San Francisco Bay – collision under investigation;
St. Lawrence Seaway – opening of 2013 navigation season;
COAC – meeting;
USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC;
Senate – concern re cruise ship safety;
House – hearing on USCG mission balance;
House – bill introduced to designate EEZ;
House – bill introduced to manage Asian carp;
Senate – bill introduced to manage Asian carp;
Court – navigability for admiralty jurisdiction;
UNEP – Arctic environmental issues;
Tokyo MOU – New Inspection Regime;
Suez Canal – grounded tanker refloated; and
General Order on Port and Starboard – 18 February 1846.
February 19, 2013
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San Francisco Bay – collision under investigation
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it responded to a collision in the Raccoon Straits of San Francisco Bay between a Golden Gate Ferry and a recreational vessel that left two people on the recreational vessel injured. The incident is under investigation. (2/16/13). Note: subsequent unofficial reports indicate that one of the two injured persons has died.
St. Lawrence Seaway – opening of 2013 navigation season
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the 2013 navigation season will commence at 0800 on 22 March. The maximum allowable draft in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section will be 80.0 dm (26’3”) until the South Shore Canal is ice-free or April 15, whichever occurs first, at which time the maximum allowable draft will increase to 80.8 dm (26’6”). Seaway Notice 1-2013 (2/15/13).
COAC – meeting
The Advisory Committee on Commercial Activities of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Washington, DC on 6 March. Topics on the agenda include the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). 78 Fed. Reg. 11671 (February 19, 2013).
USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC
The US Coast Guard solicits applications for membership on the Eastern Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee. Applications should be received by 21 March. 78 Fed. Reg. 11670 (February 19, 2013).
Senate – concern re cruise ship safety
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating that Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) sent a letter to Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant, US Coast Guard, expressing his concern regarding the cruise ship Triumph incident and stating that safety must be the number one priority. (2/15/13).
House – hearing on USCG mission balance
On 26 February, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on Coast Guard Mission Balance. (2/15/13).
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”. (2/6/13).
House – bill introduced to manage Asian carp
Representative Ellison (D-MN) introduced a bill (H.R. 709) to authorize the Secretary of the Army to take actions to manage the threat of Asian carp traveling up the Mississippi River in the State of Minnesota, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/13).
Senate – bill introduced to manage Asian carp
Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill (S. 365) to authorize the Secretary of the Army to carry out activities to manage the threat of Asian carp travelling up the Mississippi River in the State of Minnesota, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/13).
Court – navigability for admiralty jurisdiction
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that certain waterways in Georgia are navigable for purposes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction even though they are not currently used to support interstate commerce. In the instant case, plaintiff company, specializing in recovery and sale of submerged logs, brought to court in an in rem action various logs recovered from the bottom of two Georgia waterways, seeking a salvage award of all the submerged logs in those waterways. The State of Georgia opposed the action, asserting that the waterways were not presently navigable and the court have no admiralty jurisdiction. The district court ruled for the State and plaintiff company appealed. The appellate court reversed, holding a waterway is navigable for admiralty jurisdiction purposes if it is presently supports interstate commercial activity or if, in its present condition, it is capable of supporting interstate commercial activity. Aqua Log v. Lost and Abandoned Logs, No. 11-15060 (11th Cir., February 15, 2013).
UNEP – Arctic environmental issues
The United Nations issued a news release stating that the United Nations Environmental Programme study of emerging environmental issues highlights that the melting of sea ice and the resulting rush for resources require effective measures to avoid damage in the Arctic. (2/18/13). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Louis J. Le Gendre, International Shipping & Logistics Consultant.
Tokyo MOU – New Inspection Regime
The Tokyo MOU issued a news release stating that the New Inspection Regime (NIR) will enter into effect on 1 January 2014. Under the NIR, ships will be selected for port state control (PCS) inspection based primarily on the Ship Risk Profile, which will consider: (1) performance of the flag state; (2) ship type; (3) ship age; (4) performance of the recognized organization; (5) performance of the company responsible for ISM management; (6) number of deficiencies; and (7) number of detentions. (2/15/13).
Suez Canal – grounded tanker refloated
The Suez Canal Authority issued a news release stating that the tanker that grounded in the main channel at Km. 42 has been refloated. Traffic has returned to normal. Grounding was due to a loss of power, which led to engine and rudder failure. (2/15/13).
General Order on Port and Starboard – 18 February 1846
On 18 February 1846, Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft issued the following General Order: “It having been repeatedly represented to the Department, that confusion arises from the use of the words ‘Larboard’ and ‘Starboard’, in consequence of the similarity of sound, the word ‘Port’ is hereafter to be substituted for ‘Larboard’.”
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