U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee Held

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) held its spring meeting last week in Philadelphia in the U.S. Agenda items from the full committee meeting included a report from the CTAC Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security (HCTS) and Outreach Sub-committees. Included under the umbrella of the Outreach Sub-committee are the Barge Emissions and Placarding and the MARPOL Annex II Work Groups.  

The Hazardous Cargo Transportation (HCTS) Sub-committee 

The Hazardous Cargo Transportation (HCTS) Sub-committee report discussed the issues dealt with at the Sub-committee meeting held the previous day. The report to the CTAC included a review of the Advance Notice of Arrival (ANOA) Regulations and the input previously provided to the U.S. Coast Guard by CTAC on this issue. Issues discussed regarding ANOA include the definition of a Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC), CDC residues on ships and barges as well as reporting requirements in the various sectors. A working group has been developed within this Sub-committee to respond to the ANOA regulations published in the Federal Register earlier this week. The next sub-committee meeting will be held on 16 June 2006 in Houston, Texas. 

The CTAC Outreach Subcommittee 

The CTAC Outreach Sub-committee report highlighted the issues discussed at the sub-committee meeting held the previous day. One of the primary issues discussed was the need for CTAC to be more involved in both national and international activities. Members of the CTAC were assigned different industry sectors to contact to ensure CTAC’s activities are publicised.  

One of the top priority issues that remain for the Sub-committee is the use of Homeport (http://homeport.uscg.mil/). Homeport is the official Coast Guard information technology system for maritime security created to provide information and services to the maritime community and the public over the internet. Everyone is encouraged to register with Homeport but users are reminded that the portal is still in its infancy. This portal will eventually be the source of all CTAC information.  

Reports from both the Outreach Sub-committee’s working groups were also given. The Barge Emissions and Placarding working group met on 9 May 2006. This working group has been working closely with industry and regulators to address barge emissions and proper placarding issues raised by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). The working group is led by Amy Husted of Kirby Corporation. The next meeting of this working group will be held on 14 June 2006 in Houston, Texas. 

The INTERTANKO representative chairing the MARPOL Annex II working group apprised the Committee of the various meetings held since November 2005, and the status of the draft framework for the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) that will be used to implement MARPOL Annex II. The next meeting of the working group will be held on 15 June 2006 in Houston, Texas. It is expected that the working group will conclude its efforts no later than 1 July 2006.  

An excellent informational presentation was given on the subject of recent developments in the increasing number of hull cracks being reported by U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York. CTAC Executive Director CDR Bob Hennessy, and LCDR Rob Smith jointly presented the regulatory update. Certain regulatory projects of interest to CTAC , including Vapour Control, and Hazardous Substance Response Plan (HSRP) regulations, still have no definitive regulatory timeline.  

In preparation for the Vapour Control regulations which may be further down the pipeline than the HSRP, the Committee voted to establish a working group to examine the recommendations made by the CTAC at the inception of that regulatory project. This working group will be headed by Ed Shearer of Shearer & Associates. 

The next meeting of USCG CTAC is tentatively scheduled for October in conjunction with the 2006 Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans 

Contact: Margaret Doyle