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May 10th, 2018 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 May 2018


DHS – NTAS Bulletin extended;

USCG – hearing re Bouchard Barge No. 255 incident;

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced to 87 months;

Beaufort Sea – proposed oil & gas lease sale;

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components;

Senate – bill introduced re water development;

Australia – ship garbage recycling program;

Denmark – sulfur emission monitoring;

India – e-invoice, e-payment & e-delivery orders; and

Panama Canal – eight Neopanamax vessels daily.

May 10, 2018


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DHS – NTAS Bulletin extended

clip_image006 The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin has been extended through 14 September. (5/9/18) [].

USCG – hearing re Bouchard Barge No. 255 incident

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, on 16 July, it will convene a formal public hearing at Sector Houston-Galveston to consider evidence related to the 20 October 2017 explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of life onboard Bouchard Barge No. 255 off the coast of Texas. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is conducting its own investigation, will fully participate in the hearing. (5/9/18) [].

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced to 87 months

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former Military Sealift Command (MSC) contractor has been sentenced to 87 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and mail fraud involving the sale of maritime satellite services to the MSC. (5/8/18) [].

Beaufort Sea – proposed oil & gas lease sale

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended until 30 May the period within which to respond to its Call for Information and Nominations for the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea. 83 Fed. Reg. 21791 (5/10/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components

clip_image014 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Made in America Shipbuilding Act of 2018 (S. 2731) to expand domestic content requirements for certain shipboard components, and for other purposes. (4/23/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re water development

clip_image014[1] Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 2800) to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes. (5/8/18).

Australia – ship garbage recycling program

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the Port of Hay Point will pilot a ship garbage recycling program. (5/9/18) [].

Denmark – sulfur emission monitoring

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that technology is being developed to automatically monitor sulfur emissions. (5/9/18) [].

India – e-invoice, e-payment & e-delivery orders

clip_image020 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued an Order providing updated information regarding that mandatory use of e-invoice, e-payment, and e-delivery orders. (5/2/18) [].

Panama Canal – eight Neopanamax vessels daily

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that, effective immediately, it will accept reservations for transits of up to eight Neopanamax vessels per day. (5/7/18) [].

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