News Archives from 5-04-09 to 5-13-2009

The NOAA oceanographic survey vessel RAINIER will be holding open house and guided tours in Juneau on Friday May 29, 2009. Tours will be held from 1230 to 1400 by reservation only. Reservations may be made for a tour by calling Amanda Johnson at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at (907) 463 3488 or by e-mailing her at amandajohnson@juneauchamber.com For more information on the RAINIER click the RAINIER LINK HERE.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Personnel Change: 5-13-09
Effective Monday May 11, 2009, Captain John S. Kenyon, U.S. Coast Guard, is serving as Commander, Sector Anchorage. The previous Sector Commander was temporarily relieved of his duties by the by the Commander of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Gene Brooks pending the results of an internal Coast Guard investigation.

Alternate Compliance Program Changes: 5-08-09

On May 4, 2009, the Coast Guard issued a final rule expanding the Alternate Compliance Program where authorized classification societies perform inspections on eligible vessels applying classification society rules and IMO requirements as equivalencies to the U.S. Coast Guard requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations. This rulemaking expanded the number of authorized classification societies to include more than the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and added oceanographic reserch vessels to the program. Complete details are in the federal register linked below.

Alternate Compliance Program: Vessel Inspection Alternatives Final Rule

Crewmember Identification Documents: 5-04-09

On April 28, 2009, the Coast Guard issued a final rule which requires that all crew members on all U.S. and foreign flag vessels enroute to a U.S. port or place from a foreign port or place of departure, must carry and present upon demand an acceptable identification when in U.S. navigable waters. The vessel operators are required to ensure that crewmembers comply with this requirement. This rule implements a Maritime Transportation Security Act mandate and helps ensure that the Coast Guard can authoritatively identify crewmembers on vessels in U.S. waters. The rule takes effect May 28, 2009. Complete details are in the federal register notice below.

Crewmember Identification Documents Final rule