Advisory #: 2011-06
Date Issued: Sep 23 2011
To: MARINERS
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 FROM JAPAN TO 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. POSSIBLE MARINE DEBRIS TYPES INCLUDE DERELICT VESSELS, FISHING NETS AND FLOATS, LUMBER, CARGO CONTAINERS, AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS.  BECAUSE DIFFERENT DEBRIS TYPES MOVE WITH CURRENTS OR WINDS DIFFERENTLY, THE DEBRIS MAY BE DISPERSED OVER A VERY BROAD AREA BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE U.S. WEST COAST.  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 MDSIGHTINGS@GMAIL.COM.  PLEASE INDICATE IF INFORMATION CAN BE DISPLAYED ON PUBLIC WEBSITE.

7. CONTACT INFORMATION NOAA: CAREY MORISHIGE, 808-694-3936 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