Lower Mississippi River – closed due to oil spill;
BOEM – service fees for OCS activities;
NOAA – NMS regulations;
USACE – nationwide permit program;
USACE – civil monetary payment inflation adjustment;
Suisun Bay – safety zone;
USN – USS Guardian update;
House – bill introduced re HMT expenditures;
Senate – bill introduced re Asian carp;
Alaska – safety in the “New Ocean”;
IMO – Guide for cold water survival;
Antarctica – deaths of aircraft crew confirmed;
Canada – Asia-Pacific Gateway improvement;
Denmark – fire safety proposal;
Singapore – training of cooks and provision of food; and
Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.
January 28, 2013
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Lower Mississippi River – closed due to oil spill
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has closed the Lower Mississippi River to navigation between mile marker 425 and mile marker 441 as it responds to a marine casualty. Two tank barges under tow allided with the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge. Both barges were damaged and one has released a portion of its cargo of crude oil into the river. No injuries are reported. Response efforts are underway. The incident is under investigation. (1/27/13).
BOEM – service fees for OCS activities
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is adjusting certain fees for activities on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). The adjusted fees come into effect on 2 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 5836 (January 28, 2013).
NOAA – NMS regulations
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to amend the National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) regulations to update and reorganize the existing regulations, eliminate redundancies across sanctuaries, eliminate outmoded regulations, adopt standard boundary descriptions, and consolidate general and permitting procedures. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 29 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 5997 (January 28, 2013).
USACE – nationwide permit program
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is amending its nationwide permit regulations so that district engineers can issue nationwide permit verification letters that expire on the same date a nationwide permit expires. The regulations are also being amended to reflect the 45-day pre-construction notification review period that has been in effect since 7 June 2000. These amendments will come into effect on 27 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 5726 (January 28, 2013).
USACE– civil monetary penalty inflation adjustment
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a direct final rule amending its regulations to adjust its Class I civil penalties under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) and the National Fishing Enhancement Act to account for inflation. The new penalty levels will come into effect ton 29 March unless the USACE receives adverse comment by 27 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 5722 (January 28, 2013).
Suisun Bay – safety zone
The US Coast Guard issued an interim rule establishing a safety zone in navigable waters of Suisun Bay near Military Ocean Terminal Concord, California. The interim rule comes into effect immediately. Comments on the interim rule should be submitted by 29 April. 78 Fed. Reg. 5717 (January 28, 2013).
USN – USS Guardian update
The US Navy issued a news release stating that all diesel fuel has been removed from the grounded mine counter-measures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) on Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines. Assessment teams continue to inspect the condition of the ship and the coral reef. The ship is too damaged to tow. Heavy lift cranes are en route. (1/25/13).
House – bill introduced re HMT expenditures
Representative Boustany (R-LA) introduced the Realize America’s Maritime Promise Act (RAMP Act) (H.R. 335) to ensure that amounts credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used for harbor maintenance. (1/23/13).
Senate – bill introduced re Asian carp
Senator Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill (S. 125) to direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey, to lead a multiagency effort to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/24/13).
Alaska – safety in the “New Ocean”
The State of Alaska posted the speech delivered by Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell at the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway. In the speech “Safe, secure, and reliable at sea”, Lt. Gov. Treadwell referred to the age of Arctic shipping and called for preparations to be made for both its possibilities and its dangers. (1/21/13).
IMO – Guide for cold water survival
The IMO issued a revised Guide for Cold Water Survival. The revision takes into account the considerable medical progress that has been made in recent years. MSC.1/Circ.1185/Rev.1 (11/30/12). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Hiscock of Off Soundings.
Antarctica – deaths of aircraft crew confirmed
Antarctica New Zealand issued a media release stating that the deaths of the crew of the aircraft that crashed in Antarctica have been confirmed. Emergency response and recovery operations are underway for the bodies of the three Canadians on board the de Havilland Twin Otter, which was flying in support of the Italian Antarctic Program when it was lost in a remote area of the Transantarctic Mountains. (1/27/13).
Canada – Asia-Pacific Gateway improvement
Transport Canada issued a media release stating that the Government of Canada is contributing a maximum of $19.9 million to construction of an overpass on the Deltaport Causeway so as to increase container capacity at Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport Container Terminal. (1/24/13).
Denmark – fire safety proposal
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that its proposal to the IMO that there must be two means of escape from both machinery control rooms and from the main workshop when located within the delimitation of the machinery space has received preliminary approval from the IMO Sub-Committee on Fire Protection. The measure now goes to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for final consideration. (1/24/13).
Singapore – training of cooks and provision of food
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding owners, operators, cooks, and masters of requirements of Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) pertaining to the training of cooks and the provision of food on ships. Shipping Circular 3-2013 (1/25/13)).
Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915
The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!
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