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April 4th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Alert re compliance with SOLAS & USCG regs;

USCG – fire protection, detection & extinguishing equipment;

NBSAC – meeting on 8-10 May;

USCG – NMSAC members sought;

USCG – hydrocarbons & reservoirs;

FMC – demurrage, detention & free time practices;

FMC – notice of request for additional information;

Miami – PORTS improves safety;

St Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft; and

UK – safety digest.

April 4, 2018

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USCG – Alert re compliance with SOLAS & USCG regs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert addressing lessons learned from the SS El Faro casualty concerning compliance with SOLAS and USCG regulations for operation of main propulsion and essential auxiliary machinery. Alert 04-18 (4/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0418.pdf?ver=2018-04-03-145509-853].

USCG – fire protection, detection & extinguishing equipment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on implementation of new standards for fire protection, detection, and extinguishing equipment used on inspected and uninspected vessels, OCS facilities, deepwater ports, and mobile offshore drilling units. CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-04 (4/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2018/CG-CVC_pol18-04.pdf].

NBSAC – meeting on 8-10 May

clip_image005 The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 8-10 May in Portland, OR. Topics on the agenda include alternatives to pyrotechnic visual distress signals and paddlesports issues. 83 Fed. Reg. 14467 (4/4/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06865.pdf].

USCG – NMSAC members sought

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). Applications should be submitted by 3 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 14282 (4/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-03/pdf/2018-06745.pdf].

USCG – hydrocarbons and reservoirs

clip_image006[1] The USCG Drill Down publication in this edition focuses on Basic Primer on Hydrocarbons and Reservoirs. (4/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/OCS%20NCOE/Drill%20Downs/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20Hydrocarbons%20&%20Reservoirs%204.3.2018.pdf].

FMC – demurrage, detention & free time practices

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has ordered ocean common carriers (OCCs) to provide information and documents explaining port demurrage, detention, and free time practices. A similar effort with respect to container terminals at major US ports. (4/2/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_issues_information_demands_in_detention_demurrage_investigation/].

FMC – notice of request for additional information

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice of request for additional information regarding two related agreements: Tacoma Marine Terminal Operator Conference Agreement and Tacoma Marine Terminal Operator Cooperative Working Agreement. Interested parties may file comments within 15 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 14461 (4/4/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06889.pdf].

Miami – PORTS improves safety

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that its Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) is making transits of large ships through the Port of Miami safer. (4/3/18) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-joins-with-portmiami-to-let-larger-cargo-ships-safely-enter-seaport].

St Lawrence Seaway – maximum allowable draft

clip_image013 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLSS) issued a news release stating that the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section has been increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”). Vessels with an approved and operational draft information system will be permitted to transit at a draft up to 7 cm (3”) above the maximum allowable draft. (4/3/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180403.pdf].

UK – Safety Digest

clip_image015 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its Safety Digest 1/2018. The focus of this edition is avoidable accidents. (4/3/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694802/2018_-_SD1_-_MAIB_Safety_Digest.pdf].

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April 2nd, 2018 at 10:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 April 2018

Headlines:

USCG NMC – training provider course completion issues;

DHS – civil monetary penalties;

Washington – barge company fined $18,000; and

Washington – hybrid electric ferries to be considered.

April 2, 2018

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USCG NMC – training provider course completion issues

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that the training provider course completion data uploaded to the NMC using the Homeport application may not be processing properly. Awaiting resolution, mariners and training providers are encouraged to take alternative steps laid out in the bulletin. (3/30/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/homeport_course_completion_uploads.pdf].

DHS – civil monetary penalties

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promulgated a final rule making 2018 annual inflation adjustments to its civil monetary penalties. The new penalties will be effective for penalties assessed hereafter whose associated violations occurred after 2 November 2015. 83 Fed. Reg. 13826 (4/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-02/pdf/2018-06486.pdf].

Washington – barge company fined $18,000

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) issued a news release stating that a local barge company has been fined $18,000 for spilling 40,000 gallons of liquid urea ammonium nitrate into the Snake and Columbia Rivers in three incidents. Along with the fine, the company is required to take immediate action to prevent future urea ammonium nitrate releases and submit to Ecology an annual comprehensive corrosion management plan for its barges.  (3/19/18) [https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/News/2018/Barge-company-fined-for-spilling-liquid-fertilizer].

Washington – hybrid electric ferries to be considered

clip_image008[1] Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law An Act Relating to Transportation Funding and Appropriations (SB 6106). Among other things, the bill includes $600,000 for development of a request for proposal to convert the three Washington State Ferry vessels in the Jumbo Mark II class to hybrid electric propulsion. (3/27/18) [http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6106-S.PL.pdf].

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March 30th, 2018 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – integrating new technology;

Beaufort Sea – proposed lease sale;

Martha’s Vineyard – proposed offshore wind farm;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2018 Navigation Season opens;

Court – Athos I oil spill damages claim;

Court – freight-derivative contract is maritime; and

Australia – seafarers’ mental health.

March 30, 2018

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USCG – integrating new technology

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning integrating new technology within the regulatory approval process, with particular emphasis on the challenges presented by autonomous ships. (3/29/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/29/3-29-2018-cma-shipping-2018-the-critical-role-of-integrating-new-technology-within-the-regulatory-approval-process/].

Beaufort Sea – proposed lease sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Call for Information and Nominations covering a proposed lease sale in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area in late 2019. Responses must be received by 30 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 13778 (3/30/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-30/pdf/2018-06533.pdf].

Martha’s Vineyard – proposed offshore wind farm

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the approval of a construction and operation plan for a wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts southeast of Martha’s Vineyard. Scoping meetings will be held in New Bedford (April 16); Martha’s Vineyard (April 17); Nantucket (April 18); Hyannis (April 18); and Kingston (April 19). Comments must be submitted by 30 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 13777 (3/30/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-30/pdf/2018-06533.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2018 Navigation Season opens

clip_image008 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) issued a news release announcing the opening of the Seaway’s 2018 Navigation Season. (3/29/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/slsdc_pr20180329.pdf].

Court – Athos I oil spill damages claims

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on the claims of various parties concerning financial responsibility of the spill of heavy oil from the tanker Athos I into the Delaware River on26 November 2004. Damages totaled $143 million. Tanker owner Frescati Shipping initially paid the costs, but was reimbursed in the amount of $88 million by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) established by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The tanker owner and the United States then sought recovery from the companies that had contracted for the purchase of the heavy oil and designated the port of delivery. The appellate court affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of the tanker owner on the breach of contract claim and the prejudgment interest award. It vacated the district court’s judgment in favor of the tanker owner on the negligence claim. The court affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of the United States on the subrogated breach of contract claim, but reversed and remanded for further proceedings in light of the court’s equitable recoupment ruling for the purpose of recalculating damages and prejudgment interest. In re Petition of Frescati Shipping, No. 16-3470 (3rd Cir., March 29, 2018) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/163470p.pdf].

Court – freight-derivative contract is maritime

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court in a suit seeking enforcement by a shipping company of an English court judgment against defendant for failure to tender payment pursuant to a freight-derivative contract. The appellate court held that the agreement was a maritime contract subject to federal court jurisdiction. D’Amico Dry Limited v. Primera Maritime, No. 163125-cv (2nd Cir., March 29. 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/da9f0e0e-c1a0-4a09-92a1-fc46843df53d/3/doc/16-3125_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/da9f0e0e-c1a0-4a09-92a1-fc46843df53d/3/hilite/].

Australia – seafarers’ mental health

clip_image014 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Maritime Safety Awareness Bulletin (MSAB) focusing on mental health seafarers. MSAB 7 (3/30/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/newsletters/maritime-safety-awareness-bulletin-issue-7].

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March 29th, 2018 at 10:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – GLPAC members sought;

USCG – CTAC members sought;

USCG – right whale ship strike avoidance;

Beaufort Sea – proposed lease sale;

Court – seaman’s personal injury claims;

UK – Maritime 2050 strategy;

UK – fleet shipping statistics: 2017; and

UK – crew accommodation guidance.

March 29, 2018

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USCG – GLPAC members sought

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC). Applications should be received by 27 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 13291 (3/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-28/pdf/2018-06194.pdf].

USCG – CTAC members sought

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). Applications should be received by 29 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 13496 (3/29/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-29/pdf/2018-06385.pdf].

USCG – right whale ship strike avoidance

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that two USCG Academy cadets have completed a project developing a way to give mariners current locations of North Atlantic right whales in their area. The project consolidates NOAA information of right whale locations and distributes that via a smart phone application and potentially AIS, reducing the risk of ship strikes. (3/28/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e57afc].

Beaufort Sea – proposed lease sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will soon publish an open call for information and nominations for a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea Planning Area in 2019. (3/28/18) [https://www.boem.gov/press03282018/].

Court – seaman’s personal injury claims

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of a seaman’s personal injury claims in admiralty against a vessel in rem, issued a writ of mandamus to the district court to award the seaman maintenance, denied a motion to dismiss the appeal as moot, and remanded the case to the district court. Barnes v. Sea Hawaii Rafting, No. 16-15023 (9th Cir., March 28, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/03/28/16-15023.pdf].

UK – Maritime 2050 strategy

clip_image010 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that an expert team has been appointed to work with the maritime industry on Maritime 2050 – the government’s landmark strategy to make the most of future opportunities for the nation’s maritime industries to thrive. The call for evidence closes on 16 May. (3/27/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-seeks-views-to-help-maritime-flourish].

UK – fleet shipping statistics: 2017

clip_image011 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the Shipping Fleet Statistics: 2017. Gross tonnage on the UK Ship Register was 16.2 million at the end of December 2017, an increase of 7% on the previous year and a third consecutive year of growth. (3/28/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/shipping-fleet-statistics-2017].

UK – crew accommodation guidance

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note titled ‘Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Crew Accommodation, Supplementary Guidance. MGN 481(M) Amendment 1 (3/27/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/695004/MGN_481_Amd_1_final.pdf].

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March 27th, 2018 at 7:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 March 2018

Headlines:

Mediterranean Sea – possible GPS interference;

USCG – NMSAC meeting;

BSEE – new quality assurance process;

St. Lawrence Seaway – security monitoring;

Court – LHWCA last employer rule;

Australia – ship banned for nonpayment of wages; and

UK – MCA business plan.

March 27, 2018

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Mediterranean Sea – possible GPS interference

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an Alert concerning possible GPS interference in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (3/26/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/27058/].

USCG – NMSAC meeting

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). Among other things, the Committee discussed the Extremely Hazardous Cargo Strategy and cyber security. (3/26/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/26/3-26-2018-national-maritime-security-advisory-committee-holds-spring-meeting-welcomes-five-new-members/].

BSEE – new quality assurance process

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it is implementing a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its offshore energy operations permitting systems. (3/26/18) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-implements-new-quality-assurance].

St. Lawrence Seaway – security monitoring

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice reminding mariners of its security monitoring program. Seaway Notice 07-2018 (3/26/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180326.pdf].

Court – LHWCA last employer rule

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling that petitioner maritime employer was responsible for claimant employee’s noise-induced hearing loss under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The court found that substantial evidence supported application of the last employer rule. Eagle Marine Services v. McNish, No. 16-71165 (9th Cir., March 26, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/03/26/16-71165.pdf].

Australia – ship banned for nonpayment of wages

clip_image014 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the Liberian-flagged container ship MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained. (3/26/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/container-ship-msc-kia-ora-banned-australian-ports].

UK – MCA business plan

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued its Business Plan for 2018 and 2019. The business plan sets out: (1) the services that the agency will deliver and any significant changes it plans to make; (2) the resources the agency requires; and (3) the key performance indicators by which its performance will be assessed. (3/26/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694386/MCA_Business_Plan_18-19_final_version_2.pdf].

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March 26th, 2018 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 March 2018

Headlines:

White House – Consolidated Appropriations Act signed;

USCG – SMSs on US flag vessels;

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice at second lowest maximum; and

UK – hours of work & entitlement to leave.

March 26, 2018

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White House – Consolidated Appropriations Act signed

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625). Among other things, the bill appropriates $150 million to commence construction of new polar icebreakers. (3/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1625eah/pdf/BILLS-115hr1625eah.pdf].

USCG – SMSs on US flag vessels

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a Work Instruction providing guidance concerning its oversight of safety management systems (SMSs) on US flag vessels. CG-CVC-MMS-WI-003(1) (3/23/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-WI-003(1).pdf].

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice at second lowest maximum

clip_image007 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 17. This is the second lowest Arctic maximum in the 39-year satellite record. The four lowest maximum extents in the satellite record have all occurred in the past four years. (3/23/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/03/arctic-sea-ice-maximum-second-lowest/].

UK – hours of work & entitlement to leave

clip_image009 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued an amended version of its Merchant Shipping Notice concerning hours of work and entitlement to leave for seafarers. MSN 1877 (M) Amendment 1 (3/22/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/692993/MSN1877_Combined.pdf].

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March 23rd, 2018 at 10:10 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re immersion suits;

USCG – NOSAC members sought;

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls;

DOE – LNG import or export;

ReCAAP – information sharing; and

Exxon Valdez oil spill – 24 March 1989.

March 23, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re immersion suits

clip_image003 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert strongly recommending that vessel operators inspect their immersion suits for a potential unsafe condition caused by failure of the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit. Safety Alert 03-18 (3/20/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0318.pdf]. Note: This item is repeated from an earlier newsletter to show the valid link.

USCG – NOSAC members sought

clip_image003[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications from interested individuals for membership on the National Offshore Safety advisory Committee (NOSAC). Applications should be submitted by 22 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 12802 (3/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-23/pdf/2018-05944.pdf].

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls

clip_image004 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule amending the Saint Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls. The amendment enters into effect on 29 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 12667 (3/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-23/pdf/2018-05904.pdf].

DOE – LNG import or export

clip_image005 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its recent orders regarding authority to import or export natural gas or liquefied natural gas (LNG). 83 Fed. Reg. 12734 (3/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-23/pdf/2018-05966.pdf].

ReCAAP – information sharing

clip_image006 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre is implementing strategies to become a center of excellence for information sharing to gain deeper insights into incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships. (3/22/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/078d003c-5f5c-4e87-a5d0-1f094f7a7de3].

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989

clip_image008 On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill (approximately 258,000 barrels), while not the largest in US history, was clearly the most important. It engendered much litigation. Public concern over the spill led directly to enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which mandated double hulls for new tankers, response plans, and a number of other remedial measures. OPA 90 also significantly changed the liability and compensation scheme for oil spills in US waters. The amount of oil entering waters of the United States from ships drastically decreased following implementation of OPA 90. Note: On a personal note, I was directly involved in development and promulgation of regulations implementing OPA 90 for the US Coast Guard, supervising a large staff of dedicated individuals. A lot has changed in the succeeding 29 years, most significantly the commitment of the maritime industry to minimize the risk of oil pollution from ships. One can only hope that oil discharges from point sources and non-point sources ashore demonstrate similar reductions.

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March 22nd, 2018 at 10:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 March 2018

Headlines:

USN – training for USCG credentials;

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations and Rules;

FMC – US-Japan consultations;

IMO – energy efficiency;

Denmark – Digital Twin report; and

Queen of the North – 22 March 2006.

March 22, 2018

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USN – training for USCG credentials

clip_image003 The US Navy issued a news release stating that its Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) initiative, in cooperation with the Military Sealift Command (MSC), have announced the ‘best sources’ for training opportunities for sailors, officers and enlisted. These sources can be used for gap/delta training to help prepare sailors for US Coast Guard credentials. (3/21/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104790].

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations and Rules

clip_image004 The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule updating the Seaway Regulations and Rules. The rule enters into effect on 29 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 12485 (3/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-22/pdf/2018-05781.pdf].

FMC – US-Japan consultations

clip_image005 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Acting Chairman Michael Khouri was in Tokyo to represent the FMC at the Fourth Japan-US Maritime Bilateral Meeting, as well as to meet independently with counterparts at the Japan Fair Trade Commission. (3/21/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/us-japan_consultations_on_maritime_issues/].

IMO – energy efficiency

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release concerning energy efficiency in shipping. (3/21/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/05-GMNvideo.aspx].

Denmark – Digital Twin report

clip_image007 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) posted the Digital Twin report that it commissioned. The report examines the possibility of collecting a multitude of data about individual ships, from design and construction to decommissioning and scrapping. (2/1/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Documents/Publikationer/Digital%20Twin%20report%20for%20DMA.PDF].

Queen of the North – 22 March 2006

clip_image009 The ro-ro ferry Queen of the North operated on the Inside Passage between Port Hardy, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert, near the Alaskan border. On the evening of 21 March 2006, Queen of the North departed Prince Rupert with 59 passengers and 42 crew members for what was expected to be a routine voyage to Port Hardy. Just south of Prince Rupert, the route enters Grenville Channel between the mainland on the port side and Pitt Island and then Farrant Island on the starboard side. Grenville Channel is 72 kilometers (45 miles) in length and almost straight as an arrow. Exiting Grenville Channel, the route enters Wright Sound and turns to port, avoiding Gil Island dead ahead, and moving on to the next channel. At approximately 0021 on the morning of 22 March 2006, Queen of the North inexplicitly missed the turn exiting Grenville Channel. It continued on for 14 minutes after it should have changed course, transiting four nautical miles, and grounded at cruising speed (17.5 knots) off Gil Island. Although heavily damaged, the ferry remained afloat for about one hour. Fishing and recreational vessels from nearby Hartley Bay arrived quickly to assist as people evacuated onto the lifeboats. Various Canadian Coast Guard vessels were also dispatched. Due to the shock and confusion, along with the inclement weather, no accurate list of the evacuees was compiled during this process. It was only later that officials determined that two of the passengers were unaccounted for. They have never been found and are presumed to have died as a result of the grounding and sinking. The ferry was not equipped with a voyage data recorder (VDR), so conversations on the bridge were not recorded. There were two persons on the bridge at the time: the fourth officer and the helmsman. The second officer was on duty, but down below in the officers’ lounge at the time. In its investigation, the TSB recommended that large Canadian passenger ferries be required to install VDRs and that those ferries conduct regular fire and boat drills, including passenger counts. Those remedial measures have now been instituted.

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March 21st, 2018 at 10:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re immersion suits;

Port Angeles – USCG helicopter encounters drone;

USCG – NDGPS discontinuance;

CBP – eBond test;

House – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems;

House – bill introduced re maritime technical corrections;

IMO – PPR 5 summary; and

Ireland – alcohol and/or drug consumption.

March 21, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re immersion suits

clip_image003 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert strongly recommending that vessel operators inspect their immersion suits for a potential unsafe condition caused by failure of the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit. Safety Alert 03-18 (3/20/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0318.pdf].

Port Angeles – USCG helicopter encounters drone

clip_image003[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that one of its helicopters in Port Angeles had to maneuver unexpectedly when it encountered a drone flying in the vicinity of Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles. The drone was not authorized to be in that airspace. (3/20/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e3927a].

USCG – NDGPS discontinuance

clip_image003[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) is being discontinued through a phased reduction of the remaining 38 maritime sites commencing in September of 2018 and concluding in September of 2020. 83 Fed. Reg. 12402 (3/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-21/pdf/2018-05684.pdf].

CBP – eBond test

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test of automation of CBP’s bond program (eBond test) has been extended until further notice. 83 Fed. Reg. 12403 (3/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-21/pdf/2018-05694.pdf].

House – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems

clip_image006 Representative Palazzo (R-MS) introduced the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018 (H.R. 5196) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. (3/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5196ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5196ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re maritime technical corrections

clip_image006[1] Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018 (H.R. 5326) to amend titles 14 and 46, United States Code, to make technical corrections with respect to Coast Guard and shipping authorities, and for other purposes. (3/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5326ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5326ih.pdf].

IMO – PPR 5 summary

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the outcome of the fifth session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5). (3/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/20/3-20-2018-recap-of-the-5th-session-of-the-imo-sub-committee-on-pollution-prevention-and-response/].

Ireland – alcohol and/or drug consumption

clip_image008 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice reminding mariners of the prohibitions on the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs on vessels in Irish waters or Irish vessels anywhere. Marine Notice 11-2018 (3/20/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2011%20of%202018%20Alcohol%20and%20Drugs.pdf].

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March 20th, 2018 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 March 2018

Headlines:

GLPAC – meeting on 11 April;

USCG – NBSAC members sought;

USN & USCG – recovery of torpedoes in the Arctic;

St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Notices;

Court – remand of mesothelioma case; and

MREN – Fund icebreakers now.

March 20, 2018

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GLPAC – meeting on 11 April

clip_image003 The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet via teleconference on 11 April. Topics on the agenda include regulatory reform and promoting energy independence and economic growth. 83 Fed. Reg. 12197 (3/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-20/pdf/2018-05609.pdf].

USCG – NBSAC members sought

clip_image003[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). Applications should be submitted by 21 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 12198 (3/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-20/pdf/2018-05566.pdf].

USN & USCG – recovery of torpedoes in the Arctic

clip_image004 clip_image003[2] The US Navy issued a news release stating that Navy and Coast Guard divers trained in the Arctic Ocean on recovery of torpedoes from beneath the ice. (3/19/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104772].

St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Notices

clip_image005 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued five Seaway Notices in anticipation of the 29 March opening of the 2018 Navigation Season (3/19/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/notices/seaway/index.html].

Court – remand of mesothelioma case

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the remand to state court of an action in negligence against a ship builder for the death from Mesothelioma of the child of a shipyard worker. The worker’s activities included working with asbestos insulation in the engine rooms of tugs built for the federal government. Defendant initially removed the state case to federal court contending that it was following government directives. Plaintiffs contended, and the court found, that the federal government did not mandate the shipyard’s health and safety practices. Legendre v Huntington Ingalls, No. 17-30371 (5th Cir., March 16, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-30371-CV0.pdf].

MREN – Fund icebreakers now

clip_image008 In the March 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Fund icebreakers now". The article points out that Congress last funded the acquisition of heavy polar icebreakers more than 40 years ago. The one operational heavy polar icebreaker in the USCG fleet is 42 years old and in need of major repairs. The ability of the United States to counter Russian dominance in the Arctic is dependent upon a creditable icebreaker fleet. Now is the time to appropriate the necessary funds.

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    logo11 Tugs and VRPs

    In the April 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Tugs and VRPs". The article discusses the transition of tugs and towboats from being uninspected vessels to inspected vessels of the United States and that transition's impact on vessel response plans (VRPs). VRP plan holders and preparers should carefully review their current plans to ensure that the tugs identified therein will actually be eligible to provide the services stated in the locations called for.