News Archives from 9-8-2015 to 12-10-2015

Juneau Harbor Tidal Current & Weather Data Available . . . December 10, 2015

Due to the increasing size and number of cruise ships and other traffic operating in the Port of Juneau, along with construction of larger mooring facilities such as the new cruise ship docks, the City of Juneau has partnered with the Marine Exchange of Alaska in a demonstration project to provide wind, tidal and tidal current data in order to facilitate safe and environmentally responsible marine operations in the harbor. At present, the Marine Exchange has installed a Nortek AWAC 2D tidal current sensor at the AJ Dock which provides information on tidal current direction and velocities off the southwest end of the dock. The data from this sensor is available from a quick link on the Marine Exchange’s home page.

Juneau Tidal Current & Weather Sensor Display

Nortek AWAC 2D Sensor Technical data

Engine Rating Watches . . . December 8, 2015

Effective January 26, 2016, this direct final rule amends the Coast Guard’s merchant mariner manning regulations to align them with statutory changes made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. The Act allows oilers serving on certain offshore support vessels, towing vessels, and barges to be divided into at least two watches. This change increases the sea service credit affected mariners are permitted to earn for each 12-hour period of work from one day to one and a half days.

Engine Rating Watches Final rule

EPA NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule . . . December 8, 2015

Effective December 21, 2015, the final rule requires permittees and regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report information and data related to the NPDES permit program in lieu of filing paper-based reports. Applies to the Vessel General Permit Program. Complete details are in the federal register linked below.

NPDES Electronic Reporting Federal Register

Ballast Water Management Reporting . . . December 1, 2015

The Coast Guard published a final rule that amends the ballast water management reporting and recordkeeping requirements. The Coast Guard will require vessels with ballast tanks operating exclusively on voyages between ports or places within a single captain of the port zone to submit an annual report of their ballast water management practices. This rule also simplifies and streamlines the ballast water report form. This rule will also allow most vessels to submit ballast water reports after arrival at a port or place of destination, instead of requiring submission of such reports prior to arrival. Complete details are in the Federal Register Notice linked below.

Ballast Water Management Reporting

Marine Safety Center Relocation . . . November 24, 2015

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center has moved to a new location in Washington, D.C. Guidelines for submitting plans for approval have ben revised. Complete details are in the document linked below.

MSC Relocation Details and Guidance

Mandatory Fishing Vessel Dockside Exams . . . September 8, 2015

The Coast Guard published a letter to commercial fishing vessel owners and operators reminding them of the mandatory dockside safety exam. The mandatory dockside safety exams are required for certain fishing vessels starting October 15, 2015. If you fish outside more than 3 nautical miles from shore or carry more than 16 persons onboard or are engaged in the Aleutian Trade this requirement will apply to your boat. Complete details are in the letter linked below.

Mandatory Dockside Examinations Letter