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June 14th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2018


USCG – Subchapter M webinar;

USCG NMVC – new workbook versions;

Long Island – wreck of WWII tanker to be assessed;

MARAD – National Maritime Workforce Conference;

Antarctic – ice losses triple since 2012;

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation;

Court – unpaid bunker suppliers;

IMO – data collection system for fuel oil consumption;

Australia – failure to maintain proper lookouts; and

Panama Canal – Neopanamax draft increased.

June 14, 2018

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USCG – Subchapter M webinar

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that USCG representatives participated in the recent Subchapter M webinar hosted by the American Waterways Operators (AWO). A recording of that webinar is now available. (6/13/18) [].

USCG NVMC – new workbook versions

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice announcing that NOAD Workbook Version 7.5.1 and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) NOA Workbook 1.5.1 have been released. These updated versions of the workbooks provide corrections for the display of ports when the country of Georgia is selected. The new workbook versions can be found in the Downloads section of the NVMC website. (6/12/18) [].

Long Island – wreck of WWII tanker to be assessed

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an assessment will be made of the wreck of the tanker Coimbra off the south shore of Long Island to determine whether it presents a pollution threat. The tanker was sunk during World War II on 15 January 1942 by U-123. (6/13/18) [].

MARAD – National Maritime Workforce Conference

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the National Maritime Workforce Conference was held at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy last week. It brought together representatives from academia and industry professionals to focus on how to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology, and port management workforce training, particularly at 2-year colleges, through new Maritime Centers of Excellence. (6/13/18) [].

Antarctic – ice losses triple since 2012

clip_image008 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inches (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone. (6/13/18) [].

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation

clip_image010 Representative Moulton introduced the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Act of 2018 (H.R. 6060) 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. (6/8/18) [].

Court – unpaid bunker suppliers

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the summary judgment in favor of the vessel that had been sued in rem for claims arising from the delivery of bunkers. The contract supplier had contracted with an intermediary, who re-subcontracted with the physical supplier. After delivery of the bunkers but before payment, the contractor and intermediary declared bankruptcy. Both the physical supplier and the assignee of the of the contract supplier brought asserted maritime liens for the unpaid bunkers against vessel. The district court denied both maritime liens and sua sponte entered summary judgment in favor of the vessel. The appellate court ruled that evidence in the record that tended to establish relationships between the bank and parties down the contractual chain. Evidence of such relationships precluded summary judgment. ING Bank, NV v MV Temara, No. 16-3923(L) (2nd Cir., June 13, 2018) [].

IMO – data collection system for fuel oil consumption

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising Singapore ships of the IMO data collection system for fuel oil consumption. Shipping Circular 8-2018 (6/13/18) [].

Australia – failure to maintain proper lookouts

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 12 August 2017 collision of the fishing vessel Mako and the container ship Glasgow Express in Bass Strait, Victoria. Each vessel detected the other visually and on radar but misinterpreted the information. The probable cause of the casualty was that a proper lookout by ‘all available means’ was not being maintained on either vessel. MO-2017-007 (6/13/18) [].

Panama Canal – Neopanamax draft increased

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks has been increased to 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) tropical fresh water (TFW). Advisory 22-2018 (6/3/18) [].

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