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February 5th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 February 2019

Headlines:

USCG – transportation of HAZMAT by ferries;

NTSB – Most Wanted List;

BOEM – wind energy facility offshore MA;

NOAA – New Carissa grounding;

GAO – offshore oil spills; and

UK – light dues remain frozen.

February 5, 2019

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USCG – transportation of HAZMAT by ferries

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders of provisions related to the transport of hazardous material (HAZMAT) by ferries and the training requirements for mariners working on such ferries. (2/4/19) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/02/04/2-4-2019-transportation-of-hazardous-material-by-ferries/].

NTSB – Most Wanted List

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release announcing availability of its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, including the elimination of distractions and the reduction of fatigue-related accidents. (2/4/19) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/mr20190204.aspx].

BOEM – wind energy facility offshore MA

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the rescheduled public hearing on the wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts will be held in Nantucket (February 11); Vineyard Haven (February 12); Hyannis (February 13); New Bedford (February 14); and Narragansett (February 15). Written comments must be submitted by February 22. (2/1/19) [https://www.boem.gov/note02012019/].

NOAA – New Carissa grounding

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a blog entry discussing the 4 February 1999 grounding of the freighter New Carissa off Coos Bay, Oregon. (2/4/19) [https://blog.response.restoration.noaa.gov/20-years-ago-grounded-freighter-never-reached-its-destination?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery].

GAO – offshore oil spills

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on offshore oil spills. It found that there is insufficient coordination between the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research and the trustee councils established after the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills concerning restoration and research efforts. GAO-19-31 (2/4/19) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/696318.pdf].

UK – light dues remain frozen

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that light dues for 2019 to 2020 will be frozen at the current rate (37clip_image016 pence per net registered tonne). (2/4/19) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/light-dues-2019-to-2020].

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    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.