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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

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    logo11 Salvage and marine firefighting verification

    In the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Salvage and marine firefighting verification". At the end of 2008, the US Coast Guard finally adopted its salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) regulations, which have proven to be unnecessarily complicated. Those regulations, which now cover large nontank vessels in addition to tank vessels, place the burden for determining the adequacy of SMFF assets on the vessel owners and operators - an evaluation that they have no capability to accomplish. The Coast Guard is now undertaking a drill program to test and verify the ability of selected vessels and their SMFF resource providers to meet the regulatory requirements. A strong SMFF presence is important to the proper protection of the marine environment.