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August 31st, 2017 at 10:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 August 2017


Houston – urban SAR update;

Port Arthur – urban search and rescue;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

IMO – World Maritime Day 2017;

Singapore – non-renewal of bunker licenses; and

UK – offshore renewable energy installations.

August 31, 2017

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Houston – urban SAR update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release updating its urban search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Houston area. As of 1:45 pm Houston time, the Coast Guard had rescued more than 4,361 individuals and 113 pets, utilizing 21 helicopters and nine flood punt teams with 26 shallow-draft vessels. (8/30/17) [].

Port Arthur – urban search and rescue

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that urban search and rescue efforts have expanded to the Port Arthur area. (8/30/17) [].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule setting new Great Lakes Pilotage rates for the 2017 shipping season as well as updating its methodology for setting these rates in the future. The rule enters into effect on 2 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 41466 (8/31/17) [].

IMO – World Maritime Day 2017

clip_image006 The IMO issued a notice stating that World Maritime Day 2017 will be celebrated at IMO on 28 September. The theme this year is ‘Connecting Ships, Ports, and People’. (8/30/17) [].

Singapore – non-renewal of bunker licenses

clip_image008 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it will not be renewing the bunker supplier licenses of Panoil Petroleum Pte Ltd and Universal Energy Pte Ltd when they expire on 31 August 2017. The bunker craft operator license of Universal Energy Pte Ltd will also not be renewed. Both companies will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker supplier and bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore due to improper activities. (8/30/17) [].

UK – offshore renewable energy installations

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance regarding offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs) and their impact on shipping. (8/30/17) [].

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