Coast Guard Issues Notice on NAIS
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that it intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) as part of the environmental planning process for the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The Coast Guard will conduct a public meeting in Washington, DC on December 22. Written comments on the project should be submitted by December 23. 70 Fed. Reg. 70862 Source: HK Law
Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting
– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law
Coast Guard Issues Final Report on Oil Spill – final report
The Coast Guard issued its final press release on the response to the oil spill into Arthur Kill. Active shoreline cleanup has been suspended. Excavation and cleanup at the wharf area continues. The incident is under investigation. Source: HK Law
Coast Guard Issues Safety Zone ex-USS Oriskany
The US Coast Guard issued a press relase stating that it is enforcing a safety zone around the ex-USS ORISKANY as the obsolete aircraft carrier is towed into waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola where it will be scuttled to create the largest artificial reef in history. Source: HK Law
Coast Guard Issues Notice
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has drafted revised guidelines on medical and physical examinations for merchant mariner credentials. Comments on the draft guidelines should be submitted by November 27. 71 Fed. Reg. 56998 Source: HK Law
Coast Guard Issues Alert on Diving Safety
The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding the maritime industry in general and the commercial diving community in particular of the importance of safety in commercial diving.
Cruise Ship Damaged, Temporary Repairs Made
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a News Release
USCG Issues Report on Chesapeake Bay Grounding
The US Coast Guard issued the
Gulf Safety Committee to Implement New Programs
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release
USCG Issues TWIC Notice for Merchant Mariners
The US Coast Guard issued a Notice for US merchant mariners discussing how the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program impacts them.
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that all ports, channels, and tributary waterways in the COTP Houston/Galveston AOR are open to project depth. Particular caution is advised, though, in the Galveston Bay Entrance Channel, the Galveston Harbor Channel, and Barbour’s Cut due to possible shoaling. The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin stating that all waterways in the MSU Morgan City AOR are open to project depth, with the exception of the Houma Navigation Canal north of the Houma Navigation Bridge. Minimum wake restrictions are in effect from GIWW MM 20 to MM 65 and in the vicinity of MM 160. Continued caution is advised as the waterways and shorelines remain in a delicate condition. (9/29/05).
Coast Guard Sees Hawaii Illegal Charters Increase
In the last 24 hours, the Coast Guard has identified two tour boats operating illegally out of Pohoiki Boat Ramp and is ramping up enforcement in response to a perceived increase in illegal charters operating in the area to view lava streaming into the ocean from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. "Safety is always our top priority," said Capt. David McClellan, chief of prevention, Coast Guard 14th District. "For boat operators, it is important to maintain situational awareness and not unnecessarily put yourself, your passengers or your boat in danger. Commercial tour boat and charter operators must possess the appropriate merchant mariner credential to operate.
Coast Guard Issues Reminder on EPIRBs
The US Coast Guard issued a reminder for owners and operators of commercial and recreational vessels who have not already done so that they need to acquire the new generation of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) that operate on the 406 MHz frequency. In yesterday’s newsletter, I erroneously reported that, as of 1 January 2007, the COSPAS-SARSAT satellites will quit monitoring the old 121.5/243 MHz frequency utilized by the old EPIRBs. Actually, the issue is more insidious. As of 1 January 2007, it is a violation of USCG regulations for US-flag vessels to utilize the old Class A, B, and S 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs. The restriction…
First Consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential
The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential May 7, during the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting held at Dania Beach, Fla. Jessica Dennis, a regulatory compliance manager for Hornbeck Offshore, was the first mariner to receive the new MMC as evidenced by its serial number of 000000001. Dennis is a graduate of the Texas Maritime Academy and holds domestic officer endorsements such as; second mate of steam motor vessels, able seaman, wiper and stewards department.
Combined Report to USCG and CBP
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that advance notices of arrival (ANOA) submitted via its revised electronic process will satisfy basic reporting requirements of both the Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For now, though, such submittal will not satisfy the requirements of the CBP electronic cargo information regulation. The new system will allow for submittal of updates and will provide the submitter with an e-mail acknowledging receipt. CBP issued the same information. Source: HK Law
USCG Issues Notice
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the regulations issued on April 23, 2002 establishing a special load line regime for river barges operating on certain Lake Michigan routes came into effect on June 20, 2002. Owners or operators of dry cargo river barges desiring to operate on those Lake Michigan routes must submit barge information to the Coast Guard in order to qualify for the special regime.
Shooting at Terminal in Freeport, Texas
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin advising the marine community of a shooting at the BASF Terminal in Freeport, Texas. A man who appeared to be conducting surveillance of the facility shot and wounded a security guard who challenged him. The man then fled in a truck. While there is no evidence that the man was a terrorist, the maritime community is reminded to report suspicious or criminal activity to the Coast Guard and local law enforcement. (HK Law)
USCG to Conduct Spill Training at Port Manatee
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a statement that local Coast Guard units will conduct an exercise simulating a response to an oil spill using the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) at Port Manatee, Fla. on September 10, 2003. VOSS is a portable oil skimming and storage system that attaches to a wide variety of Coast Guard and commercial vessels. Source: HK Law
USCG Signs LOR on Cove Point LNG expansion
The US Coast Guard issued has signed a Letter of Recommendation relating to the planned expansion of the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility in . The Coast Guard found no significant environmental impacts associated with the increase in LNG marine traffic or the safety and security measures outlined in Cove Point’s Waterway Suitability Assessment. The Coast Guard evaluation now goes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for consideration. Source: HK Law
TWIC Applicants with Rejected Fingerprints
The US Coast Guard issued policy guidance relating to applicants for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) whose fingerprints have been rejected by the FBI. Personnel who are on the TSA-provided list of individuals with fingerprint rejection issues may be allowed unescorted access to regulated facilities through use of the TWIC New Hire procedures. This is a temporary waiver effective through November 27, while the fingerprint issues are resolved. (Source: Holland & Knight)
Towing Vessel License Changes
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a reminder to U.S. mariners that the "grandfather" clause allowing persons who began service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001 to receive a license as master of towing vessels under the old requirements will expire on May 20, 2004. Since the license must actually be issued no later than that date, applications should be submitted well in advance. Persons potentially affected by this issue should contact their local USCG Regional Examination Center as soon as possible. (Source: HK Law)
USCG Group Philadelphia Evacuated
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that the U.S. Coast Guard evacuated its main building at Group Philadelphia after a suspicious package was discovered near the entrance and a person was seen leaving the parking lot at about 2 a.m. on the morning of December 30, 2003. The incident turned out to be a hoax. The Philadelphia Police, the FBI, and the USCG Investigative Service are investigating the incident. Source: HK Law
Discharge of dry cargo residue in U.S. Great Lakes ports
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the current enforcement policy allowing incidental discharge into Great Lakes waters of dry cargo residue expires on September 30, 2004. The Study mandated by Congress has been completed. The Coast Guard has initiated a rulemaking concerning such discharges, but the project will not be completed prior to the legislatively mandated termination of the current enforcement policy. 69 Fed. Reg. 1994 (Source: HK Law).