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October 31st, 2018 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 31 October 2018


USCG – another BWMS submittal received;

USCG – importance of MTS;

USCG – NOAD schema notice;

NOAA – members sought for NSGAB;

NOAA – SS Jacob Luckenbach oil spill;

Canada – cannabis legalization;

Hong Kong – air pollution control regulation; and

UK – maritime transportation & Brexit.

October 31, 2018

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USCG – another BWMS submittal received

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received its twentieth application of type approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one from Wartsila Water Systems Ltd for its Aquarius UV BWMS. (10/30/18) [].

USCG – importance of MTS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin on the importance of the nation’s marine transportation system (MTS) and its safety and security. (10/30/18) [].

USCG – NOAD schema notice

clip_image005 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, an updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.6, will be released and will contain various schema improvements, updates to our ports list and retirement of the NVMC workbook as a means of submission for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) NOAs. (10/30/18) [].

NOAA – members sought for NSGAB

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is soliciting interested persons for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB). In addition, the NSGAB will meet via teleconference on 10 December regarding the National Sea Grant College Program. 83 Fed. Reg. 54723 (10/31/18) [].

NOAA – SS Jacob Luckenbach oil spill

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a blog regarding the 1953 sinking of the freighter Jacob Luckenbach and efforts years later led by the US Coast Guard and NOAA to minimize the risk of the further discharge of oil into the water. (10/30/18) [].

Canada – cannabis legalization

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a bulletin regarding the nation’s recent legalization of cannabis and vessel operation. SSB 12-2018 (10/16/18) []. Note: Mariners on Canadian vessels must bear in mind that possession and use of cannabis on vessels in US waters remains illegal.

Hong Kong – air pollution control regulation

clip_image012 The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department issued a press release stating that, starting 1 January 2019, all vessels except for specified vessel types are required to use compliant fuel within Hong Kong waters, irrespective of whether they are sailing or berthing. Compliant fuel includes low sulphur marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%, liquefied natural gas, or any other fuel approved by the Director of Environmental Protection. (10/26/18) []. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my long-suffering reader Emilio Tombolesi of Carnival Corporation.

UK – maritime transport & Brexit

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice stating that a statutory instrument has been issued revoking a number of pieces of EU legislation relating to maritime transport market access which will no longer be appropriate after EU exit. (10/30/18) [].

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    logo11 BWM reform

    In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the recent enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the authority of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.