The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is proposing to require marine and air carriers to electronically submit detailed information regarding persons on board. The information would have to be submitted prior to the vessel's arrival in or departure from the United States. Manifest information would include the complete name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number and issuing country, country of residence, U.S. visa number (if applicable), date and place of issuance of U.S. visa (if applicable), alien registration number (if applicable), and address while in the United States (if applicable). For the time being, the INS reporting requirement would be in addition to similar reporting requirements imposed by other U.S. agencies. Comments must be submitted by February 3, 2003. Source: HK Law
The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, revise MMS requirements for reporting incidents associated with outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas operations. This proposal was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard. The two agencies are working to develop a single point electronic reporting system so as to eliminate duplicative reporting.
MARAD announced the release of its 2006 annual report to Congress. The report summarizes the Fiscal Year 2006 accomplishments of the Maritime Administration and provides an overview of maritime policy priorities. It highlights the challenges, successes, and activities of the Maritime Administration throughout 2006. The report also fulfills the reporting requirements under Section 208 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its WhalesSouth placard reminding owners, operators, and masters that the mandatory ship reporting system for the Georgia-Florida coast comes into effect on November 15 and remains in effect until April 16. Ships of 300 gross tons or more entering the designated area are required to report such entry in the manner provided for in the placard. This reporting requirement is based on the need to protect the endangered North
Transport Minister David Collenette today announced a new marine security-reporting requirement for a wide range of Canadian-flagged vessels and port facilities. The Canadian requirement will complement new security rules announced today by the U.S. Coast Guard. "We have moved ahead with this action in response to input from stakeholders on the importance of a comprehensive security regime, our own assessment of the risks and threats in the marine sector, and our consultations with U.S
Most Ships entering U.S. ports will have to provide 96-hour advance notice of arrival (NOA) to the U.S. coast Guard along with crew, passenger, and cargo information under new rules that went into effect October 4. A 24-hour advance notice has been the requirement for ships calling at U.S. ports. As a result of the September 11 tragedy, ships have been directed by U.S. Coast Guard order to provide advance notice plus detailed information about crews, passengers and cargoes.
The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public meeting scheduled for March 5, at Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 2nd St., SW, Washington, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to accept comments on a proposed rulemaking to amend Coast Guard regulations governing Notice of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System requirements. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register Dec. 16, 2008, would expand the applicability of Notice of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) security charts are designed to protect against risks, including piracy. The two new Admiralty Maritime Security Charts, cover the waters around India and Southeast Asia, including the Malacca Straits. These paper charts provide a single point of reference for recording the most up-to-date security information and, taken together with the UKHO’s three existing security and piracy charts
Supreme Court Strikes Down Some Washington State Tanker Rules The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal government and tanker owners on March 6 by striking down parts of Washington state regulations aimed at preventing oil spills that damage the environment. The court agreed unanimously with the position taken by the U.S. Justice Department and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, stating that four key parts of the tanker regulations were preempted by federal
U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Regulations By Frederick B. Goldsmith, from the November 2010 edition of MarineNews Most commercial mariners and their vessel operating employers probably know that when certain significant vessel-related events occur, these must be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard. In my experience, however, there is widespread uncertainty in the marine industry about what must be reported and, more significantly, when
Jones Act and LHWCA employers must protect Medicare’s interest or pay the price. It may be boring, but it is important. Read and heed. Attention maritime entities that employ Jones Act Seamen covered by liability insurance, including self-insurance
The US EPA release the Final Draft of the Vessel General Permit (VGP) which comes in to force 19 December 2013. The aim of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's (NPDES) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) is to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce
The threat to maritime trade from Somali pirates continues, and ship operators should stay vigilant and adhere to best management practices, according to private maritime security company Sea Marshals Ltd, which counsels against complacency at this time.
Financial reporting is a sobering issue. Creative accounting, “cooking the books,” earnings manipulations and other accounting shenanigans have been around as long as folks have had income, paid bills, taxes or sought investors for their ventures
Having a Spill Plan in Place is the Key to an Effective Response The blowout aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico captured the attention of both the public and regulators. As a result of this incident
Maritime Administration Reporting Requirements For The Special Purpose Jones Act Waiver. Hurricane Sandy Special-Purpose Jones Act Waiver Reports to Maritime Administration as Required by Waiver On November 2, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security
Marine fuel management system provides live monitoring of fuel density and alarms if it is out of range. Nautical Control Solutions, LP (NCS) has announced that the latest version of its FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system now includes the ability to measure and monitor fuel
Port of Los Angeles pioneers international clean ship incentive program in North America & the Pacific Rim The Port of Los Angeles has become the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their
Insufficient Shipboard Manning Fuels Fatigue, Boosts Risks; U.S. Maritime Officers Call on Congress to Take Action. Cuts in manning levels and burgeoning paperwork loads are increasing the risk of maritime accidents worldwide. At a time when carriers have reduced crewing levels
BIMCO's Documentary Committee discuss maritime issues, adopts pooling agreement, new standard clauses for EU advanced cargo declarations BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, chaired by Mr Karel Stes, gathered in Singapore for its spring meeting on 23 April
The Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC) has confirmed that Liberia is the leading independent ship register of choice for Greek-controlled shipping companies, second only to the Greek flag itself. Figures just released by the GSCC show that, in the year ended March 31, 2012
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) say downward trend in marine accident statistics continues In all, 322 total marine accidents (Shipping accidents and Accidents aboard ship) were reported to the TSB in 2011, a 9% decrease from the 2010 total of 354 and a 23% decrease from the
Following comprehensive trials, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has approved ChartWorld GmbH’s “Pay as You Sail” (PAYS) service to PRIMAR RENC guidelines. The new service, which does not require any additional hardware onboard, makes use of the existing navigation and communications
In a letter responding to a Federal Register notice about the renewal of Coast Guard Form 2692, Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) President Jay Spence insisted that the Coast Guard issue new instructions clarifying the circumstances in which a Form 2692 should or should not be submitted by
Pole Star Industry Zones assists regulatory compliance and improves risk management.Ship tracking specialist unveils new functionality to simplify compliance and improve security visibility for Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced customers.