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April 19th, 2017 at 10:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 April 2017


USCG – PSC annual report;

USCG – E-Zero program;

USCG – seafarer professionalism & well-being;

House – bill introduced to ban drilling off Florida; and

Ireland – Maidens Lighthouse.

April 19, 2017

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USCG – PSC annual report

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its Port State Control (PSC) Annual Report for 2016. The report provides key statistics related to the enforcement of regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). (4/14/17) [].

USCG – E-Zero program

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the launch on 1 July of the E-Zero Program. This program is an addition to the QUALSHIP 21 program, recognizing QUALSHIP 21 ships that have zero environmental deficiencies or violations. (4/14/17) [].

USCG – seafarer professionalism & well-being

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard posted the remarks of Rear Admiral Steven Poulin, Commander, First Coast Guard District, delivered at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) 2017 shipping conference. RADM Poulin discussed Coast Guard initiatives and programs related to seafarers’ professionalism and well-being. (4/13/17) [].

House – bill introduced to ban drilling off Florida

clip_image007 Representative Castor (D-FL) introduced the Florida Coastal Protection Act (H.R. 2002) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. (4/6/17) [].

Ireland – Maidens Lighthouse

clip_image009 The Commissioners of Irish Lights issued a notice stating that, on or about 1 July, the present light on the Maidens Lighthouse will be replaced with a rotating LED light. As part of the change, the range of the light will be reduced from 23nm to 18nm. (4/11/17) [].

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    logo11 Tugs and VRPs

    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.