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May 27th, 2016 at 7:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – NVIC 07-14 Change 1;

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria update;

DOC – US port competitiveness initiative;

FMC – user fee update proposal;

House – bill introduced re innocent passage;

Senate – bill introduced re innocent passage;

Senate – bill introduced to honor WWII merchant mariners;

Senate – funding for polar icebreaker;

China – caution re Zhejiang Coast area;

UK – CoC and CEC verification; and

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914.

May 27, 2016

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USCG – NVIC 07-14 Change 1

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a change to its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidelines for qualification for STCW endorsements as Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). NVIC 07-14 CH-1 (5/4/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/nvic_07-14_rfpew_final_with_change_1_20160504.pdf].

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria update

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on its draft update to the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. Comments must be submitted by 25 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 33685 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12624.pdf].

DOC – US port competitiveness initiative

clip_image006 The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks input on US seaport efficiency and competitiveness issues for its 21st Century US Port Competitiveness Initiative. It is particularly interested in views regarding the most important challenges and opportunities facing US port-related operations and efficiencies and best practices. Comments should be submitted by 11 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 33657 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12551.pdf].

FMC – user fee update proposal

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its user fees. Comments on the proposal are due by 27 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 33637 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12326.pdf].

House – bill introduced re innocent passage

clip_image010 Representative Pompeo (R-KS) introduced a bill (H.R. 5333) to impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – bill introduced re innocent passage

clip_image012 Senator Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 2984) to impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – bill introduced to honor WWII merchant mariners

clip_image013 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2989) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – funding for polar icebreaker

clip_image012[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) issued a press release stating that the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee added $1 billion to the draft Defense Appropriations Act to fully fund construction of a new polar icebreaker. The bill now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. (5/24/16) [http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=967B271A-18B7-4201-B9FB-90F1F1BEA121].

China – caution re Zhejiang Coast area

clip_image015 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a safety notification reminding mariners operating off the Zhejiang Coast (central part of mainland China) that this area is heavily trafficked by a wide variety of vessels and experiences adverse weather and sea conditions. Mariners should exercise caution when operating in this area. (5/26/16) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=186].

UK – CoC and CEC verification

clip_image017 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) established a website that enables national administrations, shipping companies, and crewing agents to verify the validity and authenticity of UK Certificates of Competency (CoC) and Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CEC). (5/26/16) [https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/coc-2007-2/index.asp].

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914

clip_image019 On 29 May 1914, the passenger ship RMS Empress of Ireland collided with the coal ship Storstad in the St. Lawrence River in heavy fog. The passenger ship sank within 15 minutes. Of the 1,477 passengers and crew on board, 1,012 perished, making it Canada’s worst peacetime marine disaster. The subsequent investigation into the incident was largely inconclusive due to the conflicting testimony of the witnesses, but Canadian Pacific Railway, the owner of the passenger ship, ultimately won an award of $2 million damages from the owner of the coal ship.

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May 26th, 2016 at 7:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 May 2016

Headlines:

IOOS Advisory Committee – webinar on 23 June;

North Carolina – dinner and a rescue;

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

CRS – USCG cutter procurement; and

Panama Canal – third draft restriction suspended.

May 26, 2016

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IOOS Advisory Committee – webinar on 23 June

clip_image004 The Integrated Ocean observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a webinar on 23 June. The webinar will focus on review of draft recommendations on how the IOOS Program Office could improve the Ocean Technology Transition (OTT) Program. 81 Fed. Reg. 33467 (5/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-26/pdf/2016-12475.pdf].

North Carolina – dinner and a rescue

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a pier collapse in Beaufort, North Carolina dumped five senior citizens into the waters of Taylor Creek. Fortunately, an off-duty Coast Guardsman, FN James D. Sanders, Jr., was having dinner with his girlfriend at an adjacent waterside restaurant. He immediately jumped in the water, while calling for onlookers to pass flotation devices. He kept the senior citizens calm and, with assistance, got them to a nearby dock where they were able to get out of the water. Sanders, who has been in the Coast Guard for only eight months, hopes to become an aviation maintenance technician. (5/25/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2832646/].

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an updated report entitled “Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization”. The report provides an overview of the proposal to build a new polar icebreaker. RL34391 (4/15/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf].

CRS – USCG cutter procurement

clip_image008[1] The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an updated report entitled “Coast Guard Cutter Procurement”. The report provides an overview of procurement issues related to three classes of cutters, with emphasis on the planned Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs). R42567 (4/15/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/R42567.pdf].

Panama Canal – third draft restriction suspended

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, with the arrival of the rainy season, it is suspending the third draft restriction. The maximum authorized transit draft will remain at 11.74m (38.5 feet) until further notice. Advisory 28-2016 (5/25/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-28-2016.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

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May 25th, 2016 at 7:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 May 2016

Headlines:

Columbia River – WAMS review;

USCG – ship allowed to depart following temporary repairs;

DOS – meeting on 15 June re IMO Council session;

NOAA – HSRP members sought;

NOAA – Northeast Ocean Plan;

IWUB – meeting on 1 July;

House – bill introduced re water resource development;

Washington – proposed coal export facility;

Washington – aquatic invasive species treatment permit;

EIB – investment in Scottish wind farm; and

UK – guidance re offshore renewable energy installations.

May 25, 2016

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Columbia River – WAMS review

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is conducting a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of the Columbia between Vancouver and the Bonneville Pools. Comments on the adequacy of existing aids to navigation and general safety issues relating to this waterway should be submitted by 31 August. (5/23/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2832530/].

USCG – ship allowed to depart following temporary repairs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the bulk carrier Sparna has been allowed to depart from its mooring at Kalama, Washington following completion of temporary repairs. The vessel grounded in March, suffering multiple hull fractures. The boulder that was lodged inside the hull during the grounding was encased in steel and concrete and remains onboard for the transit to a Japanese shipyard. (5/23/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2832546/].

DOS – meeting on 15 June re IMO Council session

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 15 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Council (C 115). 81 Fed. Reg. 33316 (5/25/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/pdf/2016-12374.pdf].

NOAA – HSRP members sought

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that, through 30 June 2017, it is soliciting nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). 81 Fed. Reg. 33215 (5/25/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/pdf/2016-12323.pdf].

NOAA – Northeast Ocean Plan

clip_image008[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Northeast Ocean Plan. The plan is intended to provide an integrated, comprehensive, ecosystem-based, flexible, and proactive approach to planning and managing uses of the northeast marine environment. Comments must be submitted by 25 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 33213 (5/25/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/pdf/2016-12196.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 1 July

clip_image010 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 1 July in Paducah. Topics on the agenda include status of funding for projects and studies; status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund; and a proposed method of displaying navigation stoppages to maritime interests. 81 Fed. Reg. 33245 (5/25/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/pdf/2016-12267.pdf].

House – bill introduced re water resources development

clip_image012 Representative Shuster (R-PA) introduced the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 5303) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes. (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5303ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5303ih.pdf].

Washington – proposed coal export facility

clip_image014 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it seeks comment on its draft environmental study for the proposed coal export facility near Longview. Public hearings will be held in Longview (24 May); Spokane (26 May); and Pasco (2 June). Comments must be received by 13 June. (5/24/16) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/070.html].

Washington – aquatic invasive species treatment permit

clip_image015 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it proposes to update the permit requirements for treatment of aquatic invasive species. A webinar on the proposal will be held on 21 June. Comments must be received by 1 July. (5/20/16) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/069.html].

EIB – investment in Scottish wind farm

clip_image017 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest £525 million in the construction of the Beatrice offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. (5/24/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1901_en.htm?locale=en].

UK – guidance re offshore renewable energy installations

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted Guidance regarding the impact on shipping of offshore renewable energy installations (OREI). (5/24/16) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/offshore-renewable-energy-installations-impact-on-shipping].

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May 24th, 2016 at 11:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – GPS HDOP advisory;

GLPAC – meeting on 14 June;

NTSB – meeting on 7 June;

DOE – LNG export authorization;

DOJ – proposed consent decree;

FCC – Class D VHF-DSC equipment waiver request;

House – bill introduced re Working Waterfront Task Force;

Senate – bill introduced re spills from foreign offshore units;

IMO – temporary pragmatic approach to VGM rule;

IMO – Day of the Seafarer; and

Canada – VGM reminder.

May 24, 2016

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USCG – GPS HDOP advisory

clip_image004 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued a notice stating that users of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in the vicinity of southern Chile, southern Argentina, and the Falkland Islands may experience short periods of high horizontal dilution of precision (HDOP) at various times between 262300Z and 271100Z due to satellite maintenance. (5/23/16) [http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=HDOP_Event_May2016].

GLPAC – meeting on 14 June

clip_image004[1] The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 14 June in Romulus, Michigan. Topics on the agenda include: status of rulemakings; weighing factors; pilot compensation; and applicant pilot requirements. 81 Fed. Reg. 32767 (5/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12153.pdf].

NTSB – meeting on 7 June

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet in Washington, DC on 7 June. Among the items on the agenda will be the marine accident report for the collision between the bulk carrier Conti Peridot and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel on 9 March 2015. 81 Fed. Reg. 32791 (5/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12263.pdf].

DOE – LNG export authorization

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice concerning various orders granting authority to import and export natural gas. 81 Fed. Reg. 32742 (5/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12281.pdf].

DOJ – proposed consent decree

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that comment is sought on a proposed consent decree involving various defendants for payment of $880,000 for damages arising from discharges of oil from former marine oil terminals in Hampton, Maine. Comments must be received within 30 days. 81 Fed. Reg. 32777 (5/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12170.pdf].

FCC – Class D VHF-DSC equipment waiver request

clip_image012 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a request of the US Coast Guard for a blanket waiver to permit all US-flag Subpart S and W passenger-carrying vessels that do not travel internationally to use Class D equipment to satisfy the VHF-DSC carriage requirement, provided that the radio contains integral Global Positioning System capabilities or is connected to an electronic position-fixing device. Comment is also sought on whether such a waiver should be extended to Subpart W fishing vessels. Comments must be received by 20 June. (5/19/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/VHF-DSC_waiver_160519.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Hiscock of Off Soundings.

House – bill introduced re Working Waterfront Task Force

clip_image014 Representative Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act (H.R. 5277) to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a Working Waterfront Task Force and a working waterfronts grant program, and for other purposes. Representative Pingree issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5277ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5277ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re spills from foreign offshore units

clip_image016 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Foreign Spill Protection act of 2016 (S. 2951) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Senator Murkowski issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s2951is/pdf/BILLS-114s2951is.pdf].

IMO – temporary pragmatic approach to VGM rule

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 96) approved a new circular (to be posted soon) providing further guidance on the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement for shipment of loaded containers. In particular, it recommends that port state control (PSC) officers take a ‘practical and pragmatic approach’ when enforcing the VGM requirement for a period of three months immediately following the 1 July effective date of the regulation to allow time for refinement of procedures for documenting, communicating, and sharing electronic VGM data. (5/23/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/14-VGM.aspx].

IMO – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image019 Each year, June 25 is celebrated globally as the Day of the Seafarer. One focus of this year’s official United Nations observance day is “A Career at Sea”. (5/23/16) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol81XTnHBz8&feature=youtu.be].

Canada – VGM reminder

clip_image021 Transport Canada issued a ship safety bulletin (SSB) reminding stakeholders that, effective 1 July, packed shipping containers may not be loaded on ships for international transport without the master being provided the container’s verified gross mass (VGM). SSB 04-2016 (5/15/16) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/SSB-04-2016E.pdf].

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May 23rd, 2016 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 May 2016

Headlines:

White House – Armed Forces Day;

White House – National Maritime Day;

White House – National Safe Boating Week;

San Francisco – bulker lost propulsion;

FMC – COSCON request for extension;

FTA – passenger ferry grants;

DHS – cybersecurity information sharing meeting;

CBP – ACS demise, long live ACE;

Court – uberrimae fidei;

Australia – fine assessed for low sulphur fuel violation;

Ireland – keep your eyes on the sky; and

New Zealand – Maritime Labour Convention.

May 23, 2016

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White House – Armed Forces Day

clip_image004 President Obama signed a Proclamation designating 21 May as Armed Forces Day, 2016, honoring the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who defend our nation and its values. (5/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/20/presidential-proclamation-armed-forces-day-2016].

White House – National Maritime Day

clip_image005 President Obama signed a Proclamation designating 22 May as National Maritime Day, 2016 honoring the patriots of the United States Merchant Marine who have long served as the nation’s “fourth arm of defense”. (5/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/20/presidential-proclamation-national-maritime-day-2016].

White House – National Safe Boating Week

clip_image005[1] President Obama signed a Proclamation designating 21-27 May as National Safe Boating Week, 2016 and encouraging everyone to apply safe boating practices. (5/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/20/presidential-proclamation-national-safe-boating-week-2016].

San Francisco – bulker lost propulsion

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating the bulk carrier Ultra lascar lost propulsion while operating offshore inbound for San Francisco Bay. The vessel anchored three miles offshore Daly City awaiting assistance tugs. (5/20/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2832010/].

FMC – COSCON request for extension

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that COSCO Container Lines Company Limited (COSCON) petitioned the Commission for an extension of time to complete negotiations with a limited number of shippers regarding a new COSCON tariff. Comments on the petition must be received by 27 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 32328 (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12020.pdf].

FTA – passenger ferry grants

clip_image011 The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a notice announcing the selection of projects for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. These Ferry Program funds will provide financial assistance to support existing ferry service, establish new ferry service, and repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. 81 Fed. Reg. 32383 (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12143.pdf].

DHS – cybersecurity information sharing meeting

clip_image013 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that a public workshop will be held on 9 June in Arlington, Virginia to discuss information sharing as related to Title I of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. 81 Fed. Reg. 32340 (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12018.pdf].

CBP – ACS demise, long live ACE

clip_image015 The US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, effective 21 July, the Automated Commercial System (ACS) will no longer be a CBP-authorized EDI system for purposes of electronic filings. Instead, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) authorized for processing electronic entry and entry summary filings associated with most entry types. 81 Fed. Reg. 32339 (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12067.pdf].

Court – uberrimae fidei

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the doctrine of uberrimae fidei in marine insurance contracts. Plaintiff insurer brought suit against defendant pollution insurance underwriter after an insured dry dock sank and emitted pollution. The court held that the pollution insurance policy for the dry dock was a marine insurance policy. Insured dry dock owner had failed to disclose that the dry dock had deteriorated and that repairs recommended over several years had not been made. Thus, the marine pollution insurance policy became void, as the insured had not fulfilled its duty of utmost good faith. Fireman’s Fund Insurance v. Great American Insurance, No. 14-1346-cv(L) (2nd Cir., May 20, 2016).

Australia – fine assessed for low sulphur fuel violation

clip_image019 The New South Wales (NSW) Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued a media release stating that it has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after the cruise ship Pacific Jewel was found to have breached the low sulphur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour. A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers while the ship was berthed in Sydney on 26 February had a sulphur level of 0.293%, nearly three times the 0.1% sulphur limit. (5/19/16) [http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/epamedia/EPAMedia16051901.htm]. Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the company is challenging the assessment, contending that it failed to take into account technical information indicating that the fuel changeover was completed within the allowed time.

Ireland – keep your eyes on the sky

clip_image021 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice stating that the launch of a Soyouz Flight from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guinea on or around 24 May may result in some elements of the launcher landing in the Irish EEZ. Mariners are advised to exercise caution. Notice 23-2016 (5/20/16) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN23of2016_SoyouzFlight.pdf].

New Zealand – Maritime Labour Convention

clip_image023 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) enters into effect for New Zealand on 9 March 2017. (5/20/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Commercial/Shipping-safety/maritime-labour-convention/default.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 20 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re orange smoke hand distress signal;

Rhode Island Sound – temporary safety zone;

USACE – water resources development project studies;

CBP – intermodal container country of origin;

House – bill introduced to abolish Marine Mammal Commission;

House – bill introduced re Working Waterfront Task Force;

Senate – bill introduced re spills from foreign offshore units;

California – marine invasive species enforcement proposal;

IMO – maritime cyber risk management;

Denmark – maritime spatial plan;

Hong Kong – typhoon season; and

Panama Canal – locks outages.

May 20, 2016

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USCG – safety alert re orange smoke hand distress signal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that it has withdrawn the Certificate of Approval for NAMMO LIAB AB Orange Smoke Hand Distress Signal, alternately labeled as Polar MK 4 by NAMMO LIAB AB or as IKAROS by Hansson Pyrotech. This action was taken because the chemical makeup of the signal was changed in October 2013 without Coast Guard approval and the signal as subsequently manufactured is at risk of spontaneous combustion if dropped. Safety Alert 04-16 (5/19/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0416.pdf].

Rhode Island Sound – temporary safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing, through 31 October, a temporary safety zone around each of five locations in Rhode Island Sound where the Block Island Wind Farm wind turbine generator towers, nacelles, blades, and subsea cables will be installed. 81 Fed. Reg. 31862 (5/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11826.pdf].

USACE – water resources development project studies

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks proposals from non-federal interests for feasibility studies and for modifications to authorized water resource development projects or feasibility studies for inclusion in the agency’s annual report to Congress on future water resources. Proposals must be submitted online by 19 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 31919 (5/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11944.pdf].

CBP – intermodal container country of origin

clip_image008 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice that it has made a final determination regarding the country of origin of certain intermodal containers. 81 Fed. Reg. 31951 (5/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11947.pdf].

House – bill introduced to abolish Marine Mammal Commission

clip_image010 Representative Russell (R-OK) introduced the Efficient Marine Mammal Protection Act (H.R. 5270) to abolish the Marine Mammal Commission and transfer its functions to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. (5/17/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5270ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5270ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Working Waterfront Task Force

clip_image010[1] Representative Pingree (D-ME) introduced a bill (H.R. 5277) to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a Working Waterfront Task Force and a working waterfronts grant program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Pingree issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/18/16).

Senate – bill introduced re spills from foreign offshore units

clip_image012 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2951) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Murkowski issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/18/16).

California – marine invasive species enforcement proposal

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted a notice stating that it is proposing adoption of regulations relating to the enforcement and hearing process under the state Marine Invasive Species Act. Comments on the proposal must be received by 5 July. (5/19/16) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP4-9.html].

IMO – maritime cyber risk management

clip_image016 The IMO developed draft guidelines on maritime cyber risk management to provide high-level recommendations to reduce the risk experienced by a technology asset. (5/17/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MSC_96-WP_9_Annex_2.pdf].

Denmark – maritime spatial plan

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it has been tasked by the Danish Parliament with developing the nation’s first maritime spatial plan, intended to promote economic growth through sustainable use of Denmark’s sea areas. (5/19/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthoritytoberesponsibleforDenmark%27sfirstmaritimespatialplan.aspx].

Hong Kong – typhoon season

clip_image020 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the typhoon season is approaching. Precautionary planning should begin now. An adequate number of qualified mariners must be maintained on vessels during passage of a typhoon. Notice 64-2016 (5/19/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16064.pdf].

Panama Canal – locks outages

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of the Miraflores Locks will be out of service from 2200, 23 May until 2200, 27 May to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs. Concurrently, the west lane of the Pedro Miguel Locks and the west land of the Gatun Locks will be out of service for a portion of that period. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect on 24-27 May. Advisory 27-2016 (5/19/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-27-2016-Rev.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

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May 19th, 2016 at 10:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter;

DOE – application to export LNG;

NOAA – marine mammal take application;

House – bill introduced re Texas City navigational servitude; and

House – bill introduced to abolish Marine Mammal Commission.

May 19, 2016

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USCG – CSNCOE newsletter

clip_image004 The USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) posted the latest edition of its newsletter. Topics covered in this issue include: cruise ship detentions & the appeals process; upcoming regulatory enforcement; annexed spaces; examiner field assessment data; and the top five deficiencies. (5/18/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/csncoe/docs/newsletters/Issue%2015%20Spring%202016%20Edition.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from American LNG Marketing, LLC seeking authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) in approved ISO/IMO7/TVAC-AMSE LNG (ISO) containers from a facility near Medley, Florida. Comments on the application must be received by 20 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 31620 (5/19/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11812.pdf].

NOAA – marine mammal take application

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received an application to take, by harassment, marine mammals incident to an anchor retrieval program in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Comments on the application must be received by 20 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 31594 (5/19/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11799.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Texas City navigational servitude

clip_image010 Representative Weber (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 5246) to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a parcel of land in Texas City, Texas, and for other purposes. (5/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5246ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5246ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to abolish Marine Mammal Commission

clip_image010[1] Representative Russell (R-OK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5270) to abolish the Marine Mammal Commission and transfer its functions to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/17/16).

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May 18th, 2016 at 10:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 May 2016

Headlines:

DOS – meeting on 1 June re IMO Legal Committee;

OFAC – Burmese Sanctions Regulations;

USCG – ballast water treatment technology issues;

USCG – recreational boating statistics;

House – bill introduced re Texas City navigational servitude;

Australia – BRM reminder; and

Panama Canal – maximum draft for Neopanamax locks.

May 18, 2016

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DOS – meeting on 1 June re IMO Legal Committee

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 1 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Legal Committee. Topics on the agenda include fair treatment of seafarers; provision of financial security in case of abandoned seafarers; and technical cooperation activities related to maritime legislation. 81 Fed. Reg. 31290 (5/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-18/pdf/2016-11727.pdf].

OFAC – Burmese Sanctions Regulations

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a final rule amending the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to authorize additional transactions. The changes enter into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 31169 (5/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-18/pdf/2016-11677.pdf].

USCG – ballast water treatment technology issues

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted a notice addressing the current uncertainty surrounding ballast water treatment technology. (5/17/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/05/17/5162016-ballast-water-treatment-uncertainty-and-what-to-learn-from-it-all/].

USCG – recreational boating statistics

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard posted the 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics. The report states that during the year there were 626 boating fatalities, the third-lowest number of boating fatalities on record. (5/17/16).

House – bill introduced re Texas City navigational servitude

clip_image010 Representative Weber (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 5246) to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a parcel of land in Texas City, Texas, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/16/16).

Australia – BRM reminder

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding seafarers, ship owners/operators, and pilots of the importance of well-planned Bridge Resource Management (BRM) techniques, efficient watchkeeping arrangements, and passage planning requirements. Marine Notice 11-2016 (5/17/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Panama Canal – maximum draft for Neopanamax locks

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the new Neopanamax locks will be 12.80 meters (42.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 26-2016 (5/17/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-26-2016.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 May 2016

Headlines:

DOS – Zika virus;

DOD – expansion of Zika virus surveillance; and

Denmark & US – offshore wind energy cooperation.

May 17, 2016

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DOS – Zika virus

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it has determined that an international outbreak of the Zika virus is sustained, severe, and is spreading internationally, and that it is in the national interest to respond to the related Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Exercising its authority with respect to the Zika virus allows funds made available in the bilateral economic assistance accounts in the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 to be used to respond to the Zika outbreak. 81 Fed. Reg. 30597 (5/17/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/pdf/2016-11624.pdf].

DOD – expansion of Zika virus surveillance

clip_image006 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that it is providing $1.76 million in additional funding to military laboratories to expand Zika virus surveillance worldwide and assess the virus’ impact on deployed service members’ health and readiness. (5/16/16) [http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/760169/dod-adds-funding-to-enhance-zika-surveillance-by-military-labs].

Denmark & US – offshore wind energy cooperation

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that Director Abigail Ross Hopper and Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation between the two nations in developing offshore wind as a clean and sustainable energy source. (5/13/16) [http://www.boem.gov/note05132016/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 May 2016

Headlines:

White House – US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit;

USCG – second round of El Faro hearings;

USCG – evaluation of floating offshore facilities;

USN – Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 CO relieved;

FMC – meeting on 19 May;

CBP & FDA – use of ACE for EDI submittals;

House – bill introduced re cruise ship boarding;

Court – contractual limitations period upheld;

IMO – goal-based construction standards; and

PCA – ‘Enrica Lexie’ incident order.

May 16, 2016

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White House – US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit

clip_image004 The White House released the US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit Joint Statement concerning climate change and the Arctic. Among other things, the parties have committed to advance scientifically-based protection and conservation of ecologically important Arctic marine area, in close consultation with subsistence communities, based on the best available science and traditional and local knowledge. They also announced the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial, to be held on 28 September in Washington, DC. (5/13/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/13/us-nordic-leaders-summit-joint-statement].

USCG – second round of El Faro hearings

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the second round of hearings into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro will be held in Jacksonville on 16-27 May. This round will focus on shipboard operations and cargo loading, lashing, and stowage operations for the accident voyage, while also examining the vessel’s forecasted stability and the weather conditions forecasted and encountered. In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined to determine potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage. (5/13/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/05/13/5132016-second-round-of-public-hearings-for-el-faro-marine-board-of-investigation/].

USCG – evaluation of floating offshore facilities

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Coast Guard presented a paper at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) on evaluation of continued service proposals for floating offshore facilities. (5/13/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/05/13/5132016-coast-guard-perspective-on-evaluation-of-continued-service-proposals-for-floating-offshore-facilities/].

USN – Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 CO relieved

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 has been relieved of his duties due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The decision was made following a review of a preliminary investigation into the incident near Farsi Island in the Arabian Gulf on 12-13 January involving ten CRS-3 sailors. (5/12/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94676].

FMC – meeting on 19 May

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 19 May in Washington, DC. During the open session, there will be an update of existing and addition of new user fees. During the closed session, there will be staff briefings on the COSCON/KL/YMUK/Hanjin/ELISA Slot Allocation and Sailing Agreement and on the West Coast MTO Discussion Agreement. 81 Fed. Reg. 30304 (5/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11602.pdf].

CBP & FDA – use of ACE for EDI submittals

clip_image012 clip_image014 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, effective 15 June, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system for electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to the import requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for various entry types. 81 Fed. Reg. 30320 (5/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11479.pdf].

House – bill introduced re cruise ship boarding

clip_image016 Representative Amash (R-MI) introduced the No Fly for Terrorists Act (H.R. 5179) to limit the authority of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit a citizen or permanent resident of the United States from boarding as a passenger on an aircraft or cruise ship based on inclusion of the individual in a watchlist, and for other purposes. (5/10/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5179ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5179ih.pdf].

Court – contractual limitations period upheld

clip_image018 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff passenger’s personal injury lawsuit against a cruise line due to the expiration of the contractual limitations period. Plaintiff’s argument that the ticket had been purchased by her daughter and that she could not remember receiving it was found to be unavailing. Veverka v Royal Caribbean Cruises, No. 15-1965 (3rd Cir., May 13, 2016) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/151965np.pdf].

IMO – goal-based construction standards

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has confirmed that ship construction rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers submitted by twelve classification societies conform to the goals and functional requirements set forth in SOLAS RegulationII-1/3-10, which entered into force in 2012 and, as of 1 July 2016, applies to new oil tankers and bulk carriers. (5/13/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/13-GBS-.aspx].

PCA – ‘Enrica Lexie’ incident order

clip_image022 The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague issued a press release stating that it has issued an order in respect to a request by Italy for the prescription of provisional measures with regard to the ‘Enrica Lexie’ incident (Italy v. India). The order provides, in pertinent part, that Italy and India shall cooperate to achieve a relaxation of the bail conditions of Sergeant Girone so as to give effect to the concept of considerations of humanity, so that Sergeant Girone, while remaining under the authority of the Supreme Court of India, may return to Italy during the present arbitration. (5/3/16) [https://pca-cpa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/175/2016/05/PCA-Press-Release-20160503-1.pdf].

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    In the May 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Automated skill erosion". In the article, I discuss how the increasing automation of vessels is causing mariners to lose basic maritime skills, such as utilizing two or more tools to determine position.