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December 12th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 December 2011

Headlines:

MARAD – Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone and RNA;

USCG – alternate tonnage threshold for oil spill response vessels;

NOAA – updated edition of Chart No. 1;

Florida Keys – coral restoration after grounding;

Bering Sea – update on disabled cargo ship;

House – bill introduced to improve freight mobility;

Senate – bill introduced to reform TWIC issuance process;

Indian Ocean – weekly piracy assessment;

Panama Canal – summary of November operations; and

North Atlantic – ship sinks, crew rescued.

December 12, 2011

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MARAD – Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that applications for grants under the Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program must be received by 5 p.m. EST on January 17, 2012. 76 Fed. Reg. 77307 (December 12, 2011).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone and RNA

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing both a safety zone and a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal near Romeoville, Illinois. The rule places navigational, environmental, and operational restrictions on all vessels transiting the navigable waters located adjacent to and over the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) electrical dispersal fish barrier system. The rule comes into effect immediately. 76 Fed. Reg. 77121 (December 12, 2011).

USCG – alternate tonnage threshold for oil spill response vessels

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule establishing an alternate size threshold based on the International Tonnage Convention for oil spill response vessels (OSRVs). The interim rule comes into effect immediately. Comments should be submitted by February 10, 2012. 76 Fed. Reg. 77128 (December 12, 2011).

NOAA – updated edition of Chart No. 1

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated version of Chart No. 1. The chart provides descriptions and depictions of the basic nautical chart elements and symbols used on nautical charts issued by NOAA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). (12/8/11).

Florida Keys NMS – coral restoration after grounding

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that coral in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) damaged by the grounding of a small vessel in 2002 has been successfully restored. The owner of the 36-foot long vessel paid $56,671.27 in a negotiated settlement. (12/9/11).

Bering Sea – update on disabled cargo ship

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it continues to respond to the 650-foot long cargo vessel disabled in the Bering Sea near Adak. The ship incurred a steering casualty. Recently-arrived technicians are attempting to diagnose and resolve the problem. (12/9/11).

House – bill introduced to improve freight mobility

clip_image012 Representative Smith (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3607) to establish a program to improve freight mobility in the United States, to establish the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Fund, and for other purposes. An official copy of the bill has not yet been posted. (12/8/11).

Senate – bill introduced to reform TWIC issuance process

clip_image014 Senator Ayotte (R-NH) introduced a bill (S. 1966) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for enrolling, activating, issuing, and renewing Transportation Worker Identification Credentials so that applicants are not required to visit a designated enrollment center more than once. An official copy of the bill has not yet been posted. (12/8/11).

Indian Ocean – weekly piracy assessment

clip_image016 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issued its Weekly Piracy Assessment for the period 30 November through 7 December 2011. During this period, there was two unsuccessful attacks by pirates against merchant vessels. (12/9/11).

Panama Canal – summary of November operations

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing canal operations during November. It also includes the lock maintenance closure schedule for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 24-2011 (12/9/11).

North Atlantic – ship sinks, crew rescued

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that a small cargo ship sank in the North Atlantic 240 miles south-southwest of Lands End following a collision with a chemical tanker. The seven crew members have been rescued. (12/9/11).

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

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