Chesapeake Bay – master medically evacuated;
NTSB & USCG – investigation of cruise ship fire;
CMTS – e-nav national dialogue;
BSEE – suit filed alleging unlawful discharges;
MARAD – US Great Lakes maritime industry;
Senate – bill introduced re Ambassador for Arctic Affairs;
Senate – bill introduced to improve Arctic health;
Senate – bill introduced re Arctic research;
IMO – State requirements re PCASP; and
India – waivers for OSVs carrying HNS.
February 13, 2013
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Chesapeake Bay – master medically evacuated
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the master of the bulk carrier Cape Althea was medically evacuated from the ship in Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland after he reported suffering from a 104°F fever. (2/12/13).
NTSB & USCG – investigation of cruise ship fire
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that it and the US Coast Guard have launched an investigation into the cause of the engine room fire that occurred onboard the cruise ship Carnival Triumph. The Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency. The United States will participate as a marine Safety Investigative State. The ship is expected to arrive in Mobile, Alabama on 13 February. (2/12/13).
CMTS – e-nav national dialogue
The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a Notice reminding maritime stakeholders that the national online dialogue regarding e-Navigation continues through 28 February. Input is sought regarding your interests and needs concerning navigation support services. (2/12/13).
BSEE – suit filed alleging unlawful discharges
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that the United States has filed suit against ATP Oil & Gas Corporation and ATP Infrastructure Partners, LP for civil penalties and injunctive relief under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also referred to as the Clean Water Act) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) for alleged unlawful discharges of oil and unpermitted chemical dispersants from the floating oil and gas production platform ATP Innovator between October 2010 and March 2012. (2/12/13).
MARAD – US Great Lakes maritime industry
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that overall US maritime cargo volumes in the Great Lakes region are recovering from the extreme lows experienced in 2009. The report “Status of the US-Flag Great Lakes Water Transportation Industry” finds that the US Great Lakes maritime industry is generally healthy and providing efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly transportation services. (2/12/13).
Senate – bill introduced re Ambassador for Arctic Affairs
Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced a bill (S. 270) to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/11/13).
Senate – bill introduced to improve Arctic health
Senate – bill introduced re Arctic research
IMO – State requirements re PCASP
The IMO Facilitation Committee issued a circular providing links to responses received with respect to a questionnaire on information on port and coastal State requirements related to privately-contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships. FAL 38/7/1 (2/1/13). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
India – waivers for OSVs carrying HNS
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular regarding waivers for offshore support vessels (OSVs) carrying limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances. Engineering Circular 3/2013 (1/31/13).
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