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April 20th, 2017 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 April 2017


DOJ – cruise line fined $40 million;

USCGA – President Trump to deliver commencement address;

EPA – clean diesel program;

NOAA – deep seabed mining;

MPAFAC – meeting on 23-24 May;

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon; and

ReCAAP – weekly report.

April 20, 2017

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DOJ – cruise line fined $40 million

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Princess Cruise Lines has been ordered to pay a $40 million penalty related to illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste and falsification of the oil record book. Ships of Princess Cruise and the related Carnival line that call in the United States are required to participate in an environmental compliance program for five years. (4/19/17) [].

USCGA – President Trump to deliver commencement address

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a new release stating that President Trump is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) commencement ceremonies in New London on 17 May. (4/19/17) [].

EPA – clean diesel program

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it seeks applications for Diesel Emission Reduction Program grant funding to retrofit or replace vehicles and vessels with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. Approximately $11 million is available through this program. Applications must be received by 20 June. (4/19/17) [].

NOAA – deep seabed mining

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received an application for five-year extensions of deep seabed mining exploration licenses from Lockheed Martin Corporation. Comments on the application must be received by 22 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 18613 (4/20/17) [].

MPAFAC – meeting on 23-24 May

clip_image010[1] The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 23-24 May in Annapolis. 82 Fed. Reg. 18613 (4/20/17) [].

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon

clip_image012 Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (H.R. 2083) to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes. (4/7/17) []. Note: Your protected marine mammals are eating my endangered salmon!

ReCAAP – weekly report

clip_image014 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its weekly report for the period 11-17 April. No incident of piracy or armed robbery against ships was reported during this period. (4/19/17) [].

MREN – Lines in the water

clip_image016 In the April 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Lines in the water. The article discusses the variety of jurisdictional lines in the water, from national boundaries, to territorial seas, to exclusive economic zones, and demarcation lines. Crossing these lines has significant impacts on the vessels, crew, and cargoes. (3/14/17) [].

Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire – 20 April 2010

clip_image018 On 20 April 2010, the MODU Deepwater Horizon, engaged in drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven workers died. Due primarily to the heroic efforts of the crew of the OSV Damon B. Bankston, the other 115 persons on the MODU were evacuated safely. A massive oil spill ensued; the cleanup has been completed; and restoration work is slowly beginning. Most of the damage claims have been settled, but some litigation is ongoing. While root causation and ultimate responsibility for this casualty continue to be disputed, it is clear that the tragic incident was preventable.

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