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House Panel Postpones Homeland Security Bill Discussion

Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee have postponed work on the fiscal 2007 Homeland Security Department authorization bill, prompting heated criticism from Democrats who say the move might undermine the committee's credibility and prevent the measure from being completed this year. According to a committee aide, Republican committee leaders say the delay is temporary while they work to pass a maritime security bill. All 15 Democrats on the panel fired off a letter Thursday to Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., opposing the move. The committee did the first-ever authorization bill for Homeland Security last year, which overwhelmingly passed out of the House by a 424-4 vote. But the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee did not do an authorization bill, meaning Congress has not sent a final bill to President Bush since the department was created more than three years ago. House Democrats fear the committee's credibility will be at stake if a fiscal 2007 authorization bill is not completed. They said negotiations have indicated strong bipartisan agreement on many issues, and noted that the decision to postpone came only four days before markup sessions were scheduled to begin. Maritime and port security have been catapulted into the national spotlight in recent weeks after news broke that a Dubai-owned company was planning to take over terminal operations at several major U.S. ports


Homeland Security Bill Introduced

Representative Harman (D-CA) introduced the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2007 (H.R. 4806) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information, and for other purposes. (HK Law)


Congress Passes Port Security Bill

Congress has passed the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, the first legislation of its kind to authorize an annual federal funding level to help secure United States ports against terrorism. The bill, H.R. 4954, calls for $400m in federal Port Security Grant (PSG) funding for each of the next five years to help increase security in the maritime transportation system. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO


Text of Extremely Hazardous Materials Transportation Security bill

Text of H.R. 4824 – the Extremely Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Act of 2004 – has been posted on the Internet. This bill, if enacted, would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to promulgate detailed regulations relating to security measures for shipment of extremely hazardous materials. For purposes of this measure, “extremely hazardous material” would mean: a material that is toxic by inhalation; a material that is extremely flammable; a material that is


Seaport Security Bill Introduced

Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced the United States Seaport Multiyear Security Enhancement Act (S. 2240) to improve seaport security. The measure, if enacted, would authorize the appropriation of $800 million each year through FY 2009 for port security grants. It would also authorize the awarding of multi-year grants. (HK Law).


Potential Port Problems in Nigeria

According to a report on http://www.thenationonlineng.net, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) today threatened to shut down seaports to protest the planned establishment of another body--Maritime Security and Safety Agency. MWUN stated this in a petition signed by its President, Tony Nted and Secretary-General, Aham Ubani, and sent to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. The petition, which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos


Increase in Seaport Security Funding is Proposed

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere, lauded Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate that includes revisions and clarifications to the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant program. “AAPA praises the senatorial leadership of Susan Collins, who chairs the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs


Senate OKs Security Improvement Act of 2006

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) applauded the unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954), welcoming the legislation as a comprehensive plan to improve maritime cargo and facility security and maintain an efficient flow of commerce through America’s ports. “Representatives of several Senate committees took components of the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act (S


Ports Encouraged By Passage of Security Bill

U.S. port authorities are pleased about the passage of H.R. 3983, the “Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002,” by the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T & I) Committee on March 20. “We thank Chairman Don Young (R-AK) of the House T & I Committee, and Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) of Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, for their leadership on moving to address maritime security,” said Kurt J


From Canines to Liquefied Natural Gas

Maritime Security and the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008 For the past several years, maritime security has been on everyone's mind.  From the halls of Congress to the longshoremen working the midnight shift, the threat of a possible terrorist attack on the maritime interests of the United States and dealing with new security requirements have kept this topic on the front burner.  While most in the maritime industry are relatively aware of the legislation that has been


US Senate Panel Approves Bill to Monitor Port Performance

A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks.   The voice vote, which follows a nine-month slowdown at 29 West Coast ports


Melbourne Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

HMAS Melbourne successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles off the New South Wales coast on 24 June 2015.

  The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against two unmanned aerial


Australian Frigate Conducts Missile Exercise

Melbourne is currently conducting mariner and war fighting training in preparation for an operational deployment. (Photo: Bonny Gassner)

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate HMAS Melbourne fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles as part of an operational training exercise reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missiles were fired off the coast of New South Wales on June 24 against two unmanned


LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas


Funding Boosted for USACE Civil Works Program

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House Appropriations Committee approves strong FY ’16 funding for Corps with full use of all estimated inland waterways trust fund annual revenues   The U.S. House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), today approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


Push to Axe US Crude Export Ban Strengthens in House

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are trying to end the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports said on Thursday they were gaining support after a Democrat joined the Republican-led effort.   Representative Henry Cuellar became the first Democrat to sign on to a bill launched


Ports Association Praises Harbor Funding Legislation

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA strongly supported two amendments to carry out intent of 2014 water resources legislation    The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) lauded H.R. 2028, the U.S. House of Representatives’ fiscal 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that passed today


US Sen. Murkowski Plans Bill to Kill Oil Export Ban

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Thursday she will unveil a bill next week to reverse the U.S. oil export ban in an effort to build support for killing the 1970s-era restriction that drillers say threatens to choke the domestic energy boom.  


SCPA to Implement Cloud-based Billing Services

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Billing Platform announced  that it will support South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) by providing a cloud application that streamlines and modernizes billing operations to promote efficient revenue recognition in a dynamic and evolving environment.  


Alaska, Washington to Build Arctic Icebreakers

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  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost


NSA Chief Urges 'Safe' Internet Under Equivalent of Law of the Sea

The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea, while deflecting critics who say NSA spying has undermined public trust in the cyberworld.  


ISS, Brightwell Introduce Onboard Cashless Payment System

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  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, has teamed up with Brightwell Payments, Inc. to introduce an innovative payment system for ship owners and managers to simplify cross-border crew payments


VT Halter Marine President Skinner Retires

Bill Skinner (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VTHM), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced a change of senior leadership.   After more than 46 years in the shipbuilding business, including nearly two decades at VT Halter Marine


Brazil Tarriff Hike to Impede U.S. Ethanol Exports

Brazil was due to publish a tariff increase of 11.75 percent on imported ethanol on Monday, and the traders in U.S. ethanol, which makes up the bulk of imports to Brazil, were concerned about the move, expected to benefit local mills. In late May, the Senate passed Bill 668






 
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