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January 18th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 January 2013


USCG – MMC application forms;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

USACE – ANS controls for GL & MR basins;

Offshore Delaware – commercial wind lease;

CMTS – online dialogue on e-Navigation;

NTSB – update on ferry allision investigation;

NTSB – transportation fatalities in 2011;

USN – Navy ship remains aground;

IMO – continuation of anti-piracy measures urged;

Australia – Marine Notices; and

Panama Canal – arrival of new valves.

January 18, 2013

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USCG – MMC application forms

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a Notice regarding implementation of updated Maritime Credentialing Program (MCP) forms. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the new version of the Coast Guard forms used to apply for a Merchant Mariner Credential. Implementation of the new forms will commence on or about 28 January and will be available in PDF fill-able format at the NMC website. (1/18/13).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the segment of the safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal between Mile Marker 296.1 and Mile Marker 296.7 at various time on 12-15 February during Electromagnetic Fields evaluation operations. 78 Fed. Reg. 4071 (January 18, 2013).

USACE – ANS controls for GL & MR basins

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on control screening for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin (GLMRI) region. Comments should be submitted by 21 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 4137 (January 18, 2013).

Offshore Delaware – commercial wind lease

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it issued a commercial wind energy lease to Bluewater Wind Delaware for an area of the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Delaware. 78 Fed. Reg. 4167 (January 18, 2013).

CMTS – online dialogue on e-Navigation

clip_image010 The US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) has opened the National Online Dialogue on e-Navigation. The interactive website is intended to facilitate a partnership among the various stakeholders involved in the development and utilization of electronic navigation. (1/17/13).

NTSB – update on ferry allision investigation

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release providing an update on its ongoing investigation into the 9 January allision of a passenger ferry and the Wall Street pier on Manhattan. (1/17/13).

NTSB – transportation fatalities in 2011

clip_image012[1] The press release stating that transportation fatalities in the United States during 2011 declined overall from the year before. While deaths on US waterways increased from 723 (2010) to 800 (2011), the vast majority involved recreational boating. Maritime deaths involving other than recreational boating actually declined from 51 (2010) to 42 (2011). (1/17/13).

USN – Navy ship remains aground

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that operations to free the grounded USS Guardian (MCM 5) from Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea continue. All 79 crew members have been temporarily removed from the ship. The support vessels USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) and MSV C-Champion are standing by. The cause of the grounding is under investigation. (1/18/13).

IMO – continuation of anti-piracy measures urged

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release urging no reduction in the level of protection of merchant ships in waters offshore Somalia. The current decrease in pirate activity, while welcome, may be only temporary. (1/17/13).

Australia – Marine Notices

clip_image018 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued Marine Notices regarding: (1) Validity and Revalidation of Certificates of Competency, Certificates of Proficiency as Rating, and Certificates of Safety Training; (2) Port State Control; and (3) Coastal Pilotage. (1/17/13).

Panama Canal – arrival of new valves

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the valves to be used in the third set of locks for the Canal Expansion Program have arrived. The valves are an important part of the system that will regulate water flow between the Post-Panamax chambers, the culverts, and the water-saving basin conduits. (1/14/13).

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