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August 27th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 August 2015

Headlines:

USCG – precautions re Tianjin, China explosions;

MARAD – People’s Choice Award nominations;

NOAA – Monterey Bay NMS;

Singapore – unlicensed bunker supplier fined; and

UK – port freight statistics.

August 27, 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. The proposal is all very well in practice, but it’ll never work in theory.

USCG – precautions re Tianjin, China explosions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin concerning the August 2015 explosions in the port complex of Tianjin, China and precautions that vessel and facility agents, owners, masters, and operators should consider so as to minimize the risk of possible contamination. The Coast Guard is monitoring all US-bound cargo and vessel traffic that were in the port of Tianjin on or after 12 August. Representatives of impacted vessels (including those carrying cargo that was in Tianjin) should be prepared to demonstrate to the cognizant USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) and to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities the actions that have been taken to ensure that no hazardous conditions exist onboard their vessels or with their cargo as a result of the explosions in Tianjin. MSIB 07-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/007_15_8-26-2015.pdf] (8/26/15).

MARAD – People’s Choice Award nomination

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/event/2015/marad-dtra-cape-ray-team-nominated-for-first-peoples-choice-award-3/] stating that Timothy A. Blades (Defense Threat Reduction Agency); Paul S. Gilmour (MARAD); the crew of the Ready Reserve Force vessel Cape Ray; and personnel from the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center have been nominated for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (also known as the People’s Choice Award) for their work in destroying Syria’s lethal chemical weapons at sea, a first in the history of chemical demilitarization. (8/26/15).

NOAA – Monterey Bay NMS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is initiating a review of the management plan and regulations of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Scoping meetings will be held in Monterey (10 September); Santa Cruz (23 September); and Cambria (23 October). Written comments should be received by 30 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 51973 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-27/pdf/2015-21132.pdf] (8/27/15).

Singapore – unlicensed bunker supplier fined

clip_image010 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=nr150826.xml] stating that JL Petroleum Pte ltd pleaded guilty and was fined for supplying bunkers in the Port of Singapore without a valid bunker supplier license. (8/26/15).

UK – port freight statistics

clip_image012 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the port freight statistics for 2014 [available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/port-freight-statistics-2014-final-figures]. Total seaborne freight remained unchanged from 2013 at 503.2 million tonnes. (8/26/15).

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August 26th, 2015 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 August 2015

Headlines:

DOE – LNG export application from Corpus Christi Liquefaction;

DOE – LNG export application from Port Arthur LNG;

DOE – LNG export application from Sabine Pass Liquefaction;

DOE – LNG export application from Strom, Inc.;

FWS & NOAA – green sea turtle;

DOD – Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy;

USN – Seawolf completes Arctic deployment;

NTSB – towing vessel sinking;

Court – limitation of liability;

PCA – Arctic Sunrise arbitration;

ReCAAP – incidents in Straits; and

MREN – ocean acidification.

August 26, 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. The proposal is all very well in practice, but it’ll never work in theory.

DOE – LNG export application from Corpus Christi Liquefaction

clip_image004 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC requesting authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its project currently under construction in Texas. Comments on the application must be received by 26 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 51790 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-26/pdf/2015-21126.pdf] (8/26/15).

DOE – LNG export application from Port Arthur LNG

clip_image005 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Port Arthur LNG LLC requesting authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its proposed project in Port Arthur, Texas. Comments on the application must be received by 26 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 51795 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-26/pdf/2015-21128.pdf] (8/26/15).

DOE – LNG export application from Sabine Pass Liquefaction

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC requesting authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its project currently under construction in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 26 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 51792 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-26/pdf/2015-21125.pdf] (8/26/15).

DOE – LNG export application from Strom, Inc.

clip_image007 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Strom, Inc. requesting authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its proposed project in Crystal River, Florida. Comments on the application must be received by 26 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 51793 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-26/pdf/2015-21127.pdf] (8/26/15).

FWS & NOAA – green sea turtle

clip_image009 clip_image011 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have extended, through 25 September, the period within which to submit comments on the identification and proposed listing of eleven distinct population segments of the green sea turtle as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 80 Fed. Reg. 51763 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-26/pdf/2015-21150.pdf] (8/26/15).

DOD – Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy

clip_image013 The Department of Defense (DOD) posted its Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy [located at http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/NDAA%20A-P_Maritime_SecuritY_Strategy-08142015-1300-FINALFORMAT.PDF]. It includes interesting diagrams relating to competing claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea and encourages the claimants to conform their maritime claims to international law. (8/14/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joan Bondareff of Blank Rome LLP.

USN – Seawolf completes Arctic deployment

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90772] stating that the nuclear submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport following a six-month Arctic deployment that included under-ice transits, under-ice operations, and a surfacing at the North Pole. (8/25/15).

NTSB – towing vessel sinking

clip_image017 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the sinking of the tug Nalani on 22 January 2015 off Oahu.  The uninspected towing vessel began taking on water and sank in 2,200 feet of water while conducting sea trials off the southwest coast of Oahu, Hawaii. All 11 persons on board were rescued after abandoning the vessel. No one was injured. An oil sheen was observed by responders and crewmembers. The vessel was not salvaged due to the water depth. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the flooding and eventual sinking of the vessel was the captain’s decision to get under way without sufficient freeboard at the stern and without ensuring proper watertight integrity. MAB 15-17 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1517.pdf] (8/25/15).

Court – limitation of liability

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court determination that the owner of a sunken jack-up drilling rig was entitled to limit its liability for damage incurred by a ship that allided with the sunken and submerged rig. The rig sank following Hurricane Ike. The owner searched unsuccessfully for the rig, not knowing that it had drifted over 100 miles in the Gulf of Mexico before sinking in 115 feet of water. The district court had found that the owner had conducted a full, diligent, and good-faith search for the rig. Ensco Offshore v. MV Satilla, No. 14-20676 (5th Cir., August 25, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/14/14-20676.0.pdf].

PCA – Arctic Sunrise arbitration

clip_image021 The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague issued its decision in the case entitled “In the Matter of the Arctic Sunrise Arbitration (Netherlands v Russia)”. The dispute involved the 19 September 2013 boarding and detention of the Dutch vessel Arctic Sunrise in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Russian Federation and the detention of the persons on board the vessel by the Russian authorities. The Kingdom of the Netherlands, as the flag state of the vessel, filed a claim with the PCA alleging that Russia violated its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and customary international law. The Russian Federation has refused to take part in the arbitration. The PCA found that the alleged violations occurred and that the Netherlands is entitled to compensation for physical damage to the vessel, costs incurred to prepare the vessel for its return voyage from Murmansk to Amsterdam, loss of use of the vessel, and non-material damage to the persons on the vessel for wrongful arrest, prosecution, and detention. PCA Case No. 2014-02 [located at http://www.pcacases.com/web/sendAttach/1438] (8/14/15).

ReCAAP – incidents in Straits

clip_image023 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an alert stating that on 21 and 22 August, six vessels (three tankers, two container ships, and a bulker) incurred unauthorized boardings or attempted boardings while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. In one case, the perpetrators stole crew’s personal effects. The crews were otherwise unharmed in all incidents. Incident Alert 07-2015 [located at http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=414&PortalId=0&TabId=78] (8/25/15).

MREN – ocean acidification

clip_image025 In the August 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Ocean acidification" [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN150800.pdf]. In the article, I discuss reasons that the chemistry of the oceans is changing and the impacts of those changes. The major causal factor is the rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is causing the carbon dioxide level in the oceans to rise. This, in turn, leaches calcium carbonate minerals out of shellfish and other marine creatures, weakening and eventually killing the animals. There is no easy remedy for this situation.

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August 25th, 2015 at 11:02 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 August 2015

Headlines:

DOS – GLACIER conference;

Hood Canal – safety zone enforcement;

NAVSAC – meeting on 9-10 September;

MERPAC – meeting on 16-17 September;

NMSAC – meeting on 29-30 September;

NOAA – Ocean & Great Lakes economy;

CRS – freedom of navigation;

ITLOS – The Enrica Lexie Incident;

IMO – MEPC 68; and

UK – competency certificate verification.

August 25, 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. The proposal is all very well in practice, but it’ll never work in theory.

DOS – GLACIER conference

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice [located at http://www.state.gov/e/oes/glacier/index.htm] stating that the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement & Resilience (GLACIER) Conference will be held in Anchorage on 31 August. The conference will bring together Arctic stakeholders to discuss the impacts of climate change and other Arctic issues. (8/24/15). Note: President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the conference during his visit to various locations throughout Alaska.

Hood Canal – safety zone enforcement

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Coast Guard Exercise Area safety zone on the Hood Canal will be enforced from 23 September through 24 September during maritime training exercises. 80 Fed. Reg. 51470 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-25/pdf/2015-21012.pdf] (8/25/15).

NAVSAC – meeting on 9-10 September

clip_image007 The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will be on 9-10 September in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include: electronic chart systems on non-SOLAS commercial vessels; the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study; the Future of Navigation initiative; and vessel traffic services. 80 Fed. Reg. 51577 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-25/pdf/2015-21013.pdf] (8/25/15).

MERPAC – meeting on 16-17 September

clip_image008 The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 September in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Topics on the agenda include: utilizing military education, training, and assessment for merchant mariner certifications; communications with the National Maritime Center (NMC); training guidelines for mariners on vessels subject to the Gas Fuel Code; and competency requirements for vessel personnel in polar regions. 80 Fed. Reg. 51576 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-25/pdf/2015-20973.pdf] (8/25/15).

NMSAC – meeting on 29-30 September

clip_image009 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 29-30 September in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: cyber security; TWIC Next Generation Specifications; USCG industry training revisions; and harmonization of rules with Canada and the Beyond the Border Initiative. 80 Fed. Reg. 51575 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-25/pdf/2015-20953.pdf] (8/25/15).

NOAA – Ocean & Great Lakes economy

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150824-noaa-2012-us-ocean-great-lakes-economy-grew-faster-than-gdp.html] stating that, between 2011 and 2012, the US Ocean and Great Lakes economy grew from $321 billion to $343 billion, outpacing the overall GDP. The NOAA study [located at http://www.coast.noaa.gov/data/docs/digitalcoast/econ-report.pdf] looked at coastal marine construction, living resources, offshore mineral extraction, ship and boat building, tourism and recreation, and marine transportation. (8/24/15).

CRS – freedom of navigation

clip_image013 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) posted a Legal Sidebar entitled “Freedom of Navigation and Territorial Seas” [located at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/navig.pdf]. The short article highlights law of the sea issues raised by the 24 April 2015 temporary detention by the Iranian Navy of the Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris while transiting the Strait of Hormuz. (5/18/15).

ITLOS – The Enrica Lexie Incident

clip_image015 The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued an Order in the dispute between Italy and India regarding India’s prosecution of two Italian Marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in the Indian Ocean after mistaking them for pirates. The incident occurred on the Italian ship Enrica Lexie in waters outside the Indian territorial sea. Italy’s request that the ITLOS order India to allow the Marines to travel to and remain in Italy during the duration of the Arbitration Tribunal meeting in The Hague was rejected. Instead, the ITLOS directed that both Italy and India suspend all court proceedings and refrain from initiating new ones that might aggravate the dispute submitted to the arbitral tribunal or that might jeopardize or prejudice the carrying out of any decision which the arbitral tribunal might render. The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v India), No. 24 (ITLOS, 24 August 2015) [located at https://www.itlos.org/fileadmin/itlos/documents/cases/case_no.24_prov_meas/C24_Order_24.08.2015_orig_Eng.pdf].

IMO – MEPC 68

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular regarding resolutions adopted by the recent session of the IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68). Shipping Circular 21-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_21_of_2015.pdf] (8/24/15). Note – This document is 224 pages in length.

UK – competency certificate verification

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) established a website [located at https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/coc-2007-2/index.asp] where national administrations and shipping companies can verify the validity and authenticity of a UK Certificate of Competency (CoC) or Certificate of Equivalent Competency CEC) for a UK merchant mariner. (8/24/15).

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August 24th, 2015 at 10:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 August 2015

Headlines:

USCG – Tropical Storm Danny;

USCG – commercial diving operations;

USACE, USCG & AWO – MOU re western rivers communication;

USN – underwater wireless energy transfer;

MARAD – Title XI loan guarantee;

Alaska – deaths of large whales;

UNSC – resolution re Côte d’Ivoire;

Panama Canal – postponement of second draft restriction;

Singapore – ferry emergency response exercise; and

UK – cruise ship swimming pool death.

August 24, 2015

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USCG – Tropical Storm Danny

clip_image004 Tropical Storm Danny is approaching the northern portion of the Lesser Antilles and is forecast to impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday. From there, its effects may be felt in the US southeastern states, particularly Florida, later in the week. This is an opportune time to review the applicable USCG Hurricane Contingency Plans [available at http://brymar-consulting.com/?page_id=1571] and your particular heavy weather plan. Don’t wait until the last minute. (8/23/15).

USCG – commercial diving operations

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard has reopened, through 23 October, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking regarding commercial diving operations. 80 Fed. Reg. 51173 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-24/pdf/2015-20825.pdf] (8/24/15).

USACE, USCG & AWO – MOU re western rivers communication

clip_image006 clip_image004[2] clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Coast Guard, and the American Waterways Operators River Industry Executive Task Force (AWO RIETF) issued a joint news release announcing the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers. (8/21/15).

USN – underwater wireless energy transfer

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90700] stating that it is developing ways to recharge the batteries in underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs) using undersea wireless technology. (8/21/15).

MARAD – Title XI loan guarantee

clip_image012 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news digest [located at http://www.transportation.gov/news-digest-dot-71-15] stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) a $12 million Title XI loan guarantee supporting the recent construction of three ocean-going deck barges in service on the Gulf coast for Gray Offshore, LLC. (8/21/15).

Alaska – deaths of large whales

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2015/whales-ume082015.htm] stating that it has declared the recent deaths of thirty large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an “unusual mortality event” triggering a focuses, expert investigation. Since May, eleven fin whales, fourteen humpback whales, one gray whale, and four unidentified cetaceans have stranded around shorelines of the western Gulf of Alaska, almost three times the historical average. (8/20/15).

UNSC – resolution re Côte d’Ivoire

clip_image016 The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution continuing, through 30 April 2016, prohibiting the supply, sale, or transfer of arms and any related lethal material to Côte d’Ivoire. Resolution 2219 (2015) [located at http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2219(2015)] (4/28/15).

Panama Canal – postponement of second draft restriction

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that the second draft restriction, tentatively scheduled for 15 September, has been indefinitely postponed due to recent rains. The first maximum authorized transit draft restriction on 39.0 feet (11.89m) will be implemented as previously announced. Advisory 26-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-26-2015.pdf] (8/21/15).

Singapore – ferry emergency response exercise

clip_image020 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=nr150821.xml] stating that a full-deployment ferry emergency response exercise (FEREX 2015), involving ten agencies and companies, was conducted in the Port of Singapore on 21 August. (8/21/15).

UK – cruise ship swimming pool death

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted the report of its investigation of the drowning of a passenger in the swimming pool of the cruise ship Sapphire Princess on 6 August 2014. The passenger was noticed floating face down in the pool. Despite rescue and resuscitation attempts by passengers and crew, the victim died. There was no dedicated pool attendant. The crew in the vicinity of the pool had not received instruction in medical first aid. There was no documented formal risk assessment regarding swimming pool operational safety. Report 19-2015 [located at https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/55d5a4f7e5274a1506000005/MAIBInvReport19_2015.pdf] (8/21/15).

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August 21st, 2015 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 August 2015

Headlines:

USCG – LNG training;

MEDMAC – meeting on 28-29 September;

USCG – Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual;

FERC – Corpus Christi Liquefaction;

FERC – Oregon LNG EIS;

NOAA – Hawaiian monk seal; and

House – bill introduced re maritime technical training.

August 21, 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. The proposal is all very well in practice, but it’ll never work in theory.

USCG – LNG training

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, in cooperation with DNV-GL’s North American Oil and Gas Risk Advisory Services, the USCG Liquefied Natural Gas National Center of Expertise (LNG NCOE) held another bimonthly webinar in Port Arthur. These webinars are used to train Coast Guard vessel inspectors, facility examiners, pollution responders, security waterways management personnel, and planners around the country who are or will soon be involved with the liquefied gas industry. (8/20/15).

MEDMAC – meeting on 28-29 September

clip_image004[1] The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 28-29 September in Galveston. Topics on the agenda include fitness for duty, infectious diseases, and mariner occupational health risk analysis. 80 Fed. Reg. 50861 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-21/pdf/2015-20681.pdf] (8/21/15).

USCG – Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual, which is intended to replace the Standard Model of Reporting (Boating Accidents), CG-449. Comments must be received by 19 November. 80 Fed. Reg. 50860 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-21/pdf/2015-20738.pdf] (8/21/15).

FERC – Corpus Christi Liquefaction

clip_image007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) concerning the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC Stage 3 Project. Comments must be received by 16 September. 80 Fed. Reg. 50843 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-21/pdf/2015-20746.pdf] (8/21/15).

FERC – Oregon LNG EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings to receive comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Oregon LNG export terminal and related projects. The meetings will be in Kent (14 September); Sedro-Wooley (15 September); Snohomish (16 September); Chehalis (17 September); Astoria (21 September); Vernonia (22 September); Ridgefield (23 September); and Kelso (24 September). Written comments must be received by 6 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 50848 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-21/pdf/2015-20742.pdf] (8/21/15).

NOAA – Hawaiian monk seal

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule revising the critical habitat for the Hawaiian monk seal. The revision enters into effect on 21 September. 80 Fed. Reg. 50925 [located at ] (8/21/15).

House – bill introduced re maritime technical training

clip_image012 Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the Maritime and Energy Workforce Technical Training Enhancement Act (H.R. 2923) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2923ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2923ih.pdf] to require the Secretary of Energy to award grants to expand programs in maritime and energy workforce technical training, and for other purposes. (6/25/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 August 2015

Headlines:

USCG – parasail risk reduction;

USCG – notice of arrival requirement;

CBP – export manifest for vessel cargo test;

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports;

USCG – CGSIC meeting;

DOS – preparation for IMO meeting;

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill response;

China – maritime dangerous goods safety;

Singapore – Ship Security Alert System; and

Singapore – Maritime Safety Forum 2015.

August 20, 2015

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USCG – parasail risk reduction

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert regarding risks involving in parasailing. Owners, operators, and crew members are reminded to review and comply with equipment instructions, particularly with regard to the proper fitting of the “seat type” body harness, which is used to support a parasail passenger while in flight. Alert 07-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0715.pdf] (8/19/15).

USCG – notice of arrival requirement

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection request associated with the notice of arrival requirements in the final rule entitled “Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System” which was promulgated on 30 January. 80 Fed. Reg. 50576 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-20/pdf/2015-20607.pdf] (8/20/15).

CBP – export manifest for vessel cargo test

clip_image006 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it plans to conduct the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test beginning not earlier than 21 September and continuing for approximately two years. This will be a voluntary program in which participants agree to submit export manifest data to CBP electronically at least 24 hours prior to loading. 80 Fed. Reg. 50644 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-20/pdf/2015-20614.pdf] (8/20/15).

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has revised the Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports to incorporate public comments. 80 Fed. Reg. 50599 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-20/pdf/2015-20502.pdf] (8/20/15).

USCG – CGSIC meeting

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the 55th meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) will be held in Tampa on September 14-15 in conjunction with the Institute of Navigation’s Global Navigation Satellite System conference. (8/19/15).

DOS – preparation for IMO meeting

clip_image011 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 2 September in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers. Topics on the agenda include development of guidelines for low-flashpoint fuels; carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk; and guidelines for packing of cargo transport units. 80 Fed. Reg. 50375 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-19/pdf/2015-20490.pdf] (8/19/15).

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill response

clip_image013 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Caribbean Oil Spill Intervention, Prevention, and Preparedness Act (S. 1999) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1999is/pdf/BILLS-114s1999is.pdf] to authorize the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to act, without liability for certain damages, to prevent and respond to the threat of damage from pollution of the sea by crude oil, and for other purposes. (8/5/15).

China – maritime dangerous goods safety

clip_image015 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.msa.gov.cn/Notice/Notice/447847a0-c8f0-4174-b52b-60d4c8b00510] stating that it has begun an initiative to strengthen its supervision of maritime dangerous goods transport safety. (8/19/15).

Singapore – Ship Security Alert System

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding owners, operators, and masters of the requirement for annual testing of the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and advising of a change in the dedicated email address for receiving SSAS alerts from Singapore ships. Shipping Circular 15-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_15_of_2015.pdf] (8/20/15).

Singapore – Maritime Safety Forum 2015

clip_image018 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=nr150819.xml] stating that the Maritime Safety Forum 2015 is being held in Singapore on 17-21 August. Experts from the MSA and industry share and promote practices on navigation, shipboard safety, and passenger vessel safety, as well as on legal and insurance aspects. (8/19/15).

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August 18th, 2015 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 August 2015

Headlines:

Chukchi Sea – updated drilling permit issued;

USCG – towing industry safety statistics;

USCG – foreign passenger vessel exam techniques;

USCG, USACE & DOT – NDGPS;

CFSAC – meeting;

NTSB – lookout failure; and

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990.

August 18, 2015

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Chukchi Sea – updated drilling permit issued

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Approves-Updated-Permit-for-Exploration-Activities-in-Arctic-Waters-Under-Rigorous-Safety-Requirements/] stating that an updated permit for exploration activities into potential oil-bearing zones in the Chukchi Sea has been issued to Shell following extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements. (8/17/15).

USCG – towing industry safety statistics

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted its Towing Industry Safety Statistics: 1994-2014. The metrics track overall trends in safety and environmental protection, focusing on crew fatality rates; oil spill volumes; oil spill rates; vessel incidents; and crewmember injuries. (8/17/15).

USCG – foreign passenger vessel exam techniques

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard posted its Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial Certificate of Compliance Exam Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/csncoe/docs/CGTTP%203%2072%205%20FPV%20Initial%20COC%20Exam%20SC%2020150714.pdf]. This document provides guidance to USCG personnel performing the many tasks involved in conducting the ICOC examination of foreign passenger vessels. (July 2015).

USCG, USACE & DOT – NDGPS

clip_image006[1] clip_image009 clip_image011 The US Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) seek comment on a proposal to reduce coverage provided by the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS). The proposal calls to the shutdown and decommissioning of 62 DGPS sites, leaving 22 operational sites available to users in coastal areas. Comments must be received by 16 November. 80 Fed. Reg. 50018 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-18/pdf/2015-20401.pdf] (8/18/15).

CFSAC – meeting

clip_image012 The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 15-16 September in Seattle. Topics on the agenda include the status of regulatory projects, safety and survival equipment, and classification of fishing vessels. 80 Fed. Reg. 50017 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-18/pdf/2015-20378.pdf] (8/18/15).

NTSB – lookout failure

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of the collision of the offshore supply vessel (OSV) Gloria May and the fishing vessel Capt Le on 24 August 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico. The fishing vessel was holed and sank. Damage to the OSV was minor. There were no injuries resulting from the collision. The major cause of the collision was the failure of the crew of both vessels to maintain an adequate lookout. MAB 15-16 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1516.pdf] (8/17/15).

Adoption of OPA 90 – 18 August 1990

clip_image016 On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law. The measure was adopted by Congress in near-record time (for them) following the grounding of and oil spill from the tanker Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska and several other high-visibility oil spills. Despite predictions of train wrecks and the threatened halting of oil shipments to US ports, its various remedial measures, including higher liability limits, double hulls on oil tankers, and oil spill response plans entered into effect over the next few years. The amount of oil entering the waters of the United States from vessels has been reduced significantly. The legislation also served as a model for efforts undertaken elsewhere to address the oil spill problem. I had the great honor of supervising an outstanding group of Coast Guard personnel and employees in developing regulations to implement many of its provisions.

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August 17th, 2015 at 8:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 August 2015

Headlines:

USCG – civil penalty action against protesters;

USCG – NMC open house on 15 September;

FERC – Lake Charles LNG EIS completed;

BSEE – Offshore Safety Conference; and

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929.

August 17, 2015

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USCG – civil penalty action against protesters

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2584094/] stating that it has initiated civil penalty actions against seven individuals cited for interfering with the safe operation of the vessel Fennica on the Willamette River on 30 July in violation of federal law and regulation. The maximum penalty is $25,000 per violation. (8/14/15).

USCG – NMC open house on 15 September

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued an announcement [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/nmc_open_house_announcement.pdf] stating that the National Maritime Center (NMC) will conduct an open house and information session on Tuesday, 15 September from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Preregistration will be required. (8/14/15).

FERC – Lake Charles LNG EIS completed

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release [located at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2015/08-14-15-eis.asp] stating that the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lake Charles LNG Export Company and related entities has been completed. (8/14/15).

BSEE – Offshore Safety Conference

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/2015-International-Regulator-s-Forum-Conference-Registration-Now-Open/] stating that, on 19-20 October, it will host the 2015 International Regulators’ Forum (RF) Offshore Safety Conference in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference is “Risk Reduction: From Desktop to Deck Plate”. (8/14/15).

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929

clip_image010 James Horace Alderman was a notorious smuggler of alcoholic beverages – a rum runner – during the heyday of the Prohibition Era. He called himself the “King of the Rum Runners” in South Florida. In some ways, he was a miniature Al Capone. To many in the area, he was a folk hero, supplying booze that was withheld by the federal government. He dispensed equal parts of charity, corruption, and violence throughout the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, while smuggling liquor from the Bahamas to South Florida. On 7 August 1927, the 75-foot Coast Guard patrol boat CG-249, based in Fort Lauderdale, was transporting Secret Service agent Robert Webster to the Bahamas to investigate reports of counterfeit US currency. Half-way across, the patrol boat encountered a speedboat headed the other direction. Boatswain Sydney Sanderlin, the officer in charge of the patrol boat, directed the speedboat to halt. The speedboat, operated by Alderman and with an accomplice onboard, tried to flee. Alderman ignored the first warning shot, but stopped when the patrol boat fired its machine gun. Sanderlin sent one of his crew onboard to check the situation. The crewman quickly found 20 cases of liquor stashed in the engine space. Sanderlin ordered Alderman and his accomplice onto the patrol boat, after checking to ensure that they were unarmed. While Sanderlin went to the bridge to call his headquarters for instructions, Alderman asked a crewman for permission to go back aboard the speedboat to retrieve his jacket; the crewman assented. Alderman retrieved not only his jacket, but also a pistol. When Alderman returned to the patrol boat, he shot Sanderlin in back, killing him instantly. Alderman then grabbed Sanderlin’s .45 caliber pistol. Alderman shot and severely wounded a second Coast Guardsman (he died four days later). Alderman ordered the remaining federal officers onto the speedboat and directed his accomplice to get the speedboat underway. When the accomplice experienced engine trouble, Alderman turned to inquire as to the trouble. The unarmed federal officers jumped him. Alderman shot the Secret Service agent, killing him instantly. He shot and wounded another Coast Guardsman, who survived. By then, the federal officers had overwhelmed Alderman. His accomplice gave up without a struggle. After a speedy trial, Alderman was convicted of three counts of murder in the first degree within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and was sentenced to suffer death by hanging. His appeal to the US Supreme Court was denied, as was his request for clemency from President Herbert Hoover. The judge directed that Alderman be executed in the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. The County Commissioners, concerned about potential fallout from executing a local folk hero and about potential adverse impact on tourism, declined. The judge then ordered that the execution be performed at the nearest federal facility to the jail – which happened be Coast Guard Base 6 in Fort Lauderdale. At 5:00 a.m., on Saturday, 17 August 1929, the US Coast Guard carried out the judge’s order, hanging James Horace Alderman from a hastily constructed gallows in the seaplane hangar, two years and ten days after he committed his murders.

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August 14th, 2015 at 10:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 August 2015

Headlines:

Ohio River – reopened;

Suisun Bay – security zone proposal;

CFSAC – meeting;

FWS – Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan;

HSAC – Cybersecurity Subcommittee;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting;

Gulf of Mexico – oil spill restoration projects;

Panama Canal – use of the Customer Code; and

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914.

August 14, 2015

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Ohio River – reopened

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2583546/] stating that the Ohio River at Lock and Dam 52 near Paducah has been reopened to marine traffic. (8/13/15).

Suisun Bay – security zone proposal

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to revise the regulations pertaining to the security zone on waters of Suisun Bay in the vicinity of the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) to clarify responsibilities and authorities for enforcement. Comments on the proposal must be received by 14 September. 80 Fed. Reg. 48787 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-20110.pdf] (8/14/15).

CFSAC – meeting

clip_image004[2] The Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFVSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 15-16 September in Seattle. Topics on the agenda include the status of regulatory projects, safety and survival equipment, and classification of fishing vessels. 80 Fed. Reg. 48887 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-20010.pdf] (8/14/15).

FWS – Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has extended to 19 September the period within which to submit comments on the draft Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan. 80 Fed. Reg. 48908 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-20059.pdf] (8/14/15).

HSAC – Cybersecurity Subcommittee

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that a new Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been established under the Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC). 80 Fed. Reg. 48893 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-20034.pdf] (8/14/15).

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting

clip_image010 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Advisory Board will meet in 1 September in Duluth. 80 Fed. Reg. 48956 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-20120.pdf] (8/14/15).

Gulf of Mexico – oil spill restoration projects

clip_image012 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-praises-gulf-coast-restoration-council-for-nearly-140-million-in-proposed-restoration-projects.cfm] congratulating the Gulf Coast Restoration Council for issuing its Initial Funded Priorities List [accessible at http://www.restorethegulf.gov/] for natural resource restoration projects in communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (8/13/15).

Panama Canal – use of the Customer Code

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory clarifying the use of the Customer Code when a ship visit is created. A Customer Code must be provided for each and every commercial vessel transit. When a vessel visit is created and a booking request is submitted, the vessel’s agent must include the Customer Code for that vessel. Advisory 25-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-25-2015.pdf] (8/11/15).

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914

clip_image015 The Panama Canal opened to traffic on 15 August 1914 with passage of the SS Ancon (pictured). First conceived in the 1600s, actual construction work was first begun by a French company in 1880. That attempt was defeated primarily by malaria and yellow fever. Work began on the present-day Panama Canal in 1904, success due in large part to wide-scale eradication of the mosquito discovered to carry yellow fever. The first major change to the Canal in 101 years, the Canal Expansion Project to allow for transit by larger vessels, is nearing completion.

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August 13th, 2015 at 7:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 August 2015

Headlines:

Ohio River – closed at Lock and Dam 52;

NTSB – damage to submerged pipeline;

Court – anchoring is not excavation;

Panama Canal – call for strike lifted; and

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification.

August 13, 2015

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Ohio River – closed at Lock and Dam 52

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2582782/] stating that the Ohio River at mile marker 939, near Paducah, has been closed to navigation due to construction on Lock and Dam 52. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has begun raising the wickets on the dam. (8/12/15).

NTSB – damage to submerged pipeline

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation into the subsea pipeline damage by the articulated tug-barge (ATB) Valiant/Everglades in the Gulf of Mexico on 17 November 2014. The ATB lost propulsion and drifted to within about 20 yards of the East Cameron (EC) 321A production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, forcing the shutdown of the platform and evacuation of its 35 crewmembers about 0600. The captain of the tug ordered the anchor dropped to slow the ATB until propulsion was restored, and in the process of backing away, the anchor ruptured a subsea pipeline, causing an estimated $2 million in damage and the release of a total of about 249,800 mcf of natural gas. Neither the platform nor the ATB was damaged, and no one was injured. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the damage to the subsea natural gas pipeline was the anchor from the ATB dragging across the pipeline after the vessel lost starting air pressure and propulsion due to the opening of an unprotected air system valve on deck. MAB 15-15 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1515.pdf] (8/12/15).

Court – anchoring is not excavation

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that using a dredge’s cutter head to hold the dredge in position constitutes anchoring rather than excavation. Defendant’s dredge lowered its cutter head into the seabed in Louisiana waters while seeking to secure its position. The cutter head struck and damaged plaintiff’s submerged pipeline. Among other things, plaintiff alleged that defendant’s actions violated a state statute requiring that persons planning to excavate near an underground utility or facility must give at least 48 hours’ notice to the appropriate regional notification center, which then notifies the utility or facility owner. Defendant’s motion for partial summary judgment on this issue was granted and plaintiff appealed. The appellate court held that the dredge was in the process of anchoring and that anchoring does not fall within the state statute’s definition of excavation. Plains Pipeline v. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, No. 14-31046 (5th Cir., August 12, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/14/14-31046.0.pdf].

Panama Canal – call for strike lifted

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/08/12/pr555.html] stating that the recent call for a union labor strike involving the Panama Canal expansion project has been lifted. The union and the project’s prime contractor have reached an agreement. The expansion project is currently 93% complete. (8/12/15).

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) posted a circular advising owners and operators of Singapore ships on the new appointment of testing Application Service Providers (ASPs) to conduct LRIT conformance testing. Shipping Circular 14-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_14_of_2015.pdf] (7/24/15).

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    logo11 Ocean acidification

    In the August 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Ocean acidification". In the article, I discuss reasons that the chemistry of the oceans is changing and the impacts of those changes. The major causal factor is the rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is causing the carbon dioxide level in the oceans to rise. This, in turn, leaches calcium carbonate minerals out of shellfish and other marine creatures, weakening and eventually killing the animals. There is no easy remedy for this situation.