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January 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 8 January 2019


USCG – NMC mitigation efforts;

LMR – closed due to grounding;

Atlantic – container vessel fire;

Great Lakes – Operation Taconite;

IMO – bunker delivery notes;

IMO – World Maritime Day 2019; and

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft.

January 8, 2019

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USCG – NMC mitigation efforts

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that it has taken steps to mitigate the impact caused by the partial lapse in appropriations. National endorsements for merchant marine credentials (MMCs) that expire between 22 December 2018 and 31 January 2019 are extended as valid until 31 March. Additional Information (AI) letters, sent to mariners, that expire in December 2018 or January 2019 are extended until 31 March. Approval to Test (ATT) letter and mariner testing course certificates that expire in December 2018 or January 2019 are extended until 31 March. For mariners whose 90-day testing cycles were interrupted by Regional Exam Center (REC) closures (starting on 24 December 2018), the days the RECs were closed will nt count against the 90-day period. (1/4/19) [].

LMR – closed due to grounding

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a deep-draft vessel grounded in the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) at mile marker 3.5. The navigation channel is blocked. A tug is on-scene. There are currently 50 vessels in the queue to transit in or out of the river. There are no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (1/4/19) []. A second news release states that the river at that location has been reopened to vessels with a draft of 30 feet or less. (1/4/19) [].

Atlantic – container vessel fire

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a container ship approximately 860 miles northeast of Bermuda reported a container fire onboard and requested assistance. An AMVER-participating vessel diverted to standby. A commercial tug is enroute. (1/4/19) []. A second news release states that the commercial tug arrived on scene and safely evacuated the crew as the cargo fire intensified. (1/7/19) [].

Great Lakes – Operation Taconite


The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that icebreaking operations have commenced in the western Great Lakes. (1/7/19) [].

IMO – bunker delivery notes

clip_image009 The IMO issued a news release stating that amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January. (1/7/19) [].

IMO – World Maritime Day 2019

clip_image011 The IMO issued a news release announcing that World Maritime Day 2019 will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters on 26 September. The theme for this year’s events is ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’. (1/7/19) [].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 11 February, the maximum allowable transit draft for the neopanamax locks will be 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) TFW. Advisory 01-2019 (1/4/19) [].

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    In the March 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "HazSub spill response plans". The article discusses the recent decision of the US Coast Guard to withdrawal its proposed rulemakings for hazardous substance spill response plans for tank vessels and marine transportation-related facilities. In my opinion, the USCG proposals evidence a failure of imagination. I recommend that the Coast Guard meet with the marine transportation chemical sector and determine which current industry measures can be considered as providing an equivalent level of safety to measures mandated in OPA 90. The gaps identified can then be filled in a rulemaking.