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Sea Shepherd Ship Attacked
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V Farley Mowat was attacked on January 9 while conducting maritime patrols inside the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California.

The vessel's crew had recovered three illegal gillnets that morning and then approached approximately 35 skiffs operating inside the refuge. Sea Shepherd asserts that they saw obvious signs of illegal poaching, with many of the skiffs having gillnets and totoaba fishing gear detected being loaded into one of the skiffs.

One of the skiffs began circling the Sea Shepherd vessel, and the others soon joined in. The fishermen attacked by hurling lead weights, anchors, trash, dead fish and even Tabasco sauce at the vessel and its wheelhouse windows in addition to threatening ship’s crew with Molotov cocktails, spraying gasoline at the ship and pouring gas in the sea around the vessel.

Poachers then dropped an illegal gillnet in front of the bow of the moving Sea Shepherd vessel in an attempt to foul the ship’s propellers. Five men boarded the M/V Farley Mowat and took multiple objects from the vessel’s deck while it was temporarily immobilized. During the boarding, the Sea Shepherd crew was able to keep the poachers from entering into the ship and used an emergency firehose to repel the boarders, while waiting for naval forces to arrive. 

At this time a Mexican Naval Helicopter made several passes above the scene, and the skiffs began to disperse. Mexican Navy sailors and Gendarmeria stationed on board the Sea Shepherd vessel were under strict orders not to fire. The captain of the M/V Farley Mowat managed to restart the engines after the propeller fouling and headed to the port of San Felipe where the ship was met by the regional Navy Commander and reinforcements. 

Captain Paul Watson, Founder and CEO of Sea Shepherd, said: “Sea Shepherd will not be deterred by violence. Our mission is to prevent the extinction of the vaquita porpoise, and we will continue to seize the nets of poachers in the Vaquita Refuge. Sea Shepherd salutes the quick responsiveness of the Mexican Navy in defusing a dangerous situation.”

Sea Shepherd has been present in the Upper Gulf of California since 2015 as part of Operation Milagro, a campaign to protect the most endangered marine mammal on Earth – Mexico’s Vaquita porpoise.  Less than 30 vaquitas remain alive. The main threat to the tiny cetacean is illegal Totoaba gillnet fishing.

The Totoaba fish is another endemic endangered species to the Gulf of California, and it is poached for the trade of its swim bladder in Asian black markets. Totoaba bladders are known as “aquatic cocaine” due to their high value. It is believed that a totoaba bladder can be worth up to $100,000.

Sea Shepherd has already removed more than 780 pieces of illegal fishing gear from the Upper Gulf of California, more than 174,000 meters of illegal gear, and directly saved the lives of over 3,100 animals.

This is not the first violent incident encountered in the area. In December 2017, drones released from the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V John Paul DeJoria in the area were shot at using a handgun.

In November 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals again sided with conservationists and upheld a four-month-old ban on the U.S. importing Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught with gillnets that threaten the survival of vaquita porpoises. Rejecting a Trump administration legal challenge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed a preliminary order implementing a federal law that requires a ban on seafood imported from Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California caught with gillnets. 

Conservation groups the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council initially filed suit in the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City in March and secured a preliminary ban in July. The departments of Commerce, Treasury and Homeland Security, which are charged with banning imports that are contributing to the vaquita’s extinction, have tried and failed to modify or undo the import ban three times.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the U.S. government to ban seafood imports from foreign fisheries that kill or injure marine mammals, including the vaquita, at a rate above U.S. standards. 

Aground on the Silver Strand
Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Michael Carr – He was hard aground on the Silver Strand Beach at Coronado Island CA. Well, not just himself, but also his 315-foot ship and 32 Soldier crew. They had plowed right up on the beach while making way at 1.5 knots. He could feel the LSV 3 going aground, and it felt […]

MSC Begins Container Cleanup in North Sea
by Reuters
Saturday, January 12, 2019
AMSTERDAM, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Swiss shipping line MSC has started cleaning up Dutch sea waters, ten days after it lost nearly 300 containers from one of its largest cargo vessels in a storm. “The clean up will likely take months”, Dutch water authorities spokesman Edwin de Feijter said on Saturday. “The largest part of […]

Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter Named Director of Captain Phillips Trust
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Rear Adm. Wendi B. Carpenter has been named the Executive Director of the Captain Phillips and Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust. She has served as a Board Member of the Trust since shortly after its inception and has been closely involved with its administrative setup, strategic planning and governance.

Carpenter is a pioneer of women in naval aviation and was the first woman aviator to be promoted to the flag rank in the U.S. Navy. During her distinguished 34-year career, she served in leadership roles that included deputy commander of the U.S. Second Fleet and commander of the Navy’s Warfare Development Command (NWDC).

In her final assignment at NWDC, she was instrumental in warfare concept generation and development and led the Navy’s efforts in the development and integration of unmanned systems, serving in key areas that included organizational transformation and technology development.

After her retirement from the Navy in August 2011, she served as president of the State of New York Maritime College. Carpenter led the college through the 10-year reaccreditation process of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, as well as the five-year U.S. Coast Guard recertification process. During her tenure, the school set new benchmarks in graduation rates and fundraising.

Carpenter is the recipient of numerous military and civilian awards, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Lifetime Community Service Award. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of leadership and particularly enjoys participating in programs designed to motivate young people.

“The Captain Phillips–Lane Kirkland Trust is pleased and honored to have Admiral Carpenter at the helm to help execute the organization’s mission of furthering awareness of the maritime industry and its opportunities as an excellent and unique career path,” said Chairman of the Board Klaus Luhta.

Vladivostok's Bunker Sales Are Booming Again
by Ship Bunker
Friday, January 11, 2019

After jumping 70% in 2017, 2018's volume grew an additional 58% and have recovered to 2015 levels.

FTZ at Port Everglades Makes Approvals Fast and Easy
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 11, 2019

Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #25 at Port Everglades is helping Broward County businesses gain Zone status faster as part of the national “Alternative Site Framework” program.

Recently the U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign-Trade Zone Board (FTZB) approved an application for FTZ #25 at Port Everglades to operate under its Alternative Site Framework (ASF). This authorization speeds the FTZ approval process by eliminating temporary minor boundary modifications, acreage re-designation, and other minor procedures that take time to process under the Traditional Site Framework.

“Our FTZ is unique because we act as a liaison between the users and CBP, eliminating barriers of entry for new FTZ users,” said Jorge Hernández, Port Everglades Director of Business Administration. "The Alternative Site Framework bolsters Broward County's plans to maintain an adequate supply of available FTZ-designated space for potential new growth."

FTZ #25 acts as a Grantee/Operator for business owners throughout Broward County who want to save money and/or manage cash flow on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) fees and duties. In addition, FTZ #25 Operations utilizes software to submit inventory transactions directly to CBP and has staff available to handle the processing as a convenient one-stop shop.

An FTZ is a secured, designated U.S. location where companies can use special procedures to encourage U.S. economic activity and provide added value—in competition with foreign alternatives—by allowing duty-free, delayed, deferred or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings.

FTZ #25 at Port Everglades is fourth in the United States for warehousing and distribution with $6.1 billion in total activity (according to the latest information available in calendar year 2017).

Capital Ship Management Takes Delivery of New VLCC
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 11, 2019

Capital Ship Management Corp. has taken successful delivery of the newbuilding vessel M/T ‘Amphion’, a 320,000 dwt, eco-type VLCC crude oil tanker, built by Samsung Heavy Industries, S.Korea. It is the first of four sister ships to be delivered in 2019.

Boston Harbor Cruises Expands into Steel Fabrication
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 11, 2019

Blue Atlantic Fabricators of East Boston, MA announces the fabrication and launch of a 50 ton, 20ft x 80ft floating dock to be located at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston.  This all-steel dock, will be the facility for privately-run ferry and water taxi service between Lovejoy Wharf and Boston’s Seaport District, offering both bow-loading and side loading capabilities.

Blue Atlantic Fabricators built the floating dock for C. White Marine, Inc. who, as general marine contractor for developer Related Beal, will finish and install the docking system at the multiuse Lovejoy Wharf property.  The project’s accelerated schedule called for completion by the end of 2018 in order to bring much-anticipated ferry and water taxi service to the burgeoning area in the first quarter of 2019. 

“We’re proud to have played this role in furthering the infrastructure needs for the future of the City of Boston,” notes Michael Julian, General Manager, Blue Atlantic Fabricators.  “We’re a local company providing Boston-based jobs and delivering customized pieces with the craftsmanship and quality that the city deserves.” 

The project is the first for Blue Atlantic Fabricators as a newly established subsidiary of Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC).  Regarding the new venture, BHC Principal Rick Nolan recounted, “BHC recognized the great fit and possibilities within the fabrication market for our company and feel it’s exciting that our first project is in support of water transportation in Boston Harbor.  The Blue Atlantic facility is located on the East Boston waterfront with deep water and heavy tonnage berthing access, making it ideally positioned to provide structural steel components to the emerging US offshore wind industry constructors and developers, as well as being an optimal source for potential boat builds as BHC looks to expand its fleet. 

“Production at Blue Atlantic Fabricators is a shining example of the continuation of Boston’s working port as it was originally intended,” added Nolan. “Blue Atlantic Fabricators is keeping a skilled trade in Massachusetts and, allows for the next step in BHC’s ability to provide quality, local services and support to the growing east coast wind and energy market.”

Equinor Wins Permit for Subsea Carbon Storage Project
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 11, 2019

The government of Norway has awarded state-owned oil firm Equinor a permit for its "Northern Lights" CO2 storage project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The permit is the first of its kind on the NCS, and it aligns with a government goal to develop and export new technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The offshore storage site would receive CO2 captured from three large industrial plants on shore, with tankers carrying the carbon from the point of origin in Oslo to the project location.

The project area was first announced last July, and Equinor is currently performing FEED studies on storage with its partners, Shell and Total. The FEED studies, which will be furthered by the permit, will provide more accurate cost estimates to support an investment decision. 

Equinor's storage method is a proven process: the company has been injecting recovered CO2 back into the ground for decades. In current operations at the Sleipner platform, Equinor extracts carbon dioxide out of a CO2-rich natural gas stream, then reinjects it into a sandstone formation. This carbon capture and storage method reduces Equinor's exposure to Norway's steep CO2 tax. 

On the same day as the carbon capture permit was awarded, Equinor completed the purchase of Chevron's 40 percent operating stake in the Rosebank oil project on the UK Continental Shelf. The acquisition adds to its large portfolio of oil and gas E&P holdings on the UKCS, which help make it the largest supplier of crude oil and natural gas in the United Kingdom. 

Rotterdam's Self-Learning Port Call Software Now Recognizing Bunker Calls
by Ship Bunker
Friday, January 11, 2019

Has already reduced vessel waiting times by 20%.

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