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November 30th, 2017 at 11:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 November 2017


USCG – issuance and acceptance of electronic certificates;

USCG – towing vessel deficiency reporting;

USCG – ballast water management compliance;

FMC – NVOCC negotiated rate & service arrangements;

Beaufort Sea – exploratory drilling approved;

MARAD – review of agency’s core functions;

OFAC – finding of violation re Iran;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training;

CRS – Navy force structure;

IMO – award for bravery at sea;

Equasis – world merchant fleet 2016;

Bahamas – sprinkler heads and bulbs;

Canada – proactive vessel management;

Hong Kong – limits of liability for maritime incidents; and

New Zealand – uncertified ship surveyor.

November 30, 2017

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USCG – issuance and acceptance of electronic certificates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for the issuance and acceptance of certain electronic certificates for US flag vessels and those foreign flag vessels subject to US port state control. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-09 (11/27/17) [].

USCG – towing vessel deficiency reporting

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the recording and reporting of deficiencies and non-conformities on vessels whose owners have chosen to use the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-10 (11/28/17) [].

USCG – ballast water management compliance

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin explaining the agency’s focus on ballast water management (BWM) compliance. (11/28/17) [].

FMC – NVOCC negotiated rate & service arrangements

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its regulations governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. Comments must be submitted by 29 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56781 (11/30/17) [].

Beaufort Sea – exploratory drilling approved

clip_image009 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it has approved Arctic exploration drilling operations in the US outer continental shelf of the Beaufort Sea. (11/28/17) [].

MARAD – review of agency’s core functions

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it requested the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to undertake an independent review of the agency’s core functions. That review is now available and MARAD intends to give its recommendations full consideration. Among other things, the report recommends that MARAD conduct a business process review to ensure alignment with the agency’s updated missions, eliminate duplicative processes, and re-engineer inefficient processes. (11/28/17) [].

OFAC – finding of violation re Iran

clip_image013 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted an Enforcement Information stating that it issued a Finding of Violation to Dominica Maritime Registry, Inc. for a violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. (11/28/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image015 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2017 (S. 2127) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. (11/15/17) [].

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training

clip_image017 Representative King (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 4468) to direct the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to study and report to the Congress regarding recreational vessel operator training. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/28/17).

CRS – Navy force structure

clip_image019 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a report on Navy force structure and shipbuilding plans. RL32665 (11/22/17) [].

IMO – award for bravery at sea

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release stating that two marine pilots from the Port of Houston have been awarded the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for maneuvering a stricken and blazing vessel away from surrounding ships and facilities, averting a major tragedy. (11/29/17) [].

Equasis – world merchant fleet in 2016

clip_image023 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted Equasis – The World Merchant Fleet in 2016. (11/27/17) [].

Bahamas – sprinkler heads and bulbs

clip_image025 The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) issued a technical alert regarding sprinkler heads and bulbs. Contact damage and external corrosion may lead to leakage of the fluid and impairment of function. Technical Alert 17-14 (11/23/17) [].

Canada – proactive vessel management

clip_image027 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing the Proactive Vessel Management initiative to help address local marine traffic issues by identifying where local management actions could reduce conflicts between marine users or minimize environmental impacts, such as routing or speed controls. (11/28/17) [].

Hong Kong – limits of liability for marine incidents

clip_image029 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice announcing implementation of an Order giving effect to the latest revision of the limits of liability for marine incidents. Notice 165-2017 (11/28/17) [].

New Zealand – uncertified ship surveyor

clip_image031 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a ship survey company has been fined $4,000 for utilizing an uncertified individual to conduct a ship survey. (11/29/17) [].

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