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June 24th, 2016 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 June 2016

Headlines:

IMO – Day of the Seafarer – 25 June 2016;

Puget Sound – VTS interventions;

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power;

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power EA;

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems;

CMTS – webinar on Arctic maritime infrastructure needs;

IOOS – $31 million awarded for observation projects;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tie-up service;

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris;

EU – European Border and Coast Guard;

New Zealand – maritime trade importance;

Singapore – pre-arrival notification; and

Singapore – Green Port Programme.

June 24, 2016

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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. Human beings are remarkable for their disinclination to learn from the experience of others.

IMO – Day of the Seafarer – 25 June 2016

clip_image004 The IMO issued a notice reminding everyone that tomorrow, 25 June 2016, is marked as the Day of the Seafarer. The theme for this year’s events is “At Sea for All”. (6/23/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/16-DOTS-calltoaction.aspx].

Puget Sound – VTS interventions

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release discussing three recent instances where personnel at Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Puget Sound took extraordinary action to intervene when they observed vessels standing into danger and were unable to raise them via standard radio communications. (6/23/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2858366/].

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice inviting submission of information and nominations from parties interested in obtaining one or more commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Oahu. Submissions must be received by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 41335 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14830.pdf].

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power EA

clip_image008[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) of potential commercial wind power leasing activities on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Oahu. Comments should be submitted by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 41334 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14829.pdf].

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems

clip_image010 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it has determined to rescind a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing marine sonar imaging systems based upon settlement between the involved parties. 81 Fed. Reg. 41343 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14997.pdf].

CMTS – webinar on Arctic maritime infrastructure needs

clip_image012 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing that it will hold a webinar on 30 June to discuss the development of recommendations regarding federal public-private partnerships to support critical US Arctic maritime infrastructure needs. (6/23/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=120].

IOOS – $31 million awarded for observation projects

clip_image014 The US Ocean Observing System (IOOS), administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued a news release stating that $31 million has been awarded for ocean and Great Lakes observation projects. (6/23/16) [https://ioos.noaa.gov/news/2016-grants/].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tie-up service

clip_image016 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the tie-up service at Seaway lock approach walls which elect not to install or use landing booms. Seaway Notice No. 8-2016 (6/23/16) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20160623.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris

clip_image018 Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3086) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/22/16).

EU – European Border and Coast Guard

clip_image020 The European Parliament issued a press release stating that provisional agreement has been reached on establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard. The draft document now goes to member states and the Parliament as a whole for final consideration. (6/22/16) [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160621IPR33114/European-Border-and-Coast-Guard-Parliament-and-Council-strike-provisional-deal].

New Zealand – maritime trade importance

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release highlighting the importance of maritime trade to the New Zealand economy. (6/23/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160623c.asp].

Singapore – pre-arrival notification

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular revising its Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) process to incorporate changes to its Green Port Programme (GPP). The revisions come into effect on 1 July. Port Marine Circular 2016-10 (6/23/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/cc70fed3-5ace-4b36-8e5f-3a49b67bb883].

Singapore – Green Port Programme

clip_image024[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing enhancements to its Green Port Programme (PAN), with effect from 1 July. Port Marine Circular 2016-11 (6/23/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/bed2d844-eaa4-46fc-8f17-8b17ffe62c00].

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June 23rd, 2016 at 7:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 June 2016

Headlines:

Sabine-Neches Waterway – suitability assessment;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Alaska – cable-laying operations;

ISAC – meeting on 12-14 July;

NTSB – Houston Ship Channel collision;

House – bill introduced to authorize eLoran;

House – Committee mark-up of bills;

IMO – maritime cyber risk management;

India – vessel lay-up;

Panama Canal – minimum visibility requirements;

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System;

UK – training for seafarer careers; and

USCG Auxiliary established – 23 June 1939.

June 23, 2016

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Tel: 1-352-692-5493 – Email: dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com – Internet: http://brymar-consulting.com

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. Human beings are remarkable for their disinclination to learn from the experience of others.

Sabine-Neches Waterway – suitability assessment

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment from Jefferson Railport Terminal 1 (Texas) LLC regarding plans to construct, own, and operate a waterfront facility handling and storing liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) at its Vidor, Texas facility located on the Sabine-Neches Waterway. Comments on the proposal must be received by 25 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 40891 (6/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-23/pdf/2016-14910.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Cameron LNG, LLC seeking authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments on the application must be received by 25 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 40884 (6/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-23/pdf/2016-14869.pdf].

Alaska – cable-laying operations

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Quintillion Subsea Operation, LLC for authorization to take, by harassment, walruses from 15 July through 15 November in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas during subsea cable-laying operations. Comments on the application must be received by 25 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 40902 (6/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-23/pdf/2016-14847.pdf].

ISAC – meeting on 12-14 July

clip_image010 The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 12-14 July in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include an update on progress of federal agency implementation of prior ISAC recommendations and strengthening federal/state coordination. 81 Fed. Reg. 40919 (6/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-23/pdf/2016-14860.pdf].

NTSB – Houston Ship Channel collision

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the Marine Accident Report for its investigation of the collision between the bulk carrier Conti Peridot and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel on 9 March 2015. The report concluded that the probable cause of the collision was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility, and his lack of communication with other vessels about this handling difficulty. Contributing to the circumstances that resulted in the collision was the inadequate bridge resource management between the master and the pilot on the Conti Peridot. MAR 16-01 (6/20/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1601.pdf].

House – bill introduced to authorize eLoran

clip_image014 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Miscellaneous Maritime Transportation Amendments Act of 2016 (H.R. 5531) to amend title 46, United States Code, to improve maritime transportation, and for other purposes. (6/20/16). Note: The primary provision of this bill authorizes the US Coast Guard to construct and maintain an eLoran system. This is a major step forward in the process of re-establishing a backup for the vital but vulnerable Global Positioning System (GPS).

House – Committee mark-up of bills

clip_image015 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release stating that, on 23 June, it will meet to consider several bills, including H.R. 5531. (6/21/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400445].

IMO – maritime cyber risk management

clip_image017 The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved interim guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management. MSC.1 Circ. 1526 (6/1/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/MSC_1-Circ_1526_InterimGuidelines.pdf].

India – vessel lay-up

clip_image019 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice providing the procedure for laying-up Indian vessels. (6/22/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201606220609234360436msnoticeno_062016.pdf].

Panama Canal – minimum visibility requirements

clip_image021 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory modifying the minimum visibility requirements for transiting vessels. Advisory 36-2016 (6/21/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-36-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System

clip_image021[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory reminding stakeholders that 26 June will mark the inauguration of the Third Set of Locks. In conjunction with that event, Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a will be in effect on that date. Advisory 37-2016 (6/21/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-37-2016.pdf].

UK – training for seafarer careers

clip_image023 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency posted guidance providing updated information regarding training for seafarer careers. (6/22/16) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafarer-careers-training-provision-and-information].

USCG Auxiliary established – 23 June 1939

clip_image025 On 23 June 1939, a law was enacted to establish a Coast Guard Reserve [the name was later changed to the Coast Guard Auxiliary] to be composed of owners of motorboats and yachts to assist the Coast Guard in the saving of life and property and in the patrolling of marine parades and regattas. 53 Stat. 854. In the succeeding years, USCG Auxiliary members have devoted countless hours in patrolling the nation’s waterways, assisting mariners in distress, and educating the American boating public.

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June 22nd, 2016 at 10:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – voluntary fuel sampling program;

USCG – MSC Plan Review Guidelines;

CMTS & TRB – R&D Conference 21-23 June;

NOAA – coral bleaching;

NOAA – program performance evaluations;

Guam – hazardous waste storage;

House – bill introduced to improve maritime transportation;

Senate – bill introduced re marine mammal rescue;

Panama Canal – trial transit; and

Panama Canal – new tariffs for neopanamax locks.

June 22, 2016

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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. Human beings are remarkable for their disinclination to learn from the experience of others.

USCG – voluntary fuel sampling program

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice regarding the USCG/EPA voluntary fuel sampling program. During this program, two samples each were obtained from 47 vessels to assess compliance with the low sulfur fuel requirement of MARPOL Annex VI. Of the 74 samples, all but nine were in full compliance. Eight of the non-compliant samples were only marginally non-compliant and were within a statistical confidence interval that could possibly be the result of error in the analysis itself. The remaining sample, taken from a fuel tank, came back at 0.387% sulfur, while the sample taken from the fuel line of the same vessel tested below 0.1%. Examiners concluded that this sample had been contaminated. The Coast Guard does not intend to extend the voluntary fuel sampling program, but thanks the participants. (6/21/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/21/6212016-update-from-rear-adm-thomas-on-the-voluntary-fuel-sampling-program/].

USCG – MSC Plan Review Guidelines

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) has updated its Plan Review Guidelines for: E2-08, “Emergency Generators/Switchboard”; E2-11, “Electrical Plans – Barges”; and H1-15, “Review of Masts and Rigging Systems for Sailing Vessels”. (6/21/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/21/6212016-marine-safety-center-updates/].

CMTS & TRB – R&D Conference 21-23 June

clip_image007 clip_image008 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing that the Fourth Biennial TRB-CMTS Research and Development Conference, “From Sail to Satellite: Delivering Solutions for Tomorrow’s MTS” is being held on 21-23 June in Washington, DC. (6/21/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=119].

NOAA – coral bleaching

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release addressing the risk posed to US coral reefs by warming ocean temperatures. This is expected to be the third year in a row of higher-than-normal sea temperatures, and there are no signs that the trend is changing. The higher temperatures lead to coral bleaching and death, adversely impacting the local ecosystem. (6/20/26) [http://www.noaa.gov/us-coral-reefs-facing-warming-waters-increased-bleaching].

NOAA – program performance evaluations

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks public input on the performance evaluations of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi; the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in New Jersey; and Alabama Coastal Area Management Program. Public meetings will be held in Moss Point, MS (24 August); Tuckerton, NJ (16 August); and Spanish Fort, AL (10 August). Written comments must be received by 19 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 40676 (6/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-22/pdf/2016-14607.pdf].

Guam – hazardous waste storage

clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it reached an agreement with the US Navy and Guam Industrial Services for hazardous waste storage issues at the Guam Shipyard at Apra Harbor. Among other things, the agreement calls for removal of an abandoned vessel grounded in the harbor. (6/21/16) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/us-epa-requires-proper-hazardous-waste-handling-guam-shipyard].

House – bill introduced to improve maritime transportation

clip_image015 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5531) to amend title 46, United States Code, to improve maritime transportation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/16).

Senate – bill introduced re marine mammal rescue

clip_image017 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2016 (S. 3059) to reauthorize and amend the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Grant Program and for other purposes. (6/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s3059is/pdf/BILLS-114s3059is.pdf].

Panama Canal – trial transit

clip_image019 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that it conducted another successful trial transit of the Expanded Canal, maneuvering a vessel through the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks. Inauguration of the expanded Canal will take place on Sunday, 26 June with the transit of the COSCO Shipping Panama. (6/20/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/06/20/pr594.html].

Panama Canal – new tariffs for neopanamax locks

clip_image019[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing new tariffs for tug and line handler services for the neopanamax locks. Advisory 35-2016 (6/20/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-35-2016.pdf].

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June 21st, 2016 at 11:05 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – convictions in oil dumping case;

USCG – FAQ re Subchapter M;

USCG – submittal of documents to MSC;

USCG – commercial fishing vessels proposal;

USCG – commercial fishing vessels withdrawal;

Lower Niagara River – safety zone proposed;

APHIS – use of ACE for submittal;

Alaska – subsea cable-laying;

EU Council – conclusions on the Arctic;

New Zealand – port fined for stevedore injury; and

MREN – NOT keeping the watch.

June 21, 2016

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USCG – convictions in oil dumping case

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the owner, operator, and two engineers of the freighter Gallia Graeca were convicted by a federal jury of twelve felony counts related to the dumping of oily water at sea while the ship was on a voyage to Seattle. Sentencing is scheduled for 16 September. (6/20/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2857046/].

USCG – FAQ re Subchapter M

clip_image004[1] The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) issued a notice containing a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the new Subchapter M – inspection of towing vessels. (6/20/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/20/6202016-subchapter-m-resources-frequently-asked-questions/].

USCG – submittal of documents to MSC

clip_image004[2] The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued a bulletin explaining the process for submittal of documents to the MSC for review in accordance with the new Subchapter M – inspection of towing vessels. Bulletin 04-16 (6/20/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/msc/docs/MSCIB_04-16.pdf].

USCG – commercial fishing vessels proposal

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its commercial fishing vessel regulations to align them with mandatory provisions of 2010 and 2012 legislation that took effect upon enactment. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 19 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 40437 (6/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14399.pdf].

USCG – commercial fishing vessels withdrawal

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard is withdrawing its advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) of 31 March 2008 affecting commercial fishing, fish processing, and fish tender vessels in light of the 2010 and 2012 legislation regarding these vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 40235 (6/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14400.pdf].

Lower Niagara River – safety zone proposed

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone on US waters of the Lower Niagara River considered not navigable as listed in the US Coast Pilot Book 6. Comments on the proposal must be received by 19 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 40226 (6/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14620.pdf].

APHIS – use of ACE for submittals

clip_image007 The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a final rule, effective immediately, providing the flexibility to allow the use of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system for submittal of information regarding the importation of exportation of covered animals and animal products and plants and plant products. 81 Fed. Reg. 40149 (6/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14616.pdf].

Alaska – subsea cable-laying

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Quintillion Subsea Operations to take, by harassment, small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a subsea cable-laying operation in state and federal waters of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. 81 Fed. Reg. 40274 (6/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14585.pdf].

EU Council – conclusions on the Arctic

clip_image011 The Council of the European Union issued a press release stating that it has developed Council conclusions on the Arctic, seeking to contribute to enhancing socio-economic resilience in the Arctic region. (6/20/16) [http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/06/20-fac-conclusions-arctic/].

New Zealand – port fined for stevedore injury

clip_image013 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that Port of Auckland Ltd has been fined $49,980 and ordered to pay $12,000 in reparations after a stevedore employed by the company fell nearly three meters off the unguarded edge of a ship’s hatch lid, leaving him temporarily unconscious and fracturing his elbow. (6/20/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160620a.asp].

MREN – NOT keeping the watch

clip_image015 In the June 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "NOT keeping the watch". In the article, I discuss how keeping a proper watch is commonplace, but that mariners sometimes fail to keep a proper watch due to various circumstances. The most common reasons for failure to keep a proper watch include: lack of skill; lack of training and knowledge; and lack of attention to detail. The most frequent causes of lack of attention to detail include: health; drug abuse; alcohol abuse; stress; fatigue; distraction; and complacency. The sea is unforgiving. (6/20/16).

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June 20th, 2016 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – inspection of towing vessels;

NMSAC – teleconference meeting on 5 July;

FMC – carriers urged to accept terminal container weights;

MARAD – battery use in a hybrid tug;

MARAD – energy efficiency white paper; and

Summer/winter solstice – 2234 UTC, 20 June 2016.

June 20, 2016

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USCG – inspection of towing vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule, which becomes effective on 2o July 2016, implementing the regulations addressing inspection of US towing vessels. With limited exceptions, there regulations apply to all US towing vessels with a length of 26 feet or more and to all US towing vessels regardless of length moving a barge carrying oil or hazardous material in bulk. The vast majority of these regulations will constitute the new Subchapter M of Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations. A portion of the regulations, focused on inspection and certification, will enter into effect immediately, although enforcement will be delayed. The remainder, addressing hardware issues such as lifesaving, fire protection, and construction and arrangement, will come into effect on 20 July 2018. 81 Fed. Reg. 40003 (6/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-20/pdf/2016-12857.pdf]. Note: This is a major rulemaking and will have a profound and long-term impact on the US towing industry.

NMSAC – teleconference meeting on 5 July

clip_image005 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet via teleconference on 5 July. Topics on the agenda include: the Cyber Security Information Sharing and Analysis Center; specifications for the Next Generation TWIC; and the Extremely Hazardous Cargo Strategy. 81 Fed. Reg. 39939 (6/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-20/pdf/2016-14512.pdf].

FMC – carriers urged to accept terminal container weights

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Chairman Mario Cordero is urging ocean carriers to accept the solution to verified gross mass (VGM) provided by the US Coast Guard. Container weight as determined by the terminal operator should be treated by the carrier as the VGM. He noted that any VGM compliance regime established under the auspices of a discussion agreement on file at the FMC that adds burdens to declaring container weights will invite increased scrutiny by the Commission. (6/16/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/cordero_urges_path_to_vgm_compliance/].

MARAD – battery use in a hybrid tug

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release announcing availability of a study evaluating the risks and benefits of the use of batteries in the power plant of a hybrid tug. (6/17/16) [http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/marad-announces-release-of-study-on-battery-risks-and-benefits-on-a-hybrid-tug/].

MARAD – energy efficiency white paper

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release announcing availability of an energy efficiency white paper for marine vessels. (6/17/16) [http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/marad-announces-release-of-energy-efficiency-white-paper/].

Summer/winter solstice – 2234 UTC, 20 June 2016

clip_image012 The summer/winter solstice, marking the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere, occurs at 2234 UTC on Monday, 20 June 2016. This represents the sun’s furthest progression northward for the year. This event previously was celebrated on 21 June, but the nefarious addition of stealth leap-seconds into our lives is finally impacting the very fabric of society.

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 17 June 2016

Headlines:

USMMA – standing down Sea Year;

USCG – recognition of icebreaker crew;

USCG – LNG fuel system inspection job aid;

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront;

Senate – bill introduced re marine mammal rescue;

Washington – Spill Response Task Force meeting on 21 June;

India – Day of the Seafarer; and

UK – cruise ship grounding.

June 17, 2016

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USMMA – standing down Sea Year

clip_image004 The US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association posted a statement from the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) announcing that, effective immediately, it is standing down its traditional ‘Sea Year’ of training for midshipmen on working US merchant marine vessels due to concerns of the safety of these young women and men regarding the threat of sexual assault and sexual harassment. This program cancellation will continue until the Academy is assured that this training program can be carried out in a safe environment. (6/16/16) [http://www.usmmaaf.com/s/1175/hybrid/social.aspx?sid=1175&gid=1&pgid=1544&cid=3212&ecid=3212&crid=0&calpgid=15&calcid=752].

USCG – recognition of icebreaker crew

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, will travel to Seattle to recognize three crew members for their quick thinking and ingenuity that helped save the mission of the icebreaker Polar Star during its recent deployment to the Antarctic. He will also present the crew a Coast Guard Unit Commendation Award. (6/16/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2855670/]. Note: The circumstances of these casualties, which can only be appreciated by reading the entire news release, highlight the precarious condition of the nation’s only heavy duty polar icebreaker.

USCG – LNG fuel system inspection job aid

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard posted the Domestic Vessel LNG Fuel System Inspection Job Aid, prepared by the Liquefied Gas Carrier (LGC) National Center of Expertise (NCOE). The job aid can be used by USCG personnel for initial and annual inspections and periodic safety test procedures (PSTPs for LNG fuel systems used onboard domestic vessels using LNG as fuel. The document also provides operators of such vessels with guidance as to what USCG inspections will entail. LGC NCOE Field Notice 02-2016 (6/16/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/lgcncoe/docs/LNG%20Fuel%20Job%20Aid.pdf].

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted the June edition of Waves on the Waterfront. This edition discusses, among other things, the MARPOL Reception Facility Certificate of Adequacy Program; FSO Voluntary Certified Courses; and information regarding the USCG Container Inspection, Training, and Assistance Team. (6/16/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/Waves%20on%20the%20Waterfront/WavesOnTheWaterfront(June%202016).pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re marine mammal rescue

clip_image010 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 3059) to reauthorize and amend the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Grant Program and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cantwell issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/15/16) [https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/news/press-releases/cantwell-sullivan-introduce-bill-to-bolster-marine-mammal-rescue-and-response].

Washington – Spill Response Task Force meeting on 21 June

clip_image012 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it will host the 21 June meeting of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force in Seattle. The meeting, which is open to the public, will address spill response programs and initiatives. (6/15/16) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/077.html].

India – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image014 The Government of India issued a notice stating that the Day of the Seafarer will be celebrated in Mumbai on 25 June. (6/16/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201606161116549879326invitation_car_250616.pdf].

UK – cruise ship grounding

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report on its investigation of the grounding of the cruise ship Hamburg on charted rocks near the New Rocks buoy in the Sound of Mull, Scotland on 11 May 2015. There were no injuries, but the vessel incurred significant racking damage. The primary cause of the casualty was the failure to apply bridge team management tools effectively, either before or after the grounding. (6/16/16) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/grounding-of-passenger-cruise-ship-hamburg].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – master surrenders license after diver death;

Senate – hearing on USCG’s increasing duties;

Panama Canal – new electronic charts; and

Totoaba – aquatic cocaine.

June 16, 2016

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USCG – master surrenders license after diver death

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the master of a commercial dive boat surrendered her license after the agency brought charges related to a death that occurred during one of her dive trips. She proceeded from one dive location to another without ensuring that all divers had safely returned aboard. It was only after arrival at the second site that one diver was determined to be missing. Despite an extensive search, the individual was never found and is presumed to have drowned. (6/15/16) [http://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-concludes-administrative-enforcement-action-against-commercial-passenger-vessel-operator/2016/06/15/].

Senate – hearing on USCG’s increasing duties

clip_image006 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted an oversight hearing on “Assessing the Coast Guard’s Increasing Duties: A focus on drug and migrant interdiction”. Testimony was received from Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, US Coast Guard. (6/15/16) [http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=1399B78C-1A22-4F8B-8961-EA8C135F67BF].

Panama Canal – new electronic charts

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that a new set of five electronic nautical charts (ENCs) Band 5, covering the entire Panama Canal operational area, has been released to the IC-ENC network of Value Added Resellers (VARs) for distribution and should be available to the international maritime community on 17 June. Advisory 34-2016 (6/14/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-34-2016-Rev.pdf].

Totoaba – aquatic cocaine

clip_image010 The totoaba is a marine fish. With a length of up to six feet, it is the largest member of the drum family. It is found only in the Gulf of California. Previously abundant, it has suffered from overfishing and from habitat loss. The fishery was banned in 1975, but continues illegally. It turns out that the totoaba has a large and unique swim bladder, which is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, used primarily in soups. One totoaba swim bladder (weighing about three-quarters of a pound) sells for approximately $6,000 on the Hong Kong black market, making it more expensive than cocaine.

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June 15th, 2016 at 10:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – NAVSAC members sought;

DHS – cybersecurity sharing policies;

House – hearing on USCG mission needs;

Court – lack of personal jurisdiction;

NATO – SAR exercise;

Great Barrier Reef – rodent extinction; and

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904.

June 15, 2016

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USCG – NAVSAC members sought

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice soliciting applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC). Applications should be submitted by 15 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 39060 (6/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-15/pdf/2016-14154.pdf].

DHS – cybersecurity sharing policies

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice announcing the availability of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) Final Guidance Documents. These documents address policies and procedures relating to receipt and sharing of cyber threat indicators and defensive measures by the federal government. 81 Fed. Reg. 39061 (6/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-15/pdf/2016-13742.pdf].

House – hearing on USCG mission needs

clip_image008 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Mission Needs and Resources Allocation. Subcommittee Chair Duncan Hunter (R-CA) noted that the subcommittee supports the Coast Guard but finds it difficult to unravel the true needs of the service from the various reports that it is provided. Testimony was heard from Admiral Charles Michel, USCG and Ms. Jennifer Grover of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). (6/14/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400365].

Court – lack of personal jurisdiction

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a complaint for personal injury filed in Louisiana against a Norwegian company for an incident that occurred off the coast of Russia. The court held that the defendant’s limited contacts with the United States, consisting wholly of eleven employee secondment agreements, were insufficient to satisfy due process concerns. Patterson v. Aker Solutions, No. 15-30690 (5th Cir., June 13, 2016) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30690-CV0.pdf].

NATO – SAR exercise

clip_image012 NATO issued a news release stating that its large scale search and rescue (SAR) exercise Dynamic Mercy 2016 has concluded are two months of diverse training. This year’s exercise involved twelve scenarios with fifteen rescue coordination centers (RCCs) from nine NATO countries. (6/8/16) [http://www.shape.nato.int/2016/nato-helps-promote-search-and-rescue-training].

Great Barrier Reef – rodent extinction

clip_image014 The Queensland Department of Environment and Health Protection issued its survey report concerning the status of the Bramble Cay melomys. This is a small rodent found only on Bramble Cay, a small island off the northern coast of Queensland and is (or was) the only known mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef. While once fairly prolific, it has not been detected on the island in some years, due to habitat loss and sea level rise. The report recommends that the species be classified as extinct. (6/14/16) [https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species/documents/bramble-cay-melomys-survey-report.pdf].

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

clip_image016 On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. Congress responded by adopting a series of bills providing the Steamboat Inspection Service with authority to prescribe measures to prevent and extinguish fires and to determine the amount and type of lifesaving equipment to be carried on board.

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June 14th, 2016 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – MTSA effectiveness;

USCG – Sector Maryland-National Capital Region;

USCG – CRADA re outboard diesel engine technology;

USCG – CRADA re laser eye protection;

USCG – CRADA re small unmanned aircraft;

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports; and

BTS – Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group.

June 14, 2016

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USCG – MTSA effectiveness

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an article on MTSA Effectiveness. The article analyzes how effectively USCG inspectors and the operators of regulated facilities have implemented and incorporated the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). (6/13/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/docs/MTSA%20Effectiveness.pdf].

USCG – Sector Maryland-National Capital Region

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, changing the name of Sector Baltimore to Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. 81 Fed. Reg. 38592 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-13983.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re outboard diesel engine technology

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Cox Powertrain to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. Comments must be submitted by 14 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38725 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14074.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re laser eye protection

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Metamaterials Technologies USA Inc. to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with laser eye protection technology. Comments must be submitted by 24 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 38726 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14038.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re small unmanned aircraft

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems and their airborne sensors to determine their potential for use in a maritime environment by a first responder and Department of Homeland Security operational components. Comments must be submitted by 14 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38723 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14073.pdf].

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing the availability of the revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for 2015. 81 Fed. Reg. 38676 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14015.pdf].

BTS – Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group

clip_image009 The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) issued a notice stating that the Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group will meet in Washington, DC on 15 July to provide advice and recommendations on matters related to port performance measures. 81 Fed. Reg. 38773 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-13991.pdf].

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June 13th, 2016 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – advance copy of Subchapter M;

Alaska – long-range medevac;

USCG – VCS policy letter;

NTSB – ill-advised meeting leads to collision;

DOJ – USN Rear Admiral pleads guilty;

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum;

Jacksonville – RNA proposed;

FMC – optional method of filing agreements;

Oregon – Portland harbor Superfund Site;

House – hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements;

House – bill introduced re HMTF spending;

IMO – “At Sea for All”;

IMO – cyber risk management for ships;

Australia – VGM implementation; and

Singapore – inspection of Yemeni shipments.

June 13, 2016

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USCG – advance copy of Subchapter M

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has posted for inspection an advance copy of its final rule concerning inspection of towing vessels (better known as Subchapter M). The official version is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on 20 June. (6/10/16) [https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-12857.pdf].

Alaska – long-range medevac

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a cadet suffering from pneumonia and respiratory complications was medically evacuated from the cargo ship Maunawili in the Gulf of Alaska 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. The Coast Guard utilized two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and an HC-130 Hercules to accomplish the long-range medevac. (6/10/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2842294/].

USCG – VCS policy letter

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the implementation and interpretation of the final rule for the design and operation of new and existing marine vapor control systems (VCSs) designed and installed in accordance with 33 CFR part 154, subpart P. Specifically, this policy letter interprets requirements for the line size expansion, liquid seals, and anti-flashback burner compliance. CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-16 (6/2/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/CG-ENG_POL_02-16.pdf].

NTSB – ill-advised meeting leads to collision

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Marine Accident Brief concerning the collision between the tows of the towing vessels Capt. Shorty and Jackie on 20 July 2015 in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Port Bolivar, Texas. There were no injuries or water pollution, but three of the barges sustained damages including one that caught fire. The probable cause of the casualty was the operators’ attempt to meet in a location known for strong currents and shoaling, which was contrary to published guidance for that waterway. MAB-16-05 (6/10/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1605.pdf].

DOJ – USN Rear Admiral pleads guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a US Navy Rear Admiral pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he lied to federal investigators to conceal his illicit years-long relationship with a foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal. (6/9/16 [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-admiral-pleads-guilty-lying-federal-investigators-about-his-relationship-foreign].

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that heads of the eight coast guard agencies of the Artic nations signed a joint statement in Boston establishing the framework for the Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s multi-year strategic plan. The Forum membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The framework addresses avenues to share information, highlight best practices, identify training exercises, and conduct on-the-water combined operations to achieve safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. (6/10/16) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/arctic-stakeholders-gain-momentum-through-historic-forum/].

Jacksonville – RNA proposed

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) covering the St. Mary’s Entrance Channel, portions of the Cumberland Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean that will be in effect whenever any Navy submarine (foreign or domestic) is being escorted by the Coast Guard and operating within the jurisdictional limits of Sector Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal must be received by 13 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38119 (6/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13861.pdf].

FMC – optional method of filing agreements

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice confirming that its direct final rule of 27 April relating to an optional method of filing ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements will become effective on 13 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 38109 (6/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13889.pdf].

Oregon – Portland Harbor Superfund Site

clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing that it has prepared a Proposed Plan to clean up the in-water portion of the Portland (Oregon) Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately ten miles of the Lower Willamette River. The EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout this stretch. Public meetings will be held in Portland on 24 June, 29 June, 11 July, and 20 July. Written comments must be postmarked by 8 August. (6/9/16) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/proposed-epa-cleanup-plan-will-make-portland-harbor-safer-and-healthier-all].

House – hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements

clip_image015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a press release stating that, on 14 June, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements. (6/10/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400421].

House – bill introduced re HMTF spending

clip_image015[1] Representative Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5417) to require full spending of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, provide for expanded uses of the Fund, and prevent cargo diversion, and for other purposes. (6/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5417ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5417ih.pdf].

IMO – “At Sea for All”

clip_image017 The IMO posted a video of Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s Day of the Seafarer 2016 message. The theme for this year’s commemoration, which occurs on 26 June, is “At Sea for All”, emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes, but for all. (6/10/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/Multimedia/Video/Pages/Default.aspx?playerUrl=X1ekMG33nZ8&autoplay=true&title=IMO%20Secretary%20General%20-%20Day%20of%20the%20Seafarer%202016].

IMO – cyber risk management for ships

clip_image017[1] The US Coast Guard posted draft IMO guidelines on cyber risk management for ships. The final guidelines should be available in the near future. (6/10/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/Draft_IMO_Guidelines_Cyber_Risk_Management.pdf].

Australia – VGM implementation

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that from 1 July it will implement changes to regulations for container weight verifications in the shipping industry, requiring shippers to provide a verified gross mass (VGM) for containers prior to loading on ships. (6/10/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/10062016_Media_Release_Containerweightrulesforsafeandcleanseas.pdf].

Singapore – inspection of Yemeni shipments

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2216 (2015) providing for inspection of shipments intended for Yemeni ports. Shipping Circular 13-2016 (6/10/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/af34a511-c085-4a6d-a951-3db477f18274].

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    logo11 NOT keeping the watch

    In the June 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "NOT keeping the watch". In the article, I discuss how keeping a proper watch is commonplace, but that mariners sometimes fail to keep a proper watch due to various circumstances. The most common reasons for failure to keep a proper watch include: lack of skill; lack of training and knowledge; and lack of attention to detail. The most common causes of lack of attention to detail include: health; drug abuse; alcohol abuse; stress; fatigue; distraction; and complacency. The sea is unforgiving.