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Dennis L. Bryant retired from the US Coast Guard with the rank of Captain after 27 years active duty.  He served in the icebreaker NORTHWIND for several years including in 1969 when it escorted the tanker MANHATTAN through the Northwest Passage (this was back in the old days, when there was real ice in the Arctic).  He had various tours as a law specialist, including an assignment as the Coast Guard’s Law of the Sea officer.  He also served a tour in the Office of International Affairs and finished his career supervising the staff charged with implementing the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).  After leaving the Coast Guard, he was with a major maritime law firm for 13 years.  Now he is an independent consultant.  He also speaks at various fora both domestically and internationally.  In his spare time, he publishes a blog on recent maritime developments and writes maritime-related articles. Some of his published papers are listed in his Bibliography. Dennis also is quoted frequently in Articles appearing in the trade press. He may be reached via telephone at 1-352-692-5493 or via email at dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com.

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    logo11 Cabotage rule change proposed

    In the March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Cabotage rule change proposed". The article discusses the change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the 18 January edition of its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter. Reversing a 40-year practice, the change would prohibit use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment; valves and valve guards; damaged pipelines; platform repair material; and similar items from a US point to another US point. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 April. I am disturbed by the use of the CBP newsletter to announce this significant proposed change rather than the Federal Register, which is the official method for an agency to communicate with the public and the regulated community.