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April 4th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 April 2018


USCG – Alert re compliance with SOLAS & USCG regs;

USCG – fire protection, detection & extinguishing equipment;

NBSAC – meeting on 8-10 May;

USCG – NMSAC members sought;

USCG – hydrocarbons & reservoirs;

FMC – demurrage, detention & free time practices;

FMC – notice of request for additional information;

Miami – PORTS improves safety;

St Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft; and

UK – safety digest.

April 4, 2018

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USCG – Alert re compliance with SOLAS & USCG regs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert addressing lessons learned from the SS El Faro casualty concerning compliance with SOLAS and USCG regulations for operation of main propulsion and essential auxiliary machinery. Alert 04-18 (4/3/18) [].

USCG – fire protection, detection & extinguishing equipment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on implementation of new standards for fire protection, detection, and extinguishing equipment used on inspected and uninspected vessels, OCS facilities, deepwater ports, and mobile offshore drilling units. CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-04 (4/3/18) [].

NBSAC – meeting on 8-10 May

clip_image005 The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 8-10 May in Portland, OR. Topics on the agenda include alternatives to pyrotechnic visual distress signals and paddlesports issues. 83 Fed. Reg. 14467 (4/4/18) [].

USCG – NMSAC members sought

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). Applications should be submitted by 3 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 14282 (4/3/18) [].

USCG – hydrocarbons and reservoirs

clip_image006[1] The USCG Drill Down publication in this edition focuses on Basic Primer on Hydrocarbons and Reservoirs. (4/3/18) [].

FMC – demurrage, detention & free time practices

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has ordered ocean common carriers (OCCs) to provide information and documents explaining port demurrage, detention, and free time practices. A similar effort with respect to container terminals at major US ports. (4/2/18) [].

FMC – notice of request for additional information

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice of request for additional information regarding two related agreements: Tacoma Marine Terminal Operator Conference Agreement and Tacoma Marine Terminal Operator Cooperative Working Agreement. Interested parties may file comments within 15 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 14461 (4/4/18) [].

Miami – PORTS improves safety

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that its Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) is making transits of large ships through the Port of Miami safer. (4/3/18) [].

St Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft

clip_image013 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLSS) issued a news release stating that the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section has been increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”). Vessels with an approved and operational draft information system will be permitted to transit at a draft up to 7 cm (3”) above the maximum allowable draft. (4/3/18) [].

UK – Safety Digest

clip_image015 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its Safety Digest 1/2018. The focus of this edition is avoidable accidents. (4/3/18) [].

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