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March 9th, 2017 at 11:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – relief valve testing on pneumatic systems;

DOE – Oleo Sponge soaks up oil; and

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo.

March 9, 2017

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USCG – relief valve testing on pneumatic systems

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) reminding stakeholders of the risks and best practices in conducting or witnessing the testing of vapor pressure relief valves on pneumatic systems. MSIB 04-2017 (3/7/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/004_17_3-7-2017.pdf]

DOE – Oleo Sponge soaks up oil

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, which easily absorbs oil from water, is reusable, and can pull disbursed oil from the entire water column – not just the surface. In tests at a giant sweater tank at the National Oil Spill Response, Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, the Oleo Sponge successfully collected diesel and crude oil from both below and on the water surface. The research was funded by the US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (3/7/17) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/soaking-oil-spill].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image008 Senator Moran (R-KS) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 472) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s472is/pdf/BILLS-115s472is.pdf].

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    logo11 Cabotage rule change proposed

    In the March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Cabotage rule change proposed". The article discusses the change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the 18 January edition of its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter. Reversing a 40-year practice, the change would prohibit use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment; valves and valve guards; damaged pipelines; platform repair material; and similar items from a US point to another US point. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 April. I am disturbed by the use of the CBP newsletter to announce this significant proposed change rather than the Federal Register, which is the official method for an agency to communicate with the public and the regulated community.