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December 29th, 2017 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 December 2017


St. Lawrence Seaway – bulker aground;

St Marys River – closed due to ice-bound vessels;

BSEE – OCS oil & gas production safety systems;

ITC – subsea telecommunications systems;

Court – asbestos litigation continues;

California – marine invasive species issues;

EMSA – Creation of a European Coastguard Function;

Australia – cargo transfer operations at sea; and

Out with the known, in with the unknown.

December 29, 2017

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St. Lawrence Seaway – bulker aground

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 623-foot Pacific Huron, loaded with soybean, has grounded outside the channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Wellesley Island. There have been no reports of injury, damage, or pollution. (12/28/17) [].

St. Marys River – closed due to ice-bound vessels

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that efforts are underway to free two ice-bound vessels in the St. Marys River. One is in the up-bound channel and the other is in the down-bound channel. Until those vessels are freed, the river is closed to navigation. (12/28/17) []. A subsequent news release states that the two vessels have been freed of the ice and the channels have reopened. (12/28/17) [].

BSEE – OCS oil & gas production safety systems

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production on the outer continental shelf (OCS) to reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens while correcting errors and clarifying current requirements. Comments must be submitted by 29 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 61703 (12/29/17) [].

ITC – subsea telecommunications systems

clip_image008 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint regarding certain subsea telecommunications systems and components thereof. Comments on the complaint must be received within eight days. 82 Fed. Reg. 61791 (12/29/17) [].

Court – asbestos litigation continues

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the district court dismissal of actions against various owners and operators of Jones Act vessels brought by former seamen under the Jones Act and general maritime law for liability relating to exposure to asbestos on those vessels. The appellate court found that defendants had waived their personal jurisdiction defenses. In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation, No. 16-4148 (3rd Cir., December 28, 2017) [].

California – marine invasive species issues

clip_image012 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) sent a letter to agents for ocean-going ships that might call in California ports advising of the implementation of biofouling management requirements and reminding them of existing reporting requirements. (12/28/17) [].

EMSA – Creation of a European Coastguard Function

clip_image014 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release announcing the final report “Pilot Project – Creation of a European Coastguard Function”. (12/22/17) [].

Australia – cargo transfer operations at sea

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice regarding cargo transfer operations at sea and in coastal waters. Marine Notice 15/2017 (Dec 2017) [].

Out with the known, in with the unknown

clip_image018 Just when we were getting adjusted to significant fluctuations in ship values, charter rates, and fuel costs, we are now face to face with 2018. There is a reason that the ancient Romans named the upcoming month January, in honor of their deity Janus, the god of gates, doorways, and beginnings. The image of Janus is usually portrayed as looking both forward and backward. Either way, have a safe New Year’s Eve and a prosperous New Year – and may your apparent cliffs turn out to be low ledges.

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