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January 19th, 2018 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – 2018 random drug testing rate 25%;

USCG – delivery of marine safety information;

USCG – implementation of lifejacket standards;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 1% toll increase for 2018;

NTSB – bulker grounding in Columbia River;

FMC – hearings on Petition P4-16; and

India – safety fairway approaches to Mumbai.

January 19, 2018

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USCG – 2018 random drug testing rate 25%

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the calendar year 2018 minimum random drug testing rate is 25% of covered crewmembers. 83 Fed. Reg. 2813 (1/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-19/pdf/2018-00884.pdf].

USCG – delivery of marine safety information

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it is testing a new delivery method for marine safety information. Initially, the test involves the Mid-Atlantic region (CCGD5). Free subscription information is provided. (1/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/18/1-18-2018-coast-guard-testing-new-delivery-method-for-marine-safety-information/].

USCG – implementation of lifejacket standards

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it will participate in a WebEx teleconference hosted by the Lifejacket Association on 24 January to provide an update on the status of the US and Canadian implementation of new requirements for personal floatation devices. (1/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/18/1-18-2018-coast-guard-to-provide-update-on-implementation-of-new-lifejacket-standards/].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 1% toll increase for 2018

clip_image007 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release announcing a toll rate increase of 1% for the 2018 navigation season. (1/18/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/customer-advisories/advisories/ca20180115.html].

NTSB – bulker grounding in Columbia River

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 19 November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River when the vessel suffered an engine failure impacting its ability to maneuver. The vessel subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river, damaging its bulbous bow and hull. After the grounding, the vessel was towed to Longview, Washington, for temporary repairs. Two weeks later, the vessel resumed the voyage to its original destination. There were no injuries or reported pollution as a result of the accident. ​The probable cause of the grounding was the failure of a main engine cylinder cooling jacket that initiated an automatic reduction in engine speed, resulting in the eventual loss of steerageway. Contributing to the accident was the lack of information relayed from shipboard personnel to the pilot about the status of the main engine, which prevented him from taking effective corrective action following the engine casualty. MAB 18-01 (1/18/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1801.pdf].

FMC – hearings on Petition P4-16

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it held hearings on 16 and 17 January to explore issues related to detention, demurrage, and per diem charges raised in a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16). Those hearing were live-streamed and are now available on YouTube. (1/18/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/p4_16hearings.aspx].

India – safety fairway approaches to Mumbai

clip_image013 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that it has extended until 1 April 2018 the entry into force of the revision to safety fairway at approaches to Mumbai (off Mumbai High). Shipping Notice 3-2018 (1/17/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201801181206467367270ms_notice_no03of2018.pdf].

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January 18th, 2018 at 11:46 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

USCG – Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course;

DOJ – proposed settlement under OPA;

BOEM – oil spill financial responsibility inflation adjustment;

BSEE – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

DOS – meeting on 13 February re NCSR 5;

USN – USS Fitzgerald/USS McCain accountability actions;

House – hearing on US flag maritime industry;

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast;

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off New England coast;

House – bill introduced re leasing in Gulf of Mexico;

House – bill introduced re drilling off New England coast;

Court – erotic service provider litigation;

EC – Polish incentives for shipyards; and

New Zealand – laser speed guns.

January 18, 2018

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USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes new base rates and surcharges for Great Lakes Pilotage for the 2018 shipping season. Comments must be submitted by 20 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 2581 (1/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00811.pdf].

USCG – Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course will be offered three times during 2018, with the first course scheduled on 3-10 February. In addition to USCG personnel, stakeholders from the following industry segments are invited: cruise line representatives; ship officers; class society surveyors and mangers; foreign flag administration representatives; other government agencies; and manufacturers. (1/17/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/17/1-17-2018-cruise-ship-national-center-of-expertise-foreign-passenger-vessel-examiner-course/].

DOJ – proposed settlement under OPA

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that a proposed settlement agreement has been reached with the former operator of the motor vessel Fortune Epoch regarding liability under the Oil Pollution Act for a November 2004 incident. Comments on the proposal must be submitted within 30 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 2675 (1/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00811.pdf].

BOEM – oil spill financial responsibility inflation adjustment

clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promulgated a final rule adjusting for inflation the oil spill financial responsibility limit of liability for offshore facilities. The changes enter into effect on 20 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 2540 (1/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00798.pdf].

BSEE – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image011 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) promulgated a final rule adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties regarding oil and gas and sulphur operations on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The changes enter into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 2538 (1/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00798.pdf].

DOS – meeting on 13 February re NCSR 5

clip_image013 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 13 February in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search and Rescue (NCSR 5). Topics to be addressed include harmonized display of navigation information and revised performance standards for EPIRBs operating on 406 MHz. 83 Fed. Reg. 2712 (1/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00795.pdf].

USN – USS Fitzgerald/USS McCain accountability actions

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a statement on accountability actions it plans to take regarding the 2017 collisions involving USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain. Courts-martial charges have been preferred against five officers in the two ships at the time of the collisions, including both former commanding officers. (1/16/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104024].

House – hearing on US flag maritime industry

clip_image017 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee conducted a hearing titled “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry”. Testimony was received from RADM John Nadeau, USCG; RADM Mark Buzby (USN ret), MARAD; Mr. Matt Woodruff, American Maritime Partnership; Mr. Eric Ebeling, USA Maritime; Mr. Aaron Smith, Offshore Marine Service Association; Mr. Matthew Paxton, Shipbuilders Council of America; and Mr. Bill Van Loo, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. (1/17/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402105].

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast

clip_image019 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Florida Coastal Protection Act (S. 2292) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. Senator Nelson issued a news release explaining the measure. (1/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2292is/pdf/BILLS-115s2292is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off New England coast

clip_image020 Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the New England Coastal Protection Act (S. 2298) to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of New England. Senator Whitehouse issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2298is/pdf/BILLS-115s2298is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re leasing in Gulf of Mexico

clip_image021 Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2018 (H.R. 4770) to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the moratorium on leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Representative Rooney issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4770ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4770ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re leasing off New England coast

clip_image021[1] Representative Cicilline (D-RI) introduced the New England Coastal Protection Act (H.R. 4774) to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of New England. Representative Cicilline issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4774ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4774ih.pdf].

Court – erotic service provider litigation

clip_image023 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s challenge to the constitutionality of the law that criminalizes the commercial exchange of sexual activity. Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project v. Gascon, No. 16-15927 (9th Cir., January 17, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/01/17/16-15927.pdf]. Note: While not directly a maritime case, it is important in its own way.

EC – Polish incentives for shipyards

clip_image025 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved Polish investment aid to small and medium-sized enterprises in the shipbuilding sector, but it also states that the EC has opened an investigation into Polish tax incentives for shipyards. (1/15/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-242_en.htm].

New Zealand – laser speed guns

clip_image027 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it has commenced a trial use of laser guns to determine the speed of watercraft. Initial efforts in Marlborough show that “compliance with speed rules is not great”. (1/16/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20180116a.asp].

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January 17th, 2018 at 9:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – COIs under Subchapter M TSMS option;

USCG – timely maintenance and repairs;

USCG – screening for semi-synthetic opiates;

BOEM – draft National OCS Program;

FWS – northern sea otter;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tonnage up 9%;

House – hearing on US flag maritime industry;

Court – federal law trumps state law;

ReCAAP – 2017 annual report; and

Canada – speeding ticket.

January 17, 2018

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USCG – COIs under Subchapter M TSMS option

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it will begin issuing Certificates of Inspection (COIs) to vessels using the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option to comply with the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapter M. (1/16/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/16/1-16-2018-coast-guard-to-start-issuing-cois-under-subchapter-m-tsms-option/].

USCG – timely maintenance and repairs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding stakeholders of the importance of recognizing risks and ensuring proper maintenance and repairs are made in a timely manner. Safety Alert 01-18 (1/16/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0118.pdf].

USCG – screening for semi-synthetic opiates

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued an advisory stating that the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Testing requirements have been changed to include semi-synthetic opiates, effective 1 January 2018. Safety Advisory 01-18 (1/16/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/advisory%2001-18.pdf?ver=2018-01-16-132539-277].

BOEM – draft National OCS Program

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a bulletin announcing that it is initiating a process to develop a new National OCS Program for 2019-2024. Comments on the Draft Proposed Program or Programmatic EIS should be submitted by 9 March. (1/16/17) [https://www.boem.gov/National-Program/].

FWS – northern sea otter

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on its draft stock assessment report on the northern sea otter in Washington State. Comments must be submitted by 17 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 2461 (1/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-17/pdf/2018-00672.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tonnage up 9%

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release stating that tonnage passing through the Seaway was up 9% during the 2017 navigation season as compared to the previous year. (1/16/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20180116.html].

House – hearing on US flag maritime industry

clip_image012 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a notice stating that, on 17 January, it will conduct a hearing titled “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry”. (1/16/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402105].

Court – federal law trumps state law

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found enforceable the arbitration clauses in a marine insurance policy, despite the fact that the law of the forum state (Montana) made the provisions unenforceable. Galilea, LLC v. AGCS Marine Insurance Company, No. 16-35474 (9th Cir., January 16, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/01/16/16-35474.pdf].

ReCAAP – 2017 Annual Report

clip_image016 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its 2017 Annual Report. A total of 101 incidents were reported in 2017 compared to 85 incidents in 2016. This accounts for a 19% increase in the number of incidents reported in 2017 compared to 2016. (1/16/18) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=605&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Canada – speeding ticket

clip_image018 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it assessed a fine for non-respect of the speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. (1/15/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/01/transport_canadaissuesanotherfinefornon-respectofthespeedrestric.html].

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January 16th, 2018 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 January 2018

Headlines:

Ohio River – barge breakaways;

USCG – cybersecurity framework profiles;

FMC – regulatory reform plan;

BOEM – design guidelines for wind energy projects;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season closed;

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off New England coast;

House – bill introduced re leasing in Gulf of Mexico;

House – bill introduced re leasing off New England coast;

Court – failure to state a claim;

Canada – speed restriction lifted; and

Panama Canal – Neopanamax booking slots.

January 16, 2018

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Ohio River – barge breakaways

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that response efforts are ongoing with respect to the barge breakaways on the Ohio River. Of the reported 72 barges that broke away from two fleeting areas, 63 have been recovered. Five of the barges were reported to have gone over Emsworth Lock & Dam, which suffered only minor damage. The river is closed to navigation from mile marker 2 to mile marker 20 and from mile marker 93 to mile marker 110 due to the risk of channel obstructions. (1/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d323b7]. An updated news release revises the number of barges that broke away to 62 and states that all but three have been accounted for. (1/15/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d35e77].

USCG – cybersecurity framework profiles

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing availability of Cybersecurity Framework Profiles for maritime bulk liquid transfer, offshore operations, and passenger vessels. (1/12/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/12/1-12-2018-release-of-offshore-operations-and-passenger-vessel-cybersecurity-framework-profiles/].

FMC – regulatory reform plan

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing issuance of its Plan for Regulatory Reform of Existing FMC Rules. Work on the plan has already begun. (1/12/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_issues_regulatory_reform_priorities_plan/]

BOEM – design guidelines for wind energy projects

clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing availability of draft guidelines for use of a ‘Design Envelope’ approach in construction and operations plans (COPs) for offshore wind energy facilities in the United States. A webinar to discuss the draft guidelines will be held on 31 January. (1/12/18) [https://www.boem.gov/press01122018/].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season closed

clip_image011 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release stating that, following the transit of the last commercial downbound vessel through St. Lambert Lock in the Montreal Lake-Ontario (MLO) Section of the Seaway, the 2017 navigation season closed effective at 18:15 hours on January 11, 2018. Seaway Notice 28-2017 (1/12/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180112.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off New England coast

clip_image013 Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 2298) to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of New England. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Whitehouse issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/-senators-introduce-bipartisan-new-england-offshore-drilling-ban].

House – bill introduced re leasing in Gulf of Mexico

clip_image015 Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4770) to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the moratorium on leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Rooney issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://francisrooney.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=300].

House – bill introduced re leasing off New England coast

clip_image016 Representative Cicilline (D-RI) introduced a bill (H.R. 4774) to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of New England. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Cicilline issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/11/18) [https://cicilline.house.gov/press-release/cicilline-whitehouse-introduce-bipartisan-new-england-coastal-protection-act].

Court – failure to state a claim

clip_image018 In a two-page unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint by a disappointed attempted purchaser of the Queen of Seattle vessel for failure to state a claim. The court found there was no agreement as to terms of the purchase and that the alleged terms were unsigned by the seller or its broker. Lil’ Man in the Boat v. Auk Ta Shaa Discovery, No. 16-17299 (9th Cir., January 11, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/01/11/16-17299.pdf].

Canada – speed restriction lifted

clip_image020 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the temporary speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been lifted. The restriction was imposed when numerous North Atlantic right whales were observed in those waters. No whales have been sighted in recent weeks. (1/11/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/01/transport_canadaliftstemporaryspeedrestrictioninthegulfofstlawre.html].

Panama Canal – Neopanamax vessel booking slots

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that booking slots of booked Neopanamax vessels that transit prior to their reserved dates may be reassigned to other interested Neopanamax vessels. Advisory 02-2018 (1/12/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-02-2018.pdf].

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January 12th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Light List (2018);

USCG – Benkert Environmental Protection Award;

USCG – IGF and Polar Codes implementation update;

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda;

Access Board – semiannual regulatory agenda;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 22 February;

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast;

Florida – no new oil or gas platforms;

Ireland – Port Areas; and

Panama Canal – December operations.

January 12, 2018

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USCG – Light List (2018)

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard Light List (2018) has been posted. (1/11/18) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists].

USCG – Benkert Environmental Protection Award

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard deadline for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for Excellence has been extended two weeks. Applications will be accepted until 26 January 2018. (1/11/18) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?&ID=406&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards].

USCG – IGF and Polar Codes implementation update

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that it will continue to evaluate training courses for merchant mariners to ensure compliance with requirements of the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low Flash-point Fuels (IGH Code) and the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code). (1/10/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/polar_igf_bulletin_01102018.pdf].

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its semiannual regulatory agenda. Items of interest include financial responsibly for tank vessels; seafarers’ access to maritime facilities; outer continental shelf activities; and commercial fishing vessels. The timelines mentioned in the agenda are aspirational. 83 Fed. Reg. 1872 (1/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-12/pdf/2017-28212.pdf].

Access Board – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image008 The Architectural and Transport Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) issued its semiannual regulatory agenda. An item of interest concerns accessibility guidelines for passenger vessels. 83 Fed. Reg. 1928 (1/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-12/pdf/2017-28233.pdf].

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 22 February

clip_image010 The Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 22 February in Washington, DC. 83 Fed. Reg. 1625 (1/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-12/pdf/2018-00398.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re drilling off Florida coast

clip_image012 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2292) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Nelson issued a news release explaining the measure. (1/10/18) [https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/newsroom/news/sen-nelson-calls-drilling-agreement-a-stunt-seeks-permanent-ban].

Florida – no new oil or gas platforms

clip_image014 Florida Governor Scott (R) issued a news release stating that Secretary of the Interior Zinke has removed Florida from consideration for any new [offshore] oil or gas platforms. (1/9/18) [https://www.flgov.com/2018/01/09/gov-scott-fought-to-protect-floridas-coastline/].

Ireland – Port Areas

clip_image016 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a notice updating the list of Port Areas of ‘smooth’ and ‘partially smooth’ waters where vessels may operate without being considered to be at sea. Marine Notice 01-2018 (1/10/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2001%20of%202018_Port%20and%20Sea%20Areas.pdf].

Panama Canal – December operations

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for December 2017. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 01-2018 (1/8/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-01-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 11 January 2018

Headlines:

California – rescue of victims of mudslides;

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment; and

FMC – hearing re Petition P4-16.

January 11, 2018

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California – rescue of victims of mudslides

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release concerning efforts to rescue victims of the mudslides in Santa Barbara County. (1/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d1ed99]. A second news release focuses on helicopter rescues. (1/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d1f4aa]. A third news release provides an update on the rescue efforts. (1/10/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d1fb05].

FMC – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a final rule to adjust for inflation its monetary civil penalties. The changes enter into effect on 15 January. 83 Fed. Reg. 1304 (1/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-11/pdf/2018-00319.pdf].

FMC – hearing re Petition P4-16

clip_image006[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Final Notice of Public Hearing Schedule regarding Petition No. P4-16, Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking. Hearings will be conducted on 16-17 January in Washington, DC. (1/10/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/assets/1/Documents/p4-16_reiss_fn_pb.pdf].

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January 10th, 2018 at 11:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG NMC – attachments to emails;

USCG – Ship Structure Committee;

Court – test for maritime contracts simplified;

UK – Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill introduced;

UK – marine oil spill response providers; and

UK – safety harness tethers on sailing yachts.

January 10, 2018

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USCG NMC – attachments to emails

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that its email system will not accept attachments larger than 10MB. Attachments larger than 8MB should be split into multiple emails. In addition, the system will not accept compressed (ZIP) files regardless of size. (1/9/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/email_attachments_to_NMC_notice_0118.pdf].

USCG – Ship Structure Committee

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the Ship Structure Committee is soliciting research ideas for the 2018 project year. The four focus areas are: (1) structural lifetime extension; (2) Arctic construction, operations, technologies, and effects; (3) composite materials; and (4) SSC Follow-up Report. (1/9/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/09/1-9-2018-ship-structure-committee-soliciting-research-ideas-for-2018-project-year/].

Court – test for maritime contracts simplified

clip_image007 In an en banc opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned prior Circuit precedent and adopted the simpler, more straightforward test of the US Supreme Court in determining whether a contract for performance of specialty services to facilitate the drilling or production of oil or gas on navigable waters is maritime in nature. That test is whether the contract provides or do the parties expect that a vessel will play a substantial role in completion of the contract. In re Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir., January 8, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30217-CV2.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

UK – Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill introduced

clip_image009 The Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill has been introduced in the UK Parliament. If enacted into law, the bill will make a provision creating a new offence of shining or directing a laser beam towards a vehicle which is on a journey and the laser beam dazzles or distracts, or is likely to dazzle or distract, a person with control of the vehicle. The term ‘vehicle’ includes, among other things, a vessel. A person who commits such offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment. (1/8/18) [https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2017-2019/0075/18075.pdf].

UK – marine oil spill response providers

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) opened a consultation on a draft UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers. Comments are due by 9 March. (1/8/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-national-standard-for-marine-oil-spill-response-providers]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

UK – safety harness tethers on sailing yachts

clip_image011 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a safety bulletin regarding use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts. Safety Bulletin 1/2018 (1/9/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a535cfe40f0b648c72358ff/SB1_2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 January 2018

Headlines:

USCG – FAQs re Subchapter M;

Florida – vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma;

NOAA – Southern DPS of green sturgeon;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

USN – downed C-2A Greyhound located;

East China Sea – search of missing mariners;

CRS – changes in the Arctic; and

Malta – ‘parker’ fined and banned from car park.

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USCG – FAQs re Subchapter M

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an updated compilation of its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels. (1/8/18). [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Traveling-Inspector-Staff-CG-5P-TI/Towing-Vessel-National-Center-of-Expertise/SubMFAQs/]. A bulletin highlights recent changes/additions. (1/8/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/08/1-8-2018-updated-subchapter-m-faqs-now-available/].

Florida – vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it continues to work with the Florid Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to mitigate pollution threats from vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma. To date, 2,376 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. (1/8/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d17216].

NOAA – Southern DPS of Green Sturgeon

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Southern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Green Sturgeon Recovery Plan. Comments must be received by 12 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 1025 (1/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-09/pdf/2018-00208.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image008 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice advising that, for the quarter beginning on 1 January 2018, the interest rate for overpayments will be 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporations, while the interest rate for underpayments will be 4% for both. 83 Fed. Reg. 1043 (1/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-09/pdf/2018-00176.pdf].

USN – downed C-2A Greyhound located

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the C-2A aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on 22 November 2017 with the loss of all 11 crew and passengers has been located on the ocean floor at a depth of 18,500 feet. Eight personnel from the aircraft were recovered immediately after the crash. The three fallen Sailors may be still inside the wreck. Every effort will be made to recover the aircraft. (1/6/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103948].

East China Sea – search for missing mariners

clip_image011 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it has joined the search and rescue efforts for the missing crew members of the Iranian tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Sanchi collided with the Chinese cargo ship CF Crystal on 6 January and then burst into flames. (1/8/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103955].

CRS – Changes in the Arctic

clip_image013 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled ‘Changes in the Arctic’. It focuses on the impacts of climate change, including the diminishment of sea ice, which has brought about a dramatic increase in maritime traffic in that region, as well as more exploration for oil, gas, and minerals. R41153 (1/4/18) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

Malta – ‘parker’ fined and banned from car park

clip_image015 Transport Malta issued a news release stating that a person acting as a ‘Parker’ in a public car park in Valletta has been fined €500 and forbade from accessing the area for a period of six months. He was posing as a parker and harassing people to pay him money. Parking in public car parks in Malta is actually free. (1/5/18) [http://www.transport.gov.mt/news/05-january-2018-person-acting-as-a-parker-fined-and-barred-from-car-park]. Note: This item has no maritime connection, but is interesting nonetheless.

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January 8th, 2018 at 11:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 January 2018

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – vessel salvage operations continue;

USCG – use of unmanned aircraft systems;

BSEE – Performance-Based Risk Inspection pilot;

BOEM – proposal for OCS oil & gas leasing program;

Treasury – international boycott countries; and

IMO – Assembly 30 and Council 119 summarized.

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Puerto Rico – vessel salvage operations continue

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that its work with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to remove vessels damaged or stranded by Hurricane Maria continues. To date, 375 impacted vessels have been identified and 188 of those cases are now closed. (1/5/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d07108].

USCG – use of unmanned aircraft systems

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a General Message providing guidance to field units on the authorized use of Coast Guard unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The UAS may be used photo or video imagery in support of infrastructure inspections, environmental observation, pollution response, post-storm survey, ice survey, communications support, and public relations. Other missions require specific authorization. ALCOAST 004/18 (1/5/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1d0fcb5].

BSEE – Performance-Based Risk Inspection pilot

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued press release stating that it issued a safety alert to the offshore oil and gas industry based on its newly instituted Performance-Based Risk Inspection pilot. This safety alert concerns gas release hazards. (1/5/18) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-issues-safety-alert-based-on].

BOEM – proposal for OCS oil & gas leasing program

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) seeks comment on the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. It also intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the DPP. Comments should be submitted by 9 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 829 (1/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-08/pdf/2018-00083.pdf].

Treasury – international boycott countries

clip_image010 The Department of the Treasury published the current list of countries which require or may require participation in or cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 83 Fed. Reg. 966 (1/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-08/pdf/2018-00123.pdf].

IMO – Assembly 30 and Council 119 summarized

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the work of the IMO’s 30th session of the Assembly and the 119th session of the Council. (1/5/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/01/05/1-5-2018-coast-guard-members-attend-international-maritime-organization-30th-session-of-assembly-and-119th-session-of-council/].

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January 5th, 2018 at 11:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 January 2018

Headlines:

White House – incidental discharge moratorium extension;

DOI – OCS oil and gas lease sales;

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program; and

GAO – offshore seismic surveys.

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White House – incidental discharge moratorium extension

clip_image004 President Trump signed into law S. 2273, which extends to January 19, 2018 the moratorium on the requirement for Clean Water Act permitting of incidental discharges from certain vessels. (1/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2273cps/pdf/BILLS-115s2273cps.pdf].

DOI – OCS oil and gas lease sales

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that it plans to propose opening 90% of the US outer continental shelf (OCS) to oil and gas lease sales. (1/4/18) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-plan-unleashing-americas-offshore-oil-and-gas-potential].

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice soliciting applications for awards under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). Five million dollars is available this year. Applications must be received by 2 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 694 (1/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-05/pdf/2018-00033.pdf].

GAO – offshore seismic surveys

clip_image010 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on offshore seismic surveys. It notes that parties wishing to conduct such surveys in the US outer continental shelf (OCS) must apply for and obtain a permit from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Incidental take permits may also be required from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The report found that neither NMFS nor FWS maintain records of how long it takes to process applications for incidental take permits. Thus, there is no way to determine whether such reviews are timely. GAO-18-60 (1/4/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688893.pdf].

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    In the December 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Alternate Compliance Program". The article discusses the US Coast Guard program for delegating to authorized classification societies the authority to perform specific inspections on US-flag vessels on its behalf. The USCG investigation into the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro identified various shortcomings in this program. Efforts should be undertaken to get it back on track.