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August 8th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 August 2017


USCG – passenger operations cybersecurity;

USCG – marine technology and standards;

IMO – biofouling initiative;

EMSA – CO2 emissions reporting system;

Bahamas – Garbage Record Book amendments; and

New Zealand – master fined for alcohol offense.

August 8, 2017

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USCG – passenger operations cybersecurity

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it seeks feedback on the content of the Passenger Operations Cybersecurity Framework Profile. The Content Preview highlights the approach to profile mission objectives in terms of cybersecurity, breaking them down into subcategories and assigning priority to each area related to cyber priorities. Comments should be submitted by 7 September. (8/7/17) [].

USCG – marine technology and standards

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in coordination with the Coast Guard, is sponsoring a two-day public workshop on marine technology and standards on 16-17 October in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 37104 (8/8/17) [].

IMO – biofouling initiative

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release stating that the GloFouling Partnerships project has been launched to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species transferred through biofouling. (8/7/17) [].

EMSA – CO2 emissions reporting system

clip_image008 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release stating that a monitoring, reporting, and verification system has been launched to help reduce CO2 emissions from shipping at the EU level. THETIS-MRV will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using EU ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by law from 1 January 2018. (8/7/17) [].

Bahamas – Garbage Record Book amendments

clip_image010 The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) issued a bulletin advising of amendments to the format of the Garbage Record Book (GRB). Current GRBs are to be changed at section 4.1.3 to reflect compliance with chapter 5 of part II-A of the Polar Code. The new format of the GRB as amended by Res. MEPC.277(70) will enter into force on 1 March 2018. Information Bulletin 169 (7/31/17) [].

New Zealand – master fined for alcohol offense

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the master of a cargo ship has been convicted of exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer and fined $3,000. The master’s impairment was reported by the pilots who boarded to ship to assist its entry into port. (8/7/17) [].

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