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January 29th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – activating a vessel response plan;

USCG – VRPs and Subchapter M;

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC members sought;

DOJ – limiting use of guidance documents;

BOEM – public meetings re Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing;

Australia – protection for Great Barrier Reef;

New Zealand – $130,000 penalty for negligent operation; and

MREN – Questions raised regarding BWMS testing.

January 29, 2018

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USCG – activating a vessel response plan

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued guidance regarding activating a vessel response plan (VRP) by a vessel master, actions expected of the Qualified Individual (QI), and how to obtain deviations for use of resources not identified in an approved VRP. (1/23/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Activating_a_VRP_180123.pdf].

USCG – VRPs and Subchapter M

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued guidance regarding the impact of the new Subchapter M towing vessel regulations on vessel response plans (VRPs). (1/23/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/VRPs_%26_Subchapter_M_180123.pdf].

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC members sought

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard seeks individual interested in serving on the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC), Eastern Great Lakes, and the four regional subcommittees: Northeast Ohio Region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Region, Western New York Region, and Eastern New York Region. Applications should be submitted by 28 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 4064 (1/29/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-29/pdf/2018-01606.pdf].

DOJ – limiting use of guidance documents

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum limiting use of agency guidance documents in affirmative civil enforcement cases. The policy applies to guidance documents issued by other federal agencies, not just DOJ guidance documents. (1/25/18) [https://www.justice.gov/file/1028756/download].

BOEM – public meetings re Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing

clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the public meetings for the 2019-2024 National OCS Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program that were cancelled due to the government shutdown have been rescheduled. (1/26/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note01262018/].

Australia – protection for Great Barrier Reef

clip_image011 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a media release announcing that the government is investing $60 million to boost the number of vessels targeting crown-of-thorns starfish and the number of field officers to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The funding will also provide incentives for farmers to reduce pollution flowing into the reef. (1/22/18) [https://www.pm.gov.au/media/investing-future-great-barrier-reef].

New Zealand – $130,000 penalty for negligent operation

clip_image013 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the skipper of a recreational craft was ordered to pay $130,000 in fines and reparations after being found guilty of operating his craft at high speed while intoxicated at night when he ran the craft onto a charted rock, injuring three of his passengers. (1/26/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20180126a.asp].

MREN – Questions raised regarding BWMS testing

clip_image015 In the January 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Questions raised regarding BWMS testing. The article discusses the US Coast Guard program for testing of ballast water management systems (BWMSs) and questions that have arisen as to whether the various independent testing facilities have been using different protocols. (1/26/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180100.pdf].

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