October 3, 2001
FGH to resume work on Petrodrill rigs
Petrodrill may opt to add additional phases, says FGH.
Operators warned of terrorist dangers
At the dock in the U.S., or at anchor,continued Cox, the ship should maintain a watch at the waterside and report questionable activity to the Coast Guard. The master should limit access to the ship by personnel allowing only those who have business with the ship.
Ship operators should comply with the U.S. Coast Guards request that a crew list and a list of ·other persons on board be transmitted to the Coast Guard at least 96 hours before arrival at the U.S. (The current regulation, now under review for change, has a 24 hour time frame.)
American pilots, continued Cox, should ensure that masters are fully aware of the intended track of the ship. The ·pilot should also consider maintaining separate communications with responsible shore personnel.
Where VTS is presently operating, the VTS controllers should be vigilant about traffic being ·monitored/controlled and other traffic nearby.
Agents, who are usually American companies, should review ships documents closely for non-conformities and resolve issues prior to ship arrival.
Ports/terminals should limit access to their facilities to only those persons having business with the ·facility and who can adequately identify themselves with photo identification. They should cooperate with the Master in limiting access to the ship. Ports/terminals and ships should agree on methods to accommodate crew changes and visits by vendors to chandler the ship or effect necessary repairs.
On the issue of lightering (transferring oil from larger to smaller tankers, which can enter the port at a shallower draft), Cox said "we understand the lightering community has initiated some additional steps including adding a deck watch, exercising the piracy part of the ships plan, keeping the radar active, more frequent patrols of the operator by small boat and maintaining communications with the Coast Guard."
Cox said that the Coast Guard, in addition to working with other federal agencies, should work with state and local governments and public and private terminals to ensure that regulations and requirements are uniform nationwide.