USCG – BWM extension program update;
USCG – NMC course approval update;
Jacksonville – LNG facility;
FMC – regulatory burdens to be eased;
DOT – MV Liberty Passion welcomed to MSP;
House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage;
House – bill introduced re navigable waters; and
Court – insurance coverage dispute.
March 7, 2017
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USCG – BWM extension program update
The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) updating the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program. If a type-approved BWM system is not available for a vessel, and compliance with the other approved BWM methods is not possible, the vessel owner/operator may apply for an extension of the vessel’s compliance date. MSIB 03-17 (3/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/003_17_3-6-2017.pdf].
USCG – NMC course approval update
The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) bulletin stating that its course and program approval request inventory has been reduced to a reasonable level. (3/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/course_approvals_inventory_final_update.pdf].
Jacksonville – LNG facility
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Waterways Suitability Assessment (WSA) for a liquefied natural gas LNG) facility construction project in Jacksonville. Comments must be received by 6 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 12822 (3/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-07/pdf/2017-04380.pdf].
FMC – regulatory burdens to be eased
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners voted to amend the rules involving Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements in order to ease regulatory burdens and make the agency’s rules more consistent with how the ocean shipping business is now practiced. (3/6/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR17_03/].
DOT – MV Liberty Passion welcomed to MSP
The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release welcoming the US-flag vehicle carrier Liberty Pasion to the Maritime Security Program (MSP). (3/3/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2317].
House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage
Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Energizing American Maritime Act (H.R. 1240) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1240ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr1240ih.pdf].
House – bill introduced re navigable waters
Representative Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act (H.R. 1261) to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1261ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr1261ih.pdf].
Court – insurance coverage dispute
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of the insured in an insurance coverage dispute with its insurer. The dispute involved a personal injury lawsuit brought by the insured’s employee against three other companies with which the insured had a master services contract. Richard v. Anadarko Petroleum, No. 16-30216 (5th Cir., March 2, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30216-CV0.pdf].
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