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September 13th, 2018 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 September 2018


North Carolina – port condition Zulu;

Mid-Atlantic – port condition Yankee;

Charleston – port condition Yankee;

Savannah – port condition X-ray;

Hawaii – all ports reopened;

Chicago – safety zone proposal;

USACE – requests to alter projects under Section 408;

FMC – meeting on 19 September;

Court – dismissal of LHWCA petition;

Australia – 2020 low sulphur fuel requirements; and

UK – release of CO2 from fixed fire-fighting systems.

September 13, 2018

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North Carolina – port condition Zulu

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition Zulu has been set for all ports in North Carolina due to the imminent approach of Hurricane Florence. (9/12/18) [].

Mid-Atlantic – port condition Yankee

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition Yankee has been set for the Mid-Atlantic ports (other than those in North Carolina) due to the approach of Hurricane Florence. (9/12/18) [].

Charleston – port condition Yankee

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition Yankee has been set for the port of Charleston. (9/12/18) [].

Savannah – port condition X-ray

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition X-ray has been set for the port of Savannah. (9/12/18) [].

Hawaii – all ports reopened

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that ports in Hawaii and Kauai counties have been reopened with the passage of Tropical Storm Olivia. Ports in Honolulu and Maui countries remain closed. (9/12/18) []. A second news release states that all ports in the state of Hawaii have reopened. Recovery efforts are now underway. (9/12/18) [].

Chicago – safety zone proposal

clip_image004[5] The US Coast Guard proposes to reduce the size of the Navy Pier Southeast safety zone within Chicago Harbor so as to reduce its impact on vessels utilizing the Chicago Lock. Comments must be received by 15 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 46449 (9/13/18) [].

USACE – requests to alter projects under section 408

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating its circular on Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests to Alter USACE Civil Works Projects Pursuant to Section 408 entered into effect on 10 September. 83 Fed. Reg. 46486 (9/13/18) [].

FMC – meeting on 19 September

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 19 September in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include a briefing on Fact Finding Number 28; an update on the Regulatory Reform Task Force; and a demonstration on the website redesign. (9/12/18) [].

Court – dismissal of LHWCA petition

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed the petition for review filed by an injured petitioner under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) due to petitioner’s failure to report funds received in a tort action against a third party and a judgment against another third party for the same injury. Parfait v Performance Energy Services, No. 16-60662 (5th Cir., September 11, 2018) [].

Australia – 2020 low sulphur fuel requirements

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release providing guidance regarding the 2020 low sulphur fuel requirements. (9/2/18) [].

UK – release of CO2 from fixed fire-fighting systems

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the unintentional release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fixed fire-extinguishing system on board the roll on, roll off (ro-ro) cargo vessel Eddystone in June 2016 and a similar incident on board the ro-ro passenger ferry Red Eagle in July 2017. Report 16-2018 (9/12/18) [].

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