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Towing Safety Advisory Committee to Meet in St. Louis

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet in St. Louis on Sept. 21-22, 2006, to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public. Both the advisory committee and its working groups will meet in Salons A & B at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, located at 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. The working groups will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the advisory committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, also from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


DHS: HOGANSAC Members Needed

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Coast Guard seeking Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee applicants to fill vacancies. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Request for applications.   SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC). This Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safe transit of vessels and products through Galveston Bay


NAVSAC Meeting Set

The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on September 7-9. Topics on the agenda include regulated navigation areas and security zones; enhanced LORAN; Right Whale proposed regulations; navigation bridge visibility; automatic identification systems; and electronic charting and electronic charting display information systems. 70 Fed. Reg. 48179 (HK Law)


NAVSAC to Meet in DC

The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Washington, DC on November 14. Topics on the agenda include standard navigation bridge design, offshore renewable energy installations, navigational aid mix, electronic positioning and timing systems, electronic charts, and right whale proposed regulations. Source: HK Law


TSAC Meeting

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on June 22 and 23. Topics on the agenda include proposed equipment standards and possible adoption of existing standards. 70 Fed. Reg. 34144 (HK Law)


HOGANSAC to Meet

Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will hold its next public meetings on September 5, 2002 (working groups only) and September 19, 2002 (full committee), at the offices of the Houston Pilots Association in Houston, Texas. The notice appears in the July 25, 2002, Federal Register. Source: Marine Legal Update


Coast Guard Seeking Applications for CFIVSAC

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for appointment to the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFIVSAC), which was established as a result of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Act of 1988 to provide advice to the Coast Guard on commercial fishing safety-related issues. The CFIVSAC is comprised of 17 members who serve a three-year term. Applications will be considered for six positions. The following positions


Coast Guard Seeks Comments on Guidelines

In the August 6, 2002, Federal Register, the Coast Guard seeks comments on proposed assessment criteria to be used by Designated Examiners when evaluating candidates for licenses as officers of towing vessels, specifically when evaluating mariners' execution of certain prescribed tasks. These standards appear on the Department of Transportation's website. To access them, (1) go to http://dms.dot.gov/; (2) click on "Simple Search" on the bottom of the page; (3) type "12973" in the search box


Proposed Ruling Calls For Fixed Fire Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard's supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) on "Fire Suppression Systems and Voyage Planning for Towing Vessels" appears in today's Federal Register. The SNPRM proposes the installation of fixed fire-extinguishing systems in the engine rooms of towing vessels, and it states that owners or operators, and masters, ensure that voyage planning is conducted before vessels towing barges commence on trips or voyages of at least 12 hours


AWO Hails New Deadlines for Towing Vessel Inspection Regs

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the enactment of provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) that bring the industry one step closer to a historic towing vessel inspection regulation to improve safety in the towing industry.  Section 701 of the Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding inspection


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the


South Pacific Tuna Reports Improved Safety

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U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet Records Zero Fatalities in 2013 South Pacific Tuna Corporation pointed to the tuna industry’s 2013 record of zero fatalities in response to a recent report, implication of safety concerns and 2012 violations from foreign officers license certification


Harkand Names Brown to Gulf of Mexico Management Team

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Global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand informs it has made a key appointment by securing Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown has considerable experience of commercial diving in the offshore


USCG Releases Kulluk Grounding Investigation Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Thursday released the report of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that


U.S. DOT Chief LaHood Establishes Freight Advisory Committee

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood

DOT Announces Proposal to Establish ‘National Freight Network’.   U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system


DNV Appoints New U.K. Head

DNV appointed Frank Ketelaars as its Head of U.K. Advisory Services to oversee a further growth in the oil and gas sector, drawing on a diverse and experienced pool of consultants.   Mr. Ketelaars will have overall responsibility for DNV’s advisory units in London


USCG Accepting Applications for TSAC Vacancies

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The United States Coast Guard is requesting applications from qualified candidates seeking consideration for appointment as public members to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and


ABS Releases Exhaust Gas Scrubber Advisory

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ABS released the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems, which will aid vessel owners and operators in assessing the viability of utilizing exhaust scrubbers to meet current and forthcoming environmental requirements. As the industry seeks solutions for increasingly stringent low sulfur


By the Numbers: Subchapter M Statistics

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Aug. 9, 2004), established new authorities for towing vessels. Out of that came a proposed regulatory scheme requiring towing vessels to become inspected vessels and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI)


BSEE to Establish Ocean Energy Safety Institute

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson today announced the Bureau is taking steps to establish an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute (Institute) to further


New LNG Bunker Fuel Technical & Safety NGO Formed

The Society For Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is launched as new Non-Governmental Organisation to enhance safety and best practices in the use of LNG as a ship fuel. Following a decision to proceed by the Board of Directors of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO)


Coast Guard Seeks NAVSAC Applicants

The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). NAVSAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security, through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime collisions


Coast Guard Foundation to Honor Kirby’s Joseph Pyne

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33rd Annual Event to be Hosted by Al Roker and Honor Joseph Pyne of the Kirby Corporation The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 33rd annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard


AMS Safety Awards Recipients for 2013

American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) announced that the Houston Pilots Association, Maersk Line, Limited, Un-Cruise Adventures and The Vane Brothers Company would be the recipients of the 2013 AMS Safety Awards. AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association


It's Time for a Towing Vessel Inspection Rule

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Last month, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation at a hearing that examined maritime regulations. In what must have been a change of pace for Subcommittee members


 
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