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The maritime industry is pushing Congress for relief from a web of federal and state regulations for ballast water and other vessel discharges.
House Republicans unveiled a sweeping tax reform plan on Feb. 26 that would increase the diesel fuel tax paid by tug and barge operators.
In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, Marad says these changes will allow the Title XI program to keep current with emerging trends, standards and technologies affecting the U.S. shipping industry.
The Coast Guard has announced the availability of nine Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs).
The Transportation Security Administration has begun the second phase of implementing a one-visit program for TWIC applicants, but the program won’t become fully operational nationwide until later this year.
Progress on a final Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill has slowed, but there have been advances on resolving some of the most contentious issues and a compromise bill should be wrapped up in the next month or so.
House transportation leaders this week introduced legislation that would make many regulatory and policy changes at the Coast Guard that involve maritime employment, vessel discharges, modernizing the service’s aging fleet, Coast Guard housing, icebreaking and grants for small shipyards.
The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) will conduct a teleconference meeting on Feb. 25 to discuss such items as the manning of inspected towing vessels, the designation of narrow channels and midstream LNG refueling of towing vessels.
The Coast Guard has issued several Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC) that provide guidance on the issuance of STCW endorsements under its recently released regulations.
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization will face this year at the opening of the first sub-committee meeting of 2014.
Watch out when busting loose
When breaking loose from a barge to transition from towing astern to pushing ahead, that’s when a captain and his vessel are most vulnerable to losing control.
Author: Joel Milton
March 6, 2014