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September 9th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 September 2011

Headlines:

USCG – meetings re inspection of towing vessels;

FMC – complaint against Corpus Christi Port Authority;

DOE – offshore wind power R&D projects;

Puerto Rico – Port Condition WHISKEY;

Jacksonville – WAMS study of Intracoastal Waterway;

Arctic Ocean – critical equipment dropped to icebreakers;

House – bill introduced to regulate discharges from commercial vessels;

House – bill introduced re reporting suspicious marine occurrences;

House – maritime bills advance;

Somalia – pirates release Danish family after seven months;

UK – port freight statistics;

UK – fatal injuries during mooring operations; and

Glenn J. Winuk – A Fallen American Hero.

September 9, 2011

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USCG – meetings re inspection of towing vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will conduct a series of public meetings to receive comments on its proposed rulemaking regarding inspection of towing vessels. Meetings will be held in Newport News (October 18); St. Louis (October 24); New Orleans (October 26); and Seattle (November 16). Written comments should be submitted by December 9. 76 Fed. Reg. 55847 (September 9, 2011).

FMC – complaint against Corpus Christi Port Authority

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company has filed a complaint against the Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County alleging violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. Complainant alleges that is has been charged wharfage and other charges that are excessive and not reasonably related to the value of services rendered. It is alleged that the charges subsidize costs associated with services provided to other users of the port facilities. 76 Fed. Reg. 55909 (September 9, 2011).

DOE – offshore wind power R&D projects

clip_image008 The Department of Energy issued a news release stating that awards totaling $43 million are being made to more than 160 universities, labs, and businesses in 20 states for research and development projects related to offshore wind power. (9/8/11).

Puerto Rico – Port Condition WHISKEY

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Port Condition WHISKEY has been set for the ports of the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Maria approaches. Mariners should start making preparations now for heavy weather. (9/8/11).

Jacksonville – WAMS study of Intracoastal Waterway

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has initiated a Waterways and Management Study (WAMS) of the Intracoastal Waterway from Cumberland Sound to day beacon 84 in the Matanzas River. Interested parties are encouraged to comment on existing aids to navigation and to make recommendations for potential changes. (9/8/11).

Arctic Ocean – critical equipment dropped to icebreakers

clip_image009[2] clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a multimedia release stating that an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules conducted three drops of critical equipment to the USCGC Healy and the CCGS Louis St. Laurent near the North Pole. The icebreakers are conducting scientific research including bathymetric mapping of the Arctic sea floor. (9/8/11).

House – bill introduced to regulate discharges from commercial vessels

clip_image013 Representative LoBiondo (R-NJ) introduced the Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 2840) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to regulate discharges from commercial vessels, and for other purposes. The bill would, if enacted into law, severely limit the authority of individual states to regulate discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels. (9/2/11).

House – bill introduced re reporting suspicious marine occurrences

clip_image014 Representative Rigell (R-VA) introduced the Suspected Maritime Activities of Terrorism Immunity Act (H.R. 2846) to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to provide immunity for reporting and responding to suspicious transactions, activities, and occurrences that involve a vessel, facility, port, or waterway, and for other purposes. (9/7/11).

House – maritime bills advance

clip_image014[1] The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release stating that it approved various pending bills, including the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011 and the Piracy Suppression Act of 2011. The measures will now go to the floor for consideration by the full House. (9/8/11).

Somalia – pirates release Danish family after seven months

clip_image016 The Official Website of Denmark issued a news release stating that Somali pirates have released the Danish family held hostage since February. The parents, their three children, and two crew members were released, along with their boat, the ING, following the reported payment of 3.5 million kroner ransom. (9/8/11).

UK – port freight statistics

clip_image018 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued Port freight statistics for the second quarter of 2011. For the twelve months ending in the second quarter of 2011, the total port traffic (tonnage) was up 4% over the previous twelve months. Tonnage during the second quarter of 2011 was up 6% over the tonnage during the second quarter of 2010. (9/8/11).

UK – fatal injuries during mooring operations

clip_image018[1] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into fatal injuries to a crewman during mooring operations on a landing craft south of Jura on 13 March 2011. The crewman became trapped between a mooring wire and the ship’s rail. The wire pulled him over the rail and into the sea. Report 16/2011 (9/8/11).

Glenn J. Winuk – A Fallen American Hero

clip_image019 Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks in Manhattan, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. Approximately 3,000 people died as a result of those attacks. Most were dedicated firefighters and police in New York City and many were innocent victims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One, though, was a maritime lawyer who worked several blocks away from the World Trade Center. After the planes hit the Twin Towers and people started fleeing the area, Glenn J. Winuk, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown on Long Island, grabbed a response kit from a parked fire truck and went to the South Tower to render assistance to persons in need. His remains were identified months later through DNA analysis. He represents all that is good and true in Americans and deserves to be long-remembered. (9/9/11).

If you have questions regarding the above items, please contact the editor:

Dennis L. Bryant

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135

USA

1-352-692-5493
dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com

http://brymar-consulting.com

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