The Coast Guard and Navy, through an Integrated Program Office, awarded VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Mississippi, a fixed price incentive (firm) contract for the Detail Design and Construction of the Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter.
12/21/2018: Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast
The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments as part of an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.
6/6/2018: Congressional hearing alert – “Maritime Transportation in the Arctic: The U.S. Role”
Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray will testify June 7, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.
3/1/2018: Remarks by Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Jeffrey Lantz, during Polar Code harmonization conference
Mr. Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, spoke Feb. 22, 2018 at the International Conference on Polar Code Harmonization, in Helsinki, Finland. This post offers a condensed version of Lantz’s remarks, which focus on the U.S. Coast Guard’s view on harmonization, implementation, continued development and lessons learned.
1/25/2018: U.S., Russia jointly propose Bering Strait routing measures
In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed voluntary two-way routing measures in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous shoals, reefs and islands outside the routes and to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.