Philippines – US Navy ship aground;
IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting;
NOAA – SARSAT rescues;
EPA – grant to replace engine on NY/NJ tug;
Court – limited review of arbitral awards;
ILO – Greece & Finland ratify MLC 2006; and
Ireland – marine casualty reporting.
January 17, 2013
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Philippines – US Navy ship aground
The US Navy issued a news release stating that the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounded on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea. There are no reports of injury or pollution. Efforts to refloat the ship are underway. The incident is under investigation. (1/17/13). Note: Tubbataha Reef is part of a Philippine national marine park.
IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will meet in Denver on 6 February. The meeting will focus on finalizing a vision statement for US IOOS and framing a vision for the US IOOS business model. 78 Fed. Reg. 3882 (January 17, 2013).
NOAA – SARSAT rescues
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that in 2012, there were 263 rescues performed in the United States after receipt of distress signals by the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (SARSAT). Of these, 183 people were rescued from the water. (1/15/13).
EPA – grant to replace engine on NY/NJ tug
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is providing $2.7 million to reduce air pollution in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area. Of that amount, $1.3 million will be used to replace an old engine on the tug Coral Coast that operates out of the New York harbor with a new and cleaner EPA-certified engine. (1/16/13).
Court – limited review of arbitral awards
In a summary order, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision confirming a maritime arbitration award. Appellant charterer contended that the arbitration panel had shown a manifest disregard of the law. The appellate court recognized the strong deference afforded arbitral awards and stated that review of such awards is extremely limited. NYKCOOL v Pacific Fruit, No. 11-4246-cv (2nd Cir., January 16, 2013). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.
ILO – Greece and Finland ratify MLC 2006
The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued a news release stating that Greece and Finland have deposited with the ILO their instruments of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006). The Convention will enter into force on 20 August 2013. (1/10/13).
Ireland – marine casualty reporting
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice reminding masters and owners of the obligation to report a marine casualty in a timely manner to the appropriate authorities. Marine Notice 03-2013 (1/15/13).
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