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February 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 February 2013


Puget Sound – anchorages;

DON – Ocean Research Advisory Panel;

MSC – USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1);

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic waters oil production;

Indian Ocean – weekly piracy update; and

Malta & Spain – investigation of lifeboat casualty.

February 12, 2013

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Puget Sound – anchorages

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule modifying the description of four general anchorages in Puget Sound and decreasing the size of five general anchorage areas. The rule comes into effect on 14 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 9811 (February 12, 2013).

DON – Ocean Research Advisory Panel

clip_image006 The Department of the Navy (DON) is extending, through 15 March, the period within which to submit nominations for membership on the Ocean Research Advisory Panel. 78 Fed. Reg. 9891 (February 12, 2013).

MSC – USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1)

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that its newest ship, the Joint High-Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is the first of a new class of vessels, designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment and capable of transiting up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ship is operated by a civilian crew for the Military Sealift Command (MSC). (2/11/13).

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic waters oil production

clip_image010 Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced the Alaska Adjacent Zone Safe Oil Transport and Revenue Sharing Act (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. (1/31/13).

Indian Ocean – weekly piracy update

clip_image012 NATO posted its Weekly Piracy Update for the period 30 January through 6 February. There were no reports of piracy-related incidents in the High Risk Area during the period. (2/11/13).

Malta & Spain – investigation of lifeboat casualty

clip_image014 clip_image016 Transport Malta issued a news release stating that the Marine Safety Investigation Unit, in cooperation with Spanish authorities, has opened an investigation into the lifeboat accident involving the Maltese passenger ship Thomson Majesty. At about 1150 on Sunday, 10 February, during a routine lifeboat drill while the ship was berthed in Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands, one of the lifeboats fell into the sea and capsized. Five crewmen on the lifeboat lost their lives and three others were injured. (2/11/13).

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