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September 25th, 2017 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 September 2017


Vieques – emergency supplies delivered;

Puerto Rico & USVI – port conditions;

Florida – ports and waterways assessment;

Bering Sea – medical evacuation; and

USCG – type approval issues.

September 25, 2017

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Vieques – emergency supplies delivered

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it delivered FEMA emergency supplies consisting of food and water to Vieques, Puerto Rico. (9/23/17) [].

Puerto Rico & USVI – port conditions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release updating port conditions for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (9/24/17) [].

Florida – ports and waterways assessment

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is assessing Florida’s ports and waterways in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (9/23/17) [].

Bering Sea – medical evacuation

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the USCG icebreaker medically evacuated an injured seafarer from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long in the Bering Sea 15 miles off Nome, Alaska. (9/23/17) [].

USCG – type approval issues

clip_image005 The US coast Guard issued a bulletin explaining what happens to Coast Guard type approval when a manufacturer goes out of business. All equipment manufactured during the validity of the type approval certificate remains “Approved” as long as it is manufactured, installed, and operated according to the terms of the type approval certificate. Any maintenance and repairs to this equipment must also be performed in accordance with the manuals and components specified as part of the type approval. If the equipment fails to operate and parts from the original equipment manufacturer are no longer available, then the equipment is no longer operating under its type approval and must be replaced. (9/22/17) [].

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