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April 20th, 2018 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 20 April 2018

Headlines:

NY/NJ – security zone;

USCG – Maritime Cold Weather Suit System;

OMB – TWIC reader requirements;

GAO- USCG transition assistance program;

EC – impact of marine sulphur standards;

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft;

UK – noxious liquid substances in bulk; and

Deepwater Horizon – 20 April 2010.

April 20, 2018

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NY/NJ – security zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to modify the security zone surrounding the bridge between Liberty State Park and Ellis Island to allow certain vessels to transit under the bridge. Comments must be received by 21 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 17513 (4/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08323.pdf].

USCG – Maritime Cold Weather Suit System

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with W. L. Gore and Associates to conduct insulation value testing for the Coast Guard’s Maritime Cold Weather Suit System (MCWSS) in the air instead of the water. Comments must be submitted by 21 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 17560 (4/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08311.pdf].

OMB – TWIC reader requirements

clip_image007 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted a notice stating that it received a proposed rule from the US Coast Guard regarding a delay in effective date for TWIC reader requirements. (4/18/18) [https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?rrid=127987].

GAO – USCG transition assistance program

clip_image009 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report finding that the US Coast Guard needs to improve its data quality and monitoring of its transition assistance program for military personnel moving to the civilian sector. GAO-18-135 (4/19/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691359.pdf].

EC – impact of marine sulphur standards

clip_image011 The European Commission (EC) issued a report on how implementation of and compliance with the 2016 EU Directive on sulphur standards for marine fuels has resulted in improved air quality in European coastal regions. (4/16/18) [http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/pdf/report_sulphur_directive.pdf].

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory concerning the maximum authorized draft for the Neopanamax locks. Advisory 12-2018 (4/18/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-12-2018.pdf].

UK – noxious liquid substances in bulk

clip_image015 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that its consultation on prevention of pollution from noxious liquid substances in bulk has concluded. (4/19/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-draft-merchant-shipping-prevention-of-pollution-from-noxious-liquid-substances-in-bulk-regulations-2017].

Deepwater Horizon – 20 April 2010

clip_image017 On 20 April 2010, the MODU Deepwater Horizon, engaged in drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven workers died. Due primarily to the heroic efforts of the crew of the OSV Damon B. Bankston, the other 115 persons on the MODU were evacuated safely. A massive oil spill ensued; the cleanup has been completed; and restoration work is slowly beginning. Most of the damage claims have been settled, but some litigation is ongoing. While root causation and ultimate responsibility for this casualty continue to be disputed, it is clear that the tragic incident was preventable.

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April 19th, 2018 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 April 2018

Headlines:

Texas – gas pipeline fire update;

USCG – new marine casualty reporting forms;

USCG – SMFF verifications;

Palm Beach – security zone;

DOE – Jordan Cove Energy Project;

DOL – LHWCA maximum and minimum compensation;

Canada – Arctic marine infrastructure;

New Zealand – biofouling regulations guidance; and

Singapore – tanker collision.

April 19, 2018

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Texas – gas pipeline fire update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the fire on the dredging barge Jonathon King Boyd has been extinguished. The fire emanating from the damaged gas pipeline will be allowed to burn itself out. The Intracoastal Waterway and the Matagorda Ship Channel remain closed. [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ea99d0]. A second news release states that the pipeline fire is out. [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1eab64f] (4/18/18).

USCG – new marine casualty reporting forms

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin advising that, following the recent rulemaking raising the property damage thresholds for reporting marine casualties, new forms have been developed to reflect those changes, specifically CG-2692 and CG-2692B. (4/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/18/4-18-2018-reminder-changes-to-marine-casualty-reporting-property-damage-thresholds-now-in-effect/].

USCG – SMFF verifications

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the first year of salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) verifications in conjunction with the vessel response plan (VRP) program. (4/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/18/4-18-2018-salvage-and-marine-firefighting-verifications-in-conjunction-with-vessel-response-plans-the-first-year/].

Palm Beach – security zone

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a security zone encompassing certain waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean near the Mar-A-Lago Club and the Southern Boulevard Bridge. The rule will only be enforced when persons under the protection of the Secret Service are present or expected to be present. The rule enters into effect on ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 16000 (4/19/18) [].

DOE – Jordan Cove Energy Project

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that an application from Jordan Cove Energy Project for an amendment of its Conditional Authorization and application for authorization to export LNG. Comments must be filed by ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 16000 (4/19/18) [].

DOL – LHWCA maximum & minimum compensation

clip_image008 The Department of Labor (DOL) promulgated a final rule implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provisions on maximum and minimum amounts of compensation payable. The rule enters into effect on ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 16000 (4/19/18) [].

Canada – Arctic marine infrastructure

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it is now accepting proposals from the governments of Nunavut and Northwest Territories for projects to improve the safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure in the northern territories so as to make Arctic resupply operations safer and more efficient. (4/17/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/04/government-of-canada-is-making-arctic-re-supply-operations-safer-and-more-efficient-for-remote-northern-communities-through-the-oceans-protection-plan.html].

New Zealand – biofouling regulations guidance

clip_image012 The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries issued a media release reminding stakeholders that the biofouling regulations enter into effect on 15 May. (4/17/18) [http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/new-biofouling-guides-aim-to-stop-dirty-vessels-entering-new-zealand/].

Singapore – tankers collision

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the LPG tanker Crystal Sunrise and the tanker Astro Saturn collided near the western pilot boarding ground. Both vessels incurred damage, but no injuries were reported. The Crystal Sunrise initially leaked some butane cargo, but the discharge has been stopped. The incident is under investigation. (4/17/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/792a5e0b-0e73-478c-8395-2706c024df33].

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April 18th, 2018 at 11:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 April 2018

Headlines:

Texas – gas pipeline fire;

CMTS – NOAA’s Big Data Project;

Panama Canal – maximum beam increase;

UK – GHG emission reductions; and

MREN – Tugs and VRPs.

April 18, 2018

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Texas – gas pipeline fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Intracoastal Waterway at Port O’Connor is closed to navigation. The vessel Jonathan King Boyd is afire after hitting a gas pipeline during dredging operations. The pipeline has been secured. The vessel crewmembers are safe. Response operations are underway. (4/18/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ea7162].

CMTS – NOAA’s Big Data Project

clip_image006 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice stating that Dr. Ed Kearns, Chief Data Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will make a presentation on 20 April in Washington, DC on NOAA’s Big Data Project. Those interested may attend in person or via webinar. (4/17/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/b958bd05-dc9b-4096-8a3c-d59eb50c793a].

Panama Canal – maximum beam increase

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that the maximum beam of vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks has been increased to51.25 meters (168.14 feet), effective 1 June. Advisory 11-2018 (4/14/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-11-2018.pdf].

UK – GHG emission reductions

clip_image010 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release discussing the UK government role in negotiating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from international shipping. (4/17/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/greenhouse-gases-from-international-shipping].

MREN – Tugs and VRPs

clip_image012 In the April 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Tugs and VRPs". The article discusses the transition of tugs and towboats from being uninspected vessels to inspected vessels of the United States and that transition’s impact on vessel response plans (VRPs). VRP plan holders and preparers should carefully review their current plans to ensure that the tugs identified therein will actually be eligible to provide the services stated in the locations called for. (4/17/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180400.pdf].

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April 17th, 2018 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – interpretations on the ISM Code;

USCG – Tug Safe;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Biloxi – restricted area;

EPA – members sought for MSTRS;

BOEM – offshore RI & MA renewable energy leasing;

New Zealand – oil spill response exercise; and

Panama Canal – increase in Neopanamax vessel booking slots.

April 17, 2018

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USCG – interpretations on the ISM Code

clip_image004 The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) Mission Management System (MMS) issued a Work Instruction (WI) concerning US Flag Administration Interpretations on application and implementation of the ISM Code. (4/16/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-WI-004(1).pdf].

USCG – Tug Safe

clip_image004[1] The USCG Towing Vessel Center of Expertise (TVCOE) is preparing to establish a link in the upper left section of its homepage for the Inspected Towing Vessel Decision Aid (Tug Safe). Clicking on Tug Safe, once it is activated, will provide access to a variety of extracts including Construction & Arrangement; Credentials, Documents & Records; and Fire Protection. (4/13/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Traveling-Inspector-Staff-CG-5P-TI/Towing-Vessel-National-Center-of-Expertise/TugSafe/]. Note: The item in yesterday’s newsletter was premature.

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC seeking authorization to export previously imported liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments must be received by 17 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 16843 (4/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-07894.pdf].

Biloxi – restricted area

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a final rule establishing a no anchorage restricted area on waters of the Back Bay of Biloxi shoreline of Keesler Air Force Base. The rule enters into effect on 17 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 16783 (4/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-07919.pdf].

EPA – members sought for MSTRS

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS). Nominations must be submitted by 22 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 16852 (4/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08018.pdf].

BOEM – offshore RI & MA renewable energy leasing

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the BOEM Joint Rhode Island and Massachusetts Intergovernmental Task Forces will meet via webinar on 24 April to exchange information regarding BOEM’s renewable energy leasing efforts on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. (4/16/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note04162018/].

New Zealand – oil spill response exercise

clip_image014 The Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a major oil spill response exercise will be conducted in Auckland Harbour on 17-19 April involving 120 National Response Team members. (4/16/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20180415a.asp].

Panama Canal – increase in Neopanamax vessel booking slots

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 7 May, one additional booking slot will be offered to interested vessels (except LNG carriers) meeting certain criteria. Advisory 10-2018 (4/12/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-10-2018.pdf].

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April 16th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – 2017 Port State Control Report;

USCG – application for BWMS type approval;

USCG – Tug Safe;

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program;

BOEM – seminar re Massachusetts proposed sale;

NASA – shipping activity in the Arctic;

GAO – USCG heavy polar icebreaker acquisition;

California – $350,000 penalty for air emission violations;

IMO – climate change strategy adopted;

ReCAAP – first quarter report; and

New Zealand – grounding on uncharted rock.

April 16, 2018

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USCG – 2017 Port State Control Report

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its 2017 Port State Control Report. The annual detention rate of 0.99% was the lowest ever. (4/13/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC2/psc/AnnualReports/annualrpt17.pdf].

USCG – application for BWMS type approval

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has received its thirteenth application for type approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one for the Aquarius EC system manufactured by Wartsila Water Systems Ltd. (4/13/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/13/4-13-2018-13th-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – Tug Safe

clip_image004[2] The USCG Towing Vessel Center of Expertise (TVCOE) established a link in the upper left section of its homepage for the Inspected Towing Vessel Decision Aid (Tug Safe). Clicking on Tug Safe will provide access to a variety of extracts including Construction & Arrangement; Credentials, Documents & Records; and Fire Protection. (4/13/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Traveling-Inspector-Staff-CG-5P-TI/Towing-Vessel-National-Center-of-Expertise/TugSafe/].

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that $19,600,000 is available under the Small Shipyard Grant Program. Applications must be received by 22 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 16423 (4/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/pdf/2018-07846.pdf].

BOEM – seminar re Massachusetts proposed sale

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will host a public seminar on 26 April in Sterling, Virginia regarding the proposed lease sale for the Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts. (4/13/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note04132018/].

NASA – shipping activity in the Arctic

clip_image010 NASA’s Earth Observatory issued a bulletin concerning how the disappearing Arctic sea ice is leading to changes in the shipping industry. Analysis reveals that shipping activity in the Arctic has moved north and east over the past seven years, getting closer to the North Pole. More small ships, including fishing vessels, are operating in the Arctic than previously. (4/12/18) [https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91981&src=twitter-iotd].

GAO – USCG heavy polar icebreaker acquisition

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the status of the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker acquisition. The acquisition program calls for construction and operation of three heavy polar icebreakers. The contract is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 with delivery of the lead ship in 2023. GAO-18-385R (4/13/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691260.pdf].

California – $350,000 penalty for air emission violations

clip_image014 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that Mediterranean Shipping Company SA paid $350,000 in penalties for a total of four violations of state air emission regulations by its vessels. The company has corrected the issue, and devised a thorough compliance plan going forward. (3/26/18) [https://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/casesett/msc_mediterranean_shipping_company_sa.htm].

IMO – climate change strategy adopted

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) adopted an initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships engaged in international trade. The strategy includes a specific reference to ‘a pathway of CO2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals’. (4/13/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/06GHGinitialstrategy.aspx].

ReCAAP – first quarter report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Report of incident of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the first quarter of 2018. There were 14 reports compared to 27 reported incidents in the same period of 2017. (4/13/18) [http://www.recaap.org/resources/ck/files/reports/quarterly/ReCAAP%20ISC%201st%20Quarter%202018%20Report.pdf].

New Zealand – grounding on uncharted rock

clip_image020 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the passenger vessel L’Austral on an uncharted rock in the Snares Islands on 9 January 2017 in the sub-Antarctic. While the master was distracted with other matters, the vessel drifted into an unauthorized zone and made contact with the rock, which pierced the hull. There were no injuries or reports of pollution. (4/13/18) [https://taic.org.nz/inquiry/mo-2017-201].

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April 13th, 2018 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 April 2018

Headlines:

Mississippi River – closed due to oil spill;

USCG – oily mixtures management;

Port Canaveral – security zone;

NTSB – engine room fire; and

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912.

April 13, 2018

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Mississippi River – closed due to oil spill

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Lower Mississippi River has been closed to vessel movement from mile marker 91 to mile marker 101 following an oil spill. Reports indicate that the vessel Pac Antares hit a pier near mile marker 100, leaking diesel fuel into the river. The leak has reportedly been plugged. Response efforts are underway and the incident is under investigation. [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e9272c]. A second news release states that the response continues after an estimated 4,200 gallons of oil was spilled. [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e93285]. (4/12/18).

USCG – oily mixtures management

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin summarizing requirements for the proper management and disposal of oily mixtures by oceangoing vessels under 400 gross tons. MSIB 03-18 (4/12/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_003_18.pdf].

Port Canaveral – security zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule extending the geographical boundaries of the permanent security zone at Port Canaveral Harbor. The change enters into effect on 14 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 15948 (4/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-13/pdf/2018-07694.pdf].

NTSB – engine room fire

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 16 January 2017 engine room fire on the vehicle carrier Alliance St. Louis. A pipe plug on the fuel pump for the main engine’s no. 6 cylinder came loose, resulting in fuel spray onto the engine’s hot exhaust gas pipe manifold. The atomized fuel quickly ignited. The fire was contained to the main engine room and extinguished by the CO2 fixed fire-suppression system. No injuries were reported; property damage exceeded $3,750,000. ​The probable cause of the fire was improper tightening of a pipe plug on the top cover of the no. 6 cylinder fuel pump housing, which resulted in a high-pressure release of marine gas oil. Contributing to the fire was the improper attachment of a fuel spray shield to the top cover, which allowed fuel to spray directly onto the cylinder’s hot exhaust pipe and ignite. MAB 18-08 (4/12/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1808.pdf].

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912

clip_image009 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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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – VRP alternative planning criteria;

USCG – proposed change to Navstar GPS control segment;

MARAD – MTSNAC members sought;

Australia – vessel garbage management survey;

Australia – Port State Control Report 2017;

India – mandatory use of electronic trade documents;

US & Japan – East China Sea navigational maneuvers; and

UK – Royal Navy warships deployed to NE Asia.

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USCG – VRP alternative planning criteria

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that most accepted alternative planning criteria in vessel response plans (VRPs) will expire on 30 June. It is recommended that new alternatives, or those submitted for renewal, follow the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines, found at CG-MER Policy Letter 1-17. Plan preparers should allow 180 days for review and potential acceptance. (4/11/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/APC_in_VRPs_180411.pdf].

USCG – proposed change to Navstar GPS control segment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin advising that the GPS Directorate will propose a change to the Navstar GPS Control Segment to the User Support Community Interfaces (ICD-GPS-870), Interface Control Documents that will remove Section One from the GPS Operational Advisory. User of the Operational Advisory message, or the Section One information, are requested to submit a comment using the ‘Contact Us’ link on the USCG Navigation Center website to help the NAVCEN understand how the loss of this information would impact operations. The CGSIC will compile responses from the community and provide them to the GPS Directorate in advance of the next GPS Public Interface Control Working Group. (4/11/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/11/4-11-2018-gps-directorate-proposes-change-to-navstar-gps-control-segment/].

MARAD – MTSNAC members sought

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) seeks nominations for membership on the US Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). Nominations must be received by 29 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 15896 (4/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-12/pdf/2018-07565.pdf].

Australia – vessel garbage management survey

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that, through 18 May, it is conducting vessel garbage management survey. (4/11/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/vessel-garbage-management-survey].

Australia – Port State Control Report 2017

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted its Port State Control Report 2017. (4/6/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/vessels-operators/port-state-control/port-state-control-report-2017].

India – mandatory use of electronic trade documents

clip_image011 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued an Order stating that, with effect from 2 April 2108, stakeholders in the maritime trade are to use e-Invoice, e-Payment, and e-Delivery. (3/27/18) [http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=2691].

US & Japan – East China Sea navigational maneuvers

clip_image013 clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release stating that USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) assets conducted navigational maneuvers in the East China Sea. (4/11/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105096].

UK – Royal Navy warships deployed to NE Asia

clip_image017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a news release stating that three Royal Navy warships have been deployed to North East Asia to safeguard free trade and support UN sanctions against North Korea. (4/11/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal-navy-ships-fulfil-international-duty-in-asia-pacific].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – HALLTS system under development;

USCG – CG-FAC 2017 Annual Report;

USCG – NAVCEN Year in Review;

DHS – GPS WN rollover event;

MARAD – GPS interference near Port Said;

Offshore Massachusetts – proposed lease sale;

New York Bight – call for information and nominations;

Court – crew member personal injury; and

Ireland – Safe Seas-Connected Coasts.

April 11, 2018

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USCG – HALLTS system under development

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that it’s Research and Development Center (RDC) is developing a Hailing Acoustic Laser Light Tactical System (HALLTS) to better attract boaters’ attention and communicate with them. Its long-range directional speaker is capable of projecting a warning tone more than 3,500 yards and its eye-safe laser can project a dazzling light. (4/10/18) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/rdte-spotlight-laser-light-communication-system-cg-hallts/].

USCG – CG-FAC 2017 Annual Report

clip_image004[1] The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) posted its 2017 Annual Report. This report highlights the efforts of CG-FAC and its partners to ensure US port communities are a safe and secure place to do business. (4/10/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/CG-FAC/Documents/Year%20in%20Review/YearInReview2017.pdf?ver=2018-04-04-072205-503].

USCG – NAVCEN Year in Review

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the Navigation Center (NAVCEN) developments during 2017 and providing access to its Year in Review. (4/10/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/10/4-10-2018-navigation-center-2017-year-in-review/].

DHS – GPS WN rollover event

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Memorandum for US owners and operators using GPS to obtain UTC time. The next GPS Week Number (WN) rollover event will occur on 6 April 2019. Some older GPS devices may not correctly interpret the WN rollover event resulting in potentially inaccurate UTC time. (4/10/18) [https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Memorandum_on_GPS_2019.pdf].

MARAD – GPS interference near Port Said

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an Alert reporting GPS interference in the vicinity of Port Said, Egypt. Caution should be exercised when transiting this area. (4/10/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/2018-004b-gps-interference-port-said-egypt/].

Offshore Massachusetts – proposed lease sale

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for the sale of wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf offshore Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 11 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 15618 (4/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-11/pdf/2018-07379.pdf].

New York Bight – call for information & nominations

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice calling for information and nominations for commercial leasing for wind power on the outer continental shelf in the New York Bight. Responses must be received by 29 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 15602 (4/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-11/pdf/2018-07445.pdf].

Court – crew member personal injury

clip_image013 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court ruling in a crew member personal injury claim. Plaintiff failed to contact defendant’s medical representative and elected to utilize outside medical services. Jackson v NCL America, No. 17-10399 (11th Cir., April 10, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201710399.pdf].

Ireland – Safe Seas-Connected Coasts

clip_image015 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a news release announcing publication of Safe Seas – Connected Coasts, its five-year plan for enhancing marine aids to navigation. (4/10/18) [http://www.irishlights.ie/who-we-are/press-releases/safe-seas-connected-coasts.aspx].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – INMARSAT network migration;

DOS – meeting on 11 May re MSC 99;

DOC – FTZ production facility authorized;

IMO – recap of SSE 5 session; and

Panama Canal – March operations summary.

April 10, 2018

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USCG – INMARSAT network migration

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin concerning the upcoming INMARSAT network migration and its impact on the maritime distress and safety services. (4/9/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/09/4-9-2018-inmarsat-network-migration-impact-on-maritime-distress-and-safety-services/].

DOS – meeting on 11 May re MSC 99

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) will conduct an open meeting on 11 May in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99). Topics on the agenda include ship systems & equipment; maritime security; and regulatory scoping exercise for use of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). 83 Fed. Reg. 15446 (4/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-10/pdf/2018-07319.pdf].

DOC – FTZ production facility authorized

clip_image008 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that the proposed production facility in the Marine Industries Association of South Florida foreign trade zone (FTZ) in Fort Lauderdale has been authorized. 83 Fed. Reg. 15359 (4/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-10/pdf/2018-07327.pdf].

IMO – recap of SSE 5 session

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent session of the IMO Sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE5). (4/9/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/09/4-9-2018-recap-of-the-5th-session-of-the-imo-sub-committee-on-ship-systems-and-equipment/].

Panama Canal – March operations summary

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during March. It also includes the schedule of planned lock outages for the remainder of the fiscal year and the projected maximum draft allowances for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks. Advisory 9-2018 (4/6/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-09-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Coast Guard Medal awarded;

USCG – latest E-Zero designees;

BOEM – wind energy lease sale offshore Massachusetts;

BOEM – New York Bight wind energy;

DOJ – fishing vessel captain convicted of pollution;

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice;

CRS – costs of 355-ship Navy;

California – marine terminal physical security;

IMO – GMDSS satellite services;

EC – Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme; and

Singapore – reporting Gulf of Guinea piracy.

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USCG – Coast Guard Medal awarded

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a Coast Guard petty officer has been awarded the Coast Guard Medal. On 6 October 2016, BM1 Jacob Hylkema put his life at risk by jumping from his patrol boat into 18-20 breaking surf to rescue the master of a sailing vessel. (4/7/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e7da99].

USCG – latest E-Zero designees

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin congratulating the latest E-Zero designees. The intent of this program is to recognize those exemplary vessels that have consistently adhered to environmental compliance, while also demonstrating an immense commitment to environmental stewardship. (4/6/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/04/06/4-6-2018-congratulations-to-the-latest-e-zero-designees/].

BOEM – wind energy lease sale offshore Massachusetts

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing the proposed lease sale of two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for wind energy. (4/6/18) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/trump-administration-proposes-sale-wind-energy-massachusetts-coast].

BOEM – New York Bight wind energy

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it seeks information and industry interest in offshore wind energy development within the New York Bight. (4/6/18) [https://www.boem.gov/press04062018a/].

DOJ – fishing vessel captain convicted of pollution

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former captain of a fishing vessel was found guilty of discharging oily waste directly into the ocean in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). (4/5/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-vessel-captain-convicted-discharging-oily-waste-ocean].

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice

clip_image009 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that the extent of Arctic sea ice in March was the second lowest on record. In addition, the extent at the end of the month was far below average in the Bering Sea. (4/4/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

CRS – costs of 355-ship Navy

clip_image011 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report concerning Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans. The report notes that additional shipbuilding funds are only a fraction of the total costs that would be needed to achieve and maintain the Navy’s planned 355-ship fleet. RL32665 (3/27/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL32665.pdf].

California – marine terminal physical security

clip_image013 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that it intends to repeal Article 5.1, Marine Terminal Physical Security Regulations. Comments must be received by 21 May. (4/6/18) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Article5-1.html].

IMO – GMDSS satellite services

clip_image015 The IMO Sub-committee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) issued a document addressing migration of the recognized GMDSS services from Inmarsat-3 to Inmarsat-4 satellites. NCSR 5/14/4 (12/15/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/NCSR_5-14-4_I3_to_I4.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joe Hersey of Joecel Engineering & Consulting.

EC – Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme

clip_image017 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved the Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme. (4/6/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-2842_en.htm].

Singapore – reporting Gulf of Guinea piracy

clip_image019 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the procedures for reporting of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Gulf of Guinea. Shipping Circular 6-2018 (4/6/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/d190336f-bebe-4f60-9c2b-e769a11b39b7].

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    In the April 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Tugs and VRPs". The article discusses the transition of tugs and towboats from being uninspected vessels to inspected vessels of the United States and that transition's impact on vessel response plans (VRPs). VRP plan holders and preparers should carefully review their current plans to ensure that the tugs identified therein will actually be eligible to provide the services stated in the locations called for.