FMC – February meeting;
USCG – SW Louisiana Area Maritime Security Subcommittee;
USN – shipboard energy conservation needs;
BSEE – LMRP connector failure;
DHS – OIG report re radiation portal monitors at seaports;
USCG – MCP application forms;
Gulf Coast – public engagement sessions re restoration;
House – bill introduced to designate EEZ;
Oregon – siting of renewable energy projects;
Washington – marine debris increase;
Washington – proposed bulk-cargo shipping terminal;
Washington – bill introduced re drayage truck operators;
EMSA – MARSURV-1;
India – fire in containers;
Ireland – signals of distress; and
Panama Canal – January operations summary.
February 8, 2013
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FMC – February meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will meet in open session on Washington, DC on 13 February. Topics on the agenda include: tariff filing exemption for NVOCC negotiated rate arrangements; retrospective review of existing rules; passenger vessel operator financial responsibility requirements for nonperformance of transportation and technical revision of passenger vessel operator regulations; and licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for ocean transportation intermediaries. 78 Fed. Reg. 9390 (February 8, 2013).
USCG – SW Louisiana Area Maritime Security Subcommittee
The US Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Southwest Louisiana Area Maritime Security Regional Subcommittee of the Sabine-Neches Area Maritime Security Committee. Applications should be submitted by 11 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 9406 (February 8, 2013).
USN – shipboard energy conservation needs
The US Navy issued a Broad Area Announcement stating that the Navy Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) is seeking innovative concepts from industry (maritime and non-maritime) and academia that support Navy shipboard energy conservation needs. White papers will be accepted through 30 November 2014. (2/7/13).
BSEE – LMRP connector failure
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a Safety Alert to operators of certain offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico directing them to secure current well operations and retrieve the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) and/or Blowout Preventer (BOP). The operators are to suspend operations until the existing bolts on the LMRP connector/wellhead connector have been changed out with bolts that have been certified by an independent third-party to be in compliance with recommended heat treatment practices or the exiting bolts have been examined and certified by an independent third-party that they are fit for purpose. This action was taken after review of a pollution incident involving the discharge of synthetic base mud (SBM) into the water due to a loss of integrity of a LMRP H-4 connector. (1/29/13).
DHS – OIG report re radiation portal monitors at seaports
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on the use of radiation portal monitors at US seaports. Although 100% of the containers entering the United States through the 22 ports with the greatest container volume, some radiation portal monitors are utilized infrequently or not at all. The report recommends that a single program office be identified as responsible for fully coordinating and centrally managing the program; that guidelines be established to track and report utilization of monitors at every seaport; and that a formal collaborative process be developed to ensure that monitor relocation is effectively planned and implemented. OIG-13-26 (1/29/13).
USCG – MCP application forms
The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that it is cancelling the current forms update for the Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP). Applicants should continue to use the current version of all forms linked on the NMC website. (2/6/13).
Gulf Coast – public engagement sessions re restoration
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will conduct a series of public engagement sessions to provide early opportunities for initial input into the Comprehensive Plan for Gulf Coast Restoration. The sessions will be held in Houma (February 19); Biloxi (February 19); New Orleans (February 20); Lake Charles (February 21); and Panama City Beach (February 28). (2/6/13).
House – bill introduced to designate EEZ
Representative Issa (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 553) to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/6/13).
Oregon – siting of renewable energy projects
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a press release stating that the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted an amendment to Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan to allow for future siting of offshore renewable energy projects. (1/25/13).
Washington – marine debris increase
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it is seeing an increase in marine debris items (including Styrofoam, plastic bottles, floats, and other portable objects) on Washington’s ocean beaches this winter. It is unknown whether this increase is related to the March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami. (2/6/13).
Washington – proposed bulk-cargo shipping terminal
The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that more than 124,000 comments were received on the scope of the environmental review for the proposed bulk-cargo shipping terminal and rail spur improvements at Cherry Point in Whatcom County. (2/6/13).
Washington – bill introduced re drayage truck operators
House Bill 1719 has been introduced in the Washington House of Representatives. If enacted into law, the bill would require port districts in the State located in counties with a population of one million or more to employ drayage truck operators to load, unload, and transport containerized cargo other than agricultural products at or through the port. (2/6/13). Note: The only county in Washington with a population of one million or more is King County, home to the Port of Seattle.
EMSA – MARSURV-1
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release stating that it developed the anti-piracy monitoring service MARSURV-1 at the request of EU NAVFOR to track vessels in the high risk area off the coast of Somalia. The service integrates and fuses multiple sources of data in a real-time environment, enhancing the ability of EU NAVFOR to understand and support the massive volume of merchant traffic that transits these waters. (2/7/13).
India – fire in containers
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that a container ship arriving in Mumbai suffered fires in two of its containers. Investigation revealed that the containers held sunflower cake as cargo. The sunflower cake, with an oil content of 14-16% and a moisture content of 4-6% had experienced self-heating due to oxidation of the residual oil. The cargo should have been declared as IMDG cargo under Class 4.2 and been properly stowed. Casualty Circular 01-2013 (2/7/13).
Ireland – signals of distress
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a Marine Notice reminding seafarers of their obligations to comply with the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea. Seafarers are particularly reminded of the Signals of Distress rules. (2/7/13).
Panama Canal – January operations summary
The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for January. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 04-2013 (2/6/13).
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