McAllister Yard, NYC.

McAllister Yard, NYC.
McAllister Yard, NYC. Courtesy, Capt. Paul Brown

Monday, February 9, 2015

From Coast Guard Maritime Commons blog today, a reminder that USCG has not yet made final decision on transportation of fracking water (Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water, or SGEWW, in bulk) by barge

From Coast Guard Maritime Commons today, a reminder that USCG has not yet made final decision on transportation of fracking water (Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water, or SGEWW, in bulk) by barge, at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/02/06/262015-coast-guard-has-not-taken-final-action-on-proposed-policy-letter-for-carriage-of-cargo/

This blog, Coast Guard Maritime Commons, is a wonderful source of information on many maritime topics, including security.  It should be required reading for FSOs. FSOs can sign up at the blog site to be notified of new postings. The posting on fracking water is reproduced below:

The Coast Guard reiterated Thursday that it has not taken final agency action or approved requests for the carriage of Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water, or SGEWW, in bulk.

“The Coast Guard has not taken final agency action on the June 2012 request to carry Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water,” stated CAPT John Mauger, Chief of the Office of Design Engineering Standards at Coast Guard Headquarters. “Our action on this request is still pending our analysis of the comments received during the public review of our proposed policy.”

In June 2012, the Coast Guard received a request to classify and carry SGEWW for bulk transportation via barge. The regulations in 46 CFR 153, require the Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards to assess the hazards and classify a cargo before it can be carried in bulk.

In October 2013, the Coast Guard published a draft policy that proposed conditions for carriage of this cargo. No decision regarding the carriage of this cargo has been made.

As described in the draft policy, the proposed standards would not supersede existing allowances for oil field wastes to be shipped as hazardous wastes under long-standing Coast Guard policy in Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 7-8 7, Guidance on Waterborne Transport of Oil Field Wastes. This policy describes the oil field wastes and provides several examples. Under this policy, vessels carrying hazardous waste are subject to inspection. Further, waterfront facilities involved in the handling, storage or transfer of hazardous waste are regulated by the Coast Guard under 33 CFR, Part 126.


- See more at: http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/02/06/262015-coast-guard-has-not-taken-final-action-on-proposed-policy-letter-for-carriage-of-cargo/#sthash.WWyTbfcS.dpuf

Update to TSA TWIC NEWS Posting on Truncated Last Name on TWIC Card

TSA has posted an update to the issue concerning persons with last names of more than 14 characters who have enrolled for a TWIC.  The take-away for FSOs is, "TSA is exploring ways to print the full last name on the card regardless of the number of characters.  Security personnel should be aware that some TWIC holders will have authentic cards although their full last name, as printed on the card, may be truncated." 
(Off topic: I made a request to John Schwartz that updated and new items on this website be posted with a date so we can figure out what was posted when.  He advised that that was already being considered.  I see that they are still considering it.) 
Truncated Last Name on TWIC Card: TWIC cards issued since May 2014 truncated the number of characters printed on cards for individuals with long last names.  Version 2.3 TWIC® cards printed prior to 12/12/2014 printed only the first 14 characters of a person’s last name.  The number of characters includes spaces, hyphens, and apostrophes in the person’s last name.  The printed last name is always followed by a comma. If a person’s last name exceeds 14 characters, all characters after the 14th are not printed.  A comma follows immediately after the 14th character.
Version 2.3 TWIC cards printed on or later than 12/12/2014 are printed with a maximum of last name 19 characters, followed by a comma.
Despite the limited space available on the card, TSA is exploring ways to print the full last name on the card regardless of the number of characters.  Security personnel should be aware that some TWIC holders will have authentic cards although their full last name, as printed on the card, may be truncated.