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Lebanon Wants Maritime Border Talks to Succeed. Difficulties Can Be Overcome, President Says

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Lebanon wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and difficulties that surfaced in the last session round can be overcome, President Michel Aoun told a U.S. mediator on Wednesday after the latest round was postponed.The negotiations between the old foes were launched in October, with delegations convening at a U.

DNV GL Suspends Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Work for Fear of U.S. Sanctions

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Norway's risk management and quality assurance firm DNV GL has suspended work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project led by Russia's Gazprom for fear of being sanctioned by the United States, it said on Thursday.Nord Stream 2 runs alongside the existing Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic

Turkey Extends Seismic Survey in Contested Waters in Eastern Mediterranean

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Turkey said it was extending the seismic survey work being carried out by its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 29, a move that could add to tensions in the region.NATO members Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves

BW Offshore, New Zealand Gov't Reach Umuroa FPSO Settlement

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FPSO operator BW Offshore has reached a settlement with the New Zealand government over the FPSO Umuroa, which has been stuck at the Tui field, around 50 kilometers off the coast of Taranaki, for months.BW Offshore has been unable to remove its FPSO from the Tui field following the contract termination,

UN's IMO Approves Ban on Heavy Ship Fuel in Arctic after July 2024

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The United Nations shipping agency on Friday approved a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic region in a move criticized by green groups which said loopholes will allow many vessels to keep sailing without enough regulatory control.Antarctic waters are protected by stringent regulations, including

US Moves to Loosen Safety Rules for Arctic Offshore Drilling

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The Trump administration on Thursday proposed to loosen Obama-era safety regulations for the oil industry in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska to ease the way for petroleum extraction in the region, an effort that President-elect Joe Biden will likely throw out once in office.The proposal would revise a suite

IMO Approves Extra Steps to Curb Shipping Emissions

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The United Nations shipping agency on Tuesday approved measures to boost energy efficiency in vessels as part of efforts to reduce the industry's carbon footprint, a UN spokeswoman said.Countries approved the additional regulations to reduce the carbon intensity of commercial ships at this week's

Israel, Lebanon Resume Mediterranean Sea Border Talks

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Israel and Lebanon resumed U.S.-mediated talks on Wednesday on a dispute about their Mediterranean Sea border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, the Israeli energy minister, and Lebanon’s state news agency said.The longtime foes held three rounds of talks

Vineyard Wind Facing More Permit Delays

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A federal agency said on Thursday it has again delayed a long-awaited environmental study crucial to permitting the first major U.S. offshore wind project, but final approval of the project is expected by mid-January.The study of the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project planned for the waters off the

Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Included in Annual U.S. Defense Bill

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Sanctions that could hinder one of Moscow's most important projects in Europe, the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, have been included in the annual U.S. defense policy bill, two congressional aides said on Wednesday.The sanctions in the compromise National Defense Authorization Act between lawmakers

Time to Launch Carbon Plan for Shipping is Now, Industry Says

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The shipping industry must act now in order to meet U.N. targets to cut carbon emissions by 2050, leading officials said on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting next week that will seek to advance a plan.The U.N. agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has said it aims to reduce overall greenhouse

Report Highlights Regulators' Failure to Protect Seafarers

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Seafarers are left unprotected by systemic failures in the implementation of the regulatory regime for work and rest hours at sea, a newly published report finds.The World Maritime University's (WMU) new report,  "A Culture of Adjustment", by Dr. Raphael Baumler, Yvette deKlerk, Dr.

Biden Expected to Roll Back Trump's Offshore Energy Rollbacks

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Joe Biden could erase much of President Donald Trump’s four-year legacy of energy and climate deregulation with the stroke of his pen, according to regulatory experts, but replacing it with something new and durable may prove trickier.Trump’s rollbacks are on shaky ground because most were done not

Op/Ed: Candidates Should Not Ignore Offshore Safety Advances

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The American Gulf of Mexico is home to impressive industry and even more incredible beauty. Every day, fishermen, conservationists, tour guides, canal and port dredgers, offshore oil and gas workers and countless others go to work in and around the Gulf of Mexico. What links them together is a passion

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