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Freight Carriers of Oil on Buzzard Bay
Freight carriers transporting over 6,000 barrels of oil across the pristine waters of Massachusett's Buzzard Bay would probably be intelligent if they decided to notify the proper authorities in Massachusetts of their arrival. It would probably also be a good idea to book a tug and state pilot in order to help them make it across the bay safely and without spilling any oil into the waters of Buzzard Bay.

The state of Massachusetts recently lost a landmark legal battle over the right of Massachesett's to introduce its own pilotage and tug-escort requirements for freight carriers transporting over 6,000 barrels of oil across the waters of Buzzard Bay. The state of Massachusett's wasn't phased by this ruling as they have changed course in their battle and have instead decided to propose new state legislation in the form of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Amendmends Act of 2009. The new legislation doesn't require freight carriers to notify the state of Massachusetts prior to their arrival or to use tug escorts or state pilots for freight carrier vessels carrying over 6,000 barrels of oil across Buzzard Bay. The new legislation does however impose triple penalties in the event that there's an oil spill in Buzzard Bay and this will probably mean that smart freight carriers will comply with the requirements to notify the state of Massachusetts before they arrive with loads of oil and use tug escorts and state pilots while transporting oil across Buzzard Bay in the weeks and months ahead in the century of the environment.

A tide of dissent is rising against the state of Massachusetts though as a coalition of freight shipping professionals headed by the tanker owners association Intertanko has decided to take on the state of Massachusetts, once again. Contending that the new requirements in effect will force freight carriers to follow the course set by the state of Massachusetts and comply with the state's requirements, despite the state's requirements being ruled against by the United States District Court of Massachusetts. The coalition has recently been joined by the American Waters Operators (AWO), the Chamber of Shipping America (CSA), and the International Group of Protection & Indemnity (P&I) clubs in their battle against the state of Massachusett's desire to try to sail around the ruling by the courts.

Intertanko has been pretty vocal in stating that if successful with this move the state of Massachusetts could be setting a dangerous course for the state of Massachusetts and could possibly give other American states and Washington the belief that they can just sail around the federal pre-emption issue of the state maritime safety laws, anytime they want to.
Posted on 19 Oct 2010 by Momentum
Ocean Freight Carrier Sinks
One consequence of China's unrelenting growth in ocean freight carrier shipping is the traffic congestion that has appeared on the freight carrying waterways of China, both inland and in China's ocean ports. Congestion that has created chaos at times as ocean freight carriers move into and out of China's iron-ore and coal terminals in ever increasing amounts as China moves further into the century of the environment.

The most recent incident between the capesize bulker 178,700-dwt Bright Century (built 1997) and the smaller 27,000-dwt handysize Sea Success (built 1998) has galvanized concern over China's uncontrolled growth in freight carrier movements. The possible resulting loss of life and limb for workers tasked with making sure these vital coal and iron-ore shipments reach their destinations being the main concern. The sinking of the Bright Century has been linked to traffic congestion in China's main iron-ore and coal terminals. The accident between Bright Century and Sea Success took place near the city of Weihai in the Shandong region of China close to the major iron-ore unloading port of Yantai.

The few details that have emerged from the fog surrounding this incident on the waterways of China indicates the accident occurred on Sunday at around 5:30. Visibility on the water at the time was apparently poor and conditions were foggy, according to sources, but in the end the crews from both vessels walked away, so everything turned out okay in the end.

This incident and other recent accidents on China's freight carrying waterways has raised concern over the need for navigational safety to improve in order to handle growing traffic in China's eastern ports. The Shandong and Rizhao port regions of China have been hit the hardest by the influx of ocean freight carriers.
Posted on 15 Oct 2010 by Momentum

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