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Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved bipartisan water resources reform legislation by a 417-to-three vote.
The Federal Maritime Commission is closed effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, as part of the federal government shutdown due to a lapse in the current fiscal year appropriations.
The Coast Guard announced Monday publication of the final rule to increase pollution response preparedness for nontank vessels carrying oil in U.S. waters.
The House of Representatives last week threw a lifeline to everyone who wants the inland passenger vessel Delta Queen to sail again, including a group of investors led by a former company executive.
During an address yesterday in New York City at the TradeWinds 2013 Jones Act Shipping Forum, American Maritime Partnership Chairman and American Waterways Operators President & CEO Tom Allegretti hailed the nation’s domestic maritime industry as a crucial element of America’s economic, national and homeland security, calling the Jones Act, which serves as the industry’s foundation, both a commercial and a public policy success.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system.
The Washington Department of Ecology announced last week it is fining Seattle-based Olympic Tug & Barge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, $16,500 for spilling oil into Port Angeles Harbor last November. The spill occurred when a company-owned fuel barge was overfilled while being loaded with fuel oil.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson yesterday announced a proposed rule, which will be published in the Federal Register today, that implements best practices and updates regulations regarding production safety systems and equipment used to collect and treat oil and gas from offshore production facilities.
The Coast Guard has taken an important step to assure continuation of the two-tug escort system for double hull tankers that traverse Prince William Sound, Alaska.
The comment period on the proposed passenger vessel accessibility guidelines has been extended to Jan. 24, 2014.
Jill Russell, Port Captain, Un-Cruise Adventures
I met Jill Russell 15 years ago at one of my first jobs. I was a naturalist/purser/deckhand aboard an orca whale watching boat and she was the relief captain.
Author: Kim Carver
December 5, 2013
Get ready for the new Vessel General Permit
The 2008 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (2013 VGP) expires on Dec. 19 and the new EPA VGP 2013 goes into effect the same day.
Author: Kevin Gilheany
December 3, 2013