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August 7th, 2018 at 10:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 7 August 2018


MEDMAC – meeting on 13-14 September;

India – TSS Off Mumbai High; and

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789.

August 7, 2018

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MEDMAC – meeting on 13-14 September

clip_image004 The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 13-14 September in Dania Beach, FL. Topics on the agenda include mariner mental health and appropriate diet and wellness. 83 Fed. Reg. 38000 (8/7/18) [].

India – TSS Off Mumbai High

clip_image006 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice announcing establishment of a traffic separation scheme (TSS) labeled Off Mumbai High on the west coast of India. The TSS entered into effect on 1 April 2018. (8/3/18) [].

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789

clip_image008 The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cession by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.

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