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Senate Hearing on Oil Spill Prevention

On March 4, the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety & Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will conduct an oversight hearing on Protecting our Shores from Oil Spills. Source: HK Law


Port Security Meeting Scheduled for Friday

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Breaux (D-La.) will hold a U.S. Senate hearing on seaport security, cargo inspection and hazardous materials transportation at the University of Houston Law Center at 1:30 p.m. C.S.T., Friday, Jan. 11, 2002. Witnesses will include representatives of the port authority, the petroleum and chemical industries, as well as Coast Guard and U.S. Customs officials. Prior to the hearing, at 11 a.m. C.S.T., there will be a tour of the Port of


Senate Hearing on Reducing Oil Spill Risk

On August 1, the Subcommittee on Fisheries and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a field hearing in Seattle on Reducing the Risk of Future Oil Spills. Among the various witnesses, Captain Myles Boothe, USCG testified that the majority of oil entering waters of the United States comes from land-based sources and the majority of vessel-based oil spills in the Pacific Northwest comes from recreational and fishing vessels. Mr


Flag of Convenience Hearings Raise ‘Shocking Concerns’

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith today described the Australian senate hearings into flag of convenience (FOC) shipping taking place in Canberra as raising “shocking concerns”.   According to the ITF, the fact that the captain of the ‘death ship’ Sage Sagittarius – on which three people have died in suspicious circumstances – was allowed to work off the Australian coast for eight


Hearing on Marine Mammal Protection Act

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a Hearing


Confirmation Hearing for Admiral Loy to be Deputy Secretary

The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs issued a Press Release discussing the confirmation hearing for Admiral James Loy, USCG (ret) to be the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security. The Committee is expected to approve the nomination on Thursday and forward it to the full Senate for action. Source: HK Law


Confirmation Hearing for Maritime Administrator

On July 27, the Senate Commerce Committe will hold a full Committee hearing to consider the following nominations: Charles Nottingham to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board; Robert Sumwalt to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board; Nathaniel Wienecke to be Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Commerce; Jay Cohen to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology


Hearing on Disposal of Ghost Fleet

The Senate Commerce Committee released testimony of various witnesses who spoke at the hearing conducted by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Subcommittee on July 7, 2003. Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert


Hearing on Security of Terminal Operations

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a Hearing on Security of Terminal Operations at US Ports. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the possible security implications of acquisition by Dubai Ports World of P&O Ports. Senator Stevens (R-AK) pointed out that federal agencies, such as the Coast Guard and the Customs & Border Protection, are in charge of port security, not the operators of individual terminals


Admiral Papp: USCG Not Ready for Arctic Ops

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, Navy Rear Adm. David Titley and Ambassador David Balton testify before the U.S. Senate during a hearing on defending U.S. economic interests in the changing Arctic July 27. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee on defending U.S. economic interests in the changing Arctic. During the hearing, Adm. Papp discussed America’s position as an Arctic nation, the Law of the Sea Convention, and need to complete construction of at least eight national security cutters


Panama Canal Hearing Addresses Toll Structure Changes

Photo: The Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) today held a public hearing on its tolls structure modifications proposal.   “The modified tolls will safeguard the Canal's competitiveness, charge a fair price for the value of the route and provide a competitive service to the global shipping industry


Wicker’s SHIPS Act Included in Defense Bill

Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. (File photo: HII)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, announced that he successfully added his “SHIPS Act” proposal to help the Navy reach its requirement of a 355-ship fleet in this year’s “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)


Wicker Meets With Trump’s Choice for Navy Secretary

From left: Roger Wicker with Richard Spencer (Photo: Sen. Wicker’s office)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, today met with Richard Spencer regarding his nomination to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Navy.    “Mr. Spencer and I had an encouraging meeting,” Wicker said


AWO Welcomes CVIDA Inclusion in Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) said it welcomes the inclusion of the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA) and the recapitalization of the aging fleet of inland waterway tenders as part of the FY 2018 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act


Nominated China Ambassador Tough on South China Sea

U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to China took a tough line on Tuesday on China's development of "artificial islands" in the South China Sea. "China cannot be allowed to use its artificial islands to coerce its neighbors or limit freedom of


Senate Hearing on USMMA Issues Scheduled

The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on 5 April to examine protecting midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.


Dinh-Zarr to Serve as NTSB Acting Chairman

Bella Dinh-Zarr (Photo: NTSB)

Christopher A. Hart’s term as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board concluded on schedule Wednesday and Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr will serve as the agency’s acting chairman.   Hart will remain at the NTSB


US Probe into El Faro Disaster Concludes Public Hearings

Photo: NTSB

U.S. investigators stood in silence for 33 seconds on Friday as they concluded the public phase of a probe into the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a 2015 hurricane, recognizing each crew member aboard who died.   The Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation


Last Port of Call for the US Merchant Marine?

(Photo: © Lefteris Papaulakis / Adobe Stock)

The privately owned U.S.-flag foreign trading fleet, which is an essential component of U.S. sealift capability, stands on the edge of a precipice. The fleet – roughly stable in terms of cargo carrying capacity from 2000 to 2012 – has declined from 106 vessels in 2012 to 78 vessels at


China Welcomes Mattis' South China Sea Diplomacy

China on Monday welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' suggestion that diplomacy should be the priority in the South China Sea, and that major U.S. military action was not being considered to contend with China's assertive behaviour there.  


El Faro Conditions Probed in Final Hearing

El Faro (File photo: Tote)

The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of a cargo ship during a 2015 hurricane entered its final hearing on Monday, with ship conditions probed at the start of two weeks of testimony set to examine new detail on El Faro's last hours.  


China to Protect South China Sea Sovereignty

China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.   White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his comments on Monday signaled a sharp


US Aims to Prevent China from Taking Territory in International Waters

Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has said would require Washington to "wage war."  


Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary

The Honorable James Mattis took office as the 26th secretary of defense shortly after his Senate confirmation. (Dept. of Defense photoReleased)

By a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense Jan. 20, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.


WCI Praises Passage of Water Infrastructure Improvement for Nation

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Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today commended the work of Congress to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, of which the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016) is included, by a vote of 78 to 21 during the lame duck session






 
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