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March 12th, 2018 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 March 2018


North Carolina – stray containers monitored;

USCG – ECA limited exemption re Tier II engines;

USCG – National Quality Steering Committee meeting;

USN – ICEX 2018;

NOAA – new members appointed to HSRP;

EC – VAT on provision of yachts;

ReCAAP – February report;

Ireland – maritime cyber risk management; and

Panama Canal – February operations.

March 12, 2018

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North Carolina – stray containers monitored

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the approximately 76 stray shipping containers lost overboard during heavy weather from Maersk Shanghai off the coast of North Carolina are being monitored and assessed. One of the containers was carrying about 5,900 pounds of sulfuric acid. Only two of the containers have been found afloat. The vessel owners have arranged for placement of tracking devices and lights on them. A plan has been developed to use side-scan sonar to locate the submerged containers and assess their risks. (3/10/18) [].

USCG – ECA limited exemption re Tier II engines

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the IMO adopted an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI that allows transit through an Emissions Control Area (ECA) with a Tier II engine if the vessel is sailing directly to or from a shipyard or other repair facility without loading or unloading cargo. Vessels wishing to enter either US ECA under this exemption must notify the USCG in advance. The amendment enters into force on 1 January 2019. (3/8/18) [].

USCG – National Quality Steering Committee meeting

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the Coast Guard/American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership’s National Quality Steering Committee. (3/8/18) [].

USN – ICEX 2018

clip_image007 The US Navy issued a news release announcing the kickoff of ICEX 2018 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of temporary Ice Camp Skate and the arrival of two U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines and one U.K. Royal Navy submarine. (3/7/18) [].

NOAA – new members appointed to HSRP

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that three new members have been appointed to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). (3/7/18) [].

EC – VAT on provision of yachts

clip_image011 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has opened infringement procedures against Cyprus, Greece, and Malta for not levying the correct amount of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the provision of yachts. (3/8/18) [].

ReCAAP – February report

clip_image013 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its February Report concerning piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters. A total of five reports were received (three actual and two attempted). This compared favorably with the seven such reports received in February 2017. (3/9/18) [].

Ireland – maritime cyber risk management

clip_image015 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice regarding maritime cyber risk management. Marine Notice 8-2018 (3/8/18) [].

Panama Canal – February operations

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during February. Advisory 07-2018 (3/9/18) [].

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