DOJ – partial DWH settlement with Transocean;
USCG – draft EA re Bayonne Bridge modification;
Offshore New York – wind energy leasing;
USCG & CCG – Operation Coal Shovel; and
India – ECDIS training.
January 4, 2013
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DOJ – partial DWH settlement with Transocean
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Transocean Deepwater Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also referred to as the Clean Water Act) and pay a total of $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for conduct relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill. The three-page Information briefly summarizes the allegations. The DOJ submitted a Notice of Lodging with the court, explaining that the Partial Consent Decree is subject to public comment and judgment should not be entered at this time. In addition to the fines and penalties, Transocean and its affiliates will be on probation for a period of five years, during which time they must institute a court-monitored compliance program to improve safety on their rigs operating in US waters and reduce the risk of future oil spills. A portion of the monies recovered from Transocean will be for the benefit of states on the Gulf coast. (1/3/13). Note: This settlement does not address potential charges of negligent manslaughter relating to the eleven persons on the Deepwater Horizon who died in the incident.
USCG – draft EA re Bayonne Bridge modification
The US Coast Guard seeks comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed modification of the Bayonne Bridge across the Kill Van Kull between Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. The proposal calls for raising the bridge structure from its present water clearance of 151 feet to approximately 215 feet so as to accommodate larger vessels. Public meetings will be held in Bayonne (5 February) and Staten Island (7 February). Written comments should be submitted by 18 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 740 (January 4, 2013).
Offshore New York – wind energy leasing
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it received a proposal from the New York Power Authority to acquire an outer continental shelf (OCS) wind energy lease in waters offshore New York. Comment is sought on the proposal. Indications of competitive interest for a commercial lease for wind energy development in identified waters offshore New York are also sought. Comments and indications of competitive interest should be submitted by 5 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 760 (January 4, 2013).
USCG & CCG – Operation Coal Shovel
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the US and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel, breaking ice on waters of southern Lake Huron, the Detroit/St. Clair River systems, Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. (1/3/13).
India – ECDIS training
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice reminding all navigational officers assigned to ships fitted with EGDIS that they are required to undergo DGS-approved ECDIS training prior to obtaining the first or higher certificate of competency under STCW 2010. Such training and assessment is not required of navigational officers who serve exclusively on ships not fitted with ECDIS, but this limitation will be noted on their Certificates of Competency (COCs). MS Notice 1-2013 (1/3/13).
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