USCG Issues New Interim OSV Rule

first_imgzoom IllustrationThe U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels.The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels and required the Coast Guard to issue regulations to mitigate the risk created as a result, noting the need to ensure safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances and individuals other than crew on OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the Convention Measurement System.Also, this rule will affect any vessel of at least 500 gross register tons as measured under the Regulatory Measurement System, if that vessel is not assigned a measurement under the Convention Measurement System and the owner desires to have the vessel certified as an OSV.Press Release, August 20, 2014last_img read more

Ban appoints veteran UN staffer as new deputy envoy for GuineaBissau

20 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Gana Fofang of Cameroon as the new deputy United Nations envoy for Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Fofang will also serve as the UN Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the West African country.He brings to the position extensive experience after several years of progressively responsible functions in the UN system in the fields of post-conflict development, electoral assistance, de-mining, public administration reform, judicial and security sectors, as well as political and economic governance.“His leadership and expertise will be an asset for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau and the UN Country Team in the country, as a whole,” according to the announcement made on Wednesday.Mr. Fofang is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sao Tome and Principe. Prior to that appointment, he served as Senior Policy Adviser at the UNDP Africa Bureau/Millennium Project in New York from 2006 to 2008.Between 2000 and 2006, he was the UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative in Laos, Rwanda and Mozambique. He also held various positions within the private sector, UNDP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 1988 to 1999 in New York, Cape Verde and Algeria. read more