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June 12th, 2017 at 10:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – regulatory review;

DOT – regulatory review;

USCG – BWMS type-approval;

USCG – LNG fuel transfer operations;

DOE – US LNG delivered to Netherlands and Poland;

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging;

Senate – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding;

House – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding;

House – bill introduced re maritime security;

House – hearing on USCG capabilities;

Australia – de-harmonizing IOPPC and BWMC; and

Bahamas – unexpected lifeboat release.

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USCG – regulatory review

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on Cost Guard regulations, guidance documents, and interpretive documents that you believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified. Comments must be received by 10 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 26632 (6/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-08/pdf/2017-11930.pdf].

DOT – regulatory review

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that it is reviewing its existing policy statement, guidance documents, and regulations to identify unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects. Comments should be received by 24 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 26734 (6/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-08/pdf/2017-11791.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type-approval

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the fourth ballast water management system (BWMS) type-approval certificate has been issued to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. (6/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/09/0192017-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-bwms-type-approval-certificates-to-sunrui-marine-environment-engineering-co-ltd/].

USCG – LNG fuel transfer operations

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for evaluating simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) during liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel transfer operations. CG-OES Policy Letter 01-17 (6/8/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5222/docs/LNGSIMOPS.OESpolicyltr.01.17.signed.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Rob Butts of Pivotal LNG.

DOE – US LNG delivered to Netherlands & Poland

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that US-source liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been delivered for the first time to the Netherlands and Poland. (6/9/17) [https://www.energy.gov/energygov/articles/statement-rick-perry-us-secretary-energy-lng-shipments-netherlands-poland].

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging

clip_image012 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 1298) to modify the criteria used by the Corps of Engineers to dredge small ports. (6/7/17).

Senate – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding

clip_image013 Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 1308) to increase authorized funding for the Soo Locks. (6/7/17).

House – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding

clip_image015 Representative Bergman (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 2806) to increase authorized funding for the Soo Locks. (6/7/17).

House – bill introduced re maritime security

clip_image015[1] Representative Rutherford (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2831) to improve the port and maritime security functions of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. (6/8/17).

House – hearing on USCG capabilities

clip_image015[2] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities. (6/7/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401479].

Australia – de-harmonizing IOPPC and BWMC

clip_image017 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice articulating its position on de-harmonizing a vessel’s International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC) and its Ballast Water Management Certificate (BWMC). Such de-harmonization is sometimes done to delay the effective date for BWMC requirements. The AMSA position is that it disfavors such de-harmonization but will accept it for foreign vessels that have done so with the approval of the flag administration. Marine Notice 8/2017 (6/7/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Bahamas – unexpected lifeboat release

clip_image019 The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued an alert concerning the unexpected release of a lifeboat during a port state control examination. Safety Alert 17-14 (6/1/17) [http://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/17-14-Unexpected-Release-of-Lifeboat.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Steven Jevnisek of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.

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