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February 4th, 2019 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 February 2019


Alaska – CWO dies in crane accident;

USCG – VIDA update;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate issued;

TSAC – meeting on 20-21 February;

DOS – meeting on 12 February re IMO PPR 6;

DOE – $28 million for FOWT research;

OFAC – FAQ re PdVSA designation;

USN – contract for two aircraft carriers; and

Denmark – mandatory cybersecurity measures.

February 4, 2019

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Alaska – CWO dies in crane accident

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is investigating a crane accident at the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, Alaska that resulted in the death of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski (BOSN2, USCG). (2/2/19) [].

USCG – VIDA update

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing an update on the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) as the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) work to implement the new provisions. (2/1/19) [].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate to Envirocleanse LLC for its inTank BWTS. (2/1/19) [].

TSAC – meeting on 20-21 February

clip_image004[3] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 20-21 February in Miami. Topics on the agenda include Subchapter M implementation; towing LNG barges; and load line exemption for river barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario. 84 Fed. Reg. 1480 (2/4/19) [].

DOS – meeting on 12 February re IMO PPR 6

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a correction stating that, on 12 February, a public meeting will be held in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6). 84 Fed. Reg. 1527 (2/4/19) [].

DOE – $28 million for FOWT research

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that $28 million is being made available for a research project into technologies for floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs). (2/1/19) [].

OFAC – FAQ re PdVSA designation

clip_image010 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that it is amending two frequently asked questions (FAQs), FAQ 595 and FAQ 648, and issuing 11 new FAQs in connection with the January 28, 2019 designation of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) pursuant to Executive Order 13850. (1/31/19) [].

USN – contract for two aircraft carriers

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release announcing the award to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding for construction of two Ford-class nuclear aircraft carriers. (1/31/19) [].

Denmark – mandatory cybersecurity measures

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) posted the English translation of a recent order on security of networks and information systems of importance to the safety and navigation of ships. The order requires the operator of a maritime service, such as a VTS, AIS, or dGPS to adopt certain cybersecurity standards and protocols. Companies operating ships subject to the ISM Code are required to implement technical and organizational measures in accordance with IMO standards and guidelines. Order No. 46 (1/15/19) [].

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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.