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Coast Guard Rule on Vessel Documentation Renewal Issued


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  

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


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   June 2014 Regional Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Wah Kwong Acquires DNV GL's ShipManager

Wah Kwong Ship Management and DNV GL - Signing ceremony

  Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL’s ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting. Wah Kwong is a leading provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier

Wah Kwong Adopts ShipManager

The signing ceremony. (DNV GL)

Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL's ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting.   Wah Kwong is a provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier, tanker and LPG segments

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

Image: International Marine Contractors Association

 The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

JNPort Takes Steps to Regularise Traffic - GTI Shutdown

Gateway Terminals India (GTI)

  As Gateway Terminals India (GTI) (one of the private terminal at JNPort, a JV between APM Terminals (APMT) and state-owned rail operator Container Corporation of India) is facing shutdown in operations due to the strike of contractor's employees engaged by Cargotek handling yard crane

Retlif Expands Into North Carolina

Independent compliance and testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories announced it has expanded with a new location in Concord, North Carolina to answer a growing regional need for testing services.   The new laboratory, established after two years of searching for an ideal location

Jebel Ali Port Become Distribution Hub for Dow Chemical

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region, and Moosa Al-Moosa, President of Dow UAE during the signing ceremony in Jebel Ali, attended by senior officials from both organizations. (Photo: DP World)

Marine terminal operator DP World, UAE Region, has reached an agreement with an affiliate of The Dow Chemical Company based in Jebel Ali to support the distribution of Dow‘s products. The contract was signed recently by Mohammed Al Muallem

Seanergy Acquires 7 Bulk Ships

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire seven secondhand dry bulk vessels, consisting of five Capesize and two Supramax vessels, for a gross purchase price of approximately $183 million.  

Intermarine Opens Office in Ecuador

Intermarine, LLC, a transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, announced it has opened an office in Quito, Ecuador.   The new office will operate in partnership with agent Tradinter as part of the company’s Americas division to provide pricing

SSI to Showcase Marine Information Model

SSI's CAD/CAM ShipConstructor software utilizes a Marine Information Model (MIM) to store a wealth of data that can be leveraged for maintenance, repair and lifecycle support.   Slated to exhibit at the American Society of Naval Engineers' Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

Greek Coast Guard Seizes Weapons Ship Bound for Libya

Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete

CMID Reaches 100th Vessel Inspector Application

Mike Schwarz (left) IIMS Chief Executive and Chris Baldwin (right) IMCA Technical Adviser

The CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme has reached a milestone with the hundredth Vessel Inspector application having been received. The Inspectors accredited so far are based in more than 20 countries, with both the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

Two IMCI Seminars on Recreational Craft Directive

IMCI organized several seminars to bring the boat building community up to speed with the new requirements

  There being a new Recreational Craft Directive is now common knowledge in the industry, because of which and due to brisk demand, IMCI organized several seminars to bring the boat building community up to speed with the new requirements

China Exim Bank Backs Seaspan

Image: Seaspan Corporation

 Seaspan Corporation has lined-up a $1bn worth of export credit facilities with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM).   Seaspan has signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for a total of up to $1 billion in export credit facilities.

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