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February 24th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 February 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – two engineers convicted of pollution charges;

USCG – bulkers detained for safety lapses;

Alaska – transit plan for damaged tug;

FMC – financial responsibility cap;

ORAP – meeting on 7 March;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

CBO – Navy shipbuilding plan;

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification;

Singapore – water price revisions; and

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852.

February 24, 2017

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DOJ – two engineers convicted of pollution charges

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a federal jury in Charleston convicted two engineers of the tanker Green Sky of falsifying documents to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste and obstruction charges. The vessel’s operator previously pleaded guilty to the charges. (2/23/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-vessel-engineers-convicted-environmental-and-obstruction-crimes-after-trial-vessel].

USCG – bulkers detained for safety lapses

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that two bulk carriers have been detained on the Columbia River after port state control inspectors discovered substandard safety conditions on board. (2/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1894ddc].

Alaska – transit plan for damaged tug

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a transit plan has been approved for the tug Samson Mariner to proceed, with an escort, to Seattle for repairs. On 15 February, the tug grounded on Rosa Reef, spilling approximately 1,100 gallons of fuel. (2/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18810d3].

FMC – financial responsibility cap

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the cap for financial responsibility for indemnification of passengers for nonperformance of transportation will remain at $30 million for 2017 and 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 11574 (2/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-24/pdf/2017-03650.pdf].

ORAP – meeting on 7 March

clip_image010 The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), sponsored by the Department of the Navy, will meet on 7 March via teleconference. Topics on the agenda include ocean research and resource management. 82 Fed. Reg. 11563 (2/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-24/pdf/2017-03263.pdf].

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image012 Representative Carbajal (D-CA) introduced the Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act (H.R. 845) to provide for ocean acidification collaborative research grant opportunities. (2/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr845ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr845ih.pdf].

CBO – Navy shipbuilding plan

clip_image014 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report estimating that the cost of the Navy’s 2017 shipbuilding plan—an average of about $21 billion per year (in 2016 dollars) over 30 years—would be $5 billion higher than the average funding that the Navy has received in recent decades. (2/22/17) [https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52324-shipbuildingreport.pdf].

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing guidance on Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) conformance testing and certification. Shipping Circular 7-2017 (2/22/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/ad48615e-5f73-4674-bf2b-3e277630f600].

Singapore – water price revisions

clip_image016[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing water price revisions for shipping customers, effective 1 July. Port Marine Circular 4-2017 (2/23/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/257918dc-e282-4df4-baad-277d84a1cdcb].

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852

clip_image018 On 26 February 1852, the troopship HMS BIRKENHEAD grounded at Danger Point, near Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying about 400 British soldiers to fight in the Kaffir War in South Africa. Also on board were about 200 civilians, mostly women and children. There were not sufficient lifeboats for everyone. The senior British Army officer onboard ordered the troops to stand fast as the women and children boarded the lifeboats. None of the soldiers broke ranks. The BIRKENHEAD sank soon afterwards. Only 193 of the approximately 643 people originally on board survived. From this event, the maritime tradition of “women and children first” is derived. Rudyard Kipling later wrote the poem “Solder an’ Sailor too”, dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Marines. The poem includes the lines:

To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,

Is nothing so bad when you’ve cover to ‘and, an’ leave an’ likin’ to shout;

But to stand an’ be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,

An’ they done it, the Jollies – ‘Er Majesty’s Jollies – soldier an’ sailor too!

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February 23rd, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – icebreaker design contracts awarded;

USCG – NVICs re STCW endorsements;

USCG – eNOAD technical issues;

New York – towing industry forum;

China – multinational spill response program;

Panama Canal – water conservation measures;

UK – CERS workbook; and

UK – ferry/launch collision in fog.

February 23, 2017

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USCG – icebreaker design contracts awarded

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis have been awarded. (2/22/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/188e8e4]. Note: This is a major first step in the rebuilding of the US polar icebreaker fleet.

USCG – NVICs re STCW endorsements

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice announcing updates to four Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) regarding guidelines on qualifications for certain STCW endorsements: (1) master/chief mate 3,000 GT or more; (2) master/chief mate 500 GT-3,000 GT; (3) OICNW 500 GT or more: and (4) OICEW/DDE 750kW/1,000HP or more. (2/21/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/notice_of_changes_to_nvics.pdf].

USCG – eNOAD technical issues

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that, due to technical issues on Friday, 17 February, messages submitted via the web application/eNOAD between 1417 and 1830 EST may not have been received. Users should resubmit their notifications if they are uncertain. (2/21/17) [http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(mjfptzb35gsxemi3qxv2a0g0))/Default.aspx].

New York – towing industry forum

clip_image006 The Maritime College of New York issued a news release stating that the 17th annual Towing Industry Forum will be held on March 15. (2/16/17) [http://www.sunymaritime.edu/hotnews/towing-forum-returns-campus-march-15].

China – multinational spill response program

clip_image008 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release stating that it hosted a multinational oil spill response program. (2/22/17) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=194].

Panama Canal – water conservation measures

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing implementation of water conservation measures, including suspension of hydraulic assist procedures and maximization of use of cross-filling. Advisory 07-2017 (2/21/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-07-2017.pdf].

UK – CERS workbook

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS) Workbook. The workbook should be used by Masters, shipping agents and port authorities to provide mandatory port call, dangerous and polluting goods (hazmat) information, waste information and security information to the MCA. (2/22/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-cers-workbook].

UK – ferry/launch collision in fog

clip_image013 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between the ro-ro freight ferry Petunia Seaways and the historic motor launch Peggotty in dense fog on the River Humber on 19 May 2016. The motor launch was severely damaged and began to take on water. As a result of Peggotty’s skipper’s mayday call, the crew of a local pilot launch was able to reach the stricken launch and remove the crew before it sank. There were no injuries and no significant pollution. Although Peggotty was visible on both VTS Humber and Petunia Seaways’ radar displays, neither acquired nor plotted the target. The ro-ro ferry’s bridge team was unaware of the collision until they had been informed by VTS Humber after they had left the river. Peggotty’s skipper, an off-duty marine pilot, had not conducted the voyage in accordance with best maritime practice and the motor launch’s seaworthiness was affected by a number of factors. Report 4-2017 (2/22/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/58a1840fe5274a040d000006/MAIBInvReport04_2017.pdf].

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February 22nd, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – NVICs re OSV personnel;

USCG – AIS encoding guidance;

Miami – anchorage areas;

BEA – foreign ocean carriers’ expenses;

BEA – US carriers’ revenues and expenses;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season;

USMMA – commercial sea year training resumed;

FMC – Commissioner Khouri designated Chairman;

DOJ – USN commander charged with conspiracy;

USACE – MTS performance measures;

GAO – cybersecurity;

Court – duty of care to passenger;

Sulu Sea – fatal pirate attack;

New Zealand – MLC 2006 enforcement;

Panama Canal – public relations services tariff; and

MREN – Coral reefs.

February 22, 2017

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USCG – NVICs re OSV personnel

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice announcing publication of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) regarding offshore supply vessel personnel including: (1) mates and OICNW; (2) chief engineers; (3) masters and chief mates; and (4) assistant engineers and OICEW. (2/16/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/publication_of_nvics_related_to_osvs.pdf].

USCG – AIS encoding guidance

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it seeks volunteers for participation in the beta test of its AIS encoding guidance, designed to allow ship agents, owners, and operators to determine if their vessels are broadcasting correct static AIS data. (2/13/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/13/2132017-navcen-seeks-beta-test-participants-for-new-ais-data-tool/].

Miami – anchorage areas

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes to divide the Miami Anchorage into two separate anchorage areas. Comments must be received by 24 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 11329 (2/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-22/pdf/2017-03405.pdf].

BEA – foreign ocean carriers’ expenses

clip_image007 The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued a notice stating that it is conducting a survey of foreign ocean carriers’ expenses in the United States (BE-29). Reports are to be submitted within 90 days after the end of the calendar year. 82 Fed. Reg. 10736 (2/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-15/pdf/2017-03071.pdf].

BEA – US carriers’ revenues and expenses

clip_image007[1] The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued a notice stating that it is conducting a survey of ocean freight revenues and foreign expenses of US carriers (BE-30). Reports are to be submitted within 45 days after the end of the calendar quarter. 82 Fed. Reg. 10735 (2/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-15/pdf/2017-03065.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season

clip_image009 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the 2017 navigation season will commence on 20 March. Notice 1-2017 (2/17/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170217.pdf].

USMMA – commercial sea year training resumed

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has resumed the commercial sea year training for midshipmen. (2/15/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2017/united-states-merchant-marine-academy-announces-resumption-of-commercial-sea-year/].

FMC – Commissioner Khouri designated Chairman

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Commissioner Michael A. Khouri has been designated by President Trump to serve as Acting Chairman of the FMC. (2/15/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR17-02/].

DOJ – USN commander charged with conspiracy

clip_image015 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a current US Navy commander has been charged with accepting luxury travel, elaborate dinners, and services of prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Leonard Francis in exchange for classified and internal Navy information. (1/16/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-commander-charged-part-expanding-navy-bribery-scandal].

USACE – MTS performance measures

clip_image017 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) posted a report entitled Marine Transportation System Performance Measures Research. (June 2016) [http://acwc.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/search/asset/1050326].

GAO – cybersecurity

clip_image019 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on actions needed to strengthen US cybersecurity capabilities. Among these is the need to effectively implement risk-based entity-wide information security programs consistently over time. GAO-17-440T (2/14/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682756.pdf].

Court – duty of care to passenger

clip_image021 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that defendant cruise line did not breach its duty of care to a passenger that it transferred ashore to a hospital after he was injured on board. Casorio v. Princess Cruise Lines, No. 15-56239 (9th Cir., February 16, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/02/16/15-56239.pdf].

Sulu Sea – fatal pirate attack

clip_image023 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an incident alert concerning the abduction by pirates of six crew members of the bulk carrier Giang Hai and the killing of one crew member. The attack occurred on 19 February in the Sulu Sea approximately 35 nm northwest of Doc Can Island. (2/20/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=482&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

New Zealand – MLC 2006 enforcement

clip_image025 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it will commence enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) on 9 March. (2/17/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170217a.asp].

Panama Canal – public relations services tariff

clip_image027 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory regarding a new public relations services tariff, effective 1 March. Advisory 06-2017 (2/17/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-06-2017.pdf].

MREN – Coral reefs

clip_image029 In the February 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Coral reefs". The article discusses the formation, location, and composition of coral reefs. Such reefs are important to the health and diversity of the marine biosphere. They are increasingly threatened by acidification, sea level rise, bleaching, and habitat loss. [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170200.pdf].

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February 21st, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – diesel outboard engine technology;

USCG – CTAC members sought;

New York Harbor – security zone;

ITA – supply chain competitiveness;

FMC – civil monetary penalties;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

San Francisco – Pier 70 Central Basin; and

NSGAB – meeting on 6-7 March.

February 21, 2017

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USCG – diesel outboard engine technology

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Mack Boring & Parts Co. to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. Comments must be received by 16 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 10584 (2/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-14/pdf/2017-02935.pdf].

USCG – CTAC members sought

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). Applications should be submitted by 17 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 10585 (2/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-14/pdf/2017-02927.pdf].

New York Harbor – security zone

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard has reopened, through 17 April, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal for modifying the security zone between Liberty State Park and Ellis Island. 82 Fed. Reg. 10558 (2/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-14/pdf/2017-02934.pdf].

ITA – supply chain competitiveness

clip_image006 The International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a notice announcing an open conference call meeting on supply chain competitiveness on 8 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 10564 (2/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-14/pdf/2017-02905.pdf].

FMC – civil monetary penalties

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a final rule adjusting its civil monetary penalties for inflation. The rule is effective 15 February and is applicable beginning 15 January. 82 Fed. Reg. 10719 (2/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-15/pdf/2017-00271.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing that, for the quarter beginning 1 January 2017, the interest rate for overpayments will be 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporations and the interest rate for underpayments will be 4% for all. 82 Fed. Reg. 10913 (2/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-16/pdf/2017-03140.pdf].

San Francisco – Pier 70 Central Basin

clip_image012 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice cancelling the 10 February notice of availability of the draft detailed project report for the Pier 70 Central Basin Continuing Authorities Program Section 107 Navigation Improvement Project at the Port of San Francisco. 82 Fed. Reg. 11195 (2/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03321.pdf].

NSGAB – meeting on 6-7 March

clip_image014 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on 6-7 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 11182 (2/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03345.pdf].

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February 13th, 2017 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 February 2017

Headlines:

Houston – Meritorious Public Service Awards;

USCG – batteries for commercial vessels;

USCG – International Ice Patrol today;

Greenland – polar icecap melting;

Senate – bill introduced re hiring freeze;

House – resolution introduced re Arctic OCS drilling;

Court – ambiguous marine insurance policy;

Panama Canal – January operations; and

Panama Canal – monthly tonnage record.

February 13, 2017

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Houston – Meritorious Public Service Awards

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that USCG Meritorious Public Service Awards have been presented to G&H Towing, the Houston Pilots, and the Port of Houston Fire Department. On 6 September 2016, the hull of the tanker Aframax River was punctured, sparking a fire of the ship’s bunkers. G&H Towing and the Houston Pilots moved the tanker to a less dangerous location, where the Port of Houston firefighters extinguished the blaze. (2/12/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/186d2d8].

USCG – batteries for commercial vessels

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing new battery chemistries for commercial vessels. (2/10/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/10/2102017-new-battery-chemistries-for-commercial-vessels/].

USCG – International Ice Patrol today

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin describing activities of the International Ice Patrol (IIP) today. (2/10/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/international-ice-patrol-today/].

Greenland – polar icecap melting

clip_image008 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that its Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project is revealing new details about thinning of the Greenland polar icecap. Data shows that in the coastal regions, the icecap is melting from below in some places due to it coming into contact with warmer ocean waters. (2/10/17) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-uci-reveal-new-details-of-greenland-ice-loss].

Senate – bill introduced re hiring freeze

clip_image010 Senator Schatz (D-HI) introduced a bill (S. 250) to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard. (2/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s250is/pdf/BILLS-115s250is.pdf].

House – resolution introduced re Arctic OCS drilling

clip_image012 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 70) disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior regarding requirements for exploratory drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf. (2/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hjres70ih/pdf/BILLS-115hjres70ih.pdf].

Court – ambiguous marine insurance policy

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the marine insurance policy between plaintiff barge owner and defendant insurer was ambiguous as regards the obligation of the insurer to pay investigation and defense costs after its $5 million indemnity limit had been reached. As a consequence, the district court’s entry of partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff barge owner was vacated and the matter remanded for further proceedings. American Commercial Lines v. WQIS, No. 16-91-cv(L) (2nd Cir., February 10, 2017) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/afe68c0c-4642-4019-a6cd-b4f9bf6d3faa/1/doc/16-91_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/afe68c0c-4642-4019-a6cd-b4f9bf6d3faa/1/hilite/].

Panama Canal – January operations

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for January. It also contains the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 05-2017 (2/9/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-05-2017.pdf].

Panama Canal – monthly tonnage record

clip_image016[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the Canal set a new monthly tonnage record in January of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons. (2/6/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/02/06/pr616.html].

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February 10th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 February 2017

Headlines:

Puget Sound – anchorages proposed;

USCG – NOSAC members sought;

San Francisco – Pier 70 Detailed Project Report;

COAC – meeting on 1 March;

FMC – meeting on 15 February;

NTSB – shared waterway safety;

TSA – protecting bridges and tunnels;

Puget Sound – vessel traffic risk assessment;

ReCAAP – January report; and

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983.

February 10, 2017

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Puget Sound – anchorages proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes the creation of several new anchorages and holding areas, as well as a non-anchorage area, the expansion of one existing general anchorage, and the establishment of new and clarification of existing regulations governing such anchorages and areas in Puget Sound. Comments must be received by 11 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 10313 (2/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/pdf/2017-02683.pdf].

USCG – NOSAC members sought

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard has extended until 11 April, the period within which to submit applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). 82 Fed. Reg. 10375 (2/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/pdf/2017-02774.pdf].

San Francisco – Pier 70 Detailed Project Report

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Detailed Project Report for the proposed Pier 70 Central Basin Continuing Authorities Program Section 107 Navigation Improvement Project in San Francisco. Comments must be submitted by 28 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 10346 (2/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/pdf/2017-02780.pdf].

COAC – meeting on 1 March

clip_image008 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Washington, DC on 1 March. Topics on the agenda include: the supply chain security C-TPAT best practice framework and the C-TPAT minimum security criteria. 82 Fed. Reg. 10376 (2/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/pdf/2017-02773.pdf].

FMC – meeting on 15 February

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 15 February in Washington, DC. Topics to be considered are: briefing on the Competition Law in the Transport Sector Conference and update on Docket No. 16-05: Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. 82 Fed. Reg. 10357 (2/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/pdf/2017-02881.pdf].

NTSB – shared waterway safety

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Marine Safety Recommendation regarding safety of recreational and commercial vessels in shared waterways of the marine transportation system (MTS). The report recommends, among other things, that the US Coast Guard establish a process whereby, at regular intervals, all harbor safety committees identify the safety risks posed by the interaction of commercial and recreational vessels in their respective geographic areas and, when necessary, develop and implement practices to mitigate those risks. (2/9/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MSR1701.pdf].

TSA – protecting bridges and tunnels

clip_image014 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a news release stating that it has completed and sent to each state’s Homeland Security Advisor and Department of Transportation vulnerability assessments that can be used by bridge and tunnel owners and operators to better protect such structures. (2/8/17) [https://www.tsa.gov/news/top-stories/2017/02/08/protecting-americas-bridges-and-tunnels].

Puget Sound – vessel traffic risk assessment

clip_image016 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment has been updated to provide an in-depth look at commercial ship traffic through Puget Sound that could pose a threat to the environment in the event of a spill. (2/3/17) [http://ecologywa.blogspot.com/2017/02/updated-vessel-study-helps-washington.html].

ReCAAP – January report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its January 2017 report. No incidents of piracy in Asian waters were reported during the month. There were six reported incidents of armed robbery against ships. Of concern was the continued occurrence of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah. (2/9/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=478&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983

clip_image020 The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to have been perfunctory. As a result, inspection standards were drastically improved. In addition, carriage of survival suits became mandatory for ships on winter routes and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program was initiated. The circumstances are detailed in Robert Frump’s book “Until the Sea Shall Free Them”.

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February 9th, 2017 at 11:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – NOAD unavailable on 14 February;

USCG – innovation in the maritime industry;

CBP – comment period extended;

FMC – meeting on 15 February;

DOS – meeting on 1 March re NCSR 4;

DOS – meeting on 2 March re SSE 3;

GAO – C-TPAT data problems;

CRS – building the 355-ship Navy;

Court – passenger injury; and

UK – ‘relative motion illusion’ causes collision.

February 9, 2017

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USCG – NOAD unavailable on 14 February

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that its Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) system will be down for maintenance between 0200 and 0700 on Tuesday, 14 February, due to scheduled system maintenance. (2/8/17) [http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(sigvrqv5fzj0tfehqrhvjc32))/default.aspx].

USCG – innovation in the maritime industry

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin regarding innovation in the maritime industry and how regulators work to support that innovation while maintaining safety. (2/8/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/08/innovation-maritime-industry/].

CBP – comment period extended

clip_image007 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on pages 22-23 of its latest Customs Bulletin and Decisions newsletter, announced that the period within which to submit comments on its proposed modification and revocation of ruling letters relating to Customs application of the Jones Act to the transportation of certain merchandise and equipment between coastwise points has been extended to April 18. CBP also seeks comments on whether a further extension of the comment period is warranted. (2/8/17) [https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017-Feb/Vol_51_No_6_title.pdf].

FMC – meeting on 15 February

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 15 February in Washington, DC. Topics to be considered are: briefing on the Competition Law in the Transport Sector Conference and update on Docket No. 16-05: Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. (2/8/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/meeting_2-15-2017/].

DOS – meeting on 1 March re NCSR 4

clip_image011 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will conduct an open meeting on 1 March in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search and Rescue (NCSR 4). Topics on the agenda include: routing measures and mandatory ship reporting systems; LRIT; Integrated Navigation Display Systems display; and harmonized PNT data for multi-system shipborne radionavigation receivers. 82 Fed. Reg. 10174 (2/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-09/pdf/2017-02602.pdf].

DOS – meeting on 2 March re SSE 3

clip_image012 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will conduct an open meeting on 2 March in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 3). Topics on the agenda include: alternative design and arrangements; on-board lifting appliances and winches; and DP system guidelines. 82 Fed. Reg. 10175 (2/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-09/pdf/2017-02601.pdf].

GAO – C-TPAT program data problems

clip_image014 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued the report of its examination of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. It found problems with the program’s security validation responsibilities because of problems with the functionality of the program’s data management system. The system sometimes incorrectly altered C-TPAT members’ data and impairing the ability of C-TPAT security specialists to identify and complete required security validations in a timely and efficient manner. CBP cannot determine the extent to which C-TPAT members are receiving benefits because of the data problems. GAO-17-84 (2/8/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682620.pdf].

CRS – building the 355-ship Navy

clip_image016 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on Navy force structure and shipbuilding plans. The report estimates that procuring the 57 to 67 ships that might need to be added to the 30-year shipbuilding plan to achieve and maintain the new force structure goal of a 355-ship fleet – a total that equates to an average of 1.9 to 2.2 additional ships per year over the 30-year period – could cost an average of roughly $4.6 billion to $5.1 billion per year in additional shipbuilding funds over the thirty year period, using today’s shipbuilding costs. RL32665 (2/2/17) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL32665.pdf].

Court – passenger injury

clip_image018 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise line. Plaintiff passenger alleged that defendant’s negligence was the cause of his injury during a shoreside motorcycle excursion. The district court ruled that plaintiff failed to produce any evidence from which it could be inferred that defendant knew or should have known of any dangerous or unsafe condition associated with the excursion. Kadylak v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, No. 16-11294 (11th Cir., February 8, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201611294.pdf].

UK – ‘relative motion illusion’ causes collision

clip_image020 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between the pure car carrier City of Rotterdam and the ro-ro freight ferry Primula Seaways in River Humber on 3 December 2015. The outbound car carrier had been set to the northern (inbound) side of the channel, but this had not been corrected because the pilot had become disoriented after looking through an off-axis window on the semi-circular bridge. The car carrier was of an unconventional design and the pilot’s disorientation was due to ‘relative motion illusion’, which caused the pilot to think that the vessel was traveling in the direction in which he was looking. Report No. 3/2017 (2/8/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/collision-between-pure-car-carrier-city-of-rotterdam-and-ro-ro-freight-ferry-primula-seaways].

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February 8th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro hearing website;

IWUB – meeting on 24 February;

EPA & DOD – uniform discharge standards;

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale;

DOE – authority to import and export LNG;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

GAO – access control harmonization;

Court – shipper liability;

California – ballast water discharge regulations;

California – preemptive federal BWM standards opposed;

ReCAAP – no reports of piracy;

Australia & Fiji – repairing navigation equipment; and

UK – hours of work and alcohol limits.

February 8, 2017

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USCG – El Faro hearing website

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has a dedicated website for its Marine Board of Investigation regarding the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro with loss of life. The site allows users to watch the hearing live. (2/7/17) [http://www.news.uscg.mil/News-by-Region/Headquarters/El-Faro-Marine-Board-of-Investigation/].

IWUB – meeting on 24 February

clip_image006 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 24 February in Lake Charles. Topics on the agenda include the status of FY 2017 funding, status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and project updates. 82 Fed. Reg. 9728 (2/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/pdf/2017-02572.pdf].

EPA & DOD – uniform discharge standards

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have delayed, until 21 March, the effective date of the Uniform Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces – Phase II Batch One. 82 Fed. Reg. 9682 (2/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/pdf/2017-02594.pdf].

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended, until 23 February, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as an endangered species. 82 Fed. Reg. 9707 (2/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/pdf/2017-02529.pdf].

DOE – authority to import and export LNG

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of recent orders granting authority to import and export liquefied natural gas (LNG). 82 Fed. Reg. 9732 (2/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/pdf/2017-02575.pdf].

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image016 Representative Carbajal (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 845) to provide for ocean acidification collaborative research grant opportunities. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/3/17).

GAO – access control harmonization

clip_image018 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on critical infrastructure protection. It recommends enhanced harmonization of access control efforts, including those related to the transportation worker identification credential (TWIC) and the merchant mariner credential (MMC). GAO-17-182 (2/7/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682547.pdf].

Court – shipper liability

clip_image020 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that, except in unusual circumstances not present here, the shipper as shown on an ocean bill of lading has the primary obligation to pay the freight charges. In the instant case, defendant shipper contracted by means of an ocean bill of lading for shipment of containers of used tires from Puerto Rico to Vietnam. The shipment was refused and accrued demurrage charges and other fees. Defendant contended that it was not liable because the course of conduct of the parties should have informed the carrier that the shipper was acting on behalf of a third party, the actual owner of the tires. The court held that the alleged course of conduct was insufficient to overcome the legal presumption. Mediterranean Shipping Co. v. Best Tire Recycling, No. 15-2482 (1st Cir., February 6, 2017) [http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/15-2482P-01A.pdf].

California – ballast water discharge regulations

clip_image022 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that it invites participation in the informal comment period on proposed regulations relating to performance standards and compliance assessment protocols for the discharge of ballast water for vessels operating in California waters. The informal comment period closes on 24 March. (2/7/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP4-7.html].

California – preemptive federal BWM standards opposed

clip_image023 The California State lands Commission (SLC) posted a letter stating that the Commission unanimously opposes proposed federal legislation that would revoke the right of states to regulate ballast water discharges into state waters by making federal ballast water discharge standards preemptive. (2/7/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Info/News_Room/2017/02-07-17.pdf]. Note: I seem to recall an interstate and foreign commerce provision in the US Constitution.

ReCAAP – no reports of piracy

clip_image025 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a report stating that it received no reports of incidents of piracy or armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the week of 31 January – 6 February. (2/7/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=477&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Australia & Fiji – repairing navigation equipment

clip_image027 clip_image029 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it is working with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji to repair navigation equipment there damaged by Cyclone Winston. (2/7/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/07022017_Mediarelease_AMSAassistancetoFiji.pdf].

UK – hours of work and alcohol limits

clip_image031 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a marine guidance note explaining recent amendments to the STCW Convention with regard to hours of work and alcohol limits. MGN 566 (M+F) (2/7/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590127/MGN_566_STCW_Manila_Amendments_Hours_of_Work__Alcohol_limit_final.pdf].

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February 7th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 February 2017

Headlines:

Red Sea – possible mines near al Moche harbor;

Sugarloaf Key – temporary safety zone;

MERPAC – meeting on 22-23 March;

USCG – Gas Gauge Newsletter;

USCG – the art of icebreaking;

USN – USS Enterprise (CVN 65 decommissioned;

Panama Canal – maneuvering fuel; and

UK – cracking down on laser attacks.

February 7, 2017

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Red Sea – possible mines near al Mocha harbor

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an alert stating that there is reason to believe that mines have been laid in Yemeni territorial waters in the Red Sea close to the mouth of al Mocha harbor. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting in this area. Alert 2017-002A (2/4/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/22863/].

Sugarloaf Key – temporary safety zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing, until 1 July, a temporary safety zone in waters of the Florida Keys near Sugarloaf Key due to recently discovered ordnance in the vicinity of American Shoal Light. 82 Fed. Reg. 9503 (2/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-07/pdf/2017-02454.pdf].

MERPAC – meeting on 22-23 March

clip_image006[1] The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in 22-23 March in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: implementation of STCW revisions; fatigue mitigation and management; and firefighting training requirements for towing vessel officers. 82 Fed. Reg. 9575 (2/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-07/pdf/2017-02449.pdf].

USCG – Gas Gauge Newsletter

clip_image006[2] The USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) issued the Winter 2016/17 edition of its Gas Gauge Newsletter. Among other things, this edition discusses examining air locks and the USCG liquefied gas regulations, policy, and recommendations. (2/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/lgcncoe/docs/newsletter4.pdf].

USCG – the art of icebreaking

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin explaining techniques utilized to efficiently break ice, particularly in the Antarctic. (2/6/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/below-zero-the-art-of-icebreaking/].

USN – USS Enterprise (CVN 65) decommissioned

clip_image009 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) has been decommissioned after almost 55 years of active service. (2/3/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98707].

Panama Canal – maneuvering fuel

clip_image011 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory clarifying the requirement for use of maneuvering fuel by vessels maneuvering in Canal waters. Advisory 04-2017 (2/1/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-04-2017.pdf].

UK – cracking down on laser attacks

clip_image013 The UK Department of Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that legislation has been enacted cracking down on laser attacks against transport vehicles. Previously, prosecutors had to prove that the laser user endangered the transport vehicle. Now, prosecutors need only prove the offense of shining the laser at the transport vehicle. (2/6/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-to-crack-down-on-laser-attacks]. Note: While marine vessels are not mentioned in the news release, experience has shown that they are equally susceptible to such attacks.

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February 6th, 2017 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 February 2017

Headlines:

CBP – comment period extended;

OFAC – enforcement action re Iranian sanctions;

DOD – 2016 Arctic Strategy;

NTSB – towboat capsizing;

House – bill introduced re hiring freeze;

Ireland – Helicopter SAR Hi-Line technique; and

UK – complacency leads to collision.

February 6, 2017

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CBP – comment period extended

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the period within which to submit comments on its proposed revocations and modifications of its policy under the Jones Act regarding transportation of certain equipment by vessels not eligible to engage in the coastwise trade has been extended to 18 April. The email address for submittal of comments has also been corrected. (2/3/17) [https://www.cbp.gov/trade/extension-comment-period-jones-act-proposed-revocations-and-modifications].

OFAC – enforcement action re Iranian sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that a Finding of Violation has been issued to the B Whale Corporation for a violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The violation occurred between 30 August and 2 September 2013 when its vessel conducted a ship-to-ship transfer with and received over 2 million barrels of condensate crude oil from a vessel of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), (2/3/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20170203_33.aspx].

DOD – 2016 Arctic Strategy

clip_image008 The Department of Defense (DOD) 2016 Arctic Strategy has been posted. The document acknowledges that DOD has limited surface capability in the Arctic and that the breaking up of sea ice threatens existing detection and warning infrastructure by increasing the rate of coastal erosion. (December 2016) [http://www.sullivan.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2016_ArcticStrategy-Unclass.pdf]. Curiously, the report makes no mention of the US Coast Guard and its icebreakers.

NTSB – towboat capsizing

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of the capsizing and sinking of the towing vessel Ricky J Leboeuf on 19 April 2016 in the in the San Jacinto River near Channelview, Texas. Four of the five crewmembers survived, but one deckhand died. The probable cause of the casualty was the ill-advised decision of the relief captain to perform a downstreaming maneuver in high water conditions without implementing the company’s risk mitigation strategies. Marine Accident Brief 17-04 (2/3/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1704.pdf].

House – bill introduced re hiring freeze

clip_image012 Representative Kilmer (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 742) to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard. (1/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr742ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr742ih.pdf].

Ireland – helicopter SAR Hi-Line technique

clip_image014 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice explaining the Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Hi-Line technique for vessel crewmembers. Marine Notice 03-2017 (2/2/17) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN03of2017_HelicopterSAR_Hi-Line_technique.pdf].

UK – complacency leads to collision

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release stating that the masters of two vessels that collided in the Humber have been fined £3,000 each. Both were found to have been complacent although they were navigating their vessels at speed in heavy fog without sounding signals or taking other appropriate actions. (2/3/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/catalogue-of-failures-led-to-collision-in-the-humber-in-may-2016].

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