News Archives from 6-20-06 to 8-21-06

TWIC Implementation Clarified . . . - 08/21/2006

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register concerning the proposed Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) which had been originally proposed on May 22, 2006. The Coast Guard and TSA have decided to press ahead with the requirement for TWIC's for personnel working in certain facilities, however the proposed requirement for purchasing "card readers" will be postponed for a later rulemaking at a later date. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register and Coast Guard news release.

TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL IMPLEMENTATION

Federal Register

PRESS RELEASE

Increased Limits of Liability for Oil Pollution . - 08/18/2006

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register concerning increased limits of liability for oil pollution. These new limits apply to all vessels carrying oil in U.S. waters. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register.

LIMITS OF LIABILITY FOR OIL POLLUTION

Federal Register

USCG Alaska SECTORS implemented . . . - 08/03/2006

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register implementing the Sector organization for Sector Anchorage and Sector Juneau. The Federal Register Notice describes the duties of the new Sector Commanders and their areas of responsibility and additional duties for search and rescue. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register.

USCG Alaska SECTOR COMMANDS

Federal Register

Alcohol Testing In Effect June 20, 2006 - 06/20/2006

On December 22, 2005 the Coast Guard revised its requirements for alcohol testing after a serious marine accident to ensure that mariners or their employees involved in a serious marine incident are tested for alcohol use within 2 hours of the occurrence of the incident as required under the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998. This rule takes effect June 20, 2006. This final rule also requires that most commercial vessels have alcohol testing devices onboard and has other requirements for drug testing as well. Complete details are in the Federal Register below.

CHEMICAL TESTING FOLLOWING SERIOUS MARINE ACCIDENTS

Federal Register

Report of Required Chemical Drug and Alcohol Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident

Additional guidance of Required Chemical Drug and Alcohol Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident

Conforming Products List of Evidential Breath Measurement Devices

Coast Guard Press Release regarding Enforcement of Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations