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September 27th, 2017 at 11:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 September 2017


USCG – safety alert re lifejacket lights;

USCG – safety alert re carbon monoxide;

USCG – Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee;

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study;

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 24-26 October;

GAO – polar icebreaking capability; and

California – marine invasive species program.

September 27, 2017

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USCG – Safety Alert re lifejacket lights

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning Alcares water activated flashing lifejacket lights models Jack A1-ALK and Jack ARH-ALK. All the faulty lights discovered had leaky batteries and some were identified as having incorrect battery expiration labels. Safety Alert 09-17 (9/25/17) [].

USCG – Safety Alert re carbon monoxide

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that in high concentrations can lead to illness or death. Safety Alert 10-17 (9/25/17) [].

USCG – Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks interested individuals for membership on the Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee. Applications should be submitted by 26 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 44827 (9/26/17) [].

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended until 16 November the period within which to submit comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study. 82 Fed. Reg. 45008 (9/27/17) [].

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 24-26 October

clip_image008 The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 24-26 October in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 82 Fed. Reg. 44993 (9/27/17) [].

GAO – polar icebreaking capability

clip_image010 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report recommending that the US Coast Guard complete a comprehensive cost estimate for a limited service life extension for the polar icebreaker Polar Star that includes cost estimating best practices before committing to this approach for bridging the potential capability gap in US polar icebreaking mission requirements. GAO-17-698R (9/25/17) [].

California – marine invasive species program

clip_image012 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued an updated letter to shipping agents concerning the new requirements for the Marine Invasive Species Program. In particular, stakeholders are advised that the Annual Vessel Reporting Form has changed. Stakeholders are also reminded of the required Ballast Water Management Report. (9/22/17) [].

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