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October 25th, 2017 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 October 2017


USCG – credentialing of Hurricane Maria seafarers;

USCG – TPO application tips;

USCG – building organizational cyber resiliency;

NOSAC – meeting on 12-13 December;

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG;

DOT – National Multimodal Freight Network;

PNT Advisory Board – meeting on 15-16 November; and

Arctic – multinational SAR exercise.

October 25, 2017

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USCG – credentialing of Hurricane Maria seafarers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for credentialing of seafarers working on vessels supporting the Hurricane Maria relief effort in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-17 (CH-1) (10/20/17) [].

USCG – TPO application tips

clip_image004[1] The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) issued a brochure which provides tips for prospective third-party organizations (TPOs) seeking Coast Guard approval to perform audits and surveys under 46 CFR Subchapter M for regulated towing vessels. (10/24/17) [].

USCG – building organizational cyber resiliency

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin regarding building organizational cyber resiliency. (10/24/17) [].

NOSAC – meeting on 12-13 December

clip_image005 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 12-13 December in Houston. Topics on the agenda include safety management systems on vessels engaging in well intervention activities. 82 Fed. Reg. 49391 (10/25/17) [].

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG

clip_image007 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders authorizing the import and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). 82 Fed. Reg. 49358 (10/25/17) [].

DOT – National Multimodal Freight Network

clip_image009 The Department of Transportation (DOT) has reopened the comment period for materials related to the Interim National Multimodal Freight Network (Interim NMFN). Comments must be received by 22 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 49478 (10/25/17) [].

PNT Advisory Board – meeting on 15-16 November

clip_image011 The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will meet on 15-16 November in Redondo Beach, California. Topics on the agenda include examination of PNT back-up services. 82 Fed. Reg. 49230 (10/24/17) [].

Arctic – multinational SAR exercise

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing a multinational search and rescue (SAR) exercise off Iceland as part of Arctic Guardian 2017. The exercise involves members of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. (10/24/17) [].

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    logo11 Liquefaction

    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.