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June 23rd, 2017 at 10:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 June 2017

Headlines:

White House – RADM Buzby to be nominated to MARAD;

FMC – NY-NJ/OCEMA Agreement to enter into effect;

NTSB – assessment of engine control malfunction;

NTSB – engine room fire on towboat;

NTSB – inadequate cathodic protection;

Alaska – forward operating location Kotzebue;

Gulf of Mexico – TS Cindy activity statistics;

NOAA – Portland, OR PEIS and Restoration Plan;

OEAB – meeting on 11-12 July;

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species report;

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas exports;

House – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species report;

House – bill introduced re number of battle force ships;

UK – load line consultation; and

USCG Auxiliary established – 23 June 1939.

June 23, 2017

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White House – RADM Buzby to be nominated to MARAD

clip_image004 The White House issued a notice stating that President Trump intends to nominate Mark H. Buzby, RADM, USN (ret) to serve as the Maritime Administrator. (6/21/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/21/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Denise Krepp of EMR Group.

FMC – NY-NJ/OCEMA Agreement to enter into effect

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that, with a tie vote, the Commissioners will not prevent the Port of New York & New Jersey/Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Agreement (OCEMA) Discussion Agreement from entering into effect on 25 June. (6/22/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-12/].

NTSB – assessment of engine control malfunction

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 1 August 2015 allision of the tank barge Double Skin 501 being pushed by the uninspected towing vessel Peter F Gellatly with International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) Bayonne Pier A in Bayonne, New Jersey, as the captain attempted to dock the tow at a nearby pier. Damage to the barge, pier, and an adjacent ship, the Isola Bianca, totaled an estimated $2.7 million. The allision also damaged pipelines on the pier, resulting in the discharge of 630 gallons of no. 6 fuel oil into the waterway. There were no injuries. The probable cause of the casualty was the captain and the engineer’s poor communication, their inadequate assessment of the hazardous condition posed by the starboard engine control malfunction, and the captain’s decision to continue operations without ensuring that the malfunction had been adequately corrected. Contributing to the accident was the crew’s unfamiliarity with the provisions of the company’s safety management system that addressed actions in response to hazardous conditions. MAB 17-18 (6/22/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1718.pdf].

NTSB – engine room fire on towboat

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 13 August 2016 fire in the engine room on board the uninspected towing vessel Jaxon Aaron while it was pushing a flotilla of 16 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River near mile marker (mm) 770, approximately 24 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. The fire spread from the engine room into the accommodation area and wheelhouse, causing an estimated $10.2 million in damage to the interior spaces. All nine crewmembers evacuated the vessel safely to the barge flotilla. No pollution was reported. The probable cause of the fire was the failure of the power assembly components on the port main diesel engine’s no. 15 cylinder. Contributing to the extent of the fire damage was the substantial use of combustible materials in the interior spaces and the chief engineer’s unfamiliarity with the firefighting equipment. MAB 17-19 (6/22/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1719.pdf].

NTSB – inadequate cathodic protection

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 7 March 2016 partial flooding of the dive support vessel Hammerhead while moored alongside the pier at the Newport Marine Terminal in Galveston, Texas. The vessel was in a layup period with no one on board. There were no reports of pollution. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $900,000. The probable cause of the engine room flooding was the localized corrosion of an aging hull structure resulting from the operating company’s lack of oversight and maintenance in preserving the hull’s metal plating with an adequate marine coating and cathodic protection system. MAB 17-20 (6/22/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1720.pdf].

Alaska – forward operating location Kotzebue

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the Alaska Air National Guard delivered supplies and equipment to the Coast Guard’s seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue in preparation for the anticipated increase in maritime activities this summer in Western Alaska and the Bering Sea. (6/20/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a2bb9c].

Gulf of Mexico – TS Cindy activity statistics

clip_image014 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release providing updated offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operations statistics regarding Tropical Storm Cindy. (6/221/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-storm-cindy-activity-0].

NOAA – Portland, OR PEIS and Restoration Plan

clip_image016 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan to compensate for injuries to natural resources in Portland Harbor, Oregon has been prepared. 82 Fed. Reg. 28643 (6/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-23/pdf/2017-12953.pdf].

OEAB – meeting on 11-12 July

clip_image016[1] The Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Hanover, Maryland on 11-12 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 28644 (6/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-23/pdf/2017-13200.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species report

clip_image018 Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 1398) to direct the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to release an interim report related to aquatic nuisance species control, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Stabenow issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/21/17) [https://www.stabenow.senate.gov/news/-stabenow-peters-introduce-legislation-demanding-administration-release-report-on-asian-carp-].

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas exports

clip_image018[1] Senator Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 1404) to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide for expanded natural gas exports. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/17).

House – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species report

clip_image020 Representative Kaptur (D-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 2983) to direct the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to release an interim report related to aquatic nuisance species control, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Kaptur issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/21/17) [https://kaptur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kaptur-stabenow-introduce-bipartisan-bicameral-legislation-demanding].

House – bill introduced re number of battle force ships

clip_image020[1] Representative Wittman (R-VA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2994) to state the policy of the United States on the minimum number of available battle force ships. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/21/17).

UK – load line consultation

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it has opened a consultation on recasting the Merchant Marine (Load Line) regulations. Comments must be received by 24 August. (6/22/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-recasting-the-merchant-shipping-load-line].

USCG Auxiliary established – 23 June 1939

clip_image024 On 23 June 1939, a law was enacted to establish a Coast Guard Reserve [the name was later changed to the Coast Guard Auxiliary] to be composed of owners of motorboats and yachts to assist the Coast Guard in the saving of life and property and in the patrolling of marine parades and regattas. 53 Stat. 854. In the succeeding years, USCG Auxiliary members have devoted countless hours in patrolling the nation’s waterways, assisting mariners in distress, and educating the American boating public.

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June 22nd, 2017 at 10:05 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – updated BWMS type approval certificate issued;

USCG – CGSIC meeting on 25-26 September;

DOJ – $1.9 million fine for dumping and cover-up;

Gulf of Mexico – TS Cindy activity statistics;

USCRTF – meeting on 11 August;

FWS – polar bear stock assessment reports;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo;

Court – vessel not in navigation; and

ILO – financial security for seafarers.

June 22, 2017

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USCG – updated BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that an updated Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to Sunrui Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd to clarify the hazardous location installation requirements onboard foreign flag vessels. (6/21/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/21/6212017-marine-safety-center-issues-updated-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate/].

USCG – CGSIC meeting on 25-26 September

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the 57th meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) will be held in Portland, Oregon on 25-26 September. (6/21/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/21/6212017-57th-meeting-of-the-u-s-civil-gps-service-interface-committee/].

DOJ – $1.9 million fine for dumping and cover-up

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the owner and operator of the tanker ETC Mena pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage from the tanker. They have agreed to pay a fine totaling $1.9 million. (6/21/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-international-shipping-companies-pay-19-million-covering-vessel-pollution].

Gulf of Mexico – TS Cindy activity statistics

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release providing offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operations statistics regarding Tropical Storm Cindy. (6/21/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-storm-cindy-activity].

USCRTF – meeting on 11 August

clip_image010 The US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet if Fort Lauderdale on 11 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 28479 (6/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-22/pdf/2017-13029.pdf].

FWS – polar bear stock assessment reports

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on two draft revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for each of the two polar bear stocks in Alaska. Comments must be received by 20 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 28526 (6/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-22/pdf/2017-13060.pdf].

House – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image014 Representative Rush (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2966) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/20/17).

Court – vessel not in navigation

clip_image016 Over a vigorous dissent, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a vessel taken out of service , subjected to a 20-month conversion process, and unable to engage in transportation for the entirety of the claimant’s onboard employment is not a ‘vessel in navigation’ for purposes of the Jones Act. Thus, claimant’s cause of action for personal injury is not cognizable under that law. Helix Energy Solutions Group v. Gold, No. 16-0075 (6/16/17) [http://www.search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.aspx?MediaVersionID=7eacf09e-2d61-4782-bb60-b04753581a85&coa=cossup&DT=OPINION&MediaID=533c273d-cb46-4a48-9914-35a79726dec9]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Robert Vining of Bland & Partners.

ILO – financial security for seafarers

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release welcoming into force the MLC 2006 provisions regarding financial security for seafarers, requiring shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. (6/18/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/06-MLC-amendments-EIF.aspx].

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June 21st, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 21 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane season;

FMC – brown bag on Blockchain technology;

IWUB – meeting on 19 July;

Bay Area – protecting blue whales and blue skies; and

Paris MOU – 2016 performance lists.

June 21, 2017

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USCG – hurricane season

clip_image004 The National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Bret is moving west along the coast of Venezuela, while Tropical Storm Cindy is churning in the western Gulf of Mexico, forecast to make landfall in western Louisiana and eastern Texas. This is a good time masters of ships and operators of facilities to review their emergency plans and to take note of the relevant US Coast Guard hurricane contingency plans. (6/20/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_170602.pdf].

FMC – brown bag on Blockchain technology

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing that on 27 June it will host a brown bag lunch on Blockchain technology. (6/20/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/june_27_2017_brown_bag/].

IWUB – meeting on 19 July

clip_image008 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 19 July in Portland, Oregon. Topics on the agenda include FY 2017 funding and the Lock Performance Monitoring System. 82 Fed. Reg. 28306 (6/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-21/pdf/2017-12934.pdf].

Bay Area – protecting blue whales and blue skies

clip_image010 The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued a news release stating that, effective 1 July, its ‘Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies’ program is expanding to the San Francisco Bay area. The voluntary program slows ship transits to 12 knots or under. The program expansion is being undertaken by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries. (6/15/17) [https://www.ourair.org/061517-news/].

Paris MOU – 2016 performance lists

clip_image012 The Paris MOU issued a press release announcing publication of its 216 performance lists for flag states and recognized organizations (ROs). (6/20/17) [https://www.parismou.org/2016-performance-lists-paris-mou].

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June 20th, 2017 at 10:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 June 2017

Headlines:

White House – US policy toward Cuba;

USN – Fitzgerald marine casualty investigation begins;

DOJ – former Naval Attaché sentenced to prison;

National Academies – maritime alignment study;

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System changes;

UK – VTS centres; and

Summer/winter solstice – 0424 UTC, 21 June 2017.

June 20, 2017

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White House – US policy toward Cuba

clip_image004 The White House posted the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States toward Cuba. (6/16/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/16/national-security-presidential-memorandum-strengthening-policy-united]. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted frequently asked questions regarding the new policy. (6/16/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_20170616.pdf].

USN – Fitzgerald marine casualty investigation begins

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release concerning the 17 June collision off the coast of Japan between the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the container ship ACX Crystal. Fitzgerald suffered severe damage. Seven sailors lost their lives and three were injured. Heroic efforts prevented the flooding from catastrophically spreading, which could have caused the ship to founder or sink. The US Coast Guard will take the lead on the marine casualty investigation. (6/18/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101098]. Note: Unofficial sources indicate that the Japanese Coast Guard and Philippine authorities will also conduct investigations.

DOJ – former Naval Attaché sentenced to prison

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former Naval Attaché at the US Embassy in the Philippines has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a massive bribery and fraud scheme involving foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and his firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). (6/16/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-us-naval-attach-and-military-advisor-us-ambassador-philippines-sentenced-taking-bribes].

National Academies – maritime alignment study

clip_image010 The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) of the National Academies issued a notice stating that it has been retained by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide a qualified, independent review of its core functions, its role within the US Department of Transportation (DOT), and its benefit to the nation. The study is expected to take at least six months. (May 2017) [http://www.napawash.org/images/WorkInProgress/MARAD-Work-In-Progress-6.9.17.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Denise Krepp of EMR Group.

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System changes

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing changes to its Transit Reservation System. Advisory 20-2017 (6/16/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-20-2017.pdf].

UK – VTS centres

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) advising stakeholders regarding UK Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and listing the designated VTS Centres. MSN 1796 (M+F) (6/19/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/620273/MSN_1796_Amend_3_-_Designation_of_VTS_Stations_in_the_UK_-_Final.pdf].

Summer/winter solstice – 0424 UTC, 21 June 2017

clip_image016 The summer/winter solstice, marking the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere, occurs at 0424 UTC on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. This represents the sun’s furthest progression northward for the year. Some flights into the Phoenix airport are being cancelled in commemoration.

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June 19th, 2017 at 10:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 June 2017

Headlines:

Miami – anchorage areas;

Oahu – Polynesian voyaging canoe returns;

DOE – $12 million awarded for wave energy projects;

Senate- economic sanctions re Russia;

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo;

GAO – hydrographic surveying;

IMO – legal framework for autonomous ships; and

MREN – Canary in the coal mine.

June 19, 2017

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Miami – anchorage areas

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule dividing the Miami anchorage ground into two separate anchorage areas. The rule enters into effect on 19 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 27773 (6/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-19/pdf/2017-12573.pdf].

Oahu – Polynesian voyaging canoe returns

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and its partners provided water safety and security during the return of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a to Oahu completing a three-year round-the-world voyage utilizing traditional wayfinding rather than modern navigation technology. (6/16/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a3113e].

DOE – $12 million awarded for wave energy projects

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it is awarding $12 million to fund new projects to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity form wave energy. (6/15/17) [https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-12-million-projects-advance-wave-energy].

Senate – economic sanctions re Russia

clip_image010 The Senate passed and sent to the House an amended version of the Act to Provide Congressional Review and to Counter Iranian and Russian Governments’ Aggression (S. 722). Among other things, the bill allows the Secretary of the Treasury to impose economic sanctions on a person that meets one or more of the criteria in sections 1(a) of Executive Order 13662 regarding economic sanctions relating to the Russian Federation regarding the situation in Ukraine, potentially broadening those sanctions significantly. Among the persons identified in the bill is any person that is a state-owned entity operating in the shipping sector of the economy of the Russian Federation. (6/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s722es/pdf/BILLS-115s722es.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Louis Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image010[1] Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 (S. 1286) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. Senator Klobuchar issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1286is/pdf/BILLS-115s1286is.pdf].

GAO – hydrographic surveying

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report concerning hydrographic surveying. It concludes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) needs better cost data and a strategy for expanding private sector involvement in data collection. GAO-17-510 (6/16/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/685298.pdf].

IMO – legal framework for autonomous ships

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee will consider establishment of an international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships. The proposal for such an effort was submitted by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and the US. (6/16/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Autonomous-ships-on-IMO-agenda.aspx].

MREN – Canary in the coal mine

clip_image016 In the June 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Canary in the coal mine. The article discusses how the historically record low level of Arctic sea ice serves as a sentinel, a warning that sea levels will rise as the Greenland ice cap melts and the water flows into the sea. The record high air temperatures in the Arctic that are causing the loss of sea ice are also leading to a loss of the thickness of the ice cap. Change is coming. Watch your tide gauge. (6/19/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170600.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 June 2017

Headlines:

Southern Red Sea – report of waterborne IED;

USCG – challenges to maritime safety;

USCG – organizational change;

OFAC – removal of Burmese Sanctions Regulations;

St. Lawrence Seaway – increased water flow;

India – Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act;

Panama Canal – locks lane outages;

UK – mooring line failure; and

UK – protected wrecks.

June 16, 2017

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Southern Red Sea – report of waterborne IED

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an alert stating that an unconfirmed report has been received concerning a waterborne improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Red Sea in Yemeni territorial waters. Caution should be exercised when transiting this region. (6/14/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/24118/].

USCG – challenges to maritime safety

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted the remarks of Captain John Mauger, Commanding Officer, USCG Marine Safety Center, delivered at the recent International Maritime Safety Conference. He discussed lessons learned from prior casualties and the challenges presented by the increasing capacity of the maritime transportation system, reducing environmental impact, and increased system complexity. (6/15/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/15/6152017-remarks-by-marine-safety-center-commanding-officer-at-intl-maritime-safety-conference/].

USCG – organizational change

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending its internal organization. Effective immediately, Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Houma will report directly to Sector New Orleans and MSU Morgan City will report to MSU Houma. This change will have no effect on the regulated public. 82 Fed. Reg. 27614 (6/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-16/pdf/2017-12578.pdf].

OFAC – removal of Burmese Sanctions Regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule removing the Burmese Sanctions Regulations, effective immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 27613 (6/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-16/pdf/2017-12557.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – increased water flow

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued five Seaway Notices concerning the impact of increased water flow through the Seaway. (6/14/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/notices/seaway/index.html].

India – Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft amendment to the Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act. Comments must be submitted within thirty days. (6/15/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201706150420473010710circular_MMTGACTAnagha2_crews.pdf].

Panama Canal – locks lane outages

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that repair work will be performed at the Gatun Locks and the Pedro Miguel Locks sequentially from 20 June through 30 June. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a will be in effect during this period. Advisory 19-2017 (6/14/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-19-2017.pdf].

UK – mooring line failure

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 2 March 2015 failure of a mooring line on board LNG carrier Zarga in Milford Haven with one person inured. A deck officer suffered severe head injuries when struck by a parted HMPE mooring rope during a berthing operation. The area where the office was standing was clearly within the snap back zone but had previously been designated as a safe zone. The (erroneous) perception on board was that HMPE ropes did not recoil on failure. Report 13/2017 (6/15/17) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/failure-of-mooring-line-on-board-lng-carrier-zarga-with-1-person-injured].

UK – protected wrecks

clip_image016[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a collection of documents about protected wrecks, areas, and monuments in the UK. (6/15/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/receiver-of-wreck-protected-wrecks].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 June 2017

Headlines:

Charleston – potential threat investigated;

USCG – COI phase-in for towing vessels;

USCG NMC – website changes;

FERC – Jordan Cove LNG terminal;

Singapore – ballast water management; and

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904.

June 15, 2017

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Charleston – potential threat investigated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis moored at the Wando terminal in Charleston. The terminal was evacuated while the incident was investigated. (6/14/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a27e43]. A second news release stated that there is no existing threat in the port of Charleston. The reported containers have been scanned and cleared. The original reporting source of the threat has been detained for further questioning. (6/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a2876a].

USCG – COI phase-in for towing vessels

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the applicability of the Certificate of Inspection (COI) phase-in period to existing vessels using the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option to obtain an initial COI. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-03 (6/14/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol17-03.pdf].

USCG NMC – website changes

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice announcing that, on 29 June, it will be transitioning from its old website to a new website hosted by the Department of Defense. Feedback on the transition is appreciated. (6/14/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/nmc_website_changes.pdf].

FERC – Jordan Cove LNG terminal

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the potential impacts of the planned Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. Comments must be received by 10 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 27473 (6/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-15/pdf/2017-12393.pdf].

Singapore – ballast water management

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that Singapore has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWMC), which enters into effect on 8 September. Shipping Circular 10-2017 (6/12/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/19282477-c02f-4b5d-8569-3cd61010e878].

General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

clip_image012 On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. Congress responded by adopting a series of bills providing the Steamboat Inspection Service with authority to prescribe measures to prevent and extinguish fires and to determine the amount and type of lifesaving equipment to be carried on board.

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June 14th, 2017 at 10:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2017

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – anchorages;

USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering;

USCG & NOAA – wreck of USCGC McCulloch found;

Paris MOU – CIC results; and

Golden Stripes – leadership on the high seas.

June 14, 2017

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Lower Mississippi River – anchorages

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule concerning anchorage grounds on the Lower Mississippi River. The regulations regarding the Cedar Grove Anchorage and the White Castle Anchorage have been modified. Two new anchorages, Point Michel Anchorage and Plaquemines Point Anchorage, have been established. The rule enters into effect immediately. Comments on the rule must be received by 12 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 27112 (6/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-14/pdf/2017-12320.pdf].

USCG – SIMOPS during LNG bunkering

clip_image004[1] The USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) issued guidance providing amplifying information concerning the evaluation and authorization of simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) during liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering. LGC NCOE Field Notice 01-2017 (2/14/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/lgcncoe/docs/BunkerDoc-SIMOPS-LGCNCOE-FieldNotice_01-2017.pdf].

USCG & NOAA – wreck of USCGC McCulloch found

clip_image005 clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a team of USCG and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel have discovered and documented the site off southern California of the wreck of the USCGC McCulloch. The cutter sank on 13 June 1917 following a collision with the passenger ship SS Governor in heavy fog. All crew members were rescued, but one died several days later due to injuries sustained. McCulloch had served in Commodore George Dewey’s fleet in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay. (6/13/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a1f630].

Paris MOU – CIC results

clip_image009 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that its 2016 Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) concerning compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 resulted in 3,674 inspections and 42 detentions (1.1%) (6/13/17) [https://www.parismou.org/cic-mlc-2006-has-achieved-its-goal-creating-more-awareness].

Golden Stripes – leadership on the high seas

clip_image011 Captain V.S. Parani, Master Mariner, has authored Golden Stripes, subtitled ‘Leadership on the High Seas’. There are numerous books on leadership, but few have been more concisely written than this. Focused on the merchant mariner, it contains material that is applicable to all persons in leadership positions and to those aspiring to become effective leaders.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – DGPS site status;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea drilling proposal;

Senate – bill introduced re Atlantic seismic activity;

Senate – bill introduced re pipeline spills;

Senate – bill introduced re travel to Cuba;

House – bill introduced re marine debris;

Court – OPA 90 overrides Robins Dry Dock;

Court – Federal Rules of Civil Procedure;

ReCAAP – May report;

Panama Canal – May operations; and

UK – maritime passenger rights.

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USCG – DGPS site status

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the five differential global positioning system (DGPS) sites operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are being decommissioned. The forty DGPS sites remotely monitored by the Coast Guard remain in operation. (6/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/12/692017-differential-global-positioning-system-dgps-site-decommissioning/].

BOEM – Beaufort Sea drilling proposal

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it received a proposal from Eni US Operating Company to drill from a pre-existing gravel island in the Beaufort Sea. Comments regarding the environmental assessment must be submitted within ten days. Comments on the exploration plan must be submitted within 21 days. (6/12/17) [https://www.boem.gov/press06122017/].

Senate – bill introduced re Atlantic seismic activity

clip_image008 Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act (S. 1263) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. (5/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1263is/pdf/BILLS-115s1263is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re pipeline spills

clip_image008[1] Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Pipeline Safety Act of 2017 (S. 1269) to require the Office of Pipeline Safety to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Coast Guard in the event the Federal on-scene coordinator has concerns about the ability of a pipeline operator to respond to a worst case discharge. Senator Stabenow issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1269is/pdf/BILLS-115s1269is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re travel to Cuba

clip_image008[2] Senator Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017 (S. 1287) to allow United States citizens and legal residents to travel between the United States and Cuba. Senator Flake issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1287is/pdf/BILLS-115s1287is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re marine debris

clip_image010 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Save Our Seas Act of 2017 (H.R. 2748) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes. (5/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2748ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2748ih.pdf].

Court – OPA 90 overrides Robins Dry Dock

clip_image012 In a case of first impression, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the contribution provision of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) prevails over the Robins Dry Dock rule so as to allow the responsible party in an oil spill to obtain contribution for pure economic damages from another tort feasor. Two towboats and their flotillas of barges collided and oil was spilled into the Mississippi River. The owner of one towboat was named by the Coast Guard as the responsible party. That owner paid for the response effort and then sought contribution from the owner of the other towboat. The second owner contended that, since only economic damages were involved, the Robins Dry Dock rule barred a suit for contribution. The court ruled that the statute is clear in allowing contribution between tort feasors. Settoon Towing v. Marquette Transportation, No. 16-30459 (5th Cir., June 9, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30459-CV0.pdf].

Court – Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed and remanded an award of summary judgment in favor of defendant ship owner in a seaman personal injury suit based on a procedural error by the district court, which had relied on an outdated version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Lee v. Offshore Logistical and Transport, No. 16-31049 (5th Cir., June 9, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-31049-CV0.pdf].

ReCAAP – May report

clip_image015 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its report for May 2017. A total of six actual incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported during the month. (6/12/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=521&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Panama Canal – May operations

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during May. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 18-2017 (6/7/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-18-2017.pdf].

UK – maritime passenger rights

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance concerning maritime passenger rights. (6/12/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maritime-passenger-rights].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – regulatory review;

DOT – regulatory review;

USCG – BWMS type-approval;

USCG – LNG fuel transfer operations;

DOE – US LNG delivered to Netherlands and Poland;

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging;

Senate – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding;

House – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding;

House – bill introduced re maritime security;

House – hearing on USCG capabilities;

Australia – de-harmonizing IOPPC and BWMC; and

Bahamas – unexpected lifeboat release.

June 8, 2017

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USCG – regulatory review

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on Cost Guard regulations, guidance documents, and interpretive documents that you believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified. Comments must be received by 10 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 26632 (6/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-08/pdf/2017-11930.pdf].

DOT – regulatory review

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that it is reviewing its existing policy statement, guidance documents, and regulations to identify unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects. Comments should be received by 24 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 26734 (6/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-08/pdf/2017-11791.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type-approval

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the fourth ballast water management system (BWMS) type-approval certificate has been issued to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. (6/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/09/0192017-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-bwms-type-approval-certificates-to-sunrui-marine-environment-engineering-co-ltd/].

USCG – LNG fuel transfer operations

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for evaluating simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) during liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel transfer operations. CG-OES Policy Letter 01-17 (6/8/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5222/docs/LNGSIMOPS.OESpolicyltr.01.17.signed.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Rob Butts of Pivotal LNG.

DOE – US LNG delivered to Netherlands & Poland

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that US-source liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been delivered for the first time to the Netherlands and Poland. (6/9/17) [https://www.energy.gov/energygov/articles/statement-rick-perry-us-secretary-energy-lng-shipments-netherlands-poland].

Senate – bill introduced re small port dredging

clip_image012 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 1298) to modify the criteria used by the Corps of Engineers to dredge small ports. (6/7/17).

Senate – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding

clip_image013 Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 1308) to increase authorized funding for the Soo Locks. (6/7/17).

House – bill introduced re Soo Locks funding

clip_image015 Representative Bergman (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 2806) to increase authorized funding for the Soo Locks. (6/7/17).

House – bill introduced re maritime security

clip_image015[1] Representative Rutherford (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2831) to improve the port and maritime security functions of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. (6/8/17).

House – hearing on USCG capabilities

clip_image015[2] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities. (6/7/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401479].

Australia – de-harmonizing IOPPC and BWMC

clip_image017 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice articulating its position on de-harmonizing a vessel’s International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC) and its Ballast Water Management Certificate (BWMC). Such de-harmonization is sometimes done to delay the effective date for BWMC requirements. The AMSA position is that it disfavors such de-harmonization but will accept it for foreign vessels that have done so with the approval of the flag administration. Marine Notice 8/2017 (6/7/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Bahamas – unexpected lifeboat release

clip_image019 The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued an alert concerning the unexpected release of a lifeboat during a port state control examination. Safety Alert 17-14 (6/1/17) [http://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/17-14-Unexpected-Release-of-Lifeboat.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Steven Jevnisek of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.

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Dennis L. Bryant

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135

USA

1-352-692-5493
dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com

http://brymar-consulting.com

© Dennis L. Bryant – June 2017

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    logo11 Canary in the coal mine

    In the June 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Canary in the coal mine". The article discusses how the historically record low level of Arctic sea ice serves as a sentinel, a warning that sea levels will rise as the Greenland ice cap melts and the water flows into the sea. The record high air temperatures in the Arctic that are causing the loss of sea ice are also leading to a loss of the thickness of the ice cap. Change is coming. Watch your tide gauge.