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October 2nd, 2018 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 October 2018


USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual;

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines;

USN – USMAP updates;

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution;

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November;

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports);

UK – MAIB safety digest; and

UK – consultation re emergency drills.

October 2, 2018

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USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated Change 1 to its Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. Among the changes included are: (1) Area Contingency Plan (ACP) policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) review and verification requirements; (2) Facility Response Plan (FRP) approvals; and (3) Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) responsibilities. COMDTINST M16000.14A (9/26/18) [].

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Exercise Response (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines entered into effect on 1 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 49563 (10/2/18) [].

USN – USMAP updates

clip_image006 The US Navy posted updated guidance on enrolling and participating in the United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) providing active-duty and full time support USN, USMC, and USCG service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. (10/1/18) [].

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that agreement has been reached with Keehi Marine for reduction in pollution in its stormwater discharges from its ship repair facility. (10/1/18) [].

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November

clip_image010 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that meetings will be held on 13 November in Washington, DC to prepare for upcoming sessions of UN subcommittees on international standards on the transportation of dangerous goods. 83 Fed. Reg. 49627 (10/2/18) [].

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports)

clip_image012 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for authorization to act as a Recognized Security Organization (Ports). Applications must be received by 26 October. Notice 36-2018 (9/28/18) [].

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch published its Safety Digest 2/2018 (10/1/18) [].

UK – consultations re emergency drills

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it is opening consultations on revisions of MGHs 570 and 571 which provide guidance on Emergency Drills and Prevention of Man Overboard respectively. Comments must be received by 31 October. (10/1/18) [].

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