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March 31st, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 March 2015

Headlines:

White House – Arctic strategy implementation report;

USCG – electrical equipment in hazardous locations;

North Atlantic – tall ship crew evacuated;

Court – motion to strike jury demand denied;

EC – Galileo FAQ; and

Denmark – medicine chest A.

March 31, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

White House – Arctic strategy implementation report

clip_image004 The White House released the Implementation Report on the National Strategy for the Arctic [located at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/27/white-house-releases-implementation-report-national-strategy-arctic]. The report is the first of a planned series of intended to maintain transparency by demonstrating progress toward the goals that were laid out in the 2014 Implementation Plan. (3/27/14).

USCG – electrical equipment in hazardous locations

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule applicable to newly constructed mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating outer continental shelf (OCS) facilities, and vessels other than offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that engage in OCS activities. The rule expands the list of acceptable national and international explosion protection standards and adds the internationally accepted independent third-party certification system, the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx), as an accepted method of testing and certifying electrical equipment intended for use in hazardous locations. The rule also provides owners and operators of existing US MODUs, floating OCS facilities, vessels other than OSVs, and US tank vessels that carry flammable or combustible cargoes the option of following this compliance regime as an alternative to the requirements of existing regulations. The rule enters into effect on 30 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 16980 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-31/pdf/2015-06946.pdf] (3/31/15).

North Atlantic – tall ship crew evacuated

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2485394/] stating that nine persons have been rescued from the Canadian tall ship Liana Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The vessel’s engines were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast in heavy weather. The Coast Guard is tracking the crewless vessel. (3/30/15).

Court – motion to strike jury demand denied

clip_image008 The US District Court for the Easter District of Louisiana issued an order denying BP’s motion to strike the State of Alabama’s jury demand with respect to its OPA 90 for lost tax revenues, lost revenues to state departments, financial impacts to public services, state response and recovery costs, and physical damages (other than natural resource damages). In re DWH Oil Spill, No. MDL 2179 (E.D. La., March 30, 2015).

EC – Galileo FAQ

clip_image010 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4711_en.htm?locale=en] providing updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the Galileo program. (3/28/15).

Denmark – medicine chest A

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a notice [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishshipschangeofmedicinechestA.aspx] stating that one of the items in medicine chest A on Danish ships is no longer available in the Danish market. The medicine concerned is oral solution 15.1 Dextromethorphan, which has been replaced in the Danish market by 30 mg Dextromethorphan tablets. If the tablets are utilized, the minimum quantity in medicine chest A is 40 tablets and new user guidelines must also be obtained. (3/26/15).

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March 30th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 150330

Headlines:

USCG & MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP;

House – bill introduced re eLoran;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units;

House – hearing re USCG missions;

House – members urge HMT appropriations;

Court – arbitration provision upheld; and

UK – certificates of insurance coverage.

March 30, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

USCG & MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard, in coordination with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), sent a letter [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Port_Ambrose_Letter_of_Timeline_Suspension_150317.pdf] to Liberty Natural Gas, LLC stating that the agencies are suspending the timeline (“stop clock” for processing Liberty’s application for a final environmental impact statement (EIS) and determination of financial responsibility regarding the proposed Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP). Review of the many comments on the draft EIS continues. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has changed its pipeline burial depth requirement from seven feet to fifteen feet. The Clean Air Act-General Conformity is still being compiled and analyzed. Liberty’s financial responsibility data has yet to be submitted. (3/17/15).

House – bill introduced re eLoran

clip_image008 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1678) to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for the global positioning system, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Garamendi issued a press release [located at http://garamendi.house.gov/press-release/garamendi-introduces-bipartisan-gps-backup-bill-safeguard-national-security-economy] explaining the measure. (3/27/15). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Dana Goward of the Association for Rescue at Sea.

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image008[1] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 1683) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/26/15).

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units

clip_image008[2] Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 1684) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Curbelo issued a press release [located at https://curbelo.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-curbelo-and-murphy-introduce-foreign-spill-protection-act] explaining the measure. (3/26/15).

House – hearing re USCG missions

clip_image008[3] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet on 15 April for An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Missions. (3/27/15).

House – members urge HMT appropriations

clip_image008[4] Representative Boustany (R-LA) and other members of Congress sent a Letter [located at http://boustany.house.gov/uploads/HMTF%20FY16%20Approps%20request%2003172015.pdf] to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Hose Committee on Appropriations requesting that the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) appropriations meet the targeted HMT levels as established by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. (3/17/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

Court – arbitration provision upheld

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a district court ruling that compelled plaintiff crew member to arbitrate his employment dispute in accordance with his employment contract. Wong v. Carnival Corporation, No. 14-10856 (11th Cir., March 27, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201410856.pdf].

UK – certificates of insurance coverage

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/certificate-of-proof-of-civil-or-passenger-liability-insurance] reminding ship owners and operators of the requirement for valid certificates of proof of insurance. With regard to wreck removal insurance, MCA has received a high volume of applications in recent days. Applications for these certificates received after 14 March may not be processed by the 14 April deadline, except for vessels on the UK Ship Register, which receive priority processing. (3/26/15).

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March 27th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – tonnage measurement notes;

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum;

DOJ – fourth shipping executive sentenced; and

NOAA – porbeagle shark

March 27, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

USCG – tonnage measurement notes

clip_image004 The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) has issued, since 2008, informational weekly notes for use by classification societies (referred to as authorized measurement organizations) that measure vessels on behalf of the Coast Guard. Those weekly tonnage measurement notes have now been compiled and are available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/msc/tonnage/docs/Weekly_Notes.pdf. (3/26/15). Note: This document is 340 pages in length.

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2484382/] the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) recently met at US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. The ACGF is a cooperative initiative between nations with shared maritime interests in the Arctic and consists of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The goal of the ACGF is to support safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic region. (3/26/15).

DOJ – fourth shipping executive sentenced

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fourth-ocean-shipping-executive-pleads-guilty-price-fixing-ocean-shipping-services-cars-and] stating that an executive of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo. This is the fourth shipping executive to be sentenced in the conspiracy. Three corporations have agreed to plead guilty and to pay criminal fines totaling more than $136 million. (3/26/15).

NOAA – porbeagle shark

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is conducting a 90-day finding to determine whether the porbeagle shark should be included on the list of endangered and threatened wildlife. Comments must be received by 12 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 16356 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/pdf/2015-07073.pdf] (3/27/15).

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March 26th, 2015 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 March 2015

Headlines:

Hawaii – Humpback Whale NMS;

DOE – application to export LNG;

USCG – vessels arriving from Yemen;

USCG – notice re new NOAD schema;

FMC – Doyle confirmed for second term;

NOAA – seeking physical/environmental scientist;

House – bill introduced re Ambassador for Arctic Affairs;

Court – Carmack Amendment and waiver; and

Panama Canal – reduction in JIT transit slots.

March 26, 2015

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Hawaii – Humpback Whale NMS

clip_image004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to expand the boundaries and scope of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (NMS), change the sanctuary’s name, and transition it from a single-species management approach to an ec0system-based management approach. Comments on the proposal and the draft revised management plan should be submitted by 19 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 16223 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06441.pdf] (3/26/15).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from American LNG Marketing LLC for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) in ISO containers from Miami and other Florida ports. Comments on the application must be received by 26 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 16000 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06921.pdf] (3/26/15).

USCG – vessels arriving from Yemen

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory (PSA) announcing that, effective 8 April, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Yemen other than the Balhalf LNG Terminal, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in an affected Yemen port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in an affected Yemen port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in an affected Yemen port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. PSA 1-15 [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/PSA_1-15.pdf] (3/25/15). Note: Yesterday’s newsletter misstated the Yemen ports not affected by this PSA. The Ash Shihr Terminal and the Port of Hodeidah were previously not affected, but are now included within the Yemen ports as no longer maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Mea culpa.

USCG – notice re new NOAD schema

clip_image008[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(wamdwlxwr5ptrn1n1qpuedfw))/News.aspx?newsId=D84B182A-F307-411C-A27C-2D2B381F6904] announcing that on 26 May, an updated NOADS schema, versioned 3.5, will be released. It will reflect recent changes to 33 CFR 160 and improvements to vessel/crew/longshoreman data reporting. (3/25/15).

FMC – Doyle confirmed for second term

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-02/] stating that the Senate confirmed the nomination of William P. Doyle for another term as Commissioner. (3/25/15).

NOAA – seeking physical/environmental scientist

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks either a Supervisory Physical Scientist (ZP-1301-V) or a Supervisory Environmental Scientist (ZP00401-V) to serve as Chief, Office of Response and Restoration in the Emergency Response Division in Silver Spring. Applications must be received by 7 April. (3/25/15).

House – bill introduced re Ambassador for Arctic Affairs

clip_image015 Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1593) to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs, and for other purposes. (3/24/15).

Court – Carmack Amendment and waiver

clip_image017 In a summary order, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled by successfully arguing in the district court that the issue of liability for a cargo damage claim was controlled by the Carmack Amendment (making it the law of the case), plaintiff insurer waived its ability to contend otherwise on appeal. American Home Assurance v. AP Moller Maersk, No. 14-1212 (2nd Cir., March 25, 2015).

Panama Canal – reduction in JIT transit slots

clip_image019 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, in an effort to reduce congestion, it is temporarily reducing the number of Just-in-Time (JIT) slots for “supers” to one per direction. Advisory 07-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-07-2015.pdf] (3/24/15).

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March 25th, 2015 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – STCW gap-closing requirements;

USCG – vessels arriving from Yemen;

Bellingham – safety zone;

NOAA – Remote Pacific Islands MNM;

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting;

BOEM & Virginia – offshore wind energy research lease;

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging;

CRS – US Tsunami Program;

California – Marine Invasive Species Program report;

Malacca Strait – caution recommended; and

Singapore – Smart Port initiatives.

March 25, 2015

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USCG – STCW gap-closing requirements

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/stcw_gapclosing_bulletin.pdf] concerning STCW gap-closing requirements. The regulatory changes that became effective on 24 March 2014 require additional training and/or assessments for certain Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) endorsements. These “gap-closing” requirements must be met by mariners who hold STCW endorsements issued under the previous regulatory requirements. Mariners who submit applications without evidence of meeting gap-closing may have their STCW endorsements limited to “Not valid after 31 Dec 2016”. STCW gap-closing requirements do not affect limitation or retention of national endorsements. (3/24/15).

USCG – vessels arriving from Yemen

clip_image004[1] clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that, effective 8 April, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Yemen other than the Ash Shihr Terminal, the Port of Hodeidah, and the Balhalf LNG Terminal, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in an affected Yemen port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in an affected Yemen port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in an affected Yemen port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 80 Fed. Reg. 15800 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/pdf/2015-06866.pdf] (3/25/15).

Bellingham – safety zone

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary safety zone on waters of the Port of Bellingham, Washington around the barge Arctic Challenger due to operational testing of its Arctic Containment System. The safety zone will be in effect through 1 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 15683 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/pdf/2015-06580.pdf] (3/25/15).

NOAA – Pacific Remote Islands MNM

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule establishing requirements for fishing in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion. The rule enters into effect on 24 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 15693 [located at ] (3/25/15).

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting

clip_image008[1] The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 29-30 April in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include the ICOOS Act Reauthorization; raising IOOS to a national-level program; and increasing engagement with industry. 80 Fed. Reg. 15750 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/pdf/2015-06799.pdf] (3/25/15).

BOEM & Virginia – offshore wind energy research lease

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press03242015a/] stating that the first wind energy research lease in federal offshore waters has been issued to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME). DMME proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt offshore wind test facility on the outer continental shelf offshore Virginia. (3/24/15).

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging

clip_image014 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 837) to modify the criteria used by the Corps of Engineers to dredge small ports. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Paul issued a press release [located at http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1319] explaining the measure. (3/23/15).

CRS – US Tsunami Program

clip_image016 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the U.S. Tsunami Program. The tsunami warning centers in Hawaii and Alaska monitor, detect, and issue warnings for tsunamis in the Pacific region, but almost one-third of the tsunami detection buoys are not operational. R41686 (3/18/15) [located at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41686.pdf].

California – Marine Invasive Species Program report

clip_image018 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted its 2015 Biennial Report on the California Marine Invasive Species Program [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Spec_Pub/MFD/Ballast_Water/Documents/Reports/2015MISPBiennialReport.pdf]. The 133-page report discusses both the state’s ballast water management program and the state’s hull husbandry program. The report notes that no currently available ballast water management system meets California performance standards. (February 2015).

Malacca Strait – caution recommended

clip_image020 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice advising Indian ships transiting Malacca Strait and Southeast Asian waters to be extra cautious and to take necessary precautionary measures. ISPS Circular 01-2015 [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201503241216185795628ntcir1_2015_isps.pdf] (3/23/15).

Singapore – Smart Port initiatives

clip_image022 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr150323.xml] unveiling its Smart Port initiatives, which will include 4G broadband access in Singapore port waters. (3/23/15).

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March 24th, 2015 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 March 2015

Headlines:

DOT – complementary PNT capability;

USCG – Bering Strait PARS;

USCG – COD renewal fee;

USCG – seeking marine casualty investigator;

TSA – TWIC notices;

Ireland – submarine cable work;

New Zealand – master fined for excess breath alcohol;

Singapore – passing of Lee Kuan Yew; and

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989.

March 24, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

DOT – complementary PNT capability

clip_image004 The Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks public comment regarding potential plans for the federal government to implement an enhanced Long Range Navigation (eLoran) system as a complementary positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Comments should be submitted by 22 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 15268 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/pdf/2015-06538.pdf] (3/23/15). Note: This is a significant step in correcting the prior short-sighted decision to shut down the Loran program just as it was preparing to upgrade to eLoran. In this uncertain world, the United States can ill-afford to have all its PNT eggs in one basket.

USCG – Bering Strait PARS

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice withdrawing its 19 February 2015 publication of Port Access Route Study (PARS) In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea. 80 Fed. Reg. 14147 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-18/pdf/2015-05372.pdf] (3/18/15). Note: This Federal Register notice is poorly worded. It was intended to remove the 19 February publication and to restore the earlier Bering Strait PARS notice of 5 December 2014.

USCG – COD renewal fee

clip_image006[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) revised its notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/renewal.pdf] regarding the Certificate of Documentation (COD) renewal fee to emphasize that pay for the fee must accompany the application and that the fee for fleet renewals must be paid in full with the application. (3/20/15).

USCG – seeking marine casualty investigator

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard seeks qualified applicants for an opening for a GS-12 marine casualty investigator at its Investigations National Center of Expertise in New Orleans. The first job announcement is for current federal employees. The second job announcement is for US citizens generally. Applications must be received by 5 April. (3/21/15).

TSA – TWIC notices

clip_image009 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued notices [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twicR] related to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Delays in processing TWIC applications continue. Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to when the card is required. In addition, applicants who request to receive their TWICs by mail will receive phone or email notification that the card has been mailed. After such notification, applicants have 60 days to report non-receipt of the card. Failure to report non-receipt of the card within 60 days will result in a $60 fee to replace the lost card. (3/23/15).

Ireland – submarine cable work

clip_image011 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice stating that route clearance and pre-lay grapnel run for the Hibernia Express Submarine Cable System between Halifax Nova Scotia), Cork (Ireland), and Brean (UK) will commence at Brean on 24 March and continue for approximately 45 days. Vessels associated with the work should be provided with additional clearance as their ability to maneuver will be limited. Marine Notice 08-2015 [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN08of2015_Hibernia_Express_Cable_LayingSouthofIreland.pdf] (3/20/15).

New Zealand – master fined for excess breath alcohol

clip_image013 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2015/20150323a.asp] stating that the master of a foreign vessel was fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to operating his vessel while under the influence of alcohol. (3/23/15).

Singapore – passing of Lee Kuan Yew

clip_image015 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a notice [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_notices/pn15-30.pdf] stating that a period of National Mourning from 23 March to 29 March has been declared for Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who died on 23 March. As a mark of respect, all Singapore-registered ships are requested to fly the Red Ensign at half-mast during this period. (3/23/15).

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989

clip_image017 On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill (approximately 258,000 barrels), while not the largest in US history, was clearly the most important. It engendered much litigation. Public concern over the spill led directly to enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which mandated double hulls for new tankers, response plans, and a number of other remedial measures. OPA 90 also significantly changed the liability and compensation scheme for oil spills in US waters. The amount of oil entering waters of the United States from ships drastically decreased following implementation of OPA 90. Note: On a personal note, I was directly involved in development and promulgation of regulations implementing OPA 90 for the US Coast Guard, supervising a large staff of dedicated individuals. A lot has changed in the succeeding 26 years, most significantly the commitment of the maritime industry to minimize the risk of oil pollution from ships. One can only hope that oil discharges from point sources and non-point sources ashore demonstrate similar reductions.

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March 23rd, 2015 at 7:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – commercial fishing vessel engineers;

Delaware River – safety zone;

FWS & NOAA – green sea turtles;

USCG – seeking Program Specialist (MTSC);

Court – Suits in Admiralty Act;

IMO – MEPC 67 resolutions;

IMO – BWMS surveys; and

New Zealand – port fined after stevedore injury.

March 23, 2015

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USCG – commercial fishing vessel engineers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance regarding engineer officer endorsements on uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels. Commencing 15 October, the Coast Guard will look to the guidance provided in this policy letter when enforcing requirements for proper credentialing of engineer officers on uninspected commercial fishing vessels. CG-CVC Policy Letter 11-11, Change 1 (3/12/15).

Delaware River – safety zone

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing, through 12 May, a temporary safety zone on certain waters of the Delaware River near Marcus Hook to protect the safety of life and property while underwater impulsive sound testing is conducted. 80 Fed. Reg. 15167 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/pdf/2015-06578.pdf] (3/23/15).

FWS & NOAA – green sea turtles

clip_image007 clip_image009 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) propose to reorganize the classification of green sea turtles as threatened and endangered. A public meeting will be held on 8 April in Honolulu. Written comments should be submitted by 22 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 15271 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/pdf/2015-06136.pdf] (3/23/15).

USCG – seeking Program Specialist (MTSC)

clip_image010 The Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) at US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC issued two job announcements regarding the position of Program Specialist (MTSC), GS-301-13/14. The first announcement is for Merit Promotion [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/397922200]. The second announcement is for All Sources [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/397922000]. Applications must be received by 7 April. (3/17/15).

Court – Suits in Admiralty Act

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of civil rights actions brought by two foreign-born Muslim seamen for discrimination based on national origin and religion. The actions related to a tanker owned by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) but operated by a private company. Plaintiff seamen brought their actions against the human resources director of the private company. Because the vessel involved was owned by the federal government, plaintiffs only cause of action, under the terms of the Suits in Admiralty Act, was against the federal government. Ali v. Rogers, No. 13-15145 (9th Cir., March 19, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/03/19/13-15145.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

IMO – MEPC 67 resolutions

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular containing the resolutions adopted by the recent session of the IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67). Shipping Circular 6-2015 (3/18/15) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_6_of_2015.pdf]. Note: This document is 76 pages in length.

IMO – BWMS surveys

clip_image015 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/08-bwm-study.aspx#.VQx4DdLF98E] announcing the launch of online surveys to assess the implementation of the Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) approval guidelines and the performance of type-approved systems. The survey will remain open until 1 June. (3/20/15).

New Zealand – port fined after stevedore injury

clip_image017 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2014/20150320a.asp] stating that the Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined $55,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparation to a stevedore who suffered serious injuries unloading a container ship at the port. POAL admitted a charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees. (3/20/15).

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March 20th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – commercial fishing vessel engineers;

NOSAC – meeting;

NOAA – hunting of gray whales;

FMC – service of private party complaints;

St. Petersburg COTP Zone – proposed safety zones;

NTSB – investigative hearings;

USCG – Bering Strait PARS;

USCG – parasailing;

USCG NVDC – electronic payments;

NOAA – Arctic nautical charting;

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice maximum;

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program;

Texas – The Responder newsletter; and

ReCAAP – 2014 annual report.

March 20, 2015

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USCG – commercial fishing vessel engineers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of an updated policy letter entitled “Engineer Officer Endorsements on Uninspected Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels”. Commencing 15 October, the Coast Guard will look to the guidance provided in this policy letter when enforcing requirements for proper credentialing of engineer officers on uninspected commercial fishing vessels. 80 Fed. Reg. 15023 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/pdf/2015-06480.pdf] (3/20/15).

NOSAC – meeting

clip_image004[1] The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 7-8 April in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include commercial diving safety on the outer continental shelf (OCS); cyber security; and offshore well intervention. 80 Fed. Reg. 15021 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/pdf/2015-06413.pdf] (3/20/15).

NOAA – hunting of eastern North Pacific gray whales

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings in Seattle (27 April) and Port Angeles (29 April) to receive comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) regarding the Makah Tribe’s request to hunt eastern North Pacific gray whales. 80 Fed. Reg. 14912 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/pdf/2015-06432.pdf] (3/20/15).

FMC – service of private party complaints

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule governing service of private party complaints and filing of documents containing confidential material. The amended rules will enter into effect on 24 June unless significant adverse comments are filed by 26 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 14318 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/pdf/2015-06239.pdf] (3/19/15).

St. Petersburg COTP Zone – proposed safety zones

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish several safety zones within the St. Petersburg Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone related primarily to port operations in the event of reduced visibility or in the event of disasters. Comments on the proposal must be received by 20 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 14335 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/pdf/2015-05743.pdf] (3/19/15).

NTSB – investigative hearings

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes to amend its regulations regarding rules of practice for holding investigative hearings, various types of meetings, issuing reports, and responding to petitions for reconsideration. Comments should be received by 18 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 14339 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/pdf/2015-06187.pdf] (3/19/15).

USCG – Bering Strait PARS

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a notice withdrawing its 19 February 2015 publication of Port Access Route Study (PARS) In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea. 80 Fed. Reg. 14147 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-18/pdf/2015-05372.pdf] (3/18/15).

USCG – parasailing

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin providing guidance regarding flight safety and rules for parasailing. MSIB 03-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/003_15_3-17-2015.pdf] (3/16/15).

USCG NVDC – electronic payments

clip_image004[3] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/Payinstr.pdf] stating that as of 18 March electronic payments may be made for Certificate of Documentation (COD) renewals/late renewals, Abstract of Title (AT), and certified copies of CODs. (3/18/15).

NOAA – Arctic nautical charting

clip_image006[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150317-noaa-plans-increased-2015-arctic-nautical-charting-operations.html] stating that it plans to increase its Arctic nautical charting operations. (3/17/15).

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice maximum

clip_image014 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release [located at http://nsidc.org/news/newsroom/arctic-sea-ice-maximum-reaches-lowest-extent-record] stating that the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the 2014-15 winter on 25 February at 5.61 million square miles. This winter’s maximum ice extent is the lowest in the satellite record. (3/19/15).

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image016 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 764) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/17/15).

Texas – The Responder newsletter

clip_image018 The Texas General Land Office (TGLO) released the spring 2015 edition of The Responder newsletter [located at http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/_publications/responder-march-2015.pdf]. (3/18/15).

ReCAAP – 2014 annual report

clip_image020 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its 2014 Annual Report [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2014/ReCAAP%20ISC%20Annual%20Report%202014.pdf]. It notes an increase in the number of reported instances of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia as compared to the previous four years. (3/17/15).

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March 17th, 2015 at 11:23 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – reimbursable standard rates;

USCG – LNG as a marine fuel;

DOE – application to export LNG;

DHS OIG – USCG Biometrics at Sea System;

Australia – ship routing measures;

Great Barrier Reef – dredge material disposal to be banned;

Somalia – support for Somali Coast Guard; and

St. Patrick’s Day – green beer all around!

March 17, 2015

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USCG – reimbursable standard rates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard released its updated Reimbursable Standard Rates schedule. This is the rate that the Coast Guard will charge third parties for use of its assets (personnel and equipment) for such activities as oil spill response. COMDTINST 7310.1P [located at http://www.uscg.mil/directives/ci/7000-7999/CI_7310_1P.pdf] (2/11/15).

USCG – LNG as a marine fuel

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted the remarks of Captain John Mauger, USCG delivered at the Brookings Institute panel on LNG as a marine fuel [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/03/16/3162015-brookings-institute-panel-on-lng-as-a-marine-fuel/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29]. (3/16/15).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) previously imported into the United States from foreign sources from the Cameron LNG Terminal. Comments on the application must be received by 16 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 13841 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-17/pdf/2015-05950.pdf] (3/17/15).

DHS OIG – USCG Biometrics at Sea System

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report [located at http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-41_Mar15.pdf] concluding that the US Coast Guard Biometrics at Sea System (BASS) is in need of improvement. Among other things, it found that not all biometrics captured on the 23 cutters involved in the program are maintained in the system through reconciliation. (3/13/15). Note: When included in the previous newsletter, the link was inadvertently omitted. My bad.

Australia – ship routing measures

clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/06-coral-sea-routeing.aspx#.VQdMitLF98E] stating that the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 2) agreed on ship routing measures to protect sensitive areas in Australia’s Coral Sea region. The matter now goes to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for consideration. (3/16/15).

Great Barrier Reef – dredge material disposal to be banned

clip_image010[1] The Honorable Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for the Environment, issued a media release [located at http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2015/mr20150316.html?utm_source=mins&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed] stating that the Federal Government plans to ban capital dredge material disposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, ending a century-old practice. (3/16/15).

Somalia – support for Somali Coast Guard

clip_image012 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release [located at http://eunavfor.eu/european-union-missions-work-together-to-support-somali-coast-guard-and-to-strengthen-its-maritime-security-capabilities/] concerning recent assistance provided to the Somali Coast Guard to strengthen its maritime security capabilities. (3/16/15).

St. Patrick’s Day – green beer all around

clip_image014 Tuesday is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day, in memory of the priest Saint Patrick (circa AD 385-461) who chased all the lawyers (oops, I meant snakes) out of Ireland. Drink some green beer and be Irish, at least for a day. Erin Go Bragh!

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March 16th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 March 2015

Headlines:

USN – revised maritime strategy;

USCG – maritime security symposium;

DOE – application to export LNG;

St. Lawrence Seaway – notices re season opening;

DHS OIG – USCG Biometrics at Sea System;

Court – rehearing denied;

ICSID – Venezuela owes Tidewater $46.4 million;

UK – MLC 2006 guidance; and

Amoco Cadiz oil spill – 16 March 1978.

March 16, 2015

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USN – revised maritime strategy

clip_image004 The US Navy released its revised maritime strategy – A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready [located at http://www.navy.mil/local/maritime/150227-CS21R-Final.pdf]. The 2007 strategy has been adjusted to emphasize operating forward and engaging partners across the globe, especially in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (3/13/15).

USCG – maritime security symposium

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted the first of four presentations at the recent Maritime Cybersecurity Symposium held at Rutgers University: Sneak Preview of the Coast Guard’s Cybersecurity Strategy [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/03/09/392015-maritime-cybersecurity-symposium-sneak-preview-of-the-coast-guards-cybersecurity-strategy/]. Links to the other three presentations by the Coast Guard may be found at the bottom of the first presentation. (3/9/15).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Downeast LNG, Inc. for authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its proposed LNG facility to be located at Robbinston, Maine. Comments on the application must be received by 15 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 13532 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-16/pdf/2015-05952.pdf] (3/16/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – notices re season opening

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System posted its usual Seaway Notices in anticipation of the opening of the 2015 Navigation Season on 2 April. Seaway Notice 3-2015 addresses transit restrictions at opening. Seaway Notice 4-2015 addresses mooring and casting off in locks. Seaway Notice 5-2015 addresses communications. Seaway Notice 6-2015 is the General Notice. Seaway Notice 7-2015 addresses testing the use of soft lines for mooring certain vessels. Seaway Notice 8-2015 addresses tie-up service at lock approach walls. (3/13/15).

DHS OIG – USCG Biometrics at Sea System

clip_image012 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report concluding that the US Coast Guard Biometrics at Sea System (BASS) is in need of improvement. Among other things, it found that not all biometrics captured on the 23 cutters involved in the program are maintained in the system through reconciliation. (3/13/15).

Court – rehearing denied

clip_image014 In an unreported matter, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied by a vote of six in favor and nine opposed the petition for rehearing en banc of defendant Transocean. United States v. Transocean Deepwater Drilling, No. 13-20243 (5th Cir., March 12, 2015).

ICSID – Venezuela owes Tidewater $46.4 million

clip_image016 The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a part of the World Bank Group, ruled that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expropriated the investment of Tidewater Investment and Tidewater Carib for marine support services without payment of prompt, adequate, and effective compensation. In 2009, Venezuela seized the Tidewater assets being used to provide the contracted marine support services. The tribunal determined that compensation in the principal amount of US$46.4 million plus interest is to be paid, plus US$2.5 million in costs. ICSID Case No ARB/10/5 (3/13/15) [located at https://icsid.worldbank.org/ICSID/FrontServlet?requestType=CasesRH&actionVal=showDoc&docId=DC5612_En&caseId=C961].

UK – MLC 2006 guidance

clip_image018 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance and information [located at https://www.gov.uk/mlc-2006-titles-1-to-5-regulations-guidance-and-information] regarding titles 1 to 5 of MLC 2006. (3/13/15).

AMOCO CADIZ oil spill – 16 March 1978

clip_image020 On 16 March 1978, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) AMOCO CADIZ lost steering in a Force 10 storm and grounded on Portsall Rocks off the coast of Brittany, France. As it broke up, the tanker lost its entire cargo of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil. The coastal areas in the vicinity were heavily impacted by the spill. After receiving limited compensation under the Civil Liability Compensation (CLC) and Funds Conventions, the Government of France brought suit in the United States against Amoco Oil Company, the parent company (twice removed) of the ship owner. The federal court awarded damages in favor of France, holding that the liability allocation and channeling provisions in the conventions were not applicable since the US was not party thereto.

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