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January 3rd, 2018 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 January 2018

Headlines:

Hawaii – disoriented Australian sailor rescued;

USCG – changes proposed for PREP Guidelines;

IMO – amendments to FAL Convention;

Canada – vessel fined for speeding;

India – cruise ship passengers with e-visas; and

First live-saving helicopter flight – 3 January 1944.

January 3, 2018

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Hawaii – disoriented Australian sailor rescued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an Australian mariner on his homemade sailing vessel has been rescued off Maui. The disoriented sailor had departed Panama approximately 104 days earlier enroute Australia. (1/2/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d03bba].

USCG – changes proposed for PREP Guidelines

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding stakeholders that changes to the 2016 PREP Guidelines have been posted in the Federal Register. Comments must reach the Coast Guard by 22 January. MSIB 01-18 (1/3/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_001_18.pdf?ver=2018-01-02-135844-327].

IMO – amendments to FAL Convention

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The IMO issued a news release stating that recent amendments to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) entered into force on 1 January 2018. Among other things, the amendments strengthened seafarers’ right to shore leave and included a new requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchanges to transmit information related to maritime transport. (1/1/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/01-FALConvention.aspx].

Canada – vessel fined for speeding

clip_image009 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it assessed yet another fine, this one for $6,000, to a vessel for non-compliance with the mandatory slowdown in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the increased presence of whales. (12/29/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/12/transport_canadaissuesanotherfinefornon-respectofthespeedrestric0.html].

India – cruise ship passengers with e-visas

clip_image011 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a notice stating that the requirement for biometric enrollment of cruise ship passengers arriving in five major Indian ports has been waived for three years for those passengers arriving on e-visas. (1/2/18) [http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=2639].

First life-saving helicopter flight – 3 January 1944

clip_image013 LCDR Frank A. Erickson, USCG piloted a USCG Sikorsky HNS-1 in the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role when, on 3 January 1944, he flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter’s floats, from New York to Sandy Hook to save the lives of some of the badly–injured survivors of the explosion and sinking of the US Navy destroyer USS Turner (DD-648) off Ambrose Light. Having performed that heroic deed in violent winds and snow that grounded all other aircraft Erickson became the first pilot in the world to fly a helicopter under such conditions.

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