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MARAD Issues Notice on Cabotage Trade Exemption Application

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Notice stating that it received an application from owners of the ASPHALT COMMANDER to utilize the vessel in the cabotage trade for a period of six months. The U.S.-flag vessel was built with the aid of construction-differential subsidy and is barred from the cabotage trade without special permission. Comments on the application must be submitted by March 27, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 13755


MARAD Makes Inflation Adjustments to civil Penalties

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a rule adjusting its maximum civil penalties for inflation. Violations of regulations related to commercial instruments and maritime liens and to unlawful transfer of a documented vessel may now result in a civil penalty of $12,000, rather than $11,000. Violations of regulations related to requirements for trustees of mortgaged vessels and vessel interests and purchasers of documented vessels under order of a district court may now result in a civil


MarAd -LNG DWP license application

The Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that an environmental impact statement will be prepared as part of the environmental review of the Calypso LNG DWP license application. The application is for construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) in the Atlantic Ocean approximately nine miles northeast of Port Everglades. A public meeting to receive comments on the project will be held in Fort Lauderdale on December 6


MARAD Pilot Program Deadline Extended

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that closing date for filing applications to enroll in the Maintenance and Repair Reimbursement Pilot Program has been extended until December 30. [Source: HK Law]


MARAD Announces Meeting for License Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Calypso LNG LLC, Calypso Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application is available for review and comment. The application proposes construction and operation of a natural gas deepwater port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 to 10 miles off the east coast of Florida to the northeast of Port Everglades


MARAD Electronic Transmission Options

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an interim rule offering electronic options for submission of information that is collected by the agency. The agency is also seeking comments on its new program, which should be submitted by December 5, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 62535 (November 5, 2003). Source: HK Law


MARAD Approves Transfer of MSP Operating Agreements to Maersk

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Final Opinion and Order conditionally approving the request of Maersk Line, Limited to transfer 15 Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating agreements from U.S. Ship Management (USSM) to itself. Among the conditions to which the order is subject are (1) that Maersk submit a certification that there are no laws of the foreign country of Maersk’s parent company that would prohibit Maersk from performing its obligations under the


Alaska is Most Active Destination for Cruise Passengers

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a briefing stating that, during the third quarter of 2003, Alaska was the most active destination market for U.S. cruise passenger traffic. Traffic overall increased by eight percent. Miami remained the largest departure port.


Transiting Gulf of Aden and Somalia Basin

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing updated guidance for ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somalia Basin.  Effective 1 February, the internationally-recommended transit corridor through the Gulf of Aden has been realigned so as to reduce the risk of collision, provide a measure of traffic separation, and allow maritime forces to conduct deterrent operations with a greater degree of flexibility. (1/30/09).


Threat of Terrorist Attack, Strait of Hormuz

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing guidance to vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the Southern Arabian Gulf, and the Western Gulf of Oman. It confirms that the claim of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) that it attacked the tanker M Star is valid. The group remains active and can conduct further attacks on vessels in the area. All ships transiting these waters should exercise increased vigilance and caution


Port Pelican LNG DWP License Relinquished

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the applicant for the Port Pelican liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) relinquished its license effective October 28. 74 Fed. Reg. 65205 (December 9, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime


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


MARAD Advisory Re Japanese Power Plant

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Advisory stating that, due to radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear power plant near Fukushima, Japan, vessels are urged to avoid transiting within 50 miles of that site (37-19 North, 141-01 East)


Marad Responds to Labor Critics

U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued a Report Comparing U.S. and Foreign-Flag Operating Costs. The U.S. maritime labor union(s) responded with pointed criticism. Marad issues its own statement in reponse.   Text of Marad Chief Matsuda's Prepared Statement: “The U.S


MARAD – US Citizenship for Contracts on RRF Vessels

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule clarifying the requirement that Agents (including Ship Managers) for the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) appointed by MARAD be citizens. The amendment makes it clear that the US citizenship requirement does not apply to a contractor


Provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Implemented

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a final rule implementing provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and amending the definition of Agreement Vessel under the Capital Construction Fund.  Among other things


Ship Sought for Maritime Security Program

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that it is seeking applications for one eligible ship to fill one Maritime Security Program (MSP) Operating Agreement. Applications must be received by November 3. Source: HK Law


Anti-Piracy Distress Call Procedures

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Advisory providing suggested anti-piracy distress calling procedures for commercial vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden: (1) when in distress, call for help on VHF-16 and MF/HF DSC; (2) contact UKMTO by phone at +971 50 552 3215 or email at ukmto@eim


MARAD – Oil Prices, Modal Shift

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a report on the impact of oil prices on transportation markets. Among other things, the study found that the more fuel efficient modes, such as water transportation, are far less likely to be affected by fuel price increases than are the less fuel


MARAD – War Risk Insurance

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that President Bush approved provision of vessel war risk insurance for trade by eligible vessels in the Black Sea.  73 Fed. Reg. 76096  (December 15, 2008). (Source: Holland &


MARAD, Anti-Piracy Website

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a compilation of information relating to piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa, including maritime advisories, piracy statistics, a list of ships hijacked, and recommended counter-piracy measures. The information can be found at:


North Atlantic LNG DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it and the US Coast Guard will prepare an environmental impact statement in conjunction with an application from Atlantic Sea Island Group LLC to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) facility in


Gulf of Mexico DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it received from Texas Offshore Port System an application for a license for construction and operation of a deepwater port (DWP) for importation of crude oil.  The proposal calls for the facility to be constructed in the Gulf


Texas Offshore Port System EIS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the US Coast Guard, in coordination with MARAD, will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the application by the Texas Offshore Port System for a license to construct and operate a crude oil deepwater port (DWP)


MARAD Small Shipyard Grants

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing $9.8m in grants to small US shipyards.  The grants are to be used for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements at qualified shipyards that facilitate the efficiency, cost-effectiveness






 
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