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June 5th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tanker refloated;

CMTS – maritime infrastructure seminar on 11 June;

Senate – bill introduced re evacuation routes;

House – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil & LNG;

House – bill introduced re evacuation routes;

Australia – investigation of overboard containers;

Singapore – driving LNG bunkering; and

UK – alcohol limits for mariners.

June 5, 2018

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USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing new base rates and surcharges for Great Lakes Pilotage for the 2018 shipping season and making changes to the ratemaking methodology. The changes enter into effect on 5 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 26162 (6/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-05/pdf/2018-11969.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tanker refloated

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release stating that the product tanker Chem Norma, which had grounded near Morrisburg, Ontario on 29 May, was pulled free and is undergoing inspection. It had not been blocking the Seaway. No pollution has been observed. (6/3/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20180603.html].

CMTS – maritime infrastructure seminar on 11 June

clip_image008 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice announcing an industry outreach seminar on maritime infrastructure on 11 June in Washington, DC. Participants will include representatives from the US Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and DHS Infrastructure Protection. The event will be live-streamed. (5/1/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/1cfe2f99-0aca-49a2-aee9-53edd4050395].

Senate – bill introduced re evacuation routes

clip_image010 Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced the Enhancing the Strength and Capacity of America’s Primary Evacuation Routes Act (S. 2951) to establish a grant program for projects to strengthen and protect vulnerable infrastructure used during mass evacuations, and for other purposes. (5/24/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2951is/pdf/BILLS-115s2951is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil and LNG

clip_image012 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act (H.R. 5893) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes. (5/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5893ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5893ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re evacuation routes

clip_image012[1] Representative Keating (D-MA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5994) to direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program for projects to strengthen and protect vulnerable infrastructure used during mass evacuations, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/1/18).

Australia – investigation of overboard containers

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into the 1 June loss of cargo containers overboard involving YM Efficiency abeam Port Stephens, NSW. (6/4/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/mair/344-mo-2018-008/].

Singapore – driving LNG bunkering

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it has awarded $6 million to bunkering companies to drive ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. (6/4/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/803e10b2-cdcc-4144-a396-78c648b48e25].

UK – alcohol limits for mariners

clip_image018 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued an amended Marine Guidance Note regarding alcohol limits for mariners on UK vessels worldwide and for vessels operating in UK waters. The new limit for blood is 0.05% or 50 milligram in 100 milliliters. The new limit for breath is 0.25 milligrams per liter of 25 micrograms in 100 milliliters. MGN 590 (M+F) (6/4/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/713568/MGN_590.pdf].

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