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July 31st, 2015 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 July 2015

Headlines:

USCG – MMC credential production improvements;

OFAC – sanctions re Crimea;

EPA – award for “geofencing”;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo;

House – bill introduced re multimodal freight network;

House – Coast Guard resolution introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re ICOOS;

Australia – absence of lookouts;

Canada – enhancement of Arctic marine safety; and

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789.

July 31, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. My train of thought left the station without me.

USCG – MMC credential production improvements

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/credential_production_improvements_announcement.pdf] announcing planned improvements in the processes used to create merchant mariner credentials (MMCs), improving both the quality and security of these documents. Previously-issued documents will remain valid until their listed expiration dates. (7/30/15).

OFAC – sanctions re Crimea

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150730.aspx] announcing additions to its sectoral sanctions identification list with respect to the economic sanctions related to the situation in Crimea. The list includes various ports in the Crimea, as well as various energy-related entities. (7/30/15).

EPA – award for “geofencing”

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release [located at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/3c1e939ab50e4cbf85257e920055ad07!OpenDocument] stating that the Coastal and Marine Operations (CAMO) Group will receive a Second Place 2015 Gulf Guardian Award for its environmental accomplishments in the Gulf of Mexico. The CAMO Group is using technology called “geofencing” to prevent oil spills. The system works to monitor activity near pipelines and warns vessels against dropping anchor and potentially striking a pipeline and causing a spill. (7/30/15).

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo

clip_image010 Representative Emmer (R-MN) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 3238) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr3238ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr3238ih.pdf] to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Representative Emmer issued a press release [located at https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/emmer-castor-introduce-legislation-lift-cuba-embargo] explaining the measure. (7/28/15).

House – bill introduced re multimodal freight network

clip_image010[1] Representative Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3398) to improve the condition and performance of the national multimodal freight network, and for other purposes. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (7/29/15).

House – Coast Guard resolution introduced

clip_image010[2] Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 68) expressing the sense of Congress regarding the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Coast Guard. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (7/29/15).

Senate – bill introduced re ICOOS

clip_image012 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 1886) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 and for other purposes. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (7/29/15).

Australia – absence of lookouts

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between the container ship Kota Wajar and the yacht Blazing Keel in Moreton Bay on 6 July 2014. The collision occurred at about 0419, in clear visibility. The container ship was southbound in the main channel, while the yacht, with two persons on board, was headed southwest. No one on either vessel observed the other vessel prior to the collision. The container ship had two deck officers, a helmsman, and a pilot on the bridge, but there was no dedicated lookout. On the yacht, the master/owner and his wife were both below deck. There were no serious injuries and the yacht, though damaged, survived the collision. MO-2014-006 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5320233/mo2014006_final.pdf] (7/30/15).

Canada – enhancement of Arctic marine safety

clip_image016 The Government of Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=2&nid=1012079&crtr.tp1D=1] stating that it is investing $22.7 million over five years to improve the safety of marine transportation in the Arctic. Multi-beam sonar systems will be installed on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers. Coast Guard Auxiliary presence in remote Arctic locations will be enhanced. Marine navigation services and infrastructure in the Arctic will be enhanced. (7/30/15).

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789

clip_image018 Getting a new nation started is a complex operation. After the adoption of the Constitution by the various states of the United States, there were elections for President and for the House of Representatives, as well appointments to the Senate. Then, these august gentlemen (august gentlewomen were not invited) got together and began enacting legislation. On 4 July 1789, in one of their first official actions, they assessed duties on arriving vessels. It then occurred to someone that they had failed to provide for the payment of those duties. Therefore, on 31 July 1789, Congress adopted the Collection of Duties Act, which required vessels arriving in ports of the United States to actually pay the previously imposed duties. President George Washington appointed the various Collectors of Customs in August 1789.

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July 30th, 2015 at 10:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 July 2015

Headlines:

USCG – aquaculture support vessel proposal;

FERC – EIS for Texas LNG project;

MARAD – hydrogen fuel cell technology;

House – bill introduced re National Icebreaker Fund;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo;

Court – open and obvious danger;

UK – alcohol-induced casualties; and

The “Black Tom Island” incident – 30 July 1916.

July 30, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. My train of thought left the station without me.

USCG – aquaculture support vessel proposal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to implement section 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that grants the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented vessel with only a registry endorsement or a foreign-flag vessel to be used in certain aquaculture support operations. The Coast Guard proposes to require the owner or operator of such vessel to notify the Coast Guard of the waiver and to establish operational and geographic requirements applicable to the vessel. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 28 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 45491 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-30/pdf/2015-18620.pdf] (7/30/15).

FERC – EIS for Texas LNG project

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the planned Texas LNG Brownsville LLC liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export terminal. A public scoping meeting will be held in Port Isabel (11 August). Comments must be received by 24 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 45520 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-30/pdf/2015-18682.pdf] (7/30/15).

MARAD – hydrogen fuel cell technology

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2015/maritime-administration-provides-500000-to-study-hydrogen-fuel-cell-technology-for-maritime-applications/] announcing the availability of $500,000 in funding to support a feasibility study for the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology and a hydrogen refueling station. (7/28/15).

House – bill introduced re National Icebreaker Fund

clip_image010 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the National Icebreaker Fund Act of 2015 (H.R. 3214) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr3214ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr3214ih.pdf] to amend title 14, United States Code, to establish the National Icebreaker Fund to pay the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, lease, or charter of icebreakers for the Coast Guard, and for other purposes. (7/27/15).

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo

clip_image010[1] Representative Emmer (R-MN) introduced a bill (H.R. 3238) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Emmer issued a press release [located at https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/emmer-castor-introduce-legislation-lift-cuba-embargo] explaining the measure. (7/28/15).

Court – open and obvious danger

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment order in favor of defendant cruise ship operator. Plaintiff passenger alleged that defendant was negligent because the water in the ship’s swimming pool was green, cloudy, and murky and that after he seam in the pool he became ill. Plaintiff conceded that he observed the condition of the water before entering the pool, but alleged that defendant still had a duty to warn him of the danger. The court ruled that the duty to warn in the maritime tort context extends to only known dangers which are not apparent and obvious. Smith v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, No. 15-10658 (11th Cir., July 29, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201510658.pdf].

UK – alcohol-influenced casualties

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into two fatalities connected with the workboat GPS Battler off Almeria, Spain on 12 August 2014 and in Marin, Spain on 6 January 2015. In the first casualty, the master after the open tender returning from the marina was overwhelmed in choppy seas. In the second casualty, a mate fell into the water from the quay while waiting for access arrangements to the workboat. In both incidents, the blood-alcohol level of the individuals was in excess of the legal limit. Report 17-2015 [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/448844/MAIBInvReport-17_2015.pdf] (7/29/15).

The “Black Tom Island” incident – 30 July 1916

clip_image016 The “Black Tom Island” incident occurred on Sunday, 30 July 1916. German saboteurs ignited a fire at the munitions-loading facility in Jersey City, across from Manhattan. The ensuing explosions destroyed the waterfront facility and largely obliterated the island, killing four persons and causing over $40 million in property damage. It was the first state-sponsored terrorist attack in US history and was the genesis of the Coast Guard’s port security program. The linked article (http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/security/Black_Tom-a.pdf) provides further details.

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July 29th, 2015 at 11:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 July 2015

Headlines:

FEMA – PSGP allocation;

USCG – seeking marine investigator;

MARAD & USCG – LNG DWP EIS;

OSHA – shipyard seeks permanent variance;

USCG – initial findings re MV Fennica casualty;

USCG – Polar Code background and information;

House – bill introduced re National Icebreaker Fund;

House – hearing on 28 July;

China – domestically-produced VTS; and

Singapore – LNG bunker supplier sought.

July 29, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. My train of thought left the station without me.

FEMA – PSGP allocation

clip_image004 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMC) issued a bulletin announcing the allocation of federal preparedness grants, including for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), which totals $100 million for FY 2015. Information Bulletin 405 [located at http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1438103635994-637d277a4ce5de2e3d86d2b41acb3a40/IB_405_FY_2015_Allocation_Announcement_Final.pdf]. (7/28/15).

USCG – seeking marine investigator

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued an announcement [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/411069000] stating that it seeks to hire a non-supervisory marine investigator (GS-1801-12) at Corpus Christi. Applications must be received by 11 August. (7/28/15).

MARAD & USCG – LNG DWP EIS

clip_image008 clip_image006[1] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it and the US Coast Guard intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) as part of the environmental review of the Delfin LNG LLC deepwater port (DWP) license application. Public meetings will be held in Lake Charles, LA (18 August) and Beaumont, TX (19 August). Comments must be received by 28 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 45270 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18594.pdf] (7/29/15).

OSHA – shipyard seeks permanent variance

clip_image010 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Newport News Shipbuilding for a permanent variance from the prohibition against shipyard employers permitting workers to ride the hook or the load, from swinging or suspending loads over the heads of workers, and placing employees in a hazardous position between a swinging load and a fixed object while engaged in construction and assembly of modular ship sections. Comments on the application must be received by 28 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 45238 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18468.pdf] (7/29/15).

USCG – initial findings re MV Fennica casualty

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2572850/] the initial findings of the investigation into the casualty suffered by the motor vessel Fennica in Dutch Harbor has been sent to the USCG Investigations National Center of Expertize for analysis. Initial information indicates that the vessel’s charts were up to date; that the vessel’s draft was 26.25 feet; that a subsequent survey revealed an uncharted shoal along the vessel’s track; and that the vessel’s master, mate, and pilot showed no evidence of drug or alcohol use. (7/28/15). Note: This casualty demonstrates another difficulty regarding maritime operations in polar and near-polar waters – those waters are not well charted.

USCG – Polar Code background and information

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing background and update information regarding the IMO Polar Code. (7/28/15).

House – bill introduced re National Icebreaker Fund

clip_image014 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3214) to amend title 14, United States Code, to establish the National Icebreaker Fund to pay the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, lease, or charter of icebreakers for the Coast Guard, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/27/15).

House – hearing on 28 July

clip_image014[1] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399235] regarding the Federal Radionavigation Plan, the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015, and the National Icebreaker Fund Act of 2015. Testimony was received from Mr. Gary Rasicot, USCG; Ms. Mary Landry, USCG; Ms. Karen Van Dyke, Department of Transportation; and Mr. Martin Faga. (7/24/15).

China – domestically-produced VTS

clip_image016 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=163] announcing development of a domestically-produced vessel traffic system (VTS). (7/28/15).

Singapore – LNG bunker supplier sought

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=nr150728.xml] stating that a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been launched for interested parties to apply for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier license. Proposals must be received by 30 September. (7/28/15).

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July 28th, 2015 at 11:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 July 2015

Headlines:

Block Island – offshore wind energy;

BSEE – guidelines re hurricane season;

IMO – GloMEEP;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on enclosed space entry; and

UK – MAIB annual report.

July 28, 2015

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Block Island – offshore wind energy

clip_image004 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-and-director-hopper-laud-construction-of-nations-first-offshore-wind-farm.cfm] announcing commencement of the construction of the nation’s first offshore wind energy project. Deepwater Wind is being constructed in state waters about three nautical miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. It will supply electrical power to the island and to the mainland when completed in 2016. (7/27/15).

BSEE – guidelines re hurricane season

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Releases-Updated-Notice-To-Lessees-During-Hurricane-Season/] stating that it issued updated guidelines to offshore lessees clarifying reporting requirements related to personnel evacuation, production curtailment, and shut-in activity intended to mitigate risks associated with hurricanes and tropical storms on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). (7/27/15).

IMO – GloMEEP

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/35-glomeep-signing.aspx] stating that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding a two-year Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), to be administered by the IMO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). GloMEEP aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures, particularly in developing countries. (7/27/15).

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on enclosed space entry

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Paris MOU issued a press release [located at https://www.parismou.org/launch-joint-concentrated-inspection-campaign-crew-familiarization-enclosed-space-entry] stating that the joint Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) for 1 September through 30 November 2015 will focus on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry. (7/27/15).

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2014 [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maib-annual-report-for-2014]. For the fifth year in succession, no UK vessel of >100gt has been lost. In addition, there were no crew deaths on any UK merchant vessel of >100gt and a review of records for the past 50 years reveals that this has never happened before. (7/27/15).

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July 27th, 2015 at 11:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 July 2015

Headlines:

Florida – search for teens continues;

USCG – NVIC re marine casualty reporting;

USCG – risk of “internet of things”;

USCG – technical changes to Title 33, CFR;

FWS – green sea turtle; and

BSEE – response equipment verified.

July 27, 2015

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Florida – search for teens continues

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2566510/] stating the search for two teenage boys continues in waters off Florida after the boat on which they went fishing was located capsized 67 nautical miles off Ponce Inlet, Florida. The boys had departed from Jupiter, Florida on 24 July for a fishing trip. (7/26/15).

USCG – NVIC re marine casualty reporting

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) regarding marine casualty reporting procedures, along with associated standard interpretations. The circular is intended to clarify terminology ad phrases within the regulatory context, draw attention to helpful regulatory citations, and provide concise policy interpretations to assist involved parties in the casualty reporting process. NVIC 01-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2015/navic-01-15_Marine_Casualty_Reporting20150721.pdf] (7/21/15).

USCG – risk of “internet of things”

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice entitled “Cyber drivers” discussing potential threats posed by the “internet of things”, as evidenced by the recent report of the remote hacking of a vehicle being driven on a highway. Theoretically similar hacking could occur with ships and terminals as they become increasingly automated. Proper risk analysis can minimize this threat. (7/23/15).

USCG – technical changes to Title 33, CFR

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule making technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to regulations throughout Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), dealing with navigation and navigable waters. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 44274 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/pdf/2015-16520.pdf] (7/27/15).

FWS – green sea turtle

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has extended, through 26 August, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to revise the listings of the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act. 80 Fed. Reg. 44322 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/pdf/2015-18246.pdf] (7/27/15).

BSEE – response equipment verified

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/2015/BSEE-Verifies-Response-Equipment-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/] stating that it recently boarded the oil spill response vessel Louisiana Responder to test the response equipment. It also verified response equipment stored ashore and witnessed the testing of a skimmer and other associated equipment. (7/23/15).

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July 24th, 2015 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 July 2015

Headlines:

DOJ – ADA settlement with cruise line;

NY/NJ – diesel emission reduction;

Norfolk – major infrastructure project;

OFAC – economic sanctions re North Korea;

FERC – EIS for LNG project;

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel security;

Court – alleged salvage claim fails;

Washington – marine risk management position open;

Gulf of Aden – disabled ship towed to port;

Canada – shore power at Vancouver terminals;

Eastland sinking – 24 July 1915; and

Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956.

July 24, 2015

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DOJ – ADA settlement with cruise line

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-agreement-carnival-corp-over-ada-violations-carnival-cruise-line] stating that agreement has been reached with the parent of three major cruise lines regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding equal access opportunities for individuals with disabilities who travel on cruise ships. Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation will have 42 existing ships and seven ships in various stages of design and construction surveyed and remediated to comply with ADA regulations and provide specific ADA training to employees and managers. In addition, it will pay a civil penalty of $55,000 and $350,000 in damages to individuals harmed by past discrimination. (7/23/15).

NY/NJ – diesel emission reduction

clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release [located at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/d2153063509fabd985257e8b00572f46!OpenDocument] stating that it reached an agreement with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and with port terminal operators to cut emissions of harmful air pollution from diesel exhaust. Among other things, the parties will reduce truck idling and provide funding for replacement of old trucks. (7/23/15).

Norfolk – major infrastructure project

clip_image008 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release [located at http://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-breaks-ground-major-infrastructure-projects-virginia] Transportation Secretary Foxx participated in a ground-breaking at the Port of Norfolk to provide direct access between the port terminals and the interstate highway. (7/23/15).

OFAC – economic sanctions re North Korea

clip_image010 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150723.aspx] updating its list of specially designated nationals (SDNs) under the North Korean economic sanctions to include an additional shipping company, ship management company, and vessel. (7/23/15).

FERC – EIS for LNG project

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the environmental impact statement for the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana. Comments must be received by 8 September. 80 Fed. Reg. 44093 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/pdf/2015-18105.pdf] (7/24/15).

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel security

clip_image014 Representative Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (H.R. 3142) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr3142ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr3142ih.pdf] to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. (7/21/15).

Court – alleged salvage claim fails

clip_image016 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment against the alleged salvor of two Spanish shipwrecks due to lack of evidence of discovery and other elements to establish a salvage claim. St. Michael Press v. One Unknown Wreck, No. 14-15309 (11th Cir., July 23, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201415309.pdf].

Washington – marine risk management position open

clip_image018 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a notice [located at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1194075]stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Marine Risk Management Lead (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3. (7/22/15).

Gulf of Aden – disabled ship towed to port

clip_image020 The EU Naval Force issued a press release [located at http://eunavfor.eu/operation-atalanta-warships-assist-stricken-italian-merchant-vessel-in-the-gulf-of-aden/] stating that one of its warships towed the Italian merchant vessel Altina to the port of Djibouti for repairs after it developed engine problems and was drifting at sea in the Gulf of Aden. (7/23/15).

Canada – shore power at Vancouver terminals

clip_image022 Transport Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1005239] stating that it is providing funding for installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals. (7/22/15).

Eastland sinking – 24 July 1915

clip_image024 On 24 July 1915 (one hundred years ago today), the passenger vessel EASTLAND capsized and sank at its dock on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Of the approximately 2,600 persons on board, 844 drowned. It remains the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes. The ship was launched in 1903 and immediately acquired a reputation for being tender. It was top-heavy, with the center of gravity being too high, particularly when a large number of passengers congregated on the top deck. On the fatal date, the Western Electric Company had chartered the EASTLAND and two other passenger vessels to take employees and their families to a picnic in Michigan City. Legislation resulting from the Titanic disaster had recently been enacted requiring the EASTLAND and other passenger ships to install new (and heavier) lifeboats, further exacerbating its listing problem. At about 7:15 in the morning, shortly before the ship was due to get underway, it began to list to port. Despite desperate efforts by the crew to ballast the vessel, it lurched onto its side and sank at the pier. The company president and three senor company officers were indicted for manslaughter, but never tried. Legislation was later adopted mandating improvements to vessel stability.

Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956

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The Swedish passenger ship Stockholm and the Italian passenger ship Andrea Doria collided on the edge of a heavy fog bank off Nantucket on 25 July 1956. The Andrea Doria sank several hours after the collision, but not before 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued. There were 46 deaths. While the exact cause of the casualty has never been determined, it appears to have been a “radar-assisted” collision, with the officers of the watch on both vessels misinterpreting the radar images and taking the wrong actions. The wreck of the Andrea Doria has become a popular, though notorious, destination for deep-sea divers. The Stockholm was rebuilt following the collision. It has gone through a number of owners and names and sailed for many years as the cruise ship MV Athena. On 3 December 2008, it was attacked by pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden, but was able to evade the attempted boarding. It is now owned by a Portuguese company and sails as the MV Azores.

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July 23rd, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 July 2015

Headlines:

USCG – rescue swimmer excels;

USCG – search suspended for missing diver;

Portland – temporary safety zone;

Chukchi Sea – conditional drilling permit issued;

FMC – Northwest Seaport Alliance approved;

Senate – bill introduced to prohibit Arctic Ocean drilling;

Australia – garbage dumping fines imposed; and

New Zealand – dredger sentenced after worker death.

July 23, 2015

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USCG – rescue swimmer excels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2563886/] describing the rescue of four crew members of grounded fishing vessel near Cape Blanco, Oregon. After the rescue swimmer was deployed from the USCG helicopter, problems with the hoist mechanism required the rescue swimmer to bring each of the four crew members to shore from the vessel. This was accomplished despite five-foot seas and 30-mph winds. A second news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2564569/] provides further details, including an audio recording. (7/22/15).

USCG – search suspended for missing diver

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2564925/] stating that it has suspended the search for a diver missing in waters 60 miles south of Nantucket. The individual was diving on the wreck of the Andrea Doria. In the past ten years, six divers are known to have died in this area. (7/22/15).

Portland – temporary safety zone

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2564142/] stating that a temporary safety zone and a voluntary First Amendment area have been established on certain waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon adjacent to the drilling support vessel Fennica. (7/22/15).

Chukchi Sea – conditional drilling permits issued

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Approves-Limited-Drilling-Activities-in-Arctic-Waters-Under-Rigorous-Safety-Requirements/] stating that conditional approval has been given to two Applications for Permits to Drill (APD) by Shell to conduct limited exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska. The APDs limit Shell to drilling only the top sections of wells and prohibit Shell from drilling into oil-bearing zones until the capping stack is on hand and deployable within 24 hours. (7/22/15).

FMC – Northwest Seaport Alliance approved

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-12/] announcing that the Commissioners unanimously approved the Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201228) to become effective on 23 July, to be known as the Northwest Seaport Alliance. (7/21/15).

Senate – bill introduced to prohibit Arctic Ocean drilling

clip_image010 Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2105 (S. 1794) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1794is/pdf/BILLS-114s1794is.pdf] to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Senator Merkley issued a press release [located at http://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-announces-bill-to-stop-arctic-ocean-drilling] explaining the measure. (7/16/15).

Australia – garbage dumping fines imposed

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/20072015_Masterandownerfinedforillegaldisposal.pdf] stating that the master and owner of a bulk carrier have been convicted of illegally dumping garbage in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The owner was fined $4,000 and the master was fined $300. (7/22/15).

New Zealand – dredger sentenced after worker death

clip_image014 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2015/20150722a.asp] stating that a dredging company has been fined $79,000 and ordered to pay $42,000 in reparation after the death of a worker, crushed on a dredging barge in Auckland on 19 November 2013. The company was found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees at work. (7/16/15).

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July 21st, 2015 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 July 2015

Headlines:

Texas – barge collision and fire;

USCG – involvement in Arctic operations;

Arctic Ocean – joint SAR exercise;

USN – impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic;

FERC – tidal power license extension;

Maryland – delegation of OCS air regulations;

CBP – quarterly interest rates; and

House – bill introduced re EEZ boundary.

July 21, 2015

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Texas – barge collision and fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2562090/] stating that there was a collision at mile marker 349 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula and a fire ensued. At about 0120, the eastbound tug Capt. Shorty C pushing two barges and the westbound tug Jackie pushing two barges collided. One of the barges, carrying approximately one million gallons of naphtha, ignited but the fire was later extinguished. It is not believed that any significant amount of product was released into the waterway. A second news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2562922/] states that the waterway was reopened after the barges were moved out of the channel. No injuries have been reported.

USCG – involvement in Arctic operations

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted remarks delivered by Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, regarding USCG involvement in Arctic operations. Topics included oversight of Shell Oil operations in the Chukchi Sea; collaborative work with other nations on Arctic issues; training for ice rescue operations; marine environmental protection; and Coast Guard icebreakers. (7/20/15).

Arctic Ocean – joint SAR exercise

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2561774/] stating that a joint federal, state, municipal, and private sector search and rescue (SAR) drill was conducted in waters of the Arctic Ocean near Deadhorse, Alaska. The exercise included use of unmanned aircraft systems to locate the site of the simulated distress and relay images to response personnel. (7/20/15).

USN – impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90222] stating that the service is undertaking new initiatives regarding the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on maritime and naval operations. Among other things, it is studying the effects of changing Arctic conditions on low-frequency sound in the water; improved hull design for ice operations; and ice-phobic coatings to prevent ice from adhering to exposed materials. (7/20/15).

FERC – tidal power license extension

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Ocean Renewable Power Company seeking an extension of its license term for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project in Maine. Comments on the application must be received within 30 days. 80 Fed. Reg. 43082 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/pdf/2015-17787.pdf] (7/21/15).

Maryland – delegation of OCS air regulations

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has delegated to the State of Maryland authority to implement and enforce sections of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 43088 [located at ] (7/21/15).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image012 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, for the calendar quarter beginning 1 July, the interest rates for overpayments will be 2% for corporation and 3% for non-corporations, and the interest rate for underpayments will be 3% for both. 80 Fed. Reg. 43102 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/pdf/2015-17820.pdf] (7/21/15).

House – bill introduced re EEZ boundary

clip_image014 Representative Zeldin (R-NY) introduced the EEZ Clarification Act (H.R. 3070) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr3070ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr3070ih.pdf] to clarify that for purposes of all Federal laws governing marine fisheries management, the landward boundary of the exclusive economic zone between areas south of Montauk, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island, and for other purposes. (7/15/15).

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July 20th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 July 2015

Headlines:

BSEE – GIUE conducted;

Senate – bill introduced to prohibit Arctic Ocean drilling;

IHO – ECDIS Standards revisions; and

IHO – ECDIS performance check.

July 20, 2015

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BSEE – GIUE conducted

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Oil-Spill-Preparedness-Division-Conducts-Unannounced-Exercise-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/] stating that it conducted a Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) to test the readiness of Enterprise Field Services, LLC in responding to a simulated spill event. (7/17/15).

Senate – bill introduced to prohibit Arctic Ocean drilling

clip_image006 Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bill (S. 1794) to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Merkley issued a press release [located at http://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-announces-bill-to-stop-arctic-ocean-drilling] explaining the measure. (7/16/15).

IHO – ECDIS Standards revisions

clip_image008 The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) issued a press release [located at http://www.iho.int/mtg_docs/misc_docs/NewReleasesForECDIS_PressRelease.pdf] announcing new versions of some of its ECDIS Standards. The revisions reflect lessons learned from earlier reports of unexpected chart behavior in some ECDIS. Among other things, the number of alarms raised as a result of safety checking has been reduced and the names of fairways and anchorage areas will now appear on the ECDIS display as a “hover-over” function. The new editions enter into force on 1 August 2015 with a twelve month transition period. (7/7/15).

IHO – ECDIS performance check

clip_image008[1] The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) issued a press release [located at http://www.iho.int/srv1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=585:news&catid=166:1news-links&Itemid=287&lang=en] stating that it has produced two simple fictitious ENC datasets designed to alert mariners to the possibility that their ECDIS software may require updating. (7/7/15).

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July 17th, 2015 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 July 2015

Headlines:

NTSB – towboat sinking;

BSEE – inspections of drilling vessels & equipment;

Puget Sound – safety zones & RNA extended;

Tacoma – RNA proposed;

IWUB – meeting on 12 August;

FMC – request for additional information;

USCG – BWMS LOIs;

Everett – proposed bridge modifications;

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re EEZ boundary;

Court – early access to DWH claim-specific information;

ReCAAP – summary for May 2015;

Singapore – maritime health declaration; and

UK – Maritime Growth Study.

July 17, 2015

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NTSB – towboat sinking

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation into the sinking of the towing vessel Jim Marko on the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis on 1 July 2014. There were no injuries, but the vessel was a total constructive loss. The probable cause of the casualty was determined to be the master’s decision to continue operations with a known hull breach in the vicinity of the waterline, along with the lack of watertight integrity due to watertight doors on the main deck being left open while underway. MAB 15-13 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1513.pdf] (7/16/15). Note: The lesson here is that if you can’t pump the water out of the hull faster than it is coming in, you are in trouble. That is why hulls are generally designed without holes at or below the waterline.

BSEE – inspections of drilling vessels and equipment

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-personnel-conduct-inspections-in-Dutch-Harbor/] stating that it inspected the marine vessel Noble Discoverer and the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer in Dutch Harbor to ensure their status and their compliance with applicable laws and regulations relating to planning drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea. BSEE also inspected the capping stack onboard the ice management vessel Fennica. The Fennica had incurred damage during a recent grounding, but the capping stack was found to not be damaged in the incident. (7/16/15).

Puget Sound – safety zones & RNA extended

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule extending, through 31 July, the safety zones and regulated navigation area (RNA) in Puget Sound with regard to the Shell Arctic drilling/exploration vessels and associated voluntary First Amendment area. 80 Fed. Reg. 42388 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17615.pdf] (7/17/15).

Tacoma – RNA proposed

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) at the Middle Waterway Superfund Cleanup Site in Commencement Bay, Tacoma to protect the sediment cap areas in the cleanup site. Comments on the proposal must be received by 17 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 42440 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17481.pdf] (7/17/15).

IWUB – meeting on 12 August

clip_image011 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will meet in Nashville on 12 August. Topics on the agenda include the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) Capital Investment Program; proposed modifications to the Lock Performance Monitoring System (LPMS) Reporting Process; and proposed process modifications for reporting navigation notices of maritime interests. 80 Fed. Reg. 42485 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17538.pdf] (7/17/15).

FMC – request for additional information

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has requested the parties to Agreement No. 201227-002-003: Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (PPOIA) to provide additional information. This action prevents the agreement amendments from becoming effective as originally scheduled. Interested parties may file comments within fifteen days. 80 Fed. Reg. 42496 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17521.pdf] (7/17/15).

USCG – BWMS LOIs

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard posted its list of ballast water management system (BWSM) manufacturers who have submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to pursue type approval for their systems in accordance with US requirements. (7/16/15).

Everett – proposed bridge modifications

clip_image014[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2560946/] stating that it seeks comments on the proposed modifications to a railroad bridge over Steamboat Slough near Everett, Washington. Comments must be received by 25 July. (7/16/15).

Senate – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure

clip_image016 Senator Murray (D-WA) introduced the Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Economic Reinvestment Act (S. 1748) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1748is/pdf/BILLS-114s1748is.pdf] to provide for improved investment in national transportation infrastructure. Senator Murray issued a news release [located at http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ContentRecord_id=cd06f271-0da7-4db5-97da-341aea93a33b] explaining the measure. (7/9/15).

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image016[1] Senator Murphy (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 1775) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service as a coastwise merchant seaman during World War II, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/15).

House – bill introduced re EEZ boundary

clip_image018 Representative Zeldin (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 3070) to clarify that for purposes of all Federal laws governing marine fisheries management, the landward boundary of the exclusive economic zone between areas south of Montauk, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/15).

Court – early access to DWH claim-specific information

clip_image020 Over one dissent, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction an appeal by defendant BP Exploration & Production of a district court order denying it access to claim-specific information until an initial determination about a claim’s eligibility had been made by the settlement program. In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 14-30823 (5th Cir., July 16, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30823-CV0.pdf].

ReCAAP – summary for May 2015

clip_image022 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report for May 2015 [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2015/ReCAAP%20ISC%20May%202015%20Report.pdf]. A total of 20 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during the month, the same as the number of reports during May 2014. The difference is that only one of the 20 incidents during May 2015 was an attempt, whereas four of the 20 incidents during May 2014 were attempts. (7/15/15).

Singapore – maritime health declaration

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that vessels arriving in Singapore that have been to ebola-affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) in the previous 21 days are required to file a maritime health declaration. Port Marine Circular 8-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-08.pdf] (7/16/15).

UK – Maritime Growth Study

clip_image026 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted its 46-page summary of responses [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445578/maritime-growth-study-summary-of-responses-pdfa.pdf] received in its call for evidence for the Maritime Growth Study. The report is divided into three workstrands comprising written submissions; interviews; and workshops. (7/16/15).

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    logo11 Shore leave

    In the July 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Shore leave". In the article, I discuss the impediments imposed by some waterfront facilities to crew members on vessels docked there in obtaining access to shore and to third parties gaining access to those vessels. Congress recently directed that maritime facilities must provide such access in a timely manner and at no cost to the individual. The US Coast Guard has proposed regulations to implement that directive.