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February 21st, 2018 at 11:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – web sites;

St. Lawrence Seaway – opening on 29 March;

NAP – transporting hazardous liquids & gases;

Court – adequacy of PWC warnings;

ILO – SID checklist;

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft; and

UK – HMS Ocean sold to Brazil.

February 21, 2018

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USCG – web sites

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has one of the most extensive outreach programs of any federal agency. Not too long ago, it added new web sites for, among others, Operating & Environmental Standards (CG-OES); Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG); and the Marine Safety Center (CG-MSC). (2/20/18).

St. Lawrence Seaway – opening on 29 March

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Seaway will open to navigation on 29 March. Seaway Notice 1-2018 (2/20/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180220.pdf].

NAP – transporting hazardous liquids & gases

clip_image008 The National Academies Press (NAP) completed a new study titled “Safely Transporting Hazardous Liquids and Gases in a Changing US Energy Landscape”. It examines the transport of such items in the pipeline, rail, and water modes. (2/20/18) [https://www.nap.edu/download/24923?utm_source=NASEM+News+and+Publications&utm_campaign=27a8c11722-NAP_mail_new_2018_02_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-27a8c11722-102060401&goal=0_96101de015-27a8c11722-102060401&mc_cid=27a8c11722&mc_eid=5629ef0b84].

Court – adequacy of PWC warnings

clip_image010 In a diversity of citizen case and applying South Carolina law, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant manufacturer of a personal water craft (PWC) and against the plaintiff who was seriously injured when she fell off the PWC being operated by a 14-year-old and on which she was the fourth passenger and wearing only a bikini. Defendant had included warnings on the PWC itself and in the operator’s manual that the craft should not be operated by persons under the age of sixteen, that no more than three person should ride the PWC at any time, and that all persons should wear a wet suit bottom or similar protective clothing. Plaintiff contended that the warnings were inadequate, but the warnings clearly complied with state law. Hickerson v Yamaha Motor Corp., No. 17-1075 (4th Cir., February 20, 2018) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/171075.P.pdf].

ILO – SID Checklist

clip_image012 The International Labour Organization (ILO) published its Seafarer Identification Document Checklist (SID Checklist), providing guidance to member states on the preparation of these important documents. (February 2018) [http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_norm/—normes/documents/genericdocument/wcms_617300.pdf].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 19 March, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be reduced from 15.2 meters (50.0 feet) to 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 06-2018 (2/19/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-06-2018.pdf].

UK – HMS Ocean sold to Brazil

clip_image016 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a news release stating that the landing platform, helicopter ship HMS Ocean (L12), flagship of the Royal Navy, has been sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84 million. (2/19/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-agrees-sale-of-hms-ocean-to-brazil].

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February 20th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments;

USCG – remarks at PVA convention;

USCG & NOAA – whale disentanglement training;

GAO – cybersecurity framework adoption;

India – certification of officers for polar operations; and

MREN – Strict liability criminal statutes.

February 20, 2018

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USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding commercial towing and salvage companies to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene. Alert 2-18 (2/15/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0218.pdf].

USCG – remarks at PVA convention

clip_image004[1]The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing service remarks at the 2018 Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) convention. A major priority is overhaul of the service’s oversight and management of third party organizations. Other priorities include policies regarding emerging technologies and implementation of Subchapter M and ballast water management. (2/16/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/16/2-16-2018-passenger-vessel-association-2018-convention-recap-of-remarks/].

USCG & NOAA – whale disentanglement training

clip_image004[2] clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Station Honolulu crewmembers and personnel from the NOAA Fisheries telemetry team conducted whale disentanglement training off Oahu. (2/16/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1db8af6].

GAO – cybersecurity framework adoption

clip_image008 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on cybersecurity framework adoption. The report recommends further actions for determining framework adoption by the sector-specific agencies in consultation with their respective partners, such as the sector coordinating councils. GAO-18-211 (2/15/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/690112.pdf].

India – certification of officers for polar operations

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a Draft Exam Circular for certification of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters. (2/16/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201802160500348764756draft_cir_nt_160218.pdf].

MREN – Strict liability criminal statutes

clip_image012 In the February 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, you can find my article entitled “Strict liability criminal statutes”. The article discusses the omission from the Refuse Act of 1899 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of scienter provisions and how the courts over time have come to treat these statutes as creating strict criminal liability. Congress created the problem and Congress should fix it. (2/19/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180200.pdf].

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February 16th, 2018 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – guidance re inoperable BWMS;

USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments;

USCG – dynamic positioning systems;

Philadelphia – security zone;

TSAC – meeting on 20-21 March;

CBP & ICE – private sector participation in training;

NTSB – delayed opening of swing-bridge;

House – bill introduced re leasing off Florida coast;

Court – assist tug not part of tow; and

Hong Kong – VTS changes.

February 16, 2018

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USCG – guidance re inoperable BWMS

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system. CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-02 (2/14/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2018/CG-CVC_pol18-02.pdf].

USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding commercial towing and salvage companies to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene. Alert 2-18 (2/15/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0218.pdf].

USCG – dynamic positioning systems

clip_image004[2] The USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) posted the latest edition of its Drill Down newsletter, focusing on dynamic positioning systems. (2/15/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/OCS%20NCOE/Drill%20Downs/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20DP%20Systems%2002.15.2018.pdf?ver=2018-02-15-135305-620].

Philadelphia – security zone

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a permanent security zone on portions of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers for the protection of very important persons (VIP) who arrive at or depart from Philadelphia International Airport. The rule enters into effect on 19 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 6961 (2/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-16/pdf/2018-03217.pdf].

TSAC – meeting on 20-21 March

clip_image004[4] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 20-21 March in Charleston. Topics on the agenda include Subchapter M implantation, inland firefighting, and towing LNG barges. 83 Fed. Reg. 7063 (2/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-16/pdf/2018-03221.pdf].

CBP & ICE – private sector participation in training

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a notice announcing a program for the private sector to participate in trade-related training of CBP and ICE personnel. 83 Fed. Reg. 7064 (2/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-16/pdf/2018-03233.pdf].

NTSB – delayed opening of swing-bridge

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 9 June 2017 swing-bridge allision on the Atchafalaya River involving the towing vessel Marguerite L. Terral and two of the six barges that it was pushing. The starboard lead barge in the tow and the barge immediately aft contacted a pier of the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge at mile marker (mm) 41.5. The allision resulted in damage to both barges and the bridge, totaling more than $4 million in repairs. There were no reports of pollution or injuries associated with this accident. ​The probable cause of the allision was the bridge tender’s delay in providing a timely opening of the drawspan, as requested, due to distraction by his other duties. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to properly compensate for the current during the approach to the bridge. MAB 18-05 (2/15/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1805.pdf].

House – bill introduced re leasing off Florida coast

clip_image012 Representative Rutherford (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5014) to provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/18).

Court – assist tug not part of tow

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court decision and ruled that, under the insurance policy in force, an assist tug is not part of the tow of the lead tug. In the instant case, the assist tug allided with a bridge fender and sank. The insurance policy covered damage only to the lead tug’s ‘tow’. Continental Insurance v L&L Marine Transportation, No. 17-30424 (5th Cir., February 15, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-30424-CV0.pdf]. Note: This case was brought to my attention by my good friend Don Haycraft of Liskow & Lewis.

Hong Kong – VTS changes

clip_image016 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective 1 March, amendments are being made to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) reporting procedures, calling-in points, VHF sectors, and VHF channels. Notice 23-2018 (2/15/18) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn18023.pdf].

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February 15th, 2018 at 11:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Subchapter M initial COI issuance under TSMS;

USN – tracking civilian certifications and competencies;

NASA – sea level rise accelerating;

NOAA – emergency preparedness and resilience;

Hong Kong – termination of Extended Incentive Scheme; and

Sea Empress grounding & salvage – 15-21 February 1996.

February 15, 2018

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USCG – Subchapter M initial COI issuance under TSMS

clip_image004 The USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to address the issuance of an initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) for Subchapter M inspected towing vessels that utilize the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. MSIB 02-18 (2/13/18) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=13190&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston].

USN – tracking civilian certifications and competencies

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that enlisted sailors can now track their civilian certifications, licenses, and United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) data, allowing them to track their experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations. (2/14/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104356].

NASA – sea level rise accelerating

clip_image008 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. This acceleration is driven mainly by melting of icecaps in Greenland and Antarctica. (2/13/18) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/new-study-finds-sea-level-rise-accelerating].

NOAA – emergency preparedness and resilience

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a blog reminding stakeholders that resilience after a disaster is not achievable without the capacity to absorb shocks, and it is this capacity that emergency preparedness helps to provide. (2/13/18) [https://blog.response.restoration.noaa.gov/national-ocean-service-boosts-disaster-preparedness-efforts-new-program?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery].

Hong Kong – termination of Extended Incentive Scheme

clip_image012 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that the Extended Port Facilities and Light Dues Incentive Scheme (Extended Incentive Scheme) launched by the Environmental Protection Department, will be terminated at midnight on 31 March. Notice 22-2018 (2/14/18) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn18022.pdf].

Sea Empress grounding & salvage – 15-21 February 1996

clip_image013 On 15 February 1996, the tanker Sea Empress grounded while entering the port of Milford Haven, spilling approximately 2,500 tons of its cargo of crude oil. The vessel was quickly refloated and anchored in deep water in preparation for lightening some of the remaining cargo. Gale force winds drove the tanker aground again, spilling an additional 69,300 tons of crude oil. The tanker was finally refloated again on 21 February and salvage was completed. Investigation revealed that the initial grounding was due to pilot error. The subsequent grounding was the result, in part, of insufficient tugs of appropriate power and maneuverability, together with a lack of full understanding of local tidal currents.

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February 14th, 2018 at 11:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting – 14 February 2018

Headlines:

DHS – funds requested for new heavy polar icebreaker;

US & Canada – joint investigation of MOL Prestige fire;

USCG – medical certificate applications;

MEDMAC – meeting on 6-7 March;

HSRP – meeting on 4-5 April;

NOAA – HSRP members sought;

NOAA – remote sensing during oil spill;

USN – 30-year ship acquisition plan;

Court – ringed seal listed as threatened; and

EMSA – guidance on LNG bunkering.

February 14, 2018

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DHS – funds requested for new heavy polar icebreaker

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY2018 Budget-in-Brief requests that Congress appropriate $11.6 billion for the US Coast Guard. Among other things, the budget requests $750 million to continue efforts to award a contract for detail design and construction to maintain scheduled delivery of a new heavy polar icebreaker in 2023. Specifically, funding provides detail, design, long lead time materials, construction, program management office support, feasibility studies and maintaining the indicative design, cybersecurity planning, project resident office initiation, and Navy reimbursable technical support. (2/12/18) [https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/DHS%20FY19%20BIB.pdf]. Note: This is a major development, one on which the Coast Guard has been working for years. The ball is now passed to Congress.

US & Canada – joint investigation of MOL Prestige fire

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that investigators from Sector Puget Sound and from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada boarded the container ship MOL Prestige in Seattle to begin investigations into the cause of the 1 February engine room fire that disabled the vessel. (2/13/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1daab0b].

USCG – medical certificate applications

clip_image010 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719KE forms) may now be submitted directly to the NMC. Regional Examination Centers (RECs) will continue to accept medical certificate application submissions as well. (2/5/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/submission_med_cert_apps_nmc.pdf].

MEDMAC – meeting on 6-7 March

clip_image011 The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 6-7 March in Nashville. Topics on the agenda include diet and wellness and regulatory reform. 83 Fed. Reg. 6604 (2/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-14/pdf/2018-02943.pdf].

HSRP – meeting on 4-5 April

clip_image013 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Miami on 4-5 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 6518 (2/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-14/pdf/2018-02968.pdf].

NOAA – HSRP members sought

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). Nominations should be submitted by 25 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 6519 (2/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-14/pdf/2018-02969.pdf].

NOAA – remote sensing during oil spill

clip_image014[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a Blog on remote sensing during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (2/13/18) [https://blog.response.restoration.noaa.gov/remote-sensing-during-deepwater-horizon-brings-light-importance-surface-oil-oil-spill-response-and?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery].

USN – 30-year ship acquisition plan

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release stating that its 30-year ship acquisition plan has been submitted to Congress. The plan serves as a roadmap to reach a 355-ship fleet. (2/12/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104353].

Court – ringed seal listed as threatened

clip_image018 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court and ruled that the finding of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal as threatened was supported by the record and was not speculative. Alaska Oil & Gas Association v Ross, No. 16-35380 (9th Cir., February 12, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/02/12/16-35380.pdf].

EMSA – guidance on LNG bunkering

clip_image020 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted Guidance on LNG Bunkering for Port Authorities and Port Administrations. (2/6/18) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3207-guidance-on-lng-bunkering-to-port-authorities-and-administrations.html].

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February 13th, 2018 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 February 2018

Headlines:

MERPAC – meeting on 20-22 March;

MARAD – US-flag launch barges;

St. Lawrence Seaway – proposed changes to Handbook;

NOAA – COSPAS/SARSAT module;

EU – operational cooperation with Albania;

ReCAAP – January report; and

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft increased.

February 13, 2018

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MERPAC – meeting on 20-22 March

clip_image004 The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 20-22 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include STCW implementation and fatigue mitigation and management. 83 Fed. Reg. 6205 (2/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-13/pdf/2018-02924.pdf].

MARAD – US-flag launch barges

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it is updating its list of US-flag launch barges. Additions, deletions, and comments should be submitted by 15 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 6309 (2/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-13/pdf/2018-02885.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – proposed changes to Handbook

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing proposed changes to the Seaway Practices and Procedures. Comments must be received by 15 March. (2/12/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/SeawayHandbook2018Rev.pdf].

NOAA – COSPAS/SARSAT module

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the COSPAS/SARSAT module on its weather satellites aided in the rescue of 275 persons in 2017. (2/8/18) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-satellites-aid-in-rescue-of-275-lives-in-2017]. Note: The satellites pick up alerts from EPIRBs and PLBs and transmit the location to ground facilities. Without an EPIRB or PLB, you are SOL.

EU – operational cooperation with Albania

clip_image012 The European Union (EU) issued a press release stating that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has strengthened its operational cooperation with Albania. (2/12/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-742_en.htm].

ReCAAP – January report

clip_image014 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its report of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in January 2018. Reports were received of five actual incidents and two attempted instances, down from a total of ten such incidents in January 2017. (2/12/18) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=614&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft increased

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks has been increased to 15.2 meters (50.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 05-2018 (2/9/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-05-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall;

USCG – TPO approval for Subchapter M;

USCG icebreaker Polar Star completes mission;

USCG – TSAC members sought;

FMC – meeting in closed session of 14 February;

USACE – beneficial use of dredged material;

CIPAC – Critical Infrastructure Summit on 1 March;

Court – lack of personal jurisdiction;

IMO – ban of high sulphur fuel;

Panama Canal – Container Summary for All Vessels;

Panama Canal – January operations;

UK – MoD censured for unsafe system of work; and

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983.

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USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard distributed internal guidance for enforcement, examination, and inspection procedures for the Kidde fire extinguisher recall. ACN 013/18 (2/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d9a568].

USCG – TPO approval for Subchapter M

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that Meridian Global Consulting LLC has been approved as a third party organization (TPO) to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M. (2/6/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/06/2-6-2018-meridian-global-consulting-llc-approved-as-third-party-organization-under-subchapter-m/].

USCG – icebreaker Polar Star completes mission

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, despite flooding and an engine failure, the icebreaker Polar Star has completed its mission in support of the National Science Foundation after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting and escorting supply vessels to the continent. (2/6/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d8d9de].

USCG – TSAC members sought

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be submitted by 10 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 6041 (2/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-12/pdf/2018-02696.pdf].

FMC – meeting in closed session on 14 February

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in closed session on 14 February to discuss the Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking (P4-16). 83 Fed. Reg. 5771 (2/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-09/pdf/2018-02822.pdf].

USACE – beneficial use of dredged material

clip_image008 Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) establish a pilot program to recommend ten projects for the beneficial use of dredged material. The USACE is requesting proposals for beneficial use of dredged material projects. Proposals must be received by 12 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (2/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-09/pdf/2018-02613.pdf].

CIPAC – Critical Infrastructure Summit on 1 March

clip_image010 The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will convene the Critical Infrastructure Summit on 1 March in Arlington, Virginia. All 16 critical infrastructure sectors will be represented. 83 Fed. Reg. 6047 (2/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-12/pdf/2018-02817.pdf].

Court – lack of personal jurisdiction

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that sending an email to a US entity is insufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over a foreign entity, even where the purpose of the email is to interfere with the employment contract of a vessel master. Sangha v Navig8 Shipmanagement, No. 17-20093 (5th Cir., February 5, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-20093-CV0.pdf].

IMO – ban of high sulphur fuel

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Administration (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response adopted a measure to ban the carriage, as fuel, of petroleum with a sulphur content above 0.5% effective March 2020. Ships with qualifying scrubbers are exempted. (2/9/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/One_step_closer_to_effective_enforcement_of_new_sulphur_regulations.aspx].

Panama Canal – Container Summary for All Vessels

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing the availability of the new version of ‘Container Summary for All Vessels’, Form 4510. Previous versions will no longer be accepted. Advisory 03-2018 (2/2/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-03-2018.pdf].

Panama Canal – January operations

clip_image016[1] The Panama Canal Authority (APC) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during January. Advisory 04-2018 (2/8/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-04-2018.pdf].

UK – MoD censured for unsafe system of work

clip_image018 The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) issued a news release stating that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been issued a Crown Censure after a Royal Navy engineering technician was killed during lift maintenance work on board HMS Bulwark, which as alongside in Devonport. Investigation found that the MoD failed to ensure there was a safe system of work to control the risks associated with lift maintenance. (2/9/18) [http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/mod-receives-crown-censure-following-royal-navy-technician-death/].

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983

clip_image020 The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to have been perfunctory. As a result, inspection standards were drastically improved. In addition, carriage of survival suits became mandatory for ships on winter routes and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program was initiated. The circumstances are detailed in Robert Frump’s book “Until the Sea Shall Free Them”.

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February 10th, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 February 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – report on loss of El Faro;

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’;

NSGAB – meeting on 6-7 March;

DOS – meeting re SSE 5 0n 1 March;

COAC – meeting on 28 February;

Northern California – RNAs proposed;

USCG – list of prohibited vessels;

TSAC – meeting on 6-8 March;

House – bill introduced re USCG Commandant and JCS;

Court – maritime attachment pleading requirements; and

Court – application of state employment laws to OCS facilities.

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NTSB – report on loss of El Faro

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release with links to the report of its investigation of the loss of the cargo ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. (2/7/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/MAR1701.aspx].

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule adding an applicability date tom to the 2015 regulation defining ‘waters of the United States’ of 6 February 2020. This change enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 5200 (2/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-06/pdf/2018-02429.pdf].

NSGAB – meeting on 6-7 March

clip_image010 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will meet in Washington, DC on 6-7 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 5249 (2/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-06/pdf/2018-02313.pdf].

DOS – meeting re SSE 5 on 1 March

clip_image012 The Department of State (DOS) will host a meeting on 1 March in Arlington, Virginia in order to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 5). Items on the agenda include fires in ro-ro spaces on passenger ships and onboard lifting appliances. 83 Fed. Reg. 5288 (2/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-06/pdf/2018-02272.pdf].

COAC – meeting on 28 February

clip_image014 The Customs Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Miami on 28 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 5268 (2/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-06/pdf/2018-02297.pdf].

Northern California – RNAs proposed

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish regulated navigation areas (RNAs) at the harbor entrance bars of Crescent Harbor, Humboldt Bay, Noyo River, and Morro Bay in Northern California. Comments must be submitted by 12 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 5592 (2/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-08/pdf/2018-02503.pdf].

USCG – list of prohibited vessels

clip_image017 The US Coast Guard published an official list of vessels prohibited from entering the waters of the United States. The list enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 5683 (2/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-08/pdf/2018-02536.pdf].

TSAC – meeting on 6-8 March

clip_image018 The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 6-8 March in Houston. Topics on the agenda include design standards for vessels with natural gas and hazardous substance spill response plans for vessels. 83 Fed. Reg. 5683 (2/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-08/pdf/2018-02510.pdf].

House – bill introduced re USCG Commandant and JCS

clip_image020 Representative Tipton (R-CO) introduced a bill (H.R. 4939) to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the membership of the Commandant of the Coast Guard on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/6/18).

Court – maritime attachment pleading requirements

clip_image022 In a well-reasoned and thoroughly explained opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion for a maritime attachment of property allegedly owned by one of plaintiff’s debtors. The court held that the motion for attachment must contain more than an assertion that unidentified property that might be owned by an affiliate of the debtor might be in the possession of the defendant is insufficient to fulfill the pleading requirements. DS-Rendite v Essar Capital Americas, No. 15-3777-cv (2nd Cir., February 6, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/ed44f30e-4099-45a9-81ca-63f6d73fb1bc/1/doc/15-3777_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/ed44f30e-4099-45a9-81ca-63f6d73fb1bc/1/hilite/]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Court – application of state employment laws to OCS facilities

clip_image024 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overruled the district court and held that, under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), a coastal state’s wage and hour laws could be applied to a claim for wages by a discharged employee previously employed on an offshore platform. Newton v Parker Drilling Management Services, No. 15-56352 (9th Cir., February 5, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/02/05/15-56352.pdf].

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February 10th, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 5 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – list of prohibited vessels;

USACE – requests to alter civil works projects;

Washington – company fined for Atlantic salmon escape;

Canada – $12 million for maritime training;

Denmark – online control of certificates; and

UK – funding doubled for SMarT program.

February 5, 2018

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USCG – list of prohibited vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the list of vessels prohibited from entry into US waters, in accordance with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. (2/2/18) [https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(b2v3ylmf5aqjfzvyozi0rkwt))/caatsa.aspx]

USACE – requests to alter civil works projects

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) seeks comments on its draft guidance on policy and procedures for processing third party requests to alter USACE civil works projects pursuant to Section 408. Comments must be submitted by 7 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 5075 (2/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-05/pdf/2018-02207.pdf].

Washington – company fined for Atlantic salmon escape

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that investigation has determined that operator negligence was the primary cause of the net pen collapse in north Puget Sound in August that resulted in the escape of an estimated 253,000 Atlantic salmon. The operator’s lease of state aquatic lands has been terminated. (1/30/18) [https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/News/2018/Jan30-Joint-release-for-net-pen-fine]. A second news release states that the operator has been fined $332,000. (1/30/18) [https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/News/2018/Jan-30-Cooke-net-pen-fine].

Canada – $12 million for maritime training

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that $12.6 million is being invested in maritime training for women, Inuit, and indigenous communities through the Oceans Protection Plan. (2/2/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/02/government_of_canadainvestsinmarinetrainingforwomeninuitandindig.html].

Denmark – online control of certificates

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it and the European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) are examining how online control of certificates could make port state control (PSC) inspections more efficient. Initially, they will demonstrate that certificate data from DMA’s database could be made available to users of EMSA’s database THETIS. (2/2/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Online-control-of-certificates-could-lead-to-faster-PSC-inspections.aspx].

UK – funding doubled for SMarT program

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that it is doubling trainee funding for the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) program to £30 million, enabling the annual intake for cadets to rise from 750 to 1,200. (2/2/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-doubles-trainee-funding-in-smart-move-to-boost-uk-maritime-sector].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 February 2018

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – anchorage grounds proposed;

USCG – towing vessel initial inspections;

USCG – testimony re El Faro loss;

NOAA – right whale DMA off Virginia;

NTSB – flooding of towing vessel;

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’;

BOEM – Offshore Wind & Maritime Industry Knowledge Exchange;

UK – Maritime Growth Study Review;

Malta – unlicensed parker jailed for six months; and

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2018.

February 2, 2018

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St. Lawrence Seaway – anchorage grounds proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish two anchorage grounds in the St. Lawrence Seaway: Carleton Island Anchorage and Tibbetts Point Anchorage, both near Cape Vincent, New York. Comments must be received by 3 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 4882 (2/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-02/pdf/2018-02114.pdf].

USCG – towing vessel initial inspections

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a letter to towing vessel owners and operators encouraging them to contact their local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) to schedule inspections of their towing vessels for their initial Certificate of Inspection (COI). (1/29/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/TVNCOE/Documents/Default/CGCVCInspectionLtr.pdf?ver=2018-02-01-124449-403].

USCG – testimony re El Faro loss

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing its testimony at the recent Congressional hearing into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro with 33 persons on board. (2/1/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/01/2-1-2018-summary-of-congressional-testimony-regarding-el-faro-reports/].

NOAA – right whale DMA off Virginia

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that a voluntary right whale speed restriction zone has been established in waters of the Atlantic off Virginia due to an aggregation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales sighted in the area. Vessels transiting the designated area are requested to transit at 10 knots or less. The Dynamic Management Area (DMA) will remain in effect through 10 February. (1/31/18) [https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2018/01/31_new_VA_voluntary_right_whale_speed_restriction_zone.html].

NTSB – flooding of towing vessel

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the flooding of the towing vessel Atlantic Raider in the St. Johns River on 28 October 2016. The vessel suddenly developed a port list while underway. Efforts to correct the list were ineffective; the list increased, water began to flood into the engine room, and the crew chose to intentionally ground the vessel. All three crewmembers disembarked safely. An oil sheen could be seen extending from the vessel. Damage was estimated between $800,000 and $1,200,000. ​The probable cause of the flooding of the towing vessel was a stern hull fracture that allowed ingress of water into the rudder compartment and caused the vessel to sink by the port quarter. Contributing to the accident was flooding through an open door to the engine room. MAB 18-02 (2/1/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1802.pdf].

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This rule is intended to provide clarity and certainty about which definition of ‘waters of the United States’ is applicable nationwide in response to judicial actions that could result in confusion. The new applicability date will be two years after this final rule is published in the Federal Register. (1/31/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-finalize-waters-united-states-applicability-date].

BOEM – Offshore Wind & Maritime Industry Knowledge Exchange

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing that it will host the Offshore Wind and Maritime Industry Knowledge Exchange on 5-6 March in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. (2/1/18) [https://www.boem.gov/Offshore-Wind-and-Maritime-Industry-Knowledge-Exchange/].

UK – Maritime Growth Study Review

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The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the Maritime Growth Study Review. The Maritime Growth Study was published in 2015 and this is the first review of progress under the study. It shows strong improvement of collaboration between government and industry. There are still concerns, though, including with the general pace of delivery. (2/1/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678365/maritime-growth-study-review.pdf].

Malta – unlicensed parker jailed for six months

clip_image018 Transport Malta issued a news release stating that the unlicensed parker who was fined €500 on 5 January for his activities in a car park has now been jailed for six months and fined €2,000 for ignoring court orders to stay away from the parking areas. (1/31/18) [http://www.transport.gov.mt/news/31st-january-2018-unlicensed-parker-jailed-for-6-months-after-ignoring-court-or].

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2018

clip_image020 February 2 is celebrated as Ground Hog’s Day throughout the civilized world (i.e., Canada and the United States). On this day, if the ground hog comes out of its burrow and fails to see its shadow, winter will end in six weeks. If, though, the ground hog sees its shadow, then spring will arrive in a month and a half. (2/2/18).

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    logo11 Strict liability criminal statutes

    In the February 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Strict liability criminal statutes". The article discusses the omission from the Refuse Act of 1899 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of scienter provisions and how the courts over time have come to treat these statutes as creating strict criminal liability. Congress created the problem and Congress should fix it.