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Harlan Doliner and Ben Ford to Present Webinar on Jones Act and Offshore Wind Power

On Wednesday February 22nd at 1:00pm Verrill Dana's own Harlan Doliner and Ben Ford will present an online discussion of how U.S. Cabotage Law (otherwise known as the Jones Act) could affact the development of offshore wind power facilities.  Presenting with Ben and Harlan will be Paul Williamson of the Maine Wind Energy Initiative.  Mr Williamson will discuss the need for service vessels and how the Jones Act could require that those vessels be constructed in the U.S. and owned by U.S. companies.

Participants will hear how the current law, along with proposed changes in the law will present opportunities to their commerical marine industry businesses.

The webinar is presented by Workboat Magazine and there is a small fee to participate.  For more information go to: or drop us a line.




U.S. Coast Guard Eases TWIC Requirements

Now a little less paperwork for those of you on the commercial side (from

The Coast Guard announced the publication of a policy letter that exempts a number of mariners from the requirement to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential when renewing or obtaining a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential. The policy letter provides immediate relief for mariners who otherwise would need to obtain a TWIC to get or renew their Merchant Mariner Credential. The policy letter also provides the Coast Guard with an expedient means to comply with a portion of the requirements set forth in Section 809 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

“These changes eliminate the TWIC requirement for mariners who operate vessels not required to have a vessel security plan or who are not actively sailing on their merchant mariner credential” said Captain Eric Christensen, Chief of the Office of Vessel Activities in Washington, DC. “This policy letter solution uses Coast Guard resources and capabilities to lessen the impact on an estimated 60,000 mariners while we work on a regulatory solution to address the full scope of Section 809.”
Prior to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 becoming law, all mariners holding a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential were also required to obtain and hold a valid TWIC. Section 809 of the Act, however, permits the Coast Guard to exempt any mariner not requiring unescorted access to a secure area of a vessel from the requirement to hold a valid TWIC as a precondition of receiving a merchant mariner credential.