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April 7th, 2017 at 5:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2017


USCG – suspect and counterfeit items;

CBP – trade symposium 24-25 May;

Senate – bill introduced re maritime security; and

House – bill introduced re harbor maintenance funding.

April 7, 2017

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USCG – suspect and counterfeit items

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an alert regarding potential suspect and counterfeit items. Such items lack the quality and capabilities of authentic ones and can lead to marine casualties and unsafe conditions. Stakeholders should implement policies to ensure that items purchased are authentic. Safety Alert 03-17 (4/6/17) [].

CBP – trade symposium 24-25 May

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium will be held on 24-25 May in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme for the symposium is “Looking Ahead Together: What’s Next for Trade?”. 82 Fed. Reg. 17016 (4/7/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re maritime security

clip_image008 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced the Surface and Maritime Security Act (S. 763) to improve surface and maritime transportation security. (3/29/17) [].

House – bill introduced re harbor maintenance funding

clip_image010 Representative Kelly (R-PA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1908) to provide for the use of funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the purposes for which the funds were collected and to ensure that funds credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used to support navigation. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Kelly issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/5/17) [].

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    In the April 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Tugs and VRPs". The article discusses the transition of tugs and towboats from being uninspected vessels to inspected vessels of the United States and that transition's impact on vessel response plans (VRPs). VRP plan holders and preparers should carefully review their current plans to ensure that the tugs identified therein will actually be eligible to provide the services stated in the locations called for.