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November 7th, 2018 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 November 2018

Headlines:

USCG – twelfth BWMS type approval certificate issued;

NTSB – towboat allision with bridge pier;

CRS – changes in the Arctic;

CRS – USCG Polar Security Cutter Program; and

New Zealand – maritime levies and fees.

November 7, 2018

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USCG – twelfth BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a type approval certificate has been issued to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd for its Oceanguard Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). This is the twelfth such certificate issued to date. (11/6/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/06/11-6-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-qingdao-headway-technology-co-ltd/].

NTSB – towboat allision with bridge pier

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the October 26, 2017 allision of the tow of the towboat Cooperative Venture with a fixed pier of the St. Paul Union Pacific Rail Bridge at Mile 835.7 on the Mississippi River near St. Paul. As the vessel approached the bridge, the lead barge on the port side struck the bridge’s pier. There were no reported injuries or pollution. Damages to the bridge and barge were estimated at $800,000 and $153,000, respectively. The probable cause of the allision was the operating company’s assignment of an inexperienced pilot who incorrectly positioned the tow prior to maneuvering through a turn with a following current when approaching the bridge span. MAB 18-23 (11/6/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1823.pdf].

CRS – changes in the Arctic

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on changes in the Arctic. R41153 (10/25/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

CRS – USCG Polar Security Cutter Program

clip_image008[1] The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program. RL34391 (10/26/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf].

New Zealand – maritime levies and fees

clip_image010 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it seeks comments on proposed changes to the maritime levies and fees. Comments must be received by 18 January 2019. (11/6/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181106a.asp].

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    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.