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 for reasons of their own are reluctant to admit they will probably have serious problems with this new venture because of the different clientele. In 1995, the USCG centralized the vessel documentation process into one office located in Falling Waters, W.V. The original plan had called for reducing the number of documentation centers from 15 or so offices around the country to four and then after 10 years to consolidate into one office. It is not clear why the USCG did not stick to the original plan. Speculation is it was probably some budgetary need, i.e. the greater the reduction in employees used in vessel documentation, the more money could be spent elsewhere, presumably where the USCG wanted to spend it. Shipbuilders and vessel owners along the Gulf Coast insisted the USCG keep the New Orleans documentation office open with a token staff to be capable of responding to various quick turnaround issues in order to prevent delaying the sailing (foreign) of a vessel
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
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
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
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
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
The U.S. Coast Guard is adapting their compliance procedures to suit the recent IMO requirements. It is modifying their inspection requirements by implementing a USCG streamlined vessel inspection (SIP) scheme allowing vessel owner/operator inspections to replace certain regular inspections by the USCG, on the basis of an approved Maintenance Program. Likewise, Classification Societies (ABS, DNV and Lloyds) are accepting approved Preventive Maintenance Programs to replace special
The STCW-95 Working Group held a conference at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) on September 4-5, 2002. Attendees included a diverse group of Government, Regulatory and Commercial Industry representatives. This conference was a continuation of work completed at previous sessions in 2001 and 2002. The mission of the STCW Working Group is to assist the United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) in developing policies that integrate the new
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.
Vector Maritime Software and Maritime Protection Systems (MPS) have announced their joint services to clients to implement the forthcoming ISPS requirements using the Vector Management System The services start with practical security consultancy from which MPS develop the company specific ISPS documentation and manuals. The manuals are developed within the Vector ISM Manager software which has been expanded to suit the requirements of ISPS
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) signed an arrangement with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) during the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) in Singapore. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who signed the agreement with his Singaporean counterpart Rear Admiral
Wärtsilä has received the Final Approval status from the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for its Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System. The approval was granted at the MEPC's 65th session held at the IMO
Greece's Paragon Shipping Inc. obtains a $69-million credit facility with China Development Bank to partially finance its two 4,800 TEU containerships currently under construction. The two container ships on order are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2014
The Port of Los Angeles’ Trade Connect program has earned the nation’s highest honor for promoting American export trade. The Port was among the 2013 honorees recognized for export sales or service during an “E” Award ceremony at the U
Coast Guard inspectors conducted certificate of compliance examinations on two mobile offshore rigs heading for Cook Inlet. Inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Marine Safety Detachment Homer and Marine Safety Unit Texas City successfully examined the vessels to verify compliance with
Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company which is an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers signs a joint venture with the National Hyperbaric Center (NHC) to launch a training center and training courses in the UAE.
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner and logistics group was recently presented with its eleventh-consecutive Logistics Excellence Award for export quality – an honor given in recognition of Crowley’s ongoing efforts to safely and efficiently transport Toyota vehicles to Puerto Rico
Raytheon Anschütz to supply Integrated Bridge & Navigation Systems to four Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Royal Navy of Oman. Under the contract, Raytheon Anschütz will equip Oman’s new Al-Ofouq-class OPVs with a complete
BAM International has awarded MirTac the contract to (re)organize the documentation and activities related to maintenance, critical equipment, spare parts, quality and safety management into the Star IPS fleet management system. The contract comprises 12 units: the jack-up barge IB-909
American Overseas Marine Corp., of Quincy, Mass., and Bath Iron Works Bath, Maine, awarded Navy contract modifications. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued the following contracts: RoRo operation & mainenance American Overseas Marine Corp is being awarded a $14,502
The IMO Type-Approved Balpure ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has become one of the first ballast water treatment technologies to receive the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) certification.
AdvanFort receives key “green light” accreditation in the Stage 1 process from Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI). The company says it has achieved key certification status in the Standard Private Maritime Security Company (PMSC) accreditation program of the
Bureau Veritas set up a web-based system to help shipowners cut certification time for the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 dramatically. BV said the system is needed because some shipowners are leaving it until late to seek the necessary MLC certification.
Totem ECDIS provides Decision Support tools for collision avoidance. The decision support tool gives the OOW a concrete advice on required course change or speed reduction needed to be at a safe distance from all targets. In this circular we want to show another unique feature of Totem ECDIS
Severn Trent De Nora sign agreements for distribution of marine & offshore water and wastewater treatment products in United States. The agreements are with Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) and AER Supply (AER) to serve as exclusive sales and promotional representatives for its electrolytic