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July 20th, 2017 at 10:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III;

FMC – 19 July meeting;

House – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting;

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation;

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident; and

UK – fatal tug girting and capsizing.

July 20, 2017

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USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an amended version of Change-2 to the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III, Marine Industry Personnel. The amendment is to the top and bottom of page 12 of this lengthy document and corrects a typographical error. (7/19/17) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2016-0669-0017].

FMC – 19 July meeting

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing the 19 July meeting of the Commissioners. (7/19/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-16/].

House – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting

clip_image008 Representative Suozzi (D-NY) introduced the Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3157) to improve the handling of instances of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and for other purposes. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3157ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3157ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation

clip_image008[1] Representative Yoho (R-FL) introduced the Maritime Security Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 3187) to advance United States interests in the freedom of navigation by enhancing congressional oversight of freedom of navigation operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States (7/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3187ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3187ih.pdf].

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident

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Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 452) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the necessity to publically exonerate the African-American sailors of the United States Navy who were tried and convicted of mutiny in connection with their service at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California, during World War II in order to further aid in healing the racial divide that continues to exist in the United States. Representative DeSaulnier issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/17/17). [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hres452ih/pdf/BILLS-115hres452ih.pdf].

UK – fatal tug girting and capsizing

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 20 September 2016 girting and capsizing of the tug Domingue while assisting the container ship CMA CGM Simba departing from the port of Tulear, Madagascar. As a result of the accident two of Domingue’s five crew died. Report 16/2017 (7/19/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/596dd157e5274a0a690001ba/MAIBInvReport16_2017.pdf].

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July 19th, 2017 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – electronic charts and publications;

USCG – members sought for LMRWSAC;

USCG – reporting GPS disruptions;

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident;

PCA – Russia ordered to pay €5 million;

ReCAAP – half-year report;

Antarctica – massive iceberg breaks off;

Peru – maritime law enforcement symposium;

St. Lawrence- excessive speed incident;

Singapore – MLC 2006 financial security requirements; and

UK – support for maritime training (SMarT) scheme.

July 19, 2017

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USCG – electronic charts and publications

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-16 ‘Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps, and Publications’. The equivalency determination enclosure to the NVIC has been reorganized and expanded. A new enclosure has been added providing guidelines for inspecting and using electronic charts and publications. NVIC 01-16 Change 1 (7/10/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_01-16_electronic_charts_and_publications.pdf].

USCG – members sought for LMRWSAC

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC). Applications should be submitted by 18 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 33142 (7/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-19/pdf/2017-15162.pdf].

USCG – reporting GPS disruptions

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding mariners how to detect and report GPS disruptions. (7/18/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/18/7181207-do-you-know-how-to-report-a-gps-disruption/].

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident

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Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 452) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the necessity to publically exonerate the African-American sailors of the United States Navy who were tried and convicted of mutiny in connection with their service at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California, during World War II in order to further aid in healing the racial divide that continues to exist in the United States. Official text of the resolution is not yet available, but Representative DeSaulnier issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/17/17). [https://desaulnier.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/anniversary-port-chicago-tragedy-representatives-desaulnier-and-lee]. Note: Linked is my short summary of the Port Chicago incident.

PCA – Russia order to pay €5 million

clip_image008 The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued a press release stating that it has unanimously decided that Russia shall pay to the Netherlands in excess of €5 million for damages and costs related to the 2013 seizure of the Dutch vessel Arctic Sunrise and the arrest of its 30 crewmembers in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). (7/18/17) [https://pcacases.com/web/sendAttach/2215].

ReCAAP – half-year report

clip_image010 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its 2017 Half-Year Report. The report states that there were 36 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the six-month period, a 22% decline over the same period in 2016. (7/18/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=530&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Antarctica – massive iceberg breaks off

clip_image012 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that sometime between 10 and 12 July an iceberg the size of Delaware spit off from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. This iceberg is the largest known in the historic record. Larsen C, a floating platform of glacial ice on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is the world’s fourth largest ice shelf. (7/12/17) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/massive-iceberg-breaks-off-from-antarctica].

Peru – maritime law enforcement symposium

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that US Coast Guard personnel hosted a maritime law enforcement symposium as part of UNITAS 2017 in Callao, Peru. They conducted a vessel boarding progression, outlining the different boarding phases and highlighting common habits used by smugglers. (7/18/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101520].

St. Lawrence – excessive speed incident

clip_image016 Transport Canada issued the Case Report of the excessive speed incident on the Lake Saint-Pierre section of the St. Lawrence River on 26 April 2017. Residents in the Yamachiche area sustained damage due to wave action at about the same time that the container ship EM KEA was passing. Review of records, including AIS, reveals that the vessel had on board a licensed Canadian pilot and was traveling at a speed in excess of that provided for in the applicable Notice to Mariners. (7/17/17) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/case-report-excessive-speed-yamachiche-executive-summary.html].

Singapore – MLC 2006 financial security requirements

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a revised circular concerning the requirements to provide compulsory financial security under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 relating to repatriation of abandoned seafarers and work injury compensation. Shipping Circular 3-2017 rev2 (7/14/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/61283043-c98a-41e3-8c8b-6e1a904cfa3e]. Note: This item is being repeated from Monday’s newsletter because, as a long-suffering reader pointed out, the link was incorrect. Mea culpa.

UK – support for maritime training (SMarT) scheme

clip_image020 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted an independent report assessing the support for maritime training (SMarT) scheme. (7/18/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-maritime-training-review].

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July 18th, 2017 at 10:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – electronic charts and publications;

USCG – regulatory reform taskings;

Canada – Seaway agreement extension; and

MREN – salvage and marine firefighting.

July 18, 2017

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USCG – electronic charts and publications

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-16 change 1. The NVIC provides that display of certain electronic charts and publications will meet – as an equivalency – the ‘marine charts’, ‘charts’, ‘maps’, or ‘publications’ carriage requirements and provides for an equivalency for position fixing and plotting. 82 Fed. Reg. 32851 (7/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-18/pdf/2017-15056.pdf].

USCG – regulatory reform taskings

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued two notices announcing that two of its advisory committees are being tasked with helping the agency identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information for possible repeal. The advisory committees are: Lower Mississippi Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMWSAC), which will meet via teleconference on 2 August 82 Fed. Reg. 32780 (7/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-18/pdf/2017-14991.pdf] and the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), which will meet via teleconference on 24 August 82 Fed. Reg. 32779 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-18/pdf/2017-15046.pdf].

Canada – Seaway agreement extension

clip_image007 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing a five-year extension to the Government’s agreement with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain, and operate the Seaway. This extends the agreement until 31 March 2023. (7/14/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/07/minister_garneauannouncesextensionofthestlawrenceseawayagreement.html].

MREN – Salvage and marine firefighting

clip_image009 In the July 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Salvage and marine firefighting". The article discusses the extensive efforts to develop a regulatory scheme under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) to address salvage and marine firefighting requirements and standards. The article suggests that there is still room of improvement, particularly with respect to who can best determine the adequacy of a resource provider and how planned response times are calculated. (7/17/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170700.pdf].

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July 17th, 2017 at 10:03 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III;

USCG – design criteria for LNG fuel systems;

DHS/USCG – Notice of Arrival and Departure;

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas import/export;

Senate – bill introduced re Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund;

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel security;

Senate – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting;

House – bill introduced re Marine Mammal Protection Act;

House – bill introduced re Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund;

Senate – bill introduced to repeal Jones Act;

House – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs;

House – bill introduced re US Arctic strategy;

GAO – US Navy post-delivery process;

California – USCG type-approved BWMSs;

UNCTAD – world maritime fleet; and

Singapore – MLC 2006 financial security requirements.

July 17, 2017

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USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an updated version of its Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III: Marine Industry Personnel. The update enters into effect immediately. COMDTINST M16000.8B Change 2 (7/13/17) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2016-0669-0015]. The Coast Guard also prepared a matrix identifying the various changes from the previous edition. (7/13/17) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2016-0669-0014].

USCG – design criteria for LNG fuel systems

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter establishing design criteria for natural gas fuel systems that provide a level of safety that is at least equivalent to that provided for traditional fuel systems. CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-12, CH-1 (7/12/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Design%20and%20Engineering%20Standards/docs/212ch1.pdf?ver=2017-07-13-142311-093].

DHS/USCG – Notice of Arrival and Departure

clip_image007 clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promulgated a final rule extending the exemptions from certain provisions of the Privacy Act to the updated and reissued system of records title ‘Department of Homeland Security/United States Coast Guard-029 Notice of Arrival and Departure System of Records. The rule enters into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 32613 (7/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-17/pdf/2017-14845.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas import/export

clip_image010 Senator Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas Now Act of 2017 (S. 1465) to terminate the prohibitions on the exportation and importation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Senator Cassidy issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1465is/pdf/BILLS-115s1465is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

clip_image010[1] Senator Murray (D-WA) introduced the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act of 2017 (S. 1488) to require full spending of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, to provide for expanded uses of the Fund, and to prevent cargo diversion, and for other purposes. Senator Murray issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1488is/pdf/BILLS-115s1488is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel security

clip_image010[2] Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection act of 2017 (S. 1502) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1502is/pdf/BILLS-115s1502is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting

clip_image010[3] Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Merchant Marine academy Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 1506) to improve the handling of instances of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and for other purposes. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1506is/pdf/BILLS-115s1506is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Marine Mammal Protection Act

clip_image012 Representative Johnson (R-LA) introduced the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 (H.R. 3133) to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce unnecessary permitting delays by clarifying associated procedures to increase economic development and support coastal restoration programs, and for other purposes. Representative Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3133ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3133ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

clip_image012[1] Representative Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform act of 2017 (H.R. 3152) to require full spending of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, to provide for expanded uses of the Fund, and to prevent cargo diversion, and for other purposes. Representative Reichert issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3152ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3152ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to repeal Jones Act

clip_image010[4] Senator McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 1561) to repeal the Jones Act restrictions on coastwise trade, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator McCain issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/13/17) [https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=886FD58C-76B4-49B8-8F6B-8ED09E582FF0].

House – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs

clip_image012[2] Representative Bacon (R-NE) introduced a bill (H.R. 3201) to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/12/17).

House – bill introduced re US Arctic strategy

clip_image012[3] Representative Bera (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3247) to direct the President to develop and submit to Congress a strategy to protect United States interests in the Arctic region, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/14/17).

GAO – US Navy post-delivery process

clip_image014 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the US Navy’s post-delivery process for ship new construction. It identified quality assurance problems with the six ships examined, both at delivery to the Navy and when the ships were provided to the fleet. It recommends that the Navy revise its ship delivery policy to identify what kinds of defects should be corrected and by when. GAO-17-418 (7/13/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/685799.pdf].

California – USCG type-approved BWMSs

clip_image016 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a letter advising that ships arriving at a California port utilizing a ballast water management system (BWMS) that has been type-approved by the US Coast Guard will be considered in compliance with California BWMS requirements. The specific BWMS utilized must be indicated in in the BWMS report submitted to the SLC. (7/13/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP/USCGTALetterFinal.pdf].

UNCTAD – world maritime fleet

clip_image018 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued statistics regarding the world maritime fleet. (7/10/17) [http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1516&utm_source=UNCTAD+Transport+and+Trade+Facilitation+Newsletter&utm_campaign=73f2ae90a1-UNCTAD_s_Transport_Newsletter_n74&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f6141a63dd-73f2ae90a1-44484485].

Singapore – MLC 2006 financial security requirements

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a revised circular concerning the requirements to provide compulsory financial security under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 relating to repatriation of abandoned seafarers and work injury compensation. Shipping Circular 3-2017 rev2 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1502is/pdf/BILLS-115s1502is.pdf].

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July 14th, 2017 at 10:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III;

USCG – regulatory reform taskings;

USCG – Atlantic HMS handgear vessels;

FMC – $925,000 collected;

FMC – meeting on 19 July;

Upper Mississippi – barge allision with bridge;

St. Marys River – grounding of laker; and

Beaufort Sea- oil exploration plan approved.

July 14, 2017

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USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of Change-2 to the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III, Marine Industry Personnel. The change enters into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 32488 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14738.pdf].

USCG – regulatory reform taskings

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a series of notices announcing that five of its advisory committees are being tasked with helping the agency identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information for possible repeal. The advisory committees are: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (TSAC) 82 Fed. Reg. 32515 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14768.pdf]; Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) 82 Fed. Reg. 32511 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14770.pdf]; Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC) 82 Fed. Reg. 32513 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14769.pdf]; National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) – the committee will also meet via teleconference on 3 August to discuss this tasking 82 Fed. Reg. 32514 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14771.pdf]; and Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) 82 Fed. Reg. 32510 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14772.pdf].

USCG – Atlantic HMS handgear vessels

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin advising that MSIB 08-17 (corrected) provides guidance to highly migratory species (HMS) charter fishing vessels, the commercial fishing industry, and the Coast Guard concerning the application of commercial fishing vessel requirements on Atlantic HMS permitted handgear vessels. (7/13/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/13/7132017-msib-008-17-application-of-commercial-fishing-vessel-requirements-on-atlantic-hms-permitted-handgear-vessels/].

FMC – $925,000 collected

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it collected $925,000 through compromise agreements with eight non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and one unlicensed entity for alleged violations of the Shipping Act. (7/13/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-15/].

FMC – meeting on 19 July

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 19 July in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will receive an update on the Controlled Carrier List. During the closed session they will receive briefings on the West Coast MTO Discussion Agreement and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement. 82 Fed. Reg. 32549 (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-14/pdf/2017-14942.pdf].

Upper Mississippi – barge allision with bridge

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of the 6 April 2016 allision of the tow of the vessel Michael G Morris with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43.7 on the Upper Mississippi River. The vessel and the bridge sustained no damage, but all 30 loaded grain barges broke away. Sixteen of the barges incurred $850,000 in estimated damages. No injuries or pollution was reported. The probable cause of the allision was the pilot not correctly accounting for the river current in the bend just above the bridge, resulting in his late and insufficient use of rudder while making the turn. MAB 17-23 (7/13/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1723.pdf].

St. Marys River – grounding of laker

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 27 May 2016 grounding of the laker Roger Blough near the Gros Cap Reefs Light off Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada. The grounding occurred as the vessel entered the Birch Point Course section of the St. Marys River federal navigation channel from Whitefish Bay in eastern Lake Superior. There were no injuries and no pollution reported. The vessel sustained $4.5 million in damage to its hull and cargo system. The probable cause of the grounding was the second mate’s failure to use all navigational resources to determine the ship’s position as it approached shallow water near Gros Cap Reefs. Contributing to the accident was inadequate monitoring of the vessel by Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) St. Marys River. MAB 17-25 (7/13/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1725.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – oil exploration plan approved

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it has approved the Eni Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan. The plan calls for drilling into a federal outer continental shelf (OCS) reservoir from a pre-existing gravel island. (7/12/17) [https://www.boem.gov/press07122017/].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – draft NVIC re cyber risks;

MEDMAC – meeting on 17 August;

Northwest Passage – USCG buoy tender transit;

NOAA – impact of ice-diminishing Arctic;

FMC – meeting on 19 July;

Boston – submarine electric cable;

CBP – cargo export information; and

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation.

July 13, 2017

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USCG – draft NVIC re cyber risks

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard placed in its docket a draft copy of its planned Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled ‘Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities’. The Coast Guard requests that comments on this document be submitted to the docket by 11 September. NVIC 05-17-draft (7/12/17) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2016-1084-0002].

MEDMAC – meeting on 17 August

clip_image004[1] The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 17 August via teleconference to review the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. 82 Fed. Reg. 32372 (7/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-13/pdf/2017-14682.pdf].

Northwest Passage – USCG buoy tender transit

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the USCGC Maple, a 225-foot seagoing buy tender has departed its homeport of Sitka en route Baltimore via the Northwest Passage. During the transit, it will conduct scientific research in support of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. During a portion of the transit, the cutter will be accompanied by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In Baltimore, the cutter will undergo scheduled maintenance at the USCG Yard. (7/12/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a98a54].

NOAA – impacts of ice-diminishing Arctic

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that, on 18-20 July, it will host the seventh symposium on the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on naval and maritime operations in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. (7/12/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-advisory/top-leaders-to-discuss-critical-impacts-of-ice-diminishing-arctic-on-naval-and].

FMC – meeting on 19 July

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 19 July in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will receive an update on the Controlled Carrier List. During the closed session they will receive briefings on the West Coast MTO Discussion Agreement and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement. (7/12/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/meeting_7-19-2017/].

Boston – submarine electric cable

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that it has settled a lawsuit over a submarine electric cable in Boston Harbor. In 1990, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a permit to an energy company to lay a submarine electric cable in the harbor, conditioned on it being located at least 25 feet below the bottom of two shipping channels that it would cross. During preparations for Deep Draft Project, it was determined that the cable was not laid at the proper depth, potentially interfering with the required dredging. Under the settlement, the energy company will lay a new cable at the proper depth. (7/12/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-states-settles-lawsuit-over-electric-cable-boston-harbor].

CBP – cargo export information

clip_image012 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promulgated a final rule making technical amendments to its regulations regarding requirements to provide data for certain exported cargo in order to delete references to outdated regulations or requirements. The rule enters into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 32232 (7/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-13/pdf/2017-14549.pdf].

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation

clip_image014 Representative Yoho (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 3187) to advance United States interests in the freedom of navigation by enhancing congressional oversight of freedom of navigation operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/11/17).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 July 2017

Headlines:

National Academies – polar icebreaker report;

USCG – addressing cyber risks;

USCG – CFVS requirements and Atlantic HMS fishing;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

FMC – Supply Chain System Information Initiative;

Senate – bill introduced to reauthorize ICOOS Act;

Senate – bill introduced to establish Arctic policy;

House – bill introduced re port cybersecurity;

IMO – MEPC 71 summary;

IMO – progress on climate strategy; and

UK – wreck and salvage law.

July 12, 2017

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National Academies – polar icebreaker report

clip_image004 The National Academies Press (NAP) posted the prepublication copy of the Letter Report of Division of Earth and Life Sciences and the Transportation Research Board entitled ‘Acquisition and Operation of Polar Icebreakers: Fulfilling the Nation’s Needs’. The report recommends that Congress fund construction of four polar icebreakers for operation by the US Coast Guard. The icebreakers should be built to a common design to minimize cost. There is no URL for the Letter Report. Rather, go to www.nap.edu and search for ‘icebreaker’. (7/11/17). Note: I made a similar proposal in my November 2016 article ‘America needs icebreakers.

USCG – addressing cyber risks

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on draft guidelines for addressing cyber risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA regulated facilities. Comments must be submitted by 11 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 32189 (7/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-12/pdf/2017-14616.pdf].

USCG – CFVS requirements and Atlantic HMS fishing

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing guidance on the applicability of commercial fishing vessel safety requirements and regulations for those vessels fishing for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), such as tuna, particularly permitted handgear vessels. MSIB 08-17 (7/10/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/008-17_7-10-2017.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image008 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice advising that the quarterly interest rate for the quarter beginning 1 July for overpayments is 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporation and for underpayments is 4% for both. 82 Fed. Reg. 32191 (7/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-12/pdf/2017-14551.pdf].

FMC – Supply Chain System Information Initiative

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has launched the second phase (export) of its Supply Chain Innovation Teams initiative. Phase Two will focus on identifying ‘actionable’ information needed by supply chain actors for improved supply chain system visibility, reliability, and resilience. (7/11/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-14/].

Senate – bill introduced to reauthorize ICOOS Act

clip_image012 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S. 1425) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes. (6/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1425is/pdf/BILLS-115s1425is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to establish Arctic policy

clip_image013 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Securing Our Arctic Interests Act of 2017 (S. 1442) to establish United States policy for the Arctic region for the next 10 years, and for other purposes. (6/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1442is/pdf/BILLS-115s1442is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re port cybersecurity

clip_image015 Representative Torres (D-CA) introduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 3101) to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes. (6/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3101ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3101ih.pdf].

IMO – MEPC 71 summary

clip_image017 The IMO issued a summary of the recent session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). (7/11/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/17-MEPC-71.aspx].

IMO – progress on climate strategy

clip_image017[1] The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the recent session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) decided that a final climate strategy should be adopted in 2023, with the initial climate strategy ready in 2018. (7/11/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/One-step-closer-to-a-climate-agreement-for-shipping.aspx].

UK – wreck and salvage law

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice advising of the UK wreck and salvage laws and the obligations of affected persons. (7/11/17) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wreck-and-salvage-law].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 July 2017

Headlines:

FMC – Maersk petition;

USCG – regulatory reform;

MPAFAC – meetings on 13 July and 30 August; and

Singapore – LNG Bunkering Focus Group.

July 11, 2017

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FMC – Maersk petition

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from Maersk Line A/S for an exemption to permit the petitioner to apply service contract rates contained in new service contracts and amendments to existing service contracts retroactively to shipments received on and after 30 Jun for a period of up to twenty (20) days. Petitioner asserts that the ‘so-called Petya virus’ severely impaired its information systems such that it is not able to determine which service contracts and/or service contract rates are scheduled to expire at the end of June or in early July. Comments on the petition should be submitted by 14 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 31972 (7/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-11/pdf/2017-14437.pdf].

USCG – regulatory reform

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is issuing a new task to the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) to help the agency identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information for possible repeal or modification. 82 Fed. Reg. 31928 (7/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-11/pdf/2017-14483.pdf].

MPAFAC – meetings on 13 July and 30 August

clip_image008 The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet via teleconference on 13 July and 30 August. The first meeting will focus on engaging a diverse public, citizen science, and adaptive management. The second meeting will focus on finalizing Committee recommendations. 82 Fed. Reg. 31952 (7/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-11/pdf/2017-14486.pdf].

Singapore – LNG Bunkering Focus Group

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that its LNG Bunkering Focus Group has been strengthened through the recent addition of the Port of Ningbo-Zhousan, the Port of Marseille Fos, and the Port of Vancouver. The group works together to deepen cooperation and information sharing in relation to LNG bunkering and to develop a network of LNG bunker-ready ports. (7/10/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/4329bc92-40b1-4763-80ce-61bc2f275b45].

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July 10th, 2017 at 10:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 July 2017

Headlines:

Potomac River – security zone;

MARAD – maritime workforce;

Senate – bill introduced re battle force ships;

New Zealand – cruise ship biosecurity program;

Panama Canal – June summary;

UK – ship-to-ship transfers; and

Vatican City – Sea Sunday.

July 10, 2017

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Potomac River – security zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule establishing a security zone on waters of the Potomac River at the Trump National Golf Club at Potomac Falls, Virginia. Comments on the rulemaking must be received by 9 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 31719 (7/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-10/pdf/2017-14395.pdf].

MARAD – maritime workforce

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comment to examine and assess the size of the pool of US citizen mariners necessary to support the US-flag fleet in times of national emergency. Comments must be submitted by 31 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 31800 (7/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-10/pdf/2017-14319.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re battle force ships

clip_image008 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the High Seas Act (S. 1414) to state the policy of the United States on the minimum number of available battle force ships. Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1414is/pdf/BILLS-115s1414is.pdf].

New Zealand – cruise ship biosecurity program

clip_image010 The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries issued a media release stating that its trial accreditation program for foreign cruise ships calling in New Zealand will be expanded. The scheme involves collecting information about vessel stores and pest management practices to determine biosecurity risk. (6/20/17) [http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/cruise-ship-accreditation-to-stay/].

Panama Canal – June summary

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority posted the summary of Canal operations for June. It also contains the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 22-2017 (7/5/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-22-2017.pdf].

UK – ship-to-ship transfers

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued the post-implementation review of the ship-to-ship transfer regulations. The review indicates that the objectives and intended effects of the regulations have been successfully achieved. (7/7/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ship-to-ship-transfer-regulations-post-implementation-review].

Vatican City – Sea Sunday

clip_image016 Vatican Radio issued a news release noting that July 9 is (was) “Sea Sunday”, a day highlighting the challenges seafarers face every day. It also serves as a time to pray for those at sea, their families and those who support them. (7/8/17). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jon Furukawa of the NTSB.

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July 7th, 2017 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 July 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – tug-USCG cutter collision;

NTSB – cargo hold fire;

Columbia River – tanker aground;

USCG – regulatory reform;

USCG – OCS production facilities;

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas import/export;

IMO – life safety criteria;

Paris MOU – electronic certificates;

Panama Canal – tolls structure modifications;

UK – port facility security plans; and

UK – economic impact of a disruption to GNSS.

July 7, 2017

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NTSB – tug-USCG cutter collision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 2 June 2016 collision of the dump scow barge 123 being pushed by the Panama-flagged towing vessel Matachin with the US Coast Guard cutter Thetis in Las Cascadas Reach, Panama Canal. Although the Matachin and its tow were not damaged, the Thetis sustained an estimated $1.2 million in damage to the hull and deck plate aft, as well as to various systems in the steering gear room. There were no injuries, nor was there any report of pollution. The probable cause of the collision was the failure of the master of the Matachin to maintain a proper lookout and use radar to detect the vessel traffic ahead to avoid a collision. Contributing to the collision was the failure of the pilot and the navigational crew on board the Thetis to maintain a proper lookout. MAB 17-22 (7/6/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1722.pdf].

NTSB – cargo hold fire

clip_image004[1] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 2 June 2015 cargo hold fire on board the US-flagged roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carrier Courage while transiting from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Southampton, United Kingdom. The accident resulted in extensive damage to the vessel’s hold as well its cargo of vehicles and household goods. As a result of the damage, estimated at $100 million total, the vessel’s owners scrapped the vessel. The probable cause of the fire was electrical arcing in the automatic breaking system (ABS) module of a vehicle carried on board. MAB 17-24 (7/6/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1724.pdf].

Columbia River – tanker aground

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. Two tugs are on scene. (7/6/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a81813].

USCG – regulatory reform

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 11 September, the period within which to submit comments on existing Coast Guard regulations, guidance documents, interpretive documents, and collections of information that may be obsolete or unnecessary. 82 Fed. Reg. 31545 (7/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14254.pdf].

USCG – OCS production facilities

clip_image006[2] The USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertize (OCS NCOE) issued its occasional newsletter, this one providing an introduction to the various production facilities that can be found operating on the US OCS. (7/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/ocsncoe/docs/Drill%20Down/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20What%20is%20a%20Production%20Facility%2007.06.2017.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas import/export

clip_image008 Senator Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas Now Act of 2017 (S. 1415) to terminate the prohibitions on the exportation and importation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Senator Cassidy issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1415is/pdf/BILLS-115s1415is.pdf].

IMO – life safety criteria

clip_image010 The IMO approved amendments to the guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for fire safety (MSC/Circ.1002). MSC.1/Circ.1552 (11/25/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg5214/docs/MSC.1-Circ.1552-LIFE_SAFETY_CRITERIA.pdf].

Paris MOU – electronic certificates

clip_image012 The Paris MOU issued Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates in an effort to regularize the use of such certificates by ships and the recognition of such certificates by port state control officers. (7/6/17) [https://www.parismou.org/guidelines-use-electronic-certificates].

Panama Canal – tolls structure modifications

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release concerning industry feedback on proposed tolls structure modifications. (7/5/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/07/05/pr629.html].

UK – port facility security plans

clip_image016 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted templates for port facility security plans (one for facilities handling cargo vessels and one for facilities handling passenger vessels). (7/6/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/port-facility-security-plan-template].

UK – economic impact of a disruption to GNSS

clip_image016[1] The UK Government posted a report titled ‘The economic impact on the UK of a disruption to GNSS’. The report was commissioned by three entities: Innovate UK, the UK Space Agency, and the Royal Institute of Navigation. The report notes that all critical national infrastructures (CNIs) reply on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, to some extent and that there is currently no good alternative system in widespread operation. The report concludes that the economic impact within the UK alone of a loss of GNSS is estimated at £5.2 billion over a five-day period, comprised of £1.7 billion in lost gross value added benefits (e.g., positioning, timing, and navigation) and £3.5 billion in lost utility benefits (e.g., efficiency and safety). The report further notes that eLoran is one of the few available mitigation strategies. (6/17/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/619544/17.3254_Economic_impact_to_UK_of_a_disruption_to_GNSS_-_Full_Report.pdf].

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