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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


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


New Suite Simplifies Vessel Documentation

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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


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


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


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)


CargoSmart Offers Free SOLAS VGM Solutions

 CargoSmart Offers Free SOLAS VGM Solutions   Flexible, integrated platform allows shippers to manage the VGM submission process    CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking


Austal Lines up Long-term Patrol Boat Work

Austal Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Design (Image: Austal)

Australia based shipbuilder Austal Limited has been awarded preferred tenderer status by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project involving the construction of up to 21 steel-hulled patrol vessels and through life sustainment over 30 years in a total


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  


ITIC Reports on Ship Agents' Costly Transhipment Errors

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International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it continues to deal on a regular basis with claims resulting from errors by agents involving transhipment cargoes.   In one case, an agent in Argentina failed to declare a cargo as transhipment cargo within fifteen days of the


Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe.   Joseph O’Connor was fined at the hearing in Southampton Magistrates Court February 12 following his guilty


Alfa Laval Bolsters BWTS Retrofit Training

In preparation for the anticipated ballast water treatment retrofit boom, Alfa Laval training for engineering partners is securing skills and capacity for the retrofit of ballast water treatment systems   The retrofit market for ballast water treatment systems is poised to boom in the


AgTC Members Speak Out on SOLAS Amendment

Tomorrow, five prominent members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) will explain the major detrimental impact that the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Container Weight Documentation Amendment will have on the US agriculture and forest products export industry


First Vessel Secures IMO Polar Code Compliance

Magne Viking (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

 AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, is in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code, confirms DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority following a successful survey.    “Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years


IMCA Publishes Revision to Wire Rope Integrity Management Guidance

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This is now available for downloading free of charge from the IMCA


Heavy Lift: Massive Gas Turbine Shipped to Turkey

Rickmers-Linie was entrusted with the transport of this 485-metric-ton gas turbine made by Siemens for a power plant project in Turkey. (Photo: Hero Lang for Rickmers-Linie)

A special loading operation has taken place in Bremerhaven, involving Rickmers-Linie’s MV Rickmers Hamburg, a 485-metric-ton Siemens gas turbine, a 465-metric-ton Siemens generator and German project freight forwarder Bertling.  


Scrubber Ready: New DNV GL Class Notation

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (Photo: DNV GL)

A new class notation from DNV GL aims to help shipowners prepare newbuilds for scrubber installations. SCRUBBER READY ensures that the necessary preparations are in place for a smooth and cost-efficient scrubber retrofit at a later stage, the classification society said.  


Safety Violations Halt Three Fishing Voyages

Three commercial fishing vessels operating throughout Puget Sound were ordered to return to port Wednesday after U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams discovered multiple safety violations.    Following the boardings, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Puget Sound sent the three


Avoiding Snags from Container Weighing Rules

Thomas Juchum (Photo: EUROMOVERS International)

Moving company network making sure new legislation does not stop transferees having a smooth relocation   Every human resources professional who is involved in relocating key staff internationally will know how important the smooth movement of household goods can be for transferees


Containership Sets Sail on India-Bangladesh Trade

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Krishnapatnam Port, an all-weather; deepwater port on India’s east-coast, earmarked a historic moment for India’s bilateral trade and commerce as the first direct container vessel, part of coastal shipping agreement to facilitate trade between India and Bangladesh


Nordana Names Rickmers-Linie as China Representative

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Nordana Project and Chartering and Rickmers-Linie, Hamburg announced that Rickmers-Linie represents Nordana in China effective as of March 17, 2016.   With this step, the two companies extend an already existing partnership which began in June last year when Rickmers (Japan) Inc was






 
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