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Ports & Terminals — By on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Closure of lock chamber at Kiel-Hotlenau for repairs
  • United States, all ports – Entry of MARPOL Annex V for Wider Caribbean Region Special Area
  • United States, all ports – Proposed regulation changes

DATE: April 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: Kiel Canal – Closure of lock chamber at Kiel-Hotlenau for repairs

The New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service for repairs from 07.30 hours on Tuesday 24 April until 15.00 hours on Thursday 26 April.

During this period, the New Big North Lock Chamber and the North Lock Chamber of the old locks will remain in service.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agent

DATE: April 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: all ports – Entry of MARPOL Annex V for Wider Caribbean Region Special Area

May 1, 2011, was the date of entry for Regulation 5 found in Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships MARPOL) which established discharge restricted for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) Special Area (SA).

The regulation applies to all vessel and facility activities in the WCR region (as specified in MARPOL) and states that no person may discharge garbage from a ship except food wastes. It further specifies that the disposal of food waste into the sea shall be made as far as practicable from land, but in any case not less than 12 nautical miles from land unless the food waste is comminuted or ground and capable of passing through a screen with openings no greater than 25 millimeters, then it may be discharged not less than 3 nautical miles from land.

In accordance with 33CFR151.53(b) the U.S. Coast Guard has amended the list of SAs with discharge restrictions in effect under Annex V of MARPOL in Federal Register Vol.77 No.63 dates April 2, 2012 (https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-7787).

For additional information on this issue please visit Federal Register Vol. 76, No.67 dated Thursday April 7, 2011, at https://federalregister.gov/a/2011-8244

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin #08-12 dated 16 April 2012

DATE: April 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States  -PORT: all ports – Proposed regulation changes

The United States Coast Guard is proposing to update 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 151, 155, 156 and 157; and 46 CFR part 197 to harmonize U.S. regulations with international conventions regarding oil pollution (MARPOL) and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) standardizes 33 and 46 CFR regulations with MARPOL 73/78 and SOLAS 1974 amendments for US vessels and all vessels operating the navigable waters of the United State to which those amendments apply.

The proposed updates in 33 CFR parts 151, 155, 156 and 157 will amend the International Oil Pollution Prevention (OPP) Certificate forms A and B to include a section regarding the means for retention and disposal of oil residues; and add new recordkeeping requirements prescribing entries in the Oil Record Book for bunkering of fuel, bunker lubricating oil, and any failure of filtering equipment.

Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard proposed to add a new subpart D to 46 CFR part 197 to require minimum safety data sheets (MSDS) for MARPOL Annex I cargoes and marine fuels as required by SOLAS 1974.

By aligning the domestic regulations with international standards, compliant U.S. vessels should not be subject to Port State Control (PSC) enforcement measures while engaged in international trade. In addition, the updated regulations would produce benefits for offshore oil pollution prevention and mariner safety.

For additional information please see Federal Register 77, No.68 (April 9, 2012) Proposed Rules at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-09/pdf/2012-7919.pdf

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin #09-12 dated 16 April 2012

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