VANCOUVER, USA The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has approved The Sawicki Group LLC (TSG) as the ports safety consultant for energy projects. The contract with Blaine, Washington-based TSG is not to exceed $200,000 for up to three years of services. TSGs initial scope of work includes review of Vancouver Energys facility safety and operations plans; rail safety and operations plans; the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Councils (EFSEC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and support of port legal counsel through the EFSEC adjudication process. Two Port of Vancouver tenants Tesoro Corp. and NuStar Energy LP are pursuing projects to bring North American crude oil through the port. The port issued a Request for Proposal in March to evaluate and select a consultant to provide safety and operations plan review and guidance services for energy projects. TSG was one of three respondents. A panel of port staff interviewed all three, and TSG was selected in June as the most capable consultant. TSG will begin reviewing Vancouver Energys plans this summer. The company is expected to provide a report to the port by early 2016.
HONOLULU Matson, Inc. is funding improvements in its new
Alaska operations following its May 29 acquisition of
Horizon Lines' Alaska services. Matson expects to invest
more than $30 million in new equipment planned by Horizon
prior to its acquisition. Equipment upgrades to be made
over the next three months include:
WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Transportations Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that it is providing $500,000 to support a feasibility study for the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology and a hydrogen refueling station. The fuel cell would provide power for the ferrys propulsion and auxiliary electrical systems, while the hydrogen refueling station -- which would be the largest in the world - would service the ferry, electric cars, buses and fleet vehicles, and other maritime vessels powered by fuel cells. MARAD has partnered on this project with Sandia National Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which will lead the research effort. The study will examine the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell vessel as a clean energy alternative. This study is part of ongoing work by MARADs Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program (META) and the maritime industry to conduct research, testing, validation and documentation of fuel cells for marine applications. The work complements an ongoing joint project to demonstrate fuel cells to provide auxiliary power for other port and shipboard applications such as powering refrigerated containers and replacing diesel generators. MARAD is also funding an effort to demonstrate a fuel cell for ship auxiliary power for its school ship KENNEDY, which is used by Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a training vessel.
TOKYO Members of the G6 Alliance
have announced the additional voiding of four Asia-Europe
sailings in response to changes in market demand. The
void sailings are planned for the following services and
TOKYO On July 14, HERMES LEADER, a car carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued 336 people in the Mediterranean Sea. On July 14, the vessel received an emergency call for help while sailing to port of Gioia Tauro, Italy after transiting the Suez Canal. The vessel immediately set a course for the given position and rescued 336 people in the afternoon. All of the rescued individuals were handed over to the coast guard at the port of Augusta in Sicily island in Italy on July 15.