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From the U.S. Coast Guard -Notice to Mariners and MARAD Advisories

What to do if you see tsunami debris -how to report, how to help

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Advisory #: 2012-01, issued April 18, 2012

 

Subject:
VESSELS TRANSITING NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN FROM JAPAN TO U.S. WEST COAST
1. THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO VESSELS TRANSITING THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE U.S. WEST COAST.

2. THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV.

3. THE 9.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE THAT OCCURRED MARCH 11, 2011 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN RESULTED IN A DEBRIS FIELD IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN.

4. SOME POSSIBLE MARINE DEBRIS TYPES INCLUDE DERELICT VESSELS, FISHING NETS AND FLOATS, LUMBER, CARGO CONTAINERS, AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS. BECAUSE DIFFERENT DEBRIS TYPES MOVE WITH CURRENTS AND WINDS DIFFERENTLY, THE DEBRIS MAY BE DISPERSED OVER A VERY BROAD AREA BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA. SOME GENERAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WEBSITE HTTP://MARINEDEBRIS.NOAA.GOV/INFO/JAPANFAQS.HTML

5. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS TRANSITING THE SUBJECT AREA SHOULD ADVISE SUCH VESSELS TO REMAIN VIGILANT AND TO MONITOR ALL SOURCES OF AVAILABLE INFORMATION AFFECTING SAFE AND SECURE NAVIGATION IN THIS AREA.

6. SIGNIFICANT DEBRIS SIGHTINGS CAN BE REPORTED TO DISASTERDEBRIS@NOAA.GOV. PLEASE INDICATE IF INFORMATION CAN BE DISPLAYED ON PUBLIC WEBSITE.

7. CONTACT INFORMATION NOAA: CAREY MORISHIGE, 808-532-3207 OR CAREY.MORISHIGE@NOAA.GOV

8. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, 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.

 

 
Marine Safety Alert
Know your ROPES -Parasailing Operations
United States Coast Guard
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Marine Safety Alert 05-11 September 20, 2011 Washington, DC
 
Parasailing Operations -Know your ROPES
 
A series of parasail incidents resulting in fatalities and injuries have occurred over the last few years.  Several marine casualty investigations are ongoing and some are near completion.  Common causal factors are being identified in addition to causal factors that are unique to a specific event.  The Coast Guard believes that communication of known issues is essential in minimizing potential future casualties and strongly reminds parasail operators and those associated with the business of the following:
 
Remember that most parasail fatalities and injuries are related to the failure of the towline. Failures occur significantly below the rated towline strengths due to a variety of reasons that may include cyclic loading, long term exposure to environmental elements, the presence of knots, and overloading.
 
Observe and monitor weather conditions continuously.  Most frequently increases in wind speed impact the relative speed against the chute and cause the overloading. As the wind speed doubles the load on the towline may quadruple.  Monitor your VHF radio weather channel and learn to interpret the effect of wind speed on the water surface. Note the formation of squalls, thunderstorms, or when larger weather fronts are expected to pass through your operational area. Cease operations well before such weather features impact your operation.
 
Prepare for emergencies by having well documented procedures applicable to a variety of circumstances, normal operations and emergencies such as towline breaks, winch failures, propulsion failures, and other concerns that can impact your own or your passenger's safety.  Regularly perform drills to ensure expert proficiencies in accomplishing all emergency or routine procedures.
 
Ensure that all of your equipment is properly maintained on a continuing basis.  This includes the winch, and drive motor, hydraulic brakes, hoses and piping, spooling systems, and other tackle. Also check your chute, harness, and related components for stitching failures, degradation, and the need for general repairs.  Immediately repair and correct identified problems.
 
Safety is up to you the Operator.  The Coast Guard does not regulate or inspect parasail equipment or regulate parasail operations.
 
 The Coast Guard recognizes that there are many other issues associated with this sport and encourages owners and operators to work with each other and related industry associations to share best practices and develop safe operational standards to minimize potential injuries and deaths.  Coast Guard Licensed Operators are expected to provide an adequate level of care during vessel operations. Administrative action may be taken against the operator if his or her unsafe actions or decisions lead to a casualty.
 
This alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve and domestic or international requirement.  Developed by the Office of Investigations and Analysis, USCG Headquarters, Washington, DC.
 
Office of Investigations and Analysis:  http://marineinvestigations.us To subscribe: Kenneth.W.Olsen@uscg.mil
 

 
PFD Safety Alerts
November 2011 Marine Safety Alert -Mustang Inflatable PFD Recall Notice
 
Marine Safety Alert -Mustang Survival PFD Recall Notice on MD2010 & MD2012 model 22LB Inflatable Personal Flotation Devices.
 
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Hammar Style Inflatable Life Jackets manufactured before 2006
Thursday, September 08, 2011 SAFETY ALERT – Inflatable lifejackets equipped with Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator manufactured before 2006.

This Safety Alert was recently distributed to shipping authorities and advertised in the trade press, boating magazines and digital media worldwide. The Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator is attached to the lifejacket with a sealing ring. In 2006, CM Hammar upgraded the sealing ring with new state of the art raw materials, to eliminate potential defects and increase long term durability. A small number of sealing rings manufactured before 2006 have suffered premature material degradation, most likely after being exposed to extreme environmental conditions. When exposed to high temperature and high humidity for a long period of time, the sealing ring might become stiffer, change colour and in severe cases cracking of the plastic may occur. The change does not occur overnight and can be detected at the recommended service or inspections.

CM Hammar are concerned that a damaged sealing ring might put the user at risk. We recommend owners of lifejackets manufactured before 2006 that have not been serviced recently to contact the nearest authorized service station for an annual service. The date of manufacture can be identified on the inside of the lifejacket cover. Owners who still want to do the check of the sealing ring themselves are advised to visit www.cmhammar.com/inflator for further information. Lifejackets manufactured after 2006 are not affected by this Safety Alert.

Mustang Survival Voluntary Recall
MUSTANG SURVIVAL ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL NOTICE ON MD2010 & MD2012 model 22LB Inflatable Personal Flotation Devices
 
http://www.mustangsurvival.com/22lb-product-notice
 
In keeping with Mustang Survival’s commitment to the highest levels of product quality and safety, we are voluntarily recalling all model number MD2010 and MD2012 inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) sold in the United States during 2011. To determine if you are impacted by this recall please reference the images below:
 

Image 1) Any inflatable product with multiple white sewn on safety labels on the back is OK and is not affected by this recall
Image 2) If your inflatable does not have white sewn on safety labels, please check for model number MD2010 or MD2012 on the back of the PFD then refer to Image 3.
Image 3) MD2010/MD2012 models with an “MIT” (Membrane Inflatable Technology) stamp (in black or color) above the CO2 cylinder is OK.   Any MD2010/MD2012 missing the “MIT” stamp should be returned to Mustang
 
This recall is being issued for the inspection and repair of an inflator installation inconsistency that may prevent some units from fully inflating.  Mustang Survival has developed a solution that corrects any affected product and prevents re-occurrence of this issue.  The inspection and repair can only be performed at a Mustang Survival factory.
This recall notification is for only the MD2010 and MD2012 22LB buoyancy inflatable PFDs.  No other Mustang Survival products are affected as they utilize different inflator mechanisms.  
All MD2010 and MD2012 PFD’s without the stamped MIT logo as shown in Image 3 (above) should be returned to Mustang Survival for inspection.  All other Mustang PFD’s are okay for use.
Distributors and consumers are urged to contact Mustang Survival’s Customer Service department at 1-800-526-0532 between 7:30am and 4:30pm PST, Monday through Friday for specific shipping instructions. Consumers should not return product to their dealer. If you have questions, please first refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below:
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why do I have to return the product?
A: Our QA team has discovered an installation inconsistency with the inflator system that needs to be tested and corrected if necessary.
Q: How do I know if my inflatable is one of the affected products?
A: The model number is screen printed onto the back panel above the UL mark and will begin with the characters MD followed by four numbers. Affected products are MD2010 and MD2012 that do not have the letters "MIT" above the C02 cylinder (refer to Image 3 in recall notice)
Q: When will I get my product back?
A: We are striving to have all products returned to dealers and consumers within 3-4 weeks (including shipping time to and from Mustang).
Q: What are you doing with my returned product?
A: All units will be tested and if necessary, repaired, before being returned. We will stamp the inside of the product above the CO2 cylinder with “MIT” to indicate that it has been tested and is OK.
Q: Are the re-arm kits affected by this recall?
A: Re-arm kits are not affected by this recall. The problem is isolated to the inflator assembly on the inflatable PFD.
Q: Is this a problem caused by the M.I.T. (Membrane) technology?
A: No, the problem is with the inflator installation on the affected units.
Q: Does this recall impact any other Mustang inflatable PFDs?
A: No, the recall is limited to only the MD2010 and MD2012 models due to its unique inflator components and installation method.
Q: How do I return my product?
A: Contact Mustang Survival’s Customer Service department at 1-800-526-0532 between 7:30am and 4:30pm PST, Monday through Friday with any questions or concerns regarding this voluntary recall notice. Consumers should not return product to their dealer.
Q: What are the shipping and repair costs?
A: Mustang Survival will pay for all testing, repair and shipping costs.
Q: How are you notifying the public about this issue?
A: A detailed communications plan is being executed to notify all affected dealers, distributors, consumers and industry partners.

 
Dept of Homeland Security
33 CFR Part 165 -Security Zone on Columbia and Willamette Rivers
Security Zone; Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Dredge Vessels
Patriot and Liberty

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone
within 200 yards of the Dredge Vessels Patriot and Liberty while the
vessels are underway, anchored, or conducting dredging operations in
the vicinity of Willamette River Mile 2 and Columbia River Mile 105.
Entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of
the Port, Columbia River or his designated representative. The Coast
Guard is establishing this temporary security zone around the vessels
to provide security during operations and this will be done so by
prohibiting all persons or vessels from operating within 200 yards of
the vessel.

DATES: This rule is effective from October 13, 2011, through October
31, 2011. The security zone has been enforced with actual notice since
from 7 a.m. on October 1, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in
the docket are part of docket USCG-2011-0939 and are available online
by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2011-0939 in the
``Keyword'' box, and then clicking ``Search.'' They are also available
for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30),
U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this
temporary rule, call or e-mail BM1 Silvestre Suga III, Waterways
Management Division, Coast Guard MSU Portland; telephone 503-240-9319,
e-mail Silvestre.g.suga@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the
docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations,
telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Regulatory Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior
notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section
4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
with respect to this rule because to do so would be contrary to public
interest due to insufficient time in which to publish an NPRM since the
Dredge Vessels Patriot and Liberty would have started their operations
on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers by the time the notice could be
published and comments taken.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause
exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after
publication in the Federal Register. Publishing a NPRM would be
contrary to public interest since immediate action is necessary to
safeguard the Dredge Vessels Patriot and Liberty from sabotage, other
subversive acts, or accidents, and otherwise protect these vessels.

Background and Purpose

    The Dredge Vessels Patriot and Liberty will be conducting
operations at Columbia River Mile 105 and Willamette River Mile 2. This
temporary security zone is necessary to help ensure the security of
these vessels while conducting dredging operations. This will be done
by prohibiting all persons or vessels from operating near the vessels
while they are located in the Columbia or Willamette Rivers.

Discussion of Rule

    This rule establishes a temporary security zone around the Dredge
Vessels Patriot and Liberty while they are anchored, underway, or
conducting dredging operations. The security zone encompasses all
waters within 200 yards around the vessels. No person or vessel may
enter or remain in the security zone unless authorized by the Captain
of the Port, Columbia River or his designated representative.
    The security zone will be in effect while the Dredge Vessels are
operating in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers between approximately 7
a.m. on October 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011.

Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses
based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders.

Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f)
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not
require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section
6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not
reviewed it under that Order. The Coast Guard has made this
determination based on the fact that the security zone is limited in
duration and maritime traffic will be able to transit around the zones.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have
considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact
on a substantial number of small entities. The term ``small entities''
comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are
independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields,
and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.
    The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small
entities. This rule may affect the following entities some of which may
be small entities: The owners and operators of vessels intending to
operate in the area covered by the security zone created by this rule.
The security zone will not have a significant economic impact on a
substantial number of small entities because maritime traffic will be
able to transit around the zone and therefore any interruption to
navigation is minimal.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offer to assist small
entities in understanding the rule so that they can better evaluate its
effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or
action of the Coast Guard.

Collection of Information

    This rule calls for no new collection of information under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132,
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local
governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial
direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under
that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for
federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538)
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in
such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere
in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

    This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property
Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2)
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation,
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule
is not an economically significant rule and does not create an
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may
disproportionately affect children.

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Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,
because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more
Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply,
Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ``significant
energy action'' under that order because it is not a ``significant
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to
have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use
of energy. The Administrator of the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy
action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects
under Executive Order 13211.

Technical Standards

    The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15
U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards
in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress,
through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why
using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or
otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical
standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or
operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management
systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus
standards bodies.
    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security
Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which
guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded
this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or
cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This
rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of
the Instruction. This rule involves the establishment of a security
zone. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion
determination are available in the docket where indicated under
ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends
33 CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, 160.5; Pub. L. 107-
295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No.
0170.1.


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2. Add Sec.  165.T13-197 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T13-197  Security Zone; Columbia and Willamette Rivers, M/V
PATRIOT AND M/V LIBERTY.

    (a) Location. The following area is a security zone: All waters
within 200 yards in all directions of Dredge vessels Patriot and
Liberty while these vessels are operating at Willamette River Mile 2
and Columbia River Mile 105.
    (b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 33
CFR part 165, subpart D, no person may enter or remain in the security
zone created in this section or bring, cause to be brought, or allow to
remain in the security zone created in this section any vehicle,
vessel, or object unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his
designated representative. Designated representatives are Coast Guard
personnel authorized by the Captain of the Port to grant persons or
vessels permission to enter or remain in the security zone created by
this section. See 33 CFR part 165, subpart D, for additional
information and requirements.
    (c) Enforcement period. The security zone created by this section
will be in effect from 7 a.m. on October 1, 2011, through October 31,
2011.

    Dated: September 28, 2011.
B.C. Jones,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Columbia River.
[FR Doc. 2011-26413 Filed 10-12-11; 8:45 am]
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