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July 3rd, 2015 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 July 2015

Headlines:

DOJ – agreement in principle re DWH oil spill settlement;

NLRB – captains and supervisory status;

Paris MOU – 2014 annual report;

Torres Strait – virtual AIS ATON;

Australia – reducing the risk of collisions;

Panama Canal – bunkering in Atlantic Outer Anchorage; and

Declaration of Independence Day – July 4.

July 3, 2015

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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. My train of thought left the station without me.

DOJ – agreement in principle re DWH oil spill settlement

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-agreement-principle-bp-settle-civil-claims] stating that an agreement in principle has been reached between BP and the United States and the Gulf coastal states addressing outstanding federal and state claims, including civil penalties and natural resource damages, arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total value of the settlement would top $18.7 billion. Details of the agreement are addressed in the Fact Sheet [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/625011/download]. The next step is to convert that agreement in principle into a draft consent decree, which would then undergo public comment before submittal for court approval. (7/2/15).

NLRB – captains and supervisory status

clip_image006 A panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Board Decision [located at https://www.nlrb.gov/case/19-RC-106498] holding that, for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act, the captain of a small tugboat with only one deckhand assigned does not qualify as a supervisor. The majority in the 2-1 decision stated, in part: “even if the Coast Guard holds captains accountable, it does not follow that the Employer holds them accountable”. The dissent points out that the majority “finding produces an outcome in which nobody on the Employer’s vessels exercises supervisory authority, contrary to the record evidence and applicable Coast Guard requirements that make captains ultimately accountable for everything that happens on board.” (6/30/15). Note: I leave it to my long-suffering readers to reach their own conclusions.

Paris MOU – 2014 annual report

clip_image008 The Paris MOU posted its 2014 Annual Report on Post State Control [located at https://www.parismou.org/sites/default/files/2014%20Annual%20Report%20on%20Port%20State%20Control_0.pdf]. Among other things, it states that refusal of access (banning) has been used 63 times since 2012, generally involving ships that have been detained multiple times. (7/1/15).

Torres Strait – virtual AIS ATON

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice announcing that a virtual AIS aid to navigation has been established in the Torres Strait at the charted position of OG Rock in the Prince of Wales Channel. Marine Notice 13-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (7/2/15).

Australia – reducing the risk of collisions

clip_image010[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding mariners of measures for reducing the risk of collisions at sea. Marine Notice 14-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (7/2/15).

Panama Canal – bunkering in Atlantic Outer Anchorage

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that bunkering operations will be permitted in the Atlantic Outer Anchorage on a case-by-case basis when conditions allow and certain conditions are met. Advisory 18-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-18-2015.pdf] (6/30/15).

Declaration of Independence Day – July 4

clip_image014 This Saturday, July 4, 2015, marks the 239th anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (July 4, 1776). It is not the 239th anniversary of the independence of the United States, because what we on this side of the pond call the Revolutionary War had just begun. Even October 19, 1781, when British Major General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American General George Washington and French Lieutenant General de Rochambeau at the Battle of Yorktown, was not the end of the fighting. The independence of the United States was officially established by the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, when the Kingdom of Great Britain recognized the United States of America as a separate nation and withdrew its remaining troops from New York. In a larger sense, though, the independence of the United States is contested every day – and not just in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. While it is appropriate that we set aside one day each year to celebrate our independence, it is also necessary to dedicate ourselves daily to live up to the principles on which this great nation was founded. We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, [and] that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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July 2nd, 2015 at 11:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 July 2015

Headlines:

MERPAC – working group meeting;

FMC – access to information & records;

FMC – attorney fee rule proposed;

FERC – Port Arthur LNG EIS;

Singapore – portable atmosphere testing instruments;

Singapore – EEDI amendments; and

Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan lost at sea – 2 July 1937.

July 2, 2015

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MERPAC – working group meeting

clip_image004 A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will be held in Arlington, Virginia on 5-6 August. The purpose of the meeting is to work on Task Statement 30, concerning utilizing military education, training, and assessment for STCW and national certifications. 80 Fed. Reg. 38220 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16297.pdf] (7/2/15).

FMC – access to information & records

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule governing access to FMC information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information act (FOIA). The rule will enter into force on 1 September unless significant adverse comment is received by 3 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 37997 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16101.pdf] (7/2/15).

FMC – attorney fees rule proposed

clip_image006[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure governing awards of attorney fees in Shipping Act complaint proceedings and its regulations related to Commission terms and vacancies. Comments on the proposals must be received by 6 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 38153 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16260.pdf] (7/2/15).

FERC – Port Arthur LNG EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the planned Port Arthur Liquefaction Project. A scoping meeting will be held in Port Arthur on 13 July. Comments must be received by 24 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 38189 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16311.pdf] (7/2/15).

Singapore – portable atmosphere testing instruments

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing stakeholders of the entering onto force on 1 July 2015 of the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 implementing new SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 regarding carriage of portable atmosphere testing instruments. Shipping Circular 12-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_12_of_2015.pdf] (6/26/15).

Singapore – EEDI amendments

clip_image010[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing stakeholders of the entering into force on 1 September 2015 of the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) Regulations 2015concerning application of changes to the EEDI requirements of Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78. Shipping Circular 13-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_13_of_2015.pdf] (6/26/15).

Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan lost at sea – 2 July 1937

clip_image012 On 2 July 1937, the twin-engine Lockheed Electra 10E aircraft carrying aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on an attempted circumnavigation of the Earth was lost at sea in the South Pacific Ocean. It had taken off hours earlier from Lae, New Guinea bound for refueling at Howland Island. Waiting at the island was the US Coast Guard cutter Itasca. The radioman on the Itasca heard radio calls from the aircraft reporting trouble locating the island and running low on fuel. His return calls were apparently not received by the aircraft. After the radio calls ceased and the aircraft had obviously exhausted its fuel, a search was commenced. Other vessels, including US Navy warships, and aircraft joined the search, but nothing was ever located. Recently, an independent search team found some evidence that an airplane may have crashed years previously on or near Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati (previously known as Gardner Island), located about 400 miles south-southeast of Howland Island.

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July 1st, 2015 at 11:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 July 2015

Headlines:

MARAD – VISA open season;

MARAD – VISA table-top exercise;

MARAD – META Program Forum;

Court – obstruction conviction dismissed; and

IMO – Mr. Ki-tack Lim elected as Secretary-General.

July 1, 2015

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MARAD – VISA open season

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing that the opens season for fiscal year 2016 applications for participation in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program will run through 31 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 37730 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-01/pdf/2015-16179.pdf] (7/1/15).

MARAD – VISA table-top exercise

clip_image005 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that on 2-3 June, it and the US Transportation Command co-hosted the 2015 Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) Joint Planning Advisory Group (JPAG) table-top exercise at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. 80 Fed. Reg. 37729 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-01/pdf/2015-16178.pdf] (7/1/15).

MARAD – META Program Forum

clip_image005[1] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing that, in cooperation with the Maryland Environmental Resources center, it will hold an open forum to solicit individual input to the agency’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program. The forum will be held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on 22 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 37729 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-01/pdf/2015-16180.pdf] (7/1/15).

Court – obstruction conviction dismissed

clip_image007 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the criminal conviction of a former BP employee due to juror misconduct. The former employee had been convicted of obstruction of justice. During juror deliberation, the jury forewoman overheard a conversation in a courthouse elevator that other BP employees involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were being prosecuted. She told the other jurors that this made her even more convinced that the defendant was guilty. United States v. Mix, No. 14-30837 (5th Cir., June 30, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30837-CR0.pdf].

IMO – Mr. Ki-tack Lim elected as Secretary-General

clip_image009 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/30-SG-election.aspx] stating that Mr. Ki-tack Lim of the Republic of Korea has been elected to serve as the next IMO Secretary-General with effect from 1 January 2016. (6/30/15).

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June 30th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 June 2015

Headlines:

NOAA – HSRP nominations sought;

NIST – leap second reminder;

Court – denial of certiorari;

Court – NPDES permit partially overturned;

Court – marine salvage claim; and

Hong Kong – prevention of pollution by garbage.

June 30, 2015

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NOAA – HSRP nominations sought

clip_image004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting nominations for membership on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). Nominations must be received by 10 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 37236 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-30/pdf/2015-16153.pdf] (6/30/15).

NIST – leap second reminder

clip_image006 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a notice [located at http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/grp00/bp-for-leap-second-event.cfm] reminding stakeholders of the leap second event occurring at 23:59:59 UTC (19:59:59 EDT) on 30 June. Adjust your chronometers accordingly! (6/29/15).

Court – denial of certiorari

clip_image008 Among the dispositions included in the U.S. Supreme Court Orders List for 29 June 2015 [located at http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/062915zor_4g25.pdf], are the denials of certiorari in the cases of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation v. United States, 14-1167 and BP Exploration & Production Inc. v. United States, 14-1217. These orders by the Supreme Court finalize the lower court decisions under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) holding that, for purposes of the civil penalty action, the discharge of oil and gas into the waters of the United States occurred from the Macondo well, which was co-owned the BP and Anadarko, rather than from the MODU Deepwater Horizon. (6/29/15).

Court – NPDES permit partially overturned

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted in part and denied in part plaintiff’s petition for review challenging the issuance by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a permit to companies seeking to drill exploratory oil and gas wells on the US outer continental shelf of the Beaufort Sea. The permits, issued under provisions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), authorized the discharge of thirteen waste streams in the marine waters. The court granted plaintiff’s petition with regard to the discharge of non-contact cooling water and remanded the record to the EPA for a determination regarding whether such discharge will cause unreasonable degradation of the marine environment because of the effect of such discharge on bowhead whales, including deflection from their migratory paths. The petition was denied in all other respects. Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission v. EPA, No. 13-70633 (9th Cir., June 29, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/06/29/13-70633.pdf].

Court – marine salvage claim

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of defendants’ motion for summary judgment in a claim for marine salvage. During a marina fire, plaintiff towing and salvage company had, at the request of the responding fire department, towed defendant yacht out of the marina. Defendants contended that the marine salvage claim was improper because there was no marine peril. Plaintiff salvor appealed the court’s grant of summary judgment. The appellate court reversed, finding that there was a genuine issue of fact as to whether a marine peril existed, making summary judgment improper. Biscayne Towing v. M/Y Backstage, No. 14-12176 (11th Cir., June 29, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201412176.pdf].

Hong Kong – prevention of pollution by garbage

clip_image014 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice advising that a new regulation has been adopted giving effect to the latest amendments to MARPOL Annex V – Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships. The new regulation enters into effect on 1 July. Notice 93-2015 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn15093.pdf] (6/29/15).

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June 29th, 2015 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 June 2015

Headlines:

DOJ – tug captain sentenced to prison;

USCG – NMC chat service;

DOE – Sabine Pass approved to export LNG;

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States;

Senate – bill introduced re multimodal freight; and

Senate – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area,

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June 29, 2015

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DOJ – tug captain sentenced to prison

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2015/pr0626_02.html] stating that the captain of the tug and barge on which a fatal explosion occurred in 2005 has been sentenced to six months in prison and the tug company has been sentenced to a criminal fine of $5.3 million. The captain and the company were convicted of felony maritime negligence (also known as seaman’s manslaughter) with regard to an explosion and fire on the tank barge EMC-423 in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal during which one crew member died and thousands of gallons of slurry oil were released into the waterway. (6/26/15).

USCG – NMC chat service

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a Bulletin [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/chat_services_update.pdf] stating that, beginning 1 July 2015, phase two of the NMC chat service will be available for use. Phase one involved use of a ticketing system for merchant mariners inquiring about applications. Phase two involves live online chat functionality. Customers will be able to communicate via computer with NMC customer service agents live and in real time. (6/25/15).

DOE – Sabine Pass approved to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release [located at http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-authorizes-sabine-pass-liquefaction-s-expansion-project-export-liquefied] stating that it has issued a final authorization for Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC’s Expansion Project to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). (6/26/15).

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a final rule defining the waters of the United States for purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), also referred to as the Clean Water Act. The rule enters into effect on 28 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 37053 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-29/pdf/2015-13435.pdf] (6/29/15).

Senate – bill introduced re multimodal freight

clip_image014 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 1680) to improve the condition and performance of the national multimodal freight network, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cantwell issued a press release [located at http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=94be52a1-acb1-442a-86f6-fa2855dba4e0] explaining the measure. (6/25/15).

Senate – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area

clip_image014[1] Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (S. 1623) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1623is/pdf/BILLS-114s1623is.pdf] to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. (6/18/15).

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June 26th, 2015 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 June 2015

Headlines:

St. Petersburg – safety zones;

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re passenger ship security & safety; and

House – bill introduced re ship recycling.

June 26, 2015

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St. Petersburg – safety zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing several safety zones within the Sector St. Petersburg Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. This action will establish safety zones that restrict port operations in the event of reduced or restricted visibility or during natural disasters such as hurricanes. It will also establish safety zones around fireworks platforms. The rules enter into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 36713 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-26/pdf/2015-15756.pdf] (6/26/15).

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image006 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (S. 1611) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1611is/pdf/BILLS-114s1611is.pdf] to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. (6/18/15).

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel security & safety

clip_image006[1] Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 1673) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/24/15).

House – bill introduced re ship recycling

clip_image008 Representative Graves (R-LA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2876) to promote the recycling of vessels in the United States and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/24/15).

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June 25th, 2015 at 10:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 June 2015

Headlines:

IMO – Day of the Seafarer;

USCG – ballast water reporting;

FMC – action on various regulatory matters;

NTSB – tank barge sinking;

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection;

House – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area;

Hong Kong – incentive scheme to reduce SOx emissions; and

UK – flooding due to lack of crew training.

June 25, 2015

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IMO – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image004 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/22-DOTS-call-to-action.aspx] reminding us that today, 25 June 2015, is celebrated as the Day of the Seafarer. This year’s theme, “A Career at Sea”, aims to help address the predicted shortage of seafarers in the future by promoting and highlighting the positive benefits of choosing a career at sea. (6/22/15).

USCG – ballast water reporting

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice advising vessels required to submit ballast water reports that use of the current USCG Ballast Water Reporting Form should continue until a new form with a new expiration date is available. (6/24/15).

FMC – action on various regulatory matters

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-09/] announcing various actions approved by the Commissioners. Among other things, the Commissioners directed the release soon of the second staff report on US port congestion. It also directed the staff to prepare for consideration and approval an order to require the ocean carrier members of the Pacific Port Operational Improvement Agreement to submit certain data and information. (6/24/15).

NTSB – tank barge sinking

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the sinking of the tank barge Nash on 8 June 2014 in the North Pacific Ocean off Point Conception, California. The tank barges Nash and Kenny were fully loaded with liquid magnesium chloride and being towed by the uninspected towing vessel Calvin from Mexico to British Columbia when the Nash began to list noticeably to its starboard side. Listing and trimming by the stern increased over the next 6 hours, and the US Coast Guard directed the master of the tug to tow the Nash to a nearby anchorage. Shortly thereafter, the Nash sank stern first in 240 feet of water, about 3 nautical miles west of Point Conception, California. About a week after the sinking, a salvage team partially refloated the barge and towed it to its disposal location about 17 nautical miles from shore. The probable cause of the sinking was flooding of the aft starboard side void tank. The mechanism for entry of flooding water to this void tank could not be determined because the barge was not salvaged and was not available for examination after it sank. MAR-15-12 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1512.pdf] (6/24/15).

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection

clip_image012 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2824) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2824ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2824ih.pdf] to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. (6/18/15).

House – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area

clip_image012[1] Representative Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 2833) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2833ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2833ih.pdf] to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Representative Kilmer issued a press release [located at http://kilmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kilmer-cantwell-murray-and-heck-reintroduce-maritime-heritage] explaining the measure. (6/18/15).

Hong Kong – incentive scheme to reduce SOx emissions

clip_image014 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice advising that registration of ocean-going vessels (OGVs) under the current incentive scheme will expire on 25 September 2015. To continue to enjoy the 50% reduction in port facility and light dues up to 31 March 2018, OGVs must be re-registered with the Environmental Protection Department under the Extended Incentive Scheme. To qualify for the incentive scheme, OGVs must while berthing in Hong Kong commit to taking measures to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide (SOx) by such measures as utilizing marine fuel with sulphur content not more than 0.5%, utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG), or utilizing an onshore power supply. Notice 91-2015 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn15091.pdf] (6/24/15)

UK – flooding due to lack of crew training

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its report and annexes regarding the flooding and abandonment of the general cargo ship Sea Breeze on 9 March 2014 off Lizard Point. A ballast pump in the engine room was being maintained when water began to enter the space. The crew was unable to stem the flow and the engine room was evacuated. The crew did not deal effectively with the emergency because they had not been trained. Salvors brought the flooding under control and the ship was brought into port. Report 14-2015 [located at https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/flooding-and-abandonment-of-general-cargo-ship-sea-breeze] (6/24/15).

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June 24th, 2015 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 June 2015

Headlines:

USCG – Port Security Advisory;

USCG – attachments for rejected submissions to NVMC;

DOI – impact of sea level rise;

California – SLC draft Strategic Plan;

IMO – onboard lifting equipment;

Australia – injury to crew; and

UK – verification of gross mass of containers.

June 24, 2015

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USCG – Port Security Advisory

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an updated Port Security Advisory (PSA) listing all the countries determined to not be maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and explaining the actions required by vessels visiting affected countries within their previous five port calls prior to arrival in the United States. PSA 3-15 (6/22/15).

USCG – attachments for rejected submissions to NVMC

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(541eludw4cftlhqwid30ktpp))/News.aspx?newsId=440C28CA-1445-4568-BC44-7A4A8DF9BA4F] advising submitters of Notices of Arrival and Departure (NOADs) that upon rejection of an emailed submission, the submitter will no longer receive the attachment(s) of the original emailed submission as part of the rejected submission notice email. Should a submitter require a copy of the original attachment(s), a request can be sent to the NVMC. (6/23/15).

DOI – impact of sea level rise

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-report-detailing-40-billion-of-national-park-assets-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise.cfm] stating that scientists expect a one-meter rise in sea level to occur in the next 100-150 years. This sea level rise would place at risk more than $40 billion in national park infrastructure and historic and cultural resources. (6/23/15).

California – SLC draft Strategic Plan

clip_image008 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted its draft Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/About_The_CSLC/DraftStrategicPlan2016-2020_6-22-15.pdf]. Meetings to receive public input will be held in Sacramento (29 June), Los Angeles (19 August), and San Diego (16 October). (6/23/15).

IMO – onboard lifting equipment

clip_image010 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2015/20150623b.asp] stating that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95) agreed on the need for an amendment to the SOLAS Convention to address onboard lifting equipment (cranes, winches, etc.). (6/23/15).

Australia – injury to crew

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the serious injury to two crew members on board the heavy lift ship Happy Buccaneer in Port Hedland on 23 February 2015. After a pack of unsecured load spreaders had been placed on the tween deck, the lifting hooks were raised before the crew members were clear of the area. One of the lifting hooks caught on the edge of one of the load spreaders, causing it to fall on and inure the crew members. MO-2015-001 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5309496/MO-2015-001%20Final.pdf] (6/23/15).

UK – verification of gross mass of containers

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note (MGN) providing guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment requiring the verification of the gross mass of packed containers. The amendment, which enters into effect on 1 July 2016, gives shippers two possible options for deciding which method to use for obtaining the required accurate gross mass. MGN 534 (M+F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436986/MGN534_Complete.pdf] (6/23/15).

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June 23rd, 2015 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 June 2015

Headlines:

USCG – conditions of entry re vessels from Gambia;

USCG – preventing drug and alcohol abuse;

NOAA – underwater noise;

Senate – Coast Guard Authorization Act introduced;

Panama Canal – Gatun Locks lane closure;

Panama Canal – filling of new Pacific Locks; and

USCG Auxiliary authorized – 23 June 1939.

June 23, 2015

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USCG – conditions of entry re vessels from Gambia

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 6 July, it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in the Republic of the Gambia during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a Gambian port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a Gambian port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a Gambian port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 80 Fed. Reg. 35660 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15325.pdf] (6/22/15). Note: Several typos have been corrected from yesterday.

USCG – preventing drug and alcohol abuse

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin regarding the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse within the maritime transportation industry. Current challenges include state and local initiatives to legalize certain drugs; access to unregulated synthetic drugs; and use by drug abusers of adulterants to circumvent the chemical testing process. (6/22/15).

NOAA – underwater noise

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted an article [located at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/feature-news/acoustics] on underwater noise, its sources, and its impact on marine life. (6/22/15).

Senate – Coast Guard Authorization Act introduced

clip_image012 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=c63c7aa8-0f46-42ed-9db6-2a58f7056b3a] stating that S. 1611, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, has been introduced. Among other things, the bill would authorize the Commandant to utilize incremental funding as a strategy for any future acquisition of a polar icebreaker. (6/18/15).

Panama Canal – Gatun Locks lane closure

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service all day on Friday, 26 June for emergency repairs to the lower pintle of Miter Gate 22. Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect that day. Advisory 17-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-17-2015.pdf] (6/22/15).

Panama Canal – filling of new Pacific locks

clip_image014[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/06/22/pr551.html] stating that filling of the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side of the Canal has commenced, with the Canal Expansion Project now 89.8% complete. (6/22/15).

USCG Auxiliary authorized – 23 June 1939

clip_image016 On 23 June 1939, a law was enacted to establish a Coast Guard Reserve [the name was later changed to the Coast Guard Auxiliary] to be composed of owners of motorboats and yachts to assist the Coast Guard in the saving of life and property and in the patrolling of marine parades and regattas. 53 Stat. 854. In the succeeding years, USCG Auxiliary members have devoted countless hours in patrolling the nation’s waterways, assisting mariners in distress, and educating the American boating public.

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June 22nd, 2015 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 June 2015

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – update re cruise vessel allision;

USCG – conditions of entry on vessels from Gambia;

MERPAC – working group meeting;

Behm Canal – restricted area corrections proposed;

Virginia Beach – danger zone proposed;

DOI – DWH oil spill restoration plan;

FMC – meeting on 24 June;

HHS – hair specimen for drug testing;

USN – distressed mariners recovered;

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection;

House – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area;

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced;

Senate – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area;

Congress – review of derelict vessel response policies;

GAO – report on DOD Arctic planning;

St. Lawrence River – bulker aground; and

MREN – Marine casualty reporting & investigation.

June 22, 2015

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St. Lawrence Seaway – update re cruise vessel allision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a second news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2549862/] regarding the cruise vessel that allided with the wall of the Eisenhower Lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway. All the passengers were removed; the vessel was freed, and moved to a safe location. The Seaway has reopened to maritime traffic and the incident is under investigation. (6/20/15).

USCG – conditions of entry on vessels from Gambia

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 6 July, it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in the Republic of the Gambia during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a Dominican Republic; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a Dominican Republic port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a Dominican Republic port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 80 Fed. Reg. 35660 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15325.pdf] (6/22/15).

MERPAC – working group meeting

clip_image009 A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 14-15 July to review guidelines on fatigue mitigation and management. 80 Fed. Reg. 35659 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15216.pdf] (6/22/15).

Behm Canal – restricted area corrections proposed

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to amend the regulations for the restricted area in waters of the West Arm of the Behm Canal near Ketchikan, Alaska to correct various inaccuracies. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 22 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 35620 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15294.pdf] (6/22/15).

Virginia Beach – danger zone proposed

clip_image011[1] The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a danger zone in waters of the Atlantic Ocean south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an area used for live fire exercises. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 22 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 35621 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15293.pdf] (6/22/15).

DOI – DWH oil spill restoration plan

clip_image013 The Department of the Interior (DOI) has extended, through 6 July, the period within which to submit comments on the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment. 80 Fed. Reg. 35393 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-19/pdf/2015-15152.pdf] (6/19/15).

FMC – meeting on 24 June

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 24 June in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will consider: (1) public access to Commission information and records; (2) the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014; (3) the Second Global Maritime Regulatory Summit; (4) the Maersk/MSC Vessel Sharing Agreement; (5) the Petition of United Arab Shipping Company for an exemption; and (6) port congestion and related international supply chain issues. During the closed session, they will consider the Pacific Ports Operational Improvement Agreement. 80 Fed. Reg. 35357 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-19/pdf/2015-15326.pdf] (6/19/15).

HHS – hair specimen for drug testing

clip_image017 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended, through 29 July, the period within which to submit information regarding specific aspects of the regulatory policies and standards that may be applied to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing programs (hair specimen). 80 Fed. Reg. 34921 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-18/pdf/2015-14964.pdf] (6/18/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Robert C. Schoening of Workplace Substance Abuse Consulting.

USN – distressed mariners recovered

clip_image019 The US Navy (USN) issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=87747] stating that the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) recovered distressed mariners in the Makassar Strait of Indonesia. The origin of the mariners is unknown. (6/19/15).

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection

clip_image021 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2824) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/18/15).

House – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area

clip_image021[1] Representative Kilmer (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2833) to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Kilmer issued a press release [located at http://kilmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kilmer-cantwell-murray-and-heck-reintroduce-maritime-heritage] explaining the measure. (6/18/15).

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image023 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 1611) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/18/15).

Senate – bill introduced to establish maritime heritage area

clip_image023[1] Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 1623) to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/18/15).

Congress – review of derelict vessel response policies

clip_image025 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) issued a press release [located at http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=09168fd9-2eae-4f11-a788-f2c20de10299] stating that she and Representative Kilmer (D-WA) led a bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calling for a formal study on the impact of derelict vessels to waterways and coastal communities. They seek a review of hos the US Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identify, track, and respond to abandoned and derelict vessels. (6/5/15).

GAO – report on DOD Arctic planning

clip_image027 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Arctic planning by the Department of Defense (DOD). The report finds that the DOD expects to play a supporting role in the Arctic relative to other federal agencies, based on a low level of military threat expected in the region and that the department has efforts underway to address capability needs and to update its plans. GAO-15-566 [located at http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670903.pdf] (6/19/15).

St. Lawrence River – bulker aground

clip_image029 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued a media release [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/deploiement-deployment/marine/2015/20150621.asp] stating that it has deployed a team of investigators to the St. Lawrence River off Summerstown, Ontario to assess an occurrence involving the bulk carrier Tundra, which ran aground. (6/21/15).

MREN – Marine casualty reporting & investigation

clip_image031 In the June 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Marine casualty reporting & investigation [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN150600.pdf]. In the article, I discuss problems with the current USCG marine casualty reporting and investigation system and suggest that it is time to overhaul and pare back requirements to as to make the process both manageable for the Coast Guard and meaningful for the regulated community.

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    In the June 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Marine casualty reporting & investigation". In the article, I discuss problems with the current USCG marine casualty reporting and investigation system and suggest that it is time to overhaul and pare back requirements so as to make the process both manageable for the Coast Guard and meaningful for the regulated community.