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October 1st, 2018 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 October 2018


Loss of El Faro – 1 October 2015;

USCG – obtaining replacement MMCs;

Straits of Mackinac – RNA established;

FMC – detention & demurrage field interviews;

DOE – application to export LNG;

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS;

House – resolution introduced re end of WWI;

Australia – master & owner charged re oil spill;

New Zealand – spill readiness & response strategy; and

UK – carrier aircraft are back.

October 1, 2018

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Loss of El Faro – 1 October 2015

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin marking the third anniversary of the loss of the cargo ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. The tragedy has been investigated by the US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and remedial measures have been instituted, with more in development. It has also been the subject of at least three books. (10/1/18) [].

USCG – obtaining replacement MMCs

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin providing guidance to US mariners on how to obtain duplicate merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) to replace ones lost due to Hurricane Florence. (9/27/18) [].

Straits of Mackinac – RNA established

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) for certain waters of the Straits of Mackinac. The rule enters into effect on ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 49000 (10/1/18) [].

FMC – detention & demurrage field interviews

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that interviews with respect to the detention and demurrage fact finding will be held in LA/LB during the week of 15 October and in Port Everglades/Miami during the week of 29 October. (9/28/18) [].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Cheniere Marketing for authorization to export domestically produced LNG. Comments by be received by ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 49000 (10/1/18) [].

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 19 November. (9/28/18) [].

House – resolution introduced re end of WWI

clip_image014 Representative Brady (D-PA) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 1094) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement, the 100th anniversary of the return of the Unknown Soldier, and the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (9/27/18) []. Note: The casket bearing the remains of the first unknown soldier was transported from France to Washington, DC by USS Olympia.

Australia – master and owner charged re oil spill

clip_image016 The Northern Territory Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a news release stating that it has commenced legal proceedings against a master and owner of a vessel responsible for a large oil spill in Darwin Harbour on 19 August 2016. (9/27/18) [].

New Zealand – spill readiness & response strategy

clip_image018 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice stating that it Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy has been updated. (9/28/18) [].

UK – carrier aircraft are back

clip_image020 The Royal Navy issued a news release stating that carrier aircraft are back in operation after an absence of eight years. (9/28/18) [].

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