February 2014 Marine Log Magazine
UPDATE biz notes Tognum changes name to Rolls-Royce Power First LNG OSV launched for Harvey Gulf Harvey Gulf InternatIonal MarIne (HGI M) , Ne w O rle a n s , L A , i s m a king great strides as a “green” leader in the marine industry. While the operator is in the process of constructing the first LNG marine fueling facility in the U.S., located in Port Fourchon, LA, the first of its six Dual Fuel Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) was recently launched by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), Inc., Gulfport, MS. The 302 ft x 64 ft OSVs will be classified by ABS and achieve ENVIRO+, Green Passport status—making them the most environmentally friendly OSVs in the Gulf of Mexico. To achieve this status, the vessels will have to be completely constructed out of environmentally friendly materials and will be fitted with advanced alarms for fuel tanks and containment systems. Once under operation, the vessel(s) will also have to be continuously manned by a certified Environmental Officer. The launch of the vessel, says John Dane III, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group’s President and CEO, “demonstrates the commitment both Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and Harvey Gulf have to providing engineering solutions to advance environmental technologies.” Next month, the newly launched vessel will be moved to GCSG’s commissioned space at the Port of Gulfport for final completion and testing. It is expected to enter service later this year. toGnuM aG Is no More. That’s because the company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG since March 2013, will now be called Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. Rolls-Royce and Daimler each own a 50% share in the company. Its regional companies will also operate under new names: Tognum America Inc., Novi, MI, will now operate as MTU America Inc. and Tognum Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, will operate as MTU Asia Pte Ltd. “The new name Rolls-Royce Power Systems reflects the close industrial ties to Rolls-Royce. At the same time, our owners Rolls-Royce and Daimler have clearly affirmed their commitment to our traditional brands of MTU, MTU Onsite Energy and L’Orange,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The product portfolio includes MTU brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy land, rail and defense vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. You c an lear n more about t he comp an y ’s name c hange and a s well as it s group of companies at www.rrpowersystems.com As for the LNG fueling facility, Harvey Gulf says it will consist of two sites—each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity. The first site is expected to be completed by the end of this month. U.S. Coast Guard warns mariners about marijuana use MarIners tHInkInG that a little recreational use of marijuana is just fine, could see their credentials go up in smoke. With states such as Washington and Colorado legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice warning mariners, marine employers, Medical Reviewing Officers and the public that a ban remains in place for 10 MARINE LOG February 2014 the use of marijuana by those serving in safety-sensitive positions in the maritime transportation industry. The Coast Guard says it is important to note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. A mong t he ot her drugs listed on Schedule I are LSD, opiods, psychedelics, heroin, and quaaludes. The Coast Guard says that marijuana use remains unacceptable for any safetysensitive employee serving in the maritime industry and subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations. The DOT’s Drug and A lcohol Test ing Reg u lat ion— 49 CFR Part 40 —does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason. As such, Medical Review Officers will not verif y a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used “recreat iona l marijua na” or “medicinal marijuana.” Furthermore, mariners/ employees that hold a Merchant Mariner Credential and fail a drug test due to recreational or medicinal marijuana usage, will be subject to administrative action against their credential in accordance with federal regulations. The Coast Guard’s regulation regarding recreational or medicinal drug usage is firmly aligned with the DOT’s regulation on the use of Schedule I drugs.