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July 11th, 2018 at 10:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 July 2018


White House – Executive Order re ALJs;

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter;

IWUB – meeting on 30 August;

House – committee approves H.R. 6206;

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish;

Court – lack of notice;

EU – maritime security action plan;

Paris MOU – infographic;

Hong Kong – shipping regulation amendments; and

MREN – Vessel General Permit update.

July 11, 2018

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White House – Executive Order re ALJs

clip_image004 President Trump issued an Executive Order exempting administrative law judges (ALJs) from the competitive service and transferring them to the excepted service. This action was taken in response to a recent decision of the Supreme Court calling into question decisions of ALJs (such as those serving with the US Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission). (7/10/18) [].

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter

clip_image006 The USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) posted the Summer 2018 edition of its semi-annual newsletter. This edition focuses on safety awareness. (7/10/18) [].

IWUB – meeting on 30 August

clip_image008 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 30 August in Paducah. 83 Fed. Reg. 32102 (7/11/18) [].

House – committee approves H.R. 6206

clip_image010 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) issued a press release stating that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved his bill (H.R. 6206) which if enacted into law will require the US Coast Guard to create a Blue Technology Center of Expertize. (6/27/18) [].

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish

clip_image010[1] 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. (6/27/18) [].

Court – lack of notice

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a sua sponte summary judgment order in favor of defendant vessel, stating that plaintiff lien claimant had been improperly denied notice and an opportunity to be heard. ING Bank v MV Voge Fiesta, No. 16-4023-cv (2nd Cir., July 10, 2018) [].

EU – Maritime Security Action Plan

clip_image014 The Council of the European Union posted its conclusions on the revision of the EU Maritime Security Action Plan. (6/26/18) [].

Paris MOU – infographic

clip_image016 The Paris MOU posted an Infographic summarizing the results of its examinations of vessels calling in member states’ ports during 2017. (7/10/18) [].

Hong Kong – shipping regulation amendments

clip_image018 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice announcing that various shipping regulations have been amended to give effect to recent amendments to Annex II to MARPOL, as well as the BCH and IBC Codes. Notice 109-2018 (6/29/18) [].

MREN – Vessel General Permit update

clip_image020 In the July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Vessels General Permit update". The article summarizes the Vessel General Permit (VGP) program promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions into the water from vessels. It points out that the current program expires in December 2018 and that the EPA has yet to unveil a proposed replacement. (7/10/18) [].

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    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.