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November 1st, 2017 at 11:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 November 2017

Headlines:

NAP – major marine oil spill response;

NAP – sustaining ocean observations;

IMO – developing GHG reduction strategy; and

Canada – Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act.

November 1, 2017

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NAP – major marine oil spill response

clip_image004 The National Academies Press (NAP) published the Proceedings of a workshop entitled: “Preparing for a Rapid Response to Major Marine Oil Spills: Protecting and Assessing the Health and Well-Being of Communities”. (10/30/17) [https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24924/preparing-for-a-rapid-response-to-major-marine-oil-spills?utm_source=NASEM+News+and+Publications&utm_campaign=022d2633d2-NAP_mail_new_2017-10-30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-022d2633d2-102060401&goal=0_96101de015-022d2633d2-102060401&mc_cid=022d2633d2&mc_eid=5629ef0b84].

NAP – sustaining ocean observations

clip_image004[1] The National Academies Press (NAP) issued a report entitled: “Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth’s Climate”. The report notes that flat or declining funding is creating challenges to continuing observation of the world’s oceans. (10/31/17) [https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24919/sustaining-ocean-observations-to-understand-future-changes-in-earths-climate].

IMO – developing GHG reduction strategy

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release reporting on the progress made at the second meeting of the International Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships. (10/30/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/28-Progress_made_in_developing_GHG_strategy.aspx].

Canada – Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act

clip_image008 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act has been introduced in Parliament. The measure will prohibit vessel abandonment and strengthen owner responsibility for hazardous vessels and wrecks. (10/30/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/10/government_of_canadamarkstheone-yearanniversaryoftheoceansprotec.html].

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October 31st, 2017 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 October 2017

Headlines:

USN & USCG – polar icebreaker RFP;

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment;

Potomac River – bridge proposal;

USCG – US-build determination;

USCG – key cyber questions and challenges;

USCG – maritime safety and stewardship;

IMO – movement toward global climate agreement;

Canada – new bill to address wrecked vessels;

Singapore Strait – tanker boarding; and

Singapore – revision of pre-arrival notice.

October 31, 2017

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USN & USCG – polar icebreaker RFP

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Navy, in collaboration with the US Coast Guard, released a draft Request for Proposals (draft RFP) for the design and construction of a new Coast Guard Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The RFP includes options for two additional HPIBs. Responses to the draft RFP are due 11 December and will support release of the RFP early next year. Contract award is planned for fiscal year 2019, subject to appropriations. (10/19/17) [https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f5ca62d6c22e656b20a87945134c5fba&tab=core&_cview=0].

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 30 November, the period within which to submit comments on waterway suitability assessment for operation of a liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) terminal near Port Arthur, Texas. 82 Fed. Reg. 50438 (10/31/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-31/pdf/2017-23578.pdf].

Potomac River – bridge proposal

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a proposal from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) with plans for a replacement for the Governor Harry Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) over the Potomac River near Dahlgren, Virginia. The new bridge would have reduced vertical and horizontal clearances, obstructing passage of some larger vessels. Comments must be received by 20 November. Supplemental Preliminary Public Notice 5-1365a (10/19/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices/D05PN5-1365a_HarryNiceMemorialBridge_PotomacRiver,VA.pdf].

USCG – US-build determination

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a determination letter finding that the construction by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO of two Kanaloa-class combination container and roll-on/roll-off (or ‘ConRo’) vessels with largely US-source steel plate but with certain foreign-source fabricated and assembled items will not adversely affect the status of those vessels as having been built in the United States and eligible to engage in the US coastwise trade. (10/4/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/NASSCO%20ConRo.pdf?ver=2017-10-30-131449-970].

USCG – key cyber questions and challenges

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting five key cyber questions and challenges facing the maritime industry. (10/30/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/30/10302017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-five-key-cyber-questions-and-challenges-facing-the-maritime-industry/].

USCG – maritime safety and stewardship discussions

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it and representatives of various other federal agencies recently met with representatives of international cruises ship operators to discuss maritime safety and stewardship. (10/30/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/30/10302017-coast-guard-meets-with-cruise-lines-international-association-other-federal-agencies-to-discuss-maritime-safety-and-stewardship/].

IMO – movement toward global climate agreement

clip_image011 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO is moving toward a global climate agreement involving, inter alia, the setting of a vision and a level of ambition for efforts to be made globally to reduce shipping’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. (10/27/17) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/IMO-moving-towards-a-global-climate-agreement.aspx].

Canada – new bill to address wrecked vessels

clip_image013 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Government of Canada will introduce a new Act to address wrecked, abandoned, or hazardous vessels. (10/30/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/10/government_of_canadatointroducenewacttoaddresswreckedabandonedor.html].

Singapore Strait – tanker boarding

clip_image015 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a notice stating that the tanker GP T2 was boarded by five perpetrators while transiting the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait at about 0142 hours local time on 30 October. They tied up the duty oiler in the engine room, took some engine spare parts, and escaped. The crew was uninjured. Incident Alert 04/2017 (10/30/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=569&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Singapore – revision of pre-arrival notice

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing, effective 6 November, revision of the Pre-Arrival Notice (PAN) to incorporate implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. Port Marine Circular 19-17 (10/26/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/db782492-de7a-413d-a8c4-f6f25baf9f49].

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October 30th, 2017 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – LGCNCOE newsletter;

House – bill introduced re port authorities;

GAO – USCG performance information;

Court – worker not Jones Act seaman;

Court – insurance defense strategy;

Gulf of Guinea – piracy/hijacking incidents; and

Virginius Affair – 30 October 1873.

October 30, 2017

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USCG – LGCNCOE newsletter

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the Fall 2017 edition of ‘The Gas Gauge’, newsletter of the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGCNCOE). This edition discusses, among other things, the difference between cargo heaters and cargo vaporizers. (10/27/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/LGCNCOE/docs/newsletter5.pdf?ver=2017-10-25-191533-097].

House – bill introduced re port authorities

clip_image006 Representative Nadler (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 4147) to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide certain port authorities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (10/26/17).

GAO – USCG performance information

clip_image008 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report regarding actions needed by the US Coast Guard to enhance performance transparency and monitoring. Among other things, the report recommends that the Coast Guard develop new perform goals that better align with its missions and make its Annual Performance Reports publicly available on the Coast Guard’s website. GAO-18-13 (10/27/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688004.pdf].

Court – worker not a Jones Act seaman

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court dismissal of a barge worker’s claims against the barge, agreeing that he did not qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act. The appellate court, though, reversed the dismissal of claims against the barge owner and the operator of the rock processing facility at which the injury was incurred. In the Matter of the Complaint of Buchanan Marine, LP, No. 16-1092-cv (2nd Cir., October 27, 2017) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/1eb10ffa-476d-4d4f-b220-2fc85a33ae5f/2/doc/16-1092_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/1eb10ffa-476d-4d4f-b220-2fc85a33ae5f/2/hilite/].

Court – insurance defense strategy

clip_image011 In a brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court grant of summary judgment to a marine insurer in a claim of bad faith by plaintiff insured. Plaintiff vessel towing and salvage company and one of its franchisees were sued by an injured employee of the franchisee. Plaintiff and the franchisee agreed on a joint defense and global strategy to minimize the risk of cross claims. Defendant insurer opposed this strategy and obtained a settlement at no out-of-pocket cost to defendant. There were no cross claims. The court held that a difference in defense strategy does not constitute bad faith. Sea Tow Services International v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance, No. 16-3672 (2nd Cir., October 27, 2017) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/034dff05-d3f6-4f03-8fa0-7e5b0d704407/3/doc/16-3672_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/034dff05-d3f6-4f03-8fa0-7e5b0d704407/3/hilite/].

Gulf of Guinea – piracy/hijacking incidents

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an alert stating that two vessels have been subjects of piracy/hijacking in recent days in separate incidents in the Gulf of Guinea. Caution should be exercised when transiting this area. Alert 2017-007A (10/27/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/2017-007a-piracyhijacking-gulf-of-guinea/].

Virginius Affair – 30 October 1873

clip_image015 On 30 October 1873, the US-flag side-wheel steamer Virginius, with a crew of 52, was captured by the Spanish Navy off the coast of Cuba while attempting to smuggle 103 native Cuban revolutionaries, four mercenaries, and various munitions into Cuba to support the ongoing insurrection against Spanish rule. The vessel, originally named Virgin, had been built in England as a Confederate blockade runner. All on board were quickly tried and convicted of piracy by a Spanish court in Santiago. On 4 November, the native Cubans and four mercenaries were executed by firing squad. On 7 November, thirty-seven crew members, including the master, were executed. On 8 November, a further twelve crew members were executed. Diplomatic protests ensued and the United States threatened war, even though its Navy at that time was substantially inferior to that of Spain. Calmer heads prevailed and Spain eventually turned over the vessel, the remaining crew, and the bodies of the deceased Americans, as well as paying reparations. Congress quickly funded a program to modernize the US Navy, making it ready to defeat the Spanish Navy during the Spanish-American War of 1898.

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October 27th, 2017 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 October 2017

Headlines:

USN – sailors rescued in north Pacific;

USCG – outboard engine weight test;

TSAC – meeting on 5-6 December;

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG;

Singapore – cargo liquefaction;

UK – radio regulations amendments; and

UK – ultra-large container carrier grounding.

October 27, 2017

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USN – sailors rescued in north Pacific

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners whose sailboat had strayed well off course. They had departed Honolulu for Tahiti in the spring, but suffered engine failure and later a broken mast. They were discovered in the north Pacific about 900 miles southeast of Japan in good condition. (10/26/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103056].

USCG – outboard engine weight test

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule finalizing an interim rule to update the table of outboard engine weights used to calculate safe loading capabilities and required amounts of flotation material on recreational boats. The final rule enters into effect on 1 June 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 49737 (10/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23384.pdf].

TSAC – meeting on 5-6 December

clip_image006[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 5-6 December. Topics on the agenda include Subchapter M implementation and inland firefighting. 82 Fed. Reg. 49842 (10/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23382.pdf].

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders authorizing the import/export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). 82 Fed. Reg. 49796 (10/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23418.pdf].

Singapore – cargo liquefaction

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular regarding safe carriage of solid bulk cargoes the may liquefy. Shipping Circular 16-2017 (10/23/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/ed75114e-628b-43c6-9ed6-4029a9278a74].

UK – radio regulations amendments

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note regarding radio regulations amendments and GMDSS radio equipment updates. MGN 562 (M&F) Amendment 1 (10/26/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/655314/MGN_562_Amendment_1.pdf].

UK – ultra-large container carrier grounding

clip_image013 The UK Marine accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 22 August 2016 temporary grounding of the ultra-large container carrier CMA CGM Vasco de Gama on the western side of the Thorn Channel while approaching the port of Southampton. The investigation found that a detailed passage plan had not been produced; the lead pilot had not briefed his plan for the critical turn; and that the team’s roles and responsibilities were unclear. Neither the ship’s ECDIS nor the pilot’s Portable Pilot Unit functionality were fully utilized and resulted in each system not providing adequate cross checks or alarms. Report 23-2017 (10/26/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/grounding-of-the-ultra-large-container-vessel-cma-cgm-vasco-de-gama].

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October 26th, 2017 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 October 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – proposed OPA 90 consent decree;

COAC – meeting on 14 November;

IMO – comment re climate change;

Canada – Exercise Salish Sea 2017;

Madagascar – plague outbreak; and

UK – safety bulletin re certain sprinklers.

October 26, 2017

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DOJ – proposed OPA 90 consent decree

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that a proposed consent decree has been lodged in court to settle claims of the United States for injuries to natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) against Bouchard Transportation Company caused by a 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay. Comments on the consent decree must be received within 30 days. 82 Fed. Reg. 49680 (10/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-26/pdf/2017-23259.pdf].

COAC – meeting on 14 November

clip_image006 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet on 14 November in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 49642 (10/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-26/pdf/2017-23282.pdf].

IMO – comment re climate change

clip_image008 The IMO issued a statement by Secretary-General Kitack Lim challenging recent media reports questioning the transparent inclusive approach adopted by the IMO and its stakeholders in addressing the threat of climate change. The IMO effort to reduce harmful air emissions from ships engaged in international commerce spans decades and the agency seeks continual improvement. (10/25/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/SecretaryGeneral/Pages/Default.aspx].

Canada – Exercise Salish Sea 2017

clip_image010 The Canadian Coast Guard issued a media release stating that a major maritime disaster training exercise is being conducted in the Gulf Islands area of British Columbia. (10/24/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-coast-guard/news/2017/10/major_maritime_disastertrainingexercise.html].

Madagascar – plague outbreak

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Alert advising that a confirmed outbreak of pneumonic plague has been reported in Madagascar including in the port city of Toamasina.  Caution should be exercised by vessels calling in Madagascar.  (10/24/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/2017-006a-plague-outbreak-madagascar/].

UK – safety bulletin re certain sprinklers

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin advising that Hi-FOG 1900 Sprinkler Heads may not be compatible with some of the A1000 Assembly Bodies. The internal stop valve of the A1000 Assembly Body of certain types may be pushed beyond their intended range when a Hi-FOG 1900 sprinkler is installed. Safety Bulletin 11-2017 (October 2017) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651388/SAN55_MarioffHiFOG.pdf].

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October 25th, 2017 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – credentialing of Hurricane Maria seafarers;

USCG – TPO application tips;

USCG – building organizational cyber resiliency;

NOSAC – meeting on 12-13 December;

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG;

DOT – National Multimodal Freight Network;

PNT Advisory Board – meeting on 15-16 November; and

Arctic – multinational SAR exercise.

October 25, 2017

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USCG – credentialing of Hurricane Maria seafarers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for credentialing of seafarers working on vessels supporting the Hurricane Maria relief effort in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-17 (CH-1) (10/20/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/regulations_policies/Policy%20Letters/cg-mmc_policy_letter_02-17_ch1_signed_20171020.pdf].

USCG – TPO application tips

clip_image004[1] The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) issued a brochure which provides tips for prospective third-party organizations (TPOs) seeking Coast Guard approval to perform audits and surveys under 46 CFR Subchapter M for regulated towing vessels. (10/24/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/TVNCOE/Documents/SubMHandouts/TPOApplicationTips.pdf].

USCG – building organizational cyber resiliency

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin regarding building organizational cyber resiliency. (10/24/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/24/10242017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-building-organizational-cyber-resiliency/].

NOSAC – meeting on 12-13 December

clip_image005 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 12-13 December in Houston. Topics on the agenda include safety management systems on vessels engaging in well intervention activities. 82 Fed. Reg. 49391 (10/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-25/pdf/2017-23138.pdf].

DOE – authorization to import/export LNG

clip_image007 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders authorizing the import and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). 82 Fed. Reg. 49358 (10/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-25/pdf/2017-23170.pdf].

DOT – National Multimodal Freight Network

clip_image009 The Department of Transportation (DOT) has reopened the comment period for materials related to the Interim National Multimodal Freight Network (Interim NMFN). Comments must be received by 22 February 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 49478 (10/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-25/pdf/2017-22315.pdf].

PNT Advisory Board – meeting on 15-16 November

clip_image011 The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will meet on 15-16 November in Redondo Beach, California. Topics on the agenda include examination of PNT back-up services. 82 Fed. Reg. 49230 (10/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-24/pdf/2017-22989.pdf].

Arctic – multinational SAR exercise

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing a multinational search and rescue (SAR) exercise off Iceland as part of Arctic Guardian 2017. The exercise involves members of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. (10/24/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/historic-exercise-tests-search-and-rescue-capabilities-in-the-arctic/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – SPV plan review and testing;

USCG – SPV machinery alarm testing;

FMC – complaint filed against ro-ro carriers;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Mississippi – danger zone;

Canada – deck watch requirement;

Panama Canal – pre-arrival information; and

Navy Salvage Act – 24 October 1941.

October 24, 2017

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USCG – SPV plan review and testing

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance regarding plan review and testing of propulsion control systems on small passenger vessels (SPVs) that use microprocessors. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-07 (10/19/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CG-CVC_pol17-07.pdf].

USCG – SPV machinery alarm testing

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance regarding inspection of machinery alarms on small passenger vessels (SPVs). CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-08 (10/19/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CG-CVC_pol17-08.pdf].

FMC – complaint filed against ro-ro carriers

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice announcing that a complaint has been filed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and FCA Italy against a number of ro-ro vehicle carriers alleging conspiracy to suppress competition in violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. 82 Fed. Reg. 49206 (10/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-24/pdf/2017-22969.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Fourchon LNG LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas from a facility to be located in Port Fourchon. Comments must be received by 26 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 49201 (10/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-24/pdf/2017-23017.pdf].

Mississippi – danger zone

clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a final rule establishing a danger zone in the East Pearl River at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The rule enters into effect on 24 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 49113 (10/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-24/pdf/2017-23004.pdf].

Canada – deck watch requirement

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) reminding stakeholders of deck watch requirements for commercial vessels in Canadian waters. Except in limited circumstances, a qualified individual in addition to the person in charge of the deck watch is required as part of the deck watch. SSB 7-2017 (9/26/17) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2017-07-eng.htm].

Panama Canal – pre-arrival information

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory reminding stakeholders of the requirement for submittal of complete and accurate pre-arrival information at least 96 hours prior to arrival. Advisory 38-2017 (10/17/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-38-2017.pdf].

Navy Salvage Act – 24 October 1941

clip_image016 On this date in 1941, Congress enacted into law the Navy Salvage Act. By means of this legislation, the Secretary of the Navy was authorized for the first time to provide, by contract or otherwise, necessary salvage facilities for both public and private vessels on such terms as he determined appropriate. As enacted, this authorization was limited to times of war or national emergency, but this restriction was later dropped. 55 Stat. 745 (10/24/1941).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 October 2017

Headlines:

Texas – tank barge fire;

USCG – BMS type approval certificate issued;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate amended;

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter;

DOS – preparation for IMO sessions;

Australia – rescue boat outboard motors;

UK – ECDIS abuse leads to grounding; and

UK – marine casualty & marine incident reporting.

October 23, 2017

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Texas – tank barge fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a tank barge under tow off Port Aransas, Texas caught fire. Two crew members of the towing vessel are missing. Search and rescue efforts are underway, as are casualty and pollution response. Subsequently, a second, third, fourth, and fifth news releases were issued. Active search efforts have been suspended. (10/22/17).

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions SA. (10/18/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/18/10182017-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-erma-first-esk-engineering-solutions-s-a/].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate amended

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that an amended ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to TeamTec OceanSaver AS. (10/18/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/18/10182017-marine-safety-center-issues-amended-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-teamtec-as/].

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter

clip_image005 The Fall 2017 edition of the USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has been issued. (10/19/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CSNCOE/Newsletters/Issue%2018%20Fall%202017%20Edition.pdf?ver=2017-10-18-151857-923].

DOS – preparation for IMO sessions

clip_image007 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 14 November in Washington, DC to prepare for the 29th Extraordinary Council Session (CES29), the 30th Assembly (A30), and the 119th Council Session (C119) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 82 Fed. Reg. 49074 (10/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-23/pdf/2017-22856.pdf].

Australia – rescue boat outboard motors

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice drawing attention to the importance of maintaining rescue boat outboard motors in good working order ready for immediate use. Marine Notice 12/2017 (October 2017) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

UK – ECDIS abuse leads to grounding

clip_image011 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the bulk carrier Muros on Haisborough Sands on 3 December 2016. Investigation revealed that the second officer revised the passage plan without authority and then used ECDIS on a small-scale chart that did not identify unsafe areas while ignoring ECDIS alarms. Report 22-2017 (10/19/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/59e601e7ed915d6aadcdaf18/MAIBInvReport22_2017.pdf].

UK – marine casualty & marine incident reporting

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued guidance regarding the obligation to report marine casualties and marine incidents. MGN 564 (M&F) (September 2017) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651841/MGN_564.pdf].

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October 16th, 2017 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 October 2017

Headlines:

Louisiana – oil platform explosion;

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria;

NAVSAC – meeting on 1-2 November; and

USCG – CGSIC meeting recap.

October 16, 2017

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Louisiana – oil platform explosion

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a search is underway for a missing man following an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain. The other seven men on the platform have been brought ashore. (10/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1bdbf5b].

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines for vessel response plans (VRPs). These national guidelines provide the maritime industry with updated information on developing and submitting alternative planning criteria (alternatives). Furthermore, they facilitate consistency in the Coast Guard’s review of proposed alternatives. 82 Fed. Reg. 46518 (10/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-16/pdf/2017-22333.pdf].

NAVSAC – meeting on 1-2 November

clip_image004[2] The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 1-2 November in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include: the Vessel Traffic Service Study and AIS aids to navigation. 82 Fed. Reg. 48106 (10/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-16/pdf/2017-22291.pdf].

USCG – CGSIC meeting recap

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a recap of the 57th meeting of US Civil GPS Service Interface Committee held on 25-26 September in Portland, Oregon. (10/11/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/11/10112017-recap-of-the-57th-meeting-of-the-u-s-civil-gps-service-interface-committee/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – links to web sites;

USCG – shipboard cyber risk management;

USCG – vessel stability and watertight integrity;

House – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico; and

Australia – rudder failure grounding.

October 9, 2017

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USCG – links to web sites

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing hyperlinks to frequently-visited USCG Headquarters sites. (10/6/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/06/1062017-updated-hyperlinks-for-frequently-visited-coast-guard-web-sites/].

USCG – shipboard cyber risk management

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders on the importance of shipboard cyber risk management. (10/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/09/1092017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-shipboard-cyber-risk-management/ http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/09/1092017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-shipboard-cyber-risk-management/].

USCG – vessel stability and watertight integrity

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recommending owners and masters of fishing vessels and other craft pay attention to vessel stability and watertight integrity. (10/6/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/06/1062017-marine-safety-alert-1117-remain-upright-by-fully-understanding-vessel-stability/].

House – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico

clip_image006 Representative Palmer (R-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 3966) to provide that provisions of title 46, United States Code, popularly known as the Jones Act and relating to carriage of passenger and merchandise in coastwise trade shall not apply for 5 years with respect to such carriage to and from Puerto Rico. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Palmer issued a press release explaining the measure. (10/5/17) [https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/palmer-and-vel-zquez-introduce-puerto-rico-humanitarian-relief-act].

Australia – rudder failure grounding

clip_image008 The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of the 19 August 2016 grounding of the tanker Bow Singapore at Port Phillip, Victoria. At 1614, as the ship neared the eastern end of the South Channel, the rudder ceased responding to helm inputs and remained at five degrees port. The ship started swinging toward the edge of the channel. Steering was regained a short time later but, despite the efforts of the pilot, the ship grounded at 1617. Investigation revealed that a telemotor solenoid, controlling the rudder’s movement, had stopped responding to electrical signals. Report 2016-005 (10/6 /17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2016/mair/326-mo-2016-005/].

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    logo11 Back to basics

    In the November 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Back to basics". The article discusses the importance of training and adequate rest for proper performance of duties by US Navy personnel in light of the recent series of marine casualties involving naval warships. In this regard, Navy personnel are no different than merchant mariners and the Navy should look to the merchant marine for examples of how the issue can be addressed.