In the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), signed into law on November 25, 2002, Congress directed the U.S. Coast Guard to. among other things, establish a vessel security plan requirement for appropriate vessels operating in United States waters.
The 63,953-dwt crude/products carrier Andromeda (shown below) was delivered recently by Hitachi Zosen's Ariake Works to the owner, Arapaho Shipping Corporation (Liberia). A Panamax type developed by Hitachi, the tanker is designed to carry crude oil and refined petroleum products.
In 1985, the depressed state of the barge and towing industry further emphasized the longstanding need to secure a reasoned and stable regulatory environment for domestic marine transportation. This elusive goal took on greater importance as the
The 99th Congress was sworn into office in 1985 with perhaps its primary challenge to control the spiralling federal deficit. Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, and the President, expressed their
The Coast Guard is attempting to simplify and improve the licensing regulations for all commercial vessel personnel. The proposed amendments in CGD81-059 offer a license structure with career patterns for persons serving on all waters and on all kinds of vessels,
On December 30. 2002. the U.S. Coast Guard published a Notice of meetings and a request for comments relating to maritime security (67 Fed. Reg. 79742). Following are some thoughts on this important issue. I must commence by stating that I have the highest respect for the Coast Guard.
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has forwarded to its field surveyors worldwide survey instructions relating to the enforcement provisions of the 1978 Protocol to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Copies of
On December 30, 2000, the tanker Castor was underway in the western Mediterranean Sea en route from Constanza, Romania to Lagos, Nigeria, carrying 29,470 tons of unleaded gasoline. During a fierce winter storm, the ship developed a 22-m long crack