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May 10th, 2017 at 10:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 May 2017


Miami – safety zone proposed;

Puget Sound – incidental take authorization request;

EPA – waters of the United States;

BSEE – Arctic oil spill response;

MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas;

Senate – hearing re maritime policy and challenges;

IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2017; and

ReCAAP – April 2017 report.

May 10, 2017

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Miami – safety zone proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone within the Sector Miami Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone to provide for the safety of persons and vessels in the event of reduced or restricted visibility due to hurricanes or other disasters. Comments on the proposal must be received by 9 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 21742 (5/10/17) [].

Puget Sound – incidental take authorization request

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received a request for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Mukilteo Multimodal Construction Project on Puget Sound. Comments must be received by 9 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 21793 (5/10/17) [].

EPA – waters of the United States

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that the EPA and the US Army sent a letter to governors soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in line with Supreme Court precedent. (5/9/17) [].

BSEE – Arctic oil spill response

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it made a presentation at the recent Arctic Oil Spill Response Research & Technology Workshop regarding collaborative efforts to improve oil spill response technologies, including development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice. (5/9/17) [].

MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory cautioning US-flag vessels to remain vigilant and adhere to counter-piracy measures when transiting the Sulu and Celebes Seas in light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom in that area. Advisory 2017-004 (5/9/17) [].

Senate – hearing re maritime policy and challenges

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges for the Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission. Testimony was received from the Honorable Michael Khouri, FMC; the Honorable Rebecca Dye, FMC; the Honorable Mario Cordero; FMC; RADM James Helis, USMMA; and Mr. Joel Szabat, MARAD. (5/9/17) [].

IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2017

clip_image016 The IMO posted a notice stating that the Day of the Seafarer 2017 will be celebrated on 25 June. This year’s theme is “Seafarers Matter”. (5/9/17) [].

ReCAAP – April 2017 report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its monthly report for April 2017. A total of three incidents of piracy or armed robbery against ships in Asian waters were reported during the month, as compared to a total of 14 incidents reported during April 2016. (5/9/17) [].

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