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December 5th, 2018 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 December 2018


White House – S. 140 signed into law;

USCG – LRIT reminder;

DHS OIG – whistleblower retaliation report;

Senate – Arctic transportation hearing;

IMO – MSC 100 meeting through 7 December;

Ireland – Safer Seas-Connected Coasts; and

New Zealand – stink bug ejection.

December 5, 2018

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White House – S. 140 signed into law

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018,” which authorizes appropriations for the United States Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019; reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hydrographic services program through Fiscal Year 2023; and modifies the regulation of vessel incidental discharge and ballast water, has been signed into law. (12/4/18) [].

USCG – LRIT reminder

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that all passenger ships, all mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), and all cargo ships of 300 gross tons or more engaged in international voyages are required to carry and operate a Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. Any covered ship transiting within 1,000 nautical miles of the US coast or bound for a US port must be so equipped. (12/4/18) [].

DHS OIG – whistleblower retaliation report

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Whistleblower Retaliation Report of Investigation in the matter of a US Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) who complained that she received a negative Officer Evaluation Report (OER) after making discrimination and harassment complaints against her superiors. (12/4/18) [].

Senate – Arctic transportation hearing

clip_image010 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating that on 6 December the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard will conduct a hearing to examine Arctic transportation issues. (11/30/18) [].

IMO – MSC 100 meeting through 7 December

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting through 7 December for its milestone 100th session, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, fatigue guidance for seafarers, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items.  (12/4/18) [].

Ireland – Safer Seas-Connected Coasts

clip_image014 The Irish Commissioners of Lights posted its updated Safer Seas–Connected Coasts 2018-2023. The policy envisions the protection of lives, property, trade and the environment with next generation maritime services, at the interface of navigation technology, engineering and data management. (12/4/18) [].

New Zealand – stink bug ejection

clip_image016 Biosecurity New Zealand issued a media release stating that a cargo ship arriving from Europe has been ordered to leave due to the presence on board of stink bugs. The vessel will have to be treated offshore before it can return. (11/29/18) [].

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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.