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Oversight Hearing on DHS Law Enforcement Efforts

On February 3, 2004, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary conducted an Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Efforts within the Department of Homeland Security. Chairman Howard Coble (R-NC) stated that the purpose of the hearing was to examine how the transfer of law enforcement agencies to the new Department has affected the non-terrorism missions of those agencies. Mr. W. Ralph Basham, Director, U.S. Secret Service, testified about how the agency’s traditional missions have merged with the new anti-terrorism mission. Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, testified that the Coast Guard has always been a multi-mission organization and is adept at balancing competing priorities and creating synergies. Michael Garcia, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified about the integration of agents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Customs Service, the Federal Protective Service, and the Federal Air Marshals. Source: HK Law


Oversight Hearing On Deepwater

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted an oversight hearing on Deepwater Implementation. Chairman LoBiondo (R-NJ) expressed concern that the revised implementation plan is lacking in detail, but noted that acquisition should not be further delayed. Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, testified that the enhanced capabilities requested in the revised plan are necessary to meet the


Oversight Hearing on TWIC Implementation

The House Committee on Homeland Security conducted an oversight hearing on the Implementation of the TWIC Program. In his prepared remarks, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) expressed his concern that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is far behind schedule and that the estimates of the number of workers affected are much understated. Testimony was for the record, as the hearing was interrupted by a floor vote


Oversight Hearing on US-VISIT Program

The Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the House Committee on the Judiciary conducted an oversight hearing on the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. This is the program, currently being phased in, that will process all non-citizens entering the United States, including crewmembers on foreign ships. Robert Jacksta, Executive Director of Border Security and Facilitation, Department of Homeland Security


Senate Hearing on TSA Budget Request

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating that, on March 4, the Committee will conduct an oversight hearing to review the President’s proposed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) budget for fiscal year 2009. Source: HK Law


Hearing on New Orleans Spill

On September 16, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct an oversight hearing on the Oil Spill in New Orleans in July 2008 and Safety on the Inland River System. Source: HK Law


Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or


Hearing Will Highlight Port Security Efforts & Challenges

The U.S. House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee will hold a field hearing in New Jersey on March 26 to examine security efforts implemented in the Port of New York and New Jersey, and to investigate ways to further enhance ports and waterways security around the nation. The Congressional hearing is scheduled for: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 10: 00 a.m. in the Port Newark-Elizabeth General Office Building (GOB), 1st Floor, Cafeteria, 1210 Corbin St., Elizabeth, NJ.


The State of Maritime Security

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted an oversight hearing on The State of Maritime Security. The Chairman, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) generally complimented efforts of the various agencies in enhancing maritime security, but expressed concern over the lack of a comprehensive national maritime security plan and the seeming lack of coordination between the agencies. The Administration witnesses, Admiral Thomas Collins, USCG; Robert Bonner, Commissioner, U.S


Hearing on CG Acquisitions Process

Today, March 24, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, convened the Subcommittee to examine steps the Coast Guard has taken to reform and strengthen the policies and procedures it utilizes to manage acquisition processes. Specifically, the hearing examined the extent to which the Coast Guard will be positioned to exercise effective oversight of acquisition efforts as a result of new reforms implemented in


US Navy Asks Lockheed to Fix Littoral Combat Ships Issues

U.S. Navy photo by Timothy Schumaker

The U.S. Navy has sent Lockheed Martin Corp three requests to correct problems, including propulsion-related issues, with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program dating back to May of last year, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.   The ships were originally designed as a small


Maritime Cluster Concept Blooming Across Europe

Photo: ENMC

The Maritime Cluster concept is blooming across Europe, leading to the reinforcement of the ENMC   Given the success of the first meeting he had in 2015 with the chairmen of the national maritime clusters forming the ENMC, Commissioner Vella expressed the wish to reiterate this high-level


Shipping Alliances Demand Aggressive Oversight -FMC Chairman

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero


US Coast Guard Resumes Probe into El Faro Sinking

Photo: NTSB

U.S. Coast Guard investigators on Monday resumed a probe of last year's deadly sinking of the El Faro off the Bahamas, beginning two weeks of hearings to examine the cargo ship's operations, weather forecasts and regulatory oversight. Captain Eric Bryson


Senator Wicker Calls For a Stronger U.S. Navy

(Source: http://www.wicker.senate.gov/)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, delivered the following opening statement at today’s Subcommittee hearing to review Navy shipbuilding programs in the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2017 and the Future Years Defense Program:


Maritime Cook Islands Appoints Hastings, Technical Manager

Will Hastings Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has just appointed William Hasting as a Technical Manager serving the European region, and in so doing significantly boosting MCI’s presence in Europe. His appointment takes place with immediate effect.


Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash

The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison.   Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 as amended, on March 24, 2016 in the High Court of Justiciary, Glasgow


New Dredged Material Site Proposed in LI Sound

Long Island Sound map (Image: EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region. The Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site (ELDS) would be located offshore from New London, Conn


US Urges ASEAN Unity on South China Sea Ruling

Photo: Permanent Court of Arbitration

China risks "terrible" damage to its reputation if it ignores an impending international court ruling on the South China Sea, the United States said on Thursday, while urging Southeast Asian countries to rally behind the court decision.  


ICS Criticises 'Prestige’ Judgement by Spanish Court

An oil cleanup volunteer holds up Comorant covered in oil from the sunken Prestige oil tanker on the coast of Galicia, Spain. Photo Greenpeace

At a meeting of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPCF) this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has strongly criticised the judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in the ‘Prestige’ Case.  


Italian Ship Rescues 26 Migrants off Libya

Migrants and refugees at sea, Picture Marina MilitareAFP

An Italian merchant ship rescued 26 migrants off the coast of Libya in rough seas and others were feared missing, the Coast Guard said on Saturday. The Coast Guard received a call from a satellite telephone on Friday but no voice was heard


USCG Sets 2nd Round of Hearings for El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings May 16-27 for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Caro, and its 33 crewmembers.    The Coast Guard completed its first round of hearings in February 2016.


ITIC Reports on Ship Agents' Costly Transhipment Errors

Image: ITIC

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it continues to deal on a regular basis with claims resulting from errors by agents involving transhipment cargoes.   In one case, an agent in Argentina failed to declare a cargo as transhipment cargo within fifteen days of the


China: S.China Sea Criticism Could Have Ramifications

The USS Blue Ridge on patrol (U.S. Navy image)

International criticism of China over the disputed South China Sea will rebound like a coiled spring, a Chinese diplomat said on Friday, as a U.S. warship visited Shanghai against a backdrop of rising tension in the region. China claims almost all of the energy-rich South China Sea


FMC’s Doyle Addresses Intermodal Hot Topics

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

Speaking at the Intermodal Association of North America on May 5 in Chicago, U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle discussed several of the shipping industry’s hottest topics, including ocean carrier consolidations and alliances, container weight VGM under SOLAS, and chassis.






 
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