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April 21st, 2017 at 11:05 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 April 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Great Lakes regulated navigation areas;

USCG NVDC – expedited handling criteria;

DOE – oleo sponge;

Court – ROV technician is not a FLSA seaman; and

UK – new VHF channels.

April 21, 2017

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USCG – Great Lakes regulated navigation areas

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its Great Lakes Regulated Navigation Areas to include one additional regulated navigation area in Green Bay and safety zones in the Lake Erie Islands and in Saginaw Bay. Comments must be received by 22 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 18724 (4/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-21/pdf/2017-08132.pdf].

USCG NVDC – expedited handling criteria

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a reminder regarding the requirements for requests for expedited handling of vessel documentation applications. (4/19/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/instpriority.pdf].

DOE – oleo sponge

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a bulletin discussing oil spills and the potential of the oleo sponge to collect spilled oil and remove it from the water. (4/20/17) [https://www.energy.gov/podcasts/direct-current-energygov-podcast/short-circuit-how-soak-oil-spill].

Court – ROV technician is not a FLSA seaman

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that plaintiff remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technician was not a seaman for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) where he had no substantial involvement in the operation or navigation of the ROV support vessel on which he performed his duties. Halle v. Galliano Marine Service, No. 16-30558 (5th Cir., April 19, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30558-CV0.pdf].

UK – new VHF channels

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that, from Wednesday, 6 September 2017 (after 0810 hours) HM Coastguard will be using new channels to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice. The new channels will be VHF 62, 63, and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged. (4/20/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maritime-safety-information-leaflet].

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