Industry searching for better ways to reduce ballast tank corrosion

Improving the protection of ballast tanks from corrosion is an issue of increasing importance to regulators, shipyards and ship owners.In January 2006, Intertanko and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) announced new revisions would be made to the IACS standards for corrosion prevention coatings in seawater ballast tanks.The purpose of the new guidelines is to "assist IACS inspectors in…
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Foss joins U.S. EPA partnership to improve energy efficiency and air quality

(SEATTLE, WA -- August 7, 2007) Foss today announced that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Foss is the first carrier accepted into the program for its marine transportation services.Foss has pledged to contribute…
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Egyptian crew of arrested ship spends four months stranded in Charleston

For Second Mate Shehab Mohamed Mustafa and 28 others, Charleston Harbor might as well have been a jail. The Egyptian crew aboard the bulk carrier Edco was stranded at Charleston for almost four months after the vessel became entangled in a financial dispute.Under a legal practice based on ancient maritime tradition, Edco was "arrested" by U.S. marshals after the ship's…
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U.S. seeks an injunction against tax advisor

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court to issue an injunction prohibiting Martin Kapp, a certified public accountant based in California, from advising his clients that they can claim on their income tax returns what has come to be known in the industry as "the mariner's deduction."Kapp has written about tax breaks for mariners in articles that…
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Federal court overturns Massachusetts law setting navigation rules aimed at oil spills

A Massachusetts law establishing rules for vessels navigating in state waters has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal court. Massachusetts passed the 2004 Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act in response to the 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay. It occurred when a Bouchard Transportation Co. barge struck a rock ledge, spilling 98,000 gallons of oil. The state law…
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