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January 12th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 January 2018


USCG – Light List (2018);

USCG – Benkert Environmental Protection Award;

USCG – IGF and Polar Codes implementation update;

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda;

Access Board – semiannual regulatory agenda;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 22 February;

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast;

Florida – no new oil or gas platforms;

Ireland – Port Areas; and

Panama Canal – December operations.

January 12, 2018

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USCG – Light List (2018)

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard Light List (2018) has been posted. (1/11/18) [].

USCG – Benkert Environmental Protection Award

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard deadline for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for Excellence has been extended two weeks. Applications will be accepted until 26 January 2018. (1/11/18) [].

USCG – IGF and Polar Codes implementation update

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that it will continue to evaluate training courses for merchant mariners to ensure compliance with requirements of the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low Flash-point Fuels (IGH Code) and the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code). (1/10/18) [].

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its semiannual regulatory agenda. Items of interest include financial responsibly for tank vessels; seafarers’ access to maritime facilities; outer continental shelf activities; and commercial fishing vessels. The timelines mentioned in the agenda are aspirational. 83 Fed. Reg. 1872 (1/12/18) [].

Access Board – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image008 The Architectural and Transport Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) issued its semiannual regulatory agenda. An item of interest concerns accessibility guidelines for passenger vessels. 83 Fed. Reg. 1928 (1/12/18) [].

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 22 February

clip_image010 The Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 22 February in Washington, DC. 83 Fed. Reg. 1625 (1/12/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast

clip_image012 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2292) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Nelson issued a news release explaining the measure. (1/10/18) [].

Florida – no new oil or gas platforms

clip_image014 Florida Governor Scott (R) issued a news release stating that Secretary of the Interior Zinke has removed Florida from consideration for any new [offshore] oil or gas platforms. (1/9/18) [].

Ireland – Port Areas

clip_image016 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a notice updating the list of Port Areas of ‘smooth’ and ‘partially smooth’ waters where vessels may operate without being considered to be at sea. Marine Notice 01-2018 (1/10/18) [].

Panama Canal – December operations

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for December 2017. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 01-2018 (1/8/18) [].

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