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March 15th, 2019 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 March 2019

Headlines:

Mississippi River – closed between MM 224.5 and MM 226;

USCG – two owners convicted of illegal passenger charters;

Texas – Sabine Pass anchorage ground amendment;

USCG – Atlantic Coast port access study;

USCG – PWSRCAC recertified;

USCG – navigation lights for sailing vessels;

USN – wreckage of USS Wasp discovered;

Senate – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

UN – plastic litter monitoring guidelines; and

EMSA – responding to Grande America oil spill.

March 15, 2019

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Mississippi River – closed between MM 224.5 and MM 226

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 224.5 and 226 near Baton Rouge has been closed to navigation following the sinking of a towing vessel. There were no reported injuries. The incident is under investigation. (3/14/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/236b9d1]. A second news release states that the waterway has been reopened. (3/14/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/236cd42].

USCG – two owners convicted of illegal passenger charters

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the owners of two vessels in Florida that were operating illegal passenger charters despite specific COTP orders to cease such operations have been convicted in federal court and sentenced to substantial fines (totaling $100,000) and probation and, in one instance, 180 days of home detention. (3/14/19) [https://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/03/14/3-14-2019-owners-of-two-vessels-criminally-charged-convicted-for-operating-illegal-passenger-charters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29].

Texas – Sabine Pass anchorage ground amendment

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the anchorage regulations for the Sabine Pass Channel for the navigational safety of vessels entering and exiting a new LNG terminal mooring basin. The amendment enters into effect on 15 April. 84 Fed. Reg. 9458 (3/15/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-15/pdf/2019-04875.pdf].

USCG – Atlantic Coast port access study

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. 84 Fed. Reg. 9541 (3/15/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-15/pdf/2019-04891.pdf].

USCG – PWSRCAC recertified

clip_image007[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) has been recertified through 1 March 2020. 84 Fed. Reg. 9540 (3/15/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-15/pdf/2019-04876.pdf].

USCG – navigation lights for sailing vessels

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding sailing vessel owners and operators that navigation lights designed for power-driven vessels are not appropriate for sailing vessels as they have smaller vertical arc of visibility (‘vertical divergence’) than required for sailing vessels. Safety Alert 02-19 (3/14/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0219.pdf].

USN – wreck of USS Wasp discovered

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release discussing the recent discovery of the wreck of the USS Wasp (CV 7), which was sunk in 1942 in the Coral Sea, as well as the history of the valiant ship. (3/13/19) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108901].

Senate – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image012 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 778) to direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/13/19).

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image014 Representative Pingree (D-ME) introduced a bill (H.R. 1716) to direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/14/19).

UN – plastic litter monitoring guidelines

clip_image015 The UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) issued a report to provide recommendations, advice, and practical guidance for the establishment of programs to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic litter in the ocean. (3/13/19) [http://www.gesamp.org/publications/guidelines-for-the-monitoring-and-assessment-of-plastic-litter-in-the-ocean].

EMSA – responding to Grande America oil spill

clip_image017 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release stating that it is assisting French authorities in responding to the oil spill emanating from the wreck of the con-ro Grande America, which caught fire and sank in the Bay of Biscay. (3/14/19) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3482-grande-america.html].

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    logo11 HazSub spill response plans

    In the March 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "HazSub spill response plans". The article discusses the recent decision of the US Coast Guard to withdrawal its proposed rulemakings for hazardous substance spill response plans for tank vessels and marine transportation-related facilities. In my opinion, the USCG proposals evidence a failure of imagination. I recommend that the Coast Guard meet with the marine transportation chemical sector and determine which current industry measures can be considered as providing an equivalent level of safety to measures mandated in OPA 90. The gaps identified can then be filled in a rulemaking.