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May 24th, 2017 at 9:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 May 2017

Headlines:

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program;

NTSB – fatal towboat sinking;

USN – National Maritime Day observed;

USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations;

BSEE – new Director named;

Hong Kong – typhoon season; and

UK – recall of emergency escape breathing devices.

May 24, 2017

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MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that $9,800,000 is currently available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified small shipyard facilities. Applications must be received by 5 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 23977 (5/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-24/pdf/2017-10612.pdf].

NTSB – fatal towboat sinking

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 12 March 2016 sinking of the towing vessel Specialist on the Hudson River, with three crew fatalities. Specialist was southbound, towing a tower crane barge with two other towboats. It struck a construction barge that was spudded down alongside a concrete pier at the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction site. The probable cause of the casualty was inadequate manning, resulting in fatigued crewmembers navigating three tugboats with obstructed visibility due to the size of the crane on the barge they were towing and the location of the tugboats alongside the barge. MAB 17-14 (5/23/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/mab1714.pdf].

USN – National Maritime Day observed

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the sacrifice of US merchant mariners and the contribution of the maritime industry were observed during the National Maritime Day celebration. (5/23/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=100618].

USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted two bulletins regarding presentations at the recent International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2017). The first presentation concerned the pre-spill planning consultation process. The second presentation addressed spill response in a hostile environment. (5/23/17)

BSEE – new Director named

clip_image012 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that Scott A. Angelle has been named as the agency’s new Director. (5/23/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/former-louisiana-state-official-scott-a].

Hong Kong – typhoon season

clip_image014 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the approach of typhoon season. Notice 72-2017 (5/23/17) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn17072.pdf].

UK – recall of emergency escape breathing devices

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin stating that certain Hwayan Emergency Escape Breathing Devices model EEBD TH15B are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer. These devices have an inherent blockage and do not fulfill the required rate for delivery of breathing air to the user. Ship operators with affected devices should immediately contact the manufacturer for a replacement. Safety Bulletin 09-2017 (April 2017) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/605942/SafetyBulletin.9.EEBD__003_.pdf].

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May 23rd, 2017 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 May 2017

Headlines:

Lower Niagara River – safety zone;

USCG – Safety Alert re natural gas lines;

Australia – official nautical charts; and

Denmark – blockchain technology.

May 23, 2017

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Lower Niagara River – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a safety zone on the Lower Niagara River. The rule restricts vessels from a portion of the river considered not navigable as listed in the US Coast Pilot Book 6. The rule enters into effect on 22 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 23514 (5/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-23/pdf/2017-10469.pdf].

USCG – Safety Alert re natural gas lines

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert concerning the dangers of inadequate corrective actions to liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo and fuel systems. Natural gas presents potential respiratory and explosive risks, requiring care when repairing gas lines. Inadequate repairs can have unforeseen dangers. Alert 05-17 (5/22/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0517.pdf].

Australia – official nautical charts

clip_image007 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice drawing attention to the importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag state requirements, which implement relevant provisions of the SOLAS Convention. Marine Notice 6/2017 (May 2017) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Denmark – blockchain technology

clip_image009 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a press release stating that it is looking into possible use of blockchain technology to further advance digitization of its ship registration process. (5/22/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Blockchain-technology-paves-the-way-for-digitalisation.aspx].

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May 22nd, 2017 at 9:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 May 2017

Headlines:

St. Lawrence River – increased water flows;

FMC – meeting on 24 May;

USACE – Three Rivers Study Site in Arkansas;

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced;

Senate – USCG authorization bill clears committee;

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training;

House – USCG authorization bill introduced;

House – resolution introduced re UNCLOS;

Canada – drones in the marine environment;

New Zealand – PACSAR conference; and

MREN – Biofouling.

May 22, 2017

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St. Lawrence River – increased water flows

clip_image004 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that, in order to relieve flooding to help alleviate flooding conditions around Lake Ontario, outflows from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River have been increased. Mariners transiting the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section are advised to exercise caution. Seaway Notice 10-2017 (5/19/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170519.pdf].

FMC – meeting on 24 May

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 24 May in Washington, DC. During the open session they will receive briefings on the Global Regulatory Summit; the Global Liner Shipping Conference; the 5-Year Strategic Plan and Regulatory Reform Task Force; and the Global Ocean Carrier Alliances. During the closed session, they will receive a staff update on Global Ocean Carrier Alliances. 82 Fed. Reg. 23247 (5/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-22/pdf/2017-10482.pdf].

USACE – Three Rivers Study Site in Arkansas

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is withdrawing ifs 2015 Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Feasibility Study to Investigate Hydrologic and Hydraulic Problems Threatening Navigation, Aquatic Ecosystem Habitat, Recreation, Flood Damage Reduction, and Existing Infrastructure at the Three Rivers Study Site in Southeast Arkansas. Rather, the agency will be preparing an Environmental Assessment to address the impacts. 82 Fed. Reg. 23206 (5/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-22/pdf/2017-10352.pdf].

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image010 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 1129) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard, and for other purposes. (5/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1129is/pdf/BILLS-115s1129is.pdf].

Senate – USCG authorization bill clears committee

clip_image010[1] The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating, in pertinent part, that it approved by voice vote the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 1129). (5/18/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=B791979F-682A-4A3B-A9DE-29E6B4620DC9]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Duncan Smith of the Smith Advocacy Group.

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training

clip_image010[2] Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill (S. 1186) to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to designate certain entities as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/18/17).

House – USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image012 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2518) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for other purposes. (5/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2518ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2518ih.pdf].

House – resolution introduced re UNCLOS

clip_image013 Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 339) calling upon the United States Senate to give its advice and consent to the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. (5/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hres339ih/pdf/BILLS-115hres339ih.pdf].

Canada – drones in the marine environment

clip_image015 Transport Canada issued a bulletin advising on the use of unmanned air vehicles/drones in the vicinity of port facilities and marine vessels. The agency is developing a strong regulatory framework that is expected to be published next year. Ship Safety Bulletin 06-2017 (5/16/17) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/SSB-06-2017E.pdf].

New Zealand – PACSAR conference

clip_image017 In preparation for the upcoming Pacific Search and Rescue (PACSAR) conference in Auckland, Maritime New Zealand posted the PACSAR Strategic Plan 2017-2021. PACSAR includes Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand, and the United States, along with representatives from 26 Pacific islands. (5/19/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/about/what-we-do/safety-and-response/documents/PACSARStrategicPlan.pdf].

MREN – Biofouling

clip_image019 In the May 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Biofouling. The article discusses the rise of biofouling as a front-burner issue and how the IMO Guidelines are in the process of being made mandatory by various jurisdictions. (5/19/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170500.pdf].

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May 19th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Hampton Roads PAWSA;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 26 June;

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs;

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance;

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit;

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced;

Antarctic – threat of terrorist attacks; and

India – flag state inspections of Indian vessels.

May 19, 2017

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USCG – Hampton Roads PAWSA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its Hampton Roads Port and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA). The PAWSA identifies major waterway safety hazards, estimates risk levels, evaluates potential mitigation measures, and recommends risk reduction strategies. (5/18/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/pawsa/WorkshopReports/Hampton_Roads_PAWSA_workshop_report_July_2016.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 26 June

clip_image006 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet on 26 June in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 23133 (5/19/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-19/pdf/2017-10109.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs

clip_image008 Senator Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (S/ 1096) to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes. (5/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1096is/pdf/BILLS-115s1096is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance

clip_image008[1] Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Small Shipyards and Maritime Communities Act (S. 1100) to amend title 46, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the program to provide assistance for small shipyards and maritime communities through fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes. (5/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1100is/pdf/BILLS-115s1100is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit

clip_image008[2] Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act (S. 1102) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. Senator Markey issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1102is/pdf/BILLS-115s1102is.pdf].

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced

clip_image008[3] Senator Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 1119) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for the Federal Maritime Commission, and for other purposes. (5/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1119is/pdf/BILLS-115s1119is.pdf].

Antarctic – threat of terrorist attacks

clip_image010 The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued foreign travel advice informing travelers that the threat of terrorist attacks in the British Antarctic Territory can’t be ruled out. (5/5/17) [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/british-antarctic-territory/terrorism]. Note: Don’t trust the penguins – they haven’t been vetted.

India – flag state inspections of Indian vessels

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice announcing that flag state inspection requirements for Indian-flag vessels with good flag state and port state inspection records will be eased to a certain extent. Merchant Shipping Notice 4-2017 (5/18/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201705180502432616978ms_notice_4_2017_eng.pdf].

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May 18th, 2017 at 10:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 May 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – USN Rear Admiral sentenced to prison;

FMC – meeting on 24 May;

DOT & USCG – CGSIC meeting on 25-26 September;

BSEE – evolution of oil spill response;

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced;

House – bill introduced re seismic activity off Florida;

House – hearing re Rigs to Reefs program;

IMO – Polar Code video;

Denmark – regulatory barriers re autonomous ships; and

New Zealand – implementation of Polar Code.

May 18, 2017

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DOJ – USN Rear Admiral sentenced to prison

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a US Navy Rear Admiral has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying to investigators in an attempt to conceal his 20-year illicit relationship with Leonard Glenn Francis, owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), the foreign defense contractor at the center of a major bribery and fraud scandal. (5/17/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-admiral-sentenced-prison-lying-federal-investigators-about-his-relationship-foreign].

FMC – meeting on 24 May

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 24 May in Washington, DC. During the open session they will receive briefings on the Global Regulatory Summit; the Global Liner Shipping Conference; the 5-Year Strategic Plan and Regulatory Reform Task Force; and the Global Ocean Carrier Alliances. During the closed session, they will receive a staff update on Global Ocean Carrier Alliances. (5/17/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/meeting_5-24-2017/].

DOT & USCG – CGSIC meeting on 25-26 September

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) will host the 57th meeting of the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) on 25-26 September in Portland, Oregon. The meeting is free and open to the public. (5/17/17) [http://www.gps.gov/cgsic/meetings/2017/].

BSEE – evolution of oil spill response

clip_image012 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that members of its staff took part in a series of technical demonstrations providing an up-close look at the evolution of oil spill response capabilities over the past 25+ years at the International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach. (5/17/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/technical-demonstration-at-oil-spill].

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image014 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 1129) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/16/17).

House – bill introduced re seismic activity off Florida

clip_image016 Representative Posey (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2469) to establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/16/17).

House – hearing on Rigs to Reefs Program

clip_image016[1] The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources conducted a hearing on the Rigs to Reefs Program. Testimony was heard from Mr. David Bump, W&T Offshore; Mr. Frank Russo, GAO; Mr. J. Dale Shively, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and Mr. Greg Stunz, Texas A&M University. (5/17/17) [http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401935].

IMO – Polar Code video

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release announcing the availability of a video explaining the new Polar Code and how it enhances the protection of polar environments. (5/16/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/15-Polar-film.aspx].

Denmark – regulatory barriers re autonomous ships

clip_image020 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a press release stating that it has invited tenders for an analysis of the regulatory barriers to the development of autonomous ships. Tenders must be received by 29 May. (5/17/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Tenders-for-analysis-of-barriers-to-autonomous-ships.aspx].

New Zealand – implementation of Polar Code

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it has opened a consultation seeking comments on its implementation of the IMO Polar Code. Comments must be received by 22 June. (5/17/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170517a.asp].

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May 17th, 2017 at 10:03 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Certificate of Documentation services;

USCG – Prevent, Prepare, Respond & Restore;

USCG – seeking lead auditor at TVNCOE;

Senate – bill introduced re GOM drilling;

House – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit; and

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced.

May 17, 2017

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USCG – Certificate of Documentation services

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an advisory warning that the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) is the only entity authorized to issue Certificates of Documentation (CODs) for US vessels. The Coast Guard does not endorse any commercial entities that offer to manage the certification and renewal process and these companies are not authorized to issue any form of vessel documentation. Advisory 01-17 (5/16/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/Adv0117.pdf].

USCG – Prevent, Prepare, Respond & Restore

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the remarks on Mr. Dana Tulis, USCG Director of Incident Management and Preparedness on the topic of ‘Prevent, Prepare, Respond & Restore’, delivered at the recent International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach, CA. (5/16/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/16/51617-iosc-2017-opening-plenary-session-prevent-prepare-respond-restore/].

USCG – seeking lead auditor at TVNCOE

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard is seeking applications from qualified persons interested in working as a civilian employee at the Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) located in Paducah, KY. From the job announcement, “The primary purpose for this position is to serve as a lead auditor, audit team member, marine inspector (MI) and as an associate resident instructor for student MIs.” The position is being advertised under two different announcements on the USAJOBS website. To apply under the merit promotion procedures (open to Status Candidates and other eligibles) see job announcement number is 17-1050-HQ-RM-M-R1 at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/469780400 . This announcement closes on May 21, 2017. To apply under the delegated examining procedures (open to all U.S. Citizens) see job announcement number is 17-1050-HQ-RM-D-R1 at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/469781400 . This announcement closes on May 28, 2017. (5/16/17).

Senate – bill introduced re GOM drilling

clip_image007 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Florida Shores Protection and Fairness Act (S. 1041) to include the State of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico outer Continental Shelf revenue sharing program, to extend the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and for other purposes. Senator Rubio issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1041is/pdf/BILLS-115s1041is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit

clip_image009 Representative Langevin (D-RI) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act (H.R. 2413) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. (5/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2413ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2413ih.pdf].

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced

clip_image010 Senator Fischer (R-NE) introduced a bill (S. 1119) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for the Federal Maritime Commission, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/15/17).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 May 2017

Headlines:

Puget Sound – proposed anchorages;

USCG – ETO and ETR endorsements;

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

Court – pre-existing condition;

UK – fatigue study on dredgers; and

UK – fatigue study on tugs.

May 16, 2017

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Puget Sound – proposed anchorages

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard extended, through 9 August, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking regarding anchorages in Puget Sound. 82 Fed. Reg. 22448 (5/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-16/pdf/2017-09884.pdf].

USCG – ETO and ETR endorsements

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) concerning Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) and Electro-Technical Rating (ETR) endorsements for crew members on US-flag vessels. MSIB 06-17 (5/12/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/006_17_5-12-2017.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy

clip_image007 Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Marine Energy Act (S. 1036) to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies, and for other purposes. Senator Wyden issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1036is/pdf/BILLS-115s1036is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image007[1] Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2017 (S. 1021) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Senator Murphy issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1021is/pdf/BILLS-115s1021is.pdf]. Note: The erroneous link in yesterday’s newsletter has been corrected. My bad.

Court – pre-existing conditions

clip_image009 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a defendant may be liable to all of the injuries incurred by a plaintiff, even though the plaintiff had pre-existing conditions that made him more likely to suffer those injuries to the extent manifested. In the instant case, plaintiff foreman fell in a darkened stairwell on defendant’s ship. He suffered spinal and nerve injuries that exacerbated certain pre-existing conditions. The court determined that defendants take their plaintiffs as they find them. Koch v. United States, No. 15-30811 (5thh Cir., May 12, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30811-CV0.pdf].

UK – fatigue study on dredgers

clip_image011 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the report of an investigation of the 8-hours on/8-hours off seafarer watchkeeping system on dredging vessels. The study concluded that the 8/8 system was superior to the 6/6 system in terms of quantity and quality of sleep obtained. (5/15/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/612588/Fatigue_Research_8on_8off.pdf].

UK – fatigue study on tugs

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the report of an investigation of the effects of working various hours of work and rest patterns commonly found in use by UK Merchant Navy watchkeepers. The study concluded that the most effective 2-watch system is the Royal Navy “dog-watch” system, with the highest risk of falling asleep being the 12/12 system. (5/15/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/613099/Fatigue_Research_workload_modelling.pdf].

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May 15th, 2017 at 10:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 May 2017

Headlines:

DHS – ransomware attacks;

USCG – safety alert re shared waterways;

Philadelphia – security zone proposed;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re LHWCA & recreational vessels;

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs;

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance;

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit;

House – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit;

Court – vicarious liability;

Arctic Council – Fairbanks Declaration 2017;

Arctic Council – scientific cooperation; and

Canada – Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

May 15, 2017

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DHS – ransomware attacks

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release regarding the ongoing ransomware attacks. Good cybersecurity measures can deter all but the most determined cyber threats. These measures include: (1) updating your computers and IT systems (including smart phones) with the latest patches and software updates; (2) not clicking on or downloading unfamiliar links or files in emails; and (3) backing up your data. (5/12/17) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/05/12/dhs-statement-ongoing-ransomware-attacks].

USCG – safety alert re shared waterways

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners that waterways are shared by professionals and by recreational boaters and others. Everyone on the water should have a good working knowledge of the navigation rules and exercise caution. Don’t assume that everyone else is paying attention and is knowledgeable. Alert 04-17 (5/12/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0417.pdf].

Philadelphia – security zone proposed

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a security zone within portions of the Delaware River and Schuylkill River for protection of very important persons (VIPs) who arrive and depart from Philadelphia International Airport. Comments on the proposal must be received by 14 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 22301 (5/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-15/pdf/2017-09763.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image009 Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2017 (S. 1021) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Senator Murphy issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2354ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2354ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re LHWCA & recreational vessels

clip_image011 Representative Byrne (R-AL) introduced the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Clarification Act of 2017 (H.R. 2354) to amend the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a definition of recreational vessel for purposes of such Act. (5/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2354ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2354ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs

clip_image012 Senator Fischer (R-NE) introduced a bill (S/ 1095) 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. (5/11/17).

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance

clip_image009[1] Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill (S. 1100) to amend title 46, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the program to provide assistance for small shipyards and maritime communities through fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/11/17)

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit

clip_image009[2] Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill (S. 1102) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Markey issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/11/17) [https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senators-markey-and-whitehouse-and-rep-langevin-lead-legislation-to-harness-offshore-wind-energy].

House – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit

clip_image011[1] Representative Langevin (D-RI) introduced a bill (H.R. 2413) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/11/17).

Court – vicarious liability

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a mercifully brief opinion, affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor or defendant offshore platform operator in a personal injury suit brought by a crane mechanic. The court held that the defendant was not vicariously liable for the alleged negligence of its independent contractors where the activity being performed was not ultrahazardous and it did not exercise operational control over those actions. Davis v. Dynamic Offshore Resources, No. 16-40059, (5th Cir., May 12, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-40059-CV0.pdf].

Arctic Council – Fairbanks Declaration 2017

clip_image016 The Arctic Council member states signed the Fairbanks Declaration 2017 at their Ministerial Meeting on 11 May in Fairbanks. The document reaffirms the parties’ commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic. (5/11/17) [https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/271043.pdf].

Arctic Council – scientific cooperation

clip_image016[1] The Arctic Council member states signed the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation at their Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks on 11 May. The 30-page document includes text in English, French, and Russian. (5/11/17) [https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/271057.pdf].

Canada – Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

clip_image018 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Government of Canada introduced in Parliament C-46, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act that seeks to formalize an oil tanker moratorium on British Columbia’s north coast. The proposed act would prohibit oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude or persistent oil as cargo from stopping, loading, or unloading any of these oils at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia. (5/12/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/05/crude_oil_tankermoratoriumonbritishcolumbiasnorthcoast.html].

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May 12th, 2017 at 9:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 May 2017

Headlines:

White House – strengthening cybersecurity;

DOI – Atlantic Ocean G&G activities;

New York – site characterization surveys;

HSRP – webinar meeting on 9 June;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

Australia – ship breakaway during high winds; and

Commandeering of CSS Planter – 13 May 1862.

May 12, 2017

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White House – strengthening cybersecurity

clip_image004 President Trump issued an Executive Order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure. Each agency head must prepare a risk management report and action plan for that agency. Agency heads will also support cybersecurity efforts of critical infrastructure entities. (5/11/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/11/presidential-executive-order-strengthening-cybersecurity-federal].

DOI – Atlantic Ocean G&G activities

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that it will move forward to review applications seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean. (5/11/17) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-advances-america-first-offshore-energy-strategy].

New York – site characterization surveys

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received an application for an incidental harassment authorization to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to site characterization surveys off the coast of New York. Comments on the proposal must be received by 12 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 22250 (5/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-12/pdf/2017-09706.pdf].

HSRP – webinar meeting on 9 June

clip_image008[1] The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will meet via webinar on 9 June. Topics on the agenda include draft documents relevant to NOAA’s navigational services. 82 Fed. Reg. 22099 (5/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-12/pdf/2017-09642.pdf].

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image010 Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2017 (H.R. 2317) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Representative Courtney issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2317ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2317ih.pdf].

Australia – ship breakaway during high winds

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 13 January 2016 breakaway of the ro-ro passenger ship Spirit of Tasmania II, which was loading cargo, vehicles, and passengers in Melbourne when strong unexpectedly strong wind gusts blew the ship off the wharf. All but two of the mooring lines on the bow parted. The stern swung around until the ship was 90 degrees to the wharf and in danger of going aground. Ship’s propulsion and thrusters were used to maintain position until tugs arrived to assist. The ship suffered minor damage, while the shore infrastructure suffered extensive damage. MO-2016-001 (5/11/17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5772782/mo-2016-001_final.pdf].

Commandeering of CSS Planter – 13 May 1862

clip_image014 Robert Smalls (1839-1915), an enslaved African-American, served as a wheelman-pilot on steamboats in the Charleston area when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Later that year he was assigned to steer CSS Planter, a lightly-armed Confederate military transport. The vessel was used to deliver troops, supplies, and dispatches along the southeast coast of the Confederacy. The vessel’s shallow draft allowed it to avoid the Union blockade about seven miles offshore. Smalls, though, had planned an escape and awaited his opportunity. On 12 May 1862, the three white officers went ashore for the night, which was the usual practice. Smalls assembled the black crew members and got Planter underway. They stopped at a nearby pier and took onboard their family members who had hidden there. They then sailed out of the harbor unchallenged. Smalls had donned the master’s long coat and straw hat and strode the deck as the master generally did. He also knew the signals to display at various checkpoints. Planter sailed out to the Union blockade, flying a white sheet as a sign of surrender. The Union Navy vessels took possession of Planter. Smalls was assimilated into the Union Navy, where his practical experience and intimate knowledge of the local Confederate defenses proved invaluable. He was also awarded prize money for delivery of Planter. Smalls later became a Congressional Representative and a distinguished citizen of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 May 2017

Headlines:

CBP – transport of vessel equipment;

USCG – BWMS type-approval application received;

USCG – Offshore Training Symposium recap;

DOJ – foreign defense executives plead guilty;

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling;

House – bill introduced re maritime workforce training;

Senate – bill introduced to ban Arctic Ocean drilling; and

Senate – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling.

May 11, 2017

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CBP – transport of vessel equipment

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) included a notice on pages 11-12 of the current edition of its Customs Bulletin and Decisions newsletter stating that it has withdrawn its proposed modification and revocation of ruling letters relating to Customs application of the Jones Act to transportation of certain merchandise and equipment between coastwise points. The notice indicates that the agency intends to reconsider the matter. (5/10/17) [https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017-May/Vol_51_No_19_Title.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type-approval application received

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has received its sixth application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval. To date, three systems have been approved and three are under consideration. (5/10/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/10/5102017-sixth-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – Offshore Training Symposium recap

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the Third Annual Offshore Training Symposium hosted by the Coast Guard. (5/10/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/10/5102017-3rd-annual-offshore-training-symposium-meeting-recap/].

DOJ – foreign defense executives plead guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two former executives of a foreign defense contractor pleaded guilty in federal court to participation in a conspiracy to submit bogus bids, claims, and invoices to the US Navy in an effort to steal tens of millions of dollars as part of a years-long corruption and fraud scheme. Both had worked for the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) company. They now await sentencing. (5/9/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-former-executives-foreign-defense-contractor-plead-guilty-fraud-international-navy].

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling

clip_image010 Representative Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act (H.R. 2272) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2272ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2272ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re maritime workforce training

clip_image011 Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017 (H. R. 2286) to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to designate certain entities as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education, and for other purposes. Representative Green issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2286ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2286ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to ban Arctic Ocean drilling

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Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017 (S. 991) to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Senator Merkley issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s991is/pdf/BILLS-115s991is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling

clip_image013[1] Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act (S. 999) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. Senator Menendez issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s999is/pdf/BILLS-115s999is.pdf].

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    logo11 Biofouling

    In the April 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Biofouling". The article discusses the rise of biofouling to a front-burner issue and how the IMO Guidelines are in the process of being made mandatory in various jurisdictions.