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Maritime Industry News 2016: The Year in Review

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Kemplon Engineering looks back at the whirlwind year that was 2016 – which was, for all its strokes of bad luck and bold brilliance, certainly a year for the history books. Here are a few of the news and major issues that grabbed maritime industry headlines over the last twelve months:

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.2016 had started off with a proverbial bang, with January seeing the apprehension of American sailors who had inadvertently strayed into Iranian territorial waters. The situation was rapidly diffused amid improvements in U.S. – Iran relations.

Diplomacy is not faring very well on the other side of the world too, with China’s Territorial Ambitions running afoul of its neighbors’ economic and sovereign interests. Just like the previous years (territorial disputes in Asia is no stranger to our Year in Review lists), rightful ownership of small islands is contested by various country claimants, with incredible stakes – national pride, for one, but also exclusive economic zones for fishing, control over crucial shipping routes, strategic military outposts, and a potential wealth in untapped natural resource deposits.Far less rosy is the picture of United States – Russia relations. The tumultuous year saw a number of tense, Cold War era-type interactions between the two superpowers, among them a June encounter between Russian Navy frigate Yaroslav Mudry and the United States’ USS Gravely and USS Harry S. Truman, on top of failed efforts to cooperate and help end the civil war in Syria. 2016 ends with sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats, amid allegations of interference in the United States’ November elections. This situation is still developing.

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Monthly Maritime News Roundup: October, 2015

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One month goes by so quickly in the ever-dynamic maritime industry, and yet the days are packed with so many news and developments! Here is a lookback at a few of the topics gracing media headlines this October, 2015:

Hurricane Joaquin swept through parts of the United States, bearing winds, waves and flooding, and leaving damages to both land and sea. Tragically, it also took the lives of 33 crew aboard RO/RO cargo ship El Faro, hit by harsh weather en route from Florida to Puerto Rico (see related article, “Search and Rescue Ops After Hurricane Joaquin”). Since the loss of the vessel and presumed loss of its crew, the NTSB has released a preliminary report on the ensuing investigation; salvage and diving teams from the Navy have been contracted to search for the missing ship; a relief fund has been established for the family by the ship owners; and lawsuits – one to the tune of $100 million – have been filed on behalf of the grieving families.

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Exxon Valdez: Spared from $92 Million in Additional Oil Spill Damages

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More than 25 years after one of the largest oil spills in US waters of all time, Exxon is released from having to pay an additional $92 million from 1989’s Exxon Valdez oil spill.

On the 24th of March, 1989, tanker Exxon Valdez is grounded on Alaska’s Prince William Sound, with a ruptured hull that would launch about 11 million gallons (or 260,000 barrels) of crude oil into precious waters off Alaska. At the time, the disaster was unprecedented in scale, and demanded an equally unprecedented response from various federal, state, local and private entities. 1,500 miles of coastline, as well as parks, wildlife habitats, refuges and sanctuaries, many marine animals, and local livelihoods would ultimately be adversely affected by the disaster.   Read More

In the Wake of Tragedy: Updates on Missing Ship El Faro

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Following the heartbreaking tragedy of the El Faro’s October loss, pieces of the puzzle are slowly moving into place: the NTSB releases a Preliminary Report on the investigation; Navy salvage and diving teams are tasked to search for the missing vessel; the owners of the container ship establish a relief fund for the grieving families of lost crew; and lawsuits – one to the tune of $100 million – are filed against those who may be held accountable.

Earlier this October, cargo ship El Faro was believed to have been caught in the clutches of the devastating Hurricane Joaquin, an encounter that would ultimately lead to its loss. The 790-foot, roll-on, roll-off container ship was in the middle of an otherwise regular run between Florida and Puerto Rico when they issued a distress call, detailing lost propulsion, flooding and listing. It would be the ship’s final communication. Read More

Historic $20.8 Billion Settlement On 2010’s Gulf Oil Spill

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$20.8 Billion – a staggering amount of money. But then again, this is the figure negotiated as the proposed final settlement against BP, for the devastating Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. The disaster is considered to be the worst accidental oil spill in all of U.S. history and the settlement, also the largest. $20.8 billion, then, is an unimaginable figure to pay for an unprecedented disaster. But is it really enough?

The Gulf Oil Spill started with the April, 2010 explosion and sinking of oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster claimed 11 lives. But with a pipe leaking an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil until it was successfully capped only 87 days later, the event would ultimately be detrimental to the communities and livelihoods of thousands of other people, with untold long-term environmental effects we are still yet to fully comprehend.

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Diver Faces Jail Time for Fraud in Taking Historic Ship Artifacts

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A diver is in ‘deep water’ as he faces the legal consequences of fraud in making claims for historic ship artifacts in the UK. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at the story.

The oceans hold many secrets of history. Accidents, wars, harsh winds and raging seas have claimed many a vessel over centuries of human seafaring, hiding within untold depths artifacts, treasure, and precious stories of the distant and not-so-distant past. All around the world, shipwrecks capture both imagination and ambition, with many people, from scholars to adventurers and mercenaries, dedicating their lives to studying, recovering or even profiting from these vessels lost to the seas. Read More

The Port Performance Act

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It’s been a busy few days for U.S. legislators setting their sights on creating laws that impact the maritime industry. From a bill to monitor and report on US port operations, to a ship recycling bill and a multi-modal freight act, Washington’s got the spotlight on shipping. Read More