News Archives from 4-09-08 to 5-20-08

Foreign Crew Member Identification . . . - 05/19/2008
The US Coast Guard proposes to require each crewmember on a foreign commercial vessel en route to a US port or place or at a US port or place and each crewmember on a US commercial vessel arriving from a foreign port or place to carry and present on demand an acceptable identification when in US navigable waters. Acceptable identification for this purpose means a passport; a US Permanent Resident Card; a US merchant mariner’s document; a US Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); or a Seafarer’s Identification Document (SID) issued in accordance with International Labor Organization (ILO) Seafarers’ Identification Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (ILO 185). The crewmember may secure the identification with the master, so long as it can be presented on demand. The vessel operator would be required to ensure that crewmembers are in compliance. Violations may subject the mariner and the vessel operator to civil penalties. In addition, control measures may be taken against the vessel. Note: These requirements, if implemented, would apply even if the crewmember never departs the vessel while it is in the US. If the crewmember intends to go ashore in the US, all of the current immigration requirements (particularly the US visa requirement) will apply. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by July 14. Complete details are in the federal register notice below.


Federal Register Notice

Waterway Guide Published . . . - 04/30/2008
The Marine Safety Task Force republished its Southeast Alaska Voluntary Waterway Guide on April 17, 2008. This is a guide which provides maritime safety information for mariners and pilots onboard large vessels transiting Southeast Alaska waters. The guide is available at the link below.


Link to Voluntary Waterway Guide

Long Range Tracking Final Rule . . . - 04/29/2008
April 29, 2008,the US Coast Guard promulgated its final rule requiring certain ships to report identifying and position data electronically, utilizing the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. The rule requires transmission of the LRIT data, effective December 31, 2008 for the following ships, while engaged on an international voyage: (1) passenger ships, including high speed passenger craft; (2) cargo ships, including high speed craft, of 300 gross tonnage or more; and (3) mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) while underway and not engaged in drilling operations.Complete details are in the federal register below.


Federal Register

TWIC Enrollment Center Opened . . . - 04/29/2008
The Transport Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) Enrollment Center for Southeast Alaska opened for business at 3200 Hospital Drive in Juneau. The deadline to obtain a TWIC for persons who require unescorted access to the secure areas of Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities is 25 September 2008. The Enrollment Center is open for business! See the link below for photographs of the Enrollment Center.


Photographs of TWIC Enrollment Center

New Alaska Charts Available . . . - 04/09/2008
The Marine Exchange advises that four new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)charts for Alaska are available to be printed out on demand. These are Chart No 16580 Kodiak Island - Southwest Anchorage - Chirikof Island; chart No 16701 Prince William Sound - Western Entrance; Chart No 17318 Glacier Bay - Bartlett Cove; and Chart No 17320 Coronation Island to Lisianski Strait. These charts can be ordered from the Marine Exchange by contacting Leo DeMeo at (907) 463 3142. All charts available from the Marine Exchange are printed out on demand and are completely corrected up to date when printed.