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December 19th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 December 2018


USCG – cyber risk management for towing industry;

DHS OIG – TWIC program assessment;

DOS – meeting on 9 January re NCSR 6;

USN – Maintaining Maritime Superiority;

NAP – transforming the MTS;

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters;

House – bill introduced re USCG Authorization Act;

Singapore – vessels maneuvering in port; and

UK – Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations.

December 19, 2018

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USCG – cyber risk management for towing industry

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting the recently-published AWO publication: ‘Cyber Risk Management: Best Practices for the Towing Industry, Version 1.0’. (12/18/18) [].

DHS OIG – TWIC program assessment

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted its report on the compliance by DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program assessment required by Public Law 114-278. The report found that DHS delayed the commissioning of a comprehensive assessment for more than a year after the statutory deadline. TSA completed four of the six required items, but only partially completed the two remaining items. OIG-19-16 (12/14/18) [].

DOS – meeting on 9 January re NCSR 6

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 9 January 2019 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search & Rescue (NCSR 6). Topics on the agenda include routing measures, mandatory ship reporting systems, and guidelines on standardized modes of operation, S-mode. 83 Fed. Reg. 65197 (12/19/18) [].

USN – Maintaining Maritime Superiority

clip_image010 The US Navy released ‘A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version 2.0’. The document is structured along four lines of effort (LOEs): (1) Strengthen Naval Power at and from the Sea; (2) Achieve High-Velocity Outcomes; (3) Strengthen Our Navy Team for the Future; and (4) Expand and Strengthen our Network of Partners. (12/18/18) [].

NAP – transforming the MTS

clip_image012 The National Academies Press (NAP) published the conference proceedings entitled “Transforming the Marine Transportation System through Multimodal Freight Analytics”. (12/18/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image014 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 3760) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/17/18).

House – bill introduced re USCG Authorization Act

clip_image016 Representative Shuster (R-PA) introduced a bill (H.R. 7316) to make technical corrections to provisions of law enacted by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, and for other purposes. (12/17/18) [].

Singapore – vessels maneuvering in port

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular concerning amendment to reporting procedures for vessels maneuvering in port. Port Marine Circular 10-2018 (12/18/18) [].

UK – Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations

clip_image020 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued amended Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations to enter into effect upon Britain’s exit from the EU. (12/18/18) [].

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