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April 5th, 2018 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 April 2018

Headlines:

White House – concern re Houthi maritime attack;

White House – national emergency re Somalia;

MARAD – alert re southern Red Sea;

USCG – SONS executive seminar;

USCG – TSAC meeting summary;

USCG – two BWMS type approval applications received;

Court – negligent infliction of emotional distress;

UN – sanctions re North Korean maritime interests;

Red Sea – tanker attacked; and

UK – port marine operations guide.

April 5, 2018

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White House – concern re Houthi maritime attack

clip_image004 The White House issued a statement concerning expressing concern about the Houthi attack on a commercial vessel transiting the Bab al-Mandab in international waters. (4/4/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-houthi-commercial-maritime-attack/].

White House – national emergency re Somalia

clip_image005 The White House issued a notice stating that the national emergency with respect to Somalia has been continued for another year due, in part, to the persistence of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships at sea off the Somali coast. (4/4/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/notice-regarding-continuation-national-emergency-respect-somalia/].

MARAD – alert re southern Red Sea

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted a maritime alert concerning an incident in the southern Red Sea. A projectile was fired at a commercial oil tanker, resulting in hull penetration and minor damage above the waterline. Alert 2018-005A (4/3/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/27086/].

USCG – SONS executive seminar

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent Spill of National Significance (SONS) executive seminar. The event hosted executives from 17 federal agencies to familiarize agency principals with national oil spill response policy and explore interagency coordination procedures during an actual SONS. (4/4/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/04/4-4-2018-recap-of-recent-spill-of-national-significance-executive-seminar/].

USCG – TSAC meeting summary

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Topics addressed at the meeting included firefighting training requirements; regulatory reform; and inspection of towing vessels. (4/4/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/04/4-4-2018-summary-of-recent-towing-safety-advisory-committee-meeting/].

USCG – two BWMS type approval applications received

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) received two applications for ballast water management system (BWMS type approval. One application was for the BallastAce system manufactured by JFE Engineering Corporation. The other application was for the GloEn-Patrol system manufactured by Panasia Co., Ltd. (4/4/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/04/4-4-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-two-applications-for-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval/].

Court – negligent infliction of emotional distress

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed in large part the district court award of damages for property loss and emotional distress. While defendant’s vessel was ferrying three of plaintiff’s vehicles and the drivers to a construction side the vessel encountered rough seas. Two of the vehicles tipped over. In a case of first impression in this circuit, the court ruled that a plaintiff within the zone of danger can recover for negligent infliction of emotional distress in maritime cases. Sawyer Brothers v. Island Transporter, No. 6-2470 (1st Cir., April , 2018) [http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/16-2470P-01A.pdf].

UN – sanctions re North Korean maritime interests

clip_image014 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted an Update regarding sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against North Korean maritime interests. (4/3/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201804041225194627703misc_cir_01of2018_nt.pdf].

Red Sea – tanker attacked

clip_image016 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the tanker Abqaiq was attacked in the southern Red Sea on 3 April. (4/4/18) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-navfor-confirm-mt-abqaiq-attacked-in-southern-red-sea/].

UK – port marine operations guide

clip_image018 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations. (4/4/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/697196/MCGA-Port_Marine_Guide_to_Good_Practice_NEW-links.pdf].

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