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July 31st, 2014 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 July 2014

Headlines:

DOJ – former MSC official sentenced to 96 months in prison;

OFAC – North Korea sanctions;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Court – discovery request denied, for now; and

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789.

July 31, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

DOJ – former MSC official sentenced to 96 months in prison

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that, following his guilty plea, the former Afloat Programs Manager at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) was sentenced to serve 96 months in prison for receiving bribes in exchange for favorable treatment for contractors. (7/29/14).

OFAC – North Korea sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that the two North Korean companies involved with the vessel caught attempting to transit the Panama Canal with illegal weapons have been placed on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, (along with all vessels operated by those companies). (7/30/14).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Gasfin Development USA, LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from a facility to be built along the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 29 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 44439 (July 31, 2014).

Court – discovery request denied, for now

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming the denial of plaintiffs’ motion for discovery relating to certain witness declarations made in the case of Reino de Espana v. American Bureau of Shipping regarding the 2002 sinking of the tanker Prestige and the subsequent oil spill. The appellate court found that the district court had not abused its discretion in denying discovery based on plaintiffs’ assertions. Because the circumstances for which discovery is sought are subject to change, the dismissal is without prejudice and defendants are ordered to refrain for five years from destroying, altering, or removing from the United States any records reasonably subject to discovery. Mare Shipping v. Squire Sanders (US) LLP, No. 13-4426-cv (2nd Cir., 7/30/14).

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789

clip_image011 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, 2014 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – whale watching vessel;

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier refloated;

USCG – lifesaving equipment;

Court – Iraq seeks to arrest oil shipment;

UN – sanctions against North Korean vessel;

India – Indian controlled tonnage;

Singapore – mass flow metering system;

UK – consultation re offshore safety directives;

UK – consultation re offshore environmental liability; and

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

July 30, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

USCG – whale watching vessel

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a whale-watching vessel with 163 persons on board became disabled 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts when its propeller became entangled. After about twelve hours, the line was cleared by divers and the vessel returned to port. Coast Guard vessels stood by during the disablement. (7/29/14).

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier refloated

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the grain carrier Federal Rideau has been refloated. It grounded Sunday in the downbound channel of Lake St. Clair due to a steering casualty. A damage survey will be performed. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (7/29/14).

USCG – lifesaving equipment

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending its regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances, release mechanisms, survival craft, rescue boats, and automatic disengaging devices. This rule harmonizes the Coast Guard’s design, construction, and performance standards for this lifesaving equipment with international standards, while providing for use of qualified independent laboratories during the approval process and for production inspections of certain types of lifesaving equipment. The rule enters into effect on 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 44129 (July 30, 2014).

Court – Iraq seeks to arrest oil shipment

clip_image007 The Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq filed a complaint and request for maritime arrest of 1,032,212 barrels of oil aboard the tanker United Kalavrvta, located offshore Galveston, Texas. Unofficial reports indicate that the oil cargo has not been arrested by US Marshals because the tanker is currently outside the jurisdiction of the court. This effort has the potential to put the United States Government in the midst of a dispute between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

UN – sanctions against North Korean vessel

clip_image009 The United Nations issued a news release stating that the Security Council has approved the addition of the Ocean Maritime Management Company Limited of the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), as the operator/manager of the vessel Chong Chon Gang, to its Consolidated List of Individuals and Entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraphs 8(d) and 8(e) of Resolution 1718(2006) and paragraphs 8, 9, and 10 of Resolution 2094(2013). (7/28/14). Note: This was the vessel caught in Panama smuggling weapons from Cuba to North Korea.

India – Indian controlled tonnage

clip_image011 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an order allowing the foreign flagging of ships owned by Indian entities (Indian controlled tonnage), subject to certain conditions. DGS Order 10-2014 (7/23/14).

Singapore – mass flow metering system

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that use of an MPA-approved mass flow metering (MSM) system for marine fuel oil delivery in the Port of Singapore will be mandatory from 1 January 2017. Port Marine Circular 08-2014 (7/29/14).

UK – consultation re offshore safety directives

clip_image015 The UK Health & Safety Executive opened a consultation on implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC, and on the review of offshore Approved Codes of Practice and the updating of UK onshore oil and gas safety legislation to cover emerging energy technologies. The consultation ends on 21 September. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

UK – consultation re offshore environmental liability

clip_image015[1] The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs opened a consultation on amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 in England and Wales to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive 2013. The consultation ends on 21 September. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

The “Black Tom Island” incident – 30 July 1916

clip_image017 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, 2014 at 11:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 July 2014

Headlines:

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier remains aground;

USACE – Water Resources Reform & Development Act;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea Planning Area;

NOAA – nuisance flooding;

USCG – IMO Summer 2014 Newsletter;

Washington – $112,500 penalty for sunken vessel;

Tokyo & Paris MOUs – CIC re hours of rest;

Canada – surveying by floatplane;

India – MOS Comprehensive Action Plan;

Ireland – MLC 2006 ratified; and

Cape Cod Canal – opened to navigation 29 July 1914.

July 29, 2014

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Lake St. Clair – grain carrier remains aground

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the grain carrier Federal Rideau remains hard aground in the downbound channel of Lake St. Clair, after running aground on 27 July due to a steering failure. Additional tugs are being brought in to attempt to refloat the vessel. The waterway remains open to one-way traffic.

USACE – Water Resources Reform & Development Act

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it will conduct a series of listening sessions by webinar for public input to inform the agency’s implementation of the Water Resources Reform & Development act of 2014. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the issue. Session I (13 August) will focus on Deauthorization & Backlog Prevention and on Project Development & Delivery. Session II (August 27) will focus on Alternative Financing and Credits. Session III (September 10) will focus on Levee & Dam Safety and on Regulatory Issues. Session IV (September 24) will focus on Non-Federal Implementation; Water Supply & Reservoir; and Navigation. Written comments should be submitted by 30 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 44014 (July 29, 2014).

BOEM – Beaufort Sea Planning Area

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Call for Information and Nominations for potential Oil and Gas Lease Sale 242, proposed for the Beaufort Sea Planning Area off Alaska in 2017. Responses to the Call must be received by 12 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 44060 (July 29, 2014).

NOAA – nuisance flooding

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that ‘nuisance flooding’ of coastal cities on the East Coast is becoming more frequent. The report “Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the United States” cites sea level rise as the primary cause. (7/28/14).

USCG – IMO Summer 2014 Newsletter

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard posted its IMO Summer 2014 Newsletter. This edition recaps IMO meeting activity through MSC 93. (7/28/14).

Washington – $112,500 penalty for sunken vessel

clip_image013 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that American Gold Seafoods, owner of the fishing vessel Clam Digger, has been fined $112,500 for the spill of 315 gallons of oil the occurred during the recovery of the vessel after it sank in Bellingham Channel near Anacortes. Ecology determined that the spill was preventable and that the vessel was not adequately maintained and not fit for its intended purpose. (7/25/14).

Tokyo & Paris MOUs – CIC re hours of rest

clip_image015 clip_image017 The Tokyo MOU posted a joint press release stating that it and the Paris MOU parties will conduct a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose of establishing that shipboard watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest as required by STCW 78 (including the Manila amendments). The CIC will be conducted from 1 September until 30 November 2014. (7/28/14).

Canada – surveying by floatplane

clip_image019 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that work has begun to develop a new method for underwater (bathymetric) surveying using floatplanes. This method is expected to be faster and more efficient than traditional ship surveying, particularly in Arctic waters. (7/28/14).

India – MOS Comprehensive Action Plan

clip_image021 The Indian Ministry of Shipping (MOS) posted its Comprehensive Action Plan. (7/11/14).

Ireland – MLC 2006 ratified

clip_image023 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a press release stating that Ireland has ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006). The Convention will enter into effect for Ireland on 21 July 2015. (7/22/14).

Cape Cod Canal – opened to navigation 29 July 1914

clip_image025 The Cape Cod Canal, opened to navigation of 29 July 1914, is celebrating its centennial. Now operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), it was originally built as a for-profit enterprise, but the “for-profit” part did not pan out.

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 July 2014

Headlines:

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier aground;

USCG – NRC website;

DHS – Port Security Grant Program allocation;

NTSB – underkeel clearance;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea Planning Area;

BSEE – unannounced spill response drill; and

USN – Charles W. Morgan visits USS Constitution.

July 28, 2014

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Lake St. Clair – grain carrier aground

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the grain carrier Federal Rideau grounded in the downbound channel of Lake St. Clair after experiencing a loss of steering caused by a motor coupling failure. Repairs to the coupling have been completed. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. (7/27/14).

USCG – NRC website

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Response Center (NRC) website has been taken offline following identification of security vulnerabilities and is now being rebuilt to meet new cyber-security standards. In the meantime, an interim website with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data has been established at https://cgmix.uscg.mil/NRC . (7/25/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Whitney Leake at Patriot Maritime Compliance, LLC.

DHS – Port Security Grant Program allocation

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release announcing grant allocations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Preparedness Grants. As anticipated, $100 million has been allocated for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). Further details are provided in the Grants Program Directorate Information Bulletin. (7/25/14).

NTSB – underkeel clearance

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Marine Accident Brief regarding the grounding and sinking of the towing vessel Stephen L. Colby near mile 497 of the Upper Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa on 25 November 2013 with no injuries. The probable cause of the incident was the failure of the master and mate to ensure sufficient underkeel clearance. (7/25/14). Note: Inadequate underkeel clearance is the primary cause of groundings.

BOEM – Beaufort Sea Planning Area

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it is issuing a Call for Information and Nominations for potential Oil and Gas Lease Sale 242, proposed for the Beaufort Sea Planning Area off Alaska in 2017. (7/25/14).

BSEE – unannounced spill response drill

clip_image012 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it initiated a day-long unannounced spill response drill involving Murphy Exploration and Production Company, testing that company’s ability to respond to a simulated spill event at its offshore facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (7/25/14).

USN – Charles W. Morgan visits USS Constitution

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the Charles W. Morgan, a 19th century commercial whaling vessel now serving as a museum ship at Mystic Seaport, visited the Charleston Navy Yard and the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. (7/25/14).

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 July 2014

Headlines:

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA;

MTSNAC – closed meeting;

Gramercy – FTZ application;

NTSB – accident investigation courses;

Senate – hearing re cruise passenger consumer protection;

Senate – bill introduced re marine national monuments;

ReCAAP – siphoning of fuel/oil at sea;

Canada – fatal towing accident;

New Zealand – Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy; and

Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956.

July 25, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule revising the current regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Hudson River in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Project. The rule comes into effect immediately. Comments on the rule should be submitted by 23 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 43250 (July 25, 2014).

MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image006 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting via teleconference on 14 August to consider the value and impact of certain strategy options gathered through previous outreach efforts. 79 Fed. Reg. 43530 (July 25, 2014).

Gramercy – FTZ application

clip_image008 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that its Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board received an application for expansion of the FTZ subzone relating to Bollinger Shipyard. Comments on the application must be received by 3 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 43391 (July 25, 2014).

NTSB – accident investigation courses

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that it is offering various accident investigation and disaster response courses over the next two months, including its Marine Accident Investigation (22-26 September); Transportation Disaster Response: Family Assistance (23-25 September); and Investigating Human Fatigue Factors (29-30 September). (7/24/14).

Senate – hearing re cruise passenger consumer protection

clip_image012 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S. 1340): Improving Consumer Protections for Cruise Passengers. Testimony was received from: Philip M. Gerson, National Center for Victims of Crimes, Miami, Florida; Laurie Dishman, Sacramento, California; Amanda Butler, Columbus, Mississippi; and Kimberly A. Ware, Houston, Texas.  (7/23/14).

Senate – bill introduced re marine national monuments

clip_image013 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608) to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/14).

ReCAAP – siphoning of fuel/oil at sea

clip_image015 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Special Report on incidents of siphoning of fuel/oil at sea in Asia. During the period 2011-2013, the number of such incidents averaged less than three per year. Between January and mid-July 2014, eight such incidents have been reported. Owners, operators, and masters of product and oil tankers are urged to take precautions against such incidents. (7/24/14).

Canada – fatal towing accident

clip_image017 The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued the report of its investigation of the capsizing and sinking of the barge Arctic Lift I and crew member fatality on the towing vessel Western Tugger in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland and Labrador on 10 May 2013. The strain on the tow wire caused by the barge sinking caused an auxiliary brake drum on the tow winch to shatter and parts of it struck and killed a crew member. Factors leading to the fatality included minimal freeboard on the barge, bad weather conditions, and a non-functional emergency tow release. M13N0014 (7/22/14).

New Zealand – Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy

clip_image019 Maritime New Zealand has opened a Consultation on its draft updated Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014. Comments must be submitted by 25 August. (7/24/14).

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 now sails as the cruise ship Athena. On 3 December 2008, it was attacked by pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden, but was able to evade the attempted boarding.

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 July 2014

Headlines:

Jacksonville – PORTS dedicated;

FMC – notification of OTI licensing activity;

FMC – SAG petition for exemption;

House – hearing on US Arctic policy;

House – bill introduced re Vietnam era merchant mariners;

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas;

EU – EMSA funding;

ReCAAP – half-yearly report;

Hong Kong – dark smoke prohibition;

UK – emergency response plans for OREIs; and

Eastland sinking – 24 July 1915.

July 24, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

Jacksonville – PORTS dedicated

clip_image004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the PORTS real-time data system for the Port of Jacksonville has been dedicated. The Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System provides access to information on water levels, currents, meteorological conditions, and under-bridge clearance via the internet. (7/23/14).

FMC – notification of OTI licensing activity

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule updating its business processes for providing public notification of ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) license applications, revocations, and suspensions. The rule will come into effect on 22 September unless significant adverse comment is received by 22 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 42986 (July 24, 2014).

FMC – SAG petition for exemption

clip_image006[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has received a petition from the United Arab Shipping Company (SAG) for an exemption from the controlled carrier provision of the Shipping Act of 1984 so that it can reduce its tariff rates, charges, classifications, rules, or regulations effective upon publication. SAG is owned jointly by the governments of the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Iraq, the State of Qatar, and the State of Kuwait. The Kingdom of Qatar has recently acquired majority ownership of SAG, triggering the controlled carrier issue. Comments on the petition must be received by 8 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 43044 (July 24, 2014).

House – hearing on US Arctic policy

clip_image008 The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on “Implementing U.S. Policy in the Arctic”. Testimony was heard from: VADM Peter V. Neffenger, USCG; RADM Jonathan White, NOAA; Ambassador David Bolton, Department of State; Mr. Dave Westerholm, NOAA; Dr. Kelly Falkner, NSF; and Ed Fogels, State of Alaska.

House – bill introduced re Vietnam Era merchant mariners

clip_image008[1] Representative Bishop (D-GA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5112) to provide eligibility for veterans benefits for individuals who served in the United States merchant marine in the Southeast Asia theater of operations during the Vietnam Era. (7/15/14).

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas

clip_image010 Senator Hoeven (R-ND) introduced a bill (S. 2638) to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide certainty with respect to the timing of Department of Energy decisions to approve or deny applications to export natural gas. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/22/14).

EU – EMSA funding

clip_image012 The Council of the European Union issued a press release stating that it adopted a regulation to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations in the years 2014 to 2020. The financial envelope for these tasks for the stated period will be €160.5 million expressed in current prices. (7/23/14).

ReCAAP – half-yearly report

clip_image014 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Half-Yearly Report for the period 1 January through 30 June 2014. A total of 73 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during the period, of which 18 were piracy incidents and 55 were armed robbery incidents, the lowest for this period as compared to 2010-2013. Except for incidents involving the siphoning of fuel/oil from product/oil tankers, the overall significance level of incidents during this period has stabilized. (7/23/14).

Hong Kong – dark smoke prohibition

clip_image016 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, with immediate effect, it is an offense for any vessel in the waters of Hong Kong to emit dark smoke for three minutes or more continuously at any one time. In case of contravention, the owner, agent, and master each commits an offense and is liable for a fine of HK$25,000 for a first offense and to a fine of HK$50,000 for any subsequent conviction. Notice 92-2014 (7/23/14). WOW!

UK – emergency response plans for OREIs

clip_image018 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice providing updated requirements for emergency response cooperation plans and requirements for emergency response and SAR helicopter operations relating to offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs). (7/23/14).

Eastland sinking – 24 July 1915

clip_image020 On 24 July 1915, 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.

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – MSI Data Pilot Project;

BOEM – Atlantic OCS G&G activities;

FWS – endangered marine and anadromous taxa;

Australia – ship fined for discharging mooring line; and

UK – proof of insurance.

July 23, 2014

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USCG – MSI Data Pilot Project

clip_image004 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) developed a Marine Safety Information (MSI) Data Pilot Project, accessible on its Marine Safety Information Data Downloads site. The project provides ready access to various marine safety information data files, as well as weekly updates to the various Light Lists. (7/22/14).

BOEM – Atlantic OCS G&G activities

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued the official notice of availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS) Proposed Geological and Geophysical Activities Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas, Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). 79 Fed. Reg. 42815 (July 23, 2014).

FWS – endangered marine and anadromous taxa

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is amending its list of endangered and threatened wildlife to make it consistent with previously published determinations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has jurisdiction over these particular species of marine and anadromous taxa. The amendments come into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 42687 (July 23, 2014).

Australia – ship fined for discharging mooring line

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the owners of the car carrier Morning Midas were fined $5,000 for discharging a 30-35m mooring line into Australian waters in the vicinity of the pilot boarding station outside Port Philip Head and failing to report it to proper authorities. A pilot launch later hit the mooring line, fouling its propellers and stalling both engines. (7/22/14).

UK – proof of insurance

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the requirement for covered vessels to carry certificates of proof of civil or passenger liability insurance. (7/22/14).

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 July 2014

Headlines:

CBP & ITA – entry process for international travelers;

MACOSH – meeting;

Lake Charles – FTZ application;

Point Estero – wave park application;

House – bill introduced to establish freight trust fund;

Senate – Lighthouse Resolution;

Washington – allowing vessel dismantling on water;

India – regulation of FSRUs;

Panama Canal – first gates moved to new locks;

Singapore – investigation of fatal barge sinking;

UK – new accident investigations; and

UK – seafarer recruitment and placement.

July 22, 2014

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CBP & ITA – entry process for international travelers

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the International Trade Administration (ITA) seek comments and suggestions for improving the entry process and airport-specific plans for international travelers to the United States. Comments and suggestions must be received by 15 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 42503 (July 22, 2014).

MACOSH – meeting

clip_image007 The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet in Washington, DC on 19-20 August. Topics on the agenda include surface preparation and preservation in shipyards and the accuracy of declared container weights. 79 Fed. Reg. 42538 (July 22, 2014).

Lake Charles – FTZ application

clip_image009 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that its Foreign-Trade Zones Board received an application requesting subzone status for the facility of LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC, located in Jennings, Louisiana. Comments on the application should be submitted by 2 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 42521 (July 22, 2014).

Point Estero – wave park application

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Dynegy Point Estero Wave Park, LLC, for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a proposed wave energy park to be located in coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Morro Bay, California. Comments on the application must be received within 60 days. 79 Fed. Reg. 42511 (July 22, 2014).

House – bill introduced to establish freight trust fund

clip_image013 Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced the National Freight Network Trust Fund Act of 2014 (H.R. 5101) to establish a National Freight Network Trust Fund to improve the performance of the national freight network, and for other purposes. (7/14/14).

Senate – Lighthouse Resolution

clip_image015 The Senate considered and agreed to Senate Resolution 507 designating August 7, 2014 as “National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day” commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Lighthouse Act of 1789 by President George Washington. (7/17/14). Note: The United States Lighthouse Service was merged into the US Coast Guard on 1 July 1939.

Washington – allowing vessel dismantling on water

clip_image017 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it is developing a new water quality permit to allow vessel dismantling on the water. A public meeting regarding the proposed Vessel Deconstruction General NPDES (water quality permit will be held on 19 August in Seattle. Written comments should be submitted by 22 August. (7/16/14).

India – regulation of FSRUs

clip_image019 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued an order notifying stakeholders of the application of Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection provisions to Indian floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and to non-Indian FRSUs while operating in Indian waters. DGS Order 8-2014 (7/21/14).

Panama Canal – first gates moved to new locks

clip_image021 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the first new lock gates have been moved to new locks for the Panama Canal Expansion project. (7/21/14).

Singapore – investigation of fatal barge sinking

clip_image023 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it has commenced an investigation into the sinking of the Singapore-registered barge POSH MOGAMI in Indonesian waters on 18 July with the loss of three lives. (7/20/14).

UK – new accident investigations

clip_image025 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a news release stating that during the past week its investigators have been dispatched on four new accident investigations. (7/21/14).

UK – seafarer recruitment and placement

clip_image025[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note providing information to stakeholders relating to the obligations imposed on shipowners subject to the ILO Maritime Labour Convention – MLC 2006 concerning the use of recruitment and placement services. MGN 475 (M) (7/21/14).

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July 28th, 2014 at 11:23 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – seeking marine inspector;

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases;

BOEM – ROD re G&G survey activities;

House – hearing on US Arctic policy;

UK – HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out; and

UK – medical fitness of seafarers.

July 21, 2014

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USCG – seeking marine inspector

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of marine inspector (GS-1801-12 – Cruise Ships) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Applications must be received by 25 July. (7/14/14).

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice of the proposed sale of wind energy leases in federal waters offshore New Jersey. Comments and submittals must be made by 19 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 42361 (July 21, 2014).

BOEM – ROD re G&G survey activities

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for environmental reviews of geological and geophysical (G&G) survey activities in the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic planning areas. The ROD does not authorize any G&G activities, but establishes a framework for additional mandatory environmental reviews for site-specific actions. (7/18/14).

House – hearing on US Arctic policy

clip_image010 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a notice stating that, on 23 July, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing on Implementing US Policy in the Arctic. (7/17/14).

UK – HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out

clip_image012 The Royal Navy issued a news release stating that 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been floated out from the dry dock where she was constructed at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, to a neighboring jetty where she will be completed over the next two years. The future flagship of the Royal Navy is the largest warship ever built in Britain. (7/17/14).

UK – medical fitness of seafarers

clip_image013 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance reminding seafarers that they must be medically fit and must have an medical examination and certificate demonstrating that fitness. (7/17/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 July 2014

Headlines:

National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting;

NOAA – Gray’s Reef NMS regulations;

DOS – Special Representative for the Arctic;

USCG – seeking marine investigator;

USCG, USACE & NOAA – AIS users forum;

USCG – replacement parts for emergency equipment;

USCG – failure of seemingly minor items;

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases;

OMB – review of proposed DWP rule;

Court – spill responders’ right to OSLTF compensation;

Arctic Council – oil pollution prevention;

Australia – carbon tax abolished;

Malta – ISO certification;

UK – seafarers’ employment agreements; and

UK – MAIB annual report.

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National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting

clip_image004 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Silver Spring on 19 August to discuss and approve the draft Advisory Board report to Congress on the state of Sea Grant. 79 Fed. Reg. 41989 (July 18, 2014).

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting

clip_image006 The US Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior, will meet in Maui on 8-13 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 42030 (July 18, 2014).

NOAA – Gray’s Reef NMS regulations

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule updating the regulations and management plan for Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). The amendments come into effect on 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 41879 (July 18, 2014).

DOS – Special Representative for the Arctic

clip_image009 The Department of State (DOS) issued a press release stating that Secretary Kerry has appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (ret) as the US Special Representative for the Arctic. (7/16/14).

USCG – seeking marine investigator

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard posted a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of marine investigator (GS-1801-13) in New Orleans. Applications must be received by 29 July. (7/15/14).

USCG, USACE & NOAA – AIS Users Forum

clip_image012 clip_image014 clip_image015 The US Coast Guard issued an announcement stating that, together with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it will conduct an AIS Users Forum in Paducah, Kentucky on 29 July to learn about waterway users’ technology practices, capabilities, and preferences. (7/17/14).

USCG – replacement parts for emergency equipment

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a Lessons Learned reminding mariners to use only the proper replacement parts for emergency equipment. (7/9/14).

USCG – failure of seemingly minor items

clip_image017 The US Coast Guard issued a Lessons Learned reminding mariners that failure of seemingly minor items can sometimes create a catastrophe. (7/9/14).

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases

clip_image018 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release announcing the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for commercial wind energy development. (7/17/14).

OMB – review of proposed DWP rule

clip_image020 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has received for review from the US Coast Guard a proposed rule regarding deepwater ports (DWPs). The proposed revisions would provide additional information, clarify existing regulations, provide additional regulatory flexibility, and add new requirements to ensure safety.  (7/17/14). Note: OMB review generally takes four months.

Court – spill responders’ right to OSLTF compensation

clip_image022 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) provides the exclusive source of law for an action involving a responsible party’s liability for removal costs governed by OPA. In the instant case, defendant barge owner was determined to be a responsible party with regard to the release of oil from the barge DM 932 following a collision with the MV Tintomara in the Mississippi River on 23 July 2008. When the defendant did not fully pay the claims of third party defendant spill responders within the required 90 days, they sought and obtained payment from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF), which then brought suit against defendant to recover the amounts paid. Defendant contended that the spill responders failed to provide adequate documentation for the amounts billed to and paid out of the OSLTF. The court held that the responsible party does not have a cause of action against spill responders who exercised their statutory right to file claims with the OSLTF after the responsible party failed to timely pay their claims. US v American Commercial Lines, No. 13-30358 (5th Cir., July 16, 2014).

Arctic Council – oil pollution prevention

clip_image024 The Arctic Council issued a news release stating that its Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention met in Ottawa on 12-13 June. The Task Force is developing the Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention. (7/10/14).

Australia – carbon tax abolished

clip_image026 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott issued a media release stating that Parliament has abolished the carbon tax which, among other things, applied to bunker fuel purchased in Australia for domestic voyages. (7/17/14).

Malta – ISO certification

clip_image028 Transport Malta issued a press release stating that its Merchant Shipping Directorate has been successfully certified and registered as having in place an ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. (7/17/14).

UK – seafarers’ employment agreements

clip_image030 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note providing direction on compliance with the requirement in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) regarding seafarers’ employment agreements. (7/17/14).

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image031 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2013 and supporting documents. (7/17/14).

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    In the July 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "OSRO - child of necessity". In the article, I discuss how the concept of the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) was developed and brought into being during the implementation process for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).