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Many Maritime Bills Introduced

Bill introduced re NOAA Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 50) to provide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. (1/4/05). Bill introduced re grants for first responders Representative Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 91) to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to make grants to first responders, and for other purposes. (1/4/05). Bill introduced re public transportation security Representative Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 153) to provide increased rail and public transportation security. (1/4/05). Bill introduced re sealing empty shipping containers Representative Millender-McDonald (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 163) to amend title 46, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out an empty shipping container sealing pilot program to encourage shipping container handlers to seal empty shipping containers after they have unpacked them, and for other purposes. (1/4/05). Bill introduced re terrorism and crime at ports Representative Millender-McDonald (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 173) to prevent and respond to terrorism and crime at or through ports. (1/4/05). Bill introduced re first responder grants Representative Sweeney (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 228) to establish a realistic, threat-based allocation of grant funds for first responders.


Bill Introduced to Provide for NOAA

Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Act (H.R. 5450) to provide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, require the Administrator to develop a proposed reorganization plan and publish it in the Federal Register to obtain public comment. Source: HK Law


Bill Introduced on Homeland Security Outreach

Representative Rogers (R-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4433) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct outreach to and consult with members of the private sector with respect to the Secure Border Initiative and for purposes of strengthening security along the international and maritime borders of the United States. Source: HK Law


Bill Introduced to Improve Maritime Security

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act of 2006 (S. 2791) to amend titles 46 and 49, United States Code, to provide improved maritime, rail, and public transportation security, and for other purposes. The bill, if enacted into law, would codify the Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), expand the use of interagency operations centers


Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines.


Bill Introduced on Vessel Hull Design Protection

Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill (S. 1640) to amend chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code (relating to the vessel hull design protection), to clarify the definitions of a hull and a deck Source: HK Law


Single-Hull Phase-Out Bill Introduced

Representative Capps (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 880) to amend title 46, United States Code, to accelerate to 2007 the application of the requirement that a tanker that carries oil in bulk as cargo must be equipped with a double hull, and for other purposes. Representative Capps said, the bill would, if enacted, accelerate the phase-out of single-hull tankers in U.S. waters to 2007. Single-hull tankers operating within 100 miles of the U.S


Bill introduced re harbor maintenance tax exemption

Representative Weldon (R-FL) introduced the Short Sea Shipping Tax Exemption Act of 2005 (H.R. 3319) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from the harbor maintenance tax for certain shipping between United States mainland ports. If enacted into law, this bill would exempt certain U.S short-sea shipping (basically that involving containerized and ro-ro cargo) from the harbor maintenance tax. (HK Law)


National Ocean Policy Bill Introduced

Senator Hollings (D-SC) introduced a bill (S. 2647) to establish a national ocean policy, to set forth the missions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to ensure effective interagency coordination, and for other purposes. (HK Law)


Seaport Security Bill Introduced

Representative Millender-McDonald (D-CA) introduced the United States Seaport Multiyear Security Enhancement Act (H.R. 3712) to improve seaport security. If enacted, the bill would authorize $800 million annually for funding of seaport security projects. (Source: HK Law)


Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Bill Introduced

USCG photo

Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation that authorizes the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to carry out its vital missions, improves USCG mission effectiveness, helps replace and modernize aging Coast Guard assets in a cost effective manner, enhances oversight


Ireland to Reform Nation's Port Sector

Leo Varadkar: Official photo

The Government of Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar,  informs that the Cabinet has approved the draft General Scheme of a new Bill with important implications for Ireland’s vital port sector. The Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2014 will allow the five


Senate Panel Ponders Expedited LNG Export Reviews

Senator John Hoeven

U.S. lawmakers on the Senate Energy Committee will vote on a bill this week aimed at speeding up the Department of Energy's review of liquefied natural gas export applications. The panel will weigh a bill introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Republican of North Dakota


Congressman Introduces Bill Lifting Oil Export Ban

U.S. Representative Joe Barton (Credit: U.S. House Office)

U.S. Representative Joe Barton will introduce a bill on Tuesday to lift the 40-year ban on exports of crude oil, but the measure has almost no chance of passing due to lawmaker concerns about fuel prices and costs to refiners. Barton, a Republican from Texas


Bills on Standards Cruise Ship Discharges

Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Eshoo (D-CA) introduced companion bills (S. 1820 and H.R. 3888 respectively) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish national standards for discharges from cruise vessels. (10/21/09)


Bill for Study of Arctic Deep Water Port

Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 4576) to require a study and report on the feasibility and potential of establishing a deep water sea port in the Arctic to protect and advance strategic United States interests within the evolving and ever more important region


Bill to Extend Galveston Channel

Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced a bill (H. R. 5329) to modify the project for navigation and environmental restoration, Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels, Texas, authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, and for other purposes


Bill to Repeal Liability Limitation of Offshore Oil

Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5355) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to repeal the limitation of liability of a responsible party for a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil from an offshore oil facility. Official text of the bill has yet to be posted


Senate Bill Re Oil Spill Economic Damages

Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 3461) to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of victims for economic injury caused by the Deepwater Horizon incident, and to direct the Secretary of the Interior to renegotiate the terms of the lease known as ``Mississippi Canyon 252''


Rep. Markey Debuts “Stop Oil Spills” (SOS) Bill

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  Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) last week introduced the “Stop Oil Spills Act,” a bill to fund research into new oil spill prevention and response technologies. Following BP CEO Tony Hayward’s admission that his company did not have a “tool-kit” to respond


House Bill Introduced, Evidence of WWII Merchant Marine Service

Representative Butterfield (D-NC) introduced a bill (H.R. 1288) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service in the merchant marines during World War II


Maritime Pollution and Other Legislation Outlook 2012

Jonathan K. Waldron

It has been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon incident occurred on April 20, 2010.  As a result of this incident, although there have been many bills introduced in Congress to address issues raised by this incident, as well as numerous related hearings


New Zealand Debates Changes to Maritime Transport Act

A new Bill currently before Parliament transfers some responsibilities from Maritime New Zealand to the Environmental Protection Authority. The Marine Legislation Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 11 September 2012. The Bill makes a number of changes to the Maritime Transport Act


Key Arctic Bills Introduced by Alaska Senator

Senator Mark Begich: Photo credit Press Office

New bills introduced by US Senator Mark Begich are aimed to strengthen Arctic science, health and diplomacy. "As we face an Arctic Ocean which is increasingly ice-free, our country has both an historic opportunity and enormous challenges,” U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said


WCI Executives Endorse Senate Waterway Bills

WCI President/CEO Michael J. Toohey

Waterways Council, Inc.’s (WCI) Executive Committee has endorsed two Senate waterways bills introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act” (S. 565) and “Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act” (WIN P3) (S






 
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