News Archives from 2-12-08 to 3-27-08

Possible GPS Problems Identified. . . - 03/27/2008


On February 27th, 2008 the GPS constellation increased to 32 satellites (PRN 32) thus providing a 5% increase in satellite availability and DOP (dilution of precision) world wide. It has come to the Coast Guard's attention that some GPS equipment—particularly old equipment which is non-compliant with the GPS interface standard (IS-GPS-200)—cannot recognize this additional satellite and subsequently are unable to calculate a position (see listing below).

All GPS users are advised to monitor the operation of their GPS equipment and equipment embedded with GPS, e.g. Automatic Identification Equipment (AIS) and to check with manufacturers for possible fixes/solutions to effected equipment. GPS and/or AIS problems should be reported to the USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) at or directly to the USCG Navigation Information Service at 1-703.313.5900.

List of affected equipment:

SAAB R3 Class A AIS, see the SAAB website news bulletin

Northrop Grumman Sperry R3 Class A AIS

Northrop Grumman Sperry Navigation Heading Compass

Maritime Security Course Offered . . . - 03/24/2008
Cape International, Inc is offering US Maritime Administration approved security training for Facility Security Officers (FSO) on April 9-10, 2008 at the SECURITAS Security Services classroom in Anchorage. This course is offered to sponsored security personnel who need maritime security training as required by 33 CFR 105.

Class size is limited and a self-study course, “Maritime Security 101” (less than 4 hours), is a pre-requisite.

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 Administration. The Cape International FSO course is presently the only US MARAD approved course in Alaska.

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

Cost for the entire course is $500 per student. To enroll, contact Dave Eley at or 907-586-2685.

Sector Anchorage COTP Zone described . . . - 03/21/2008
The Coast Guard published a final rule regarding a technical correction to the description of Sector Anchorage's Captain of the Port and Marine Inspection Zone. The correction will have no effect on the regulated public. Complete details are available in the Federal Register notice below.


Federal Register notice

Coast Guard to host Industry Days . . . - 03/21/2008
The Coast Guard Sector Juneau and the Marine Exchange of Alaska are hosting industry days for operators of uninspected passenger vessels in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan in April. These industry days will afford the operators of uninspected passenger vessels the opportunity to learn about the latest Coast Guard regulations and policies which pertain to their operations. There is no charge for the seminars. Complete information is posted on the flyer at the link below and in the Marine Exchange newsletter for March. Interested uninspected vessel operators can register for the sessions by calling Brett Farrell at the Marine Exchange at (907) 463 4640 or sending an e mail to Or they can register online with links from the March Newsletter.


Industry Day Notice

March Newsletter

Security Arrangements for SBX Published . . . - 02/12/2008
The Coast Guard published an information pamphlet concerning the security zone and arrangements for the security of the Sea-Based X Band Radar (SBX) that will be based in Kulluk Bay at Adak Island. See the attached pamphlet below.


Security Arrangements for SBX