Advisory #: 2016-02
Date Issued: Mar 12, 2016
Audience: MARITIME INDUSTRY
Subject: ZIKA VIRUS

1.  U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.  THIS UPDATE IS PROVIDED FOLLOWING RELEASE OF NEW INFORMATION REGARDING THE VIRUS.

2.  MARAD ADVISORIES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT http://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV/NEWSROOM/ADVISORYAND ON THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE AT MSI.NGA.MIL/NGAPORTAL/MSI.PORTAL. SELECT BROADCAST WARNINGS, SCROLL DOWN TO SEARCH BOX, AND SELECT MARAD ADVISORIES.

3. THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) RECENTLY ISSUED SEVERAL TRAVEL NOTICES AND A HEALTH ADVISORY ON RECOGNIZING, MANAGING AND REPORTING ZIKA VIRUS INFECTIONS IN TRAVELERS RETURNING FROM CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO, AND SEVERAL PACIFIC ISLANDS.  THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS DECLARED THAT THE RECENT CLUSTER OF NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS IN LATIN AMERICA – BUT NOT THE ZIKA VIRUS ITSELF – CONSTITUTES A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL CONCERN.

4. ZIKA IS A VIRUS THAT IS PRIMARILY SPREAD BY MOSQUITOES AND MAY ALSO BE SPREAD VIA BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS, SEXUAL CONTACT AND FROM MOTHER TO CHILD DURING PREGNANCY.  ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE INFECTED WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS WILL EXHIBIT ANY SYMPTOMS.  THOSE WHO DO MAY EXPERIENCE FEVER, JOINT PAIN, CONJUNCTIVITIS, MUSCLE PAIN AND/OR A HEADACHE.  THE CDC IS ALSO INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN BIRTH DEFECTS AND ZIKA INFECTION DURING PREGNANCY.

5. THERE IS NO VACCINE FOR ZIKA VIRUS.  TRAVELERS TO AFFECTED AREAS (SEE HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/GEO/) SHOULD FOCUS ON PREVENTING MOSQUITO BITES BY WEARING LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS, USING EPA RECOMMENDED INSECT SPRAY PER LABEL DIRECTIONS AND TAKING OTHER PRECAUTIONS LISTED AT HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/PREVENTION/.

6.  ZIKA VIRUS CAN BE SPREAD BY MEN TO SEX PARTNERS.  CDC RECOMMENDS THAT MEN WHO RESIDE IN OR HAVE TRAVELED TO AN AREA OF ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSION EITHER ABSTAIN FROM SEX OR USE CONDOMS CONSISTENTLY AND CORRECTLY.  THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ZIKA VIRUS CAN BE SPREAD BY WOMEN TO SEX PARTNERS.  CDC RECOMMENDS, HOWEVER, THAT IF ANYONE HAS ANY CONCERNS, THEY SHOULD EITHER ABSTAIN FROM SEX OR USE CONDOMS (SEE HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/TRANSMISSION/SEXUAL-TRANSMISSION.HTML).

7. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/ REGULARLY FOR CURRENT UPDATES ON THIS HEALTH THREAT AND MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 01-16 (CHANGE 2) AT WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB FOR INFORMATION ON MARITIME INDUSTRY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR VESSEL CREWMEMBERS OR PASSENGERS WHO MAY BE EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS OF ZIKA VIRUS.

8. MARINERS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO VISIT HTTP://WWWNC.CDC.GOV/TRAVEL/NOTICES/ FOR ADDITIONAL CDC TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICES.

9. THIS ADVISORY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

10. CANCEL THE FOLLOWING MARAD ADVISORY: 2016-01 (ZIKA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS).

11. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ADVISORY, CONTACT CAMERON NARON, DIRECTOR OF MARITIME SECURITY, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, CODE: MAR-420, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-1883, FAX 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.

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Implementation of 46 USC 55305(e)
Advisory on Possible Piracy in High Risk Waters 29 October 2015

Background

Pursuant to its statutory responsibilities under 33 CFR 101.405, the United States Coast Guard from time to time issues Maritime Security Directives designating certain sea areas as “high risk waters” due the possibility of terrorism, piracy or armed robbery against ships.  U.S. flag vessel owners take these designations into consideration in the development of vessel security plans, which must be approved by the Coast Guard.

46 United States Code Section 55305(e) provides that Federal agencies other than the Department of Defense shall, subject to the availability of funds, reimburse U.S. vessel owners or operators for the cost of providing armed security against piracy while carrying U.S. government cargo in high risk waters.  For purposes of subsection 55305(e), “high risk waters” means waters so designated in a Coast Guard Maritime Security Directive in effect on the date an applicable voyage begins, provided that the Secretary of Transportation has either (a) determined that an act of piracy has occurred in such waters within 12 months preceding voyage commencement, or (b) issued an advisory within the preceding 12 months that an act of piracy is possible in such waters.

The Secretary of Transportation has delegated to the Maritime Administration the authority conferred by subsection 55305(e).

Advisory

Effective 29 October 2015, U.S. vessel owners are hereby advised that an act of piracy is possible within high risk waters designated by the Coast Guard in Maritime Security Directive 104-6.

Assistance

Questions pertaining to this Advisory and to implementation of subsection 55305(e) should be directed the Maritime Administration Office of Security at MARADSecurity@dot.gov.

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Advisory #: 2015-02
Date Issued: Aug 28, 2015
Audience: ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS, AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
Subject: TIANJIN, CHINA EXPLOSIONS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION

  1. THIS ADVISORY FORWARDS INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD (USCG) REGARDING ASSESSING POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION RISKS FROM THE TIANJIN PORT COMPLEX EXPLOSIONS AND REITERATES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF VESSEL AND FACILITY AGENTS, OWNERS, MASTERS, AND OPERATORS TO IMMEDIATELY REPORT POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS TO THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.
  2. MARAD ADVISORIES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/ADVISORY AND ON THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE AT msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal. SELECT BROADCAST WARNINGS, SCROLL DOWN TO SEARCH BOX AND SELECT MARAD ADVISORIES.
  3. THE USCG AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ARE MONITORING VESSEL TRAFFIC AND CARGO DEPARTING THE TIANJIN PORT COMPLEX FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC EXPLOSIONS ON AUG 12TH AND 15TH, 2015, DUE TO CONCERNS THAT THERE MAY BE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ASH, DEBRIS, OR RESIDUES ON VESSELS OR CARGO BOUND FOR U.S. PORTS. VESSELS IMPACTED BY THE TIANJIN PORT COMPLEX EXPLOSIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CALL ON U.S. PORTS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF VESSELS WITH CONFIRMED HAZARDOUS DEBRIS OR RESIDUES ABOARD, HOWEVER U.S. COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR REASSURANCES REGARDING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THOSE WHO HANDLE SHIPPING CONTAINERS ACROSS THE SUPPLY CHAIN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WITH LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL PORT AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO COORDINATE EFFORTS TO INDENTIFY ANY POTENTIAL RISKS ON INBOUND VESSELS AND CARGO TO HELP ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS BULLETIN, AN IMPACTED VESSEL IS ANY VESSEL THAT WAS IN THE TIANJIN PORT COMPLEX, OR THAT HAS LOADED CARGO OR CONTAINERS THAT WERE IN THE TIANJIN PORT COMPLEX AT THE TIME OF THE FIRST EXPLOSION ON AUG 12TH THROUGH AUG 15TH.
  4. ANY SUSPECTED HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS, ILLNESSES, OR UNKNOWN SUBSTANCES OR RESIDUES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE NEAREST USCG CAPTAIN OF THE PORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AN ILL PERSON ABOARD OR AN UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE OR HAZARDOUS ASH, DEBRIS, OR RESIDUE MAY BE INDICATIVE OF A HAZARDOUS CONDITION AND SHOULD BE REPORTED.
  5. ADDITIONAL INFO IS AVAILABLE IN USCG MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB) 007/15 AVAILABLE AT HTTPS://WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB/
  6. THIS ADVISORY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  7. QUESTIONS REGARDING MSIB 007/15, SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE USCG OFFICE OF COMMERCIAL VESSEL COMPLIANCE AT 202-372-1251 OR PORTSTATECONTROL@USCG.MIL.

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Advisory #: 2015-01
Date Issued: May 01, 2015
Audience: ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
Subject: GUIDANCE TO VESSELS OPERATING IN OR NEAR THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ

  1. THIS ADVISORY SUPERCEEDS MARAD ADVISORY 2013-01 AND UPDATES SPECIAL WARNING 114 TO REFLECT A RECENT INCREASE IN CHALLENGES INVOLVING COMMERCIAL SHIPS TRANSITING THE PERSIAN GULF (STRAIT OF HORMUZ) AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO MARINERS IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS IN THE AFFECTED AREA ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.
  2. MARAD Advisories are PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/advisory/ and ON the Maritime Safety Information web site AT msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal. SELECT BROADCAST WARNINGS, scroll down TO SEARCH BOX AND Select MARAD Advisories.
  3. BACKGROUND:
  4. AT APPROXIMATELY 0905Z ON 28 APRIL, WHILE TRANSITING THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ IN THE INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME IN THE VICINITY OF 26-39.43N 056-15.0E, M/V MAERSK TIGRIS WAS APPROACHED BY FIVE SMALL IRANIAN PATROL BOATS, HAILED OVER VHF RADIO, AND CONTACTED VIA SATELLITE TELEPHONE. THE MASTER DID NOT INITIALLY COMPLY WITH THE HAILS OR THE DIRECTION OF THE IRANIAN VESSELS. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE IRANIAN VESSELS FIRED THREE WARNING SHOTS ACROSS THE BOW OF M/V MAERSK TIGRIS. THE MASTER COMPLIED WITH IRANIAN DIRECTION AND PROCEEDED TO A POSITION 2 NM EAST OF JUZIRH-YE LARAK, WHERE THE M/V MAERSK TIGRIS WAS BOARDED BY IRANIAN PERSONNEL.
  5. AT APPROXIMATELY 0655Z ON 24 APRIL, WHILE TRANSITING IN THE VICINITY OF 25-42N 055-16E (APPROXIMATELY 17 NM OFF THE COAST OF UAE AND 15 NM OFF THE COAST OF ABU MUSA ISLAND), M/V MAERSK KENSINGTON WAS APPROACHED BY FOUR IRANIAN PATROL BOATS AND HAILED OVER VHF RADIO. THE MASTER DID NOT RESPOND TO THE HAILS. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE IRANIAN VESSELS MANEUVERED AROUND M/V MAERSK KENSINGTON AND TOOK A POSITION ASTERN OF THE SHIP. AT APPROXIMATELY 0720Z, ALL IRANIAN VESSELS BROKE PURSUIT.
  6. WHETHER THESE ARE ISOLATED INCIDENTS IS NOT KNOWN. U.S. MERCHANT VESSELS AND MARITIME INTERESTS OPERATING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA IN THE WATERS OF THE PERSIAN GULF, STRAIT OF HORMUZ AND GULF OF OMAN ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA:
  7. IF A U.S.-FLAG VESSEL ENGAGED IN TRANSIT THROUGH THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ OR ITS APPROACHES IS HAILED BY IRANIAN FORCES, IT SHOULD PROVIDE ITS VESSEL NAME AND AFFIRM THAT IT IS EXERCISING THE RIGHT OF TRANSIT PASSAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA.
  8. IF BOARDING OF A U.S.-FLAG VESSEL ENGAGED IN TRANSIT THROUGH THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ OR ITS APPROACHES IS REQUESTED BY IRANIAN FORCES, THE SHIP’S MASTER SHOULD, IF THE SAFETY OF THE SHIP AND CREW WOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED, DECLINE PERMISSION TO BOARD BY NOTING THAT THE VESSEL IS IN TRANSIT PASSAGE AND NOT SUBJECT TO COASTAL STATE ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTION.
  9. IF A BOARDING BY IRANIAN FORCES OCCURS EVEN AFTER DECLINING PERMISSION, THE BOARDING SHOULD NOT BE FORCIBLY RESISTED BY PERSONS ON THE U.S.-FLAG MERCHANT VESSEL. REFRAINING FROM FORCIBLE RESISTANCE IN NO WAY INDICATES CONSENT OR AGREEMENT THAT SUCH A BOARDING IS LAWFUL.
  10. U.S.-FLAG VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REPORT SUCH INCIDENTS IMMEDIATELY TO COALITION NAVAL VESSELS ON VHF CHANNEL 16, VIA E-MAIL TO CUSNC.BWC@ME.NAVY.MIL, AND BY PHONE TO 011-973-1785-3879.
  11. U.S.-FLAG VESSELS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SUCH ACTIVITY TO THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AT OPCENTR1@DOT.GOV
  12. ALL VESSELS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT COALITION NAVAL FORCES MAY CONDUCT MARITIME AWARENESS CALLS, QUERIES AND APPROACHES IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF VESSELS TRANSITING THE PERSIAN GULF, STRAIT OF HORMUZ AND GULF OF OMAN. U.S.-FLAG VESSELS APPROACHING COALITION NAVAL FORCES ARE ADVISED TO MAINTAIN RADIO CONTACT ON VHF CHANNEL 16.
  13. U.S.-FLAG VESSELS BOUND FOR THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ (IN EITHER DIRECTION) ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE U.S. NAVY 5th FLEET NAVAL COOPERATION AND GUIDANCE FOR SHIPPING WATCH AT 011-973-1785-3695 OR AT CUSNC.NCAGS_bw@ME.NAVY.MIL AT LEAST TWO DAYS PRIOR TO an ANTICIPATED TRANSIT.
  14. THIS ADVISORY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  15. 8. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ADVISORY, CONTACT CAMERON NARON, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, DIRECTOR OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W28-340, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-1883, FAX 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.
  16. CANCEL ADVISORY 2013-01.

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Marine Transporation System National Advisory Committee Members

  1. Karl Simon, Director, Transportation and Climate Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
  2. John Parrott, President, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., Federal Way, WA
  3. Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman, SEACOR Holdings, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  4. Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., President and CEO, Crowley Maritime Corp., Oakland, CA
  5. Captain Lynn Korwatch, Executive Director, Marine Exchange of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  6. David Moseley, Assistant Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Seattle, WA
  7. Kevin Schoeben, Deputy Director, Office of Planning and Programming for Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, IL
  8. William Cook, Director, Worldwide Logistics and Customs, Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, MI
  9. Fred Harris, President, NASSCO, General Dynamics, San Diego, CA
  10. John Reinhart, Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority, Norfolk, VA
  11. Gary Love, Vice President, FAPS, Inc. Port Newark, NJ
  12. Michelle Noble, International Trade Operations Leader for North America, Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
  13. Betty Sutton, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Washington, D.C.
  14. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director, Port of Oakland, Oakland, CA
  15. James Lyons, Director and CEO, Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile, AL
  16. Vanta Coda, Executive Director, Port of Duluth, Duluth Seaway Port Authority Duluth, MN
  17. Wayne Darbeau, President and CEO, Port of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  18. John Baker, President of the Great lakes District Council, International Longshoremen’s Association, Cleveland, OH
  19. Mark Locker, Administrator, Office of Maritime and Freight Mobility, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus OH
  20. Gary Lee Moore, Interim Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA
  21. Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego, CA (First Vice Chair)
  22. Richard Berkowitz, Director, Pacific Coast Operations, Transportation Institute, Seattle, WA
  23. William Friedman, President and CEO, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Cleveland, OH 
  24. Rick Larrabee, Director, Port Commerce Department, Port of New York/New Jersey, New York, NY
  25. Joseph M. Mabry, Executive Vice President of Logistics and Distribution, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Mooresville, NC (Second Vice Chair)
  26. Mark Barker, President, Interlake Steamship Company, Richfield, OH
  27. Margaret Vaughan, Representative, U.S. Exporters Competitive Maritime Council, Houston, TX
  28. Kristin Decas, Executive Director, Port of Hueneme
  29. Maersk Lines, Ltd.

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Charter for the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council

Charter for the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council

  1. Committee’s Official Designation. The Committee shall be known as the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC, or the Council).
  2. Authority
    1. The Council is constituted pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-140, § 1121 (codified at 46 U.S.C. § 55603), and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2.
    2. The Secretary of Transportation delegated to the Maritime Administrator authority under title XI, subtitle C of Pub. L. No. 110-140 on August 26, 2008 (73 FR 59538).
  3. Objectives and Scope of Activities. The Council is an advisory group, and will not develop regulations, formulate policy, create incentives, or determine Federal budget priorities. The Council will respond to requests from the Maritime Administrator to identify and seek solutions, provide advice, and make recommendations on the following matters:
    1. Impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation, including the expansion of America’s Marine Highways, as directed in Section 1121 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and methods to expand the use of the Marine Transportation System for freight and passengers;
    2. Waterways and ports, and their intermodal road, rail, and marine-highway connections and actions required to meet current and future national transportation system integration needs;
    3. Strategy, policy, and goals to ensure an environmentally responsible and safe system that improves the global competitiveness and national security of the United States.
    4. Guidelines for the development of a national freight policy from a marine transportation perspective; and
    5. Such other matters, related to those above, that the Maritime Administrator may charge the Council with addressing.
  4. Description of Duties
    1. The Council will:
      1. Gather information as necessary to discuss issues presented by the Maritime Administrator;
      2. Submit reports, periodically or as requested, to the Maritime Administrator on significant issues facing the Marine Transportation System; and
      3. Provide written advice to the Maritime Administrator. Objecting positions will be identified in these reports.
    2. For the purpose of carrying out its duties, the Council may hold meetings, including inviting subject matter experts to comment and participate in meetings, as the Council may deem advisable.
  5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports. The Council reports to the Maritime Administrator.
  6. Support. As the sponsor, the Maritime Administrator will provide staff, secretarial, and other support services to the Council.
  7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years. Annual administrative operating costs are estimated at $150,000, plus the equivalent of one Federal worker- year.
  8. Designated Federal Officer. The Designated Federal Officer (DFO) will be a full- time, salaried employee of the Maritime Administration, who will furnish support services to the Council, including:
    1. Provide specific requests for recommendations, advice, or analysis concerningMarine Transportation System-related issues;
    2. Prepare recommendations and resolutions, which reflect the determination of the Council on substantive issues as required;
    3. Assist in developing plans for the activities of the Council and its subcommittees, including the preparation and approval of meeting agendas;
    4. Notify members of Council meetings and agenda items;
    5. Serve as liaison between the Council and other relevant departmental offices and Federal entities;
    6. Maintain records of Council activities and disseminating information in accordance with applicable statutes, resolutions, and instructions;
    7. Attend all Council and subcommittee meetings and ensure compliance with FACA;
    8. Approve or call all of the Council’s and subcommittees’ meetings;
    9. Adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest; and
    10. Chair meetings when directed to do so by the Maritime Administrator.
  9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings
    1. Meetings of the Council are held approximately twice each fiscal year. They may be conducted via teleconference, with adequate public access, if necessary;
    2. Except as provided in this charter, each meeting shall be open to the public. Timely notice of each meeting shall be published in the Federal Register, and the Chair may prescribe other types of public notice as well. Interested persons shall be permitted to attend meetings, appear before, or file statements with the Council, subject to procedures established by the Maritime Administrator, in consultation with the DFO; and
    3. When meetings have been determined by the Secretary to be concerned with matters listed in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b), meetings are not required to be open, and interested parties shall not be permitted to attend or appear. Any such determination shall be in writing and shall contain the reasons therefore. If such a determination is made, the Council shall publish a summary of its activities and such related matters as would be informative to the public consistent with policy of 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).
  10. Duration. Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 55603, MTSNAC is a continuing committee, subject to renewal every 2 years.
  11. Termination. This charter shall terminate 2 years after its effective date unless renewed in accordance with FACA and other applicable requirements.
  12. Membership and Designation
    1. The Council will have 29 members, 3 of whom shall serve on an Executive Committee. The members will serve as Special Government Employees or Representative members as determined by the Secretary. The Council shall include representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal, State, and local governmental entities. The Council shall include private sector entities that reflect a cross section of maritime industries and port and water stakeholders from the private sector, in addition to academics and labor entities.
    2. Council members will serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term re-appointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office shall expire every 2 years. All members are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Secretary. Initial terms may be staggered by the Secretary to establish continuity among the membership in subsequent years. Members may continue to serve until they are replaced.
    3. While engaged in the work of the Council, all members may be allowed reasonable travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with the rates and rules set under the Federal Travel Regulations.
    4. In the event of a mid-term vacancy on the Council, a replacement member may be appointed by the Secretary. A member appointed to fill an unexpired term shall serve the remainder of that term except in the case of vacancy with less than6 months remaining in the current term, in which case the Secretary may appoint a replacement member to fill the unexpired term and one full term after the current term expires.
  13. Subcommittees. The Maritime Administrator has the authority to create subcommittees. Subcommittees must report back to the Council and may not provide advice or work products directly to the Maritime Administrator or any Federal employee. All reports of the subcommittees shall be submitted to the Chair of the Council. The Maritime Administration has identified the following subcommittees that the Council will have at a minimum:
    1. Marine Highways;
    2. Shipbuilding; and
    3. Ports.
  14. Recordkeeping. The records of the Council, formally and informally established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the Council, shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 26, Item 2 or other approved agency records disposition schedule. Subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, the Council’s documents shall he available for public inspection and copying at a single location in the offices of the Council sponsor until the Council ceases to exist.
  15. 15. Filing Date. The filing date of this renewed charter is May 16, 2014. If not renewed, this charter will expire on May 16, 2016.

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Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee Meeting Information

DECEMBER 2015 MEETING

MEETING AGENDA

ACTION: Notice of advisory council public meeting.

SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announces a public meeting of its U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC or Council) to discuss advice and recommendations it would like to provide to the U.S. Department of Transportation for consideration on the development of a National Maritime Strategy, integration of Marine Highways into the national transportation system and options to provide a steady and reliable funding mechanism for port infrastructure development.

DATE: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Training Center, 1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201-2508.

For further information contact: Tretha Chromey, Acting Designated Federal Officer at (202) 366-1630 or MTSNAC@dot.gov or visit the MTSNAC website at http://www.marad.dot.gov/ports/marine-transportation-system-mts/marine-transportation-system-national-advisory-committee-mtsnac/.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The MTSNAC is a Federal advisory committee within MARAD that advises the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues related to the marine transportation system. The MTSNAC was originally established in 1999 and mandated in 2007 by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The MTSNAC operates in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Agenda

            The agenda will include: (1) welcome, opening remarks and introductions; (2) MTSNAC members discussion on a National Maritime Strategy; (3) subcommittee updates and proposed recommendations and (4) public comment. The meeting agenda will be posted on the MTSNAC website at http://www.marad.dot.gov/ports/marine-transportation-system-mts/marine-transportation-system-national-advisory-committee-mtsnac/

Public Participation

            The meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend in person are asked to RSVP to MTSNAC@dot.gov with your name and affiliation no later than November 23, 2015, in order to facilitate entry and guarantee seating.

Services for Individuals with Disabilities: The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids are asked to notify Ms. Tretha Chromey, at (202) 366-1630 or MTSNAC@dot.gov five (5) business days before the meeting.

Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments for consideration by the Council must email MTSNAC@dot.gov, or send them to Ms. Tretha Chromey, Acting Designated Federal Officer, National Freight Advisory Committee, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W21-306, Washington, DC 20590 by November 23, 2015 to provide sufficient time for review. All other comments may be received at any time before or after the meeting.

(Authority: 49 CFR part 1.93(a); 5 U.S.C. 552b; 41 CFR parts 102-3; 5 U.S.C. app. Sections 1-16)

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By Order of the Maritime Administrator:

Dated: November 10, 2015

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Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC)

Overview

The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) is a chartered, non-federal body that advises the Secretary of Transportation on Marine Transportation System (MTS) issues, including the effective use and expansion of America’s Marine Highways, sufficient shipbuilding capacity, and port development challenges. The MTSNAC is comprised of 29 leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, and Federal, state and local public entities. The Council provides an industry stakeholder and academic prospective to Departmental policies that affect efficient and environmentally friendly waterborne freight and passenger movements.

For more MTSNAC information, please contact:

Eric Shen, DFO

1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington, DC 20590

MTSNAC@dot.gov

Phone: (202) 308-8968

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Advisory #: 2014-03
Date Issued: Nov 13, 2014
Audience: ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS, AND OTHER MAR
Subject: EBOLA GUIDANCE UPDATE

1. THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO VESSELS AND PORT OPERATORS THAT VISIT OR RECEIVE VESSELS TRANSITING FROM WEST AFRICAN NATIONS AFFECTED BY EBOLA. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS IN THE AFFECTED AREA ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.

2. MARAD ADVISORY 2014-02 ON THE EBOLA VIRUS REMAINS IN EFFECT. MARAD ADVISORIES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT:
ADVISORIES AND ON THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE AT: MSI.NGA.MIL/NGAPORTAL/MSI.PORTAL. SELECT BROADCAST WARNINGS, SCROLL DOWN TO SEARCH BOX AND SELECT MARAD ADVISORIES.

3. FEDERAL AGENCIES CONTINUE TO REVIEW AND UPDATE PROCEDURES PERTAINING TO MARITIME RESPONSE TO THE EBOLA CRISIS. MARITIME INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS SHOULD FREQUENTLY MONITOR THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION:

COAST GUARD: WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB/(SEE 22 OCT 2014 EBOLA VIRUS UPDATE (CHANGE 1))

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION: WWWNC.CDC.GOV/TRAVEL/NOTICES AND WWW.CDC.GOV/VHF/EBOLA/ (NOTE IN PARTICULAR 3 NOV 2014 INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR MONITORING AND MOVEMENT OF PERSONS WITH POTENTIAL EBOLA VIRUS EXPOSURE)

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION: WWW.OSHA.GOV/SLTC/EBOLA/STANDARDS.HTML (STANDARDS PROVIDED ARE POTENTIALLY APPLICABLE TO PORT WORKERS)

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION: WWW.IMO.ORG/MEDIACENTRE/HOTTOPICS/EBOLA(NOTE IN PARTICULAR 10 SEP 2014 CIRCULAR LETTER NUMBER 3485 ON FULL AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF MARITIME SECURITY MEASURES TO ASSIST IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE)

4. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ADVISORY, CONTACT CAMERON NARON, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, DIRECTOR OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W28-340, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, SE, WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-1883, FAX 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.

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Advisory #: 2014-02
Date Issued: Sep 02, 2014
Audience: All Operators of U.S.-Flag, Effective U.S. Control Vessels, U.S. Merchant Mariners and Other Maritim
Subject: Ebola Virus

THIS IS THE FULL TEXT VERSION OF MARAD ADVISORY 2014-02. THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HAS TRANSMITTED A SHORTENED VERSION.

1. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.

2. EBOLA, ALSO KNOWN AS EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) AND EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER, IS A RARE AND DEADLY DISEASE CAUSED BY A VIRAL INFECTION. FIRST DISCOVERED IN 1976 NEAR THE EBOLA RIVER IN WHAT IS NOW THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, THE VIRUS AFFECTS HUMANS AND SOME ANIMALS. SINCE THEN, OUTBREAKS HAVE APPEARED SPORADICALLY IN SEVERAL AFRICAN COUNTRIES. AS OF AUGUST 28, 2014, EBOLA HAS INFECTED 3,069 AND KILLED MORE THAN 1,552 PEOPLE IN FOUR COUNTRIES (GUINEA, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE AND NIGERIA) SINCE THE CURRENT OUTBREAK WAS FIRST DETECTED IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR.

3. SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA INCLUDE FEVER AND ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS SUCH AS SEVERE HEADACHE, MUSCLE PAIN, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, STOMACH PAIN, OR UNEXPLAINED BLEEDING OR BRUISING. SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 21 DAYS AFTER EXPOSURE TO EBOLA VIRUS, ALTHOUGH 8-10 DAYS IS THE MOST COMMON.

4. EBOLA IS SPREAD THROUGH DIRECT CONTACT WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS (URINE, SALIVA, FECES, VOMIT AND SEMEN) FROM A PERSON WHO IS INFECTED AND CURRENTLY HAS SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA. EBOLA MAY ALSO BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTACT WITH OBJECTS (E.G., NEEDLES) CONTAMINATED WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS FROM A SYMPTOMATIC PERSON OR THROUGH CONTACT WITH, OR CONSUMPTION OF AN ANIMAL INFECTED WITH EBOLA. THE VIRUS ENTERS THE HUMAN BODY THROUGH MUCOUS MEMBRANES (E.G., EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH) OR THROUGH BREAKS IN THE SKIN. PEOPLE ARE INFECTIOUS AS LONG AS THEIR BLOOD AND SECRETIONS CONTAIN THE VIRUS. EBOLA IS NOT AIRBORNE AND IT CANNOT BE TRANSMITTED FROM A PERSON WHO IS NOT SYMPTOMATIC.

5. THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTRACTING EBOLA IS VERY LOW UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS FROM A SYMPTOMATIC PERSON OR AN ANIMAL INFECTED WITH EBOLA, OR WITH A CONTAMINATED OBJECT. SIMPLY TRAVELING TO AN AREA WHERE EBOLA IS PRESENT DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS. GIVEN THE UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS OF CASES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS OUTBREAK, THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) ISSUED A LEVEL 3 WARNING TO AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO SIERRA LEONE, GUINEA AND LIBERIA, AND A LEVEL 2 ALERT TO PRACTICE ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS IF TRAVELING TO NIGERIA OR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. PRECAUTIONS INCLUDE PRACTICING CAREFUL HYGIENE, AVOIDING CONTACT WITH BLOOD AND BODY FLUIDS OF PERSONS SICK WITH EBOLA OR WITH ITEMS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SUCH FLUIDS, AVOIDING CONTACT WITH WILD ANIMALS AND AVOIDING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEAT. OTHER PRECAUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CDC WEBSITE.

6. THE CDC MAINTAINS UP-TO-DATE WEB RESOURCES WHICH PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE OUTBREAK, PREVENTATIVE STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO REMAIN HEALTHY BEFORE AND DURING TRAVEL, AS WELL AS ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN IF A TRAVELER BECOMES ILL AT ANY POINT. THESE WEB RESOURCES, ALONG WITH CDC TRAVEL NOTICES, CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. FURTHERMORE, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS WITH ACCESS TO UNCLASSIFIED HTTPS://WWW.INTELINK.GOV CAN ALSO ACCESS FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION ADVISORIES FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE (NCMI) FOR MORE SPECIFIC COUNTRY RELATED INFORMATION AT HTTPS://WWW.INTELINK.GOV/NCMI/.”

7. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) RECOMMENDS THAT TRAVELERS TO AFFECTED AREAS AVOID ALL CONTACT WITH BLOOD, SECRETIONS, ORGANS OR OTHER BODY FLUIDS OF INFECTED LIVING OR DEAD PERSONS OR ANIMALS, AND ADVISES THAT PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD SUCH CONTACT, OR WHO HAVE AN ILLNESS CONSISTENT WITH EBOLA, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL EXCEPT AS PART OF AN APPROPRIATE MEDICAL EVACUATION. WHO DOES NOT OTHERWISE RECOMMEND ANY BAN ON INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OR TRADE.

8. THE US COAST GUARD HAS ISSUED A MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN ON EBOLA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS, WHICH INCLUDES A REMINDER TO VESSEL MASTERS TO REPORT SICK OR DECEASED CREW MEMBERS OR PASSENGERS TO THE CDC IN ACCORDANCE WITH 42 CFR 71.21. ADDITIONALY THE COAST GUARD REMINDS OWNERS, OPERATORS, AGENTS, MASTERS OR PERSONS IN CHARGE OF THE REQUIREMENT TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE NEAREST COAST GUARD SECTOR OFFICE OR GROUP OFFICE OF THE EXISTENCE OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON THEIR VESSELS AS REQUIRED BY 33 CFR 160.215. THE COAST GUARD CONSIDERS CREWMEMBERS INFECTED WITH EBOLA OR DECEASED FROM ILLNESS RELATED TO EBOLA A HAZARDOUS CONDITION AS DEFINED BY 33 CFR 160.204 DEFINITION OF “HAZARDOUS CONDITION”. THE COAST GUARD WILL CHECK ALL ADVANCE NOTICES OF ARRIVAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER A VESSEL HAS VISITED A COUNTRY IMPACTED BY THE EBOLA VIRUS OUTBREAK WITHIN THE PREVIOUS FIVE PORT CALLS. THE BULLETIN IS AVAILABLE AT HTTPS://WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB/DOCS/012_14_8-7-2014.PDF.

9. MARAD ADVISORIES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV/NEWS_ROOM_LANDING_PAGE/MARITIME_ADVISORIES AND THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE: HTTP://MSI.NGA.MIL/NGAPORTAL/MSI.PORTAL. UNDER “BROADCAST WARNINGS”, SELECT MARAD ADVISORIES TO DETERMINE MARITIME ADVISORIES THAT REMAIN IN FORCE. CONSULT THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV OR THE MOST RECENT U.S. NOTICE TO MARINERS.

10.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, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH) OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.

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