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September 29th, 2017 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – Jones Act waiver;

USCG – guidance re North Korea sanctions;

Hawaii – lava flow safety zone;

IWUB – meeting on 3 November;

BOEM – Cape Wind ROD;

House – bill introduced re Jones Act waiver;

Panama Canal – booking modification fees; and

Singapore – incentives for LNG use as marine fuel.

September 29, 2017

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Puerto Rico – Jones Act waiver

The Department of Homeland Security issued a press release stating that the Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico has been extended to cover all products. The previous waiver covered only petroleum products. (9/28/17) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/28/department-homeland-security-acting-secretary-elaine-duke-approves-waiver-jones-act].

USCG – guidance re North Korea sanctions

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing guidance regarding vessels potentially affected by US sanctions regarding North Korea. (9/28/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/28/9282017-information-on-vessels-affected-by-u-s-sanctions-on-north-korea/].

Hawaii – lava flow safety zone

The US Coast Guard has extended, through 28 March 2018, the safety zone in the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Ocean Entry on the southeast side of the Island of Hawaii. 82 Fed. Reg. 45461 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20902.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 3 November

The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 3 November in Vicksburg. 82 Fed. Reg. 45583 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20912.pdf].

BOEM – Cape Wind ROD

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cape Wind Energy Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). 82 Fed. Reg. 45607 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20936.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Jones Act waiver

Representative Meng (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 3852) to permit the waiver of Jones Act requirements for humanitarian relief efforts. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Meng issued a press release explaining the measure. (9/27/17) [https://meng.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-meng-vel-zquez-soto-guti-rrez-serrano-introduce-legislation-to].

Panama Canal – booking modification fees

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing modifications to the booking modification fees. Advisory 35-2017 (9/27/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-35-2017.pdf].

Singapore – incentives for LNG use as marine fuel

The Singapore Marine and Port Authority issued a circular announcing new port dues incentives on the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the port of Singapore. Port Marine Circular 14-2017 (9/28/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/95bf6a77-77e5-446c-831f-427c3de1bd6a].

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