News Archives from 8-11-09 to 8-19-2009

TORM LOTTE transits Arctic . . . 8/19/2009

Danish flag product tanker TORM LOTTE was built at the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd. in Guangzhou People’s Republic of China in 2009. The 45,144 dead weight ton capacity ship was recently tracked by AIS signal off Point Barrow by the Marine Exchange of Alaska. The ship was enroute Tuktoyaktuk in the Canadian Northwest Territories from San Francisco, California. The 600 foot long tanker is propelled by a 15,600 horsepower slow speed seven cylinder Sulzer marine diesel which can drive the ship at 15.5 knots. The TORM LOTTE is owned and operated by the Torm Shipping Company which operates over 130 modern vessels. Headquartered in Hellerup, Denmark, a suburb of Copenhagen, TORM was founded in 1889.



The tanker’s presence in the U.S. and Canadian arctic underscores the importance of the recent legislation introduced by Senator Mark Begich of Alaska which calls for measures to  ensure safe, secure, and reliable shipping in the Arctic and to enhance the readiness of the United States to deal with increased maritime and development activity in the Arctic. The importance of shipping issues in the Arctic region has also been highlighted this past week by the visits by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen, to Nome and Shishmaref and the Operation Arctic Crossroads multi-agency initiative consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services members.  These government agencies deployed to Nome and Barrow for a 20-day initiative to provide medical, optometry, boating safety awareness and other services to more than eight communities throughout Northern Alaska.



Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen is shown visiting with the mayor of Shishmaref during a visit to the village during Operation Arctic Crossroads . . . photo by the U.S. Coast Guard













EPA Vessel General Permit for Discharges Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline for filing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to operate under the EPA's Vessel General Permit for Discharges is September 19, 2009!

You must file a NOI to operate under the general permit if

Your ship or barge is admeasured at larger than 300 gross tons, or
The ship or barge has the capacity to hold or discharge more than 8 cubic meters (2113 gallons) of Ballast Water.

Under the provisions of the Clean Water Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1251 et. seq.), federal law prohibits discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel unless that discharge is covered under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. To obtain authorization under this permit, operators must meet the eligibility requirements found in Part 1.2 of the Permit and, if required by Part of the Permit, submit a complete and accurate NOI according to the requirements in Part 10/Appendix E. NOIs must be signed in accordance with 40 CFR 122.22.

An operator of a vessel is not required to submit a NOI pursuant to Part of the permit if the vessel is less than 300 tons and does not have the capacity to hold or discharge more than 8 cubic meters of ballast water. Owner/Operators that are not required to submit an NOI automatically receive coverage under this permit for their vessel and are authorized to discharge in accordance with the permit requirements.

The Marine Exchange can assist vessel owners in preparing their Notices of Intent (NOIs). Contact the Marine Exchange at (907) 463 2607.