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July 20th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 July 2014

Headlines:

National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting;

NOAA – Gray’s Reef NMS regulations;

DOS – Special Representative for the Arctic;

USCG – seeking marine investigator;

USCG, USACE & NOAA – AIS users forum;

USCG – replacement parts for emergency equipment;

USCG – failure of seemingly minor items;

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases;

OMB – review of proposed DWP rule;

Court – spill responders’ right to OSLTF compensation;

Arctic Council – oil pollution prevention;

Australia – carbon tax abolished;

Malta – ISO certification;

UK – seafarers’ employment agreements; and

UK – MAIB annual report.

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July 18, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting

clip_image004 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Silver Spring on 19 August to discuss and approve the draft Advisory Board report to Congress on the state of Sea Grant. 79 Fed. Reg. 41989 (July 18, 2014).

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting

clip_image006 The US Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior, will meet in Maui on 8-13 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 42030 (July 18, 2014).

NOAA – Gray’s Reef NMS regulations

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule updating the regulations and management plan for Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). The amendments come into effect on 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 41879 (July 18, 2014).

DOS – Special Representative for the Arctic

clip_image009 The Department of State (DOS) issued a press release stating that Secretary Kerry has appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (ret) as the US Special Representative for the Arctic. (7/16/14).

USCG – seeking marine investigator

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard posted a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of marine investigator (GS-1801-13) in New Orleans. Applications must be received by 29 July. (7/15/14).

USCG, USACE & NOAA – AIS Users Forum

clip_image012 clip_image014 clip_image015 The US Coast Guard issued an announcement stating that, together with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it will conduct an AIS Users Forum in Paducah, Kentucky on 29 July to learn about waterway users’ technology practices, capabilities, and preferences. (7/17/14).

USCG – replacement parts for emergency equipment

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a Lessons Learned reminding mariners to use only the proper replacement parts for emergency equipment. (7/9/14).

USCG – failure of seemingly minor items

clip_image017 The US Coast Guard issued a Lessons Learned reminding mariners that failure of seemingly minor items can sometimes create a catastrophe. (7/9/14).

Offshore New Jersey – proposed sale of wind energy leases

clip_image018 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release announcing the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for commercial wind energy development. (7/17/14).

OMB – review of proposed DWP rule

clip_image020 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has received for review from the US Coast Guard a proposed rule regarding deepwater ports (DWPs). The proposed revisions would provide additional information, clarify existing regulations, provide additional regulatory flexibility, and add new requirements to ensure safety.  (7/17/14). Note: OMB review generally takes four months.

Court – spill responders’ right to OSLTF compensation

clip_image022 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) provides the exclusive source of law for an action involving a responsible party’s liability for removal costs governed by OPA. In the instant case, defendant barge owner was determined to be a responsible party with regard to the release of oil from the barge DM 932 following a collision with the MV Tintomara in the Mississippi River on 23 July 2008. When the defendant did not fully pay the claims of third party defendant spill responders within the required 90 days, they sought and obtained payment from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF), which then brought suit against defendant to recover the amounts paid. Defendant contended that the spill responders failed to provide adequate documentation for the amounts billed to and paid out of the OSLTF. The court held that the responsible party does not have a cause of action against spill responders who exercised their statutory right to file claims with the OSLTF after the responsible party failed to timely pay their claims. US v American Commercial Lines, No. 13-30358 (5th Cir., July 16, 2014).

Arctic Council – oil pollution prevention

clip_image024 The Arctic Council issued a news release stating that its Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention met in Ottawa on 12-13 June. The Task Force is developing the Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention. (7/10/14).

Australia – carbon tax abolished

clip_image026 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott issued a media release stating that Parliament has abolished the carbon tax which, among other things, applied to bunker fuel purchased in Australia for domestic voyages. (7/17/14).

Malta – ISO certification

clip_image028 Transport Malta issued a press release stating that its Merchant Shipping Directorate has been successfully certified and registered as having in place an ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. (7/17/14).

UK – seafarers’ employment agreements

clip_image030 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note providing direction on compliance with the requirement in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) regarding seafarers’ employment agreements. (7/17/14).

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image031 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2013 and supporting documents. (7/17/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

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Gainesville, FL 32608-8135

USA

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July 20th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 July 2014

Headlines:

EPA – fuel oil non-availability report submittal;

OFAC – Ukraine-related sanctions;

FERC – application to export LNG;

USACE – Jacksonville restricted area proposed;

Senate – Jaenichen confirmed as MARAD Administrator;

House – bill introduced re dredged material;

House – bill introduced re Vietnam Era merchant mariners;

Senate – bill introduced re marine national monuments;

Senate – thanks to USCG for rescue in Arctic;

Court – Asian carp abatement efforts upheld;

UK – fatal injury to seaman;

UK – cargo ship fire; and

UK – Coastguard training centre.

July 17, 2014

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Tel: 1-352-692-5493 – Email: dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com – Internet: http://brymar-consulting.com

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. All other things being equal never happens.

EPA – fuel oil non-availability report submittal

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted instructions for use of its North American Emission Control Area (ECA) Electronic Fuel Oil Non-Availability Disclosure Portal – FOND Instructions. An owner or operator of a vessel that cannot obtain compliant fuel oil can make a fuel oil non-availability claim through submission of a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR). Persons wishing to submit FONARs to the EPA must now request an electronic FONAR form through FOND and must submit completed FONARs through this same electronic portal. (7/16/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

OFAC – Ukraine-related sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that Ukraine-related economic sanctions have been expanded. (7/16/14).

FERC – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Waller LNG Services for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Waller Point LNG Terminal to be located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 15 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 41685 (July 17, 2014).

USACE – Jacksonville restricted area proposed

clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a restricted area on waters of the St. Johns River adjacent to the USCG Sector Jacksonville facilities at Station Mayport. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 41664 (July 17, 2014).

Senate – Jaenichen confirmed as MARAD Administrator

clip_image012 The Senate confirmed the nomination of Paul Nathan “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of Kentucky to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). (7/15/14).

House – bill introduced re dredged material

clip_image014 Representative Ribble (R-WI) introduced the Agricultural Conservation Flexibility Act of 2014 (H.R. 5071) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to non-prohibited discharges of dredged or fill material under the Clean Water Act. (7/10/14).

House – bill introduced re Vietnam Era merchant mariners

clip_image014[1] Representative Bishop (D-GA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5112) to provide eligibility for veterans benefits for individuals who served in the United States merchant marine in the Southeast Asia theater of operations during the Vietnam Era. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/14).

Senate – bill introduced re marine national monuments

clip_image015 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2608) to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/14).

Senate – thanks to USCG for rescue in Arctic

clip_image015[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) issued a press release thanking the US Coast Guard and the crew of the icebreaker HEALY for the recent rescue of a sailor beset in the ice in the Arctic Ocean. She noted the need for a new USCG icebreaker and for an expansion of infrastructure in the Arctic. (7/14/14).

Court – Asian carp abatement efforts upheld

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the actions taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to abate the threat posed to the Great Lakes by the Asian carp did not rise to the level of a public nuisance. The court noted that plaintiffs’ court filings include a notable lack of factual allegations that Asian carp are passing or are about to pass through the barriers that the USACE has established and that the filings do not plausibly allege that the USACE cannot or will not respond to more urgent threats when and if they arise. Michigan v. US Army Corps of Engineers, No. 12-3800 (7th Cir., July 14, 2014).

UK – fatal injury to seaman

clip_image019 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of a fatal crushing injury to an able seaman on board the ro-ro cargo vessel Tyrusland in Tripoli, Libya on 15 May 2013. During cargo unloading, the seaman was crushed between a static container and a container being moved by a fork-lift truck. The ship’s risk assessment did not identify hazards associated with the operation. Report 19-2014 (7/16/14).

UK – cargo ship fire

clip_image019[1] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of an accommodation space fire on the general cargo ship Celtic Carrier on passage from Gibraltar to Belfast. The fire, which started after a crew member fell asleep in bed while holding a lit cigarette, caused an electrical failure of the ship’s steering gear, and resulted in heat, smoke and water damage to the majority of the accommodation spaces. One crew member was injured and the ship was subsequently towed to Cadiz for repair. The crew was ill-prepared for the emergency; there was a lack of leadership, and sub-standard fire-fighting techniques resulted in crew members being unnecessarily exposed to danger. Report 18-2014 (7/16/14).

UK – Coastguard training centre

clip_image019[2] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press release stating that ground has been broken in Lee on Solent for construction of the new Coastguard training centre. (7/16/14).

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http://brymar-consulting.com

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Tel: 1-352-692-5493 – Email: dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com – Internet: http://brymar-consulting.com

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. All other things being equal never happens.

EPA – fuel oil non-availability report submittal

clip_image027 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted instructions for use of its North American Emission Control Area (ECA) Electronic Fuel Oil Non-Availability Disclosure Portal – FOND Instructions. An owner or operator of a vessel that cannot obtain compliant fuel oil can make a fuel oil non-availability claim through submission of a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR). Persons wishing to submit FONARs to the EPA must now request an electronic FONAR form through FOND and must submit completed FONARs through this same electronic portal. (7/16/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

OFAC – Ukraine-related sanctions

clip_image006[1] The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that Ukraine-related economic sanctions have been expanded. (7/16/14).

FERC – application to export LNG

clip_image028 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Waller LNG Services for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Waller Point LNG Terminal to be located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 15 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 41685 (July 17, 2014).

USACE – Jacksonville restricted area proposed

clip_image029 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a restricted area on waters of the St. Johns River adjacent to the USCG Sector Jacksonville facilities at Station Mayport. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 41664 (July 17, 2014).

Senate – Jaenichen confirmed as MARAD Administrator

clip_image015[2] The Senate confirmed the nomination of Paul Nathan “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of Kentucky to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). (7/15/14).

House – bill introduced re dredged material

clip_image014[2] Representative Ribble (R-WI) introduced the Agricultural Conservation Flexibility Act of 2014 (H.R. 5071) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to non-prohibited discharges of dredged or fill material under the Clean Water Act. (7/10/14).

House – bill introduced re Vietnam Era merchant mariners

clip_image014[3] Representative Bishop (D-GA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5112) to provide eligibility for veterans benefits for individuals who served in the United States merchant marine in the Southeast Asia theater of operations during the Vietnam Era. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/14).

Senate – bill introduced re marine national monuments

clip_image030 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2608) to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/15/14).

Senate – thanks to USCG for rescue in Arctic

clip_image015[3] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) issued a press release thanking the US Coast Guard and the crew of the icebreaker HEALY for the recent rescue of a sailor beset in the ice in the Arctic Ocean. She noted the need for a new USCG icebreaker and for an expansion of infrastructure in the Arctic. (7/14/14).

Court – Asian carp abatement efforts upheld

clip_image031 The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the actions taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to abate the threat posed to the Great Lakes by the Asian carp did not rise to the level of a public nuisance. The court noted that plaintiffs’ court filings include a notable lack of factual allegations that Asian carp are passing or are about to pass through the barriers that the USACE has established and that the filings do not plausibly allege that the USACE cannot or will not respond to more urgent threats when and if they arise. Michigan v. US Army Corps of Engineers, No. 12-3800 (7th Cir., July 14, 2014).

UK – fatal injury to seaman

clip_image032 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of a fatal crushing injury to an able seaman on board the ro-ro cargo vessel Tyrusland in Tripoli, Libya on 15 May 2013. During cargo unloading, the seaman was crushed between a static container and a container being moved by a fork-lift truck. The ship’s risk assessment did not identify hazards associated with the operation. Report 19-2014 (7/16/14).

UK – cargo ship fire

clip_image019[3] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of an accommodation space fire on the general cargo ship Celtic Carrier on passage from Gibraltar to Belfast. The fire, which started after a crew member fell asleep in bed while holding a lit cigarette, caused an electrical failure of the ship’s steering gear, and resulted in heat, smoke and water damage to the majority of the accommodation spaces. One crew member was injured and the ship was subsequently towed to Cadiz for repair. The crew was ill-prepared for the emergency; there was a lack of leadership, and sub-standard fire-fighting techniques resulted in crew members being unnecessarily exposed to danger. Report 18-2014 (7/16/14).

UK – Coastguard training centre

clip_image019[4] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press release stating that ground has been broken in Lee on Solent for construction of the new Coastguard training centre. (7/16/14).

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July 20th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – STCW rule FAQs;

DOT – NFAC recommendations;

House bill introduced re FWPCA permits;

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States; and

House – bill introduced to establish freight trust fund.

July 16, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

USCG – STCW rule FAQs

clip_image004 The USG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice regarding recent updates to its STCW rule Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (7/7/14).

DOT – NFAC recommendations

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release stating that the Recommendations of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) will be used to inform development of the National Freight Strategic Plan. (7/14/14).

House – bill introduced re FWPCA permits

clip_image008 Representative Capito (R-WV) introduced the Coal Jobs Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5077) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide guidance and clarification regarding issuing new and renewal permits, and for other purposes. (7/11/14).

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image008[1] Representative Southerland (R-FL) introduced the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes. Representative Southerland issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/11/14).

House – bill introduced to establish freight trust fund

clip_image008[2] Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5101) to establish a National Freight Network Trust Fund to improve the performance of the national freight network, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/14/14).

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July 20th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 July 2014

Headlines:

Arctic Ocean – icebreaker rescues sailboat;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

PHMSA – transportation of bulk explosives;

St. Lawrence Seaway – SSMC annual summary;

TSA – TWIC reader qualified technology list;

ReCAAP – cargo siphoned off tanker;

Australia – engine room fire; and

Singapore – steps to take following marine casualty.

July 15, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. All other things being equal never happens.

Arctic Ocean – icebreaker rescues sailboat

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the icebreaker Healy diverted from its scientific research mission in the Arctic Ocean to assist a sailboat that had become beset in the ice 40 miles northeast of Barrow, Alaska. The sailboat was on a voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia to eastern Canada via the Northwest Passage. (7/13/14).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal between Mile Marker 296.1 and Mile Marker 296.7 at specified times from 30 June to 26 September while the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installs a new permanent fish barrier. 79 Fed. Reg. 41137 (July 15, 2014).

PHMSA – transportation of bulk explosives

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of bulk explosives, an issue previous addressed by special permits. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 15 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 41185 (July 15, 2014).

St. Lawrence Seaway – SLSMC annual summary

clip_image008 The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada (SLSMC) posted its 2013-2014 Annual Corporate Summary, discussing issues including the ongoing modernization project, the length of the navigation season, and ballast water management. (7/14/14).

TSA – TWIC reader qualified technology list

clip_image010 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an updated version of the TWIC Reader Qualified Technology List. (7/10/14).

ReCAAP – cargo siphoned off tanker

clip_image012 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Update regarding the product tanker Moresby 9. The tanker was carrying a cargo of 2135 metric tonnes of marine gas oil from Johor, Malaysia to Hong Kong on 4 July when it was boarded by nine robbers from a small fishing vessel. Most of the crew was locked in the engine control room while the chief officer was forced to anchor about 30 miles off the Malaysian coast. A tanker came alongside and 2118 metric tonnes of the marine gas oil was siphoned off. The perpetrators departed, taking with them navigational and communications equipment and some personal belongings of the crew. (7/14/14).

Australia – engine room fire

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into the engine room fire on board the bulk carrier Marigold at Port Hedland on 13 July. Two crew members suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to hospital. (7/14/14).

Singapore – steps to take following marine casualty

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing recommended steps to take in the event of a marine casualty or marine incident. Shipping Circular 12-2014 (7/9/14).

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July 20th, 2014 at 11:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 July 2014

Headlines:

OMB – OSVs of at least 6000 GT ITC;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting;

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway draft PEA;

ITC – marine sonar imaging devices;

FWS & NOAA – loggerhead sea turtle;

USCG – tandem loading approval process update;

NOAA – nautical chart for Delong Mountain Terminal;

FMC – automated SERVCON filing option;

MARAD – cyber-threats in the marine environment;

CMTS – adoption of IHO S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model;

Senate – bill introduced re survey of Great Lakes resources;

Senate – resolution re maritime disputes;

House – bill introduced re dredged material;

House – bill introduced re FWPCA permits;

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States;

EC – investigation of Dutch port tax exemptions;

Paris MOU – annual report;

Australia – imported pallet inspection;

India – OSV safe manning;

Ireland – recall of certain EPIRBs;

Singapore – emergency response exercise; and

SSS – Uncle Sam does not want you.

July 14, 2014

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OMB – OSVs of at least 6000 GT ITC

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget has approved the USCG draft interim final rule regarding Offshore Supply Vessels of at least 6000 GT ITC. The rule is being returned to the agency for processing and publication. (7/9/14).

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting

clip_image006 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet in Washington, DC on 6 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 40839 (July 14, 2014).

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway draft PEA

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) regarding its America’s Marine Highway program. Comments must be received by 13 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 40838 (July 14, 2014).

ITC – marine sonar imaging devices

clip_image010 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint on behalf of Navico, Inc. alleging violations of the Tariff Act of 1930 regarding certain marine sonar imaging devices including downscan and sidescan devices. 79 Fed. Reg. 40778 (July 14, 2014).

FWS & NOAA – loggerhead sea turtle

clip_image012 clip_image014 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a final rule designating critical terrestrial habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean distinct population segment of the loggerhead sea turtle. The rule comes into effect on 11 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 39755 (July 9, 2014). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule designating critical marine habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean distinct population segment of the loggerhead sea turtle. No marine areas meeting the definition of critical habitat were identified within the jurisdiction of the United States for the North Pacific Ocean distinct population segment of the loggerhead sea turtle. The rule comes into effect on 11 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 39855 (July 9, 2014). The two agencies issued a joint news release explaining the development.

USCG – tandem loading approval process update

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) updating information regarding the USCG approval process for vapor controlled multi-breasted tandem loading. MSIB 11-14 (7/8/14).

NOAA – nautical chart for Delong Mountain Terminal

clip_image017 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it issued a new nautical chart for the Delong Mountain Terminal, a shallow-draft port servicing the Red Dog Mine, one of the world’s largest producers of zinc concentrate, on the western coast of Alaska in the Arctic. (7/7/14).

FMC – automated SERVCON filing option

clip_image019 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing the availability of an automated SERVCON filing option that allows vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs) and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to incorporate the filing of service contracts and amendments or NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) into their contract management systems. (7/8/14).

MARAD – cyber-threats in the marine environment

clip_image020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing the availability of a free, computer-based training course (CBT) on cyber-threats in the maritime environment.  The DVD will assist vessel owners and operators, merchant mariner unions, maritime academies, and other maritime organizations with training U.S. mariners on best practices to reduce the risks and vulnerability associated with information systems and devices.  The CBT was developed through a cooperative agreement with the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) and can be obtained by visiting the “Products” tab on their website at http://www.socp.us  (7/3/14).

CMTS – adoption of IHO S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model

clip_image022 The US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin stating that the CMTS Coordinating Board has resolved to adopt the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model as its preferred data framework for the dissemination and exchange of digital marine safety information and related MTS data collection requirements. (6/17/14).

Senate – bill introduced re survey of Great Lakes resources

clip_image024 Senator Levin (D-MI) introduced the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Assessment Act of 2014 (S. 2556) to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to conduct an assessment of cultural and historic resources in the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes. Senator Levin issued a news release explaining the measure. (6/26/14).

Senate – resolution re maritime disputes

clip_image024[1] The Senate agreed to a resolution (S. Res. 412) reaffirming the strong support of the United States Government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region, and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime claims and disputes. (7/10/14).

House – bill introduced re dredged material

clip_image026 Representative Ribble (R-WI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5071) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to non-prohibited discharges of dredged or fill material under the Clean Water Act. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/10/14).

House – bill introduced re FWPCA permits

clip_image026[1] Representative Capito (R-WV) introduced a bill (H.R. 5077) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide guidance and clarification regarding issuing new and renewal permits, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/11/14).

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image026[2] Representative Southerland (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5078) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Southerland issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/11/14).

EC – investigation of Dutch port tax exemptions

clip_image028 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has opened an in-depth investigation to verify whether exemptions from corporate tax granted under Dutch law to public companies, including port operators, are in line with EU state aid rules. (7/9/14).

Paris MOU – annual report

clip_image030 The Paris MOU released its 2013 Annual Report on port state control. (7/7/14).

Australia – imported pallet inspection

clip_image032 The Australian Department of Agriculture issued a media release stating that examination of pallets transporting imported products is being expanded following discovery of Asian longhorn beetles, brown mulberry longhorn beetles, Japanese sawyer beetles, and nematodes in some recently-imported pallets. 6/16/14).

India – OSV safe manning

clip_image034 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a Circular announcing an easing of safe manning requirements for off-shore supply vessels (OSVs) operating in Indian offshore oil fields. (7/7/14).

Ireland – recall of certain EPIRBs

clip_image036 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice announcing a recall of certain units of the GME EPIRB. Marine Notice 41-2014 (7/10/14).

Singapore – emergency response exercise

clip_image038 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the multi-agency Exercise Blue Dolphin 2014 has been conducted simulating the evacuation of 700 passengers and crew from a passenger vessel that had experienced an engine room fire. More than 1000 personnel from 21 agencies and companies participated. (7/11/14).

SSS – Uncle Sam does not want you

clip_image040 The US Selective Service System (SSS) issued an apology after sending notifications to 14,215 men in Pennsylvania born between 1893 and 1897 reminding them of the requirement to register for the draft. (7/11/14).

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July 20th, 2014 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – MSM Vol. II updated;

USCG – technical amendments to 33 CFR;

GLPAC – meeting;

MARAD – US-flag launch barge inventory;

James River – proposed safety zone;

IWUB – meeting;

USCG – training and manning for OCS activities;

FERC – Pennamaquan Tidal Power;

House – bill introduced to amend Antiquities Act;

IMO – Ship Recycling Convention;

Australia – marine casualty;

Canada – Marine Transportation Security Regulations;

China – NVOCC operators list;

Denmark – air emissions enforcement coordination;

Panama Canal – June operations summary; and

UK – casualty investigation.

July 9, 2014

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USCG – MSM Vol. II updated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an updated version of Volume II – Material Inspection – of its Marine Safety Manual (MSM Vol. II). This update incorporates a number of previously-issued circulars and policy letters. In addition, it has a new chapter devoted to outer continental shelf activities. (7/3/14)

USCG – technical amendments to 33 CFR

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule making various technical amendments to Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations – Navigation and navigable Waters. The amendments come into effect immediately, but are not intended to make substantive changes. 79 Fed. Reg. 38421 (July 7, 2014).

GLPAC – meeting

clip_image004[2] The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 23-24 July in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include US/Canada coordination and a review of general regulations. 79 Fed. Reg. 38323 (July 7, 2014).

MARAD – US-flag launch barge inventory

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it is updating its inventory of US-flag launch barges. Comments on the inventory should be submitted by 6 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 38356 (July 7, 2014).

James River – proposed safety zone

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on waters of the James River in the vicinity of the James River Reserve Fleet and Hog Island, Virginia at various times between 6 and 15 August during the US Navy’s demonstrations involving unmanned and remote-operated craft. Comments on the proposal must be received by 23 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 38479 (July 8, 2014).

IWUB – meeting

clip_image009 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 14 August in Walla Walla, Washington. Topics on the agenda include the status of funding for inland navigation projects and studies. 79 Fed. Reg. 38526 (July 8, 2014).

USCG – training and manning for OCS activities

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard has extended, through 8 September, the period within which to submit comments on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) entitled “Training of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in US Outer Continental Shelf Activities. 79 Fed. Reg. 38841 (July 9, 2014).

FERC – Pennamaquan Tidal Power

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that Pennamaquan Tidal Power LLC will hold public meetings in Bangor (6 and 7 August) and Pembroke, Maine (8 August) to explain and receive comments on its initial study plan for the proposed Pennamaquan Tidal Power Plant Project. 79 Fed. Reg. 38883 (July 9, 2014).

House – bill introduced to amend Antiquities Act

clip_image014 Representative Southerland (R-FL) introduced the Marine Access and State Transparency Act or MAST Act (H.R. 4988) to amend the Act popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. Representative Southerland issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/26/14).

IMO – Ship Recycling Convention

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that France has become the third State to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships​, 2009 (following the Congo and Norway).  ​​​(7/2/14).

Australia – marine casualty

clip_image018 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into a casualty on the bulk carrier Julia N while berthing in Port Hedland on 28 June. The ship was letting go a tug’s towing line when a crew member’s leg was caught in the messenger line, resulting in serious injury. (7/4/14).

Canada – Marine Transportation Security Regulations

clip_image020 Transport Canada issued a notice stating that it has updated its Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSRs) to more closely align with international requirements. The amendments come into effect immediately. (7/2/14).

China – NVOCC operators list

clip_image022 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration issued a notice stating that it has developed a list of qualified Non-Vessel Operator Common Carrier (NVOCC) operators, who shall be issued NVOCC business licenses and allowed to conduct NVOCC business in and out of Chinese ports. (7/7/14).

Denmark – air emissions enforcement coordination

clip_image024 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that a number of North Western European nations have agree to coordinate their enforcement of the enforcement of sulphur emission rules applicable to ships operating in those waters. (7/3/14).

Panama Canal – June operations summary

clip_image026 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for June 2014. Advisory 15-2014 (7/3/14).

UK – casualty investigation

clip_image028 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire on the main deck of the ro-ro cargo ferry Corona Seaways in the Kattegat, Scandinavia on 4 December 2013. The fire was caused by an electrical defect on a used vehicle’s engine starting system. Following initial fire-fighting by the crew, the vessel diverted to the Swedish port of Helsingborg, where assistance was provided by the local fire and rescue service in finally extinguishing the fire. Report 17-2014 (7/3/14).

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July 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 July 2014

Headlines:

North Carolina – Hurricane Arthur;

USCG – limited extension of NTVRP IOAs;

DHS – Counter-IED Resources Guide;

FERC – application to export CNG;

Offshore Maryland – wind energy leasing;

MMC – Committee of Scientific Advisors;

IMO – SOLAS amendments;

Australia – detention for inadequate voyage planning;

Ireland – medical and eyesight standards;

Panama Canal – Expansion Project update;

UK – discharge book and/or British seaman’s card; and

Declaration of Independence Day – July 4.

July 3, 2014

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North Carolina – Hurricane Arthur

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Sector North Carolina has set Port Condition Whiskey for all navigable waters in North Carolina in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of tropical storm Arthur. A second news release states that the Port Conditions have been raised as Arthur reaches hurricane force. (7/2/14).

USCG – limited extension of NTVRP IOAs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that, due to numerous complexities, about 925 nontank vessel response plans (NTVRPs) still have not received full plan approval and their current interim operating authorizations (IOAs) are due to expire on 31 July. Therefore, the Coast Guard intends to grant a three-month extension of IOAs for nontank vessels that have submitted a NTVRP which includes a pre-fire plan approved by the identified salvage and marine fire fighting organization when required. MSIB 10-14 (7/1/14).

DHS – Counter-IED Resources Guide

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Counter-IED Resources Guide, providing a concise overview of the DHS Office of Bombing Prevention as well as the resources and capabilities that the Office can provide to address the threat posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). (7/2/14).

FERC – application to export CNG

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Emera CNG, LLC requesting authorization to export compressed natural gas CNG) from a proposed CNG facility at the Port of Palm Beach, Florida. Comments on the application must be received by 2 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 38017 (July 3, 2014).

Offshore Maryland – wind energy leasing

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it plans to sell two commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Maryland. A mock auction for eligible bides will be held on 12 August. The monetary auction will be held on 19 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 38060 (July 3, 2014). The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release regarding the development.

MMC – Committee of Scientific Advisors

clip_image012 The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for membership on the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals. Nominations should be receive by 30 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 38073 (July 3, 2014).

IMO – SOLAS amendments

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release reminding stakeholders that various amendments to the SOLAS Convention entered into force on 1 July 2014. Among other things, the amendments address recovery of persons from the water; reducing on-board noise; and protection of vehicle, special category, and ro-ro spaces. (7/1/14).

Australia – detention for inadequate voyage planning

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal affirmed the detention by the AMSA of the vessel SCF Yenisel in Queensland in October 2013. The detention was ordered when it was determined the vessel planned to transit Palm Passage of the Great Barrier Reef Marine park waters using scanned and printed charts.. The tribunal confirmed that reliance on unofficial charts demonstrated inadequate voyage planning. (7/2/14).

Ireland – medical and eyesight standards

clip_image018 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examinations) Regulations 2014, implementing MLC 2006 and the Manila Amendments to STCW Convention, come into effect on 4 July. Marine Notice 38-2014 (7/1/14).

Panama Canal – Expansion Project update

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that more than two million cubic feet of concrete has recently been poured at the Pacific side of the Canal Expansion Project, raising overall progress to 76.3%. (6/25/14).

UK – discharge book and/or British seaman’s card

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice announcing availability of a new version of the MSF 4509, Application for a discharge book and/or British seaman’s card. (7/2/14).

Declaration of Independence Day – July 4

clip_image024 This Friday, July 4, 2014, marks the 238th anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (July 4, 1776). It is not the 237th 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, 2014 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 July 2014

Headlines:

Florida – ill crew members;

St. Louis – Mississippi River reopened;

USCG – Inland Navigation Rules;

BTS – voluntary near miss reporting on OCS;

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

NFAC – meeting;

FWS – West Indian manatee;

OMB – regulatory costs and benefits;

FERC – surrender of wave energy license;

NTSB – parasailing safety;

MARAD – MV Cape Ray update;

DOE – Cape Wind conditional loan guarantee;

TSA – TWIC Reader Qualified Technology;

GPS – newsletter;

Court – ship repair facility negligence;

New Zealand – MNZ Statement of Intent; and

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

July 2, 2014

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Florida – ill crew members

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is responding to a call from the master of the cargo ship JS Comet anchored three miles off Cape Canaveral that 19 of the 21 crew members on board were experiencing symptoms of food poisoning and were in need of medical assistance. The problem is exacerbated by the presence in the area of Tropical Storm Arthur. A second news release states that the 19 ill crew members have been medically evacuated, that the owner is required to retain three harbor safety tugs, that the owner is required to obtain minimal replacement crew, and that the ship is required to maintain an hourly communication schedule with the Coast Guard. (7/1/14).

St. Louis – Mississippi River reopened

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Mississippi River at St. Louis has been reopened to navigation. The river was closed briefly after a towboat sank. The incident is under investigation. (7/1/14).

USCG – Inland Navigation Rules

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the Inland Navigation Rules and their annexes to align with recent amendments made by the IMO to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) and to incorporate recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC). The amendments come into effect on 1 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 37897 (July 2, 2014).

BTS – voluntary near miss reporting on OCS

clip_image008 The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that it intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval to collect voluntary near miss reporting in oil and gas operations on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). Results of the confidential voluntary reporting is intended to provide the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the industry, and all OCS stakeholders with information about accident precursors and other hazards associated with OCS oil and gas operations so that all stakeholders can use that information to reduce safety and environmental hazards and continue building a more robust OCS safety culture. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 2 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 37837 (July 2, 2014).

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a final rule adjusting for inflation the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to FMC jurisdiction. The adjustments come into effect on 11 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 37662 (July 2, 2014).

NFAC – meeting

clip_image011 The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC), sponsored by the Department of Transportation (DOT), will meet in Washington, DC on 15 and 16 July to receive briefings on and to discuss freight provisions in the surface transportation reauthorization proposals. 79 Fed. Reg. 37839 (July 2, 2014).

FWS – West Indian manatee

clip_image013 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it has initiated a review of the status of the West Indian manatee, including its subspecies the Florida manatee and the Antillean manatee, to determine whether reclassification as threatened under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. Comments should be submitted by 2 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 37706 (July 2, 2014).

OMB – regulatory costs and benefits

clip_image015 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks comments on its draft Report to Congress on the benefits and costs of federal regulations and unfunded mandates on state, local, and tribal entities. Comments should be submitted by 2 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 37776 (July 2, 2014).

FERC – surrender of wave energy license

clip_image017 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has received an application from Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC to surrender its wave energy license. The project is located in the Pacific Ocean in state waters about 2.5 miles off the coast near Reedsport, Oregon. Comments on the application should be received within thirty days. 79 Fed. Reg. 37735 (July 2, 2014).

NTSB – parasailing safety

clip_image019 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted a comprehensive investigation into parasailing accidents. Looking at several different accidents, the Special Investigation Report finds that parasailing safety is largely unregulated, that operators are often untrained, and that serious accidents are often caused by faulty equipment. The report concludes that some safety risks could be mitigated if operators were required at have at least a minimum level of experience, training, and professional competence. Among other things, the report recommends that the Coast Guard implement a specialized license endorsement that all holders of a valid Coast Guard merchant mariner credential would be required to obtain before conducting parasailing operations. The NTSB also issued a Safety Alert regarding parasailing. (7/1/14).

MARAD – MV Cape Ray update

clip_image021 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release providing an update on preparations of the MARAD-managed Ready Reserve Force ro-ro ship Cape Ray to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals at Gioia Tauro, Italy before neutralizing them at sea. (6/30/14).

DOE – Cape Wind conditional loan guarantee

clip_image023 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing a conditional commitment of a $150 million loan guarantee to support construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. (7/1/14).

TSA – TWIC Reader Qualified Technology

clip_image025 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted an updated list of TWIC Reader Qualified Technology. (6/6/14).

GPS – newsletter

clip_image027 The National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (GPS.GOV) issued its Newsletter for June addressing, among other things, GPS funding and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to fine a foreign manufacturer $34.9 million for marketing GPS jammers in the United States in violation of federal law. (6/30/14).

Court – ship repair facility negligence

clip_image029 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit largely affirmed the district court finding that a ship repair facility (and ultimately its insurer) is liable for damages to a vessel on which it was undertaking repairs when a hurricane struck, sinking the vessel. In the instant case, the hurricane was forecast days in advance and the ship repair facility negligently took insufficient steps to protect the vessel from water ingress. The ship owner was allowed to directly collect from the insurer, but the award of attorney fees was modified. National Liability & Fire Insurance v. R & R Marine, No. 10-20767 (5th Cir., June 30, 2014).

New Zealand – MNZ Statement of Intent

clip_image031 Maritime New Zealand issued its Statement of Intent 2014-2020, laying out how the agency intends to achieve its mandate to make life at sea safer, protect the marine environment from pollution, ensure New Zealand’s ports and ships are secure, and provide search and rescue response services within its area of responsibility. (7/1/14).

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

clip_image033 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. Currently, another aviatrix named Amelia Rose Earhart (no relation) is attempting a similar circumnavigation in a single-engine aircraft.

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July 1st, 2014 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Polar Code meeting;

FWS & NOAA – “significant portion of its range”;

NTSB – grounding on charted shoal;

House – bill introduced re Transportation Bonds;

Court – House subcommittee DWH investigation;

Australia – Great Barrier Reef & Torres Strait;

Singapore – regulatory amendments; and

UK – consultation re removal of old regulations.

July 1, 2014

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USCG – Polar Code meeting

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will hold a public meeting is Seattle on 14 August to receive comments on topics related to the development of a mandatory code for ships operating in polar waters (draft Polar Code; draft SOLAS amendments; and draft MARPOL amendments). Written comments should be submitted by 1 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 37339 (July 1, 2014).

FWS & NOAA – “significant portion of its range”

clip_image006 clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing availability of their final policy on interpretation of the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The policy comes into effect on 31 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 37577 (July 1, 2014).

NTSB – grounding on charted shoal

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation into the grounding of the towing vessel Justice in the Hog Island Channel near the southwest end of the Cape Cod Canal on 21 March 2013 with significant damage to the vessel and the discharge of an estimated 232 gallons of gear oil, but no injuries. The grounding occurred on a charted rocky shoal just outside the channel and near a properly-operating lighted structure. The probable cause of the incident was determined to be the mate’s ineffective use of the vessel’s autopilot to maintain a course within the navigable channel and his delay in taking manual control as the vessel approached a charted hazard. MAB 14/10 (6/30/14).

House – bill introduced re Transportation Bonds

clip_image012 Representative Bentivolio (R-MI) introduced the Repairing Our Aging Roads Act (H.R. 4945) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue Transportation Bonds to fund transportation projects in each State, and for other purposes. (6/24/14).

Court – House subcommittee DWH investigation

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that an investigation conducted by a subcommittee of the House of Representatives is included within the terms of a statute that criminalizes obstructing “the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being held by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress.” A federal grand jury indicted Rainey for one count of obstructing Congress in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1505, and one count of making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 in conjunction with the subcommittee’s investigation of issues related to the fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit (DWH MODU). Rainey contended, among other things, that 18 U.S.C. § 1505 did not apply to subcommittee investigations. The district court agreed and dismissed that count. The government appealed. The appellate court vacated the district court order and remanded the case. United States v. Rainey, No. 13-30770 (5th Cir., June 27, 2014).

Australia – Great Barrier Reef & Torres Strait

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice stating that, on 23 May 2014, the 93rd session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 93) adopted a new two-way route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. The amendment comes into effect on 1 December 2014. (6/28/14).

Singapore – regulatory amendments

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising stakeholders of the entry into force of the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the Merchant Shipping (Load Line) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 incorporating the 2012 amendments to the SOLAS Convention effected by Resolutions MSC.338(1) and MSC.344(91). Shipping Circular 11-2014 (6/27/14).

UK – consultation re removal of old regulations

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) opened a consultation regarding its proposal to remove four old regulations relating to the weighing of goods vehicles and emergency equipment lockers because more modern regulations have made them out of date. The consultation closes on 10 August. (6/16/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 June 2014

Headlines:

OFAC – Burmese sanctions regulations;

FMC – filing of complaint;

House – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure fund;

House – bill introduced to amend Antiquities Act;

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas;

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re survey of Great Lakes resources;

India – seafarer accommodations proposal; and

Ireland – maritime safety.

June 30, 2014

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OFAC – Burmese sanctions regulations

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended and reissued in their entirety the Burmese sanctions regulations. The amendments come into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 37105 (June 30, 2014).

FMC – filing of complaint

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that a complaint has been filed by Santa Fe Discount Cruise Parking, Inc, et al. against the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves, et al. alleging violations of the Shipping Act. 79 Fed. Reg. 36807 (June 30, 2014).

House – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure fund

clip_image008 Representative Webster (R-FL) introduced the TIFIA 2.0 Act (H.R. 4925) to amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Revolving Fund, and for other purposes. Representative Webster issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/20/14).

House – bill introduced to amend Antiquities Act

clip_image008[1] Representative Southerland (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4988) to amend the Act popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Southerland issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/26/14).

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas

clip_image010 Senator Udall (D-CO) introduced the Natural Gas Export Promotion Act of 2014 (S. 2494) to expedite applications to export natural gas, to require the public disclosure of liquefied natural gas export destinations, and for other purposes. Senator Udall issued a news release explaining the measure. (6/18/14).

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced

clip_image010[1] Senator Landrieu (D-LA) introduced a bill (S. 2534) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. (6/26/14).

Senate – bill introduced re survey of Great Lakes resources

clip_image010[2] Senator Levin (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 2556) to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to conduct an assessment of cultural and historic resources in the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Levin issued a news release explaining the measure. (6/26/14).

India – seafarer accommodations proposal

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping draft rule regarding seafarer accommodations on Indian merchant vessels and on foreign merchant vessels calling at locations subject to Indian jurisdiction. The proposal would implement provisions of MLC 2006. Comments on the proposal must be submitted within 30 days. (6/27/14).

Ireland – maritime safety

clip_image014 The Irish Department for Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a press release stating that Minister Leo Varadkar has called for a sea change in attitudes to maritime safety as he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety. (6/26/14).

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    logo11 OSRO - child of necessity

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