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February 6th, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 February 2019

Headlines:

USCG – Subchapter M TPO guidance;

USCG – Commandant’s interview;

DOS – meeting on 21 February re IMO SSE 6;

DOS – re-establishment of SHC;

FMC – amendments to OTI regulations;

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS;

Treasury – international boycott list;

USN – replenishment collision;

NOAA – world magnetic model;

DOE – Golden Pass LNG Project; and

Ireland – AIS ATONs.

February 6, 2019

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USCG – Subchapter M TPO guidance

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a change to its policy letter providing guidance regarding Subchapter M Third Party Organizations (TPOs). CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-04 (CH-1) (1/31/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CG-CVC_pol17-04(Ch1).pdf].

USCG – Commandant’s interview

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning the recent interview of Admiral Karl Schultz by Insight Magazine. During the interview, the Commandant discussed USCG activities in the Arctic and implementation of Subchapter M. (2/5/19) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/02/05/2-5-2019-commandant-discusses-arctic-subchapter-m-and-more-in-insights-interview/].

DOS – meeting on 21 February re IMO SSE 6

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 21 February in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship systems and Equipment (SSE 6). Topics on the agenda include: fire minimization on ro-ro passenger vessels; onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches; and cold ironing of ships. 84 Fed. Reg. 2294 (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/pdf/2019-01292.pdf].

DOS – re-establishment of SHC

clip_image007 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it intends to re-establish the Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC). 84 Fed. Reg. 2294 (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/pdf/2019-01199.pdf].

FMC – amendments to OTI regulations

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has re-opened, through 22 February, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed amendments to regulations governing licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for ocean transportation intermediaries (OTI). 84 Fed. Reg. 2125 (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/pdf/2019-01177.pdf].

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Port Arthur Liquefaction Project. 84 Fed. Reg. 2221 (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/pdf/2019-01190.pdf].

Treasury – international boycott list

clip_image013 The Department of the Treasury issued the current list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen. 84 Fed. Reg. 2337 (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/pdf/2019-01136.pdf].

USN – replenishment collision

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and the dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) collided during an underway replenishment off the East Coast. There were no injuries and no reports of pollution. The incident is under investigation. (2/5/19) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108537].

NOAA – world magnetic model

clip_image017 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release concerning the unscheduled update to the world magnetic model due to the relatively rapid movement of the north magnetic pole. (2/4/19) [https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/world-magnetic-model-out-cycle-release].

DOE – Golden Pass LNG Project

clip_image019 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that at the Golden Pass LNG Project signing ceremony the principals agreed to contribute $10 billion toward completion of the project. (2/5/19) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-perry-joins-minister-al-kaabi-and-exxonmobil-golden-pass-lng-signing-ceremony].

Ireland – AIS ATONs

clip_image021 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a notice listing the aids to navigation (ATONs)scheduled for installation of AIS transponders. (2/4/19) [https://www.irishlights.ie/safety-navigation/notices-to-mariners/2019-05-ais-list.aspx].

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