A temporary final rule issued by the U.S. Coast Guard reclassifies certain chemicals as dangerous cargo. The rule also sets out two options for vessels to submit electronic notices of arrival--a provision required under federal law. The rule took effect on September 17 and is valid through March 20, 2006. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is accepting comments for a final rule to be issued in the future. Comments must be received by November 16, 2004. For more details visit SM Online.
A new law (formerly H.B. 283) addresses inconsistences between state and federal port security regulations. In 2000, Florida enacted a port security law to address criminal activity in the state’s seaports. However, the federal seaport security standards enacted after the 9-11 attacks, preempted some aspects of the state’s provisions. The ports were also duplicating their efforts on some measures.