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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Marad Issues

MarAd -LNG DWP license application

The Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that an environmental impact statement will be prepared as part of the environmental review of the Calypso LNG DWP license application. The application is for construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) in the Atlantic Ocean approximately nine miles northeast of Port Everglades. A public meeting to receive comments on the project will be held in Fort Lauderdale on December 6. Written comments should be submitted by December 21. source: HK Law

MARAD Electronic Transmission Options

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an interim rule offering electronic options for submission of information that is collected by the agency. The agency is also seeking comments on its new program, which should be submitted by December 5, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 62535 (November 5, 2003). Source: HK Law

MARAD Makes Inflation Adjustments to civil Penalties

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a rule adjusting its maximum civil penalties for inflation. Violations of regulations related to commercial instruments and maritime liens and to unlawful transfer of a documented vessel may now result in a civil penalty of $12,000, rather than $11,000. Violations of regulations related to requirements for trustees of mortgaged vessels and vessel interests and purchasers of documented vessels under order of a district court may now result in a civil

MARAD Issues Notice on Cabotage Trade Exemption Application

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Notice stating that it received an application from owners of the ASPHALT COMMANDER to utilize the vessel in the cabotage trade for a period of six months. The U.S.-flag vessel was built with the aid of construction-differential subsidy and is barred from the cabotage trade without special permission. Comments on the application must be submitted by March 27, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg

MARAD Pilot Program Deadline Extended

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that closing date for filing applications to enroll in the Maintenance and Repair Reimbursement Pilot Program has been extended until December 30. [Source: HK Law]

MARAD Announces Meeting for License Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Calypso LNG LLC, Calypso Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application is available for review and comment. The application proposes construction and operation of a natural gas deepwater port in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 to 10 miles off the east coast of Florida to the northeast of Port Everglades

MARAD Approves Transfer of MSP Operating Agreements to Maersk

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Final Opinion and Order conditionally approving the request of Maersk Line, Limited to transfer 15 Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating agreements from U.S. Ship Management (USSM) to itself. Among the conditions to which the order is subject are (1) that Maersk submit a certification that there are no laws of the foreign country of Maersk’s parent company that would prohibit Maersk from performing its obligations under the

Alaska is Most Active Destination for Cruise Passengers

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a briefing stating that, during the third quarter of 2003, Alaska was the most active destination market for U.S. cruise passenger traffic. Traffic overall increased by eight percent. Miami remained the largest departure port.

Transiting Gulf of Aden and Somalia Basin

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing updated guidance for ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somalia Basin.  Effective 1 February, the internationally-recommended transit corridor through the Gulf of Aden has been realigned so as to reduce the risk of collision, provide a measure of traffic separation, and allow maritime forces to conduct deterrent operations with a greater degree of flexibility. (1/30/09).

MARAD Offers Grants for LNG Conversion

U.S. Maritime Administrator Jaenichin (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a request for proposals for projects focusing on vessel conversion to natural gas in an effort to measure changes in emissions before and after conversion. The total amount of funding available is $900,000. Eligible applicants include vessel owners, operators or sponsors of U.S.-flag vessels operating on inland, coastal waterways or the Great Lakes. Awardees will be expected to complete a natural gas conversion on an existing vessel and

Marad Responds to Labor Critics

U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued a Report Comparing U.S. and Foreign-Flag Operating Costs. The U.S. maritime labor union(s) responded with pointed criticism. Marad issues its own statement in reponse.   Text of Marad Chief Matsuda's Prepared Statement: “The U.S. Maritime Administration’s top priority is to promote the growth and sustainability of America’s maritime industry. The first-of-its-kind ‘Comparison of U.S

MARAD: Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. Results showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. According to MARAD, the information provided by this study is important to marine transportation stakeholders as they evaluate the use of natural gas as a viable

MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

Photo: Antonio Ferrer

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers.   As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010, which imposes new security and safety standards on cruise ships

MARAD to Host META Program

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  The Maritime Administration (MARAD), in cooperation with the Maryland Environmental Resource Center, will hold an open forum to solicit input on the Agency’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program and key environmental issues facing maritime transportation.  Specific topics of discussion will include how MARAD might be able to better focus requests for proposals, and how to address various levels of technology readiness

MARAD – Oil Prices, Modal Shift

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a report on the impact of oil prices on transportation markets. Among other things, the study found that the more fuel efficient modes, such as water transportation, are far less likely to be affected by fuel price increases than are the less fuel efficient means of transportation, particularly over longer shipping distances. (11/12/08). The full report is available at http://www.marad.dot.gov/documents/Modal_Shift_Study_-_Technical_Report.pdf.

MARAD – War Risk Insurance

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that President Bush approved provision of vessel war risk insurance for trade by eligible vessels in the Black Sea.  73 Fed. Reg. 76096  (December 15, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)

MARAD, Anti-Piracy Website

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a compilation of information relating to piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa, including maritime advisories, piracy statistics, a list of ships hijacked, and recommended counter-piracy measures. The information can be found at: http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/horn_of_africa_piracy/horn_of_africa_piracy.htm (Source: Holland & Knight)

North Atlantic LNG DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it and the US Coast Guard will prepare an environmental impact statement in conjunction with an application from Atlantic Sea Island Group LLC to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) facility in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 13.5 miles south of the City of Long Beach, New York and 23 miles east of Highlands, New Jersey

Gulf of Mexico DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it received from Texas Offshore Port System an application for a license for construction and operation of a deepwater port (DWP) for importation of crude oil.  The proposal calls for the facility to be constructed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas.  74 Fed. Reg. 984  (January 9, 2009). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Texas Offshore Port System EIS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the US Coast Guard, in coordination with MARAD, will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the application by the Texas Offshore Port System for a license to construct and operate a crude oil deepwater port (DWP) in the Gulf of Mexico.  Public meetings on this application will be held in Freeport (February 18) and Texas City (February 19).  Written comments should be submitted by February 27

MARAD Small Shipyard Grants

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing $9.8m in grants to small US shipyards.  The grants are to be used for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements at qualified shipyards that facilitate the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality of domestic ship construction for commercial and federal government use. (2/17/09). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Port Pelican LNG DWP License Relinquished

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the applicant for the Port Pelican liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) relinquished its license effective October 28. 74 Fed. Reg. 65205 (December 9, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Coastwise-Qualified Vessels for Platform Jacket Transport

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule establishing regulations governing administrative determinations of availability of coastwise-qualified vessels to be used in the transportation and, if needed, launch or installation of offshore drilling or production platform jackets in specified projects only. Federal law permits use of non-coastwise-qualified launch barges only if it is determined that coastwise-qualified vessels are not available

Threat of Terrorist Attack, Strait of Hormuz

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing guidance to vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the Southern Arabian Gulf, and the Western Gulf of Oman. It confirms that the claim of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) that it attacked the tanker M Star is valid. The group remains active and can conduct further attacks on vessels in the area. All ships transiting these waters should exercise increased vigilance and caution

MARAD Advisory Re Japanese Power Plant

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Advisory stating that, due to radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear power plant near Fukushima, Japan, vessels are urged to avoid transiting within 50 miles of that site (37-19 North, 141-01 East).  This cautionary area may expand depending upon prevailing wind and weather.  In the event that a vessel bound for the United States has transited within the cautionary area

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