The Senate has adopted, as amended by the House, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (H.R. 2838). The measure is now cleared to go to the White House for enactment into law. The measure includes a number of important provisions, including: short sea transportation; notice of arrival; TWIC process reform; assessment of needs for additional Coast Guard presence in high-latitude regions; and merchant mariner medical evaluation program, to name only a few. Unfortunately, provisions relating to the ballast water management program and fair treatment of seafarers did not make the cut this year. (12/12/12).
Information provided by Bryant’s Maritime Consulting