Headlines: CBP – 10+2 rule – corrections; Elgin AFB, Florida – proposed restricted and danger zones; Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel – meeting; Prince William Sound, Alaska – tug grounds on Bligh Reef; and Torres Strait – under keel clearance management system.
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CBP – 10+2 rule – corrections
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued amendments to its interim final rule on importer security filings and additional carrier requirements (otherwise referred to as the 10+2 rule). The amendments provide liability amounts for breach of the importer security filing bond and provide for use of the importer security filing bond to secure a single importer security filing transaction, among other things. The amendments come into effect immediately. 74 Fed. Reg. 68376 (December 24, 2009).
Elgin AFB, Florida – proposed restricted and danger zones
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to revise several existing danger zones and restricted areas and to establish four new restricted areas within the Elgin Air Force Base (AFB) facilities and along the Elgin AFB facility shoreline in Florida. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by January 27, 2010. 74 Fed. Reg. 68552 (December 28, 2009).
Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel – meeting
The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, sponsored by the US Navy, will meet in Washington, DC on March 15 and 16, 2010. 74 Fed. Reg. 68597 (December 28, 2009).
Prince William Sound, Alaska – tug grounds on Bligh Reef
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the tug that grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on December 24 is now safely moored in Valdez, Alaska. The incident is under investigation. (12/27/09). Note: This is the same reef that magnetically attracted the Exxon Valdez in 1989, causing a notorious oil spill. Placing a fixed aid to navigation on the reef is obviously insufficient. Vessels operating in the area should be degaussed.
Torres Strait – under keel clearance management system
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it has selected a preferred supplier for the provision of an under keel clearance management (UKCM) system for the Torres Strait. The goal is to deliver enhanced safety and efficiency of navigation by: (1) validating the existing safety margin for deep draft vessels transiting the region; and (2) evaluating the appropriateness of the current draft regime. Plans call for the UKCM system to be operational by late 2010. (12/23/09).
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