Boat U.S. Foundation awards boating safety grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit groups from Alaska to Florida to spread the message about safe boating practices. Since 1988, the foundation has awarded over three quarters of a million dollars in boating safety grants to fund projects that promote responsible boating at the local level. …
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Terminal Island interchange project nearing completion

To complete a major interchange project, the Port of Long Beach will temporarily block access to Terminal Island via the Gerald Desmond Bridge, closing the westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard between the Long Beach (I-710) Freeway and Navy Way from 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 26.  The eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard will remain open.…
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Study says LA.-Long Beach economic clout covers entire nation

When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heads to Washington D.C. with a delegation of city officials and business leaders, he will undoubtedly be taking a copy of the new BST Associates trade impact study for the San Pedro Bay Ports. The study - due to be released by the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and the two ports - is an…
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Twighlight to pay $100,000 fine for negligent operation of a vessel

U.S. Attorney Scott Schools announced that $800,000 has now been collected for environmental restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay as a result of three shipping pollution prosecutions.  Yesterday, Twighlight Marine, Ltd., pleaded guilty to grossly negligent operation of a vessel and was sentenced to pay a $50,000 criminal fine, $100,000 in restitution to be added to the restoration fund,…
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Towing Safety Advisory Committee seeks new members

Washington - The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications for seven positions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.  Applications must be received on or before March 30, 2007. The TSAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. The Coast Guard uses this advice in formulating the position of…
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CBP to assess fines for violation of the wood packaging import regulations

Effective Friday March 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection may issue claims for liquidated damages and/or penalties against importers, carriers or bonded custodians for importing wood packaging material (WPM) in violation of the regulations. Liquidated damages result from a breach of obligation under bond. When violations occur, liquidated damages and/or penalties will be assessed based on the value of the…
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Shipboard fire fighting – water makes a comeback

High velocity water sprays combined with low water discharge rates are changing the way shipboard fires are fought. The eruption of a fuel fire in the engine room of the cruise ship Nordic Empress (see sidebar) was controlled and extinguished expeditiously because of the swift activation of a water mist system designed to protect shipboard machinery spaces. This is the…
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