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November 2nd, 2017 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 November 2017


USCG – racer fined for negligent operation;

USN – USS Fitzgerald & USS McCain collision reports;

FMC – meeting on 8 November;

House – bill introduced re port authorities;

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport; and

UK – electronic equivalents.

November 2, 2017

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USCG – racer fined for negligent operation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a powerboat racer paid a $1,000 fine for negligent operation of his craft on the Saginaw River on 21 June 2017. Prior to participation in the International Outboard Grand Prix, the individual failed to observe posted ‘No Wake Zone’ signs and conducted a high speed lap around a transiting 600-foot freighter. (11/1/17) [].

USN – USS Fitzgerald & USS McCain collision reports

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release regarding the recent fatal collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCain (DDG 56), with links to the investigation reports, photos, and videos of both warships. (11/1/17) [].

FMC – meeting on 8 November

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 8 November in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda consist of: an update on the Supply Chain Innovation Teams Initiative; a briefing on economic analysis and statutory issues in the review process for carrier and marine terminal operator agreements; and Commission action on Petition P2-15, Petition of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America for Initiation of Rulemaking. (11/1/17) [].

House – bill introduced re port authorities

clip_image010 Representative Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Clean Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 4147) to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide certain port authorities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (10/26/17) [].

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport

clip_image012 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued its Review of Maritime Transport 2017. The report presents key developments in the world economy and international trade and related impacts on shipping demand and supply, and the freight and charter markets in 2016 and early 2017, as well as seaports and the regulatory and legal frameworks. (11/1/17) [].

UK – electronic equivalents

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice linking to individual approval letters for products which MCA recognizes as electronic equivalents for onboard carriage of IMO instruments such as SOLAS, MARPOL, and STCW. (11/1/17) [].

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