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October 31st, 2017 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 October 2017


USN & USCG – polar icebreaker RFP;

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment;

Potomac River – bridge proposal;

USCG – US-build determination;

USCG – key cyber questions and challenges;

USCG – maritime safety and stewardship;

IMO – movement toward global climate agreement;

Canada – new bill to address wrecked vessels;

Singapore Strait – tanker boarding; and

Singapore – revision of pre-arrival notice.

October 31, 2017

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USN & USCG – polar icebreaker RFP

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Navy, in collaboration with the US Coast Guard, released a draft Request for Proposals (draft RFP) for the design and construction of a new Coast Guard Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The RFP includes options for two additional HPIBs. Responses to the draft RFP are due 11 December and will support release of the RFP early next year. Contract award is planned for fiscal year 2019, subject to appropriations. (10/19/17) [].

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 30 November, the period within which to submit comments on waterway suitability assessment for operation of a liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) terminal near Port Arthur, Texas. 82 Fed. Reg. 50438 (10/31/17) [].

Potomac River – bridge proposal

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a proposal from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) with plans for a replacement for the Governor Harry Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) over the Potomac River near Dahlgren, Virginia. The new bridge would have reduced vertical and horizontal clearances, obstructing passage of some larger vessels. Comments must be received by 20 November. Supplemental Preliminary Public Notice 5-1365a (10/19/17) [,VA.pdf].

USCG – US-build determination

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a determination letter finding that the construction by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO of two Kanaloa-class combination container and roll-on/roll-off (or ‘ConRo’) vessels with largely US-source steel plate but with certain foreign-source fabricated and assembled items will not adversely affect the status of those vessels as having been built in the United States and eligible to engage in the US coastwise trade. (10/4/17) [].

USCG – key cyber questions and challenges

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting five key cyber questions and challenges facing the maritime industry. (10/30/17) [].

USCG – maritime safety and stewardship discussions

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it and representatives of various other federal agencies recently met with representatives of international cruises ship operators to discuss maritime safety and stewardship. (10/30/17) [].

IMO – movement toward global climate agreement

clip_image011 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO is moving toward a global climate agreement involving, inter alia, the setting of a vision and a level of ambition for efforts to be made globally to reduce shipping’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. (10/27/17) [].

Canada – new bill to address wrecked vessels

clip_image013 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Government of Canada will introduce a new Act to address wrecked, abandoned, or hazardous vessels. (10/30/17) [].

Singapore Strait – tanker boarding

clip_image015 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a notice stating that the tanker GP T2 was boarded by five perpetrators while transiting the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait at about 0142 hours local time on 30 October. They tied up the duty oiler in the engine room, took some engine spare parts, and escaped. The crew was uninjured. Incident Alert 04/2017 (10/30/17) [].

Singapore – revision of pre-arrival notice

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing, effective 6 November, revision of the Pre-Arrival Notice (PAN) to incorporate implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. Port Marine Circular 19-17 (10/26/17) [].

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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.