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May 14th, 2018 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 May 2018


USCG – rebroadcast of NGA navigational warnings;

USCG – bulk liquid transfer monitors;

USCG – Safety Alert re internal reporting systems;

USCG – FRP gratings;

USCG – application for BWMS type approval;

USCG – Jordan Cove LNG review completed;

Guantanamo Bay – servicing buoys;

DOE – California Maritime Academy prevails; and

NPS & MARAD – maritime heritage grants.

May 14, 2018


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USCG – rebroadcast of NGA navigational warnings

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard proposes to cease rebroadcasting HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Comments must be received by 13 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 22276 (5/14/18) [].

USCG – bulk liquid transfer monitors

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated the Regulated Bulk Liquid Transfer Monitors Manual. This manual expounds on the authority and jurisdiction used by Coast Guard personnel to conduct oil and hazardous material transfer monitors and to enforce compliance with facility and vessel pollution prevention regulations. COMDTINST M16455.11 (4/23/18) [].

USCG – Safety Alert re internal reporting systems

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding owners and operators of all commercial vessels of the importance of developing and maintaining organizational-wide internal reporting systems. The purpose of such a reporting system is to allow vessel employees at any level to anonymously report, when desired, issues related to vessel material safety, operational safety and environmental compliance. The reporting systems must operate with a non-retaliation policy, which explains that the organization will not retaliate against any employee who, in good faith, reports a potential violation. Reporting policy should dictate that all company officials know that any attempt at retaliation against an employee who uses the reporting system or engages in any kind of whistleblowing would result in immediate disciplinary action. Without such a policy, employees and others will likely be hesitant to report potential problems internally. This non-retaliation policy is critical if your reporting system is to be effective. Safety Alert 05-18 (5/10/18) [].

USCG – FRP gratings

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) gratings for use on inspected vessels, including offshore drilling units and floating production platforms. CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-18 (5/1/18) [].

USCG – application for BWMS type approval

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the fourteenth application for ballast water management system BWMS) type approval has been received for the OceanGuard Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Headway Technology Co., Ltd. (5/11/18) [].

USCG – Jordan Cove LNG review completed

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it completed its review of the Waterway Suitability Assessment submitted by KSEAS Consulting on behalf of Jordan Cove LNG for the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal planned for construction and operation in Coos Bay, Oregon. The USCG Letter of Recommendation has been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). (5/11/18) [].

Guantanamo Bay – servicing buoys

clip_image011 The US Navy issued a news release concerning the servicing of buoys in Guantanamo Bay by the crew of USCGC Willow (WLB 202). (5/11/18) [].

DOE – California Maritime Academy prevails

clip_image013 clip_image015 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that the California Maritime Academy won the third biennial collegiate wind competition, creating that best wind turbine design. (5/11/18) [].

NPS & MARAD – maritime heritage grants

clip_image017 clip_image019 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with MARAD, is awarding $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants. (5/11/18) [].

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    logo11 BWM reform

    In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the recent enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the authority of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.