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May 29th, 2015 at 11:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 May 2015

Headlines:

DOD – transporter proof of delivery;

MARAD – recognition awards for US-flag vessel usage;

USN – USS Arizona Memorial dock damaged in allision;

DHS – leap second; and

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914.

May 29, 2015

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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. Never trust atoms – they make up everything.

DOD – transporter proof of delivery

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) proposes to amend its regulations to add a clause allowing the Government to require that contractors provide Transporter Proof of Delivery (TPD) when requested. TPD means a commercial document that is generated by the contractor or the contractor’s transporter of supplies and is signed by the Government customer in order to document delivery of supplies under a contract or order. Comments on the proposal must be received by 28 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 30648 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/pdf/2015-13002.pdf] (5/29/15).

MARAD – recognition awards for US-flag vessel usage

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing the “U.S. Ships” program to recognize private commercial entities that reach certain US-flag vessel usage rates for carriage of goods or private or government entities that otherwise make noteworthy contributions to utilization of US-flag vessels. 80 Fed. Reg. 30759 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/pdf/2015-13019.pdf] (5/29/15).

USN – USS Arizona Memorial dock damaged in allision

clip_image008 The U.S. Navy Region Hawaii issued a statement on its Facebook page [located at https://www.facebook.com/NavyRegionHawaii] expressing regret for any inconvenience caused when the USS Arizona Memorial dock was struck while tugs were assisting the USNS Mercy in Pearl Harbor on 27 May. Among other things, the dock was moved about ten feet toward the Memorial. The dock is closed to visitors until further notice. (5/27/15).

DHS – leap second

clip_image010 The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/cgsic/Leap_Second_Best_Practices_20150526_Intrl_Version.pdf] advising stakeholders of best practices for the leap second event occurring on 30 June 2015. On that date, 23:59:59 will be followed by 23:59:60, which will then be followed by 00:00:00 on 1 July. (5/26/15). Note: Persons working the late shift should seek overtime pay for this additional burden, which is a direct result of the Coriolis Effect.

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914

clip_image012 One hundred and one years ago, on 29 May 1914, the passenger ship RMS Empress of Ireland collided with the coal ship Storstad in the St. Lawrence River in heavy fog. The passenger ship sank within 15 minutes. Of the 1,477 passengers and crew on board, 1,012 perished, making it Canada’s worst peacetime marine disaster. The subsequent investigation into the incident was largely inconclusive due to the conflicting testimony of the witnesses, but Canadian Pacific Railway, the owner of the passenger ship, ultimately won an award of $2 million damages from the owner of the coal ship.

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May 28th, 2015 at 10:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – alert re fixed CO2 systems;

USCG – hurricane contingency plans;

Port Arthur – grounding;

DOD, DHS & DOT – Federal Radionavigation Plan 2014;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting;

US & Canada – Maritime Commerce Resilience; and

Singapore – block exemption for liner shipping agreements.

May 28, 2015

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USCG – alert re fixed CO2 systems

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding fixed CO2 fire extinguishing systems. If the system is not maintained properly, it can inadvertently discharge. Owners and operators of vessels equipped with this system should ensure that appropriate vessel personnel receive adequate training to perform routine inspections and understand system operation; review and update system operating manuals; and post clear instructions for system emergency operation. Safety Alert 06-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0615.pdf] (5/27/15).

USCG – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image005 I have again updated my list of US Coast Guard Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans. Many of the Coast Guard Sectors have revised their contingency plans since last season. If any reader learns of a more recent version of a contingency plan for any USCG Sector, please advise so that my list can be kept current. (5/27/15).

Port Arthur – grounding

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2521106/] stating that the bulk carrier Jian Qiang grounded off Port Arthur. There have been no reports of injury, pollution, or significant damage. Refloating efforts are underway. The incident is under investigation. (5/27/15).

DOD, DHS & DOT – Federal Radionavigation Plan 2014

clip_image007 clip_image009 clip_image011 The Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Transportation (DOT) released the Federal Radionavigation Plan 2014 [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/FederalRadionavigationPlan2014.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting

clip_image013 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) issued a notice stating that its Advisory Board will meet on 16 June via conference call. 80 Fed. Reg. 30539 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-28/pdf/2015-12782.pdf] (5/28/15).

US & Canada – Maritime Commerce Resilience

clip_image015 clip_image017 The US Coast Guard and Transport Canada issued a notice stating that they are hosting a bi-national consultation session on 18 June in Halifax, Nova Scotia regarding Canada-United States cooperation in maritime commerce resilience (MCR) in the Atlantic region. A second consultation session is planned for 23 July in Boston. (5/27/15).

Singapore – block exemption for liner shipping agreements

clip_image019 The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) issued a media release [located at https://www.ccs.gov.sg/media-and-publications/media-releases/ccs-consults-on-proposed-recommendation-to-extend-beo-for-liner-shipping-agreements] stating that it seeks comments on the extension of the Competition (Block Exemption of Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (BEO) in its current form for another five years until 31 December 2020. Comments must be received by 15 June. (5/25/15).

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May 27th, 2015 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities;

NTSB – meeting;

USCG – NOAD schema 3.5;

Senate – opposition to Arctic drilling expressed;

Australia – unintentional release of freefall lifeboat; and

Singapore – revisions of anchorages, fairways & channels.

May 27, 2015

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USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has reopened, through 1 July, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed regulation entitled “Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities”. The Coast Guard is particularly interested in comments on its estimate that there is a 10.3% non-compliance rate of facilities with respect to providing seafarers’ access. 80 Fed. Reg. 30189 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-27/pdf/2015-12657.pdf] (5/27/15).

NTSB – meeting

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet in Washington, DC on 9 June. Among other things, the Board will consider the Marine Accident Report concerning the collision between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in the Houston Ship Channel at Lower Galveston Bay on 22 March 2014. 80 Fed. Reg. 30282 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-27/pdf/2015-12904.pdf] (5/27/15).

USCG – NOAD schema 3.5

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(ahdgqa5cnmfnzncwmfa4g250))/News.aspx?newsId=C43A162C-4C4F-4B28-BC97-A4A473151B42] advising that an updated Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) schema, versioned 3.5, has been released reflecting recently issued changes to 33 CFR 160 and improvements to vessel/crew longshoreman data reporting. With the release of NOAD Schema 3.5, NOAD Schema 3.3 and older versions will no longer be supported. (5/26/15).

Senate – opposition to Arctic drilling expressed

clip_image008 Eighteen Senators, led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) , sent a letter [located at http://www.merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Arctic%20Drilling%20Sign%20on%20letter%20Final.pdf] urging the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region. (5/22/15).

Australia – unintentional release of freefall lifeboat

clip_image010 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) posted the report of its investigation of the unintentional release of a freefall lifeboat from the bulk carrier Aquarosa in the Indian Ocean on 1 March 2014 with one serious injury. Investigation revealed that when the lifeboat on-load release was last operated before the incident, it was not correctly reset. Consequently, when the engineer operated the manual release pump to inspect the equipment, the incorrectly-reset release tripped unexpectedly. The simulation wires, designed to hold the lifeboat during a simulated release, failed and the lifeboat launched. MO-2014-002 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5299888/MO-2014-002-Final.pdf] (5/20/15).

Singapore – revisions of anchorages, fairways & channels

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) posted a circular advising of recent revisions of anchorages, fairways, and channels in the port of Singapore. Port Marine Circular 06-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-06.pdf] (5/26/15).

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May 26th, 2015 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 May 2015

Headlines:

White House – National Maritime Day;

MARAD – Merchant Marine Awards & Flags Program;

MARAD – funding for emissions reductions;

Washington – Higher Volume Port Area proposed;

Great Lakes – RNAs & safety zones;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Rates;

Gulf of Mexico – platform fire suppressed;

Bellingham – safety zone enforcement;

BSEE – supervisor sentenced for false BOP report;

St. Lawrence Seaway – hands-free mooring;

NOAA – Gulf restoration projects proposed;

NTSB – parasailing safety;

House – USCG authorization bill approved;

Senate – bill introduced re port performance measures;

Senate – bill introduced authorizing polar icebreakers;

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels;

IMO – Day of the Seafarer;

Australia – qualifications for crew of commercial motor yachts;

Australia – preliminary report on grounding;

India – carriage of fuel oil as cargo by OSVs;

India – report on allision; and

UK – high speed and squat lead to allision.

May 26, 2015

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White House – National Maritime Day

clip_image004 President Obama issued a Proclamation designating 22 May 2015 as National Maritime Day, honoring the women and men who take to the seas to boost the US economy and uphold the values we cherish. 80 Fed. Reg. 30125 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-26/pdf/2015-12845.pdf] (5/26/15).

MARAD – Merchant Marine Awards & Flags Program

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice of its revised policy for issuance of Merchant Marnie medals, decorations, citations, and the donation or loan of Merchant Marine flags. 80 Fed. Reg. 29384 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-21/pdf/2015-12088.pdf] (5/21/15).

MARAD – funding for emissions reductions

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2015/marad-announces-funding-for-air-emissionsalternative-energy-projects/] announcing up to $1.3 million in federal funding through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and alternative energy use. (5/22/15).

Washington – Higher Volume Port Area proposed

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes redefining the boundaries of the existing higher volume port area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound by replacing a reference to Port Angeles with a reference to Cape Flattery. Comments on the proposal must be received by 20 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 29582 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-22/pdf/2015-11760.pdf] (5/22/15).

Great Lakes – RNAs & safety zones

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its Great Lakes Regulated Navigation Areas regulations to include two new safety zones to close designated waters for recreational ice fishers and three Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) to manage vessel traffic in ice-prone waterways. Further, the coast Guard proposes to redefine (without substantive change) the three existing RNAs as safety zones. Comments on the proposal must be received by 6 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 29589 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-22/pdf/2015-11804.pdf] (5/22/15).

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Rates

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard amended its 26 February 2015 final rule regarding Great Lakes Pilotage Rates to advance the effective date from 1 August to 2 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 29975 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-26/pdf/2015-12734.pdf] (5/26/15).

Gulf of Mexico – platform fire suppressed

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2518626/] stating that the fire on the platform in the Gulf of Mexico near Breton Island has been suppressed. The crew was safely evacuated. There have been no reports of injury. The small oil sheen previously reported has dissipated. The incident is under investigation. (5/23/15).

Bellingham – safety zone enforcement

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2518910/] stated that it enforcing a safety zone around the support vessel Arctic Challenger in Bellingham, Washington. An activist who had secured himself to the vessel’s anchor chain was removed at his request. Four people were cited for violation of the safety zone and the voyages of two vessels were terminated for not having required safety gear. (5/24/15).

BSEE – supervisor sentenced for false BOP report

clip_image015 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/Houston-Man-Sentenced-for-Providing-False–Statements-In-Relation-To-Blowout-Preventer—Testing-On-Oil-Platform-In-Gulf-Of-Mexico/] stating that an offshore well site supervisor was sentenced to one year probation and forty hours of community service for presenting a fabricated blowout preventer (BOP) pressure test chart to BSEE inspectors. (5/21/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – hands-free mooring

clip_image017 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20150522.html] stating that it will receive the Promising Innovation in Transport award from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for developing the world’s first Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) system for ships transiting its locks. The HFM system employs vacuum pads mounted on vertical rails to secure the ship during the lockage process, tracking the ship as it is raised or lowered, while keeping it at a fixed distance from the lock wall. (5/22/15).

NOAA – Gulf restoration projects proposed

clip_image019 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/TC_NewsRelease_PhaseIV_FINAL.pdf] stating that comment is sought on ten proposed early restoration Gulf projects. Public meetings will be held in Pensacola (2 June); Mobile (3 June); Long Beach (4 June); Belle Chasse (8 June); Galveston (10 June); and Corpus Christi (11 June). Written comments must be received by 19 June. (5/20/15).

NTSB – parasailing safety

clip_image021 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150522.aspx] stating that it produced a video on parasailing safety showing what to look for when choosing a parasailing operator and tips for inspecting equipment. (5/22/15).

House –USCG authorization bill approved

clip_image023 The House of Representatives approved and sent to the Senate the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr1987eh/pdf/BILLS-114hr1987eh.pdf] to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. (5/18/15).

Senate – bill introduced re port performance measures

clip_image025 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 1298) to provide nationally consistent measures of performance of the Nation’s ports, and for other purposes. Senator Thune issued a press release [located at http://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=865afa6a-6ab6-407c-b28d-41480fab48c8] discussing the measure. (5/12/15).

Senate – bill introduced authorizing polar icebreakers

clip_image026 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Icebreaker Recapitalization Act (S. 1386) to provide multiyear procurement authority for the procurement of up to six polar icebreakers to be owned and operated by the Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cantwell issued a press release [located athttp://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=05ce0b3a-54c1-4548-b9da-a850a9d7f69f ] explaining the measure. (5/19/15).

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels

clip_image027 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 1464) to require all recreational vessels to have and to post passenger capacity limits and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/22/15).

IMO – Day of the Seafarer

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The IMO will mark 25 June 2015 as the fifth annual Day of the Seafarer, celebrating the unsung heroes of shipping across the globe. This year’s theme is #CareerAtSea to help address the predicted shortage of seafarers and officers by promoting and highlighting the positive benefits of choosing a career at sea.

Australia – qualifications for crews of commercial motor yachts

clip_image031 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/18052015_New_Yacht_quals.pdf] stating that it is preparing new qualifications for crews of commercial motor yachts, similar to those existing in the United Kingdom. (5/20/15).

Australia – preliminary report on grounding

clip_image031[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) posted the preliminary report of its investigation of the grounding of the container ship Maersk Garonne in Fremantle on 28 February 2015. Preliminary information indicates that the ship’s bridge crew had not been directly and actively engaged in the pilotage and was broadly unaware of the pilotage plan. MO-2015-002 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5302244/MO-2015-002-PRELIMINARY.pdf] (2/21/15).

India – carriage of fuel oil as cargo by OSVs

clip_image033 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201505210205304825331Corrigendum1toEngineeringCircularNo4of2013.pdf] providing clarification on the carriage of fuel oil as cargo by offshore supply vessels (OSVs). (5/21/15).

India – report on allision

clip_image033[1] The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201505220241447124929CasualtyCircularno_2.pdf] summarizing an investigation into an allision of a bulk carrier with an anchored tanker at the port approaches of a port on the east coast of India. While maneuvering to pick up a pilot in reduced visibility the bulk carrier allided with an unlit anchored tanker. The most proximate cause of the incident was the poor lookout on the bulk carrier. Other factors included the anchored tanker not being lit; port control failing to advise of the unlit tanker; and the pilot failing to advise the bulk carrier of the danger. (5/20/15).

UK – high speed and squat lead to allision

clip_image035 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the contact made by the passenger ferry Barfleur with the chai of the chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay in Poole on 16 July 2014. Investigation revealed that the contact with the chain was the result of the passenger ferry’s high speed and track line, coupled with the low height of tide and the resulting squat. Report 11-2015 [located at https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/555c5c5fe5274a74ca00000b/MAIBInvReport11_2015.pdf] (2/21/15).

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May 19th, 2015 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 May 2015

Headlines:

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act approved;

Court – platform worker is not a seaman;

IMO – summary of MEPC 68;

Tokyo MOU – CIC re STCW hours of rest;

Singapore – concern re Persian Gulf shooting incident;

Singapore – compulsory health declaration; and

MREN – Rising from the ashes.

May 19, 2015

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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. Never trust atoms – they make up everything.

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act approved

clip_image004 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398953] stating that the House of Representatives has approved and sent to the Senate the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987). (5/18/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Denise Krepp, advocate for the US ship recycling industry.

Court – platform worker is not a seaman

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint seeking damages for personal injury under the Jones Act. The court held that where plaintiff was employed by an offshore oil well plugging and abandonment company, incurred the injury while working on an offshore platform, and performed no duties on a vessel in navigation, he did not qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act. Alexander v. Express Energy Services, No. 14-30488 (5th Cir., May 7, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30488-CV0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Mike Bell of Blank Rome LLP.

IMO – summary of MEPC 68

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/19-MEPC-ends.aspx#.VVo287lVhBc] summarizing results of the recent session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68). Among other things, the environmental provisions of the Polar Code were adopted, as were amendments to MARPOL Annex I regarding tanks for oil residues and extension of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA). (5/18/15).

Tokyo MOU – CIC re STCW hours of rest

clip_image010 The Tokyo MOU issued a press release [located at http://www.tokyo-mou.org//doc/Press%20Release%20CIC%20results%20-%20STCW%20Hours%20of%20Rest.pdf] on the results of the recent Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW hours of rest. The CIC questionnaire was completed during 6,392 inspections. A total of 1,589 CIC-related deficiencies were recorded and 16 ships were detained for these deficiencies. The main areas of concern were hours of rest not being properly recorded and watch-keeping personnel without sufficient rest. (5/18/15).

Singapore – concern re Persian Gulf shooting incident

clip_image012 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=nr150518.xml] expressing concern about the reported shooting incident on 14 May involving the Singapore-registered tanker Alpine Eternity that took place in international waters. Singapore has requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate the incident and prevent future recurrences. As to the 22 March collision involving Alpine Eternity and an oil platform in the Persian Gulf, the incident was promptly reported to the MPA and is under investigation. (5/18/15).

Singapore – compulsory health declaration

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing masters with updated guidance regarding compulsory maritime health declarations by vessels that have been to Ebola-affected countries (Guinea and Sierra Leone) in the 21 days previous to expected arrival in Singapore. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be Ebola free. Port Marine Circular 05-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-05.pdf] (5/14/15)

MREN – Rising from the ashes

clip_image015 In the May 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Rising from the ashes [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN150500.pdf]. In the article, I discuss the recent demise of Loran-C and the current total reliance on satellite navigation systems such as GPS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland, though, have moved ahead with enhanced Loran (eLoran) as an augmentation of and backup for satnav. Now, the United States is exploring development of its own eLoran system, with the Department of Transportation seeking public comment and a bill introduced in Congress providing for such a system. It is too early to say for sure that the eLoran phoenix has risen from the ashes of Loran-C, but there are certainly signs of life.

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May 18th, 2015 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – boating safety app;

Astoria – bulk carrier detained;

OMB – carriage of shale gas extraction waste water;

DOE – Corpus Christi Liquefaction ROD;

HHS – federal workplace drug testing;

Court – evidentiary hearing ordered for DWH claim;

Lower Columbia River – draft spill response plan;

IMO – Polar Code adopted; and

UK – port facility security plan templates.

May 18, 2015

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USCG – boating safety app

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2504662/] stating that it has released a smartphone application (app) to enhance boating safety. The app includes: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are activated, the app can also provide the latest weather reports from the nearest NOAA weather buoy; report the location of a hazard on the water; and, using the Emergency Assistance button, call the nearest Coast Guard command center. (5/16/15). Note: At the Apple store on the iPhone, the app is titled “United States Coast Guard”.

Astoria – bulk carrier detained

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The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2514234/] stating that the bulk carrier Ikan Sudip has been detained in Astoria. The vessel suffered fuel-related propulsion losses while inbound. Examination in Astoria revealed significant environmental and safety violations. Efforts are underway to make the necessary repairs. (5/17/15).

OMB – carriage of shale gas extraction waste water

clip_image006 clip_image007 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice [located at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?rrid=125164] stating that it received for review a draft “prerule” from the US Coast Guard relating to carriage of conditionally permitted shale gas extraction waste water in bulk. (5/14/15). Note: “Prerule” is OMB’s term for anything other than a rule or proposed rule. In this case, the document is probably a draft policy letter. OMB review generally takes four months or longer.

DOE – Corpus Christi Liquefaction ROD

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing the availability of its Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cheniere Marketing LLC and the Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). 80 Fed. Reg. 28256 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-18/pdf/2015-11926.pdf] (5/18/15).

HHS – federal workplace drug testing

clip_image011 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two notices regarding proposed mandatory guidelines for federal workplace drug testing programs. The first notice concerns the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the programs. 80 Fed. Reg. 28054 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/pdf/2015-11523.pdf] (5/15/15). The second notice concerns revisions to the guidelines for urine testing. 80 Fed. Reg. 28101 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/pdf/2015-11524.pdf] (5/15/15). Comments on the draft changes must be submitted by 14 July. Note: These notices were brought to my attention by my good friend Robert Schoening of Workplace Substance Abuse Consulting.

Court – evidentiary hearing ordered for DWH claim

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a district court judgment upholding a putative $2.7 million settlement agreement between BP Exploration & Production and claimant, directing the lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine whether claimant fraudulently induced BP into entering into the settlement agreement. In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 14-30269 (5th Cir., May 15, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30269-CV0.pdf].

Lower Columbia River – draft spill response plan

clip_image015 clip_image017 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release [located at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2015/065.html] stating that Washington and Oregon are preparing to update the Lower Columbia River oil spill response plan (also referred to as the geographic response plan – GRP). This plan addresses response to oil spills on the Columbia River between its mouth and the Bonneville Dam (mile 145). Comments must be submitted by 8 June. (5/13/15).

IMO – Polar Code adopted

clip_image019 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/18-MEPC-polar-.aspx#.VVYv-blVhBc] stating that the recently-completed session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68) adopted the environmental provisions of the new Polar Code, which will enter into effect and become mandatory on 1 January 2017.

UK – port facility security plan templates

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted templates [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/port-facility-security-plan-template] for use in developing port facility security plans for: (1) container, ro-ro, chemical/oil/gas, and bulk carrier terminals; and (2) passenger vessel terminals. (5/15/15).

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May 15th, 2015 at 11:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 May 2015

Headlines:

FEMA – PSGP FAQs;

NOAA – Cook Inlet beluga whale;

Senate – bill introduced for protection of maritime navigation;

Senate – bill introduced re Point Spencer, Alaska; and

Canada – loss of steering control.

May 15, 2015

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FEMA – PSGP FAQs

clip_image004 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a set of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) regarding the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). (5/13/15).

NOAA – Cook Inlet beluga whale

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on the Cook Inlet beluga whale draft recovery plan. Comments must be received by 14 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 27925 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/pdf/2015-11700.pdf] (5/15/15).

Senate – bill introduced for protection of maritime navigation

clip_image008 Senator Grassley (R-IA) introduced a bill (S. 1318) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for protection of maritime navigation and prevention of nuclear terrorism, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Grassley issued a news release [located at http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-and-whitehouse-introduce-legislation-combat-nuclear-terrorism-and] explaining the measure. (5/13/15).

Senate – bill introduced re Point Spencer, Alaska

clip_image008[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 1316) to provide for the retention and future use of certain land in Point Spencer, Alaska, to support the mission of the Coast Guard, to convey certain land in Point Spencer to the Bering Straits Native Corporation, to convey certain land in Point Spencer to the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Murkowski issued a press release [located at http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=002e0ca0-6f2b-4a49-94be-f56b614d6642] explaining the measure. (5/13/15). Note: Point Spencer is the site of the now-inactive USCG Port Clarence Loran Station. The Coast Guard constructed a runway adjacent to the Loran Station.

Canada – loss of steering control

clip_image010 The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada posted the report of its investigation of the 22 April 2014 grounding of the tanker Halit Bey in the St. Lawrence River near Grondines, Quebec. The grounding occurred when the tanker lost steering control. There were no injuries, damage, or pollution. Investigation revealed that the tanker had been on automatic pilot. An unprotected joystick was inadvertently moved, overriding the autopilot. The crew was unfamiliar with the procedure for regaining control of the steering. M14C0045 [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2014/M14C0045/M14C0045.pdf] (5/11/15).

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May 14th, 2015 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – boating safety app for smartphones;

USCG – boating safety statistics;

DOJ – shipping company & engineering officers charged;

South China Sea – US Navy patrol;

UFAC – meeting;

House – bill introduced re seismic activities off Florida;

House – bill introduced re seismic activities off Florida;

House – bill introduced re Point Spencer, Alaska;

Senate – bill introduced re port performance measures;

Australia – MH370 search discovers shipwreck; and

UK – MLC 2006 guidance.

May 14, 2015

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USCG – boating safety app for smartphones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2504662/] stating that it will release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year’s National Safe Boating Week. The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores. Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.  When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center. (5/13/15).

USCG – boating safety statistics

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted the 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics [located at http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf]. The report reveals that there were 610 boating fatalities in the United States during 2014, an increase from 2013 but still the second-lowest number on record. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use ranked as the top five contributing factors in boating accidents. (5/13/15).

DOJ – shipping company & engineering officers charged

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/norwegian-shipping-company-and-engineering-officers-charged-environmental-crimes-and] stating that Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS (DSD Shipping) and four engineering officers have been charged with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering in connection with discharges of oily waste water into the sea from the MV Stravanger Blossom and failure to maintain an accurate oil record book regarding those discharges, as well as an accurate garbage record book. An indictment is merely a formal charge and every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. (5/13/15).

South China Sea – US Navy patrol

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=87081] stating that the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) completed a week-long routine patrol in international waters and airspace of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands. There were encounters with multiple Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships, during which time the jointly agreed Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) was utilized. (5/13/15). Note: Jurisdiction over the Spratly Islands is disputed, particularly by China and the Philippines.

UFAC – meeting

clip_image010 The Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC), sponsored by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Washington, DC on 2 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 27694 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-14/pdf/2015-11619.pdf] (5/14/15).

House – bill introduced re seismic activities off Florida

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Representative Murphy (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2276) to establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/12/15).

House – bill introduced re seismic activities off Florida

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Representative Posey (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2279) to establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/12/15).

House – bill introduced re Point Spencer, Alaska

clip_image014 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 2284) to provide for the retention and future use of certain land in Point Spencer, Alaska, to support the mission of the Coast Guard, to convey certain land in Point Spencer to the Bering Straits Native Corporation, to convey certain land in Point Spencer to the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/12/15).

Senate – bill introduced re port performance measures

clip_image016 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 1298) to provide nationally consistent measures of performance of the Nation’s ports, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Thune issued a press release [located at http://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=865afa6a-6ab6-407c-b28d-41480fab48c8] discussing the measure. (5/12/15).

Australia – MH370 search discovers shipwreck

clip_image018 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a media release [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/newsroom/news-items/2015/mh370-search-discovers-shipwreck.aspx] stating that the ongoing search for the lost Flight MH370 aircraft in the Indian Ocean has led to the discovery of a previously unknown shipwreck, probably from the nineteenth century. (5/13/15).

UK – guidance re MLC 2006

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance [located at https://www.gov.uk/mlc-2006-titles-1-to-5-regulations-guidance-and-information] regarding the five titles of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and the regulations applying to UK ships under each title. (5/13/15).

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May 13th, 2015 at 11:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – temporary certificates of documentation;

Hawaii – Coast Guard rescues Coast Guard plus one;

Texas – VOC emissions from tank vessels;

USACE – Mississippi River Ship Channel SEIS;

DOE – Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project export authorization;

TSA – TWIC Reader QTL;

Senate – bill introduced re Alaska OCS lease sales;

Alaska – Arctic policy bill signed into law;

Tokyo MOU – 2014 Annual Report; and

ReCAAP – Executive Director’s Message.

May 13, 2015

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USCG – temporary certificates of documentation

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/Tempcod2015.pdf] stating that, starting 13 May 2015, it will reinstitute the issuing of Temporary Certificates of Documentation (TCODs) for recreational vessels. (5/12/15).

Hawaii – Coast Guard rescues Coast Guard plus one

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2511030/] stating that it rescued four Coast Guardsmen and a solo sailor off Oahu. The sailboat became disabled in ten-foot seas and 35 mph winds and the solo sailor reported his distress. Four Coast Guardsmen responded in a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. Once on scene, the Response Boat became disabled. They called for assistance. A Coast Guard helicopter successfully hoisted all five. The incident is under investigation. (5/12/15).

Texas – VOC emissions from tank vessels

clip_image007 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve a Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from various sources including tank vessels in Beaumont-Port Arthur and Houston-Galveston-Brazoria nonattainment areas. Comments on the proposal must be received by 12 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 27275 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-13/pdf/2015-11449.pdf] (5/13/15).

USACE – Mississippi River Ship Channel SEIS

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to be integrated with a General Reevaluation Report (GRR) for the Mississippi River Ship Channel, Gulf to Baton Rouge, Louisiana Project. Public scoping meetings will be held in Belle Chasse (26 May); New Orleans (28 May); and Baton Rouge (28 May). 80 Fed. Reg. 27296 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-13/pdf/2015-11556.pdf] (5/13/15).

DOE – Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project export authorization

clip_image011 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release [located at http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-authorizes-corpus-christi-liquefaction-project-export-liquefied-natural] stating that it has issued final authorization for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). (5/12/15)

TSA – TWIC Reader QTL

clip_image013 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted an updated TWIC Reader Qualified Technology List [located at http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/twic/twic_reader_qtl_current.pdf] (5/8/15).

Senate – bill introduced re Alaska OCS lease sales

clip_image015 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 1278) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the conduct of certain lease sales in the Alaska outer Continental Shelf region, to make certain modifications to the North Slope Science Initiative, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/11/15).

Alaska – Arctic policy bill signed into law

clip_image017 The State of Alaska issued a press release [located at http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=7169] stating that Governor Walker signed into law a bill, HB 1 [located at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/29/Bills/HB0001Z.PDF], declaring the Arctic policy of the state. The measure outlines Alaska’s Arctic policy priorities as promoting economic and resource development, addressing the infrastructure and response capability gap in the Arctic region, supporting healthy communities, and strengthening a state-based agenda for science and research in the Arctic. It also calls for increased US Coast Guard presence in the Arctic region. (5/11/15).

Tokyo MOU – 2014 Annual Report

clip_image019 The Tokyo MOU posted its 2014 Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region [located at http://www.tokyo-mou.org//doc/ANN14.pdf]. (5/12/15).

ReCAAP – Executive Director’s Message

clip_image021 The Executive Director’s Message regarding [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/ED%20Message%20(8May15).pdf]. (5/11/15).

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May 12th, 2015 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 May 2015

Headlines:

MARAD – advisory re Strait of Hormuz;

Chukchi Sea – Shell exploration plan conditionally approved;

USCG – safety alert re ground tackle;

NBSAC – meeting;

USCG – NBSAC members sought;

USCG NVMC – NOAD Schema 3.5 to be released;

Louisiana – PORTS expanded;

Court – DWH nonprofit claims settlement upheld;

IMO – ORB, Part 1 entries;

Antarctic – carriage of heavy grade oils in bulk prohibited;

EU – National Single Window;

Denmark – medicine chest change; and

UK & Ireland – AtoN Review 2015-2020.

May 12, 2015

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MARAD – advisory re Strait of Hormuz

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an advisory providing guidance to vessels operating in or near the Strait of Hormuz. If a US-flag vessel transiting the Strait of Hormuz is hailed by Iranian forces, it should provide its vessel name and affirm that it is exercising the right of transit passage in accordance with the international law of the sea. If boarding of the vessel is requested by Iranian forces, and if safety allows, the master should decline the boarding and affirm that the vessel is exercising the right of transit passage in accordance with the international law of the sea. If boarding by Iranian forces occurs, it should not be forcibly resisted. All contacts with Iranian forces should be reported immediately to US forces. Advisory 2015-01 [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/maritime_advisories/advisory/advisory2015-01.htm] (5/1/15).

Chukchi Sea – Shell exploration plan conditionally approved

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press05112015/] stating that it has conditionally approved the revised multi-year Exploration Plan for the Chukchi Sea by Shell Gulf of Mexico. Among the conditions of approval is the requirement to obtain all necessary permits from other state and federal agencies, including permits to drill from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). (5/11/15).

USCG – safety alert re ground tackle

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding masters of the importance of proper ground tackle use, maintenance, and replacement. Recently, a freighter underway in 15-foot seas suffered flooding of its bow thruster and emergency fire pump compartment when the anchor slipped 10-15 links , allowing it to strike and puncture the hull. The ship’s original anchor had been replaced with one that was dissimilar, preventing the riding pawl from properly engaging the anchor chain. The crew improvised a wire sling to secure the anchor, but this experienced heavy corrosion and failed. The anchor windlass brake failed because its brake pads were heavily worn. Safety Alert 5-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0515.pdf] (5/11/15).

NBSAC – meeting

clip_image008[1] The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 28-30 May in Arlington, Virginia. 80 Fed. Reg. 27181 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-12/pdf/2015-11407.pdf] (5/12/15).

USCG – members sought for NBSAC

clip_image008[2] The US Coast Guard has extended, through 11 June, the period within which to submit applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). 80 Fed. Reg. 27182 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-12/pdf/2015-11408.pdf] (5/12/15).

USCG NVMC – NOAD Schema 3.5 to be released

clip_image009 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(aqci0pzqf4wpkyhzryailpcc))/News.aspx?newsId=269CAD54-6060-4612-9F3C-D2D616E8F5D0] stating that updated NOAD Schema 3.5 will be released on 26 May. This update reflects recent changes to 33 CFR 160 and improvements to vessel/crew longshoreman data reporting. Upon its release, NOAD Schema 3.3 and older versions will no longer be supported. (5/11/15).

Louisiana – PORTS expanded

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) has been installed in the Louisiana ports of Morgan City and Port Fourchon. PORTS provides real-time environmental information concerning currents, tides, winds, and water density. (5/11/15).

Court – DWH nonprofit claims settlement upheld

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the review of nonprofit claimant settlement awards in the Deepwater Horizon dispute. In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 13-31296 (5th Cir., May 8, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-31296-CV0..pdf]. Note: A very long-suffering reader gently advised me that the link in the previous version of this item was incorrect. Mea culpa!

IMO – ORB, Part 1 entries

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders that in 2011 the IMO issued updated guidance for the recording of operations in the Oil Record Book (ORB), Part 1 – machinery space operations (all ships). Marine Notice 09-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (5/11/15).

Antarctic – carriage of heavy grade oils in bulk prohibited

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice advising stakeholders of an amendment to the MARPOL Convention that will enter into force on 1 March 2016 prohibiting the carriage in bulk as cargo, use as ballast, or carriage and use as fuel of heavy grade oils in the Antarctic area. Marine Notice 08-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (5/11/15).

EU – National Single Window

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/BeingashipmasterinEuropebecomeseasier.aspx] reminding masters that, from 1 June 2015, the National Single Window will be implemented throughout the European Union (EU). This measure allows masters to report maritime information in one place to the authorities in the EU country that they call at. (5/8/15).

Denmark – medicine chest change

clip_image020 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/ChangestomedicinechestsAandB.aspx] reminding masters of changes to medicine chests A and B. Eye drops, 13.8 Fusidin 1% in disposable pipettes are no longer being manufactured. This item has been replaced by Fusidin eye ointment tubes, 5 grams. Four tubes should be carried in medicine chest A and five tubes in medicine chest B. (5/11/15).

UK & Ireland – AtoN Review 2015-2020

clip_image022 clip_image024 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a press release [located at http://www.cil.ie/who-we-are/press-releases/aton-navigation-review.aspx] stating that the General Lighthouse Authorities for the UK and Ireland have completed their Aids to Navigation Review 2015-2020. The document summarizes projected AtoN developments in these waters, including the increased use of smart buoys. (5/8/15).

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    logo11 Rising from the ashes

    In the May 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Rising from the ashes". In the article, I discuss the recent demise of Loran-C and the current total reliance on satellite navigation systems such as GPS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland, though, have moved ahead with enhanced Loran (eLoran) as an augmentation of and backup for satnav. Now, the United States is exploring development of its own eLoran system, with the Department of Transportation seeking public comment and a bill introduced in Congress providing for such a system. It is too early to say for sure that the eLoran phoenix has risen from the ashes of Loran-C, but there are certainly signs of life.