News Archives from 10-14-05 to 11-23-06

SELENDANG AYU Safety Zone extended . . . - 11/23/2005

The Coast Guard has extended the Safety Zone around the wreck of the SELENDANG AYU near Dutch Harbor for another 11 months until October 31, 2006, due to ongoing salvage operations. Complete details are in the Federal Register below.

SELENDANG AYU SAFETY ZONE EXTENSION

Federal Register

Coast Guard revises oily water separator standards - 11/03/2005

The Coast Guard proposes to revise its pollution prevention equipment regulations to make them consistent with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines and specifications issued under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex I. These revisions should effectively implement MARPOL Annex I regulations, reduce the amount of oil discharged from vessels, and eliminate the use of ozone-depleting solvents in equipment tests. The proposed rule would require newly constructed vessels carrying oil in bulk to install cargo monitors that meet revised standards and require all vessels replacing or installing oil separators and bilge alarms to install equipment that meets revised standards. Tests for approval of this equipment would also be revised both to deal with common bilge contaminants and to eliminate the use of ozone-depleting solvents. Complete details are in the Federal Register below.

Pollution Prevention Equipment Regulations

Federal Register

Coast Guard Security Zones - 10/31/2005

Alaska Marine Highway and High Capacity Passenger Vessels Security Zone: On October 31, 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register proposing a modification to an earlier proposed rule for moving Security Zones around Alaska Marine Highway Vessels and High Capacity Passenger Vessels in Alaskan waters. The rule establishes a moving 100 yard Security Zone around escorted vessels. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register.

Alaska Marine Highway & HCPV Security Zone

Federal Register

Marine Exchange Launches New ASVTS Web Site:

On October 26, 2005, the Marine Exchanged launched a new web Site for its Automated Secure Vessel Tracking System (ASVTS). The new web site contains information concerning vessel tracking costs and procedures to enroll in the vessel tracking system.

ASVTS Web Site

Port Valdez Security Zones - 10/14/2005
Prince William Sound Security Zones: On October 14, 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register setting out a Temporary Final Rule for Security Zones in Port Valdez and Valdez Narrows. This rule will be effective from October 11, 2005 through January 12, 2006. The deadline for comments on the Temporary Final Rule is December 13, 2005. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register.

Prince William Sound Security Zones

Federal Register