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USCG Seeks Members For Towing Safety
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking appli- cations for membership on the Towing Safety
Advisory Committee (TSAC).
TSAC is sponsored by the USCG and provides advice and consultation to the USCG on matters relating to the safe operation of towing vessels and barges.
The advice and recommendations of TSAC also assist the USCG in formulating U.S. positions at meetings of the International Maritime Organiza- tion and in implementing regulatory programs.
Applications are being considered for expiring terms and for other existing vacancies on the committee. Each member serves a two-year term and may be reappointed. The committee meets at least twice a year at USCG Headquarters in Wash- ington, D.C. Special meetings may be called and subcommittee meetings are held to consider spe- cific problems as required. Members service with- out salary, per diem or compensation for travel.
To be eligible, applicants should have experi- ence in either marine transportation, occupational safety and health, environmental protection, or in business operations associated with the towing industry.
In support of gender and ethnic diversity among the committee membership, the USCG is encour- aging qualified women and minorities to apply.
To become a member, application forms may be obtained by writing to Commandant (G-MTH-4),
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St.,
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001, or by calling
Capt. Gordon D. Marsh or Lt.j.g. Robert P.
Gillan at (202) 267-2997.
Congresswoman Schenk Debuts
Legislation To Rehab Maritime Industry
Citing budget restraints which would prevent funding for new initiatives, CongresswomanLynn
Schenk of California introduced legislation that would, as the Congresswoman points out, be a budget neutral approach.
The plan would reserve up to 30 percent of U.S. oil imports and 50 percent of U.S. motor vehicle imports for U.S.-documented vessels. The law, as proposed, would remain in effect until the top 10 foreign shipbuilding countries end subsidies to its maritime industries.
Congresswoman Schenk points to a recent
Transportation Department survey—which shows that of 57 maritime nations, all of them provide maritime subsidies, 70 percent of them have bilat- eral cargo preference agreements, and 40 percent enforce a general cargo reservation requirement— to state a case that the U.S. maritime industry is in crisis, in need of strengthening, similar to legis- lation passed by Congress in 1974 in response to the oil crisis.
Dubbed the Merchant Marine Revitalization
Act of 1994, the plan would purportedly open a portion of the international shipbuilding market to U.S. shipyards by creating a demand for Un- documented, U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed tankers and Ro/Ro vessels, it is claimed.
Projections by the Congresswoman claim it would provide order for about 130 ships and jump start the revitalization of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair industry, while at the same time ease the transition from defense to the civilian market without generating federal deficit pres- sure. The act, in its infancy, is designed to aug- ment the maritime programs passed last year.
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