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USCG Adopts Final Rule on Towing Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a final rule adopting, with minor changes, its prior interim rule requiring installation of fire-suppression systems and use of voyage planning on certain U.S. towing vessels. The final rule comes into effect on July 19. Source: HK Law


Secretary Ridge Announces Steps in Enhancing Maritime Security

Within one year of President Bush’s signing of the Maritime Transportation Security Act on November 25, 2002 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America’s ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. “With 95 percent of our nation’s overseas cargo carried by ship


FMC Approves NVOCC Service Arrangements Rulemaking

The Federal Maritime Commission announced that it would issue a Final Rule in Docket No. 04-12, Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Service Arrangements, 46 CFR Part 531, to exempt non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) from the publication requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984, subject to certain conditions. The Final Rule will allow NVOCCs and their affiliates to offer NVOCC Service Arrangements, or NSAs, to their shipper customers


MARAD Final Rule on Maritime Security Fleet Program

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an interim final rule establishing the Maritime Security Fleet Program, which was authorized by Congress last year to renew and expand the Maritime Security Program. The program provides for a fleet of active, commercially viable, privately owned vessels available to meet national defense and other security requirements and to maintain a United States presence in international commercial shipping


Emissions Standards Published, Category 3

The Federal Register has published the final rule setting new emission standards for Category 3 marine diesel engines. The rule also includes an extensive set of technical amendments to our other highway and non-road engine programs. The final rule and supporting documents are available for download at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm


DOT Publishes CCF Final Rule

Published in Federal Register on Sept. 27, 2011, is the Department of Transportation’s Final Rule regarding the use of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).  Importantly, the Final Rule extends the deadline for use of the old CCF until November 30, 2011, and finalizes procedures for use of the new CCF. You can access the Federal Register document from: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-27/pdf/2011-24818.pdf  


MMS Publishes Final Regulations for Bonus Bids

The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) published a final rule regarding the use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) by oil and natural gas companies bidding on Outer Continental Shelf federal leases. The final rule provides additional administrative flexibility to allow the agency to require EFT payment methods when appropriate. The rule will save time and money for the oil and natural gas industry and the Federal government.


Inland River Barges Reporting Requirements Issued

The U.S. Coast Guard is converting the current temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) within all inland rivers of the Eighth Coast Guard District into an interim final rule, effective November 1, 2003. The regulation requires that reports be submitted regarding planned movements of barges loaded with dangerous cargoes. Various changes have been instituted, based on comments submitted regarding the temporary rule. Comments on the interim rule should be submitted by January 2, 2004.


CG Final Rule for 2009 Lakes Pilotage Rates

The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced publication in the Federal Register of the final rule amending the Great Lakes Pilotage Rates for 2009. Pilotage rates on the Great Lakes will increase by 10.77 percent when the final rule takes effect Aug. 1.  The increase is an effort to align compensation levels between Great Lakes pilots and industry.  The rate amendment was made in accordance with regulations relating to the annual review of


Coastwise-Qualified Vessels for Platform Jacket Transport

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule establishing regulations governing administrative determinations of availability of coastwise-qualified vessels to be used in the transportation and, if needed, launch or installation of offshore drilling or production platform jackets in specified projects only. Federal law permits use of non-coastwise-qualified launch barges only if it is determined that coastwise-qualified vessels are not available


USCG Double Hull Tanker Rule Published

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) final rule on escort requirements for certain tankers operating on the waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska, was published Friday in the Federal Register. This rule finalizes the escort requirements in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part CFR 168


Alert: NTVRP Interim Authorizations Expire 31, July 2014

The UK P&I Club notifies that the “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements” (NTVRP) final rule  required owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gt and above to submit oil spill response plans for vessels operating on the navigable waters of the


USCG Finalizes Inland Navigation Rule Changes

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88. This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the


Coast Guard Rule on Vessel Documentation Renewal Issued

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The U.S. Coast Guard's final rule on vessel documentation renewal fees was published in the Federal Register Tuesday. The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation


Nontank Vessel Response Plan Required by January 30, 2014

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The "Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements" (NTVRP) final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2013, requires vessel owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gross tons and above to prepare and submit oil spill response plans


USCG Publishes Final Rule on Marking Sunken Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday, December 24, 2013, the publication of a final rule revising its regulations to implement Section 301 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004.   This Act authorized the Commandant of the Coast Guard to waive the statutory requirement


Steamship Mutual: US Vessel Response Plans – Contingency Plans

Washington State – Alaska – Non tank final rule & Washington State – Contingency Plan requirements. We refer to our circular no. B.613. As stated in that circular, every tank vessel and every other vessel over 300 GT is required under State law to file a contingency plan


U.S. Export Reform: New Year, New Rules

Export Reform Brings New Compliance Obligations to the Shipbuilding Supply Chain Early in the coming year, the U.S. export control regime governing the shipbuilding supply chain will undergo a sea change with the implementation of export reform in the naval and marine categories of the U.S


LR Alert on US Vessel Response Plans for Non-Tank Vessels

Applicability: Non-tank vessels of 400 gt or more of any flag, which are self-propelled, carrying oil of any kind as fuel, and bound for a port or place in the U.S.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Final Rule which took effect on 30 October, 2013


The Coast Guard’s Proposed Maritime Preemption Assessment Framework

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What it may foretell about the coming towing vessel rule. In the May 2013 issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Dennis Bryant published a provocative article titled Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption. Pointing to recent examples of state overreach in the maritime field like


Coast Guard’s Proposed Maritime Preemption Assessment Framework

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In the May 2013 issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Dennis Bryant published a provocative article titled Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption. Pointing to recent examples of state overreach in the maritime field like California’s ocean-going vessel fuel standard that


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


BOEM gives more time to submit plans OCS

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today the publication of its Final Rule to extend time requirements for submitting a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or a General Activities Plan (GAP) for renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).


Canada Revamps Pipeline Safety Rules Ahead Of New Projects

  Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada's energy regulator


Christensen Joins PVA Staff

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Retired Coast Guard Captain Eric Christensen has joined the PVA Staff as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management. In this position, he will be a resource for PVA members regarding safety, security and environmental protection compliance issues and the PVA staff liaison for the PVA






 
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