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April 12th, 2018 at 10:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – VRP alternative planning criteria;

USCG – proposed change to Navstar GPS control segment;

MARAD – MTSNAC members sought;

Australia – vessel garbage management survey;

Australia – Port State Control Report 2017;

India – mandatory use of electronic trade documents;

US & Japan – East China Sea navigational maneuvers; and

UK – Royal Navy warships deployed to NE Asia.

April 12, 2018

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USCG – VRP alternative planning criteria

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that most accepted alternative planning criteria in vessel response plans (VRPs) will expire on 30 June. It is recommended that new alternatives, or those submitted for renewal, follow the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines, found at CG-MER Policy Letter 1-17. Plan preparers should allow 180 days for review and potential acceptance. (4/11/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/APC_in_VRPs_180411.pdf].

USCG – proposed change to Navstar GPS control segment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin advising that the GPS Directorate will propose a change to the Navstar GPS Control Segment to the User Support Community Interfaces (ICD-GPS-870), Interface Control Documents that will remove Section One from the GPS Operational Advisory. User of the Operational Advisory message, or the Section One information, are requested to submit a comment using the ‘Contact Us’ link on the USCG Navigation Center website to help the NAVCEN understand how the loss of this information would impact operations. The CGSIC will compile responses from the community and provide them to the GPS Directorate in advance of the next GPS Public Interface Control Working Group. (4/11/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/11/4-11-2018-gps-directorate-proposes-change-to-navstar-gps-control-segment/].

MARAD – MTSNAC members sought

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) seeks nominations for membership on the US Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). Nominations must be received by 29 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 15896 (4/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-12/pdf/2018-07565.pdf].

Australia – vessel garbage management survey

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that, through 18 May, it is conducting vessel garbage management survey. (4/11/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/vessel-garbage-management-survey].

Australia – Port State Control Report 2017

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted its Port State Control Report 2017. (4/6/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/vessels-operators/port-state-control/port-state-control-report-2017].

India – mandatory use of electronic trade documents

clip_image011 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued an Order stating that, with effect from 2 April 2108, stakeholders in the maritime trade are to use e-Invoice, e-Payment, and e-Delivery. (3/27/18) [http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=2691].

US & Japan – East China Sea navigational maneuvers

clip_image013 clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release stating that USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) assets conducted navigational maneuvers in the East China Sea. (4/11/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105096].

UK – Royal Navy warships deployed to NE Asia

clip_image017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a news release stating that three Royal Navy warships have been deployed to North East Asia to safeguard free trade and support UN sanctions against North Korea. (4/11/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal-navy-ships-fulfil-international-duty-in-asia-pacific].

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