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December 19th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 December 2014

Headlines:

White House – Coast Guard Auth Act signed into law;

USCG – operations regarding Cuba;

USN – Tortuga CO and XO relieved;

NOAA – sea level rise to cause coastal flooding;

USACE – closing Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to navigation;

California – biofouling management;

EC – maritime security strategy;

Denmark – pilotage market efficiency;

New Zealand – interim report on MV Rena grounding; and

UK – proposed amendments to MLC 2006.

December 19, 2014

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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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

White House – Coast Guard Authorization Act signed into law

clip_image004 The White House issued a statement [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/18/statement-press-secretary-hr-669-hr-1067-hr-1204-hr-1206-hr-1281-hr-1378 ] saying that President Obama signed into law a number of bills, including S. 2444 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2444enr/pdf/BILLS-113s2444enr.pdf ], the "Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014," which authorizes fiscal year 2015 appropriations and amends laws related to the Coast Guard; authorizes fiscal year 2015 appropriations for the Federal Maritime Commission; and amends various other maritime-related provisions of law.

USCG – operations regarding Cuba

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a statement [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2437730/ ] advising that the Administration’s policy changes regarding Cuba have not impacted Coast Guard missions and operations in the southeastern United States. The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the United States by taking to the sea. These trips are extremely dangerous. Individuals located at sea may be returned to Cuba. (12/18/14).

USN – Tortuga CO and XO relieved

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84935 ] stating that the commanding officer and executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) have been relieved of their duties due to loss of confidence in their ability to safely operate and navigate their ship and their credibility to lead the crew. On 6 October, while en route to her scheduled anchorage off the coast of Virginia, Tortuga made contact with Thimble Shoals buoy (1TS). The allision caused the buoy to become adrift as well as over $2.5 million damage to the ship. (12/16/14).

NOAA – sea level rise to cause coastal flooding

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141218_sealevelrise.html ] reporting that a new NOAA study finds that by 2050 a majority of US coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise. (12/18/14).

USACE – closing Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to navigation

clip_image012 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it will close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to navigation by 10 June 2015. The draft environmental assessment for this action will be available for public comment through 23 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 75794 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-19/pdf/2014-29716.pdf ] (12/19/14).

California – biofouling management

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) seeks comments on draft regulations [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/MFD/Proposed_Regulatory_Actions/Informal%20Comment%20Period/DRAFT%20-%20ARTICLE%204.8.pdf ] regarding biofouling management. Comments must be submitted by 31 December. (11/13/14).

EC – maritime security strategy

clip_image016 The European Commission (EC) posted a series of Questions and Answers (Q&A) for the EU Maritime Security Strategy and Action Plan. (12/18/14).

Denmark – pilotage market efficiency

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Newmeasuresforamoreefficientpilotagemarket.aspx ] stating that, on 1 January 2015, it is launching a number of measures to make the pilotage market more efficient and provide for increased competition in the pilotage area. (12/18/14).

New Zealand – interim report on MV Rena grounding

clip_image020 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) posted the interim factual report of its investigation into the grounding of the containership MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011. The report contains no conclusions or recommendations. Marine Inquiry 11-204 [located at http://www.taic.org.nz/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=1O0%2bnlsp%2fBQ%3d&tabid=87&language=en-US ]. The TAIC issued a separate document titled Occurrence Report Details [located at http://www.taic.org.nz/ReportsandSafetyRecs/MarineReports/tabid/87/ctl/Detail/mid/484/InvNumber/2011-204/Page/0/language/en-US/Default.aspx?SkinSrc=[G]skins/taicMarine/skin_marine ] stating, among other things, that the ship’s manager did not exercise sufficient oversight of the ship’s safety management system and that an independent audit found that the Philippines’ maritime education, training, and certification system did not meet STCW Convention standards. (12/18/14).

UK – proposed amendments to MLC 2006

clip_image022 The UK issued a Marine Information Note providing information on proposed amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 relating to abandonment of seafarers and claims for compensation in the event of a seafarer’s death or long term disability due to an operational injury, illness, or hazard. MIN 497 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/387522/MIN_497_MLC_Amendments.pdf ] (12/16/14).

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December 18th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 December 2014

Headlines:

US & Cuba – resolving maritime boundary issues;

Alaska – Bristol Bay off limits to drilling;

DOJ – chief engineer convicted in ‘magic hose’ case;

DOJ – shipping company pleads guilty;

USCG – maritime cybersecurity standards;

NOAA – RESTORE Act funding call;

NTSB – fatality following allision with submerged pipeline;

DOS – World Ocean Assessment;

TSA – updated TWIC reader QTL;

Congress – support for domestic maritime industry;

EP – irregular maritime migration; and

UK – report on DUKW accidents.

December 18, 2014

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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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

US & Cuba – resolving maritime boundary issues

clip_image004 clip_image006 As part of its “Charting a New Course with Cuba”, the White House announced that it is opening negotiations with Cuba and Mexico to discuss the remaining unresolved maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico. (12/17/14).

Alaska – Bristol Bay off limits to drilling

clip_image008 President Obama issued a Memorandum [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/16/presidential-memorandum-withdrawal-certain-areas-united-states-outer-con ] withdrawing from disposition by leasing for oil and gas exploration and exploitation the portion of the outer continental shelf (OCS) designated as the North Aleutian Basin Planning Area, including Bristol Bay offshore Alaska. (12/16/14).

DOJ – chief engineer convicted in ‘magic hose’ case

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/cargo-ship-chief-engineer-convicted-environmental-crimes-obstruction-justice-and-witness ] stating that the former chief engineer of the cargo ship Trident Navigator was convicted in federal court after a week-long trial of knowingly falsifying the ship’s oil record book (ORB), obstruction of justice, and witness tampering in connection with the use of a “magic hose” to improperly discharge oily waste water overboard. The operator of the vessel previously pleaded guilty to falsifying the ORB and obstruction of justice and paid a $900,000 criminal penalty. (12/17/14).

DOJ – shipping company pleads guilty

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/italian-shipping-company-plead-guilty-environmental-crimes-concealing-vessel-pollution ] stating that Carbofin S.PA. pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying the oil record book (ORB) of the tanker Marigola and to pay a $2.75 million criminal penalty. The tanker’s second engineer pleaded guilty to his role in the offense. The tanker’s chief engineer is also expected to plead guilty. (12/16/14).

USCG – maritime cybersecurity standards

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard seeks input from the maritime industry and other interested parties on how to identify and mitigate potential vulnerabilities of cyber-dependent systems. The agency seeks comment on a number of questions, including: “What cyber-dependent systems, commonly used in the maritime industry, could lead or contribute to a Transportation Security Incident (TSI) if they failed or were exploited by an adversary?” Comments must be received by 17 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 75574 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/pdf/2014-29658.pdf ] (12/18/14).

NOAA – RESTORE Act funding call

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141217_restoreact.html ] announcing a call for proposals under the first federal funding opportunity under the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, which supports research in the Gulf of Mexico on long-term sustainability of the ecosystem and its fisheries. Letters of intent must be received by 30 January 2015 and final proposals must be received by 17 March. (12/17/14).

NTSB – fatality following allision with submerged pipeline

clip_image017 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation into the fire on board towing vessel Shanon E. Settoon in Bayou Perot, Louisiana on 12 March 2013 when it struck a submerged pipeline. Allision with the submerged pipeline caused a release of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which entered air intake for the towing vessel’s engine and ignited. The towing vessel was destroyed by the fire and the captain was severely burned and later died. The report concluded that the probable cause of the casualty was incomplete information about the location of submerged pipelines provided to the captain by the vessel company. MAB 14-22 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1422.pdf ] (12/17/14).

DOS – World Ocean Assessment

clip_image019 The Department of State (DOS) seeks experts to assist in the review of the draft World Ocean Assessment, being developed under the auspices of the United Nations. 79 Fed. Reg. 75609 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/pdf/2014-29676.pdf ] (12/18/14).

TSA – updated TWIC reader QTL

clip_image021 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an updated TWIC Reader Qualified Technology List [located at http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/twic/twic_reader_qtl_current.pdf ]. (12/16/14).

Congress – support for domestic maritime industry

clip_image023 The House and Senate passed the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 3979) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr3979enr/pdf/BILLS-113hr3979enr.pdf ] and it now awaits signature by President Obama. On pages 613-614 of this 697-page bill is section 3503, the Sense of Congress on the Role of the Domestic Maritime Industry in National Security, which states, in pertinent part: “It is the sense of Congress that United States coastwise trade laws promote a strong domestic trade industry, which supports the national security and economic vitality of the United States and the efficient operation of the United States transportation system.” (12/12/14).

EP – irregular maritime migration

clip_image025 The European Parliament (EP) issued a press release [located at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20141212IPR01244/html/Migration-MEPs-call-on-EU-countries-to-share-responsibility ] stating that a resolution has been adopted calling for a comprehensive EU approach to irregular migration and more effort to prevent further loss of life at sea. (12/17/14).

UK – report on DUKW accidents

clip_image027 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted the report of its investigation of the sinking and abandonment of the DUKW amphibious passenger vehicle Wacker Quacker 1 in Salthouse Dock, Liverpool on 15 June 2013 and the fire and abandonment of the DUKW amphibious passenger vehicle Cleopatra on the River Thames, London on 29 September 2013. The investigation found that the converted World War II-vintage craft had not been properly approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) when they were certified to carry passengers in 2000. Over the years, the MCA’s regulatory supervision was insufficient to ensure the DUKWs were being operated safely. Report 32-2014 [located at http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/DUKW32_2014.pdf ] (12/17/14).

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December 17th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 December 2014

Headlines:

Tampa Bay – security and safety zones;

USCG – commercial fishing vessel safety;

OMB – Deepwater Ports NPRM cleared;

Gulf of Mexico – 107 new marine species discovered;

Arctic Council – EPPR Working Group meeting;

Australia – maximum period of seaboard service;

Panama Canal – installation of first new gate; and

Singapore – freight forwarders fined.

December 17, 2014

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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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

Tampa Bay – security and safety zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule consolidating three security zone regulations into one regulation for Tampa Bay. In addition two safety zones have been converted into security zones. The amendments come into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 75054 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-17/pdf/2014-29582.pdf ] (12/17/14).

USCG – commercial fishing vessel safety

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding the commercial fishing industry about safety and equipment requirements. MSIB 18-14 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/018_14_12-1-2014.pdf ] (12/1/14).

OMB – Deepwater Ports NPRM cleared

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard’s proposed rulemaking on Deepwater Ports. The proposal would provide additional information, clarify existing regulations, provide additional flexibility, and add new requirements to enhance safety. (12/15/14). Note: The proposal will probably appear in the Federal Register in January.

Gulf of Mexico – 107 new marine species discovered

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press12162014/ ] stating that 107 new marine species have been discovered the collaborative research in the Gulf of Mexico. (12/16/14).

Arctic Council – EPPR Working Group meeting

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2014/BSEE-Attends-Arctic-Council-Working-Group-Meeting/ ] stating that the Arctic Council Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) Working Group met in Seattle to review recent spill response exercises, progress on ongoing Arctic projects, and progress on a guidebook for oil spill response in ice and snow conditions. The working group also voted on proposals for new projects. (12/16/14).

Australia – maximum period of seaboard service

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 relating to the maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers. Marine Notice 18-2014 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html ] (12/16/14).

Panama Canal – installation of first new gate

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/12/15/pr534.html ] announcing that the process of installation of the new lock gates for the Canal Expansion Project has begun with installation of a gate in lock head two in the new locks on the Atlantic side. The gate is ten meters wide, 30.19 meters high, and weighs 3,285 tons. When completed, there will be sixteen rolling gates – eight on the Atlantic side and eight more on the Pacific side. (12/15/14).

Singapore – freight forwarders fined

clip_image016 The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) issued a media release [located at http://www.news.gov.sg/public/sgpc/en/media_releases/agencies/ccs/press_release/P-20141211-1/AttachmentPar/0/file/Media%20Release_CCS%20Fines%2010%20Freight%20Companies%20for%20Price%20Fixing%2011%20Dec%202014%20_final%20for%20immediate%20release.pdf ] stating that it issued an Infringement Decision (ID) against eleven freight forwarders and their Singapore subsidiaries for infringing section 34 of the Competition Act by collectively fixing certain fees and surcharges and exchanging price and customer information in relation to the provision of freight forwarding services for shipments from Japan to Singapore. Fines have been assessed against ten of the freight forwarders, one being entitled to immunity. (12/11/14).

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December 16th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 December 2014

Headlines:

MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP;

NOAA – World Magnetic Model updated;

USCG – Operation RENEW;

USCG – LGC NCOE;

USLSS – assisting the Wright Flyer;

Supreme Court – US v. California;

Denmark & Greenland – North Pole claim;

Boston Tea Party – 16 December 1773; and

Holiday season.

December 16, 2014

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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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Liberty Natural Gas LLC, Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deepwater Port (DWP), proposed for construction and operation in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean 16.1 nautical miles southeast of Jones Beach, New York, 24.9 nautical miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey, and 27.1 nautical miles from the entrance to New York Harbor in a water depth of approximately 103 feet. Public meetings will be held in Jamaica, New York (7 January 2015) and Eatontown, New Jersey (8 January 2015). Written comments must be received by 10 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 74808 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29369.pdf ] (12/16/14).

NOAA – World Magnetic Model updated

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141215_worldmagneticmodel.html ] stating that, together with the British Geological Survey, it has updated the World Magnetic Model used for, among other purposes, correction of magnetic compass readings. (12/15/14). Note: This is for those who have retained their magnetic compasses. GPS is excellent, but relies on technology working properly. The Earth will always be magnetic!

USCG – Operation RENEW

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2435334/ ] stating that the winter icebreaking season has commenced for waters in the Northeast. Operation Reliable Energy for NorthEast Winters (RENEW) is expected to continue through March 2015. (12/14/14).

USCG – LGC NCOE

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/12/15/12152014-the-future-of-marine-fuels-from-the-liquefied-gas-carrier-national-center-of-expertise/ ] discussing the role of its Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) with regard to the increasing number of LNG carriers calling in US ports and the plans for use of LNG as a marine fuel. (12/15/14).

USLSS – assisting the Wright Flyer

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2436338/ ] reminding us of the assistance provided by personnel at US Life-Saving Station Nags Head for the first flight on the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 December 1903. (12/15/14).

Supreme Court – US v. California

clip_image013 The U.S. Supreme Court issued a Fifth Supplemental Decree defining the boundary between the submerged lands of state and those of the federal government. The decree runs on for 112 pages, all but five of those pages being the geographic coordinates of the boundary. The last page of the decree is a chart showing the boundary. United States v. California, No. 5 Orig. (U.S., December 15, 2014) [located at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/no5orig_m6ho.pdf ].

Denmark & Greenland – North Pole claim

clip_image015 clip_image017 The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a news release [located at http://um.dk/en/news/newsdisplaypage/?newsID=71574E42-6115-4D16-9C8A-4C056F8603F3 ] stating that the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark, together with the Government of Greenland, will file a submission with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to define the outer limits of its continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. The related chart indicates that the continental shelf claim extends through the geographic North Pole to the limits of the Russian EEZ. (12/15/14). Note: This may seriously upset Santa Claus, who will deliver a big bag of coal to a certain Foreign Minister.

Boston Tea Party – 16 December 1773

clip_image019 On this date in 1773 (241 years ago), American colonists in Boston, calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, boarded several ships moored in the harbor and threw numerous chests of tea into the water. Their cry was: “No taxation without representation!” Some years later, they got representation – followed immediately by taxation and more taxation. It is unclear if they were charged with environmental offenses.

Holiday season

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December 15th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 December 2014

Headlines:

US & Marshall Islands – cruise ship fire investigation;

Tampa Bay – fog safety zones;

USCG – UTV fire detection system certification;

USN – mechanical whale;

House – bill introduced re USMMA;

House – training ship replacements sought;

House – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species;

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species;

Canada – poor communications led to grounding;

Canada – RCN to limit alcohol consumption; and

Loss of tanker Argo Merchant – 15 December 1976.

December 15, 2014

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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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

US & Marshall Islands – cruise ship fire investigation

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2435566/ ] stating that a joint investigative team with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the engine room fire on the cruise ship Insignia in St. Lucia that claimed three lives. They will be joined by investigators from the ship’s flag state, the Marshall Islands. (12/12/14).

Tampa Bay – fog safety zones

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary rule, through 31 March 2015, establishing seven safety zones on waters of Tampa Bay to be enforced when visibility falls below one nautical mile due to fog. The rule enters into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 74028 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-15/pdf/2014-29357.pdf ] (12/15/14).

USCG – UTV fire detection system certification

clip_image008[1] The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCE) posted a new FAQ [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/TVNCOE/FAQS.asp#F ] regarding the requirement for fire detection system certification on uninspected towing vessels (UTVs) that hold SOLAS certificates. (12/12/14).

USN – mechanical whale

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84845 ] stating that it has developed a mechanical whale. Actually, the Navy calls it the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle. Powered by batteries, it is propelled by oscillating its tail back and forth, making it quieter than propeller-driven craft. About five feet in length and weighing about 100 pounds, it can dive to 300 feet below the surface. (12/12/14).

House – bill introduced re USMMA

clip_image012 Representative Grimm (R-NY) introduced the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 5813) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr5813ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr5813ih.pdf ] to allow for a contract for operation of Melville Hall at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, after receipt of a gift from the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc., for renovation of such hall and for other purposes. (12/9/14).

House – training ship replacements sought

clip_image012[1] Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued a press release [located at http://crowley.house.gov/press-release/crowley-calls-new-training-vessel-suny-maritime-college-bronx ] stating that a bipartisan group of 25 members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Transportation urging development of a plan to design and replace the training ships used at the nation’s six state maritime academies. (12/9/14).

House – bill introduced re aquatic invasive species

clip_image012[2] Representative Camp (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5861) to control the spread of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi River basin, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Camp issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/14).

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic invasive species

clip_image014 Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 3002) to control the spread of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi River basin, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Stabenow issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/14).

Canada – poor communications led to grounding

clip_image016 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released the report of its investigation into the striking and subsequent grounding of the general cargo ship Claude A. Desgagnes in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Iroquois, Ontario on 6 November 2013. Investigation revealed that, as the ship approached the lock, the master and pilot disagreed on maneuvers to use. Due to poor bridge communications, no order was given to reduce speed and the ship struck the upper approach wall and then grounded. Marine Investigation Report M13C0071 [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2013/M13C0071/M13C0071.pdf ]

Canada – RCN to limit alcohol consumption

clip_image018 The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=914079 ] stating that an internal review of personal conduct found that, while the vast majority of sailors conduct themselves appropriately, there is a need for more exacting guidance from leadership. Among other things, the RCN will modernize its alcohol policy and bring further limitations to an existing set of strict rules regarding alcohol consumption on board Canadian warships. (12/12/14). Note: Not long ago, an RCN warship had to be recalled from an international naval exercise due to crew inebriation.

Loss of tanker Argo Merchant – 15 December 1976

clip_image020 On 15 December 1976, the oil tanker Argo Merchant grounded on Middle Rip Shoal in international waters approximately 25 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket Island. The tanker was en route from Venezuela to Boston carrying 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil. The US Government refused to grant permission for the jettisoning of cargo in an attempt to lighten the ship. On 21 December, the Argo Merchant broke into two pieces, spilling all of its cargo and bunkers. The Coast Guard sank the bow of the ship with gunfire. The prevailing wind and current carried the oil offshore and away from rich fishing grounds nearby. The spill was the largest in US history to that date. Publicity surrounding the casualty resulted in Congress adopting the Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978, giving the Coast Guard increased authority to inspect and regulate tank vessels, foreign and domestic, operating in US waters.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 December 2014

Headlines:

USCG – guidance on maritime cybersecurity standards;

BOEM – OPA 90 limit of liability;

NOAA – lionfish prevention & management plan;

NOAA – endangered species of sawfish;

EPA – VGP webinar;

Congress – passage of Coast Guard authorization bill;

House – hearing on Arctic opportunities;

House – ports contract resolution sought;

IMO – irregular maritime migration;

EU – seafarer protection; and

Panama Canal – final lock gates transit completed.

December 12, 2014

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USCG – guidance on maritime cybersecurity standards

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing a public meeting in Washington, DC on 15 January to receive comments on development of guidance on maritime cybersecurity standards. The deadline to reserve seats for the meeting is 5 January. Written comments must be received by 29 January. 79 Fed. Reg. 73896 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/pdf/2014-29205.pdf ] (12/12/14).

BOEM – OPA 90 limit of liability

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a final rule adjusting the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) limit of liability for offshore facilities to account for changes in the consumer price index (CPI). Effective 12 January 2015, the limit of liability will change from $75 million to $133.65 million. The rule also establishes a methodology for future periodic adjustments in the limit to account for changes in the CPI. 79 Fed. Reg. 73832 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/pdf/2014-29093.pdf ] (12/12/14). The action is further explained in a BOEM press release.

NOAA – lionfish prevention & management plan

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on the draft National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan. Comments must be received by 26 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 73884 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/pdf/2014-29199.pdf ] (12/12/14).

NOAA – endangered species of sawfish

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act five species of sawfish. The rule comes into effect on 12 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 73977 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/pdf/2014-29201.pdf ] (12/12/14).

EPA – VGP webinar

clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/incidental%20discharges/VGP_webinar_141211.pdf ] stating that it is hosting a webinar on 7 January to discuss the annual report requirements of the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and to provide an overview of how to use EPA’s electronic tool for preparing and submitting those reports. (12/11/14).

Congress – passage of Coast Guard authorization bill

clip_image013 clip_image015 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation and the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure issued a joint press release [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=ea02d13e-dead-4906-98ff-2c52fa0ba400 ] noting passage of the bipartisan Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (S. 2444) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2444es/pdf/BILLS-113s2444es.pdf ]. The measure will, among other things, help replace and modernize aging Coast Guard assets in a cost effective manner; prepare the Coast Guard for Arctic operations; reform the Federal Maritime Commission; and create opportunities for veterans. (12/11/14).

House – hearing on Arctic opportunities

clip_image016 The Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs conducted a hearing on The United States as an Arctic Nation: Opportunities in the High North [located at http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-united-states-arctic-nation-opportunities-high-north ]. Testimony was heard from Admiral Robert Papp, Jr., USCG (ret), US Special Representative for the Arctic; Mr. Scott Borgerson, Cargo Metrics Technologies; and Mr. Andrew Holland, American Security Project. (12/10/14).

House – ports contract resolution sought

clip_image016[1] Representative David Reichert (R-WA) issued a press release [located at http://reichert.house.gov/press-release/pacific-northwest-members-congress-call-president-urge-ports-resolution ] stating that Pacific Northwest Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama asking he encourage the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to use a federal mediator in order to bring about a swift resolution to their current contract negotiations. (12/10/14).

IMO – irregular maritime migration

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/42-migrants.aspx#.VInbMdLF98E ] stating that it has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the deeply concerning problems of the loss of life, injury, trauma, and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees traveling by sea. Currently, the problem is particularly bad in the Mediterranean Sea. (12/11/14).

EC – seafarer protection

clip_image020 The European Commission (EC) posted the statement of Commissioner Thyssen [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-2582_en.htm?locale=en ] welcoming the informal agreements of the Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers aimed at improving the protections of seafarers and of workers in inland waterway transports. (12/11/14).

Panama Canal – final lock gates transit completed

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/12/10/pr533.html ] stating that the last set of gates for the Pacific side of the Canal Expansion Project has completed its transit to the new locks. All the gates are now ready for installation during the next couple of months. The project is now 82% complete. (12/10/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 December 2014

Headlines:

Senate – Coast Guard Authorization Act adopted;

Lake Ontario – vessel hijacking under investigation;

USN – laser weapons system deployed;

San Francisco – 1901 shipwreck located;

NRC – guidance for aquatic environmental studies;

House – bill introduced re USMMA;

IMO – elimination of unnecessary paperwork;

ReCAAP – November report; and

India – seafarer’s biometric identity document.

December 11, 2014

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Senate – Coast Guard Authorization Act adopted

clip_image004 Considered by unanimous consent late Wednesday, the Senate adopted S. 2444 [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/S_2444.pdf ] to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2015 through 2016, and for other purposes. Prior to adoption, there was an amendment in the nature of a substitute, striking the original content and substituting the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, previously adopted by the House. (12/10/14). Note: Adoption of the substitution makes this an enrolled bill, which can now go the President Obama for signature without further action by Congress.

Lake Ontario – vessel hijacking under investigation

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2433925/ ] that US and Canadian law enforcement agencies are investigating the reported hijacking of a Canadian charter vessel. The master of the 18-foot vessel arrived at US Coast Guard Station Niagara to report that two men had hired his boat for a fishing charter on Lake Ontario. One of the men pulled out a knife and demanded to be put ashore immediately. The master put the boat ashore near Four Mile Creek State Park in New York, just east of the international boundary. The two men went ashore and fled on foot. The incident is under investigation. (12/10/14).

USN – laser weapons system deployed

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84805 ] stating that the USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) is on duty in the Arabian Gulf with the world’s first operational shipboard laser weapons system (LaWS). The system is capable of a range of escalating options, from optical dazzling and disabling to lethal destruction. (12/10/14).

San Francisco – 1901 shipwreck located

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2014/pr121014.html ] stating that it and its partners have located and imaged the wreck of the steamship City of Rio de Janeiro, which sank on 22 February 1901 in the Golden Gate to San Francisco Bay with the loss of 128 of the 210 persons on board. A high-powered remotely operated vehicle and sophisticated sonar were used to locate and image the wreck in deep water in the shipping channel just west of the present-day Golden Gate Bridge. (12/10/14).

NRC – guidance for aquatic environmental studies

clip_image012 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on its draft regulatory guide DG-4023 “Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations”. Comments should be submitted by 9 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 73646 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/pdf/2014-29026.pdf ] (12/11/14).

House – bill introduced re USMMA

clip_image014 Representative Grimm (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 5813) to allow for a contract for operation of Melville Hall at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, after receipt of a gift from the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc., for renovation of such hall and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/9/14).

IMO – elimination of unnecessary paperwork

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Progressone-solutionsandeliminationofunnecessarypaperwork.aspx ] stating that progress is being made at IMO on e-solutions and elimination of unnecessary paperwork. (12/8/14).

ReCAAP – November report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Report for November 2014 [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2014/ReCAAP_ISC%20November2014ReportOpen.pdf ]. The number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia (20) was the same as for the month of October. (12/10/14).

India – seafarer’s biometric identity document

clip_image020 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201412100455448954396notice_sid_biomatric_cra_101214.pdf ] stating that comments are sought on draft rules for implementation of provisions of the International Labour Convention C-185 relating to the Seafarer’s Bio-metric Identity Document. Comments must be received by 11 January 2015. (12/11/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 December 2014

Headlines:

USCG – consolidated cruise ship security regulations;

DOJ – drilling company to plead guilty;

DOS – China’s claims in South China Sea;

CMTS – Maritime Energy Task Team; and

UK – Ebola guidance.

December 10, 2014

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USCG – consolidated cruise ship security regulations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on cruise ship terminal security by standardizing security requirements for cruise ship terminals and eliminating redundancies in the current regulations. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 10 March 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 73255 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-10/pdf/2014-28845.pdf ] (12/10/14).

DOJ – drilling company to plead guilty

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/drilling-company-charged-environmental-and-maritime-crimes-alaska ] stating that Noble Drilling (US) LLC has agreed to plead guilty to eight felony offenses, pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments, implement a comprehensive environmental compliance plan, and serve four years’ probation. The defendant was charged with knowing failure to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB) and an accurate International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate; knowing failure to maintain a ballast water record book; and knowingly and willfully failing to notify the US Coast Guard of hazardous conditions aboard the drill ship Noble Discoverer. At the time, the ship was conducting drilling operations on the US outer continental shelf off the Arctic coast of Alaska.

DOS – China’s claims in South China Sea

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) posted another of its occasional series on Limits in the Seas, this one titled: China: Maritime Claims in the South China Sea [located at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/234936.pdf ]. This study analyzes the maritime claims of the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea, specifically its “dashed-line” claim encircling islands and waters of the South China Sea, also referred to as the “Nine-Dash Line”. China having not, to date, clarified the specifics of what it is claiming (identified islands and associated waters within the lines; national boundary lines; or historic maritime claims) and not having provided a detailed factual and historical basis on which to ground the claims, DOS concludes that China’s “dashed-line” claim does not accord with the international law of the sea. (12/5/14).

CMTS – Maritime Energy Task Team

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted a bulletin [located at http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=85 ] regarding the Maritime Energy Task Team (METT). The METT is comprised of stakeholders from a number of government agencies and supports federal efforts to address alternative ship fuels (including LNG), reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships, and anticipate future air emission issues relative to the maritime community. (12/5/14).

UK – Ebola guidance

clip_image012 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and Public Health England jointly issued West Africa Ebola Outbreak Guidance [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381777/West_Africa_Ebola_Outbreak_-_Ports_Shipping_guide.pdf ] for UK ports and shipping operators for the purpose of minimizing the risk to seafarers, port workers, passengers, and others in the maritime environment from the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. (12/9/14).

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December 9th, 2014 at 11:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 December 2014

Headlines:

Seattle – LNG as Fuel Conference;

USN – Arctic role;

EPA – Cape May-Lewes Ferry upgrade;

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program;

Alaska – critical habitat for Arctic ringed seal;

Treasury – international boycott; and

Singapore – Port Management Programme.

December 9, 2014

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Seattle – LNG as Fuel Conference

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard and Pacific Maritime Magazine are co-sponsoring the LNG as Fuel Conference [located at http://www.seattlelngconf.com/ ] in Seattle on 27 January 2015. (12/8/14).

USN – Arctic role

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84783 ] stating that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with research personnel at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to discuss the role of the Navy in the Arctic. The Navy’s focus on the Arctic is expected to become more prominent over the coming years. (12/8/14).

EPA – Cape May-Lewes Ferry upgrade

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release [located at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/fae5256bf365456985257da800637caf!OpenDocument ] it awarded a $975,000 grant for upgrading of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with diesel clean air technology. (12/8/14).

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the America’s Marine Highway Program, which designates criteria, eligibility requirements, and information for applicants seeking to establish services on a domestic “short sea” marine highway. 79 Fed. Reg. 73139 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-09/pdf/2014-28684.pdf ] (12/9/14).

Alaska – critical habitat for Arctic ringed seal – corrected

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a corrected proposal to designate critical habitat in the northern Bering Sea and in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas for the threatened Arctic ringed seal. Public meetings are planned for Anchorage, Barrow, Kotzebue, and Nome at dates to be announced later. Written comments must be received by 9 March 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 73010 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-09/pdf/2014-28808.pdf ] (12/9/14).

Treasury – international boycott

clip_image014 The Department of the Treasury issued a notice lifting the countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott. The list includes; Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 79 Fed. Reg. 73141 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-09/pdf/2014-28804.pdf ] (12/9/14).

California – SLC meeting

clip_image016 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) will meet in Newport Beach on 17 December. Among the items on the agenda [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Meeting_Summaries/Agenda.htm ] is consideration of the budget, as submitted by the successful bidder, The Glosten Associates, for a study to examine the feasibility of shore-based reception and treatment facilities for the management of discharged ballast water in California. (12/5/14).

Singapore – Port Management Programme

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr141208.xml ] announcing that its MPA Academy has launched its inaugural Port Management Programme for overseas port and maritime officials. This first run was attended by 15 officials from around the world and provided training and site visits to help them meet current and future industry needs. (2/8/14).

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December 8th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 December 2014

Headlines:

Mid-Atlantic coast – buoy alteration proposed;

USCG – OPA 90 single-hull phase-out nears completion;

BSEE – first OIITP graduates;

Court – missing the LOL window; and

Canada – cargo crane warning.

December 8, 2014

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Mid-Atlantic coast – buoy alteration proposed

clip_image004 In the most recent edition of its Local Notice to Mariners, the Fifth Coast Guard District proposes the improving, relocating, replacing, or discontinuing of 39 coastal buoys in waters between southern New Jersey and North Carolina. Operative language is found on pages 16-20 of the LNM. Comments from mariners are requested by 13 January 2015. LNM 48/14 [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm05482014.pdf ] (12/2/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend John Harms of the American Waterways Operators.

USCG – OPA 90 single-hull phase-out nears completion

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/12/05/1252014-opa-90-single-hull-tank-vessel-phase-out-finalizing-on-january-1/ ] reminding stakeholders that the final deadline for phase-out of single-hull oil tankers in US waters, as mandated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is 1 January 2015. (12/5/14). Note: Credit for the smooth phase-out process goes to the tanker industry and the hard work of those at USCG Headquarters, particularly the OPA 90 Staff and affiliated personnel.

BSEE – first OIITP graduates

clip_image007 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2014/BSEE-Director-Addresses-First-Graduates-of-the-Offshore-Incident-Investigation-Training-Program/ ] that the Offshore Incident Investigations Training Program (OIITP), held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, graduated its first class of investigators. BSEE Director Brian Salerno delivered the commencement address. (12/5/14).

Court – missing the LOL window

clip_image009 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a dredge owner is not entitled to limitation of liability to claimants following a fatal allision between a fishing vessel and the dredge’s pipe because the petition for exoneration or limitation of liability was not filed within six months after claimants’ counsel and owner’s counsel had exchanged a series of letters constituting notice of a potential claim that had a reasonable possibility of exceeding the value of the dredge. In re: RLB Contracting, No. 14-40326 (5th Cir., December 3, 2014) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-40326-CV0.pdf ]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Canada – cargo crane warning

clip_image011 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued a news release [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/communiques/marine/2014/m14c0161-20141124.asp ] warning of the potential risk relating to cargo cranes aboard certain bulk carriers. On 13 August 2014, the bulk carrier Seapace sustained a failure of its cargo crane #4. The slewing ring bearing broke apart and the complete cabin and jib assemblies collapsed into a cargo hold, injuring the crane operator. There is a possibility that the same progressive failure of a slewing ring bearing will occur on any vessel fitted with similar cargo handling cranes. (11/24/14).

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    logo11 Avoiding the edges of the sea

    In the November 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Avoiding the edges of the sea". In the article, I discuss the success or failure of mariners in their continuing efforts to avoid the edges of the sea, such as rocks, shoals, piers, and bridges. Modern navigation equipment has proven only partially capable of overcoming poor practices.