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Ireland Publishes Marine Spill Response Plan

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Ireland's Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport published a new plan establishing a national framework and strategy to coordinate marine pollution preparedness and response in the waters of the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The National Maritime Oil & HNS Spill Contingency

Responder Immunity: The Means to Protect the Salvor in “Bet the Company” Responses

The specter of liability beyond the limits of applicable insurance for the salvor’s liability to both its contractual partner and third parties continues to haunt the American Salvage Association’s members. Hence, the efforts since 2011 to obtain broad based immunity from claims beyond the patch work of statute,

Marine Salvage and SMFF Regulations

THE GOLDEN RAY response project, although still unfinished, provides a stark example of how easily the US spill response program can get off track. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brian McCrum

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA, often called the Clean Water Act), as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), provides:If a discharge, or a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility is of such a

Containers Lost from Barge Near Hawaii

(Photo courtesy Hawaii State Senator Kaiali'i Kahele)

At least 21 containers were lost form a barge traveling from Honolulu to Hilo, Hawaii on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Nine of the 40-foot containers lost from the Young Brothers barge Ho Omaka Hou have been located, while another 12 are still missing, according to the Coast Guard. The barge

Released by Australia, Containership APL England Sails to China for Repairs

APL England without cargo in the Port of Brisbane, prior to departing for China where the ship will be repaired. (Photo: AMSA)

Singapore-flagged containership APL England, detained in Australia after losing dozens of containers off the country's southeastern coast in May, has been released and is sailing to China for repairs, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Friday.The ship departed the Port of Brisbane

USS Fitzgerald Exits Shipyard 3 Years After Fatal Collision

USS Fitzgerald prepares to depart the Ingalls shipyard to return to her homeport in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Derek Fountain/Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), which suffered heavy damage and nearly sank off the coast of Japan after a fatal collision with a containership in 2017, departed Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Saturday following two years of extensive repairs and upgrades. Seven U.

Australia Orders Shipowner to Recover Lost Containers

The 277-meter APL England lost dozens of containers overboard off the coast of Sydney, Australia in May. (Photo: AMSA)

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is ordering CMA CGM's APL to find and recover the remaining containers lost from the APL England off the coast of New South Wales last month.So far, Australian authorities have recovered 15 containers from the 5,510 TEU capacity containership that spilled

Video: Stellar Banner Scuttled

Declared a total loss following a grounding incident, the four-year-old VLOC Stellar Banner was scuttled off the coast of Brazil. (Screenshot from video courtesy of 
Agência Brasil)

The 340-meter-long very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Banner has been scuttled off the coast of Brazil after being declared a total loss due to extensive hull damage suffered during a grounding incident.The 300,660 dwt vessel, owned and operated by the South Korean company Polaris Shipping, ran aground

Shannon Buys Ardent's Australian Subsidiary

Ardent Oceania recently recovered containers lost from YM Efficiency off the coast of Australia. (Photo: AMSA)

The Ardent Group sold its Australian subsidiary Ardent Oceania Pty Ltd to its managing director Drew Shannon. It will continue as an independent company under the new name United Salvage Pty Ltd.Ardent, a maritime emergency management and wreck removal company created by the 2015 merger of salvage divisions of Svitzer and Crowley,

Barge Grounds in St. Marys River

(Photo: USCG Sector Sault Ste Marie)

A salvage plan is being developed to refloat a barge that went aground in the lower St. Marys River, near Sweets Point, Mich.At 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received notification that the 302-foot barge PML2501 towed by the 132-foot towing vessel Anglian Lady grounded in the lower St.

Stellar Banner to Be Scuttled Off Brazilian Coast

Stellar Banner suffered significant hull damage after running aground off the coast of Brazil in February/ (Photo: Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources)

A 340-meter-long very large ore carrier (VLOC) that ran aground off the coast of Brazil earlier this year will be scuttled due to the extent of hull damage suffered as a result of the incident, Brazilian authorities said.The 300,660 dwt Stellar Banner, owned and operated by the South Korean company Polaris Shipping,

Höegh Xiamen Fire Contained

(Photo: JFRD)

A three-alarm fire that broke out aboard vehicle carrier Höegh Xiamen in the Port of Jacksonville last week continues to burn but has been controlled and contained, authorities said Monday.Firefighters with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) and specialist marine firefighters with Resolve

Injured Crewman Medevaced from Disabled Maersk Containership

A crewmember burned by an engine room blast aboard Danish-flagged Laura Maersk off the U.S. East Coast was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

The U.S. Coast Guard said it medevaced a Maersk containership crewmember injured by an engine room blast that disabled the vessel off the U.S. East Coast.The Coast Guard said watchstanders at its Fifth District command center received a report on Thursday evening that an explosion occurred in the engine

Final Lifting Lug Installed on Golden Ray Wreck

A crane positions the 16th and final lifting lug onto the Golden Ray hull in St. Simons Sound, Ga. (Photo: St. Simons Sound Incident Response)

T&T Salvage installed the final lifting lug on the M/V Golden Ray, a roll-on, roll-off vessel that ran aground and overturned near the Port of Brunswick in Georgia in September.The 16 lugs welded to the frame of the Korean-owned car carrier will provide connection points for the 255-foot tall Versabar VB 10,

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