News Archives from 12-27-02 to 10-04-03

Handling of Class 1 (Explosive) Materials - 10/04/2003

The Coast Guard is updating the regulations relating to the handling of packaged and bulk-solid dangerous cargo at waterfront facilities. These updated regulations reflect improved safety procedures and modern transportation methods, such as the use of containers. This rule also updates the requirements for handling these dangerous cargoes and incorporates industry standards.

Explosive Handling Regulations


NOAA recognizes two products as official NOAA paper nautical charts. They are: 1) The Charts-on-Demand chart printed and distributed by OceanGrafix using print-on-demand technology., and 2) The traditional paper chart printed by NOAA and distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). NOAA Dates of Latest Edition provides notification of chart availability for both products through a listing at . When NOAA releases a new edition nautical chart, OceanGrafix has the ability to distribute the Charts on Demand chart immediately. The corresponding traditional paper chart is available for distribution six to eight weeks later. Immediately upon release both versions are officially recognized to meet Federal chart carriage requirements. The mariner is responsible for keeping their charts current through application of Notice to Mariner corrections. The last Notice applied by NOAA prior to the traditional paper chart release for printing is listed at the chart lower left corner as “Corrected through NM” and “Corrected through LNM”. Additionally, the last Notice to Mariners applied by NOAA to the Charts-on-Demand version of the chart is listed at the chart lower left under “Additional Corrections Through: NIMA Notice / Local Notice”. Note: the Edition Date is the month and year in which the chart is printed. It is not the date of the last Notice to Mariners applied by NOAA. For questions contact NOAA at

The Marine Exchange of Alaska has the latest NOAA charts available and can print these out on demand. Contact Leo at (907) 463 2607 to obtain a chart.

NMFS Authorizes Alternative Satellite Comms - 12/27/2002

Based on the information provided by Marine Exchange of Alaska field tests of satellite communications conducted in the Aleutians this past summer, NMFS recently authorized the use of the THRANE & THRANE 3022-D satellite communications equipment to meet the VMS carriage requirements for vessels participating in the Atka mackerel, Pacific cod or pollock directed fisheries in any BSAI or GOA reporting areas.

The two way communications capability of the THRANE & THRANE 3022-D will aid maritime safety and provide reliable communications between a vessel and its shore support.”

The newly approved Thrane and Thrane Inmarsat C transponders:

  1. Provide a two way communications capability, vs one way, that aids maritime
    safety and environmental protection. The Coast Guard can call a vessel and
    notify them of another nearby vessel requiring assistance. (i.e. EPIRB alert,
    MAYDAY, etc.)
  2. Are capable of sending a distress call to the Coast Guard within minutes, in
    some cases faster than EPIRB alerts.
  3. Allow for free delivery of weather alert messages and safety broadcasts
  4. Allow for easier activation through use of two way e-mail comms to validate
    proper operation of the VMS avoiding the need to make phone calls and send
  5. Track a vessel’s position for approximately half the daily cost of the previously
    approved one way system.
  6. Allow for inexpensive tracking of an owner/operators’ fleet over a secure
    internet site through a user name and password utilizing the Marine Exchange
    of Alaska’s ASVTS (Automated Secure Vessel Tracking System).
  7. The federal program that offers a $2,000 rebate per vessel for VMS purchase
    also applies to the Thrane & Thrane units, provided the vessel meets the qualification criteria.

Procurement of the Thrane & Thrane 3022D with approved programming is currently only available for purchase from LandSea Systems, Inc. Contact Kenneth Ravenna at (757) 463-9557 for pricing and technical information.

Additional information on VMS can be obtained at our “Hot Topics” VMS button located at the right side of the Marine Exchange’s Home Page.