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MARAD issues advisory re a debris field formed in the North Pacific Ocean

After earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory reminding mariners that, subsequent to the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, a debris field formed in the North Pacific Ocean. This debris field may have dispersed over a broad area between Japan and the US West Coast. Mariners transiting these waters should remain vigilant and should report significant debris sightings. The content of this advisory is shown below:1. THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO VESSELS TRANSITING THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN FROM JAPAN TO THE U.S. WEST COAST.2. THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV.3. THE 9.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE THAT OCCURRED MARCH 11, 2011 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN RESULTED IN A DEBRIS FIELD IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN.4. POSSIBLE MARINE DEBRIS TYPES INCLUDE DERELICT VESSELS, FISHING NETS AND FLOATS, LUMBER, CARGO CONTAINERS, AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS. BECAUSE DIFFERENT DEBRIS TYPES MOVE WITH CURRENTS OR WINDS DIFFERENTLY, THE DEBRIS MAY BE DISPERSED OVER A VERY BROAD AREA BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE U.S. WEST COAST. SOME GENERAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WEBSITE HTTP://MARINEDEBRIS.NOAA.GOV/INFO/JAPANFAQS.HTML5. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS TRANSITING THE SUBJECT AREA SHOULD ADVISE SUCH VESSELS TO REMAIN VIGILANT ...

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US MARAD report shows that more ships are stopping at U.S. ports

Rebounded by 13 percent in 2010 A report released from the U.S. Maritime Administration shows more ships are stopping at U.S. ports. The stops, or vessel calls, rebounded by 13 percent in 2010, after an eight percent decline in 2009. Oceangoing vessel calls reflect waterborne trade between the United States and countries around the world, and are a measure of import, export and domestic ocean shipments.Although challenges remain, this encouraging rebound in oceangoing vessels is a sign that President Obama's economic policies are working," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We're committed to supporting policies that will build on this momentum so that the maritime industry will continue to grow and create American jobs."The 2010 Vessel Calls Snapshot report contains data on calls by oceangoing vessels at U.S. ports. In 2010, 7,579 oceangoing vessels made 62,747 calls at U.S. ports. Of the 2010 calls, 35 percent were by tankers carrying oil and gas used to power our cars and heat our homes, 31 percent were by containerships carrying general export and import cargo for markets around the U.S. and the world, 17 percent were by dry bulk vessels carrying iron, coal and grain for export, 9 percent were by roll-on ...

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MARAD Advisory Re Japanese Power Plant

Avoid transiting within 50 miles The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Advisory stating that,due to radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear power plant near Fukushima,Japan, vessels are urged to avoid transiting within 50 miles of that site (37-19North, 141-01 East).This cautionary area may expand depending uponprevailing wind and weather.In the event that a vessel bound for the UnitedStates has transited within the cautionary area, the master should submit transitinformation, including the date and total time within the cautionary area, to thecognizant USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) using the comment block on the 96-hour advance notice of arrival (ANOA).To view the Advisory please click hereSource: MARAD

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USCG & MARAD warning to yachts and sailing vessels for pirates

Warning to U.S. registered yachts and sailing vessels The U.S. Coast Guard strongly advises against all operation of and travel by U.S. yachts and sailing craft, or by U.S. citizens on foreign registered yachts and sailing craft, on the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Somali Basin and the western parts of the Indian Ocean.A U.S. registered sailing vessel was hijacked by pirates in February 2011 off the southern coast of Oman in the northern Arabian Sea and all of its crew were tragically killed. This case is a stark reminder of the grave dangers of operating in these high risk waters, especially by recreational vessels.All mariners already in these waters are urged to register with the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) for up to date advice and guidance on passage round the Horn of Africa. They should also report regularly to the UKMTO (email: [email protected]; Tel: +971 50 552 3215), giving location, course and speed, and plan their routing carefully to reduce the risk of an attack.Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the northwest Indian Ocean and has occurred in excess of 1000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia. Up-to-date information about attacks ...

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