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NOAA to Hold Public Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is holding a Public meeting, May 22-24, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska. Navigation areas of focus for this public meeting include: NOAA's charting and hydrographic surveying products, services and information for the Alaska/Arctic region; and NOAA's geospatial, tide and currents products, services and information. Maritime transportation representatives presenting at the HSRP Anchorage meeting include: the Marine Exchange of Alaska, Crowley Towing, VITUS Marine, Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska State Digital Mapping Program; as well as, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security, and the University of Alaska.

USCG Open to Comments on Proposed Regs

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 27 and New York City Oct. 29 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. These meetings are the last two of six public meetings held for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard's ballast water management regulations in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 151, Subparts C and D. The proposed rule would also add approval procedures for ballast water management systems found in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter Q. The public meeting scheduled for Oct. 27 will be from 9 a.m.

Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) will publish a Federal Register Notice on March 24, 2014 inviting the public and Marine Transportation System stakeholders to participate in the agency’s second symposium intended to develop a robust national maritime strategy. The purpose of this second public meeting is to gather ideas to improve the utilization, vitality and competiveness of the Nation’s marine transportation system. The principal focus areas will include, but are not limited to, U.S. ports, domestic shipping, and U.S. Shipyards.

Keyspan LNG Facility – Public Meeting

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting two public meetings regarding the proposed Keyspan liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Providence, Rhode Island. The meetings will be in Providence (January 11) and Middletown (January 12). 70 Fed. Reg. 1900 (HK Law).

CG Public Meetings, Proposed Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Seattle on Sept. 28 and in New Orleans on Sept. 30 to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards. A total of six public meetings are slated for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard’s ballast water management regulations in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 151, Subparts C and D. The proposed rule would also add approval procedures for ballast water management systems found in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter Q. The first public meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.

HSRP to Meet in Honolulu

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will convene a Public meeting on May 4-6, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Panel will meet to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal and marine spatial planning, recreational boating, and ocean policy for the Pacific region. This public meeting will take place at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The public is welcome to attend, listen, and express viewpoints to the Panel members and NOAA during public comment periods. or contact Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

Public Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Deep Draft Vessel Route

The State of Maine and the Coast Guard are holding two public meetings to discuss potential navigation safety improvements after a recommendation by local pilots and tug operators that a deep draft vessel route be established on the Sheepscot River in Maine. The first meeting will be held October 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Department of Maine Resources Laboratory, located at the end of McKown Point Road, West Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. The Second meeting will be held Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wiscasset Municipal Bldg, located at the intersection of Route One and Route 27, Wiscasset, Maine. Any comments and observations concerning navigation aids and tendencies of deep draft vessels transiting the area will provide a valuable perspective for planning efforts.

Mississippi River Commission Schedules Meeting For Friday

Dock, at mile 53 on the Houma Navigation Canal. communities along the Mississippi River. August 11 in St. Paul, Minn. directly address their views to members of the Commission. through Old River Lock to reach the Atchafalaya River. Waterway.

U.S. Coast Guard to Host Public Meeting

Media are invited to attend the public meeting on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking April 18, 2013. WHO: Personnel from the Office of Port and Facilities Compliance, U.S. WHEN: April 18, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHAT: This public meeting is to receive comments on th NPRM published in the Federal Register March 22, 2013, under the title "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Reader Requirements." Coast Guard personnel also will accept written comments and related materials at these meetings. The NPRM can be found at www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2007-28915. Attending media should confirm with Ms. Lisa Novak, Media Relations Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, at (202) 372-4633.

Meeting on Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

In preparation for a report to Congress on the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, the U.S. Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office are requesting written comments and are announcing a public meeting. The Act created sui generis protection for original designs of watercraft hulls and decks. The two agencies are tasked with reporting to Congress on the effectiveness of the Act. They will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC on March 27, 2003. Written comments should be submitted by March 20, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 7350 Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Holding Public Meetings on AIS Requirements

December to facilitate discussion on this issue. vessels that are on international voyages. also required to have AIS when they are operating in U.S. Vessel Traffic Systems or Vessel Movement Reporting Systems. for installation of this equipment is either July 1, 2004, or Dec. depending on the vessel. expansion of the AIS requirement to other vessels and waterways. vessels to use AIS. channels. * November 5, 2003, 9 a.m. Hale Boggs Federal Building, Room B100, 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans. * November 13, 2003, 9:30 a.m. Museum, Museum Theater, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. Seattle. and exemptions and costs. comments on the ten questions and any additional AIS issues. period ends on Jan. 5, 2004.

Public Meeting on Government Contract

The U. S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration will consider Wilmington, NC, as well as other cities, for federal contracts for the decommissioning of the NS Savannah, and plans to discuss the project during a public meeting in Wilmington, August 21. Possible plans for the Savannah include making it into a museum. The agency is looking to decommission the Savannah, originally launched July 21, 1959, during the Eisenhower Administration as the world’s first nuclear-powered commercial vessel. It served as a museum from 1981 to 1994, and was moored at the James River Reserve Fleet until recently, when it was taken to Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk for topside and interior repairs.

Public Meeting on Government Contract

The U. for the decommissioning of the NS Savannah, and plans to discuss the project during a public meeting in Charleston, Wednesday, August 23. Possible plans for the Savannah include making it into a museum. world’s first nuclear-powered commercial vessel. until recently, when it was taken to Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk for topside and interior repairs. bring closer the possibility that the Savannah will again serve as a museum. fuel was removed from the ship. The decommissioning project includes removal of the ship’s empty reactor and other components. a secure berth conforming to local U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and submit to Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight of decommissioning activities.

Port of LA Re-Releases the Draft Environmental Impact Report

The has posted the Re-circulated Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) for the proposed Berth 97-109 Container Terminal Project (China Shipping). With the posting of the draft document, a public comment period is now in effect until close of business day June 30, 2008. The Port will hold a public meeting on June 5, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at Banning’s , , in . At the meeting, Port staff will present an overview of the proposed project and receive ublic comments. The DEIS/DEIR is a re-circulation of the original DEIS/DEIR released in 2006. It includes a re-assessment of existing project components, assessment of proposed components, and new environmental measures in response to community feedback on the previously released DEIS/DEIR.

USCG to Hold Meeting on Great Lakes Species Invasion

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on May 9 in Cleveland seeking public assistance in further preventing aquatic nonindigenous species from entering the Great Lakes from the ballast water discharged from oceangoing vessels. Specifically, the Coast Guard is exploring ways to manage the ballast water on vessels entering the Great Lakes that have so little water in their ballast tanks, they cannot pump it out and thus declare they are “No Ballast Onboard” vessels, or NOBOBs. “Protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species is an important issue for the Coast Guard. I expect that working with the public will greatly assist us in developing effective and practicable management strategies for NOBOBs,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm.

Meeting Scheduled for Dangerous Goods Carriers

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) will conduct public meetings in Washington, DC on June 18 and July 16, 2003. The first meeting is to prepare for the 23rd session of the United Nations' Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The second meeting is to report on the results of the UN session. 68 Fed. Reg. 32579 (May 30, 2003). (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight, May 2003)

USCG Extends Comment Period

The USCG has extended the public comment period for its NPRM on response plans for tank vessels carrying hazardous materials. Additionally, a two-day public meeting will be held on August 12-13, in Houston, at the Hilton-University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center. The deadline for written comments on the NPRM has been exteneded until August 30.

Cedar Bayou Nav Improvements

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a Notice stating that the agency intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for improvements to the Cedar Bayou navigation channel near Baytown, Texas. A public meeting will be scheduled during the 45-day public review period for the DEIS, tentatively in January 2005. 69 Fed. Reg. 50175 (HK Law)

Public Meetings to be held on Norfolk Channel Deepening Project

The US Navy published a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for proposed dredging of the Norfolk Harbor Channel in the Elizabeth River. The dredging is necessary to provide the service’s aircraft carriers with safe and unrestricted access. Public scoping meetings will be held in Norfolk (October 4) and Portsmouth, Virginia (October 5). Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Notice for Public Meetings on LNG DWP

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that meetings to receive public comment on the planned Clearwater Port liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) will be conducted in Oxnard (October 3) and Santa Clarita (October 4). Written comments should be submitted by October 18. Source: HK Law

MARAD to Host Meeting on Proposed Delfin LNG License

MARAD Announces Public Scoping Meetings for Proposed Delfin Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port Export Facility. On July 29, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI) advising the public that the agency, in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), will host public scoping meetings regarding the Delfin LNG, LLC deepwater port export license application. The scoping process will assist in identifying and determining the range of environmental issues that the Federal government should consider as it prepares the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the application. The public is invited to participate in the scoping process by attending the public meetings or by submitting written comments to the Federal docket.

Gulf Coast Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting

Obama Administration officials will hold a Gulf Coast Regional Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in New Orleans on Monday, October 19, 2009. The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, consists of senior-level officials from Administration agencies, departments, and offices. The Task Force, established by President Obama via presidential memorandum on June 12, is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. It will also recommend a framework for improved stewardship, and effective coastal and marine spatial planning.

PHA Commission Considers $9.9m Share of Dredging Project

The Port Commission of The Portof Houston Authority will consider funding a $9.9m share of a Houston Ship Channel dredging and maintenance project and several other matters at its public meeting on August 28 in Houston. Chairman Jim Edmonds will preside over the meeting with Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Kase Lawal, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Janiece Longoria and Commissioner Elyse Lanier.

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