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MARAD Issues Report on Port and Shipping Safety

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released its quarterly report on port and shipping safety and environmental protection. This report discusses the latest session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee; the bill to reauthorize the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21); the Coast Guard’s interim maritime security regulations; and the OECD report on Security in Maritime Transportation.


USCG Issues Screening Guidance

The U.S. Coast Guard issued voluntary screening guidance for owners and operators of vessels and facilities regulated under parts 104, 105, and 106 of the maritime security regulations. The guidance addresses screening of persons, cargo, vehicles, and baggage prior to allowing access to the vessel or facility. Details of the guidance are classified as security sensitive information (SSI) and will only be provided to those with a need to know. NVIC 06-04 (HK Law).


USCG Port State Control Report

The U.S. Coast Guard released its annual Port State Control Report for calendar year 2004. During the year, 7,241 individual foreign ships made 72,178 calls at U.S. ports. The Coast Guard conducted 11,054 safety examinations of these ships. The detention level of 2.43% was higher than 2003, but lower than 2002. During the six month period in which the maritime security regulations were in force during the year, the agency conducted 6,087 security inspections, but detained, denied entry to


Confused Seas

Navigating through U.S. Maritime Security Requirements By Dennis L. Bryant Senior Maritime Counsel Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) imposes various maritime security requirements on operating in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Maritime security regulations promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard implement some (but not all) of the MTSA requirements and impose some additional requirements


USCG Offers MTSA-ISPS Helpdesk

After the tragic events of 9/11, the United States faced the challenging task of creating new rules and policies to protect the homeland. In addition to many other actions, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security responded by passing and implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. The MTSA is a significant piece of legislation and its regulations affect nearly every member of the maritime community,


Controlling Maritime Security Cost

It is expected that the USCG will begin stepping up compliance measures and holding companies more accountable to the codes and regulations of the Maritime Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The anticipated actions by the USCG, combined with the current cost of normal security procedures, will make it increasingly more difficult for companies to balance compliance with manageable security budgets. In addition, companies that lack the knowledge and experience to maintain full compliance run the risk


Legal Beat: At Sea with U.S. Maritime Security

By Dennis L. Bryant Senior Maritime Counsel, Holland & Knight The U.S. Coast Guard issued its final regulations implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). These regulations replace the interim rules issued on July 1, 2003 and take into account comments received thereon. Few substantive changes, though, have been made. The majority of the changes are in the nature of clarifications. The submission date for security plans was changed from December 29 to


Deadline for new port security measures approaching

By Jonathan K. Waldron During a visit to Charleston, S.C. last month, President Bush touted his proposed 13 percent budget increase for homeland security with U.S. ports being a primary priority. The visit came just six months before these facilities must implement several domestic and international requirements intended to add additional layers of defense and protection from potential terrorist acts. These provisions are contained in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA)


Lloyd’s Register Spreads the Word on Maritime Safety

Last week, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) 'Diplomatic Conference on Marine Security', held in London in parallel with MSC 76, adopted new Regulations to enhance maritime security through amendments to SOLAS Chapter XI, which now includes a new International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. On Monday this week, Lloyd's Register held the first in a global program of practical seminars aimed at helping the marine industry understand the implications of the


Hearing: Environmental Regs’ Impacts on Maritime Transportion

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week examining the impacts of federal environmental regulations on maritime transportation. This will be the second part of a two-part hearing to review the status and potential ramifications of recent or proposed regulations by the United States Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)


Overnight Cruise Ship Visits Suspended in White Bay

The New South Wales (NSW) Port Authority has suspended all overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay until the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulated ultra-low sulphur fuel use for ships berthing at the terminal.   Port Authority of NSW CEO, Grant Gilfillan


Iran, Oman Sign Maritime Agreement

 Iranian Foreign Minister  Mohammad Javad Zarif and Omani Interior Minister Hamud bin Faisal bin Said al-Busaidi. Photo: Islamic Republic News Agency

 Iran's Mehr news agency said that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi have announced that the two countries have agreed to demarcate a previously undefined stretch of maritime border.  


New EU Shipping CO2 Monitoring System

José Inácio. Photo by European Parliament

 According to a new EU regulation, ship operators will be required to monitor, report and verify (MRV) CO2 emissions.     José Inácio Faria, Member, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, European Parliament outlines the key features of new EU


Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia


Japan, Malaysia to Beef up Maritime Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Youtube

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak pledged to advance defense and maritime cooperation.   It is the first time that Japan has agreed to start negotiations for cooperation on the transfer of defense equipment and technology with a member of the


Dubai Establishes Maritime Arbitration Centre

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)

 The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is in the final stages of completing the rules for the first maritime arbitration centre in the Middles East: the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) says Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates and Legal Consultants.  


Gener8 Maritime to Go Public

Image: General Maritime Corporation (now Gener8 Maritime)

 Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m.   The company was created in February 2015 via the merger of General Maritime and Navig8 Crude.  


Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Pic: Russian Navy

 About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea for the first time; RIA Novosti cited the statement of Russia’s Southern Military District.    "The military officials of the countries reached a decision during


IMO Adopts Polar Code Environmental Provisions

IMO has taken the very last step towards making the consolidated Polar Code internationally binding

  United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code. Hereby, internationally binding regulations on navigation in polar waters become effective from 1 January 2017. The IMO has taken the very last step towards making the


Coastal Watch Center Opens in Philippines

A new National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) for maritime security has opened in the Republic of the Philippines.   Raytheon Company designed, implemented and equipped the center and its coastal system using the company's integrated border security solutions.  


Phoenix Express 2015 Kicks Off

Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo III speaks at the opening ceremony for Exercise Phoenix Express 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia, May 16. Phoenix Express 2015, sponsored and facilitated by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to counter sea-based illicit activity in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigb

  Maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the United States kicked off Exercise Phoenix Express 2015 with opening ceremonies in Tunisia, today. The at sea portion of the exercise begins Monday and will test North African, European, and U.S


Trinidad and Tobago Orders 12 Coastal Patrol Craft

Back: Rose Damen, Damen Sales Manager; Major General Kenrick Maharaj, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff; Brigadier General Carl Alfonso, Minister of National Security; Captain Hayden Pritchard, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Commanding Officer; Marcia Hope, Ministry of National Security Director Corporate Communications Unit. Sitting: Sander van Oord, Damen Sales Director Americas; PS Carl A. Francis, Ministry of National Security Permanent Secretary (Photo: Damen)

Following a four-year acquisition program, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to purchase 12 vessels for the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force from Damen Shipyards, the shipbuilder announced today.   The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of National Security


HMAS Newcastle On Middle East Patrols

HMAS Newcastle (Royal Australian Navy photo by Brenton Freind)

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has arrived in the Middle East Region and has commenced her first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU after officially joining the operation on May 1, 2015.   Newcastle departed for her first patrol as part of a six-month rotation that will see


US Pulls Sri Lanka out of China Maritime Net

 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the US Secretary of State John Kerry: Photo credit: Official Facebook page of Ranil Wickremesinghe

 US has begun to wean Sri Lanka away from China’s maritime security net by incorporating Sri Lanka into their Indo-Pacific region maritime security program, says the Times of India.   The US State Department said last Tuesday that United States will collaborate with Sri Lanka to


San Diego Harbor Police Boosts International Law Enforcement

Photo: Port of San Diego

San Diego Harbor Police enter MOU with Department of State for international law enforcement   The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police Department will assist the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under a Memorandum of Understanding






 
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