USCG – UTV stability letter;
USCG – eNOAD schema;
Alaska – USCG oversight of CDU Kulluk continues;
USN – reef misplaced?;
DOE – application to export previously imported LNG;
DOE – import & export of LNG;
SOCP – meeting;
EPA – VGP notice submitted for OMB review;
GPS – educational poster;
GPS – UK-US policy re intellectual property;
NOAA – cooperative charting with US Power Squadrons;
Senate – letter to President Obama re Arctic issues;
Court – LHWCA and mesothelioma;
Washington – Japanese tsunami dock;
Australia – AMSA Compliance and Enforcement Policy; and
India – implementation of MARPOL Annex V.
January 22, 2013
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USCG – UTV stability letter
The US Coast Guard made an addition to its Towing Vessel FAQ regarding the applicability of the operational conditions identified in an uninspected towing vessel (UTV) Stability Letter. As pointed out, the Stability Letter does not apply to a vessel of the United States operating on a domestic voyage (except for a voyage on the Great Lakes) that does not cross outside the Boundary Line. (1/18/13).
USCG – eNOAD schema
The US Coast Guard National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that it plans to release version 3.2 of the electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (eNOAD) schema in early February 2013. Users will need to login to their accounts and navigate to the Developer’s Resources section of the NVMC website to download the updated schema and any associated pick-lists. It is anticipated that these resources will be available for download in late January 2013. Please note that support for version 3.1 of the schema will continue, but that all previous versions will be retired. (1/10/13).
Alaska – USCG oversight of CDU Kulluk continues
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it continues to oversee the assessment of the conical drilling unit (CDU) Kulluk, now anchored in Kiliuda Bay, Kodiak Island. Investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident also continues. (1/18/13).
USN – reef misplaced?
The US Navy issued a news release stating that the investigation to assess the circumstances surrounding the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding that occurred in Philippine waters will include information on faulty navigation chart data that misplaced the location of Tubbataha Reef. Guardian remains aground on the reef. Salvage operations and investigation into the cause of the grounding continue. Meanwhile, the Navy expressed its regret for the grounding and emphasized its cooperation with the Philippine government in the responseeffort. (1/18/13).
DOE – application to export previously imported LNG
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC requesting blanket authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) that previously had been imported into the United States. Comments on the application must be submitted by 21 February. 78 Fed. Reg. 4400 (January 22, 2013).
DOE – import and export of LNG
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that, during October 2012, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The orders are summarized in the notice. Grantees include but are not limited to Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC and Gulf Coast LNG Export, LLC. 78 Fed. Reg. 4401 (January 22, 2013).
SOCP – meeting
The Ship Operations Cooperative Program, sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will hold its Spring 2013 meeting in Dania Beach, Florida on 20-21 February. Topics on the agenda include recruiting the next generation of mariners and regulatory impacts on crew recruitment and retention. (1/18/13).
EPA – VGP notice submitted for OMB review
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a notice entitled “Development of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels”. OMB review generally takes about three months, but the actual review time varies greatly. (1/16/13).
GPS – educational poster
The National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing issued an educational poster entitled “How GPS Works”. It explains in basic terms the concepts behind the Global Positioning System. (1/18/13).
GPS – UK-US policy re intellectual property
The National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing issued a Joint Statement by the United Kingdom and the United States regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) intellectual property. (1/17/13).
NOAA – cooperative charting with US Power Squadrons
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Power Squadrons are renewing their 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps update the nation’s thousands of navigational charts. Under the voluntary program, members of the US Power Squadrons scan water and land areas and submit reports to NOAA of changing conditions that may not be reflected on the charts. NOAA cartographers review and incorporate changes in their navigation products. (1/18/13).
Senate – letter to President Obama re Arctic issues
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) sent a letter to President Barrack Obama recommending that adequate funding be provided to enhance Coast Guard polar icebreaking capabilities; that science funding for Arctic research be expanded; and that Arctic oil and gas permit applications receive a robust but fair and efficient review. (1/16/13).
Court – LHWCA and mesothelioma
The Virginia Supreme Court reversed and remanded a case brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) that awarded damages to a plaintiff whose decedent had suffered from mesothelioma allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos while working on defendant’s ships at a shipyard. Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to warn decedent of and protect him from dangers associated with asbestos. The jury awarded compensatory damages, medical expenses, and punitive damages. The state Supreme Court held that the trial court erred in refusing to admit relevant evidence of the shipyard’s knowledge of the danger and ability to protect decedent from the danger and that punitive damages are a remedy prohibited by the LHWCA. Exxon Mobil v. Minton, No. 111775 (Virginia, January 10, 2013). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.
Washington – Japanese tsunami dock
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that the Japanese government has confirmed that the dock that made landfall on the Washington coast was washed into the Pacific Ocean during the tsunami on 11 March 2011. Federal agencies are moving forward with plans to remove the dock from its location in the Olympic National Park and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (1/17/13).
Australia – AMSA Compliance and Enforcement Policy
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has developed a new Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The new policy complements the modernization of the suite of new legislation that the AMSA administers. (1/18/13).
India – implementation of MARPOL Annex V
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued Engineering Circular 01-2013 addressing guidelines for implementation of revised MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) and Engineering Circular 02-2013 addressing management of cargo residues of solid bulk cargoes and cleaning agents or additives. (1/8/13).
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