The U.S.C.G. Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) focuses on fire protection response and cargo transportation security

The U.S. Coast Guard Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) held its autumn meeting in Washington, DC on 30 September 2004. The agenda focused on reports from various CTAC subcommittees including status reports from the CTAC National Fire Protection Association 472 and Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security Subcommittees. Also discussed were the responsibilities and limitations of CTAC outreach and liaising with other advisory committees, as well as the work of the CTAC charter review workgroup. A presentation was given by CTAC on recent marine casualties, not as a main focus, but to increase awareness within the industry.

Cdr. Tom Marian of Vessel Traffic Service Houston gave a presentation on the security initiatives developed by the Deep Draft Facilitation Subcommittee of the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, of which INTERTANKO is a member. CTAC was also updated on the status of implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act by the Coast Guard’s Office of Port, Vessel, and Facility Security (G–MPS).

In addition, the CTAC Subcommittee on National Fire Protection Association 472 met the day before to discuss the results of meeting with the Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and to prepare a draft chapter for possible incorporation of marine specific competencies into the NAPA 472 Standard. The CTAC Subcommittee on Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security held a short meeting the same day to review the status of the recommendations made to the U.S. Coast Guard, and look at its future work programme.

One concern raised by some members of CTAC was the lack of information in the U.S. on the MARPOL Annex II (noxious liquid substances) Revisions. It was agreed that this needed to be addressed by the group. At the request of CTAC, INTERTANKO, whose Chemicals Manager, Margaret Doyle, attended the meeting, was asked to prepare a presentation for the next CTAC meeting (tentatively planned for 21 April 2005 in Washington, DC.) on the MARPOL Annex II Revisions.

Contact: Margaret Doyle