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Revised guidance on ultra low sulfur fuel handling when entering the ECA

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that several reports have been received from vessels trading within the EMISSION CONTROL AREA (ECA), stating that main engines often do not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil. Problems have been reported during maneuvering, including while under pilotage.

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QUALSHIP 21—USCG Issues updated version and FAQ

The USCG has recently released an updated version of their QUALSHIP 21 (Quality Shipping for the 21st Century) certification program (see previous ECM Europe article ), along with a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which explain eligibility criteria, incentives, etc.


QUALSHIP 21 – FAQ – 07.31.14



ECM San Diego SMT TTX 2014

ECM Maritime Services, LLC conducted the triennal and PREP exercise – San Diego, California. April 8th, 2014

“Every exercise provides the playing organizations and the response community with an unique opportunity to come togheter in a non-threatening environment and validate their various interlocking plans”, Mr. Stephen Edinger said in the welcome speach (Sthephen’s role in this exercise was RPIC at Unifed Command).

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Notable Oil Spils in U.S. Waters 1989 to 2009

Each year, the Coast Guard investigates  several thousand polluting incidents in waters of the United States. The  investigation reports show that, in any given year, greater than 70% of  the annual spill volume can be attributed to fewer than 20 incidents.
This report describes the most significant of those incidents, commencing with 1989, the year of the largest spill in U.S. waters  the EXXON VALDEZ grounding, (up to that point in time). Read more »

Sentences in US for Marpol Violations

Other sentences were issued in the last four months in US due to Marpol Violations.

A Chief Engineer  was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for obstructing a Coast Guard inspection that took place in May 2010 aboard a Liberian-operated cargo ship at the Port of Baltimore. In a related case, the ship-owner and operator of the vessel previously pleaded guilty to obstructing a Coast Guard examination and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The company was sentenced in February 2011 to pay a $2.4 million fine, and to serve three years probation, subject to an environmental compliance plan that includes audits by an independent third party auditor.

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