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January 29th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2015

Headlines:

BSEE – well site supervisor charged with making false statements;

New Orleans – new Industrial Canal lock;

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon;

IMO – exhaust gas cleaning systems;

Australia – SAR capabilities in the Indian Ocean region;

India – implementation of MLC 2006;

UK – seafarer statistics; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 29, 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. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

BSEE – well site supervisor charged with making false statements

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/Houston-Man-Charged-With-False-Statements-In-Relation-To-Blowout-Preventer-Testing-On-Oil-Platform-In-Gulf-Of-Mexico/] stating that a well site supervisor for a platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been charged in a two-count Bill of Information with making false statements to BSEE inspectors in relation to the veracity of blowout preventer testing on an offshore oil and gas platform. (1/28/15).

New Orleans – new Industrial Canal lock

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) integrated with a General Reevaluation Report for the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, Louisiana New Industrial Canal Lock and Connecting Channels Project, also referred to as the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Lock Replacement Project. A public scoping meeting will be held on 4 February in New Orleans. 80 Fed. Reg. 4911 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/pdf/2015-01674.pdf] (1/29/15).

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant mariners

clip_image008 Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 563) to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Hahn issued a press release [located at http://hahn.house.gov/press-release/congresswoman-hahn-and-congressman-duncan-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-repay] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon

clip_image008[1] Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 564) to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Herrera Beutler issued a press release [located at http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398503] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

IMO – exhaust gas cleaning systems

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Approvalofexhaustgascleaningsystemsmadeeasier.aspx] stating that the IMO Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 2) agreed to amend the guidelines on approval of exhaust gas cleaning systems so as to make it easier to verify compliance with air emission restrictions. The measure now goes to the Marine Environment Protection Committee for consideration. (1/27/15).

Australia – SAR capabilities in Indian Ocean region

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/MediaRelease_SCPP_IndianOcean_CommencementvFINAL.pdf] stating that the Government of Australia has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program to strengthen SAR capabilities in the Indian Ocean region. The AMSA will work with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Mauritius to improve maritime and aviation distress response. (1/27/15).

India – implementation of MLC 2006

clip_image014 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DCS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201501281143102319292mlc_secondamendment_280115.pdf] announcing that India has adopted legislation implementing the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). (1/28/15).

UK – seafarer statistics

clip_image016 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued its report [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarer-statistics-2014] on seafarer statistics for 2014. The total number of UK seafarers active at sea in 2014 was estimated at 22,910, a 1% increase over the previous year. (1/28/15).

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image018 The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!

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January 28th, 2015 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 January 2015

Headlines:

White House – Offshore Alaska leasing withdrawal;

DOI – offshore oil & gas leasing;

USCG – medical waivers;

NTSB – fire on saturation diving support vessel;

SLSDC – Seaway regulations and rules;

GAO – high-risk maritime cargo shipments;

Paris MOU – hours of rest CIC results;

Australia – incinerator injury; and

Denmark – joint sulphur campaign.

January 28, 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. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

White House – Offshore Alaska leasing withdrawal

clip_image004 President Obama issued a Memorandum [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/27/presidential-memorandum-withdrawal-certain-areas-united-states-outer-con] withdrawing certain areas of the US outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Alaska from the oil and gas leasing program. (1/27/15).

DOI – offshore oil & gas leasing

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-announces-draft-strategy-for-offshore-oil-and-gas-leasing.cfm] announcing the draft strategy for offshore oil and gas leasing. The strategy includes ten sales in the Gulf of Mexico; three sales in Alaska (but not including the areas withdrawn by President Obama); and one sale in the Atlantic. (1/27/15).

USCG – medical waivers

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard seeks comment on the proposed policy clarification regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who require use of potentially impairing prescription medications. It is also seeking input regarding effective methods of risk evaluation of such mariners. Comments must be received by 30 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 4582 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/pdf/2015-01623.pdf] (1/28/15).

NTSB – fire on saturation diving support vessel

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire on board the saturation diving support vessel Ocean Patriot in the Gulf of Mexico on 28 November 2013. There were no injuries and no pollution, but the vessel incurred approximately $9.8 million. The fire broke out in the forward machinery space and was brought under control by the fixed fire suppression system. The probable cause of the fire was damage to electrical cables due to the tightly installed metal securing bands in a cable tray chafing the protective layers of the cables and creating an ignition point. Contributing to the damage was the combustible material stored immediately below the cable tray area, fueling the fire. MAB-15/02 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1502.pdf] (1/27/15).

SLSDC – Seaway regulations and rules

clip_image012 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule updating the Seaway Regulations and Rules. The amendments enter into force on 31 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 4499 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/pdf/2015-01554.pdf] (1/28/15).

GAO – high-risk maritime cargo shipments

clip_image014 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted its report on supply chain security. The GAO found that, when determining the disposition of high-risk maritime cargo shipments, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) targeting units are inconsistently applying criteria to make waiver decisions and are incorrectly documenting the reasons for some waivers. GAO-15-294 [located at http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668098.pdf] (1/27/15).

Paris MOU – hours of rest CIC results

clip_image016 The Paris MOU issued a news release [located at https://www.parismou.org/press-release-preliminary-results-concentrated-inspection-campaign-hours-rest] announcing the preliminary results of its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on hours of rest. During the period 1 September through 30 November 2014, sixteen ships (14% of all detentions) were detained on issues related to hours of rest. The main areas of concern were recordkeeping and watchkeeping personnel without sufficient rest. (1/23/15).

Australia – incinerator injury

clip_image018 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of a crew member injury on board the passenger ship Seven Seas Voyager berthed in Sydney on 1 February 2014. The crew member was conducting routine maintenance on the ship’s waste incinerator when a pneumatically-operated valve closed against his body, resulting in serious bruising and shock. Investigation revealed that the incinerator ash dump valve’s control systems had not been properly isolated and residual air pressure caused the accidental closing of the valve on the crew member. The ship’s safety management system was found to be inadequate regarding incinerator maintenance, as was the manufacturer’s instruction manual. MO-2014-001 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5191819/mo2014001-final.pdf] (1/27/15).

Denmark – joint sulphur campaign

clip_image020 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Nowajointsulphurcampaignislaunchedfromeasttowest.aspx] advising that an international information campaign on the new stricter sulphur requirements and their enforcement will be launched in February, along with enhanced cooperation between the so-called SECA countries. (1/26/15).

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January 27th, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 January 2015

Headlines:

White House – coordinating national Arctic efforts;

CMTS – maritime activity in US Arctic region;

TSA – TWIC delays;

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities;

USCG – NMC updated engine illustrations;

FMC – Port Environmental Initiatives Forum;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy EA;

Gulf of Mexico – unmanned platform damaged;

Senate – bill introduced re USMMA improvements;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo;

House – bill introduced re Alaska marine sanctuaries;

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens on fishing permits;

House – bill introduced re LNG exports;

House – bill introduced re LHWCA recreational vessel;

Court – failure to disclose preexisting medical condition;

EP – US restrictions re foreign ship repair; and

St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Handbook changes.

January 27, 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. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

White House – coordinating national Arctic efforts

clip_image004 President Obama issued Executive Order 13689 – Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/pdf/2015-01522.pdf]. The EO establishes the Arctic Executive Steering Committee to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors. (1/21/15).

CMTS – maritime activity in US Arctic region

clip_image006 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted the report ‘A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region’ [located at http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=87]. The report provides estimates of vessel traffic based on modeling of current vessel activity patterns, growth potential, and vessel projection scenarios, including diversion from other routes, and oil and gas development. (1/26/15).

TSA – TWIC delays

clip_image008 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE] stating that some TWIC applicants are experiencing delays of more than 75 days to receive their TWIC cards. Applicants should apply for their TWICs at least ten weeks prior to the time they will be needed. (1/26/15).

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted a summary [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/01/26/1262015-after-action-from-public-meeting-for-seafarers-access-to-maritime-facilities/] of the 26 January public meeting regarding seafarers’ access to maritime facilities. The goal of the proposed regulation is to preserve freedom and human dignity for seafarers while maintaining safety and security. (1/26/15).

USCG – NMC updated engine illustrations

clip_image010[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/Updated%20Engine%20Illustrations.pdf] stating that updated illustrations have been developed for the Motor Plant Exam. (1/23/15).

FMC – Port Environmental Initiatives Forum

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.fmc.gov/2015-port-environmental-forum/] stating that the third annual Port Environmental Initiatives Forum will be held on 20 February in Washington, DC. The theme of this forum will be ‘Collaborating with Competitors: Challenges, Goals, and Success Stories in Addressing Environmental Concerns’. (1/21/15).

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy EA

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/milestone-reached-for-commercial-wind-energy-development-offshore-north-carolina.cfm] stating that it seeks comment on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for commercial wind energy development offshore North Carolina. Public meetings will be held in the Northern Outer Banks (9 February); Wilmington (11 February); and the Southern Outer Banks (12 February). Written comments must be received by 23 February. (1/22/15).

Gulf of Mexico – unmanned platform damaged

clip_image016 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-RESPONDS-TO-DAMAGED-UNMANNED-PLATFORM-IN-THE-GULF-OF-MEXICO/] stating that an unmanned platform in the Gulf of Mexico five miles south of Port Fourchon was damaged, possibly by a vessel, resulting in a fire on the platform and gas bubbles rising intermittently to the surface. The fire has been extinguished and an emergency shutdown has been performed. The incident is under investigation. (1/23/15).

Senate – bill introduced re improvements to USMMA

clip_image018 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the United States Merchant Marine Academy Improvements Act of 2015 (S. 143) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s143is/pdf/BILLS-114s143is.pdf] to allow for improvements to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and for other purposes. (1/9/15).

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo

clip_image020 Representative Rush (D-IL) introduced the United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015 (H.R. 274) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr274ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr274ih.pdf] to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (1/12/15).

House – bill introduced re Alaska marine sanctuaries

clip_image021 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 332) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr332ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr332ih.pdf]to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska. (1/13/15).

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens on fishing permits

clip_image021[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Maritime Lien Reform Act (H.R. 337) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr337ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr337ih.pdf] to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. (1/13/15).

House – bill introduced re LNG exports

clip_image020[1] Representative Poe (R-TX) introduced the Export American Natural Gas Act of 2015 (H.R. 428) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr428ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr428ih.pdf] to provide for the expedited approval by the Secretary of Energy of liquefied natural gas exports, and for other purposes. (1/21/15).

House – bill introduced re LHWCA recreational vessel

clip_image020[2] Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Clarification Act of 2015 (H.R. 436) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr436ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr436ih.pdf] to amend the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a definition of recreational vessel for purposes of such Act. (1/21/15).

Court – failure to disclose preexisting medical condition

clip_image023 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled at the intentional concealment of medical history precludes recovery of maintenance and cure by an injured seaman. In the instant case, plaintiff crew boat master strained his back while lifting a hatch cover. When hired for this position, plaintiff failed to disclose prior spinal injuries, which were aggravated by the lifting incident. Meche v. Key Marine Services, No. 14-30032 (5th Cir., January 22, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30032-CV0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

EP – US restrictions re foreign ship repair

clip_image025 The Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament posted a draft opinion [located at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bCOMPARL%2bPE-544.474%2b01%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN] for the Committee on International Trade on the report containing Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Among other things, the document calls upon the EC to address in the TTIP the protectionism by the United States with regard to restrictions placed on US-flag vessels having repair and conversion services carried on outside the US. (1/9/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Louis Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.

St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Handbook changes

clip_image027 The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada (SLSMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/SeawayHandbook2015Rev.pdf] of proposed revisions to Seaway Practices & Procedures to be effective 31 March. (1/26/15).

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January 26th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 January 2015

Headlines:

EPA – proposal to amend dispersant regulations;

USCG – Western Florida AMSAC;

NOAA – sawfish;

USCG – revision of Auxiliary regulations;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting;

Court – DOHSA case dismissed; and

Suez Canal – leakage in New Canal area.

January 26, 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. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

EPA – proposal to amend dispersant regulations

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to amend its requirements that govern the use of dispersants, other chemical and biological agents, and other spill mitigating substances when responding to oil discharges into waters of the United States. Comments on the proposal must be received by 22 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 3379 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-22/pdf/2015-00544.pdf] (1/22/15).

USCG – Western Florida AMSAC

clip_image006 The US Coast seeks applications from persons interested in serving on the Western Florida Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 1 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 3972 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/pdf/2015-01335.pdf] (1/26/15).

NOAA – sawfish

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule designating five species of sawfish as endangered. This designation is effective immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 3914 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/pdf/2015-01348.pdf] (1/26/15).

USCG – revision of Auxiliary regulations

clip_image010 The US Coast is revising, effective 23 February, the regulations that apply to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Among other things, the amendments reflect recent statutory changes and update provisions on liability protection for Auxiliary members assigned to Coast Guard duty. 80 Fed. Reg. 3470 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/pdf/2015-01045.pdf] (1/23/15).

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting

clip_image012 The Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 19 February in Washington, DC. Pre-meeting comments should be submitted by 28 January. 80 Fed. Reg. 3616 [located at] (1/23/15).

Court – DOHSA case dismissed

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that affirmed dismissal of a wrongful death action brought under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) filed by the widow of decedent husband, who was master and vessel owner killed by a round fired by a US Navy frigate while under NATO operational control during an anti-piracy mission under Operation Ocean Shield.  Decedent’s fishing vessel had been taken over by Somali pirates a year before.  USS GROVES was issued orders by the Dutch NATO commander to take action against the vessel.  Three pirates and decedent were killed and two hostage crewmembers were freed.  Dismissal was affirmed based on grounds of political question and discretionary function. Wu Tien Li-Shou, No. 14-1206 (4th Cir., January 23, 2015) [located at http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/141206.P.pdf].

Suez Canal – leakage in New Canal area

clip_image016 The Suez Canal Authority issued a news release [located at http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/SCnewsDetails.aspx?Show=527] stating that there was minor leakage at one of the dumping basins in the New Canal area. Two trucks and a loader were swept away, but there no casualties or injuries. (1/19/15).

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January 21st, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 January 2015

Headlines:

USCG – meeting re cruise ship security regulations;

San Francisco Bay – safety zone;

USCG – MSC updates;

COAC – meeting;

IWUB – meeting;

NTSB – allision and sinking of OSV;

NTSB – course for legal professionals;

IMO – reducing administrative burdens; and

Panama Canal – first Pacific gate installed.

January 21, 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. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

USCG – meeting re cruise ship security regulations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 9 February in Fort Lauderdale to receive comments on its proposed Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations. Written comments must be received by 10 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 2839 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/pdf/2015-00772.pdf] (1/21/15). In conjunction with the rulemaking proposal, the Coast Guard posted frequently asked questions (FAQ) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/FAQs_CVSSA_16Jan15.pdf].

San Francisco Bay – safety zone

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has renewed, through 30 December the temporary safety zone on waters of San Francisco Bay in support of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB) demolition project. 80 Fed. Reg. 2824 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/pdf/2015-00915.pdf] (1/21/15).

USCG – MSC updates

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/01/20/1152015-marine-safety-center-updates/] stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) updated its Technical Notes and Plan Review Guidelines. (1/20/15).

COAC – meeting

clip_image007 The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet on 11 February in San Francisco. 80 Fed. Reg. 2960 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/pdf/2015-00874.pdf] (1/21/15).

IWUB – meeting

clip_image009 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 25 February in Birmingham, Alabama. 80 Fed. Reg. 2921 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/pdf/2015-00831.pdf] (1/21/15).

NTSB – allision and sinking of OSV

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation into the allision and sinking of the offshore supply vessel (OSV) Celeste Ann in the Gulf of Mexico on 14 June 2013. The OSV was engaged in transferring passengers from an offshore platform when the wind and current pushed the vessel sideways and into an underwater protrusion of the platform structure. The OSV was immediately holed to the point that its pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water. There were no injuries. MAB-15/01 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1501.pdf] (1/20/15).

NTSB – course for legal professionals

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150120.aspx] stating that it is offering a new course for legal professionals to improve their understanding of the NTSB process. The course will be held on 5-6 March in Ashburn, Virginia. (1/20/15).

IMO – reducing administrative burdens

clip_image014 The IMO issued a notice [located at http://www.imo.org/OurWork/rab/Pages/default.aspx] stating that the report of the Ad Hoc Steering Group for Reducing Administrative Requirements (SG-RAR) has been received and that the Council, in general, agreed to its recommendations and has taken action toward their adoption. (1/16/15).

Panama Canal – first Pacific gate installed

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a news release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/01/19/pr541.html] stating that the first of eight gates has been installed in the new Pacific locks for the Canal Expansion Project. (1/19/15).

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January 20th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 January 2015

Headlines:

USCG – declaration of Sea Area A1;

USCG – cellular trials at sea;

USCG – Western Hemisphere Strategy;

USCG – LMRWSAC;

EPA – ECA penalty policy;

Washington – seeking Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst;

India – Anti-Fouling Convention; and

UK – Maritime Growth Study.

January 20, 2015

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USCG – declaration of Sea Area A1

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the declaration of Sea Area A1 in certain areas off the coast of the United States based upon the performance of the Coast Guard Rescue 21 System and in accordance with the SOLAS Convention. The areas included in this designation are: the East, West, and Gulf coasts of the United States, excluding Alaska; and including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. These areas are where more than 90% of the area within 20 nautical miles seaward of the territorial baseline is within coverage of the Coast Guard very high frequency (VHF) Coast Stations that provide both a continuous watch for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress alerts on Channel 70 and a capability to respond to distress alerts. 80 Fed. Reg. 2722 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/pdf/2015-00798.pdf] (1/20/15).

USCG – cellular trials at sea

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2446914/] stating that it and Palm Beach County, Florida completed the second of three trials to determine if mariners in distress are able to contact emergency dispatch agencies utilizing smart phones equipped with Next Generation 911. The USCG Research and Development Center (RDC) is examining technologies with state and county NG 911 public safety answering point centers to securely share two-way maritime distress calls with the Coast Guard’s information technology system. Tests evaluated integrating these calls into the Rescue 21 Coastal System for search and rescue response. (1/16/15).

USCG – Western Hemisphere Strategy

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2447050/] stating that Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, spoke at the Maritime Security Dialogue in Washington, DC about the Coast Guard’s evolving role in the 21st century. The agency has developed a Western Hemisphere Strategy with three main priorities: combating criminal networks, securing borders, and safeguarding commerce. (1/16/15).

USCG – LMRWSAC

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC). Applications should be received by 23 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 2723 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/pdf/2015-00797.pdf] (1/20/15).

EPA – ECA penalty policy

clip_image009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Penalty Policy [located at http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-01/documents/marinepenaltypolicy.pdf] for violations of Emissions Control Area (ECA) regulations applicable to the North American and US Caribbean Sea. The regulations require covered ships operating in these waters to utilize low sulfur fuel or adopt alternative measures (such as use of scrubbers or LNG fuel) and adopt related measures in order to reduce harmful air emissions. Under the policy, the EPA calculates the penalty based on two components: (1) the economic benefit derived from the violation; and (2) the gravity component based on the seriousness of the violation. (1/15/15).

Washington – seeking Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst

clip_image011 The Washington Department of Ecology posted a notice [located at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewjob&JobID=1041173] stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (EP5). To be considered for the initial screening, applications must be received by 26 January. (1/15/15).

India – Anti-Fouling Convention

clip_image013 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201501161100176309269msact_160115.pdf] consisting of an extract from the 1 December 2014 edition of the Gazette of India documenting adoption of the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2014 whereby India implemented the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001. (1/16/15).

UK – Maritime Growth Study

clip_image015 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/maritime-growth-study-call-for-evidence] stating that it is calling for contributions to the evidence gathering that will inform its Maritime Growth Study. This consultation closes on 27 February. (1/16/15).

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January 16th, 2015 at 8:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 January 2015

Headlines:

Court – DWH litigation;

USCG – cruise vessel security & safety;

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations;

BIS – exports to Cuba;

NTSB – Most Wanted List;

FMC – priority is port congestion;

Army – RFI for eLORAN;

House – bill introduced re natural gas export;

Senate – bill introduced to extend state seaward boundaries;

Senate – bill introduced re OCS O&G leasing program;

Senate – amendment introduced re coastwise trade;

EP – Indian-Italian dispute; and

Australia – fire on livestock carrier.

January 16, 2015

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Court – DWH litigation

clip_image004 The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued its findings of fact and conclusions of law for the Phase Two Trial in the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) litigation. The court found that BP was not grossly negligent, reckless, willful, or wanton in its source control planning and preparation. The court further found that it had not been shown that BP’s flow rate misrepresentation delayed the capping of the Macondo well or otherwise adversely affected source control. Finally, the court found, for purposes of calculating the maximum civil penalty under the CWA, that 3.19 million barrels of oil were discharged into waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In re Deepwater Horizon, MDL 2179 (ED La., January 15, 2015) [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/DWH_findings_150115.pdf ].

USCG – cruise vessel security & safety

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its passenger vessel regulations to implement the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 201 with respect to deck rails, systems for detecting or recording falls overboard and for recording evidence of possible crimes, hailing devices, security guides, sexual assault response, and crime scene preservation training. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 16 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 2350 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/pdf/2015-00464.pdf ] (1/16/15).

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement policy changes to further engage and empower the Cuban people. These changes will, among other things, allow a number of activities related to trade and shipping. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 2291 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/pdf/2015-00632.pdf ] (1/16/15).

BIS – exports to Cuba

clip_image010 The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) promulgated a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to create License Exception Support for the Cuban People. The changes will, among other things, establish a general policy of approval for certain exports and reexports to Cuba. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 2286 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/pdf/2015-00590.pdf ] (1/16/15).

NTSB – Most Wanted List

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Most Wanted List for 2015 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx ]. Included are three with relevance to the maritime industry: (1) disconnect from deadly distractions; (2) End substance abuse in transportation; and (3) require medical fitness for duty. (1/14/15).

FMC – priority is port congestion

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/congestion-priority-2015/ ] stating that the Chairman’s priority for 2015 is addressing port congestion issues. (1/15/15).

US Army – RFI for eLORAN

clip_image016 The US Army issued a Request for Information (RFI) for enhanced LORAN (eLORAN) receivers for potential use in Army and other DOD maritime, aviation, and/or vehicular platforms and for position and timing purposes. Responses should be received not later than 13 February. (1/14/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Dana Goward of the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS). The irony in this announcement is great. The Administration shut down the LORAN program as unnecessary. Now the Army indicates that it is needed to fight wars.

House – bill introduced re natural gas export

clip_image018 Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 351) to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/14/15).

Senate – bill introduced to extend state seaward boundaries

clip_image020 Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Offshore Fairness Act (S. 55) to extend the seaward boundaries of certain States, and for other purposes. (1/7/15).

Senate – bill introduced re OCS O&G leasing program

clip_image020[1] Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 59) to reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that is more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States. (1/7/15).

Senate – amendment introduced re coastwise trade

clip_image020[2] Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued a press release [located at http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=f7198acd-c54e-4595-987a-1d76410742c9 ] stating that he filed an amendment [located at http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/df4f540f-b0b8-45e6-a185-a2bf88df80fa/mccain-amendment-repealing-the-jones-act.pdf ] to the bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. (1/13/15). Note: The amendment, if enacted into law, would amend 46 U.S.C. 12112 to eliminate the requirement that only vessels built in the United States are eligible for a coastwise endorsement. The amendment would not alter the requirement that the coastwise-trade-eligible vessel be at least 75% owned by US interests, or the requirement that the crew be comprised of US citizens. The amendment has yet to be considered by the Senate.

EP – Indian-Italian dispute

clip_image022 The European Parliament (EP) issued a press release [located at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150109IPR06318/html/MEPs-call-for-Italian-mar%C3%B2-accused-of-killing-Indian-fishermen-to-be-repatriated ] it passed a resolution expressing great sadness at the tragic death of the two Indian fishermen who died during anti-piracy operations in 2012, but also grave concerns about the continued detention without charge of the two Italian marines. Hope was expressed that the diplomatic dispute could be settled soon under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration. (1/15/15).

Australia – fire on livestock carrier

clip_image024 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) posted the preliminary report of its investigation into the fire on board the livestock carrier Ocean Drover in Fremantle on 9 October 2014. Initial analysis indicates that the fire started in one of the central forward cabins on the upper deck. The fire quickly spread and engulfed the upper deck and the bridge deck above. MO-2014-012 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5189966/mo2014012-prelim.pdf ] (1/15/15).

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January 15th, 2015 at 11:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 January 2015

Headlines:

New York – anchorage regulations;

BSEE – oil spill response research;

USN – electromagnetic railgun;

House – bill introduced re Alaska marine sanctuaries;

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens on fishing permits;

Court – ancillary jurisdiction; and

IMO – Maritime Education & Training.

January 15, 2015

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New York – anchorage regulations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing and modifying anchorage grounds within the Port of New York. The rule enters into force on 17 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 2011 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/pdf/2015-00465.pdf ] (1/15/15).

BSEE – oil spill response research

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-to-Invest-$6-Million-in-2015-for-Oil-Spill-Research-Projects/ ] announcing that it is soliciting proposals for oil spill response research projects and will be investing up to $6 million to support these projects in 2015. White papers must be received by 9 February. (1/14/15).

USN – electromagnetic railgun

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85166 ] stating that, like a proud parent, it is showing off its latest child – the Electromagnetic Railgun – at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC. The railgun uses electrical impulses to launch projectiles to a distance of more than 100 nautical miles at speeds exceeding Mach 6. (1/13/15).

House – bill introduced re Alaska marine sanctuaries

clip_image010 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 332) 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. (1/13/15).

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens on fishing permits

clip_image010[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 337) to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/13/15).

Court – ancillary jurisdiction

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a district court retains ancillary jurisdiction over a supplementary proceeding to avoid a fraudulent transfer by a judgment debtor. After plaintiff obtained a judgment on its maritime claim against defendant ship owner, defendant sold the ship (its only asset) and transferred the proceeds to defendant CEO. Plaintiff then moved the court to exercise ancillary jurisdiction to void the transfer of funds. The district court granted the motion and defendant CEO appealed. The appellate court ruled that ancillary jurisdiction exists to enable a court to function successfully, that is, to manage its proceedings, vindicate its authority, and effectuate its decrees. National Marine Services v. Straub, No. 13-15349 (11th Cir., January 13, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201315349.pdf ].

IMO – Maritime Training & Education

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-WMD-launch.aspx#.VLbCJdLF98E ] stating that theme for World Maritime Day 2015 is Maritime Education & Training. (1/14/15).

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January 14th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 January 2015

Headlines:

White House – cybersecurity proposal;

Okeechobee Waterway – reduced operating hours;

DOE – authority to import & export LNG;

EPA – NCP proposed changes;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo;

House – bill introduced re TIGER grant funding;

California – marine invasive species;

Washington – seeking NRDA specialist;

EC – smuggling of migrants;

Great Barrier Reef – disabled vessel under tow;

Denmark – passenger ship survey; and

Southern Ocean – suspected illegal fishing.

January 14, 2015

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White House – cybersecurity proposal

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/13/securing-cyberspace-president-obama-announces-new-cybersecurity-legislat ] stating that, in an effort to further enhance cybersecurity, new legislation is being proposed to give the private sector and government the tools needed to combat cyber threats, including better sharing of cybersecurity information. (1/13/15).

Okeechobee Waterway – reduced hours proposed

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is proposing to reduce lock operating hours on the Okeechobee Waterway. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 13 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 1899 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-14/pdf/2015-00399.pdf ] (1/14/15).

DOE – authority to import & export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that orders have been issued during September 2014 granting authority to import and export liquefied natural gas. 80 Fed. Reg. 1906 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-14/pdf/2015-00513.pdf ] (1/14/15).

EPA – NCP proposed changes

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release [located at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/917f4992f1f7e8d285257dcc005aed8c!OpenDocument ] stating that it is proposing to make changes to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. Many of the proposed changes regard the testing and use of dispersants. The official proposal should be published soon in the Federal Register. (1/13/15).

House – bill introduced to lift Cuba trade embargo

clip_image012 Representative Rush (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 274) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/12/15).

House – bill introduced re TIGER grant funding

clip_image012[1] Representative Larsen (D-WA) introduced the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery for Cities Underfunded Because of Size Act of 2015 – TIGER CUBS Act (H.R. 278) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr278ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr278ih.pdf ] making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2015 for the TIGER discretionary grant program, and for other purposes. (1/12/15).

California – marine invasive species

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a letter to interested parties [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/MFD/Proposed_Regulatory_Actions/Informal%20Comment%20Period/Letter%20to%20Interest%20Parties.pdf ] inviting comment on the proposed regulation regarding Marine Invasive Species Act Enforcement and Hearing Process [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/MFD/Proposed_Regulatory_Actions/Informal%20Comment%20Period/Draft%20Article%204.9%20-%20Enforcement%20Regulations.pdf ]. Comments must be received by 23 February. (1/9/15).

Washington – seeking NRDA specialist

clip_image016 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a notice [located at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewjob&jobID=1037181 ] stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Natural Resource Damage Assessment Specialist (ES5). Applications must be received by 28 January. (1/7/15).

EC – smuggling of migrants

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) posted a fact sheet [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-3261_en.htm?locale=en ] regarding the smuggling of migrants into Europe and the European response. Most of the smuggling occurs through maritime routes. (1/13/15).

Great Barrier Reef – disabled vessel under tow

clip_image020 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/13012015-Media-Release-Thor-Commander-3_000.pdf ] stating that the disabled freighter Thor Commander is under tow by the tug Smit Leopard en route Gladstone, Queensland. (1/13/15).

Denmark – passenger ship survey

clip_image022 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthoritylaunchesnewshipsurvey.aspx ] stating that it has launched a new ship survey process for Danish passenger ships which, to a greater extent, involves the crew and the daily safety work. (1/13/15).

Southern Ocean – suspected illegal fishing

clip_image024 The New Zealand Government issued a news release [located at http://beehive.govt.nz/release/illegal-vessels-fail-comply-attempts-board?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+beehive-govt-nz%2Fportfolio%2Fforeign-affairs+%28Foreign+Affairs+-+beehive.govt.nz%29 ] the HMNZN WELLINGTON has hailed and attempted to board two of the three vessels suspected of illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean. The vessels’ flag state, Equatorial Guinea, has authorized the boardings, but the masters of the vessels have refused to cooperate and have actively resisted boarding attempts. (1/14/15)

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 January 2015

Headlines:

DOI – Texas City Y oil spill;

TSA – TWIC Reader QTL;

Senate – bill introduced re improvements to USMMA;

Court – rehearing denied re DWH oil spill; and

Singapore – Seafarer Certification System.

January 12, 2015

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DOI – Texas City Y oil spill

clip_image004 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice of intent to conduct restoration planning with respect to the 22 March 2014 Texas City Y oil spill. Opportunity for public comment will be announced separately. 80 Fed. Reg. 1512 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-12/pdf/2015-00231.pdf ] (1/12/15).

TSA – TWIC Reader QTL

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted an updated TWIC Reader Qualified Technology List [located at http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/twic/twic_reader_qtl_current.pdf ]. (1/8/15).

Senate – bill introduced re improvements to USMMA

clip_image008 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 143) to allow for improvements to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/9/15).

Court – rehearing denied re DWH oil spill

clip_image010 Despite a short but vigorous dissent, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit voted 7-6 to deny a petition by BP Exploration & Production for rehearing en banc of the earlier decision finding the defendant to have been grossly negligent with regard to the release of crude oil into the water following the explosion and fire on the MODU Deepwater Horizon. In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 12-30883 (5thh Cir., January 9, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/12/12-30883-CV2.pdf ].

Singapore – Seafarer Certification System

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing enhancements to the Singapore Seafarer Certification System (SCS) including an on-line system for issuance of various endorsements and certificates. The enhancements enter into effect immediately. Shipping Circular 2-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_2_of_2015.pdf ] (1/9/15).

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    logo11 Regulation of dynamic positioning

    In the January 2015 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Regulation of dynamic positioning". In the article, I discuss the development and expanding application of dynamic positioning through numerous sectors of the maritime industry, the progression of industry standards relating to training and qualification of DP personnel, and recent efforts by the US Coast Guard to regulate this practice.