Gulf of Alaska – assistance to disabled tug;
House – bill introduced re customs trade facilitation & enforcement;
House – bill introduced to study scanning feasibility;
Washington – monitoring of grounded dock;
Ireland – revised Seafarer Medical Certificate;
Ireland – energy efficiency;
Singapore – shipping safety regulations;
Singapore – marine environmental protection regulations;
Singapore – first POCC decommissioned; and
Out with the known, in with the unknown.
December 31, 2012
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Gulf of Alaska – assistance to disabled tug
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is coordinating the response to the loss of propulsion by the tug Aiviq in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak. The tug was towing the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) Kulluk at the time. Response vessels are en route. A second news release states that two response vessels arrived on scene, but that severe weather continues to hamper operations. (12/29/12).
House – bill introduced re customs trade facilitation & enforcement
Representative McDermott (D-WA) introduced the Customs Enhanced Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act of 2012 (H.R. 6656) to reauthorize customs trade facilitation and enforcement functions and programs, and for other purposes. (12/13/12).
House – bill introduced to study scanning feasibility
Representative Richardson (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 6713) to amend the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006 to require a feasibility study on meeting the 100 percent requirement to scan containers destined for the United States in order to extend the deadline for such scanning, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/27/12).
Washington – monitoring of grounded dock
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that state and federal agencies continue to monitor the dock that washed ashore on a remote and rugged section of the Olympic National Park shoreline, but that no removal action can commence until January due to tides and daylight access. The dock is believed to have been set adrift by the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. (12/27/12).
Ireland – revised Seafarer Medical Certificate
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a notice reminding mariners of the requirement to hold a valid certificate attesting to the mariner’s medical fitness for the work in which he or she is employed. Beginning on 1 January 2013, the Seafarer’s Medical Certificate will be issued in a revised format. All covered mariners must have a certificate in the revised format by 2017. Marine Notice 65-2012 (12/17/12).
Ireland – energy efficiency
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI relating to regulations on energy efficiency on board ships will enter into force on 1 January 2013. Marine Notice 66-2012 (12/20/12).
Singapore – shipping safety regulations
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that revised regulations implementing amendments to Chapter III of the SOLAS Convention enter into force on 1 January 2013. Shipping Circular 21-2012 (12/28/12).
Singapore – marine environmental protection regulations
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that revised regulations relating to sewage, garbage, and air emissions enter into effect on 1 January 2013. Shipping Circular 20-2012 (12/28/12).
Singapore – first POCC decommissioned
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that, following the commissioning of a new Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) at Changi Naval Base and the re-commissioning of an upgraded POCC at PSA Vista, its first POCC (located at Tanjong Pagar Complex) has been decommissioned after more than 28 years of service. (12/28/12).
Out with the known, in with the unknown
Just when we were getting adjusted to significant reductions in ship values and charter rates, we are now face to face with 2013. There is a reason that the ancient Romans named the upcoming month January, in honor of their deity Janus, the god of gates, doorways, and beginnings. The image of Janus is usually portrayed as looking both forward and backward. Either way, have a safe New Year’s Eve and a prosperous New Year – and may your apparent cliffs turn out to be low ledges.
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