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December 28th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 December 2012


Upper Mississippi River – safety zones;


COAC – meeting;

Brooklyn – proposed cleanup of Gowanus Canal;

India – port development; and

UK & Ireland – DGPS upgrade.

December 28, 2012

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Upper Mississippi River – safety zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has established safety zones on waters of the Upper Mississippi River between mile markers 35.0 and 55.0 and between mile markers 75.0 and 85.0 until 31 March 2013 due to contractor operations for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to remove underwater rock pinnacles. 77 Fed. Reg. 76408 (December 28, 2012).


clip_image006 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks public comment on an Integrated Activity Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final IAP/EIS) for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). In addition to allowing for development of 72% of the estimated economically recoverable oil in the Reserve while protecting subsistence resources and wildlife populations, it allows for the potential construction of pipelines carrying oil or gas from operations in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas through the NPR-A. Comments should be submitted within the next 30 days. 77 Fed. Reg. 76515 (December 28, 2012).

COAC – meeting

clip_image008 The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet via teleconference on 15 January 2013 to review Master Principles for a One US Government at the Border Cooperation. 77 Fed. Reg. 76504 (December 28, 2012).

Brooklyn – proposed cleanup of Gowanus Canal

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing a proposed cleanup plan for the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The plan includes removing some of the contaminated sediment and capping dredged areas, as well as other controls for this Brooklyn waterway. Public meetings will be held in Brooklyn on 23 and 24 January 2013. Written comments should be submitted by 28 March.

India – port development

clip_image012 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that the Union Cabinet approved a proposal for licensing of land to concessionaires for seven projects taken up in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode at various major Indian ports. (12/26/12).

UK & Ireland – DGPS upgrade

clip_image014 clip_image016 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a notice stating that the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) have commenced preparations for replacement and upgrading of the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) equipment in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This upgrading will allow differential corrections to be transmitted for future GNSS and additional signals from GNSS. There will be no changes to the broadcast parameters (frequency, range, etc.). The upgraded signal will remain unencrypted and therefore free to users with appropriate receivers. (12/31/12).

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