News Archives from 9-14-09 to 11-04-2009

New NAVRULES Published . . . 11/04/2009

The US Coast Guard issued an updated and corrected version of the International and Inland Rulers (COMDTINST M16672.2D). The publication is a compendium of: the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), the Inland Navigation Rules, their respective technical annexes, a listing of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines, the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations, and various other legal provisions regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules. The original version was published on March 25, 1999, by the US Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC 20593-7856. This updated version has corrected typographical errors and omissions and includes post-publication 2003 amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). (10/19/09).

New NAVRULES

Towing Vessel Bridging Program to Commence . . . 10/28/2009

The Coast Guard, in preparation for the publishing and implementation of a new set of regulations which will bring all towing vessels in domestic and foreign trade under Coast Guard inspection, will be starting a "Towing Vessel Bridging Program" to acquaint towing companies and towing vessel operators with the new requirements and regulations. The bridging program will encourage towing vessel operators to have their vessels examined for compliance with the existing regulations for uninspected vessels in 46 CFR Subchapter C Uninspected Vessels Parts 24, 25, 26 and 27. The new regulations for towing vessels will be proposed and promulgated in a new subchapter M in 46 CFR. The bridging program is designed to assist industry's readiness to become acquainted with and comply with the new regulations when they take effect. All owners and operators of towing vessels should download and become familiar with the documents linked below concerning the program. Any questions should be addressed to the nearest Sector office Prevention Department.

Towing Vessel Bridging Program USCG Towing Vessel Requirements
   
Memorandum on Program Implementation Top Ten Towing Vessel Deficiencies & Material Failures

 

New Pollution Prevention Requirements . . . 10/13/2009

The Coast Guard is finalizing its January 16, 2009, interim rule establishing oil pollution prevention equipment requirements. The rule harmonizes Coast Guard regulations with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines and specifications issued under the
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex I. It implements these MARPOL Annex I regulations and, ultimately, is intended to reduce the amount of oil discharged from vessels and eliminate the use of ozone-depleting solvents in equipment tests. All vessels replacing or installing oily water separators and bilge alarms must install equipment that meets these revised standards. Newly constructed vessels carrying oil in bulk must install monitoring systems that meet the revised standards. Complete details are in the federal register notice linked below.

Pollution Prevention Equipment Requirements October 2009

Change of Command for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage . . . 9/23/2009

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage held a change of command ceremony 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the Susitna Club Ballroom on Elmendorf Air Force Base where Capt. Jason Fosdick relieved Capt. John Kenyon as Sector Commander. Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, Commander 17th Coast Guard District presided at the ceremony.  Fosdick is arriving from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as deputy sector commander. His prior assignments include deck watch officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Cowslip in Portsmouth, Va., marine inspector at Marine Safety Office, Hampton Roads, Va., Chief of New Vessel Construction and Chief of Port State Control at Marine Safety Office/Group Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif., data and computer analyst for the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement Project at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., chief of the inspection department at Marine Safety Office, Mobile, Ala., and chief of the prevention department at Sector Mobile, Ala. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Lt. Eric Eggen)

Conceptual Design for new Alaska Class Ferry Revealed

The Alaska Marine Highway System is working with the Elliott Bay Design Group and stakeholders to refine its conceptual design for the new Alaska Class ferry vessels which will replace the existing aging vessels in the Alaska Marine Highway's fleet. A complete discussion of the project and preliminary concepts of the deck plans and general arrangement plans for the new ferries are available on the Alaska Marine Highway System's web site.

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