Headlines: USCG – proposal to change tonnage measurement guidelines; USCG – membership on South Texas Area Maritime Security Committee; FMC – hearing re passenger vessel financial responsibility; USCG – hearing on Port Arthur marine casualty; EPA – draft study on incidental discharges from small vessels; Strait of Juan de Fuca – vessel loses power, towed into port; and EC – navigation applications for Galileo.
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USCG – proposal to change tonnage measurement guidelines
The US Coast Guard issued a notice that it is considering making changes to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular NVIC) 11-93 – Applicability of tonnage measurement systems to US-flag vessels. Comments on the NVIC and possible changes thereto should be submitted by April 5. 75 Fed. Reg. 10299 (March 5, 2010).
USCG – membership on South Texas Area Maritime Security Committee
The US Coast Guard is seeking persons interested in serving as members of the South Texas Area Maritime Security Committee. Applications should be submitted by April 15. 75 Fed. Reg. 10300 (March 5, 2010).
FMC – hearing re passenger vessel financial responsibility
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it conducted a hearing with regard to passenger vessel financial responsibility. Representatives of various passenger ship lines and associations spoke at the hearing. (5/3/10).
USCG – hearing on Port Arthur marine casualty
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that on March 9 it will conduct a formal hearing into circumstances surrounding the collision and oil spill that occurred in Port Arthur on January 23 involving the tanker Eagle Otome. (3/3/10).
EPA – draft study of incidental discharges from small vessels
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that is seeking comments regarding its draft study of discharges into the water incidental to normal operations of various small vessels. Vessels examined in the study included fishing vessels, tugs, small passenger vessels, and small research vessels. (3/3/10).
Strait of Juan de Fuca – ship loses power, towed into port
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a container ship lost power while transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Washington State emergency response tug towed the ship to its destination of the Port of Tacoma. (3/3/10).
EC – navigation applications for Galileo
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release discussing navigation applications being developed for use with the Galileo satellite navigation system. (3/4/10).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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