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House Hearing on TWIC

On October 18, the House Committee on Homeland Security will conduct an oversight hearing on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. (HK Law)

Bartlett Urges Naval Shipbuilding Reform

A leading Republican in Congress called Tuesday for sweeping reforms in the U.S. Navy's shipbuilding programs. There are several key elements necessary to achieve cost reductions, including commonality of designs at the component and system level, stability in the shipbuilding program, sufficient volume to optimize workloads, and shipyard facility modernization, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of representatives, said in a House hearing on naval shipbuilding costs and practices. Bartlett, said he had traveled around the world to visit Europe and Asia's most competitive and efficient yards and that he wanted to facilitate the transfer of best practices from these yards to U.S. yards.

House Hearing on U.S. Port Security

The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary conducted an oversight hearing on U.S. port security. Representative Howard Coble (R-NC) stated that the purpose of the hearing was to focus on the operations and effectiveness of the agencies charged with inspecting ships and cargo entering U.S. ports and on methods used by the public and private sector to enhance the security of the ports. Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, testified regarding various activities utilized by the agency to target and inspect sea cargo, including the smart box initiative, non-intrusive inspection technology, and the automated targeting system.

Congress to Probe Crime on Cruise Ships

Ahead of a House hearing to tackle the issue of crime aboard cruise ships, a congressional memo on March 7 details 177 sexual misconduct incidents, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, and four robberies of amounts over $5,000 over a three-year period. During that time, approximately 25 million people embarked on cruises from North America ports, the memo said. Disclosure of the data, supplied by Holland America Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises and others, is unusual because cruise lines are not required by law to publish comprehensive crime statistics and criminal law varies greatly on international waters. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., wants to change that and, as chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, is working on legislation to make such reporting mandatory.

House Hearing on Mariner Education, Work Force

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted an oversight hearing on Mariner Education and Work Force. As explained in the Summary of Subject Matter, the focus of the hearing was growing shortage of mariners and the challenges facing the maritime work force. Subcommittee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) expressed concern that the maritime industry is no longer attractive for new entrants. Committee Chair James Oberstar (D-MN) discussed the importance of timely and relevant training. Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead, USCG, explained the role of the International Convention on Standards of Training…

Joint MMS, USCG Investigation Roadmap

Image courtesy USCG-MMS Joint Investigation

evidence are due to Board 6/30.

Ex-US Navy Officers Face Negligent Homicide Charges over Ship Collisions

Significant visible damage to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Madailein Abbott)

The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address the problems that led to collisions involving its warships in Asia, in which 17 sailors were killed. The Navy has already dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the Seventh Fleet, as a result of the collisions.

Cummings to Convene TWIC Hearing

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a Subcommittee hearing on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. The purpose of the hearing is to receive an update on the enrollment process as well as the process for applicants with past criminal convictions to apply for waivers, making them eligible to receive the TWIC card. In addition to a general overview of the TWIC enrollment process, the hearing will also focus specifically on the experiences of the Port of Baltimore in TWIC enrollment.

Hearing, Budget Requests for CG, MARAD, FMC

May 13, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a Subcommittee hearing to consider the Obama Administration’s FY2010 budget requests for the U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Administration (MARAD), and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The President requested $9.5b in FY2010 for the Coast Guard (an increase of 4.1 percent over the amount enacted in FY2009), $345.5m for MARAD (a 10 percent increase), and $24.5m for FMC (a 7.5 percent increase). Who: Congressman Elijah E. When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, Independence Ave. at S. Capitol St., SW, Washington, D.C. Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, U.S. Master Chief Charles W.

Seadrill Bondholders Post Cash Deposit for Rival Restructuring

(Photo: Seadrill)

Owners of unsecured bonds in rig firm Seadrill have posted a cash deposit to back an alternative financial restructuring, paving the way for talks with the drilling operator over its future, the two sides said on Monday. Seadrill, once the largest drilling rig operator by market value, filed for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court on Sept. 12 after being hit hard by cutbacks in oil company investment following a steep drop in crude prices. The company's main owner, Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen…

Digimarc to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing

Digimarc Vice President of Public Policy Tom Gann will testify at the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Hearing on Frequent Traveler Programs, appearing as an industry expert on ID security. Gann will present the positive results from the U.S. Department of Transportation digital watermarking pilot in the State of Nebraska and demonstrate how proven digital watermarking-based solutions can be implemented as a cost-effective means of authenticating driver licenses presented as proof of identity at U.S. borders.

Hearing Will Highlight Port Security Efforts & Challenges

The U.S. House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee will hold a field hearing in New Jersey on March 26 to examine security efforts implemented in the Port of New York and New Jersey, and to investigate ways to further enhance ports and waterways security around the nation. The Congressional hearing is scheduled for: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 10: 00 a.m. in the Port Newark-Elizabeth General Office Building (GOB), 1st Floor, Cafeteria, 1210 Corbin St., Elizabeth, NJ. “This hearing will give the Subcommittee another opportunity to hear from those involved in our ports about the specific security challenges facing these critical facilities,” said Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee.

Port Security Hearings Set For Next Week

On March 13, 2002, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on Port Security: Shipping Containers. The next day, it will conduct a hearing on Financial Responsibility for Port Security. Source: HK Law

Field Hearing On Delaware Oil Spill

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a Schedule stating that the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a field hearing in Philadelphia on January 18. The hearing will examine circumstances surrounding the recent oil spill in the Delaware River. (HK Law)

Combating Terrorism: Protecting the United States

Reform conducted a hearing on Combating Terrorism: Protecting the United States. In a news release, issued prior to the hearing, the Subcommittee noted that the purpose of the hearing is to assess progress to date, near-term challenges, and long-term goals of certain efforts to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. With regard to port security, the Subcommittee noted that, in the Port of New York alone, 10,000 ships and 3 million containers arrived in the year 2001. The General Accounting Office presented Testimony at the hearing noting, among other things, that the Coast Guard is developing three new maritime security levels and has instituted its 'Sea Marshal' program to improve port security.

Hearing Focuses on Ownership Requirements for U.S. Flag Dredges

Congressional members heard from the port industry about concerns over adequate dredge capacity at a House Joint Subcommittee hearing of the Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittees on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and Water Resources and the Environment. The hearing focused on interpretations of existing ownership requirements for U.S. flag dredges, especially exemptions to foreign chartering prohibitions. Rear Admiral Richard M. Larrabee, Director of Port Commerce at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, testified for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). AAPA voiced concern that any changes to the law’s exemption could restrict competition on dredging projects and may increase the cost of dredging.

Hearing: Environmental Regs’ Impacts on Maritime Transportion

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week examining the impacts of federal environmental regulations on maritime transportation. This will be the second part of a two-part hearing to review the status and potential ramifications of recent or proposed regulations by the United States Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Part II will focus on environmental regulations, while Part I focused on safety and commercial regulations. The Subcommittee hearing, entitled “Maritime Transportation Regulations: Impacts on Safety, Security, Jobs, and the Environment; Part II,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Hearing to Examine USCG's Missions

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine how the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) allocates hours and resources among its multiple statutory missions, as well as how the Service measures mission performance. The Subcommittee hearing, entitled, “An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Missions,” is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.

Hearing to Address USCG Drug Interdiction Efforts

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant stack seized cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, June 12. On May 22, the crew of the Vigilant and the Coast Guard Cutter Bear interdicted the cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $10.9 million. (USCG photo by Mark Barney)

Hearing will examine U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to stop drug smuggling into the U.S. The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week on the U.S. Coast Guard’s and the federal government’s efforts to confront transnational drug smuggling and stem the flow of illegal drugs to the United States through maritime routes. The Subcommittee hearing, entitled, “Western Hemisphere Drug Interdiction Efforts,” is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.

US Shippers Seek Role in LNG, Oil Exports

Congressman Hunter

The U.S. government should ensure that international trade of U.S. natural gas, and potentially crude oil, will offer opportunities for the domestic shipping industry, maritime groups said on Wednesday. Booming shale gas production has put the United States on track to become a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the next few years. While it would take time for U.S. shipyards to scale up to produce to the vessels needed to transport LNG overseas, shipping industry…

Hearing on International Maritime Security

On December 13, the National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations Subcommittee and Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee will conduct a joint hearing on “International Maritime Security,” focusing on jurisdictional conflicts and coordination assistance in the event of an attack. Source: HK Law

Congressional Hearing Overviews Port Security

On March 26, 2002, in Elizabeth, N.J., the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a Field Hearing on Port Security to discuss the current maritime security efforts implemented in the Port of New York and New Jersey and to investigate suggestions on ways to further reduce the vulnerability of U.S. ports and waterways to terrorist attacks.

Hearing on Transportation Security

On August 25, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct hearing on the 9/11 Commission Report and Maritime Transportation Security. Witnesses have yet to be announced. (HK Law).

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