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November 14th, 2012 at 11:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 November 2012


Norfolk – tug and barge aground;

NAP – sea-level rise for the Pacific Coast;

USCG – sail training conference;

Texas – report on Port of Houston Authority;

Malta – going green; and

Singapore – amendments to Bunkering Code.

November 14, 2012

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Norfolk – tug and barge aground

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and local authorities are responding to a grounded tug and construction barge near Norfolk, Virginia. There were two persons on the tug, but they have been safely rescued. There are no signs of pollution. The incident is under investigation. (11/13/12).

NAP – sea-level rise for the Pacific Coast

clip_image006 The National Academies Press (NAP) has published Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future. The report states that global sea level has risen about seven inches during the twentieth century. Sea level changes along the Pacific Coast variety, though, due to a number of factors, including plate tectonics. (11/13/12).

USCG – sail training conference

clip_image008 The Tall Ships America, which includes the US Coast Guard as a member organization and the barque EAGLE as a member vessel, will hold its Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships in Erie, Pennsylvania on 4-6 February 2013. (11/13/12).

Texas – report on Port of Houston Authority

clip_image010 The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission issued its report on the Port of Houston Authority, which has experienced its share of controversy recently. The Commission recommends, among other things, that the Commission be expanded to include one member appointed by the Governor, that the members elect the Chair, and that ethics and accounting practices be made transparent. (11/13/12).

Malta – going green

clip_image012 Transport Malta issued a news release stating that it is going green with project Port-PVEV. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof of the Malta Transport Centre. Three solar charging stations will be installed in port areas in Malta. Eight electric vehicles will be purchased. A study will be conducted to identify greener means of powering vessels berthed at the Valletta Grand Harbour. (11/13/12).

Singapore – amendments to Bunkering Code

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular amending the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunkering and the Singapore Standard Specification for Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain. The amendments come into effect on 1 January 2013. Port Marine Circular 10-2012 (11/13/12).

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