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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

New Suite Simplifies Vessel Documentation

Photo: Ocean Time Marine

Ocean Time Marine informs it has added to its suite of safety management tools with a new vessel content management system, the Ocean Time Marine Dashboard and a suite of paperless safety document packs. These tools aim to provide simplified administration for vessel management delivering greater support and cost-savings for captains and crew on board and ashore, Ocean Time Marine said. In response to the marine industry’s need for an easier way to store and manage vessel

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

New Module Creates 3D Video Animation of Assemblies

Photo: CoreTechnologies

The innovation driver CoreTechnologie has developed a new, unique CAD Viewer module for 3D video animation of assemblies.   The German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie (CT) now offers for its conversion software and the CAD viewer “3D_Analyzer” a unique new module

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

Foundation of New Krishnapatnam Port Terminal Laid

Hon’ble Minister Santosh Gangwar (Center) with Chinta Sasidhar – Managing Director and Anil Yendluri -  Director and CEO - Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited while laying the foundation stone for the TT terminal at the port.

Santosh Gangwar - Minister of State for Finance, GoI laid the foundation stone of a project intended to offer convenience to transporters CHAs and FFs of the country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India – Krishnapatnam Port.

New Web Tool Aids Cable and Pipe Routing

Photo: Roxtec

Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Cable and pipe seals provider Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free web-based tool, Roxtec Transit Designer.  

Zim to Defer $115 Million in Debt Payments

A Zim Boxship alongside and working cargo. (Credit: Zim)

Israeli shipping company Zim, which has been hit hard by the weak global shipping market, said on Wednesday it was planning to defer $115 million of upcoming payments to creditors until 2018. Zim said in its second quarter report that it had agreed with some of its creditors to defer payments

Onboard Verification of Fuel Sulphur Content

Photo: Gard

 Spot sampling and analysis of a ship’s fuel is becoming increasingly common as a means for port state control officers to verify the actual sulphur content of the fuel in use.   The shipping industry is facing increasingly stricter air emission limits all over the world

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field

DNV GL Approves Modification for Semi-Submersible Rigs

Photo: COSL Drilling Europe AS

 Following the accident involving COSLInnovator on 30 December 2015, some 100 semi-submersible rigs approved by DNV GL will be reviewed.    Preliminary assessments indicate that a limited number of rigs will be subjected to modifications or operational limitations.  

JNPT Rolls Out Holding Yard Operations in 6 Hectare Land

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal. Photo by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s No.1 container port, has commenced holding yard operations in a six-hectare land at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT). approach roads to further ease out congestion and streamline the traffic to the terminal.   

Danish Maritime Authority Use Drones for Inspection

Danish Maritime Authority has procured a four-armed drone and Constructing Architect Jesper Kern Hansen has been certified as a drone pilot.

The Danish Maritime Authority now has its first certified drone pilot and will, in the future, use the drone as a supplement in connection with inspections of the Authority's lighthouses. A small pocket camera is put through a hole in the ceiling and a photo is taken in the little dark area

Virginia Port Update on Handling of Hanjin, CKYHE Cargo


In light of the recent bankruptcy filing by Hanjin Shipping, The Port of Virginia has updated its policies and processes regarding the movement and loading of Hanjin vessels and containers. The following policy is effective as of Sept. 1, 2016:

Tuco Launches Air Supported Vessel

Air Supported Vessel

In collaboration with Effect Ships International AS, Norway, Tuco has launched a carbon sandwich Air Supported Vessel (ASV). With the patented ASV concept the vessel "rides on a cushion of air", you can read more about the new arctic workboat here, and see a small movie of the boat above

Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

Damen Trading 30 years

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels. Since then, Damen Trading has gone on to sell over 500 used vessels, right across the maritime spectrum

MN100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Mike Fitzpatrick (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

The Company: With about 82 employees, Robert Allan Ltd. is Canada’s most senior consulting Naval Architectural firm, established in Vancouver, B.C. in 1930. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative, successful designs for a wide range of ships and has been a leader

Navios Maritime Charter Restructuring with HMM

MSC Cristina. Photo: Scheepvaartwest

 Navios Maritime Partners has reached an agreement with South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine to cut the hire rate of five container vessels chartered out to HMM by 20%.   Pursuant to the charter restructuring documentation executed on July 15, 2016

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