EU & US – mutual recognition of trusted traders;
Guam – Port Readiness Committee established;
Nantucket & Vineyard Sounds – “no discharge” zone proposed;
HSAC – meeting;
Advisory Committee on Polar Programs – meeting;
Indian Ocean – yachts remain easy targets for pirates;
EC – consultation re maritime transport antitrust guidelines;
ReCAAP – UK becomes Contracting Party;
Canada – funding for shore power; and
New Zealand – RENA spill response level reduced.
May 7, 2012
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EU & US – mutual recognition of trusted traders
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the European Union (EU) and the United States entered into an agreement to recognize each other’s trusted traders. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a similar news release. Expedited trans-Atlantic customs processing will thus be provided to EU Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs) and to US members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). (5/4/12).
Guam – Port Readiness Committee established
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has established a Port Readiness Committee (PRC) in Guam, following the port’s designation as a strategic port. The PRC will bring together representatives of ten federal agencies and local port stakeholders to facilitate movement of defense and commercial supplies through the port. (5/4/12).
Nantucket & Vineyard Sounds – “no discharge” zone proposed
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is considering a proposal to designate coastal waters of Nantucket and Vineyards Sounds and the islands as a “no discharge” zone. Such designation would prohibit discharges into those waters of treated or untreated vessel sewage. Comments on the proposal must be received by May 29. (5/4/12).
HSAC – meeting
The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will meet on May 24. A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public to receive sensitive operational information on, among other things, homeland security threats and Coast Guard counterterrorism efforts. 77 Fed. Reg. 26774 (May 7, 2012).
Advisory Committee on Polar Programs – meeting
The Advisory Committee on Polar Programs, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will meet in Arlington, Virginia on May 30. 77 Fed. Reg. 26792 (May 7, 2012).
Indian Ocean – yachts remain easy targets for pirates
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issued a news release reminding the recreational yachting community that they should not attempt to sail yachts through waters of the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the western Indian Ocean, north of 10° South and west of 78° East. Even when sailing as a group, yachts are easy targets for pirates. (5/4/12).
EC – consultation re maritime transport antitrust guidelines
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is seeking comments on the future of maritime transport antitrust guidelines. The current guidelines are set to expire in September 2013. The EC takes the preliminary view that specific antitrust guidelines for the maritime transport sector are no longer needed. Comments should be submitted by 27 July. (4/5/12).
ReCAAP – UK becomes Contracting Party
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a joint press release stating that the United Kingdom (UK) has become its 18th Contracting Party. Although the UK is geographically located outside Asia, it has a strong interest in the regional maritime economy. (5/2/12). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services.
Canada – funding for shore power
Transport Canada issued a media release stating that it is inviting applications from Canadian ports of funding under the $27.2 million Shore Power Technology for Ports Program. The technology allows ships to plug into the local electric grid when docked, turning off their diesel engines. (5/4/12).
New Zealand – RENA spill response level reduced
Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the emergency oil spill response to the RENA grounding has been reduced from a Tier 3 (national level) to a Tier 2 (regional level). Regular assessments of the wreck confirmed that the threat of a further significant oil spill is minimal. There are very low levels of residual oil in the environment and very minimal amounts of oil are coming ashore. Salvage efforts will continue. (5/4/12).
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