Japan: US advisories on nuclear risks - 17th March 2011


1) MARAD Advisory on extension of nuclear risks cautionary area

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Advisory stating that, due to radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear power plant near Fukushima, Japan, vessels are urged to avoid transiting within 50 miles of that site (37-19 North, 141-01 East).  This cautionary area may expand depending upon prevailing wind and weather.  In the event that a vessel bound for the United States has transited within the cautionary area, the master should submit transit information, including the date and total time within the cautionary area, to the cognizant USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) using the comment block on the 96-hour advance notice of arrival (ANOA).  (3/17/11)

The original advisory is attached above in pdf or can be read in full below.

2) US Customs and Border Protection announcement on radiation monitoring of goods and travellers from Japan.

A press release advising the arrangements for radiation monitoring of incoming cargo and passengers has been published on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

Advisory #:  2011-02

Date Issued: MAR 17 2011

To: MARINERS
Subject: VESSELS TRANSITING TO OR FROM JAPAN OR IN WATERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHEAST COAST OF THE ISLAND OF HONSHU.

1. THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO VESSELS TRANSITING TO OR FROM PORTS IN JAPAN OR IN WATERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHEAST COAST OF THE ISLAND OF HONSHU.

2. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.

3. A 8.9/9.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK THE PACIFIC OCEAN NEAR NORTHEASTERN JAPAN AT AROUND 1446 ON MARCH 11 (JST) CAUSING DAMAGE WITH BLACKOUTS, FIRE AND A TSUNAMI. NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NEAR FUKUSHIMA WERE DAMAGED AND RADIATION RELEASE WAS DETECTED AND IS BEING MONITORED BY JAPAN.

4. IN RESPONSE TO THE SITUATION AT THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, THE UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC), THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND OTHER TECHNICAL EXPERTS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAVE REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM ASSETS IN JAPAN, AS WELL AS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN HAS DISSEMINATED. CONSISTENT WITH THE RESULTS OF THAT REVIEW, NRC GUIDELINES AND GUIDANCE ISSUED BY THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN, THE U.S. COAST GUARD RECOMMENDS, AS A PRECAUTION, THAT VESSELS AVOID TRANSITING WITHIN 50 MILES (80 KILOMETERS) OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AT POSITION 37 DEGREES 19 MINUTES NORTH, 141 DEGREES 01 MINUTES EAST. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A MINIMUM DISTANCE FROM THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SHOULD BE AVOIDED. PRUDENT TRACKLINE PLANNING SHOULD INCORPORATE CURRENT WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS.
5. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR AND COMPLY WITH NAVTEX AND NAVAREA XI WARNINGS. MARINERS SHOULD KEEP ABREAST OF INFORMATION BEING PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN RELATING TO ANY FURTHER POTENTIAL IMPACTS. THE MARTIME ADMINISTRATION AND THE U.S. COAST GUARD WILL PROVIDE UPDATED NOTICES AS ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

6. IN THE EVENT A VESSEL BOUND FOR A U.S. PORT TRANSITS WITHIN THE 50-MILE (80-KILOMETER), PRECAUTIONARY AREA, THE U.S. COAST GUARD RECOMMENDS THE VESSEL'S MASTER TO SUBMIT TRANSIT INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE DATE AND TOTAL TIME WITHIN THE PRECAUTIONARY AREA, TO THE COGNIZANT U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT USING THE COMMENT BLOCK ON THE 96-HOUR ADVANCED NOTICE OF ARRIVAL.

7.THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV UNDER THE NEWSROOM TAB.

8. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ADVISORY, CONTACT CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W25-308, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-0223, FACSIMILE 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.
MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.

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