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June 6th, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 June 2017


USCG – global governance and ocean space;

USCG – cybersecurity sector profiles;

NOAA – geophysical surveys and marine mammals;

Australia – ship banned for three months;

Gulf of Guinea – threat of armed attacks; and

Naval history.

June 6, 2017

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USCG – global governance and ocean space

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Rear Admiral Paul Thomas regarding ‘Global Governance and Ocean Space’ delivered at the recent Nor-Shipping Conference. (6/1/17) [].

USCG – cybersecurity sector profiles

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Captain Ryan Manning concerning cybersecurity sector profiles delivered at the recent NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop. (6/1/17) [].

NOAA – geophysical surveys and marine mammals

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that it seeks public comment on proposals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act that would allow companies that are planning to conduct geophysical surveys in the Atlantic Ocean using seismic air guns to incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals. Comments must be received by 7 July. (6/5/17) [].

Australia – ship banned for three months

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the cargo ship Kiunga Chief has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months due to the failure of its operators to safely and effectively manage the operations of the vessel. (6/5/17) [].

Gulf of Guinea – threat of armed attacks

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory stating that vessels transiting or operating in the Gulf of Guinea should exercise extreme caution as pirates and armed groups continue to carry out attacks on vessels using automatic weapons. Advisory 2017-005 (6/5/17) [].

Naval history

clip_image013 This week marks two historic naval events. The Battle of Midway was fought in the north central Pacific on 4-7 June 1942 between forces of the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Victory by the outnumbered US Navy forces has been called “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare” by the eminent historian John Keegan. The Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France began with the D-Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 and involved the largest armada in history. Many brave lives were lost during these events, and they deserve to be remembered and appreciated by those of us who came after.

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