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February 9th, 2016 at 8:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 February 2016

Headlines:

USCG – nonmetallic sea strainers;

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront;

Alaska – dispersant preauthorization area;

SLSDC – proposed tariff of tolls;

FMC – complaint filed;

Court – maintenance and cure;

Australia – ship banned for twelve months;

Panama Canal – January operations; and

Panama Canal – water-saving basin filled.

February 9, 2016

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USCG – nonmetallic sea strainers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter concerning se strainers constructed of nonmetallic materials for use on small passenger vessels. CG-CVC Policy Letter 16-02 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol16-02.pdf] (2/4/16).

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted the February edition of Waves on the Waterfront [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/Waves%20on%20the%20Waterfront/WavesOnTheWaterfront%20(Feb%202016).pdf], focusing on port and facility compliance. Topics addressed in this edition include: suspicious activity reporting; especially hazardous cargo; and chemical facility anti-terrorism standards. (2/8/16).

Alaska – dispersant preauthorization area

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a dispersant preauthorization area has been established for use by certain vessels in responding to spills of crude oil in certain waters offshore Alaska. Plan holders for affected vessel response plans have 24 months to achieve compliance. 81 Fed. Reg. 6879 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-09/pdf/2016-02559.pdf] (2/9/16).

SLSDC – proposed tariff of tolls

clip_image007 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), in cooperation with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, proposes to amend the tariff of tolls for the Seaway. Comments on the proposal are due 10 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 6810 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-09/pdf/2016-02169.pdf] (2/9/16).

FMC – complaint filed

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint alleging violations of the Shipping Act by NYK Line (North America) Inc. 81 Fed. Reg. 6860 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-09/pdf/2016-02453.pdf] (2/9/16).

Court – maintenance and cure

clip_image011 In an unpublished decision, the majority of a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the district court misinterpreted the parties’ settlement agreement in a maintenance and cure action. Boudreaux v. Transocean Deepwater, No. 14-30776 (5th Cir., February 5, 2016) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/14/14-30776.0.pdf].

Australia – ship banned for twelve months

clip_image013 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/media-releases/2016/documents/feb/07022016_Media-Release_Noah-Satu-12-Month.pdf] stating that the general cargo ship Noah Satu has been directed to not enter or use any Australian port for the next twelve months due to repeated deficiencies related to its operations, its safety management system, and non-compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention. (2/7/16).

Panama Canal – January operations

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) posted an advisory summarizing Canal operations for January. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 04-2016 [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-04-2016.pdf] (2/5/16).

Panama Canal – water-saving basin filled

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/02/08/pr573.html] stating that, for the first time, the water-saving basin of the Agua Clara Locks’ upper chamber has been filled to the required level in order to begin a rigorous and methodical testing process. (2/8/16).

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February 8th, 2016 at 7:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 February 2016

Headlines:

USCG – electronic charts & pubs;

USCG – NMC user fee webpage update;

USCG Zika virus precautions update;

Tacoma – vessel detained for safety violations;

USCG – LNG & alternative fuels;

FERC – Elba Liquefaction EA;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

NTSB – collision near Waterproof;

California – marine invasive species;

Ireland – unlicensed electronic navigation systems;

Panama Canal – sill reinforcement completed;

UK – amendments to MARPOL Annex VI; and

UK – maintenance failure led to deck collapse.

February 8, 2016

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USCG – electronic charts & pubs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing USCG marine inspectors and the maritime industry with uniform guidance regarding what the Coast Guard policy regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps, and publications. NVIC 01-16 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_01-16_electronic_charts_and_publications.pdf] (2/3/16).

USCG – NMC user fee webpage update

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/pay%20gov_user_fee_updates_020516.pdf] stating that a significant update has been made to the Merchant Mariner User Fee Payment webpage, intended to streamline and simplify the fee payment process. (2/5/16).

USCG – Zika virus precautions update

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a second amended Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) regarding Zika virus precautions, reflecting the changing nature of the understanding of this situation. This change advises that the virus may be spread via blood transfusions and sexual contact, in addition to mosquito bites. MSIB 01-16, Change 2 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/001_16_2-5-2016.pdf] (2/5/16).

Tacoma – vessel detained for safety violations

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2784146/] stating that it has detained the container ship Westwood Robson in the Port of Tacoma after significant safety violations were observed on board. (2/5/16).

USCG – LNG & alternative fuels

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard posted a notice summarizing the remarks of Captain John Mauger, commanding officer, USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC), delivered at the Liquefied Natural Gas and Alternative Fuels Symposium – Regulation and Practical Application. His remarks focused on the MSC’s role in the review of LNG fuel and cargo systems installed on new US-flag ships and barges. (2/5/16).

FERC – Elba Liquefaction EA

clip_image007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) posted a notice [located at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2016/02-05-16-ea.asp] stating that an environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities proposed by Elba Liquefaction Company, LLC to be located at the existing LNG terminal in Chatham County, Georgia. Comments on the EA must be received by 7 March. (2/5/16).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image009 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, for the calendar quarter beginning 1 January 2016, the interest rate for overpayments is 2% for corporations and 3% for non-corporations and for underpayments is 3% for both. 81 Fed. Reg. 6526 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-08/pdf/2016-02402.pdf] (2/8/16).

NTSB – collision near Waterproof

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 18 July 2014 collision of the towing vessel Riley Elizabeth and its barge tow with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) barge plant on the Lower Mississippi River near Waterproof, Louisiana. The probable cause of the incident was the incomplete information provided by the USACE about the extent of its obstruction of the waterway and the failure of the mate on the towing vessel to determine the extent of that obstruction before starting the turn at Kempe Bend. The report also identified the need for expanded use by the USACE of AIS features to mark the waterway. MAR 15-03 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1503.pdf] (12/16/15). Note: This is a belated item on my part, brought to my attention by a long-suffering reader.

California – marine invasive species

clip_image013 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP4-9.html] stating that it is proposing regulatory amendments to Article 4.9, Marine Invasive Species Act – Enforcement and Hearing Process. Comments must be received by 23 March. (2/5/16).

Ireland – unlicensed electronic navigation systems

clip_image015 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a Marine Notice [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN04of2016.pdf] reminding mariners of the risks inherent in use of unlicensed electronic navigation systems. Installation and use of such systems on-board commercial vessels may invalidate the vessel’s certification. (2/4/16).

Panama Canal – sill reinforcement completed

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/02/04/pr572.html] stating that reinforcement of the sills in the new Panama Canal locks has been completed. The expansion program is over 96% complete and inauguration is expected in the second quarter of 2016. (2/4/16).

UK – amendments to MARPOL Annex VI

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a Marine Information Note [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/498140/MIN_519.pdf] reminding stakeholders of the recent effective date of amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Chapter 3. (2/5/16).

UK – maintenance failure led to deck collapse

clip_image020 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted the report of its investigation of the collapse of a mezzanine deck on board the ro-ro passenger very St Helen on 18 July 2014 at the Isle of Wight. Fortunately, there were only minor injuries. The deck collapsed when one of its steel lifting ropes parted. The lifting rope parted because it had not been routinely lubricated and the mezzanine deck had not been properly maintained. These deficiencies had been reported as non-conformities during safety inspections, but management had taken no action related thereto. Report 1-2016 [located at https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/collapse-of-a-mezzanine-deck-on-board-ro-ro-passenger-ferry-st-helen] (2/4/16).

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February 5th, 2016 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 February 2016

Headlines:

Chesapeake Bay – transit restriction;

USCG – Zika virus precautions amended;

Hudson River – temporary safety zone;

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations proposal;

DOI – DWH Early Restoration Plan;

FMC – Supply Chain Engagement;

BOEM, NOAA & USGS – Atlantic Canyons project;

Congress – Coast Guard Authorization Act; and

China – low sulphur fuel use.

February 5, 2016

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Planck’s Constant isn’t.

Chesapeake Bay – transit restriction

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2783802/] stating that transit restrictions have been placed on a portion of the Thimble Shoals Channel in Chesapeake Bay. A vessel under tow allided with buoy 11, dragging the buoy off station and eventually sinking it. Only vessels with a 20-foot draft or less are allowed to transit through the affected portion of the channel at this time. (2/4/16).

USCG – Zika virus precautions amended

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted an amended version of its Marine Safety Information Bulletin regarding Zika virus precautions. The two major amendments are to: (1) clarify that having a person onboard the vessel with Zika-like symptoms does not necessarily constitute a hazardous condition triggering the need to file a report under 33 CFR 160.215; and (2) that the mosquitos that transmit the Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime. MSIB 01-16a [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/001_16_2-4-2016.pdf] (2/4/16).

Hudson River – temporary safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard has established, through 9 July, a temporary safety zone on the Hudson River in the vicinity of Anchorage Ground 19-W due to a dielectric oil leak from a submerged power cable and the presence of cable repair vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 6181 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02276.pdf] (2/5/16).

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations proposal

clip_image007 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), in coordination with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada (SLSMC), proposes to make various amendments to the Seaway Regulations and Rules. Comments on the proposal are due by 7 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 6198 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02168.pdf] (2/5/16).

DOI – DWH Early Restoration Plan

clip_image009 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice stating that the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill Final Phase V Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment has been completed. 81 Fed. Reg. 6291 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02089.pdf] (2/5/16).

FMC – Supply Chain Engagement

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) posted the Order regarding International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement. 81 Fed. Reg. 6263 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02189.pdf] (2/5/16).

BOEM, NOAA & USGS – Atlantic Canyons project

clip_image013 clip_image015 clip_image017 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press02042016/] stating that it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), twelve universities and research institutions, and two companies will be awarded the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2015 Excellence in Partnership Award for the project “Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss”. (2/4/16).

Congress – Coast Guard Authorization Act

clip_image019 The enrolled bill (e.g., final Congressional) version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 4188) [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188enr/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188enr.pdf] has now been posted. The bill has been sent to President Obama for consideration. (2/4/16).

China – low sulphur fuel use

clip_image021 The Chinese Maritime Safety Authority issued a news release [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=175] stating that, effective 1 April, vessels calling at ports in the Yangtze River Delta, including Shanghai, will have to burn low sulphur (less than 0.5%) fuel. (2/4/16).

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February 4th, 2016 at 10:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 February 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi – reopened to one-way traffic;

USCG – Zika virus precautions;

CTAC – meeting on 1-3 March;

DOI – NISC members sought;

House – hearing re USCG cutter acquisition;

Court – fraudulently obtained SPTT licenses; and

Australia – Large Yacht Code.

February 4, 2016

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Lower Mississippi – reopened to one-way traffic

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2778606/] stating that the Lower Mississippi River between mile marker 50 and mile marker 52 has been reopened to one-way traffic following the 28 January breakaway of 22 barges. Three deep-draft vessels sustained damages after they were hit by the loose barges. The incident is under investigation. (2/3/16).

USCG – Zika virus precautions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) regarding precautions that may be taken with regard to the Zika virus. Preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites include avoiding or limiting outdoor activities one hour before and after dusk and dawn (when mosquitos are most active), covering exposed skin, and using insect repellent. MSIB 01-16 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/001_16_2-3-2016.pdf] (2/3/16).

CTAC – meeting on 1-3 March

clip_image004[2] The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Houston on 1-3 March. Topics on the agenda include: response and carriage requirements for oil-like substances; safety standards for design of vessels carrying natural gas or using natural gas as fuel; and safety standards for ship-to-ship transfer of hazardous material outside of the baseline. 81 Fed. Reg. 6028 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-04/pdf/2016-02126.pdf] (2/4/16).

DOI – NISC members sought

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice stating that it seeks interested individuals for membership on the National Invasive Species Council (NISC). Nominations must be sent by 18 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 6037 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-04/pdf/2016-02192.pdf] (2/4/16).

House – hearing re USCG cutter acquisition programs

clip_image008 The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on The Status of Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition Programs [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399668]. Testimony was received from Rear Admiral Joseph Vojvodich, USCG; Ms. Michele Mackin, Government Accountability Office; and Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, Congressional Research Office. (2/3/16).

Court – fraudulently-obtained SPTT licenses

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the district court misapplied the public disclosure bar to a Foreign Claims Act (FCA) action brought by a relator against several US companies and several Korean nationals. The relator asserted that the Korean nationals, acting through the US companies that they formed improperly obtained from the US Coast Guard (USCG) various South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT) fishing licenses by falsely claiming that the companies were controlled by US citizens and that their fishing vessels were commanded by US captains. Moore & Co. v. Majestic Blue Fisheries, LLC, No. 14-4292 (3rd Cir., February 2, 2016) [located at http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/144292p.pdf]. Note: The case is interesting, at least to me, more for the alleged frauds perpetrated on the USCG than for the intricacies of the FCA.

Australia – Large Yacht Code

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/media-releases/2016/documents/feb/03012016_AMSA_Media_Release_%20Super_Yacht_MO52.pdf] stating that it will adopt the Large Yacht (LY3) Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 meters or more in length. (2/3/16).

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February 3rd, 2016 at 8:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 February 2016

Headlines:

New Orleans – one ship, two allisions;

Lower Mississippi – 35-barge breakaway;

Coos Bay – channel reopened;

BSEE & USCG – floating OCS facilities;

APHIS – marine mammals in captivity;

Louisiana – foreign-trade zone application;

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act; and

Hong Kong – revised code of practice.

February 3, 2016

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New Orleans – one ship, two allisions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2782542/] stating that the tanker Nordbay reportedly struck the Jefferson Parish water intake at mile marker 104 on the Lower Mississippi River. The tanker sustained a hole in its hull and reportedly discharged ballast water. Enroute to a nearby anchorage, it reportedly struck the Governor Nicholls Street Wharf. The incidents are under investigation. (2/2/16).

Lower Mississippi – 35-barge breakaway

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2782354/] stating that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 834 and 864 is closed to navigation following a towboat grounding and 35-barge breakaway. The incident is under investigation. (2/2/16).

Coos Bay – channel reopened

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2782154/] stating that the restriction on passage of deep-draft vessels through the Coos Bay harbor entrance has been lifted following completion of a survey to check for possible hazards from a fishing vessel casualty. (2/2/16).

BSEE & USCG – floating OCS facilities

clip_image006 clip_image007 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the US Coast Guard entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding inspection and oversight of Floating OCS Facilities [located at http://www.bsee.gov/uploadedFiles/BSEE/Newsroom/Publications_Library/010_2016-MOA.pdf]. (1/28/16). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Charles Dudek of Murphy Oil.

APHIS – marine mammals in captivity

clip_image009 The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to amend its regulations concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity. Comments on the proposal must be received by 4 April. 81 Fed. Reg. 5629 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-03/pdf/2016-01837.pdf] (2/3/16).

Louisiana – foreign-trade zone application

clip_image011 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received an application requesting foreign-trade zone subzone status for facilities of Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC located in Houma and Lockport, Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 14 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 5707 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-03/pdf/2016-02058.pdf] (2/3/16).

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act

clip_image013 The House concurred with the Senate version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act (H.R. 4188). The bill will now be sent to President Obama for consideration. (2/1/16). Note: The linked version of the bill above is not the latest version and must be read with care. I will include the official enrolled version of the bill when it becomes available.

Hong Kong – revised Code of Practice

clip_image015 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice announcing that the revised Code of Practice – Using Protective Clothing and Equipment for Works on Vessels – will enter into effect on 14 April. Marine Notice 21-2016 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16021.pdf] (2/2/16).

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February 2nd, 2016 at 11:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 February 2016

Headlines:

MARAD – US-flag launch barges;

USCG – awards for excellence in maritime security;

USCG – cyber risk discussions;

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Teams to be formed;

WHO – Zika virus recommendations; and

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2016.

February 2, 2016

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MARAD – US-flag launch barges

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice updating its inventory of US-flag launch barges. Comments on the inventory should be submitted by 3 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 5512 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-02/pdf/2016-01871.pdf] (2/2/16).

USCG – awards for excellence in maritime security

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the solicitation period for nominations for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Awards for excellence in maritime security has been extended until 29 February. (1/29/16).

USCG – cyber risk discussions

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice addressing how vessel and facility owners and operators can enhance their cyber security by discussing their issues with Coast Guard inspectors, as well as the Area Maritime Security Committees. (2/1/16).

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Teams to be formed

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-01/] stating that the Commissioners issued an Order directing Commissioner Rebecca Dye to work with international supply chain stakeholders to form Supply Chain Innovation Teams that will develop commercial solutions to supply chain challenges and related port congestion concerns. (2/1/16).

WHO – Zika virus recommendations

clip_image010 The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement [located at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2016/1st-emergency-committee-zika/en/] on the Zika virus, declaring it a global health emergency due to the observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations. In addition to recommending enhanced surveillance of Zika virus infection and enhanced vector control measures, the WHO advises that there should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas, and/or territories with Zika virus transmission. (2/1/16).

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2016

clip_image012 February 2 is celebrated as Ground Hog’s Day throughout the civilized world (i.e., Canada and the United States). On this day, if the ground hog (or woodchuck) comes out of its burrow and fails to see its shadow, winter will end in six weeks. If, though, the ground hog sees its shadow, then spring will arrive in a month and a half. In the 1993 movie, the title role was played by Bill Murray. (2/2/16).

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February 1st, 2016 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 February 2016

Headlines:

Coos Bay – limitations on deep-draft vessels;

Juneau – sunken tug to be removed;

USCG – LNG technical training for Panama;

USCG – IMO Maritime Ambassadors;

NTSB – seeking marine accident investigator;

DOJ – US Navy officer sentenced to 40 months in prison;

DOJ – US Navy officer pleads guilty to accepting bribes;

Court – forum non conveniens; and

Ireland – straight baselines.

February 1, 2016

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Coos Bay – limitations on deep-draft vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2781094/] stating that it imposed limitations on the movement of deep-draft vessels across the Coos Bay Harbor entrance due to possible debris in the water from a commercial fishing vessel that capsized and destroyed on the Coos Bay bar. The limitations will be reevaluated after a survey of the channel is completed. (1/29/16).

Juneau – sunken tug to be removed

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2781082/] stating that it received approval for removal and destruction of the sunken tug Challenger in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel. The wreck is being removed to minimize environmental damage from the fuel and potentially hazardous materials remaining on board. (1/29/16).

USCG – LNG technical training for Panama

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/01/28/1282016-lgc-ncoe-provides-liquefied-natural-gas-training-to-panama-canal-representatives/] stating that its Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) recently provided a three-day training session to 46 technical representatives of the Panama Canal Authority, Panamanian Government, and US Embassy-Panama. (1/28/16).

USCG – IMO Maritime Ambassadors

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/01/28/1282016-coast-guard-nominated-ambassadors-to-the-international-maritime-organization/] stating that RADM Cari Thomas, USCG and Ms. Carleen Lyden-Kluss, co-founder and executive director of the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association, were recently appointed to be IMO Maritime Ambassadors. An IMO Maritime Ambassador is an advocate for maritime and seafaring professions and actively conducts community outreach activities which encourage young people to consider careers at sea or in the maritime industry. (1/28/16).

NTSB – seeking marine accident investigator

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted a notice [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/424954500] stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical). Applications must be received by 10 February. (1/27/16).

DOJ – US Navy officer sentenced to 40 months in prison

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-officer-sentenced-40-months-prison-selling-classified-ship-schedules-part-navy] stating that a US Navy Lieutenant Commander has been sentenced to forty months in prison for accepting cash, hotel expenses, and the services of a prostitute from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia in exchange for classified Navy ship and submarine schedules and other internal Navy information. (1/29/16).

DOJ – US Navy officer pleads guilty to accepting bribes

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-commander-pleads-guilty-accepting-cash-and-prostitutes-international-bribery-scheme] stating that a US Navy commander pleaded guilty to bribery charges, admitting that he accepted cash, gifts, travel expenses, entertainment, and the services of prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia in exchange for classified Navy information. (1/28/16).

Court – forum non conveniens

clip_image013 The Third District Court of Appeal in Florida dismissed two separate but closely related cases brought by passengers on the Italian-flag cruise ship Costa Concordia against the corporate owner and parent corporation for damages related to the sinking of the ship off the coast of Italy in 2012. Defendants’ motion to dismiss the actions for forum non conveniens was granted by one trial court and partially granted by the other trial court. All parties appealed. Since the incident occurred in Italy and virtually all the witnesses were in Italy, the appellate court affirmed the grating of defendants’ motion in one court and directed the second court to do likewise. Abeid-Saba v. Carnival Corporation, No. 3D13-2092 (FL 3DCA, January 27, 2016) [located at http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/Opinions/3D13-2223.pdf].

Ireland – straight baselines

clip_image015 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a notice announcing that the Government has established straight baselines along the coast of the Republic of Ireland, based on the World Geodetic System 84 (WGS 84) datum. Marine Notice 03-2016 [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN03of2016_IrelandMaritimeJurisdiction%28Straight%20Baselines%29Order2016.pdf] (1/28/16). Note: The limits of the territorial sea, contiguous zone, and EEZ are measured from a nation’s baselines.

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January 29th, 2016 at 11:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2016

Headlines:

Alaska – chemical dispersant use;

USAF – GPS issues;

House – hearing on USCG cutter acquisitions;

GAO – National Cybersecurity Protection System;

Court – arbitral award confirmation;

Court – Master Service Contract interpreted;

ReCAAP – Annual Report 2015;

Singapore – LNG bunkering licenses issued;

UK – seafarer statistics 2015; and

UK – national maritime single window pilot.

January 29, 2016

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Alaska – chemical dispersant use

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2780562/] announcing a revision to the policy regarding chemical dispersant use for oil spill responses in Alaska. The new policy is more inclusive, comprehensive, and conservative and includes a preauthorization area with a more protective protocol for use of chemical dispersant during responses to spills of crude oil in certain waters offshore of Alaska.  Plan holders for affected vessel response plans have 24 months from the date of publication of this notice to achieve compliance by having sufficient dispersant capability on hand should this spill response tactic be considered. (1/28/16).

USAF – GPS issues

clip_image006 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued a notice [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/AirForceOfficialPressRelease.pdf] forwarding an Air Force Official Press Release concerning a recent GPS ground system anomaly that resulting in GPS receiver issues for many civil users. (1/28/16). Note: Readers will be relieved to know that no GPS-guided munitions were affected.

House – hearing on USCG cutter acquisitions

clip_image008 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a notice [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399668] stating that on 3 February, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing on the Status of Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition Programs. (1/28/16).

GAO – National Cybersecurity Protection System

clip_image010 The Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued its report on the DHS National Cybersecurity Protection System. It recommends that the Department of Homeland Security take various actions to enhance the system’s capabilities for meeting its objectives, better define requirements for future capabilities, and develop network routing guidance. GAO-16-294 [located at http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/674829.pdf] (1/28/16).

Court – arbitral award confirmation

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the award of attorney’s fees and costs that the party to an arbitration award incurred in seeking to confirm an arbitral award before the district court, ruling that such an award is not authorized under relevant law. Zurich American Insurance v. Team Tankers, No. 14-4036-cv (2nd Cir., January 28, 2016).

Court – Master Service Contract interpreted

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that, under a Master Service Contract, the party that hired a safety contractor to work on the other party’s vessel is liable for damages when the contractor’s employee incurred an injury onboard. Grogan v. W&T Offshore, No. 15-30369 (5th Cir., January 27, 2016) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30369-CV0.pdf].

ReCAAP – Annual Report 2015

clip_image016 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Annual Report for 2015 [located at http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=421&PortalId=0&TabId=78]. A total of 200 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported during the year, an increase of 7% over the previous year. (1/28/16).

Singapore – LNG bunkering licenses issued

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=nr162801.xml] stating that two LNG bunker supplier licenses have been awarded and LNG bunkering operations are expected to commence in the Port of Singapore by early 2017. (1/27/16).

UK – seafarer statistics 2015

clip_image020 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarer-statistics-2015] announcing publication of seafarer statistics for 2015. The total number of active UK seafarers increased by 2% over the previous year to 23,380. (1/28/16).

UK – national maritime single window pilot

clip_image020[1] The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-maritime-single-window-launch-of-pilot] announcing launch of a pilot for the national maritime single window, through which ships’ pre-arrival reports can be submitted to certain authorities including the UK government. During the pilot phase, the national maritime single window will only accept: FAL form 1 (IMO general declaration); FAL form 5 (crew list); and FAL form 6 (passenger list). Only Border Force and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will have access to this data. (1/28/16).

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January 28th, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 January 2016

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro investigation;

CDC – Zika virus web site;

EC – places of refuge;

Panama Canal – sunken wreck in Atlantic Outer Anchorage; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 28, 2016

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USCG – El Faro investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a media advisory [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2778590/] stating that it will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the steam ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. The hearing will open on 16 February in Jacksonville. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is conducting its own investigation, will fully participate in the USCG hearings. (1/26/16).

CDC – Zika virus web site

clip_image006 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a web site concerning the Zika virus [located at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html]. The site explains the common symptoms, prevention recommendations, treatment, and current Zika-affected areas. It also includes recommendations for pregnant women. (1/26/16).

EC – places of refuge

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) posted the Joint Declaration [located at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/news/doc/2016-01-27-lessons-learned-flaminia/declaration.pdf] on the EU Operational Guidelines on Places of Refuge [located at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/digital-services/doc/por-operational-guidelines.pdf]. These guidelines, prepared with the participation of competent authorities and industry stakeholders, followed the response to the casualty involving the MSC Flaminia in July 2012. The guidelines are not mandatory, but are intended to support a more uniform application of underlying legal provisions. (1/27/16). Note: These guidelines represent a significant step forward, but will only be utilized in actual casualties if coastal nations engage in exercises beforehand to gain familiarity with the procedures.

Panama Canal – sunken wreck in Atlantic Outer Anchorage

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the general cargo ship Alita sank in the Atlantic Outer Anchorage. The wreck, which is just below the surface, has been marked. Advisory 03-2016 [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-03-2016.pdf] (1/23/16).

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image011 The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!

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January 27th, 2016 at 7:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 January 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi – closed due to collision;

NOAA – North Atlantic right whales;

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations;

BIS – Cuba Licensing Policy Revisions;

FMC – exemption petition;

FMC – OTI rules corrections;

OMB – voluntary consensus standards;

Treasury – international boycott countries; and

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program.

January 27, 2016

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Lower Mississippi – closed due to collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2779990/] stating that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 126 and 131 has been closed to navigation following a collision between two towing vessels and their barges. One barge carrying caustic soda has capsized. There are no reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation. (1/26/16).

NOAA – North Atlantic right whales

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule expanding the critical habitat for the North Atlantic right whale. The amendment enters into effect on 26 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 4837 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01633.pdf] (1/27/16). A news release provides additional information.

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement the policy to engage and empower the Cuban people. 81 Fed. Reg. 4583 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01559.pdf] (1/27/16).

BIS – Cuba Licensing Policy Revisions

clip_image010 The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for exports and reexports to Cuba. 81 Fed. Reg. 4580 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01557.pdf] (1/27/16).

FMC – exemption petition

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON) for an exemption from the rules requiring the filing of individual service contract amendments. Comments on the petition must be received by 12 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 4627 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01579.pdf] (1/27/16).

FMC – OTI rules corrections

clip_image012[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued correcting amendments, effective immediately, to its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs). 81 Fed. Reg. 4592 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01578.pdf] (1/27/16).

OMB – voluntary consensus standards

clip_image014 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has revised Circular A-119: “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities”. 81 Fed. Reg. 4673 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01606.pdf] (1/27/16).

Treasury – international boycott countries

clip_image015 The Treasury Department issued its list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 81 Fed. Reg. 4739 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01622.pdf] (1/27/16).

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image017 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Opportunities in Cooperative Education And New Research Partnerships Act (OCEAN Research Partnerships Act (H.R. 4394) [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4394ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr4394ih.pdf] to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. (1/25/16). Note: I wish to reiterate my distaste for the invention of convoluted names for legislative bills so as to fit an acronym.

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    logo11 Limitless salvage

    In the January 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Limitless salvage". In the article, I discuss the recent developments in deep water salvage that have allowed access to and salvage of wrecks in the deepest reaches of the oceans and the impact of these developments on the Wreck Removal Convention and United State salvage law and policy. The days of forgotten wrecks are past.