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May 5th, 2016 at 8:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 May 2016

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – fisherman rescued after two months at sea;

Philadelphia – anchorage regulations;

CBP – NCAP test re FWS data;

MPAFAC – meeting on 24-26 May;

OAS – marine salvage workshop;

Australia – vessel-helicopter operations;

Australia – two-ship breakaway; and

UK – FAQ on VGM.

May 5, 2016

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Pacific Ocean – fisherman rescued after two months at sea

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a Columbian fisherman was rescued by the bulk carrier Nikkei Verde in the southeastern Pacific after surviving a two-month ordeal at sea. The survivor and three companions had set out from Columbia, but the boat’s engine became disabled. They caught and ate fish and sea gulls, but the other three on board died. The crew of the bulk carrier found and rescued the lone survivor and transferred him to the Coast Guard as the ship passed near Hawaii. (5/4/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815902/].

Philadelphia – anchorage regulations

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the geographic coordinates and modifying the usage anchorage “10” in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The amendment reduces the size of the anchorage and allows its use as a general anchorage ground. The rule enters into effect on 6 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 27015 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10577.pdf] (5/5/16).

CBP – NCAP test re FWS data

clip_image007 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing that it will conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning the electronic transmission of certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). 81 Fed. Reg. 27149 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10522.pdf] (5/5/16).

MPAFAC – meeting on 24-26 May

clip_image009 The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 24-26 May in Winter Harbor, Maine. Topics on the agenda include ecological connectivity; external financing; and Arctic MPAs. 81 Fed. Reg. 27104 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10532.pdf] (5/5/16).

OAS – marine salvage workshop

clip_image011 The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States OAS), in partnership with the American Salvage Association (ASA), will be holding a workshop with senior Port Authority officials from the 34 member countries, ASA members, and CIP staff in Miami on 13-15 June to discuss marine salvage, firefighting, environmental response, and casualty management. (5/4/16) [http://www.americansalvage.org/events/downloads/CIP-ASA-training-agenda.pdf].

Australia – vessel-helicopter operations

clip_image013 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding the maritime industry, helicopter operators, and pilots of recently adopted regulations that impact vessel-helicopter operations in Australian waters. Marine Notice 9-2016 (5/5/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Australia – two-ship breakaway

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the break way of Grand Pioneer and AAL Fremantle in Fremantle on 17 August 2014. The two ships broke away from their berths when a thunderstorm passed across the Port of Fremantle. A bollard on the wharf holding both ships’ stern lines failed, most likely after Grand Pioneer’s vehicle ramp contacted it.  AAL Fremantle contacted a ship at an adjacent berth, and parts of the Fremantle Rail Bridge nearby. MO-2014-009 (5/5/16) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770320/mo-2014-009-final.pdf].

UK – FAQ on VGM

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the 23-page UK National FAQ on verified gross mass (VGM). (5/3/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/520931/FAQ_22_Mar_2016_final__V7_.pdf].

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May 4th, 2016 at 8:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 May 2016

Headlines:

OMB – Subchapter M cleared for publication;

USCG – review of Refugio Beach oil spill cleanup;

FMC – Supply Chain innovation Team Initiative;

Great Lakes – safety zones proposed;

FMC – complaint filed against vehicle carriers;

FMC – another complaint filed against vehicle carriers;

Northern Mariana Islands – submerged lands transfer;

DHS – successful demonstration of eLoran; and

IMO – capacity-building in the Gulf of Guinea.

May 4, 2016

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OMB – Subchapter M cleared for publication

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, but more popularly known as Subchapter M. The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to promulgation in the Federal Register. (5/2/16) [http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201510&RIN=1625-AB06].

USCG – review of Refugio Beach oil spill cleanup

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that review of the Refugio Beach oil spill has been completed. The spill occurred on 19 May 2015, when a pipeline leaked and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of oil on land, some of which subsequently reached the ocean through a culvert beneath US Highway 101. (5/3/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815998/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Norm Paulhus.

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, has been officially launched. Industry leaders from 34 companies will be working in teams to develop process innovations that will improve the reliability, resilience, and competitiveness of America’s global supply chain. (5/3/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-08/].

Great Lakes – safety zones proposed

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones around tall ships visiting the Great Lakes during the Tall Ships Challenge 2016 race series. Comments on the proposal must be received by 3 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 26767 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10453.pdf] (5/4/16).

FMC – complaint filed against vehicle carriers

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that various new truck and heavy equipment dealers have filed a complaint seeking to pursue a class action against providers of vehicle carrier services in international maritime commerce for alleged violations of the Shipping Act by conspiring to fix prices. 81 Fed. Reg. 26792 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10340.pdf] (5/4/16).

FMC – another complaint filed against vehicle carriers

clip_image010[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that various US automobile dealers have filed a complaint seeking to pursue a class action against providers of vehicle carrier services in international maritime commerce for alleged violations of the Shipping Act by conspiring to fix prices. 81 Fed. Reg. 26793 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10341.pdf] (5/4/16).

Northern Mariana Islands – submerged lands transfer

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on its draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Norther Islands Submerged Lands Transfer to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Comments must be received by 6 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 26825 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-09955.pdf] (5/4/16).

DHS – successful demonstration of eLoran

clip_image014 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release stating that enhanced Loran (eLoran), a precision timing technology, was successfully demonstrated at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (4/20/16) [https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2016/04/20/st-demonstrates-precision-timing-technology-ny-stock-exchange?utm_source=GPS+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8d54dc8a3c-GPS_Bulletin_+May+3_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a2a565481e-8d54dc8a3c-198943545].

IMO – capacity-building in the Gulf of Guinea

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recently condemned acts of murder, kidnapping, hostage-taking, and robbery by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and encouraged regional cooperation. The UNSC also highlighted to work of the IMO in capacity-building in the area. (5/3/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/12-UNSC-GOG.aspx].

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May 3rd, 2016 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 May 2016

Headlines:

Hudson River – safety zone;

FMC – Rules of Practice and Procedure;

Washington – proposed coal export facility;

India – vessel sharing agreements; and

New Zealand – seafarer certification proposal.

May 3, 2016

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Hudson River – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a temporary safety zone on waters of the Hudson River in the vicinity of Manhattan and Jersey City for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York 2016 regatta. The safety zone regulation will be in effect on 6-8 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 26468 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/pdf/2016-10305.pdf] (5/3/16).

FMC – Rules of Practice and Procedure

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to reorganize several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revise its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 5 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 26517 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/pdf/2016-09759.pdf] (5/3/16).

Washington – proposed coal export facility

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that comment is sought on the draft environmental study for the proposed coal export facility near Longview. Comments must be received by 13 June. (4/29/16) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/054.html].

India – vessel sharing agreements

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice concerning use of vessel sharing agreements (VSAs) in the liner shipping industry. Merchant Shipping Notice 3-2016 (4/28/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201605020352385331880ms_notice3_2016.pdf].

New Zealand – seafarer certification proposal

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it seeks comments on proposed changes to seafarer certification that would ‘ring-fence’ certain older seafarer certificates that would make it easier for seafarers with certain older certificates to continue working. (5/2/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160502a.asp].

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May 2nd, 2016 at 10:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – second round of El Faro hearings;

USCG – VGM equivalency;

USCG – $100,000 civil penalty assessed for laser strike;

MERPAC – meeting on 25-26 May;

Admiralty Inlet – WAMS review;

USCG – hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry;

BSEE – decommissioning cost estimates;

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez;

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains;

Senate – recognizing 100th anniversary of USCG aviation;

EC – CMA CGM acquisition of NOL conditionally approved;

Panama Canal – ship selected for first transit through expanded canal;

Panama Canal – locks lane outages;

Panama Canal – daylight transit option; and

Singapore – two bunker licenses revoked.

May 2, 2016

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USCG – second round of El Faro hearings

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a media advisory stating that a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the US-flag vessel El Faro and the 33 persons on board will held on 16-27 May in Jacksonville. This round will focus on shipboard operations and cargo loading, lashing, and stowage operations for the accident voyage, while also examining the vessel’s analysis of stability and the weather conditions forecasted and encountered. In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined for potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage. A third round of hearings (at a date to be determined) will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew witnesses, TOTE company officials, and contents of the vessel’s voyage data recorder (VDR) if it can be recovered and analyzed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), conducting its own investigation, will participate fully in the Marine Board of Investigation hearings. (4/27/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/external/content/document/4007/2813894/1/EL%20FARO%20Hearing%20-%20Hearing%20Two%20Initial%20Release.pdf].

USCG – VGM equivalency

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that the agency has determined that existing US laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in the amended SOLAS Regulation VI/2 regarding verified gross mass (VGM) of maritime shipping containers. MSIB 09-16 (4/28/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/009_16_4-28-2016.pdf].

USCG – $100,000 civil penalty assessed for laser strike

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has assessed a civil penalty of $100,000 against a passenger on the Washington State Ferry Kitsap for pointing his laser at the pilot house of the ferry Tokiate as the two ferries passed between Mukilteo and Clinton on 22 October 2015. The laser strike injured the master and chief mate. The passenger was found to have violated safety and security zone regulations, as well as interfering with the safe operation of a vessel. (4/29/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2814974/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Robert C. Schoening of Workplace Substance Abuse Consulting.

MERPAC – meeting on 25-26 May

clip_image004[3] A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 25-26 May in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The purpose of the meeting is to work on Task Statement 30 to evaluate utilizing military education, training, and assessment to satisfy national and STCW credential requirements. 81 Fed. Reg. 25686 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-29/pdf/2016-09972.pdf] (4/29/16).

Admiralty Inlet – WAMS review

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it seeks public comment regarding a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of Admiralty Inlet, connecting the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Puget Sound. Comments should be received by 31 July. (4/29/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815046/].

USCG – hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry

clip_image004[5] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is working with a ferry owner and other stakeholders on a MARAD-funded feasibility study to examine the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of building and operating a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry and hydrogen refueling station. (4/29/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/29/4292016-coast-guard-works-on-hydrogen-fuel-cell-high-speed-passenger-ferry/].

BSEE – decommissioning cost estimates

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a Notice to Lessees (NTL) providing guidance and clarification for the decommissioning rule for offshore oil and gas wells. Lessees are required to make determinations of decommissioning costs for each permanently plugged well, removed platform or facility and each site cleared so that the agency can properly prepare future decommissioning liability estimates. (4/28/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/uploadedFiles/BSEE/Regulations_and_Guidance/Notices_to_Lessees/2016/Decom%20Cost%20Reporting%20NTL%2004.27.16.pdf].

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez

clip_image008 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5087) to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a tract of land developed due to dredging disposal from a harbor project in Valdez, Alaska, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/27/16).

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains

clip_image010 Senator Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bill (S. 2865) to promote stability and security in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/27/16).

Senate – recognizing 100th anniversary of USCG aviation

clip_image010[1] The Senate agreed to a resolution (S. Res. 445) introduced by Senator Thune (R-SD) recognizing the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard aviation and the contribution of Coast Guard aviators to naval aviation and the safety and security of the United States. (4/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114sres445ats/pdf/BILLS-114sres445ats.pdf].

EC – CMA CGM acquisition of NOL conditionally approved

clip_image012 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved the proposed acquisition of Neptune Oriental Lines (NOL) by rival CMA CGM. The clearance is conditional upon NOL leaving the G6 liner shipping alliance. (4/29/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1631_en.htm?locale=en].

Panama Canal – ship selected for first transit through expanded canal

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the container vessel Andronikos, operated by China COSCO Shipping, has been selected for the first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, 26 June. (4/29/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/04/29/pr586.html].

Panama Canal – locks lane outages

clip_image014[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of the Miraflores Locks will be out of service from 0001, Wednesday, 4 May until 2359, Friday, 6 May to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs. Also, the west lane of the Gatun Locks will be out of service during all of Thursday, 5 May to perform emergency repairs. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect from 4 May until 6 May. Advisory 21-2016 (4/28/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-21-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – daylight transit option

clip_image014[2] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, in addition to passenger vessels and yachts, the daylight transit option is available to military vessels and non-commercial government-owned vessels. Advisory 22-2016 (4/29/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-22-2016.pdf].

Singapore – two bunker licenses revoked

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the licenses of two bunker licensees have been revoked. (4/28/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/f4925e14-9293-4001-ac3b-e8d6cee58675].

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April 28th, 2016 at 10:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 April 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – another mission required to recover El Faro VDR;

UN & USCG – the ultimate sacrifice;

USCG & USMS – fugitives rescued and arrested;

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks;

UNSC – piracy in Gulf of Guinea;

EU – new integrated policy for the Arctic;

India – vessel lay-up procedures; and

Red Sea – islands to be transferred.

April 28, 2016

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NTSB – another mission required to recover El Faro VDR

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that another mission will be needed in order to recover the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the El Faro. The VDR was located recently in 15,000 feet of water. Unfortunately, recovery of the VDR cannot be accomplished with the equipment currently available on the research vessel Atlantis. Extracting the VDR, which is attached to the four-ton mast, will require specialized deep-water salvage recovery equipment. (4/27/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160427.aspx].

USN & USCG – the ultimate sacrifice

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a memorial service was held at Naval Support Facility Bahrain to honor the three sailors killed on 24 April 2004. On that date, the patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10) was conducting maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. A rigid hull inflatable boat with a crew of seven was dispatched to clear multiple fishing vessels operating in a restricted area around an Iraqi oil terminal. As the RHIB approached one of the dhows, it abruptly closed on the RHIB and exploded in an apparent suicide bombing. The explosion injured four of the RHIB crew and claimed the lives of the other three: DC3 Nathan B. Bruckenthal, USCG; SM2 Christopher E. Watts, USN; and BM1 Michael J. Pernaselli. (4/27/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94436].

USCG & USMS – fugitives rescued and arrested

clip_image009 clip_image011 The US Marshals Service (USMS) issued a news release stating that three individuals were rescued by the cruise ship Disney Fantasy when they were found clinging to an overturned boat in waters between Cuba and the Bahamas. The individuals were turned over to the US Coast Guard at sea, which conducted a fingerprint analysis. The individuals were identified as federal fugitives from New Orleans and were transferred to the US Marshals Service. (4/22/16) [http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2016/042216b.htm].

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks

clip_image013 Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill (S. 2853) to provide for the repair, recapitalization, and certification of dry docks at Naval shipyards. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (4/26/16).

UNSC – piracy in Gulf of Guinea

clip_image015 The United Nations Security Council issued a news release calling on countries on the Gulf of Guinea and their international partners to implement effective measures to suppress piracy and other unlawful actions against ships. (4/25/16) [http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12336.doc.htm].

EU – new integrated policy for the Arctic

clip_image017 The European Commission issued a press release stating that a new integrated EU policy for the Arctic has been adopted. Its 39 actions will focus on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development, and international cooperation. (4/27/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1539_en.htm].

India – vessel lay-up procedures

clip_image019 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping posted a draft notice regarding procedures and requirements for the laying up of Indian flag vessels. (4/27/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201604271256204671366Draft_nsnotice_of2016666.pdf]. Note: Curiously, the draft notice contains no provision regarding the welfare of the crew remaining on the vessel during lay-up.

Red Sea – islands to be transferred

clip_image021 clip_image023 As part of the proposed project to construct a bridge connecting the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with Saudi Arabia, plans call from transfer of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba near Sharm El-Sheikh from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. (4/25/16) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiran_Island].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 April 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro VDR located;

FMC – optional filing method;

NLRB – class action arbitration waiver struck down;

DOD – Freedom of Navigation report;

New Zealand – verified gross mass reminder; and

SS Sultana explosion and fire – 27 April 1865.

April 27, 2016

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NTSB – El Faro VDR located

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the El Faro has been located in 15,000 feet of water. The ship sank on 1 October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin. The next step will be the actual recovery of the VDR, which hopefully has retained information regarding what was happening on the ship before it sank, resulting in the deaths of all 33 persons on board. (4/26/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160426b.aspx].

FMC – optional filing method

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule adding an optional method of filing ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements through a new electronic filing system. This new rule will enter into effect on 13 June unless significant adverse comment is received by 27 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 24703 [ ] (4/27/16).

NLRB – class action arbitration waiver struck down

clip_image008 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) posted on its website its Decision and Order in the matter of Victory II, LLC and Donald Morgan, Case 12-CA-146110 (363 NLRB No. 167 (April 22, 2016). This decision holds that casino ship respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by requiring its employees to sign a waiver barring the arbitration of claims on a class action basis. [https://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/board-decisions]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

DOD – Freedom of Navigation report

clip_image010 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that during fiscal year 2015 US forces challenged excessive maritime claims asserted by thirteen nations. (4/25/16) [http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/742156/dod-releases-2015-fiscal-year-freedom-of-navigation-report].

New Zealand – verified gross mass reminder

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) issued a notice reminding stakeholders that all shipping containers for export from New Zealand will need verified weights before they can be loaded on a ship from 1 July. Shippers are responsible for providing the verified gross mass (VGM) of the container on the shipping documents. The ship’s master cannot allow the container to be loaded without this information. (4/26/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Commercial/Shipping-safety/cargo/container-weight.asp]. MNZ also posted a set of Questions and Answers regarding this upcoming requirement. (4/26/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Commercial/Shipping-safety/cargo/container-weight-qas.asp].

SS Sultana explosion and fire – 27 April 1865

clip_image014 151 years ago, the United States experienced its most significant marine casualty in terms of lives lost. On that day the steamship Sultana exploded and caught fire. An estimated 1,800 of the approximately 2,400 passengers and crew died after one of the ship’s boilers exploded. The ship had just left Vicksburg en route St. Louis. It was carrying numerous Union Army veterans home, many recently released from Confederate prisons. As a result of this tragedy, inspection standards for steamships were strengthened.

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April 26th, 2016 at 8:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re SAFELINK EPIRBs;

USCG – 2016 Offshore Technology Conference;

FMC – Haimark Line cancels future cruises;

EPA – ocean disposal of marine mammal carcasses;

Canada – new survey vessels to be procured;

Panama Canal – initial transit thr0ugh new locks;

Philippines – travel warning;

Yemen – ship attacked off Mukalla; and

Ideal X voyage – 26 April 1956.

April 26, 2016

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USCG – safety alert re SAFELINK EPIRBs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert stating that Kannad Marine has issued a recall of all SAFELINK EPIRBs due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations. Alert 03-16 (4/25/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0316.pdf].

USCG – 2016 Offshore Technology Conference

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that Rear admiral Paul Thomas and Mr. Brian Salerno, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will be on the government activities panel at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference on 5 May in Houston. (4/25/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/25/4252016-2016-offshore-technology-conference-joint-uscg-and-bsee-panel/].

FMC – Haimark Line cancels future cruises

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Haimark Line, Ltd is cancelling future cruises. Haimark operates a single vessel, the passenger ship Saint Laurent. The Haimark escrow agent will automatically process refunds and send payments to passengers who paid deposits or fares in advance; however passengers who previously obtained a refund from other sources are not eligible. (4/25/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-07/].

EPA – ocean disposal of marine mammal carcasses

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it proposes to issue a general permit to authorize federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, any Marine Mammal health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) Stranding Agreement Holder, and any Alaska Native subsistence user to transport from the United States and dispose of marine mammal carcasses in ocean waters. Comments on this proposal must be received by 27 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 24598 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-26/pdf/2016-09734.pdf] (4/26/16).

Canada – new survey vessels to be procured

clip_image010 Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a news release announcing the winning bid for the procurement of seven new survey vessels for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to support the seabed surveying and charting of Canada’s navigable waters. (4/21/16) [http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1055499].

Panama Canal – initial transit through new locks

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing the procedure it will utilize for selection of the vessel for the inaugural transit through the new locks of Agua Clara and Cocoli on 26 June. Only one Neopanamax vessel in a southbound direction will be allowed to transit during daylight hours that day. Regular transits through the new locks will begin on 27 June. Advisory 20-2016 (4/22/16 [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-20-2016.pdf].

Philippines – travel warning

clip_image014 The Department of State (DOS) issued a Travel Warning advising US citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities, and kidnappings. (4/21/16) [https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/philippines-travel-warning.html].

Yemen – ship attacked off Mukalla

clip_image016 The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued an advisory stating that a ship off the port of Mukalla, Yemen was attacked by two skiffs, carrying three men each on 24 April. The skiffs departed after exchanging gunfire with the embarked security team. While the affiliation of the attackers is unknown, it is likely that these were terrorists, rather than pirates. Ship Security Advisory 4-16 (4/25/16) [http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/SSAdvisory_4-16.pdf#search=Yemen]. Note: Unofficial sources indicate that the ship involved was the tanker Fair Apollon. No one on the ship was injured during the attack.

Ideal X voyage – 26 April 1956

clip_image018 On 26 April 1956, the ship Ideal X departed Port Newark, New Jersey on a voyage to Houston, Texas. The ship had been launched in 1945 as the T-2 tanker SS Potrero Hills. The ship had made many voyages in the intervening eleven years, but this was different. The ship had only recently been acquired by the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corporation, which shortly before had been acquired by the trucking magnate Malcom McLean. McLean had become frustrated by the inefficiencies of unloading trucks by hand so as to reload the cargo onto ships. He thought he had a better way. He modified some of his trucks so that the cargo-containing trailer was physically detachable from the chassis. After acquiring the tanker Potrero Hills, he installed a metal platform above the tank tops and piping so that the trailers (soon to be known as shipping containers) could be loaded onto the deck. A total of 58 loaded trailers were secured to the deck in Port Newark. The Ideal X transited to Houston, arriving at City Dock 10 on 2 May, where the trailers were promptly transferred to waiting trucks. By the use of shipping containers, Malcolm McLean had increased the speed and efficiency of multi-modal shipping and reduced losses due to breakage and theft. Pan-Atlantic modified other ships to carry containers on deck and then modified other ships so that standardized containers could be loaded into cells in the cargo holds. Other shipping companies observed these developments and quickly followed suit. The container revolution was born. The Ideal X was sold by Pan-Atlantic in 1959 and renamed the SS Elemir, resuming service as a tanker. It was damaged in a Pacific storm and broken up in Japan in 1965.

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April 25th, 2016 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 April 2016

Headlines:

US & Canada – regulatory cooperation meetings;

MARAD – Marine Highway grant applications sought;

USCG – rescue of hydro pod runner;

USCG – TSAC meeting summary;

DOJ – $715,000 penalty for oil spills;

OFAC – FAQs re Cuba;

BSEE – offshore platforms and sea ice;

NPS – Maritime Heritage grants;

IMO – collection of fuel consumption data;

ReCAAP – abduction of tug boat crews;

UK – review of port state and flag state regulations; and

Amazon – large coral reef discovered.

April 25, 2016

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US & Canada – regulatory cooperation meetings

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council meetings will be held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC on 4-5 May. Space is limited and advance registration is required. (4/22/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/22/4222016-registration-for-u-s-canada-regulatory-cooperation-council-meetings/].

MARAD – Marine Highway grant applications sought

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing the availability of $5 million in funding for Marine Highway grants. Applications must be received by 27 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 24173 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-25/pdf/2016-09563.pdf] (4/25/16).

USCG – rescue of hydro pod runner

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the adventure runner making his second attempt to ‘run’ from Florida to Bermuda voluntarily departed his ‘hydro pod’ and boarded the Coast Guard cutter Gannet seven miles off Jupiter. The individual’s first attempt in 2014 ended when he was rescued at sea after becoming disoriented. In this most recent attempt, the individual ignored a Captain of the Port (COTP) order to not depart without implementing various safety conditions. (4/24/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2813230/].

USCG – TSAC meeting summary

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a notice summarizing the recent meeting of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Among other things, the final reports from its subcommittees on the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk ‘Report of Investigation, Repair and Utilization of Towing Gear, and Automation Equipment for reduction of Engine Room Personnel’ were approved. (4/22/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/22/4222016-towing-safety-advisory-committee-meeting-wrap-up/].

DOJ – $715,000 penalty for oil spills

clip_image013 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that, under a consent decree, a Louisiana company will pay $615,000 in federal penalties for crude oil spills and other Clean Water Act violations, pay Louisiana $100,000 for civil penalties and response costs, and carry out remedial measures to prevent future spills. Among other things, the company was accused of failure to comply with a US Coast Guard order addressing one of the cleanup efforts. (4/22/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/louisiana-company-pay-over-700000-penalties-and-costs-settle-us-and-louisiana-claims].

OFAC – FAQs re Cuba

clip_image015 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding economic sanctions related to Cuba. (4/21/16) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf].

BSEE – offshore platforms and sea ice

clip_image017 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that, in partnership with the University of Alaska, a research study has been completed examining the ability of current offshore structural designs to successfully survive sea ice demands under extreme Arctic conditions. The study concluded that the current standard of practice cited in ISO 19906 is conservative for current structural design parameters and is capable of surviving the demands from sea ice. (4/22/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2016/Study-Shows-Current-Offshore-Platforms-Can-Survive-Sea-Ice/].

NPS – Maritime Heritage grants

clip_image019 The National Park Service (NPS) issued a press release stating that it has awarded $2.58 million in matching grants for Maritime Heritage Education and Preservation Projects in 19 states. (4/22/16) [https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/release.htm?id=1822].

IMO – collection of fuel consumption data

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) approved mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. This requirement is intended to be the first in a three-step process regarding climate change mitigation. The requirements will be considered for adoption at MEPC 70 and could enter into effect in 2018. (4/22/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/11-data-collection-.aspx].

ReCAAP – abduction of tug boat crews

clip_image023 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Special Report on the abduction of crews from tug boats in waters off East Sabah and South Philippines. (4/22/16) [http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2016/Special%20Report%20on%20Abducting%20of%20Crew%20from%20Tug%20Boats%20in%20Waters%20off%20East%20Sabah%20and%20South%20Philippines.pdf].

UK – review of port state and flag state regulations

clip_image025 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it has commenced a review of its port state control (PSC) and flag state regulations that were adopted in 2011. Comments on these regulations should be submitted by 20 May. (4/22/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-merchant-shipping-regulations-2011].

Amazon – large coral reef discovered

clip_image027 Discovery News issued a report stating that a coral reef more than 600 miles in length has been discovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the mouth of the Amazon River. The discovery was unexpected because coral reefs generally require relatively clear water to survive. (4/22/16) [http://news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/broad-reef-ecosystem-discovered-in-amazon-160422.htm].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG – AIS reminder;

USCG – NVIC 02-16;

USCG – safety management systems;

FMC – summary of recent meeting;

Middle East – merchant ships participate in IMCMEX;

UK – loss of cement carrier and 8 crew;

Germany – message in a bottle recovered;

Earth Day – 22 April 2016; and

MREN – verified gross mass.

April 22, 2016

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USCG – AIS reminder

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release reminding stakeholders that the expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements entered into effect on 7 April. Most commercial vessels operating on US waterways are now required to have and utilize AIS while underway. (4/21/16) [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2812058/]. Note: The final rule was promulgated on 30 January 2015, but final approval by OMB for the recordkeeping and reporting requirements was delayed until 7 April 2016.

USCG – NVIC 02-16

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted its long-awaited Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NIC) entitled “Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sailing Vessels”. The NVIC also provides guidance regarding preventive maintenance. NVIC 02-16 (4/13/16) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_02-16_sail_rigging.pdf].

USCG – safety management systems

clip_image005 The Spring 2016 edition of the Proceedings of the USCG Marine Safety and Security Council has been published. This issue focuses on safety management systems. (4/21/16) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/archive/2016/].

FMC – summary of recent meeting

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing the Commissioners’ meeting. They were briefed on the work of the Supply Chain Innovation Team. The FMC also seeks comments on two of its current rulemakings: Optional Method for Filing Carrier and MTO Agreements and Modernizing Rules of Practice and Procedure. (4/20/16) [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-06/].

Middle East – merchant ships participate in IMCMEX

clip_image009 The US Navy issued a news release stating that more than 30 merchant vessels and cruise ships are participating with warships from more than thirty nations in the international Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) in waterways of the Middle East. (4/21/16) [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94318].

UK – loss of cement carrier and 8 crew

clip_image011 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the capsize and sinking of the cement carrier Cemfjord in the Pentland Firth, Scotland on 2-3 January 2015 with the loss of all eight crew members. Investigation revealed that the vessel capsized in extraordinarily violent sea conditions caused by gale force winds and a strong opposing tidal stream. Such conditions are commonly experienced within Pentland Firth, were predictable, and could have been avoided by effective passage planning. The master’s decision to proceed at that time was probably influenced by actual or perceived commercial pressures and his personal determination to succeed. Report 8-2016 (4/21/16) [located at https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/capsize-and-sinking-of-cement-carrier-cemfjord-with-loss-of-8-lives].

Germany – message in a bottle recovered

clip_image013 Discovery News issued a news release stating that the oldest known message in a bottle has been recovered. The bottle with a postcard was released by a marine research institute in Plymouth, England 108 years ago. It was found on a beach in the North Friesen islands of Germany. (4/20/16) [located at http://news.discovery.com/history/oldest-message-in-a-bottle-discovered-160420.htm].

Earth Day – 22 April 2016

clip_image015 Today marks the forty-sixth anniversary of the recognition of Earth Day, intended to increase our awareness of the complexity and interdependence of life. A lot has changed in those 46 years. There have been a number of ecological success stories, such as the increase in the number of bald eagles. Other species, such as the North Atlantic right whale, remain at risk. Do your part today. And, if you are aware of another Earth nearby, please share.

MREN – Verified gross mass

clip_image017 In the April 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Verified gross mass". In the article, I discuss prior marine casualties in which significant disparities between the declared mass of shipping containers and their actual mass was a factor; the 2014 amendment to the SOLAS Convention requiring shippers to provide to the master (prior to loading) the verified gross mass of each container; and the currently unresolved process issues required for completion of this upcoming task. (4/20/16). Note: The link in yesterday’s newsletter was erroneous. My bad!

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG – five-year renewal of FSPs, VSPs, and the ASP;

NOAA – GFNMS and CBNMS;

DHS – protected critical infrastructure information;

Senate – hearing on US maritime industry;

Court – conditional delivery preserves maritime lien;

Court – stay of action overturned;

Australia – engine room fire;

India – DGS e-governance system;

Singapore – cyber security seminar;

North Pole – change in movement; and

MREN – verified gross mass.

April 21, 2016

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USCG – five-year renewal of FSPs, VSPs, and the ASP

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter outlining the timeline and process for five-year renewal of Facility Security Plans (FSPs), Vessel Security Plans (VSPs), and the Alternative Security Program (ASP). CG-5P Policy Letter 01-16 (4/5/16).

NOAA – GFNMS and CBNMS

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it intends to conduct scoping, hold public scoping meetings, and prepare an environmental impact statement regarding changes in regulations for the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries ((GFNMS and CBNMS). Public scoping meeting will be held in Sausalito (10 May), Bodega Bay (11 May), and Gualala (12 May). Written comments must be received by 31 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 23445 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-21/pdf/2016-09248.pdf] (4/21/16).

DHS – protected critical infrastructure information

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to update its procedures for accepting Critical Infrastructure Information (CII) as a step toward meeting the challenges of evolving technology and identifying ways to make the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program more effective. Comments must be submitted by 20 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 23442 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-21/pdf/2016-09186.pdf] (4/21/16).

Senate – hearing on US maritime industry

clip_image010 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing entitled “The State of the US Maritime Industry: Stakeholder Perspectives”. Witnesses testified concerning current trends, opportunities, and challenges in the US maritime transportation system and how federal policy and programs could enhance its performance. (4/20/16) [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/4/the-state-of-the-u-s-maritime-industry-stakeholder-perspectives].

Court – conditional delivery preserves maritime lien

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the contract between the shipper of cargo and the carrier of the cargo created a maritime lien that survived the delivery of the cargo. After the shipper declared bankruptcy, the carrier asserted a maritime lien with regard to cargo still in its possession, not only for the transportation costs of retained cargo, but also for the unpaid transportation costs of previously delivered cargo. The shipper’s motion to strike the claimed lien with regard to the previously delivered cargo was granted by the bankruptcy court and the carrier appealed. The appellate court reversed, holding the contract between the parties clearly evidenced that that the carrier’s maritime lien for unpaid freight had not been lost because delivery of the cargo to the shipper was not unconditional. World Imports v. OEC Group, No. 15-1498 (3rd Cir., April 20, 2016) [located at http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/151498p.pdf].

Court – stay of action overturned

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the district court order granting a stay of plaintiff technology company’s action against defendant passenger ship owner in a breach of contract dispute relating to the installation and repair of surveillance equipment on the ship. Defendant had moved to stay the federal action because a parallel suit was pending in state court. The appellate court ruled that federal courts have a virtually unflagging obligation to exercise the jurisdiction given them. Aventura Technologies v World of Residensea II, No. 15-1465-cv (2nd Cir., April 20, 2016) [located at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/eea11176-f159-415a-a44f-aa6062e993db/1/doc/15-1465_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/eea11176-f159-415a-a44f-aa6062e993db/1/hilite/].

Australia – engine room fire

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the engine room fire on board the bulk carrier Marigold at Port Hedland on 13 July 2014. The ATSB determined that the fire began on Marigold’s number one generator after a fuel oil pipe fitting on it failed. The resulting spray of fuel oil likely contacted a hot surface on the generator and ignited. The deployment of the ship’s Halon gas fixed fire suppression system was ineffective, as a full release of Halon gas did not occur and the engine room was not effectively sealed. Failures within the Halon system and multiple failures of the ventilation closing mechanisms were indicative of a lack of effective planned maintenance on board. The port’s emergency response plan was initiated, but there were misunderstandings between the agencies involved as to the roles of the others during the initial stages of the incident and response. Their emergency plans did not refer to trigger points for transfer of control or include detailed instructions of how to hand over control during an incident. MO-2014-008 (4/20/16) [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770062/mo-2014-008-final.pdf].

India – DGS e-governance system

clip_image018 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that it seeks suggestions from stakeholders on the comprehensive revamping of its e-governance system. Comments must be received by 5 May. (4/19/16) [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201604200326453407516E-Gov_Notice_to_Stakeholders_dtd_200416.pdf].

Singapore – cyber security seminar

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the inaugural Cyber Security Seminar was held in Singapore to address cyber incidents and mitigating strategies. (4/20/16) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/7c63a1df-b929-4b60-97f2-5e5491a54cda].

North Pole – change in movement

clip_image022 National Geographic posted the article “Climate Change is Moving the North Pole”. The article states that the exact position of the North Pole (the point where the axis of rotation reaches the surface of the Earth in the Northern Hemisphere) moves slowly but continually due to a variety of factors, including the irregular shape of the planet. Lately, though, rather than slowing inching toward Canada as it has for the past century, the North Pole has been moving in the direction of the United Kingdom. Scientists speculate that this change is due to sea level rise and the melting of ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica. (4/5/16) [located at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160408-climate-change-shifts-earth-poles-water-loss/].

MREN – Verified gross mass

clip_image024 In the April 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Verified gross mass". In the article, I discuss prior marine casualties in which significant disparities between the declared mass of shipping containers and their actual mass was a factor; the 2014 amendment to the SOLAS Convention requiring shippers to provide to the master (prior to loading) the verified gross mass of each container; and the currently unresolved process issues required for completion of this upcoming task. (4/20/16).

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    In the April 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Verified gross mass". In the article, I discuss prior marine casualties in which significant disparities between the declared mass of shipping containers and their actual mass was a factor; the 2014 amendment to the SOLAS Convention requiring shippers to provide to the master (prior to loading) the verified gross mass of each container; and the currently unresolved process issues required for completion of this upcoming task.