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April 18th, 2014 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 April 2014

Headlines:

White House – statement re Korean ferry sinking;

USCG NVDC – reducing backlog;

USCG NVMC – NOAD Schema 3.4;

SHC – meeting re FC 39;

ISAC – meeting;

BOEM – renewable energy projects on OCS;

NOAA – GFNMS and MBNMS;

MMC – meeting correction;

Guam – port expansion project;

House– bill introduced re maritime education;

California – spill prevention & response;

EP – maritime search and rescue;

EU – maritime spatial planning; and

Deepwater Horizon explosion & fire – 20 March 2010.

April 18, 2014

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

White House – statement re Korean ferry sinking

clip_image004 The White House issued a Statement by President Obama on the tragic ferry sinking off the coast of the Republic of Korea. (4/17/14).

USCG NVDC – reducing backlog

clip_image006 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice stating that, starting 17 April, the NVDC’s phones will not be manned on Thursdays and customers will not be able to leave messages. This action is being taken in order to allow the NVDC to focus on the reduction of instrument backlogs that are secondary to Initial and Reissue COD backlogs. (4/16/14).

USCG NMVC – NOAD Schema 3.4

clip_image007 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that a draft of NOAD Schema 3.4 has been added to the Developer Resource Files. The final version of the schema will be released on 22 April. (4/16/14).

SHC – meeting re FC 39

clip_image009 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 13 May to prepare for the upcoming session on the IMO Facilitation Committee (FC 39). Topics on the agenda include: e-business possibilities; formalities connected with the arrival, stay, and departure of persons; and the ship/port interface. 79 Fed. Reg. 21991 (April 18, 2014).

ISAC – meeting

clip_image011 The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 13-15 May. Topics on the agenda include: revision of the National Invasive Species Management Plan; the role of utilization (including harvesting) of invasive species in control programs; and management of invasive species in the context of climate change. 79 Fed. Reg. 21943 (April 18, 2014).

BOEM – renewable energy projects on OCS

clip_image013 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) amended its timing requirements for submitting a site assessment plan (SAP) or general activities plan (GAP) for renewable energy projects on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). Under the revised rule, all OCS renewable energy leases and grants will have a preliminary term of twelve months within which a lessee or grantee must submit a SAP or a GAP. The amendment comes into effect on 19 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 21617 (April 17, 2014).

NOAA – GFNMS and MBNMS

clip_image015 The National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reopened, through 5 May, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to prohibit the introduction of introduced species into state waters of the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries (GFNMS and MBNMS). 79 Fed. Reg. 21658 (April 17, 2014).

MMC – meeting correction

clip_image017 The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) has corrected its prior notice to state that the meeting of the Commission will be held 6-8 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 21811 (April 17, 2014).

Guam – port expansion project

clip_image019 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release celebrating the groundbreaking for the final stage of the $50 million Port of Guam expansion project. When completed, this project will double the facility’s freight capacity. (4/14/14).

House – bill introduced re maritime education

clip_image021 Representative Castor (D-FL) introduced the Seafarers Educational Advancement Act (H.R, 4468) to require career and technical education for maritime careers. (4/10/14).

California – spill prevention and response

clip_image023 The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) will host “Spill Prevention and Response Day” on 14 May at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. (4/17/14).

EP – maritime search and rescue

clip_image025 The European Parliament (EP) issued a press release stating that new maritime search and rescue rules have been approved. In addition to clarifying how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants, it provides that ship masters and crew should not face criminal sanctions for the sole reason of having rescued persons in distress at sea and bringing them to a place of safety. (4/16/14).

EU – maritime spatial planning

clip_image027 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release welcoming the endorsement by the European Parliament of a Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning to help avoid potential conflicts between diverse uses of the marine environment. (4/17/14).

Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire – 20 April 2010

clip_image029 Four years ago Sunday, on 20 April 2010, the MODU Deepwater Horizon, engaged in drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven workers died. Due primarily to the heroic efforts of the crew of the OSV Damon B. Bankston, the other 115 persons on the MODU were evacuated safely. A massive oil spill ensued; the cleanup has been completed; and restoration work is slowly beginning. Many of the damage claims have been settled and litigation is ongoing. While root causation and ultimate responsibility for this casualty continue to be disputed, it is clear that the tragic incident was preventable.

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April 16th, 2014 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 April 2014

Headlines:

NFAC – webinar meeting;

New Orleans – RNA;

USCG – maritime smart phone;

Manatee River proposed bridge FEIS;

St, Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft;

St. Lawrence Seaway – draft & power to length ratio; and

Washington – spill program job openings.

April 16, 2014

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NFAC – webinar meeting

clip_image003 The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC), sponsored by the Department of Transportation (DOT), will meet via a webinar on 29 April to finalize recommendations for development of the National Freight Strategic Plan. 79 Fed. Reg. 21353 (April 16, 2014).

New Orleans – RNA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a permanent regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in New Orleans. The RNA, which comes into effect immediately, is intended to protect floodwalls and levees from possible damage from breakaway vessels during severe weather. 79 Fed. Reg. 21129 (April 15, 2014).

USCG – maritime smart phone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to develop, demonstrate, evaluate, and document viable technical approaches for securely forwarding marine-related smart phone (voice image position and text) through Next Generation/Enhanced 9-1-1 (NG 911) into the Coast Guard Rescue21 System. Comments on the proposal should submitted by 15 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 21255 (April 15, 2014).

Manatee River – proposed bridge FEIS

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed highway bridge over the Manatee River in Manatee County, Florida. 79 Fed. Reg. 21256 (April 15, 2014).

St. Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft

clip_image005 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Montreal-Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway has been increased to 80.8 dm (26’6”). Notice 9-2014 (4/14/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – draft & power to length ratio

clip_image005[1] The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the draft and power to length ratio restrictions established by Seaway Notice 2-2014 have been cancelled. Notice 10-2014 (4/14/14).

Washington – spill program job openings

clip_image006 The Washington Ecology Department Spills Program currently has six job openings, including a marine risk inspector and three geographic response plan developers. (4/14/14).

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April 14th, 2014 at 10:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 April 2014

Headlines:

DHS – cybersecurity & “Heartbleed”;

USCG – training & manning re OCS activities;

Arthur Kill – Goethals Bridge RNA proposed;

Raritan River – munitions recovery safety zone;

Oregon & Washington – RNA amended;

NBSAC – meeting;

NOAA – GFNMS & CBNMS;

ITC – certain navigational products;

House – bill introduced re maritime education;

ILO – MLC 2006 amendments agreed;

Ghana & US – combined maritime law enforcement; and

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912.

April 14, 2014

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

DHS – cybersecurity and “Heartbleed”

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release regarding the cybersecurity vulnerability known as “Heartbleed”. Most commonly used websites are taking steps to address this issue. It is recommended that computer users monitor their email and other computer accounts for suspicious activity and change their passwords for their various web accounts once those accounts have completed their steps to resolve this cybersecurity risk. (4/11/14).

USCG – training & manning re OCS activities

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard seeks comments regarding training of personnel and manning on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and offshore supply vessels (OSVs) engaged in US outer continental shelf (OCS) activities. Comments should be submitted by 14 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 20844 (April 14, 2014).

Arthur Kill – Goethals Bridge RNA proposed

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Arthur Kill in New York and New Jersey from December 2014 through October 2018 during replacement operations on the Goethals Bridge. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 13 June. 79 Fed. Reg. 20851 (April 14, 2014).

Raritan River – munitions recovery safety zone

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard established a permanent safety zone within waters of the Raritan River upstream of the Perth Amboy Railroad Bridge for removal of underwater military munitions. The rule comes into effect on 14 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 20792 (April 14, 2014).

Oregon & Washington – RNA amended

clip_image006[3] The US Coast Guard amended the rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) for bar crossing locations along the coasts of Oregon and Washington to eliminate conflicts with related provisions and clarify application of its provisions. The amendments come into effect on 14 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 20797 (April 14, 2014).

NBSAC – meeting

clip_image006[4] The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 8-9 May in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include the Uniform Certificate of Title Act and development of new life jacket standards. 79 Fed. Reg. 20896 (April 14, 2014).

NOAA – GFNMS & CBNMS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to amend the regulations regarding the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) to expand their boundaries and make other changes. Public hearings will be held in Sausalito (22 May); Point Arena (16 June); Gualala (17 June); and Bodega Bay (18 June). Written comments should be submitted by 30 June. 79 Fed. Reg. 20981 (April 14, 2014).

ITC – certain navigation products

clip_image010 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it has determined not to review an initial determination of the presiding administrative law judge to grant an unopposed motion by Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. to partially terminate the investigation as to various claims in its complaint regarding certain navigation products, including GPS devices, navigation and display systems, radar systems, navigation aids, mapping systems, and relate software and to grant Furuno leave to amend the complaint. 79 Fed. Reg. 20907 (April 14, 2014).

House – bill introduced re maritime education

clip_image012 Representative Castor (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R, 4468) to require career and technical education for maritime careers. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/10/14).

ILO – MLC 2006 amendments agreed

clip_image014 The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued a news release stating that amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 have been agreed upon by a Joint Working Group to protect abandoned seafarers and provide financial security for compensation in cases of death and long-term disability due to occupational injury or hazard. The amendments will now be submitted for inclusion in MLC 2006. (4/11/14).

Ghana & US – combined maritime law enforcement

clip_image016 clip_image018 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that maritime forces of Ghana conducted a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation with US Navy and US Coast Guard personnel in waters off the coast of Ghana as part of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). (4/11/14).

RMS Titanic strikes iceberg – 14 April 1912

clip_image019 Late on the night of 14 April 1912, the “unsinkable” passenger ship RMS Titanic, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg. It sank about three hours later, at about 2:20 a.m. on 15 April 1912. Of the 2,224 persons on board, 1,514 lost their lives. In the century that followed, ships are better-constructed. They carry more lifeboat capacity than there are persons on board. They have radios for instant communication with shore and with other ships. They have radar, fathometers, and other devices to warn of danger. On the other hand, persons in charge of the operation and navigation of ships still succeed in running into islands, grounding on charted reefs, and colliding with other ships in clear weather. In other words, as happened a century ago, negligence, complacency, and hubris continue to override all the preventative and remedial measures available. I do not mean to single out the officer in charge of the navigation watch. The master, the operator, and the owners are also deeply involved. The system puts pressure on the people on the ship to run at excessive speed, to cut corners, to sail close to shore, to operate with minimal watchstanders, to continue working when severely fatigued, and to engage in other practices that unreasonably increase risk. Most of the time, these practices do not result in casualties, but when they do, everyone takes cover and blames someone else – most frequently the person on scene. It is incumbent on owners and operators to not only talk the talk, but also to walk the walk. Encourage masters and officers to be cautious and back them up when they are. Spend the additional monies necessary to do the right thing. Otherwise, we will have learned nothing meaningful from the sinking of the Titanic!

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April 11th, 2014 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 April 2014

Headlines:

FMC – meeting;

Los Angeles – container terminal EIS;

NOAA – Hawaiian monk seal PEIS;

MMC – meeting; and

House – LNG export bill advances.

April 11, 2014

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FMC – meeting

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will meet in Washington, DC on 16 April. During the open session, the Commission will consider a direct final rulemaking concerning public information and delegation of authority as well as a staff briefing on activities of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services. During the closed session, the Committee will consider Docket No. 12-03: The Auction Block Company v The City of Homer, as well as having a discussion on the nondisclosure provision of the Shipping Act. 79 Fed. Reg. 20203 (April 11, 2014).

Los Angeles – container terminal EIS

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is initiating a 45-day scoping process for preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles Harbor Department Berths 121-131 [Yang Ming] Container Terminal Redevelopment Project. A scoping meeting will be held in San Pedro on 8 May. Written comments must be submitted by 25 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 20191 (April 11, 2014).

NOAA – Hawaiian monk seal PEIS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions. Comments must be submitted by 12 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 20172 (April 11, 2014).

MMC – meeting

clip_image010 The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) will meet in Washington, DC on 6 and 7 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 20244 (April 11, 2014).

House – LNG export bill advances

clip_image012 The House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a news release stating that the Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) to speed up the export from the United States of domestically-produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). The measure now goes to the full Committee for consideration. (4/9/14).

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April 10th, 2014 at 11:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 April 2014

Headlines:

DOD – USAF aircraft transferred to USCG;

FERC – Elba Liquefaction Project;

Senate – importance of Jones Act;

Court – duty of independent contractors;

IMO – Polar Code environmental chapter;

Hong Kong – compensation for plastic pellet spill;

Mexico & US – spill response seminar;

UK – yacht grounding; and

UK – refining and fuel import sectors.

April 10, 2014

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DOD – USAF aircraft transferred to USCG

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that 14 brand-new C-27J Spartan medium-range aircraft have been transferred from the US Air Force to the US Coast Guard. Budget cuts required the Air Force to cancel its acquisition program. (4/9/14). Note: The Spartan is basically a two-engine version of the C-130. It is manufactured in Italy with engines and systems of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.

FERC – Elba Liquefaction Project

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Elba Liquefaction Company, LLC for authorization to construct and operate the Elba Liquefaction Project at its terminal on Elba Island, Chatham County, Georgia. Comments on the application should be submitted within 90 days. 79 Fed. Reg. 19895 (April 10, 2014).

Senate – importance of Jones Act

clip_image010 Senator Landrieu (D-LA) issued a press release highlighting the importance of the Jones Act to the economy of Louisiana. (4/8/14).

Court – duty of independent contractors

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that an independent contractor conducting operations on a drilling platform owes no duty to the employee of another independent contractor that it does not supervise. McCarroll v. Wood Group, No. 13-30891 (5th Cir., April 9, 2014).

IMO – Polar Code environmental chapter

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Authority issued a news release stating that the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) decided that the environmental chapter of the draft Polar Code is to apply to the same ships as the individual chapters of the MARPOL Convention. (4/8/14).

Hong Kong – compensation for plastic pellet spill

clip_image016 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a press release stating that the Government has entered into a settlement agreement with concerned parties to compensate the Government for costs incurred in cleaning up the massive spill of polypropylene plastic pellets from a cargo vessel during typhoon Vicente in July 2012. (4/9/14).

Mexico & US – spill response seminar

clip_image018 clip_image020 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the Mexican Navy held a seminar in South Padre Island, Texas to update the MEXUSGULF spill response plan for a future coordinated response to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico that could impact both countries. (4/9/14).

UK – yacht grounding

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the privately owned motor yacht Isamar on the Grand écueil d’Olmeto shoal, Corsica on 17 August 2013. Investigation revealed that the master was not using the radar and was relying on an outdated electronic chart system set on a six-mile scale. At that scale, the charted shoal was not visible, but would have been visible at a lower scale. The master also did not isolate the damaged area of the vessel by closing the watertight doors. (4/9/14).

UK – refining and fuel import sectors

clip_image023 The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change issued its report entitled “Review of the Refining and Fuel Import Sectors in the UK”. Changes in the sector over recent decades have resulted in closure of several refineries and a steady transition from domestic production to imports to meet UK demand. Government policy regarding these changes involves a partnership approach with industry, addressing market distortions and regulatory burden. (4/9/14).

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April 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 April 2014

Headlines:

NTSB – loss of vessel control caused allision;

USCG – safety alert re fire extinguishers;

EPA – Advancing Sustainable Ports;

MARAD – National Maritime Strategy Symposium;

Senate – hearing re VADM Zukunft nomination;

Alaska – wastewater discharge permit proposed;

Australia – regulation of coastal shipping; and

Libya – peaceful unblocking of oil terminal.

April 9, 2014

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NTSB – loss of vessel control caused allision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the passenger ferry Seastreak Wall Street struck Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan on 9 January 2013 because the captain lost control of the vessel while attempting to dock. Additionally, the procedure used by the captain to reduce speed and transfer control from one bridge station to another while approaching the pier did not allow enough time to adequately respond to the loss of propulsion control. Among other things, the NTSB recommends that the Coast Guard require all US passenger vessels to implement a safety management system and utilize voyage data recorders (VDRs). (4/8/14).

USCG – safety alert re fire extinguishers

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that a hand portable fire extinguisher failed while the crew on a vessel was extinguishing a fire. Subsequent examination revealed that, during a prior servicing, an improper discharge valve/assembly had been installed. The Coast Guard recommends that fire equipment service companies be aware of the potential problem and ensure that all replacement components for fire extinguishers are as specified by the original extinguisher manufacturer. (4/8/14).

EPA – Advancing Sustainable Ports

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it hosted the “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit in Washington, DC on 8 April to kick off a new initiative to recognize ports that take action to improve environmental performance. Grants totaling $4.2 million have been awarded to the Port of Seattle, the Port of Hueneme, the Port of Tacoma, the Maryland Port Administration, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Port of Los Angeles. (4/8/14).

MARAD – National Maritime Strategy Symposium

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium will be held in Washington, DC on 6 May. (4/8/14).

Senate – hearing re VADM Zukunft nomination

clip_image012 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing to consider the nomination of VADM Paul F. Zukunft to be Commandant of the US Coast Guard. The Committee also posted the remarks of Senator John Thune (R-SD) delivered at the commencement of the hearing. (4/8/14).

Alaska – wastewater discharge permit proposed

clip_image014 The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) issued a notice stating that it is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit to satisfy state law requirements. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 23 May. (4/8/14).

Australia – regulation of coastal shipping

clip_image016 The Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss issued a media release stating that the Government is inviting input on reforms to the regulation of coastal shipping. The number of Australian registered vessels with a deadweight tonnage of 2,000 tonnes or more has halved over the past decade to just sixteen. Comments on the Regulation of Coastal Shipping Options Paper must be submitted by 31 May. (4/8/14).

Libya – peaceful unblocking of oil terminal

clip_image018 The European Union (EU) issued a statement from EU High Representative Catherine Ashton welcoming the announcement of an agreement ending the stalemate in the Libyan oil sector and the unblocking of an oil terminal. (4/8/14).

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April 8th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 April 2014

Headlines:

White House – national emergency re Somalia;

TSA – TWIC card services;

USCG – tonnage regulations;

Texas City – safety zone removal;

USCG – PWSRCAC;

DOS – visa and passport requirements;

Mobile – grounding;

USCG – Staten Island Ferries;

DOJ – guilty plea in MSC bribery case;

IMO – NOx emission requirements;

China – US SECDOD tours aircraft carrier; and

Panama Canal – March operations.

April 8, 2014

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White House – national emergency re Somalia

clip_image004 The White House issued a Notice stating that President Obama has continued the national emergency with respect to Somalia, which has been determined to continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. (4/7/14).

TSA – TWIC card services

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).

USCG – tonnage regulations

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made in 2010. The proposal would also codify principal technical interpretations issued by the Coast Guard and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications of and updates to the tonnage regulations. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 7 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 19419 (April 8, 2014).

Texas City – safety zone removal

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard promulgated a direct final rule removing the safety zone at Snake Island (also known as Shoal Point) within the Texas City Channel. The rule will come into effect on 7 July unless adverse written comment is received by 8 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 19289 (April 8, 2014).

USCG – PWSRCAC

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has recertified, through 28 February 2015, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Committee (PWSRCAC) as an alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, Alaska. 79 Fed. Reg. 19347 (April 8, 2014).

DOS – visa and passport requirements

clip_image011 The Department of State (DOS) issued a final rule amending its regulations regarding the waiver by joint action of consular and immigration officers of visa and passport requirements for members of foreign armed forces and coast guards. The rule comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 19288 (April 8, 2014).

Mobile – grounding

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it restricted traffic through the Mobile Ship Channel after the container ship MSC Kyoto grounded between buoys 36 and 38. The grounding was reportedly the result of a steering failure. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. A second news release states that the ship has been refloated and the channel is now open. (4/7/14).

USCG – Staten Island Ferries

clip_image012[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it regularly inspects the Staten Island Ferries, operated by the City of New York, and found that the vessels exceeded expectations in reporting marine casualties and fully cooperated with Coast Guard investigations. (4/7/14).

DOJ – guilty plea in MSC bribery case

clip_image014 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former vice president of a government contracting company pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to bribe federal officials in exchange for favorable treatment for several telecommunications projects with the Military Sealift Command (MSC). The individual faces a maximum penalty of five years when he is sentenced. He agreed to forfeit $57,000 as the proceeds of the offense. Previously, four individuals, including one former government employee, pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy. (4/4/14).

IMO – NOx emission requirements

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority issued a news release stating that the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) reached agreement on the entry into force date for new requirements for NOx emissions in emission control areas (NECAs). The current entry into force date of 2016 will be retained for the two existing NECAs (North America and the US Caribbean Sea). The entry into force date for new NECAs will depend on when they are decided upon. (4/4/14).

China – US SECDOD tours aircraft carrier

clip_image018 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, during his official visit to China, became the first foreign visitor to tour the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. The vessel is a refitted Russian carrier. (4/7/14).

Panama Canal – March operations

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during March. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 07-2014 (4/4/14).

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April 7th, 2014 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2014

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – multi-service rescue;

LMRWSAC – meeting;

USCG nontank vessel response plans;

MARAD – ex-USNS Comet available for donation;

OFAC – Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations;

Cook Inlet – tidal energy proposal;

OMB – review of draft OSV rule;

FEMA – PSGP funding revision;

BSEE – pre-production inspection of FPSO;

DOJ – extradition on antitrust charge;

DOT – new MTSNAC members appointed;

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban; and

UK – report on shipping strategy.

April 7, 2014

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Pacific Ocean – multi-service rescue

clip_image004 clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an inter-service rescue effort is taking place in the Pacific Ocean approximately 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Coast Guard received a satellite call from the owner/operator of a 36-foot US-flag sailing vessel stating that the vessel was disabled and that his one-year-old daughter on the vessel was quite ill. Evaluation indicated that medical assistance was required. The California Air National Guard launched a USAF MC-130P with four pararescuemen. The pararescuemen boarded the sailboat and have stabilized the infant. The US Navy frigate USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) has been diverted to assist. A second news release states that the family with the sick infant is safely aboard the Navy frigate. (4/6/14).

LMRWSAC – meeting

clip_image010 The Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 23 April. Topics on the agenda include electronic aids to navigation and work on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal. 79 Fed. Reg. 19107 (April 7, 2014).

USCG – nontank vessel response plans

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that NVIC 01-05 (CH-1), Interim Guidance for the Development and Review of Response Plans for Nontank Vessels, has been cancelled. It was replaced by the “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and other Response Plan Requirements” final rule promulgated on 31 January 2014. 79 Fed. Reg. 19107 (April 7, 2014).

MARAD – ex-USNS Comet available for donation

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the obsolete vessel, ex-USNS Comet is available for donation. It is considered to be the first purpose-built oceangoing roll-on/roll-off vessel. Applications must be received by 7 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 19171 (April 7, 2014).

OFAC – Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

clip_image014 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The amendment, which comes into effect immediately, clarifies and adds certain definitions, as well as amending the general license provisions. 79 Fed. Reg. 18990 (April 7, 2014).

Cook Inlet – tidal energy proposal

clip_image016 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has received an application from ORPC Alaska 2, LLC for a successive preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the East Foreland Tidal Energy Project to be located in Cook Inlet near Nikiski, Alaska. Comments on the application must be submitted within 60 days. 79 Fed. Reg. 19065 (April 7, 2014).

OMB – review of draft OSV rule

clip_image018 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received for review the draft US Coast Guard interim final rule regarding Offshore Supply Vessels of at least 6000 GT ITC. The draft rule is intended to implement the 2010 statute removing the size limit on OSVs and to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to crew on these larger OSVs. OMB review generally takes four months, but can be longer. (4/4/14).

FEMA – PSGP funding revision

clip_image020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an announcement informing prospective applicants that the FY 2014 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) funding opportunity announcement has been revised. The revision allows eligible entities within Group I port areas to submit up to six Investment Justifications (IJs) per application (increased from a maximum of three) and clarifying language to address the application rules for entities that have facilities in multiple port areas. (4/4/14).

BSEE – pre-production inspection of FPSO

clip_image022 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that a team of its engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. (4/4/14).

DOJ – extradition on antitrust charge

clip_image024 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited to the United States from Germany on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids, fixing process, and allocating market shares for sales of marine hose sold in the United States and elsewhere. This marks the first successfully litigated extradition on an antitrust charge. (4/4/14).

DOT – new MTSNAC members appointed

clip_image026 The Department of Transportation (DOT) news release stating that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appointed ten new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). (4/4/14).

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban

clip_image028 Representative McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Crude Oil Export Act (H.R. 4349) to repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other .purposes. Representative McCaul issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/1/14)/

UK – report on shipping strategy

clip_image030 The UK House of Commons Transport Committee issued its report entitled Forging ahead?: UK shipping strategy. Among other things, the report recommends that the Government set out what policy measures it will use to ensure that the UK-flagged fleet begins again to grow in size and explain how it will “promote the UK as a global shipping base and centre for maritime services” available to vessels of all nationalities. Volume II of the report contains additional written evidence. (4/3/14).

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April 4th, 2014 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 April 2014

Headlines:

USCG – MODU Kulluk report of investigation;

USCG – Maritime Commons blog;

Arctic – sea ice maximum;

Senate – nomination hearing for VADM Zukunft;

EU – maritime security in Africa;

UK – chronic fatigue leads to grounding; and

Union Faith- Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969.

April 4, 2014

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USCG – MODU Kulluk report of investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard released its Report of Investigation into circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska on 31 December 2012. A series of event contributed to the causal factors that resulted in the grounding of the Kulluk, with the most significant factor being the inadequate assessment and management of the risks associated with a complex vessel movement during the winter in the unique and challenging operating environment of Alaska. Among the safety recommendations included in the report is that the Coast Guard partner with the Towing Safety advisory Committee (TSAC) to address the towage of MODUs in the Arctic marine environment. (4/3/14).

USCG – Maritime Commons blog

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard has established an official blog entitled Maritime Commons. It is focused on communicating with the maritime industry. Interested parties may either check the blog at their convenience or add it to their RSS feed. (4/3/14).

Arctic – sea ice maximum

clip_image008 The National Snow and Ice Data Center issued a notice stating that Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on 21 March at 14.91 million square kilometers (5.76 million square miles), making it the fifth lowest maximum in the satellite record. (4/2/14).

Senate – nomination hearing for VADM Zukunft

clip_image010 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a notice stating that, on 8 April, it will consider the nomination of VADM Paul F. Zukunft to be Commandant of the US Coast Guard. (4/3/14).

EU – maritime security in Africa

clip_image012 The European Union (EU) issued a press release stating that Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting on Brussels with a number of African countries to examine maritime threats to Africa and to discuss areas of future cooperation. (4/3/14).

UK – chronic fatigue leads to grounding

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the general cargo vessel Danio off Longstone, Farne Islands, England on 16 March 2013. The grounding occurred at 0330, after the chief officer, the sole person on the bridge, fell asleep. The master and the chief officer were the only deck officers. Both stood watch on a six hours on/six hours off schedule when underway, in addition to other duties. The Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System had been permanently turned off. Watchkeepers relied on an unapproved electronic navigation system when underway. The MAIB again recommended that the IMO be approached regarding adding a requirement that all vessels engaged on short sea trades carry a minimum of two navigational watchkeepers in addition to the master. Report 8-2014 (4/3/14).

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969

clip_image016 On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge. In accordance with local custom, the tow was favoring the bends. Slightly upstream of the Greater New Orleans Bridge, in the Gouldsboro Bend, the Union Faith collided with the lead barge of the towboat. The barge broke loose and caught fire. A series of explosions followed almost immediately and the Union Faith was engulfed in flames. Crude oil burned on the river, threatening moored vessels and harbor facilities. Union Faith drifted downriver, burning from stem to stern and then sank. A total of 25 persons on Union Faith, including all persons on the bridge, died in the incident. Investigation revealed that the towboat was operating its radio on 2738 kHz, but was not monitoring 156.65 MHz (Channel 13). The pilot on Union Faith was using a portable transceiver operating on 156.65 MHz, but apparently not monitoring 2738 kHz. Both vessels were equipped with marine radar and the navigation lights on both vessels were apparently operating properly. As a direct result of this casualty, and in accordance with a primary recommendation of the USCG Marine Casualty Report, Congress adopted the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radio Telephone Act (Pub.L. 93-63, August 4, 1971), requiring vessels in the same waterway to monitor a common frequency.

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April 3rd, 2014 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 April 2014

Headlines:

FMC – G6 Alliance Agreement amendment cleared;

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 update;

Hampton Roads – Towing Vessel Safety Seminar;

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement;

BSEE – spill response research;

NOAA – wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker;

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act passes;

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban;

EC – European shipping industry; and

Ireland – carriage of electronic nautical publications.

April 3, 2014

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FMC – G6 Alliance Agreement amendment cleared

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it concluded a comprehensive review of the proposed amendment to the G6 Alliance Agreement and cleared the amended agreement to become effective as scheduled on 4 April. (4/2/14).

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 update

clip_image006 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that an additional change to NOAD Schema 3.4 involves the new element VRP_TYPE used to indicate the type of oil spill response plan the vessel has, if any. If provided, acceptable values for element are TANK or NONTANK. (3/31/14).

Hampton Roads – Towing Vessel Safety Seminar

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 15th annual Towing Vessel Safety Seminar will be conducted in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 3 April, sponsored by the Coast Guard and the Virginia Maritime Association. (4/2/14).

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that Sea Tel Inc. of Concord, California has agreed to pay $85,113 to settle potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. Sea Tel invoiced its distributor in South Korea for 16 orders of marine antenna systems, with a total value of $378,281 and exported the antenna systems to its distributor with knowledge or reason to know that they were intended specifically for reexportation, directly or indirectly, to Iran. (4/2/14).

BSEE – spill response research

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it is investing up to $600,000 for targeted oil spill response research in drift ice conditions. (4/2/14).

NOAA – wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the wreck of the Coast Survey ship USCS Robert J. Walker has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Walker sank in the North Atlantic on 21 June 1860 off Absecon Inlet, New Jersey following a collision with a commercial schooner. Of the crew of 66, twenty-one men died in the casualty. The wreck’s location and identity were confirmed last year. (4/2/14).

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act passes

clip_image014 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release stating that the House approved bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4005) that authorizes the US Coast Guard to carry out its vital mission, improve its effectiveness, replace and modernize aging assets, enhance oversight, and reduce inefficiencies. Representative Miller (R-MI), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued a news release applauding House passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act. (4/2/14).

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban

clip_image015 Representative McCaul (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 4349) to repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other .purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative McCaul issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/1/14)/

EC – European shipping industry

clip_image017 The European Commission (EC) posted the speech delivered by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, on the prospects and challenges of the European shipping industry. (4/2/14).

Ireland – carriage of electronic nautical publications

clip_image019 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice stating that it accepts the UK Hydrographic Office suite of Admiralty Digital Publications (ADP) and the UKHO’s suite of e-NPs as satisfying the carriage requirements for nautical publications contained in those suites. Marine Notice 26-2014 (4/1/14).

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    logo11 Doing less with less

    In the April 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Doing less with less". In the article, I discuss the changes that the US Coast Guard may be required to undertake in view of that service's continually decreasing appropriations.