BSEE – draft safety culture policy statement;
OESAC – meeting;
NOAA – offshore gas seeps;
USCG – ISO civilian marine investigator;
Washington – dock or barge aground;
EU – previous cargoes for transport of edible fats & oils;
IALA – e-navigation conference;
UK – deferral on shipping emissions carbon budget; and
December 20, 2012
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BSEE – draft safety culture policy statement
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) seeks comments on its draft Safety Culture Policy Statement. The policy would apply to all lessees, owners or holders of operating rights, designated operators or agents of lessees, pipeline right-of-way holders, State lessees granted a right-of-use and easement, and contractors. Comments should be submitted by 20 March 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 75443 (December 20, 2012).
OESAC – meeting
The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESAC), sponsored by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), will meet in Washington, DC on 9-10 January 2013. Topics on the agenda include oil spill prevention, safety management systems, the Arctic, and the proposed ocean energy safety institute. 77 Fed. Reg. 75444 (December 20, 2012).
NOAA – offshore gas seeps
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that deepwater gas seeps have been discovered off the US Atlantic coast north of Cape Hatteras. The seeps, in water depths of greater than 1,000 meters, are believed to be emitting methane gas. (12/19/12).
USCG – ISO civilian marine investigator
The US Coast Guard posted a Job Announcement seeking qualified applicants for the position of Civilian Marine Investigator in Seattle. The solicitation period will remain open through 3 January 2013. (12/18/12).
Washington – dock or barge aground
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that the US Coast Guard located a dock or barge aground on the rocky coast south of La Push. This is believed to be the dock previously reported drifting off Grays Harbor and may be debris from the Japanese tsunami. (12/19/12).
EU – previous cargoes for transport of edible fats & oils
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a press release stating that it completed an evaluation of previous cargoes for which the sea transport of edible fats and oils in bulk tanks is permissible. (12/18/12).
IALA – e-navigation conference
The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) is sponsoring E-Navigation Underway 2013 on a passenger vessel transiting from Copenhagen to Oslo to Copenhagen on 29-31 January 2013. (12/19/12).
UK – deferral on shipping emissions carbon budget
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change issued a press notice stating that the Government will defer a decision on whether to include international aviation and shipping emissions in carbon budgets until the setting of the fifth carbon budget in 2016, by which point there should be more clarity on how these emissions will be tackled at an EU and global level. (12/19/12).
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