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November 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 November 2012


NY/NJ – RNA for recovery operations;

NTSB – GIS in transportation safety;

PHMSA – meeting re transport of dangerous goods;

BSEE – update re platform fire investigation;

ICJ – Nicaragua v. Columbia;

Somalia – NATO delivers medical aid;

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy coordination; and

ReCAAP – October report.

November 21, 2012

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NY/NJ – RNA for recovery operations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Port of New York/New Jersey south of the George Washington Bridge and west of the Hell Gate Railroad Bridge to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The RNA will remain in effect through 1 February 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 69761 (November 21, 2012).

NTSB – GIS in transportation safety

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public conference in Washington, DC on 4-5 December on the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in transportation safety. 77 Fed. Reg. 69899 (November 21, 2012).

PHMSA – meeting re transport of dangerous goods

clip_image008 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting on 28 November in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Topics on the agenda include: electronic storage systems; global harmonization; Model Regulations; and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). 77 Fed. Reg. 69927 (November 21, 2012).

BSEE – update re platform fire investigation

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release providing an update on its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent fire and explosion on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. One person on the platform died, another is missing, and several other persons were injured. (11/19/12).

ICJ – Nicaragua v. Colombia

clip_image012 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its decision in the dispute between Nicaragua and Columbia over the maritime boundary between the two nations in the Caribbean Sea. The court ruled that the Republic of Columbia has sovereignty over the islands at Albuquerque, Bajo Nuevo, East-Southeast Cays, Quitasueño, Roncador, Serrana, and Serranilla. Columbia was also accorded sovereignty over the territorial seas surrounding these islands. Nicaragua v. Columbia, No. 2012/33 (11/19/12). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my friend Lyla Englehorn of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Somalia – NATO delivers medical aid

clip_image014 NATO issued a news release stating that, using landing craft positioned just offshore, it delivered medical aid to villagers in the northeast Somali villages of Xabo and Bandar Murcayo. Village elders understood that the security situation needs to change to allow aid to be provided ashore. (11/20/12).

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy coordination

clip_image015 NATO issued a news release stating that as part of the continuing efforts to coordinate counter-piracy operations amongst the various naval forces operating in the western Indian Ocean, the commander of its task force met recently with the commander of Combined Maritime Force (CMF) task force 151 and with the commander of the Chinese Task Force. (11/20/12).

ReCAAP – October report

clip_image017 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its October Report. A total of eleven incidents were reported during the month, a decrease from the same month in 2011 and 2010. (11/20/12).

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