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October 15th, 2018 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 October 2018

Headlines:

White House – Save Our Seas Act of 2018;

USCG – BWMS recap;

USCG – cyber protection and response posture;

MARAD – RFP for NSMV construction manager;

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project;

Senate – bill introduced re freight projects;

Senate – recapitalization of USCG & NOAA ships;

Court – bunkers and maritime liens;

Arctic – 2018 sea ice minimum;

Arctic – sea ice younger and thinner;

EC – Danish tonnage tax scheme;

UK – accidental release of CO2;

UK – accident reporting and investigation; and

MREN – Liquefaction.

October 15, 2018

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White House – Save Our Seas Act of 2018

clip_image004 President Trump signed into law the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (S. 3508). Title II of the Act codifies changes to implement recommendations arising from the investigations into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro. (10/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3508enr/pdf/BILLS-115s3508enr.pdf].

USCG – BWMS recap

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recapping its presentations are a recent conference concerning extensions of compliance date extensions and type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMSs). (10/11/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/11/10-11-2018-ballast-water-management-technology-north-america-conference-recap-of-presentation-on-extensions-type-approval-and-next-steps/].

USCG – cyber protection and response posture

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin addressing the fortifying of the US cyber protection and response posture. (10/12/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/12/10-12-2018-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-fortifying-the-u-s-cyber-protection-and-response-posture/].

MARAD – RFP for NSMV construction manager

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vessel construction manager to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). (10/11/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/maritime-administration-issues-request-for-proposal/].

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that an environmental impact statement (EIS) has been drafted for the Rio Grande LNG Project. Comments must be received by 3 December. (10/12/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/10-12-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=7484429464727211215].

Senate – bill introduced re freight projects

clip_image013 Senator Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill (S. 3587) to amend title 23, United States Code, to improve the nationally significant freight and highway projects program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (10/11/18).

Senate – recapitalization of USCG & NOAA ships

clip_image013[1] The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on recapitalization of Coast Guard and NOAA ships. Testimaony was received from RADM Michael Haycock, USCG; RADM Michael Silah, NOAA; Ms. Marie Mak, GAO; and Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, CRS. (10/11/18) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=7952AFA7-6E44-421F-B1CC-9851F8753DC6].

Court – bunkers and maritime liens

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with other circuits and ruled that a bunker supplier does not have a maritime lien against the vessel for which bunkers were provided where the owner ordered the bunkers from a bunker broker not the physical supplier. Bunker Holdings v Yang Ming Liberia, No. 16-35539 (9th Cir., October 11, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/10/11/16-35539.pdf].

Arctic – 2018 sea ice minimum

clip_image017 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that the Arctic sea ice minimum, reached on 23 September, was tied for the sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record at 4.59 million square kilometers. All of the twelve lowest minimums have occurred in the past 12 years. (9/27/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/09/arctic-sea-ice-extent-arrives-at-its-minimum/].

Arctic – sea ice younger and thinner

clip_image017[1] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that the Arctic Ocean’s blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominately older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice. New ice grows faster but is more vulnerable to weather and wind, so ice thickness is more variable. (10/11/18) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/with-thick-ice-gone-arctic-sea-ice-changes-more-slowly].

EC – Danish tonnage tax scheme

clip_image019 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved the extension of the existing Danish tonnage tax scheme to additional types of vessels. (10/12/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6107_en.htm].

UK – accidental release of CO2

clip_image021 The UIK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin concerning accidental release of CO2 from fixed fire extinguishing systems. Safety Bulletin No. 12 (9/12/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/739881/Safety_Bulletin_12_-_CO2_releases.pdf].

UK – accident reporting and investigation

clip_image022 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a Notice regarding amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) statute to provide for its continued effect when Brexit takes effect. (10/12/18) [https://www.gov.uk/eu-withdrawal-act-2018-statutory-instruments/the-merchant-shipping-accident-reporting-and-investigation-and-the-railways-accident-investigation-and-reporting-amendment-eu-exit-regulations-2018].

MREN – Liquefaction

clip_image024 In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, you can find my article on Liquefaction. The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews. (10/15/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN181000.pdf].

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October 12th, 2018 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 October 2018

Headlines:

EPA – 2013 VGP continued indefinitely;

USCG – Alternative Compliance Program; and

USCG – Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook.

October 12, 2018

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EPA – 2013 VGP continued indefinitely

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Update stating that the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) will not be reissued prior to its 18 December 2018 expiration date, but will be administratively continued and remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Owners and operators of vessels operating under the administratively continued permit are expected to comply with the terms and conditions of that permit until the new permit is issued and enters into effect. (10/10/18) [https://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels-vgp].

USCG – Alternative Compliance Program

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued Change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-95, the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP). The primary purpose of the change is to align the ACP with applicable IMO instruments. Additionally, the change incorporates various policies and related provisions consistent with the Commandant’s Final Action Memo on the sinking of the SS El Faro. NVIC 02-95, CH-3 (10/2/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/1995/n2-95ch3.pdf].

USCG – Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued its Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook. The document outlines the Commandant’s long-term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. The three major elements of the policy are: (1) facilitation of lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; (2) modernization of aids to navigation and other mariner information systems; and (3) transformation of workforce capacity and partnerships. (10/11/18) [https://media.defense.gov/2018/Oct/05/2002049100/-1/-1/1/USCG%20MARITIME%20COMMERCE%20STRATEGIC%20OUTLOOK-RELEASABLE.PDF].

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October 4th, 2018 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re recreational diving;

USCG – Port of San Diego cyber incident;

FMC – field interviews in NY/NJ;

EC – Brexit and maritime security; and

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980.

October 4, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re recreational diving

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert providing guidance to owners, operators, and crew of passenger vessels engaged in support of recreational diving activities. Alert 15-18 (10/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1518.pdf].

USCG – Port of San Diego cyber incident

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that on 25 September the Port of San Diego reported a cybersecurity incident impacting port offices and some physical security aspects of regulated facilities. The cyber incident did not adversely impact Marine Transportation System operations. The bulletin also includes a link to an FBI announcement concerning cyber actors exploiting the remote desktop protocol. (10/3/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/03/10-3-2018-port-of-san-diego-cyber-incident/].

FMC – field interviews in NY/NJ

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing that detention and demurrage field interviews will be held in the Port of New York and New Jersey on 7-9 November. This is in addition to the previously announced field interviews in LA/LB and Everglades/Miami. (10/3/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/new_york_new_jersey_added_to_field_interview_itinerary/].

EC – Brexit and maritime security

clip_image009 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice regarding EC Brexit Preparedness Notices, including one on the impact on maritime security. Marine Notice 37-2018 (10/2/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2037%20of%202018%20Brexit%20Notice%20Maritime%20Secutiry.pdf].

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980

clip_image011 The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the master sent a message to the US Coast Guard requesting assistance. The ship was then 120 miles south of Cape Spencer and outside the range of USCG helicopters. The Coast Guard advised the master to send out an SOS, but he refused. The chief radio officer sent one anyway. Ships in the area responded, including the tanker Williamsburg, the USCGC Woodrush, and the USCGC Boutwell, which served as the on-scene coordinator. The master gave the order to abandon ship at sunrise. The Coast Guard, Air Force, and Canadian Forces dispatched long-range helicopters, which carried persons from the lifeboats to the Williamsburg. The Prinsendam was taken under tow, but the fire could not be extinguished and the ship was listing heavily in deteriorating weather. Permission to bring the ship into sheltered waters was denied by the Coast Guard, but probably had no impact, as the ship sank shortly thereafter. Woodrush located the last of the lifeboats and transferred the survivors to Boutwell. The tanker Williamsburg brought 359 passengers and crew safely to Valdez. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.

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October 3rd, 2018 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – 2016.1 PREP Guidelines;

Bermuda – supplies dropped to disabled freighter;

Johnston Atoll – FWS crew evacuated;

USCG – BWM enforcement and compliance;

DHS OIG – USCG oversight of TWIC program;

Norfolk – EIS re coastal storm risk management; and

New Zealand – $100,000 fine for Subantarctic grounding.

October 3, 2018

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USCG – 2016.1 PREP Guidelines

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued the Update to the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) Guidelines – referred to as the 2016.1 PREP Guidelines. These guidelines entered into effect on 1 October. (10/2/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/PREP_Guidelines_2016-1_181002.pdf].

Bermuda – supplies dropped to disabled freighter

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it air-dropped supplies to a disabled freighter 1380 miles southeast of Bermuda. (10/2/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2119771].

Johnston Atoll – FWS crew evacuated

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it evacuated the four-person Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) team from Johnston Atoll ahead of Hurricane Walaka. (10/2/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2118b60].

USCG – BWM enforcement and compliance

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing its presentation at a recent ballast water management conference on enforcement and compliance. (10/2/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/02/10-2-2018-ballast-water-technology-north-america-conference-recap-of-presentation-walking-the-walk-on-enforcement-and-compliance/].

DHS OIG – USCG oversight of TWIC program

clip_image010 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued the report of its review of the Coast Guard’s oversight of the TWIC program. It found that the Coast Guard does not have a full understanding of the extent to which the TWIC program addresses security risks in the maritime environment and did not clearly define the applicability of facilities that certain dangerous cargo in bulk when developing the final rule to implement the use of TWIC readers at high-risk maritime facilities. OIG-18-88 (9/28/18) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018-10/OIG-18-88-Sep18.pdf].

Norfolk – EIS re coastal storm risk management

clip_image012 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The study evaluates identified flood risks and develops and evaluates coastal storm risk management measures related to sea level rise, local subsistence, and storms. Comments must be received by 2 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 49915 (10/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-03/pdf/2018-21537.pdf]. Note: Some projections call for sea level rise of more than one meter (see pages 9-11 of EIS).

New Zealand – $100,000 fine for Subantarctic grounding

clip_image014 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the cruise company and master of L’Austral have been fined $100,000 for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone. On 9 January 2017 the ship grounded on an uncharted rock in the Subantarctic Snare Islands, violating the 300m exclusion zone around the islands. (10/2/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181002a.asp].

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October 2nd, 2018 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual;

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines;

USN – USMAP updates;

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution;

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November;

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports);

UK – MAIB safety digest; and

UK – consultation re emergency drills.

October 2, 2018

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USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated Change 1 to its Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. Among the changes included are: (1) Area Contingency Plan (ACP) policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) review and verification requirements; (2) Facility Response Plan (FRP) approvals; and (3) Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) responsibilities. COMDTINST M16000.14A (9/26/18) [https://media.defense.gov/2018/Oct/01/2002046527/-1/-1/0/CIM_16000_14A.PDF].

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Exercise Response (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines entered into effect on 1 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 49563 (10/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-02/pdf/2018-21450.pdf].

USN – USMAP updates

clip_image006 The US Navy posted updated guidance on enrolling and participating in the United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) providing active-duty and full time support USN, USMC, and USCG service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. (10/1/18) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107260].

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that agreement has been reached with Keehi Marine for reduction in pollution in its stormwater discharges from its ship repair facility. (10/1/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-requires-keehi-marine-reduce-pollution-stormwater-discharges].

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November

clip_image010 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that meetings will be held on 13 November in Washington, DC to prepare for upcoming sessions of UN subcommittees on international standards on the transportation of dangerous goods. 83 Fed. Reg. 49627 (10/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-02/pdf/2018-21437.pdf].

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports)

clip_image012 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for authorization to act as a Recognized Security Organization (Ports). Applications must be received by 26 October. Notice 36-2018 (9/28/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2036%20of%202018%20Applications%20for%20Recognised%20Security%20Organisation%20Ports.pdf].

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch published its Safety Digest 2/2018 (10/1/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/maib-safety-digest-22018-published].

UK – consultations re emergency drills

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it is opening consultations on revisions of MGHs 570 and 571 which provide guidance on Emergency Drills and Prevention of Man Overboard respectively. Comments must be received by 31 October. (10/1/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-revisions-to-mgn-570-emergency-drills-and-mgn-571-prevention-of-man-overboard].

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October 1st, 2018 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 October 2018

Headlines:

Loss of El Faro – 1 October 2015;

USCG – obtaining replacement MMCs;

Straits of Mackinac – RNA established;

FMC – detention & demurrage field interviews;

DOE – application to export LNG;

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS;

House – resolution introduced re end of WWI;

Australia – master & owner charged re oil spill;

New Zealand – spill readiness & response strategy; and

UK – carrier aircraft are back.

October 1, 2018

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Loss of El Faro – 1 October 2015

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin marking the third anniversary of the loss of the cargo ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. The tragedy has been investigated by the US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and remedial measures have been instituted, with more in development. It has also been the subject of at least three books. (10/1/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/01/10-1-2018-remembering-el-faro/].

USCG – obtaining replacement MMCs

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin providing guidance to US mariners on how to obtain duplicate merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) to replace ones lost due to Hurricane Florence. (9/27/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/hurricane_florence_duplicate_mmc_notice.pdf].

Straits of Mackinac – RNA established

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) for certain waters of the Straits of Mackinac. The rule enters into effect on ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 49000 (10/1/18) [].

FMC – detention & demurrage field interviews

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that interviews with respect to the detention and demurrage fact finding will be held in LA/LB during the week of 15 October and in Port Everglades/Miami during the week of 29 October. (9/28/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/detention_demurrage_interview_locations_announced/].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Cheniere Marketing for authorization to export domestically produced LNG. Comments by be received by ____. 83 Fed. Reg. 49000 (10/1/18) [].

FERC – Port Arthur Liquefaction Project EIS

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 19 November. (9/28/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/09-28-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=12036027981464624265].

House – resolution introduced re end of WWI

clip_image014 Representative Brady (D-PA) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 1094) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement, the 100th anniversary of the return of the Unknown Soldier, and the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (9/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hres1094ih/pdf/BILLS-115hres1094ih.pdf]. Note: The casket bearing the remains of the first unknown soldier was transported from France to Washington, DC by USS Olympia.

Australia – master and owner charged re oil spill

clip_image016 The Northern Territory Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a news release stating that it has commenced legal proceedings against a master and owner of a vessel responsible for a large oil spill in Darwin Harbour on 19 August 2016. (9/27/18) [https://denr.nt.gov.au/news/prosecution-proceedings-commenced-over-oil-spill-in-darwin-harbour].

New Zealand – spill readiness & response strategy

clip_image018 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice stating that it Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy has been updated. (9/28/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/environment/responding-to-spills/response-strategy.asp].

UK – carrier aircraft are back

clip_image020 The Royal Navy issued a news release stating that carrier aircraft are back in operation after an absence of eight years. (9/28/18) [https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2018/september/28/180928-first-deck-landing].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 September 2018

Headlines:

USCG – training for LNG-fueled vessel inspectors;

BSEE – oil and gas production safety systems;

NOAA – chambered nautilus;

NOAA – plastics in the ocean;

Senate – bill introduced to reduce marine debris;

House – bill introduced re USCG Academy;

IMO – World Maritime Day 2018;

EC – liner shipping consortia exemption;

Estonia sinking – 28 September 1994; and

Anti-Flogging Act – 28 September 1850.

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USCG – training for LNG-fueled vessel inspectors

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Coast Guard marine inspectors have been provided with four days of technical training on the inspection of LNG-fueled vessels by personnel from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE), the Marine Safety Center (MSC), and a variety of industry experts. (9/27/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/09/27/9-27-2018-lgc-natl-center-of-expertise-industry-experts-provide-technical-training-for-future-lng-fueled-vessel-inspectors/].

BSEE – oil and gas production safety systems

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) promulgated a final rule amending regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety systems to reduce unnecessary burdens on stakeholders. The rule enters into effect on 27 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 49216 (9/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/pdf/2018-21197.pdf].

NOAA – chambered nautilus

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule listing the chambered nautilus as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The rule enters into effect on 29 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 48976 (9/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/pdf/2018-21114.pdf].

NOAA – plastics in the ocean

clip_image008[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted A Guide to Plastic in the Ocean. (9/27/18) [https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/marinedebris/plastics-in-the-ocean.html].

Senate – bill introduced to reduce marine debris

clip_image010 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (S. 3508) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes. (9/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3508es/pdf/BILLS-115s3508es.pdf].

House – bill introduced re USCG Academy

clip_image012 Representative Thompson (D-MS) introduced a bill (H.R. 6905) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a commission to enhance cultural competence and improve recruitment and outreach efforts at the Coast Guard Academy, to amend title 14, United States Code, to modify the process for congressional nomination of individuals for appointment as cadets at the Coast Guard Academy, and for other purposes. (9/26/18).

IMO – World Maritime Day 2018

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release celebrating World Maritime Day 2018 – “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future” and recognizing the founding of the IMO in 1948. (9/26/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/15_WMD2018.aspx].

EC – liner shipping consortia exemption

clip_image016 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release inviting comments on the legal framework exempting liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules. Comments should be submitted by 20 December. (9/27/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5921_en.htm].

Estonia sinking – 28 September 1994

clip_image018 On 28 September 1994, the ro-ro passenger ferry Estonia capsized and sank in the Baltic Sea were making its regular passage from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm. Of the 803 passengers and 186 crew on board, 138 were rescued alive, although one of these died soon thereafter. The casualty resulted from failure of the bow visor door and subsequent flooding of the open vehicle deck with its large free surface. Subsequently, the IMO adopted special training requirements in crowd and crises management for crews on passenger vessels. EPIRBS were required to activate automatically and voyage data recorders were mandated. Improved damage stability of passenger ships was also mandated.

Anti-Flogging Act – 28 September 1850

clip_image020 The Act making Appropriations for the Naval Service was enacted into law on 28 September 1850. In its time, it was better known as the Anti-Flogging Act because included within its various financial provisions was the following: “Provided, That flogging in the navy, and on board vessels of commerce, be, and the same is hereby, abolished from and after the passage of this act.”

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 September 2018

Headlines:

House – hearing on USCG modernization;

Senate – bill introduced re LNG exports; and

SM1c Douglas A. Munro, USCG – died 27 September 1942.

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House – hearing on USCG modernization

clip_image004 On 26 September, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing regarding Coast Guard modernization and recapitalization. Testimony was received from ADM Karl Schultz, USCG. (9/26/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402825].

Senate – bill introduced re LNG exports

clip_image006 Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 3495) to provide certainty with respect to the timing of Department of Energy decisions to approve or deny applications to export natural gas, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (9/25/18).

SM1c Douglas A. Munro, USCG – died 27 September 1942

clip_image008 SM1c Douglas A. Munro, USCG, died on 27 September 1942 during the Battle for Guadalcanal when he maneuvered his landing craft into the line of fire so as to protect a group of evacuating Marines. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is buried at the Laurel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Cle Elum, Washington, his hometown. The US Coast Guard and the US Marine Corps conduct a joint ceremony there each year in commemoration of his sacrifice. A recently published book, “Guardian of Guadalcanal” by Gary Williams, recounts his life and heroic sacrifice.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 September 2018

Headlines:

USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY 2019;

USCG – weather sensor agreement renewed;

DOJ – crewmember charged with murder;

House – hearing on USCG modernization;

UK – safety of navigation regulations; and

USCGC/USS Tampa sinking – 26 September 1918.

September 26, 2018

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USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY 2019

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The US Coast Guard issued a message establishing the Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) program requirements for Sector and MSU Captains of the Port (COTPs) for FY 2019. ACN 104/18 (9/24/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/20fc138].

USCG – weather sensor agreement renewed

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The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the agreement with Weatherflow, Inc. for placement of weather sensors on some of the service’s beacons has been renewed. (9/25/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/09/25/9-25-2018-coast-guard-renews-weatherflow-sensor-agreement/].

DOJ – crewmember charged with murder

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a Mexican national crewmember has been charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder on a US fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. (9/24/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/mexican-national-charged-murder-aboard-fishing-vessel-55-miles-massachusetts-coast].

House – hearing on USCG modernization

clip_image008 On 26 September, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing regarding Cost Guard modernization and recapitalization. (9/25/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402825].

UK – safety of navigation regulations

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) seeks comments on its proposed regulations regarding safety of navigation. The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to bring up to date the UK’s transposition of Chapter V (Safety of Navigation) of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) in domestic law. At the same time, it is proposed that they will introduce Ambulatory Reference with the Regulations to incorporate any future amendments to the technical standards in the Chapter into UK law by reference on an ongoing basis, instead of transposing it provision by provision. Comments must be received by 19 November. (9/21/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-merchant-shipping-safety-of-navigation-regulations].

USCGC/USS Tampa sinking – 26 September 1918

clip_image012 On 26 September 1918, USS Tampa was completing its 19th convoy escort mission, having shepherded convoy HG-107 from Gibraltar into the Irish Sea. Enroute independently to Milford Haven, it was hit by a torpedo from German submarine UB-91. It exploded and sank almost immediately, with a loss of all hands – 111 Coast Guardsmen, four USN personnel, and 16 passengers. The former USCG cutter had been transferred to US Navy control the year previous, but the Coast Guard crew was retained. Its sinking marked the single greatest loss of life by the Coast Guard during the war.

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    logo11 Liquefaction

    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.