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December 18th, 2018 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – LPG spills on water;

USCG – recreational vessel CODs;

USCG – draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual;

FMC – revised user fees;

IMO – Shaping Maritime Safety and Security;

Equasis – world merchant fleet; and

Singapore – ships operating in polar waters.

December 18, 2018

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USCG – LPG spills on water

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the report from Sandia National Laboratories entitled “Guidance on Hazard and Safety Analyses of LPG Spills on Water”. SAND2018-10338 (April 2018) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Operating%20and%20Environmental%20Standards/OES-2/Policy%20Letters/SAND2018_10338.pdf?ver=2018-12-17-143422-730].

USCG – recreational vessel CODs

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the newly-enacted Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 includes a provision providing for recreational boaters to have their Certificates of Documentation (COD) to be valid for five years. The automated systems at the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) are being updated to accommodate this change. (12/17/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2228fc5].

USCG – draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 13 February 2019, the period within which to submit comments on the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual, COMDTINST M16721,48. 83 Fed. Reg. 64807 (12/18/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-18/pdf/2018-27330.pdf].

FMC – revised user fees

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release reminding stakeholders that its revised user fees enter into effect on 19 December. (12/17/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/user_fees_revised_effective_12_19_2018/].

IMO – Shaping Maritime Safety and Security

clip_image009 The IMO posted an 8-minute safety video entitled Shaping Maritime Safety and Security. (12/10/18) [https://youtu.be/QieBWO2JTDA].

Equasis – world merchant fleet

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Equasis posted its publication “World Merchant Fleet in 2017”. The report shows that there are over 90,000 ships of 100 gt or greater, with a total gross tonnage in excess of 1 billion. (12/14/18) [http://www.equasis.org/Fichiers/Statistique/MOA/Documents%20availables%20on%20statistics%20of%20Equasis/Equasis%20Statistics%20-%20The%20world%20fleet%202017.pdf].

Singapore – ships operating in polar waters

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the training and certification requirements for ships operating in polar waters. Shipping Circular 17-2018 (12/17/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/447565cc-40b4-41d6-8f12-c799a2366476].

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December 17th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 December 2018

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – oil discharge response;

USCG – 14th BWMS type approval certificate issued;

USCG – 22nd BWMS type approval application received;

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum;

FMC – unjust and unreasonable practices;

FMC – OTI rule proposal;

Brownsville – LNG project draft EIS;

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy auction nets $405 million;

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill tax deduction;

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill costs;

UNCTAD – demurrage and detention charges;

China – air pollutant emission control areas;

India – 2020 sulphur content reminder; and

New Zealand – intoxicated tanker master fined $1,000.

December 17, 2018

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Gulf of Mexico – oil discharge response

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it issued a Notice of Federal Assumption of a portion of the response operations to contain an oil discharge for the site of the 2004 collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) offshore platform eleven miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. (12/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22296eb]. Note: This slow discharge, probably around 50 barrels per day, has continued so long that it may be one of the largest in US history. The well owner remains responsible for the sunken platform removal and will be liable for reimbursement of federal response expenses.

USCG – 14th BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating its 14th ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to Panasia Co., Ltd for its GloEn-Patrol BWMS. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-14th-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate/].

USCG – 22nd BWMS type approval application received

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the 22nd application for ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval has been received. This application is for the Semb-Eco LUV U1 BWMS manufactured by Semb-Eco Pte, Ltd. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-22nd-application-for-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval/].

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it co-hosted the recent Fourth Annual Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum in Houston. Topics included liquefied gas import and export facilities and use of liquefied gas as a marine fuel. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-coast-guard-and-industry-reps-host-4th-liquefied-gas-senior-executive-forum/].

FMC – unjust and unreasonable practices

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a final rule addressing unjust and unreasonable practices or regulations under the Shipping Act enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 64478 (12/17/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-17/pdf/2018-27181.pdf].

FMC – OTI rule proposal

clip_image009[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend the rules governing licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs). Comments must be submitted by 18 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 64502 (12/17/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-17/pdf/2018-27062.pdf].

Brownsville – LNG project draft EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared regarding the Annova LNG Brownsville Project. Comments must be received by 4 February 2019. (12/14/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/12-14-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=5666168700450520031].

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy auction nets $405 million

clip_image013 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that the recent auction of wind energy leases in 390,000 acres of federal waters offshore Massachusetts brought in winning bids totaling $405 million. (12/14/18) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/bidding-bonanza-trump-administration-smashes-record-offshore-wind-auction-405-million].

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill tax deduction

clip_image015 Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3756) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/13/18).

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill costs

clip_image015[1] Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3757) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/13/18).

UNCTAD – demurrage and detention charges

clip_image017 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published an article on demurrage and detention charges in container shipping. (12/12/18) [https://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1959&utm_source=UNCTAD+Transport+and+Trade+Facilitation+Newsletter&utm_campaign=495b792b7e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f6141a63dd-495b792b7e-44484485].

China – air pollutant emission control areas

clip_image019 The Chinese Ministry of Transport issued a Notice about ship-generated air pollutant emission control areas. (11/30/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/China_Air_Emissions_Notice_181130.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Emilio Tombolesi of Carnival Corporation.

India – 2020 sulphur content reminder

clip_image021 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular reminding ship owners and operators, as well as bunker suppliers, of their responsibilities with regard to the 2020 sulphur content regulations. Engineering Circular 5-2018 (12/14/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/writereaddata/News/201812140512464249255Eng_Cir_5of2018.PDF].

New Zealand – intoxicated tanker master fined $1,000

clip_image023 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a tanker master has been fined $1,000 for exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer. The tanker was preparing to depart port when the pilot became suspicious. (12/13/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181213a.asp].

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December 14th, 2018 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – REC Anchorage reopens;

DOJ – tanker owner fined $2,000,000;

FMC – rule re unjust and unreasonable practices;

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS;

GAO – Navy readiness shortfalls;

USN – steps to improve readiness;

Court – intoxicated passenger injury;

Canada – marine passenger insurance;

Malta – fatal fall inside cargo hold; and

UK – fatal uncontrolled hatch cover closure.

December 14, 2018

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USCG – REC Anchorage reopens

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that Regional Examination Center (REC) Anchorage reopened on 12 December. (12/13/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/rec/rec_anchorage_reopened_121318.pdf?ver=2018-12-13-093345-633].

DOJ – tanker owner fined $2,000,000

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tanker company has been sentenced to pay a $2,000,000 fine and to serve a four-year term of probation after it was convicted of illegally dumping oily waste water and sea and not recording the discharge in the tanker’s oil record book. (12/12/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/shipping-company-sentenced-illegally-discharging-oily-waste-sea].

FMC – rule re unjust and unreasonable practices

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that its final rule addressing unjust and unreasonable practices or regulations under the Shipping Act will enter into effect on 17 December. (12/13/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/final_rule_addressing_unreasonable_practices_taking_effect/].

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed

clip_image009 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it is renewing the charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). 83 Fed. Reg. 64371 (12/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-14/pdf/2018-27109.pdf].

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that the comment period for the Beaufort Sea Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been extended to 4 January 2019. Public meetings will be held at Utqiagvik [Barrow] (December 17); Nuiqsut (December 18); and Kaktovik (December 19). 83 Fed. Reg. 64355 (12/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-14/pdf/2018-27176.pdf].

GAO – Navy readiness shortfalls

clip_image013 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on naval ship, submarine, and aviation readiness. It finds that the Navy faces persistent maintenance and personnel challenges that will take years of concerted effort to overcome. GAO-19-225T (12/12/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/695911.pdf].

USN – steps to improve readiness

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release detailing steps being taken to improve readiness. (12/13/18) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108112].

Court – intoxicated passenger injury

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower court rulings in favor of defendant cruise line in a suit for personal injury brought by a passenger. The passenger drank beer until late into the night. He then entered an area of the ship clearly marked for crew only and with caution. He was injured when he fell down an open emergency-exit hatch into the bow-thruster room. Caron v NCL (Bahamas), Ltd, No. 17-15008 (11th Cir., December 13, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201715008.pdf].

Canada – marine passenger insurance

clip_image019 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that, effective 11 January 2019, Canadian passenger vessel operators must carry a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board. (12/12/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/12/minister-garneau-announces-new-regulations-to-better-financially-protect-marine-passengers-in-the-event-of-marine-accidents.html].

Malta – fatal fall inside cargo hold

clip_image021 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the fatal fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the freighter Eugenia B in Iskenderun on 30 November 2017. The immediate cause of the accident was the failure of a corroded cargo hold access cover while the stevedore was descending the cargo hold. Report 2017-11 (11/30/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Eugenia%20B_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

UK – fatal uncontrolled hatch cover closure

clip_image023 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the uncontrolled closure of a hatch cover on the general cargo vessel SMN Explorer with loss of one life in King’s Lynn, England on 1 February 2018. The crewman was part of a working party stowing cargo slings used for the discharge of the ship’s cargo. The accident occurred when the crewman climbed up the inside of the open hatch cover after its locking pins had been removed. Report 21-2018 (12/13/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c0f9e57ed915d0c1bc0d54a/MAIBInvReport21_2018.pdf].

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December 13th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 December 2018

Headlines:

DOJ – shipyard labor contractors fined $857,868;

DOJ – unlawful trafficking and smuggling of shark fins;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS;

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease auction;

California – restricted area name change;

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic Research Commission;

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic shipping;

House – bill introduced re amphibious passenger vessels; and

Panama Canal – 5,000th neopanamax transit.

December 13, 2018

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DOJ – shipyard labor contractors fined $857,868

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that it has received a court order yesterday awarding the United States $857,868 in civil penalties, along with other relief, in the Department’s immigration-related employment discrimination lawsuit against Louisiana-based Technical Marine Maintenance Texas LLC (TMMTX), which provides contract shipyard labor, and Gulf Coast Workforce LLC (GCW), a related company.  The court previously found that the companies violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against workers based on their citizenship status during the employment eligibility verification process.  (12/11/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/court-orders-857868-penalties-against-technical-marine-maintenance-texas-and-gulf-coast].

DOJ – unlawful trafficking and smuggling of shark fins

clip_image004[1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the owner and officers of a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel were charged in federal court yesterday with aiding and abetting the trafficking and smuggling of 962 shark fins into and out of Hawaii. (12/12/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/owner-and-officers-japanese-fishing-vessel-charged-unlawful-trafficking-and-smuggling-shark].

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the comment period for the Beaufort Sea EIS has been extended to 4 January 2019. Public meetings will be held at Utqiagvik [Barrow] (December 17); Nuiqsut (December 18); and Kaktovik (December 19). (12/11/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note12112018/].

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease auction

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release reminding stakeholders that the auction for commercial wind energy leasing offshore Massachusetts will commence at 0900, Thursday, 13 December. (12/12/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note12122018/].

California – restricted area name change

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a direct final rule changing the name of a restricted area in Suisun Bay from ‘Suisun Bay at Naval Weapons Station, Concord; restricted area’ to ‘Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO); restricted area’. The change enters into effect on 11 February 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 64024 (12/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-13/pdf/2018-27031.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic Research Commission

clip_image010 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 3739) to amend the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 to modify the membership of the Arctic Research Commission, to establish an Arctic Executive Steering Committee, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/11/18).

Senate – bill introduced re Arctic shipping

clip_image010[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 3740) to establish a congressionally chartered seaway development corporation in the Arctic, consistent with customary international law, with the intention of uniting Arctic nations in a cooperative Arctic shipping union, where voluntary collective maritime shipping fees will help fund the infrastructural and environmental demands of safe and reliable shipping in the region. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/11/18).

House – bill introduced re amphibious passenger vessels

clip_image012 Representative Carson (D-IN) introduced a bill (H.R. 7256) to implement recommendations related to the safety of amphibious passenger vessels, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/11/18).

Panama Canal – 5,000th neopanamax transit

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the 5,000th neopanamax vessel passed through the expanded Canal. (12/11/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2018/12/10/pr664.html].

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December 12th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 December 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – engine room fire;

Cape Canaveral – SpaceX rocket and debris removal;

USCG – 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report;

NOAA – 2018 Arctic Report Card;

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

DOT – $1.5 billion for infrastructure projects;

ReCAAP – three crew members abducted; and

UK – Code of Safe Working Practices.

December 12, 2018

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NTSB – engine room fire

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that an insufficient maintenance program and a lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions led to the January 14, 2018 fire aboard the small passenger vessel Island Lady in the waters of the Pithlachascotee River near Port Richey, Florida, resulting in one fatality among the 53 persons on board. (12/11/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/NR20181211.aspx].

Cape Canaveral – SpaceX rocket and debris removal

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing, through 28 December, a safety zone in waters off Cape Canaveral to support the control and removal of the SpaceX rocket and debris. The rocket made an emergency landing in waters off the Kennedy Space Center on 5 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 63804 (12/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-12/pdf/2018-26860.pdf].

USCG – 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard posted its 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report. The report highlights for the first time US domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics and will serve as a baseline to study trends, identify key performance indicators, and bring attention to issues in the fleet. (12/11/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC1/AnnualRpt/2017DomesticAnnualReport.pdf].

NOAA – 2018 Arctic Report Card

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted its 2018 Arctic Report Card. This year’s report shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea. (12/11/18) [https://www.arctic.noaa.gov/report-card].

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image011 clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are proposing a new ‘waters of the United States’ definition. (12/11/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-new-waters-united-states-definition].

DOT – $1.5 billion for infrastructure projects

clip_image015 The Department of Transportation issued a news release announcing $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country. (12/11/18) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-15-billion-build-transportation].

ReCAAP – three crew members abducted

clip_image017 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert stating that three crew members were abducted by persons believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf Group in the Sulu Sea. (12/10/18) [http://www.recaap.org/resources/ck/files/alerts/2018/Incident%20Alert%202-2018%20(10%20Dec%2018)(1).pdf].

UK – Code of Safe Working Practices

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) published an updated Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers. Caution: This document is 545 pages in length. (12/11/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/763497/Code_of_safe_working_practices_for_merchant_seafarers__amendment_3_October_2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – existing offshore supply vessels;

CMTS – Projecting Arctic Marine Traffic of Tomorrow;

IMO & Bangladesh – ship recycling;

Australia – vessel’s livestock carriage certificate revoked; and

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USCG – existing offshore supply vessels

clip_image004 The USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCE) published the latest edition of its Drill Down newsletter. This edition focuses on existing offshore supply vessels. (12/10/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/OCSNCOE/Drill%20Downs/DD%20-%20Existing%20OSVs%2012.10.2018.pdf?ver=2018-12-07-152551-550].

CMTS – Projecting Arctic Marine Traffic of Tomorrow

clip_image006 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a news release summarizing the recent workshop on Projecting Arctic Marine Traffic of Tomorrow. (12/10/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/a619e56e-26f6-4390-930f-adf4af4ce750].

IMO & Bangladesh – ship recycling

clip_image008 clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release stating that the second phase of building a safe and sustainable ship recycling program in Bangladesh has launched. (12/10/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/25-SENSRECphaseII.aspx].

Australia – vessel’s livestock carriage certificate revoked

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the Australian Certificate for Carriage of Livestock (ACCL) for the MV Jawan has been revoked because the vessel’s approved stability data cannot be relied upon when the vessel is loaded. (12/10/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/mv-jawans-australian-certificate-carriage-livestock-revoked].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 December 2018

Headlines:

FMC – meeting on 7 December;

FMC – Fact Finding 28 approved;

USCG – REC Anchorage closed due to earthquake;

MARAD – aquaculture vessel waivers sought;

EPA – current VGP program continued;

CMTS – infrastructure needs in the US Arctic; and

NOAA – seal-eel-nose.

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FMC – meeting on 7 December

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners met in open session to receive a briefing on Fact Finding 28: Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce and on recommendations for changes to regulations governing the licensing and financial responsibility requirements for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs). In a closed session, they received an update on alliance agreements and also considered monitoring requirements for the West Coast MTO Agreement. (12/7/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_meets_to_consider_detention__demurrage_report_changes_to_oti_rules/].

FMC – Fact Finding 28 approved

clip_image004[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners approved the recommendations in Fact Finding 28: Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce. Innovation Teams of private sector experts will be assembled early in 2019 to determine the commercial viability of four key ideas that have the potential to bring clarity and uniformity to when and how shippers pay detention and demurrage fees. (12/7/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_approves_recommendations_in_detention__demurrage_report/].

USCG – REC Anchorage closed due to earthquake

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that the Regional Exam Center (REC) Anchorage is closed until further notice, having been impacted by the recent earthquake. Paper applications should be sent to another REC for processing. (12/4/18) [].

MARAD – aquaculture vessel waivers requested

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it received a request for authorization to allow certain vessels with registry endorsements of foreign flag vessels to be used in operations that treat aquaculture fish or protect aquaculture. Comments must be received by 9 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 63557 (12/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-10/pdf/2018-26589.pdf].

EPA – current VGP program continued

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that new Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements will not be issued. Rather, the current VGP requirements will remain in effect until such time as new regulations are finalized and enforceable as provided in Title IX of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140). (12/7/18) [https://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels-vgp].

CMTS – infrastructure needs in US Arctic

clip_image012 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice stating that the updated report: “Revisiting Near-Term Recommendations to Prioritize Infrastructure Needs in the US Arctic” is now available. (12/718) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/d7c759bf-1258-4985-a242-a5949e9d0b5c].

NOAA – seal-eel-nose

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared a photo and brief report of a young endangered Hawaiian monk seal with an eel in its nose. Occurrences such as this are unusual and there is no good explanation. (12/6/18) [https://www.facebook.com/HMSRP/photos/a.645951835444837/2534312423275426/?type=3&theater]. Note: Probably a juvenile dare that went wrong.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 December 2018

Headlines:

Offshore Massachusetts – Vineyard project draft EIS;

Atlantic Ocean – seismic surveys authorized;

Senate – hearing on Arctic maritime transportation;

Senate – bill introduced re port threat analysis;

California – $630,625 penalty for air emissions;

Singapore – port limits;

USCGC White Alder – 7 December 1968; and

Attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941.

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Offshore Massachusetts – Vineyard project draft EIS

clip_image004 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Vineyard wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 22 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 63184 (12/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-07/pdf/2018-26573.pdf].

Atlantic Ocean – seismic surveys authorized

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that authorizations have been issued to companies proposing to conduct seismic geophysical surveys in support of hydrocarbon exploration in the Atlantic Ocean that might incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals. 83 Fed. Reg. 63268 (12/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-07/pdf/2018-26460.pdf].

Senate – hearing on Arctic maritime transportation

clip_image008 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Commerce Committee conducted a hearing entitled “Preparing for Maritime Transportation in a Changing Arctic”. Testimony was received from: Mr. Willie Goodwin, Arctic Waterways Safety Committee; Mr. Andrew Hartsig, Ocean Conservancy; Ms. Kathy Metcalf. Chamber of Shipping of America; and Captain Ed Page, Marine Exchange of Alaska. (12/6/18) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=F5A93A24-76E1-4EE7-8932-2337F5FB7F37].

Senate – bill introduced re port threat analysis

clip_image008[1] Senator Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 3706) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a threat and operational analysis of ports of entry, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cornyn issued a news release explaining the measure. (12/5/18).

California – $630,625 penalty for air emissions

clip_image010 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a news release stating that Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) paid $630,625 in penalties for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth regulation. Investigation revealed more than 2,500 violations for failing to reduce auxiliary engine power generation by at least 50% and for exceeding limits for auxiliary engine run time. MSC cooperated with the investigation and subsequently converted its California fleets to include 100% shore power-equipped vessels. (12/5/18) [https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/news/msc-mediterranean-shipping-company-pays-630k-air-quality-violations].

Singapore – port limits

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) posted a circular advising of an amendment to the Singapore Port Limits. Port Marine Circular 9-2018 (12/6/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/8c7a69a3-5cca-4d11-9503-df80e24b6e19].

USCGC White Alder – 7 December 1968

clip_image014 The coastal buoy tender USCGC White Alder (WLM 541) was homeported in New Orleans. On 7 December 1968, it was downbound on the Mississippi River near White Castle, Louisiana when it collided with the upbound freighter Helena. The smaller White Alder sank almost immediately. Of the 20 crew members, three survived and three bodies were recovered. The other 14 remained entombed in the wreck buried at the bottom of the river. A memorial to the lost crew was dedicated at the Coast Guard base in New Orleans.

Attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941

clip_image016 Today marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which directly caused the death of over two thousand Americans and the sinking of a number of US Navy warships. It resulted in a major combat role for the US in World War II, which had commenced more than two years previously. Up until the attack, the US had limited its participation largely to supply and logistics. After the attack, it was all in. The war continued for almost another four years, with the loss of millions of lives and large-scale property destruction. A new world order eventually emerged. With hard work, increased cooperation, good luck, and mature judgment, we can avoid such conflicts in the future.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 December 2018

Headlines:

Cape Canaveral – safety zone;

USCG – MERPAC members sought;

USCG – MERMAC members sought;

USCG – inland tender fleet replacement;

EMSA – transport cybersecurity conference;

New Zealand – $400 fine for passengers with pests; and

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917.

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Cape Canaveral – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a safety zone has been established in waters off Cape Canaveral after a SpaceX Falcon 9 landed in the water. (12/5/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2206c5d]. Note: It appears that, after a successful launch of an ISS resupply mission, the first stage separated and landed in the ocean after losing control.

USCG – MERPAC members sought

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). Applications should be submitted by 4 February 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 62876 (12/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-06/pdf/2018-26420.pdf].

USCG – MEDMAC members sought

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard seeks applications from interested individuals for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC). Applications should be submitted by 4 February 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 62844 (12/6/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-06/pdf/2018-26499.pdf].

USCG – inland tender fleet replacement

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard is in the early stages of a replacement program for its inland tender fleet of 35 cutters that support the service’s aids to navigation (ATON) mission in federal inland waterways. The inland tenders can also perform missions such as search and rescue (SAR); ports, waterways, and coastal security: marine safety; and marine environmental protection. [https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Surface-Programs/WCC/].

EMSA – transport cybersecurity conference

clip_image006 The European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) issued a press release stating that the 1st Transport Cybersecurity Conference will be held in Lisbon on 23 January 2019. (12/5/18) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3418-1st-transport-cyber-security-conference.html].

New Zealand – $400 fine for passengers with pests

clip_image008 Biosecurity New Zealand issued a media release announcing that cruise ship passengers who bring ashore foods or other items that could carry dangerous pests or diseases are now subject to a fine of $400. (12/4/18) [https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/cruise-ship-fines-start/].

SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax – 6 December 1917

clip_image010 The freighter SS Mont Blanc exploded in the Halifax Narrows on 6 December 1917, following its collision with the SS Imo. The freighter 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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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 December 2018

Headlines:

White House – S. 140 signed into law;

USCG – LRIT reminder;

DHS OIG – whistleblower retaliation report;

Senate – Arctic transportation hearing;

IMO – MSC 100 meeting through 7 December;

Ireland – Safer Seas-Connected Coasts; and

New Zealand – stink bug ejection.

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White House – S. 140 signed into law

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018,” which authorizes appropriations for the United States Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019; reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hydrographic services program through Fiscal Year 2023; and modifies the regulation of vessel incidental discharge and ballast water, has been signed into law. (12/4/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-signed-s-140-law/].

USCG – LRIT reminder

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that all passenger ships, all mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), and all cargo ships of 300 gross tons or more engaged in international voyages are required to carry and operate a Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. Any covered ship transiting within 1,000 nautical miles of the US coast or bound for a US port must be so equipped. (12/4/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/04/12-4-2018-long-range-identification-and-tracking-have-you-reported-in-the-last-six-hours/].

DHS OIG – whistleblower retaliation report

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Whistleblower Retaliation Report of Investigation in the matter of a US Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) who complained that she received a negative Officer Evaluation Report (OER) after making discrimination and harassment complaints against her superiors. (12/4/18) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018/WRROI-W17-USCG-WPU-16018.pdf].

Senate – Arctic transportation hearing

clip_image010 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating that on 6 December the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard will conduct a hearing to examine Arctic transportation issues. (11/30/18) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=ADB016E6-E2F4-46B6-8A5B-5527741CD240].

IMO – MSC 100 meeting through 7 December

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting through 7 December for its milestone 100th session, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, fatigue guidance for seafarers, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items.  (12/4/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/WhatsNew/Pages/default.aspx].

Ireland – Safer Seas-Connected Coasts

clip_image014 The Irish Commissioners of Lights posted its updated Safer Seas–Connected Coasts 2018-2023. The policy envisions the protection of lives, property, trade and the environment with next generation maritime services, at the interface of navigation technology, engineering and data management. (12/4/18) [https://www.irishlights.ie/who-we-are/strategy-and-performance.aspx].

New Zealand – stink bug ejection

clip_image016 Biosecurity New Zealand issued a media release stating that a cargo ship arriving from Europe has been ordered to leave due to the presence on board of stink bugs. The vessel will have to be treated offshore before it can return. (11/29/18) [https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/cargo-ship-ordered-to-leave-new-zealand/].

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    logo11 The Forward-Facing Coast Guard

    In the November 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "The Forward-Facing Coast Guard". The article discusses the recently-published Coast Guard Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook. The document identifies three major lines of effort for meeting the service's challenges ahead: (1) facilitating lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; (2) modernizing aids to navigation and mariner information systems; and (3) transforming workforce capacity and partnerships. The Outlook goes a long way toward providing Coast Guard members and employees and those who work with or are impacted by the service with a better understanding of where this national treasure is headed.