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December 6th, 2016 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 December 2016

Headlines:

White House – invasive species safeguards;

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – speed restriction;

Greater Farallones NMS – discharge restrictions;

California – southern sea otter;

DOE – authorization to export LNG;

Court – LHWCA and limitation of liability; and

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917.

December 6, 2016

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White House – invasive species safeguards

clip_image004 President Obama issued an Executive Order regarding safeguards against invasive species. The new order strengthens the previous one, providing additional safeguards against the impact of non-native species. (12/5/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/05/executive-order-safeguarding-nation-impacts-invasive-species].

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – speed restriction

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary rule establishing, through 30 June 2017, a regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Piscataqua River near the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The RNA, which enters into effect immediately, establishes speed restrictions to eliminate dangerous vessel wake. 81 Fed. Reg. 87813 (12/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/pdf/2016-29260.pdf].

Greater Farallones NMS – discharge requirements

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended for six months the delay in effectiveness of discharge requirements for US Coast Guard activities in the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS). 81 Fed. Reg. 87803 (12/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/pdf/2016-29234.pdf].

California – southern sea otter

clip_image010 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft revised marine mammal stock assessment report (SAR) for the southern sea otter in California. Comments must be submitted by 6 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 87951 (12/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/pdf/2016-29190.pdf].

DOE – authorization to export LNG

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The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing its decision granting final long-term, multi-contract authorization for Magnolia LNG to engage in the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed facility near Lake Charles. 81 Fed. Reg. 87915 (12/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/pdf/2016-29206.pdf].

Court – LHWCA and limitation of liability

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that, in a case brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) after the ship owner filed for limitation of liability, the estate of a deceased longshoreman may not bring a separate action against the ship owner alleging liability as a stevedore. Seaboard Spirit Ltd v. Hyman, No. 15-12953 (11th Cir., December 5, 2016) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201512953.pdf].

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917

clip_image016 The SS Mont Blanc exploded in the Halifax Narrows on 6 December 1917, following its collision with the SS Imo. The Mont Blanc was carrying military explosives and ammunition from New York to France. The crew abandoned ship after the collision, but a fire caused by the collision detonated 20 minutes later. The entire crew survived, except for one individual killed by falling debris. The explosion, though, was so powerful that it destroyed major parts of the nearby buildings and houses, killing approximately 2,000 residents in Halifax and Dartmouth. The incident is explored in depth in the book Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald.

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December 5th, 2016 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 December 2016

Headlines:

White House – cybersecurity report;

USCG – BWM extension program update;

USCG – F/V Alaska Juris investigation;

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC;

DOJ – contracting officer sentenced to 72 months;

House – Merchant Marine of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act;

House – bill introduced to amend OPA 90;

House – bill introduced to amend IRC; and

CRS – review of agency final rules.

December 5, 2016

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White House – cybersecurity report

clip_image004 The White House released the cybersecurity study entitled Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The study was undertaken by the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Among other things, its recommends protecting, defending, and securing the nation’s information infrastructure and digital networks while innovating and accelerating investment for the security and growth of digital networks and the digital economy. (12/1/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/cybersecurity_report.pdf].

USCG – BWM extension program update

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing an update on the ballast water management (BWM) extension program. Among other things, it notes that current extension letters will remain valid until the extended compliance date specified in the extension letter. Supplemental extensions may be requested; however, if a type-approved BWMS is available, requests must provide the necessary evidence to show why compliance is not possible. OES-MSIB 14-16 (12/2/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/014_16_12-2-2016.PDF].

USCG – F/V Alaska Juris investigation

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the formal Marine Investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Juris has been set for 5 December in Seattle. The vessel sank in approximately 5,400 feet of water on 26 July approximately 690 miles west of Dutch Harbor. The 46 crew members were safely rescued. (12/2/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/12/02/formal-marine-investigation-alaska-juris/].

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks application from individuals interested in serving on the Easter Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC and the four regional subcommittees (Northeast Ohio, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern New York). Applications should be received by 4 January 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 87578 (12/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-05/pdf/2016-29107.pdf].

DOJ – contracting officer sentenced to 72 months in prison

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former supervisory contracting officer was sentenced to 72 months in prison for accepting bride payments in exchange for steering US Navy contracts to the president and chief executive officer of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a defense contractor. (12/2/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-supervisory-contracting-officer-sentenced-72-months-prison-part-expanding-navy-bribery].

House – Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act

clip_image012 The House passed and sent to the Senate the Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2992). (11/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2992eh/pdf/BILLS-114hr2992eh.pdf].

House – bill introduced to amend OPA 90

clip_image012[1] Representative Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Unlimited Liability Act of 2016 (H.R. 6412) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. (11/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr6412ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr6412ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to amend IRC

clip_image012[2] Representative Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2016 (H.R. 6413) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. (11/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr6413ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr6413ih.pdf].

CRS – review of agency final rules

clip_image014 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a brief Insight report concluding that agency final rules submitted after 2 June 2016 may be subject to disapproval as a result of the Congressional Review Act. IN10437 (11/30/16) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10437.pdf].

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December 2nd, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2a December 2016

Headlines:

USCG – BWMS type-approval

December 2, 2016

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USCG – BWMS type-approval

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it issued the first US type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system (BWMS). The certificate has been issued to Optimarin after its system was determined to meet the requirements of federal regulations. Other systems are also being evaluated. (12/2/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2906590/].

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December 2nd, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 December 2016

Headlines:

DOJ – $40 million penalty for pollution;

Treasury – countries requiring cooperation with boycott;

Australia – ship detention upheld; and

Singapore – Annual Administrative Fee scheme.

December 2, 2016

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DOJ – $40 million penalty for pollution

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Princess Cruise Lines Ltd (a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation) has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. Princess will pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. In addition, cruise ships from eight Carnival cruise line companies will be under a court-supervised environmental compliance program for five years. (12/1/16) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/princess-cruise-lines-pay-largest-ever-criminal-penalty-deliberate-vessel-pollution].

Treasury – countries requiring cooperation with boycott

clip_image006 The Department of the Treasury issued its annual list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 81 Fed. Reg. 86000 (12/2/16) [].

Australia – ship detention upheld

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld the AMSA detention of the container ship OOCL Le Harve in Brisbane in May after a port state control inspection found that the vessel’s safety management system had failed to ensure that the crew had an adequate understanding of the rules relate to management and discharge of garbage at sea. The inspection also found that a crew member had dumped 0.08 cubic meters of food waste into the ocean less than three nautical miles from the nearest land. (11/30/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/30112016_Mediarelease_AATupholdsAMSAdetentionofOOCLLeHavre.pdf].

Singapore – Annual Administrative Fee scheme

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular regarding enhancements to the Annual Administrative Fee (AAF) scheme. Shipping Circular 28-2016 (12/1/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/b193f656-0932-4c80-b341-4870111008ee].

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December 1st, 2016 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 December 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro docket to be reopened;

MARAD – cargo preference financing;

USCG – Polar Code overview;

Louisiana – FTZ notification;

British Columbia – crude oil tanker moratorium;

India – VGM compliance extension; and

Singapore – electronic certificates.

December 1, 2016

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NTSB – El Faro docket to be reopened

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the agency intends to open its docket on 13 December in the investigation of the sinking of the US cargo vessel El Faro. The docket contains only factual material, with no analysis or findings. (11/30/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20161130.aspx].

MARAD – cargo preference financing

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) published its final policy clarification regarding application of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to applications, commitments, and guarantees under MARAD’s Federal Ship Financing Program. Changes to its earlier draft policy include a policy that cargo preference financing may not be applied to mortgage-period financing, but that such financing does apply to all construction-period financing. The policy change is effective immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 86771 (12/1/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-01/pdf/2016-28863.pdf].

USCG – Polar Code overview

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing an overview of the Polar Code, adopted by the IMO for commercial vessels operating in polar waters. Most provisions will enter into effect on 1 January 2017, (11/30/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/11/30/polar-code-overview/].

Louisiana – FTZ notification

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The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received a notice of proposed production activity to a free-trade zone (FTZ) on behalf of Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC in Houma and Lockport, Louisiana. 81 Fed. Reg. 86694 (12/1/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-01/pdf/2016-28881.pdf].

British Columbia – crude oil tanker moratorium

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Government will introduce legislation to formalize a moratorium for crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s north coast. Penalties for violation could reach up to $5 million. (11/29/16) [http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1162439].

India – VGM compliance extension

clip_image014 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice announcing a further extension, until 31 March 2017, for compliance with the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement relating to marine shipping containers. Further extension will not be considered. Notice 15-2016 (11/29/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201611301146224649921ms_notice_15of2016_29112016.pdf].

Singapore – electronic certificates

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular regarding use of electronic certificates onboard Singapore-flag vessels. Shipping Circular 27-2016 (11/30/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/1534abe4-6693-4b16-a980-c1851f07322e].

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November 30th, 2016 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 November 2016

Headlines:

DOT – PNT RFI;

USCG – MOC with Transport Canada;

House – bill introduced to reform DHS;

Singapore – passenger ferry grounding;

UK – MOU with Scotland re MCA; and

UK – maritime passenger rights.

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DOT – PNT RFI

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a request for information (RFI) concerning positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) service for national critical infrastructure (CI) resiliency. The federal government is presently documenting civil requirements for PNT capabilities to serve as the basis for potential future acquisition activity. The initial objective is to support sustainment of domestic CI timing continuity with the capability to extend services in the future to provide positioning/navigation continuity as well. Service characteristics of interest include; timing continuity; frequency stability; system availability; and system reliability. Responses should be filed by 30 January. 81 Fed. Reg. 86378 (11/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-30/pdf/2016-28805.pdf].

USCG – MOC with Transport Canada

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with Transport Canada for oversight of mutually recognized organizations that carry out inspections and certification activities of commercial vessels on behalf of both governments. (11/29/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/11/29/coast-guard-transport-canada-sign-memorandum-of-cooperation-oversight-mutually-recognized-organizations/].

House – bill introduced to reform DHS

clip_image010 Representative McCaul (R-TX) introduced the DHS Reform and Improvement Act (H.R. 6381) to provide for certain homeland security improvements and for other purposes. (11/18/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr6381ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr6381ih.pdf].

Singapore – passenger ferry grounding

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the grounding of the passenger ferry Sea prince on 29 November 2015 was the result of the master deviating from his planned route to take a shortcut. Two life rafts were launched to evacuate the passengers. The first deflated slowly. The second took on water due to broken rubberized compound connecting the one-way safety valve tube to the buoyancy unit. Inspection of the life rafts was not performed in accordance with the pertinent IMO guidance. (11/24/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/4bc72e14-d069-44de-879f-4d87036439af].

UK – MOU with Scotland re MCA

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that the UK and Scottish governments agreed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which sets out how the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will consult with Scottish government ministers about the agency’s strategic priorities in Scotland. (11/29/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-scottish-governments-announce-historic-agreement-on-maritime-safety].

UK – maritime passenger rights

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice regarding draft guidance relating to the rights of maritime passengers. (11/29/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-guidance-notes-relating-to-regulation-eu-no-1177-2010].

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November 29th, 2016 at 11:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 November 2016

Headlines:

USCG – nonfloating oil;

USCG – seeking marine inspector (towing vessels);

USCG – ‘Ships Bring the World to Us’;

NOAA – OEAB members sought;

CMTS – R&D Conference summary;

IMO – 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Convention;

IMO – safe carriage of offshore specialists;

EU – anti-piracy mission extended for two years;

EMSA – port reception facilities;

EMSA – ship inspection guidance;

EMSA – inventory of hazardous materials;

Hong Kong – control of harmful anti-fouling systems;

India – sea service of seafarers employed directly;

Singapore – Surveyor Authority Card; and

UK – investigation of collision.

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USCG – nonfloating oil

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing an update to the Response Resource Inventory (RRI) and the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) guidelines. The Group V Oil capability listing within the RRI will be removed and replace by a Nonfloating Oil classification. For response plan holders handling Group V or Nonfloating Oil, the deadline for response plan review is being extended to 1 July 2017. MSIB 13-16 (11/28/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/013_16_11-28-16.pdf].

USCG – seeking marine inspector (towing vessels)

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard posted a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Marine Inspector (Towing Vessels) at the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) at Paducah. Applications must be received by 6 December. (11/21/16) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457155500/].

USCG – ‘Ships Bring the World to Us’

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the winners of the ‘Ships Bring the World to Us’ student art program winners. (11/18/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/11/28/ships-bring-the-world-to-us-student-art-program-winners/].

NOAA – OEAB members sought

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) solicits applications for membership on the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). Applications must be submitted within 15 days. 81 Fed. Reg. 85934 (11/29/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-29/pdf/2016-28594.pdf].

CMTS – R&D Conference summary

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice stating that the summary of the CMTS-TRB 4thh Biennial R&D Conference is now available. (11/23/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=4123].

IMO – 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Convention

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention will fully enter into force on 1 January 2017. Circular 26-2016 (11/28/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/49ada038-1490-47c9-b37d-a09557c88f52].

IMO – safe carriage of offshore specialists

clip_image012[1] The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that, at the recent session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 97), interim recommendations were adopted on safe carriage of offshore specialists, such as personnel who work on offshore wind farms. (11/25/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Onestepclosertohavinginternationalstandardsforcarriageofoffshoretechnicians.aspx].

EU – anti-piracy mission extended for two years

clip_image014 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the European Council has extended Operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt, and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia until 31 December 2018. (11/28/16) [http://eunavfor.eu/european-unions-counter-piracy-operation-atalanta-extended-by-two-years-to-help-ensure-pirate-attacks-on-seafarers-off-coast-of-somalia-remain-suppressed/]. Note: At the same time, NATO has decided to end its anti-piracy mission.

EMSA – port reception facilities

clip_image014[1] The European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) posted Technical Recommendations on the Implementation of Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities. (11/25/16) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2875-technical-recommendations-on-the-implementation-of-directive-2000-59-ec-on-port-reception-facilities.html].

EMSA – ship inspection guidance

clip_image014[2] The European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) posted Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive (Directive 2000/59/EC). (11/25/16) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2876-guidance-for-ship-inspections-under-the-port-reception-facilities-directive-directive-2000-59-ec.html].

EMSA – inventory of hazardous materials

clip_image014[3] The European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) posted its Best Practice Guidance on the Inventory of Hazardous Materials. (11/25/16) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2874-emsa-s-best-practice-guidance-on-the-inventory-of-hazardous-materials.html].

Hong Kong – control of harmful anti-fouling systems

clip_image016 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that the new Merchant Shipping (Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships) Regulation will come into operation on 1 January 2017. Notice 155-2016 (11/24/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16155.pdf].

India – sea service of seafarers employed directly

clip_image018 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that the sea service of Indian seafarers directly employed by owners of foreign-flag ships can be considered for the purpose of revalidation of certificates of competency and endorsement of GMDSS certificates under certain circumstances. DGS Circular 4-2016 (11/25/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201611250413535044476dgs_circular_04of2016_crew_25112016.pdf].

Singapore – Surveyor Authority Card

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing establishment of a new Surveyor Authority Card. Circular 25-2016 (11/25/16) [].http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/1d7fce07-fbdd-4d54-aaf0-99d6d71fccd2

UK – investigation of collision

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a news release stating that it has commenced an investigation into the collision between the forest product carrier Saga Sky and the anchored stone carrying barge Stema Barge II close to the port of Dover on 20 November. There were no injuries and, despite significant hull damage, both vessels remained afloat. (11/24/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/collision-between-a-cargo-ship-and-an-anchored-barge].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 November 2016

Headlines:

MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas;

Delaware Bay – anchorage grounds;

DOS – international law meeting on 13 December;

MARAD – Delfin LNG DWP;

DOE – LNG exports;

NOAA – sea snail shells dissolving;

CMTS – federal advisory committees;

USCG – LNG training;

California – biofouling regulations;

EC – Hapag-Lloyd and UASC merger conditionally approved;

Australia – fatality on OSV;

UK – marine evacuation system arrangements; and

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903.

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MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory concerning the importance of vessels remaining vigilant when transiting the Sulu and Celebes Sea. All vessels in the area are at risk of attack. Advisory 2016-04 (11/22/16) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/advisory/2016/marad-advisory-2016-04-vessel-guidance-for-the-sulu-and-celebes-seas/].

Delaware Bay – anchorage grounds

clip_image008 The USCG promulgated a final rule revising the anchorage regulations for the Delaware Bay and River. Unusable anchorage grounds have been eliminated and usable anchorage grounds have been added. The rule enters into effect on _____. 81 Fed. Reg. 84000 (11/25/16) [].

DOS – international law meeting on 13 December

clip_image010 The Advisory Committee on International Law, sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 13 December in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, “Brexit”, and effective international lawyering during transitions. 81 Fed. Reg. 84000 (11/25/16) [].

MARAD – Delfin LNG DWP

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Delfin liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) to be constructed in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Cameron, Louisiana has been completed. Public hearings will be held in Cameron (13 December) and in Beaumont, Texas (14 December). Written comments must be received by 12 January 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 85678 (11/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-28/pdf/2016-27297.pdf].

DOE – LNG exports

clip_image013 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing its orders granting authority for, among other things, the export of LNG. 81 Fed. Reg. 85553 (11/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-28/pdf/2016-28501.pdf].

NOAA – sea snail shells dissolving

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the dissolving of shells of microscopic sea snails called pteropods has been linked to the increased concentration is sea water of human-caused carbon dioxide. The higher level of carbon-dioxide has led to acidification of the oceans. (11/22/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-research-links-human-caused-co2-emissions-to-dissolving-sea-snail-shells-off-us].

CMTS – federal advisory committees

clip_image017 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) released the updated list of Marine Transportation-Related Federal Advisory Committees. The list provides relevant information regarding the 39 federal advisory committees that may impact the US marine transportation system. (October 2016) [http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/CMTS_FAC_Oct_2016_v2.pdf].

USCG – LNG training

clip_image018 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) recently delivered a three-day LNG training seminar to the Panama Canal Authority, the Panamanian Government, and local first responders. (11/23/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/11/23/lgc-ncoe-3-day-lng-training-panama-canal/].

California – biofouling regulations

clip_image020 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice announcing that it proposes to amend the biofouling management regulations for vessels arriving at California ports. Comments must be received by 10 January 2017. (11/23/16) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP.html].

EC – Hapag-Lloyd and UASC merger conditionally approved

clip_image022 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC container lines has been approved, subject to conditions. (11/23/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3942_en.htm].

Australia – fatality on OSV

clip_image024 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatality on board the offshore supply vessel (OSV) Skandi Pacific off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia on 14 July 2015. While securing containers on deck in rough seas, two crewmembers slackened the securing chain so as to better secure the entire stow. Two large waves came over the vessel, shifting the unsecured containers. One of the crewmembers was trapped by the moving containers and suffered fatal injuries. MO-2015-005 (11/23/16) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5771895/mo-2015-005_final.pdf].

UK – marine evacuation system arrangements

clip_image026 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Marine Guidance Note (MGN) setting out MCA expectations of how the risks of a single point of failure for marine evacuation system and davit-launched raft arrangements for abandonment are mitigated and recorded in the safety management systems of UK passenger ships. Comments must be received by 12 December. (11/22/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-draft-mgn-for-single-point-of-failure].

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903

clip_image028 The first recorded major oil spill in Australia (1,300 tons) occurred on 28 November 1903 when the tanker Petriana grounded on Portsea Back Beach in Port Phillip Bay. The tanker was carrying 1,330 tons of bulk oil from Borneo to Melbourne, as well as an unrecorded quantity of naphtha and benzene. The pilot decided to bring the ship into port in poor visibility, expecting the fog to lift before the ship reached the notorious Rip at the bay’s entrance. The fog did not lift and the ship grounded hard. When salvage attempts failed, the bulk oil was pumped overboard to lighten the ship. This too failed and the wreck was finally abandoned. Illustrating how times have changed, the press reports of the oil jettison described “a film of great beauty, radiating all the colours of the rainbow.” There were also difficulties when the crew of Chinese and Malay descent abandoned the ship. They were prohibited from landing ashore by Australian law of that era.

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November 23rd, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 November 2016

Headlines:

USMMA – Gender Relations Focus Group Report;

Louisiana – Navigation Channel project; and

IMO – woman receives Bravery Award.

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USMMA – Gender Relations Focus Group Report

clip_image006 The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) posted the 158-page 2015 US Merchant Marine Academy Gender Relations Focus Groups Report. Participants in the survey agreed that there is a greater level of awareness of sexual assault and harassment at the USMMA than in previous years. There was no consensus as to whether the rate of unwanted sexual contact at the Academy has changed. Midshipmen and staff noted that sexist jokes and jokes related to sexual assault or harassment are common on campus and that these jokes convey that the issue of sexual assault is not taken seriously. Sea duty – and the maritime industry as a whole – presents a difficult environment for midshipmen to navigate when it comes to sexual relations. The midshipmen indicated that they understood the maritime industry is male-dominated and sailors are often characterized as using profane language, making sexist remarks, and drinking heavily. This confluence of factors creates a situation that is unique among the service academies to the USMMA and facilitates an environment where unwanted sexual contact may be especially likely to occur. (December 2015) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/2015_USMMA_Focus_Report.pdf].

Louisiana – Navigation Channel Project

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for modification of the Bayou Lafourche and Lafourche-Jump Waterway, Louisiana, Navigation Channel Project in Lafourche Parish. 81 Fed. Reg. 84562 (11/23/16) [].

IMO – woman receives Bravery Award

clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release stating that the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea has been awarded to Captain Radhika Menon, master of the tanker Sampurna Swarajya, for the rescue of seven fishermen during a severe storm in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015. Captain Menon is the first woman to receive the award. (11/22/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/30-Bravery-2016.aspx].

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November 22nd, 2016 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 November 2016

Headlines:

DOJ – chief engineer sentenced to prison;

Memphis – river reopened with restrictions;

USCG – Polar Ship Certificates;

BOEM – OCS oil & gas leasing;

IMO – small passenger ship safety;

ReCAAP – abduction of crew;

Malta – Picasso Project;

UK – Royal Navy at risk; and

UK – port freight statistics.

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DOJ – chief engineer sentenced to prison

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former chief engineer of the tanker Cielo di Milano was sentenced to eight months in prison for concealing the deliberate discharge of oily waste into the sea. (11/21/16) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/senior-officer-italian-oil-tanker-sentenced-eight-months-prison-concealing-discharge-oily].

Memphis – river reopened with restrictions

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Mississippi River north of Memphis has been partially reopened to traffic following a barge breakaway. Of the 42 barges that broke away from their tow on Saturday, 38 have been secured and four remain grounded. The river, between mile markers 771 and 750 has been reopened to one-way traffic to downbound vessels. (11/21/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2902082/].

USCG – Polar Ship Certificates

clip_image009 The USCG proposes to add a new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of existing certificates required to be carried on board all US and foreign-flag vessels subject to the SOLAS Convention and operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, generally above 60° north and 60° south latitude lines. Additionally, the Coast Guard proposes to add this certificate to the list of SOLAS certificates that recognized classification societies are authorized to issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. Comments on this proposal must be submitted by 22 December. 81 Fed. Reg. 83786 (11/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-22/pdf/2016-27989.pdf].

BOEM – OCS oil & gas leasing

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2017-2011 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program. 81 Fed. Reg. 83870 (11/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-22/pdf/2016-28249.pdf].

IMO – small passenger ship safety

clip_image013 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release advising that the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 97) will consider, among other things, potential new safety criteria for small passenger ships engaged on international voyages. (11/21/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/PassengershipsafetyleveltobeconsideredbyIMO.aspx].

ReCAAP – abduction of crew

clip_image015 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Alert regarding the increasing incidents of abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and eastern Sabah region. Ships operating in those waters are encouraged to adopt relevant preventative measures. (11/21/16) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=463&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Malta – Picasso Project

clip_image017 Transport Malta issued a press release stating that it is participating in the EC-funded Picasso Project aimed at preventing incidents and accidents for safer ships at sea. Transport Malta will organize a mass evacuation exercise in the port of Valletta. (11/18/16) [http://www.transport.gov.mt/news/press-release-18-november-2016-tm-participates-in-picasso-project].

UK – Royal Navy at risk

clip_image019 The Defence Select Committee of the UK Parliament issued a report stating that the number of active warships in the Royal Navy could fall to a woefully low level unless there is a clear timetable for replacing older vessels. The Navy’s surface fleet has fallen from 62 warships in 1985 to 22 warships today. A new aircraft carrier is scheduled for commissioning in 2017. (11/21/16) [http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/].

UK – port freight statistics

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice announcing port freight statistics for 2015. Total tonnage levels decreased by 1% to 496.7 million tonnes. (11/21/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/port-freight-statistics-2015-final-figures].

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    logo11 America needs iceabreakers

    In the November 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "America needs icebreakers". Vessel traffic and maritime activity is increasing in the polar regions and yet the United States has only one operational polar icebreaker, and that one is past its prime. I recommend that the United States commit itself to the construction of one new polar icebreaker every five years for the foreseeable future. If this is done, the nation will have a reasonably sized, creditable presence in the Arctic and Antarctic.