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June 11th, 2018 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 June 2018


USCG – radar observer refresher training;

USCG – MTS cyber awareness webinar;

USCG – ASP workshop;

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda;

BOEM – Atlantic OCS renewable energy leasing;

House – hearing on maritime transportation in the Arctic;

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation; and

Court – maritime lien supporting in rem action.

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USCG – radar observer refresher training

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to update its regulations regarding marine radar observer refresher training. Comments must be received by 11 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 26933 (6/8/18) [].

USCG – MTS cyber awareness webinar

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin announcing that a recording is available online of the recent Marine Transportation System (MTS) cyber awareness webinar. (6/8/18) [].

USCG – ASP workshop

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent National Alternative Security Program (ASP) sponsoring organizations workshop. (6/7/18) [].

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (HS) posted its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The document includes mention of the USCG projects for certificates of financial responsibility (COFR) and seafarers’ access to maritime facilities. The agenda is aspirational in nature. 83 Fed. Reg. 27137 (6/8/18) [].

BOEM – Atlantic OCS renewable energy leasing

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has reopened through 5 July the period within which to submit comments on its proposed path forward for future offshore renewable energy leasing on the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS). 83 Fed. Reg. 26707 (6/8/18) [].

House – hearing on maritime transportation in the Arctic

clip_image010 The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the US role in maritime transportation in the Arctic. Testimony was received from Admiral Charles W. Ray, USCG; Mr. David Kennedy, NOAA; Ms. Heather A. Conley, CSIS; Dr. Lawson Brigham, University of Alaska; Ms. Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean observing System; and RADM David W. Titley, USN (ret), Pennsylvania State University. (6/7/18) [].

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation

clip_image011 Representative Moulton introduced a bill (H.R. 5060) to assist in the conservation of the North Atlantic right whale by supporting and providing financial resources for North Atlantic right whale conservation programs and projects of persons with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/8/18).

Court – maritime lien supporting in rem action

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of a warrant in rem for the arrest of a motor yacht for injuries allegedly sustained by a marine engineer while boarding the yacht. The gangway gave way during the boarding, allegedly resulting in personal injury to the plaintiff. The court held that the claim gave rise to a maritime lien supporting an in rem action through operation of the general maritime law. Minott v M/Y Brunello, No. 18-10374 (11th Cir., June 6, 2018) [].

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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.