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November 28th, 2014 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – proposal re dynamic positioning;

NOAA – nautical chart catalog format;

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Court – arbitration order upheld;

IMO – MSC 94 summary;

EU – monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships;

Papua New Guinea – ship routing system;

UK – maritime study launched; and

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

November 28, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Having the right answer is valuable only if asked the right question.

USCG – proposal re dynamic positioning

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning (DP) systems to engage in outer continental shelf (OCS) activities. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 26 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70943 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-27594.pdf ] (11/28/14).

NOAA – nautical chart catalog format

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has transitioned to a print-on-demand digital format for its nautical charts. The chart catalogs have been transformed into letter-sized documents. It will consider making the front page of the large-format chart catalog if sufficient demand exists. Comments on this topic are due by 30 April 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70854 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-28091.pdf ] (11/28/14).

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted its Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter for Fall 2014 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg52/docs/2014fall.pdf ]. This edition covers, among other things, non-intrusive load monitoring for ships’ electrical systems. (11/26/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image007 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2943) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2943is/pdf/BILLS-113s2943is.pdf ] to amend Public Law 110-299 to extend the time period during which permits are not required for certain discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. (11/19/14).

Court – arbitration order upheld

clip_image009 In a brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court order to compel arbitration of the claim for personal injury brought be a maritime employee of a foreign cruise line. Cristy v. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, No. 14-11241 (11th Cir., November 26, 2014) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201411241.pdf ].

IMO – MSC 94 summary

clip_image011 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/40-MSC94wrap.aspx#.VHYYrNLF98E ] summarizing the work of the recent session of the Marine Safety Committee (MSC 94). Among other things, the session approved, in principle, the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), and also approved proposed amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, with a view to adopting both the IGF Code and SOLAS amendments at the next session, MSC 95, scheduled to meet in June 2015. The session also adopted amendments to SOLAS to require verification of the gross mass of packed shipping containers. (11/26/14).

EU – monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships

clip_image013 The Council of the European Union issued a press release [located at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/envir/145955.pdf ] confirming an agreement with the European Parliament on new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting, and verification of CO2 emissions from ships. Final text is still to be examined and adopted. (11/26/14).

Papua New Guinea – ship routing system

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/241114_MediaRelease_NewTwoWayRoutesPNG.pdf ] stating that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted a two-way ship routing system for Jomard Entrance, Papua New Guinea. The scheme enters into effect on 1 June 2015. (11/26/14).

UK – maritime study launched

clip_image017 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a press release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-maritime-study-to-boost-growth ] stating that it has launched a maritime study to look at how to boost the UK’s maritime industry. (11/26/14). What an innovative idea – rather than taxing or regulating an industry to excess, why not try to help it expand?

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903

clip_image019 The first recorded major oil spill in Australia (1,300 tons) occurred on 28 November 1903 when the tanker Petriana grounded on Portsea Back Beach in Port Phillip Bay. The tanker was carrying 1,330 tons of bulk oil from Borneo to Melbourne, as well as an unrecorded quantity of naphtha and benzene. The pilot decided to bring the ship into port in poor visibility, expecting the fog to lift before the ship reached the notorious Rip at the bay’s entrance. The fog did not lift and the ship grounded hard. When salvage attempts failed, the bulk oil was pumped overboard to lighten the ship. This too failed and the wreck was finally abandoned. Illustrating how times have changed, the press reports of the oil jettison described “a film of great beauty, radiating all the colours of the rainbow.” There were also difficulties when the crew of Chinese and Malay descent abandoned the ship. They were prohibited from landing ashore by Australian law of that era.

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November 26th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 November 2014

Headlines:

CBP – boarding of vessels;

BOEM – Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale;

Offshore Massachusetts – Wind Energy Lease Sale;

DHS – NEPA policy and procedures;

USCG – suspicious UAS activity;

USCG NVMC – updated NOAD workbook released;

USCG – Flag Officer and SES assignments;

Senate – support for harbor maintenance funding; and

China – Beidou Navigation System.

November 26, 2014

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CBP – boarding of vessels

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a technical amendment to its regulation addressing the boarding of vessels. The amendment has been made to conform to US Coast Guard regulations regarding certain boardings of vessels under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The amendment also updates terminology and removes obsolete language. The amendment enters into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 70462 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-28010.pdf ] (11/26/14).

BOEM – Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing a new venue for the public hearing on 1 December in Anchorage on the Second Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area. 79 Fed. Reg. 70554 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-28003.pdf ] (11/26/14).

Offshore Massachusetts – Wind Power Lease Sale

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice regarding the sale of four commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts. A mock auction will be held on 26 January 2015. The monetary auction will be held on 29 January. 79 Fed. Reg. 70545 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-27965.pdf ] (11/26/14).

DHS – NEPA policy and procedures

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that it has finalized its updated policy and procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The updated policy and procedures apply to the department and its constituent agencies and enter into effect on 20 March 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70538 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-27966.pdf ] (11/26/14).

USCG – suspicious UAS activity

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted a briefing [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/UAS_141125.pdf ] regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and suspicious activity reporting. Use of UAS has expanded and most use is innocuous, but also presents the possibility of surveillance of critical infrastructure, including vessels and waterfront facilities. Suspicious UAS activity in the maritime environment should be reported to the National Response Center. (11/25/14).

USCG NVMC – updated NOAD Workbook released

clip_image010[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/News.aspx?newsId=9B492ABE-0DC2-44FB-851C-D9D1109CF810 ] the updated XLS version of the Notice of Arrival/Departure (NOAD) Workbook, Version 7.4.1, has been released. (11/15/14).

USCG – Flag Officer and SES assignments

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard posted the assignments of Flag Officers and members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for assignment year 2015. ALCOAST 467/14 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/467-14_ALCOAST.txt ] (11/25/14).

Senate – support of harbor maintenance funding

clip_image013 Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and others sent a letter [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Senate_HMTF_Appropriations_Letter_141121.pdf ] to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee seeking continued harbor maintenance funding in the annual Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies (E&W) Appropriations Acts. (11/21/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

China – Beidou Navigation System

clip_image015 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=145 ] stating that the IMO has officially accepted the Beidou Navigation System into the Worldwide Radionavigation System, joining the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System. (11/25/14).

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November 25th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Marine casualty reporting numbers;

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease sale;

Redwood City – harbor navigation improvement;

Somalia – training of port police;

Paris MOU – vessel banned for two years;

Denmark – lighthouses now free of mercury; and

Hong Kong – telex service to end.

November 25, 2014

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USCG – Marine casualty reporting numbers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the article “Marine casualty reporting numbers” [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Marine_casualty_reporting_numbers-141124.pdf ] discussing the agency’s marine casualty reporting requirements and its efforts to clarify the situations for which reports must be submitted. (11/24/14).

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease sale

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-to-auction-more-than-742-thousand-acres-offshore-massachusetts-for-wind-energy-development.cfm ] stating that more than 742,000 acres of federal submerged land offshore Massachusetts will be auctioned for wind energy development in a 29 January 2015 competitive lease sale. (11/24/14).

Redwood City – harbor navigation improvement

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to initiate the scoping process for the preparation of an integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for proposed improvements to the existing navigation project at Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal. A public scoping meeting will be held in Redwood City, California on 10 December. Written comments should be received by 15 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 70168 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-25/pdf/2014-27787.pdf ] (11/25/14).

Somalia – training of port police

clip_image010 clip_image012 NATO issued a news release [located at http://www.aco.nato.int/nato-continues-training-of-somali-port-police-.aspx ] stating that Task Force 508 of the Ocean Shield counter-piracy operation is continuing its effort to build regional capacity through training of Somali Boosaaso Port Police. (11/24/14).

Paris MOU – vessel banned for two years

clip_image014 The Paris MOU issued a press release [located at https://www.parismou.org/3rd-ban-mv-mansour-m-due-jump-detention ] stating that a third refusal of access order has been issued with regard to the MV Mansour M (Republic of Moldova registry – IMO number 7600586) after it jumped detention in the anchorage of Rhodes on 3 November. The vessel was initially banned by Greece in 2011 and a second time by Slovenia in 2013. The period of refusal of access this time will be 24 months. (11/24/14).

Denmark – lighthouses now free of mercury

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthority%E2%80%99slighthousesarenowmercury-free.aspx ] stating that all Danish lighthouses are now free of mercury. Traditionally, the revolving light mechanisms in lighthouses were “floated” in a bath of mercury, which is a hazardous substance. Now, most Danish lights have been converted to LED. For historic lights, mechanical means were used to replace the mercury. (11/21/14).

Hong Kong – telex service to end

clip_image018 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn14150.pdf ] stating that, effective 31 December, the telex numbers of the Department will be terminated. (11/24/14). Note: The end of an era. The international switched network for teleprinters was developed in the 1930s but has been overwhelmed by the internet.

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November 24th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 November 2014

Headlines:

Beaufort Sea – binational ecosystem study;

USCG – vessel sinks off Cap-Haitien;

USCG NVDC – e-billing for COD renewals;

California – diesel engines on commercial harbor craft;

California – large spark-ignition engines;

FMC – complaint filed against Ocean Trade Lines, Inc;

NTSB – mooring breakaway and allision;

Senate – bill introduce re critical infrastructure;

Senate – bill introduced re Inland Waterways Trust Fund;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Court – failure to allege elements of negligence;

IMO – Polar Code;

EUNAVFOR – Operation Atalanta continued through 2016;

Australia – fines for illegal garbage disposal;

Australia – contact with wharf; and

Singapore – online authentication of statutory certificates.

November 24, 2014

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Beaufort Sea – binational ecosystem study

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press11212014/ ] announcing that an award has been made for the binational Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) to investigate the interrelationship among the physical, biological, chemical, and social science components of the Beaufort Sea ecosystem from Barrow, Alaska to the Mackenzie River delta in Canadian waters. (11/21/14).

USCG – vessel sinks off Cap-Haitien

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2423646/ ] stating that the seven crew members of the coastal freighter Calypso were rescued when the vessel began taking on water while about 45 miles north of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Soon thereafter, the vessel sank. (11/21/14).

USCG NVDC – e-billing for COD renewals

clip_image009 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/billing.pdf ] stating that it has launched a program designed to enroll customers in an automated e-billing program for Certificate of Documentation (COD) renewals. (11/21/14).

California – diesel engines on commercial harbor craft

clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeking authorization for recent amendments to its Commercial Harbor Craft (CHC) regulations. The EPA will hold a public meeting on 14 January 2015 regarding this application if it receives notification from any party that the party wishes to present oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments must be received by 16 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69842 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27807.pdf ] (11/24/14).

California – large spark-ignition engines

clip_image011[1] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeking authorization for recent amendments to its large spark-ignition engine (LSI) regulations. The EPA will hold a public meeting on 14 January 2015 regarding this application if it receives notification from any party that the party wishes to present oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments must be received by 16 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69845 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27801.pdf ] (11/24/14).

FMC – complaint filed against Ocean Trade Lines, Inc

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has received a complaint alleging that Ocean Trade Lines, Inc., a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC), has violated the Shipping Act. 79 Fed. Reg. 69848 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27690.pdf ](11/24/14).

NTSB – mooring breakaway and allision

clip_image015 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the Marine Accident Brief of its investigation on the breakaway of the tanker Harbour Feature from its moorings and subsequent allision with the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on 1 April 2013. The vessel and the bridge both sustained serious damage. The probable cause of the casualty was the inadequate mooring arrangement made by the master and the pilot for the vessel’s location and the prevailing tidal conditions. MAB-14/21 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1421.pdf ] (11/21/14).

Senate – bill introduced re critical infrastructure

clip_image017 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2934) to prohibit trespassing on critical infrastructure used in or affecting interstate commerce to commit a criminal offense. (11/17/14).

Senate – bill introduced re Inland Waterways Trust Fund

clip_image017[1] Senator Casey (D-PA) introduced a bill (S. 2955) to revise the Inland Waterways Trust Fund financing rate. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/20/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image017[2] Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced a bill (S. 2963) to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/20/14).

Court – failure to allege elements of negligence

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit brought by a passenger against a cruise line. Plaintiff alleged that she was injured in the bathroom facilities at Freeport Harbor, Bahamas when a bathroom sink dislodged and fell on her. The court found that plaintiff failed to allege that the cruise line had actual or constructive knowledge of the risk-creating condition ashore and failed to allege an agency relationship between the cruise line and the operators of the facility ashore. Moseley v. Carnival Corporation, No. 14-12928 (11th Cir., November 21, 2014) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201412928.pdf ].

IMO – Polar Code

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/38-nmsc94polar.aspx#.VG8zBdLF98E ] stating that the operational safety provisions of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) were adopted by the recent session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 94). Those provisions are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2017. The next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will consider adoption of the environmental provisions of the Polar Code. (11/21/14).

EUNAVFOR – Operation Atalanta continued through 2016

clip_image023 The EUNAVFOR issued a press release [located at http://eunavfor.eu/eu-counter-piracy-operation-atalanta-extended-to-end-of-2016/ ] stating that the European Council has extended until 12 December 2016 the Operation Atalanta counter-piracy mission in waters off the coast of Somalia. (11/21/14).

Australia – fines for illegal garbage disposal

clip_image025 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/xx112014MediaReleaseGarbageProsecution.pdf ] the owner of bulk carrier Xin Tai Hai was fined $20,000 after pleading guilty of illegally discharging garbage in waters off Gladstone, Queensland on 13 June 2013. The master was fined $6,000 after pleading guilty to illegally discharging garbage and failing to record the discharge in the ship’s garbage record book. (11/21/14).

Australia – contact with wharf

clip_image025[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/mair/317-mo-2014-014.aspx ] stating that it has commenced an investigation into the contact with a wharf during the berthing of the bulk carrier Big Glory at Cape Flattery, Queensland on 20 November 2014. (11/21/14).

Singapore – online authentication of statutory certificates

clip_image027 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that its online authentication services for certificates issued by the Singapore Registry of Shipping has been expanded to include a wider range of statutory certificates. Shipping Circular 18-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_18_of_2014.pdf ] (11/21/14).

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November 21st, 2014 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 November 2014

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – fatal explosion on platform;

TSA – TWIC EED process ending;

ITA – domestic dry containers from China;

USN – collision in Gulf of Aden;

NOAA – oil spill and nuclear power plant;

House – bill introduced re Homeland Security grants;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

California – sustainable freight strategy;

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport 2014; and

New Zealand – proposed regulatory changes.

November 21, 2014

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Gulf of Mexico – fatal explosion on platform

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Press-Releases/2014/BSEE-Responds-to-Explosion-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico/ ] stating that it is responding to an explosion on the Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. One fatality and three injuries have been reported. The platform was not in production at the time and there have been no reports of pollution. (11/20/14).

TSA – TWIC EED process ending

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE ] stating that the opportunity to obtain an Extended Expiration Date (EED) Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) ends this year. After 31 December 2014, current TWIC holders will no longer be able to obtain a replacement card extending the expiration date of their current TWIC by three years, but must instead go through the normal TWIC renewal process. (11/20/14).

ITA – domestic dry containers from China

clip_image008 The International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a Fact Sheet [located at http://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-53ft-domestic-dry-containers-ad-prelim-112014.pdf ] announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of 53-foot domestic dry containers from the People’s Republic of China. It has been preliminarily determined that domestic dry containers from China have been sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 24.27% to 153.24%. As a result of the preliminary affirmative determination, Commerce will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require cash deposits based on these preliminary rates. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination on or about 6 April 2015. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination and the International Trade Commission (ITC) concurs that imports of domestic dry containers from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue an AD order. (11/20/14).

USN – collision in Gulf of Aden

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84533 ] stating that the supply ships USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 8) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they were beginning an underway replenishment operation in the Gulf of Aden. There was only minor damage and both ships are continuing their assigned missions. The incident is under investigation. (11/20/14).

NOAA – oil spill and nuclear power plant

clip_image012 The NOAA Office of Response and Restoration posted an article [located at http://usresponserestoration.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/when-the-dynamics-of-an-oil-spill-shut-down-a-nuclear-power-plant/ ] regarding its efforts when a nuclear power plant located on the shore of the Delaware River was impacted by the 2004 oil spill from the tanker Athos I. (11/19/14).

House – bill introduced re Homeland Security grants

clip_image014 Representative Payne (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5744) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/19/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image016 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2943) to amend Public Law 110-299 to extend the time period during which permits are not required for certain discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/19/14).

California – sustainable freight strategy

clip_image018 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) posted a notice [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php ] stating that it will hold a public meeting on 18 December in Sacramento to, among other things, hear an update on the Development of the California Sustainable Freight Strategy. (11/20/14).

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport 2014

clip_image020 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) posted its Review of Maritime Transport 2014 [located at http://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=1068 ]. The review includes a special chapter on challenges faced by the world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS). (11/20/14).

New Zealand – proposed regulatory changes

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) posted a notice [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/International-omnibus/default.asp ] stating that it seeks comments on the proposed Omnibus Maritime and Marine Protection Rules IMO-related Amendments 2015, intended to ensure that its rules reflect changes to conventions to which New Zealand is a party. Comments must be received by 19 December. (11/20/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2014

Headlines:

Boston – security zone proposed;

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin;

DOE – Freeport LNG expansion ROD;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing of 2014 Navigation Season; and

Singapore – DNV GL appointed as RO.

November 20, 2014

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Boston – security zone proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone on waters in the vicinity of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston. The security zone would only be activated for enforcement during certain high visibility events at the Courthouse. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 22 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 69078 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27160.pdf ] (11/20/14).

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluating the aquatic nuisance species controls of the Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin near Brandon Road Lock and Dam. Public scoping meetings will be held in Lemont (6 December) and Chicago (9 December). Written comments must be submitted by 16 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69099 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27531.pdf ] (11/20/14).

DOE – Freeport LNG expansion ROD

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing the Record of Decision (ROD) and Floodplain Statement of Findings for the Freeport LNG Expansion, LP export application. 79 Fed. Reg. 691013 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27486.pdf ] (11/20/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing of 2014 Navigation Season

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing that vessels will be allowed to transit the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway up to 1600 hours on 31 December, weather and operating conditions permitting. Seaway Notice 11-2014 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20141119.pdf ] (11/19/14).

Singapore – DNV GL appointed as RO

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing stakeholders that it has appointed and authorized DNV GL as a Recognized Organization (RO) to carry out statutory certification, survey, inspection, and audit services on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore. Shipping Circular 17-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_17_of_2014.pdf ] (11/19/14).

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November 19th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG & EPA – ECA enforcement;

MARAD – Ebola advisory;

MARAD – Cutting Edge Green Project award;

ITA – Ports & Marine Technology Trade Mission to India;

NTSB – FAA can regulate drones;

Senate – bill introduced re critical infrastructure;

Senate – bill introduced to exempt old vessels;

UN – Resolution re piracy off Somalia;

UK – provision of food and water; and

Prestige sinking and oil spill – 19 November 2002.

November 19, 2014

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USCG & EPA – ECA enforcement

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/ECA_enforcement_141118.pdf ] stating that it and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.10% fuel sulphur limits in the North American and US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs), which come into effect on 1 January 2015. In addition to checking Bunker Delivery Notes and related records, the agencies are developing plans for joint boardings that will include fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening for sulphur levels. (11/18/14).

MARAD – Ebola advisory

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing guidance to vessel and port operators that visit or receive vessels transiting from West African nations affected by Ebola. Advisory 2014-03 [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/maritime_advisories/advisory/advisory_2014-03.htm ] (11/13/14).

MARAD – Cutting Edge Green Project award

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/news_releases_summary/news_release/MARAAD_Awards_AEPnews_release.htm ] announcing that it awarded a $450,000 Cutting Edge Green Project award to AEP Rivers Operations of St. Louis to modify the MV Christopher Parsonage into a fuel-efficient hybrid vessel with a hybrid generator set attached to the main engine that will provide auxiliary power, which would normally be produced from the diesel generator. (11/14/14).

ITA – Ports & Marine Technology Trade Mission to India

clip_image011 The International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a notice stating that the period within which to apply for participation in the India Ports and Marine Technology Trade Mission to India has been extended to 21 November. A second optional stop to the eastern port of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) has been added. 79 Fed. Reg. 68393 [located at ] (11/19/14).

NTSB – FAA can regulate drones

clip_image013 clip_image015 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2014/141118.html ] stating that the Board has remanded the case of FAA Administrator v. Pirker back to the NTSB administrative law judge (ALJ). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had assessed a $10,000 civil penalty against the respondent for allegedly operating an unmanned aircraft (drone) in a reckless manner. The respondent appealed and the ALJ initially compared the drone to a model aircraft and determined that the FAA had not enacted an enforceable regulation regarding such aircraft. In reversing and remanding the determination, the Board ruled that the FAA may apply the regulation that prohibits operation of an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner to unmanned aircraft. The ALJ has been instructed to review evidence to determine whether the operation of the drone was careless or reckless. (11/18/14). Note: Although not directly a maritime case, drones are being used increasingly in the maritime environment. This decision will impact such use, at least in the United States.

Senate – bill introduced re critical infrastructure

clip_image017 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2934) to prohibit trespassing on critical infrastructure used in or affecting interstate commerce to commit a criminal offense. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/17/14).

Senate – bill introduced to exempt old vessels

clip_image017[1] Senator Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill (S. 2924) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2924is/pdf/BILLS-113s2924is.pdf ] to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials. (11/13/14).

UN – Resolution re piracy off Somalia

clip_image019 The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2184 (2014) [located at http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2184%20(2014) ] reaffirmed its position with regard to the eradication of piracy and armed robbery at sea in waters off the coast of Somalia and urged States to continue efforts in this direction. (11/12/14).

UK – provision of food and water

clip_image021 The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note (MGN) providing practical advice on the provision of food and water for all UK non-Maritime Labour Convention merchant ships and all UK fishing vessels. MGN 525 (M+F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/376024/mgn_525.pdf ] (11/18/14).

Prestige sinking and oil spill – 19 November 2002

clip_image023 On 19 November 2002, the single-hull Aframax tanker PRESTIGE broke in two and sank in waters of the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of Spain. It had been carrying a cargo of 77,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil from Russia and Latvia to Singapore when it encountered heavy weather on 13 November. It suffered structural failures and developed a substantial list. A distress call was made to Spanish authorities. The crew was evacuated shortly before the ship broke up. Much of the oil onboard was spilled immediately, and much of that came ashore on the beaches of Spain and Portugal and, to a lesser extent, France. Oil that remained onboard the wreck slowly seeped out and also came ashore. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) were used to remove much of the remaining oil. In the aftermath, the European Union tightened its marine environmental protection regulations and pressed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to take action. The phase-out dates for single-hull oil tankers were accelerated and restrictions were placed on the carriage of heavy fuel oil as cargo in single-hull tankers. In a major miscarriage of justice, the master of the Prestige was arrested and held in Spain for an inordinate period on charges of impeding the movement of the tanker during the crisis. The Kingdom of Spain brought suit against the American Bureau of Shipping for negligent classification of the tanker. The suit was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence. The criminal trial in Spain of the master and various others eventually ended with the master convicted of disobeying an order issued by the Spanish government.

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November 18th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 November 2014

Headlines:

FMC – congestion surcharges;

USCG – cybersecurity and ICS malware;

USCG – Inland Navigation Rules;

DOJ – chief engineer pleads guilty;

DOI – renewable energy transmission ROW;

IMO – reducing risk of Ebola virus disease;

Paris MOU – MLC enforcement results; and

New Zealand – marine oil spill response strategy.

November 18, 2014

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FMC – congestion surcharges

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.fmc.gov/congestion-surcharges-11-2014/ ] regarding “congestion surcharges” being implemented by ocean carriers. The agency notes that, unless done pursuant to a waiver or exemption, any tariff rule (including surcharges) of a common carrier that results in an increase cost to a shipper may not be effective earlier than 30 days after publication. The rules applicable to any given shipment shall be those in effect on the date the cargo was received by the common carrier or his agent. (11/17/14).

USCG – cybersecurity and ICS malware

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/ICS_141117.pdf ] reminding stakeholders of an ongoing sophisticated malware campaign targeting industrial control systems (ICSs) [e.g., electronic control systems that control physical processes, including ship navigation and communication systems]. Vessel and facility operators should keep their cybersecurity protections current and report cyber incidents. (11/17/14).

USCG – Inland Navigation Rules

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule making non-substantive changes to the Inland Navigation Rules. The amendments come into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 68619 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-18/pdf/2014-27257.pdf ] (11/18/14).

DOJ – chief engineer pleads guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/chief-engineer-car-carrier-vessel-pleads-guilty-obstruction-justice-marine-oil-pollution-case ] stating that the former chief engineer of the car carrier Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by, among other things, falsifying the ship’s oil record book (ORB). Sentencing is scheduled for 20 February 2015. (11/14/14).

DOI – renewable energy transmission ROW

clip_image010 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-offers-first-right-of-way-for-renewable-energy-transmission-in-federal-waters.cfm ] the first federal right of way (ROW) grant for renewable energy transmission in federal waters has been issued to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC for the Block Island Transmission System. The system will entail installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. Power from the offshore Block Island Wind Farm will be transmitted to Rhode Island and power from the Rhode Island grid will be transmitted to Block Island. (11/17/14).

IMO – reducing risk of Ebola virus disease

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice forwarding an IMO Circular Letter regarding use of maritime security measures to reduce the risk of spreading Ebola virus disease. MS Notice 21-2014 [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201411170316567676772note21_2014_nt.pdf ] (11/17/14).

Paris MOU – MLC enforcement results

clip_image014 The Paris MOU issued a press release [located at https://www.parismou.org/system/files/20141117%20Press%20release%20MLC%20first%20year%20%28final%29.pdf ] stating that its member states detained 113 ships for Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) deficiencies during the first year of MLC enforcement. This represents 17.4% of all detentions in the Paris MOU during this period. (11/17/14).

New Zealand – marine oil spill response strategy

clip_image016 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) issued its updated Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Environmental/Responding-to-spills-and-pollution/Response-strategy.asp ]. The purpose of the strategy is to describe actions to be taken and by whom in response to a marine oil spill, to promote a standard and coordinated national readiness and response system, and to provide MNZ with a strategic intent and direction to shape how New Zealand maintains and enhances its preparation for readiness and response to marine oil spills. (11/17/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 November 2014

Headlines:

Georgia/Florida – North Atlantic Right Whale Season;

Oakland Estuary – containers adrift;

Lake Michigan – temporary RNA;

FERC – Jordan Cove LNG Project;

DOE – export authorization for Freeport LNG;

Court – cruise ship medical treatment;

Australia – CPP failure leads to allision;

Ireland – recovery of persons from the water; and

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869.

November 17, 2014

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Georgia/Florida – North Atlantic Right Whale Season

clip_image004 USCG Sector Jacksonville issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding mariners that the 2014-2015 North Atlantic Right Whale Season has commenced for coastal waters of southern Georgia and northern Florida out to 30 miles offshore. During the Season, which runs through 15 April 2015, commercial vessels displacing 300 gross tons and greater are required to report when they enter the WHALESOUTH Reporting Area. In addition, vessels of 65 feet length or greater within the reporting area may not operate at greater than ten (10) knots. Vessels may not approach within 500 yards of a right whale. Vessels entering or departing the ports of Brunswick, Fernandina, or Jacksonville are requested to use the recommended two-way routes. MSIB 101-14 [located at http://jmtxweb.org/Library/CG%20Docs/MSIB%20101-14%202014-2015%20North%20Atlantic%20Right%20Whale%20Season.pdf ] (11/15/14).

Oakland Estuary – containers adrift

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2420314/ ] stating that a safety zone has been established in the Oakland Estuary after three shipping containers fell into the water during unloading of the container ship NYK Aquarius. The drifting containers have been pushed alongside a dock for recovery by a crane. (11/16/14).

Lake Michigan – temporary RNA

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has established, through 31 March 2015, a temporary regulated navigation area on waters of Lake Michigan within five nautical miles from shore between the Chicago Harbor Lock and Calumet Harbor to allow barges to transit on an alternate route during the temporary closure of the Thomas J. O’Brien Lock on the Calumet River. 79 Fed. Reg. 68366 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/pdf/2014-27168.pdf ] (11/17/14).

FERC – Jordan Cove LNG Project

clip_image007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG and Pipeline Projects. Comments must be received by 13 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 68433 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/pdf/2014-27053.pdf ] (11/17/14).

DOE – export authorization for Freeport LNG

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release [found at http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-authorizes-freeport-lng-export-liquefied-natural-gas ] stating that it issued two final authorizations for Freeport LNG Expansion and FLNG Liquefaction to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. (11/14/14).

Court – cruise ship medical treatment

clip_image011 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that summary judgment is premature where plaintiff has adequately pled all the elements of both actual agency and apparent agency. In the instant case, plaintiff’s decedent died after falling on one of defendant’s cruise ships and was treated by the onboard doctor and nurse. The court refused to apply, within the Eleventh Circuit, the long-standing rule that a passenger carrier is not liable to a sick or injured passenger for malpractice committed by a ship’s doctor. Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, No. 13-13067 (11th Cir., November 10, 2014). Note: The importance of this case was brought to my attention by my good friend Lindsey Brock of Rumrell McLeod & Brock.

Australia – CPP failure leads to allision

clip_image013 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the machinery failure on the general cargo ship HC Rubina and subsequent contact with the wharf at Brisbane on 29 October 2013. The control system for the ship’s controllable pitch propeller (CPP) failed before the ship left port en route Australia. During the voyage, the propeller’s pitch was operated manually from a local control station in the engine room. As the ship was entering the port of Brisbane failure of a flexible coupling for the shaft alternator providing power to the bow thruster resulted in smoke filling the after portion of the engine room. This forced the engineer controlling the propeller pitch to leave the local control station, meaning the propeller pitch was no longer controlled and the ship made contact with the wharf. Investigation revealed that the shipboard planned maintenance system was inadequate and that the defective propeller pitch control was not reported as required. MO-2013-12 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5170821/mo-2013-012-_final.pdf ] (11/14/13).

Ireland – recovery of persons from the water

clip_image015 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice reminding owners, operators, and masters of cargo ships over 500 gross tonnage and all passenger ships on international voyages of the requirement to develop ship-specific plans and procedures for recovery of persons from the water. Marine Notice 64-2014 [located at http://dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN64of2014_RecoveryofPersonsfromtheWater.pdf ] (11/13/14).

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869

clip_image017 The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal was closed to shipping during the Suez Crises of 1956-57 and during the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1967 and 1973. In 2008, over 21,000 ships transited the Canal, earning the Government of Egypt over $5 billion in tolls. Plans have been developed for construction of a second lane to the Canal.

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November 14th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 November 2014

Headlines:

US & Kiribati – research & conservation activities;

NOAA – Ocean Exploration Advisory Board;

USCG – liquid chemical categorization update delay;

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility;

Court – tankermen exempt from FLSA overtime provisions;

EU – marine survey by Turkey condemned;

ReCAAP – October report;

New Zealand – regulatory consultation;

Panama Canal – October operations;

Singapore – bunker supply;

UK – OREIs and shipping; and

UK – OREIs – emergency planning.

November 14, 2014

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US & Kiribati – research & conservation activities

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/united-states-and-kiribati-sign-historic-cooperative-arrangement-to-protect-vital-marine-habitat-in-the-pacific.cfm ] announcing that a Cooperative Arrangement has been initiated with the Republic of Kiribati to coordinate and jointly support research and conservation activities for nearly 490,000 square nautical miles in the US Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area of Kiribati. (11/13/14).

NOAA – Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://research.noaa.gov/News/NewsArchive/LatestNews/TabId/684/ArtMID/1768/ArticleID/10904/NOAA-establishes-new-panel-to-guide-ocean-exploration-.aspx ] announcing the appointment of 13 members to a new federal Ocean Exploratory Advisory Board that will provide guidance to NOAA and the nation of ocean exploration. (11/13/14).

USCG – liquid chemical categorization update delay

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard is delaying for an additional two years (until 16 January 2017) the effective date of its 2013 interim rule, which updates and revises tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved by the Coast Guard and the IMO for maritime transportation in bulk. The tables also indicate how the pollution potential of each substance has been categorized. 79 Fed. Reg. 68131 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/pdf/2014-26920.pdf ] (11/14/14).

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility

clip_image012 The Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting the Global Positioning System (GPS) Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Workshop II in El Segundo, California on 4 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 68345 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/pdf/2014-26974.pdf ] (11/14/14).

Court – tankermen exempt from FLSA overtime provisions

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that vessel-based tankermen who loaded and unloaded cargoes on their vessels were performing seaman work, making them exempt for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Plaintiff tankermen brought suit, claiming entitlement to overtime pay for work performed in loading and unloading their vessels. The district court denied defendant vessel owner’s motion for summary judgment, holding that loading and unloading a vessel is nonseaman work, making plaintiffs eligible for overtime pay. Defendant appealed and the appellate court reversed. Coffin v. Blessey Marine Services, No. 13-20144 (5th Cir., November 13, 2014) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-20144-CV0.pdf ].

EU – marine survey by Turkey condemned

clip_image016 The European Parliament issued a press release [located at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20141110IPR78127/html/MEPs-call-on-Turkey-to-stop-provocations-in-Cyprus%E2%80%99-exclusive-economic-zone ] stating that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) condemned Turkey’s “marine survey” activities as encroaching upon the Republic of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (11/13/14).

ReCAAP – October report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report for October 2014 [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2014/ReCAAP_ISC_October_2014_Report(Open).pdf ]. There has been an increase in the number of incidents reported, the bulk of which were petty thefts. (11/13/14).

New Zealand – regulatory consultation

clip_image020 Maritime New Zealand opened a consultation [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/Rule-amendments-2015/default.asp ] on draft new maritime rules and marine protection rules to correct minor errors in the current rules. Comments on the draft should be submitted by 11 December. (11/13/14).

Panama Canal – October operations

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during October. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance work for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 24-2014 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2014/a-24-2014.pdf ] (11/7/14).

Singapore – bunker supply

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr141111.xml ] stating that it is working with local stakeholders to ensure that there will be minimal disruption to bunker supply in the Port of Singapore despite the recent announcements by OW Bunker A/S. (11/11/14).

UK – OREIs and shipping

clip_image026 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance [located at https://www.gov.uk/offshore-renewable-energy-installations-impact-on-shipping ] regarding the impact on shipping of offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs). It recommends steps that may be taken in the planning, construction, and operation of OREIs to reduce potential conflicts with shipping, as well as navigation and voyage planning measures that vessels should adopt. (11/12/14).

UK – OREIs – emergency planning

clip_image026[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/371636/Offshore_Renewable_Energy_Installations_4_11_14.pdf ] containing information relating to emergency response planning for offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs) in UK waters and requirements for SAR helicopter operations in and around OREIs. (11/4/14).

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