The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to include additional vessels, and setting forth a mandatory method for electronic submission
The final rule will also extend the applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas to all U.S. navigable waters, and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS, consistent with statutory requirements, and in limited cases, the Secretary’s discretionary authority. To view the final rule, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-30/pdf/2015-01331.pdf
The final rule comes into effect on 2 March 2015, except for amendments to 33 CFR part 160 www.federalregister.gov/select-citation/2015/01/30/33-CFR-160 which become effective April 30, 2015, with the further exception of § 160.204(a)(6), which is effective April 30, 2015 through December 31, 2015; and except for §§ 160.204(a)(5)(vii), 160.205, 160.208(a) and (c), and 164.46(b) and (c), which contain collection of information requirements that have not yet been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Coast Guard will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of these four collection-of-information related sections.
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Submarine Outfall Inspection Works
February 02, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This week, submarine outfall inspection works are being carried out off Stonecutters Island within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):-
(A) 22 deg. 19.115’N / 114 deg. 07.542’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.083’N / 114 deg. 07.603’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.073’N / 114 deg. 07.588’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.105’N / 114 deg. 07.526’E
The works will be carried out by a work boat. One guard boat will provide assistance.
A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. Vessels engaged in the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.
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Nationwide increase in pilotage tariff
February 02, 2015, Mexico, all ports
From 1 February, the pilotage tariff at Mexico’s ports has been increased by between 3.83% and 4.21%.
For details of the new tariff at individual ports, and information about operations at Mexican ports, contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Replacement of Electronic Data Collection System
February 02, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
The Panama Canal Authority has initiated the replacement of the Electronic Data Collection System (EDCS) with the ‘Maritime Service Portal’, to progressively include additional functionality and long-term improvements.
The Maritime Service Portal is due to go partially live on 5 February, and is scheduled for full implementation in March 2015.
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GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 02/02/2015
|COUNTRY||180 CST||380 CST||MGO||MDO|
|Richards Bay||297.00||0||1, 008.00||0|
|Rio de Janeiro||301.00||277.00||842.00||0|
|West Africa – Abidjan||360.00||383.00||558.00||0|
|West Africa – Lome||0||420.00||750.00||0|
|West Africa – Luanda||364.00||372.00||579.00||0|
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