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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Waste Management News

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Australia Wants to Recycle Trash from Ships

The Port of Hay Point in Queensland, Australia has kicked off a pilot program to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.Currently, ships' crews separate recyclable garbage on board, but have limited opportunity to offload these materials at Australian ports for recycling. Any garbage that is separated on board is combined when offloaded in Australian ports and has to undergo treatment by autoclave or deep-burial to meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

Glen Shore, Director of NRC Group and a Managing Director at JFLCO (Photo:JFLCO)

HCAC to Aquire NRC, Sprint Energy from JFLCO

J.F. Lehman & Company (JFLCO), a middle-market private equity firm said that its investment affiliate JFL-NRC-SES Partners, LLC  signed an agreement to sell its membership interests in NRC Group Holdings, LLC (NRC Group), formed earlier this year with the combination of JFLCO companies National Response Corporation (NRC) and Sprint Energy Services (Sprint) , to Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III (HCAC). After the transaction is completed, NRC Group will be a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of HCAC, who will change its name to NRC Group Holdings Corp. NRC Group Holdings Corp.

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Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships. The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema. While the chemical recycling technology used in the past has worked, Bin2Barrel is the first company to utilize it commercially.

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MSC Cruises Pact for USD 1.7bln Loan for New Seaside EVO Ships

Cruise liner MSC Cruises has reached an agreement for an EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.74 billion) financing for two new Seaside EVO class cruise ships.BNP Paribas, Unicredit and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will provide EUR 1.5bn in financing for two Seaside EVO class passengerships. The financing syndicate of lenders also include SACE SIMEST, the Italian ECA, fully backing the credit line and stabilising the interest rate.The first ship is expected to be delivered in May 2021 and the second in February 2023.

Debra DiCianna (Photo: Choice Ballast Solutions)

DiCianna Joins Choice Ballast Solutions

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, has hired Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational issues of shipowners and the design/performance of ballast water management systems. In her role at Choice, DiCianna will be responsible for assisting clients, both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers, in all matters concerning BWMS planning, installation and compliance.

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First of Six New LNG Carriers Delivered to BP

BP Shipping has taken delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen new 173,400 cubic meter capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea.BP Shipping, which launched a fleet rejuvenation program in 2016 that includes 32 new vessels for delivery over a three-year period, says the six new Partnership class ships will increase its ability to transport LNG in emerging new markets, such as Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to established markets, such as India, China, the U.S.

Chief Operating Officer, Neil Potter with the Award. Courtesy TWMA

Offshore Achievement Award for TWMA

Global integrated drilling waste management and environmental services firm, TWMA, has won the Export Achievement Award at this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards. The award recognises the company’s significant business growth resulting from successful export activity in the oil and gas and energy sector. Winners were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony last night at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Chief Operating Officer, Neil Potter said: “Winning this award is a truly great achievement, and recognises the effort and commitment demonstrated by the entire TWMA team.

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IMO Calls for Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh are jointly implementing a project entitled “Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh – Phase I” (in short SENSREC Project – Bangladesh). - Recommendations on strengthening the Government’s One-Stop Service, in which all the various ministries with a responsibility for ship recycling (e.g. - The development of a detailed project document for a possible follow-up project to implement the recommendations of phase I.

NRC has responded to thousands of marine and land-based oil spill incidents around the globe. Courtesy NRC

NRC Aquires ENPRO Services

National Response Corporation (“NRC”) announced today it has acquired ENPRO Services, Inc., adding to its national footprint and expanding its full line of environmental, emergency response, and industrial services. Since 1983, ENPRO has been providing essential environmental, emergency response, and industrial services to the energy, transportation, industrial, insurance, and municipal sectors. Employing over 250 personnel, ENPRO is a customer-focused services company with 9 offices and 2 waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (“TSDF”) throughout the Northeastern U.S.

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EU Sets Standards for Sustainable Ship Recycling

Today, the European Commission (EC) publishes technical guidance for ship recycling facilities that want to be approved under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. The European Union (EU) mirrors with this step the call by environmental and human rights NGOs for a relocation of ship recycling to platforms that can ensure sustainable practices. Facilities that intend to be listed as EU-approved will need to ensure safe working conditions, pollution control including proper downstream waste management and enforcement of international labor rights.

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Abu Dhabi Ports Plans Emergency Response Exercise

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the Emirate's commercial and community ports as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Team, is preparing to conduct an “Emergency Response for Maritime Transport Accidents” in Zayed Port on May 17, 2017. The exercise aims to enhance communication and joint planning for emergency response and crisis management with participating entities. Eleven government entities will participate in the exercise…

Energy from waste Photo Keppel Corpn

Keppel hands over Runcorn Energy-from-Waste Facility Phase 2

Keppel Seghers Belgium N.V. and Keppel Seghers UK Limited (collectively, Keppel Seghers) have handed over Phase 2 of the Runcorn Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility, in the UK, to the client. Runcorn EfW comprises two phases of equal capacity. Phase 1 is owned by INEOS Runcorn (TPS) Limited (TPSCo), a joint venture between INEOS, Viridor and John Laing. Phase 2 is owned by Viridor EfW (Runcorn) Limited, a special purpose vehicle owned by Viridor Waste Management Limited. Keppel Seghers handed over Phase 2 to the client on 24 April 2015 after successfully completing a 30-day reliability test.

Port Canaveral Director of Environmental, Bob Musser (left) accepts the Green Marine Certification from David Bolduc, Green Marine Executive Director at the annual GreenTech conference held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Port Canaveral Earns Green Marine Certification

Port Canaveral has been awarded Green Marine environmental certification in recognition of its environmental leadership and management. The award was presented at the 2017 annual GreenTech conference held by Green Marine, which is marking its 10th anniversary as North America’s environmental certification program for the maritime industry. Port Canaveral earned the certification in just over a year after achieving all the required performance indicators to become the 100th port to join the Green Marine environmental program.

Walter Robertson & Mike Munro (Photo: NorSea Group)

NorSea Group Appoints Executive Team

NorSea Group (UK) Limited has established a new executive team to lead the company’s growing activity across Scotland. Walter Robertson has been appointed Managing Director while Mike Munro becomes the company’s first Operations Director. Robertson has 30 years’ experience in the logistics sector and was appointed MD following an extensive period of consultancy with the company. Prior to that, he had a 28 year career with the ASCO Group at Managing Director level. From 1998 to 2006…

Henrik-Badin and Jan Tore Leikanger

Scanship, Jets Join Forces to Better Serve Cruise Ships

Two of the world’s leading companies in maritime waste management have signed an agreement to join forces, in an effort to better serve cruise ship operators and yards globally. Scanship’s well-known Total Clean Ship System, which incorporates its Advanced Wastewater Purification and Waste Management solutions, will now be accompanied by Jets Vacuum’s highly acclaimed vacuum toilet system. The result is a fully integrated waste and wastewater handling package that combines the very best technologies available from the two Norwegian companies.

The award was accepted by Mr. C Sasidhar, Managing Director - Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd along with Mr. Anil Yendluri, Director & CEO - Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd.

“Golden Peacock Award” for Krishnapatnam Port

Krishnapatnam Port, recognized as one of India’s largest ports and ranked amongst world’s finest ports connecting the Eastern & Western parts of the world, has been bestowed with the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award. The prestigious award, in recognition of Krishnapatnam Port’s initiatives and achievements in the field of environment, was presented by the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekarto Mr. C Sasidhar, Managing Director – Krishnapatnam Port on 11th July…

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Port of Barcelona Looks to Panama, Cuba for Growth

Panama and Cuba, both in the midst of growth and international expansion, are examples of two different economic models that are helping to attract foreign companies through government initiatives providing investor security. Seeking to generate business opportunities and strengthen corporate and institutional ties between the Cuban and Panamanian logistics communities, the Port of Barcelona said it has planned a multi-sector trade mission to Panama City and Havana from November 19 to 25.

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ESPO Congrats Port Boulogne Calais for PERS Certification

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) congratulated the Port Boulogne Calais for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification, the only port sector specific environmental management standard provided by the EcoPorts Network. The PERS certificate was handed over to the port during the ESPO General Assembly by the ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, the ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost and the EcoPorts Coordinator, Sotiris Raptis. Compliance with…

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IMO Support for Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

The second phase of an International Maritime Organization (IMO)-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh is set to begin in January, following a US$1.1 million funding agreement with Norway. The two-year project will build on the first phase of the Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project, which resulted in economic and environmental studies on ship recycling in Bangladesh, the development…

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Cruise Sector on Track for Growth in 2018 -CLIA

The cruise industry is expected to stay on course for further growth in 2018, according to the latest State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report from trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “It is without question that the cruise industry continues on a growth trajectory, gaining in consumer interest and creating a positive impact on the global economy,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. CLIA said current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018.

Jens Lassen and Michael Thamm at the unit’s opening (Photo: Carnival Maritime)

Carnival Maritime Opens in Hamburg

Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit, Carnival Maritime, which became fully operational today in Hamburg. “By founding Carnival Maritime, we invested in the most elaborated technologies to create a marine operations unit that supports our captains the best possible way,” explained Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group.

James Woodrow, MD, CNCo signing the MOU in Singapore. Photo SPREP

CNCo, SPREP Ink Recycling MOU for Pacific Islands

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports, pro bono, to be sustainably treated and recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific. “This historic partnership will be of great benefit to our Pacific islands…

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Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. Built by Fincantieri for the Russian RosRAO, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management, the vessel will be used for the transportation of nuclear submarine reactor compartments decommissioned by the Russian Navy from the storage area of Sayda Bay to the Nerpa Shipyard (and vice-versa), facing the Kola Peninsula in the Barents Sea.

IMMA App Offers Access to Maritime Medical Stores

Deteriorating seafarer health and poorly-stocked onboard medical chests are major issues concerning maritime medical practitioners, which is why the International Maritime Medical Association (IMMA) has developed an App-driven Maritime Medical Stores Catalog designed to ensure that vessel owners and managers are meeting obligations when it comes to looking after the health of their crew. More than 1,500 companies have already downloaded this tool to purchase medical and health-related items needed onboard ship.

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31st Edition of Cruise Shipping Miami

Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 is gearing up to offer the most comprehensive and robust roster of panel discussions featuring the industry's most knowledgeable and experienced executives. The panels will be grouped under several broad themes based on industry trends during the four-day conference. The 31st edition of Cruise Shipping Miami is scheduled for March 16-19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Organized by UBM Connect, thematic topics include The Geography of Cruise Tourism, Safety and Ship Operations, Market Segments and Cruise Product Development.

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European List of Certified Ship Recycling Facilities

The European Commission has opened the application procedure for the European List of ship recycling facilities last Friday, 18 December. Facilities located outside EU Member States are now invited to submit their applications before 1 July 2016. The European Commission will review the applications and then publish a first version of the European List before 31 December 2016 in accordance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Early in 2016, the EC will also issue guidelines on the requirements for ship recyclers and independent verifiers certifying the yards.