• 2020 October 31 15:32

    Beach cleanup operation extends from upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City

    The Maryland Department of the Environment has joined the U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in a joint response, Wednesday, overseeing the cleanup operation of weathered oil called tar balls and oiled debris scattered along the shoreline from Bowers Beach, Delaware to Ocean City, Maryland.

    As crews under the unified command continue to pick up the coin to pancake-sized tar balls, beachgoers are strongly advised to stay out of the water and avoid walking along the wrack line, where oily debris is deposited by each high tide. The oily debris that has come ashore has forced the towns of Lewes, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach to close their beaches until further notice. The 4-wheel drive surf fishing crossing at Delaware Beach Plum Island Preserve, managed by Delaware State Parks, also remains closed so cleanup operations will not be hampered by vehicles tracking oil onto the sand.

    “We’re not sure how long oily debris will continue to wash up with the tide,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, who was on scene today surveying oil on the Delaware beaches. “Unfortunately, oil can be very persistent in the marine environment, but our environmental professionals are persistent too. They’re out there, working up and down the coastline, getting it out of the sand as much as possible. I have put out a call for additional resources from within DNREC this week and the response has been outstanding – with their help and the effort from our federal partner the Coast Guard, we’re making progress on this incident.”

    As of late Tuesday, cleanup crews of more than 100 personnel had successfully recovered 65 tons of oily debris and sand from Delaware beaches.

    “At this point in the response, we’re critically examining our resources, looking at the big picture and seeing where the greatest needs lie,” said Lt. Cmdr Fredrick Pugh, federal incident commander for the response. “We’ll continue to assess the situation, across all impacted coastlines through our on-the-ground experts and through the diligence of our local partners in the affected municipalities.”

    The unified command dispatched the cleanup crews to South Bethany yesterday, ahead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which started a planned beach replenishment. DNREC Secretary Garvin also dispatched an advance crew of 15 DNREC personnel to comb the beach at South Bethany for tar balls and oil patties before new sand was pumped onto the beach there. DNREC established a line of communication with the Army Corps of Engineers’ replenishment contractor to ensure that any significant deposits of oil sighted on the beach can be removed before sand pumped ashore could cover it over.

    Crews have surveyed the stretch of coastline by air, land and sea. This week, officials say the oily material that has been spreading along the coast is all from the original amount discovered last week that has been moved repeatedly by the waves and tide, being broken into smaller and smaller pieces. Response officials do not believe there is an ongoing or undiscovered patch of oil out in the bay or ocean.

    The Coast Guard has not ruled out any possible sources. The Coast Guard has sent samples of the oil to be analyzed by its Marine Safety Laboratory for a “petroleum fingerprint” that might help determine the source of the spill. If a source is identified, the responsible party would be required to reimburse the federal government for the cleanup operation.

    With Tropical Storm Zeta likely to make working conditions difficult later in the week, the unified command may suspend the cleanup operation temporarily while the storm passes through before resuming it over the weekend and continuing into next week.


2021 June 16

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17:41 Keel-laying ceremony held for lead icebreaking LNG carrier ordered by SCF from Zvezda for Arctic LNG 2
17:20 Port of Southampton boosts quayside infrastructure with new airbridge
16:42 Amphibious Energy and CORROSION join forces to launch the ICCP-POD
16:38 Rosmorport’s Far Eastern Basin Branch receives navigation equipment facility in Posyet seaport
16:15 APL announces additional Peak Season Surcharge from Asia to U.S.
15:43 Petersburg Oil Terminal obtains permit to put into operation its 40,000-cbm tank
15:14 New Helicopter Operations Guide from ICS helps crews prepare for the unexpected
14:46 Rosmorport’s Azov Basin Branch accepts dredger Dniester and dredging barges Deltovaya 10 and Deltovaya 11
14:14 ABS releases guidance on the potential of hydrogen as a marine fuel
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13:27 COSCO confirms Thordon seawater lubrication for 8 newbuild general cargo ships
13:13 Kalmar and SAAM continue collaboration with repeat order for 26 Ottawa T2 terminal tractors
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12:18 Avikus becomes Korea's first company to successfully demonstrate fully autonomous navigation
12:06 The DFDS ferries in Copenhagen will be receiving shore power
11:35 Aleksey Tkachenko takes helm of Coal Sea Port of Shakhtersk
11:16 Wärtsilä supports EU and Waterborne Technology Platform partnership to reach zero emissions by 2050
11:02 Fugro minimises in-person inspections with new floating offshore wind real-time monitoring solution
10:56 Sweden’s ports collaborate for safe and speedy restart of important cruise ship tourism
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10:09 Throughput of Kaliningrad port in 5M’2021 fell by 13% Y-o-Y
09:45 Oil prices rise on reduction of US reserves
09:27 Baltic Dry Index as of June 15
09:12 The U.S. shipyards support $42.4 billion in gross domestic product
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2021 June 15

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17:53 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product rose to RUB 22,962 pmt
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17:05 Ørsted plans carbon capture at Avedøre Power Station as part of the Green Fuels for Denmark project
16:50 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 5M’2021 fell by 23% Y-o-Y
16:35 TECO 2030 to cooperate with Chart Industries, Inc. on developing marine carbon capture and storage solutions
16:05 EPS joins ammonia bunker study
15:35 NYK to build 12 LNG-fueled PCTCs
14:51 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’2021 rose by 34% Y-o-Y
14:27 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’2021 fell by 10% Y-o-Y
13:49 DNV launches new Compliance Planner tool for easy regulatory tracking and compliance
13:48 Throughput of Taganrog port in 5M’2021 climbed by 16% Y-o-Y
13:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers dry cargo carrier Viktor Andryukhin
12:56 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in 5M’2021 fell by 3% Y-o-Y
12:35 RF Government approves draft law on regulation of offshore handling operations
12:33 Major contract for Payra Port’s next dredging phase awarded to Jan De Nul
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11:49 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg climbed by 2% in 5M’2021
11:28 VIKING signs contract for five more Hellenic Coast Guard ambulance boats
11:02 Port of Helsinki throughput in January-May 2021 rose by 7.4% YoY
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09:35 Oil prices rise driven by demand prospects
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2021 June 14

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