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April 17th, 2015 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 April 2015

Headlines:

BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control;

ANS Task Force – meeting;

USCG – vessel documentation paperwork;

NOAA – survey of scuttled aircraft carrier;

EC – support for German offshore wind farms;

Ireland – safety requirements for floating leisure articles; and

UK – civil, passenger, or other liability insurance.

April 17, 2015

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BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes new regulations to consolidate equipment and operational requirements pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and decommissionings. The proposal focuses on blowout preventer (BOP) requirements and reforms in the areas of well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time well monitoring, and subsea containment. Comments should be submitted by 16 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 21503 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-17/pdf/2015-08587.pdf] (4/15/15).

ANS Task Force – meeting

clip_image006 The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 7-8 May in Fort Lauderdale. Topics on the agenda include the Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan; lionfish management; snakehead management; and boat design and construction in consideration of AIS. 80 Fed. Reg. 21257 [located at ] (4/17/15).

USCG – vessel documentation paperwork

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/04/16/4162015-national-vessel-documentation-center-vessel-paperwork-status-check-available-online/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29] reminding stakeholders of their ability to electronically check on the status of their vessel documentation paperwork at the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC). (4/16/15).

NOAA – survey of scuttled aircraft carrier

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2015/independence-survey.html] reporting the detailed survey of the wreck of the former USS Independence (CVL 22). The light aircraft carrier served in the Pacific during World War II and was part of the target fleet for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946. It was intentionally scuttled in 1951 in what is now the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). (4/16/15).

EC – support for German offshore wind farms

clip_image012 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4788_en.htm?locale=en] stating that it has approved German plans to support the building of 20 offshore wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. (4/16/15).

Ireland – safety requirements for floating leisure articles

clip_image014 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice regarding European Union safety requirements for floating leisure articles. Marine Notice 12-2015 [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN12of2015_FloatingLeisureArticles_0.pdf] (4/15/15). Note: Curious minds like to know these things.


UK – civil, passenger, or other liability insurance

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/certificate-of-proof-of-civil-or-passenger-liability-insurance] providing updated guidance regarding certificates of proof of civil, passenger, or other liability insurance. (4/16/15).

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April 16th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 April 2015

Headlines:

Puget Sound – safety zones and RNA;

DOS – Iranian sanctions update;

DOE – application to export natural gas;

MARAD – natural gas pilot demonstration project;

FMC – Pacific Ports Agreement clears review;

NRC – Arctic Matter webinar;

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico recovery effort;

DOJ – USN officer pleads guilty to bribery;

House – hearing on USCG missions;

Singapore – advisory re Yemen;

Singapore – atmospheric testing for enclosed spaces; and

Texas City disaster – 16 April 1947.

April 16, 2015

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Puget Sound – safety zones and RNA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2492030/] stating that temporary safety zones have been established on waters of Puget Sound around Arctic drilling and support vessels and a regulated navigation area (RNA) has been established on waters of Elliott Bay for use as a Voluntary First Amendment Area to ensure safety for all waterway users. (4/15/15).

DOS – Iranian sanctions update

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice updating information concerning economic sanctions relating to Iran. 80 Fed. Reg. 20552 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/pdf/2015-08774.pdf] (4/16/15).

DOE – application to export natural gas

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Bear head LNG requesting authorization to export domestically produced natural gas via pipeline to Canada for liquefaction and further export. Comments on the application must be received by 15 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 20482 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/pdf/2015-08760.pdf] (4/16/15).

MARAD – natural gas pilot demonstration project

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted a Grant Opportunity [located at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId%3D275685] for natural gas pilot demonstration projects. The agency seeks proposals for projects that focus on vessel propulsion projects for conversion to natural gas in an effort to measure in situ change in criteria pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions before and after the conversion. An estimated $900,000 has been established for the program. Applications must be received by 7 May. (4/7/15).

FMC – Pacific Ports Agreement clears review

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-04/] stating that the Commissioners have voted to allow the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement to become effective on 17 April. (4/15/15).

NRC – Arctic Matters webinar

clip_image014 The National Academies Press issued an announcement [located at http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=eaea39b6442dc4e0d08e6aa4a&id=5b14ebda59&e=5629ef0b84] stating that the National Research Council (NRC) will host a webinar on 17 April on “Arctic Matters – The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic”. (4/15/15).

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico recovery effort

clip_image016 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a news release [located at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/joint-statement-FINAL4_14_15.pdf] regarding the cooperative long-term effort to restore the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (4/15/15).

DOJ – USN officer pleads guilty to bribery

clip_image018 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-officer-pleads-guilty-selling-classified-ship-schedules-part-expanding-navy-bribery] stating that a lieutenant commander in the US Navy pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery charges for providing classified Navy ship schedules and other internal Navy information to an executive of a defense contracting firm. He is the eighth individual to plead guilty in this expanding probe. (4/15/15).

House – hearing on USCG missions

clip_image020 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on “An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Missions” [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398767]. Testimony was received from VADM Charles Michel, USCG [located at http://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2015-04-15-michel.pdf].

Singapore – advisory re Yemen

clip_image022 clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising owners, operators, and masters to avoid having their vessels call at ports in Yemen due to the deteriorated security situation. Shipping Circular 9-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_9_of_2015.pdf] (4/15/15).

Singapore – atmospheric testing for enclosed spaces

clip_image022[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that, effective 1 July 2015, it is implementing for Singapore-flagged ships subject to SOLAS the revised Regulation XI-1/17 on atmospheric testing instruments for enclosed spaces. Shipping Circular 8-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_8_of_2015.pdf] (4/6/15).

Texas City disaster – 16 April 1947

clip_image026 On 16 April 1947, in the port of Texas City, Texas, the freighter GRANDCAMP, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, small arms ammunition, machinery, and sisal twine, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the nearby freighter HIGH FLYER, loaded with ammonium nitrate and sulfur. When the two ships exploded, it largely flattened the harbor area. It is estimated that over 600 people died in the explosion and fires (exact numbers were unattainable due to the extent of damage). The US Coast Guard investigation of the casualty determined that the fire was initiated by unauthorized smoking in the cargo hold of the GRANDCAMP. It recommended, among other things, that regulations for carriage of dangerous goods be revised. Litigation ensuing from this tragedy ultimately resulted in enactment of the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA).

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April 15th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 April 2015

Headlines:

USCG – OCS Marine Inspection Zone;

IWUB – meeting;

FMC – requesting CADRS assistance; and

Australia – HNS response capability.

April 15, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. I welcome any criticism that you have so long as it does not affect me.

USCG – OCS Marine Inspection Zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a consolidated Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Activities within the Eighth Coast Guard District. Effective 1 May, the unit will be a staff element of the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans. 80 Fed. Reg. 20159 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-15/pdf/2015-08533.pdf] (4/15/15).

IWUB – meeting

clip_image006 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 14 May in Galveston. Topics on the agenda include the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal and the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS). 80 Fed. Reg. 20201 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-15/pdf/2015-08561.pdf] (4/15/15).

FMC – requesting CADRS assistance

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/requesting_cadrs_assistance/] explaining how to request assistance from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS). (4/14/15).

Australia – HNS response capability

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/130415_HNS_Course_Media_Release.pdf] regarding development of response capability to deal with hazardous and noxious substance (HNS) incidents in the maritime environment. (4/14/15).

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April 14th, 2015 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 April 215

Headlines:

DOI – well control proposal;

BOEM & BSEE – reforms implemented;

DOT – drug testing program;

FMC – detention, demurrage & free time;

USCG – design standards for LNG barges;

USCG – vessels arriving from Libya;

Court – piracy and the high seas;

IMO – Wreck Removal Convention;

UK – ISM code guidance; and

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912.

April 14, 2015

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DOI – well control proposal

clip_image004 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-proposed-well-control-regulations-to-ensure-safe-and-responsible-offshore-oil-and-gas-development.cfm] announcing that proposed well control regulations will be published in the Federal Register on 15 April. A Fact Sheet [located at http://www.bsee.gov/uploadedFiles/BSEE/BSEE_Newsroom/BSEE_Fact_Sheet/FACT%20SHEET-%20Proposed%20Well%20Control%20Rule.pdf] explaining the proposal has been posted. (4/13/15).

BOEM & BSEE – reforms implemented

clip_image006 clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a joint notice [located at http://www.boem.gov/Reforms-since-the-Deepwater-Horizon-Tragedy/] explaining the reforms regarding offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation that have been implemented since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy. (4/13/15).

DOT – drug testing programs

clip_image010 The Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated a final rule expanding the definition of the chain of custody and control form (CCF) with regard to DOT-regulated drug testing programs to include both paper and electronic forms. The rule enters into effect immediately. It should be noted that the USCG drug testing program for US merchant mariners operates within this system. 80 Fed. Reg. 19551 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-13/pdf/2015-08256.pdf] (4/13/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Wells of the Offshore Marine Service Association.

FMC – detention, demurrage, and free time

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) posted its report on Rules, Rates, and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time for Containerized Imports and Exports Moving through Selected United States Ports [located at http://www.fmc.gov/assets/1/Page/reportdemurrage.pdf]. The report is based on publicly-available information and generally assesses and explains the rules and practices by a sampling of vessel-operating common carriers at each terminal in the nation’s largest container ports. (4/3/15).

USCG – design standards for LNG barges

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard posted a policy letter entitled “Design Standards for U.S. Barges Intending to Carry Liquefied Natural Gas in Bulk”. CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/CG-ENG.PolicyLetter.02-15.pdf] (4/10/15).

USCG – vessels arriving from Libya

clip_image014[1] clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory (PSA) announcing that, effective 24 April, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Libya during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a Libyan port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a Libyan port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a Libyan port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. PSA 2-15 (4/13/15).

Court – piracy and the high seas

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the appeal of two Somali nationals who had been convicted of piracy and murder. Defendants contended, among other things, that Somalia had extended its territorial sea to 200 nm from shore. Since the acts alleged occurred within 40 nm of the Somali shore, they contended that the international law against piracy did not apply. The court held that neither international law, as prescribed by UNCLOS, nor US law, recognizes territorial sea claims of more than 12 nm from the baseline. Waters outside 12 nm from the baseline constitute the high seas for purposes of piracy. United States v. Beyle, No. 13-4895 (4th Cir., April 3, 2015) [located at http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/134895.P.pdf].

IMO – Wreck Removal Convention

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/11%20WRCEIF.aspx#.VSvcoNzF98E] reminding stakeholders that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on 14 April 2015. The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gt and above. It also provides States Parties with a right of direct action against insurers. (4/13/15).

UK – ISM Code guidance

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a revised edition [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/421567/MSIS_2_Rev_03-15.pdf] of its Instructions for the Guidance of Surveyors of the ISM Code. (4/13/15).

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912

clip_image023 Late on the night of 14 April 1912, the “unsinkable” passenger ship RMS Titanic, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg. It sank about three hours later, at about 2:20 a.m. on 15 April 1912. Of the 2,224 persons on board, 1,514 lost their lives. In the century that followed, ships are better-constructed. They carry more lifeboat capacity than there are persons on board. They have radios for instant communication with shore and with other ships. They have radar, fathometers, and other devices to warn of danger. On the other hand, persons in charge of the operation and navigation of ships still succeed in running into islands, grounding on charted reefs, and colliding with other ships in clear weather. In other words, as happened a century ago, negligence, complacency, and hubris continue to override all the preventative and remedial measures available. I do not mean to single out the officer in charge of the navigation watch. The master, the operator, and the owners are also deeply involved. The system puts pressure on the people on the ship to run at excessive speed, to cut corners, to sail close to shore, to operate with minimal watchstanders, to continue working when severely fatigued, and to engage in other practices that unreasonably increase risk. Most of the time, these practices do not result in casualties, but when they do, everyone takes cover and blames someone else – most frequently the person on scene. It is incumbent on owners and operators to not only talk the talk, but also to walk the walk. Encourage masters and officers to be cautious and back them up when they are. Spend the additional monies necessary to do the right thing. Otherwise, we will have learned nothing meaningful from the sinking of the Titanic!

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April 13th, 2015 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 April 2015

Headlines:

BOEM – Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan;

FERC – Lake Charles Liquefaction Project;

St. Lawrence Seaway – transit restrictions lifted;

St. Lawrence Seaway – pilot embarkation;

USCGA – President to deliver commencement address;

USCG – vessels arriving from Libya; and

Canada – tanker safety system report.

April 13, 2015

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BOEM – Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

clip_image004 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press04102015/] stating that it has received from Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. a revised multi-year Exploration Plan for proposed exploratory drilling in shallow waters of the Chukchi Sea outer continental shelf (OCS). BOEM has begun preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposal. Comments on any issues that BOEM should consider in preparing the EA must be received by 20 April. Comments on the revised EP must be received by 1 May. (4/10/15).

FERC – Lake Charles Liquefaction Project

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice [located at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2015/04-10-15-eis.asp] stating that it seeks public comment on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Lake Charles Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 1 June. (4/10/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – transit restrictions lifted

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the transit restrictions (draft and power to length ratio) outlined in Seaway Notice 3-2015 no longer apply. Seaway Notice 10-2015 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20150410.pdf] (4/10/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – pilot embarkation

clip_image008[1] The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, vessels from the inland fleet equipped with Seaway gangways or electric ladders have accepted to use their equipment and crew to assist with pilot embarking/disembarking at the designated Canadian pilot exchange points within the Seaway. Seaway Notice 11-2015 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20150410b.pdf] (4/10/15).

USCGA – President to deliver commencement address

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2489570/] stating that President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the US Coast Guard Academy’s 134thh Commence Exercises on 20 May in New London, Connecticut. (4/10/15).

USCG – vessels arriving from Libya

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard announced that, effective 24 April, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Libya, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a Libyan port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a Libyan port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a Libyan port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 80 Fed. Reg. 19334 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-10/pdf/2015-08348.pdf] (4/10/15). Note: Friday’s newsletter included several typos, which caught the attention of a number of long-suffering readers, myself excluded.

Canada – tanker safety system report

clip_image014 The Government of Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=959979] announcing the release of the second report of the independent Tanker Safety Expert Panel. This Phase II Report addresses requirements for the Arctic and for hazardous and noxious substances nationally, as well as a recommendation on the management of marine casualty incidents. (4/8/15).

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April 10th, 2015 at 9:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 April 2015

Headlines:

USCG – vessels arriving from Libya;

USCG – RFPNW Lookout Duties Only;

St. Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft; and

Panama Canal – March operations.

April 10, 2015

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USCG – vessels arriving from Libya

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard announced that, effective 24 April, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Libya, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a Dominican Republic; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a Dominican Republic port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a Dominican Republic port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 80 Fed. Reg. 19334 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-10/pdf/2015-08348.pdf] (4/10/15).

USCG – RFPNW Lookout Duties Only

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/rfpnw_lookout_duties_only_bulletin%20(3).pdf] regarding the interim, non-renewable endorsement of Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) Lookout Duties Only. (4/9/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the maximum allowable draft for the Montreal to Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway will be increased to 80.8 dm effective 13 April. Seaway Notice 9-2015 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20150409.pdf] (4/9/15).

Panama Canal – March operations

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for March 2015. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 08-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-08-2015.pdf] (4/7/15).

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April 9th, 2015 at 10:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 April 2015

Headlines:

USCG – DWP proposed rulemaking;

USCG – marine debris in the Arctic;

NOAA – exploration of Caribbean Sea depths;

IMO – Zambia becomes newest Member State; and

EU – economic sanctions re Iran.

April 9, 2015

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USCG – DWP proposed rulemaking

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes revisions to its regulations for the licensing, design, construction, equipment, and operation of deepwater ports (DWPs) used for the import or export of oil or natural gas. Comments must be submitted by 8 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 19117 [located at ] (4/9/15).

USCG – marine debris in the Arctic

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued an article concerning Marine Debris in the Arctic and that agency’s domestic and international efforts to promote stewardship. (4/8/15).

NOAA – exploration of Caribbean Sea depths

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150408-noaa-to-explore-depths-of-caribbean-sea.html] stating that, on 10 April, it will commence a detailed exploration of the depths of the Caribbean Sea and adjacent Atlantic Ocean. A sophisticated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will broadcast live video from the ocean floor. (4/8/15).

IMO – Zambia becomes newest Member State

clip_image008 clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/IMO-welcomes-newest-Member-State-.aspx#.VSVZO9zF98E] stating that the Republic of Zambia has become its newest Member State. With acceptance of the Convention by Zambia, the number of IMO Member States stands at 171, with a further three Associate Members. (4/8/15).

EU – economic sanctions re Iran

clip_image012 The Council of the European Union promulgated implementing regulations [located at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:JOL_2015_092_R_0002&from=EN] re-imposing restrictive measures (economic sanctions) against Iran. Included in these measures are the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). These measures enter into force immediately. The sanctions were temporarily lifted following litigation challenging a procedural matter. (4/8/15).

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April 8th, 2015 at 9:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 April 2015

Headlines:

NTSB – 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision;

FMC – closed meeting on 13 April;

USCG – CTAC vacancies;

EPA – Clean Air Act permit modification; and

India – limitation of liability.

April 8, 2015

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NTSB – 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150407.aspx] stating that it has opened an accident docket [located at http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/projList.cfm?ntsbnum=DCA14FM008] regarding the 22 March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel involving the cargo ship Summer Wind and tow of the towboat Miss Susan. This is a document release only, with no findings of fact or conclusions. (4/7/15). Note: The US Coast Guard refers to this casualty as the Texas City “Y” incident.

FMC – closed meeting on 13 April

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in closed session on 13 April in Washington, DC. They will consider a staff report on rules, rates, and practices relating to detentions, demurrage, and free time for containerized imports and exports moving through selected US ports. There will also be a discussion on congestion at US ports and major carrier alliances. 80 Fed. Reg. 18842 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08184.pdf] (4/8/15).

USCG – CTAC vacancies

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). Applications should be submitted by 8 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18855 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08034.pdf] (4/8/15).

EPA – Clean Air Act permit modification

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has issued a Clean Air Act permit modification for the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port. Judicial review may be sought by filing a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit within 60 days. 80 Fed. Reg. 18839 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08087.pdf] (4/8/15).

India – limitation of liability

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notification [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201504070303240410463ms_limitation_liabilityrules_2015_msl.pdf] stating that the Indian Government has promulgated the Merchant Shipping (Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) Rules, 2015, which entered into effect on 16 February 2015. (4/7/15).

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April 7th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2015

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – three-ship collision;

USCG – DWTF manning exemptions;

DHS OIG – USCG insider threat risks;

House – bill introduced re eLoran;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units; and

GAO – USCG rotational crew risks.

April 7, 2015

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Lower Mississippi River – three-ship collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2487870/] stating that it is responding to a three-ship collision and oil spill on the Lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana. The bulk carrier Privocean broke free from its mooring. It drifted downstream, striking the moored towing vessel Texas. It continued downstream, striking the tank ship Bravo, which was offloading crude oil. The Bravo crew was able to complete emergency shutdown procedures before it was broken from its mooring and connection points. Privocean was able to get underway and is anchored at mile marker 162. Bravo is now anchored nearby. It is taking on water in its ballast tanks, its propeller is fouled, and the crew is responding to a 126-gallon oil spill on deck. Texas is currently stable, but the crew has been taken to hospital for evaluation. The facility arms have been secured, but not before approximately 420 gallons of crude oil were spilled into the river. Response personnel are on scene. The river is currently closed between mile markers 154 and 163. The incident is under investigation. (4/6/15).

USCG – DWTF manning exemptions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of an updated policy letter entitled “Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF) Vessels Manning Exemption Guidance”. The revised policy guidance enters into effect on 1 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 18643 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07939.pdf] (4/7/15).

DHS OIG – USCG insider threat risks

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued a report stating that the US Coast Guard has taken a number of steps to address insider threats, but that challenges remain. In particular, the report recommends that software be utilized to protect against unauthorized removal of sensitive information; that stronger physical security controls be implemented; and insider threat security awareness training be provided to all USCG members and employees. OIG-15-55 (4/6/15).

House – bill introduced re eLoran

clip_image008 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resiliency and Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1678) to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for the global positioning system, and for other purposes. Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/27/15).

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image008[1] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 1683) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. (3/26/15).

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units

clip_image008[2] Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1684) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Representative Curbelo issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/26/15).

GAO – USCG rotational crew risks

clip_image010 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the US Coast Guard take action to address risks involved in adoption of the crew rotation concept (CRC) for its National Security Cutters (NSC). The Coast Guard plans to increase the days away from home port (DAFHP) from 185 to 230 days per year, but various mitigating action must be adopted to minimize inherent risks. GAO-15-195 [located at http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668894.pdf] (4/6/15).

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April 6th, 2015 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 April 2015

Headlines:

OFAC – Iranian sanctions remain in place;

DOT – $500 million in TIGER grant funding;

Port Fourchon – anchorage grounds considered;

USCG – Arctic drones;

USCG – Qualship 21 Program update;

NOAA – shortnose sturgeon;

NOAA – Bryde’s whale;

COAC – meeting on 24 April;

CBP – cabotage ruling;

Court – other waterfront terminal;

Court – lack of standing;

California – heavy-duty technology and fuels assessment;

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative; and

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969.

April 6, 2015

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OFAC – Iranian sanctions remain in place

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/iran.aspx] relating to the 2 April announcement of parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program. As of today and until a JCPOA is concluded, other than the sanctions relief provided for under the JCPOA, all US sanctions remain in place and will continue to be vigorously enforced. (4/3/15).

DOT – $500 million in TIGER grant funding

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release [located at http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-announces-500-million-seventh-round-tiger-funding] announcing the availability of $500 million in TIGER grant funding. Preapplications are due on 4 May, with final applications due on 5 June. (4/2/15).

Port Fourchon – anchorage grounds considered

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard is considering establishing two new anchorage grounds in the Gulf of Mexico for Port Fourchon. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18324 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07847.pdf] (4/6/15).

USCG – Arctic drones

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard intends to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Conoco Phillips Company to evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities, benefits, risks, and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in a maritime environment in support of Coast Guard missions in the Arctic. Comments must be submitted by 20 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 18431 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07848.pdf] (4/6/15).

USCG – Qualship 21 Program update

clip_image008[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that in March 2015 it began issuing Qualship 21 Program certificates to flag administrations, companies, and vessels with a unique identification number. Previously issued certificates without such numbers remain valid until regular renewal. (4/3/15).

NOAA – shortnose sturgeon

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering whether to delist the Saint John River distinct population segment (DPS) of the shortnose sturgeon from the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18347 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07833.pdf] (4/6/15).

NOAA – Bryde’s whale

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering whether to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as an endangered distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18343 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07836.pdf] (4/6/15).

COAC – meeting on 24 April

clip_image013 The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet on 24 April in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include the Automated Commercial Environment and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. 80 Fed. Reg. 18430 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07867.pdf] (4/6/15).

CBP – cabotage ruling

clip_image013[1] The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Ruling stating that carriage by non-coastwise-qualified vessels of reformulated gasoline created by blending in a non-US location US-origin hydrocarbons would not be a violation of US cabotage laws because the reformulation proposed would result in a new and different product. (1/29/15).

Court – other waterfront terminal

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit plaintiff terminal operator is subject to the jurisdiction of defendant Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor because plaintiff engages in stevedoring activities at its warehouse and that the warehouse is an “other waterfront terminal” within the meaning of the Waterfront Commission Act. The court noted that the Act provided the Commission jurisdiction over stevedoring activities occurring not only at a pier, but over such activities occurring within 1,000 yards of a pier (referred to in the Act as “other waterfront terminal”). Plaintiff unloaded cargo at the terminal from ocean shipping containers obtained from containerships. Measurements showed that plaintiff’s warehouse was within 1,000 yards of a New York Harbor pier. Continental Terminals v Waterfront Commission, No. 13-3903-cv (2nd Cir., April 3, 2015) [located at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/cb023944-cdfd-4460-96b0-6f1be3f36e0a/1/doc/13-3903_opn.pdf#xml=].

Court – lack of standing

clip_image017 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of a county, a city, and their senior officials in an action brought by a maritime labor union alleging improper interference with First Amendment rights by union members during a labor-management dispute. The court determined that the union lacked standing to sue on behalf of its members and that the claim for injunctive relief was moot. ILWU v. Nelson, No. 13-35364 (9th Cir., April 2, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2015/04/02/13-35364.pdf].

California – heavy-duty technology and fuels assessment

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) posted its draft report entitled Heavy-Duty Technology and Fuels Assessment: Overview [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/techreport/ta_overview_v_4_3_2015_final_pdf.pdf]. The draft report provides an overview and status update on the heavy duty technology (including marine vessels) and fuels available (including low sulfur diesel and LNG). (4/3/15).

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative

clip_image020 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will meet to discuss the Sustainable Freight Initiative: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/sfti.htm] in Sacramento on 23 April.

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969

clip_image022 On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge. In accordance with local custom, the tow was favoring the bends. Slightly upstream of the Greater New Orleans Bridge, in the Gouldsboro Bend, the Union Faith collided with the lead barge of the towboat. The barge broke loose and caught fire. A series of explosions followed almost immediately and the Union Faith was engulfed in flames. Crude oil burned on the river, threatening moored vessels and harbor facilities. Union Faith drifted downriver, burning from stem to stern and then sank. A total of 25 persons on Union Faith, including all persons on the bridge, died in the incident. Investigation revealed that the towboat was operating its radio on 2738 kHz, but was not monitoring 156.65 MHz (Channel 13). The pilot on Union Faith was using a portable transceiver operating on 156.65 MHz, but apparently not monitoring 2738 kHz. Both vessels were equipped with marine radar and the navigation lights on both vessels were apparently operating properly. As a direct result of this casualty, and in accordance with a primary recommendation of the USCG Marine Casualty Report, Congress adopted the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radio Telephone Act (Pub.L. 93-63, August 4, 1971), requiring vessels in the same waterway to monitor a common frequency.

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    logo11 Underway on LNG

    In the April 2015 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Underway on LNG". In the article, I discuss recent developments in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel by US-flag vessels. The offshore supply vessel Harvey Energy is now underway on LNG in the Gulf of Mexico. TOTE is constructing two new LNG-propelled container ships and converting two others to LNG propulsion. Crowley is building two new LNG-propelled ConRo vessels. Various other ships currently under construction will be LNG-ready. Change is no longer over the horizon - it is happening now.