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December 19th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 December 2012


Mississippi River – pinnacle removal begins;

USCG – ROVs complete examination of Macondo wellhead;

USCG – lined commercial fire hose;

Offshore Maine – no competitive interest;

FWS – southern sea otter translocation program;

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting;

Senate – air emissions off Alaska and Hawaii;

Court – injunction against Sea Shepherd Society;

EC – passenger rights;

Australia – AMSA Aboard; and

India – energy efficiency for ships.

December 19, 2012

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Mississippi River – pinnacle removal begins

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a news release stating that removal of 890 cubic yards of limestone began this week from the bottom of the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois. The agency also began releases from Carlyle Lake upstream from Thebes. These actions should make further restrictions on barge traffic in the vicinity unnecessary. The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a safety zone will be in effect on the Upper Mississippi River between mile markers 40 and 46 each day from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm while the rock removal continues. (12/18/12).

USCG – ROVs complete examination of Macondo wellhead

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) conclude their investigation of the recurring surface sheen above the Macondo wellhead site in the Gulf of Mexico. No sources of leaking oil were located. An unidentified substance inconsistent with oil was seen emitting from several areas of the rig wreckage and samples were collected for lab analysis. (12/18/12).

USCG – lined commercial fire hose

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard posted on its Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCE) site a new Frequently Asked Question regarding what fire hoses meet the definition of “lined commercial fire hose” and are appropriate for use on uninspected towing vessels. (12/18/12).

Offshore Maine – no competitive interest

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating the agency has determined that there is no competitive interest in the area requested by Statoil North America for a commercial wind power lease on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Maine. 77 Fed. Reg. 75187 (December 19, 2012).

FWS – southern sea otter translocation program

clip_image010 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is removing its regulations governing the southern sea otter translocation program, which has been terminated. The rulemaking comes into effect on 18 January 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 75265 (December 19, 2012).

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting

clip_image012 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Advisory Board will meet in Washington, DC on 23 January 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 75258 (December 19, 2012).

Senate – air emissions off Alaska and Hawaii

clip_image014 Senator Begich (D-AK) issued a news release urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a phased-in approach with regard to air emission standards for cruise ships operating in waters off Alaska and Hawaii. (12/17/12).

Court – injunction against Sea Shepherd Society

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has enjoined defendants Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Paul Watson, as well as any party acting in concert with the defendants, from attacking any vessel engaged by plaintiffs in the Southern Ocean or any person on any such vessel or from navigating in a manner that is likely to endanger the safe navigation of any such vessel. Defendants are also enjoined from approaching plaintiffs any closer than 500 yards when defendants are navigating on the open sea. The injunction will remain in place until the court issues an opinion on the merits in this matter. Institute of Cetacean Research v. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, No. 12-35266 (9th Cir., December 17, 2012).

EC – passenger rights

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that, as from 31 December, passengers traveling by sea and inland waterway in Europe will be protected by a set of minimum rights allowing them to claim compensation for loss or damage in the event of accidents. (12/18/12).

Australia – AMSA Aboard

clip_image020 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted the latest edition of its periodical AMSA Aboard. This edition focuses on, among other things, implementation of the new law making the AMSA the national regulator of commercial vessels. (12/18/12).

India – energy efficiency for ships

clip_image022 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that it has adopted regulations implementing the recent MARPOL amendments relating to energy efficiency for ships. The regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2013. Engineering Circular 9/2012. (12/10/12).

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