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Hearing on Marine Mammal Protection Act

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a Hearing


Hearing on Disposal of Ghost Fleet

The Senate Commerce Committee released testimony of various witnesses who spoke at the hearing conducted by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Subcommittee on July 7, 2003. Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert


Commerce Committee Will Hold Port Security Field Hearing

U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today a full Committee hearing on the implementation of the Port and Maritime Security Act on Tuesday, February 19th, 2002, at 1:30 PM at the Charleston, S.C., Maritime Center. Witnesses will include: Panel I, Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary of Transportation; Admiral James M. Loy, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Robert C


Cruise Vessel Act Cleared

The Senate Commerce Committee this week gave unanimous approval to S. 127, the United States Cruise Vessel Act. Senator John McCain, the sponsor of the legislation, characterizes it as an effort to "jump start" the introduction of large cruise ships (greater than 20,000 gt and with overnight accommodations for at least 800 passengers) into the coastwise trade. The key feature of the legislation allows a vessel operator to acquire a foreign-built cruise ship and place in under U.S


An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy released its final report - An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century. The 610-page report recommends establishment of a comprehensive and coordinated U.S. ocean policy. The report, like its earlier draft, is heavily weighted toward research, environmental protection, and state and local coordination. Sections relating to commercial activity on the water, such as carriage of goods and passengers


AWO: Senate Bill Would Protect Marine Environment

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Bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) and nine co-sponsors would establish a strong, nationally consistent standard for ballast water and other vessel discharges, bringing good news for the marine environment and for maritime commerce, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) announced. S. 3332, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, would require the U.S. Coast Guard to implement the most environmentally protective ballast water discharge standard achievable by


Confirmation Hearing for Maritime Administrator

On July 27, the Senate Commerce Committe will hold a full Committee hearing to consider the following nominations: Charles Nottingham to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board; Robert Sumwalt to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board; Nathaniel Wienecke to be Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Commerce; Jay Cohen to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology


Legislation Aimed at Reducing TWIC Red Tape

Bill Would Reform Enrollment Process in Flawed TWIC Program.   U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation today that would reform the burdensome enrollment process of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) program, which provides biometric identification cards to mariners and other transportation workers in order to allow them unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, and other maritime facilities


Cruise Line Maintains Coast Guard Help Free of Charge

Carnival Corp, resists reimbursement of costs incurred by US Government through assistance rendered to their disabled 'Carnival Triumph'. Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship, reports the Associated Press. Carnival recently released letters replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen


Pressure Mounts to Settle West Coast Port Dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries joined congressional leaders, three governors and a big-city mayor on Wednesday in pushing shipping lines and the dockworkers' union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil and cargo backups at 29 West Coast ports. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker weighed in as emissaries of President Barack Obama, who has come under rising political pressure to intervene in a conflict that has


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling


Op/Ed: Fix the HMTF Now … or in 2027

Shane Skelton

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) has been misused and underutilized for years, leaving U.S. ports and harbors in subpar conditions and disadvantaging the very shippers that pay to modernize and maintain them – to the tune of nearly $2 billion per year. In May, the U.S


Evergreen Adjusts Following Hanjin Collapse

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Responding to the unexpected service disruption caused by CKYHE alliance member Hanjin Shipping, which has entered rehabilitation proceedings, Evergreen Line has added new functions to its online e-commerce system. The service disruption has caused delays to Evergreen Line’s cargoes


MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the


Senator Urges Obama Admin to Detail Oil Swaps with Mexico

Senator Lisa Murkowski

One of the U.S. Senate's top advocates for lifting the ban on domestic crude exports urged the Commerce Department on Thursday to disclose whether any oil swaps with Mexico have actually been finalized after the agency approved the transactions in August.


Vessel Discharge Amendment Push Continues

Craig Montesano (Photo: AWO

AWO voices strong opposition to McCain anti-Jones Act amendment   The American Waterways Operators (AWO) is continuing an intensive lobbying campaign to bring the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) to a vote in the Senate and working with the American Maritime Partnership to strenuously


Aids to Navigation Receives Funding of $4.6 mil

The Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware, the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay applaud the inclusion of a $4.6 million request for aids to navigation, or ATONs, in President Obama’s FY17 U


Support for Uniform National Discharge Legislation Builds

Craig Montesano

AWO Pushes VIDA as the solution to the confusing patchwork of federal and state regulations that makes compliance unnecessarily complicated and costly.    Even as the ballast water treatment issue becomes more and more confusing – both here and abroad – a united coalition


Senate Markup Provides Funding for Oceanographic Vessels

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Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved a Commerce, Justice, Science bill that would provide $75 million to build a new Regional Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and $159 million for the design and construction of three


Cosco Pacific Appoints Zhang Wei as Vice Chairman

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 Cosco Pacific Ltd. has appointed Zhang Wei as vice chairman and managing director, replacing Qiu Jinguang who has stepped down from the positions with immediate effect, reports Dow Jones.   "Qiu Jinguang has resigned as an Executive Director


SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.  


New Great Lakes Icebreaker Nearing Reality

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaks ice in Whitefish Bay, Mich., in March 2009 (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by George Degener)

Plans for a second heavy icebreaker for service on the Great Lakes have taken another step toward reality with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) including $2 million for initial survey and design work for a vessel that is at least as capable as the current icebreaker Mackinaw in the committee report


Panama Canal Conducts Trial Through Expanded Cocoli Locks

ACP Owned crane ship Oceanus successfully transits the new Pacific facing Cocoli Locks on Monday Photo ACP

Today, the Panama Canal conducted another successful trial transit in the Expanded Canal. The transiting vessel, a U.S.-built crane ship named the Oceanus, was maneuvered through the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks by Panama Canal Pilots Fernando Jaén and Ricardo Varela.   


FAST Act Grant Awards Announced

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 18 proposed grant awards for projects under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program. The program, also known as the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National


Great Lakes Ports Support Ballast Reforms

Directors of major commercial ports in the Great Lakes region called on Congress to end years of regulatory chaos surrounding ballast water management.    In a joint letter issued late yesterday, 14 port directors urged the Senate Armed Services Committee to include ballast regulatory






 
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