News Archives from 7-07-05 to 8-09-06

Marine Exchange posts Coast Guard Regulations - 08/09/2005

The Marine Exchange of Alaska has just completed a project to post the complete text of Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations and Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations on the Marine Exchange Web Site. Users of the MXAK web site will be able to find all Coast Guard Regulations that pertain to vessel inspection and certification and all merchant marine licensing and certification regulations on the Marine Exchange web site. Also, all of the Navigation Safety Regulations, Aids to Navigation Regulations and Facility and Dangerous Cargo Regulations are located on the Marine Exchange web site. Just click on the tab for the "Government" page on our home page or use the link below to access the regulations.

Regulations Page

Industry Training for Coast Guard Officer - 08/03/2005

Marine Exchange of Alaska Executive Director Captain Ed Page presents a Marine Exchange ball cap to Lt. Bradley Clare of the Coast Guard. Lt. Clare is finishing up three days of industry training at the Marine Exchange of Alaska. He was provided with briefings on the Marine Exchange missions including vessel tracking, Maritime Pride and Education, and advocacy for the marine industry. Lt. Clare will be reporting in to the Marine Safety Office in Juneau as Chief of the Inspection Department later this summer.

Coast Guard Implements Security Zones - 07/25/2005

JUNEAU, Alaska - Coast Guard officials here announced interim security zones around high capacity passenger vessels (HCPV) for all navigable waters in Alaska Thursday 21 July 2005.

The interim security zone, which went into effect Thursday and will remain until Sept. 28, mandates a 100-yard security zone only around an HCPV only when they are being escorted by a Coast Guard boat or ship. For the purposes of the interim rule, HCPV is defined as a vessel 100-feet or more in length carrying 500 or more passengers. The zone does not apply to state ferries.Additionally, vessels operating within 250 yards of a HCPV would have been required to operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course. new interim security zones are necessary to provide prudent maritime safety and security in Alaska's waters, while allowing the Coast Guard to scale security measures to match the threat.

The interim security zones are less restrictive than those initially proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) released in March. The original proposal would have required a 100-yard security zone around underway HCPV vessels, and a 25-yard security zone around an anchored or moored HCPV.

Nearly 150 parties offered input during the NPRM comment period. To allow time to fully address these comments and thoroughly evaluate the impacts of the NPRM to all marine traffic, the Coast Guard decided to implement a less restrictive interim rule, while continuing to work on a comprehensive permanent solution.

The Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued regularly to remind and inform the boating public of the new security zone parameters. Any vessel operator caught in violation of the new security zones could face civil and/or criminal penalties.

For questions or concerns contact:

D17, Office of Compliance: Lt. Matt York, (907) 463-2821

Captain of the Port Southeast Alaska: Lt. Gary Koehler, (907) 463-2470

Captain of the Port Western Alaska : Lt. Meredith Gillman, (907) 271-6720

Captain of the Port Prince William Sound: Lt. Catherine Huot, (907) 835-7214

The Coast Guard has produced a brochure which provides additional information.

Security Zone Brochure
Complete text of the rulemaking is provided below.

Security Zone Rulemaking

Marine Exchange Monitors Unimak Pass Traffic . . . - 07/11/2005

In conjunction with its partner company Port Graham Development Corporation, the Marine Exchange of Alaska has installed an AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver at the old Coast Guard installation at Scotch Cap on Unimak Island. The equipment receives signals from ships transiting Unimak Pass and allows the Marine Exchange to display vessel information on ships passing through the area. The Marine Exchange will be able to monitor the vessel traffic to allow state authorities and the Coast Guard to get a better handle on the amount of traffic passing through the area. The AIS vessel position data is transmitted to the Marine Exchange via satellite. A screen print of the ASVTS (Automatic Secure Vessel Tracking System) graphic display and photographs of the solar panels used for a power supply are shown in the attached document.

Scotch Cap Vessel Traffic Snapshot

Unimak Pass Vessel Traffic

ABS SURVEYOR article on TOTE ships reproduced . . - 07/07/2005

In its Winter 2003/2004 quarterly magazine SURVEYOR the American Bureau of Shipping highlighted Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) and its new ro ro ships in an article entitled North to Alaska. While this article is not exactly timely, it does give an excellent description of these new ships which will be participating in the Alaska Trade for many years to come.

Reprint from SURVEYOR magazine regarding new TOTE ships

North to Alaska Article