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September 23rd, 2016 at 11:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – second BWMS type-approval application received;

EPA – National Port Strategy Assessment;

FMC – Hanjin Shipping;

Lake Erie – “Project Icebreaker”;

Senate – bill introduced to improve maritime security;

India – National Maritime Day; and

Singapore – Zika virus.

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September 23, 2016

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USCG – second BWMS type-approval application received

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has received an application requesting USCG type-approval for the Alfa Laval ballast water management system (BWMS). This is the second such application received to date. The Coast Guard’s goal is to review and reply to each submittal within 30 days of receipt. (9/22/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/22/application-ballast-water-type-approval-alfa-laval/].

EPA – National Port Strategy Assessment

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its National Port Strategy Assessment. The assessment examines current and future emission trends from diesel engines in port areas and explores the emission reduction potential of strategies like replacing and repowering older, dirtier vehicles and engines and deploying zero-emissions technologies. (9/22/16) [https://www.epa.gov/ports-initiative/national-port-strategy-assessment].

FMC – Hanjin Shipping

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release on the status of Hanjin Shipping and impacts on the supply chain. (9/22/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-19/].

Lake Erie – “Project Icebreaker”

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it is proposing to authorize the expenditure of federal funding for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of “Project Icebreaker,” a 20-megawatt offshore wind renewable energy project in Lake Erie off Cleveland. A public scoping meeting will be held in Lakewood on 28 September. Comments must be received by 21 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 65634 (9/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/pdf/2016-22973.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to improve maritime security

clip_image014 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 3379) to improve surface transportation and maritime security. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (9/21/16).

India – National Maritime Day

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that National Maritime Day celebrations will be held on 28 September at Mumbai. (9/22/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201609221256244479518invitation_card_wmd_2016.pdf].

Singapore – Zika virus

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reporting the first locally transmitted case of Zika virus in Singapore and providing a list of licensed vector control operators (VCOs) in Singapore known to be able to provide fumigation services for ships. Port Marine Circular 14-2016 (9/22/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/96863110-24e1-4307-85c3-29ecabc0eeec].

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September 22nd, 2016 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 September 2016

Headlines:

NOSAC – meeting on 1-2 November;

DHS – PNT study;

Panama Canal – booking cancellations;

MREN – silence your ships; and

Autumnal equinox – 22 September 2016.

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September 22, 2016

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NOSAC – meeting on 1-2 November

clip_image006 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 1-2 November in Houston. Topics on the agenda include well intervention activities, cyber security, and the risk-based inspection program. 81 Fed. Reg. 65367 (9/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/pdf/2016-22839.pdf].

DHS – PNT study

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaging critical infrastructure sector owners and operators in a study to define and validate current and future positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) requirements for critical infrastructure. Interested organizations or individuals should contact DHS by 28 February 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 65390 (9/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/pdf/2016-22884.pdf].

Panama Canal – booking cancellations

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, through 1530 hours local time, 23 September, it will accept, at no cost, booking cancellations. Booking slots that become available will be awarded to interested customers. This action is being taken due to the adverse effects of the Hanjin Shipping Company situation. Advisory 49-2016 (9/21/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-49-2016-Rev.pdf].

MREN – Silence your ships

clip_image012 In the September 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Silence your ships". In the article, I discuss the steps being taken both at the IMO and in the United States to reduce the volume of noise generated by ships and other maritime activity. This anthropogenic sound increasingly is causing significant disturbances to marine mammals and other aquatic life. Such noise generation also needlessly expends energy.

Autumnal equinox – 22 September 2016

clip_image014 The autumnal equinox for 2016 is (or was) at 1421 UTC, Thursday, 22 September 2016. This is calculated as the moment that the sun crosses the equator headed south. As I recall, in my youth (also known as the Dark Ages), the first day of autumn was traditionally on 21 September. The delay of a day is disturbing and another insidious impact of global warming and the gradual expansion of the planet’s waistline.

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September 21st, 2016 at 8:02 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – BWM system type-approval application;

NOAA – record heat;

DOE – export of LNG;

Court – ambiguous operations manual;

IMO – energy efficiency guides;

IMO – London Protocol;

Arctic Council – twentieth anniversary;

Australia – settlement of reef damage claim; and

UK – maritime critical to UK’s future success.

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September 21, 2016

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USCG – BWM system type-approval application

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has received an application requesting USCG type-approval for the Optimarin ballast water management (BWM) system. This is the first such application to be submitted. (9/20/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/20/application-requesting-type-approval-ballast-water-management-system-optimarin/].

NOAA – record heat

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that August marked the 16th consecutive month of record warmth for the globe. In addition, the globally-averaged sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for August and the warmest for both the season and the year to date. (9/20/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/news/august-marks-ongoing-trend-of-record-breaking-heat-for-globe].

DOE – export of LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing the recent orders granting authority to import and export natural gas and to import and export LNG. 81 Fed. Reg. 64889 (9/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-21/pdf/2016-22750.pdf].

Court – ambiguous operations manual

clip_image012 In an unreported decision and over a vigorous dissent, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s adverse judgment entered after a bench trial in the insurance company’s negligence action against an oil refinery. The majority concurred with the district court in finding the provision in the oil refinery’s operations manual regarding deployment of a boom with standoff around the entire vessel before the oil spill to be ambiguous. North of England v. Tesoro Refining, No. 14-56362 (9th Cir., September 19, 2016) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2016/09/19/14-56362.pdf].

IMO – energy efficiency guides

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release stating that three new guides have been rolled out for strengthening effective implementation of the IMO energy efficiency regulations. The guides aim to support developing countries in strengthening and developing national regulatory frameworks related to the prevention of air pollution and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. (9/20/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/23-glomeep-guides.aspx].

IMO – London Protocol

clip_image015 The IMO issued a news release urging more States to ratify the London Protocol, which regulates the dumping of wastes at sea. (9/20/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/24-LP-20.aspx].

Arctic Council – twentieth anniversary

clip_image017 On 19 September, the Arctic Council celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a high level intergovernmental forum to enhance cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States with the active involvement of Arctic indigenous peoples and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues.  (9/19/16) [http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/about-us/arctic-council/20-year-anniversary].

Australia – settlement of reef damage claim

clip_image019 The Honorable Josh Frydenberg MP, Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy, issued a media release stating that the Australian Government has reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement with the owners of the coal carrier Shen Neng 1, which ran aground at Douglas Shoal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in April 2010. The funds will allow the Marine Park Authority to initiate initial field operations to remove toxic anti-fouling paint and rubble, enabling reef restoration processes to begin. (9/19/16) [http://www.joshfrydenberg.com.au/guest/mediaReleasesDetails.aspx?id=258].

UK – maritime critical to UK’s future success

clip_image021 The UK (DfT) posted the speech delivered by Transport Minister Lord Ahmad entitled “Maritime critical to UK’s future success”. (9/20/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/maritime-critical-to-uks-future-success].

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September 20th, 2016 at 10:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 September 2016

Headlines:

NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board;

FWS – southern sea otter survey; and

Panama Canal – locks lanes outages.

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NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board

clip_image006 The National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks applications from persons interested in serving on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB). 81 Fed. Reg. 64441 (9/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-20/pdf/2016-22620.pdf].

FWS – southern sea otter survey

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a press release stating that its latest survey indicates that the southern sea otter is continuing its climb toward recovery. For the first time, southern sea otter numbers have exceeded 3,090, which is the threshold that must be exceeded for three consecutive years in order for the agency to consider de-listing the species as threatened. (9/19/16) [https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=sea-otter-survey-encouraging-but-comes-up-short-of-the-%E2%80%9Cperfect-story%E2%80%9D-&_ID=35806].

Panama Canal – locks lanes outages

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the west land of the Gatun Locks will be out of service for repairs from 2000 on 20 September until 2000 on 23 September. In addition, the east lane of the Gatun Locks will be out of service from 2000 on 23 September until 0800 on 24 September. Also, the west lane of the Pedro Miguel Locks will be out of service from 1000 until 2200 on 22 September. Transit Reservation System Condition 2 for the Panamax locks will be in effect from 21 until 24 September. Advisory 48-2016 (9/16/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-48-2016.pdf].

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September 19th, 2016 at 9:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 September 2016

Headlines:

White House – NE Canyons & Seamounts MNM;

USCG & BSEE – safety culture in offshore operations; and

USCG – Reserve Training All Stop Order.

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September 19, 2016

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White House – NE Canyons & Seamounts MNM

clip_image006 clip_image008 President Obama issued a Proclamation designating the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. It is located in the US exclusive economic zone, southeast of Nantucket Island. The monument is intended to provide protections for ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea coral and endangered whales and sea turtles. (9/15/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/15/presidential-proclamation-northeast-canyons-and-seamounts-marine]. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release discussing the new marine national monument. (9/15/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/news/first-marine-national-monument-created-in-atlantic].

USCG & BSEE – safety culture in offshore operations

clip_image010 clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno will speak at the fourth annual Center for Offshore Safety (COS) Forum in Houston on 20 September regarding safety culture issues. (9/16/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/16/center-for-offshore-safety-forum-paul-thomas-brian-salerno/].

USCG – Reserve Training All Stop Order

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard issued an All Stop Order regarding FY16 Reserve Training. With 14 days remaining in the fiscal year and no appropriation bill for FY17, significant elements of USCG Reserve training are to cease immediately ALCOAST 345/16 (9/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/345-16_ALCOAST.txt].

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September 16th, 2016 at 8:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 September 2016

Headlines:

MARAD – advisory re Zika virus;

USCG – NTSB VTS study;

USCG – OPC contract awarded;

Florida – modification of security zones;

New Jersey – SEIS cancellation;

NMIO – 2016 Global Maritime Forum;

Arctic – sea ice second lowest on record; and

EC – stronger external borders targeted.

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MARAD – advisory re Zika virus

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory regarding the impacts of the Zika virus on maritime commerce. While ship and cargo disinfection (mosquito eradication) is not considered by the federal government to be an effective Zika virus countermeasure, some nations have imposed or are considering such measures. Vessel operators are encouraged to keep up to date on such requirements that may be imposed by nations where their vessels may operate. Advisory 2016-03 (9/12/16) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/advisory/2016/marad-advisory-2016-03/].

USCG – NTSB VTS study

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it fully supported the vessel traffic service (VTS) system study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The Coast Guard will evaluate and use the results to improve the effectiveness of VTS nationwide. (9/15/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/15/ntsb-completes-vessel-traffic-services-safety-study/].

USCG – OPC contract awarded

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the contract for construction of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to eight follow-on cutters has been awarded to Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida. The OPC acquisition will replace the service’s medium endurance cutters. (9/15/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2881962/].

Florida – modification of security zones

clip_image011[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to update and modify security zones in the ports of Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Miami, and Key West. Comments on the proposal must be received by 15 November. 81 Fed. Reg. 63728 (9/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-16/pdf/2016-22280.pdf].

New Jersey – SEIS cancellation

clip_image013 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is withdrawing its intent to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey Feasibility Report for Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Union Beach, New Jersey Final Feasibility Report. 81 Fed. Reg. 63747 (9/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-16/pdf/2016-22336.pdf].

NMIO – 2016 Global Maritime Forum

clip_image015 The 2016 Global Maritime Forum, sponsored by the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), will be held on 15-16 November in Seattle. (9/15/16) [http://www.apl.washington.edu/project/project.php?id=global_maritime_forum_2016].

Arctic – sea ice second lowest on record

clip_image016 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its seasonal minimum extent for 2016 on September 10. A relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September has pushed the ice extent to a statistical tie with 2007 for the second lowest in the satellite record. (9/15/16) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

EC – stronger external borders targeted

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is targeting stronger external borders for the EU by, among other things accelerating the operational delivery of the European Border and Coast Guard. (9/14/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3003_en.htm].

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September 15th, 2016 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 September 2016

Headlines:

White House – Côte d’Ivoire relations;

OSHA – seafarer retaliation complaint procedures;

USCG – marine environmental response & preparedness;

USCG – aquaculture support operations;

USCG – meeting re HFO use in the Arctic;

TSAC – meeting on 26-27 October;

PCA – disproportionate penalties;

Australia – maximum period of shipboard service;

Canada – HMS Terror discovery;

Panama Canal – cruise ship transits;

UK – MCA fees consultation; and

Feedback re Academies.

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White House – Côte d’Ivoire relations

clip_image006 President Obama issued an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Côte d’Ivoire. As a result, the economic sanctions and trade embargoes with respect to that nation have been lifted. (9/14/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/14/executive-order-termination-national-emergency-situation-or-relation].

OSHA – seafarer retaliation complaint procedures

clip_image007 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a final rule amending procedures for the handling of retaliation complaints under the employee protection provisions of the Seaman’s Protection Act. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 63396 (9/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-21758.pdf].

USCG – marine environmental response & preparedness

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard posted the latest edition of the USCG Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. The 362-page manual establishes policies, guidelines, procedures, and general information for Coast Guard use in marine environmental response and preparedness operations and is primarily for internal agency use. COMDTINST M16000.14A (8/30/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/16000-16999/CIM_16000_14A.PDF].

USCG – aquaculture support operations

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing requirements for US vessels with registry endorsements or foreign-flag vessels that perform certain aquaculture support operations in US waters. The regulations enter into effect on 17 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 63420 (9/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-22097.pdf].

USCG – meeting re HFO use in the Arctic

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will conduct a public listening session on 27 September in Washington, DC to gather information relating to the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships in the Arctic. 81 Fed. Reg. 63489 (9/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-22222.pdf].

TSAC – meeting on 26-27 October

clip_image009[2] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 26-27 October in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include Subchapter M implementation and electronic charting systems. 81 Fed. Reg. 63489 (9/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-22131.pdf].

PCA – disproportionate penalties

clip_image012 The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued a press release stating that, in the Duzgit Integrity Arbitration (Malta v. Sao Tome & Principe), brought by Malta under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), some of the enforcement action taken by Sao Tome & Principe against the vessel for violation of national laws relating to ship-to-ship transfers were not proportional to the offense and that Malta was entitle to claim reparations. (9/12/16) [https://pcacases.com/web/sendAttach/1913].

Australia – maximum period of shipboard service

clip_image014 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice explaining its approach to implementing the MLC2006 requirements for the maximum continuous period that a seafarer can serve on board a vessel without taking leave. Marine Notice 17/2016 (9/14/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Canada – HMS Terror discovery

clip_image016 Parks Canada issued a news release discussing the recent discovery of the wreck of the HMS Terror in the Canadian Archipelago. The ship and all on board were lost, along with the HMS Erebus, during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845-48 in search of the Northwest Passage. (9/14/16) [http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/mission2016.aspx].

Panama Canal – cruise ship transits

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that more than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Canal during the 2016-17 season. (9/13/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/09/13/pr608.html].

UK – MCA fees consultation

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice announcing the opening of a consultation on its proposal to raise ship survey fees, ship registration fees, and merchant navy training costs. The consultation closes on 26 October. (9/14/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/mca-fees-consultation].

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clip_image022 clip_image024 Due to happenstance, yesterday’s newsletter contained items regarding both the US Coast Guard Academy and the US Merchant Marine Academy. One of my long-suffering readers sent me the following feedback: “Re: USMMA – Union concerns are that DOT/MARAD are not representing the problem correctly; that MARAD/USMMA have not determined what the “REAL” problem is; It’s not that they agree with the same concern that has been previously leveraged into the spotlight by MARAD/DOT via the Washington Post.  The whole thing is political which stems back to 2008-2009. When USMMA students fill out climate surveys they don’t have instruments like UCMJ to ensure the results are pretty – like the USCGA…press release….which makes me want to puke.  USCGA really needs to put out a press release to talk about how good they are?  Or ”think” they are?  Talk about self-aggrandizing.” I do not agree with some of the above feedback, but I try to listen to my readers when they comment and respect their opinions.

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September 14th, 2016 at 10:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – ballast water management;

Tacoma – security zone enforcement;

USCGA – recognized as a top college;

NTSB – VTS Safety Study;

NOAA – Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap;

FMC – Brown Bag Speakers on 15 September;

FMC – meeting on 20 September;

DOT – RFP for USMMA culture audit services; and

Boston Light – first lit on 14 September 1716.

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USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin regarding the recent ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention). It discusses differences between the BWM Convention and US requirements. It also reports that nineteen BWMS manufacturers are seeking type-approval from the US Coast Guard. (9/13/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/13/imo-ballast-water-convention-rear-adm-thomas/].

Tacoma – security zone enforcement

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Sitcom Waterway security zone in Commencement Bay, Tacoma, will be enforced on 15-20 September for the protection of military cargo. 81 Fed. Reg. 63098 (9/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-14/pdf/2016-22098.pdf].

USCGA – recognized as a top college

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) issued a news release stating that it has again been recognized by numerous rating entities as one of the best undergraduate educational institutions in the nation. (9/13/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2882406/].

NTSB – VTS Safety Study

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release announcing its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Study. The study details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions, and groundings involving vessels operating with USCG VTS areas. The full report is expected to be published within several weeks. (9/13/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160913.aspx].

NOAA – Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 144-page Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, intended to guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life. (9/13/16) [http://cetsound.noaa.gov/Assets/cetsound/documents/Roadmap/ONS_Roadmap_Final_Complete.pdf].

FMC – Brown Bag Speakers on 15 September

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission FMC) issued a news release stating that its Brown Bag Speaker Series continues on 15 September in Washington, DC. The speakers will discuss their experiences repurposing cargo containers for residential and other alternative uses. (9/13/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/brownbag-9-15-2016/].

FMC – meeting on 20 September

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 20 September in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will receive briefings on the US/Japan Bilateral Discussions and the Foreign-based NVOCC Registration Renewal Process. During the closed session, the will receive briefings on the Hanjin Bankruptcy and on the Maersk/MSC Vessel Sharing Agreement. (9/13/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/Meeting_9-20-2016/].

DOT – RFP for USMMA culture audit services

clip_image017 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for culture audit services involving the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Deadline for submittal in 15 September. (9/7/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/RFQ_KP_Study_160907.pdf]. Note: Congress recently requested answers from DOT to a list of specific questions regarding the situation at the USMMA, including the sudden suspension of Sea Year. Various maritime labor unions have also expressed concern.

Boston Light – first lit on 14 September 1716

clip_image019 Three hundred years ago today, on 14 September 1716, Boston Light on Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was lit for the first time. In accordance with the Act of 23 July 1715, passed by the Great and General Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, a duty of one penny per ton was assessed against ships and vessels transiting inwards or outwards, except for coasters, which were assessed a duty of two shillings each time they cleared out. The light remained in operation until destroyed by British forces as they evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. The light was rebuilt after the war. It is celebrated as the first lighthouse in what is now the United States. Note: The copy of the 1715 Act was brought to my attention by my good friend Captain Byron Black, USCG.

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September 13th, 2016 at 10:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – Safety Alert re inflatable life jackets;

USCG – National Harbor Safety Conference;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 September;

India – vessel age restriction issues; and

Panama Canal – August operations.

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USCG – Safety Alert re inflatable life jackets

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on the inflatable life jackets. Alert 13-16 (9/12/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1316.pdf].

USCG – National Harbor Safety Conference

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 2016 National Harbor Safety Conference will be held on 13-15 September in Portland, Oregon. The event enables professionals to discuss policy and regulatory issues, engage with government regulators, and develop partnerships that support the maritime industry. The keynote address will be delivered by the USCG Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft. (9/12/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2882134/].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 September

clip_image008 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet on 30 September in Washington, DC. 81 Fed. Reg. 62973 (9/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-13/pdf/2016-21915.pdf].

India – vessel age restriction issues

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a Shipping Development Circular raising concerns about Indian oil companies imposing age restrictions on the chartering of Indian ships. Circular 06-2016 (9/9/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201609121144095039131dgs_cir_06_2016_sd_branch.pdf].

Panama Canal – August operations

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during August. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 47-2016 (9/9/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-47-2016.pdf].

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September 12th, 2016 at 10:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – ballast water management;

DHS OIG – TWIC background checks;

DOE & DOI – National Offshore Wind Strategy;

Congress – concerns re USMMA; and

UK – consultation re hours of work.

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USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that there will be two USCG speakers at the 27-29 September Ballast Water Management Tech (BWMTech) North America Conference in Miami. CDR Meridena Kauffman will address the USCG ballast water management program, while LCDR Jason Kling will discuss the USCG type-approval testing process and how it compares with the IMO process. (9/9/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/09/992016-coming-soon-ballast-water-management-tech-north-america-conference-coverage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29].

DHS OIG – TWIC background checks

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report identifying room for improvement with respect to the background checks conducted for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). Among other things, fraud detection techniques are not monitored and key quality assurance and internal control procedures are missing. OIG-16-218 (9/1/16) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2016/OIG-16-128-Sep16.pdf].

DOE & DOI – National Offshore Wind Strategy

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Department of Energy and Department of the Interior issued a news release announcing the National Offshore Wind Strategy to tap into the massive potential for wind power along the US shores. (9/9/16) [http://www.energy.gov/articles/offshore-wind-arrives-america].

Congress – concerns re USMMA

clip_image014 Twelve Representatives and one Senator sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation, the Maritime Administrator, and the Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) expressing concern regarding the accreditation status of the Academy, sexual assault and sexual harassment against midshipmen, the recent stand down of Sea Year, impacts on Academy attrition and recruitment, and the potential for closure of the Academy. (9/2/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/USMMA_ltr_160902.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joe Keefe of Maritime Logistics Professional.

UK – consultation re hours of work

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it has opened a consultation on the consolidation of the Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) Regulations 2002 and amendments. The consultation runs through 12 October. (9/9/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-consolidation-of-the-merchant-shipping-hours-of-work-regulations-2002-and-amendments].

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    logo11 Silence your ships

    In the September 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Silence your ships". In the article, I discuss the steps being taken both at the IMO and in the United States to reduce the volume of noise generated by ships and other maritime activity. This anthropogenic sound increasingly is causing significant disturbances to marine mammals and other aquatic life. Such noise generation also needlessly expends energy.