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June 12th, 2018 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2018


USCG – ITV International Addendum;

USCG – towing vessel particulars;

USCG – slop tanks and H2S gas;

USCG – dangerous slides;

USCG – contaminated fuel oil bunkers;

NISC – meeting on 19 July;

EC – Brexit preparedness notices;

Australia – ship banned for three months;

Australia – collision due to lookout failures; and

UK – 41 marine conservation zones proposed.

June 12, 2018

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USCG – ITV International Addendum

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its form for Inspected Towing Vessel (ITV) International Addendum. CVC-FM-003(1) (6/8/18) [].

USCG – towing vessel particulars

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted its form for Towing Vessel Particulars. CVC-FM-004(1) (6/8/18) [].

USCG – slop tanks and H2S gas

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning the danger presented by formation dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas within a waste oil or slop tank. Biodegradable cleaners used in such a tank in an anaerobic (low oxygen) environment can result in formation of dangerous levels of H2S gas. Alert 08-18 (6/6/18) [].

USCG – dangerous slides

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning presented by slides that may be installed on party boats and other craft. Owners, operators, and masters of craft with such slides should ensure that unnecessary risk factors are minimized. Alert 09-18 (6/6/18) [].

USCG – contaminated fuel oil bunkers

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning recent reports of contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers in the US Gulf Coast region. This fuel oil contamination could lead to engine failures and associated losses of propulsion. It is recommended that vessel owners and managers closely monitor fuel oil system components and consult their bunker suppliers and other technical service providers regarding this issue. Alert 10-18 (6/6/18) [].

NISC – meeting on 19 July

clip_image007 The National Invasive Species Council (NISC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet via teleconference on 19 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 27342 (6/12/18) [].

EC – Brexit preparedness notices

clip_image009 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice concerning EC Brexit Preparedness Notices on Maritime Transport Update. Marine Notice 23-2018 (6/8/18) [].

Australia – ship banned for three months

clip_image011 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the cargo ship Thorco Luna has been banned from Australian ports for a period of three months after it was detained for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. (6/8/18) [].

Australia – collision due to lookout failures

clip_image011[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 23 June 2015 collision of the bulk carrier Jag Arnav and fast utility vessel Total Response about 26 NM north-west of Bunbury, Western Australia.  Jag Arnav sustained minor damage and no injuries to the crew.  Total Response sustained structural damage to its bow and deck, and two crew members received lacerations and abrasions. Both vessels were able to resume their passage. The probable cause of the collision was that a proper and effective lookout by all available means as required by the regulations was not being maintained on either vessel. MO-2015-003 (6/11/18) [].

UK – 41 marine conservation zones proposed

clip_image013 The UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on its proposal to designate an additional 41 Marine Conservation Zones in waters around the UK. The consultation closes on 20 July. (6/8/18) [].

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