News Archives from 2-4-2010 to 3-18-2010
COTP Western Alaska Requests Input on Heavy Weather Guidelines . . . March 18, 2010
The Captain of the Port Western Alaska is requesting industry input on the heavy weather guidelines for operations in the Bering Sea. For complete details see the notice and heavy weather guidelines posted below.
Fire Suppression Systems New Rules Proposed . . . Feb 24, 2010
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the current regulations for fire suppression systems on several classes of commercial vessels. The amendments would clarify that approved alternatives to carbon dioxide systems may be used to protect some spaces on these vessels and would set general requirements for alternative systems. Additionally, new and existing carbon dioxide systems, when used in spaces that can be accessed by persons onboard the specified commercial vessels, would need to be equipped with lockout valves and olfactory additives to protect persons in the event of a carbon dioxide discharge. By requiring these features on carbon dioxide systems and by making a wider range of fire suppression systems available, the proposed regulations advance the Coast Guard’s mission of promoting maritime safety and mobility. The deadline for comments on this proposal is May 25, 2010. Complete details are in the federal register linked below.
Coast Guard Shuts Down LORAN After 67 Years . . . Feb 9, 2010
The Coast Guard shut down most of its LORAN transmitting stations on February 8, 2010, after 67 years of continuous service. Mariners who rely on electronic navigation aids were urged to shift to GPS. Complete details are available at the link below.
NOAA To Develop Environmental Impact Statement for Chukchi . . . Feb 9, 2010
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it would develop an environmental impact statement for the poossible "take" of wildlife that could be impacted by proposed drilling and seismic activity in the Chukchi Sea. Complete details are in the attached federal register notice.
Marine Exchange Receives Meritorious Public Service Award . . . Feb 4, 2010
The Commander of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Christopher Colvin presents Captain Ed Page, Executive Director of the Marine Exchange of Alaska with the Meritorious Public Service Award at the Marine Exchange on February 4, 2010. The award is the highest civilian award the Coast Guard District Commander can give to a person or organization and is presented to recognize substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that produced tangible results.
The citation to accompany the award reads:
""The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard takes great pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Award to the Marine Exchange of Alaska for outstanding dedication and support to the Coast Guard while developing a robust and critical Automated Information System (AIS) infrastructure throughout key areas of Alaska. Since 2000, the Marine Exchange of Alaska has played a key and leading role for Maritime Domain Awareness throughout Alaska by adapting available, and in some cases leading edge, technology to provide critical maritime information to both commercial and government users at unprecedented levels. The Marine Exchange of Alaska's expertise helped streamline and enhance the execution of Coast Guard operations. Most notable is the real time vessel tracking that directly supported the high profile salvage of the car carrier COUGAR ACE and its cargo valued at $170 million, a potential four million gallon oil spill in Cook Inlet during the grounding of the crude oil tanker SEABULK PRIDE, the pollution threat from 335,000 gallons of fuel oil released from the grounding and breakup of the freight ship SELENDANG AYU, and the rescue of 282 persons from the stricken cruise ship EMPRESS OF THE NORTH. When the requirements for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) took effect, the Marine Exchange of Alaska played a significant leadership role fusing agency and industry feedback to resolve enrollment center issues specific to Alaska, including spearheading a mobile enrollment center workgroup and partnering with multiple organizations to stand up TWIC mobile enrollment centers throughout the state. This exemplary industry stewardship ensured Alaska Maritime Transportation Security Act regulated facilities and vessels had the ability to comply with the new TWIC access control requirements while saving the maritime community in Alaska over $2 million in travel costs alone. The actions of the Marine Exchange of Alaska are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.""