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June 13th, 2018 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2018


Chicago – rescue in heavy fog;

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment;

EC – €6.14 billion fund proposed for maritime economy;

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy exercise; and

UK – OSRO accreditation.

June 13, 2018

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Chicago – rescue in heavy fog

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a call was received by a passenger on a yacht with 49 persons onboard reporting that the vessel was lost in heavy fog in Lake Michigan off Navy Pier. A response boat was dispatched, found the vessel, and escorted it into port. The vessel had no operating navigation or radio systems. The master was issued citations for negligent operations and for operating without required navigation lights. (6/12/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment

clip_image006 Senator Rounds (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 3043) to require USTRANSCOM assessments of transportation infrastructure. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/11/18).

EC – €6.14 billion fund proposed for maritime economy

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is proposing a new €6.14 billion fund for European fisheries and the maritime economy. (6/12/18) [].

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy exercise

clip_image010 EUNAVFOR issued a press release stating that a combined counter-piracy exercise was conducted on 6-8 June in waters around the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. (6/12/18) [].

UK – OSRO accreditation

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued the National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Organisations. Certain UK ports, harbors, oil-handling facilities, and offshore facilities are required to prepare and submit oil pollution preparedness, response, and cooperation (OPRC) plans. From 10 September 2018, guidelines will require that each plan must include a contract with an accredited third-party Tier 2 oil spill response organization (OSRO). (6/8/18) [].

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