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August 28th, 2017 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 August 2017

Headlines:

White House – Venezuela sanctions;

Texas – Hurricane Harvey;

New York – grounding in Ambrose Channel;

USCG – amalgamated navigation rules;

USCG – updated ECDIS guidance;

USN – remains of all ten USS McCain sailors recovered;

USN – heavy lift contract for USS Fitzgerald;

USN – USS Fitzgerald restoration;

NTSB – El Faro human performance report;

NTSB – El Faro trajectory study;

NTSB – El Faro ship dynamics study;

NTSB – engine ro0m fire on towing vessel;

NTSB – grounding and breakup of small passenger vessel;

Gulf of Mexico – production platforms evacuated;

USACE & EPA – public meetings re waters of the United States;

FWS – southern sea otter;

Senate – bill introduced re Florida manatees;

House – bill introduced re sale of used yachts;

Panama Canal – designated bunkering areas;

Panama Canal – locks lane outage; and

UK – new SOSRep appointed.

August 28, 2017

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White House – Venezuela sanctions

clip_image004 clip_image006 President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing economic sanctions against the Government of Venezuela. (8/24/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/25/presidential-executive-order-imposing-sanctions-respect-situation]. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted general licenses regarding certain activities authorized under the Executive Order including one related to CITGO Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The state-owned oil company PDVSA has not been exempted from the sanctions. (8/25/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/venezuela_gl2.pdf].

Texas – Hurricane Harvey

clip_image008 Hurricane Harvey came ashore near Rockport as a category 4 storm. It quickly degraded into a tropical storm and continues to dump immense amounts of rain between Corpus Christi and Houston. The US Coast Guard has been engaged in non-stop search and rescue missions throughout the area, including urban search and rescue, similar to that occurring in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. (8/27/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b36950].

New York – grounding in Ambrose Channel

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the tanker Kamome Victoria carrying 373,000 gallons of fuel grounded in Ambrose Channel while transiting outbound. There were no injuries and no pollution. A salvage plan is being developed. The incident is under investigation. (8/25/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b33238]. A second news release states that the tanker refloated with the tide and is now anchored at Gravesend Bay. Divers are inspecting the hull. (8/26/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b34912]. A third news release states that divers confirmed that the hull incurred minimal damage and the vessel has been cleared to depart. (8/26/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b35427].

USCG – amalgamated navigation rules

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted the Amalgamated Navigation Rules, a combination of the international and inland rules of the road, their annexes, and associated federal rules and regulations. (8/21/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=NavRulesWithAnnexes].

USCG – updated ECDIS guidance

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin providing updated guidance regarding electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS). MSIB 09-17 (8/25/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/009-17_8-25-2017.PDF].

USN – remains of all ten USS McCain sailors recovered

clip_image013 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the remains of a second sailor have been recovered by divers working inside USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). The divers are continuing to search for the eight missing sailors. (8/25/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102115]. The US Navy issued a second news release stating that the remains of all ten sailors have been recovered by divers working inside McCain. (8/27/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102156].

USN – heavy lift contract for USS Fitzgerald

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a contract has been awarded to Patriot Shipping for the heavy lift movement of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) from Yokosuka to Pascagoula for repair. (8/25/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102126].

USN – USS Fitzgerald restoration

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it has awarded a contract initiating the restoration of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI) in Pascagoula. (8/24/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102093].

NTSB – El Faro human performance report

clip_image017 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Human Performance Factual Report as part of the ongoing investigation into the October 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro with the loss of 33 lives. (8/18/17) [https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/document.cfm?docID=455457&docketID=58116&mkey=92109].

NTSB – El Faro trajectory study

clip_image017[1] The National Transportation Safety Board posted its Sinking Vessel Trajectory Study as part of the ongoing investigation into the October 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro with the loss of 33 lives. (8/17/17) [https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/document.cfm?docID=455459&docketID=58116&mkey=92109].

NTSB – El Faro ship dynamics study

clip_image017[2] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Ship Dynamics Study based on VDR data as part of the ongoing investigation into the October 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro with the loss of 33 lives. (8/17/17) [https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/document.cfm?docID=455458&docketID=58116&mkey=92109].

NTSB – engine room fire on towing vessel

clip_image018 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the engine room fire on board the towing vessel Thomas Dann on 22 July 2016 in the Atlantic Ocean off St. Augustine. No one was injured, nor was any pollution reported. However, due to the extent of the fire damage, the vessel, which was valued at an estimated $2.5 million, was declared a constructive total loss. The probable cause of the fire aboard the towing vessel was an ignition originating near an electrical fuse box in the upper engine room. Contributing to the intensity of the fire was the presence of combustible materials in the upper engine room. MAB 17-28 (8/10/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1728.pdf].

NTSB – grounding and breakup of small passenger vessel

clip_image018[1] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 24 July 2016 grounding and breakup of the small passenger vessel Spirit of Kona during tropical storm conditions in Kailua Bay on the island of Hawaii. About 10 minutes later, after drifting across the bay, the vessel grounded on lava rocks. Under continuous wave action, the vessel broke apart and subsequently sank. No one was on board at the time. The vessel’s fuel and lube oil tanks ruptured and about 275 gallons of oil spilled into the sea and onto the rocks. The vessel’s value was an estimated $1.1 million. The probable cause of the grounding and subsequent breakup of the vessel was the failure of the vessel’s mooring equipment in tropical storm conditions. Contributing to the vessel breaking free from its mooring was the failure of Blue Sea Cruises to take additional precautions to secure the vessel in advance of an oncoming tropical storm. MAB 17-27 (8/10/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1727.pdf].

Gulf of Mexico – production platforms evacuated

clip_image020 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that offshore oil and gas operators in the western Gulf of Mexico took action in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey. Personnel were evacuated from 105 production platforms and various rigs. (8/27/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-storm-harvey-activity-0].

USACE & EPA – public meetings re waters of the United States

clip_image022 clip_image024 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing a series teleconferences to hear from various stakeholders regarding proposed amendments to the regulatory definition of ‘waters of the United States’. The sectoral teleconferences will be: small entities (19 September); environment and public advocacy (26 September); conservation (October 3); construction and transportation (October 10); agriculture (October 17); industry (October 24); mining (October 31); scientific organizations and academia (November 7); stormwater, wastewater management and drinking water agencies (November 14); and general public (November 21). A public meeting is also planned in Washington, DC on 23 October. Written comments must be received by 28 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 40742 (8/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-28/pdf/2017-18214.pdf].

FWS – southern sea otter

clip_image026 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice announcing the availability of the revised stock assessment report for the southern sea otter stock in the state of California. 82 Fed. Reg. 40793 (8/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-28/pdf/2017-18169.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Florida manatees

clip_image028 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Florida Manatee Research and Recovery Act (S. 1747) to authorize research and recovery activities to provide for the protection, conservation, and recovery of the Florida manatee, and for other purposes. (8/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1747is/pdf/BILLS-115s1747is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re sale of used yachts

clip_image030 Representative Mast (R-FL) introduced the Maritime Industries Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 3662) to provide duty-free treatment for the sale of used yachts, and for other purposes. (8/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3662ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3662ih.pdf].

Panama Canal – designated bunkering areas

clip_image032 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory designating specific anchorages as bunkering areas in Panama Canal Waters. Advisory 28-2017 (8/23/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-28-2017.pdf].

Panama Canal – locks lane outage

clip_image032[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that from 2200 hours on 31 August until 1800 hours on 1 September the east lane of the Miraflores Locks will be out of service. Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect on 1 September. Advisory 29-2017 (8/24/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-29-2017.pdf].

UK – new SOSRep appointed

clip_image034 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release stating that Les Chapman has been appointed to serve as the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSRep) Maritime Salvage & Intervention, to replace Hugh Shaw OBE. (8/23/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/maritime-coastguard-agency-appoints-new-sosrep].

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