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November 29th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 November 2017


USCG – foreign rebuild determination;

USCG – US build determination;

USCG – ballast water management;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing 31 December;

Canada – cumulative effects of marine shipping;

UK – pollution prevention; and

UK – navigation safety.

November 29, 2017

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USCG – foreign rebuild determination

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a Determination Letter stating that the work to be performed in a foreign shipyard to convert two vessels owned by TOTE Maritime Alaska to operate on liquified natural gas (LNG) will not adversely affect their eligibility to operate in the coastwise trade. (11/27/17) [].

USCG – US build determination

clip_image005 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a Determination Letter confirming that the fishing vessel Blue North is deemed to have been built in the United States despite having a small quantity of foreign-sourced steel. (11/21/17) [].

USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing the Coast Guard perspective on ballast water management. (11/27/17) []. Note: This is the first 0f a five-part series.

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing 31 December

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing that all vessels must clear the Montreal-Lake Ontario section by 1200 hours on 31 December. Seaway Notice 26-2017 (11/21/17) [].

Canada – cumulative effects of marine shipping

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it will commence the five-year Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative to allow the marine safety system to be better equipped to support the marine shipping industry and protect the marine environment and coastal communities. (11/24/17) [].

UK – pollution prevention

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance to prevent pollution and reduce harmful emissions at sea. (11/22/17) [].

UK – navigation safety

clip_image013 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance regarding navigation safety. (11/23/17) [].

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  • Tony Moran
    5:53 pm on November 30th, 2017 1

    I’m looking for guidance on how to prove that a 1941
    Built minesweeper is not a foreign rebuild.
    Converted to a fish packer after ww2,
    And spent last 50yrs in Canada.
    What I do know is the vessel was purchased
    By a USA citizen, and remained in the Seattle area
    From 1947-1951, before being sold to Canadian company.
    If I could only prove rebuild happened in USA, I would
    Win my battle with Uscg, on foreign rebuild.
    Any suggestions? Call Tony @907-518-0440


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