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December 20th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 December 2012


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

Holiday greetings.

December 20, 2012

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BSEE – draft safety culture policy statement

clip_image004 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

clip_image004[1] 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

clip_image006 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

clip_image008 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

clip_image010 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

clip_image012 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

clip_image014 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

clip_image016 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).

Holiday greetings

clip_image018 We are fully into the holiday season. I want to take this opportunity to thank the many long-suffering readers who have sent me greetings, either electronically or via snail-mail. And I particularly want to thank the many readers who have sent contributions to help defray the cost of compiling and distributing this newsletter. There have been too many for me to respond individually. Just know that your thoughts have been appreciated and I have renewed your subscriptions for yet another year! For those who failed to send greetings and/or contributions, your subscriptions have been renewed for two years. Be safe and spend more time with your loved ones.

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