News Archives from 6-22-04 to 12-12-04

AIS EQUIPMENT REQUIRED ON VESSELS BY 31 DECEMBER - 12/12/2004

AIS Equipment Required on vessels by Dec 31, 2004

The Coast Guard regulations found in 33 CFR 164.46 require AIS equipment to be installed and operational on the following vessels by Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than passenger and fishing vessels, in commercial service and on an international voyage, not later than December 31, 2004.
  2. The following U.S. vessels engaged in domestic trade when operating in a VTS area (Prince William Sound, Puget Sound, San Francisco and LA/LB for West Coast operations)
    1. Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than fishing vessels and passenger vessels certificated to carry less than 151 passengers-for-hire, in commercial service;
    2. Towing vessels of 26 feet or more in length and more than 600 horsepower, in commercial service;
    3. Passenger vessels certificated to carry more than 150 passengers-for-hire.

      The complete text of the AIS regulations is provided below;

      Regulations

Regs-Implementation of Automatic Identification System

COAST GUARD CHANGES BALLAST WATER NVIC - 11/10/2004

On October 29, 2004, the U.S. Coast Guard published Change 1 to NVIC 07-04 concerning Ballast Water Management for the Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Waters of the United States. The link below connects you to the actual Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular with all of the details of the program.

CHANGE 1 to NVIC CONCERNING BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT

Ballast Water Management for the Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Waters of the United States Change 1.

USCG COTP SEATTLE Notice of Arrival Policy - 09/29/2004

Advanced Notice of Arrival - Sep 29, 2004, Important Notice from Captain of the Port Puget Sound Seattle, Washington. The USCG COTP Puget Sound issued a policy notice concerning Advanced Notices of Arrival for tugs and barges arriving in U.S. ports on domestic voyages. This notice has important ramifications for tugs and barges transiting from Alaska to Puget Sound and transiting via Canadian waters. Complete details are in the policy notice below.

Advanced Notice of Arrival Policy for Tugs and Barges

COTP PUGET SOUND ADVANCED NOTICE OF ARRIVAL POLICY

NOAA Issues Vessel Monitoring System Regs - 07/08/2004

On April 15, 2004, the Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provided Notice of NOAA Approved Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) for use by vessels participating in Alaska Fisheries requiring VMS. More details are in the attached text of the Federal Register.

Federal Register Notice Vessel Monitoring Systems

Federal Register

COAST GUARD ISSUES BALLAST WATER NVIC - 06/22/2004

On June 17, 2004, the U.S. Coast Guard published NVIC 07-04 concerning Ballast Water Management for the Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Waters of the United States. The link below connects you to the actual Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular with all of the details of the program.

NEW NVIC CONCERNING BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT

Ballast Water Management for the Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Waters of the United States.