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August 9th, 2017 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 August 2017


DOS – implementation of IMO instruments;

Northern Mariana Islands – marine conservation plan;

St. Lawrence Seaway – decreased outflow;

Panama Canal – toll structure modified;

Panama Canal – July operations;

Svalbard – satellite laser ranging station; and

Australia – increasing use of FOC shipping.

August 9, 2017

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DOS – implementation of IMO instruments

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will conduct an open meeting on 14 September in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 4). Topics on the agenda include reports on alleged inadequacy of port reception facilities; safety issues identified from analysis of marine safety investigation reports; and harmonization of port state control activities. 82 Fed. Reg. 37283 (8/9/17) [].

Northern Mariana Islands – marine conservation plan

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for the Northern Mariana Islands. 82 Fed. Reg. 37198 (8/9/17) [].

St. Lawrence Seaway – decreased outflow

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the outflow from Lake Ontario has been decreased to 9,910 cubic meters per second. Regardless, the high flow measures will remain in effect for now. Seaway Notice 19-2017 (8/8/17) [].

Panama Canal – toll structure modified

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that toll structure modifications have been approved, allowing the Canal to remain competitive, while increasing efforts to provide an outstanding service and reliability. The modifications will enter into effect on 1 October. Advisory 27-2017 (8/8/17) [].

Panama Canal – July operations

clip_image011 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. Advisory 25-2017 (8/4/17) [].

Svalbard – satellite laser ranging station

clip_image013 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that it and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station at Svalbard 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture. (8/7/17) [].

Australia – increasing use of FOC shipping

clip_image015 The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee of the Australian Senate port its report entitled ‘Increasing Use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia’. (7/19/17) [].

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