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Nov 10, 2009
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
In This Issue
TWIC Update
NOAA Chart Booklets
Updated "Rules of the Road"
MTSA-Related Tidbits
Towing Vessel Inspections
New Member Spotlight
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The Marine Exchange of Alaska is a non-profit,
maritime organization established to serve
the Alaska Maritime Community by providing
information, communications and services to ensure
safe, secure, efficient and environmentally
responsible maritime operations.
TWIC Update 
 
As I reported in the last newsletter, a  lot has changed regarding TWIC enrollment within Alaska.  Here's an update on the fixed enrollment centers, their locations, and current hours of operation:
 
Current Enrollment Center Locations/Hours:
 
Anchorage Enrollment Center
207 E. Northern Lights
Suite 110
Anchorage, AK   Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30a-4:30p
(This is located in the Northern Lights Professional Building)
 
Juneau Enrollment Center
Suite 215
3075 Vintage Blvd.
Juneau, AK  99801  Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30a-12:00p & 1:00p-4:30p
(This is located upstairs in the First Bank building)

Valdez Enrollment Center
501 East Bremner St
Valdez, AK    Hours: MONDAY ONLY, 8:00a-12:00p
 
Nikiski Enrollment Center
V.I.P Alaska, Inc.
43530 Kalifornsky Beach Rd
Kenai, AK      Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00a-5:00p
 
 
Mobile (Remote) Enrollments:

No mobile enrollments are currently scheduled (or anticipated) in the near future.
 
Several communities (i.e. Dutch Harbor, Ketchikan and possibly Sitka and Skagway) are exploring the option of establishing their own enrollment centers to serve the community.  This requires these communities to identify funding to purchase TWIC enrollment equipment, and more importantly - commit the resources necessary to staff the centers.   I applaud those communities considering this option.  The Marine Exchange is standing by to assist with this initiative however we can.
NOAA Chart Booklets   
 
Chart Booklets
 
The Marine Exchange recently became aware (thanks to the Marine Transportation folks at University of Alaska, Southeast) that NOAA's Office of Coast Survey released a new line of chart "booklets."  These booklets are in the experimental stage, but they allow anyone with an internet connection (and a decent color printer) to download them and make customized booklets for your area.
 
Although these chart booklets will not satisfy the onboard chart requirements for regulated commercial vessels, they appear to be a great option for many other vessels.
 
I encourage everyone to check these out by clicking here.  Please note that NOAA is requesting feedback from the maritime community on the site above.  Hopefully if you think these are as neat as I do you'll take the time to tell them!
Updated "Rules of the Road" 
 
BoardingThe US Coast Guard has released an updated and corrected version of the International and Inland Rules (COMDTINST M16672.2D). The publication is a compendium of: the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), the Inland Navigation Rules, their respective technical annexes, a listing of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines, the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations, and various other legal provisions regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules. The original version was published on March 25, 1999, by the US Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters. This updated version has corrected typographical errors and omissions and includes post-publication 2003 amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).
 
Unfortunately I can't tell you where to find a printed copy of the latest version, in fact, I can't determine if a printed version is even available.  The Marine Exchange's supplier hasn't seen one, and the Government Printing Office (GPO) website is still selling a version which is quite a bit outdated.  I'll continue digging into this, but in the meantime you can download the latest version by clicking here.
MTSA-Related Tidbits

Security Plans:

Hopefully by now every Facility & Vessel security plan which expired this year has been submitted to the USCG for "re-approval."  This was a busy summer for the Marine Exchange, having revised many of these plans for our members & other clients.  We are just starting to get feedback from the various CG offices and will continue to work with our members and the USCG through the final approval stage.

New Polices:

The 17th CG District has recently issued two policies which will likely affect the plan review process noted above.

Policy 01-09 provides background information to D17 units on the "low consequence methodology" which was used by the CG five years ago during the initial review of many of Alaska's security plans.  The policy encourages today's reviewers to accept "reasonable" security measures for facilities falling into the low consequence category.
 
Policy 02-09 provides USCG plan reviewers with the option to allow certain facilities to designate "non-maritime retail corridors."  Very similar to the regulations allowing ferry and cruise ship terminals to designate "public access areas," this policy recognizes many of Alaska's small, bulk oil and container facilities also have a need for unrestricted "retail access."
 
These policies represent the USCG's willingness to work with industry in developing common-sense solutions to regulatory requirements and we appreciate their efforts.
 
Drills & Exercises:
 
Facility and Vessel Security Officers:  Please use this newsletter as a reminder to check your records and determine when you last conducted a security drill.  Even though your operations may have slowed down for the season, the USCG still requires drills to be conducted every 3 months.  Most of you participated in an exercise this summer, but if you haven't conducted one this year now is the time to do it!  Feel free to call us if you are in need of any drill and/or exercise scenarios and worksheets to fulfill these requirements.
Towing Vessel Inspections 

Towing VesselIn advance of new regulations requiring towing vessels in domestic and foreign trade to undergo Coast Guard inspection,  the Coast Guard will be starting a "Towing Vessel Bridging Program." This program is intended to acquaint towing companies and towing vessel operators with the new requirements and regulations. The bridging program will encourage towing vessel operators to have their vessels examined for compliance with the existing regulations for uninspected vessels in 46 CFR Subchapter C Uninspected Vessels Parts 24, 25, 26 and 27. The new regulations for towing vessels will be proposed and promulgated in a new subchapter M in 46 CFR. The bridging program is designed to assist industry's readiness to become acquainted with and comply with the new regulations when they take effect. All owners and operators of towing vessels should become familiar with this program.  Click here for additional information.  Any questions should be addressed to the nearest USCG Sector office Prevention Department. 
New Member Spotlight 
 
APL China
The Marine Exchange would like to welcome our newest member: APL.
 
APL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, a global transportation and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.  APL America is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ.
 
APL's "Pacific Coast Express" route offers regular service from Los Angeles to Asia, with stops in Dutch Harbor, making them a member of Alaska's Maritime Community.
 
The Marine Exchange thanks APL for their support and looks forward to working together to enhance safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible maritime operations within Alaska.

Brett Farrell
Marine Exchange of Alaska
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