News Archives from 2-10-06 to 4-13-06

Passenger Vessel Security Zones Final Rule - 04/13/2006

The Coast Guard is establishing permanent moving Security Zones around all escorted High Capacity Passenger Vessels ("HCPV") and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System Vessels ("AMHS vessels") during their transits in the navigable waters of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District. All commercial fishing vessels as defined by applicable United States Code, are exempt from the provisions of this rule only while they are actively engaged in fishing. The final rule is effective May 15, 2006. Complete details are in the Federal Register Notice below.

HIGH CAPACITY PASSENGER VESSELS AND ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM VESSELS SECURITY ZONES

Federal Register

Brochure on new Security Zones

Coast Guard Sector Commands - 03/22/2006

The Coast Guard announced the creation of Sector Commands in Juneau and Anchorage. For complete details see the Coast Guard press release and additional information on the Sector Commands in the attached article.

SECTOR COMMANDS ESTABLISHED

Press Release

ARTICLE on COAST GUARD SECTORS

Passenger Vessel Security Zones Revision . . . - 02/28/2006

The Coast Guard is requesting in the federal register of February 28, 2006, comments on its proposed revision to the Security Zones for High Capacity Passenger Vessels and Alaska Marine Highway System Vessels in Alaska. This revision to its proposed rulemaking of October 31, 2005, grants an exemption for fishing vessels engaged in fishing from compliance with the Security Zones when the protected vessels are being escorted by Coast Guard assets. Complete details are in the Federal Register Notice below.

HIGH CAPACITY PASSENGER VESSELS AND ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM VESSELS SECURITY ZONES

Federal Register

Nontank Vessel Response Plan Guidance Update ... - 02/23/2006

The Coast Guard announced in the federal register that it had provided additional nontank vessel guidance in the form of a change to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-05. The actual change to the NVIC is attached below along with the federal register making the announcement of the availability of the change.

NONTANK VESSEL RESPONSE PLAN GUIDANCE

Federal Register

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-05 Change 1

Right Whale Critical Habitat proposed rule , , , - 02/10/2006

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reopening the public comment period on the proposed rule to revise the critical habitat for the northern right whale in the Pacific Ocean. The areas proposed for designation are in the southeast Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska south of Kodiak Island. This could have implications for commercial fishing and shipping interests who operate in this area. A public hearing has been scheduled for March 6, 2006, in Anchorage. Complete details are in the federal register below.

NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE CRITICAL HABITAT REVISION

Federal Register