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  • Florida Senators Move to Firm Up Offshore...

    U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the American Shores Protection Act to codify the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Florida that was put in place by September 8, 2020, Executive Order by then-President Trump. 

     

  • Seadrill Presents to Bankruptcy Court Plan with...

    Seadrill Limited, the financially troubled offshore drilling contractor controlled by John Fredriksen, is making progress on its second trip through US bankruptcy court in the past four years. In a filing with the court, the company reported on Saturday, July 24, that it has reached an agreement with just over half of its senior secured lenders and asked for the court’s approval of the reorganization plan. News of the agreement comes just days after speculation that the company would be broken up and sold to competitors.

     

  • China Bans Nine Ship Managers from Crew Changes...

    After denying media reports that China was banning Indian crewmembers from crew changes due to fears of COVID-19, the Chinese Ministry of Transportation confirmed it was blocking crew changes for at least 30 days from certain crewing agencies and management companies. Chinese officials said the moves were being taken after positive cases of the virus were discovered among crewmembers coming ashore.

     

  • Appeals court suspends CDC cruise ship order

    In another reversal for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the CDC's "conditional sailing order" (CSO) will not be enforceable during the course of litigation in a suit brought by Florida. It is the latest twist in a series of rulings that temoporarily blocked the CSO, then reinstated it, then blocked it again.

     

  • Lloyd’s commits to the future of the Lloyd’s...

    In a move that has been strongly endorsed by UK maritime professional services body Maritime London, Lloyd’s has confirmed that it will continue to operate the Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch (LSAB) that oversees the Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) salvage contract and procedures.

     

  • Bar Harbor Residents Tell Town Council to Limit...

    Bar Harbor, Maine is moving to become the latest popular tourist destination to impose further restrictions on cruise ship visits. The move comes after town residents voiced their concerns over the overcrowding and congestion created by cruise ships during the 2019 season.

     

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Updates for merchant shipping safety and prevention of pollution regulations proposed

The Government proposes to amend five regulations under the Merchant Shipping (Safety) Ordinance and the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation to incorporate the latest requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships of the International Maritime Organization into local legislation.

 
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Indian Ports Bill 2021: Back to central planning and inspector raj?

India has 12 Major Ports and nearly 200 Non-Major Ports (NMPs), and they handle about 95% of its foreign trade by tonnage. Major Ports figure in the Union List and NMPs in the Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution. So, Major Ports come under the jurisdiction of the central government and NMPs under the respective state governments, but the Centre has overriding legislative and executive powers.

 
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Florida Senators Move to Firm Up Offshore Drilling Ban

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the American Shores Protection Act to codify the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Florida that was put in place by September 8, 2020, Executive Order by then-President Trump. 

 
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Seadrill Presents to Bankruptcy Court Plan with Creditor Support

Seadrill Limited, the financially troubled offshore drilling contractor controlled by John Fredriksen, is making progress on its second trip through US bankruptcy court in the past four years. In a filing with the court, the company reported on Saturday, July 24, that it has reached an agreement with just over half of its senior secured lenders and asked for the court’s approval of the reorganization plan. News of the agreement comes just days after speculation that the company would be broken up and sold to competitors.

 
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