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September 21st, 2017 at 10:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 September 2017


Puerto Rico – humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts;

USCG – Polar Ship Certificate;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates – correction;

USCG – vessel documentation regulations;

USCG – guidelines re BWM Convention;

FMC – meeting summary; and

CMTS – Federal Funding Handbook.

September 21, 2017

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Puerto Rico – humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, following passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico, it has commenced humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts. (9/20/17) [].

USCG – Polar Ship Certificate

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule adding the Polar Ship Certificate to a list of certificates that certain US and foreign-flag ships will need to carry on board if they engage in international voyages in polar waters. The rule enters into effect on 23 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 44108 (9/21/17) [].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates – correction

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued corrections to its 31 August rulemaking regarding Great Lakes Pilotage rates. 82 Fed. Reg. 43864 (9/20/17) [].

USCG – vessel documentation regulations

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule making technical amendments to its vessel documentation regulations. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 43858 (9/20/17) [].

USCG – guidelines re BWM Convention

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard posted guidelines for voluntary compliance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-05 (9/6/17) [].

FMC – meeting summary

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing its 20 September meeting concerning supply chain teams, shipping forum, procedural changes, and a petition regarding port practices. (9/20/17) [],

CMTS – Federal Funding Handbook

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted a notice announcing the availability of the updated and enhanced Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure. (9/18/17) [].

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    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.