Headlines: Pacific Northwest – multiple river bars closed, then reopened; Singapore – accession to AFS Convention; Singapore – dangerous goods, petroleum, and explosives; and MARAD – ship disposal program.
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Pacific Northwest – multiple river bars closed, then reopened
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has closed the Columbia River, Tillamook Bay, and Depoe Bay river bars due to hazardous conditions. Requests to transit the bars prior to reopening must be approved by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Portland, Oregon. (1/1/10). A second news release states that the river bars have been reopened following improving weather. (1/2/10).
Singapore – accession to AFS Convention
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that Singapore has deposited its Instrument of Accession to the IMO on the International Convention for Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001. (12/31/09).
Singapore – dangerous goods, petroleum, and explosives
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding the maritime community that recent amendments to the Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives)(Amendment) Regulations come into effect on 1 January 2010. Port Marine Circular No. 16 of 2009 (12/31/09)
MARAD – ship disposal program
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted a briefing on its Ship Disposal Program. The program includes domestic recycling, artificial reefing, ship donations, and live-fire sinking by the US Navy (SINKEX). (12/31/09).
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