Alaska – investigation of Kulluk grounding;
DOI – assessment of 2012 Arctic operations;
Alaska – Kulluk response update;
DOJ – proposed partial consent decree;
USCG – seagoing barges;
Washington, DC – temporary security zone;
USCG – members sought for NBSAC;
NOAA – Cordell Bank & Gulf of the Farallones NMSs;
FERC – Sabine Pass liquefaction EA;
NTSB – investigation of San Francisco Bay allision;
California – ballast water regulations delayed;
IMO – halving lives lost & eradicating piracy;
Indian Ocean – suspected pirates apprehended;
EMSA – discharge facilities for oil recovered at sea; and
Australia – canisters found on beaches.
January 9, 2013
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Alaska – investigation of Kulluk grounding
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a formal marine casualty investigation is being convened into the circumstances and contributing factors involved in the grounding of the drilling unit Kulluk on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island on 31 December 2012. The investigation will examine, among other things, factors associated with the Kulluk and its support vessels. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will participate in the investigation. (1/8/13).
DOI – assessment of 2012 Arctic operations
The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that it is launching an expedited high-level assessment of the 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to review practices and identify challenges as well as lessons learned. (1/8/13).
Alaska – Kulluk response update
The Kulluk Response Unified Command issued a news release stating that the CDU Kulluk remains anchored in Kiliuda Bay while awaiting arrival of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for use in assessing the condition of the unit. There continues to be no sign of leakage in the vicinity. (1/8/13).
DOJ – proposed partial consent decree
The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks comments on the proposed partial consent decree with the Transocean Defendants for payment of $1 billion in civil penalties for discharge of oil into the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the blowout of the Macondo well that began in April 2010. Comments on the proposal must be submitted within 21 days. 78 Fed. Reg. 1883 (January 9, 2013).
USCG – seagoing barges
The US Coast Guard proposes to revise several vessel inspection and certification regulations to align them with the statutory definition of “seagoing barge” and with an exemption from inspection and certification requirements for certain seagoing barges. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 11 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 2147 (January 9, 2013).
Washington, DC – temporary security zone
The US Coast Guard is establishing, from 29 January through 30 January, a temporary security zone on certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. 78 Fed. Reg. 1753 (January 9, 2013).
USCG – members sought for NBSAC
The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). Applications should be submitted by 11 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 1865 (January 9, 2013).
NOAA – Cordell Bank & Gulf of the Farallones NMSs
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice correcting the dates of the public scoping meeting regarding the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the boundary expansion of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries (NMSs). Scoping meetings will be held in Bodega Bay (24 January); Point Arena (12 February); and Gualala (13 February). Written comments should be submitted by 1 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 1778 (January 9, 2013).
FERC – Sabine Pass liquefaction EA
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Sabine Pass Liquefaction Modification Project. Comments on the project should be submitted by 4 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 1851 (January 9, 2013).
NTSB – investigation of San Francisco Bay allision
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that it is investigating the allision of a tanker with one of the supports of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The NTSB will coordinate with the US Coast Guard, which has classified the incident as a “major marine casualty” because property damage is estimated at more than $500,000. (1/8/13).
California – ballast water regulations delayed
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted a notice stating that the proposed changes to Article 4.7 – Performance Standards Regulations for the Discharge of Ballast Water for Vessels Operating in California Waters – have not yet been adopted. Commission staff intends to reintroduce a revised draft of the proposed regulations and all associated rulemaking documents in the near future. (1/7/13). Note: The proposed rulemaking included amendments to the ballast water sampling port requirements and would establish protocols to assess vessel compliance with California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water.
IMO – halving lives lost & eradicating piracy
The IMO issued a news release stating that IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu told delegates to the meeting of the Subcommittee on Fire Protection that it was his vision that halving lives lost at sea and eradicating pirate attacks, as well as ensuring the release of all hostages can, and should, be legitimate targets, for the Organization and for shipping in the years to come. (1/8/13).
Indian Ocean – suspected pirates apprehended
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that, working together, warships assigned to the NATO’s Ocean Shield and the EU’s Operation Atalanta apprehended twelve suspected Somali pirates in waters of the Indian Ocean following a pirate attack on a merchant vessel. (1/8/13).
EMSA – discharge facilities for oil recovered at sea
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted a Technical Report on facilities available for the discharge of oil recovered at sea by the Agency’s specialized response vessels following a large oil spill. (1/7/13).
Australia – canisters found on beaches
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it is investigating the source of canisters containing aluminum phosphide that have been collected on Queensland beaches. (1/8/13).
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