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July 5th, 2018 at 10:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 July 2018


USCG – fuel oil consumption reporting;

USCG – form for facility inspections;

USCG – Subchapter M COIs;

USCG – towing vessels and AIS;

Savannah – regulated navigation area;

BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control;

FMC – West Coast MTO Agreement;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project;

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish;

House – bill introduced re oceans policy; and

Panama Canal – LNG transit restrictions ending.

July 5, 2018

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USCG – fuel oil consumption reporting

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing that classification societies authorized to issue International Energy Efficiency (IEE) certificates on its behalf are also authorized to issue statements of compliance relating to fuel oil consumption reporting as required by MARPOL Annex VI. MSIB 05-18 (6/28/18) [].

USCG – form for facility inspections

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that, effective immediately, USCG facility inspectors will use USCG form CF-835F to document facility inspections. (6/28/18) [].

USCG – Subchapter M COIs

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recommending to owners of towing vessels procedures for collecting information in preparation for Subchapter M Certificates of Inspection (COIs). (7/2/18) [].

USCG – towing vessels and AIS

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that many towing vessels are required to carry Automatic Identification Systems (AISs). Monitoring has shown that many towing vessels are transmitting inaccurate AIS data. (7/3/18) [].

Savannah – regulated navigation area

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 25 July in Savannah to receive comments on a proposal to revise the regulated navigation area on the Savannah River. Written comments must be received by 15 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 31344 (7/5/18) [].

BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control

clip_image007 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has extended, until 6 August, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal regarding OCS blowout preventer systems and well control. 83 Fed. Reg. 31343 (7/5/18) [].

FMC – West Coast MTO Agreement

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has formally requested additional information regarding the West Coast MTO Agreement. 83 Fed. Reg. 31390 (7/5/18) [].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass Project. Comments must be received by 13 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 30728 (6/29/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image013 Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3096) to allow the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, and for other purposes. (6/20/18) [].

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish

clip_image015 Representative Soto (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 6255) to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/27/18).

House – bill introduced re oceans policy

clip_image015[1] Representative Panetta (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 6300) to give Executive Order 13547, relating to the stewardship of the ocean, the coasts, and the Great Lakes, the full force and effect of law, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Panetta issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/18) [].

Panama Canal – LNG transit restrictions ending

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release announcing that, effective 1 October, the daylight and encounter restrictions on transit of LNG carriers will be eliminated. (2/29/18) [].

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