News Archives from 2-23-2012 to 4-3-2012

USCG Proposes Safety Zones for Dutch Harbor . . . April 3, 2012

On April 3, 2012, the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal register that it intended to establish temporary safety zones in Dutch Harbor around moored or anchored offshore exploration or support vessels during the time period June 15, 2012 to July 1, 2012. The purpose is to protect persons and vessels during an unusual high volume of traffic in the port associated with exploratory drilling operations in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas during the summer of 2012. Complete details are found in the Federal Register Notice linked below.

Dutch Harbor Safety Zones

Coast Guard Final Rule on Ballast Water . . . March 23, 2012

On March 23, 2012, the Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal register amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships’ ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is also amending its regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. These new regulations will aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships’ ballast water in waters of the United States. This final rule is effective June 21, 2012. Complete details are available in the federal register linked below.

Ballast Water Federal Register

Atka AIS Installation On Line . . . March 22, 2012

The Marine Exchange of Alaska recently completed an AIS Antenna Installation in the remote Aleutian Island community of Atka. The antenna was sponsored by the non-profit Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (MPRN). The installation will enhance the maritime safety net in the Aleutians.  MXAK technician Steve Lanwermeyer while in Atka doing the installation also conducted a “site survey” of the area and identified a location to install an AIS receiver at a higher location at a later time to provide greater coverage of the waters in the Western Aleutians. Atka is located approximately 460 miles west of Dutch Harbor and is accessed a few times a week by Penn Air. Further information and photographs of the installation at Atka is available at the link below.

Atka Island AIS Installation

Radiotelephone Distress Watchkeeping Service Degraded . . . March 22, 2012

The Coast Guard published the following notice concerning radio telephone distress watchkeeping on March 22, 2012. Mariners are advised that due to the aging Coast Guard Medium Frequency radio infrastructure, calls to the Coast Guard on the international radiotelephone distress frequency 2182 kHz may not be reliably received by the Coast Guard. Areas where maritime broadcasts on 2670 kHz are being received satisfactorily by mariners should not be affected. Similarly, mariners using high frequency (HF) radiotelephones equipped with digital selective calling (DSC) capable of operating on the 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 MHz distress frequencies should not be affected. Coast Guard watchkeeping services on these HF radiotelephone and DSC distress frequencies are posted at

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall.

Mariners who receive a distress alert or call that has not been acknowledged by the Coast Guard are asked to assist if possible and advise the nearest Coast Guard unit using whatever means are practicable.

 

Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (AMP&RN) Launched . . . March 13, 2012

As a result of the Coast Guard's approval of an Alternative Planning Criteria for tank vessels operating in Western Alaska the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (AMP&RN) has been established. Membership in the AMP&RN is the way by which tank vessels transiting Western Alaska waters comply with the provisions of the Alternate Planning Criteria. The alternative to membership in the AMP&RN is full compliance with the OPA 90 requirements for pollution incident response in 33 CFR Part 155 which is prohibitively expensive in Western Alaska. Vessels who are enrolled in the AMP&RN agree to follow certain procedures which enhance pollution prevention while they are in Western Alaska waters. Some of these procedures include providing the Coast Guard with advance notice of intent to transit the area, transiting well offshore to allow time for marshalling a response in the event of a breakdown, being tracked and monitored as they move through the area and paying an annual fee which is used to stage response equipment in the area. Complete details on the Alternate Planning Criteria and all information about the AMP&RN are available at the web site linked below.

Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network web site

NOBLE DISCOVERER

KULLUK

Coast Guard Proposes Safety Zone for Arctic Drilling . . .February 23, 2012

On February 23, 2012, the Coast Guard proposed two 500 meter safety zones around the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit KULLUK and the Drillship NOBLE DISCOVERER. The two ships will be used by Shell to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas between July 01, 2012 and October 31, 2012. The Coast Guard will be taking comments on the two proposed safety zones until March 26, 2012. Complete details on the proposed safety zones are shown in the two Federal register Notices linked below.

KULLUK Safety Zone

NOBLE DISCOVERER Safety Zone

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