News Archives from 5-16-06 to 5-25-06

Coast Guard to decommission oldest cutters . . . - 05/25/2006

The Coast Guard issued a Federal Register Notice today that it planned to issue a programmatic environmental impact statement regarding the decommissioning of its two oldest cutters both of which are homeported in Alaska. This notice states that the two cutters, the STORIS and ACUSHNET have reached the end of their useful service life and are to be decommissioned shortly. Any comments are due to the Coast Guard by June 23rd. See photographs of these two grand old cutters at the photo link below. Complete details are in the federal register notice below.

COAST GUARD NOTICE RE DECOMMISSIONING OF STORIS AND ACUSHNET

Federal Register on decommissioning of STORIS and ACUSHNET

 

Photographs of

USCGC STORIS (WMEC 38) and USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167)

 

Homeland Security TWIC and MMD Rulemakings - 05/22/2006

The Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Transportation Worker Identification Program. Under this program, workers who require unescorted access to secure areas at maritime facilities or on vessels must undergo a security threat assessment and if found to not pose a security threat, they would obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential. But, there are other complicated and possibly expensive provisions in this large (68 pages) rulemaking document and facility operators should pay close attention and comment if the rulemaking impacts your operation. At the same time the Coast Guard issued another Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consolidate merchant mariner, licensing and STCW required information into one merchant mariner credential that would be compatible with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. Complete details are in the two federal register notices below.

TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL RULEMAKING AND COAST GUARD RULEMAKING ON CONSOLIDATING MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL INFORMATION

Federal Register on Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (68 pages)

Federal Register on Merchant Mariner Document Consolidation (74 pages)

Marine Exchange to publish USCG Safety Bulletins - 05/18/2006

The Marine Exchange of Alaska now publishes U.S. Coast Guard Safety Bulletins on its web site. The new Safety Bulletin Page is accessible off the Marine Exchange of Alaska's home page by clicking the "Safety Bulletin" link located on the left margin of the home page. The Coast Guard's Office of Investigations and Analysis publishes all the Safety Alerts and Lessons Learned on its web site. There are over 70 Safety Bulletins and over 50 Lessons Learned published on the Coast Guard web site. See the links below for the latest Safety Bulletins and Lessons Learned.

Link to the new Marine Exchange Safety Bulletin Page

Link to the Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis Web Site

Maritime Pride and Education class graduates - 05/16/2006

The Marine Exchange of Alaska's Maritime Pride and Education Program graduated ten trainees from its basic training program at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) in Seward on May 12, 2006. The graduates received an indoctrination in basic safety procedures, marine fire fighting and shipboard life. Five of the trainees are entering an apprenticeship program with Polar Tankers and four of the trainees are being considered for positions onboard Seariver Maritime vessels. One graduate is going to be working with Crowley Marine Services.

The Maritime Pride and Education Program apprenticeship program has ended.

If interested in maritime training opportunities in Alaska follow this Link to the Maritime Pride and Education Program