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NAMEPA’s Annual Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER Reception being held on National Maritime Day

The American Club’s Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the lineup for this year’s “Safety at Sea” seminar being held on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington DC beginning at 1330hrs for registration.  The seminar will be followed by the United States Coast Guard AMVER Awards Reception, and 60th Anniversary Recognition.

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The American Salvage Association Hosts Salvage and Emergency Response Training for State and Local Authorities in Houston-Galveston

Over 40 United States Coast Guard, State of Texas, maritime industry and local emergency responders attended the American Salvage Association’s (“ASA”) Marine Salvage and Emergency Response training course last month in the Houston-Galveston area presented by the ASA Training Committee.

 

Designed to train students on how to coordinate proactive marine casualty response operations, this two-day program exposed students to a wide variety of course modules led by ASA members and industry experts in salvage law, naval architecture, commercial diving, environmental policy, and emergency response operations.

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U.S. Salvors Successfully Pass Every Coast Guard Verification To-Date

On April 18th, Rear Admiral Anthony “Jack” Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, released an update on the status of the most recent U.S. Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) industry verification initiative. According to the report, the Coast Guard has conducted 58 scenario-based SMFF verifications within the last year across 19 different Captain of the Port Zones, with 16 different vessel owners and operators. To date, all results have been found to be satisfactory and reflect compliance with the Coast Guard’s Salvage and Marine Firefighting regulations.

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Maritime Art Contest for K-12 Students

Students in grades K–12 are invited to participate in the annual calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). The theme of this year’s contest aligns with that of IMO’s World Maritime Day, “Better Shipping for a Better Future.”  Submissions will be accepted from youth across the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean).

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Ballast Water Management – Beyond Type Approval

Since September of last year, when the implementation date of the International Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention became clear, all eyes have been focused on the U.S. Type Approval Process.  Ship owners and operators have been concerned, in particular, with the differences between the between the U.S. and International Type approval processes and the potential that BWMS meeting the more stringent U.S. requirements may not be available prior to the entry into force of the International BWM Convention in 2017.

In December 2016, the Coast Guard type approved three BWMSs, and we expect to see more systems submitted for type approval early this year.  

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