News Archives from 9-10-07 to 10-03-07

Long Range Tracking Proposal . . . - 10/03/2007
The US Coast Guard on October 3rd, 2007, published a notice in the Federal Register with proposed requirements to implement a Long Range Identification and Tracking System for U.S. vessels. The proposed rule is intended to implement an amendment to chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS), Regulation 19-1 which enables the Coast Guard to correlate and obtain Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) data to increase Maritime Domain Awareness.Complete details are in the documents posted below.

LONG RANGE IDENTIFICATION & TRACKING PROPOSED RULE

Long Range Identification & Tracking

TWIC Small Entity Guides . . . - 09/20/2007
The US Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration published two more guidance documents for the Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC Cards) in mid September. These documents are short (37 and 25 pages) and give good information about the TWIC application process and other details about the program. Complete details are in the documents posted below.

TWIC SMALL ENTITY GUIDES

TWIC Small Entity Guide for Applicants

TWIC Small Entity Guide for Owners and Operators

Special Permit for Explosives on barges - 09/18/2007
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a Notice in the Federal Register September 18,2007, regarding an application for a special permit to authorize alternate stowage configurations for carrying explosives onboard freight barges traveling to and from Alaska Ports. The Marine Exchange of Alaska is listed as the applicant for the Special Permit as the Marine Exchange had been involved with the shipping companies and the Coast Guard to find a solution to the problem of stowage of explosives onboard barges in the Alaska trade. The problem was that the distances in the segregation requirements in 49 CFR 176.83 were not practical for barges carrying explosives and other dangerous cargo in the Alaska trade. The Marine Exchange proposed alternate arrangements for segregation to provide an equivalent level of safety so that these cargoes can be carried safely on the size barges routinely used in Alaska. Further details are in the notice posted below.

SPECIAL PERMIT FOR ALTERNATE STOWAGE OF EXPLOSIVES ALASKA BARGES

PHMSA Special Permit Notice

Licensing Changes Proposed . . . - 09/17/2007
The US Coast Guard proposes to make various changes to the requirements for merchant mariner training and service. The proposed changes would: (1) remove the expiration date of the radar-observer endorsement from the merchant mariner’s license; (2) allow for an apprentice mate of towing vessels to reduce sea-service time for mate (pilot) of towing vessels by completing additional approved training; and (3) provide an alternate path to mate (pilot) of towing vessels for master of steam or motor vessels not more than 200 gross register tons. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by December 17. Complete details are in the notice posted below.

Changes Proposed for Merchant Mariner Training and Licensing

Proposed Changes to Merchant Mariner Training and Licensing

Safety Zone for Rocket Launch . . . - 09/10/2007
KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the vicinity of Narrow Cape and Ugak Island due to upcoming operations at the Kodiak Launch Complex.,

The Safety Zone is in effect from September 28, 2007 through October 2, 2007, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. AST each day, or until cancelled. The Safety Zone includes all navigable waters contained within the area bordered by the following points: 57 deg. 29.8' north, 152 deg. 17.0' west, 57 deg. 21.1' north, 152 deg. 11.2' west, 57 deg. 19.9' north, 152 deg. 14.2' west, 57deg. 25.4' north and 152 deg. 28.2' west.

Unauthorized entry into or through this zone is strictly prohibited and may result in civil and/or criminal penalties, including fines of up to $32,500.

There will also be hazardous rocket impact areas established at points where the rocket stages are predicted to enter the ocean. The first stage hazard area is centered approximately 90 miles south-east of Kodiak Island from September 28, 2007 through October 2, 2007, between 12:00 p.m.. and 4:00 p.m. AST each day, or until cancelled. The hazard area is defined by the points 56.5 degrees north, 151.3 degrees west, 55.95 degrees north, 150.65 degrees west, 56.05 degrees north, 150.35 degrees west, 56.6 degrees north and 151.0 degrees west. All mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of this area.

The other two hazardous rocket impact areas are centered approximately 100 miles southwest of Dehlinger Seamount and 75 miles west of Erben Tablemount from September 28, 2007 through October 2 2007, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST each day, or until canceled.

The second stage hazard area is defined by points 41.15 degrees north, 138.35 degrees west, 39.5 degrees north, 137.45 degrees west, 39.5 degrees north, 136.85 degrees west, 41.15 degrees north and 133.0 degrees west.

The third stage hazard area is defined by points 33.25 degrees north, 135.0 degrees west, 30.9 degrees north, 133.75 degrees west, 30.9 degrees north, 133.0 degrees west, 33.25 degrees north and 134.25 degrees west.

All mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of these areas.