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January 29th, 2019 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2019

Headlines:

OFAC – sanctions re Venezuela;

FMC – Louis Sola & Daniel Maffei sworn in;

House – bill introduced re drilling off East Coast;

House – bill introduced re drilling in Arctic Ocean;

House – bill introduced re drilling off Pacific Coast;

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish;

Australia – flooding during ballast water exchange;

UK – MARPOL Annex I amendments; and

UK – boosting diversity in the maritime industry.

January 29, 2019

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OFAC – sanctions re Venezuela

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License No. 12 authorizing, until 28 April, the purchase and importation into the United States of petroleum and petroleum products from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) or any entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50% or greater interest. Any payment to of for the direct or indirect benefit of a blocked person must be made into a blocked, interest-bearing account located in the United States. (1/28/19) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/venezuela_gl12.pdf].

FMC – Louis Sola & Daniel Maffei sworn in

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Louis E. Sola and Daniel B. Maffei have been sworn in as Commissioners. (1/28/19) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_welcomes_commissioners_sola_and_maffei/].

House – bill introduced re drilling off East Coast

clip_image008 Representative Cunningham (D-SC) introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act (H.R. 291) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to place a ten-year moratorium on oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Representative Cunningham issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr291ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr291ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re drilling in Arctic Ocean

clip_image009 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019 (H.R. 309) to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Representative Huffman issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr309ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr309ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re drilling off Pacific Coast

clip_image009[1] Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 310) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. Representative Huffman issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr310ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr310ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish

clip_image010 Representative Soto (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 417) to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes. (1/9/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr417ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr417ih.pdf].

Australia – flooding during ballast water exchange

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the partial flooding of a freighter. During routine ballast water exchange, a request for closure of a manual valve was not acknowledged or actioned. As a result, a ballast tank overflowed. The overflow entered a space that had an undetected corrosion opening, allowing flooding of the engine room. Report 2018-003 (1/25/19) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5775554/mo-2018-003_final.pdf].

UK – MARPOL Annex I amendments

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note (MIN) providing guidance on compliance with amendments since 2004 to MARPOL Annex I. MIN 585(M) (1/28/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/774045/MIN_585_M_.pdf]. Note: The references throughout to MSC Resolutions should have been to MEPC Resolutions. The resolution numbers, though, are correct.

UK – boosting diversity in the maritime industry

clip_image015 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the speech delivered by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Nusrat Ghani, MP concerning boosting diversity in the maritime industry. (1/28/19) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/boosting-diversity-in-the-maritime-industry].

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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.