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Coast Guard Rule on Vessel Documentation Renewal Issued

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The U.S. Coast Guard's final rule on vessel documentation renewal fees was published in the Federal Register Tuesday. The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. The Coast Guard is required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels.   This final rule separately lists a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard. It will increase the annual Certificate of Documentation fee collections so that they more accurately reflect the actual costs to the Coast Guard of providing the documentation services.   The Coast Guard sets fees at an amount calculated to achieve recovery of the costs of providing the service. This is consistent with the user charges principles set forth in OMB Circular A-25. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (46 U.S.C. 2110) requires the Coast Guard to charge a fee for services but limits charges to no more than the overall cost of the program.   The fees will become effective 90 days after the rule is published. The final rule may be found at  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/12/2014-18999/vessel-documentation-renewal-fees.  


Another Licensing

As discussed in a recent article, the USCG is now talking openly about centralizing the nationwide administration of the licensing and certification of seamen and officers into one location (the actual examinations will be "privatized"). They speak of the success they have had performing this feat for the vessel documentation offices and now want to repeat if for the licensing system. Obviously, they have forgotten the problems that occurred with the centralization of vessel documentation and


Coast Guard Publishes Supplemental NPRM

In the August 9, 2002, Federal Register, the Coast Guard publishes a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit further comment on its previous NPRM entitled, "Vessel Documentation: Lease-Financing for Vessels Engaged in the Coastwise Trade." The regulations implement a 1996 federal law codified at 46 U.S.C. 12106(e), which was designed to enlarge vessel financing sources by allowing lease financing to be offered by companies which are less than 75% U.S.-owned


Continuous synopsis record – application form

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that it has developed an Application for Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR) for U.S vessels. The application must be completed and submitted to the CSR Desk at the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC). This submittal should be done promptly because, under both the SOLAS Convention and USCG maritime security regulations, affected vessels must have a CSR on board by July 1, 2004


Repower: Bringing New Life To Older Vessels

By Bill West, contributing editor The decision to repower a vessel is a multi-faceted one, and it can be safely assumed that no two decisions in this arena are exactly the same. Whether it's a crewboat that needs new power units to accommodate a new scope of operation; extending the life of an old, but otherwise stable boat; a rip and refit to replace under performing engines; or as a simple factor in the overall vessel conversion equation - the decision to install new engines on a vessel


Appropriations Lapse Halts USCG Certification Renewal

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Due to the Federal Government’s lapse in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, the Coast Guard is unable to process commercial vessel Certificates of Documentation (COD) to ensure that all commercial vessels receive their renewed CODs before their current documentation expires.     The vessels most likely impacted by this situation are those commercial vessels with CODs which expire between October 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013


OMSA to Testify on Coast Guard Licensing, Documentation

Shull Autin, COO of SEACOR Marine LLC, on behalf of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), testified before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 20. In his testimony, Autin addressed the following, and offered suggestions for improvement: U.S. Coast Guard Licensing and Documentation is a critical part of maritime safety; Coast Guard Licensing and Documentation as a process has become increasingly more


Gulf, Atlantic Strike Teams Assist EPA at Contaminated Facility

One member from the Gulf Strike Team and one member from the Atlantic Strike Team deployed today to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a contaminated facility in Weogufka, Ala. The strike team members will assist as Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representatives, conduct site safety, monitor contractors, provide photo documentation and cost documentation for lead contaminated soil removal work at Performance Advantage Facility, Inc.


ISS US Gulf Introduces Documentation Department

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, has created a dedicated US Gulf Documentation Department to meet customer demand for a centralized and streamlined service to handle cargo documentation for import and export activity. The new department will provide expert oversight and guidance for the specific documentation functions that remain in US Gulf ports and provide customers with the best advice and support


MOL Liner Present June 2014 KPI Results for Americas

MOL Liner Ltd. announces the June 2014 results of Regional Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the Americas in the following categories:  operations, customer service, and electronic data interchange (EDI).  The results are available on a monthly basis and posted in greater detail at www.CountOnMOL.com.   June 2014 Regional Key Performance Indicators (KPI)


SITC Container Lines Wins Industry Award

Nantawan Sakuntanak, Director-General of the Department of Export Promotion, DITP,delivered the award to SITC Container Lines (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.

SITC Container Lines (Thailand) Co.,Ltd was awarded as " Best Container Liner 2014 " by DITP (Department of Int'l Trade Promotion) and TNSC (Thai National Shipper's Council ) in  Bangkok, Thailand on 24th/Sept,2014. This yearly- based appraisal activity was held by DITP/TNSC with


PSC CIC on Fire Safety Systems by Riyadh MoU

  ClassNK has informed that Six countries viz. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE of the Riyadh MOU in the Gulf Region are planning the following PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC); Items of concentrated inspection : Fire Safety Systems (SOLAS Chapter II-2 and FSS


IMO Takes Step Towards Electronic Certificates

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In the future, the IMO member States should accept the use of electronic certificates. This is the request of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and, hence, the road is paved for less paperwork, nuisance and delays for the shipping industry.


EU to Invest in Port of Dublin Development

The EU's TEN-T Program  will co-fund with almost €2.5 million studies on the capacity development in the Port of Dublin to improve the freight traffic connection to the main rail and road axis linking Ireland to the UK and continental Europe.


VIKING Saatsea Puts Crew Training in its Place

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VIKING Saatsea will be at SMM 2014 to showcase the revolution it has brought about in crew training – moving everything on board to cut costs, speed up certification, ease administration and create greater on-the-job satisfaction for crew being trained.


Fraunhofer Researchers Improve Underwater Images

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Videos and images of the submarine world are important for the maritime industry. Researchers from Fraunhofer IGD will show how underwater images can be improved and evaluated at this year’s SMM in Hamburg, Germany, from September 9-12. The submarine world is becoming more transparent.


New Crew Planning Software in Development

Hamburg-based ship-owning and ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt developed a Crew Compliance Optimizer, CCO, together with its partners Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and the scientists of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML)


SSI Webinar: ShipConstructor Electrical Product

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The SSI Technical Webinar Series' ShipConstructor Electrical Product webinar will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 8-9 a.m. Electrical is a 3D modeling and production system for wireways, cable trays, supports, cables and transits


RayClean BWTS is IMO and DNV Type Approved

Ballast water treatment system RayClean, developed by DESMI Ocean Guard, has received IMO and DNV type approval. On September 5, 2014 DNV GL issued type approval certificate for the RayClean system. The type approval certificate includes approval according to both the IMO Ballast Water


Wärtsilä’s LNGPac System: AIP Certificate SMM Presentation

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The new Wärtsilä LNGPac, the upgraded version of the company's successful LNG fuel handling system, has been granted an AIP (Approval in Principle) Certificate from the classification society DNV GL. The certificate will be presented at the Wärtsilä stand in Hall A4


GD Electric Boat Gets Potential US$1.5-Billion Navy Contract

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The Department of Defense informs that General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $234,229,426 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for active nuclear submarines


Global Ship Lease to Acquire Containership

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has  announced  that it has agreed to acquire a 8,063 TEU containership from a leading container liner company for a purchase price of $55 million. The 2005-built vessel is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2014


UAE to Launch Concentrated Inspection Campaign

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  The 6 Maritime Authorities of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (RMoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose of ensuring compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships.


1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida


IMO Takes Important Step Towards Electronic Certificates

In the future, it must be easier to use electronic 		  				certificates. This was decided by the Facilitation 					  			Committee of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization

  In the future, the IMO member States should accept the use of electronic certificates. This is the request of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and, hence, the road is paved for less paperwork, nuisance and delays for the shipping industry.






 
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