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Coast Guard Authorization Act Of 2010

OMB - review of draft OSV rule

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the size limit on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Act also directed the Coast Guard to issue, as soon as is practicable, a regulation to implement section 617 of the Act and to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to the crew on vessels of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (6,000 GT ITC).   Accordingly, the Coast Guard's rule will address design, manning, carriage of personnel, and related topics for OSVs of at least 6,000 GT ITC. This rulemaking will meet the requirements of the Act and will support the Coast Guard's mission of marine safety, security, and stewardship. Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Priority: Other Significant RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage Unfunded Mandates: No CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.) Statement of Need: In section 617 of Public Law 111-281, Congress removed OSV tonnage limits and instructed the Coast Guard to promulgate regulations to implement the amendments and authorities of section 617. Additionally, Congress directed the Coast Guard to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to the crew on OSVs of at least 6,000 GT ITC.


Cummings on Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, was pleased with the passage of H.Res. 1665, concurring in Senate amendments to H.R. 3619, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. The bill authorizes slightly more than $10b in annual funding for the United States Coast Guard, and will make several major changes to the service.   Cummings chaired four hearings on the Deepwater acquisition program and participated in


Coast Guard Authorization Act Passes House

By a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005 (H.R. 889). A variety of amendments were added, including an authorization for an additional $60 million for Hurricane Katrina relief operations; a requirement to notify the Coast Guard if an object that creates an unauthorized obstruction to navigation is released into the water; a phased increase in limits of liability from tank vessels for oil spills; a program to detect


Hearing Conducted on USCG Authorizing Legislation

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a Hearing on Coast Guard authorizing legislation. This hearing was with regard to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2006. Committee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) indicated that the bill would, among other things, authorize nearly $8.3 billion in funding for the Coast Guard in fiscal year 2007. Rear Admiral William D


Towing Vessel Inspection Proposal Advances

A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 30 that encompasses the policy provisions of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 legislative package, including a proposal that would establish a new inspection program for the towing industry. The bill, entitled the Maritime Transportation Amendments of 2004 (H.R. 4251), was quickly slated for action. On May 6, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


$7.9B USCG Reauthorization Approved by Subcommittee

Legislation to authorize more than $7.9 billion for the Coast Guard for Fiscal Year 2005, including $1.1 billion for the Deepwater project, was unanimously approved by the U.S. House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee today. Deepwater is the Coast Guard’s program to replace and modernize its operational capital assets. The Coast Guard’s fleet is rapidly deteriorating, leading to higher safety risks and maintenance costs, and a lower state of readiness


LR ACP Program Includes MODUs

Lloyd’s Register has been authorized by the US Coast Guard (USCG) to extend its Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) capabilities to include mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) - in addition to cargo vessels, tank vessels, offshore supply vessels, and passenger vessels. The new authorization was issued October 4, 2005. ACP is a voluntary program available through authorized classification societies for owners, operators, designers


Coast Guard Authorization Act

Senator Snowe (R-ME) introduced a bill (S. 733) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for the United States Coast Guard, and for other purposes. The bill, if adopted, would, among other things, allow the Coast Guard to carry out various ports and waterways safety functions through cooperative ventures; require reports from charterers relating to a vessel's eligibility to engage in coastwise trade; clarify grounds for suspension and revocation of merchant mariner documents; allow U


MARAD to Announce Funding for Marine Highways

In testimony to House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces on July 14, 2010, Maritime Administrator David T. Matsuda indicates that MARAD will issue a Notice of Funding Availability for eligible Marine Highway Project’s in a separate Federal Register notice to be published in July 2010. This notice will implement a new initiative, America's Marine Highway Grants, as authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010


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, Congress was unable to see the way clear to actually enact any pollution-related legislation, or for that matter any substantial maritime legislation in 2011


Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


USCG Leaders Testify on Budget Requests

USCG Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testified Wednesday on the Coast


USCG Foundation Announces Scholarships

2015 SCHOLARSHIP SEASON NOW OPEN!

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has kicked off its scholarship season. Accepting applications until March 15th


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2015 Scholarships

    Scholarship winners at the Coast Guard Foundations DC Dinner

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced yesterday that it has kicked off its scholarship season.    Accepting applications until March 15th


Shipping Company, Chief Engineer Charged for Dumping Oil

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced  that AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, and Nicolas Sassin, Chief Engineer of a vehicle carrier ship it operated, the M/V City of Tokyo, were both charged with knowingly dumping oil into United States’ waters off the coast of


Insights: Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas

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Rear Admiral Paul Thomas is the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs include waterways management, navigation and boating safety


USCG, Navy Continue Search for Student Overboard in Pacific

Coast Guard and Navy Search for Students overboard

The Coast Guard and Navy are continuing the search for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 70 miles southwest of Kauai, Tuesday. Coast Guard and Navy assets have searched 9,412 square miles totaling 83 search hours.


BP Bid to Cut Gulf Spill fine Denied

A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. U.S


USCG Commandant Visits Port of San Diego

Lleft to right: Robert Monson, Port Auditor; Thomas Russell, Port General Counsel; Thomas Gresham, Port Technology Security Supervisor; Dan Malcolm, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, Admiral and Mrs. Zukunft; John Bolduc, Acting President/CEO; Mark Stainbrook, Acting Chief of Police and Captain Jonathan Spaner, Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Diego (Photo: Arash Afshar)

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, visited the Port of San Diego’s administrative offices on February 12. The Commandant was in town to participate in the 2015 Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association /U.S


USCG, Australian Leaders Ink Deal

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  Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Federal Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters to highlight common missions, interests, capabilities, and opportunities for collaboration.


USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

Photo courtesy USCG

  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.


Coalition Calls for Action on Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and a broad-based coalition of organizations that rely on marine vessels to transport essential cargoes said a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges is urgently needed. The coalition called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to


MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

Photo: Antonio Ferrer

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers.   As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established


USCG, Alaska State Investigate Spill near Auke Bay

Coast Guard personnel from Sector Juneau lay absorbent pads into the water to absorb spilled petroleum products at Auke Bay Harbor in Auke Bay, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2015. Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conse

  Coast Guard Sector Juneau and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are investigating the spill of approximately of 50-100 gallons of petroleum products at the Auke Bay Harbor, Monday. Southeast Alaska Lighterage has been contracted to contain and mitigate the


Zukunft Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.   "Countries in our hemisphere are on the cusp of instability," Zukunft said






 
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