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November 20th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2012


USCG & NTSB – Costa Concordia investigation;

BSEE – investigation into GOM platform fire;

New Bedford – South Terminal project;

ARC – Oil Spills in Arctic Waters; and

UK – counter pollution exercise.

November 20, 2012

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USCG & NTSB – Costa Concordia investigation

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be part of the Italian-led marine casualty investigation into the January 2012 grounding and partial sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. (11/19/12).

BSEE – investigation into GOM platform fire

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that has begun an investigation into the explosion and fire aboard the offshore production platform in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. (11/17/12).

New Bedford – South Terminal project

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it has issued a final approval to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to construct the South Terminal project, a 28-acre marine terminal in New Bedford Harbor, the primary purpose of which will be to provide critical infrastructure to serve offshore renewable energy facilities and accommodate future international shipping. The project is part of the overall remediation of the Superfund site in the harbor. (11/19/12).

ARC – Oil Spills in Arctic Waters

clip_image012 The Arctic Research Commission (ARC) posted its white paper entitled “Oil Spills in Arctic Waters”. The paper is a compilation of research on oil spills in ice-covered Arctic waters and recommendations for future work. (11/19/12).

UK – counter pollution exercise

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that a counter pollution exercise is being conducted in Suffolk to practice and re-validate components of the National Contingency Plan and to coordinate with locally held interfacing plans. (11/19/12).

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