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Towing Safety Advisory Committee to host teleconference June 4


The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) will meet via teleconference on June 4 to receive tasking related to the report of investigation into the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Kulluk grounding incident and receive reports from seven active TSAC subcommittees.   Continued »


Maritime education bill introduced


U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., has introduced a bill to provide career and technical education for maritime careers. HR 4468, the Seafarers Educational Advancement Act, would provide career and technical education at the secondary level that leads to maritime careers.   Continued »


Shipowners will become financially liable for wreck removal


The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks, which places financial responsibility for the removal of hazardous wrecks on shipowners, will enter into force on April 14, 2015.   Continued »


Nav area rule established for New Orleans Inner Harbor Navigation Canal


The Coast Guard has published a final rule to permanently establish a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) on waters of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in New Orleans to protect floodwalls and levees from possible storm damage caused by moored barges and vessels.   Continued »


Coast Guard seeks comment on new OSV safety training requirements


On Monday the Coast Guard announced the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding training of personnel and manning on mobile offshore units (MOUs) and offshore supply vessels (OSVs) engaged in U.Ss outer continental shelf activities.   Continued »


Some TWIC card services temporarily unavailable


TSA is upgrading its technology to improve reliability, expand capabilities and more effectively support TSA’s mission. During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable.   Continued »


McCaul introduces bill to lift ban on Texas energy exports


This week, Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, introduced H.R. 4349, the Crude Oil Export Act, which lifts the 1970s era prohibition on the export of American crude oil and would remove the major remaining barrier that keeps the U.S. from being competitive with other oil exporting nations.   Continued »


Oregon terminal authorized to export LNG


The Energy Department announced today that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.   Continued »


Coast Guard can postdate MMCs under new STCW rule


The Coast Guard's National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued a notice on the postdating of merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) authorized under the new STCW rule that takes effect on March 24.   Continued »

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President's budget would cut funds for inland waterways, other maritime programs


Less than two months after signing a 2014 omnibus spending bill that gave a big boost to spending on federal maritime and waterways programs, President Obama has proposed a fiscal 2015 budget that would cut back just about all of these gains.   Continued »

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Finally, a towing vessel inspection final rule?
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Captains to the lifeboats
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April 22, 2014

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