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July 9th, 2018 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 July 2018


Puerto Rico & USVI – Port Condition X-Ray;

Louisiana – waterway suitability assessment;

USCG – ballast water management;

Australia – vessel detained & owners arrested;

Panama Canal – June operations summary; and

UK – ship security guidance.

July 9, 2018

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Puerto Rico & USVI – Port Condition X-Ray

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Port Condition X-Ray has been set for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands due to approach of Hurricane Beryl. (7/7/18) [].

Louisiana – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment received from Sabine Pass LNG regarding plans to construct a new berth at its Cameron Parish facility and increase the number of LNG carriers calling at the facility. Comments must be received by 8 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 31763 (7/9/18) [].

USCG – ballast water management

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recapping the remarks of Captain Jennifer Williams, Director of Inspections & Compliance concerning ballast water management delivered at Korea Maritime Week on 28 June at Busan, Republic of Korea. (7/6/18) [].

Australia – vessel detained & owners arrested

clip_image006 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the Australian vessel Tomin has been detained and the owners arrested for offenses under the Navigation Act. Among other things, the vessel is suspected of having undertaken a voyage to the Solomon Islands without certification required by MARPOL. (6/29/18) [].

Panama Canal – June operations summary

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during June. It also has the schedule of locks maintenance outages through October. Advisory 25-2018 (7/6/18) [].

UK – ship security guidance

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued updated guidance on ship security. (7/6/18) [].

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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.