Arabian Gulf – collision involving USN submarine;
MARAD – advisory re Iranian naval exercises;
Alaska – Kulluk response update;
USCG & NTSB – investigation of sinking of Tall Ship Bounty;
SHC – meeting re ship design and equipment;
SHC – meeting re flag state implementation;
Court – EPCRA action viable in DWH litigation;
Gulf of Guinea – effort to improve maritime safety and security;
India – approved P&I insurers; and
Panama Canal – bridge construction.
January 11, 2013
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Arabian Gulf – collision involving USN submarine
The US Navy issued a news release stating that no one was injured when the periscope of the attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) struck a vessel while the submarine was operating in the Arabian Gulf. Following the incident, the submarine surfaced to ascertain if there was any damage to the unidentified vessel. The unidentified vessel continued on a consistent course and speed, offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of the collision. (1/10/13).
MARAD – advisory re Iranian naval exercises
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory concerning Iranian naval exercises, particularly in the Strait of Hormuz. Among other things, it recommends that if a US-flag vessel is hailed for boarding by the Iranian Navy, the ship’s master should “protest but comply” if the circumstances warrant. Advisory 2013-01 (1/10/13).
Alaska – Kulluk response update
The Kulluk Response Unified Command issued a news release stating that ROV survey of the CDU Kulluk continues. Assessment of the shoreline at Sitkalidak Island reveals the potential exists for the release of approximately 316 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, but this cannot be at this time. Investigation continues. (1/10/12).
USCG & NTSB – investigation of sinking of Tall Ship Bounty
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it will convene a formal hearing to investigate the sinking, with multiple loss of life, of the Tall Ship Bounty, which occurred on 29 October 2012. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will participate in the investigation. (1/10/13).
SHC – meeting re ship design and equipment
The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Washington, DC on 21 February to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment. Topics on the agenda include the Polar Code; noise reduction; and onboard lifting appliances and winches. 78 Fed. Reg. 2479 (January 11, 2013).
SHC – meeting re flag state implementation
The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Washington, DC on 27 February to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee. Topics on the agenda include seafarers’ hours of rest; ballast water management; and measures to protect the safety of persons rescued at sea. 78 Fed. Reg. 2479 (January 11, 2013).
Court – EPCRA action viable in DWH litigation
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the dismissal of an action by an environmental advocacy group against parties involved with the explosion and fire on the MODU Deepwater Horizon and the ensuing oil spill. Plaintiffs brought suit under the citizen-suit provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The appellate court affirmed dismissal of the actions under the FWPCA and CERCLA as moot. The oil well has been capped and sealed, but the record is unclear as to whether reports of release of hazardous substances were made or required to be made to the local emergency planning committee. It reversed dismissal of the EPCRA action, finding that, based on the current record, the action remains viable. Center for Biological Diversity v. BP America, No. 12-30136 (5th Cir., January 9, 2013).
Gulf of Guinea – effort to improve maritime safety and security
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is initiating an effort to boost security and the safety of maritime routes across seven countries in the Gulf of Guinea. The Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea Programme (CRIMGO) will help governments across West and Central Africa to improve safety of the main shipping routes by providing training for Coast Guards and establishing a network to share information between countries and agencies across the region. (1/10/13). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services.
India – approved P&I insurers
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a Notice updating the list of approved Non-IG Insurance Companies/Protection & Indemnity Clubs for entry of ships into Indian ports, anchorages, and offshore facilities. (1/8/13).
Panama Canal – bridge construction
The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that it issued a notice to proceed with the construction of a bridge over the Atlantic side of the Canal. (1/9/13).
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