News Archives from 3-30-2010 to 5-07-2010

NOAA Requests Comments on "taking" of Marine Mammals in Chukchi Sea . . .May 07, 2010

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is requesting comments on the "taking" of marine mammals in the Chukchi Sea during Shell's proposed exploration program scheduled for this summer in the Chukchi Sea. Complete details are in the federal register notice below.

Federal Register Notice

Marine Exchange Commissions new AIS Maintenance boat CLEAT . . . May 04, 2010

Marine Exchange personnel examine their new AIS test and service work boat CLEAT in moored Harris Harbor. From left to right, Assistant Technical Officer Steve Lanwermeyer, Chief technical Officer Bill Benning, Assistant Director Brett Farrell and Executive Director of the Marine Exchange Captain Ed Page.

Bill Benning maneuvers the CLEAT into the Douglas Small Boat Harbor for the commissioning ceremony on May 1, 2010, as Steve Lanwermeyer prepares to handle lines. CLEAT will be used for the maintenance and repair of the Marine Exchange's extensive network of AIS receiving antennas in Southeast Alaska. In the past all maintenance and repair had to be performed using chartered boats, float planes or helicopters. CLEAT can easily carry the solar panels, wind turbine generators, antennas, concrete, batteries, associated cabling and wiring and radio base stations that make up a typical installation. The Marine Exchange's statewide vessel tracking system is used by the Coast Guard for search and rescue purposes and maritime domain awareness. The state of Alaska uses the system for environmental monitoring of cruise ships. Other entities such as the pilots and fishing companies use the Marine Exchange's Vessel Tracking System as well.

Inland Rules moved to Code of Federal Regulations . . . April 15, 2010

On April 15, 2010, the Coast Guard issued a final rule that placed the Inland Navigation Rules into the Code of Federal Regulations.  The inland navigation rules will be moved to a new Part 83 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  Future updates of the Inland Navigation Rules will be accomplished through rulemaking rather than legislation. The substance of the Inland Navigation Rules has not changed. Complete details are in the federal register notice linked below.

Federal Register Notice

IMO Approves Emission Control Area off U.S. Coast . . . March 30, 2010

The International Maritime Organization approved an Emission Control Area proposed by the United States and Canada off the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The new emission control area is designed to reduce air pollution from ships and will require the use of low sulfur fuels on a phased in time schedule. Further details can be found in the linked news release from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA News Release re Emission Control Area

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