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January 7th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 January 2013

Headlines:

Alaska – Kulluk response update;

White House – National Defense Authorization Act;

Mississippi River – keeping the channel open;

USCG – ballast water management guidance;

PHMSA – harmonization of hazardous materials regulations; and

PHMSA – harmonization of hazardous materials regulations.

January 7, 2013

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Alaska – Kulluk response update

clip_image004 The Kulluk Response Unified Command issued a news release stating that a variety of assets are being assembled for response to the grounding of the conical drill unit (CDU) Kulluk, including two US Army Chinook CH-47 helicopters and fourteen vessels. Salvors have been placed on the Kulluk to assess its condition. Biologists are conducting an environmental and wildlife assessment. A second news release states that the Kulluk remains upright and stable. No indications of an oil discharge have been observed. A third news release states that towing of the CDU Kulluk has been approved, weather permitting. Boom is available, if needed, to protect vulnerable salmon streams and other waters. A fourth news release states that plans call for towing the CDU Kulluk to Kiliuda Bay, a distance of about 30 miles, for detailed examination. A fifth news release states that weather conditions continue to delay the tow. A sixth news release states that the main towline has been attached and the tow is scheduled to commence when conditions permit. A seventh news release states that the CDU Kulluk has been refloated and is currently being assessed. An eighth news release states that the tow of the CDU Kulluk has commenced. (1/7/13).

White House – National Defense Authorization Act

clip_image006 The White House issued a news release stating that President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 4310). Among other things, the legislation includes further sanctions with regard to Iran (energy, shipping, ship building, underwriting, and financial services). The legislation also extends the Maritime Security Fleet Program and addresses short sea transportation and procedures for waivers of coastwise trade restrictions. (1/3/13).

Mississippi River – keeping the channel open

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a news release stating that efforts continue to keep the Mississippi River open to commercial navigation despite the long-term drought. Removal of rock obstructions in the Thebes Reach should deepen the channel by two feet when completed on approximately 11 January. (1/3/13).

USCG – ballast water management guidance

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted Volume II of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding ballast water management systems (BWMS). These FAQ focus on alternate management systems (AMS) and type approval of BWMS. (12/21/12).

PHMSA – harmonization of hazardous materials regulations

clip_image012 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) regarding, among other things, shipper responsibilities related to packaging design variation, manufacturer notification, and recordkeeping requirements for certain packaging types. The amendments came into effect on 1 January 2013. 78 Fed. Reg. 1101 (January 7, 2013).

PHMSA – harmonization of hazardous materials regulations

clip_image012[1] The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international standards. The amendments become mandatory on 1 January 2014, but voluntary compliance is authorized as of 1 January 2013. 78 Fed. Reg. 987 (January 7, 2013).

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