News Archives from 12-07-2015 to 2-09-2016
Alaska Sea Life Center Awards . . . January 27, 2016
The Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward announced its Alaska Ocean Leadership Award Recipients for 2016. The Marine Exchange of Alaska's Executive Director Captain Ed Page has been honored with the Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award. Complete details are in the attached public notice.
Out of Water Survival Craft Required . . . December 28, 2015
As of February 26, 2016, life floats and buoyant apparatus that do not keep a person out of the water will no longer be approved for use by the Coast Guard on any commercial vessel. The only approved survival craft that will be allowed will be those that keep a person completely out of the water. More complete information is provided at the links below.
VHF-DSC Radio Installations Required . . . December 17, 2015
On January 20, 2015, the Coast Guard notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it had published a Federal Register notice declaring Sea Area A1 to be within twenty nautical miles seaward of the territorial baseline along the East, West, and Gulf coasts of the United States, excluding Alaska, but including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. This determination was made because the Coast Guard now has service, in Sea Area A1, under its Rescue 21 Distress System coverage. Consequently, and in accordance with the requirements of Title 47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 80.905(a)(1), inspected passenger vessels that carry more than six passengers, with at least one for hire, and commercial fishing vessels of 300 gross tons and upward, operating in those waters, must upgrade to VHF-DSC radio equipment not later than January 20, 2016. Note: This requirement does not apply in Alaska, but if your vessel operates in Washington State or any of the other areas mentioned, a VHF-DSC radio installation will be required.
Behm Canal Restricted Area . . . December 7, 2015