Offshore Georgia – EA;
USCG – Port of Registry;
USCG – oil spill response exercise;
Senate – Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act;
Alaska – potential LNG exports to Asia;
Ireland – replenishment at sea exercise;
Singapore – resolutions adopted by MEPC 64;
UK – Piracy Ransoms Task Force;
Loss of the Argo Merchant – December 15, 1976; and
Boston Tea Party – December 16, 1773.
December 14, 2012
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Offshore Georgia – EA
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) relating to an interim policy for leasing on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Georgia for a renewable energy data collection facility. Comments should be submitted by 14 January 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 74512 (December 14, 2012).
USCG – Port of Registry
The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Inspection Notice clarifying use of the term “Port of Registry” on the Certificate of Inspection, Certificate of Documentation (COD), and certificates required by various international instruments. For commercial vessels of the United States, Port of Registry is the same as “Hailing Port” as indicated on the COD and so marked on the stern of the vessel. International certificates issued under the authority of the United States should be reviewed and amended as necessary. MI Notice 08-12 (12/11/12).
USCG – oil spill response exercise
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it conducted an oil spill response exercise involving deployment of the Spill Oil Recovery System (SORS) in waters offshore Oahu. (12/12/12).
Senate – Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act
The Senate has adopted, as amended by the House, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (H.R. 2838). The measure is now cleared to go to the White House for enactment into law. The measure includes a number of important provisions, including: short sea transportation; notice of arrival; TWIC process reform; assessment of needs for additional Coast Guard presence in high-latitude regions; and merchant mariner medical evaluation program, to name only a few. Unfortunately, provisions relating to the ballast water management program and fair treatment of seafarers did not make the cut this year. (12/12/12).
Alaska – potential LNG exports to Asia
The State of Alaska issued a press release stating that Governor Sean Parnell met with executives of Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) in Juneau to discuss opportunities to export large quantities of Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia. (12/10/12).
Ireland – replenishment at sea exercise
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a news release stating that one of its vessels recently carried out a replenishment at sea exercise with a vessel if the Irish Naval Service for the purpose of demonstrating the capability of CIL vessels to extend the potential endurance and operational flexibility of Naval Service vessels. (12/13/12).
Singapore – resolutions adopted by MEPC 64
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular identifying the various resolutions adopted by the 64th session of the IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 64). Shipping Circular 19-2012 (12/13/12).
UK – Piracy Ransoms Task Force
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a news release stating that the Piracy Ransoms Task Force, comprised of nations particularly concerned about the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia, presented its conclusions to the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) on how to work together to reduce the threat of piracy. The report included four recommendations: (1) develop a new strategic partnership between flag states, the private sector, and law enforcement to break the piracy business model; (2) develop a coordinated approach to information sharing to improve prosecutions; (3) strengthen coordination to prepare for potential hostage situations; and (4) encourage implementation of anti-piracy measures, including Best Management Practices. Prime Minister David Cameron is quoted as saying: “But seafarers of all nations remain at risk, and we must continue to work to break the piracy business model, with the ultimate ambition of bringing an end to ransom payments.” Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt is quoted as saying: “Only through the international community working together to break the pirates’ business model will we be able to reach a position whereby pirates are no longer able to receive or profit from ransom payments.” (12/11/12).
Loss of the Argo Merchant – December 15, 1976
On December 15, 1976, the oil tanker Argo Merchant grounded on Middle Rip Shoal in international waters approximately 25 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket Island. The tanker was en route from Venezuela to Boston carrying 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil. The US Government refused to grant permission for the jettisoning of cargo in an attempt to lighten the ship. On December 21, the Argo Merchant broke into two pieces, spilling all of its cargo and bunkers. The Coast Guard sank the bow of the ship with gunfire. The prevailing wind and current carried the oil offshore and away from rich fishing grounds nearby. The spill was the largest in US history to that date. Publicity surrounding the casualty resulted in Congress adopting the Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978, giving the Coast Guard increased authority to inspect and regulate tank vessels, foreign and domestic, operating in US waters.
Boston Tea Party – December 16, 1773
On this date in 1773, American colonists in Boston, calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, boarded several ships moored in the harbor and threw numerous chests of tea into the water. Their cry was: “No taxation without representation!” Some years later, they got representation – followed immediately by taxation and more taxation.
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