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News dations issued following the catastrophic 2003 Staten Island ferry marine casualty in New York Harbor. The first notice announces and seeks public comment on a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular on medical and physical evaluation guidelines for merchant mariner credentials. The public can submit comments on the draft through November 27, 2006. The second notice announces that the Coast Guard will require pilots of certain vessels to provide a copy of their annual physical examinations to the Coast Guard. The requirement applies to all first class pilots on vessels greater than 1,600 gross registered tons and other individuals who serve as pilots on certain types of vessels. Among the National Transportation Safety Board conclusions were recommendations that the Coast Guard review its medical evaluation process and that pilots be required to submit the results of their annual physical examinations to the Coast Guard for review. DOT to fund Ferry for Mississippi Drivers will be able to use a free ferry service between Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis, Miss. starting Nov. 1, 2006, under the terms of a nearly $5 million federally funded contract, Acting Secretary of Transportation Maria Cino announced. "Repairing the region's bridges shouldn't serve as a roadblock to redevelopment," Acting Secretary Cino said. "Residents and local businesses are counting on us to get this region moving again." Acting Secretary Cino said the ferry service was necessary to handle traffic between the two towns while repair work on the bridge that once connected them is ongoing. The bridge was damaged last August during Hurricane Katrina and work to repair it won't be completed until next May, the Acting Secretary noted. She added that the Federal Highway Administration would pay the entire cost of the seven-month contract out of its Emergency Relief funds. Cino noted that the FHWA approved Mississippi's selection of Hornblower Marine Services to provide the ferry service, and that the company would begin work on the state contract starting Nov. 1, 2006. The Acting Secretary added that the US Department of Transportation already has provided Mississippi with more than $1.1 billion since last fall. She said the money has helped pay for debris removal, bridge and road repairs, support for transit operations and to help finance the reconstruction of the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport. ALONE With the David Clark "SOLO" Dual-Radio Headset Station, you're never really alone. Just a flip of the switch allows you to monitor or transmit on two radios. And when you just need a little company, you'll have the ability to listen to a stereo source that will auto-mute in the event of radio traffic. Photo courtesy of Sandra Cannon YOU'RE NEVER Cut down on noise fatigue, increase your ease of communication and never feel alone again. A complete system typically includes The "SOLO" Dual-Radio Headset Station, your choice of an over-the-head or behind-thehead Marine Headset and a Push-to-Talk "Body" Switch. For more information about this system and many others contact David Clark Company Incorporated, 360 Franklin Street, Box 15054, Worcester, MA 01515-0054 USA. Phone: 800-298-6235, E-mail: email@example.com or visit www.davidclark.com/marine. R&R Marine to Build for Pelican R&R Marine Fabrication and Drydock announced that it has signed an agreement with Pelican Offshore Services Company, Inc. of Galveston, Texas to build four lightering support vessels with an option to build four additional vessels. Pelican Offshore is a wholly owned subsidiary of AET Inc. Steel for the first of four 185foot lightering support vessels is expected to be cut in April 2007. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled in June 2008 and will be followed by the remaining three vessels in four-month intervals with the last vessel being delivered in June 2009. Pelican Offshore and its parent AET will become the only lightering operator 12 · MarineNews · November, 2006