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April 11th, 2018 at 6:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 April 2018


USCG – HALLTS system under development;

USCG – CG-FAC 2017 Annual Report;

USCG – NAVCEN Year in Review;

DHS – GPS WN rollover event;

MARAD – GPS interference near Port Said;

Offshore Massachusetts – proposed lease sale;

New York Bight – call for information and nominations;

Court – crew member personal injury; and

Ireland – Safe Seas-Connected Coasts.

April 11, 2018

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USCG – HALLTS system under development

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that it’s Research and Development Center (RDC) is developing a Hailing Acoustic Laser Light Tactical System (HALLTS) to better attract boaters’ attention and communicate with them. Its long-range directional speaker is capable of projecting a warning tone more than 3,500 yards and its eye-safe laser can project a dazzling light. (4/10/18) [].

USCG – CG-FAC 2017 Annual Report

clip_image004[1] The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) posted its 2017 Annual Report. This report highlights the efforts of CG-FAC and its partners to ensure US port communities are a safe and secure place to do business. (4/10/18) [].

USCG – NAVCEN Year in Review

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the Navigation Center (NAVCEN) developments during 2017 and providing access to its Year in Review. (4/10/18) [].

DHS – GPS WN rollover event

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Memorandum for US owners and operators using GPS to obtain UTC time. The next GPS Week Number (WN) rollover event will occur on 6 April 2019. Some older GPS devices may not correctly interpret the WN rollover event resulting in potentially inaccurate UTC time. (4/10/18) [].

MARAD – GPS interference near Port Said

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an Alert reporting GPS interference in the vicinity of Port Said, Egypt. Caution should be exercised when transiting this area. (4/10/18) [].

Offshore Massachusetts – proposed lease sale

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for the sale of wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf offshore Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 11 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 15618 (4/11/18) [].

New York Bight – call for information & nominations

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice calling for information and nominations for commercial leasing for wind power on the outer continental shelf in the New York Bight. Responses must be received by 29 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 15602 (4/11/18) [].

Court – crew member personal injury

clip_image013 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court ruling in a crew member personal injury claim. Plaintiff failed to contact defendant’s medical representative and elected to utilize outside medical services. Jackson v NCL America, No. 17-10399 (11th Cir., April 10, 2018) [].

Ireland – Safe Seas-Connected Coasts

clip_image015 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a news release announcing publication of Safe Seas – Connected Coasts, its five-year plan for enhancing marine aids to navigation. (4/10/18) [].

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