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August 23rd, 2016 at 10:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans;

USCG – discarded munitions;

USCG – TWIC reader requirements;

Columbia River – temporary safety zone;

Brownsville – LNG facility expansion proposed;

SHC – meeting on 13 October;

Indiana – shipbuilding antifoulant coating;

North Carolina – Battle of the Atlantic shipwrecks;

USN – Strait of Juan de Fuca collision;

Newark – full-scale explosion exercise;

TSA – maritime security support;

Australia – vessel grounded, refloated; and

NW Passage – nearly ice-free.

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August 23, 2016

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Linear thinking provides freedom from insight.

USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans

clip_image006 My compilation of USCG Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans has been updated to include the revised Hampton Roads plan that my good friend Bruce Dalcher of Good Harbor Consulting brought to my attention. Please advise if you become aware of new or revised contingency plans that should be included in the compilation. (8/22/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_160822.pdf].

USCG – discarded munitions

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding fishermen to review their navigational charts to ensure that they are not fishing in areas labeled ‘Explosives Dumping Area’, that they do not handle suspicious canisters brought up from the seafloor, and that they immediately report any such canisters to the National Response Center or the USCG. Safety Alert 11-16 (8/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1116.pdf].

USCG – TWIC reader requirements

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule requiring owners and operators of certain vessels and waterfront facilities to conduct electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) as an access control measure. The rule also implements recordkeeping requirements and security plan amendments that incorporate these TWIC requirements. The final rule enters into effect on 23 August 2018. 81 Fed. Reg. 57651 (8/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-19383.pdf].

Columbia River – temporary safety zone

clip_image006[3] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on waters of the Columbia River around the small boat Nessy and related vessels in support of Double-Crested Cormorant removal operations. Comments must be received by 12 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 57507 (8/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20132.pdf].

Brownsville – LNG facility expansion proposed

clip_image006[4] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Waterways Suitability Assessment (WSA) for construction projects expanding the LNG facilities in Brownsville. Comments must be submitted by 22 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 57599 (8/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20088.pdf].

SHC – meeting on 13 October

clip_image008 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 13 October in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70). Topics on the agenda include: harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; air pollution and energy efficiency; special areas; and particularly sensitive sea areas. 81 Fed. Reg. 57654 (8/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20113.pdf].

Indiana – shipbuilding antifoulant coatings

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) regarding a new volatile organic compound limit for antifoulant coatings used in shipbuilding and ship repair facilities. Comments must be received by 22 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 57534 (8/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/pdf/2016-20011.pdf].

North Carolina – Battle of the Atlantic shipwrecks

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that a survey vessel will soon visit the remains of two vessels sunk off Cape Hatteras on 15 July 1942. The freighter Bluefields was torpedoed by the German submarine U-576, which was then attacked and sunk by the convoy ships and the US military escorts. The crew members of the freighter were safely evacuated, but the sub sank with the loss of all hands. (8/22/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/first-look-at-two-wwii-battle-of-atlantic-shipwrecks].

USN – Strait of Juan de Fuca collision

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) and a USN Offshore Support Vessel collided during routine operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There were no injuries. Both vessels proceeded under their own power to port. (8/19/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96326].

Newark – full-scale explosion exercise

clip_image016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release stating that a full-scale explosion exercise was conducted at the New Jersey Marine Terminal in the Port of Newark, allowing for multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional planning and coordination. (8/20/16) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/08/20/statement-secretary-jeh-c-johnson-full-scale-exercise-new-jersey-marine-terminals].

TSA – maritime security support

clip_image018 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a news release explaining how the agency supports the US Coast Guard in maritime security, focusing on passenger security and intermodal connectivity. (8/22/16) [https://www.tsa.gov/news/top-stories/2016/08/22/tsa-provides-support-coast-guard-secure-us-ports].

Australia – vessel grounded, refloated

clip_image020 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has commenced an investigation into the grounding of the tank vessel Bow Singapore in Port Phillip Bay on 19 August. The vessel was refloated on high tide with tug assistance. There was no evidence of hull damage or pollution. (8/22/16) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2016/mair/326-mo-2016-005/].


NW Passage – nearly ice-free

clip_image022 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that satellite images reveal that the Northwest Passage between Alaska and Greenland is nearly ice-free. (8/20/16) [http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88597&src=iotdrss].

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August 22nd, 2016 at 7:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 August 2016

Headlines:

San Juan – Caribbean Fantasy casualty;

FMC – service contracts & NVOCC service arrangements;

FMC – petition for Order to Show Cause;

DOC – DARRP indirect cost rates;

DOC – foreign trade zone expansion request;

NOAA – Marine Protected Areas advisory committee;

DOT – Port Performance meetings 9/23 & 10/21;

DOE – export of LNG;

USCG – Proceedings distribution schedule; and

Denmark – wreck of submarine found off Jutland.

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August 22, 2016

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Tel: 1-352-692-5493 – Email: dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com – Internet: http://brymar-consulting.com

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. Linear thinking provides freedom from insight.

San Juan – Caribbean Fantasy casualty

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the passenger/cargo ship Caribbean Fantasy has been safely moored in San Juan Harbor. A disposal plan is being developed for the hazardous and non-hazardous waste. A fire and extinguishing plan is being finalized. A joint marine casualty investigation involving the Coast Guard, the NTSB, RINA Services, and the flag state, Panama, is underway. (8/20/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2876602/]. A subsequent news release states that the Puerto Rico Fire Department extinguished the fire on the vessel. Minor sheening near the vessel has been contained, (8/21/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2876677/].

FMC – service contracts & NVOCC service arrangements

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements to update and modernize the rules and reduce the regulatory burden. Comments on the proposal must be received by 23 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 56559 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19843.pdf].

FMC – petition for Order to Show Cause

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from three chassis leasing companies for an Order to Show Cause to be issued to the West Coast MTO Agreement and its individual members alleging violation of the Shipping act with respect to the establishment of a Chassis Services Fee. Comments on the petition must be received by 26 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 56653 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-20026.pdf].

DOC – DARRP indirect cost rates

clip_image011 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice announcing the new indirect cost rates on the recovery of indirect costs for FY 2015 for the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP). 81 Fed. Reg. 56580 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19953.pdf].

DOC – foreign trade zone expansion request

clip_image012 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from the Port of Louisiana requesting expansion of its foreign trade subzone on behalf of LOOP LLC. Comments on the application must be received by 3 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 56582 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-20020.pdf].

NOAA – Marine Protected Areas advisory committee

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks nominations for membership on the Marine Protected areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC). Nominations must be received by 7 October. In addition, the MPAFAC will meet via webinar on 3 October. Topics on the agenda include external financing and ecological connectivity. 81 Fed. Reg. 56604 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19952.pdf].

DOT – Port Performance meetings 9/23 & 10/21

clip_image016 The Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, sponsored by the Department of Transportation (DOT), will meet in Washington, DC on 23 September and 21 October. Topics on the agenda include identification of a generally accepted industry standard for port data collection and reporting and specification of standards for collecting data and reporting nationally consistent port performance measures. 81 Fed. Reg. 56750 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19947.pdf].

DOE – export of LNG

clip_image018 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing the recent orders granting authority to import and export natural gas and to export LNG. 81 Fed. Reg. 56627 (8/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19971.pdf].

USCG – Proceedings distribution schedule

clip_image020 The US Coast Guard posted a notice stating that, effective immediately, publication of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security magazine will transition from a quarterly schedule to three editions annually. (8/19/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/19/proceedings-magazine-distribution-schedule/].

Denmark – wreck of submarine found off Jutland

clip_image022 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the wreck of a submarine has been found in the North Sea off Jutland. Due to the presence of unexploded ordnance on board, a safety zone has been established. (8/19/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/SubmarinefoundintheNorthSea.aspx].

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August 19th, 2016 at 10:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans;

Puerto Rico – response continues;

USCG – merchant mariner examination review;

USCG – Subchapter M outreach;

USCG – CFSAC members sought;

CDC – fees for vessel sanitation inspections;

Australia – STCW certificate reminder; and

UK – seafarer career information.

August 19, 2016

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USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans

clip_image004 My compilation of USCG Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans has been updated to include the revised Miami plan that a long-suffering reader brought to my attention. Please advise if you become aware of new or revised contingency plans that should be included in the compilation. (8/17/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_160817.pdf].

Puerto Rico – response continues

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Unified Command continues to respond to the grounded passenger/cargo vessel Caribbean Fantasy off Punta Salinas, Puerto Rico. All 511 persons that were on board have been accounted for. A salvage plan is being developed. (8/18/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2875982/].

USCG – merchant mariner examination review

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that it is commissioning a working group to review existing and new merchant mariner examination questions for accuracy, availability of examination references, length of examinations, and the use of standard technologies in administering, scoring, and analyzing examinations. Applications must be received by 15 October. (8/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/section_315_working_group_website_solicitation.pdf].

USCG – Subchapter M outreach

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is conducting an outreach program to familiarize the towing industry with the Subchapter M regulations. (8/18/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2876178/].

USCG – CFSAC members sought

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC). Applications should be received by 18 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 55469 (8/19/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-19/pdf/2016-19805.pdf].

CDC – fees for vessel sanitation inspections

clip_image006 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice announcing new fees for vessel sanitation inspections for FY 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 55460 (8/19/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-19/pdf/2016-19785.pdf].

Australia – STCW certificate reminder

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release reminding seafarers to check the validity of their STCW certificates as many qualifications are set to expire on 31 December. (8/18/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/17082016_AMSA_Seafarer_Cert_Expiry.pdf].

UK – seafarer career information

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted updated guidance regarding seafarer careers, with information regarding training and examinations. (8/18/16) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafarer-careers-training-provision-and-information].

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August 18th, 2016 at 10:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 August 2016

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – passenger/cargo vessel on fire;

Wisconsin – mysterious container found on beach;

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2015;

DOJ – fine and probation for second violation;

BSEE – oil spill response calculators;

Offshore California – wind energy RFI;

NOAA – grants for species recovery projects;

New Zealand – port & harbor marine code; and

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990.

August 18, 2016

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Puerto Rico – passenger/cargo vessel on fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that fire broke out in the engine room of the passenger/cargo vessel Caribbean Fantasy enroute from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico with 511 persons on board. A major response effort has been initiated. [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2875630/] An update provides of the successful rescue efforts, involving personnel and assets from the Coast Guard, the marine police, fire, pilots, and commercial tugs, as well as the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Action (FURA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marine units, and good Samaritans. The vessel has since grounded near Punta Salinas. A safety zone has been established. There are no reports of pollution. The incident is under investigation. [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2875721/] (8/17/16).

Wisconsin – mysterious container found on beach

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a mysterious small metal container, about the size of a deck of cards, was found on the beach at Poplar, Wisconsin. The container had what appeared to be radioactive markings. Following investigation by the Coast Guard and the Superior, Wisconsin Fire Department, it was determined that there was no emission of radioactivity. The container has since been removed for proper disposal. (8/17/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2875910/].

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2015

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its Safer Seas Digest 2015, examining 29 major marine casualty investigations closed by the agency during the year and the lessons learned from each. (8/17/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/SPC1601.pdf].

DOJ – fine and probation for second violation

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the operator of the tanker B. Pacific was sentenced to a criminal fine of $275,000 and a term of three years’ probation for failure to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB). The company had been convicted four months previously of a similar crime. (8/16/16) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-hi/pr/korean-company-fined-275000-second-violation-act-prevent-pollution-ships].

BSEE – oil spill response calculators

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release announcing the availability of four new oil spill response calculators in the preparation of spill response plans for offshore facilities. The calculators all spill responders to better assess the oil removal capabilities of different equipment and assist them in selecting the most effective approaches for responding to potential spill scenarios contained within the response plan. (8/17/16) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/oil-spill-response-planning-aided-by-new].

Offshore California – wind energy RFI

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the issuance of a Request for Interest (RFI) in a potential wind energy lease site on the US outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore California. Responses must be sent by 19 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 55228 (8/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-18/pdf/2016-19349.pdf].

NOAA – grants for species recovery projects

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release announcing the award of $5.4 million in grants to coastal states and tribes to help in the recovery of endangered and threatened marine species. The calls for proposals for next year’s awards are now open. (8/17/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-awards-54-million-in-grants-for-endangered-threatened-species-recovery].

New Zealand – port & harbor marine code

clip_image016 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that chief executives from New Zealand’s port companies, councils, and MNZ are committing to a revised national port and harbor marine code to make shipping in commercial harbors safer. (8/17/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2016/20160817a.asp].

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990

clip_image018 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, 2016 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 August 2016

Headlines:

Louisiana – rescue efforts continue;

USCG – NPREP FAQs re SMFF & GIUEs;

USCG – auto-pilot induced casualties;

NTSB – El Faro VDR recovery;

Offshore California – wind energy RFI;

DOJ – engineering officers plead guilty;

CBP – importation of marine engines;

Panama Canal – anniversary and milestone;

UK – cyber security for ports; and

MREN – artificial stupidity.

August 17, 2016

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Louisiana – rescue efforts continue

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that rescue continues of persons in distress due to severe flooding in the Baton Rouge area. (8/16/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2875230/].

USCG – NPREP FAQs re SMFF & GIUEs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) answering frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the new 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs). MER-MSIB 12-16 (8/15/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/012_16_8-15-2016.pdf]. Note: That is certainly a lot of acronyms.

USCG – auto-pilot induced casualties

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding mariners of the dangers of over-reliance on auto-pilot systems. Safety Alert 10-16 (8/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1016.pdf].

NTSB – El Faro VDR recovery

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release with links to video and photos of the El Faro voyage data recorder (VDR) recovery. (8/12/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160812.aspx].

Offshore California – wind energy RFI

clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) in a potential wind energy lease site on the US outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore California. (8/16/16) [http://www.boem.gov/press08162016a/].

DOJ – engineering officers plead guilty

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two senior engineering officers of the tanker Cielo di Milano pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges involving the concealment of the improper discharge of oily waste at sea through a so-called magic pipe and falsification of the ship’s oil record book (ORB). (8/11/16) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/senior-officers-italian-oil-tanker-admit-concealing-discharge-oily-waste-sea].

CBP – importation of marine engines

clip_image013 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of the Treasury propose to amend regulations relating to the importation of certain vehicles and engines (including marine engines) subject to federal antipollution emission standards under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Comments on the proposal must be received by 16 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54763 (8/17/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-17/pdf/2016-18761.pdf].

Panama Canal – anniversary and milestone

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release noting the 102nd anniversary of the opening of the original Canal and the 100th transit of a neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal. (8/15/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/08/15/pr606.html].

UK – cyber security for ports

clip_image017 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the Cyber Security Code of Practice for ports and port systems. The document provides actionable advice regarding development of a cyber security assessment and governance structures, as well as guidance on handling security breaches. (8/16/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ports-and-port-systems-cyber-security-code-of-practice].

MREN – Artificial stupidity

clip_image019 My article “Artificial stupidity” may be found in the August 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. In the article, I discuss how the transition to increased use of artificial intelligence on ocean-going vessels will not be as fast, smooth, and inexpensive as many contend. In addition, this transition will allow failures to occur in wholly unique ways. (8/16/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN160800.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – NMC site approval process;

USCG – BWMS type approval process;

Lower Chesapeake Bay – anchorage grounds;

USCG – APC National Guidelines;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale;

Court – strict compliance; and

Panama Canal – AIS deficiencies.

August 16, 2016

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USCG – NMC site approval process

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin explaining its process for conducting site approvals for approved courses and programs. (8/12/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/site_approvals_081216.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type approval process

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing insight into its work with the Marine Environmental Resource Center (MERC) in Baltimore to test ballast water management systems (BWMSs) for potential USCG type approval. (8/15/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/15/recent-visit-bwms-testing-facility-ballast-water/].

Lower Chesapeake Bay – anchorage grounds

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting to receive comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for anchorage grounds near Cape Charles on the Lower Chesapeake Bay will be held in Cape Charles, Virginia on 17 August. Comments must be received by 31 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 54531 (8/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-16/pdf/2016-19510.pdf].

USCG – APC National Guidelines

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 21 September in Anchorage, Alaska to discuss the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines as they relate to oil spill preparedness pursuant to vessel response plan requirements. Written comments on the guidelines must be submitted by 23 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54584 (8/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-16/pdf/2016-19512.pdf].

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the US outer continental shelf (OCD) offshore North Carolina. Comments must be submitted by 17 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 54591 (8/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-16/pdf/2016-19552.pdf].

Court – strict compliance

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has provided us with a lesson on the importance of complying with the terms of a contract when bringing suit to enforce that contract. Plaintiff contracted to sell four shipments of meat products to a company in Kosovo. Plaintiff required the purchaser to obtain a standby letter of credit (SLOC) of credit, issued by a Kosovo bank and confirmed by defendant LHB AG. Under terms of the SLOC, if the purchaser failed to pay within 45 days of the date of the invoice, plaintiff could obtain payment on the SLOC upon presentment within a specified time of a defined set of documents, including, but not limited to, a photocopy of the bill of lading evidencing shipment of goods. The goods were shipped and the purchaser defaulted. Plaintiff presented its demand for payment to defendant, but included two unsigned bills of lading rather than the signed photocopies. Defendant rejected the tender as not in conformity with the contract. A second, similar demand met with the same rejection. The third demand, made on the last day allowed under the contract, included telexes from the ocean carrier stating that it had retained the original signed bills of lading. Again, defendant rejected the tender. Finally, after passage of the deadline, plaintiff presented photocopies of the signed bills of lading. This presentment was rejected as untimely. Plaintiff sued. The court ruled that in order to protect the bank issuing a letter of credit, the absolute duty to pay does not arise unless the terms of the letter have been complied with strictly. Mago International v. LHB AG, No. 15-2776 (2nd Cir., August 15, 2016).

Panama Canal – AIS deficiencies

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory identifying common Automatic Identification System (AIS) deficiencies found on vessels transiting the Canal. Non-compliant vessels require that a supplemental tracking device be brought on board, with an associated fee Advisory 43-2016 (8/12/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-43-2016.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 August 2016

Headlines:

Baton Rouge – rescue efforts in the flood waters;

Columbia River – bulker grounds twice;

NTSB – El Faro VDR initial audition to begin;

FMC – OCC and MTO agreements proposal;

Corpus Christi – waterway suitability assessment;

USCG – commercial fishing vessels;

DOC – foreign trade zone application;

FWS – headwater chub and roundtail chub;

Coral Reef Task Force – meetings on 22-23 September;

EPA – GHG emissions from aircraft;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale;

USCG – cold weather oil response technology;

Court – liability to seafarers for piracy;

California – SIP Strategy workshop;

Australia – TSS off SW coast; and

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914.

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Baton Rouge – rescue efforts in the flood waters

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that rescue of persons in distress due to flooding in the Baton Rouge area continues. Coast Guard aircrews were the only search and rescue resources flying continuously overnight. (8/14/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2874794/].

Columbia River – bulker grounds twice

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the bulk carrier Rosco Palm grounded twice in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. There are no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (8/13/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2874546/].

NTSB – El Faro VDR initial audition to begin

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that work will commence on Monday, 15 August to conduct the initial audition of the data on the El Faro voyage data recorder (VDR). (8/12/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160812.aspx].

FMC – OCC and MTO agreements proposal

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its regulations governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers (OCC) and marine terminal operators (MTO) subject to the Shipping Act. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 14 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 53986 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-18805.pdf].

Corpus Christi – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on a letter of intent (LOI) and waterway suitability assessment (WSA) for a project to expand the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Ingleside, Texas. Comments must be received by 14 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54107 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19282.pdf].

USCG – commercial fishing vessels

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 18 December, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking to implement the 2010 and 2012 legislation concerning commercial fishing vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 53986 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19272.pdf].

DOC – foreign trade zone application

clip_image011 The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks comments on an application on behalf of Huntington Ingalls Industries requesting an expansion of its foreign trade subzone in Pascagoula. Comments must be received by 26 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54041 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19412.pdf].

FWS – headwater chub and roundtail chub

clip_image013 The Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened, until 14 September, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to add the headwater chub and a distinct population segment of the roundtail chub to the list of threatened species. 81 Fed. Reg. 54018 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19340.pdf].

Coral Reef Task Force – meetings on 22-23 September

clip_image015 The US Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 22 September in Garapan, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and on 23 September in Tumon, Guam. 81 Fed. Reg. 54123 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19202.pdf].

EPA – GHG emissions from aircraft

clip_image017 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare. 81 Fed. Reg. 554421 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-18399.pdf]. Note: This item obviously has no maritime aspect, but does help put the GHG emissions issue in context.

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale

clip_image015[1] The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release announcing the proposed lease sale of over 122,000 acres of the US outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore North Carolina for wind energy development. Responses must be received by 17 October. (8/12/16) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-announces-milestone-wind-energy-development-offshore-north-carolina].

USCG – cold weather oil response technology

clip_image005[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it demonstrated and evaluated new technologies for use when responding to oil spills in harsh cold weather environments. (8/12/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2873946/].

Court – liability to seafarers for piracy

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of plaintiff seafarer’s motion to amend his pleadings and remanded the matter for further proceedings. Plaintiff had sued an international oil company under the Jones Act and for maintenance and cure after his vessel was attacked by pirates off Nigeria and he was held captive for 18 days. Defendant oil company filed a motion to dismiss as it was not plaintiff’s employer. Plaintiff moved to amend his complaint to assert claims under general maritime law. That motion was denied and summary judgment was entered in favor of defendant. The appellate court held that the plaintiff gave sufficient notice of the nature of the proposed amended complaint and those claims would not have been futile as a matter of law. Thomas v. Chevron USA, No. 15-20490 (5th Cir., August 11, 2016) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-20490-CV0.pdf]. Note: An interesting case with potentially far-reaching consequences – it should have been published.

California – SIP Strategy workshop

clip_image021 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that it will hold a workshop on 1 September in Sacramento regarding the proposed 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State SIP Strategy) for federal ozone and PM2.5 standards. (8/12/16) [http://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/2016sip/2016sip.htm].

Australia – new TSS off SW coast

clip_image023 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice stating that the IMO has adopted two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) off the south-west coast of Australia. The TSS enter into effect on 1 December. (8/12/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914

clip_image024 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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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 August 2016

Headlines:

NOAA – more named storms forecast;

CBP – ACE electronic filing of protests;

CBP – quarterly interest rates; and

CRS – changes in the Arctic.

August 12, 2016

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NOAA – more named storms forecast

clip_image004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that forecasters now expect a 70% change of 12-17 named storms during the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms. (8/11/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/atlantic-hurricane-season-still-expected-to-be-strongest-since-2012]. Note: Readers may wish to check my Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plan page.

CBP – ACE electronic filing of protests

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test related to the electronic filing and processing of protests and new notification procedures for protests filed electronically in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will commence on 29 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 53497 (8/12/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19267.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006[1] The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the quarterly interest rate for the period beginning 1 July 2016 for overpayments will be 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporations and for underpayments will be 4% for both. 81 Fed. Reg. 53496 (8/12/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19167.pdf].

CRS – changes in the Arctic

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled “Changes in the Arctic”. The report discusses the ongoing climate changes and how those changes are leading to increased human activity in the Arctic, including cruise ship operations. Military activity in the Arctic is also increasing. R41153 (8/8/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

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August 11th, 2016 at 11:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – updated Zika guidance;

DOJ – ADA regulations amended;

USN – South China Sea patrol;

Court – primary versus excess insurance;

Panama Canal – July operations; and

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001.

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USCG – updated Zika guidance

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a message providing updated guidance to its personnel regarding the Zika virus. Others may fine portions of the guidance useful for their situations. ALCOAST 293/16 (8/10/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/293-16_ALCOAST.txt].

DOJ – ADA regulations amended

clip_image006 The Department of Justice promulgated final rule amending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to incorporate the changes set forth in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The amendments enter into effect on 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 53203 (8/11/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-11/pdf/2016-17417.pdf].

USN – South China Sea patrol

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that USS Boxer (LHD 4) completed a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea. (8/9/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96117].

Court – primary versus excess insurance

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment against one insurance company and in favor of another insurance company in a dispute over equitable contribution claims. Plaintiff contended that both insurers independently provided primary insurance on the same risk. The court found, though, that defendant was an excess insurer and that the equitable contribution claims were inapplicable. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance v Tokio Marine Insurance, No. 14-56337 (9th Cir., August 9, 2016) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2016/08/09/14-56337.pdf].

Panama Canal – July operations

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 42-2016 (8/8/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-42-2016.pdf].

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001

clip_image014 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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August 10th, 2016 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 August 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro VDR recovered;

USCG – safety alert; and

Washington – seeking spill planning specialist.

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NTSB – El Faro VDR recovered

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the voyage data recorder (VDR) has been recovered from the wreck of the cargo ship El Faro. The ship sank in 15,000 feet of the Atlantic off the Bahamas in October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin with the loss of 33 lives. The VDR will be brought ashore and examined for retrievable data. (8/9/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160809.aspx].

USCG – safety alert

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert regarding hazardous atmospheres in confined spaces. Recently high levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) were found in the hold of a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico. The source of the gas was later identified as decomposing shrimp. (8/9/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0916.pdf].

Washington – seeking spill planning specialist

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a job announcement seeking to hire a qualified individual as an Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist. (8/3/16) [https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1493851/oil-spill-contingency-plan-compliance-specialist-environmental-planner-2].

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    logo11 Artificial stupidity

    In the August 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Artificial stupidity". In the article, I discuss how the transition to increased use of artificial intelligence on ocean-going vessels will not be as fast, smooth, and inexpensive as many contend. In addition, this transition will allow failures to occur in wholly unique ways.