As all USCG COI vessel owners know by now Congress passed the 2010 USCG Appropriations Law which includes a provision to require all USCG COI vessels to install USCG certified Inflatable life rafts no later than January 2015. The current USCG orange life floats will no longer be accepted after that date. In June of 2011 NACO contacted every major passenger for-hire vessel association and requested we all work together to have the law changed and to be able to continue using the orange life floats. Our efforts have been fairly successful as we were able to have language placed in the House 2011 appropriations bill and had similar language being discussed for inclusion in the Senate version.
NACO now issues an Attitude Award to recipients who have shown service to work for benefits to the Charter Boat sector. The award for this year was presented to Capt. Ed O’Brien, NACO First Vice President. Ed has been the NACO liaison to the USCG since he first was elected to the Board and has been responsible for negotiating and coordinating many of the reductions of regulations, limiting fees, and easing drug consortium requirements.
Boat US asked Mercury Marine's Ed Alyanak and Frank Kelley, who between them have over 60 years of experience, to find out what's made these decades-old outboards more susceptible to ethanol's well-known problems and what owners can do.
To Be Webcast
Anyone wishing to follow the proceedings of the MRIP Calibration Workshop in North Carolina March 27-29 will be able to do so online. The full workshop will be available via webcast at http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/NOAA714581928 during the following times:
- Tuesday, March 27, 1:00-5:30pm
- Wednesday, March 28, 8:30am-5:30pm
- Thursday, March 29, 8:30am-12:00pm
The U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture have made a joint commitment to work together to promote collaborative, science-based conservation of our waterways and fisheries. They will sign an agreement which will focus on partnership-based conservation efforts through the National Fish Habitat Partnership.
BEWARE THESE SIGNS OF AN ONLINE TAX SCAM
Scammers use email, websites and even social media to trick taxpayers into sharing personal and financial information, which they can then use to steal your identity. Meant to either frighten or entice, these fraudulent messages may threaten a tax audit or offer a tax refund.
But know this: The IRS does not generally send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers or request financial account security information, such as PIN numbers. Further, they will not discuss tax account information with taxpayers via e-mail or use it to request sensitive financial and personal information from taxpayers.
SENATE PASSES BILL INCLUDING REAUTHORIZATION OF SPORT FISH RESTORATION AND BOATING TRUST FUND
The Senate has passed its version of the highway bill and it contains a straight reauthorization for Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. However, the House is struggling to bring its version of the highway bill to the floor and it is very possible that they will not be able to do so before the presidential election has passed. Congress may have to pass an extension to the present highway law and NMMA continues working with its coalition partners to ensure that SFRBTF is included, in its present form, in any extension that is considered by Congress in the weeks to come.
HAS THE JONES ACT PUT THE PRESIDENT IN AN ELECTION-YEAR CATCH-22?
Analysts and insiders are wrestling with the possibility of the White House waiving the Jones Act to accelerate ship flow to the East Coast, in a move that could bring badly needed gasoline to the region before the summer driving season kicks off. The Jones Act, which is technically a section of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, regulates ship flow between U.S. ports with strict rules designed to ensure U.S.-flagged vessels run by U.S. crews get the work.
DATE: Feb. 1
SOURCE: Market Watch
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) must judge all designs for U.S.-flagged LNG-fueled ships. Vessel owners are increasingly considering LNG as a replacement fuel to marine diesel and heavy fuel oil, also called bunker fuel.