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June 14th, 2017 at 10:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2017


Lower Mississippi River – anchorages;

USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering;

USCG & NOAA – wreck of USCGC McCulloch found;

Paris MOU – CIC results; and

Golden Stripes – leadership on the high seas.

June 14, 2017

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Lower Mississippi River – anchorages

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule concerning anchorage grounds on the Lower Mississippi River. The regulations regarding the Cedar Grove Anchorage and the White Castle Anchorage have been modified. Two new anchorages, Point Michel Anchorage and Plaquemines Point Anchorage, have been established. The rule enters into effect immediately. Comments on the rule must be received by 12 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 27112 (6/14/17) [].

USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering

clip_image004[1] The USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) issued guidance providing amplifying information concerning the evaluation and authorization of simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) during liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering. LGC NCOE Field Notice 01-2017 (2/14/17) [].

USCG & NOAA – wreck of USCGC McCulloch found

clip_image005 clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a team of USCG and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel have discovered and documented the site off southern California of the wreck of the USCGC McCulloch. The cutter sank on 13 June 1917 following a collision with the passenger ship SS Governor in heavy fog. All crew members were rescued, but one died several days later due to injuries sustained. McCulloch had served in Commodore George Dewey’s fleet in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay. (6/13/17) [].

Paris MOU – CIC results

clip_image009 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that its 2016 Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) concerning compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 resulted in 3,674 inspections and 42 detentions (1.1%) (6/13/17) [].

Golden Stripes – leadership on the high seas

clip_image011 Captain V.S. Parani, Master Mariner, has authored Golden Stripes, subtitled ‘Leadership on the High Seas’. There are numerous books on leadership, but few have been more concisely written than this. Focused on the merchant mariner, it contains material that is applicable to all persons in leadership positions and to those aspiring to become effective leaders.

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  • Parani
    11:37 am on September 3rd, 2017 1

    Dear Captain Bryant,

    Thanks for mentioning Golden Stripes on your blog. Glad you enjoyed reading it. I’m writing the sequel and any suggestions would be most welcome.

    Captain VS Parani


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