Keystone bill passes: Without Jones Act repeal amendment; Final Rule widens NOA and AIS requirements

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Keystone bill passes: Without Jones Act repeal amendment
January 30, 2015—The U.S. Senate today voted 62 to 36 to pass a bill to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but declined to tack on an amendment by Senator John McCain that would have repealed the domestic shipbuilding requirement of the Jones Act. Despite his amendment not being included, Senator McCain voted in favor of the bill.

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Final Rule widens NOA and AIS requirements
This final rule amends the applicability of notice of arrival requirements to include additional vessels, sets forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs and modifies related reporting content, time frames and procedures.

Victoria Shipyards recognized for supplier excellence
Lockheed Martin Canada granted its first supplier excellence award to Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards, Victoria, B.C., for its outstanding work and contribution to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate modernization program.

Liberian Registry offers green retrofit incentive
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Giant box ships booked, Imabari adds giant building dock
The 20,000 TEU containerships will measure about 400 m x 59 m and will be built in a large newbuilding dry dock of about 600 m length x 80 m breadth.

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