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July 12th, 2018 at 9:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 July 2018


Port Valdez – safety zone;

USACE & EPA – waters of the United States;

NOAA – possible meteorite fragments recovered;

House – bill introduced re FMC;

UK – laser targeting sanctions; and

UK – ballast water management FAQ.

July 12, 2018

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Port Valdez – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard republished its 2014 rule establishing a permanent safety zone on waters of Port Valdez within 200 yards of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry terminal. The safety zone, which is effective immediately, will be enforced when there is a declared Commercial Salmon Fishery Opener. 83 Fed. Reg. 32208 (7/12/18) [].

USACE & EPA – waters of the United States

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) that would recodify the 2015 preexisting rule defining ‘waters of the United States’. Comments must be received by 13 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 32227 (7/12/18) [].

NOAA – possible meteorite fragments recovered

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that scientists have recovered from the sea floor possible fragments of a meteorite that landed in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on 7 March 2018. (7/11/18) [].

House – bill introduced re FMC

clip_image012 Representative Posey (R-FL) introduced the Common Sense Maritime and Consumer Services Protection Act (H.R. 6303) to amend title 46, United States Code, to provide statutory authority for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services of the Federal Maritime Commission, to increase public awareness and understanding of ocean shipping services agreements and such Office, and for other purposes. (7/3/18) [].

UK – laser targeting sanctions

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release reminding the public the new law imposing tougher sanctions for targeting a laser at vehicles, including trains, planes, cars, and vessels, has entered into force. Penalties range up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. (7/10/18) [].

UK – ballast water management FAQ

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency posted its Ballast Water Management FAQ. (7/11/18) [].

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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.