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August 1st, 2017 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 August 2017


USCG – US-build determination;

USCG – foreign-rebuild determination;


DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced;

FMC – complaint against Port Authority of NY/NJ;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on navigation safety;

UK – MAIB annual report; and

UK – marine equipment type approval.

August 1, 2017

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USCG – US-build determination

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter concerning the Aloha class container ships to be constructed at Philly Shipyard for Matson Navigation Company. The Coast Guard determined that the incorporation of certain foreign-built components in the hulls of the vessels will not adversely affect their eligibility as having been built in the United States and their eligibility to engage in the US coastwise trade. (7/25/17) [].

USCG – foreign-rebuild determination

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter stating that certain work to be performed on the anchor handling and towing supply vessel Resolve Pioneer in a foreign shipyard will not adversely affect the eligibility of the vessel to continue to engage in the US coastwise trade. (7/28/17) [].


clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it and the International Cargo Gear Bureau (ICGB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for certain inspections and tests performed on US-flag vessels by ICGB on behalf of the Coast Guard. (7/31/17) [].

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former owner of a company that provided services to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) was sentenced to 60 months in prison and to pay a $15,000 fine for his participation in a bribery conspiracy in which he provided a MSC contracting official with almost $3 million in bribes. (7/31/17) [].

FMC – complaint against Port Authority of NY/NJ

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint filed by Port Elizabeth Terminal & Warehouse Corp. against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey alleging violations of the Shipping Act because the Port Authority has given undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to other marine terminal operators. 82 Fed. Reg. 35781 (8/1/17) [].

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on safety of navigation

clip_image011 clip_image013 The Paris and Tokyo MOUs issued a joint press release announcing that the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) for 1 September through 30 November will focus on safety of navigation (SOLAS Ch. V). (7/31/17) [].

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image015 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2016. (7/31/17) [].

UK – marine equipment type approval

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice providing updated guidance about the procedures for obtaining type approval for marine equipment. MSN 1874 (M&F) (7/31/17) [].

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