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AJR-25 Regulation of vessel anchorages.(2021-2022)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 25


Introduced by Assembly Member Nguyen
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chen, Choi, and Davies)

January 14, 2022


Relative to the regulation of vessel anchorages.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 25, as introduced, Nguyen. Regulation of vessel anchorages.
This measure would request the United States Congress and the President of the United States to immediately take action to increase resources for the enforcement of regulating vessel anchorages to both regulate the backlog of cargo ships and prevent future oil spills related to anchor strikes.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The federal Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-340) provides that the United States Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to establish anchorage grounds for vessels in all harbors, rivers, bays, and other navigable waters of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The rules and regulations pertaining to these anchorages are to be enforced by the United States Coast Guard; and
WHEREAS, Where there is not a United States Coast Guard vessel available, those rules and regulations may be enforced by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers under the direction of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security; and
WHEREAS, In the event of a violation of those rules and regulations by the owner, master, or person in charge of any vessel, that owner, master, or person in charge of the vessel shall be liable for a penalty of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000); and
WHEREAS, On October 2, 2021, a pipeline breach spilled up to 144,000 gallons of oil off the southern California coast, fouling waters and beaches for miles; and
WHEREAS, United States Coast Guard investigators suspect a pipeline that runs from an oil processing platform off Huntington Beach to the Port of Long Beach began leaking after it was snagged by a drifting cargo ship’s anchor; and
WHEREAS, The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are experiencing a record backlog of cargo ships waiting to dock; and
WHEREAS, There are significant safety and commercial interests in enforcing the rules and regulations pertaining to anchorage grounds for vessels to ensure safe navigation; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature calls upon the Congress of the United States and the President of the United States to immediately take action to increase resources for the enforcement of regulating vessel anchorages to both regulate the backlog of cargo ships and prevent future oil spills related to anchor strikes; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.