Headlines: CBP – ACE test for ocean and rail carriers; Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone; USCG – implementing the Authorization Act; NOAA – ISO of new Director, Office of Law Enforcement; EPA – grant to Camden Port for clean diesel engines; Ireland – live surface to air firing practices; New Zealand – customs penalties; and UK – defence cuts lead to Navy Royal.
October 20, 2010
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CBP – ACE test for ocean and rail carriers
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a general notice stating that it will be conducting a National Customs Automation Program test concerning the transmission of required advance ocean and rail data through the Advanced Commercial Environment (ACE). CBP will start accepting applications for participation in the test immediately. Upon successful completion of the testing, CBP intends to publish a notice stating that ACE will be the only CBP-approved electronic data interchange (EDI) for submitting advance ocean and rail data and intends to amend the regulations as necessary. 75 Fed. Reg. 64737 (October 20, 2010).
Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, from 6:00 a.m. on November 3 through 6:00 p.m. on November 5, it will enforce the safety zone from Mile Marker 296.1 to Mile Marker 296.7 on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. This action is necessary to reduce risks associated with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installation of parasitic structures intended to help control the spread of aquatic nuisance species. 75 Fed. Reg. 64673 (October 20, 2010).
USCG – implementing the Authorization Act
Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, US Coast Guard issued ALCOAST 507/10, explaining in part how he intends to implement the recently-signed Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Even though the new law does not require continuation of the Atlantic and Pacific Area Commands, he will retain these positions. The Chief of Staff will become the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS). The position of Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) will become a Vice Admiral billet. (10/15/10).
NOAA – ISO of new Director, Office of Law Enforcement
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it is in search of a new Director for its Office of Law Enforcement. Efforts are underway to revamp the agency’s law enforcement program. (10/18/10).
EPA – grant to Camden Port for clean diesel engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it has awarded $1.1 million to the South Jersey Port in Camden, New Jersey to upgrade 48 pieces of cargo handling equipment. The grant will provide for installation of improved engines on port vehicles including forklifts, lift trucks, front end loaders. (10/19/10).
Ireland – live surface to air firing practices
The Irish Department of Transport issued a Marine Notice stating that the Defence Forces will conduct live surface to air firing practices at Gormanston Air Defence Range, County Meath between 11:00 and 15:00 hours on November 18 and 19. A danger zone will extend three nautical miles seaward the range and an exclusion zone will extend ten nautical miles seaward during these periods. (10/18/10).
New Zealand – customs penalties
The New Zealand Customs Service issued a Fact Sheet stating that the administrative penalty laws have been amended. The law now provides that anyone who makes a Customs entry could be liable to an administrative penalty where the entry is found to contain certain types of errors or omissions. Penalties my now be imposed on import/excise/export entries that: (1) cause incorrect duty payments and incorrect data; (2) impact on the revenue position of the Government; (3) impact on the effectiveness of the industry assistance policies at the border; or (4) affect the integrity of the data on which trade and industry assistance policies are based. (10/19/10).
UK – defence cuts lead to Navy Royal
UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the new Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will result in significant reductions in the armed forces. Among other things, the aircraft carrier Ark Royal will be decommissioned almost immediately. Construction of two new carriers will continue, but one will be immediately mothballed. The surface fleet will be cut from 23 to 19. The number of missile tubes on the Trident submarines will be reduced from twelve to eight. (10/19/10). Note: Because the UK naval arm has not been this small since the reign of Henry VIII, its name will revert to the one in use at that time: the Navy Royal.
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