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February 14th, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 February 2019


USCG – 23rd application for BWMS type approval;

COAC – meeting on 27 February;

House – resolution introduced re sea level rise;

Australia – Queensland Coastal Passage Plan;

New Zealand – burst air cylinder causes fatality; and

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983.

February 14, 2019

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USCG – 23rd application for BWMS type approval

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) received its 23rd application for ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval, this one for the HK-S€ BWMS manufactured by Miura Co., Ltd. (2/11/19) [].

COAC – meeting on 27 February

clip_image006 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Washington, DC on 27 February. Topics on the agenda include CTPAT minimum security criteria and mapping supply chains to address e-commerce threats. 84 Fed. Reg. 3217 (2/11/19) [].

House – resolution introduced re sea level rise

clip_image008 Representative Rooney (R-FL) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 112) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that sea level rise and flooding are of urgent concern impacting Florida that require proactive measures for community planning and the State’s tourism-based economy to adapt. (2/7/19) [].

Australia – Queensland Coastal Passage Plan

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that a new Queensland Coastal Passage Plan has been published to prepare vessels for transit through environmentally sensitive areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. (2/8/19) [].

New Zealand – burst air cylinder causes fatality

clip_image012 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of a burst nitrogen cylinder causing a crew fatality on a cruise ship. The nitrogen cylinder burst at below its normal working pressure because severe external corrosion had reduced the wall thickness to about 30% of its original thickness. There is an urgent need for consistent and proper standards to be developed at a global level for maintaining, inspecting, testing and, where necessary, replacing high-pressure cylinders associated with stored energy systems on board ships. MO-2017-203 (1/17/19) [].

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983

clip_image014 The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to have been perfunctory. As a result, inspection standards were drastically improved. In addition, carriage of survival suits became mandatory for ships on winter routes and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program was initiated. The circumstances are detailed in Robert Frump’s book “Until the Sea Shall Free Them”.

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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.