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August 18th, 2014 at 10:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 August 2014

Headlines:

North Pacific – one dead in engine room fire;

USCG – OSVs of at least 6,000 GT ITC;

USCG – Boston AMS Advisory Committee;

Buzzards Bay – danger zone correction;

Pascagoula – proposed restricted area;

DOE – procedures for LNG export decisions;

FERC – Aguirre Offshore GasPort EIS;

Chukchi Sea – general permit for surveys;

NOAA – NMS advisory councils;

USCG NVMC – NOAD picklist update;

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research; and

California – Sustainable Freight Strategy.

August 18, 2014

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

North Pacific – one dead in engine room fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a chemical tanker lost propulsion after suffering an engine room fire in the North Pacific about 700 miles west of Cape Blanco, Oregon on 15 August. One crew member is deceased as a result of the casualty. A Coast Guard cutter is on scene providing assistance. A salvage tug is en route. (8/15/14). Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the vessel involved is the chemical tanker Pine Galaxy.

USCG – OSVs of at least 6,000 GT ITC

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule with request for comments relating to the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals other than crew on US offshore supply vessels (OSVs) of at least 6,000 GT ITC. The rule also affects any US vessel of at least 500 gross register tons (GRT) that has not been assigned a measurement under the Convention Measurement System if the owner desires to have the vessel certificated as an OSV. The interim rule comes into effect immediately. Comments should be submitted by 17 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 48893 (August 18, 2014).

USCG – Boston AMS Advisory Committee

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications from individuals interested in serving on the Boston Area Maritime Security (AMS) Advisory Committee. Applications should be received by 17 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 48753 (August 18, 2014).

Buzzards Bay – danger zone correction

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a correction to its 10 April 1997 rule regarding the danger zone in waters of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. The correction comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 48690 (August 18, 2014).

Pascagoula – proposed restricted area

clip_image007[1] The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a restricted area around the Huntington Ingalls Incorporated/Ingalls Shipbuilding and Dry Dock (HII) facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 17 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 48716 (August 18, 2014).

DOE – procedures for LNG export decisions

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final revised version of its procedures for processing applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The revised procedures enter into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 48132 (August 15, 2014).

FERC – Aguirre Offshore GasPort EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Aguirre Offshore GasPort to be constructed off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. Comments on the draft EIS must be received by 29 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 48137 (August 15, 2014).

Chukchi Sea – general permit for surveys

clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it is re-proposing a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for oil and gas geotechnical surveying and related activities in federal waters of the Chukchi Sea. Comments must be received by 15 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 48147 (August 15, 2014).

NOAA – NMS advisory councils

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks applications for vacant seats on seven of its 13 National Maritime Sanctuary (NMS) advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council. Applications should be received by 30 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 48125 (August 15, 2014).

USCG NVMC – NOAD picklist update

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on or about 12 November an updated package of picklist reference files for use with Notices of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) will be released which incorporate various country and port changes. (8/15/14).

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research

clip_image017 Representative Deutch (D-FL) introduced the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2014 (H.R. 5335) to promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development, and for other purposes. (7/31/14).

California – Sustainable Freight Strategy

clip_image019 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that public workshops will be held in Sacramento (September 11); Oakland (September 15); Fresno (September 16); Wilmington (September 23); and San Diego (September 24) to discuss development of the California Sustainable Freight Strategy. (8/13/14).

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August 13th, 2014 at 10:34 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 August 2014

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – multiple vessel incident;

USCG – suspension & revocation decision on appeal;

SHC – meeting;

UFAC – teleconference meeting;

USACE – EIS termination for wind farm;

NOAA – marine debris economics study;

Senate – bill introduced re ocean research for renewable energy;

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning;

Court – Carmack Amendment and true conversion;

Court – dual-listed company not subject to suit; and

Taiwan Strait – joint SAR drill.

August 13, 2014

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Lower Mississippi River – multiple vessel incident

clip_image002 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the cargo vessel Flag Gangos lost power and steering at Mile Marker 97.4 on the Lower Mississippi River near Gretna. It allided with the vessel Pamisos and the barge Web 235, both moored at the International Matex Tank Terminals conducting transfer operations. There have no reports of injury. The vessels and barge have sustained damage. The quantity of oil spilled has not been determined. Response efforts are underway. One-way traffic has been implemented in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation. (8/13/14).

USCG – suspension & revocation decision on appeal

clip_image004 The USCG Vice Commandant, in a decision on appeal, ruled that, in an action by the Coast Guard to suspend or revoke a merchant mariner’s credential for drug use, a prima facie case requires proof of compliance with the applicable regulations, including the reason that the drug test was conducted. In the instant case, a merchant mariner tested positive for cocaine metabolites during a drug test. The testing procedures complied with the regulations, but there was no evidence in the record indicting why the test was conducted by the mariner’s employer. The Coast Guard contended that the reason for the test was not an element of offense and evidence on that was not required. The decision on appeal found that a drug test under the regulations constitutes a search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and thus must be done in a reasonable manner. Evidence from a drug test that has not been properly ordered cannot form the basis for a suspension and revocation proceeding. USCG v. Franks, No. 2704 (CDOA, July 30, 2014).

SHC – meeting

clip_image006 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Washington, DC on 9 September to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Facilitation Committee (FC 39). Topics on the agenda include e-business possibilities, ship/port interface, and minimum training and education for mooring personnel. 79 Fed. Reg. 47513 (August 13, 2014).

UFAC – teleconference meeting

clip_image008 The Airport and Seaport User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will conduct a teleconference meeting on 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 47474 (August 13, 2014).

USACE – EIS termination for wind farm

clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it has terminated the process to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Baryonyx Corporation offshore wind farm to be located in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico offshore Willacy and Cameron Counties, Texas at the request of the applicant. 79 Fed. Reg. 47442 (August 13, 2014).

NOAA – marine debris economics study

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it Marine Debris Economics Study shows that Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered local beaches in favor of cleaner beaches that are further away and may cost more to reach. (8/12/14).

Senate – bill introduced re ocean research for renewal energy

clip_image014 Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced the Renewable Energy Environmental Research Act of 2014 (S. 2705) to establish, within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an integrated and comprehensive ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research and environmental information sharing program to support renewable energy, and for other purposes. Senator Begich issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning

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Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (H.R. 5309) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Representative Bonamici issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/31/14).

Court – Carmack Amendment and true conversion

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that an allegation of “true conversion” by a carrier does not preemptive effect of the Carmack Amendment to proceedings under state law for losses occurring in interstate shipments. In the instant case, plaintiffs’ insured shipped goods via defendant motor carrier. The goods did not arrive and the insured suspected that the goods were possibly stolen by the carrier (“true conversion”) or by its employees. Plaintiffs brought action in federal court in a diversity action grounded in part on the state law concept of true conversion, making defendant fully liable for the loss. Defendant moved to dismiss, contending that any action based on state law was preempted by the Carmack Amendment. The district court and the appellate court agreed with the defendant that Congress in adopting the Carmack Amendment intended to fully preempt actions for interstate carrier liability based on state law. Certain Underwriters v. United Parcel Service, No. 13-4515 (3rd Cir., August 12, 2014). Note: Although this is not a maritime case, the principles addressed here equally apply in the maritime sphere.

Court – dual-listed company not subject to suit

clip_image020 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a dual-listed company (DLC), such as Carnival Corporation & Carnival PLC, is not subject to federal court jurisdiction in a class action for maintenance and cure brought by foreign seafarers employed on cruise ships homeported in Florida. Plaintiff seafarers elected to bring suit against the DLC rather than against the entity with which they had employment contracts, hoping to attract more class members. In dismissing their suit, the appellate court held that the DLC is not incorporated (and thus not a corporation); that the DLC is not estopped from denying that it is a corporation because it induced no one to believe that it was; and it is not suable as a joint venture because a joint venture is also not subject to suit. Sabo v. Carnival Corporation, No. 13-11765 (11th Cir., August 12, 2014).

Taiwan Strait – joint SAR drill

clip_image022 clip_image024 The Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China issued a news release stating that a joint search and rescue (SAR) drill was conducted in the Taiwan Strait with personnel from Taiwan. (8/12/14).

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August 12th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 August 2014

Headlines:

North Pacific – sail boat crew rescued;

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fee;

USCG – NVIC 01-13 extension of comment period;

NTSB – investigation procedures;

SHC – meeting;

Great Lakes – mutual training agreement;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy areas defined;

CRS – Changes in the Arctic;

Australia – asbestos on ships; and

Australia – Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait.

August 12, 2014

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North Pacific – sail boat crew rescued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the three crew members of the disabled sail boat Walkabout have been rescued by the container ship Manukai in the North Pacific about 400 miles northeast of Oahu. The sailboat was damaged and taking on water as a result of heavy weather resulting from Hurricane Julio. (8/11/14)

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fee

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a fee of $26 for renewals of endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. The cost of renewals had previously been included in general overhead. The rule comes into effect on 10 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 47015 (August 12, 2014).

USCG – NVIC 01-13 extension of comment period

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has extended, through 17 September, the period within which to submit comments on its draft changes to NVIC 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program. 79 Fed. Reg. 47153 (August 12, 2014).

NTSB – investigation procedures

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes to amend its regulations addressing investigation procedures. Among other things, it proposes to organize these regulations into distinct mode-specific subparts, where appropriate. In addition, it proposes including its party agreement form as an appendix. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 14 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 47064 (August 12, 2014).

SHC – meeting

clip_image009 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS) will meet on 27 August in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers. Topics on the agenda include development of an international code of safety for ships uses gases or other low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code) and revised guidelines for packing cargo transport units. 79 Fed. Reg. 47170 (August 12, 2014).

Great Lakes – mutual training agreement

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has entered into a mutual training agreement with the Lake Carriers Association (LCA) that will allow USCG marine inspectors to join a vessel’s crew while underway and act as a riding observer, giving inspectors a practical knowledge of the performance and operating characteristics of the vessels, equipment, the waterways they transit, and the vessel crews. (8/11/14).

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy areas defined

clip_image012 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that three Wind Energy Areas have been defined offshore North Carolina. This action potentially opens 307,590 acres to commercial wind energy development. (8/11/14).

CRS – Changes in the Arctic

clip_image014 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled “Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress”. The report discusses the impact of decreased sea ice in the Arctic, including increased commercial shipping and oil and gas operations. It points out that response to oil spills in ice-covered waters is difficult and that the USCG icebreaker fleet is wanting. R41153 (8/4/14).

Australia – asbestos on ships

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners and operators of the ongoing prohibition of asbestos on ships. In situ asbestos on ships must be identified and managed using an asbestos management plan to assess, control, and mitigate risk. Marine Notice 10-2014 (8/11/14).

Australia – Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice announcing that a new two-way route has been established by the IMO in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region. The new route comes into effect on 1 December 2014. Marine Notice 11-2014 (8/11/14).

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August 11th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 August 2014

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – ship diverts to rescue sailboat;

USCG – NY/NJ Area Contingency Plan;

FMC – adjudication of small claims;

FERC – EIS for Gulf LNG liquefaction project;

USCG – reminder re hours of rest;

Toledo – spill response drill;

Santa Barbara Channel – speed reduction program;

California – SLC meeting re ballast water;

WHO – Ebola outbreak an ‘extraordinary event’;

EU – improving the safety of cruise ships;

Panama Canal – July summary; and

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001.

August 11, 2014

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Pacific Ocean – ship diverts to rescue sailboat

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Matson container ship Manukai has diverted to assist the disabled sail boat Walkabout in the Pacific northeast of Oahu. The Walkabout, with three persons on board, was damaged by Hurricane Julio. It is taking on water and its life raft has been blown overboard. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped dewatering equipment and life rafts, but the sail boat crew was unable to retrieve them in the heavy weather. (8/11/14).

USCG – NY/NJ Area Contingency Plan

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks public comment on the New York/New jersey Area Contingency Plan. The plan defines roles, responsibilities, resources, and procedures necessary to respond in the event of a spill. Comments should be submitted by 10 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 46866 (August 11, 2014).

FMC – adjudication of small claims

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule amending its regulations concerning the adjudication of small claims filed with the Commission seeking reparations in the amount of $50,000 or less for violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. The amendment transfers responsibility for assignment of these claims from the Alternative Dispute Resolution to the Chief Administrative Law Judge. The amendment will enter into effect on 7 November unless significant adverse comment is received by 8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46714 (August 11, 2014).

FERC – EIS for Gulf LNG liquefaction project

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the planned Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project. A public scoping meeting will be held on 18 August in Moss Point, Mississippi. Written comments must be received by 1 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46793 (August 11, 2014).

USCG – reminder re hours of rest

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding stakeholders that maritime authorities of the Paris, Black Sea, and Tokyo MOU’s on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW hours of rest. The CIC will be conducted from 1 September through 30 November 2014. MSIB 13-14 (8/8/14). Note: Although the US Coast Guard does not participate in the CIC, it does enforce the STCW, including the provisions relating to hours of rest, on a routine basis.

Toledo – spill response drill

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that its personnel and representatives from the BP-Husky Toledo refinery will conduct a two-day oil spill response drill at various marinas in the Toledo area on 12 and 13 August. (8/8/14).

Santa Barbara Channel – speed reduction program

clip_image012 The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued a news release stating that a coalition of government, non-profit, and marine industry groups have launched a new trial incentive program in the Santa Barbara Channel to slow cargo ships in order to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales. Companies participating in the speed reduction program will receive $2,500 per ship transit through the waterway. (8/4/14).

California – SLC meeting re ballast water

clip_image012[1] The California State Lands Commission (SLC) will meet in San Francisco on 15 August. Among the items on the agenda are consideration for approval of the Legislative Report titled “2014 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies for Use in California Waters” and consideration for approval of the budget as submitted by the successful bidder for a study to examine the feasibility of shore-based reception and treatment facilities for management of discharged ballast water in California. (8/8/14).

WHO – Ebola outbreak an ‘extraordinary event’

clip_image014 The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States. While the WHO does not recommend a general ban on international travel or trade, it does recommend that States provide travelers to Ebola affected and at-risk areas with relevant information on risks, measures to minimize those risks, and advice for managing a potential exposure. (8/8/14).

EU – improving safety of cruise ships

clip_image016 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release explaining how EU-funded research is making cruise ships safer. Among other things, the LYNCEUS project demonstrates how low-power wireless technology, inserted into life jackets, can help localize and track people. (8/8/14).

Panama Canal – July summary

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. Advisory 17-2014 (8/5/14).

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001

clip_image020 On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound and passing under the lift span when the span unexpectedly lowered. The vessel’s wheelhouse and funnel were destroyed. The vessel drifted downstream, caught fire, and grounded approximately 800 meters from the bridge. The vessel was eventually declared a constructive total loss. The bridge sustained structural damage and the Welland Canal was closed to vessel traffic for two days. Amazingly, there were no injuries, the master, third mate, and helmsman escaping down a ladder just before impact. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (operator of the bridge) initially denied responsibility, but later paid damages after the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a report (M01C0054) finding that the performance of the individual operating the bridge at the time was “likely impaired” when he lowered the span prematurely. A short, but interesting, video of the collision and its immediate aftermath is also available.

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August 8th, 2014 at 7:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Ebola virus precautions;

USCG – QUALSHIP 21 update;

USCG – H-Class structural fire protection materials;

MARAD – VISA open season;

FERC – draft EIS for Aguirre Offshore GasPort;

FEMA – PSGP allocation table corrected; and

Panama Canal – vessels with special configurations.

August 8, 2014

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USCG – Ebola virus precautions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued Ebola virus precautions. Among other things, it reminds vessel representatives that reports to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are required regarding sick or deceased crew or passengers. The Coast Guard will be checking all Advance Notices of Arrival (ANOA) to determine whether a vessel has visited a country impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak within the previous five port calls. Masters should inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crew members or passengers on board. (8/7/14).

USCG – QUALSHIP 21 update

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted an updated version of its QUALSHIP 21 Pamphlet, along with an updated version of its QUALSHIP 21 FAQ (frequently asked questions). (8/7/14).

USCG – H-Class structural fire protection materials

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division (CG-ENG-4) has established four new Coast Guard type approval series covering H-Class structural fire protection materials for use on offshore facilities on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). Neither USCG nor international regulations currently require use of H-Class barriers, but operators of such facilities may wish to consider these higher levels of protection for (1) penetration seals, (2) fire doors, (3) windows, and (4) structural protection. (8/7/14).

MARAD – VISA open season

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing open season for Fiscal Year 2015 applications for participation in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program. Applications must be received by 8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46501 (August 8, 2014).

FERC – draft EIS for Aguirre Offshore GasPort

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project, planned for operation about three miles off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. Comments on the draft EIS must be received by 29 September. (8/7/14).

FEMA – PSGP allocation table corrected

clip_image011 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued Information Bulletin 398a, which, among things, updates the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) allocation table from IB 398 to reflect the correct names for all PSGP entities. (8/6/14).

Panama Canal – vessels with special configurations

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that supplementary personnel will be assigned to vessels with special configurations including those with mooring stations on different decks; vessels with mooring station areas that, due to their configurations, present difficulties for line handling operations; or vessels with any other deficiency that may affect transit operations. Vessels will be charged for the assignment of additional resources. Advisory 16-2014 (8/6/14).

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August 7th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 August 2014

Headlines:

CDC – Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever;

NTSB – towing vessel & barge fire & explosion;

Court – Himalaya Clause insulates railroad;

California – alternative compliance with air emission regulations; and

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789.

August 7, 2014

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CDC – Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

clip_image004 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice providing its latest information regarding the outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa. Unnecessary travel to the region should be avoided. If traveling to the region, avoid contact with bodily fluids of others (good advice everywhere). (8/6/14).

NTSB – towing vessel & barge fire & explosion

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire and explosions on board towing vessel Safety Runner and Kirby barges 28182 and 28194 on 24 April 2013 in Mobile. The barges, while the tug was berthed alongside, were having their tanks cleaned at the Oil Recovery Company (ORC) facility. Flammable vapors being vented from the barges’ open tank hatches entered the tug’s engine room and ignited. The fire spread from the tug back to the barges, resulting in explosions. Three persons sustained serious burn injuries. Damage to the tug and barges was estimated at $5.7 million. The probable cause of the incident was the failure of the ORC facility to isolate tank-cleaning operations from sources of ignition. Contributing to incident was ORC’s failure to provide its personnel with tank-cleaning training and proper procedures for reducing the risk of fire. MAB-14/13 (8/6/14).

Court – Himalaya Clause insulates railroad

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court decision upholding the provision in a through bill of lading in a multimodal shipment relieving the railroad of liability to owners of cargo damaged in a derailment. By means of a Himalaya Clause, the through bill of lading issued by the upstream ocean carrier exonerated all subcontractors and downstream carriers from any liability with respect to the cargo. Sompo Japan Ins. Co. v. Norfolk Southern, No. 13-3416-cv (2nd Cir., August 6, 2014).

California – alternative compliance with air emissions regulations

clip_image010 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued guidance for complying with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation during the ARB Sunset Review Process. During the Sunset Review Process, the ARB will allow a vessel complying with the North America ECA regulation to comply with the California OGV fuel regulation by using the Temporary Experimental or Research Exemption if the operator of the vessel notifies the ARB prior to the vessel entering California Regulated Waters that they will comply under the Research Exemption. Marine Notice 2014-1 (8/4/14).

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789

clip_image012 The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cessation by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.

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August 6th, 2014 at 11:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 August 2014

Headlines:

Lake Tahoe – sternwheeler refloated;

USCG – VGP Job Aid;

USACE – procedure for processing requests;

EPA – Waukegan Harbor cleanup completed;

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels;

Court – USCG recommendation not final agency action; and

Court – conflict of laws re FFAs.

August 6, 2014

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Lake Tahoe – sternwheeler refloated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the sternwheeler Tahoe Queen has been refloated. The vessel, with 296 passengers aboard, grounded in Lake Tahoe on Monday. There were no reports of injury or pollution. All the passengers and non-essential crew were brought ashore before salvage efforts commenced. Water levels in the lake on the California-Nevada border are lower than normal due to the ongoing drought in the region. The incident is under investigation. (8/5/14).

USCG – VGP Job Aid

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The US Coast Guard issued an updated version of its Job Aid to assist its inspectors and port state control (PSC) boarding officers in verifying compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). (7/15/14).

USACE – procedure for processing requests

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing availability of Engineering Circular (EC) 1165-2-216, titled “Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests to Alter US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 408”. 79 Fed. Reg. 45790 (August 6, 2014).

EPA – Waukegan Harbor cleanup completed

clip_image009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing completion of all cleanup work required to remove Waukegan Harbor from the binational list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Waukegan Harbor was one of 43 contaminated sites on the Great Lakes designated as an Area of Concern by the United States and Canada under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. (8/5/14).

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels

clip_image011 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Growing American Shipping Act of 2014 (H.R. 5270) to promote the transportation of liquified natural gas from the United States on United States flag vessels, and for other purposes. Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

Court – USCG recommendation not final agency action

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to review a US Coast Guard letter of recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the suitability of the Columbia River for vessel traffic associated with a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility because such a letter does not constitute final agency action regarding the siting, construction, and operation of such facility. Columbia Riverkeeper v USCG, No. 12-73385 (9th Cir., August 5, 2014).

Court – conflict of laws re FFAs

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the denial by a district court of a motion to vacate a writ of maritime attachment previously issued to plaintiff trading company for the purpose of satisfying an English judgment. Plaintiff had entered into certain Forward Freight Swap Agreements (FFAs) with defendant shipowner. When defendant defaulted on the FFAs, plaintiff obtained a default judgment in the English court for its losses. Plaintiff then obtained a judgment in federal district court in New York recognizing and enforcing the English judgment. Plaintiff then obtained the writ of maritime attachment in federal district court in Virginia providing for arrest and attachment of a vessel owned by defendant then within the jurisdiction of the court. Defendant moved to vacate the writ, contending that a dispute over an FFA is not maritime in nature under English law, although it is in American law. The appellate court concluded that its jurisdiction is determined by reference to federal law and that FFAs are maritime contracts under federal law. Flame SA v. Freight Bulk Pte. Ltd, No. 14-1189 (4th Cir., August 5, 2014).

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August 5th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Change-1 to MSM, Vol. III;

USACE – proposed feasibility studies;

FERC – Freeport LNG liquefaction project;

NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board;

TSA – TWIC “OneVisit” availability;

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico dead zone;

NAP – oil spill response in US Arctic waters;

Singapore – advice re Ebola virus disease; and

UK – guidance re National Contingency Plan.

August 5, 2014

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USCG – Change-1 to MSM, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of Change-1 to the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III – Marine Industry Personnel, and the corresponding Commandant Change Notice that highlights the changes made. The change comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 45451 (August 5, 2014).

USACE– proposed feasibility studies

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in accordance with the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, issued a notice requesting proposals from non-federal interests for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized USACE water resources development projects or feasibility studies. Proposals must be submitted by 3 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 45430 (August 5, 2014).

FERC – Freeport LNG liquefaction project

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice announcing availability of a draft General Conformity Analysis for the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 45441 (August 5, 2014).

NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for potential National Sea Grant Advisory Board members. Additionally, the Board will meet in Clearwater Beach, Florida on 7-8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 45427 (August 5, 2014).

TSA – TWIC “OneVisit” availability

clip_image012 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) “OneVisit” program is now available everywhere. Under this program, the TWIC card can now be mailed directly to the applicant’s home or other location, instead of the applicant having to return to an enrollment center. A mailer with the card’s preset Personal Identification Number (PIN) is mailed separately. If the applicant elects to pick up the card at an enrollment center, the applicant may select the PIN associated with the card, an option not available if the card is delivered via mail. (8/4/14).

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico dead zone

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that NOAA and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen in the water, and determined that it covers 5,052 square miles for the summer of 2014. This is smaller in size that recorded in 2013, but greater than the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force target of less than 1,900 square miles, meaning nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect the coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf. (8/4/14).

NAP – oil spill response in US Arctic waters

clip_image015 The National Academies Press (NAP) released the final edition of its book entitled “Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment”. As oil and gas, shipping, and tourism activities in these waters increase, the possibilities of an oil spill also increase, yet infrastructure in the region is minimal. (8/4/14).

Singapore – advice re Ebola virus disease

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing medical advice on Ebola virus disease (EVD). Among other things, it recommends that, if a passenger or seafarer presents EVD symptoms (fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, achiness, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding), precautions should be taken, including medical isolation. The situation must also be reported to medical authorities ashore. Shipping Circular 13-2014 (8/1/14).

UK – guidance re National Contingency Plan

clip_image019 The UK Government posted guidance material supporting the National Contingency Plan for marine pollution prevention and response. (8/1/14).

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August 4th, 2014 at 11:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 August 2014

Headlines:

DOE – licenses to import/export LNG;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

MARAD – MOA with ABS re NDRF vessels;

NAP – The Arctic in the Anthropocene;

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning;

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research;

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation;

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels;

Court – maintenance and cure;

Court – settlement agreement trumps emails;

California – seeking Marine Safety Specialists;

Panama Canal – agreement to complete expansion; and

Coast Guard Day.

August 4, 2014

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DOE – licenses to import/export LNG

clip_image004 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas, and vacating prior authority. 79 Fed. Reg. 45185 (August 4, 2014).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing the quarterly interest rates. For the quarter beginning 1 July, the interest rate for overpayments will be 2% for corporations and 3% for non-corporations, and the interest payments for underpayments will be 3% for both. 79 Fed. Reg. 45214 (August 4, 2014).

MARAD – MOA with ABS re NDRF vessels

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) establishing policies and procedures for the survey and classification of vessels of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). (8/1/14).

NAP – The Arctic in the Anthropocene

clip_image010 The National Academies Press released the book “The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions”. (8/1/14).

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning

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Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced a bill (H.R. 5309) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Bonamici issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/31/14).

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research

clip_image012[1] Representative Deutch (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5335) to promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/31/14).

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation

clip_image012[2] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5389) to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/31/14).

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels

clip_image014 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2774) to require all recreational vessels to have and to post passenger capacity limits and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/1/14).

Court – maintenance and cure

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the granting of a summary judgment award in favor of a fishing vessel owner, holding that plaintiff seafarer had adduced sufficient evidence to support a finding that his aplastic anemia arose or became aggravated during his service on the vessel, triggering the duty of maintenance and cure. Ramirez v. Carolina Dream, Inc., No 13-2109 (1st Cir., July 28, 2014). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Court – settlement agreement trumps emails

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that emails between the parties did not amend a written settlement agreement between the parties concerning a maritime contract dispute. Celtic Marine v. James C. Justice Companies, No.

California – seeking Marine Safety Specialists

clip_image020 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) seeks qualified applicants for the positions of Marine Safety Specialist I and Marine Safety Specialist II. Applications must be received by 22 September. (8/1/14).

Panama Canal – agreement to complete expansion

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the variation to the original contract for the Canal Expansion Project has been fully incorporated. The Project is now 78% complete. (8/1/14).

Coast Guard Day

clip_image024 Today, August 4, is the 224th anniversary of the enactment of legislation establishing the Revenue Cutter Service (RCS), the forerunner of today’s US Coast Guard. While nominally intended to enforce the collection of revenue from imported cargoes, the service was engaged in multiple missions from the beginning. Over time, other agencies and functions were merged into it. In 1915, with the merger of the RCS and the Life-Saving Service, the name of the agency was changed to the United States Coast Guard. An illustrious history, a proud present, and an exciting future!

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August 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 August 2014

Headlines:

White House – quarantinable communicable diseases;

OMB – review of USCG NOAD & AIS rule;

USCG – Arctic technology evaluation;

CBP – ruling re imported yachts;

DOE – export of LNG conditionally authorized;

FERC – Freeport LNG project approved;

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas;

Senate – bill introduced ocean research for renewable energy;

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels; and

Australia – ship detained; master and mate convicted.

August 1, 2014

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White House – quarantinable communicable diseases

clip_image004 President Obama issued an Executive Order adding severe acute respiratory syndromes to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases. (7/31/14). Note: The reported incidents of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been increasing. Avoid kissing camels.

OMB – review of USCG NOAD & AIS rule

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received for review the draft USCG final rule for Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) and Automatic Identification System (AIS). (7/31/14). Note Review normally takes about four months.

USCG – Arctic technology evaluation

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that scientists from its Research & Development Center in New London are preparing for a month-long technology evaluation on the Arctic on board the icebreaker USCGC Healy. (7/31/14).

CBP – ruling re imported yachts

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice announcing revocation of a ruling letter and revocation of treatment relating to the exportation of imported duty-paid yachts sailed from the United States to the Bahamas for transport back to the United States on foreign cargo vessels. This action is effective 29 September 2014. (7/30/14).

DOE – export of LNG conditionally authorized

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it has conditionally authorized the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. (7/31/14).

FERC – Freeport LNG project approved

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that that it has authorized the siting, construction, and operation of the Freeport LNG export project. (7/30/14).

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas

clip_image016 Senator Hoeven (R-ND) introduced the Natural Gas Export Certainty Act of 2014 (S. 2638) to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide certainty with respect to the timing of Department of Energy decisions to approve or deny applications to export natural gas. (7/22/14).

Senate – bill introduced re ocean research for renewal energy

clip_image017 Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2705) to establish, within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an integrated and comprehensive ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research and environmental information sharing program to support renewable energy, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Begich issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels

clip_image019 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5270) to promote the transportation of liquified natural gas from the United States on United States flag vessels, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

Australia – ship detained, master & mate convicted

clip_image021 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier Bulk Ingenuity has been detained at Abbot Point for failing to carry relevant nautical charts and publications and for failing to prepare a voyage plan taking into account the Designated Shipping Area (DSA) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The master and second mate have already been convicted and fined under the Great Barrier Marine Park Act 1975. (7/31/14).

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    In the July 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "OSRO - child of necessity". In the article, I discuss how the concept of the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) was developed and brought into being during the implementation process for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).