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June 25th, 2018 at 10:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 June 2018

Headlines:

OMB – Government Reform Plan;

USCG – STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations;

EPA – hazardous substance discharges;

DOE – import/export of natural gas;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project;

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re taking of sea lions;

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety;

House – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

Court – genuine dispute as to a material fact;

Australia – search for lost containers; and

Denmark – loss of tow.

June 25, 2018

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OMB – Government Reform Plan

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its Government Reform Plan. Among other things, it calls for transferring the maritime aids to navigation (ATON) mission and the navigation dredging mission from, respectively, the US Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to the Department of Transportation. (6/22/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf].

USCG – STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin regarding the submittal of applications for STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations in accordance with CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-18. (6/22/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/polar_code_notice_06222018.pdf].

EPA – hazardous substance discharges

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it does not intend to establish new requirements to prevent discharges of hazardous substances from onshore and offshore facilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Comments on this proposal must be submitted by 24 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 29499 (6/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13470.pdf].

DOE – import/export of natural gas

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of its recent orders regarding applications for authorization to import and export natural gas. 83 Fed. Reg. 29550 (6/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13476.pdf].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that it seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass LNG Project. The comment period closes on 13 August. (6/22/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/06-22-18-DEIS.asp].

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced

clip_image014 Senator Capito (R-WV) introduced an original bill (S. 3109) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3109pcs/pdf/BILLS-115s3109pcs.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re taking of sea lions

clip_image015 Senator Risch (R-ID) introduced a bill (S. 3119) to allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/18).

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety

clip_image017 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 6175) to enhance maritime safety, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/18).

House – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image017[1] Representative Cicilline (D-RI) introduced a bill (H.R. 6171) to authorize the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel Oliver Hazard Perry, and for other purposes. (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6171ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6171ih.pdf].

Court – genuine dispute as to a material fact

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated the district court grant of a summary judgment motion due to a genuine dispute as to a material fact. Plaintiff passenger was injured in a slip-and-fall on one of defendant’s ships. There was evidence in the record from which a reasonable person might conclude that a crewmember knew or should have known of the slippery condition. Aponte v Royal Caribbean, No. 16-16580 (11th Cir., June 22, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201616580.pdf].

Australia – search for lost containers

clip_image021 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the search for the missing containers lost from YM Efficiency is about to commence. On 1 June, 81 containers fell into the sea from the ship during heavy weather about 30 km off Newcastle. (6/22/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/marine-environment/incidents-and-exercises/locating-containers-lost-ym-efficiency].

Denmark – loss of tow

clip_image023 The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the loss by the Maersk Battler of its tow of Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper in the Bay of Biscay on 21-22 December 2016. The root cause of the casualty was the decision to tow the two vessels side-by-side in prevailing weather conditions. (6/22/18) [http://www.dmaib.com/Ulykkesrapporter/Marine%20accident%20report%20-%20Loss%20of%20tow%20-%20MAERSK%20BATTLER.pdf].

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June 22nd, 2018 at 10:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – change to Inland Navigation Rules;

USCG – the role of SMSs;

Cape Charles – anchorage ground proposals;

USCG – TWIC reader requirement delay;

USCG – policy re Polar Code qualifications;

NTSB – fire on ro-ro passenger vessel;

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers;

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

UK – intoxicated watchkeeping; and

Marine News – vessel response plans.

June 22, 2018

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USCG – change to Inland Navigation Rules

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice reminding mariners of a recent change to the Inland Navigation Rules. The word ‘danger’ has been removed from Rule 34, aligning it with the 1972 COLREGS and alleviating potential ambiguity. (6/21/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/inland_navigation_rules_change_notice.pdf].

USCG – the role of SMSs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the role of safety management systems (SMSs). (6/21/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/21/6-21-2018-posidonia-2018-the-role-of-safety-management-systems-in-the-next-chapter-of-shipping/].

Cape Charles – anchorage ground proposals

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a new deep-water anchorage ground and relocate an existing anchorage ground new Cape Charles on the Lower Chesapeake Bay. Public meeting will be held in Norfolk on 25 June and in Cape Charles on 10 July. Comments must be received by 17 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 29081 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13439.pdf].

USCG – TWIC reader requirement delay

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date for TWIC reader requirements for certain maritime facilities. Comments must be received by 23 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 29067 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13345.pdf].

USCG – policy re Polar Code qualifications

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-18 titled “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations”. The policy enters into effect immediately. Comments must be received by 20 September. 83 Fed. Reg. 29131 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13465.pdf].

NTSB – fire on ro-ro passenger vessel

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 17 August 2016 fire that broke out in the main engine room of the roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy when fuel spraying from a leaking flange came in contact with a hot surface on the port main propulsion engine. The fire could not be contained, so the master ordered the ship to be abandoned. US Coast Guard and other first responder vessels and aircraft, along with good Samaritan vessels, helped transport all 511 passengers and crew to the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Several injuries, none life-threatening, occurred during firefighting and abandonment efforts. The burning vessel drifted in the wind and grounded on the sandy bottom outside the port. Three days later, the vessel was towed into the harbor, where shore-based firefighters extinguished the last of the fire. The accident resulted in an estimated $20 million in damage to the Caribbean Fantasy, which was eventually scrapped in lieu of repairs. The probable cause of the fire was Baja Ferries’ poor safety culture and ineffective implementation of their safety management system on board the vessel, where poor maintenance practices led to an uncontained fuel spray from a blank flange at the end of the port main engine fuel supply line onto the hot exhaust manifold of the engine. Contributing to the rapid spread of the fire were fuel and lube oil quick-closing valves that were intentionally blocked open, fixed firefighting systems that were ineffective, and a structural fire boundary that failed. Contributing to the fire and the prolonged abandonment effort was the failure of the Panama Maritime Authority and the recognized organization, RINA Services, to ensure Baja Ferries’ safety management system was functional. MAR 18-01 (6/21/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1801.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers

clip_image008 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 3094) to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/18).

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image008[1] Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3096) to allow the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/18).

UK – intoxicated watchkeeping

clip_image010 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 10 October 2017 grounding of the general cargo vessel Ruyter on the north shore of Rathlin Island when the master, who was the sole watchkeeper, left the bridge unattended. The bridge navigational watch alarm system, which could have alerted the chief officer to the fact that the bridge was unmanned, had been switched off. Consequently, no action was taken to correct a deviation from the ship’s planned track. The master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch but the chief officer, who had previously warned the master against excessive consumption of alcohol, had been satisfied that the master was fit for watchkeeping duties. Report 11-2018 (6/21/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5b27c3c9ed915d2cd5d01be9/MAIBInvReport11_2018.pdf].

Marine News – vessel response plans

clip_image012 In the June 2018 edition of Marine News, you can find my article entitled Vessel Response Plans. The article discusses the roles of the vessel response plans (VRPs), oil spill response organizations (OSROs), and salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) resource providers. (6/21/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MN180600.pdf].

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June 21st, 2018 at 7:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 June 2018

Headlines:

White House – Executive Order re ocean policy;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate;

USCG – ballast water management regulations;

Cape Charles – meetings re proposed anchorages;

USN – three naval officers censured;

NOAA – underwater acoustic impacts;

FWS – eagle fatalities at wind energy facilities;

DOE – policy re export of natural gas;

Court – bunker supplier without a lien;

UN – anthropologic underwater noise;

Australia – ship garbage recycling project; and

Singapore – safety initiatives.

June 21, 2018

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White House – Executive Order re ocean policy

clip_image004 President Trump signed an Executive Order regarding the ocean policy in order to advance the economic, security, and environmental interests of the United States. The goal of the order is to establish a more streamlined process for federal coordination on ocean policy. (6/19/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-regarding-ocean-policy-advance-economic-security-environmental-interests-united-states/].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to BIO-UV Group for its BIO-SEA B BWMS. (6/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/20/6-20-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-bio-uv-group/].

USCG – ballast water management regulations

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the ballast water management regulations and a discussion of how global trends will impact the maritime industry. (6/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/20/6-20-2018-posidonia-2018-ballast-water-management-regulations-global-trends-in-the-21st-century/].

Cape Charles – meetings re proposed anchorages

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that public meetings will be held in Norfolk (25 June) and Cape Charles (10 July) to invite public comment about the proposed creation and relocation of two Cape Charles anchorages. (6/20/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f8c140].

USN – three naval officers censured

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to three senior Navy officers based on findings that each of these officers’ improper interactions with and acceptance of gifts from Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defense contractor and prohibited source. (6/20/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106071].

NOAA – underwater acoustic impacts

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing completion of the 2018 Revision to its 2016 Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing – Underwater Acoustic Thresholds for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts. 83 Fed. Reg. 28824 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13313.pdf].

FWS – eagle fatalities at wind energy facilities

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on its updated collision risk model to predict the number of golden and bald eagles that may be killed at new wind energy facilities. Comments must be submitted by 20 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 28858 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13358.pdf].

DOE – policy re export of natural gas

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its policy statement regarding long-term authorization to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries. The policy enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 28841 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13427.pdf].

Court – bunker supplier without a lien

clip_image016 Over a vigorous dissent, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a bunker supplier who dealt with a now-bankrupt trader rather than directly with the vessel or its owner does not have a maritime lien against the vessel. Valero Marketing v MV Almi Sun, No. 16-30194 (5th Cir., June 20, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30194-CV0.pdf]. Note: This is the third recent appellate decision arriving at the same conclusion in the aftermath of the worldwide bankruptcy of O.W. Bunker group of companies.

UN – anthropologic underwater noise

clip_image017 The United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea issued a notice stating that the nineteenth meeting of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 19) is being held in New York on 18-22 June. The focus of this meeting is anthropogenic underwater noise. (6/18/18) [http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultative_process.htm].

Australia – ship garbage recycling project

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the ship garbage recycling project in the port of Brisbane has wrapped up. The results will now be evaluated looking for lessons learned. (6/20/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/ship-garbage-recycling-pilot-wraps-port-brisbane].

Singapore – safety initiatives

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release announcing new safety initiatives. The Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) will be upgraded. This includes improvements to the resolution of CCTV and video analytics capabilities, and expansion of the data bandwidth between the VTIS and radar stations to enhance situational awareness through ensuring high resolution radar plots. A VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) will be developed to facilitate real-time data transfer between shore and ships in the port. (6/20/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/131c9f9b-46a5-44c2-b219-315e41bf7763].

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June 20th, 2018 at 10:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – role of the regulator;

CDC – inspection fees for cruise ships;

IMO & Poland – World Maritime Day; and

Australia – Iron Chieftain fire.

June 20, 2018

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USCG – role of the regulator

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the role of the regulator with regard to the marine industry. (6/19/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/19/6-19-2018-posidonia-2018-role-of-the-regulator/].

CDC – inspection fees for cruise ships

clip_image006 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a notice announcing the fiscal year 2019 fees for sanitation inspection of cruise ships. 83 Fed. Reg. 28650 (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13216.pdf].

IMO & Poland – World Maritime Day

clip_image008 clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release concerning World Maritime Day Parallel Event held in Szczecin, Poland on 13-15 June. (6/18/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/09PolandWorldMaritimeDayParallelEvent.aspx].

Australia – Iron Chieftain fire

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it is investigating the fire that occurred on board the bulk carrier Iron Chieftain in Port Kembla on 18 June. (6/19/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/mair/346-mo-2018-011/].

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June 19th, 2018 at 10:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re PFDs;

USCG – IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap;

USN – rescue and transfer;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 23 July;

Court – maintenance award; and

UK – marine equipment type approval.

June 19, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re PFDs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert to raise awareness of a potentially dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency. During recent PFD inspections, inspectors discovered that the securing strap was secured at its bitter end, and was also fused to the side of the PFD by what appeared to be the shell coating or color-matching material. As a result, a user is unable to separate the halves of the PFD to open the gap and place over the head to wear. Based on the number of problematic PFDs discovered, the Coast Guard is strongly recommending that owners and operators using this type of PFD inspect each one for this condition. If problematic PFDs are discovered, owners and operators are encouraged to report their findings to the Coast Guard. Alert 11-18 (6/18/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1118.pdf?ver=2018-06-18-155008-357].

USCG – IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin on the agency’s perspective on the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap. (6/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/18/6-18-2018-posidonia-2018-coast-guard-perspective-on-imo-2020-sulphur-cap/].

USN – rescue and transfer

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) conducted a passenger transport of 41 individuals to ships of the Italian Coast Guard off the island of Lampedusa. The individuals had been rescued by Trenton off the coast of Libya. (6/17/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106030].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 23 July

clip_image008 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet via teleconference on 23 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 28488 (6/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13131.pdf].

Court – maintenance award

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of a seafarer who sought a maintenance award at a higher rate than the actual cost of food and lodging aboard ship. Sabow v American Seafoods Company, No. 16-35521 (9th Cir., June 15, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/06/15/16-35521.pdf].

UK – marine equipment type approval

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued an updated version of its guidance on obtaining type approval of marine equipment. MSN 1874 (M&F) (6/18/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/msn-1874mf-amendment-2-marine-equipment-directive-other-approval-standards].

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June 18th, 2018 at 10:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – BWMS type approval;

New Orleans – safety zone proposed;

NTSB – towing incident;

DOE – offshore wind energy research;

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States; and

MREN – Old River Control Structure.

June 18, 2018

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USCG – BWMS type approval

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval has been issued to Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for its Samsung Purimar BWMS. (6/15/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/15/6-15-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-samsung-heavy-industries-co-ltd/].

New Orleans – safety zone proposed

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 94 and 97 above head of Passes to be enforced during firework displays. Comments must be received by 18 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 28175 (6/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-18/pdf/2018-13025.pdf].

NTSB – towing accident

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 3 May 2017 incident in Lake Pontchartrain during which the Coast Guard response boat CG 29113 allided with the Highway 11 Bridge while responding to a non-distress search-and-rescue case involving an adrift Vanguard sailboat. The accident caused a minor injury to one of the four Coast Guard crewmembers and damage estimated at $337,000 to the CG 29113. The sailboat, valued at $20,000, eventually sank. The probable cause of the towing accident was the challenging circumstances during a stern-to-stern tow in deteriorating weather conditions, which fouled the CG 29113’s propellers and caused a loss of propulsion. Contributing to the accident was the dilapidated state of the sailboat, which complicated the attempt to tow the vessel, which subsequently sank. MAB 18-12 (6/14/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1812.pdf].

DOE – offshore wind energy research

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that it is awarding $18.5 million for offshore wind energy research. (6/15/18) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-185-million-offshore-wind-research].

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States

clip_image011 clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are taking the next step in their joint efforts to redefine the ‘waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act. The proposed measure will be published in the Federal Register, seeking public comment. (6/15/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-take-next-step-joint-efforts-redefine-waters-united-states].

MREN – Old River Control Structure

clip_image015 In the May 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled “Old River Control Structure". The article highlights the importance of this complex facility located in northern Louisiana to the ecology, environment, and livelihood of all facets of the Lower Mississippi River basin. It also discusses the ongoing efforts of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to control Mother Nature and maintain the status quo. (6/15/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180600.pdf].

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June 15th, 2018 at 10:46 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 June 2018

Headlines:

Sabine Pass – disestablishment of anchorage ground;

USCG – Maritime Commons LinkedIn page;

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment;

IMO – autonomous vessel discussions summarized;

Paris MOU – 2017 performance lists;

Yemen – combat operations reported; and

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904.

June 15, 2018

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Sabine Pass – disestablishment of anchorage ground

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a request for disestablishment of the Sabine Pass Channel Anchorage Ground. Comments must be received by 16 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 27932 (6/15/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-15/pdf/2018-12910.pdf].

USCG – Maritime Commons LinkedIn page

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard launched its Maritime Commons LinkedIn page. (6/14/18) [https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/coast-guard-maritime-commons/].

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment

clip_image007 Senator Rounds (R-SD) introduced the United States Transportation Command Infrastructure Assessment Act of 2018 (S. 3043) to require USTRANSCOM assessments of transportation infrastructure. (6/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3043is/pdf/BILLS-115s3043is.pdf].

IMO – autonomous vessel discussions summarized

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the autonomous vessel discussions at the recent session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99). (6/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/14/6-14-2018-autonomous-vessels-key-point-of-discussion-at-imo/].

Paris MOU – 2017 performance lists

clip_image011 The Paris MOU issued a press release announcing availability of the 2017 performance lists (also known as the White-Grey-Black [WGB] List). Of note, the United States has moved from the White List to the Grey List. (6/14/18) [https://www.parismou.org/2017-performance-lists-paris-mou].

Yemen – combat operations reported

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an alert stating that combat operations are reported in the vicinity of Hudaydah, Yemen. Vessels transiting this area should exercise caution. Alert 2018-007A (6/13/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/28171/].

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

clip_image015 On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. Congress responded by adopting a series of bills providing the Steamboat Inspection Service with authority to prescribe measures to prevent and extinguish fires and to determine the amount and type of lifesaving equipment to be carried on board.

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June 14th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Subchapter M webinar;

USCG NMVC – new workbook versions;

Long Island – wreck of WWII tanker to be assessed;

MARAD – National Maritime Workforce Conference;

Antarctic – ice losses triple since 2012;

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation;

Court – unpaid bunker suppliers;

IMO – data collection system for fuel oil consumption;

Australia – failure to maintain proper lookouts; and

Panama Canal – Neopanamax draft increased.

June 14, 2018

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USCG – Subchapter M webinar

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that USCG representatives participated in the recent Subchapter M webinar hosted by the American Waterways Operators (AWO). A recording of that webinar is now available. (6/13/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/13/6-13-2018-recording-of-subchapter-m-webinar-available-online/].

USCG NVMC – new workbook versions

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice announcing that NOAD Workbook Version 7.5.1 and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) NOA Workbook 1.5.1 have been released. These updated versions of the workbooks provide corrections for the display of ports when the country of Georgia is selected. The new workbook versions can be found in the Downloads section of the NVMC website. (6/12/18) [https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(wkgwvulfqr1uply2o01aoexs))/News.aspx?newsId=cbf336a0-a4d6-47e1-9ecc-97eba1aa9223].

Long Island – wreck of WWII tanker to be assessed

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an assessment will be made of the wreck of the tanker Coimbra off the south shore of Long Island to determine whether it presents a pollution threat. The tanker was sunk during World War II on 15 January 1942 by U-123. (6/13/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f70783].

MARAD – National Maritime Workforce Conference

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the National Maritime Workforce Conference was held at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy last week. It brought together representatives from academia and industry professionals to focus on how to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology, and port management workforce training, particularly at 2-year colleges, through new Maritime Centers of Excellence. (6/13/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/usdots-maritime-administration-joins-national-maritime-workforce-conference/].

Antarctic – ice losses triple since 2012

clip_image008 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inches (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone. (6/13/18) [https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/ramp-up-in-antarctic-ice-loss-speeds-sea-level-rise].

House – bill introduced re right whale conservation

clip_image010 Representative Moulton introduced the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Act of 2018 (H.R. 6060) to assist in the conservation of the North Atlantic right whale by supporting and providing financial resources for North Atlantic right whale conservation programs and projects of persons with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales. (6/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6060ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6060ih.pdf].

Court – unpaid bunker suppliers

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the summary judgment in favor of the vessel that had been sued in rem for claims arising from the delivery of bunkers. The contract supplier had contracted with an intermediary, who re-subcontracted with the physical supplier. After delivery of the bunkers but before payment, the contractor and intermediary declared bankruptcy. Both the physical supplier and the assignee of the of the contract supplier brought asserted maritime liens for the unpaid bunkers against vessel. The district court denied both maritime liens and sua sponte entered summary judgment in favor of the vessel. The appellate court ruled that evidence in the record that tended to establish relationships between the bank and parties down the contractual chain. Evidence of such relationships precluded summary judgment. ING Bank, NV v MV Temara, No. 16-3923(L) (2nd Cir., June 13, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/e8574c63-d589-4406-9c35-043ca778876e/1/doc/16-3923_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/e8574c63-d589-4406-9c35-043ca778876e/1/hilite/].

IMO – data collection system for fuel oil consumption

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising Singapore ships of the IMO data collection system for fuel oil consumption. Shipping Circular 8-2018 (6/13/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/3db2aa66-5d08-4509-b2fa-185879e36966].

Australia – failure to maintain proper lookouts

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 12 August 2017 collision of the fishing vessel Mako and the container ship Glasgow Express in Bass Strait, Victoria. Each vessel detected the other visually and on radar but misinterpreted the information. The probable cause of the casualty was that a proper lookout by ‘all available means’ was not being maintained on either vessel. MO-2017-007 (6/13/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5774413/mo-2017-007_final.pdf].

Panama Canal – Neopanamax draft increased

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks has been increased to 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) tropical fresh water (TFW). Advisory 22-2018 (6/3/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-22-2018.pdf].

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June 13th, 2018 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2018

Headlines:

Chicago – rescue in heavy fog;

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment;

EC – €6.14 billion fund proposed for maritime economy;

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy exercise; and

UK – OSRO accreditation.

June 13, 2018

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Chicago – rescue in heavy fog

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a call was received by a passenger on a yacht with 49 persons onboard reporting that the vessel was lost in heavy fog in Lake Michigan off Navy Pier. A response boat was dispatched, found the vessel, and escorted it into port. The vessel had no operating navigation or radio systems. The master was issued citations for negligent operations and for operating without required navigation lights. (6/12/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f696a9].

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure assessment

clip_image006 Senator Rounds (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 3043) to require USTRANSCOM assessments of transportation infrastructure. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/11/18).

EC – €6.14 billion fund proposed for maritime economy

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is proposing a new €6.14 billion fund for European fisheries and the maritime economy. (6/12/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-4104_en.htm].

Indian Ocean – counter-piracy exercise

clip_image010 EUNAVFOR issued a press release stating that a combined counter-piracy exercise was conducted on 6-8 June in waters around the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. (6/12/18) [].

UK – OSRO accreditation

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued the National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Organisations. Certain UK ports, harbors, oil-handling facilities, and offshore facilities are required to prepare and submit oil pollution preparedness, response, and cooperation (OPRC) plans. From 10 September 2018, guidelines will require that each plan must include a contract with an accredited third-party Tier 2 oil spill response organization (OSRO). (6/8/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/715009/UK_National_Standard_for_Marine_Oil_Spill_Response_Organisations.pdf].

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June 12th, 2018 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – ITV International Addendum;

USCG – towing vessel particulars;

USCG – slop tanks and H2S gas;

USCG – dangerous slides;

USCG – contaminated fuel oil bunkers;

NISC – meeting on 19 July;

EC – Brexit preparedness notices;

Australia – ship banned for three months;

Australia – collision due to lookout failures; and

UK – 41 marine conservation zones proposed.

June 12, 2018

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USCG – ITV International Addendum

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its form for Inspected Towing Vessel (ITV) International Addendum. CVC-FM-003(1) (6/8/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-FM-003(1).pdf].

USCG – towing vessel particulars

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted its form for Towing Vessel Particulars. CVC-FM-004(1) (6/8/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-FM-004(1).pdf].

USCG – slop tanks and H2S gas

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning the danger presented by formation dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas within a waste oil or slop tank. Biodegradable cleaners used in such a tank in an anaerobic (low oxygen) environment can result in formation of dangerous levels of H2S gas. Alert 08-18 (6/6/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0818.pdf?ver=2018-06-08-143912-267].

USCG – dangerous slides

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning presented by slides that may be installed on party boats and other craft. Owners, operators, and masters of craft with such slides should ensure that unnecessary risk factors are minimized. Alert 09-18 (6/6/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0918.pdf?ver=2018-06-08-143912-283].

USCG – contaminated fuel oil bunkers

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning recent reports of contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers in the US Gulf Coast region. This fuel oil contamination could lead to engine failures and associated losses of propulsion. It is recommended that vessel owners and managers closely monitor fuel oil system components and consult their bunker suppliers and other technical service providers regarding this issue. Alert 10-18 (6/6/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1018.pdf?ver=2018-06-08-143912-267].

NISC – meeting on 19 July

clip_image007 The National Invasive Species Council (NISC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet via teleconference on 19 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 27342 (6/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-12/pdf/2018-12608.pdf].

EC – Brexit preparedness notices

clip_image009 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice concerning EC Brexit Preparedness Notices on Maritime Transport Update. Marine Notice 23-2018 (6/8/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/23%20of%202018%20Brexit%20notice.pdf].

Australia – ship banned for three months

clip_image011 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the cargo ship Thorco Luna has been banned from Australian ports for a period of three months after it was detained for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. (6/8/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/cargo-ship-thorco-luna-banned-australian-ports].

Australia – collision due to lookout failures

clip_image011[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 23 June 2015 collision of the bulk carrier Jag Arnav and fast utility vessel Total Response about 26 NM north-west of Bunbury, Western Australia.  Jag Arnav sustained minor damage and no injuries to the crew.  Total Response sustained structural damage to its bow and deck, and two crew members received lacerations and abrasions. Both vessels were able to resume their passage. The probable cause of the collision was that a proper and effective lookout by all available means as required by the regulations was not being maintained on either vessel. MO-2015-003 (6/11/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5774401/mo-2015-003-final.pdf].

UK – 41 marine conservation zones proposed

clip_image013 The UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on its proposal to designate an additional 41 Marine Conservation Zones in waters around the UK. The consultation closes on 20 July. (6/8/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-conservation-zones-third-tranche-of-designations].

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    In the June 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Old River Control Structure". The article highlights the importance of this complex facility located in northern Louisiana to the ecology, environment, and livelihood of all facets of the Lower Mississippi River basin. It also discusses the ongoing efforts of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to control Mother Nature and maintain the status quo.