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September 22nd, 2017 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 September 2017

Headlines:

White House – sanctions re North Korea;

OFAC – sanctions re North Korea;

Puerto Rico – search and rescue;

USCG – navigation during GPS outage;

MEDMAC – meeting on 18-19 October;

MERPAC – meeting on 26-27 October;

USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY2018;

IMO – bauxite carriage hazards;

Canada – vessel penalized for speeding; and

Autumnal equinox – 22 September 2017.

September 22, 2017

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White House – sanctions re North Korea

President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing economic sanctions against any person that, among other things, operates in the transportation industries in North Korea or is engaged in the importation or exportation to North Korea of any goods, services, or technology. (9/21/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/21/presidential-executive-order-imposing-additional-sanctions-respect-north].

OFAC – sanctions re North Korea

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the new Executive Order concerning sanctions against North Korea. (9/21/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Sanctions/Pages/faq_other.aspx#nk].

Puerto Rico – search and rescue

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a Royal Navy helicopter rescued an adult female and two children from the overturned vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico. An adult male mariner was reported deceased inside the vessel which was inaccessible to search and rescue crews. (9/21/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b8858e].

USCG – navigation during GPS outage

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin relating how one master engaged in good navigation practices during a GPS outage. (9/21/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/21/9212017-good-navigation-practices-how-one-vessel-master-managed-safe-navigation-during-a-gps-outage/].

MEDMAC – meeting on 18-19 October

The Merchant Marine Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 18-19 October in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 82 Fed. Reg. 44432 (9/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20208.pdf].

MERPAC – meeting on 26-27 October

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 26-27 October in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 82 Fed. Reg. 44433 (9/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20209.pdf].

USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY2018

The US Coast Guard issued a notice establishing the Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) program requirements for FY2018. ACN 101/17 (9/13/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b6c4be].

IMO – bauxite carriage hazards

The IMO issued a news release warning on hazards of carrying bauxite in bulk by ship. (9/15/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/22-bauxite-CCC.aspx].

Canada – vessel penalized for speeding

Transport Canada issued a news release stating that a $6,000 penalty has been assessed with regard to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William Alexander for non-respect of the speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. (9/15/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/09/transport_canadaissuesanotherfinefornon-respectofthespeedrestric0.html].

Autumnal equinox – 22 September 2017

The autumnal equinox for 2017 is at 2002 UTC, Friday, 22 September 2017. This is calculated as the moment that the sun crosses the equator headed south. As I recall, in my youth (also known as the Dark Ages), the first day of autumn was traditionally on 21 September. The delay of a day is disturbing and another insidious impact of global warming and the gradual expansion of the planet’s waistline.

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September 21st, 2017 at 10:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts;

USCG – Polar Ship Certificate;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates – correction;

USCG – vessel documentation regulations;

USCG – guidelines re BWM Convention;

FMC – meeting summary; and

CMTS – Federal Funding Handbook.

September 21, 2017

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Puerto Rico – humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, following passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico, it has commenced humanitarian relief and port reconstitution efforts. (9/20/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b85a8c].

USCG – Polar Ship Certificate

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule adding the Polar Ship Certificate to a list of certificates that certain US and foreign-flag ships will need to carry on board if they engage in international voyages in polar waters. The rule enters into effect on 23 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 44108 (9/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/pdf/2017-20155.pdf].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates – correction

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued corrections to its 31 August rulemaking regarding Great Lakes Pilotage rates. 82 Fed. Reg. 43864 (9/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-20/pdf/C1-2017-18411.pdf].

USCG – vessel documentation regulations

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule making technical amendments to its vessel documentation regulations. The amendments enter into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 43858 (9/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-20/pdf/2017-20023.pdf].

USCG – guidelines re BWM Convention

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard posted guidelines for voluntary compliance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-05 (9/6/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CG-CVC_pol17-05.pdf].

FMC – meeting summary

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing its 20 September meeting concerning supply chain teams, shipping forum, procedural changes, and a petition regarding port practices. (9/20/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_meeting_summarySep2017/],

CMTS – Federal Funding Handbook

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted a notice announcing the availability of the updated and enhanced Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure. (9/18/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/].

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September 19th, 2017 at 10:48 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – Port Condition Zulu;

DHS – expansion of Jones Act waiver;

CTAC – meeting on 5 October with teleconference option;

USCG – NVIC re implementing MLC 2006; and

USCG – CFSAC members sought.

September 19, 2017

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Puerto Rico – Port Condition Zulu

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Port Condition Zulu has been set for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands due to the approach of Hurricane Maria. (9/18/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b7d30b].

DHS – expansion of Jones Act waiver

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the Jones Act waiver to allow transportation of petroleum products by non-coastwise-qualified vessels from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico through 22 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 43000 (9/19/17) [].

CTAC – meeting on 5 October with teleconference option

clip_image004[1] The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet as scheduled on 5 October with a teleconference option. 82 Fed. Reg. 43000 (9/19/17) [].

USCG – NVIC re implementing MLC 2006

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-13, Change (1) providing guidance on implementing Maritime Labour Convention 2006, including the 2014 amendments. 82 Fed. Reg. 43000 (9/19/17) [].

USCG – CFSAC members sought

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC). Applications should be submitted by ____. 82 Fed. Reg. 43000 (9/19/17) [].

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September 18th, 2017 at 11:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – Port Condition X-ray;

FMC – meeting on 20 September;

MTSNAC – meeting on 27 September;

NBSAC – meeting on 10-12 October;

Australia – ship banned for double bookkeeping; and

UK – ferry grounding.

September 18, 2017

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Puerto Rico – Port Condition X-ray

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Port Condition X-ray has been set for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands due to the approach of Tropical Storm Maria. (9/17/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b79d56].

FMC – meeting on 20 September

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 20 September in Washington, DC. In open session, the Commissioners will receive a briefing by Commissioner Dye on the Supply Chain Innovation Teams and Update Global Liner Shipping Asia Conference as well as a staff briefing on Review Process for Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements. In the closed session, the Commissioners will receive a staff update on Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices. 82 Fed. Reg. 43541 (9/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-18/pdf/2017-19847.pdf].

MTSNAC – meeting on 27 September

clip_image008 The Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration MARAD), will meet on 27 September in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 43084 (9/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-13/pdf/2017-19398.pdf].

NBSAC – meeting on 10-12 October

clip_image004[1] The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 10-12 October in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include pyrotechnic visual distress signals and grant projects related to boats and associated equipment. 82 Fed. Reg. 43552 (9/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-18/pdf/2017-19738.pdf].

Australia – ship banned for double bookkeeping

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier DL Carnation has been banned from making port calls in Australia for twelve months after an inspection found that the vessel was maintaining two sets of books concerning crew wages. Crew underpayments were in excess of $17,000, which the owner was required to pay before the vessel was released from detention. (9/14/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/14092017_DLCarnationbannedfromAustraliaforunderpayingcrew.pdf].

UK – ferry grounding

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 25 September 2016 grounding of the ro-ro passenger ferry Hebrides. The ferry was approaching Lochmaddy, North Uist, Scotland when control of the ferry’s port controllable pitch propeller was lost. The master attempted to control the ferry’s movements but he was unable to prevent it from running over several mooring pontoons and briefly grounding. There were no injuries but the ferry was damaged and had to be taken out of service and repaired in dry dock. The loss of control was caused by the loosening of a setscrew (grub screw) within a servomotor assembly. Thread locking compound had not been used to secure the setscrew. Service instructions for the maintenance of the servomotor were not available to ship’s engineers or shore-based service engineers. Report 20-2017 (9/14/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/loss-of-control-and-grounding-of-ro-ro-passenger-ferry-hebrides].

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September 12th, 2017 at 11:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 September 2017

Headlines:

CBP – regulatory reform;

NTSB – tanker allisions;

House – bill introduced re Santa Barbara Channel speed reduction;

IMO – BWM Convention enters into force;

Canada – $6,000 penalty for speed violation; and

UK – grounding of semi-submersible.

September 7, 2017

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CBP – regulatory reform

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it seeks assistance in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements, and other regulatory obligations that can be changed to reduce burdens. Comments must be received by 11 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 42751 (9/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/pdf/2017-19167.pdf].

NTSB – tanker allisions

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 2 February 2016 allision of the tanker Nordbay with a dock and water intakes on the left descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River at New Orleans. Less than an hour later, as the vessel maneuvered through another bend in the river while heading toward an anchorage, it allided with a wharf on the left descending bank. No pollution or injuries were reported. The dock, water intakes, the wharf, and the tanker sustained an estimated $6.4 million in total damage. ​The probable cause of the tanker’s allisions with water intakes and docks was the pilot and the master not adequately assessing the risks of handling the ballasted vessel during high-river conditions with strong following currents while turning into the wind. Contributing was the bridge team’s poor situational awareness of the vessel’s position in the waterway. Contributing to the second allision was the master’s distraction from his duties while making a phone call. MAB 17-30 (8/25/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/MAB1730.aspx].

House – bill introduced re Santa Barbara Channel speed reduction

clip_image008 Representative Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Blue Whales and Blue Skies Act (H.R. 3682) to direct the Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a Blue Whales and Blue Skies Program to reduce air pollution and harmful underwater acoustic impacts and the risk of fatal vessel whale strikes by recognizing voluntary reductions in the speed of vessels transiting the Greater Santa Barbara Channel Region, California, and for other purposes. (9/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3682ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3682ih.pdf].

IMO – BWM Convention enters into force

clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release stating that the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention has entered into force. (9/8/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/21-BWM-EIF.aspx].

Canada – $6,000 penalty for speed violation

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that a $6,000 penalty has been assessed against the vessel Seven Seas Navigator for violation of the Gulf of St. Lawrence speed restrictions intended to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. (9/8/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/09/transport_canadaissuesgulfofstlawrencespeedrestrictionfine.html].

UK – grounding of semi-submersible

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) published the report of its investigation of the grounding of the semi-submersible rig Transocean Winner on the Isle of Lewis following the loss of tow from the tug ALP Forward on 8 August 2016. Passage planning and monitoring were found to be inadequate. Report 19/2017 (9/7/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/grounding-of-semi-submersible-rig-transocean-winner-after-the-loss-of-tow-from-tug-alp-forward].

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September 11th, 2017 at 11:46 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 September 2017

Headlines:

Florida – Hurricane Irma;

DHS – Jones Act waiver;

MERPAC – meeting cancelled;

MEDMAC – meeting cancelled;

NOAA – deep seabed mining;

USACE – Columbia River dredging;

USCG – cyber risks at regulated facilities;

GLPAC – meeting on 26-27 September;

Glenn J, Winuk – A fallen American hero.

September 11, 2017

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Florida – Hurricane Irma

clip_image004 Hurricane Irma is battering the state of Florida. While the worst weather has been along the Gulf coast, no part of the state is exempt. Vessels and facilities should heed the warnings of the US Coast Guard, the National Weather Service, and state and local officials. (9/11/17).

DHS – Jones Act waiver

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice waiving the requirement for use of coastwise qualified vessels for the transport of refined petroleum products from New York, Pennsylvania, Texas. And Louisiana to South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico for the next seven days. (9/8/17) [https://www.dhs.gov/publication/september-8-2017-jones-act-waiver].

MERPAC – meeting cancelled

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the meeting of the Merchant Mariner Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) scheduled for 14-15 September has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 82 Fed. Reg. 42688 (9/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-11/pdf/2017-19328.pdf].

MEDMAC – meeting cancelled

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the meeting of the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC) scheduled for 12-13 September has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 82 Fed. Reg. 42688 (9/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-11/pdf/2017-19329.pdf].

NOAA – deep seabed mining

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has approved two five-year extensions of deep seabed hard mineral exploration licenses. 82 Fed. Reg. 42327 (9/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-07/pdf/2017-18994.pdf].

USACE – Columbia River dredging

clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed continued maintenance of the 43-foot deep Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. Public meetings will be held in Longview (2 October); Vancouver (5 October); Portland (6 October); St. Helens (16 October); Astoria (17 October); and Cathlamet (19 October). Written comments must be received by 16 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 42548 (9/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-08/pdf/2017-18988.pdf].

USCG – cyber risks at regulated facilities

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard has extended, until 11 October, the period within which to submit comments on its draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-17 entitled Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities. 82 Fed. Reg. 42560 (9/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-08/pdf/2017-19037.pdf].

GLPAC – meeting on 26-27 September

clip_image011[1] The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 26-27 September in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 82 Fed. Reg. 42561 (9/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-08/pdf/2017-19054.pdf].

Glenn J. Winuk – A Fallen American Hero

clip_image012 Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks in Manhattan, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. Approximately 3,000 people died as a result of those attacks. Most were dedicated firefighters and police in New York City and many were innocent victims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One, though, was a maritime lawyer who worked several blocks away from the World Trade Center. After the planes hit the Twin Towers and people started fleeing the area, Glenn J. Winuk, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown on Long Island, grabbed a response kit from a parked fire truck and went to the South Tower to render assistance to persons in need. His remains were identified months later through DNA analysis. He represents all that is good and true in Americans and deserves to be long-remembered. (9/11/17).

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September 6th, 2017 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans;

Florida Straits – caution recommended;

San Juan – USCG monitoring unit closed;

USCG – conditions at Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston;

Columbia River – closed due to forest fires;

EMSA – seafarer statistics in the EU; and

UK – MSI broadcast frequencies.

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Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release advising mariners in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that it has set Port Condition ZULU. Vessels and facilities should implement heavy weather contingency plans as Hurricane Irma approaches. (9/5/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b52bef]. Note should also be taken of the relevant US Coast Guard hurricane contingency plans. (9/5/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_170602.pdf].

Florida Straits – caution recommended

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release cautioning mariners in the vicinity of the Florida Straits to prepare for the approach of Hurricane Irma. (9/5/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b51ed7].

San Juan – USCG monitoring unit closed

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that Monitoring Unit (MU) San Juan is closed until further notice in preparation for Hurricane Irma. (9/5/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/rec/mu_san_juan_closure_september_2017.pdf].

USCG – conditions at Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued updates on conditions at the ports of Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston. (9/5/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/05/952017-updates-on-port-conditions-in-corpus-christi-and-houston-galveston/].

Columbia River – closed due to forest fires

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Columbia River from mile 126 to mile 146 is closed to navigation due to forest fires. (9/5/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b53a2e].

EMSA – seafarer statistics in the EU

clip_image007 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued its second annual edition of Seafarer Statistics in the EU. The statistical review presented in this report is based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States until 31 December 2015 and recorded in the STCW Information system. It represents a snap-shot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2015. (9/5/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3094-seafarer-statistics-in-the-eu-statistical-review-2015-data-stcw-is.html].

UK – MSI broadcast frequencies

clip_image009 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted an updated Marine Safety Information (MSI) Leaflet announcing, among other things, that from 6 September MSI is permanently broadcast on VHF channels 62, 63, or 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI backup and pollution control remains unchanged. (9/5/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/642372/MSI_Leaflet_2017_September.pdf].

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September 5th, 2017 at 10:10 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans;

MARAD – training ships to support first responders;

USN – Hurricane Harvey response;

GPS PICWG – meeting on 6-7 September;

MARAD – GPS disruption reminder;

DOE – small-scale natural gas export proposal;

Denmark – interaction between risk factors;

Singapore – pollution prevention regulations; and

UK – safety alert re fire doors.

September 5, 2017

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Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release advising mariners in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that it has set Port Condition X-ray. Vessels and facilities should implement heavy weather contingency plans as Hurricane Irma approaches. (9/4/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b4e8ed]. Note should also be taken of the relevant US Coast Guard hurricane contingency plans. (9/4/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_170602.pdf].

MARAD – training ships to support first responders

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College training ship Empire State VI and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship Kennedy to sail within ten days to Texas. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has notified MARAD to activate the Texas Maritime Academy training ship General Rudder. These vessels will support Texas recovery efforts by providing power, housing, food, and water to first responders. (9/1/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/marad0517].

USN – Hurricane Harvey response

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it is providing personnel and assets to rescue people in distress and to support FEMA response efforts in Texas. (9/1/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102242].

GPS PICWG – meeting on 6-7 September

clip_image010 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued an announcement stating that the annual GPS Public Interface Control Working Group (PICWG) will be meeting in El Segundo, California on 6-7 September. The GPS Program Office is considering the modification or removal of the Operational Advisories in RFC-351 for both current and future ground control systems. (9/1/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/CGSIC_PICWGAnnouncement2017.pdf].

MARAD – GPS disruption reminder

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD issued an advisory stating that multiple instances of GPS interference were reported by ships in the Black Sea during the week of 19 June. Mariners should be alert to any future instances and should report such interference to the USCG Navigation Center. Maritime Advisory 2017-006 (9/1/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/advisory/]. Your attention is also invited to USCG Marine Safety Alert 01-16. (1/19/16) [https://navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/USCGMarineSafetyAlert01_16_GPSDisruptions.pdf].

DOE – small-scale natural gas export proposal

clip_image013 The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its regulations to allow for expedited approval of small-scale natural gas export applications where an environmental impact statement (EIS) or environmental assessment (EA) is not required. Comments on the proposal must be received by 16 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 41570 (9/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18580.pdf].

Denmark – interaction between risk factors

clip_image015 The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) issued a media release concerning the foundering of the offshore supply vessels Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper while under tow by Maersk Battler in the Bay of Biscay on 21-22 December 2016. The report concluded that the risk analysis focused on various risks in isolation and failed to adequately consider the impact of interaction between risk factors. (8/30/17) [http://www.dmaib.com/News/Sider/MarineaccidentreportonM%C3%86RSKBATTLER%27slossoftowandthefounderingofM%C3%86RSKSEARCHERandM%C3%86RSKSHIPPR.aspx].

Singapore – pollution prevention regulations

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that IMO resolutions regarding prevention of pollution of the sea have been given effect on 1 September by Singapore regulations: Res. MEPC.270(69) re noxious liquid substances in bulk: Res. MEPC.271(69) re air emissions; and Res. MEPC.274(69) re sewage. Shipping Circular 14-2017 (8/31/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/773d7105-ecd9-4b5e-a711-cf6a52747bae].

UK – safety alert re fire doors

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a bulletin warning that certain fire doors manufactured by COSCO Co. Ltd may have missing insulation. The bulletin advises how to determine if a fire door on your vessel has this defect and what steps should then be taken. Safety Bulletin 10-2017 (8/30/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/641021/Safety_Bulletin_10_Cosmo_Fire_Doors.pdf].

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September 1st, 2017 at 10:10 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 September 2017

Headlines:

USCG – obtaining duplicate MMCs;

USCG – US-build determination;

NMSAC – meeting on 19-20 September;

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study;

DOJ – $4.2 million for fatal offshore explosion;

DOJ – fishing company fined $2.5 million for APPS violations;

Gulf of Mexico – re-boarding of offshore platforms;

Court – ship owner’s turnover duty;

California – events re biofouling regulations;

California – ocean-going fuel regulation;

Washington – Atlantic salmon escape;

Singapore – oil spill response & vessel rates;

UK – marine accident reporting & investigation; and

Carrington Event – 1-2 September 1859.

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USCG – obtaining duplicate MMCs

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin explaining how US merchant mariners may obtain duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) to replace those lost due to Hurricane Harvey. (8/31/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/hurricane_harvey_lost_mmcs.pdf].

USCG – US-build determination

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a determination letter with regard to a fishing vessel under construction in a US shipyard to qualify as a US-built vessel entitled to engage in the US coastwise and fisheries trades. Because a significant portion of the steel plates included in the hull of this vessel had been cold-formed overseas, the vessel was determined to not be eligible to engage in the coastwise and fisheries trades. (8/31/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/AM%20FINEST.pdf?ver=2017-08-31-093734-193].

NMSAC – meeting on 19-20 September

clip_image004[2] The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 19-20 September in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include cyber security guidance in the marine transportation system; regulatory reform; and extremely hazardous cargo strategy. 82 Fed. Reg. 41633 (9/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18515.pdf].

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing that it will host public meetings in Chicago (11 September); Muskegon (14 September); and Joliet (18 September) to discuss the draft report titled ‘The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement – Will County, Illinois’. Comments on the draft report must be submitted by 2 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 41615 (9/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18572.pdf].

DOJ – $4.2 million penalty for fatal offshore explosion

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has been sentenced to pay a $4.2 million monetary penalty for eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act. The charges stemmed from the November 2012 explosion on an offshore production platform in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the deaths of three workers and injuries to several others. Due to the company’s bankruptcy, the penalty will be converted into a general unsecured debt against the bankruptcy estate. (8/31/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/black-elk-energy-offshore-operations-llc-convicted-worker-safety-and-clean-water-act].

DOJ – fishing company fined $2.5 million for APPS violations

clip_image008[1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a fishing vessel company pleaded guilty in federal court to violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by maintaining false and incomplete oil and garbage record books in US waters off American Samoa. The company was sentenced to a total fine of $2.5 million and to five years of probation. (APPS) (8/30/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fishing-vessel-owner-convicted-oil-and-garbage-offenses-american-samoa].

Gulf of Mexico – re-boarding of offshore platforms

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that operators of offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding those platforms to assess their ability to resume operations following passage of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. (8/31/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-storm-harvey-activity-4].

Court – ship owner’s turnover duty

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court judgment, after a jury trial, in favor of plaintiff longshoreman in an action under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Plaintiff brought an action against defendant ship owner after he was injured by an electrical shock when the rebar that he was holding came into contact with a floodlight provided by the defendant. He alleged that the defendant had been negligent in turning over the ship with a faulty floodlight. One judge on the panel dissented in part, writing that the district court abused its discretion in admitting an expert’s testimony. Murray v. Southern Route Maritime SA, No. 14-36056 (9th Cir., August 31, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/08/31/14-36056.pdf].

California – events re biofouling regulations

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice announcing that its Marine Invasive Species Program will be hosting three events to update stakeholders and interested parties about the new biofouling management regulations. An online webinar will be held on 20 September and meeting will be held in Long Beach (19 September) and Martinez (26 September). (8/31/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP.html].

California – ocean-going fuel regulation

clip_image015 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued an advisory providing guidance for the use of the temporary experimental or research exemption in the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation. Marine Notice 2017-1 (8/1/17) [https://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/documents/marinenote2017_1.pdf].

Washington – Atlantic salmon escape

clip_image017 The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) established a website to monitor developments following the Cypress Island Atlantic Salmon Pen Break. The net pen failed and an estimated 4,000 to 305,000 non-native Atlantic salmon were inadvertently released (8/24/17) [http://www.dnr.wa.gov/atlanticsalmon].

Singapore – oil spill response & vessel rates

clip_image019 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing the oil spill response and vessel rates in Singapore. The rate schedules enter into effect on 1 September. Port Marine Circular 10-2017 (8/31/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/7f629b41-8aa9-4508-aa1b-7d4604d1f484].

UK – marine accident reporting & investigation

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued its Post Implementation Review of the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012. Based on its audit of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and its consultations with stakeholders, the review concludes that the regulations are adequately implemented and achieving the intended purposes of enhancing marine safety. (8/31/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/641343/Annex_A_-_DfTPIR015_-_170220_MAIB_PIR__003_.pdf].

Carrington Event – 1-2 September 1859

clip_image023 The Carrington Event was a massive solar storm that occurred on 1-2 September 1859. The largest geomagnetic storm on record was the result of a solar coronal mass ejection colliding with the Earth’s magnetosphere. The associated white light flare on the surface of the sun was observed and recorded by the English astronomer Richard Carrington. A similar event occurring today would have major repercussions, disrupting satellite communication systems and satellite-based positioning, navigation, and timing systems such as GPS. Solar coronal mass ejections are not rare. This one, though, was particularly strong and just happened to cross the orbit of the Earth exactly when and where the Earth was passing. Bloody bad timing.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 August 2017

Headlines:

Houston – urban SAR update;

Port Arthur – urban search and rescue;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

IMO – World Maritime Day 2017;

Singapore – non-renewal of bunker licenses; and

UK – offshore renewable energy installations.

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Houston – urban SAR update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release updating its urban search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Houston area. As of 1:45 pm Houston time, the Coast Guard had rescued more than 4,361 individuals and 113 pets, utilizing 21 helicopters and nine flood punt teams with 26 shallow-draft vessels. (8/30/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b415c0].

Port Arthur – urban search and rescue

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that urban search and rescue efforts have expanded to the Port Arthur area. (8/30/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b42bcb].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule setting new Great Lakes Pilotage rates for the 2017 shipping season as well as updating its methodology for setting these rates in the future. The rule enters into effect on 2 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 41466 (8/31/17) [].

IMO – World Maritime Day 2017

clip_image006 The IMO issued a notice stating that World Maritime Day 2017 will be celebrated at IMO on 28 September. The theme this year is ‘Connecting Ships, Ports, and People’. (8/30/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/WorldMaritimeDay/Pages/WMD-2017.aspx].

Singapore – non-renewal of bunker licenses

clip_image008 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it will not be renewing the bunker supplier licenses of Panoil Petroleum Pte Ltd and Universal Energy Pte Ltd when they expire on 31 August 2017. The bunker craft operator license of Universal Energy Pte Ltd will also not be renewed. Both companies will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker supplier and bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore due to improper activities. (8/30/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/1a614719-cc31-4ce9-ac75-84fb6dbe78b4].

UK – offshore renewable energy installations

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance regarding offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs) and their impact on shipping. (8/30/17) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/offshore-renewable-energy-installations-impact-on-shipping].

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    logo11 Marine casualty investigations

    In the September 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Marine casualty investigations". The article discusses the laws, regulations, and policies concerning USCG marine casualty investigations. It also discusses how the preparation, review, and dissemination of marine casualty reports falls short of the mandates and recommends various remedial actions to improve the process.