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April 16th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 April 2018


USCG – 2017 Port State Control Report;

USCG – application for BWMS type approval;

USCG – Tug Safe;

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program;

BOEM – seminar re Massachusetts proposed sale;

NASA – shipping activity in the Arctic;

GAO – USCG heavy polar icebreaker acquisition;

California – $350,000 penalty for air emission violations;

IMO – climate change strategy adopted;

ReCAAP – first quarter report; and

New Zealand – grounding on uncharted rock.

April 16, 2018

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USCG – 2017 Port State Control Report

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its 2017 Port State Control Report. The annual detention rate of 0.99% was the lowest ever. (4/13/18) [].

USCG – application for BWMS type approval

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has received its thirteenth application for type approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one for the Aquarius EC system manufactured by Wartsila Water Systems Ltd. (4/13/18) [].

USCG – Tug Safe

clip_image004[2] The USCG Towing Vessel Center of Expertise (TVCOE) established a link in the upper left section of its homepage for the Inspected Towing Vessel Decision Aid (Tug Safe). Clicking on Tug Safe will provide access to a variety of extracts including Construction & Arrangement; Credentials, Documents & Records; and Fire Protection. (4/13/18) [].

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that $19,600,000 is available under the Small Shipyard Grant Program. Applications must be received by 22 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 16423 (4/16/18) [].

BOEM – seminar re Massachusetts proposed sale

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will host a public seminar on 26 April in Sterling, Virginia regarding the proposed lease sale for the Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts. (4/13/18) [].

NASA – shipping activity in the Arctic

clip_image010 NASA’s Earth Observatory issued a bulletin concerning how the disappearing Arctic sea ice is leading to changes in the shipping industry. Analysis reveals that shipping activity in the Arctic has moved north and east over the past seven years, getting closer to the North Pole. More small ships, including fishing vessels, are operating in the Arctic than previously. (4/12/18) [].

GAO – USCG heavy polar icebreaker acquisition

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the status of the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker acquisition. The acquisition program calls for construction and operation of three heavy polar icebreakers. The contract is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 with delivery of the lead ship in 2023. GAO-18-385R (4/13/18) [].

California – $350,000 penalty for air emission violations

clip_image014 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that Mediterranean Shipping Company SA paid $350,000 in penalties for a total of four violations of state air emission regulations by its vessels. The company has corrected the issue, and devised a thorough compliance plan going forward. (3/26/18) [].

IMO – climate change strategy adopted

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) adopted an initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships engaged in international trade. The strategy includes a specific reference to ‘a pathway of CO2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals’. (4/13/18) [].

ReCAAP – first quarter report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Report of incident of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the first quarter of 2018. There were 14 reports compared to 27 reported incidents in the same period of 2017. (4/13/18) [].

New Zealand – grounding on uncharted rock

clip_image020 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the passenger vessel L’Austral on an uncharted rock in the Snares Islands on 9 January 2017 in the sub-Antarctic. While the master was distracted with other matters, the vessel drifted into an unauthorized zone and made contact with the rock, which pierced the hull. There were no injuries or reports of pollution. (4/13/18) [].

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