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July 5th, 2018 at 10:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 July 2018

Headlines:

USCG – fuel oil consumption reporting;

USCG – form for facility inspections;

USCG – Subchapter M COIs;

USCG – towing vessels and AIS;

Savannah – regulated navigation area;

BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control;

FMC – West Coast MTO Agreement;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project;

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish;

House – bill introduced re oceans policy; and

Panama Canal – LNG transit restrictions ending.

July 5, 2018

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USCG – fuel oil consumption reporting

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing that classification societies authorized to issue International Energy Efficiency (IEE) certificates on its behalf are also authorized to issue statements of compliance relating to fuel oil consumption reporting as required by MARPOL Annex VI. MSIB 05-18 (6/28/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_005_18.pdf].

USCG – form for facility inspections

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that, effective immediately, USCG facility inspectors will use USCG form CF-835F to document facility inspections. (6/28/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/28/6-28-2018-coast-guard-facility-inspectors-will-use-form-cg-835f-facility-inspection-requirements/].

USCG – Subchapter M COIs

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recommending to owners of towing vessels procedures for collecting information in preparation for Subchapter M Certificates of Inspection (COIs). (7/2/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/07/02/7-2-2018-collecting-information-for-subchapter-m-certificates-of-inspection/].

USCG – towing vessels and AIS

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that many towing vessels are required to carry Automatic Identification Systems (AISs). Monitoring has shown that many towing vessels are transmitting inaccurate AIS data. (7/3/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/07/03/7-3-2018-is-your-automated-identification-system-ready-for-subchapter-m/].

Savannah – regulated navigation area

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 25 July in Savannah to receive comments on a proposal to revise the regulated navigation area on the Savannah River. Written comments must be received by 15 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 31344 (7/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-05/pdf/2018-14356.pdf].

BSEE – blowout preventer systems & well control

clip_image007 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has extended, until 6 August, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal regarding OCS blowout preventer systems and well control. 83 Fed. Reg. 31343 (7/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-05/pdf/2018-14483.pdf].

FMC – West Coast MTO Agreement

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has formally requested additional information regarding the West Coast MTO Agreement. 83 Fed. Reg. 31390 (7/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-05/pdf/2018-14417.pdf].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass Project

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass Project. Comments must be received by 13 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 30728 (6/29/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-29/pdf/2018-13958.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image013 Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3096) to allow the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, and for other purposes. (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3096is/pdf/BILLS-115s3096is.pdf].

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish

clip_image015 Representative Soto (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 6255) to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/27/18).

House – bill introduced re oceans policy

clip_image015[1] Representative Panetta (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 6300) to give Executive Order 13547, relating to the stewardship of the ocean, the coasts, and the Great Lakes, the full force and effect of law, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Panetta issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/18) [https://panetta.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-panetta-introduces-national-ocean-policy-act-protect-ocean].

Panama Canal – LNG transit restrictions ending

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release announcing that, effective 1 October, the daylight and encounter restrictions on transit of LNG carriers will be eliminated. (2/29/18) [http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2018/06/28/pr654.html].

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June 28th, 2018 at 10:46 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 June 2018

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – new anchorage grounds;

OFAC – Iranian sanctions;

DOJ – proposed consent decree;

NOAA – Science & Technology for America’s Oceans;

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers;

Senate – bill introduced re marine aquaculture;

IMO – ship noise;

Panama Canal – second anniversary of expansion;

Panama Canal – maximum draft increased; and

UK – MAIB annual report.

June 28, 2018

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St. Lawrence Seaway – new anchorage grounds

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing two separate anchorage grounds in the Saint Lawrence Seaway, Carleton Island Anchorage and Tibbetts Point Anchorage, near Cape Vincent, New York. The rule enters into effect on 30 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 30343 (6/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13928.pdf].

OFAC – Iranian sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations to implement the President’s 8 May decision to end US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. 83 Fed. Reg. 30335 (6/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13939.pdf].

DOJ – proposed consent decree

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice that it has lodged in federal court a proposed consent decree related to a fishing vessel that allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging oily waste from the vessel’s bilge. Comments on the proposed decree must be received within 30 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 30459 (6/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13873.pdf].

NOAA – Science & Technology for America’s Oceans

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on Science and Technology for America’s Oceans: A Decadal Vision. Comments must be submitted by 27 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 30420 (6/28/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13926.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers

clip_image012 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (S. 3094) to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3094is/pdf/BILLS-115s3094is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re marine aquaculture

clip_image013 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 3138) to establish a regulatory system for marine aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/26/18) [https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=FC457D50-9577-4CED-9271-C21695FE0B9D].

IMO – ship noise

clip_image015 The IMO issued a bulletin on ship noise and the negative impacts it can have on humans and marine life. (6/26/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Noise.aspx].

Panama Canal – second anniversary of expansion

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release commemorating the second anniversary of the opening of the Expanded Panama Canal. (6/26/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2018/06/26/pr653.html].

Panama Canal – maximum draft increased

clip_image017[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective immediately, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks has been increased to 15.24 meters (50.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 24-2018 (6/26/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-24-2018.pdf].

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image019 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2017, summarizing accidents investigated during the year. (6/27/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maib-annual-report-2017].

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June 27th, 2018 at 10:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 June 2018

Headlines:

NY/NJ Harbor – safety and security zones;

MARAD – $7 million for AMHP projects;

New York – cleaner engines on floating crane;

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety;

House – bill introduced re blue technology; and

Court – uninspected vessel?

June 27, 2018

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NY/NJ Harbor – safety and security zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule, effective immediately. Modifying the safety and security zones surrounding the bridge between Liberty State Park and Ellis Island to allow certain vessels to transit underneath the bridge. 83 Fed. Reg. 30041 (6/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-27/pdf/2018-13863.pdf].

MARAD – $7 million for AMHP projects

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that there is a $7 million funding opportunity for projects designated under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). Applications must be received by 5 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 30214 (6/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-27/pdf/2018-13798.pdf].

New York – cleaner engines on floating crane

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that, as part of the settlement of an alleged environmental violation, the Northeast Dredging Equipment Company has replaced two old diesel engines on its floating crane in New York Harbor with newer cleaner diesel engines. (6/26/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-settlement-northeast-dredging-equipment-company-llc-puts-cleaner-diesel].

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety

clip_image010 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Maritime Safety Act of 2018 (H.R. 6175) to enhance maritime safety, and for other purposes. (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6175ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6175ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re blue technology

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Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise Act (H.R. 6205) to direct the Commandant of the Coast Guard to establish a Blue Technology center of expertise. (6/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6206ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6206ih.pdf].

Court – uninspected vessel?

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court ruling that the USCG prohibition against crew members on inspected vessels consuming alcohol does not apply to this vessel under the circumstances. The vessel owner’s parent company used the vessel as part of a customer appreciation effort and reimbursed the owner for the vessel’s operating expenses including the crew wages. The court held that, based on the evidence presented and the arguments made by counsel, the vessel was an uninspected vessel under terms of the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993, not a small passenger vessel. Shawler v Big Valley, LLC, No. 16-31072 (5th Cir., June 22, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/16/16-31072.0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons. Note: USCG records indicate that the vessel is less than 100 gross tons and documented as a recreational vessel. There are insufficient facts in the decision to determine if the Coast Guard would reach the same conclusion as the court did regarding application of ban against alcohol consumption by the crew.

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June 26th, 2018 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – RADM Bennis Awards re maritime security;

USCG – illegal passenger vessel charter operations;

USCG – ITV International Addendum;

St. Lawrence Seaway – use of lines at HFM locks;

House – bill introduced to retrain transportation workers;

Court – lack of vicarious liability;

IMO – Day of the Seafarer;

Canada – medium icebreakers for CCG;

Canada – Day of the Seafarer;

Denmark – Day of the Seafarer; and

Singapore – Day of the Seafarer.

June 26, 2018

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USCG – RADM Bennis Awards re maritime security

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the winners of the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security. (6/25/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/25/6-22-2018-winners-of-rear-adm-bennis-recognized-for-excellence-in-maritime-security/].

USCG – illegal passenger vessel charter operations

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding the public of the dangers of illegal passenger vessel charter operations. (6/25/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/25/6-26-2018-recent-law-enforcement-case-highlights-dangers-of-illegal-passenger-vessel-charter-operations/].

USCG – ITV International Addendum

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a revised version of its Inspected Towing Vessel (ITV) International Addendum. CVC-FM-003(2) (6/20/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-FM-003(2).pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – use of lines at HFM locks

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that if a need is identified to use lines at locks where hands-free-mooring (HFM) is installed, an advance notice of at least 60 minutes identifying the need shall be provided if possible. In addition, operators of such vessels intending to leave port with an ETA less than six hours from a Welland Canal Call in Point are encouraged to contact the Seaway Traffic control center to establish an optimum arrival time for the Welland Canal. Notice 9-2018 (6/25/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180625.pdf].

House – bill introduced to retrain transportation workers

clip_image008 Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 6200) to allow the Secretary of Transportation to provide grants to retrain transportation workers. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/22/18),

Court – lack of vicarious liability

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a cruise line is not liable for injuries incurred by a passenger during a shore excursion zip-line activity conducted by an independent contractor based on the lack of vicarious liability. Ceithaml v. Celebrity Cruises, No. 17-12956 (11th Cir., June 25, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201712956.pdf].

IMO – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release celebrating June 25 as the 2018 Day of the Seafarer, addressing the important issued of seafarers’ wellbeing. (6/25/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/10-DOTS-2018.aspx].

Canada – medium icebreakers for CCG

clip_image014 Public Services and Procurement Canada issued a news release stating that it issued an advance Contract Award Notice to Chantier Davie for the acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers to provide interim icebreaking capability for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). (6/22/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/news/2018/06/canada-to-acquire-three-interim-icebreakers.html].

Canada – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image014[1] Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it is celebrating the ninth annual Day of the Seafarer. The theme for this year’s event is ‘well-being and mental health’. (6/25/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/06/government-of-canada-celebrates-the-ninth-annual-day-of-the-seafarer.html].

Denmark – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it is celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer. The focus for this year’s event is the seafarers’ physical and mental wellbeing. (6/25/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/All-hands-on-deck—today-is-Day-of-the-Seafarer.aspx].

Singapore – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it is celebrating the Day of the Seafarer to thank seafarers. (6/25/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/1e156558-fb66-43e9-b094-3dac4cdd8164].

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June 25th, 2018 at 10:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 June 2018

Headlines:

OMB – Government Reform Plan;

USCG – STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations;

EPA – hazardous substance discharges;

DOE – import/export of natural gas;

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project;

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re taking of sea lions;

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety;

House – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

Court – genuine dispute as to a material fact;

Australia – search for lost containers; and

Denmark – loss of tow.

June 25, 2018

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OMB – Government Reform Plan

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its Government Reform Plan. Among other things, it calls for transferring the maritime aids to navigation (ATON) mission and the navigation dredging mission from, respectively, the US Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to the Department of Transportation. (6/22/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf].

USCG – STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin regarding the submittal of applications for STCW endorsements for Polar Code operations in accordance with CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-18. (6/22/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/polar_code_notice_06222018.pdf].

EPA – hazardous substance discharges

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it does not intend to establish new requirements to prevent discharges of hazardous substances from onshore and offshore facilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Comments on this proposal must be submitted by 24 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 29499 (6/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13470.pdf].

DOE – import/export of natural gas

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of its recent orders regarding applications for authorization to import and export natural gas. 83 Fed. Reg. 29550 (6/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13476.pdf].

FERC – Calcasieu Pass LNG Project

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that it seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass LNG Project. The comment period closes on 13 August. (6/22/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/06-22-18-DEIS.asp].

Senate – DHS appropriations bill introduced

clip_image014 Senator Capito (R-WV) introduced an original bill (S. 3109) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3109pcs/pdf/BILLS-115s3109pcs.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re taking of sea lions

clip_image015 Senator Risch (R-ID) introduced a bill (S. 3119) to allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/18).

House – bill introduced to enhance maritime safety

clip_image017 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 6175) to enhance maritime safety, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/18).

House – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image017[1] Representative Cicilline (D-RI) introduced a bill (H.R. 6171) to authorize the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel Oliver Hazard Perry, and for other purposes. (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6171ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6171ih.pdf].

Court – genuine dispute as to a material fact

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated the district court grant of a summary judgment motion due to a genuine dispute as to a material fact. Plaintiff passenger was injured in a slip-and-fall on one of defendant’s ships. There was evidence in the record from which a reasonable person might conclude that a crewmember knew or should have known of the slippery condition. Aponte v Royal Caribbean, No. 16-16580 (11th Cir., June 22, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201616580.pdf].

Australia – search for lost containers

clip_image021 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the search for the missing containers lost from YM Efficiency is about to commence. On 1 June, 81 containers fell into the sea from the ship during heavy weather about 30 km off Newcastle. (6/22/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/marine-environment/incidents-and-exercises/locating-containers-lost-ym-efficiency].

Denmark – loss of tow

clip_image023 The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the loss by the Maersk Battler of its tow of Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper in the Bay of Biscay on 21-22 December 2016. The root cause of the casualty was the decision to tow the two vessels side-by-side in prevailing weather conditions. (6/22/18) [http://www.dmaib.com/Ulykkesrapporter/Marine%20accident%20report%20-%20Loss%20of%20tow%20-%20MAERSK%20BATTLER.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – change to Inland Navigation Rules;

USCG – the role of SMSs;

Cape Charles – anchorage ground proposals;

USCG – TWIC reader requirement delay;

USCG – policy re Polar Code qualifications;

NTSB – fire on ro-ro passenger vessel;

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers;

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement;

UK – intoxicated watchkeeping; and

Marine News – vessel response plans.

June 22, 2018

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USCG – change to Inland Navigation Rules

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice reminding mariners of a recent change to the Inland Navigation Rules. The word ‘danger’ has been removed from Rule 34, aligning it with the 1972 COLREGS and alleviating potential ambiguity. (6/21/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/inland_navigation_rules_change_notice.pdf].

USCG – the role of SMSs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the role of safety management systems (SMSs). (6/21/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/21/6-21-2018-posidonia-2018-the-role-of-safety-management-systems-in-the-next-chapter-of-shipping/].

Cape Charles – anchorage ground proposals

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a new deep-water anchorage ground and relocate an existing anchorage ground new Cape Charles on the Lower Chesapeake Bay. Public meeting will be held in Norfolk on 25 June and in Cape Charles on 10 July. Comments must be received by 17 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 29081 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13439.pdf].

USCG – TWIC reader requirement delay

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date for TWIC reader requirements for certain maritime facilities. Comments must be received by 23 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 29067 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13345.pdf].

USCG – policy re Polar Code qualifications

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-18 titled “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations”. The policy enters into effect immediately. Comments must be received by 20 September. 83 Fed. Reg. 29131 (6/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13465.pdf].

NTSB – fire on ro-ro passenger vessel

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 17 August 2016 fire that broke out in the main engine room of the roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy when fuel spraying from a leaking flange came in contact with a hot surface on the port main propulsion engine. The fire could not be contained, so the master ordered the ship to be abandoned. US Coast Guard and other first responder vessels and aircraft, along with good Samaritan vessels, helped transport all 511 passengers and crew to the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Several injuries, none life-threatening, occurred during firefighting and abandonment efforts. The burning vessel drifted in the wind and grounded on the sandy bottom outside the port. Three days later, the vessel was towed into the harbor, where shore-based firefighters extinguished the last of the fire. The accident resulted in an estimated $20 million in damage to the Caribbean Fantasy, which was eventually scrapped in lieu of repairs. The probable cause of the fire was Baja Ferries’ poor safety culture and ineffective implementation of their safety management system on board the vessel, where poor maintenance practices led to an uncontained fuel spray from a blank flange at the end of the port main engine fuel supply line onto the hot exhaust manifold of the engine. Contributing to the rapid spread of the fire were fuel and lube oil quick-closing valves that were intentionally blocked open, fixed firefighting systems that were ineffective, and a structural fire boundary that failed. Contributing to the fire and the prolonged abandonment effort was the failure of the Panama Maritime Authority and the recognized organization, RINA Services, to ensure Baja Ferries’ safety management system was functional. MAR 18-01 (6/21/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1801.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re biometric card readers

clip_image008 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 3094) to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/18).

Senate – bill introduced re coastwise endorsement

clip_image008[1] Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3096) to allow the Coast Guard to issue a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for the vessel OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/18).

UK – intoxicated watchkeeping

clip_image010 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 10 October 2017 grounding of the general cargo vessel Ruyter on the north shore of Rathlin Island when the master, who was the sole watchkeeper, left the bridge unattended. The bridge navigational watch alarm system, which could have alerted the chief officer to the fact that the bridge was unmanned, had been switched off. Consequently, no action was taken to correct a deviation from the ship’s planned track. The master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch but the chief officer, who had previously warned the master against excessive consumption of alcohol, had been satisfied that the master was fit for watchkeeping duties. Report 11-2018 (6/21/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5b27c3c9ed915d2cd5d01be9/MAIBInvReport11_2018.pdf].

Marine News – vessel response plans

clip_image012 In the June 2018 edition of Marine News, you can find my article entitled Vessel Response Plans. The article discusses the roles of the vessel response plans (VRPs), oil spill response organizations (OSROs), and salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) resource providers. (6/21/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MN180600.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 June 2018

Headlines:

White House – Executive Order re ocean policy;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate;

USCG – ballast water management regulations;

Cape Charles – meetings re proposed anchorages;

USN – three naval officers censured;

NOAA – underwater acoustic impacts;

FWS – eagle fatalities at wind energy facilities;

DOE – policy re export of natural gas;

Court – bunker supplier without a lien;

UN – anthropologic underwater noise;

Australia – ship garbage recycling project; and

Singapore – safety initiatives.

June 21, 2018

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White House – Executive Order re ocean policy

clip_image004 President Trump signed an Executive Order regarding the ocean policy in order to advance the economic, security, and environmental interests of the United States. The goal of the order is to establish a more streamlined process for federal coordination on ocean policy. (6/19/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-regarding-ocean-policy-advance-economic-security-environmental-interests-united-states/].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificate

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to BIO-UV Group for its BIO-SEA B BWMS. (6/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/20/6-20-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-bio-uv-group/].

USCG – ballast water management regulations

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the ballast water management regulations and a discussion of how global trends will impact the maritime industry. (6/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/20/6-20-2018-posidonia-2018-ballast-water-management-regulations-global-trends-in-the-21st-century/].

Cape Charles – meetings re proposed anchorages

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that public meetings will be held in Norfolk (25 June) and Cape Charles (10 July) to invite public comment about the proposed creation and relocation of two Cape Charles anchorages. (6/20/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f8c140].

USN – three naval officers censured

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to three senior Navy officers based on findings that each of these officers’ improper interactions with and acceptance of gifts from Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defense contractor and prohibited source. (6/20/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106071].

NOAA – underwater acoustic impacts

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing completion of the 2018 Revision to its 2016 Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing – Underwater Acoustic Thresholds for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts. 83 Fed. Reg. 28824 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13313.pdf].

FWS – eagle fatalities at wind energy facilities

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on its updated collision risk model to predict the number of golden and bald eagles that may be killed at new wind energy facilities. Comments must be submitted by 20 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 28858 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13358.pdf].

DOE – policy re export of natural gas

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued its policy statement regarding long-term authorization to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries. The policy enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 28841 (6/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-21/pdf/2018-13427.pdf].

Court – bunker supplier without a lien

clip_image016 Over a vigorous dissent, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a bunker supplier who dealt with a now-bankrupt trader rather than directly with the vessel or its owner does not have a maritime lien against the vessel. Valero Marketing v MV Almi Sun, No. 16-30194 (5th Cir., June 20, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30194-CV0.pdf]. Note: This is the third recent appellate decision arriving at the same conclusion in the aftermath of the worldwide bankruptcy of O.W. Bunker group of companies.

UN – anthropologic underwater noise

clip_image017 The United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea issued a notice stating that the nineteenth meeting of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 19) is being held in New York on 18-22 June. The focus of this meeting is anthropogenic underwater noise. (6/18/18) [http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultative_process.htm].

Australia – ship garbage recycling project

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the ship garbage recycling project in the port of Brisbane has wrapped up. The results will now be evaluated looking for lessons learned. (6/20/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/ship-garbage-recycling-pilot-wraps-port-brisbane].

Singapore – safety initiatives

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release announcing new safety initiatives. The Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) will be upgraded. This includes improvements to the resolution of CCTV and video analytics capabilities, and expansion of the data bandwidth between the VTIS and radar stations to enhance situational awareness through ensuring high resolution radar plots. A VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) will be developed to facilitate real-time data transfer between shore and ships in the port. (6/20/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/131c9f9b-46a5-44c2-b219-315e41bf7763].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – role of the regulator;

CDC – inspection fees for cruise ships;

IMO & Poland – World Maritime Day; and

Australia – Iron Chieftain fire.

June 20, 2018

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USCG – role of the regulator

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the role of the regulator with regard to the marine industry. (6/19/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/19/6-19-2018-posidonia-2018-role-of-the-regulator/].

CDC – inspection fees for cruise ships

clip_image006 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a notice announcing the fiscal year 2019 fees for sanitation inspection of cruise ships. 83 Fed. Reg. 28650 (6/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13216.pdf].

IMO & Poland – World Maritime Day

clip_image008 clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release concerning World Maritime Day Parallel Event held in Szczecin, Poland on 13-15 June. (6/18/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/09PolandWorldMaritimeDayParallelEvent.aspx].

Australia – Iron Chieftain fire

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it is investigating the fire that occurred on board the bulk carrier Iron Chieftain in Port Kembla on 18 June. (6/19/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/mair/346-mo-2018-011/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re PFDs;

USCG – IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap;

USN – rescue and transfer;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 23 July;

Court – maintenance award; and

UK – marine equipment type approval.

June 19, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re PFDs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert to raise awareness of a potentially dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency. During recent PFD inspections, inspectors discovered that the securing strap was secured at its bitter end, and was also fused to the side of the PFD by what appeared to be the shell coating or color-matching material. As a result, a user is unable to separate the halves of the PFD to open the gap and place over the head to wear. Based on the number of problematic PFDs discovered, the Coast Guard is strongly recommending that owners and operators using this type of PFD inspect each one for this condition. If problematic PFDs are discovered, owners and operators are encouraged to report their findings to the Coast Guard. Alert 11-18 (6/18/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1118.pdf?ver=2018-06-18-155008-357].

USCG – IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin on the agency’s perspective on the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap. (6/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/18/6-18-2018-posidonia-2018-coast-guard-perspective-on-imo-2020-sulphur-cap/].

USN – rescue and transfer

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) conducted a passenger transport of 41 individuals to ships of the Italian Coast Guard off the island of Lampedusa. The individuals had been rescued by Trenton off the coast of Libya. (6/17/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106030].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 23 July

clip_image008 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet via teleconference on 23 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 28488 (6/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13131.pdf].

Court – maintenance award

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of a seafarer who sought a maintenance award at a higher rate than the actual cost of food and lodging aboard ship. Sabow v American Seafoods Company, No. 16-35521 (9th Cir., June 15, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/06/15/16-35521.pdf].

UK – marine equipment type approval

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued an updated version of its guidance on obtaining type approval of marine equipment. MSN 1874 (M&F) (6/18/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/msn-1874mf-amendment-2-marine-equipment-directive-other-approval-standards].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 June 2018

Headlines:

USCG – BWMS type approval;

New Orleans – safety zone proposed;

NTSB – towing incident;

DOE – offshore wind energy research;

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States; and

MREN – Old River Control Structure.

June 18, 2018

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USCG – BWMS type approval

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval has been issued to Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for its Samsung Purimar BWMS. (6/15/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/15/6-15-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-samsung-heavy-industries-co-ltd/].

New Orleans – safety zone proposed

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 94 and 97 above head of Passes to be enforced during firework displays. Comments must be received by 18 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 28175 (6/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-18/pdf/2018-13025.pdf].

NTSB – towing accident

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 3 May 2017 incident in Lake Pontchartrain during which the Coast Guard response boat CG 29113 allided with the Highway 11 Bridge while responding to a non-distress search-and-rescue case involving an adrift Vanguard sailboat. The accident caused a minor injury to one of the four Coast Guard crewmembers and damage estimated at $337,000 to the CG 29113. The sailboat, valued at $20,000, eventually sank. The probable cause of the towing accident was the challenging circumstances during a stern-to-stern tow in deteriorating weather conditions, which fouled the CG 29113’s propellers and caused a loss of propulsion. Contributing to the accident was the dilapidated state of the sailboat, which complicated the attempt to tow the vessel, which subsequently sank. MAB 18-12 (6/14/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1812.pdf].

DOE – offshore wind energy research

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that it is awarding $18.5 million for offshore wind energy research. (6/15/18) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-185-million-offshore-wind-research].

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States

clip_image011 clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are taking the next step in their joint efforts to redefine the ‘waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act. The proposed measure will be published in the Federal Register, seeking public comment. (6/15/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-take-next-step-joint-efforts-redefine-waters-united-states].

MREN – Old River Control Structure

clip_image015 In the May 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled “Old River Control Structure". The article highlights the importance of this complex facility located in northern Louisiana to the ecology, environment, and livelihood of all facets of the Lower Mississippi River basin. It also discusses the ongoing efforts of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to control Mother Nature and maintain the status quo. (6/15/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180600.pdf].

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    logo11 Vessel General Permit update

    In the July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Vessels General Permit update". The article summarizes the Vessel General Permit (VGP) program promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions into the water from vessels. It points out that the current program expires in December 2018 and that the EPA has yet to unveil a proposed replacement.