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New Pilotage Services in U.S. Gulf

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Federal pilotage service is now available by the recently formed NW Gulf Federal Pilots in the Ports Galveston and Texas City, Texas, as well as in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots service U.S. flagged vessels in coastwise trade under enrollment and operate independently of state pilots. Captain Graylin Gant established the NW Gulf Federal Pilots to meet the needs for federal pilotage required by law in the various channels served. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots plan to offer federal pilotage services to other ship channels in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico in the near future. Captain Gant is a Beaumont native with 28 years of experience as a licensed Master.


USCG Proposes Federal Pilotage Requirement

The USCG has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), requiring vessels engaged in foreign trade on the navigable waterways within the State of Maryland to be under the direction and control of federally-licensed pilots, when not under the control and direction of state-licensed pilots. Maryland law requires every foreign vessel and every domestic vessel sailing under register use a state-licensed pilot, except when the vessel is under the control of a docking master while maneuvering


NOAA Launches Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web Site

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site is to help facilitate the recovery efforts by providing a resource for port facility managers to send critical information to NOAA's Coast Survey


NOAA Issues New Coast Pilot for Alaska

In order to promote safe navigation and enhance marine conservation, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the National Marine Protected Areas Center have partnered to publish key information about the location, purpose, and permitted activities of existing marine managed areas off Alaska's southeastern coast in the United States Coast Pilot Volume 8. The U.S. Coast Pilot is used by the maritime industry, fishermen, the military, recreational boaters


Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer, displayed "reckless behavior" when his ship travelled 4.88 km (2.9 miles) into a restricted area without a pilot.


The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources, Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) in June, which included several provisions to address the funding needs of the ever-worsening condition of the inland waterways infrastructure


DHS Announces West Coast Maritime Radiation Detection Project

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the West Coast Maritime pilot program that will provide maritime radiation detection capabilities for State and local authorities in Washington’s Puget Sound and California’s San Diego areas. The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small


HOGANSAC to Meet

Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will hold its next public meetings on September 5, 2002 (working groups only) and September 19, 2002 (full committee), at the offices of the Houston Pilots Association in Houston, Texas. The notice appears in the July 25, 2002, Federal Register. Source: Marine Legal Update


Hearing for Fleet Management Pilot

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

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Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several of the projects-- including the Third Set of Locks – Water Saving Basins;  Rolling Gates; Excavation of the Navigation Channels; Dredging; Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut; and Raising Gatun


Buoy Shot and Sunk off Block Island

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis observe a submerged buoy in the water off Block Island on April 24, 2017. The Ida Lewis is a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in Newport, R.I. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Morkis)

 A U.S. Coast Guard crew was conducting regular aids-to-navigation maintenance when they found a buoy submerged near Block Island, R.I. When the crew raised the 12,000-pound buoy on Monday, they discovered it was riddled with 20 bullet holes.  


Lloyd’s Register Launches Marine Analytics Service

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched its Marine Analytics service with a methodology that will enable companies to obtain value from operational data and connected assets.   According to LR, the biggest challenge associated with data from multiple systems and connected assets


New Safety Standards for Passenger Vessels on Flensburg Fjord

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) signed a common agreement on safety standards for the carriage of passengers in the Flensborg Fjord. This agreement clearly defines the scope of safety standards to be met by passenger


Singapore Rolls Out LNG Bunkering Standard

Pic taken from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Corporate Video

 The first Singapore Technical Reference (TR) 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering was launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SPRING Singapore and the Standards Development Organisation @ Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SDO@SCIC).  


Navy Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air Systems

The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953.  


Mississippi Mishap: Bridge Allision Triggers 2-Year License Defense

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Professional captains and pilots in all sectors of the maritime industry confront daunting challenges and hazards every day on every trip. From piloting oceangoing ships into congested harbors and safely docking them, to navigating ferries, tourist vessels and water taxis through harbors and


Shipping Safer with Maritime Pilots

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime pilots are a strong and essential link in the structure that underpins the safety of international shipping.    This was the message delivered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the 70th meeting of the International Maritime


Veotec Supplies Water Removal Vanes to Vigor

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Air intake systems designer and manufacturer Veotec said it has supplied air inlet vanes (vertical louvers) and CP2 filters to U.S. shipbuilder Vigor for two pilot boats delivered to the Port of Duqm Company SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. Veotec's scope of supply for each pilot vessel included two


Rotterdam Port Anticipates Climate Change

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

 Right now, Rotterdam’s port area is effectively protected against floods. While most of the port area is situated outside the dikes, these port sites are elevated relatively high above sea level and are partly protected by storm surge barriers.   


FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

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 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director.   Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney


Lines in the Water

Photo: Carlos Rivera / U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

There are a variety of jurisdictional lines in the water. The first line to be considered is the national boundary between two adjacent or nearby countries. Adjacent countries tend to draw agreed boundaries extending their shoreside boundaries, with accommodations for headlands, capes, etc


Trump to Keynote Coast Guard Academy Commencement

President Donald J. Trump (Photo: White House)

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy will host President Donald J. Trump, who is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at graduation on Wednesday May 17. "Every commencement is a special occasion, but it is particularly memorable when the President presents our future leaders with their


APA Chooses MSRC for Pilot Training

Captain Bernard Cayer (Photo: MSRC)

Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) once again chose the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) as its preferred training organization for specialized SEAiq training on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). A total of 16 pilots from Cape Breton Island Pilotage were trained by MSRC's Captain


USS Carl Vinson Pilot Ejects Safely at Sea

Photo: United States Navy

 A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while conducting routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea.   The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air


Horizon Delivers Towboat to FMT

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has delivered the M/V Victoria Pasentine, a 120’ towboat with a retractable pilot house, to its home port of New Orleans.   The vessel, the 20th built by Horizon for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) during their nine






 
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