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USCG Issues Guidance For Vessel Boarding Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued guidance to its personnel regarding vessel boarding safety when conducting boardings of large commercial vessels as part of the homeland security mission. The guidance cautions Coast Guard personnel about the need for safety briefings prior to any such boarding, the risks of explosive vapors, and the risks inherent in confined space entry. It notes that many Coast Guard personnel may not have received specific training concerning the risks related to this new mission. The guidance is a good first step toward minimizing the risks inherent in boardings of sophisticated commercial vessels by persons other than the regular crew. Further guidance is required, though, and will be issued shortly. Source: HK Law


Coast Guard Closes Portions of the Illinois River

The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi has closed the portions of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept., 23, 2008. The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199. The Illinois River is also closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill. The Mississippi River has reopened to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo


Seaway Corporations Open Waterway to Mandatory AIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) opened the binational waterway’s 45th navigation season. This season marks the beginning of mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) use on commercial vessels entering waterway in North America to employ this technology as a requirement for transit.


Kuykendall Introduces Legislation To Increase Employment Of American Merchant Mariners

Congressman Steven T. Kuykendall, vice chairman of the Merchant Marine Panel for the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced legislation that would provide merchant mariners the same tax credits as other Americans working abroad. Kuykendall introduced this legislation to increase the employment of American merchant mariners aboard commercial vessels in the foreign and international trades. Currently, American citizens employed outside the United States may exclude up to $74


Errant Boater Endangers Commercial Traffic in Puget Sound

The US Coast Guard announced that an unidentified vessel operator forced five large commercial vessels to take evasive action in Puget Sound near Port Townsend. The incident occurred during a period of low visibility and the boater did not respond to radio calls. The professionalism of the commercial mariners involved, with assistance from the Puget Sound VTS, averted what could have been a potentially disastrous situation. [Source: HK Law]


USCG Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun posting redacted versions of its Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions on its Coast Guard Legal page on the Internet located at http://www.uscg.mil/legal . Clicking on "Civil Penalty Appeals" will they lead you to a menu of cases involving bridges, COLREGS, commercial vessel violations, marine casualties, negligence, pollution, recreational vessels, and uninspected passenger vessels. Source: HK Law


USCG Issues NPRM

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) relating to servicing intervals for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA) on domestic commercial vessels not certificated under SOLAS. Under the proposal, the first servicing of such new devices on these vessels would be deferred to two years after initial packing. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by May 6, 2002. Source: HK Law


Raytheon And Samsung Collaborate On Bridge System

Raytheon Marine and Samsung Industries have entered into a cooperative agreement to meld key components of Raytheon's Integrated Bridge System into Samsung's Naru 2000, which is an ECDIS-based Integrated Navigation System. The agreement is designed to further additional business in Asian markets - a large chunk of the industry's shipbuilding. The joint-venture with Samsung is expected to bring in an additional $10 million per year in new sales revenue.


Coast Guard Increases Presence in Preparation in and around NYC/NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Christopher Estelle, 24, observes passengers as they embark aboard a Circle Line ferry at Ellis Island. The Coast Guard has increased its local law enforcement patrols, including the presence of armed tactical operations boarding teams aboard ferries and other commercial vessels operating in and around the Port of New York and New Jersey, in response to the heightened terror warnings and to prepare for the upcoming Republican National


DOJ – Ship Operator Fined for ORB Violation

  The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that a ship management company and a chief engineer pleaded guilty to a charge that they falsified the oil record book (ORB) on a commercial vessel. The company was sentenced to pay a $1m fine and a $200,000 community service payment. It will also serve a three year period of probation and institute an environmental compliance program. Source: HK Law


USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard aids to navigation team from Woods Hole, Mass., assists the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase in Woods Hole on Feb. 28, 2015. The fishing boat became lodged in ice on their way back to New Bedford, Mass., from a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole)

  A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice


Think Tank: US Port Cybersecurity At Risk

     Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.)

Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation argued for increased U.S. port cybersecurity in a report published online this week.   "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and maritime stakeholders need to stay ahead of [cybersecurity] risks in order to keep trade flow


Abu Dhabi Ship Building to Deliver 3 UAE Warships by 2016

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company will deliver three Baynunah warships to the United Arab Emirates Navy by 2016 and is in discussions with other buyers to sell more, its chief executive said on Monday. "There are discussions with some of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as


Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

Replenishment at Sea - Gulf of Aden (Courtesy: Turkish Naval Forces)

 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.


Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy

Image by European External Action Service

 Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.


ISS Confirms Reduced UK Light Dues

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises ship owners and managers that the rate governing the collection of UK Light Dues is set to reduce from April 1, 2015.  As advised by Trinity House in Circular No 533, for vessels other than those where periodic payments apply


Bawat Gains USCG’s AMS Acceptance

Image: Bawat

The ballast water management system developed by Danish company Bawat A/S has been granted U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for an interim period of up to five years, enabling commercial vessels equipped with the system to be approved to discharge treated


DNV GL Rules for US Fishing Vessels

Joar Bengaard

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all US industries. To address this, US legislation requires that all new fishing vessels bigger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules


Enhanced VoIP Service for Mini-VSAT Broadband Network

Photo courtesy: KVH I

KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) global maritime satellite network. The network's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is now delivered on a prioritized and protected data stream


USCG Updates Rules for Arrival/Departure Notices, AIS

Final rule on vessel requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System published in Federal Register   U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) headquarters issued a statement announcing the publication of the final rule on Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and


National Domestic Surveyor Accreditation in place

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  Domestic marine surveyors will now be accredited under a national system run by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The Domestic Surveyor Accreditation Scheme came into effect on January 2. AMSA standards manager Adam Brancher said the scheme would ensure people are


Gulf of Guinea Maritime Crime Down in 2014

Image: Dryad Maritime

 U.K.-based marine intelligence firm Dryad Maritime has said that maritime crime incidents in the Gulf of Guinea decreased 18% year on year in 2014 when compared to 2013.  Attacks aimed at kidnapping crew members of the vessels increased in the region


Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

Image: USCG

Continued icebreaking operations from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards open maritime lanes for commercial vessels The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are jointly continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic icebreaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St


Congressmen Lead Effort to Defend US Shipbuilders

Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), along with 30 bipartisan House colleagues, sent a letter this week to Senate leadership urging opposition to an amendment that they say would strip domestic construction requirements that help strengthen America’s


Vane Brothers Orders Two Tugs from Chesapeake

Sister ship to Hull 123 and 124 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Vane Brothers to build two new tugs, marking the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane Brothers in the last several years. The two new tugs will fit into Chesapeake’s existing order book






 
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