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October 3rd, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – cyber security awareness;

Puerto Rico & USVI – updated port status;

USCG – seventh BWMS type approval application;

USCG – TVNCOE website;

Port Canaveral – security zone expansion;

USCG – Belfast, ME anchorage areas;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 October;

CBP – Jones Act waiver guidance;

US – 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan; and

UK – MAIB safety digest.

October 3, 2017

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USCG – cyber security awareness

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and providing links to various maritime cybersecurity resources. (10/2/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/02/1022017-october-national-cyber-security-awareness-month/].

Puerto Rico & USVI – updated port status

clip_image005 The news release updating that port status for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (10/2/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1bab453].

USCG – seventh BWMS type approval application

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Purimar Ballast Water Management System submitted an application seeking Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval. This is the seventh such application received from various manufacturers. (10/2/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/02/1022017-seventh-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – TVNCOE website

clip_image007 The website for the USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) has relocated. (9/29/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/tvncoe/].

Port Canaveral – security zone expansion

clip_image007[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to expand the boundaries of the security zone in Port Canaveral Harbor adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Comments must be received by 3 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 46007 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21230.pdf].

USCG – Belfast, ME anchorage areas

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish two special anchorage areas in the Passagassawakeag River in the vicinity of Belfast, Maine. Comments must be received by 4 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 46004 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21231.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 October

clip_image010 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Advisory Board will meet on 30 October in Milwaukee. 82 Fed. Reg. 46120 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21155.pdf].

CBP – Jones Act waiver guidance

clip_image012 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted guidance for parties seeking a waiver of the Jones Act. (9/28/17) [https://www.cbp.gov/trade/jones-act-waiver-request]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jon Waldron of Blank Rome LLP.

US – 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan

clip_image014 The 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan has been posted. The plan includes a discussion of GPS backup options. (10/2/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/FederalRadioNavigationPlan2017.pdf].

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its safety digest including lessons to be learned from recent marine casualties. Safety Digest 2/2017 (10/2/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648760/MAIBSD2-17.pdf].

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