News Archives from 9-5-2012 to 10-18-2012

Checklist Generator Available for Mandatory Fishing Vessel Safety Exams . . . Oct 18, 2012

The deadline for the Coast Guard’s mandatory commercial fishing vessel safety examinations for vessels that operate more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline took effect Tuesday October 16, 2012.

This requirement, which affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide, comes as a result of Congress' passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. To help fishermen come into compliance with the regulations that apply to their vessel, the Coast Guard has built an on-line commercial fishing vessel "checklist generator" at the following link,

This tool will help owners and operators to understand their specific equipment and operational requirements.  The checklist can be used to examine the vessel and prepare for the Coast Guard visit. Be sure to answer all of the questions or the program to generate the checklist may not operate satisfactorily.

Arctic Traffic Patterns Observed . . . Sep 5, 2012

Arctic Traffic patterns observed during the 2012 operating season. Traffic detected included tugs and tows, landing craft, cargo vessels, tanker vessels, passenger ships, icebreakers, Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard ships, bulk carriers, and ships of the Shell offshore drilling flotilla.

TWIC Cards Expiration Policy Bulletin . . . Sept 5, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a Policy Bulletin reminding stakeholders that, starting 30 August, a US citizen or US national holding a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) that expires on or before 31 December 2014 may replace that TWIC with a three-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC. (8/30/12). Complete details are in the policy bulletin linked below.

TWIC Expiration Policy Bulletin