for ways to turn it all into gold!​
 
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From The State:

Following complaints from Gulf, Congress seeks audit of BP oil spill fund
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WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Marco Rubio of Florida, unhappy with the handling of the $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, won Senate approval Friday for an independent audit of the organization.
More at http://www.thestate.com/2011/10/21/2018528/following-complaints-from-gulf.html
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

More than 5 Pct of the World Fleet to Adopt LNG Propulsion by 2020
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A ground breaking report published by the maritime cleantech market insight firm MEC Intelligence estimates more than 5% of the world fleet will adopt LNG propulsion by 2020 a huge growth considering less than 100 vessels presently.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?opti on=com_content&view=article&id=53962:more-than-5-p ct-of-the-world-fleet-to-adopt-lng-propulsion-by-2 020-&catid=44:latest-news&Itemid=64
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Shipping Sees Another Partnership To Address Environmental Improvements
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Every sizeable company in the shipping and logistics industries are dedicating some resources to improving their environmental performance and now two organisations in entirely separate fields have joined forces in a bid to deliver demonstrable and transparent improvements in performance, efficiency and environmental emissions for the global shipping fleet.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?opti on=com_content&view=article&id=54945:shipping-sees -another-partnership-to-address-environmental-impr ovements-&catid=3:international-shipping-news&Item id=63
 
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From The Motor Ship:

The return of coal-fired steam ship propulsion
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A new type of steam engine has been developed in the USA that could see coal - or oil - fired steam power returning to the sea, writes Dag Pike.

The design — known as the Cyclone Power Mark V engine - has been developed to operate on any type of fuel, including powdered coal. At present Cyclone has a 100hp test unit up and running in a boat and a 350hp unit is under development.
More at http://www.motorship.com/features101/engines-and-p ropulsion/the-return-of-coal-fired-steam-ship-prop ulsion
 
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Today's Feature Story from The Hellenic Shipping News:

UN Agencies Unveil Ten Proposals to Safeguard the Oceans
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The Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability sounds the alarm about the health of the ocean, and explains how it influences our everyday life by regulating the climate, providing highly-nutritious food and by sustaining livelihoods and economies. It recalls that although the ocean accounts for 70 percent of the surface of our planet, only one percent of it is protected.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55817:un-agencies-u nveil-ten-proposals-to-safeguard-the-oceans-&catid=44:latest-news&Itemid=64
 
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Today's Feature Story from The Chicago Tribune:

Badger ferry owners seek landmark status for coal-burning ship
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Facing a deadline to stop dumping toxic coal ash into Lake Michigan, owners of the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes are pushing for it to join Mount Vernon, Lincoln's Tomb and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace as a protected national historic landmark.
More at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-lake-michigan-car-ferry-20111107,0,2923884.story