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EQECAT Releases Preliminary Report on Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

EQECAT, a subsidiary of ABSG Consulting Inc., released preliminary discussion of impacts from the March 11, 2011, M8.9 Miyagi event. A massive, magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the Japan Trench megathrust fault off the eastern coast of Honshu Friday, March 11 at 2:46 p.m. local time. The quake struck about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off Japan's eastern coast, approximately 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. Damage from this event is focused on the prefectures of Chiba (northern), Ibaraki, Tochigi, Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate (southern). The city of Sendai (1 million people) experienced the worst damage. Over 12 million people (10% of the total population of Japan) have been significantly affected by this event.

This is the second CatWatch notification/update issued by EQECAT for this event.

Economic losses continue to rise as significant earthquake-related events develop, including damage from numerous fires, and an explosion at a nearby nuclear plant. Total economic losses will likely exceed $100B USD. Key components of this will be extensive property damage to residential and commercial occupancies and restoration of critical infrastructure.

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ABS Consulting Holds NMSAC Meeting at Arlington Office Location

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) met on January 19 and 20, 2011, at the ABS Consulting office in Arlington, Virginia. NMSAC provides advice, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security, via the Commandant of the Coast Guard, on matters affecting national maritime security. The Committee consists of 21 members who have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience related to maritime security or port operations. The April NMSAC meeting is also scheduled to be held in the Arlington office.

ABS Consulting Presents at 2011 NPRA Annual Meeting

J.S. (Steve) Arendt, Vice President, North America Process Industries, of ABS Consulting will be presenting "PSM Compliance is Not Enough!" on Monday, March 21, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. during the 2011 NPRA Annual Meeting on March 20-22, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. This paper will discuss how to use safety culture essential features to provide a means to implement real and lasting solutions to work processes for PSM compliance, and more importantly, for improved process safety performance.

For more information, visit http://www.npra.org/.


Responsible Care Conference & Expo

Responsible Care Conference & Expo
April 17-20, 2011
Miami, FL
Booth #312



Mechanical Integrity
Apr 12-13, 2011 - ABS Consulting - Houston, TX

Learn how to develop, implement, and maintain an efficient program for mechanical integrity. Gain a thorough understanding of the OSHA and EPA requirements for such a program and see how to define roles and assign responsibilities in the program. Practice developing an inspection and test plan. Also build a quality assurance plan and learn how to develop maintenance procedures and training based on these plans. Combine with Operating and Maintenance Procedures on April 14-15 and save!

TSCA and Its International Counterpart
May 10-11, 2011 - McKenna Long & Aldridge law offices - Washington, DC

Take an in-depth look at the TSCA laws and regulations that govern the manufacture, importation, distribution, and use of chemicals in the U.S., including Premanufacture Notification, Significant New Use Rules, Section 8(e) reporting, and the Inventory Update Rule. Also review how chemicals are regulated in the European Union.

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Upcoming Courses: March 2011 - May 2011

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Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
April 4-8 - Atlanta, GA
May 9-13 - Colorado Springs, CO

Certified ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor**
April 11-15 - New Orleans, LA

Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor**
April 11-14 - New Orleans, LA

Regulatory Inspection Planning
April 12-13 - Houston, TX

TSCA and Its International Counterpart
May 10-11 - Washington, DC

RCRA Compliance Bootcamp
May 16-20 - Houston, TX

SPCC Plans Made Easy
May 16-17 - Houston, TX

Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks
May 18-19 - Houston, TX



Process Safety Management Compliance
March 21-23 - Knoxville, TN
May 16-18 - New Orleans, LA

Compliance Auditing
March 24-25 - Knoxville, TN
May 19-20 - New Orleans, LA

Layer of Protection Analysis
March 29-30 - Knoxville, TN

Process Hazard Analysis Leader
April 11-15 - Knoxville, TN

Mechanical Integrity
April 12-13 - Houston, TX

Operating and Maintenance Procedures
April 14-15 - Houston, TX

Facility Siting Hazard Analysis Techniques
April 13-15 - San Antonio, TX

Hazard Identification
April 15 - Knoxville, TN

Quantitative Analysis Techniques
May 16-20 - Knoxville, TN



Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor**
April 12-15 - New Orleans, LA



ISO 9001 Internal Auditor
April 11-13 - Houston, TX



ISO 28000 Internal Auditor
May 9-11 - Houston, TX

ISO 28000 Lead Auditor**
May 9-12 - Houston, TX


Statutory Primer - SOLAS V Surveys**
March 29 - Houston, TX

Statutory Primer MARPOL Annex VI Surveys**
March 30 - Houston, TX

Main and Auxiliary Engine Inspections for Superintendent's**
March 31 - Houston, TX

Electrical, Electronics, Controls and Telecommunications Inspections for Superintendents**
April 1 - Houston, TX

Effective Implementation of an SMS: DPA Requirements**
April 4-5 - Houston, TX

Risk Assessment**
April 5-6 - Houston, TX

Hull Structure and Rules Compliance**
April 6-7 - Houston, TX

Dynamic Positioning Sytems Installations**
April 6-7 - Houston, TX

ISM Code Internal Auditor
April 6-8 - Houston, TX

Maritime Root Cause Analysis and Incident Investigation
April 7-8 - Houston, TX

Fundamentals of Structures for Self-Elevating MODU's**
April 11-13 - Houston, TX

ISPS Code Internal Auditor**
April 14-15 - Houston, TX

Crisis Management and Emergency Response**
April 19 - Houston, TX

Shaft Alignment for Superintendents**
April 20-21 - Houston, TX

Integrated Management Systems Internal Auditor**
April 25-26 - Houston, TX

Winterization Requirements**
April 26 - Houston, TX

ISPS Code Security Officer
May 2-4 - Houston, TX

Maritime Security Implementation
May 5-6 - Houston, TX

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