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CSR Protests Proposal to Eliminate Crew List Visas

The Center for Seafarers' Rights (CSR) of the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey has called on the U.S. State Department to postpone the elimination of crew list visas until October 2004. "The United States should not eliminate the most accessible and utilized means merchant mariners have for applying for shore leave until an adequate internationally acceptable replacement for an identity document exists," said Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of the Center for Seafarers' Rights. "The United States already places a significant hardship on foreign merchant mariners by being the only major maritime country in the world that requires crewmember visas at all." Currently, there are two varieties of United States crew visas: individual and crew list. By requiring visas, the U.S. violates the International Maritime Organization Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic prohibition on member states requiring visas as a condition of shore leave. Section 103 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, passed by Congress on November 14, 2002, gives the administration two years to negotiate an international agreement, or an amendment to an international agreement, that provides for a uniform, comprehensive, international system of identification. "CSR does not advocate blanket issuance of shore leave, nor for the removal of strict security measures to evaluate and anticipate illegal entry to the U.S


Ports Praise President’s Signing of Security Legislation

Public Port Authorities are commending President Bush for signing two key pieces of legislation that combined establish a framework for protecting the United States from maritime terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Maritime Transportation Security Act were both signed into law at the White House yesterday. The new Department of Homeland Security will coordinate all border security functions, including those that will be responsible for maritime security, such as the U.S


GOVERNMENT: Terrorism Threat and the Immediate Reaction

by Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Counsel, Haight Gardner Holland & Knight When the federal government began examining United States vulnerabilities in the days following the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it quickly became apparent that significant weakness existed on the U.S. maritime borders. Many, but not all, of these weaknesses were systemic and derived from both the U.S. open society and the procedures underlying modern maritime commerce


DHS Port Security Grants

The President’s FY 2005 request includes $46 million in port security grants to be administered by the Office of Domestic Preparedness. The Maritime Transportation Security Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime Administrator, to make port security grants to port authorities, facility operators, and state and local governments. These grants may be used to correct vulnerabilities in port security and ensure compliance with Area Maritime Transportation


Coast Guard Receives Majority of Maritime Security Plans

The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that 90 percent of vessels and port facilities turned in security plans as required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. Penalties are being issued to those that have not submitted any of the information required.“Security in America’s ports is a shared responsibility,” said Rear Adm. Larry Hereth, director of port security for the Coast Guard. “We have made tremendous progress protecting the ports


AMPR Releases Study on Jones Act

Crowley is a member of The Puerto Rico Maritime Alliance, which consists of representatives of U.S. flag carriers and labor unions constituting the US Merchant Marine.   The Maritime Alliance of Puerto Rico (AMPR) has announced that the GAO Study released yesterday determined the Jones Act does not increase rates or prices for the Puerto Rican consumer. The economic study was requested in 2012 by the resident commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi


Governments to Adopt New Maritime Security Measures

The Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the SUA Treaties opened October 10 to begin its consideration of amendments to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 and its related Protocol, which provide the legal basis for action to be taken against persons committing unlawful acts against ships (and against fixed platforms located on the continental shelf).


Shipping Income Tax Reform

Shipping income tax reform may be one of the key legislative initiatives in the U.S. Congress this year according to Michael G. Roberts, who holds down the Washington D.C. office of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Roberts noted it has been almost three years since the Maritime Security Act (MSP) was passed, giving 47 U.S.-flagged ships a new lease on life through a non-permanent operating subsidy program. Now, he says, something must be done about the threatened extinction of American shipping


Shipping Income Tax Reform

Shipping income tax reform may be one of the key legislative initiatives in the U.S. Congress this year according to Michael G. Roberts, who holds down the Washington D.C. office of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Roberts noted it has been almost three years since the Maritime Security Act (MSP) was passed, giving 47 U.S.-flagged ships a new lease on life through a non-permanent operating subsidy program. Now, he says, something must be done about the threatened extinction of American shipping


MPA Hosts IMO Sub-Regional Seminar/Workshop

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is hosting an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Seminar/Workshop on Maritime and Port Security for East Asian Countries from 26 to 30 Aug 2002 at the M Hotel. The five-day event (3-day seminar and 2-day workshop) is held for the first time in Singapore. It aims to raise the awareness of the regional governments participating in the Seminar/Workshop and the shipping industry on the measures to prevent and suppress unlawful acts


Global Shipping Exposed to Cyber Threats

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The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age, as more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack


USS Taylor to Enter Black Sea

USS Taylor (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

The U.S. Navy reported that the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and


Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

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Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security Research Program will be demonstrated to key stakeholders at Stena Line’s ferry terminals starting at Masthuggskajen in the


Grounded Navy Ship Repaired, Returns to Fleet

USS Taylor (FFG 50). Official U.S. Navy file photo

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., successfully completed post-repair sea trials, April 21, the U.S. Navy reported. Taylor was operating in the Black Sea when she ran aground in Samsun, Turkey, Feb


Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Johnson, a marine inspector stationed at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, inspects navigation equipment aboard the motor vessel Fortunagract for compliance with international and domestic regulations April 19, 2014. Fortunagracht was the first vessel of its kind to enter the Great Lakes as part of the newly-formed Cleveland-Europe Express. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Stephanie Pitts

U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes.


InterManager Welcomes New MLC Amendment

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InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, says it has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva


Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port

Coast Guard Inspection: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the


Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

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Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.). In the course of their visit the guests toured the shipyard and the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter


Pirates Approach Tanker in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that on or about 12:30 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North - 043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


NAT Common Share Offering a Success

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Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) informs that its offering of 12,000,000 common shares, at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, was exercised in full by underwriters, and in accordance with the option granted to them by the Company they purchased an additional 1,800


NAT Closes Public Offering

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Nordic American Tankers Limited announced today that, in connection with its previously announced public offering of 12,000,000 common shares at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, the underwriters exercised in full the option granted to them by the company and purchased an additional 1,800


Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation acquires VLCC

 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today the acquisition of a 2003-built VLCC of 298,287 dwt. The VLCC was purchased for $43.5 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered in Q2 2014.  


Box Ships announces Prices Public Offering

 Box Ships Inc.,ATHENS,  today announced that it has priced its public offering of 5,000,000 units consisting of its common shares and warrants at $2.05 per unit.  Each unit consists of one common share and a warrant to purchase 0.40 common shares.


Maritime Security handbook: Stowaways by Sea

Improvements in security have not reduced the number of stowaways or the number of incidents and it is seafarers who have to cope with the extra work, delay, uncertainty and possible violence. This is why The Nautical Institute has today (Wednesday, April 9


 
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