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
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 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.
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
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions. The new rules apply a detailed methodology that has not been discussed internationally and appears to have slipped under the radar of the international shipping industry. ICS says that Article L. 1431-3 of the French Transport Code came into effect for foreign shipping companies
This bulletin addresses the Notice Of Arrival requirements for privately owned yachts arriving to the U.S. 1. Under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, part 160.202 and160.203, foreign recreational vessels over 300 GT are required to file a Notice of Arrival (NOA) with the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) prior to arrival into the US. 2. There has been some confusion by vessel operators concerning how “Cruising Licenses” issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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
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
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, has launched an Advanced Cargo Information (ACI) department for Canadian ports following new regulations and procedures for cargo and vessel reporting by the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency). Based in Montreal, Canada, the centralized ISS ACI department will offer expert guidance on all cargo and reporting requirements to shipowners or charterers with vessels arriving at Canadian ports.
Recent updates to the US Vessel General Permit (VGP) have brought new technical and reporting requirements for vessels operating in US waters, including the need for the preparation of a detailed annual report. DNV GL’s newly introduced VGP verification service helps to ensure compliance by providing a comprehensive review of both VGP procedures and documentation. The VGP verification service consists of a review of company-wide VGP procedures, if they exist
A benchmark analysis shows that Denmark has 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag, a number which the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) seeks to scale back as it aims to create a more favorable environment for shippers. “Denmark is characterized by quality shipping and
Greece’s National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS as EU MRV frontrunner. ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring
ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring
The sVGP and recent ballast water treatment system approvals create another headache for small vessel owners. Steve Candito provides a primer. The long delayed Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) legislation is scheduled to come into force on December 18, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard Guidance Helps to Bring some Clarity to the Debate. In July 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard released Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-15 (“NVIC”), titled Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations
On October 5, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a 65-page decision holding that, for the most part, the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the law
PRESS RELEASE -- Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.
Parker Kittiwake Procal, part of the Parker Hannifin Corporation and the supplier of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for marine, power and offshore applications, has launched the new Procal 1200M data gathering system and control unit
Recently, the World Health Organization designated the Zika virus as a global public health emergency. This has prompted questions from the maritime industry regarding reporting requirements for any vessel crewmembers or passengers who may be exhibiting symptoms of the Zika virus.
The 86-meter general cargo ship Noah Satu has been prohibited from entering or using any Australian ports for the second time in less than 12 months, following another round of safety, environmental and regulatory infractions. The direction was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
DNV GL’s fleet performance management solution ECO Insight has become an incentive provider for the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), a voluntary system designed to improve the environmental performance of sea going vessels.
As safety management systems (SMS) on board vessels evolve, the vessel’s master still holds ultimate authority. Subchapter M is finally underway. A starring role in this new CFR is a safety management system onboard all vessels
Since July 2001, all ships entering Australian ports or waters from overseas have been subject to Australia’s national ballast water management requirements. These are currently enforced under the Quarantine Act 1908, but from June 16, 2016
DYNAMARINe has announced that its Emissons Monitoring Platform (EMP) has been certified as Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)-ready and in compliance with the EU MRV IT requirements. Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport
For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are: