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December 11, 2001

New ballast water report requirement
Effective December 21, 2001 all vessels equipped with ballast tanks are required to submit their Ballast Water Report Form prior to arrival at their first U.S. port of call.

For all vessels not entering the Great Lakes or the Hudson River North of the George Washington Bridge, the forms should be sent to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse via one of the following means:

  • Electronic Transmission:  National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) at: http://invasions.si.edu/ballast.htm; e-mail [email protected]
  • Fax to: Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, c/o the NBIC at (301) 261-4319
  • Mail to: U.S.C.G., c/o Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028

Vessels calling in the Great Lakes or the Hudson River North of the George Washington Bridge will continue to submit Ballast Water Report Forms to the appropriate Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to their arrival.

The U. S. Coast Guard's final rule on the Implementation of the National Invasive Species Act [USCG 1998-3143] appears in the November 21, 2001 Federal Register. The purpose of the rule is to fine tune the National Ballast Water Management Program, published as an interim rule on May 17, 1999.

The changes included in the final rule are the result of public comments received regarding the interim rule, and the evaluation of the established ballast water management program. The changes clarify the requirements for vessels reporting their ballast water management practices and align the Voluntary National Guidelines with the Great Lakes Ballast Water Program. For further information, call Lt.Cmdr. R Mary Pat McKeown, Project Manager, (202) 267-0500, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (G-MSO), 2100 Second St. SW., Washington DC 20593-0001.

Contracts for FGH Engineered Products
Anytime soon, the bankrupt Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. is expected to announce its plan of reorganization. Meantime, its equipment arm, FGH Engineered Products Group, has announced that its AmClyde unit has signed new contracts totaling over $10 million with several customers in the international offshore oil and gas sector.

Dick Juelich, AmClyde President, stated: "We are pleased toreceive these contracts for assisting with capacity upgrades and modifications to existing AmClyde heavy-lift marine cranes, as well as several other recent contracts."

AmClyde will provide engineering and services to Saipem (ENI Group) of Italy as it relocate a 2,400-ton AmClyde crane to a new vessel. AmClyde also has a contract from Horizon Offshore Contractors to upgrade the lifting capacity on its existing AmClyde Model 52 marine crane by more than 50 percent.

AmClyde has also been awarded a contract from CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) to provide aftermarket support services for a new 3,800-ton AmClyde marine crane. Amclyde will seek court approval to perform on the CNOOC aftermarket services contract. AmClyde-Norson Engineering, the company's pipelay and cable lay equipment specialist of Glasgow, Scotland, has received a contract from AIOC (Azerbaijan International Operating Company) to provide a template leveling system.