News Archives from 10-17-06 to 11-16-06

Coast Guard Ice Rules for Cook Inlet in effect - 11/16/2006

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has put into effect Phase One of the ice rules for Cook Inlet for this winter navigating season. Complete details are in the attached documents.


Coast Guard Press Release Concerning Ice Rules

Actual Text of the Phase One Ice Rules

FCC Marine Communications changes ... - 11/08/2006

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice proposing a variety of regulatory amendments relating to maritime communications. (1) FCC proposes to cease authorizing INMARSAT-E emergency position indicating radiobeacons (EPIRBs), due to the planned cessation of such service by Inmarsat and seeks comment on (2) Requiring Global Positioning System (GPS) capability in VHF-DSC handset units. (3) Requiring carriage of at least one VHF handheld marine radio transceiver on all small passenger vessels that do not have a reserve power supply (4) Whether there is a need to make additional spectrum available for ship station facsimile communications, or to permit transmission of data on VHF maritime voice channels. (5) Whether there is any need to continue limiting the number of frequencies that may be assigned to any particular private coast station. (6) Updating standards for ship radar equipment. The FCC also proposes to add a rule clarifying that GMDSS vessels subject to subpart W (relating to GMDSS requirements on certain vessels) are required to test GMDSS radiotelephone equipment on a daily basis. Comments should be submitted by January 8, 2007. Complete details are in the Federal Register notice below.


FCC Proposed Regulation Changes Federal Register

New NOAA Chart for Alaska . . . - 10/20/2006

On September 6, 2006 NOAA unveiled a new chart for Alaska that covers Semidi Islands & Vicinity in Alaska/Alaska Peninsula. Chart number 16587 has a 1 to 135,000 scale and is currently available through the Marine Exchange of Alaska's on site print-on-demand chart printing system.

According to Richard Sillcox, Chief of NOAA’s Chart Update Service, “Marine safety is of utmost importance to NOAA. When mariners speak, we listen, especially when we are dealing with commercial shipping, where positive changes can benefit society. It’s not often that we create a new NOAA nautical chart but after listening to the needs of commercial shippers, we felt it prudent to create a new chart."

Larry Kocon, OceanGrafix director of operations, states, “We’re pleased to be the exclusive NOAA partner in offering commercial and recreational mariners the very latest NOAA cartographic data on a ‘print on demand’ basis. Up to date, full-size NOAA nautical charts add to mariners’ safety.” The Marine Exchange of Alaska is the only authorized Print-On-Demand OceanGrafix chart dealer in the state of Alaska.

For more information on the Marine Exchange's Print-On-Demand Charts click the link below.

Print-On-Demand Charts from the Marine Exchange

UAS Announces Maritime Courses . . . - 10/18/2006

The University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan has announced the schedule for a group of maritime courses to be given this fall in Juneau. Courses include 100 ton master and Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels, an upgrade course for 200 ton master and an Able Seaman course. After the course is completed the student has one year to fulfill other Coast Guard requirements such as sea time, drug test, physical and fingerprinting. Complete details, a schedule of classes and registration information are included in the attached course information below.

University of Alaska Maritime Courses

University of Alaska Southeast Maritime Courses Fall 2006

Coast Guard to stress Certificates of Adequacy ... - 10/17/2006

The Captain of the Port Southeast Alaska recently sent out letters to a number of facility operators advising them that the Coast Guard was going to be putting special emphasis on Certificates of Adequacy for Oily Mixture Reception Facilities and for Garbage Reception Facilities. Operators of facilities that receive oceangoing vessels of 400 gross tons and larger are required to be able to show that they are capable of receiving oily wastes and extra territorial garbage from vessels calling at these facilities. When a facility operator has demonstrated that the facility is capable of receiving these wastes the Coast Guard issues a Certificate of Adequacy to the facility. The entire program is required under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 158 (text provided below). If a facility is required to comply with the program, but is unable or finds it impractical to comply it may be possible to receive a waiver from the Coast Guard.

The Marine Exchange is ready to assist the industry to make application for the required Certificates of Adequacy or apply for a waiver. Just contact the Marine Exchange at (907) 463 2607 for information or assistance.

33 CFR Part 158 Certificate of Adequacy Regulations

Application for a Certificate of Adequacy for Oil

Application for a Certificate of Adequacy for Garbage