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February 1st, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 February 2018


Great Lakes – cooperative icebreaking;

DOJ – US Navy Commander pleads guilty;

FMC – Petition for Fair Port Practices; and

UK – Seafarer Medical Examination System.

February 1, 2018

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Great Lakes – cooperative icebreaking

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the Canadian Coast Guard signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding between their agencies concerning cooperative icebreaking services in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system. (1/30/18) [].

DOJ – US Navy Commander pleads guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former US Navy Commander pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery conspiracy charges in connection with the wide-ranging corruption and fraud investigation involving foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. (1/31/18) [].

FMC – Petition for Fair Port Practices

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice reminding stakeholders that replies and any further submissions to the record in the Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking (P4-16) are due not later than 1 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 4657 (2/1/18) [].

UK – Seafarer Medical Examination System

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice regarding the Seafarer Medical Examination System. MSN 1839 (M) (1/31/18) []. This was followed by a Corrigendum. (1/31/18) [],

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