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PMC Assists California Maritime Acadamy With ISM Code Compliance Achievement

PMC Assists California Maritime Acadamy With ISM Code Compliance Achievement

TS GOLDEN BEAR

 

Congratulations to California Maritime Academy and their Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR in becoming the first U.S. Maritime Academy to achieve ISM Code certification.

Patriot Maritime Compliance (PMC) was selected by California Maritime Academy to assist them in this endeavor.  PMC efforts included a review of their written Safety Management System (SMS), working with them to provide improvements to their SMS, and conducting internal ISM audits to ensure compliance before their external ISM audits were conducted.

PMC can provide these and other services to your company, school, or fleet as well.  Contact PMC.Info@asmhq.com and ask us how we can help you with your operational regulatory needs!

PMC Advisories

PMC offers periodic Advisories on items that affect the maritime community.

These include information on new or revised laws, regulations, and policy
updates from the US Coast Guard and US State governments, and include
information of interest affecting the industry from other countries or regions,
including China, Australia, the EU, and the Gulf of Aden. These are sent out in a
timely manner to keep our clients on top of the latest information, rather than
waiting several months and publishing a newsletter filled with old news.
These are samples of recent Advisories:

PMC CLIENT ADVISORY 2011-02

Subject: Proper Maintenance of Fuel Oil Quick Closing Valves

To:All Clients

The U.S. Coast Guard recently issued Safety Alert 01-11. This Safety Alert
expresses concern due to the number of Fuel Oil Quick-Closing Valves (QCVs)
found to be intentionally blocked or modified, or poorly maintained.
The importance of Quick Closing Valves cannot be understated. Proper use in
fuel systems can save lives and property in the event of a shipboard fire. There
may be some instances where these valves are the only method of securing the
fuel source in the event of a fire. Proper operation, maintenance, and repair are
necessary for these systems to correctly function, and they should never be
blocked open.
PMC encourages our clients to ensure that proper maintenance is being
performed on these systems, and that the attached Safety Alert be forwarded to
Fleet Managers, Vessel Superintendents, and their vessels to ensure that all are
aware of its importance.

PMC CLIENT ADVISORY 2011-11

Subject:

Piracy Best Management Practices Edition 4 Released

To: All Clients

The European Union Naval Forces Command (EU NAVFOR), the NATO Shipping
Center, and the UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), in conjunction with
numerous industry associations, has published “Best Management Practice 4
Piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Arabian Sea Area (BMP4)
”.
Revision four provides important updates and new information including a
section on the three fundamental requirements of BMP 4, a checklist for
company planning and, expanded guidance on the possible use of Private
Maritime Security Contractors.
We recommend that this document, which is attached
, be distributed to our
client’s vessels. BMP4 should be used in conjunction with their SSP as a part of
their high risk waters measures while in any High Risk Area.
PMC urges our clients to regularly review the Maritime Security Centre - Horn of
Africa (MSCHOA) website (www.mschoa.org
), NATO Shipping Center web site
(www.shipping.nato.int
), and Maritime Liaison Office Bahrain (MARLO) website
(http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/
). These websites provide additional, updated
information to compliment BMP4 and should be consulted to ensure that their
fleets are receiving the most up to date information.

California Raises Fees 01 Jan 2012 for California COFRs

From:CA-COFR Nontank [mailto:cacofr-nontank@OSPR.DFG.CA.GOV]

Sent: Thursday, 22 December, 2011 07:48

Subject: Notice of California Nontank Vessel Fee Change

FEE CHANGE
Effective January 1, 2012, the nontank vessel fees are increasing. The new fees
are referenced below:
CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 14, DIVISION 1
SUBDIVISION 4. OFFICE OF SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE CHAPTER 6.
FUND ADMINISTRATION SUBCHAPTER 2. OIL SPILL PREVENTION AND
ADMINISTRATION FUND FEE SECTION 870.17
870.17 PAYMENT OF FEES
Subsection (b) Nontank vessel fee
The Administrator shall impose a fee per nontank vessel, to be collected with
each new or renewal application to obtain a certificate of financial responsibility.
The fee shall be levied as follows:
(1) Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels with a carrying capacity of over
6,500 barrels, or over 7,500 barrels for nontank vessels owned and operated by
California or a federal agency, shall submit a nonrefundable USD $3,250 fee per
vessel, or;
(2) Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels that have a carrying capacity
greater than 500 barrels of oil and less than or equal to 6,500 barrels of oil, or a
carrying capacity greater than 500 barrels of oil and less than or equal to 7,500
barrels of oil for nontank vessels owned and operated by California or a federal
agency, shall submit a nonrefundable USD $1,950 fee per vessel, or;
(3) Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels that have a carrying capacity of
500 barrels of oil or less shall submit a nonrefundable USD $650 fee per vessel.
Please do not deduct processing fees from the per vessel fee(s) when remitting
payment.