News Archives from 10-04-07 to 11-20-07

Maritime Security Course Offered . . . - 11/20/2007
The Maritime Transportation Security Act and 33 CFR 104-105 requires Company, Vessel, and Facility Security Officers to be qualified for their duties. If you do not already have security job experience, the Coast Guard requires that you receive formal training.

Cape International, Inc offers US Maritime Adminstration approved security training that meets these requirements.

This course meets the requirements of International Maritime Organization ISPS Code and US Code of Federal regulations. Course development follows the USCG Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 5-95 guidelines and has been audited and approved by Det Norske Veritas on behalf of the US Maritime Adminstration.

Attendees successfully completing the course will receive a course certificate and documentation of training topics.

Cost for the entire course is $500 per student (but, Marine Exchange of Alaska members receive a $100.00 discount). Date and location DEcember 12 and 13th in Ketchikan, Alaska at the City Council Chambers.

The training team consists of experienced instructors in law enforcement, maritime security, and Coast Guard regulatory compliance. Previous course attendees have found the training very helpful, the instruction professional and interesting, and the rapport between instructors and class members excellent.

For additional information contact Cape International Inc. at 907 586 2685 or Dave Eley capedec@alaska.com

Towing Vessel Inspection Checklist . . . - 11/16/2007
The US Coast Guard Seventeenth District has made available a check off list that towing vessel operators can use to make sure that their towing vessels are in compliance with Coast Guard Regulations. The checkoff list gives references to the applicable Coast Guard Regulations so that operators can be aware of exactly what the regulations say regarding each requirement. The Seventeenth District advises that some spot checks on towing vessels revealed that some companies were not in compliance with some new requirements for fire suppression equipment which took effect in April 2005. The complete text of these regulations is provided below. All Marine Inspection Regulations are available through the Marine Exchange web site by accessing the "Government" tab. If you have any questions concerning the towing vessel check off list or the Coast Guard regulations contact your nearest Marine safety Detachment or Sector Office. Complete details are in the documents posted below.

TOWING VESSEL REQUIREMENTS CHECKOFF LIST

Towing Vessel Requirements Checkoff List

Towing Vessel Fire Equipment Requirements

TWIC Deployment Schedule . . . - 11/01/2007
The Transportation Security Administration published the deployment schedule for TWIC cards. Alaska will have enrollment centers in Anchorage, Juneau, Valdez and Nikiski. Enrollment in Alaska will commence in the spring of 2008. A complete schedule is contained in the document posted below.

TWIC DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE PUBLISHED

TWIC Deployment Schedule

Critical Habitat Areas Proposed for Right Whales - 10/29/2007
On October 29, 2007, the Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed to designate an area in the Gulf of Alaska off Kodiak and an area in the Bering Sea as critical habitat for the North Pacific Right Whale. According to the notice there would be no restrictions imposed on fishing activities in these areas. The notice contains an interesting history of the hunting of these whales which has almost led to their extinction and designation as an endangered species. Complete information is contained in the notice posted below.

PROPOSED CRITICAL HABITAT AREAS FOR NORTH PACIFIC RIGHT WHALES

Critical Habitat Proposed Regulations

TWIC Enrollment Centers Listed . . . - 10/04/2007
The Transportation Security Administration published a list of TWIC enrollment centers on October 4, 2007. Alaska will have them in Anchorage, Juneau, Valdez and Nikiski. A complete list is contained in the document posted below.

TWIC ENROLLMENT CENTER LIST PUBLISHED

List of TWIC Enrollment Centers