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Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting

– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law

USCG Issues Report on Chesapeake Bay Grounding

The US Coast Guard issued the

USCG & TSA to Discuss TWIC Reader Hardware

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will host a meeting in Washington, DC on November 19 to discuss the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader hardware and card application specification. Interested members of the smart card technology community, vendors of biometric card readers, and the general public are invited. After an overview of the TWIC reader hardware and card application specification and

Combined Report to USCG and CBP

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that advance notices of arrival (ANOA) submitted via its revised electronic process will satisfy basic reporting requirements of both the Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For now, though, such submittal will not satisfy the requirements of the CBP electronic cargo information regulation. The new system will allow for submittal of updates and will provide the submitter with an e-mail acknowledging

Weavers Cove LNG facility – letter of recommendation

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that, in response to a Letter of Intent to operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Weavers Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts to accept shipments of LNG by water, the Coast Guard is preparing a letter of recommendation as to the suitability of the Narragansett Bay waterways for LNG marine traffic. Comments pertaining to maritime operation and waterways management aspects of the proposed LNG facility should be submitted by

Shooting at Terminal in Freeport, Texas

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin advising the marine community of a shooting at the BASF Terminal in Freeport, Texas. A man who appeared to be conducting surveillance of the facility shot and wounded a security guard who challenged him. The man then fled in a truck. While there is no evidence that the man was a terrorist, the maritime community is reminded to report suspicious or criminal activity to the Coast Guard and local law enforcement

USCG Investigates Liftboat Sinking

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that it is investigating the capsize and sinking of the liftboat LAUREN in the Gulf of Mexico south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. There were no injuries, but there was minor pollution. Salvage plans are being drafted. The casualty is under investigation. Source: HK Law

New Requirements for Carrying Navigation Equipment

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice entitled New Requirements for Carrying Navigation Equipment for All Ships Subject to SOLAS. The Notice discusses various new carriage requirements relating to navigation equipment that came into effect on 1 July 2002. U.S.-flag vessels are not to engage in international voyages until they are in compliance. Port state control personnel are encouraged to take appropriate action with regard to foreign flag vessels found not to be in compliance.

USCG to Issue Tamper-Resistant Merchant Mariner Licenses

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a stating that the agency will immediately begin issuing new merchant mariner license certificates with anti-counterfeiting technology to provide for better security and centralized record keeping. The new licenses will be used to replace the old ones as they expire. At the same time, mariners who have not begun the process of requesting new or upgraded USCG licenses required by STCW may face delays.

Safety Alert - Watertight Doors

The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding owners, operators, and masters of the importance of properly maintaining and closing watertight doors.  The condition of watertight doors should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that gaskets are fully serviceable and seal properly with the knife-edges when the doors are closed.  Watertight doors should be closed while the vessel is underway, except when persons are actually transiting from one space to another

USMMA's Class of 2019 Arrives for Indoctrination

INDOC 2019 Highest percentage of females ever

  The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) today welcomed its incoming Class of 2019, consisting of 255 plebe candidates representing 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With 50 female candidates, the incoming class has the highest percentage of young women to enter

USCG Rescues 5 Near Kiribati


  Five men are safe, Saturday, after being after being stranded at sea in a 14-foot skiff since Wednesday. The men were rescued by the crew of the motor vessel, Shourong Harmony after an HC-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point spotted the 14-foot aluminum skiff

Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone.   The 13 Greenpeace protestors

Picked up Pickup

Photo: USCG

The maritime industry often presents unusual hazards to those who perform the wide variety of work associated with the business of shipping – especially at waterfront facilities.   A pickup truck was recently dragged into a harbor by a mooring line that was being hauled in by a

Two Safety Updates from USCG


Confined Space Entry Dangers:   The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to personnel and the maritime community warning of the potential dangers of confined space entries. During two recent inspections, Coast Guard Inspectors’ gas meters alarmed

U.S. Ship Owners in Quandry with MLC2006

(Photo: Rai Deepak)

The failure of the United States to ratify an international treaty pertaining to maritime issues is, unfortunately, nothing new.  But the Senate’s failure to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC), arising out of the 94th session of the International Labor Conference held at

USCG: Marijuana Use Unacceptable for Mariners

Source: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice to ensure that mariners, marine employers, Medical Reviewing Officers and the public are knowledgeable of the continuing prohibition of marijuana use by those serving in safety-sensitive positions in the maritime transportation industry.

Update: Philippines Grounding Incidents

The Philippines Couast Guard issued an update on three recent grounding incidents near Central Visayas. The MV Subic Bay 1, which ran aground at Bantolinao Point, Cebu, arrived safely at Gothong Wharf, Cebu at 11:30 p.m. yesterday, November 16.

Coast Guard OPC Sweepstakes Narrowed to Three Yards

File photo: U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp

Acquisition Update: U.S. Coast Guard Awards Three Contracts for Offshore Patrol Cutter Preliminary and Contract Design. In a process that has come a long way since the early days of the Coast Guard's so-called "Deepwater" recapitalization efforts, the U.S

U.S. Coast Guard Must Assert its Authority

Dennis L. Bryant

It is time for the Coast Guard to defend the authority granted  to it by Congress, the Executive Branch and the courts. On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intended to promulgate a rule containing its assessment framework for

Tete Bridge Closed Following Vessel Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard issued temporary regulations for commercial marine traffic on the Lower Grande River affected by the Gross Tete bridge closure, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 10:30 p.m., Feb. 28, that the towing vessel St

Ice-breaking on Alpena Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a release advising residents of Alpena, Mich., that the commercial tug Manitou is scheduled to break ice in the Alpena Harbor near the LaFarge facility, beginning Wednesday afternoon. The ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard icebreaker; nonetheless

Tug and Barges Run Aground near Chicago

The U.S. Coast Guard and members of the Chicago Fire Department responded Monday afternoon to the grounding of the vessel Kimberly Selvick and two attached barges about one quarter mile east of Burnham Park in Chicago. A rescue crew from the Chicago Fire Department Marine Unit successfully

Charter Boat Crew Rescued in Gulf of Mexico

The 29-foot fishing charter boat Reel Deep went missing Monday, July 28, 2014. (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews worked throughout the night to find a missing charter boat with four people aboard as far as 70 miles off Galveston. A Coast Guard HC-144 aircrew located them about 40 miles offshore as they started the last leg of their search Tuesday at 10:33 a.m.

US Orders Owner to Clean Up Ruptured Pipeline

Photo courtesy of the Refugio Response Joint Information Center

Federal order ensures continued action on Santa Barbara County oil spill   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach

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