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February 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 February 2013


Lower Mississippi River – reopened;

Columbia and Willamette Rivers – safety zones;

USCG – Mariner Credentialing Program forms;

USCG – 2013 Light Lists;

USCG – Bounty hearing schedule;

USCG – vessels used for assistance towing;

USN – USS Guardian to be dismantled;

St. Lawrence Seaway – proposed regulatory changes;

House – bill introduced to slow Asian carp spread;

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic water oil production; and

Senate – Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund hearing.

February 4, 2013

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Lower Mississippi River – reopened

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg has been reopened to commercial traffic following completion of oil removal operations. The safety zone has been reduced to one mile, centered on either side of the two barges involved in the casualty, with no passing or overtaking within the zone. (2/2/13).

Columbia and Willamette Rivers – safety zones

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard has established temporary safety zones, effective until 1 June, on waters around the Columbia Grain facility on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon; the United Grain Corporation facility on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington; the Temco Irving facility on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon; and the Temco Kalama facility on the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington. Comments on the rule should be submitted by 6 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 7665 (February 4, 2013).

USCG – Mariner Credentialing Program forms

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that it has experienced some technical difficulties getting the latest version of the Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP) forms posted on the internet. Applicants should continue to use the forms currently linked from the NMC website. (2/1/13).

USCG – 2013 Light Lists

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued a notice stating that the 2013 Light Lists are now available for download. (2/1/13).

USCG – Bounty hearing schedule

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release providing the tentative schedule of parties to provide testimony at the formal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the tall ship Bounty with loss of life. The hearing will commence on 12 February in Portsmouth, Virginia. (2/1/13).

USCG – vessels used for assistance towing

clip_image004[5] The US Coast Guard made an addition to its Towing Vessel FAQ to clarify that the Towing Vessel Bridging Program does not apply to vessels used for assistance towing. The program only applies to vessels that are subject to the proposed Subchapter M. (2/1/13).

USN – USS Guardian to be dismantled

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the grounded mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) will be dismantled. The ship grounded on Tabbataha Reef in the Philippines on 17 January. Examination has revealed that the wooden hull is too severely damaged to allow the ship to be refloated. Efforts will be made to minimize further damage to the coral reef. (2/1/13).

St. Lawrence Seaway – proposed regulatory changes

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System posted proposed revisions to the Seaway Practices and Procedures to be effective for the 2013 navigation season. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 28 February. (2/1/13).

House – bill introduced to slow Asian carp spread

clip_image010 Representative McCollum (D-MN) introduced the Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act (H.R. 358) to direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey, to lead a multiagency effort to slow the spread of Asian Carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries, and for other purposes. (1/23/13).

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic waters oil production

clip_image012 Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced a bill (S. 199) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that oil produced from Federal leases in certain Arctic waters be transported by pipeline to onshore facilities and to provide for the sharing of certain outer Continental Shelf revenues from areas in the Alaska Adjacent Zone. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/31/13).

Senate – Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund hearing

clip_image012[1] The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted a hearing on “The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the Need to Invest in the Nation’s Ports”. Witnesses consisted of the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); Mr. Michael Christensen, Port of Los Angeles; Mr. Mike Lorino, Associated Branch Pilots; Mr. James Lyons, Alabama State Port Authority; and Mr. Andrew Cairns, American Society of Civil Engineers. (1/31/13).

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