News Archives from 11-09-10 to 1-04-11
USCG Exemption Policy for Uninspected Towing Vessels . . . January 4, 2011
The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing temporary exemptions from various regulatory requirements pertaining to uninspected towing vessels (UTVs) and providing guidance with regard to carriage of “excess” lifesaving and firefighting equipment on UTVs. This policy is temporary in nature and may be superseded for inspected towing vessels when pending regulations for the inspection of towing vessels become effective. See complete details below.
New Stability Weight Standards Finalized . . . December 14, 2010
The Coast Guard issued a final rule amending its regulations governing the maximum weight and number of passengers that may safely be permitted on board a vessel. The regulations were changed because the Coast Guard found that the average American weighs significantly more than the assumed weight per person utilized in the old regulations. Complete details are in the federal register linked below.
USCG Requests Input on Fees Charged for Vessel Inspections . . . December 1, 2010
On December 1, 2010, the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register requesting input on possible changes to the fees charged for vessel inspections. Complete details are in the federal register notice linked below.
USCG Issues Policy on Electronic Publications Carriage . . . November 30, 2010
The Coast Guard issued a policy letter regarding the carriage of required publications in electronic format. The Navigation Safety Regulations require that vessels carry onboard current publications such as the Coast Pilot and Light List and Notices to Mariners. In the past these publications had to be carried onboard in paper format. The new policy allows that these publications be carried in electronic format which will reduce the stowage requirements for this information. Complete details are in the linked policy letter below.
Safety Zone to be Established for Rocket Launch off Kodiak . . . November 16, 2010
The Coast Guard will establish a safety zone in the vicinity of Narrow Cape and Ugak Island due to upcoming operations at the Kodiak Launch Complex in mid November. In conjunction with the United States Air Force Space Test Program S26 the Alaska Aerospace Corporation will be launching an unmanned rocket from the Narrow Cape Kodiak Island Launch Facility. The lead support agency is the Wallops Flight Facility. This four-stage orbital rocket will fly a course of approximately 144.3 degrees true. With the exception of Ugak Island just off the launch facility, the trajectory of the rocket is over water for the entire flight.
The safety zone will be in effect from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21 between 3:37 p.m. and 5:54 p.m. each day, or until cancelled.
Unauthorized entry into or through this zone is strictly prohibited and may result in civil and or criminal penalties, including fines of up to $37,500.
Coast Guard Announces Port Access Route Study for Bering Strait. . . November 9, 2010
On November 9, 2010, the Coast Guard (USCG) announced that it is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to evaluate: The continued applicability of and the need for modifications to current vessel routing measures; and the need for creation of new vessel routing measures in the Bering Strait. The goal of the study is to help reduce the risk of marine casualties and increase the efficiency of vessel traffic in the study area. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements. Complete details are in the attached federal register notice.