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October 26th, 2017 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 October 2017


DOJ – proposed OPA 90 consent decree;

COAC – meeting on 14 November;

IMO – comment re climate change;

Canada – Exercise Salish Sea 2017;

Madagascar – plague outbreak; and

UK – safety bulletin re certain sprinklers.

October 26, 2017

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DOJ – proposed OPA 90 consent decree

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that a proposed consent decree has been lodged in court to settle claims of the United States for injuries to natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) against Bouchard Transportation Company caused by a 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay. Comments on the consent decree must be received within 30 days. 82 Fed. Reg. 49680 (10/26/17) [].

COAC – meeting on 14 November

clip_image006 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet on 14 November in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 49642 (10/26/17) [].

IMO – comment re climate change

clip_image008 The IMO issued a statement by Secretary-General Kitack Lim challenging recent media reports questioning the transparent inclusive approach adopted by the IMO and its stakeholders in addressing the threat of climate change. The IMO effort to reduce harmful air emissions from ships engaged in international commerce spans decades and the agency seeks continual improvement. (10/25/17) [].

Canada – Exercise Salish Sea 2017

clip_image010 The Canadian Coast Guard issued a media release stating that a major maritime disaster training exercise is being conducted in the Gulf Islands area of British Columbia. (10/24/17) [].

Madagascar – plague outbreak

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Alert advising that a confirmed outbreak of pneumonic plague has been reported in Madagascar including in the port city of Toamasina.  Caution should be exercised by vessels calling in Madagascar.  (10/24/17) [].

UK – safety bulletin re certain sprinklers

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin advising that Hi-FOG 1900 Sprinkler Heads may not be compatible with some of the A1000 Assembly Bodies. The internal stop valve of the A1000 Assembly Body of certain types may be pushed beyond their intended range when a Hi-FOG 1900 sprinkler is installed. Safety Bulletin 11-2017 (October 2017) [].

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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.