Coast Guard, tug operator reach settlement over civil disobedience.

A federal administrative law judge approved a settlement Tuesday between the Coast Guard and the operator of the tug Shannon, resulting in a two-month suspension of merchant marinerís credentials, mandatory attendance at a Washington state accepted anger management class, and a 24-month probationary period.

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NMC temporarily suspends automated e-mail responses for credential applications.

Mariners temporarily won't receive electronic confirmation of receipt The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center:

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AIS Manipulation Should Be A Criminal Offense

There are growing calls for vessel owners and operators who deliberately manipulate Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to conceal their identity or unlawful activities to be criminally prosecuted. The AIS enables ships to transmit tiny parcels of data, including vessel identity, type, position, course, speed, and navigational status, in a signal that can be received by coastal stations and satellites. This data is then made widely available through various online and offline services and used for business, safety and security applications.

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Coast Guard Rescues Three Injured Mariners Off Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three mariners who were hurt during refueling operations on a cargo vessel off the Oregon coast, according to a news release.

Two mariners suffered what appeared to be chemical burns and a third had a broken leg. They were working on the 623-foot M/V Almasi, which is registered in Cypress. The vessel was roughly 70 miles from shore at the time of the incident in 19-foot seas and 35-mph winds, the Coast Guard said.

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BAE Systems to Invest USD 100 Mln in San Diego Yard

BAE Systems has earmarked a total of approximately USD 100 million to purchase a new dry dock and a range of infrastructure improvements so as to significantly expand dry-docking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.

The company made the announcement during a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating a new pier at the shipyard along the San Diego waterfront.

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AIS on all European Barges in 2015?
By PortVision, Apr 14, 2015 11:49:03 AM

As of December 1, 2014, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, the organization responsible for policing the navigation and traffic rules as well as technical requirements for vessels on the Rhine, required that vessels be equipped with an Inland AIS device. They specified that vessels should also carry an Inland ECDIS device in information mode using up-to-date electronic inland navigation charts. In addition, they recommend radar for displaying traffic in the immediate vicinity of the vessel, and a PC with mobile data communication equipment (GSM) for e-mail, Internet services, and electronic reporting, and Inland ECDIS equipment in navigation mode (to work in concert with radar).

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Weekly updates from the USCG for Maritime District Thirteen

Notice to mariners- week 1 (Jan 7,2015)

Notice to mariners- week 2 (Jan 14, 2015

Notice to mariners- week 3 (Jan 21, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 4 (Jan 28, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 5 (Feb 8, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 6 (Feb 15, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 7 (Feb 19, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 8 (Feb 25, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 9 (Mar 4, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 10 (Mar 11, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 11 (Mar 18, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 12 (Mar 25, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 13 (April 1, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 13 (April 1, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 14 (April 8, 2015)

Notice to mariners- week 15 (April 15, 2015)

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