Headlines: US – Federal Radionavigation Plan; Long Island Sound – “No Discharge Zone” proposed; USCG – various TSSs; USCG – Strait of Juan de Fuca & Puget Sound TSSs; OCS Scientific Committee – meeting; ReCAAP – quarterly report; and Tokyo MOU – summary of recent meeting.
April 26, 2011
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US – Federal Radionavigation Plan
The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Transportation jointly released the 2010 Federal Radionavigation Plan. The FRP is the official source of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) policy and planning for the federal government. Among other things, the FRP notes that the government is exploring options for a GPS backup system now that the LORAN system has been terminated. (4/25/11).
Long Island Sound – “No Discharge Zone” proposed
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the State of New York are proposing to establish a “No Discharge Zone” for NY State waters of Long Island Sound. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by May 11. (4/25/11).
USCG – various TSSs
The US Coast Guard is finalizing without change its December 13, 2010 interim rule codifying traffic separation schemes (TSSs) in the approaches to Portland, Maine; in the approaches to Boston; in the approaches to Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay; and in the approaches to the Cape Fear River; and updating the then-current regulations for the TSS in the approaches to Chesapeake Bay. The final rule comes into effect on May 26. 76 Fed. Reg. 23193 (April 26, 2011).
USCG – Strait of Juan de Fuca & Puget Sound TSSs
The US Coast Guard is finalizing without change its November 19, 2010, interim rule codifying traffic separation schemes (TSSs) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its Approaches; in Puget Sound and its Approaches; and in Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and the Strait of Georgia. The final rule comes into effect on May 26. 76 Fed. Reg. 23191 (April 26, 2011).
OCS Scientific Committee – meeting
The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee, sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), will meet in plenary session in Hyannis on May 17-19. 76 Fed. Reg. 23331 (April 26, 2011).
ReCAAP – quarterly report
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Quarterly Report for the period 1 January through 31 March 2011. The total number of incidents reported during the period was approximately the same as during 2010, although there was an increase in the number of incidents in the western Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea resulting from piracy in those waters. (4/26/11).
Tokyo MOU – summary of recent meeting
The Tokyo MOU issued a press release stating that representatives of the Port State Control Committee met in Busan, South Korea on 18-21 April. Among other things, it was agreed to conduct a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on Structural Safety and Load Lines during the period 1 September through 30 November 2011, simultaneously with the Paris MOU. (4/25/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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