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July 10th, 2017 at 10:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 July 2017


Potomac River – security zone;

MARAD – maritime workforce;

Senate – bill introduced re battle force ships;

New Zealand – cruise ship biosecurity program;

Panama Canal – June summary;

UK – ship-to-ship transfers; and

Vatican City – Sea Sunday.

July 10, 2017

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Potomac River – security zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule establishing a security zone on waters of the Potomac River at the Trump National Golf Club at Potomac Falls, Virginia. Comments on the rulemaking must be received by 9 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 31719 (7/10/17) [].

MARAD – maritime workforce

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comment to examine and assess the size of the pool of US citizen mariners necessary to support the US-flag fleet in times of national emergency. Comments must be submitted by 31 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 31800 (7/10/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re battle force ships

clip_image008 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the High Seas Act (S. 1414) to state the policy of the United States on the minimum number of available battle force ships. Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/22/17) [].

New Zealand – cruise ship biosecurity program

clip_image010 The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries issued a media release stating that its trial accreditation program for foreign cruise ships calling in New Zealand will be expanded. The scheme involves collecting information about vessel stores and pest management practices to determine biosecurity risk. (6/20/17) [].

Panama Canal – June summary

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority posted the summary of Canal operations for June. It also contains the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 22-2017 (7/5/17) [].

UK – ship-to-ship transfers

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued the post-implementation review of the ship-to-ship transfer regulations. The review indicates that the objectives and intended effects of the regulations have been successfully achieved. (7/7/17) [].

Vatican City – Sea Sunday

clip_image016 Vatican Radio issued a news release noting that July 9 is (was) “Sea Sunday”, a day highlighting the challenges seafarers face every day. It also serves as a time to pray for those at sea, their families and those who support them. (7/8/17). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jon Furukawa of the NTSB.

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