Saturday, April 12, 2014

Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s West Coast (April 2014)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) holds great promise as a marine fuel in Canada. Its affordability, abundance, and significantly lower emissions profile in marine applications mean that LNG is well positioned to enter the marine sector. With more stringent marine emissions regulations coming into force in North America in 2015, natural gas is of increasing interest as a fuel option for vessel owners. 
Unlike many other emissions reduction alternatives, the use of natural gas can offer a favourable return on capital investment for marine vessel owners. The emissions benefits of natural gas include reductions in criteria contaminants such as sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, as well lower greenhouse gas emissions  
excerpt from Foreword by
Alicia Milner, Chairperson, West Coast Marine LNG Joint Industry Project Steering Committee
President, Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance 


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Friday, April 11, 2014

US Coast Guard: MODU Kulluk Incident Report (December 31, 2012)

MODU KULLUK GROUNDINGREPORT OF INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE MULTIPLE MARINE CASUALTIES AND THE GROUNDING OF THE MODU KULLUK ON DECEMBER 31, 2012.OLSEN, KENNETH 04/03/2014 00:00 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Next Hundred Years: Russia, Ukraine, and Geopolitical Maneuvering (STRATFOR)

The Next Hundred Years
Ukraine and the 'Little Cold War

Editor's Note: In place of George Friedman's regular Geopolitical Weekly, this column is derived from two chapters of Friedman's 2009 book, The Next 100 Years. We are running this abstract of the chapters that focused on Eastern Europe and Russia because the forecast -- written in 2008 -- is prescient in its anticipation of events unfolding today in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea.

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For most of the second half of the 20th century, the Soviet Union controlled Eurasia -- from central Germany to the Pacific, as far south as the Caucasus and the Hindu Kush. When the Soviet Union collapsed, its western frontier moved east nearly 1,000 miles, from the West German border to the Russian border with Belarus. Russian power has now retreated farther east than it has been in centuries. During the Cold War it had moved farther west than ever before. In the coming decades, Russian power will settle somewhere between those two lines.
After the Soviet Union dissolved at the end of the 20th century, foreign powers moved in to take advantage of Russia's economy, creating an era of chaos and poverty. Most significantly, Ukraine moved into an alignment with the United States and away from Russia -- this was a breaking point in Russian history.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Blackswan Capital ~ Ukraine, Russia and the rest of Geography


"[T]he geographical quantities in the calculations are more measurable and more nearly constant than the human."  Sir Halford J. Mackinder, The Georaphical Pivot of History
Understand geography and you understand why Russia is taking the Ukraine

Greetings!

There seems a lot more at play here with Russian troops now occupying the Crimea. Robert Kaplan told us a couple of years ago what to expect in his brilliant book, The Revenge of Geography...



..."It was an old story this, Europe versus Russia: a liberal sea power-as were Athens and Venice-against a reactionary land power-as was Sparta and Prussia...

Currency Currents 3 March 2014




Saturday, March 1, 2014

EcoVolt: Bioelectric Water Treatment System (GW PlanetForward)

EcoVolt is a breakthrough wastewater treatment system that leverages electrically active microbes to create clean water and high quality renewable methane gas from wastewater.  
EcoVolt helps industrial beverage producers, particularly breweries, wineries, as well as food processing plants, generate energy from their wastewater streams, decreasing their carbon footprint & turning environmental liabilities into sources of revenue.