News Archives from 8-17-07 to 9-07-07

Safety Bulletin on Radio Equipment issued , , , - 09/07/2007
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Notice concerning the proper programming of MMSI numbers into AIS equipment and Digital Selective Calling radio equipment. It is very important that the MMSI number is properly programmed into this equipment as it can save time in the event of a distress call by identifying the vessel to the Coast Guard automatically. Complete details are in the notice posted below.

SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING PROPER PROGRAMMING OF RADIO EQUIPMENT

Safety Notice 02-07 Programming Radio Equipment

Licensing Classes Offered by UAS . . . - 09/05/2007
The University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan announces that it will be offering courses for the 100 Ton Master's License and Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels in Haines and Sitka and Juneau this fall. UAS Ketchikan is also offering a variety of other courses such as radar observer, lifeboatman, able seaman etc. Complete details and dates and locations are in the notice posted below.

FALL 2007 COURSE OFFERINGS UAS SOUTHEAST

UAS Southeast Licensing Courses Fall 2007

Passenger & Crew List Final Regulations . . . - 08/27/2007
The Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Customs and Border Protection published a final rule in the Federal Register of August 23, 2007, which clarified its requirements for the Advanced Passenger Information System as regards Transmission of Passenger and Crewmember manifests for commercial aircraft and vessels. Bottom line is that for vessels, the information must be provided no less than 24 hours prior to arrival in the United States for vessels arriving from a foreign port. Complete details are in the regulations posted below.

ADVANCED PASSENGER INFORMATION SYSTEM

Final Regulations Passenger and Crew Member Manifests

New MARPOL Annex I requirements . . . - 08/27/2007
The Coast Guard issued a notice in the federal register concerning the enforcement of new requirements stemming from amendments to MARPOL Annex I for "Pump Room Bottom Protection," "Accidental Oil Flow Outflow Performance" and "Oil Fuel Tank Protection." These requirements apply to all vessels, U.S. and foreign flag, which are required to have an International Oil Pollution Prevention certificate by the convention. Complete details and compliance dates are in the regulations posted below.

NEW MARPOL ANNEX I REQUIREMENTS

MARPOL Annex I New Requirements

National Maritime Center news . . . - 08/17/2007
The updated organization chart for the National Maritime Center (NMC) has been released by U.S. Coast Guard headquarters. The document, which can be viewed in PDF format by clicking the link shown below, reflects the new functions and points of contact for the Coast Guard’s centralized operations. The chart also includes contact information for the Mariner Credentialing Program policy division, which is now located at Coast Guard headquarters. Captain David Stalfort, Commanding Officer of the National Maritime Center, hopes that the document will help mariners and their employers alike in conducting business more efficiently with the NMC. The newly released information is clearly part of the Coast Guard’s effort to improve its image -- and actual performance -- in providing service to its maritime constituents.

NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER ORGANIZATION CHART

National Maritime Center Organization Chart with Telephone Numbers