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February 7th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 February 2013


FMC – order of investigation and hearing;

USACE – record low water for Lake Michigan-Huron;

Lower Mississippi River – cleanup operations completed;

Middle East – mine countermeasures exercise;

OFAC – guidance re Iranian sanctions;

OFAC – vessels linked to NITC;

OFAC – financial symposium; and

Australia – canister investigation.

February 7, 2013

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FMC – order of investigation and hearing

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it instituted an Order of Investigation and Hearing with respect to United Logistics (LAX) Inc. to investigate whether the ocean transportation intermediary violated the Shipping Act of 1984. 78 Fed. Reg. 9051 (February 7, 2013).

USACE – record low water for Lake Michigan-Huron

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a news release stating that a preliminary new record low water level of 576.02 feet (175.57 meters) has been registered for Lake Michigan-Huron for January 2013. This is to lowest water level ever for this body of water for as long as Great Lakes water levels have been maintained, extending back to 1918. (2/5/13).

Lower Mississippi River – cleanup operations completed

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that oil spill cleanup operations on the Lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg have been completed. (2/6/13).

Middle East – mine countermeasures exercise

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release stating that navies and agencies from more than 20 nations will participate in a mine countermeasures exercise in the Middle East’s international waters in May 2013. The exercise will include maritime security operations and maritime infrastructure protection components. (2/6/13).

OFAC – guidance re Iranian sanctions

clip_image012 The Office of Foreign assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared guidance relating to key provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. It has also prepared guidance on humanitarian assistance and related exports to the Iranian people. (2/6/13).

OFAC – vessels linked to NITC

clip_image012[1] The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that various entities, including a number tankers linked to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), have been placed on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. (2/6/13).

OFAC – financial symposium

clip_image012[2] The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that it will host the 2013 OFAC Financial Symposium in Washington, DC on Tuesday, 19 March. (2/6/13).

Australia – canister investigation

clip_image014 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the canisters recently found on New South Wales beaches may have been from the same source as similar canisters that washed ashore in Queensland in 2012. They are believed to have originated as an accidental cargo loss from a vessel outside the Great Barrier Reef that got caught up in the East Australia Current. (2/6/13).

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