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Meetings of National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) and its Liftboat subcommittee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Houston on November 6-7, 2002. Items on the agenda include review of IMO and ISO activities, liftboat issues, offshore security, and implementation of STCW for offshore supply vessels. Source: HK Law


LA Port Executive Ruiz Named to Federal Panel

Cynthia Ruiz

Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness to Recommend Ways to Increase U.S. Exports; First Meeting is Friday.   Port of Los Angeles Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs Cynthia Ruiz has been named to the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness by Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.  The Committee, comprised of 40 senior-level representatives of multiple industries and supply chain experts, will advise the Secretary, the U.S


DHS Names Maritime Security Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. "On behalf of Secretary Ridge, I am delighted to welcome these advisors to our team," said Admiral Thomas H. Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard. "We look forward to working with the Committee to continue strengthening our efforts to protect our ports and waterways while keeping them open for commerce."


National Harbor Safety Committee Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee are hosting the Fourth Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference in Galveston on March 3-5, 2002. Items on the agenda include a review of harbor safety in the Port of New York/New Jersey following the terrorist attacks; contemporary port security issues; port risk and vulnerability; and harbor infrastructure issues. Source: HK Law


LMRWSAC to Meet in New Orleans

The Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on November 16. Topics on the agenda include navigational safety at the Mississippi River mouth and approaches and an update on local port harbor safety committees. (HK Law)


Meeting of Fire Protection

The Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee, sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet on February 5-7, 2002 in Houston, Texas. The Committee will review a working draft of the proposed regulatory text and other material. Source: HK Law


Towing Safety Committee to Meet

TSAC – meeting Two working groups of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia to discuss issues related to towing vessel safety. The Regulatory Review Working Group will meet on April 27 to discuss travel time for towing vessel officers. The Maritime Security Working Group will meet on April 28 to discuss implementation of security plan regulations and development of timely feedback to the Coast Guard. 69 Fed


NMSAC Re-established

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Secretary of Homeland Security has re-established the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). (Source: Holland & Knight)


TSAC Meeting Announced

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on May 1 and 2 to discuss elements of the safety management system and inspection regime. 70 Fed. Reg. 20923 (HK Law)


Bills re: Northwest Straits Marine Conservation

Senator Murray (D-WA) and Representative Larsen (D-WA) introduced companion bills (S. 3373 and H.R. 6746 respectively) to reauthorize and expand the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative Act to promote the protection of the resources of the Northwest Straits, and for other purposes.  The previous legislation (Pub.L. 105-384, Title IV) established a citizens’ advisory committee to assist in coordination of marine resource conservation measures in the Strait of Juan de Fuca


MERPAC to Meet on IGF Code Training Requirements

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to work on Task Statement 80, concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).


Harkand Names Brown to Gulf of Mexico Management Team

Photo: Harkand

Global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand informs it has made a key appointment by securing Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown has considerable experience of commercial diving in the offshore


South Pacific Tuna Reports Improved Safety

Photo: South Pacific Tuna Corporation

U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet Records Zero Fatalities in 2013 South Pacific Tuna Corporation pointed to the tuna industry’s 2013 record of zero fatalities in response to a recent report, implication of safety concerns and 2012 violations from foreign officers license certification


Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On March 13, a diverse coalition of 59 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of business, maritime and labor interests signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership, Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune


Innovative Solutions to Global Trends at INEC 2014

John Newell (Photo courtesy INEC)

The newly launched program for the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition – INEC 2014, being held at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands (May 20-22, 2014) features an incomparable line-up drawn from over a dozen countries speaking to the theme


Kopernicki joins BMT Group Board

Jan Kopernicki

BMT Group Ltd., an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced that Jan Kopernicki has joined the Board of Directors as a nonexecutive Director. Jan has extensive experience in the shipping industry, with his career at Shell spanning over 40 years


Hans Jakob Kruse has Died

Hapag-Lloyd mourns the loss of former Executive Board chairman Hans Jakob Kruse, who led the company from 1973 until 1993. On February 4, Hans Jakob Kruse died in Hamburg at the age of 84. He was the chairman of the Hapag-Lloyd Executive Board for two decades from 1973 until 1993.


Resolve Maritime Academy Welcomes Distinguished Visitor

Facility visit: Photo courtesy of Resolve Group

Lieutenant Colonel Roque, Director, Region South, of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support visits Resolve Marine Group and tours Resolve Maritime Academy. LTC Roque's visit included a tour of the Resolve Maritime Academy simulators and fire


National Freight Advisory Approves Harbor Maintenance Tax

The National Freight Advisory Committee yesterday unanimously approved a recommendation to pass legislation that will ensure that the Harbor Maintenance Tax is utilized for its intended purpose - to keep the nation's harbors and channels dredged and maintained at their maximum authorized depth for


MPHRP Security Training Held in India

The participants of the Chennai training session with Chirag Bahri, MPHRP Regional Director for South Asia, far right.

Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) South Asia organized three Seafarers Pre-Departure Piracy Awareness Train the Trainers sessions in India between October 16-23, 2013. The training was delivered by Toon van de Sande (MPHRP), Cyrus Mody (IMB) and Chirag Bahri (MPHRP)


Costa Concordia Parbuckling to Get Green Light Soon

Photo courtesy of CPD

The salvage operation (known as the 'parbuckling project') to upright the wreck of the partially sunken 'Costa Concordia' has been given provisional approval by the Italian government's Civil Protection Department and is expected ot take place at a convenient date in September.


UN Urges Collective Action to Fight Piracy in Central Africa

A crew member prepares to board a tanker that was hijacked by pirates in Benin on July 24, 2011. Photo: IRIN/Daniel Hayduk

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Central African leaders to collectively focus on conflict prevention in the subregion and to fight the threats of piracy and armed robbery at sea, as well as other security challenges. “This meeting offers a unique opportunity to find concerted and


NOAA Seeks Hydrographic Panel Members

NOAA is seeking qualified candidates to apply for up to five voting member vacancies to serve on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) as of January 1, 2014.   The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on current and emerging oceanographic


Great Lakes Ports Association Elects New Leadership

Members of the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) elected new leadership at their annual summer meeting held this year in Oswego, New York. The new president is William Friedman, President & CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority


WSTC to Seek Public View on Proposed Fare Increases

WSFs Walla-Walla: Photo courtesy of WSF

Aross-the-board proposed ferry fare increases: Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) to hold public consultations. The increase is necessary to ensure the state meets the ferry-fare-revenue target set by the Legislature in the recently enacted 2013 - 2015 transportation budget.


 
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