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Study: Marine Life May Mistake Nanoplastics for Food
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A team of scientists from Heriot-Watt University have found that ultra-small particles of plastic can join with bacteria, algae and other organic particles in seawater within minutes, forming larger clumps that could affect the marine food chain. 

"This is a first step towards understanding how nanoplastics interact with natural biopolymers throughout the world's oceans," said Dr. Stephen Summers, one of the study's authors. "We found that the biopolymers envelope or engulf the nanoplastic particles, which caused the plastics to agglomerate into clumps. The nanoplastics, which are 100-200 times smaller than a bacterial cell, were actually incorporated into the agglomerates, which became visible to the naked eye in our lab experiments."

Nanoplastics are an invisible but important constituent of ocean plastic pollution. Larger plastic debris degrades with exposure to sunlight, and some of the resulting detritus is less than 100 nm in size - about one thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. The effects of these substances on the marine environment is little understood. 

According to lead author Dr. Tony Gutierrez, the nanoplastic clumps his team observed are similar to "marine snow" - the organic matter that falls from the ocean's surface to the deep, where it provides food for little-studied deep sea ecosystems. Future research efforts could investigate how these man-made plastic substances affect the food chain of the oceans. 

"Heavier plastics could drive marine snow to fall at a faster rate to the sea floor, while the opposite could happen with lighter forms of plastics in making it more buoyant and to fall more slowly. In that case, deep-sea ecosystems could become starved of food," said Gutierrez. 

The study was conducted as part of the RealRiskNano project, funded by NERC in collaboration with Plymouth University. The project aims to evaluate the potential risks that nanometer-scale plastic debris could create in an aquatic environment.

Militia Release Eastern Pacific Shipping’s Tanker in Cameroon
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has issued a statement confirming that its managed Singapore-flagged tanker Barents Sea was released by the Cameroonian armed militia on February 5. The 26 crew on board are reported safe and unharmed.

The company says the vessel was unlawfully seized by the private militia armed with AK-47s last week at the Sonara Refinery in Limbe. The ship has now completed cargo discharge and departed the port of Limbe. 

“EPS wishes to thank the crew for their unwavering strength, resilience and professionalism throughout the dreadful encounter. We particularly would like to thank the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Republic of Singapore Navy, the various Embassies representing the ship’s crew as well as the Cameroonian authorities for their support,” said EPS in a statement.

“DSC Marine’s conduct and blatant disregard for local and international laws have proven to be futile. We sincerely hope that future disagreements can be resolved without resorting to hostile means.”

Cameroon's only crude oil refinery had been shut down since late January due to a lack of crude oil. The Barents Sea has been anchored off the coast since mid-December due to a financial dispute, her cargo still unloaded. 

Polar Cruise Ship Silver Cloud Uses Mooring Magnets
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

High power permanent magnets are now being used by the Silver Cloud when deploying boats for passenger excursions. The magnets, supplied by Miko Marine of Norway, each have a holding power of 500kg and are being used by the boat crews to create additional mooring points on the hull of the ship. This enables Zodiacs and other boats to be held close against the ship before being relocated to the point where passengers must disembark for excursions. 

The MAM-003S magnet is the latest addition to the Miko range of magnets, and it is housed in a stainless-steel casing for enhanced resistance to seawater corrosion. Despite its holding power, the magnet is fitted with a break lever that enables it to be immediately released from the hull by the boat’s crew. Boat handling also becomes faster and more efficient as there is no need to pass lines to the ship and boat crews retain total control of the operation.

The Silver Cloud is operated by cruise company Silversea and is equipped with two crane-launched inflatable Zodiac boats that are used for providing inshore excursions. Each Zodiac carries two Miko MAM magnets which are now being used to improve the overall efficiency of their operations.

Commenting on the Silver Cloud’s innovative use of his company’s magnets, Nicolai Michelsen, chief executive of Miko Marine said; “Our magnets are used extensively offshore for a wide range of tasks that may involve things like fastening anti-pollution booms or holding tools and equipment under water. Silversea have shown commendable initiative by becoming the first to recognize the potential that the magnets have as additional flexible mooring points and for improving safety of operation.” 

Miko Marine is based in Oslo, Norway, where it has become known as a design hot shop specializing in the invention and manufacture of products that use magnets in interesting and effective ways. Staffed by a small team of highly qualified designers the company is known for its ability to find original solutions to some of the marine industry’s most pressing problems. Miko is widely known for its magnetic patches that have been used to prevent ships sinking on numerous occasions around the world. Most recently, its unique Moskito hot-tap tool has been used to remove oil from the tanks of sunken ships before they can become a source of pollution. 

Hapag-Lloyd Signs Deal for World's First Conversion of ULCV to Burn LNG Bunkers
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

With Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard.

Trump Highlights Energy and Trade in State of the Union Address
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

In his annual State of the Union address last night, President Donald Trump highlighted his administration's priorities and achievements in energy, trade and infrastructure. 

"We have unleashed a revolution in American energy — the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world," Trump said. "And now, for the first time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy."

Thanks to technical innovations pioneered by small, independent oil companies, previously untapped "tight oil" resources locked in shale formations have become highly profitable for drilling and extraction, even at low oil prices. Mature fields in Texas' Permian Basin are the centerpiece of this "shale revolution" in onshore oil: production from the Permian has skyrocketed, rising from 1.0 million barrels per day (bpd) to 3.8 million bpd over the past seven years. Permian Basin producers are sending so much oil to seaports on the Gulf Coast that they are hitting the limits of current pipeline capacity, and the resulting export boom has changed the balance of America's international energy trade.

In a statement after the president's address, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a focus on reducing regulatory hurdles in order to maintain the momentum on energy production. "Continued American leadership in energy will require that we come together to reduce burdensome regulations and invest in vital national infrastructure projects," said Perry. "In doing so, we can keep delivering affordable, reliable energy more securely, cleanly and efficiently, while creating jobs and increasing opportunity here and around the world."

The National Offshore Industries Association (NOIA), the voice of the offshore oil and gas community, called for the Trump administration to open federal waters to drilling as part of its energy strategy. The rollback of regional restrictions on leasing activity is one of the Department of the Interior's top policy priorities. "The Draft National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program [would] maximize access to federal offshore areas," NOIA wrote. "The eventual Final Program, if fully realized, could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, generate billions in new federal, state and local revenue and deliver affordable and reliable energy produced here in the U.S."

Trump did not discuss climate change, carbon emissions or renewable energy in his address, but his political opponents in Congress highlighted the challenges and opportunities posed by a changing climate before and after the speech.  

Tariffs and trade

The president also discussed his administration's sweeping changes in trade policy, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the new tariffs imposed on foreign aluminum and steel, and the growing trade war with China. 

We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end. Therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion dollars of Chinese goods," Trump said. "I have great respect for President Xi, and we are now working on a new trade deal with China. But it must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit, and protect American jobs."

In a response, the National Retail Federation called for an end to the trade war with China, and asked Congress - including the Democrat-controlled House - to "restore" its role in setting trade policy.  

“We commend the president for his efforts to restore balanced trade relationships, and we hope the U.S. and China will continue to move toward a deal and avoid further escalation. Achieving structural reforms, ending existing tariffs and putting an end to the trade war would provide much-needed certainty and relief for American businesses and families, said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. "We encourage the administration to continue to focus on the end goal, and for Congress to restore rather than further neglect its role in trade policy."


Trump also called on Congress to work together with his administration on an infrastructure funding package. "Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure," he said. "I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future. This is not an option. This is a necessity."

The American Association of Port Authorities, which represents the interests of America's seaports, called on the government to include waterborne transportation in an infrastructure bill.

“AAPA looks forward with great anticipation to an infrastructure package this year that focuses on America’s transportation investment needs, including land and waterside  connections to ports," said AAPA president and CEO Kurt Nagle. "We’re also hopeful for legislation that includes AAPA’s long-term funding solution to end the decades-old dilemma of Harbor Maintenance Tax underspending and inequitable funds distribution."

The American Petroleum Institute also highlighted the need for federal infrastructure investments to sustain growth in the energy sector. "Investing in 21st century energy infrastructure remains critical to meeting that demand by safely and reliably delivering affordable natural gas and oil to America’s families and businesses. We look forward to working with the House, Senate and the administration to develop a strong infrastructure package that addresses our country’s growing energy needs," API said in a statement.

New Towing Vessel ‘Virginia’ Awarded First Certificate of Inspection Under Subchapter M Rules
by Mike Schuler
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The newbuild towboat MV Virginia has become the first new towing vessel in the United States to receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) since the implementation of 46 CFR Subchapter M. The towing vessel is owned by Plimsoll Marine and was built by Blakeley BoatWorks in Mobile, Alabama. It will operate within the Cooper Consolidated […]

Port of New York and New Jersey Surpasses 7 Million TEU in 2018
by Mike Schuler
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Port of New York and New Jersey has reported 7 percent growth in 2018, surpassing the 7 million TEU mark for first time in its history, helping maintain its position as busiest port on U.S. East Coast. During 2018, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled 7,179,788 TEUs. The port said cargo growth […]

Fire Brought Under Control on APL Vancouver Off Vietnam
by Mike Schuler
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The cargo fire onboard the containership APL Vancouver has been brought under control off the coast of Vietnam, APL said in an emailed update on Wednesday. The fire broke out in one of the cargo holds of 9,300 TEU APL Vancouver as the ship was underway in the South China Sea from Shekou, China to […]

Estimate Rises for Lost Containers from MSC Zoe
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The container ship MSC Zoe lost hundreds of boxes off the German island of Borkum last month, and it appears that dozens more containers went missing than originally believed.

Initial estimates put the number of lost containers in the range of 250-290. On January 4, MSC Zoe put into port at Bremerhaven, discharged a small amount of damaged cargo and underwent an assessment to determine the extent of the loss. She departed Bremerhaven on January 16, and during her next port call in Gdansk, Poland, more containers were reported missing. The tally of lost boxes is now "at least 345," according to Dutch maritime agency Rijkswaterstaat. The agency is still awaiting a final count. 

Salvage experts have suggested that the casualty was the result of heavy weather and lashing failures, but MSC has declined to comment on the cause, citing ongoing investigations. Dutch authorities have launched a criminal inquiry into whether the incident violated any national anti-pollution laws, as the containers' contents washed up on the shores of the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. 

Most of the lost containers sank, and MSC has undertaken a multi-million-dollar effort to find and recover hundreds of them from the seafloor. Two subsea construction vessels, the Geosund and the Atlantic Tonjer, have been chartered to raise the boxes and bring them to shore. Initially, the broken containers will be "taken out of the sea with a gripper," according to the Rijkswaterstaat, and the less-damaged ones will be marked for removal at a later point in the process. Several fishing boats are working alongside these ships to scoop up any cargo debris that washes loose during the operation, and six survey vessels are supporting the effort to locate the missing boxes. 

Replenishment Gone Wrong: U.S. Navy Cruiser and MSC Dry Cargo Ship Collide Off U.S. East Coast
by Mike Schuler
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
A U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and a Military Sealift Command dry cargo ship collided Tuesday during an underway replenishment off the coast of Florida, the U.S. Navy has confirmed. The Navy said no personnel were injured when the USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) made contact. Both ships were […]

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