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December 15th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 December 2017

Headlines:

USN – Strategic Readiness Review;

House – bill introduced re natural gas imports/exports;

House – bill introduced re small natural gas imports/exports;

GAO – commercial fishing vessels;

Washington – Maritime Blue;

Singapore – $12 million for LNG bunkering; and

Loss of tanker Argo Merchant – 15 December 1976.

December 15, 2017

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USN – Strategic Readiness Review

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release announcing completion of its Strategic Readiness Review. The review recommends that the Navy: (1) reestablish readiness as a priority; (2) match supply and demand; (3) establish clear command and control relationships; and (4) become a true learning organization. (12/14/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103763].

House – bill introduced re natural gas imports/exports

clip_image006 Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act (H.R. 4605) to repeal restrictions on the export and import of natural gas. Representative Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4605ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4605ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re small natural gas imports/exports

clip_image006[1] Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act (H.R. 4606) to provide that applications under the Natural Gas Act for the importation or exportation of small volumes of natural gas shall be granted without modification or delay. Representative Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4606ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4606ih.pdf].

GAO – commercial fishing vessels

clip_image008 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the classification of commercial fishing vessels. The report recommends that the Coast Guard work with the National Marine Fisheries Service and other federal agencies to collect reliable data on the number of active US commercial fishing vessels. It also recommends that the Coast Guard develop regulations or guidance to address questions concerning the classification and the alternative-to-classification approaches to the design, construction, and maintenance of fishing vessels. GAO-18-16 (12/14/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/689005.pdf].

Washington – Maritime Blue

clip_image010 The Washington Department of Commerce issued a news release stating that its new Maritime Innovation Advisory Council has been tasked to devise a statewide strategy to develop maritime business, technology, and practices that grow a sustainable future, contributing to ecological health, thriving communities, and economic growth. (12/11/17) [http://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/charting-washington-states-course-nations-sustainable-maritime-industry-2050/].

Singapore – $12 million for LNG bunkering

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it is injecting an additional S$12 million to promote LNG bunkering in Singapore. (12/14/17) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/a8d7e216-381c-48df-a9ea-bd5e28a78e9f].

Loss of tanker Argo Merchant – 15 December 1976

clip_image014 On 15 December 1976, the oil tanker Argo Merchant grounded on Middle Rip Shoal in international waters approximately 25 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket Island. The tanker was en route from Venezuela to Boston carrying 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil. The US Government refused to grant permission for the jettisoning of cargo in an attempt to lighten the ship. On 21 December, the Argo Merchant broke into two pieces, spilling all of its cargo and bunkers. The Coast Guard sank the bow of the ship with gunfire. The prevailing wind and current carried the oil offshore and away from rich fishing grounds nearby. The spill was the largest in US history to that date. Publicity surrounding the casualty resulted in Congress adopting the Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978, giving the Coast Guard increased authority to inspect and regulate tank vessels, foreign and domestic, operating in US waters.

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December 14th, 2017 at 11:23 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 December 2017

Headlines:

White House – National Defense Authorization Act;

Portland – captain’s MMC suspended;

Senate – bill introduced re GPS backup system;

Court – duty of reasonable care to passengers; and

Florida – individuals charged with shark dragging.

December 14, 2017

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White House – National Defense Authorization Act

clip_image004 President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810). Among other things, the bill authorizes funding in the amount of $50 million to support the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel Program; $33 million for the Title XI loan guarantee program; and $35 million for assistance to small shipyards and maritime communities. It amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) to assert oil spill damage liability with regard to foreign offshore units and other facilities located seaward of the US EEZ. Finally, it includes various measures to prevent or deter sexual violence and harassment with regard to midshipmen enrolled at the US Merchant Marine Academy. (12/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2810enr/pdf/BILLS-115hr2810enr.pdf].

Portland – captain’s MMC suspended

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a master’s Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) has been suspended for three months. The master of a passenger vessel has found to have engaged in negligence on the Willamette River at Portland, Oregon on 29 October 2017 when he failed to take positive action to avoid a collision with recreational rowers during a rowing event. (12/13/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1cbeaa9].

Senate – bill introduced re GPS backup system

clip_image008 Senator Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 2220) to provide for the development, construction and operation of a backup to the Global Positioning System, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cruz issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/12/17) [https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3544].

Court – duty of reasonable care to passengers

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise ship operator in a person injury case brought by a passenger. Plaintiff was injured when the ship encountered a storm. The captain had changed course and reduced speed due to the weather. He also had warnings disseminated to the passengers to be cautious and remain seated as much as possible. The court rejected plaintiff’s argument that defendant had to demonstrate a higher degree of care due to the circumstances. The court ruled that a ship owner is only required to exercise reasonable care to passengers. Kressly v. Oceania Cruises, No. 16-16889 (11th Cir., December 13, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201616889.pdf].

Florida – individuals charged with shark dragging

clip_image012 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued a news release stating that three individuals have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty connected to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. (12/13/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1cbc181]

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December 13th, 2017 at 8:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 December 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro investigation;

FMC – petition for filing exemption;

USCG – Environmental Protection Award;

NOAA – Arctic warming;

DOE – $18.5 million for offshore wind R&D;

Senate – hearing on National Ocean Policy;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

House – bill introduced re natural gas imports/exports;

House – bill introduced re small natural gas imports/exports; and

GAO – GPS modernization.

December 13, 2017

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NTSB – El Faro investigation

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release concerning the October 2015 sinking of the US cargo vessel El Faro with the loss of 33 persons on board. The NTSB identified various leading causal factors including: (1) the captain’s navigation decisions; (2) inaccurate weather information; (3) poor bridge team management; (4) lack of oversight by the owner; (5) inadequate damage control plans; and (6) carriage of obsolete open lifeboats. (12/12/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20171212.aspx].

FMC – petition for filing exemption

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that Great White Fleet Liner Services Ltd and Great White Fleet Corporation have petitioned for an exemption from the requirement that each service amendment be signed by both parties and filed with the FMC. They state that there is a pending corporate restructuring that will result in Great White Fleet Liner Services transferring agreed upon assets and services to Great White Fleet Corporation. Comments on the petition must be received by 27 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 58603 (12/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-13/pdf/2017-26819.pdf].

USCG – Environmental Protection Award

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard is accepting applications for the 2018 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for Excellence. The award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment and will be presented during the American Petroleum Institute Panel and Luncheon in New Orleans, LA on March 2nd, 2018. Application deadline is 12 January 2018. (12/11/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?&ID=406&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards].

NOAA – Arctic warming

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that 2017 has been another warm year for the Arctic. Average annual air temperature over land was the second highest after 2016, with a temperature of 2.9°F or 1.6°C above the historic average. Maximum winter sea ice, measured in March, was the lowest ever observed, while the minimum sea ice, measured in September, was the eighth lowest. (12/12/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/arctic-saw-2nd-warmest-year-smallest-winter-sea-ice-coverage-on-record-in-2017].

DOE – $18.5 million for offshore wind R&D

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that $18.5 million in funding has been awarded for offshore wind research and development. (12/12/17) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-energy-rick-perry-announces-185-million-offshore-wind-research].

Senate – hearing on National Ocean Policy

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing entitled: National Ocean Policy – Stakeholder Perspectives. Testimony was received from Ms. Bonnie Brady, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association; Mr. Christopher Guith, US Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance; and Ms. Kathy Metcalf, Chamber of Shipping of America. (12/12/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/12/national-ocean-policy-stakeholder-perspectives].

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image014[1] Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act (S. 2194) to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels. (12/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2194is/pdf/BILLS-115s2194is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re natural gas imports/exports

clip_image016 Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 4605) to repeal restrictions on the export and import of natural gas. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/17) [https://billjohnson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399312].

House – bill introduced re small natural gas imports/exports

clip_image016[1] Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 4606) to provide that applications under the Natural Gas Act for the importation or exportation of small volumes of natural gas shall be granted without modification or delay. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (12/11/17) [https://billjohnson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399312].

GAO – GPS modernization

clip_image018 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Global Positioning System (GPS). It finds that better planning and coordination is needed to improve prospects for fielding a modernized capability. GAO-18-74 (12/12/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688936.pdf].

MREN – Alternative Compliance Program

clip_image020 In the December 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Alternative Compliance Program. The article discusses the US Coast Guard program for delegating to authorized classification societies the authority to perform specific inspections on US-flag vessels on its behalf. The USCG investigation into the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro identified various shortcomings in this program. Efforts should be undertaken to get it back on track. (12/12/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN171200.pdf].

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December 12th, 2017 at 9:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 December 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – public availability of information;

Virginia – Elizabeth River environmental assessment;

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum;

IMO – strategic directions and vision statement;

NATO – Operation Sea Guardian; and

Denmark – international regulations for autonomous ships.

December 12, 2017

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NTSB – public availability of information

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) promulgated an interim final rule revising its public availability of information regulations to implement legislative changes. The rule enters into effect immediately. Comments on the rule must be received by 12 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 58354 (12/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-12/pdf/2017-26316.pdf].

Virginia – Elizabeth River environmental assessment

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that the Elizabeth River and Southern Branch Navigation Improvements Draft General Reevaluation Report/Environmental Assessment has been completed. Comments must be received by 15 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 58381 (12/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-12/pdf/2017-26724.pdf].

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a recap of the Third Annual Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum held on 6-7 December in Houston. (12/11/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/12/11/12112017-recap-of-3rd-annual-liquefied-gas-senior-executive-forum/].

IMO – strategic directions and vision statement

clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Assembly met in London on 27 November – 6 December and adopted updated strategic directions and a vision statement. (12/11/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/37-A30.aspx].

NATO – Operation Sea Guardian

clip_image012 NATO issued a news release stating that Operation Sea Guardian is underway through 13 December in the eastern and central Mediterranean. In coordination with the Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS), naval forces are testing and evaluating procedures regarding information sharing between the merchant shipping community and NATO. (12/11/17) [http://www.mc.nato.int/media-centre/news/2017/nato-operation-sea-guardian-operating-with-nato-shipping-centre-support.aspx].

Denmark – international regulations for autonomous ships

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a press release calling for international regulations to support development of autonomous ships. (12/11/17) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/regulation_to_prepare_the_way_for_autonomous_ships.aspx].

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December 11th, 2017 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 December 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro meeting on 12 December;

USCG – design standard verification for towing vessels;

Canada – offshore fisheries science vessel launched;

Panama Canal – November report; and

Singapore – cashless payments.

December 11, 2017

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NTSB – El Faro meeting on 12 December

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release stating that it will meet on 12 December in Washington, DC to determine the probable cause of the 1 October 2015 sinking of the US cargo ship El Faro with the loss of 33 lives. (12/8/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20171208.aspx].

USCG – design standard verification for towing vessels

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that guidance has been disseminated on verification of design standards for Subchapter M towing vessels. (12/8/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/12/08/1282017-new-marine-technical-note-guidance-on-verification-for-subchapter-m-towing-vessels/].

Canada – offshore fisheries science vessel launched

clip_image008 The Government of Canada issued a news release concerning the lunch of the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel CCGS Sir John Franklin. This ship, scheduled to join the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, is the first large vessel to be completed under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. (12/8/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/news/2017/12/launch_of_the_firstoffshorefisheriessciencevessel.html]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Dave Shirlaw of SeaWaves Magazine.

Panama Canal – November report

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued its Canal operations summary for November. It includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 40-2017 (12/7/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-40-2017.pdf].

Singapore – cashless payments

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that, with effect from 1 January 2018, it will cease accepting cash payments at most of its MPA counters. Port Marine Circular 22-1017 (12/8/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/3b838246-ed8f-41e9-97f5-0930953e22d7].

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December 8th, 2017 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 December 2017

Headlines:

USCG – NVIC re pipeline & hose testing;

Hawaii – wreck removal;

USCG – Buzzards Bay PAWS study;

USCG – Florida Keys safety zone;

CBP – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

NOAA – Steller sea lion;

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Report;

Senate – NTSB authorization bill introduced;

Court – waiver of Carmack Amendment;

Court – liability of yacht builder;

EC – maritime spatial planning;

ReCAAP – November report;

UK – HMS Queen Elizabeth commissioned; and

UK – explosions during carriage of U-IBA.

December 8, 2017

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USCG – NVIC re pipeline & hose testing

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance for pipeline and hose testing for marine transportation related facilities handling oil or hazardous material in bulk. NVIC 06-17 (12/7/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/2017/NVIC_6-17.pdf].

Hawaii – wreck removal

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the fishing vessel Pacific Paradise has been successfully removed from the reef off Kaimana Beach, Oahu. The vessel grounded on 10 October. Wreck removal efforts were complicated by unpredictable ocean conditions, the size and weight of the vessel, its location on a delicate coral reef, and its proximity to one of Hawaii’s most populated beech areas. The vessel will be towed offshore and sunk in nearly 1,800 feet of water. (12/7/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ca8752].

USCG – Buzzards Bay PAWS study

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is conducting a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWS) regarding Buzzards Bay. Webinars will be conducted on 10 January. A public workshop will be held in Wareham on 7-8 February. (12/7/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c99c7a].

USCG – Florida Keys safety zone

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule establishing a temporary safety zone for certain waters within the Sector Key West Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone, prohibiting vessels for entering into, anchoring, loitering, or movement within a safety zone around salvage or pollution removal vessels in the Florida Keys. The rule enters into effect immediately and remains in effect until 1 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 57826 (12/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26462.pdf].

CBP – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promulgated a final rule adjusting certain civil monetary penalties for inflation, including the penalties for transporting passengers between coastwise points and towing a vessel between coastwise points. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 57821 (12/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26506.pdf].

NOAA – Steller sea lion

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it intends to conduct a 5-year review for the endangered western distinct population segment of Steller sea lion. Comments must be received by 6 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 57955 (12/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26435.pdf].

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Report

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued the Supply Chain Innovation Report. Among other things, the report recommends development of a National Seaport Information Portal to change the behavior of actors in the supply chain and increase the performance of the American freight delivery system. (12/7/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/assets/1/Page/SCITFinalReport-reduced.pdf].

Senate – NTSB authorization bill introduced

clip_image012 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 2202) to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/6/17) [].

Court – waiver of Carmack Amendment

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that, in an action by an insurer against two trucking companies for loss of cargo when the truck carrying the cargo from Georgia to Tennessee was stolen, a claim under the Carmack Amendment must be dismissed where the shipper and the carrier expressly agreed to a waiver of the Amendment. Sanofi-Aventis US v. Great American Lines, No. 16-3668 (3rd Cir., December 6, 2017) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/163668np.pdf]. Note: The Carmack Amendment normally makes the carrier of cargo (regardless of mode) strictly liable to losses occurring in interstate commerce. Application of the Amendment is subject to waiver by the shipper and the carrier.

Court – liability of yacht builder

clip_image016 In an interesting unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court ruling of liability of defendant yacht builder in an action brought by the yacht owner for breach of express and implied warranties. Parker v. Alexander Marine, No. 15-55995 (9th Cir., December 6, 2017) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/12/06/15-55995.pdf].

EC – maritime spatial planning

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is referring to court matters against Bulgaria, Finland, and Greece for failure to adopt measures transposing into national law EU rules establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning. (12/7/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4774_en.htm].

ReCAAP – November report

clip_image020 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its November 2017 Report. During the month, reports were received of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters. The number of incidents reported during the period Jan-Nov in 2017 was the lowest among the ten-year reporting period. (12/7/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=579&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

UK – HMS Queen Elizabeth commissioned

clip_image022 The Royal Navy issued a news release stating that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth commissioned HMS Queen Elizabeth. The new aircraft carrier is the largest ship ever commissioned in the fleet. (12/7/17) [https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2017/december/07/171207-queen-welcomes-royal-navys-largest-ever-ship-into-the-fleet].

UK – explosions during carriage of U-IBA

clip_image023 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the explosions on the bulk carrier Nortrader off Plymouth on 13 January. The ship, carrying a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered 2 explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second in the cargo hold. The chief engineer, in the forecastle store at the time, suffered second degree burns requiring 4 months to recover. The vessel suffered extensive damage putting it out of service for over 3 months. U-IBA is not included in the schedule of authorized cargoes of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. Appropriate tests could have identified the propensity of the cargo, U-IBA, to release hydrogen when wet. Report 26-2017 (12/7/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/gas-explosions-on-general-cargo-ship-nortrader-with-1-person-injured].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 December 1941

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – fatality on drillship;

Boston – ship breaks free of mooring;

USCG – Tug Safe decision aid;

USCG – seeking maritime engineer;

USCG – ballast water Q&A;

Maryland – ending certification testing of BWMSs;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Australia – collision during tug escort; and

Attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941.

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Gulf of Mexico – fatality on drillship

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it and the US Coast Guard are responding to the report of a fatality on the drillship Petrobras 10,000 in the Gulf of Mexico. The deceased worker was participating in a pipe handling operation at the time. There have been no reports of other injuries or of pollution. (12/6/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-uscg-respond-to-rig-fatality-in-the].

Boston – ship breaks free of mooring

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a container ship broke free of its mooring in Boston. The ship has been escorted to an anchorage. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (12/6/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ca2028].

USCG – Tug Safe decision aid

clip_image008 The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) announced development of Tug Safe, a decision aid designed to assist with preparation, completion and documentation of inspections and surveys of commercial towing vessels required to comply with 46 CFR Subchapter M. The decision aid will generate a custom requirement list for a specific commercial towing vessel using a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. (12/6/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Traveling-Inspector-Staff-CG-5P-TI/Towing-Vessel-National-Center-of-Expertise/TugSafe/].

USCG – seeking maritime engineer

clip_image009 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that it has a permanent position available for someone with a shipboard engineer officer background to serve as a subject matter expert for development and revision of engine officer and rating examinations. (12/5/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/exams_engine_vacancy_notice.pdf].

USCG – ballast water Q&A

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the Q&A with Coast Guard panelists during a recent ballast water management technology conference. (12/5/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/12/05/1252017-summary-of-qa-with-uscg-panelists-during-bwmtechnology-north-america/].

Maryland – ending certification testing of BWMSs

clip_image011 The University of Maryland issued a news release stating that its Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) is ending certification testing of ballast water management systems (BWMs) due to flaws in the IMO and US regulations designed to minimize the risk of ballast water introductions of invasive species. (12/6/17) [http://www.umces.edu/news/maritime-environmental-resource-center-ends-certification-testing-ballast-water-management].

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image013 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 2194) to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/5/17).

Australia – collision during tug escort

clip_image015 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between the tug Arafura Sea Delta and the cargo ship Thorco Crystal in Weipa Harbour on 24 June 2017 while the tug was escorting the ship into port. Hydrodynamic interaction forces generated by the flow of water around the ship’s hull caused the tug’s bow to make hard contact with the ship’s port quarter, damaging both vessels. MO-2017-005 (12/6/17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2017/mair/332-mo-2017-005/].

Attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941

clip_image017 Today marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which directly caused the death of thousands of Americans and the sinking of a number of US Navy warships. It resulted in a major combat role for the US in World War II, which had commenced more than two years previously. Up until the attack, the US had limited its participation largely to supply and logistics. After the attack, it was all in. The war continued for almost another four years, with the loss of millions of lives and large-scale property destruction. A new world order eventually emerged. With hard work, increased cooperation, good luck, and mature judgment, we can avoid such conflicts in the future.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 December 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Pacific seacoast waterways study;

USCG – BWMS contingency planning;

NOAA – Northwest Atlantic leatherback turtle;

Court – permanent total disability;

India – Hong Kong Convention considered; and

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917.

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USCG – Pacific seacoast waterways study

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a new release stating that it is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of short range aids to navigation for American waterways of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Marianas Islands. Input from mariners and maritime stakeholders is sought. Comments should be submitted by 31 March 2018. (12/5/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c9cc09].

USCG – BWMS contingency planning

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding owners, operators, and masters of the necessity for contingency planning with respect to a vessel’s ballast water management system (BWMS) to address situations where the system is inoperable or the vessel’s intended compliance method is unexpectedly not available. (12/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/12/01/1212017-ballast-water-series-part-5-contingency-planning-for-ballast-water-management/].

NOAA – Northwest Atlantic leatherback turtle

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is considering a petition to identify the Northwest Atlantic leatherback turtle as a distinct population segment and list it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be submitted by 5 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 57565 (12/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-06/pdf/2017-26276.pdf].

Court – permanent total disability

clip_image009 In a brief and unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer is not entitled to partial relief from a ruling that it is financial responsible for the permanent total disability of an employee where the employer did not show that the employee’s current disability is not due solely to his workplace injury. His other ailments just create a greater disability than would have the workplace injury alone. Jones Stevedoring v. Popovich, No. 16-70549 (9th Cir., December 4, 2017) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/12/04/16-70549.pdf].

India – Hong Kong Convention considered

clip_image011 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a notice announcing that it seeks comments on a proposal to give effect to provisions of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. Comments must be submitted within 30 days. (12/5/17) [http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=2615].

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917

clip_image013 The SS Mont Blanc exploded in the Halifax Narrows on 6 December 1917, following its collision with the SS Imo. The Mont Blanc was carrying military explosives and ammunition from New York to France. The crew abandoned ship after the collision, but a fire caused by the collision detonated 20 minutes later. The entire crew survived, except for one individual killed by falling debris. The explosion, though, was so powerful that it destroyed major parts of the nearby buildings and houses, killing approximately 2,000 residents in Halifax and Dartmouth. The incident is explored in depth in the book Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald.

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December 5th, 2017 at 11:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 December 2017

Headlines:

USCG – BWMSs are not ‘plug and play’;

USCG – Arctic Shipping Summit;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project;

Court – union contract not reviewed piecemeal;

Canada – STCW 2010 Manila Convention requirements;

Singapore – data collection re fuel oil consumption; and

Singapore – safe working practice publications.

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USCG – BWMSs are not ‘plug and play’

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin advising that the installation and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMSs) on ships will require work specific to each vessel and its overall situation. Owners and operators should not expect that ‘plug and play’ will be appropriate. (11/30/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/30/11302017-ballast-water-series-part-4-the-plug-and-play-ballast-water-management-system/].

USCG – Arctic Shipping Summit

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a summary of the keynote address at the recent Arctic Shipping Summit in London. (12/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/12/01/1212017-summary-of-keynote-address-at-11th-annual-arctic-shipping-summit/].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received applications for the Calcasieu Pass Project, which proposes to construct and operate, among other things, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.. 82 Fed. Reg. 57440 (12/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-05/pdf/2017-26139.pdf].

Court – union contract not reviewed piecemeal

clip_image008 In an en banc decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overruled its previous precedent and held that a union contract freely entered into by a seafarer – a contract that includes rates of maintenance, cure, and unearned wages – will not be reviewed piecemeal by courts unless there is evidence of unfairness in the collective bargaining process. Joyce v. Maersk Line Ltd, No. 16-3553 (3rd Cir., December 4, 2017) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/163553p.pdf].

Canada – STCW 2010 Manila Convention requirements

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a bulletin providing updated guidance on how to meet the STCW 2010 Manila Convention requirements. Ship Safety Bulletin 2017-09 (11/27/17) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2017-09-eng.htm].

Singapore – data collection re fuel oil consumption

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular and two annexes regarding the voluntary experience building phase of the IMO data collection system for fuel oil consumption. This voluntary phase is scheduled to run from 1 January 2018 through the end of the year. Shipping Circular 24-2017 (12/1/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/21f3d001-7c34-43c1-8559-750642045dd1].

Singapore – safe working practice publications

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding vessel owners and operators that, if the vessel’s Safety Management System (SMS) makes reference to relevant safe working practices code/guidelines, a copy of these code/guidelines should be made available on board. Shipping Circular 25-2017 (12/2/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/f3213ed5-66e9-4627-aa84-095a637a97c5].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 December 2017

Headlines:

USCG – international marine casualty investigations;

USCG – BWMS type approval process;

USCG – Arctic Domain Awareness Center meeting;

USCG – MU Guam reopens;

NTSB – USCG cutter/tugboat collision;

NTSB – ISO Marine Accident Investigators;

CDC – Vessel Sanitation Program;

USACE – Carquinez Strait EIS;

Panama Canal – Neopanamax booking slots; and

SV Mary Celeste – 4 December 1872.

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USCG – international marine casualty investigations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) publishing policy and guidance for the coordination and cooperation of marine casualty investigations with other substantially interested States consistent with the generally recognized practices and procedures of international law. NVIC 05-17 (12/1/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/2017/NVIC_5-17.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type approval process

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing updated information regarding the ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval process. (11/30/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/29/11292017-ballast-water-series-part-3-coast-guard-bwms-type-approval-program-update/].

USCG – Arctic Domain Awareness Center meeting

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that on 28-29 November it hosted an Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) meeting in Washington, DC. (11/30/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c8e4a8].

USCG – MU Guam reopens

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that Monitoring Unit (MU) Guam will reopen on 4 December. (12/1/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/rec/mu_guam_open.pdf].

NTSB – USCG cutter/tugboat collision

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 18 April 2017 collision involving the Panama-flagged tugboat Cerro Santiago and the US Coast Guard cutter Tampa in Miraflores Lake, Panama Canal. Both vessels were proceeding northbound at the time, with Tampa ahead of the tugboat. Although the tugboat was not damaged, the cutter sustained $170,018 in damage to the stern as well as to various systems in the steering gear room. There were no injuries, nor was there any report of pollution. The probable cause of the collision between the tugboat Cerro Santiago and the US Coast Guard cutter Tampa was the failure of the master of the Cerro Santiago to maintain a vigilant watch due to fatigue. MAB 17/37 (11/30/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1737.pdf].

NTSB – ISO Marine Accident Investigators

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted a Vacancy Announcement stating that it seeks two qualified individuals for the position of Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical). Applications must be received by 15 December. (12/1/17) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485679400]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Hiscock of Off Soundings.

CDC – Vessel Sanitation Program

clip_image011 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks comments on the draft Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) Operations Manual and VSP Construction Guidelines. Comments must be submitted by 2 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 57272 (12/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-04/pdf/2017-25955.pdf].

USACE – Carquinez Strait EIS

clip_image013 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the efficiency of the movement of goods along the existing deep-draft navigation route extending from the Golden Gate, through San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait, to deep-draft facilities at Avon, California. Comments must be submitted within 30 days. 82 Fed. Reg. 57237 (12/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-04/pdf/2017-26051.pdf].

Panama Canal – Neopanamax booking slots

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release announcing that the number of daily booking slots available for Neopanamax vessels has been increased from six to seven. (11/30/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/11/30/pr639.html].

SV Mary Celeste – 4 December 1872

clip_image017 On 4 December 1872, the US brigantine Mary Celeste, en route from New York to Genoa, was discovered abandoned and deserted off the Azores Islands in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, with no obvious signs of sudden catastrophe. The final entry in the log, dated ten days previously, was a routine statement of the ship’s position. There were ample provisions on board, and the cargo was intact. None of those who had been on board were seen or heard from again. At the subsequent salvage hearings in Gibraltar, the court’s officers found no evidence of conspiracy or foul play. Over time the story has been distorted by false detail and fanciful explanations, including attacks by giant squid and paranormal intervention. The mystery has been recounted and dramatized in documentaries, novels, plays and films, and the name of the ship has become synonymous with unexplained desertion. After the Gibraltar hearings, Mary Celeste continued in service under new owners until, in 1885, the ship was wrecked off the coast of Haiti in an attempted insurance fraud.

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    In the December 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Alternate Compliance Program". The article discusses the US Coast Guard program for delegating to authorized classification societies the authority to perform specific inspections on US-flag vessels on its behalf. The USCG investigation into the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro identified various shortcomings in this program. Efforts should be undertaken to get it back on track.