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August 29th, 2018 at 10:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 August 2018


Puget Sound – unexploded floating ordnance;

New York – cruise ship allides with pier;

USCG – MTS recovery plans;

USACE – Mississippi River Mainline Levees;

DOE – LNG import/export authorizations;

NOAA – IOOS data collection standards; and

India – IMO data collection system.

August 29, 2018

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Puget Sound – unexploded floating ordnance

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a temporary safety zone has been established around unexploded ordnance drifting south in Puget Sound near Bremerton. The Coast Guard is working with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit and others to address the situation. (8/28/18) [].

New York – cruise ship allides with pier

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the cruise ship Carnival Horizon allided with Pier 90 while mooring at Pier 88 in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (8/28/18) []. A second news release states that the cruise ship has been cleared to depart. Ships, though, will not be allowed to moor on the south side of Pier 90 until permanent repairs are completed. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Board of Pilots Commission in the ongoing investigation. (8/28/18) [].

USCG – MTS recovery plans

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance on development and maintenance of Marine Transportation System (MTS) Recovery Plans. NVIC 04-18 (8/21/18) [].

USACE – Mississippi River Mainline Levees

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended, until 15 October, the period within which to submit comments on its notice of intent to prepare Supplement II to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees and Channel Improvement of 1976 (1976 EIS) as updated. Public scoping meetings will be held in Blytheville (10 September); Vicksburg (11 September); Baton Rouge (12 September); and New Orleans (13 September). 83 Fed. Reg. 44035 (8/29/18) [].

DOE – LNG import/export authorizations

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders granting LNG import/export authorizations. 83 Fed. Reg. 44036 (8/29/18) [].

NOAA – IOOS data collection standards

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that all eleven Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) regional associations have been certified as Regional Information Coordination Entities, meaning that they adhere to federal data collection, storage, and management standards. (8/28/18) [].

India – IMO data collection system

clip_image014 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted a circular implementing for Indian vessels the IMO data collection system requirements. Engineering Circular 02-2018 (8/27/18) [].

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