ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
ZIKA VIRUS IMPACTS ON MARITIME COMMERCE
1. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS
2. INTERNATIONAL SPREAD OF THE ZIKA VIRUS IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE AND IS EXPECTED TO HAVE INCREASING IMPACTS ON MARITIME COMMERCE. THIS ADVISORY UPDATES INFORMATION ON ZIKA PROVIDED IN MARAD ADVISORY 2016-02.
3. BASED ON LOCAL TRANSMISSION OF THE ZIKA VIRUS IN FLORIDA, IN AUGUST 2016 THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) ADDED THE U.S. TO THE LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY ZIKA. AS A RESULT, SOME NATIONS MAY REQUIRE DISINSECTION (MOSQUITO ERADICATION) OF VESSELS AND/OR CARGO ARRIVING FROM THE UNITED STATES. SOME FOREIGN NATION DISINSECTION REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT YET FULLY DEVELOPED OR IMPLEMENTED, AND IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER SUCH REQUIREMENTS WILL BE APPLIED TO VESSELS ARRIVING FROM ALL U.S. PORTS OR ONLY FROM PORTS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CONSIDER VESSEL AND/OR CARGO DISINSECTION AN EFFECTIVE ZIKA COUNTERMEASURE AND IS NOT CONSIDERING DISINSECTION MEASURES FOR VESSELS ARRIVING IN U.S. PORTS. (SEE HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/VECTOR/DISINSECTION.HTML).
5. THE CDC WEBSITE AT (HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/ZIKA/) PUBLISHES CURRENT INFORMATION ON ZIKA-AFFECTED AREAS, TRAVEL NOTICES, AND ZIKA TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION. THE U.S. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION ALSO RECENTLY PUBLISHED INTERIM GUIDANCE ON PROTECTING WORKERS FROM OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ZIKA VIRUS AT (HTTPS://WWW.OSHA.GOV/ZIKA). MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT THESE RESOURCES REGULARLY.
6. U.S. COAST GUARD MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 01-16 (CHANGE 2) AT WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB REMAINS IN FORCE FOR INFORMATION ON MARITIME INDUSTRY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR VESSEL CREWMEMBERS OR PASSENGERS WHO MAY BE EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS OF ZIKA VIRUS.
7. THIS ADVISORY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. CANCEL MARAD ADVISORY 2016-02.
9. 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.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.
“The experience and insights of this group will greatly benefit the Federal transportation decision-making process,” said Secretary Foxx. “This advisory committee will help us take the next critical steps needed to move the National Maritime Transportation Strategy forward.”
The Committee advises the Secretary on solutions to impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation and other matters as the Secretary determines. Committee members undertake information-gathering activities and develop technical advice before presenting recommendations. MTSNAC policy recommendations have led to the expansion of the Marine Transportation System, the integration of Marine Highways into the surface transportation system and the improvement and streamlining of the Title XI ship financing process.
“The maritime industry is facing many challenges and is made up of different interests,” Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen said. “However, bringing those interests together on this Committee has played a vital role in helping us develop our National Maritime Transportation Strategy to ensure we remain viable and competitive in the 21st Century. We are extremely grateful for their commitment to advancing our Marine Transportation System.”
MTSNAC is comprised of 40 members from commercial transportation firms, shipbuilding, repair and recycling companies, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups. Committee members serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office expire every 2 years.
The Department strives to select individuals with in-depth knowledge of their respective industries or government sectors. Members are nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.
The new members are:
Gary Adams, Vice President Global Logistics, Walmart Stores Inc.
Robert Berry, Vice President, International Shipbreaking Limited, LLC
Gary Brown, Vice President Port Sales, Genesee & Wyoming – Coastal Region
Molly Campbell, Director, Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Gregory Faust, Director of Operations, Department of Transportation – Washington State Ferries Division
Peter Ford, Chief Strategy Officer, Ports America
John Graykowski, Principal, Maritime Industry Consultants
Bill Hanson, Vice President, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Daniel Harmon, Director, Maritime Division, Texas Department of Transportation
Susan Hayman, Vice President, Health, Safety, Quality & External Affairs, Foss Maritime Company
Jared Henry, Vice President – U.S. Government Trade, Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC
Tim Hinkley, Senior Vice President – Global Logistics, Hasbro Inc.
Jim Kruse, Director, Center for Ports & Waterways, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Gary LaGrange, President & Chief Executive Officer, Port of New Orleans
Implementation of 46 USC 55305(e)
Advisory on Possible Piracy in High Risk Waters 29 October 2015
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).
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.
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.
ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS, AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
TIANJIN, CHINA EXPLOSIONS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION
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.
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.
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.
ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
GUIDANCE TO VESSELS OPERATING IN OR NEAR THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S.-FLAG VESSELS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SUCH ACTIVITY TO THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AT OPCENTR1@DOT.GOV
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.
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.
THIS ADVISORY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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.
Charter for the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
AMENDED CHARTER FOR THE
U.S. MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE’S OFFICIAL DESIGNATION: The Committee shall be known as the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC or Committee).
AUTHORITY: This charter renews the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), formerly named the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council.
The Committee is established pursuant to section 55603 of Title 46, and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 §§ 1-16.
The Secretary of Transportation delegated to the Maritime Administrator authority to carry out functions related to the MTSNAC under 49 CFR § 1.93(a). The MTSNAC is in the public interest and supports the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in performing its duties and responsibilities.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES: The objective of this committee is to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary), through the Maritime Administrator (Administrator), on matters relating to the U.S. maritime transportation system and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, including the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Committee will not exercise program management responsibilities and will make no decisions directly affecting the programs on which it provides advice; decisions directly affecting implementation of maritime policy will remain with the Administrator. The Administrator will use the advice, information and recommendations generated by the MTSNAC for an array of policy deliberations and for interagency discussions on the implementation of a National Maritime Strategy. The Administrator may accept or reject a recommendation made by the MTSNAC and is not bound to pursue any recommendation from the MTSNAC. It is at the discretion of the Administrator to present any recommendation of the MTSNAC to the Secretary. In the exercise of his or her discretion, the Administrator, or his or her designee, may withdraw a task being considered by the MTSNAC at any time.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The MTSNAC shall undertake information-gathering activities, develop technical advice and present recommendations to the Administrator on matters including but not limited to the following:
Impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation, including the expansion of America’s Marine Highways, as directed in 46 U.S.C. § 55603, and methods to expand the use of the Marine Transportation System for freight and passengers;
Expand capacity of U.S. international gateway ports to accommodate larger vessels;
Improve waterborne transport to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system;
Strengthen maritime capabilities essential to economic and national security;
Modernize the maritime workforce and inspire and educate the next generation of mariners;
Drive maritime innovation; and,
Topics related to the MARAD mission about which the Administrator may request the MTSNAC to provide advice.
For the purpose of carrying out its duties, the Committee may invite subject matter experts to comment and participate in meetings after consultation with the Designated Federal Officer (DFO).
AGENCY OR OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Committee reports to the Administrator.
SUPPORT: MARAD will provide administrative support and technical advice to the Committee.
ESTIMATED ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS AND STAFF YEARS: Annual administrative operating costs are estimated at $150,000, plus the equivalent of one Federal full-time equivalent (FTE).
ESTIMATED NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS: The Committee will be expected to meet at least three times per fiscal year. Meetings may be conducted via teleconference, with adequate public access, if necessary. The agenda for each meeting shall be developed and approved in advance by the DFO. The following procedures shall govern the conduct of MTSNAC meetings:
Notice of the meeting shall be published in the Federal Register at least 15 calendar days prior to the date of the meeting. Notice shall include the agenda, date, time, location, and purpose of the meeting.
Each meeting of the MTSNAC will be open to the public, except as provided under Section 10(d) of FACA (5 U.S.C. App. § 10(d)), as implemented by 41 CFR § 102-3, the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)), and DOT Order 1120.3B. Interested persons may attend meetings, appear before the Committee as time permits, and provide oral or written comments to the committee. Persons wishing to appear before the MTSNAC must notify the DFO at the beginning of the meeting. Written materials may be submitted to the MTSNAC at any time by notifying the DFO.
Each meeting will be held at a reasonable time, in a place reasonably accessible to the public, and in a room large enough to accommodate MTSNAC members, staff, and interested members of the public.
9. DESIGNATED FEDERAL OFFICER: The Administrator shall designate a MARAD employee to serve as the DFO for the MTSNAC.
The DFO will:
Provide tasks or specific requests for recommendations, advice or analysis concerning marine transportation;
Assist in developing plans for the activities of the Committee and its subcommittees;
Serve as liaison between the Committee and other relevant Department of Transportation offices and Federal entities;
Coordinate invitations for subject matter experts to comment and participate in meetings in accordance with Department of Transportation policy and the Federal Advisory Committee Act;
Call meetings of the Committee after consultation with the Chair and determine the date, time and location where they will be held;
Formulate an agenda, in consultation with the Chair, for each meeting;
Notify all Committee members of the date, time, place, and agenda for any meeting;
Provide administrative support for all meetings of the Committee, including the designation of an Agency liaison or acting DFO;
Attend each Committee meeting and ensure compliance with the FACA;
Maintain all MTSNAC files and disseminating information in accordance with applicable statutes, resolutions, and instructions;
Adjourn any meeting when it is determined to be in the public interest; and,
Chair meetings when directed to do so by the Administrator.
DURATION: Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 55603, MTSNAC is a continuing committee, subject to renewal every two years.
TERMINATION: This charter shall terminate two years after its effective date unless renewed in accordance with FACA and other applicable requirements.
MEMBERSHIP AND DESIGNATION: The Committee will be comprised of no less than 25 voting members who will represent points of view held by organizations, associations, or classes of individuals relevant to the U.S. marine transportation system. Individual members are appointed to the Committee, not the organization that they represent. The Maritime Administrator will seek a membership that is fairly balanced in terms of points of view of the affected interests. In addition, a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will serve on the committee as ex officio, non-voting members. The Administrator may appoint additional representatives from other Federal Agencies as deemed appropriate. The members will serve as Representative Members or Special Government Employees, as determined by the Administrator. The Committee shall include representatives of State and local governmental entities as well as private sector entities that reflect a cross-section of maritime industries, including port and water stakeholders, in addition to representatives from academia and labor. Committee members will serve two-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office shall expire every two years. All members are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Administrator. Terms may be staggered by the Administrator to establish continuity among the membership in subsequent years. Members shall continue to serve until their replacement has been appointed. Completion of terms beyond two years is contingent upon the renewal of the Committee’s charter. In the event of a mid-term vacancy on the MTSNAC, a replacement member may be appointed by the Administrator. A member appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy shall serve the remainder of the term and the appointment may be extended into the next term at the discretion of the Administrator. Members of the MTSNAC serve without compensation. While engaged in the work of the MTSNAC, 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.
SUBCOMMITTEES: The MTSNAC may create subcommittees or work groups with the Administrator’s approval. All subcommittees and work groups shall report all of their recommendations and advice to the full MTSNAC for deliberation and discussion. All reports of the subcommittees shall be submitted to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee.
RECORDKEEPING: The records of the Committee, formally and informally established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the Committee, 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 Committee’s documents shall be available for public inspection and copying at a single location in the offices of the Committee sponsor until the Committee ceases to exist.
FILING DATE: The filing date of this charter is _________________. If not renewed, this charter will expire on _________________.
Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee
ACTION: Notice of Upcoming Meeting.
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).
Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments for consideration by the Committee must email MTSNAC@dot.gov, or send them to MTSNAC Designated Federal Officers via email: MTSNAC@dot.gov, Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W21-307, Washington, DC 20590 no later than 5:00 pm EDT on July 8, 2016 to provide sufficient time for review.
(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)
Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC)
The U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), formerly named the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council, is a chartered, non-federal body that advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation through the Maritime Administrator, on matters relating to the U.S. maritime transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, including the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The MTSNAC is comprised of over 40 leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, and Federal, state and local public entities. The Committee does not exercise program management responsibilities and makes no decisions directly affecting the programs on which it provides advice. Decisions directly affecting implementation of maritime policy will remain with the Maritime Administrator and the Department of Transportation.
For more MTSNAC information, please contact:
Eric Shen, Designated Federal Officer (202) 308-8968, or
Capt. Jeffrey Flumignan, Co-Designated Federal Officer (212) 668-2064
ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS, AND OTHER MAR
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:
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.