Headlines: San Diego – security zones around moored cruise ships; NOAA – Ocean Exploration & Research Strategic Plan; MARAD – Great Lakes Shipping Revitalization Study; Panama Canal – new tug en route; and Hail and Farewell.
December 30, 2010
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San Diego – security zones around moored cruise ships
The US Coast Guard has established, with immediate effect, security zones on the navigable waters around cruise ships moored in the Port of San Diego. The temporary rule will remain in effect through June 20, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 82243 (December 30, 2010).
NOAA – Ocean Exploration & Research Strategic Plan
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking comments on the revised draft Ocean Exploration & Research Strategic Plan FY 2011-2015. The plan describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Comments should be submitted by February 3, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 82377 (December 30, 2010).
MARAD – Great Lakes Shipping Revitalization Study
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it is undertaking the Great Lakes Shipping Revitalization Study to take a comprehensive look at issues affecting the US shipping industry on the Great Lakes and the development of options to help address those issues. Public hearings will be held in Cleveland (February 15); Duluth (February 23); and Chicago (February 25). Topics to be addressed at these meetings include: general environmental constraints; market needs and emerging trends; ships and shipping; and shore facilities and infrastructure. (12/29/10).
Panama Canal – new tug en route
The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the third of a fleet of 13 new tugboats has departed Hong Kong en route Panama. It is expected to arrive in mid-February. (12/28/10).
Hail and Farewell
We are rapidly approaching the end of 2010 and the commencement of 2011. I, for one, have mixed feelings about letting go of the old year, but I look forward to the new one with great anticipation. For my many long-suffering readers, and for my new ones (short-suffering?), thank you for hanging in there. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated. Have a safe and happy New Year!
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Dennis L. Bryant
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