Zwetina & Marsa Hariga oil terminals have been re-opend recently to be operating normally as they are now under government control. Other ports ( Essidra & Ras Lanuf) are expected to re-open in the next couple of weeks and return to government control and operate normally.
After a very successful Grand Asia Cruise our ship headed to San Francisco for a fourteen day dry dock. With unusually chilly weather in San Francisco for that time of the year it was time to dig out the jackets that...
OUTLINE: Washington State Maritime Co-operative (WSMC) has revised its enrolment agreement. It now complies with International Group (IG) guidelines; National Response Corporation (NRC) also provides Washington State approved and IG compliant contingency plans; Specimen documents for both organisations are attached to this circular; This circular refers to Circular 17/13 Washington State – Contingency Plan requirements
The Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for non-tank vessels visiting Western Alaska are now published at http://www.ak-mprn.org/ ; Alaska Chadux’s federal VRP subscription programme will expire on 30 January 2014 and not 30 December 2013 as previously stated; The 30 January 2014 for VRP compliance will not be extended by US Coast Guard (USCG); USCG may issue, at their discretion, a six month Interim Operating Authorization (IOA) where vessel operators have submitted sufficient initial compliance information; This circular refers to Circulars 12/13, 14/13, 18/13 and 19/13 advising Members that non-tank vessel owners are required to submit VRPs to USCG by 30 January 2014
The US Coast Guard has published a booklet of FAQs titled "Nontank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP) – Frequently Asked Questions - December 02, 2013". The FAQs are attached here in PDF format. They can also be viewed in the "Homeport" website managed by the US Coast Guard.
In a public statement of 8th November, the US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage announced increased enforcement of tank vessel response plan (VRP) requirements including monetary penalties for operators in violation of those federal regulations.