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January 20th, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 January 2017

Headlines:

CBP – transport of vessel equipment;

White House – US vessels and Cuba;

California – commercial harbor craft regulations;

BOEM – OCS EIS and ROD;

FMC – ro-ro limited joint procurement;

NTSB – allision report;

IMO – ‘connecting ships, ports, and people’; and

ReCAAP – 2016 annual report.

January 20, 2017

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CBP – transport of vessel equipment

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted a General Notice stating that it proposes to modify and revoke previous ruling letters relating to the transport of vessel equipment between coastwise points. Comments on the proposal must be received by 17 February. (1/18/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Proposed_ruling_170118.pdf]. Note: This proposal is very similar to one made in 2009. It was eventually withdrawn in the face of strong industry opposition. I am of the opinion that such significant proposals to alter long-standing deserve full consideration through the Federal Register notice and comment process.

White House – US vessels and Cuba

clip_image006 President Obama issued a notice continuing the national emergency with respect to Cuba and of the emergency authority relating to the regulation of the anchorage and movement of vessels. 82 Fed. Reg. 6185 (1/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01366.pdf].

California – commercial harbor craft regulations

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it is granting the request of the California Air Resources Board regarding diesel-fueled engines on crew and supply, barge, and dredge vessels in the in-use engine emissions requirements of the commercial harbor craft regulations. Petitions for review must be filed by 20 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 6500 (1/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01261.pdf].

BOEM – OCS EIS and ROD

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it completed the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). 82 Fed. Reg. 6643 (1/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-00886.pdf].

FMC – ro-ro limited joint procurement

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Commissioners have agreed to allow ro-ro vessels deployed in services covered by the WWL/EUKOR/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement to engage in joint negotiation for procurement of tug services at all US ports beginning 23 January. (1/19/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/roro_carriers_limited_joint_procurement_authority/].

NTSB – allision report

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the31 January 2016 allision of the bulk carrier Aris T with a tank barge, a towing vessel, and two facility structures, all of which were located on the left descending bank of the Mississippi River between mile marker (mm) 125.2 and mm 126.0 at Norco, Louisiana. Also damaged during the collision were one additional shoreside structure, another towing vessel, and two other tank barges, bringing the total damage cost to more than $60 million. No pollution resulted from the accident; however, two dock workers reported injuries. ​The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the casualty was the failure of the pilot on the Aris T to take early and effective action to mitigate the risk presented by the developing upriver traffic situation. MAB 17-01 (1/19/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1701.pdf].

IMO – ‘Connecting ships, ports, and people’

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that the theme for World Maritime Day 2017 will be ‘Connecting ships, ports, and people’. (1/19/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/07-WMD-2017-launch.aspx].

ReCAAP – 2016 annual report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its 2016 Annual Report. It states that reports of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia were down 58% in 2016 compared to 2015. Concern remains, though, over the situation in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah. (1/19/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=473&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

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January 19th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 January 2017

Headlines:

White House – US vessels and Cuba;

DHS – cyber incident response plan;

Antarctica – Polar Star breaks through;

DOJ – 2016 enforcement results;

NOAA – record warmth;

Senate – bill introduced re maritime programs;

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps;

Court – antitrust suits dismissed;

California – marine invasive species report;

IMO – new MLC 2006 provisions; and

India – shipbuilding financial assistance.

January 19, 2017

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White House – US vessels and Cuba

clip_image004 President Obama issued a notice continuing the national emergency with respect to Cuba and of the emergency authority relating to the regulation of the anchorage and movement of vessels. 82 Fed. Reg. 5000 (1/19/17) [].

DHS – cyber incident response plan

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the National Cyber Incident Response Plan, defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders (including the private sector) during a cyber incident and describing the way that the federal government will coordinate its activities with those affected by a cyber incident. (1/18/17) [https://www.us-cert.gov/ncirp].

Antarctica – Polar Star breaks through

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star has arrived off McMurdo Station, Antarctica after breaking through 60 miles of seasonal and multi-year ice to enable the resupply of US research stations. (1/18/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2913053/].

DOJ – 2016 enforcement results

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release summarizing the enforcement results of the Environment and Natural Resources Division for 2016. On the maritime side, the historic settlement with BP regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was completed and the robust program of prosecuting shipping companies and crew for the intentional discharges of pollutants continued. During the year, criminal penalties in these cases totaled more than $363 million and individuals were sentenced to more than 32 years of confinement. (1/13/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/environment-and-natural-resources-division-announces-2016-one-its-most-successful-years].

NOAA – record warmth

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that 2016 was the third consecutive year of record warm temperatures for the globe. (1/18/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/stories/2016-marks-three-consecutive-years-of-record-warmth-for-globe].

Senate – bill introduced re maritime programs

clip_image014 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 168) to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/17/17).

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps

clip_image015 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced a bill (S.171) to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/17/17).

Court – antitrust suits dismissed

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the complaints of users of the services of ocean common carriers to transport vehicles between foreign countries and the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant carriers entered into agreements to fix prices and reduce capacity in violation of federal and state laws. Dismissal was based on provisions in the Shipping Act of 1984 that both precludes private plaintiffs from seeking relief under the federal antitrust laws for such conduct and preempts state law claims. In re Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation, No. 15-3353 (3rd Cir., January 18, 2017) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/153353p.pdf].

California – marine invasive species report

clip_image019 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted its 2017 Biennial Report on its marine invasive species program, discussing both ballast water and biofouling. (1/18/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Info/Reports/MISP_Biennials/2017.pdf].

IMO – new MLC 2006 provisions

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release welcoming the entry into force of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. (1/18/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/06-MLC-amendments-EIF.aspx].

India – shipbuilding financial assistance

clip_image023 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice containing Guidelines for Implementation of Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy. (1/18/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201701180535141220909guidlines_policy_18012017.pdf].

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January 18th, 2017 at 11:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – cybersecurity reporting;

USCG eNOAD submissions to NVMC;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 23 February;

St. Lawrence Seaway – record-tying season; and

Panama Canal – vessel backlog reduction.

January 18, 2017

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USCG – cybersecurity reporting

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it recently published CG-5P Policy Letter 08-16: Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security, which outlines the criteria and process for suspicious activity (SA) and breach of security (BoS) reporting. Activities that may result in a transportation security incident must, without delay, be reported to the National Response Center. Cybersecurity-related events should also be reported to the DHS National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). (1/17/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/17/cyber-reporting-updated-coast-guard-policy-reporting-suspicious-activity-breaches-security/].

USCG – eNOAD submissions to NVMC

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that eNOAD submitters should immediately discontinue use of rich-text (RTF) and HTML formats for eNOAD submissions via email. Such submissions may be blocked or stripped of attachments before reaching the NVMC. (1/17/17) [http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(gdflbx3x0j20os3cinjjljom))/News.aspx?newsId=7559b4bb-0872-4a00-8d33-f6859d8a8387].

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the US outer continental shelf offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will be held on 16 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 5600 (1/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2017-01059.pdf].

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 23 February

clip_image008 The US Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 23 February in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 5535 (1/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2017-00845.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – record-tying season

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release stating that, when the 2016 season closed on 31 December, it tied the record of 2008 and 2013 for the longest navigation season – 286 days. A record 35 million tonnes of cargo transited the locks. (12/16/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20170116.html].

Panama Canal – vessel backlog reduction

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, in an effort to reduce backlog, it has temporarily reduced the number of booking slots for supers from 15 to five until further notice. Advisory 03-2017 (1/16/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-03-2017.pdf].

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January 17th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 January 2017

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – car carrier adrift;

USCG – enforcement of immigration laws;

USCG – reminder re FCC proposal;

USCG – Marine Transportation Specialist sought;

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection;

House – bill introduced re foreign oil spills;

House – bill introduced re EEZ;

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba;

House – bill introduced re Cuban trade embargo;

Senate – bill introduced re coastal data integration;

Senate – bill introduced re foreign oil spills;

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant Colleges;

IMO – regional piracy agreement expanded;

Ireland – Seafarers website;

Singapore – vessels anchored in the port; and

MREN – Salvage and marine firefighting verification.

January 17, 2017

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Gulf of Mexico – car carrier adrift

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the car carrier Alliance St. Louis is adrift in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire that has now been extinguished. The crew of 20 is safe. A tug is en route. (1/16/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912570/].

USCG – enforcement of immigration laws

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it maintains a robust presence in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The service’s role in the enforcement of US immigration laws remains unchanged. (1/13/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912286/].

USCG – reminder re FCC proposal

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders of the proposal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end its role as an accounting authority for settling accounts for maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite radio services and potential impacts thereof. (1/13/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/13/fcc-proposes-to-cease-operating-as-an-accounting-authority-for-settling-accounts-for-maritime-mobile-and-maritime-mobile-satellite-radio-services/].

USCG – Marine Transportation Specialist sought

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a job announcement stating that it seeks a Marine Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-12) in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Fishing Vessel Division. The position is advertised to merit promotion candidates and closes on 26 January. (1/11/17) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/462317100]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Hiscock of Off Soundings.

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection

clip_image007 Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 312) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr312ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr312ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re foreign oil spills

clip_image008 Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 468) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 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. (1/12/17).

House – bill introduced re EEZ

clip_image008[1] Representative Issa (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 475) to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/11/17).

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba

clip_image008[2] Representative Serrano (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 572) to facilitate the export of United States agricultural products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States legal residents, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/13/17).

House – bill introduced re Cuban trade embargo

clip_image008[3] Representative Serrano (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 574) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/13/17).

Senate – bill introduced re coastal data integration

clip_image010 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill (S. 110) to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/11/17).

Senate – bill introduced re foreign oil spills

clip_image011 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 125) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 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. (1/11/17).

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant Colleges

clip_image012 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 129) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/11/17).

IMO – regional piracy agreement expanded

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Djibouti Code of Conduct regional agreement has been broadened to cover illicit maritime activities than just piracy. The expansion covers activities such as human trafficking and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. (1/13/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/4-DCOC-widened.aspx].

Ireland – Seafarers website

clip_image016 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport established a new Seafarers website. The website is intended to be a national and international resource of information for seafarers, providing details on career structures and how to obtain necessary qualifications. (1/1/17) [https://www.seafarers.ie/].

Singapore – vessels anchored in the port

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the requirements relating to vessels at anchor in the Port of Singapore. Port Marine Circular 2-2017 (1/16/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/14e1d15e-7b27-47e3-b27c-3ed121a9652c].

MREN – Salvage and marine firefighting verification

clip_image020 In the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Salvage and marine firefighting verification". At the end of 2008, the US Coast Guard finally adopted its salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) regulations, which have proven to be unnecessarily complicated. Those regulations, which now cover large nontank vessels in addition to tank vessels, place the burden for determining the adequacy of SMFF assets on the vessel owners and operators – an evaluation that they have no capability to accomplish. The Coast Guard is now undertaking a drill program to test and verify the ability of selected vessels and their SMFF resource providers to meet the regulatory requirements. A strong SMFF presence is important to the proper protection of the marine environment. [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170100.pdf].

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January 13th, 2017 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – RAC drill clarification re SMFF;

FCC – maritime mobile radio services;

Tennessee River – safety zone proposed;

CTAC – meeting on 28 Feb-2 March;

San Juan Islands – whale protection zone sought;

SLSDC – civil penalties;

DOJ – $2.7 million penalty for pollution;

CMTS – US Arctic maritime infrastructure;

House – bill introduced re liens on fishing permits; and

UK – fatality report.

January 13, 2017

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USCG – RAC drill clarification re SMFF

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) clarifying items pertaining to Remote Access and Consultation (RAC) drills relating to the Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) portion of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP). MSIB 02-17 (1/11/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/002_17_1-11-2017.pdf].

FCC – maritime mobile radio services

clip_image006 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposes to withdraw as an accounting authority for maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite radio services and transition the functions and duties to private accounting authorities. Comments must be received by 14 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 4269 (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2017-00597.pdf]. Note:

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) long ago established accounting authorities as a means for mariners to pay for ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls through marine operators (public coast stations) when outside of home waters, and in time enabled payment for calls from shipboard mobile satellite terminals. FCC has been a default accounting authority in the US for many years. The advantage in using them was that they required no contract for use and charged no administrative fee for their use. Most marine operators are now gone and most satellite providers are paid through prearranged contracts, so the need for accounting authorities has likely diminished over the years. Nevertheless many users of legacy Inmarsat terminals or those wishing to place a call from one of the remaining public coast stations may be affected by this change.

Tennessee River – safety zone proposed

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone on the Tennessee River from mile marker 446.0 to mile marker 454.5 to be enforced during periods of high water flow. Comments on the proposal must be received by 30 January. 82 Fed. Reg. 4229 (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2017-00696.pdf].

TSAC – meeting on 28 Feb-2 March

clip_image004[2] The Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 28 February-2 March in Houston. Topics on the agenda include safety standards for the design of vessels carrying natural gas or using natural gas as fuel; marine vapor control systems, and transportation of hazardous materials. 82 Fed. Reg. 4371 (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2017-00648.pdf].

San Juan Islands – whale protection zone sought

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received a petition for rulemaking to establish a whale protection zone in the San Juan Islands to support recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Comments on the petition must be received by 13 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 4276 (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2017-00437.pdf].

SLSDC – civil penalties

clip_image010 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts. The amendments enter into effect on 15 January. 82 Fed. Reg. 4172 (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2016-32050.pdf].

DOJ – $2.7 million penalty for pollution

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two shipping companies have been sentenced to pay corporate penalties totaling $2.7 million after being convicted of obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses, and conspiracy. The companies were placed on a five-year term of probation and barred from sending ships to the United States until the financial penalty has been satisfied. (1/12/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/greek-shipping-companies-sentenced-pay-27-million-ocean-pollution].

CMTS – US Arctic maritime infrastructure

clip_image014 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice stating that the report entitled “Recommendations and Criteria for using Federal Public-Private Partnerships to Support Critical US Arctic Maritime Infrastructure” has been completed. The report puts forward nineteen recommendations for the implementation of public-private partnerships in developing, improving, and maintaining infrastructure in support of federal maritime activities, national security, navigation safety, and stewardship of natural resources in the US Arctic. (1/12/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=5125].

House – bill introduced re liens on fishing permits

clip_image016 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Maritime Lien Reform Act (H.R. 234) to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. (1/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr234ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr234ih.pdf].

UK – fatality report

clip_image018 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatality during cargo operations on board the general cargo ship Johanna C at Songkhla, Thailand on 11 May 2016. The chief officer fell from a large steel cargo that was being repositioned in the hold. It was inherently unsafe and unnecessary for the chief officer to stand on top of cargo while it was being lifted. Report 1-2017 (1/12/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/587625deed915d0aeb00013b/MAIBInvReport01_2017.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 January 2017

Headlines:

Potomac River – security zone;

DOE – authority to import and export LNG;

DOE – application to export LNG;

DOD – undersea communications link;

Senate – bill introduced re old vessel exemption;

Court – ‘take nothing’ verdict upheld;

Australia & Japan – shipment of bulk liquid hydrogen; and

China – use of low sulphur content fuel.

January 12, 2017

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Potomac River – security zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce a security zone on waters of the Potomac River, Anacostia River, and adjacent waters from 15 through 24 January in connection with the Presidential inauguration. 82 Fed. Reg. 3625 (1/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/pdf/2017-00251.pdf].

DOE – authority to import and export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice that it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, import and export LNG, and vacating authority. 82 Fed. Reg. 3762 (1/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/pdf/2017-00528.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006[1] The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Driftwood LNG, LLC seeking authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from a proposed facility to be located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 13 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 3760 (1/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/pdf/2017-00531.pdf].

DOD – undersea communications link

clip_image008 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that DARPA is working on development of the Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program to improve undersea communications capability for US forces when traditional tactical networks are unavailable. The system would utilize neutrally buoyant high data rate secure fiber links connected to RF network node buoys. (1/11/17) [http://science.dodlive.mil/2017/01/11/darpa-program-aims-to-improve-undersea%20-communications/].

Senate – bill introduced re old vessel exemption

clip_image010 Senator McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill (S.89) to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/10/17).

Court – ‘take nothing’ verdict upheld

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a ‘take nothing’ verdict in a seaman personal injury case for negligence and maintenance and cure. The appellate court found that the jury instructions were within the judge’s discretion and that evidence of plaintiff’s pre-employment injury was properly admitted. Bosarge v. Cheramie Marine, No. 16-30187 (5th Cir., January 10, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/16/16-30187.0.pdf].

Australia & Japan – shipment of bulk liquid hydrogen

clip_image014 clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that Australia and Japan signed a memorandum which will allow liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems will be capable of safety transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020. (1/11/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/11012017_Mediarelease_Interimcarriagerequirementsforshippingliquidhydrogen.pdf].

China – use of low sulphur content fuel

clip_image018 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release stating that, with effect from 1 January 2017, the requirement for ships to use fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% when berthing has been extended to eleven additional ports. (1/11/17) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=203].

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January 11th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 January 2017

Headlines:

FMC – NY/NJ equipment agreement rejected;

DOT – Beyond Traffic 2045;

EPA & DOD – uniform national discharge standards;

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program;

NOAA – Arctic Marine Mammal Disaster Response Guidelines;

NOAA – NSGAB nominations sought;

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariner benefits;

Senate – bill introduced re ocean & coastal ecosystems;

Paris MOU – vessel detention review procedure;

ReCAAP – weekly report; and

Panama Canal – December operations.

January 11, 2017

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FMC – NY/NJ equipment agreement rejected

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners have rejected the “Port of New York/New Jersey Equipment Optimization Discussion Agreement for failing to meet the clear and definite disclosure standard required by law. (1/9/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR17-01/].

DOT – Beyond Traffic 2045

clip_image006 Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued a press release announcing availability of the Beyond Traffic 2045 report highlighting transportation challenges the United States will face over the next three decades. (1/9/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/secretary-foxx-releases-beyond-traffic-2045-final-report-future-transportation].

EPA & DOD – uniform national discharge standards

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) promulgated a final rule establishing discharge performance standards for eleven discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel of the Armed Forces into the navigable waters of the United States. The rule enters into effect on 10 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 3173 (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/pdf/2017-00153.pdf].

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) proposes to revise the portion of the Code of Federal Regulations relating to America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) (46 CFR Part 393). Comments must be received by 13 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 3250 (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/pdf/2017-00249.pdf].

NOAA – Arctic Marine Mammal Disaster Response Guidelines

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has prepared the draft Arctic Marine Mammal Disaster Response Guidelines. Comments must be submitted by 13 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 3293 (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/pdf/2017-00308.pdf].

NOAA – NSGAB nominations sought

clip_image014[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB). Applications must be sent by 1 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 3290 (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/pdf/2017-00465.pdf].

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariner benefits

clip_image016 Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced the Honoring Our World War II Merchant Marine Veterans Act of 2017 (H.R. 154) to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. (1/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr154ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr154ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re ocean & coastal ecosystems

clip_image018 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced a bill (S. 74) to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/9/17).

Paris MOU – vessel detention review procedure

clip_image020 The Paris MOU posted a notice reminding owners and operators of vessels that have been detained by a Paris MOU member state and who decline to use the national appeal procedure, that they have the option of filing a complaint with the flag state or recognized organization. The flag state or recognized organization may then ask the port state for reconsideration. If the flag state or recognized organization disagrees with the outcome of the investigation, a request for review may be sent to the Paris MOU Secretariat. To complete the detention review procedure and include the outcome in the 2016 Paris MOU Annual Report, cases concerning detentions in 2016 shall be submitted before 15 February. (1/10/17) [https://www.parismou.org/deadline-submission-2016-detention-review-cases].

ReCAAP – weekly report

clip_image022 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Weekly Report for the period 3-9 January. Of the three reports received during the week of attempted incidents, one incident occurred in November 2016. (1/10/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=468&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Panama Canal – December operations

clip_image024 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during December. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 02-2017 (1/6/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-02-2017.pdf].

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January 10th, 2017 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 January 2017

Headlines:

DHS – GPS best practices guide;

USCG – Polar Code & MARPOL reminder;

USCG – good marine practices for CFVs;

Marina del Rey Harbor – anchorage regulations;

USCG – draft APC National Guidelines;

NOAA – Cook Inlet beluga whale;

IMO – regional emissions trading systems; and

UK – digital nautical publications.

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DHS – GPS best practices guide

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Best Practices Guide entitled “Improving the Operation and Development of Global Positioning System (GPS) Equipment Used by Critical Infrastructure”. It is intended to provide stakeholders with information to improve the security and resilience of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) equipment across the spectrum of equipment development, deployment, and use. (1/9/17) [http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/Best%20Practices%20for%20Improving%20the%20Operation%20and%20Development%20of%20GPS%20Equipment.pdf].

USCG – Polar Code & MARPOL reminder

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard released a bulletin reminding stakeholders that the MARPOL portions of the IMO Polar Code entered into full effect on 1 January. (1/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/09/polar-code-marpol-applicability/].

USCG – good marine practices for CFVs

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing release of the Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels (CFVs). The safety measures and practices should be focused primarily toward fishing vessels 50 feet or greater in length, operating beyond three nautical miles from shore, and that are more than 25 years of age. However, the practices should be considered for all commercial fishing vessels where reasonable and practicable. (1/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/09/completed-voluntary-safety-initiatives-good-marine-practices-commercial-fishing-vessels/].

Marina del Rey Harbor – anchorage regulations

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the shape and reducing the size of the special anchorage area in Marina del Rey Harbor. The amendments enter into effect on 9 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 2893 (1/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-10/pdf/2016-31996.pdf].

USCG – draft APC National Guidelines

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard has reopened, until 10 April, the period within which to submit comments on the draft Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. 82 Fed. Reg. 3016 (1/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-10/pdf/2017-00319.pdf].

NOAA – Cook Inlet beluga whale

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has adopted an Endangered Species Recovery Plan for the Cook Inlet beluga whale distinct population segement. 82 Fed. Reg. 1325 (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-31877.pdf].

IMO – regional emissions trading systems

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release stating that Secretary-General Kitack Lim has written to senior European officials expressing his concern that including shipping in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping on a global basis. (1/9/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/3-SG-emissions.aspx].

UK – digital nautical publications

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a notice concerning its equivalency letters for electronic charts and publications meeting regulation requirements for use on a ship as digital nautical publications. (1/9/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mca-approval-letters-for-digital-nautical-publications].

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January 9th, 2017 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Subchapter M TPOs;

USCG – 2014 amendments to MLC 2006;

Gulf of Alaska – rescuing the rescuers;

EPA – ECA compliance issues;

FMC – access to Commission information & records;

FWS – Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan;

NOAA – Mallows Bay-Potomac River NMS;

NOAA – Wisconsin-Lake Michigan NMS;

BOEM – Atlantic seismic G&G permits denied;

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami detection;

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection;

California – marine invasive species reporting requirements;

Denmark – digitizing sea service records; and

Singapore – oil spill cleanup.

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USCG – Subchapter M TPOs

clip_image004 The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) has created a webpage regarding Third-Party Organizations (TPOs) that have been approved to conduct audits, surveys, and other functions for US towing vessels regulated by Subchapter M of Title 46 CFR. (1/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/TVNCOE/SubMTPOs.asp].

USCG – 2014 amendments to MLC 2006

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing guidance regarding how the agency will be enforcing the 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) concerning financial security for repatriation of seafarers and liability in cases of a seafarer’s injury or death. The amendments enter into effect on 18 January. MSIB 01-17 (1/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/001_17_1-06-2017.pdf].

Gulf of Alaska – rescuing the rescuers

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a commercial tug is towing the USCGC Spar back to Kodiak after it became disabled while responding to the disabled and adrift fishing vessel Lady Gudny in the Gulf of Alaska in inclement weather. As Spar took Lady Gudny in tow, the line separated and entangled in Spar’s propellers. The four persons on Lady Gudny were airlifted to Kodiak. (1/7/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2911290/].

EPA – ECA compliance issues

clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a bulletin addressing North American and US Caribbean Sea emission control areas (ECAs) compliance issues. (December 2016) [https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-01/documents/420f16055.pdf].

FMC – access to Commission information & records

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a final rule amending its regulations for processing requests for Commission information and records. The amendments enter into effect on 30 January. 82 Fed. Reg. 2248 (1/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2016-31891.pdf].

FWS – Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

clip_image010 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it has prepared the Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan. The polar bear is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. 82 Fed. Reg. 2392 (1/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2017-00127.pdf].

NOAA – Mallows Bay-Potomac River NMS

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Public meetings will be held in La Plata (7 March) and Arnold (9 March). Written comments must be received by 31 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 2254 (1/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2016-31742.pdf].

NOAA – Wisconsin-Lake Michigan NMS

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Public meetings will be held in Algoma (13 March); Manitowoc (14 March); Sheboygan (15 March); and Port Washington (16 March). Written comments must be received by 31 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 2269 (1/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2016-31741.pdf].

BOEM – Atlantic seismic G&G permits denied

clip_image015 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing the denial of six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Program Area has been removed from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. (1/7/17) [https://www.boem.gov/press01062017/].

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami detection

clip_image017 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 53) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/5/17).

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection

clip_image019 Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced a bill (H.R. 312) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/5/17).

California – marine invasive species reporting requirements

clip_image021 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a letter reminding stakeholders of various reporting requirements related to marine invasive species. SLC will conduct a workshop on 22 February in Martinez concerning these requirements. (12/30/16) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Forms/MISP/2017_LtrAgents.pdf].

Denmark – digitizing sea service records

clip_image023 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it is digitizing seafarers’ sea service records, allowing seafarers online access to their data. (1/6/17) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthoritydigitalisesseafarers%27seagoingservice.aspx].

Singapore – oil spill cleanup

clip_image025 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that good progress has been made in containing and cleaning up the oil spillage from the Wan Hai 301-APL Denver collision. (1/6/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/06e03f09-b990-40f9-9f0f-f19792d3e11a].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – deferred enforcement of new STCW requirements;

USCG – policy letter re SPV inspection;

USACE – nationwide permits;

Gulf of Mexico – platform fire extinguished;

EPA – $2 million awarded for clean diesel projects;

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariner benefits;

House – bill introduced re liens on fishing permits;

China – energy-efficient ship operation course; and

Panama Canal – locks lane outage.

January 6, 2017

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USCG – deferred enforcement of new STCW requirements

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it will follow the IMO recommendation calling for port state control (PSC) authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach to enforcement of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention regarding seafarer certification. This deferred enforcement until 1 July is appropriate because training institutions are having difficulty in training all the seafarers for updated requirements. (1/5/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/05/us-will-follow-imo-recommendation-for-enforcement-of-stcw-2010-amendments-transitional-provisions/].

USCG – policy letter re SPV inspection

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance concerning risk-based decision making (RBDM) for small passenger vessel (SPV) annual inspection activity. CG-CVC Policy Letter 16-05 (1/5/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol16-05.pdf].

USACE – nationwide permits

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a final rule reissuing 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. The USACE is also issuing two new NWPs and one new general condition. The rule enters into effect on 19 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 1860 (1/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-06/pdf/2016-31355.pdf].

Gulf of Mexico – platform fire extinguished

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that the fire on the oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been extinguished. The four persons onboard safely evacuated by liferaft. Production has been shut down. The incident is under investigation. (1/5/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-responds-to-platform-fire-in-the].

EPA – $2 million awarded for clean diesel projects

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that nearly $2 million has been awarded to fund clean diesel projects in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including vessel re-powering projects in both states. (1/4/17) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-nearly-2-million-fund-clean-diesel-projects-connecticut-and-massachusetts].

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariner benefits

clip_image012 Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 154) to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/3/17).

House – bill introduced re liens on fishing permits

clip_image012[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 234) to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/3/17).

China – energy-efficient ship operation course

clip_image014 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release stating that a new energy-efficient ship operation course, developed under IMO’s GloMEEP project, will help maritime training institutes to deliver IMO’s Model Course 4.05 to seafarers. It consists of a series of lectures, interactive exercises and videos to enhance the learning experience and ensure there are properly trained crews who can contribute to efficient shipping. (1/5/17) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=193].

Panama Canal – locks lane outage

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service from 2000, 9 January through 2000, 12 January. Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect from 10 January through 12 January. Advisory 01-2017 (1/4/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-01-2017.pdf].

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    logo11 Salvage and marine firefighting verification

    In the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Salvage and marine firefighting verification". At the end of 2008, the US Coast Guard finally adopted its salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) regulations, which have proven to be unnecessarily complicated. Those regulations, which now cover large nontank vessels in addition to tank vessels, place the burden for determining the adequacy of SMFF assets on the vessel owners and operators - an evaluation that they have no capability to accomplish. The Coast Guard is now undertaking a drill program to test and verify the ability of selected vessels and their SMFF resource providers to meet the regulatory requirements. A strong SMFF presence is important to the proper protection of the marine environment.