News Archives from 2-06-2014 to 5-08-2014

National Mariner's Association Petition for Rulemaking . . . May 8, 2014

On May 8, 2014 the Coast Guard announced that it was seeking public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address mariner occupational health and safety. In the attachments to its petition, which asserts that the Coast Guard has failed to provide adequate workplace safety and health measures to protect limited tonnage merchant mariners, the National Mariner’s Association has identified several safety and occupational health issues that are not currently addressed under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will consider all comments received in response to this notice in determining whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking. Further details are in the federal register notice linked below.

Federal Register

STCW Guidance in NVICs Available . . . May 8, 2014

On May 8, 2014, the Coast Guard announced the availability of ten Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the second set of a series of NVICs to implement the Final Rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and made changes to national endorsements. These NVICs will provide guidance to mariners concerning new regulations governing merchant mariner certificates and endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC). Complete details and information on where the NVICs can be obtained is found in the federal register notice linked below.

Federal Register

USCG Proposes Revamp of Tonnage Regulations . . . April 8, 2014

The US Coast Guard, in a Federal Register Notice dated April 8, 2014, proposes to amend its tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made in 2010. The proposal would also codify principal technical interpretations issued by the Coast Guard in NVIC 11-93 and its subsequent amendments and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications of and updates to the tonnage regulations. Differences between the Convention Measurement System and the older Domestic Regulatory System are clarified. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 7 July.  Complete details are given in the Federal Register notice linked below.

Proposed Tonnage Regulation Revisions

Free NOAA Charts Available in PDF Format . . . February 25, 2014

After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips.

Access complete information here . . .

Waiver Requirements for Non Citizen Seamen on Fishing Vessels ... February 14, 2014

On February 14, 2014, the Coast Guard published a final rule pertaining to 46 CFR Part 28 which lays out the procedures for requesting a waiver of the manning requirements to carry not more than 25 per cent of the unlicensed crew of U.S. flag fishing vessels as non resident aliens. The waiver to the manning requirement has been in effect since 2001. This final rule simply provides guidance and requesting the waiver. Complete details are in the federal register document linked below.

Federal Register Non Citizen Seaman Waiver Request Guidance

Sector Anchorage Moves to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson . . . February 6, 2014

Sector Anchorage has moved to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The location is shown in the HOMEPORT information on the left below. All of the phone numbers for the Sector have changed. The most important numbers are shown on the right below. The mailing address has changed as well. The new mailing address is shown in the information on how to gain access toi the base linked below.

How to Gain Acces to Sector Anchorage on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson