News Archives from 12-19-08 to 1-13-09

Vessel General Permit issued by EPA . . . - 01/13/2009

Effective December 19, 2008, the U.S. EPA has issued a Vessel General Permit for incidental discharges from vessels. The 2008 Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulates discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels operating in a capacity as a means of transportation. The VGP includes general effluent limits applicable to all discharges; general effluent limits applicable to 26 specific discharge streams; narrative water-quality based effluent limits; inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements; and additional requirements applicable to certain vessel types. Recreational vessels as defined in section 502(25) of the Clean Water Act are not subject to this permit. In addition, with the exception of ballast water discharges, non-recreational vessels less than 79 feet (24.08 meters) in length, and all commercial fishing vessels, regardless of length, are not subject to this permit. See related news story on this issue from June 17, 2008. The link to the Background Information from the EPA below has all of the information on this issue. This includes a copy of the Vessel General Permit and and several fact sheets.

Background Information on the Vessel General Permit

Alaska TWIC Statistics Released . . . - 01/07/2009

Sample TWICThe Transportation Security Administration has released the latest figures concerning enrollments and activations of the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials in Alaska. For Anchorage there have been 3918 enrollments and 2613 activations. These numbers include persons who have enrolled at the mobile centers in Kodiak, Cordova and Dutch Harbor. For Juneau there have been 2135 enrollments and 1509 activations. These numbers include persons who have enrolled at the mobile centers in Ketchikan, Craig, Sitka, Petersburg, Haines and Skagway. Nikiski has enrolled 1298 persons and activated 1017 cards. Valdez has enrolled 1139 persons and activated 1017 cards. Nationwide there have been 782,395 enrollments and 554,547 cards activated and issued. The TWIC Cards are required for persons who need unescorted access to waterfront facilities with security plans required by the Marine Transportation Security Act and for all persons holding Coast Guard issued merchant mariner documents and licenses. The date when persons are required to have a TWIC card in their possession for access to secure facilities in Alaska is February 12, 2009. The compliance date for persons holding merchant mariner documents or licenses is April 15, 2009. For questions concerning enforcement of the regulations concerning the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials contact your nearest U.S. Coast Guard Sector Office.


Ice PatrolIce Rules for Cook Inlet Modified . . . - 01/06/2009

Ice Rules for Cook Inlet were updated as of January 6, 2009. Mariners planning voyages through Cook Inlet any time this winter should be sure to consult the modified Ice Rules now in effect. Seafarers should watch for additional changes published as Local Notices to Mariners as required. Coast Guard photograph shows Coast Guard petty officer from Marine Safety Detachment Kenai on ice observation flight over Cook Inlet.

January 6 Operating Procedures for Ice in Cook Inlet

January 6 Navigation Advisory for Cook Inlet


The Lou McCall ChristenedThe Lou McCall Christened - 12/19/2008
The City and Borough of Juneau honored the character and achievements of Lou McCall on Saturday, December 13, 2008, by naming its new enforcement vessel for the late Harbormaster. The Lou McCall gleamed under bright sunshine during the christening. The Marine Exchange’s Special Projects Manager, Captain Don Bodron, USCG (Ret.), helped CBJ to prepare the federal grant application that made purchase of the 32’ Packman possible. Port Director John Stone presided over the ceremony. Saluting Lou after the ceremony were (L-R) Marine Exchange Executive Director Captain Ed Page, Port Director John Stone, Bob Clauder, and Lou’s sons Chris and Rob McCall. The Marine Exchange crew wishes fair winds and following seas to The Lou McCall.