News Archives from 4-3-2012 to 8-28-2012

Proposed Changes to Inland Rules . . . August 28, 2012

The US Coast Guard proposes to amend the Inland Navigation Rules and their annexes to align those rules with recent amendments to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and to incorporate recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). The proposed changes would harmonize domestic and international rules by reducing and alleviating equipment requirements on vessels, addressing technological advancements, and increasing public awareness of the Inland Rules. The changes would also make references to applicable requirements easier to locate by using the same format in domestic rules as is used in the international convention. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 29 October. Complete details are in the attached federal register.

Proposed Inland Rules Change

Fishing Vessel Safety Examinations Now Required . . . August 21, 2012

 On August 15, 2012, the Coast Guard issued a notice that stated beginning October 16th of this year, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate (or transit) more than 3 nautical miles offshore must be able to demonstrate full compliance with the existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations found in 46 C.F.R. Part 28, VIA A MANDATORY SAFETY EXAMINATION. Additional information on this new requirement is available in the text of the notice linked below. For any questions contact your nearest Coast Guard Sector Office. The complete text of the regulations is available from the Marine Exchange’s Regulation page here.

Fishing Vessel Safety Examinations Required

TSA TWIC Renewal Guidelines Announced . . . July 3, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration published guidelines for the renewal of Transport Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC Cards) which allow persons holding TWIC Cards an option of a 3 year renewal with one visit required for $60 or a 5 year renewal with two visits required foir the full price of the card. There are restrictions on who can take advantage of the reduced price renewal. Complete ddetails are in the attached notice.


The EPA issue Interim Guidance on the non-availability of compliant fuel oil .... June 26, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued Interim Guidance on the non-availability of compliant fuel oil for the North American Emission Control Area (ECA), enforcement of which will commence on 1 August. The guidance explains how owners and operators can establish compliance with the requirements and the steps that must be taken to make a valid fuel oil non-availability claim. (Information provided by Bryant’s Maritime Consulting)


Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kenai Relocates to Homer . . . April 11, 2012

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kenai has been relocated to new offices in Homer. The Coast Guard moved into new offices in Homer during the first week of April in order to provide greater accessibility to the majority of the unit's customers and maintain a valuable connection with the people across the western Kenai Peninsula. A commissioning ceremony for the new Homer location will be held on May 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Marine Safety Detachment Kenai will be officially renamed Marine Safety Detachment Homer. The public is invited to attend the event. Marine Safety Detachment Homer is a six person office responsible for marine casualty investigations, pollution response & marine inspections throughout the western Kenai Peninsula. The officer in charge of the Marine safety Detachment is LT Sarah Geoffrion.
The address for the new Coast Guard office is:

Marine Safety Detachment Homer
104 E. Pioneer Avenue
Homer, Alaska 99603
Phone 907 235 3292
Fax: 907 235 3624


State of Alaska Marine Business Survey . . . April 3, 2012

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is conducting a statewide business retention and expansion survey directed at maritime and marine businesses. It should not take more than 10 minutes to compete. The survey will conclude August 15. A description of the purpose for the survey is attached here.

Survey Purpose Description

To participate in Alaska Maritime and Marine Trade Business Service survey, follow the attached link: