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February 7th, 2019 at 11:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 February 2019

Headlines:

USCG – cyber security suspicious activity;

USCG – security zones in south Florida;

USCG – NOSAC charter renewed;

DHS – TWIC program evaluation;

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’;

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

FMC – complaint re PR Enhanced Security Fee;

EPA – $2 million for PANYNJ truck replacement;

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens;

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States;

House – bill introduced re Maritime Washington NHA;

House – resolution re US Navy rebuilding;

UN – crime on the high seas;

IMO – Women in Maritime;

Ireland – EU regulation on ship recycling; and

UK – provision of mandatory information.

February 7, 2019

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USCG – cyber security suspicious incident

clip_image004 USCG Sector Miami issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin advising that the master of a commercial vessel recently received a suspicious email requesting sensitive information concerning the vessel, crew, and cargo. The master reported the incident and forwarded the email to the local USCG COTP. Mariners are reminded of the recent USCG policy letter outlining criteria for regulated vessels and facilities to report suspicious activity (SA) and breaches of security (BoS) including cyber incidents. MSIB 19-02 (2/5/19) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MSIB_19-02.pdf].

USCG – security zones in south Florida

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to amend security zones in Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Miami, and Key West. Comments must be received by 11 March. 84 Fed. Reg. 2479 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01468.pdf].

USCG – NOSAC charter renewed

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the charter of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) has been renewed. 84 Fed. Reg. 2558 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01424.pdf].

DHS – TWIC program evaluation

clip_image007 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on an assessment of how effective the transportation security card (TWIC) program is at enhancing security and reducing security risks for regulated maritime facilities and vessels. Comments must be received by 8 April. 84 Fed. Reg. 2564 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01377.pdf].

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image009 clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held in Kansas City, Kansas on 27 and 28 February regarding the definition of ‘waters of the United States’. 84 Fed. Reg. 2483 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01483.pdf].

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated an inflation adjustment to its civil monetary penalties. 84 Fed. Reg. 2459 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01429.pdf].

FMC – complaint re PR Enhanced Security Fee

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that a complaint has been received from Toyota alleging that the Enhanced Security Fee that it was charged in Puerto Rico was unconstitutional. 84 Fed. Reg. 2506 (2/7/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/pdf/2019-01503.pdf].

EPA – $2 million for PANYNJ truck replacement

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that $2 million in grants are being provided to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reduce air pollution by replacing up to 80 model year 2006 and older short-haul trucks with cleaner, newer trucks. (2/6/19) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-provide-2-million-grants-port-authority-areas-new-york-and-new-jersey-reduce-air].

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens

clip_image017 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Maritime Lien Reform Act of 2019 (H.R. 629) to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. (1/16/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr629ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr629ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image018 Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Regulatory Certainty for Navigable Waters Act (H.R. 667) to repeal the Waters of the United States rule and amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. (1/17/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr667ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr667ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Maritime Washington NHA

clip_image018[1] Representative Kilmer (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 975) to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/5/19).

House – resolution re US Navy rebuilding

clip_image018[2] Representative Banks (R-IN) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 99) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there is a need to rebuild the Navy and ensure that it is prepared to engage with adversaries around the world through an increased investment in the United States naval power. (2/5/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hres99ih/pdf/BILLS-116hres99ih.pdf].

UN – crime on the high seas

clip_image019 The UN Security Council issued a news release stating that crime on the high seas is becoming increasingly sophisticated, endangering human life on land, the economic growth of entire regions and global safety. (2/5/19) [https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/sc13691.doc.htm].

IMO – Women in Maritime

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release concerning its Women in Maritime gender program. (2/6/19) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-womeninmaritimelogo.aspx].

Ireland – EU regulation on ship recycling

clip_image023 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice stating that the EU regulation on ship recycling has entered into Irish law. Notice 04-2019 (2/6/19) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/mn%2004%20of%202019%20Implementation%20Regulation%20on%20Ship%20Recycling.pdf].

UK – provision of mandatory information

clip_image025 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance regarding how vessels should provide mandatory reporting information to the MCA. (2/6/19) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-provide-mandatory-vessel-reporting-information-to-the-mca].

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