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May 16th, 2017 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 May 2017


Puget Sound – proposed anchorages;

USCG – ETO and ETR endorsements;

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

Court – pre-existing condition;

UK – fatigue study on dredgers; and

UK – fatigue study on tugs.

May 16, 2017

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Puget Sound – proposed anchorages

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard extended, through 9 August, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking regarding anchorages in Puget Sound. 82 Fed. Reg. 22448 (5/16/17) [].

USCG – ETO and ETR endorsements

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) concerning Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) and Electro-Technical Rating (ETR) endorsements for crew members on US-flag vessels. MSIB 06-17 (5/12/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy

clip_image007 Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Marine Energy Act (S. 1036) to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies, and for other purposes. Senator Wyden issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image007[1] Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2017 (S. 1021) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Senator Murphy issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) []. Note: The erroneous link in yesterday’s newsletter has been corrected. My bad.

Court – pre-existing conditions

clip_image009 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a defendant may be liable to all of the injuries incurred by a plaintiff, even though the plaintiff had pre-existing conditions that made him more likely to suffer those injuries to the extent manifested. In the instant case, plaintiff foreman fell in a darkened stairwell on defendant’s ship. He suffered spinal and nerve injuries that exacerbated certain pre-existing conditions. The court determined that defendants take their plaintiffs as they find them. Koch v. United States, No. 15-30811 (5thh Cir., May 12, 2017) [].

UK – fatigue study on dredgers

clip_image011 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the report of an investigation of the 8-hours on/8-hours off seafarer watchkeeping system on dredging vessels. The study concluded that the 8/8 system was superior to the 6/6 system in terms of quantity and quality of sleep obtained. (5/15/17) [].

UK – fatigue study on tugs

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the report of an investigation of the effects of working various hours of work and rest patterns commonly found in use by UK Merchant Navy watchkeepers. The study concluded that the most effective 2-watch system is the Royal Navy “dog-watch” system, with the highest risk of falling asleep being the 12/12 system. (5/15/17) [].

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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.