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November 9th, 2018 at 11:23 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 November 2018

Headlines:

DOJ – duck boat captain indicted;

USCG – lessons learned from SS Princess Sophia sinking;

Louisiana – formal investigation re bridge allision;

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2017;

California – USCG activities within NMSs;

NOAA – $8.3 million for coral reef conservation;

GAO – inland waterways budget;

Canada – $25 million for Prince Rupert;

Great Lakes storm of 1913;

SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975;

USMC – 243rd birthday; and

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day.

November 9, 2018

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DOJ – duck boat captain indicted

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the captain of the duck boat that sank last summer on Table Rock Lake in Missouri resulting in the deaths of 17 passengers has been indicted by a federal grand jury for misconduct and negligence resulting in death. (11/8/17) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/duck-boat-captain-indicted-misconduct-negligence-resulting-17-deaths-table-rock-lake]. Note: The charges are based in part on what is known as the 1838 seaman’s manslaughter statute.

USCG – lessons learned from SS Princess Sophia sinking

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing lessons learned from the tragic sinking of the passenger vessel Princess Sophia in 1918 in Alaska waters with the loss of all 353 persons on board. (11/8/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/08/11-8-2018-avoiding-tragedy-100-years-after-princess-sophia-sinking/].

Louisiana – formal investigation re bridge allision

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is convening a formal investigation into an incident that resulted in damage to the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish, Louisiana on 12 October. On that date, a crane barge allided with the bridge, smashing a major load-bearing beam on the steel cantilever-truss bridge and resulting in the closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic. (11/8/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21a1b1c].

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2017

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Safer Seas Digest 2017 summarizing lessons learned from marine accident investigations in the past year. (11/8/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/SPC1802.pdf].

California – USCG activities within NMSs

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule allowing the US Coast Guard to carry out certain otherwise prohibited activities within waters of the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (NMSs) beyond approximately three nautical miles from the shores thereof. The rule enters into effect on 10 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 55956 (11/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-09/pdf/2018-24200.pdf].

NOAA – $8.3 million for coral reef conservation

clip_image011[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release announcing that it has awarded $8.3 million for coral reef conservation and management. (11/8/18) [https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-awards-over-83-million-to-advance-coral-reef-conservation-science-and-management].

GAO – inland waterways budget

clip_image013 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the inland waterways. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintains the nation’s inland waterways, including locks and dams. Its inland waterways construction projects have often seen delays and cost overruns. The USACE reports and academic studies say that the agency faces higher costs and delays because it receives funding for only a part of a project each year, so it must contract for projects in pieces. USACE officials estimate that this inefficient approach will add $229 million to the cost of one project alone. The report recommends that the USACE seek ways to use construction funds more efficiently. GAO-19-20 (11/7/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/695255.pdf].

Canada – $25 million for Prince Rupert

clip_image015 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing the investment of $25 million in improved transportation infrastructure in the Port of Prince Rupert. (11/7/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/11/the-government-of-canada-invests-in-transportation-infrastructure-improvements-at-the-port-of-prince-rupert-to-help-move-canadian-goods-to-market.html].

Great Lakes storm of 1913

clip_image017 In early November, 1913, a blizzard struck the US Midwest and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Great Lakes storm of 1913 reached its highest intensity on November 9. A total of 19 ships were sunk and another 19 were stranded on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Cargo losses were in excess of 68,300 tons and were valued at over a million dollars. More than 280 mariners lost their lives in the most destructive natural disaster to ever strike the Great Lakes.

SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975

clip_image019 On 10 November 1975, the laker Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with a loss of all 29 hands. It was one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes, carrying over 26,000 tons of taconite ore between Duluth/Superior and the steel mills to the south. The “Fitz” had departed on 9 November in tandem with another laker, but sailed directly into an early winter storm. It sank suddenly, without making a distress call, at about 7:30 p.m., in heavy snow with winds gusting to hurricane force and seas exceeding 30 feet in height. Gordon Lightfoot memorialized the casualty in his hit song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

USMC – 243rd birthday

clip_image021 The United States Marine Corps (USMC) began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775 as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore. It has been a component of the US Navy since June 30, 1834. The Marine Corps are now responsible for expeditionary and amphibious operations with the other military services. Oorah!

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day

clip_image023 Sunday, November 11, will be marked as the centennial anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I – the war to end all wars, as it was proclaimed at the time. The day is commemorated as Veterans Day in the United States; as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth nations; and as Armistice Day in France and Belgium. On this day, we also should remember the sacrifices of our military personnel, as well as those of the merchant marine who deliver vital supplies across dangerous seas in time of war.

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November 8th, 2018 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 November 2018

Headlines:

USCG – MSC Plan Review Guidelines;

USCG – automation and cybersecurity workshop; and

FERC – Freeport LNG Project.

November 8, 2018

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USCG – MSC Plan Review Guidelines

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) has developed updated Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines to address stability test procedures. (11/7/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/07/11-7-2018-updated-plan-review-guidelines-from-marine-safety-center/].

USCG – automation and cybersecurity workshop

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it will participate in the ASTM International F25 Committee’s Workshop on Autonomous Shipping, Vessel Automation, and Maritime Cyber Security on 5 December in Washington, DC. (10/24/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/24/10-24-2018-coast-guard-to-present-during-astm-internationals-automation-and-cybersecurity-workshop/].

FERC – Freeport LNG Project

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that an environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared regarding that Freeport LNG Train 4 Project in Texas. Comments must be received by 3 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 55880 (11/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-08/pdf/2018-24448.pdf].

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November 7th, 2018 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 November 2018

Headlines:

USCG – twelfth BWMS type approval certificate issued;

NTSB – towboat allision with bridge pier;

CRS – changes in the Arctic;

CRS – USCG Polar Security Cutter Program; and

New Zealand – maritime levies and fees.

November 7, 2018

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USCG – twelfth BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a type approval certificate has been issued to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd for its Oceanguard Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). This is the twelfth such certificate issued to date. (11/6/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/06/11-6-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-qingdao-headway-technology-co-ltd/].

NTSB – towboat allision with bridge pier

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the October 26, 2017 allision of the tow of the towboat Cooperative Venture with a fixed pier of the St. Paul Union Pacific Rail Bridge at Mile 835.7 on the Mississippi River near St. Paul. As the vessel approached the bridge, the lead barge on the port side struck the bridge’s pier. There were no reported injuries or pollution. Damages to the bridge and barge were estimated at $800,000 and $153,000, respectively. The probable cause of the allision was the operating company’s assignment of an inexperienced pilot who incorrectly positioned the tow prior to maneuvering through a turn with a following current when approaching the bridge span. MAB 18-23 (11/6/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1823.pdf].

CRS – changes in the Arctic

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on changes in the Arctic. R41153 (10/25/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

CRS – USCG Polar Security Cutter Program

clip_image008[1] The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program. RL34391 (10/26/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf].

New Zealand – maritime levies and fees

clip_image010 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it seeks comments on proposed changes to the maritime levies and fees. Comments must be received by 18 January 2019. (11/6/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181106a.asp].

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November 6th, 2018 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 November 2018

Headlines:

OFAC – expanded sanctions re Iran;

DHS OIG – management alert re whistleblower; and

Court – reasonable security bond demand.

November 6, 2018

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OFAC – expanded sanctions re Iran

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a news release announcing actions taken in connection with the full re-imposition of sanctions against Iran. Its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have been updated. Over 700 persons and associated blocked property have been moved to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. This includes a number of shipping companies and their assets. (11/5/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20181105.aspx].

DHS OIG – management alert re whistleblower

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a management alert raising concerns about the execution of a search warrant by the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) against a DHS whistleblower. OIG 19-03 (10/29/18) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018-11/OIG-19-03-Oct18.pdf].

Court – reasonable security bond demand

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the US Coast Guard acted reasonably in detaining a vessel for nearly six months and in setting security bond levels related to the detention. During a routine boarding, plaintiff’s vessel was suspected of illegally discharging oily waste water at sea and falsifying its oil record book to conceal the offense. The vessel was immediately detained. The owner, operator, and chief engineer were soon indicted. The Coast Guard insisted upon a security bond of $3 million. The bond was not paid and the detention continued. A trial, nearly six months later, the owner and operator were acquitted but the chief engineer was convicted. After the vessel was released, the owner brought suit, asserting that the vessel had been unreasonably detained. In a case of first impression, the court found that the Coast Guard’s security bond demands were reasonable, as that was the maximum fine that could have been levied if the company had been convicted. Angelex Ltd v United States, No. 17-5269 (DC Cir., November 2, 2018) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/DEF527EADA90BF5685258339004DE2B7/$file/17-5269.pdf].

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November 5th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 November 2018

Headlines:

White House – sanctions against Iran to be expanded;

OFAC – sanction regulations re Iran;

DOJ – $3.2 million for obstruction of justice;

USCG – automatic pilot systems on tankers;

IWUB – meeting on 29 November versus 28 November;

DOE – export of LNG;

DOT – $5.95 million loan to Port of Everett;

MARAD – Women on the Water Conference;

USMMA – Jack Buono named next Superintendent;

New Zealand – don’t leave the lights on; and

Panama – Oil Record Book and Emissions.

November 5, 2018

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White House – sanctions against Iran to be expanded

clip_image004 The White House issued a Fact Sheet stating that, effective 5 November, the United States is reimposing all sanctions against Iran that had been lifted under previous arrangements. Sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy such as its energy, shipping, shipbuilding, and financial sectors. (11/2/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-reimposing-sanctions-lifted-unacceptable-iran-deal/].

OFAC – sanction regulations re Iran

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations to implement further the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The rule enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 55000 (11/5/18) []. Note: But see the White House action discussed above.

DOJ – $3.2 million for obstruction of justice

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a ship operator pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice and falsifying the ship’s oil record book (ORB) to hide discharging oily waste water into the ocean. The company was on probation for a similar violation in 2016. It has been sentenced to pay $3.2 million and to four years of probation. (11/2/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/german-shipping-operator-sentenced-pay-32-million-obstruction-justice-and-falsifying-official].

USCG – automatic pilot systems on tankers

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule authorizing tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes. The rule enters into effect on 5 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 55272 (11/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-05/pdf/2018-24127.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 29 November versus 28 November

clip_image012 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will meet on 29 November rather than the previously scheduled 28 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 55353 (11/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-05/pdf/2018-24147.pdf].

DOE – export of LNG

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that it has approved, for a period of two years, the export of LNG from the Corpus Christi LNG Project. (11/2/18) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-authorizes-short-term-natural-gas-exports-corpus-christi-lng-project].

DOT – $5.95 million loan to Port of Everett

clip_image016 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release announcing that a $5.95 million loan is being made available to the Port of Everett for its Marine Terminal Rail Improvements Phase II Project. (11/1/18) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-announces-595-million-loan-fund-marine-terminal-rail].

MARAD – Women on the Water Conference

clip_image018 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby welcomed female cadets from the seven U.S. maritime academies to the 10th annual Women on the Water Conference, held November 1-3 in Castine, Maine. The conference, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in partnership with MARAD, showcases the successes of women in the maritime industry. (11/1/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/maritime-administrator-welcomes-cadets-to-annual-women-on-the-water-conference/].

USMMA – Jack Buono named next Superintendent

clip_image020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release announcing that Jack Buono has been selected as the next Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy. (11/2/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/maritime-administration-announces-new-superintendent-for-u-s-merchant-marine-academy/].

New Zealand – don’t leave the lights on

clip_image022 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of the 23 September 2017 fire in a cargo hold of the multipurpose/container vessel Kokopo Chief at the Port of Tauranga. The number 4 cargo hold was loaded with tiers of packaged timber. When loading was completed, the hatch lid was closed and containers loaded on top. Shortly before midnight the ship’s smoke-detection system alarmed, alerting the crew to a fire that had broken out in number 4 cargo hold. The crew response to the fire included activating the ship’s fixed carbon dioxide (CO2) fire-extinguishing system, which involved sealing the cargo hold and releasing liquid CO2 into the cargo hold. The fire was eventually extinguished. Investigation revealed that the probable cause of the fire was the failure to extinguish the incandescent reflector lamp in the hold before the hold was sealed. MO-2017-205 (11/1/18) [https://taic.org.nz/sites/default/files/inquiry/documents/MO-2017-205%20Final.pdf].

Panama – Oil Record Book and Emissions

clip_image024 The Panama Maritime Authority issued a circular providing updated guidance on the proper maintenance and keeping of the Oil Record Book, now named the Oil Record Book and Emissions, as required by the amended MARPOL 73/78. MMC-215 (10/26/18) [https://www.segumar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/MMC-215-26-10-2018.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my long-suffering reader Emilio Tombolesi of Carnival.

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November 2nd, 2018 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 November 2018

Headlines:

USCG – employment of non-US persons on US vessels;

USCG – another application received re BWMS;

USCG – meeting on 13 November re IMO C 121;

FERC – Texas LNG Project draft EIS;

NTSB – allision due to poor communications;

MARAD – GPS interference in eastern Mediterranean; and

South Africa – vessel pollution prevention & enforcement.

November 2, 2018

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USCG – employment of non-US persons on US vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a revised Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing updated guidance on the employment of non-US credentialed personnel on certain US-documented vessels. MSIB 009-12 Rev 1 (10/29/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2012/009_12_rev1_10-29-2018.pdf].

USCG – another application received re BWMS

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received another application for type-approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one from Cathelco Ltd for its Cathelco Evolution BWMS. (11/1/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/01/11-1-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-21st-bwms-type-approval-application/].

USCG – meeting on 13 November re IMO C 121

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will conduct an open meeting on 13 November in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Council meeting (C 121). Topics on the agenda include protection of vital shipping lanes, the World Maritime University, and the International Maritime Institute. 83 Fed. Reg. 55190 (11/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-02/pdf/2018-24031.pdf].

FERC – Texas LNG Project draft EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Texas LNG Project. Comments must be received by 17 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 55156 (11/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-02/pdf/2018-23998.pdf].

NTSB – allision due to poor communications

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation into the 18 August 2017 allision of the bulk carrier Mia S with the Nashville Avenue Wharf in New Orleans. The fully loaded vessel was transiting downbound and experiencing intermittent engine slowdowns. Near mile 101, its propulsion engine program restricted the engine to dead slow ahead. Within minutes, the vessel allided with the wharf, damaging its bow above the waterline and the wharf. No pollution or injuries among the 19 crewmembers were reported. Damage to the vessel and the wharf each amounted to an estimated $1 million. The probable cause of the allision was the chief engineer’s poor communication to the master regarding the potential for additional protective engine slowdowns at orders above dead slow ahead, and the master and pilot’s decision to proceed at full ahead, which resulted in a reduction in engine speed and subsequent loss of maneuverability while navigating through a sharp river bend. MAB 18-22 (11/1/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1822.pdf].

MARAD – GPS interference in eastern Mediterranean

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory stating that multiple instances of significant GPS interference continue to be reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the eastern Mediterranean. Advisory 2018-014 (11/1/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/advisory/2018/30688/].

South Africa – vessel pollution prevention & enforcement

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that representatives from the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to hold and seminar and information exchange with agencies there on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement. (11/1/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/01/11-1-2018-coast-guard-south-african-agencies-hold-seminar-on-vessel-pollution-prevention-and-enforcement/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 November 2018

Headlines:

San Pedro – shipping container explosion;

SHC – meeting on 27 November re MSC 100;

NY/NJ – anchorages evaluation;

DOE – application to export LNG;

NOAA – NE wind energy areas assessment;

NOAA – dealing with shipwrecks past;

IMO – marine plastic litter from ships;

ReCAAP – piracy warning;

Australia – ghost fishing; and

UK – allisions due to anchor dragging.

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San Pedro – shipping container explosion

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a shipping container loaded with scrap metal intended for export exploded at a facility on Terminal Island in San Pedro. There were no reports of injuries. Ten other containers believed to be carrying the same material are being examined. The explosion is believed to be an industrial accident. (10/31/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21840dd].

SHC – meeting on 27 November re MSC 100

clip_image006 The Shipping Coordination Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 27 November in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100). Topics on the agenda include maritime security; maritime autonomous surface ships; and non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters. 83 Fed. Reg. 54973 (11/1/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-01/pdf/2018-23865.pdf].

NY/NJ – anchorages evaluation

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing that it plans to prepare a General Reevaluation Study (GRR) with an integrated environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives and to determine the potential for significant impacts related to the improvement of anchorages included in the federal navigation project for New York and New Jersey Harbor anchorages. A public scoping meeting will be held in New York on 8 November. Comments must be received by 10 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 54919 (11/1/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-01/pdf/2018-23879.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Driftwood LNG LLC for authorization to export LNG. Comments must be received by 21 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 54922 (11/1/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-01/pdf/2018-23867.pdf].

NOAA – NE wind energy areas assessment

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management posted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study entitled “Habitat Mapping and Assessment of Northeast Wind Energy Areas. (December 2017) [https://www.boem.gov/espis/5/5647.pdf].

NOAA – dealing with shipwrecks past

clip_image012[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a blog discussing efforts of it and the US Coast Guard to address remediation of underwater legacy environmental threats (RULET) – in other words, old shipwrecks. (10/31/18) [https://blog.response.restoration.noaa.gov/how-ghosts-shipwrecks-past-continue-haunt-us-waters?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery].

IMO – marine plastic litter from ships

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release stating that an action plan has been adopted for dealing with marine plastic litter from ships. (10/30/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/20-marinelitteractionmecp73.aspx].

ReCAAP – piracy warning

clip_image016 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a warning stating that information has bee received that the Abu Sayyaf Group is planning to conduct kidnapping activities at any opportune time in undisclosed area in Sabah primarily targeting businessmen or ship’s crew of foreign vessels transiting waters of Eastern Sabah and the Sulu-Celebes Seas. (10/30/18) [http://www.recaap.org/resources/ck/files/alerts/2018/Warning%2001-10-2018.pdf].

Australia – ghost fishing

clip_image018 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release concerning environmental threats posed by abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear – ‘ghost fishing’. (10/30/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/ghost-nets].

UK – allisions due to anchor dragging

clip_image020 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the cargo vessel Celtic Spirit dragging its anchor during heavy weather and alliding with the research and survey vessel Atlantic Explorer and the general cargo vessel Celtic Warrior on the River Humber on 1 March 2018. The probable cause of the incident was the failure to deploy sufficient anchor cable combined with watchkeeping errors. Report 18-2018 (10/31/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5bd8374540f0b6051e77b6c0/2018_-_18_-_Celtic_Spirit.pdf].

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October 31st, 2018 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 31 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – another BWMS submittal received;

USCG – importance of MTS;

USCG – NOAD schema notice;

NOAA – members sought for NSGAB;

NOAA – SS Jacob Luckenbach oil spill;

Canada – cannabis legalization;

Hong Kong – air pollution control regulation; and

UK – maritime transportation & Brexit.

October 31, 2018

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USCG – another BWMS submittal received

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received its twentieth application of type approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one from Wartsila Water Systems Ltd for its Aquarius UV BWMS. (10/30/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/30/10-30-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-20th-application-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – importance of MTS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin on the importance of the nation’s marine transportation system (MTS) and its safety and security. (10/30/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/30/10-30-2018-rear-adm-john-nadeau-remarks-on-the-safety-security-of-the-marine-transportation-system/].

USCG – NOAD schema notice

clip_image005 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, an updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.6, will be released and will contain various schema improvements, updates to our ports list and retirement of the NVMC workbook as a means of submission for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) NOAs. (10/30/18) [https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(sav5e2qkk2ufbho3iujxhvjj))/News.aspx?newsId=1ba16e74-3a7d-44a4-9e08-5970e8b40009].

NOAA – members sought for NSGAB

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is soliciting interested persons for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB). In addition, the NSGAB will meet via teleconference on 10 December regarding the National Sea Grant College Program. 83 Fed. Reg. 54723 (10/31/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-31/pdf/2018-23810.pdf].

NOAA – SS Jacob Luckenbach oil spill

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a blog regarding the 1953 sinking of the freighter Jacob Luckenbach and efforts years later led by the US Coast Guard and NOAA to minimize the risk of the further discharge of oil into the water. (10/30/18) [https://blog.response.restoration.noaa.gov/oily-killer-deep-mystery-oil-spill-san-mateo?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery].

Canada – cannabis legalization

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a bulletin regarding the nation’s recent legalization of cannabis and vessel operation. SSB 12-2018 (10/16/18) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2018-12-eng.htm]. Note: Mariners on Canadian vessels must bear in mind that possession and use of cannabis on vessels in US waters remains illegal.

Hong Kong – air pollution control regulation

clip_image012 The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department issued a press release stating that, starting 1 January 2019, all vessels except for specified vessel types are required to use compliant fuel within Hong Kong waters, irrespective of whether they are sailing or berthing. Compliant fuel includes low sulphur marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%, liquefied natural gas, or any other fuel approved by the Director of Environmental Protection. (10/26/18) [https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201810/26/P2018102600338.htm]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my long-suffering reader Emilio Tombolesi of Carnival Corporation.

UK – maritime transport & Brexit

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice stating that a statutory instrument has been issued revoking a number of pieces of EU legislation relating to maritime transport market access which will no longer be appropriate after EU exit. (10/30/18) [https://www.gov.uk/eu-withdrawal-act-2018-statutory-instruments/the-maritime-transport-access-to-trade-and-cabotage-revocation-eu-exit-regulations-2018].

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October 30th, 2018 at 10:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 October 2018

Headlines:

White House – water infrastructure authorization;

USCG – AWO fatigue risk management guide;

BOEM – public meetings re offshore wind energy project;

DOJ – false claims alleged in shipyard cleanup;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project final EIS;

Oregon – blocking offshore drilling;

EU – €300 million for oceans; and

EU NAVFOR – pirate whaler destroyed.

October 30, 2018

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White House – water infrastructure authorization

clip_image004 President Trump signed into law America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021). The legislation authorizes construction of a number of projects throughout the nation, but does not provide funding. (10/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3021enr/pdf/BILLS-115s3021enr.pdf].

USCG – AWO fatigue risk management guide

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a link to the recent American Waterways Operators (AWO) fatigue risk management guide. (10/29/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/29/10-27-2018-fatigue-risk-management-a-planning-guide-for-the-towing-industry/].

BOEM – public meetings re offshore wind energy project

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a news release announcing that public meetings will be held in Amagansett, NY (Nov 5); New Bedford, MA (Nov 7); and Narragansett, RI (Nov 8) regarding the proposed Deepwater Wind offshore wind energy project. (10/29/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note10292018/].

DOJ – false claims alleged in shipyard cleanup

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that it has intervened in three whistleblower cases pending in federal court against Tetra Tech EC Inc. alleging that the company submitted false claims to the US Navy for radiological remediation and support services provided at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. (10/26/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-states-joins-lawsuits-against-tetra-tech-ec-inc-alleging-false-claims-connection].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project final EIS

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Calcasieu Pass LNG Project. 83 Fed. Reg. 54586 (10/30/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-30/pdf/2018-23603.pdf].

Oregon – blocking offshore oil drilling

clip_image014 The Governor of Oregon issued an Executive Order blocking offshore oil drilling off the Oregon coast, including the outer continental shelf, by preventing the development of any infrastructure in the state to support such activity. (10/25/18) [https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Documents/executive_orders/eo_18-28.pdf].

EU – €300 million for clean, healthy, and safe oceans

clip_image016 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the European Union (EU) has committed €300 million for clean, healthy, and safe oceans. (10/29/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6209_en.htm].

EU NAVFOR – pirate whaler destroyed

clip_image018 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that its forces tracked down and destroyed the whaler used by pirates in the recent attack on a merchant vessel off the coast of Somalia. (10/28/18) [http://eunavfor.eu/pirate-whaler-seized-and-destroyed-by-eu-navfor/].

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October 29th, 2018 at 10:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 October 2018

Headlines:

San Diego – yacht-sportfisher collision;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate issued;

USCG – application for BWMS type approval;

USCG – Tier III engine performance standards;

USCG – GLPAC meeting summary;

USCG – AMSCs and cyber security;

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC;

CFSAC – meeting on 15-16 November;

NOAA – MPA FAC nominations and meeting;

NOAA – round-the-world voyage completed;

FERC – Texas LNG Project draft EIS;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project final EIS;

DOJ – former USN commander sentenced;

CMTS – Ocean Policy Roundtable recap;

MARAD – GPS interference near Jeddah Port;

OFAC – sanctions re North Korea;

IMO – MEPC 73 summarized;

IMO – GHG strategy;

Somalia – pirate attack thwarted; and

UK – prevention of engine room fires.

October 29, 2018

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San Diego – yacht-sportfisher collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that 17 persons were rescued following a collision off San Diego between a 332-foot yacht and a 65-foot sportfisher. The incident is under investigation. (10/28/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2176887].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that is issued a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate, its eleventh to date, to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for its HiBallast BWMS. (10/26/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/26/10-26-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-hyundai-heavy-industries-co-ltd/].

USCG – application for BWMS type approval

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that it has received its nineteenth application for type approval of a ballast water management system (BWMS), this one for the UV Compact Clean BWMS manufactured by DESMI Ocean Guard A/S. (10/26/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/26/10-26-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-19th-application-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – Tier III engine performance standards

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard published guidance outlining how it will enforce MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 13.5.1.2 due to the unavailability of engines needed to comply with this regulation regarding Tier III performance standards. In lieu thereof and on a short-term basis, the Coast Guard will accept engines certified as meeting the EPA Clean Air Act Tier 3 requirements. CG-CVC-WI-014(1) (10/17/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-WI-014(1).pdf].

USCG – GLPAC meeting summary

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC). (10/26/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/26/10-26-2018-summary-of-recent-great-lakes-pilotage-advisory-committee-meeting/].

USCG – AMSCs and cyber security

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin discussing the role of Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs) in cyber security. (10/26/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/26/10-26-2018-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-area-maritime-security-committees/].

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard seeks interested individuals for membership on the Eastern Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC). Applications should be received by 23 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 53642 (10/24/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-24/pdf/2018-23243.pdf].

CFSAC – meeting on 15-16 November

clip_image005[2] The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 15-16 November in Seattle. Topics on the agenda include fire extinguishers, survival craft, and training requirements for operators. 83 Fed. Reg. 53494 (10/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-23/pdf/2018-23061.pdf].

NOAA – MPA FAC nominations and meeting

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC). Nominations must be received by 1 December. The MPA FAC will meet on 8 November via teleconference. 83 Fed. Reg. 53608 (10/24/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-24/pdf/2018-23255.pdf].

NOAA – round-the-world voyage completed

clip_image007[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the oceanographic research ship Ronald H. Brown completed a 243-day voyage around the world, conducting scientific research and servicing buoys that inform global weather, climate, and ocean forecasting. (10/23/18) [https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-research-vessel-completes-global-science-mission].

FERC – Texas LNG Project draft EIS

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Texas LNG Project in Brownsville has been completed. Comments must be submitted by 17 December. (10/26/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/10-26-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=5922774668975517986].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project final EIS

clip_image009[1] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass LNG Project has been completed. (10/22/18) [].

DOJ – former USN commander sentenced

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former US Navy commander has been sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and $21,625.60 in restitution for bribery conspiracy with a foreign defense contractor. (10/19/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-us-navy-commander-sentenced-prison-bribery-conspiracy-foreign-defense-contractor].

CMTS – Ocean Policy Roundtable recap

clip_image013 The Committee for the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a news release providing a recap of the recent Ocean Policy Roundtable: What’s Maritime Transportation Got to Do with It? (10/19/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/78532fd0-17f4-43cc-9bd9-fe9d89dae593].

MARAD – GPS interference near Jeddah Port

clip_image015 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that GPS interference has bene reported in the vicinity of Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia. (10/23/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/2018-008a-gps-interference-jeddah-port-saudi-arabia/].

OFAC – sanctions re North Korea

clip_image017 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that economic sanctions have been imposed on various individuals and entities, including two vessels, for violation of the sanctions against North Korea. (10/25/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20181025.aspx].

IMO – MEPC 73 summarized

clip_image019 The IMO issued a news release summarizing the recently concluded session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73). The headline item was an amendment banning carriage of ship fuel oil exceeding the upcoming 0.50% sulphur limit (except for vessels fitted with scrubbers. Guidance was also approved for fuel oil suppliers and for ship implementation of new fuel oil standards. (10/26/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/19-Implementation-of-sulphur-2020-limit-.aspx].

IMO – GHG strategy

clip_image019[1] The IMO issued a news release discussing its next steps for reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. (10/22/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/18-MEPCGHGprogramme.aspx].

Somalia – pirate attack thwarted

clip_image021 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that a pirate attack against a bulk carrier in in Somali Basin on 16 October was thwarted due to application of best management practices (BMPs) by the master, crew, and private security team. (10/19/18) [http://eunavfor.eu/pirate-attack-averted-off-the-east-coast-of-somalia/].

UK – prevention of engine room fires

clip_image023 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice bringing MSC.1/Circ.1321 to the attention of the Maritime Community. This IMO Circular provides consolidated guidance on the prevention of fires in Engine Rooms, Cargo Pump Rooms, and other high fire risk spaces. MIN 579 (M) (10/26/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/751264/MIN579_Complete.pdf].

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    logo11 Liquefaction

    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.