Headlines: Gulf of Aden – tanker hijacked by pirates; Portland, Oregon – RNA proposed; CBP – appointment to Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee; and Maritime Gateway – article on OWS and ORB challenges.
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Gulf of Aden – tanker hijacked by pirates
The US Navy issued a media release stating that the tanker St. James Park was hijacked by pirates while transiting the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC). The tanker is the first to be successfully hijacked while transiting the IRTC) since its establishment. Nearby naval units were not called until the tanker activated its ship security alert system (SSAS) after the pirates were on board. (12/29/09).
Portland, Oregon – RNA proposed
The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Willamette River at Portland Terminal 4 in Portland, Oregon. The RNA is intended to preserve the integrity of engineered sediment caps at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by January 29, 2010. 74 Fed. Reg. 69046 (December 30, 2009).
CBP – appointment to Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is requesting individuals interested in serving on the Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee to apply for appointment. Applications should be submitted by March 1, 2010. 74 Fed. Reg. 69133 (December 30, 2009).
Maritime Gateway – article on OWS and ORB challenges
The December 2009 edition of the Maritime Gateway magazine includes, staring on page 25, an article by Dennis Bryant entitled “Another nice mess”, which explores the challenges presented to ship owners and operators, and especially to chief engineers, by commonly utilized oily water separators (OWS) and the requirement for entries to be made in the ship’s oil record book (ORB). (12/29/09).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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© Dennis L. Bryant – December 2009