Headlines: USCG – voluntary compliance with international sewage regulations; Piracy off Somalia; South Carolina – EPA grant to reduce diesel emissions; Testing of advanced radiation detection portal monitors; and NTSB – Acting Chairman stresses passenger ship safety.
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USCG – voluntary compliance with international sewage regulations
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 1-09 providing guidance for US ships on voluntary compliance with MARPOL Annex IV – Sewage. On January 1, 2010, the revised effluent standards and performance test criteria for sewage treatment plants under MARPOL Annex IV will enter into force internationally. The United States is not party to MARPOL Annex IV. However, US-flag vessels visiting nations that are party to MARPOL Annex IV may need to demonstrate compliance therewith. The NVIC assists US-flag vessels, as well as manufacturers of shipboard sewage treatment plants and independent laboratories that test such equipment, in demonstrating compliance with the international requirements. 74 Fed. Reg. 31288 (June 30, 2009).
IMO – piracy off Somalia
The IMO issued a circular providing updated guidance and advice on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia. MSC.1/Circ.1302 (4/16/09).
South Carolina – EPA grant to reduce diesel emissions
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it has awarded $1,999,900 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority to repower and retrofit cargo handling and other diesel equipment in the Port of Charleston. (6/29/09).
GAO – testing of advanced radiation detection portal monitors
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released testimony before the Subcommittee on Investigations and oversight of the House Committee on Science and Technology regarding lessons learned for DHS (Department of Homeland Security) testing of advanced radiation detection portal monitors. The testimony indicates that testing methodology has improved, but continues to face challenges in reliably detecting attempts to smuggle nuclear material into the United States. GAO-09-804T (6/25/09).
NTSB – Acting Chairman stresses passenger ship safety
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release stating that, during his recent presentation to the Crescent River Pilots Association, Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker emphasized ensuring passenger ship safety on the nation’s waterways. (6/29/09).
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