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 Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council
Charter for the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council
Committee’s Official Designation. The Committee shall be known as the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC, or the Council).
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.
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).
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:
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;
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;
Strategy, policy, and goals to ensure an environmentally responsible and safe system that improves the global competitiveness and national security of the United States.
Guidelines for the development of a national freight policy from a marine transportation perspective; and
Such other matters, related to those above, that the Maritime Administrator may charge the Council with addressing.
Description of Duties
The Council will:
Gather information as necessary to discuss issues presented by the Maritime Administrator;
Submit reports, periodically or as requested, to the Maritime Administrator on significant issues facing the Marine Transportation System; and
Provide written advice to the Maritime Administrator. Objecting positions will be identified in these reports.
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.
Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports. The Council reports to the Maritime Administrator.
Support. As the sponsor, the Maritime Administrator will provide staff, secretarial, and other support services to the Council.
Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years. Annual administrative operating costs are estimated at $150,000, plus the equivalent of one Federal worker- year.
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:
Provide specific requests for recommendations, advice, or analysis concerningMarine Transportation System-related issues;
Prepare recommendations and resolutions, which reflect the determination of the Council on substantive issues as required;
Assist in developing plans for the activities of the Council and its subcommittees, including the preparation and approval of meeting agendas;
Notify members of Council meetings and agenda items;
Serve as liaison between the Council and other relevant departmental offices and Federal entities;
Maintain records of Council activities and disseminating information in accordance with applicable statutes, resolutions, and instructions;
Attend all Council and subcommittee meetings and ensure compliance with FACA;
Approve or call all of the Council’s and subcommittees’ meetings;
Adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest; and
Chair meetings when directed to do so by the Maritime Administrator.
Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings
Meetings of the Council are held approximately twice each fiscal year. They may be conducted via teleconference, with adequate public access, if necessary;
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
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).
Duration. Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 55603, MTSNAC is a continuing committee, subject to renewal every 2 years.
Termination. This charter shall terminate 2 years after its effective date unless renewed in accordance with FACA and other applicable requirements.
Membership and Designation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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. Filing Date. The filing date of this renewed charter is May 16, 2014. If not renewed, this charter will expire on May 16, 2016.
ACTION: Notice of advisory committee name change and public meeting.
SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announces that the name of the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee has been changed to the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC or Committee). Furthermore, MARAD announces a public meeting of the MTSNAC to discuss advice and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues related to the maritime transportation system. Issues the MTSNAC will consider during this meeting include: (1) impediments to short sea transportation; (2) expanding international gateway ports, (3) using waterborne transportation to increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system; (4) modernizing the U.S. maritime workforce; (5) strengthening maritime capabilities; and, (6) encouraging maritime innovation.
DATE: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT).
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.
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).
The Maritime Administration requested that the MTSNAC consider the following issues for potential recommendations:
Impediments to effective use of short sea transportation, including America’s Marine Highways (see, 46 CFR Part 393), and methods to expand the use of the Marine Transportation System for freight and passengers;
expanding the capacity of U.S. international gateway ports to accommodate larger vessels
improving waterborne transport to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system;
strengthening maritime capabilities essential to economic and national security; modernizing the maritime workforce and inspire and educate the next generation of mariners; and
Driving maritime innovation.
In addition, the Maritime Administrator may request the MTSNAC to provide advice on other issues relating to the marine transportation system.
Public Participation: The meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend in person must RSVP to MTSNAC@dot.gov with your name and affiliation no later than 5:00 pm EDT on July 8, 2016, in order to facilitate entry. Seating will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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 Eric Shen at: (202) 308-8968, or Jeffrey Flumignan at (212) 668-2064 or MTSNAC@dot.gov five (5) business days before the meeting.
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)
Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee
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 over 40 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.
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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.