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.
The journey that recently brought two mammoth container cranes from Japan to the Port of Tacoma, Wash., represent a milestone in construction of Sea-Land's new container facility there. Their successful voyage marked the first time that fully
Following the attacks of September 11. the Congress and various federal agencies quickly realized that vessels and maritime facilities are vulnerable to largescale acts of terrorism. By their very nature, ports are exposed, accessible and busy and
Since the worst-case scenario became a reality with September's terrorist attacks in the U.S.. organizations of all kinds have been forced to re-evaluate how security applies to their operations. While the nation's focus has been primarily on the aviation industry,
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,
Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth H. Dole has announced a series of reforms and improved criteria for Federal guarantees of private sector financing to construct, reconstruct, or rehabilitate vessels in U.S. shipyards. A new rule details amendments
A new hydrographic survey ship being built for the Canadian Government was floated out recently at Versatile Pacific Shipyards(VPSI) in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The state-of-the-art scientific vessel, constructed over 16 months at a cost of $17 million,
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology has received its fair share of critics up to present, mainly due to poor made installations and lack of training. The problems are currently taking the focus from the positive side where is has
The TORCO Dock, the Port of Toledo's (Ohio) new $33-million iron ore transfer and ground storage facility, was officially dedicated into service recently as the port's e x c l u s i v e transshipment center f o r taconite ore pellets. The new ore handling facility,