Headlines: IMO – Year of the Seafarer; EPA – transboundary hazardous waste shipment regulations; Shipping Coordinating Committee meeting; Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board meeting; NOAA – data standardization of ocean observing system; Australia – ensuring adequate waste reception facilities; Canada – pilotage tariff adjustments; and Hong Kong – New Year countdown celebration.
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IMO – Year of the Seafarer
The IMO issued a news release stating that the theme for the next World Maritime Day is “2010: Year of the Seafarer”. The intention is to pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers for the unique, and all too often over-looked, contribution they make to everyone’s wellbeing. (12/23/09).
EPA – transboundary hazardous waste shipment regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it will be issuing regulations strengthening requirements related to shipping of hazardous waste for recycling between the United States and other countries. The changes will align US hazardous waste import/export/transit shipment regulations with the procedures of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (12/28/09). Note: Although not specifically mentioned, it appears that these new requirements will apply to future exports of ships for recycling. The regulations, though, only apply to exports and imports of hazardous waste between OECD countries.
Shipping Coordinating Committee – meeting
The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on January 21, 2010. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE). Topics on the agenda include measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats; protection against noise on board ships; and development of a mandatory Code for ships operating in polar waters. 74 Fed. Reg. 68907 (December 29, 2009).
Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board – meeting
The Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board, sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet in Mobile on January 22, 2010. The Board will discuss national considerations related to ecosystem restoration through integrated water resources management with emphasis on building collaborative partnerships, coastal issues, and climate change. 74 Fed. Reg. 68801 (December 29, 2009).
NOAA – data standardization of ocean observing system
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it has completed a year-long data standardization of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). (12/28/09).
Australia – ensuring adequate waste reception facilities
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the obligation of ports and terminals to provide adequate waste reception facilities for vessels calling there. Masters of ships that find such facilities in Australia to be inadequate should submit a report to the flag state with a copy to AMSA. Marine Notice 18/2009 (12/24/09).
Canada – pilotage tariff adjustments
Transport Canada issued a media release stating that tariff adjustments averaging 6% are being made by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority to offset inflation, provide funding to maintain pilot resources, and improve pilot boat services. A second media release states that tariff adjustments are also being made by the Pacific Pilotage Authority. (12/24/09).
Hong Kong – New Year countdown celebration
The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding mariners of the New Year countdown celebration in the Central Harbour late on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2009 through early on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2010. Mariners should exercise caution if in or near the Central Harbour during this period. Notice No. 177 of 2009 (12/24/09).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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