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January 10th, 2018 at 11:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 January 2018


USCG NMC – attachments to emails;

USCG – Ship Structure Committee;

Court – test for maritime contracts simplified;

UK – Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill introduced;

UK – marine oil spill response providers; and

UK – safety harness tethers on sailing yachts.

January 10, 2018

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USCG NMC – attachments to emails

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that its email system will not accept attachments larger than 10MB. Attachments larger than 8MB should be split into multiple emails. In addition, the system will not accept compressed (ZIP) files regardless of size. (1/9/18) [].

USCG – Ship Structure Committee

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the Ship Structure Committee is soliciting research ideas for the 2018 project year. The four focus areas are: (1) structural lifetime extension; (2) Arctic construction, operations, technologies, and effects; (3) composite materials; and (4) SSC Follow-up Report. (1/9/18) [].

Court – test for maritime contracts simplified

clip_image007 In an en banc opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned prior Circuit precedent and adopted the simpler, more straightforward test of the US Supreme Court in determining whether a contract for performance of specialty services to facilitate the drilling or production of oil or gas on navigable waters is maritime in nature. That test is whether the contract provides or do the parties expect that a vessel will play a substantial role in completion of the contract. In re Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir., January 8, 2018) []. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

UK – Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill introduced

clip_image009 The Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill has been introduced in the UK Parliament. If enacted into law, the bill will make a provision creating a new offence of shining or directing a laser beam towards a vehicle which is on a journey and the laser beam dazzles or distracts, or is likely to dazzle or distract, a person with control of the vehicle. The term ‘vehicle’ includes, among other things, a vessel. A person who commits such offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment. (1/8/18) [].

UK – marine oil spill response providers

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) opened a consultation on a draft UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers. Comments are due by 9 March. (1/8/18) []. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

UK – safety harness tethers on sailing yachts

clip_image011 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a safety bulletin regarding use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts. Safety Bulletin 1/2018 (1/9/18) [].

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