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August 18th, 2017 at 11:48 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 August 2017

Headlines:

US Navy – USS Fitzgerald accountability determinations;

US Navy – USS Lewis B. Puller commissioned;

USCG – questions re BWMS type-approval certificate;

Coos Bay – channel modification draft EIS;

Beaufort Sea – Liberty draft EIS;

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo;

Court – LHWCA and suicide attempt;

Singapore – Wreck Removal Convention;

MREN – balancing efficiency and security; and

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990.

August 18, 2017

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US Navy – USS Fitzgerald accountability determinations

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that accountability determinations have been made with respect to the USS Fitzgerald relating to the 17 June collision with the containership ACX Crystal. Both vessels were at fault and the collision was avoidable. The Navy has relieved the destroyer’s commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief of their duties. Additionally, a number of watch standers have been held accountable. (8/17/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102002].

USN – USS Lewis B. Puller commissioned

clip_image005 The US Navy issued a news release stating that USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) has been converted to a US naval warship, commissioning the Expeditionary Sea Bas USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a ceremony in Bahrain. Captain Adam G. Cruz is the ship’s first commanding officer. (8/17/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102004].

USCG – questions re BWMS type-approval certificate

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin responding to questions regarding the Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval certificate issued to Ecochlor Ltd. (8/17/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/17/8162017-responses-to-questions-about-latest-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate/].

Coos Bay – channel modification draft EIS

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze potential environmental effects of approving the proposed Coos Bay Channel Modification Project. Comments must be submitted by 3 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 39417 (8/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-18/pdf/2017-17483.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – Liberty draft EIS

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing completion of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Liberty Development and Production Plan in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. Public meetings will be held in Nuiqsut (October 2); Fairbanks (October 3); Kaktovik (October 4); Utqiagvik [Barrow] (October 5); and Anchorage (October 10. Comments must be submitted by 16 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 39453 (8/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-18/pdf/2017-17481.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image013 Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the United States-Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 1699) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (8/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1699is/pdf/BILLS-115s1699is.pdf].

Court – LHWCA and suicide attempt

clip_image015 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling of the Administrative Law Judge awarding compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act for injuries resulting from a suicide attempt where there was substantial evidence that the petitioner’s on-the-job injury directly contributed to his loss of normal judgment. Leeward Marine v. Kealoha, No. 16-72242 (9th Cir., August 16, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/08/16/16-72242.pdf].

Singapore – Wreck Removal Convention

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that the Wreck Removal Convention, 2007 (WRC) enters into effect for Singapore on 8 September. As of that date, Singapore-flagged vessels are required to have on board a WRC State certificate to attest that insurance or other financial security to cover liability for wrecks is in place. Shipping Circular 13-2017 (8/16/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/4672936a-edb2-4f4b-987d-de278725f7b6].

UK – National Contingency Plan

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted an updated National Contingency Plan (NCP). The NCP provides a strategic overview for responses to marine pollution from shipping and offshore installations. (8/17/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/638623/170817_NCP.pdf].

MREN – balancing efficiency and security

clip_image021 In the August edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (MREN) you can find my article “Balancing Efficiency and Security”. We live in an increasingly complex society. Electronics and computers have greatly increased our efficiency, but have also created security risks previously unknown. To operate in our modern world we must balance these two elements. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing both. (8/17/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170800.pdf].

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990

clip_image023 On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law. The measure was adopted by Congress in near-record time (for them) following the grounding of and oil spill from the tanker Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska and several other high-visibility oil spills. Despite predictions of train wrecks and the threatened halting of oil shipments to US ports, its various remedial measures, including higher liability limits, double hulls on oil tankers, and oil spill response plans entered into effect over the next few years. The amount of oil entering the waters of the United States from vessels has been reduced significantly. The legislation also served as a model for efforts undertaken elsewhere to address the oil spill problem. I had the great honor of supervising an outstanding group of Coast Guard personnel and employees in developing regulations to implement many of its provisions.

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August 17th, 2017 at 9:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 August 2017

Headlines:

USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering;

NOAA – critical habitat for Atlantic sturgeon;

MARAD – RADM Buzby sworn in as Administrator;

DOJ – USN commander pleads guilty; and

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929.

August 17, 2017

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USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering

clip_image004 The USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) issued recommendations for analyzing the risks involved in simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) during liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering. LGC NCOE Field Notice 01-2017 (8/14/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/lgcncoe/docs/BunkerDoc-SIMOPS-LGCNCOE-FieldNotice_01-2017.pdf].

NOAA – critical habitat for Atlantic sturgeon

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule designating portions of various rivers along the Atlantic coast as critical habitat for various distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon. The rule enters into effect on 18 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 39160 (8/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-17/pdf/2017-17207.pdf].

MARAD – RADM Buzby sworn in as Administrator

clip_image008 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release stating that RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (ret) has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). (8/16/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/marad0417].

DOJ – USN commander pleads guilty

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that an active duty US Navy commander pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the government in connection with its criminal investigation of a multi-national defense contracting firm. (8/15/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/active-duty-us-navy-commander-pleads-guilty-conspiring-foreign-defense-contractor-defraud-us].

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929

clip_image012 James Horace Alderman was a notorious smuggler of alcoholic beverages – a rum runner – during the heyday of the Prohibition Era. He called himself the “King of the Rum Runners” in South Florida. In some ways, he was a miniature Al Capone. To many in the area, he was a folk hero, supplying booze that was withheld by the federal government. He dispensed equal parts of charity, corruption, and violence throughout the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, while smuggling liquor from the Bahamas to South Florida. On 7 August 1927, the 75-foot Coast Guard patrol boat CG-249, based in Fort Lauderdale, was transporting Secret Service agent Robert Webster to the Bahamas to investigate reports of counterfeit US currency. Half-way across, the patrol boat encountered a speedboat headed the other direction. Boatswain Sydney Sanderlin, the officer in charge of the patrol boat, directed the speedboat to halt. The speedboat, operated by Alderman and with an accomplice onboard, tried to flee. Alderman ignored the first warning shot, but stopped when the patrol boat fired its machine gun. Sanderlin sent one of his crew onboard to check the situation. The crewman quickly found 20 cases of liquor stashed in the engine space. Sanderlin ordered Alderman and his accomplice onto the patrol boat, after checking to ensure that they were unarmed. While Sanderlin went to the bridge to call his headquarters for instructions, Alderman asked a crewman for permission to go back aboard the speedboat to retrieve his jacket; the crewman assented. Alderman retrieved not only his jacket, but also a pistol. When Alderman returned to the patrol boat, he shot Sanderlin in back, killing him instantly. Alderman then grabbed Sanderlin’s .45 caliber pistol. Alderman shot and severely wounded a second Coast Guardsman (he died four days later). Alderman ordered the remaining federal officers onto the speedboat and directed his accomplice to get the speedboat underway. When the accomplice experienced engine trouble, Alderman turned to inquire as to the trouble. The unarmed federal officers jumped him. Alderman shot the Secret Service agent, killing him instantly. He shot and wounded another Coast Guardsman, who survived. By then, the federal officers had overwhelmed Alderman. His accomplice gave up without a struggle. After a speedy trial, Alderman was convicted of three counts of murder in the first degree within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and was sentenced to suffer death by hanging. His appeal to the US Supreme Court was denied, as was his request for clemency from President Herbert Hoover. The judge directed that Alderman be executed in the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. The County Commissioners, concerned about potential fallout from executing a local folk hero and about potential adverse impact on tourism, declined. The judge then ordered that the execution be performed at the nearest federal facility to the jail – which happened be Coast Guard Base 6 in Fort Lauderdale. At 5:00 a.m., on Saturday, 17 August 1929, the US Coast Guard carried out the judge’s order, hanging James Horace Alderman from a hastily constructed gallows in the seaplane hangar, two years and ten days after he committed his murders.

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August 16th, 2017 at 10:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 August 2017

Headlines:

USCG – changes re renewed CODs;

USCG – Subchapter M TPO guidance;

DOJ – shipbuilder to pay $9.2 million in settlement;

House – bill introduced re C-TPAT;

California – new biofouling regulations;

ReCAAP – July report;

Singapore – bunker craft operator license revoked; and

Letter of regret.

August 16, 2017

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USCG – changes re renewed CODs

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice regarding direct mail and change of address for renewed Certificates of Documentation (CODs). As of 1 September, all renewed CODs will be mailed directly to the Managing Owner of record. Additionally, change of address requests will no longer be accepted via the pay.gov payment website. No third party requests for receipts, notice, or proof that the COD has been issued will be acknowledged. (8/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSCG/2017/08/15/file_attachments/863581/COD.pdf].

USCG – Subchapter M TPO guidance

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on Subchapter M third party organizations (TPOs) under the Towing Safety Management System. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-04 (8/11/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CVCPL1704.pdf?ver=2017-08-15-111323-820].

DOJ – shipbuilder to pay $9.2 million in settlement

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement of allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the government for labor on US Navy and Coast Guard ships at its shipyards in Pascagoula. (8/15/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/defense-contractor-agrees-pay-92-million-settle-false-billing-allegations].

House – bill introduced re C-TPAT

clip_image009 Representative McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 3551) to amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and for other purposes. Representative McSally issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3551ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3551ih.pdf].

California – new biofouling regulations

clip_image011 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) sent a Final Letter to interested parties the new biofouling regulations become effective on 1 October 2017. These regulations adopt a new annual vessel reporting form and require development of a biofouling management plan and related recordkeeping. (8/15/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP/4-8_FinalLetter_15Aug2017.pdf].

ReCAAP – July report

clip_image013 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its July report, showing that two incidents of piracy or armed robbery against ships were reported, compared with five such reports in July 2016. (8/15/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=545&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Singapore – bunker craft operator license revoked

clip_image015 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the bunker craft operator license of Panoil Petroleum Pte has been revoked due to unauthorized alterations on board five bunker tankers operated by the company. The alterations allowed bunker fuel that had been measured as delivered to be siphoned out, undermining the accuracy of the flow meters. (8/14/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/b9ebe892-9ae5-4462-90d9-5396eb79b3df].

Letter of regret

clip_image017 The “Letter of regret” is a classic piece of dry humor that has been kicking around the maritime community for a long time. I remember reading it for the first time about 30 years ago. We could all use a little more humor in our lives. Consider this contribution.

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August 15th, 2017 at 10:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 August 2017

Headlines:

Galveston – anchorage area proposed;

DOJ – foreign defense contractors sentenced;

Court – LHWCA average weekly wage;

Canada – Montreal shore power project; and

Opening of Panama Canal – 15 August 1914.

August 15, 2017

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Galveston – anchorage area proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a new anchorage area in Bolivar Roads near Galveston. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 16 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 38643 (8/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-15/pdf/2017-17144.pdf].

DOJ – foreign defense contractors sentenced

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two former executives of foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) were sentenced to prison for conspiring to submit bogus claims and invoices to the US Navy, overcharging by tens of millions of dollars. Neil Peterson and Linda Raja, both of Singapore, were sentenced to 70 and 46 months respectively for their roles in the scheme. (8/12/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/singapore-executives-sentenced-fraud-international-navy-corruption-scandal].

Court – LHWCA average weekly wage

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the petition of an injured longshoreman who challenged his compensation award. Over a strong dissent, the court held that it was inappropriate for the administrative law judge (ALJ) to utilize an aberrantly slow employment year in calculating claimant’s average weekly wage. Dalton v. Maritime Services Corp, No. 15-70490 (9th Cir., August 11, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/08/11/15-70490.pdf].

Canada – Montreal shore power project

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the shore power project has been completed at the Port of Montreal, allowing ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to the electrical grid, thereby reducing air pollution. (8/11/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/08/completion_of_a_shorepowerprojectatportofmontrealwillreduceairpo.html].

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914

clip_image011 The Panama Canal opened to traffic on 15 August 1914 with passage of the SS Ancon (pictured). First conceived in the 1600s, actual construction work was first begun by a French company in 1880. That attempt was defeated primarily by malaria and yellow fever. Work began on the present-day Panama Canal in 1904, success due in large part to wide-scale eradication of the mosquito discovered to carry yellow fever. The first major change to the Canal in over 100 years, the Canal Expansion Project to allow for transit by larger vessels, has been recently completed and is in operation, heralding a new era for the venerable Canal.

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August 14th, 2017 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 August 2017

Headlines:

St. Marys River – bulker refloated;

USCG – Ecochlor BWMS type approval certificate;

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment;

DOS – meeting re CCC 4;

CBP – export manifest for vessel cargo test;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tug at Iroquois Lock;

St. Lawrence Seaway – maximum permissible draft;

NOAA – tracking sea level rise and fall; and

Gulf of St. Lawrence – speed reduction.

August 14, 2017

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St. Marys River – bulker refloated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the grounded bulker Calumet has been refloated and the St. Marys River has been reopened to marine traffic. The incident is under investigation. (8/12/17) [].

USCG – Ecochlor BWMS type approval certificate

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin updating the Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate. (8/11/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/11/8112017-marine-safety-center-issues-update-to-ecochlors-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate/].

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating Lynx Terminals LLC submitted a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment regarding plans to handle and transport liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) at Port Arthur. Comments on assessment must be received by 13 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 37887 (8/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-14/pdf/2017-17106.pdf].

DOS – meeting re CCC 4

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice accounting a public meeting on 30 August in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4). Topics on the agenda include amendments to the IMSBC Code and supplements and amendments to the IMDG Code and supplements. 82 Fed. Reg. 37976 (8/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-14/pdf/2017-17111.pdf].

CBP – export manifest for vessel cargo test

clip_image008 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing modification of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test by making certain of the export manifest data elements optional. CBP is also extending the test and will be accepting additional applications for participation from all parties meeting the eligibility requirements. The modifications enter into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 37890 (8/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-14/pdf/2017-17079.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tug at Iroquois Lock

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that, following the recent decrease in outflow from Lake Ontario, the tug will no longer be available for assistance with the approach at Iroquois Lock. Seaway Notice 20-2017 (8/11/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170811.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – maximum permissible draft

clip_image010[1] The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that, effective immediately and until further notice, the maximum permissible draft in the Montreal-Lake Ontario section will be 80.8 dm (26’-6”) for all vessels. Seaway Notice 21-2017 (8/11/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170811b.pdf].

NOAA – tracking sea level rise and fall

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a 5-part bulletin on tracking sea level rise and fall. (8/10/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/explainers/tracking-sea-level-riseand-fall]. Note: Long suffering readers may recall my recent article on this topic – Sea level in its many aspects.

Gulf of St. Lawrence – speed reduction

clip_image014 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that, with immediate effect, vessels transiting the western Gulf of St. Lawrence may not exceed a speed of 10 knots in order to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales which have become increasingly present in those waters. (8/11/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/08/statement_by_ministersgarneauandleblanconactionstakentoaddressth.html].

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August 11th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 August 2017

Headlines:

Great Lakes – regulated navigation areas;

St. Marys River – closed to navigation;

USCG – BWMS type approval; and

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001.

August 11, 2017

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Great Lakes – regulated navigation areas

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending its Great Lakes Regulated Navigation Areas to add an additional regulated navigation area in Green Bay and safety zones in the Lakes Erie Islands and Saginaw Bay. These zones will apply during the winter months to protect waterway users from hazards associated with winter conditions and navigation. The amended rule enters into effect on 11 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 37517 (8/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-11/pdf/2017-16997.pdf].

St. Marys River – closed to navigation

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the bulk carrier Calumet grounded in the St. Marys River. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The vessel is not carrying cargo. The river is closed to navigation. A salvage plan is in development. The incident is under investigation. (8/10/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b02916].

USCG – BWMS type approval

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the fifth USCG Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to Ecochlor, Inc. (8/10/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/10/8102017-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-bwms-type-approval-certificate-to-ecochlor-inc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29].

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001

clip_image007 On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound and passing under the lift span when the span unexpectedly lowered. The vessel’s wheelhouse and funnel were destroyed. The vessel drifted downstream, caught fire, and grounded approximately 800 meters from the bridge. The vessel was eventually declared a constructive total loss. The bridge sustained structural damage and the Welland Canal was closed to vessel traffic for two days. Amazingly, there were no injuries, the master, third mate, and helmsman escaping down a ladder just before impact. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (operator of the bridge) initially denied responsibility, but later paid damages after the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a report (M01C0054) finding that the performance of the individual operating the bridge at the time was “likely impaired” when he lowered the span prematurely. A short, but interesting, video of the collision and its immediate aftermath is also available.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 August 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro docket additions;

Baltimore – vessel departs after 10-month detention;

USCG – EGCS short-term temporary SOx exceedances;

USCG & DHS – protecting networks from cyber threats;

NOAA – active hurricane season forecast;

BOEM – GOM OCS G&G EIS completed; and

Court – indemnity and in rem action.

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NTSB – El Faro docket additions

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that additional material has been added to the El Faro accident docket. The items consist of an addendum and an errata sheet, both related to the VDR transcript. Additional items are expected to be added to the docket in the future. (8/9/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20170809.aspx].

Baltimore – vessel departs after 10-month detention

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the asphalt tanker Asphalt Trader departed the Port of Baltimore after its detention for multiple unsafe conditions was lifted after ten months. Deficiencies had been found involving the ship’s fire detection and suppression systems, emergency power, and life-saving systems. After the previous owner was unable to correct the deficiencies, a new owner took over. (8/9/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1afe230].

USCG – EGCS short-term temporary SOx exceedances

clip_image007 The USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) issued a notice providing Coast Guard expectations for dealing with alarms from exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCSs) where the alarms are triggered by short-term temporary SOx emission exceedances due to predictable operations of cruise ships. The ship’s scrubber manual or safety management system (SMS) should identify the temporary exceedances that may be expected to occur under specific operating conditions and the length of time each exceedance would be expected to continue. The scrubber manual or SMS should also clarify the maximum amount of time that would be considered to be a short-term temporary exceedance before the vessel would need to switch over to compliant fuel. CSNCOE Field Notice 01-2017 (7/20/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/csncoe/docs/CSNCOE%20Field%20Notice%2017-0001%20Scrubber%20Field%20Notice.pdf].

USCG & DHS – protecting networks from cyber threats

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a blog providing best practices for securing devices from cyber threats. (8/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/09/872017-protecting-network-infrastructure/].

NOAA – active hurricane season forecast

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release predicting a more active than usual hurricane season for the western Atlantic region, including 2-5 major hurricanes. (8/9/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead].

BOEM – GOM OCS G&G EIS completed

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) outer continental shelf (OCS) geological and geophysical (G&G) final environmental statement (EIS) has been completed. The EIS shows that, subject to adequate mitigation measures, a decision from BOEM to continue authorizing G&G activities in the GOM OCS would not result in major impacts to the environment. (8/8/17) [https://www.boem.gov/note08082017/].

Court – indemnity and in rem action

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in a case involving a dispute involving the transport of a tug from Houston to Nigeria. Multiple parties were involved, one of which is now bankrupt. The party actually performing the transport did not get paid, being the party in line just behind the now-bankrupt party. There was a dispute as to the port of discharge in Nigeria, with communications between various parties being uncertain. Over a vigorous dissent, the appellate court reversed the district court’s denial of the unpaid carrier’s in rem action against the tug, but affirmed the lower court decision in all other respects. GIC Services v Freightplus USA, No. 15-30975 (5th Cir., August 8, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30975-CV0.pdf]. Note: This complex case was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 August 2017

Headlines:

DOS – implementation of IMO instruments;

Northern Mariana Islands – marine conservation plan;

St. Lawrence Seaway – decreased outflow;

Panama Canal – toll structure modified;

Panama Canal – July operations;

Svalbard – satellite laser ranging station; and

Australia – increasing use of FOC shipping.

August 9, 2017

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DOS – implementation of IMO instruments

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will conduct an open meeting on 14 September in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 4). Topics on the agenda include reports on alleged inadequacy of port reception facilities; safety issues identified from analysis of marine safety investigation reports; and harmonization of port state control activities. 82 Fed. Reg. 37283 (8/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-09/pdf/2017-16768.pdf].

Northern Mariana Islands – marine conservation plan

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for the Northern Mariana Islands. 82 Fed. Reg. 37198 (8/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-09/pdf/2017-16797.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – decreased outflow

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the outflow from Lake Ontario has been decreased to 9,910 cubic meters per second. Regardless, the high flow measures will remain in effect for now. Seaway Notice 19-2017 (8/8/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170808.pdf].

Panama Canal – toll structure modified

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that toll structure modifications have been approved, allowing the Canal to remain competitive, while increasing efforts to provide an outstanding service and reliability. The modifications will enter into effect on 1 October. Advisory 27-2017 (8/8/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-27-2017.pdf].

Panama Canal – July operations

clip_image011 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. Advisory 25-2017 (8/4/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-25-2017.pdf].

Svalbard – satellite laser ranging station

clip_image013 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that it and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station at Svalbard 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture. (8/7/17) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-and-norway-to-develop-arctic-station].

Australia – increasing use of FOC shipping

clip_image015 The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee of the Australian Senate port its report entitled ‘Increasing Use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia’. (7/19/17) [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/FOCShipping45/Report].

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August 8th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 August 2017

Headlines:

USCG – passenger operations cybersecurity;

USCG – marine technology and standards;

IMO – biofouling initiative;

EMSA – CO2 emissions reporting system;

Bahamas – Garbage Record Book amendments; and

New Zealand – master fined for alcohol offense.

August 8, 2017

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USCG – passenger operations cybersecurity

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it seeks feedback on the content of the Passenger Operations Cybersecurity Framework Profile. The Content Preview highlights the approach to profile mission objectives in terms of cybersecurity, breaking them down into subcategories and assigning priority to each area related to cyber priorities. Comments should be submitted by 7 September. (8/7/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/07/872017-coast-guard-seeking-feedback-on-content-of-passenger-operations-cybersecurity-framework-profile/].

USCG – marine technology and standards

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in coordination with the Coast Guard, is sponsoring a two-day public workshop on marine technology and standards on 16-17 October in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 37104 (8/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-08/pdf/2017-16694.pdf].

IMO – biofouling initiative

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release stating that the GloFouling Partnerships project has been launched to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species transferred through biofouling. (8/7/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/20-biofouling.aspx].

EMSA – CO2 emissions reporting system

clip_image008 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release stating that a monitoring, reporting, and verification system has been launched to help reduce CO2 emissions from shipping at the EU level. THETIS-MRV will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using EU ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by law from 1 January 2018. (8/7/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3079-emsa-launches-a-monitoring-reporting-and-verification-system-to-help-reduce-co2-emissions-from-shipping-at-eu-level.html].

Bahamas – Garbage Record Book amendments

clip_image010 The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) issued a bulletin advising of amendments to the format of the Garbage Record Book (GRB). Current GRBs are to be changed at section 4.1.3 to reflect compliance with chapter 5 of part II-A of the Polar Code. The new format of the GRB as amended by Res. MEPC.277(70) will enter into force on 1 March 2018. Information Bulletin 169 (7/31/17) [http://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/169-Garbage-Record-Books-Rev0.pdf].

New Zealand – master fined for alcohol offense

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the master of a cargo ship has been convicted of exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer and fined $3,000. The master’s impairment was reported by the pilots who boarded to ship to assist its entry into port. (8/7/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170807a.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 August 2017

Headlines:

US & Canada – Coast Guard Summit;

Gulf of Mexico – barge fire extinguished;

USCG – Cutter Maple reaches Northwest Passage;

USCG – Homeport 2.0 coming soon;

Illinois – Brandon Road Feasibility Study;

MARAD – Suisun Bay vessel removal project completed;

House – bill introduced re natural gas import/export;

Senate – bill introduced re Florida manatees;

California – Freight Hub Data Collection; and

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789.

August 7, 2017

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US & Canada – Coast Guard Summit

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a US-Canada Coast Guard Summit was held in Grand Haven, Michigan. Among other things, the 2017 update to the Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan was signed. (8/4/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/04/842017-top-u-s-canadian-coast-guard-leaders-hold-summit/].

Gulf of Mexico – barge fire extinguished

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the fire on the barge near Cat Island in the Gulf of Mexico has been extinguished. The barge is carrying 2,500 tons of anhydrous ammonia and 800 gallons of diesel fuel. The incident is under investigation. (8/4/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1aeb3c1].

USCG – Cutter Maple reaches Northwest Passage

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the buoy tender USCGC Maple has reached the Northwest Passage on its voyage from Sitka, Alaska to Baltimore. The vessel is conducting scientific research en route and is accompanied by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier. (8/4/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1aee926].

USCG – Homeport 2.0 coming soon

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the new and improved Homeport Internet Portal version 2.0 is anticipated to go live on 12 September. (8/4/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/04/872017-homeport-internet-portal-version-2-0-to-go-live-in-september/].

Illinois – Brandon Road Feasibility Study

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing the availability of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement – Will County, Illinois. Comments on the study should be submitted by 21 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 36760 (8/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-07/pdf/2017-16597.pdf].

MARAD – Suisun Bay vessel removal project completed

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a press release stating that the last of the 57 non-retention vessels has been removed from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (SBRF). The cargo ship Cape Borda has departed for recycling. (8/3/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/marad0317].

House – bill introduced re natural gas import/export

clip_image015 Representative Higgins (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas Now Act of 2017 (H.R. 3367) to terminate the prohibitions on the exportation and importation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Representative Higgins issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3367ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3367ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Florida manatees

clip_image017 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced a bill (S. 1747) to authorize research and recovery activities to provide for the protection, conservation, and recovery of the Florida manatee, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/3/17).

California – Freight Hub Data Collection

clip_image019 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released its Freight Hub Data Collection draft surveys, including for seaports, for public comment. Comments must be submitted by 4 September. (8/4/17) [https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/sfdatacollect.htm].

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789

clip_image021 The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cession by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.

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    logo11 Balancing Efficiency and Security

    In the August 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Balancing Efficiency and Security". The article discusses how our complex world is made more efficient through electronics and computers, but it also opens new security risks previously non-existent. The benefits of efficiency and security must be balanced to achieve the high level of performance desired.