White House – Veterans Day Proclamation;
NOAA – DWH early restoration plan;
OFAC – Iranian sanctions update;
USCG – Operation Right Speed;
Georgia – intermodal shipment compliance;
California – southern sea otter translocation;
Washington – proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal;
Indian Ocean – weekly piracy update;
EMSA – newsletter;
New Zealand – safety bulletin;
UK – lifeboat drill casualty;
UK – expensive wrong-way transit;
Newsletter – contributions requested;
Great Lakes Storm of 1913;
SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975.
November 9, 2012
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White House – Veterans Day Proclamation
President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation designating November 11, 2012 as Veterans Day 2012 to recognize the valor and sacrifice of veterans of the US Armed Forces. (11/7/12). Note: Unfortunately, legislation to include members of the Merchant Marine (the Fifth Armed Force) who served during our nation’s conflicts has yet to be enacted into law. This date, the anniversary of the end of the Great War in 1918, is marked as Remembrance Day in many nations.
NOAA – DWH early restoration plan
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council seeks public comment on the Deepwater Horizon Phase II Draft Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Review. The plan includes two proposed projects totaling about $9 million that focus on restoring nesting habitat for birds and sea turtles. A public meeting will be held in Pensacola on 13 November. Written comments should be submitted by 10 December. (11/8/12).
OFAC – Iranian sanctions update
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an update of list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) subject to the US economic sanctions with respect to Iran. Included on the list are the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), and a variety of maritime entities. (11/8/12).
USCG – Operation Right Speed
The US Coast Guard issued a news release reminding operators of large vessels that Operation Right Speed is in effect during the annual North Atlantic right whale migration in mid-Atlantic waters from 1 November through 30 April. NOAA navigational charts identify the right whale seasonal management areas. (11/8/12).
Georgia – intermodal shipment compliance
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a multi-agency strike force operation was conducted in the ports of Savannah and Brunswick to ensure regulatory compliance of intermodal shipments, including compliance with the International Convention for Safe Containers. (11/8/12).
California – southern sea otter translocation
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced finalization of its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on translocation of southern sea otters. The translocation program, initiated in 1987, attempted to create an established population of sea otters on San Nicholas Island sufficient to repopulate other areas of the range should a catastrophic event affect the mainland population. The program has been unsuccessful and its termination is recommended. 77 Fed. Reg. 67302 (November 9, 2012). Note: You can lead a sea otter to an island, but you can’t make her stay.
Washington – proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that the public meeting in Seattle jointly sponsored by Whatcom County, the Department of Ecology, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to gather public comment on the scope of an upcoming environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed Gateway Pacific bulk-cargo shipping terminal and rail spur improvements at Cherry Point has been rescheduled to 13 December at the Washington State Convention Center. Three public meetings have been held to date. Four more meetings are scheduled: Ferndale (29 November); Spokane (4 December); Vancouver (12 December); and Seattle (13 December). Written comments must be submitted by 21 January 2013. (11/8/12).
Indian Ocean – weekly piracy update
NATO posted its Weekly Piracy Update for the period 31 October through 6 November. There were no piracy related incidents in the High Risk Area, but there were reports of suspicious activity. (11/8/12).
EMSA – newsletter
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued the November edition of its Newsletter. This issue discussed, among other things, a recent workshop on use of the EU States Claims Management Guidelines for claims arising due to maritime pollution incidents. (11/6/12).
New Zealand – safety bulletin
Maritime New Zealand issued a Safety Bulletin drawing attention to a number of recent crane block failures on IHI and IHI-WMMP deck cranes on log ships. (11/8/12).
UK – lifeboat drill casualty
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of two men overboard from a cruise ship while conducting a lifeboat drill alongside the berth at Southampton on 29 March 2012. During the drill, while the lifeboat was being held alongside Deck 9, difficulty was encountered in releasing the forward bowsing rope from the bitts. When the release lever was operated manually, the rope released suddenly, heeling the lifeboat to one side and dropping the two men on the roof of the lifeboat into the water 22 meters below, where they incurred minor injuries. Investigation revealed that the problem with the bowsing rope had been identified during refit, but not remedied. In addition, the ship’s safety management system had not fully addressed training and procedures for lifeboat operations. Report 25-2012 (11/8/12). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.
UK – expensive wrong-way transit
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that the owner of a fishing vessel was fined £7,500 and costs of £2,254 for traveling 17 miles in a northeasterly direction while in the southwest lane of the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). During this transit, several merchant vessels were forced to alter course to avoid collision. (11/8/12).
Newsletter – contributions requested
In an effort to keep the maritime community timely informed as to what the various government agencies are doing for and to us, I have published an electronic blog and newsletter for the past four years. The blog and newsletter are unique in that they almost always provide the reader with direct access to the government document(s) at issue. I have been absorbing the costs of the website, the email distribution system, subscriptions, etc. Those costs have been rising and are expected to continue to rise. It is therefore requested that you, my long-suffering readers, make a modest contribution to help defray these costs. A contribution of $40 ($10/year) is suggested. Many thanks.
Great Lakes storm of 1913
In early November, 1913, a blizzard struck the US Midwest and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Great Lakes storm of 1913 reached its highest intensity on 9 November. A total of 19 ships were sunk and another 19 were stranded on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Cargo losses were in excess of 68,300 tons and were valued at over a million dollars. More than 280 mariners lost their lives in the most destructive natural disaster to ever strike the Great Lakes.
SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975
On 10 November 1975, the laker Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with a loss of all 29 hands. It was one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes, carrying over 26,000 tons of taconite ore between Duluth/Superior and the steel mills to the south. The “Fitz” had departed on 9 November in tandem with another laker, but sailed directly into an early winter storm. It sank suddenly, without making a distress call, at about 7:30 p.m., in heavy snow with winds gusting to hurricane force and seas exceeding 30 feet in height. Gordon Lightfoot memorialized the casualty in his hit song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.
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