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AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SALE NOAs must contain the following information: vessel information; voyage information; cargo information; crewmember and passenger information; operational condition of equipment; International Safety Management Code information; cargo declaration; International Ship and Port Facility Code information. The purpose of the NOA reporting system is to allow the Coast Guard and other agencies to evaluate the safety and security threats posed by each vessel and its cargo and passengers, and to take appropriate actions, if necessary, to intervene before vessels reach U.S. ports. In 1999, the Coast Guard issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would update OCS related requirements. Included in the 1999 proposed rule was a provision that would require advance notice of arrival information prior to a vessel arriving on the OCS. Due to other Coast Guard rulemaking priorities, this proposal has never been finalized. Accordingly, under Section 109 of the SAFE Port Act, the Coast Guard will be required to propose new NOA requirements for foreign vessels operating on the OCS in the near future to fill this security gap. Hopefully, in implementing this provision, the Coast Guard will expand this rulemaking to all vessels operating on the OCS. As recent history has shown, the threat from homegrown terrorists and foreigners who hijack domestic vessels is all too real. Limiting reporting requirements to foreign-flag vessels entering OCS areas undermines the intent of this provision to provide for the security of OCS operations. Under current law and procedures uniformly being followed related to OCS activities, foreign workers may not work offshore on OCS units absent a determination by the Coast Guard that an exemption from U.S. citizen manning requirements is appropriate. Even upon the issuance of such an exemption, a foreign citizen may not proceed offshore to engage in OCS activities or disembark from an OCS unit making a port call without going through a security interview with a U.S. consular officer before obtaining a B-1 (OCS) visa. Filling the NOA gap with regard to offshore reporting will also further enhance security offshore when the Coast Guard finalizes rules to implement this new requirement in the near future. The current process of requesting an exemption from the citizenship manning requirements works well. There is a severe shortage of qualified U.S. citizens available to work offshore. Because of this shortage, there is a great need to employ foreign citizens to supplement available skilled U.S. citizens to facilitate U.S. energy production and to minimize U.S. reliance on foreign crude oil and gas. H2B visa quotas are being met almost as soon as they are made available, and it is unclear if OCS workers would even qualify for such visas. Accordingly, applying the H-2B visa program offshore is unnecessary and would severely handicap work offshore. Enactment of the new OCS reporting requirements will help fill a security gap with regard to activities offshore. In fact, enactment of this provision, in combination with the current OCS exemption regime and the B-1 (OCS) visa system provides the U.S. with a system that provides for the necessary security offshore while facilitating oil and gas development to minimize the reliance on foreign resources. 28 meter · 149 Passenger Ferry Year Built: 1995 Builder: Gladding-Hearn Structure: Double Deck with open upper deck Aluminum Incat Catamaran Hull Engines: 8000 Engine hours on the newly refit Deutz engines (2) Deutz V16 1250hp combined main propulsion water cooled (2) ZF marine reversing gears (2) MJP 550 X 2 water jet About the Authors Jonathan K. Waldron is a partner in Blank Rome's Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts practice at Blank Rome LLP, where he specializes in maritime, international and environmental law. He can be contacted at (202) 772-9964 or waldron@BlankRome.com. Charles T. 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