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January 29th, 2019 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2019

Headlines:

OFAC – sanctions re Venezuela;

FMC – Louis Sola & Daniel Maffei sworn in;

House – bill introduced re drilling off East Coast;

House – bill introduced re drilling in Arctic Ocean;

House – bill introduced re drilling off Pacific Coast;

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish;

Australia – flooding during ballast water exchange;

UK – MARPOL Annex I amendments; and

UK – boosting diversity in the maritime industry.

January 29, 2019

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OFAC – sanctions re Venezuela

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License No. 12 authorizing, until 28 April, the purchase and importation into the United States of petroleum and petroleum products from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) or any entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50% or greater interest. Any payment to of for the direct or indirect benefit of a blocked person must be made into a blocked, interest-bearing account located in the United States. (1/28/19) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/venezuela_gl12.pdf].

FMC – Louis Sola & Daniel Maffei sworn in

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Louis E. Sola and Daniel B. Maffei have been sworn in as Commissioners. (1/28/19) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_welcomes_commissioners_sola_and_maffei/].

House – bill introduced re drilling off East Coast

clip_image008 Representative Cunningham (D-SC) introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act (H.R. 291) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to place a ten-year moratorium on oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Representative Cunningham issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr291ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr291ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re drilling in Arctic Ocean

clip_image009 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019 (H.R. 309) to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Representative Huffman issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr309ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr309ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re drilling off Pacific Coast

clip_image009[1] Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 310) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. Representative Huffman issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr310ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr310ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to combat lionfish

clip_image010 Representative Soto (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 417) to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes. (1/9/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr417ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr417ih.pdf].

Australia – flooding during ballast water exchange

clip_image012 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the partial flooding of a freighter. During routine ballast water exchange, a request for closure of a manual valve was not acknowledged or actioned. As a result, a ballast tank overflowed. The overflow entered a space that had an undetected corrosion opening, allowing flooding of the engine room. Report 2018-003 (1/25/19) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5775554/mo-2018-003_final.pdf].

UK – MARPOL Annex I amendments

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note (MIN) providing guidance on compliance with amendments since 2004 to MARPOL Annex I. MIN 585(M) (1/28/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/774045/MIN_585_M_.pdf]. Note: The references throughout to MSC Resolutions should have been to MEPC Resolutions. The resolution numbers, though, are correct.

UK – boosting diversity in the maritime industry

clip_image015 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the speech delivered by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Nusrat Ghani, MP concerning boosting diversity in the maritime industry. (1/28/19) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/boosting-diversity-in-the-maritime-industry].

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January 28th, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 January 2019

Headlines:

US – temporary federal funding approved;

USCG – timeframes for pay and back pay;

USCG – commercial vessel safety impacts;

USCG – MSC mitigation efforts;

USCG – STCW mitigation efforts;

Hudson River – vessel breakaways in heavy ice;

USCG – deterring IUU fishing in the South Pacific;

USCG – rescue by off-duty Coast Guard civilian;

USCG – revisions to VRP SMFF GSAs;

Senate – roundtable on US role in Arctic;

Court – CBA overrules LMRA;

World Bank – economic impacts of GHG mitigation policies;

UK – poor pilotage plan;

UK – emerging maritime technology; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 28, 2019

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US – temporary federal funding approved

clip_image004 A continuing resolution has passed both the Senate and the House and has been signed by the President. The measure provides for funding, through 15 February, for all federal agencies for which a regular appropriation has not been enacted. It will take several days, at least, for operations at these agencies to return to what passes for normal. Recovery from some impacts of the shutdown, though, will take much longer. In the meantime, below are several USCG items related to these issues. (1/25/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hjres28enr/pdf/BILLS-116hjres28enr.pdf].

USCG – timeframes for pay and back pay

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a notice regarding the expected timeframe for receipt of pay and back pay by active duty military personnel, retirees, and civilian employees now that funding has been restored. (1/26/19) [https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/budget/]. Admiral Schultz issued an email expressing his appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the Coast Guard family during the lapse in appropriations. (1/25/19) [https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Portals/10/2019_budget/CCG%20Email-final.pdf?ver=2019-01-25-221018-390].

USCG – commercial vessel safety impacts

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) explaining some of the agency’s commercial vessel safety functions impacted by the lapse in appropriations. MSIB 01-19 (1/24/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2019/MSIB_001_19.pdf].

USCG – MSC mitigation efforts

clip_image007[1] The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued a bulletin detailing measures taken to mitigate the impact on merchant mariners of the lapse in appropriations. (1/24/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2019/fiscal_year_appropriations_mitigation_update_20190124.pdf].

USCG – STCW mitigation efforts

clip_image007[2] The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued a bulletin detailing measures taken to mitigate the impact on merchant mariners with an STCW endorsement of the lapse in appropriations. (1/25/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2019/stcw_fiscal_year_appropriations_mitigation_20190125.pdf].

Hudson River – vessel breakaways in heavy ice

clip_image007[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that assistance is being rendered to a number of vessels and barges on the Hudson River near Troy, New York that broke away from their moorings due to heavy ice (1/25/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22ab0ea].

USCG – deterring IUU fishing in the South Pacific

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release concerning its South Pacific patrols that enforce international fishing conventions and deter illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. (1/26/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22adb61].

USCG – rescue by off-duty Coast Guard civilian

clip_image007[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a distressed surfer in Humboldt Bay, California was rescued by an off-duty Coast Guard civilian employee. (1/24/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22a92ba].

USCG – revisions to VRP SMFF GSAs

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing holders of vessel response plans (VRPs) information on the latest revisions of the four core salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) geographic specific appendices (GSAs). VRPs should be updated as necessary to reflect these revisions. (1/24/19) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/VRP_SMFF_update_190124.pdf].

Senate – roundtable on US role in Arctic

clip_image011 The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources issued a notice stating that on 24 January it conducted a roundtable to discussion the United States’ overall role in the Arctic from a domestic and international perspective. (1/24/19) [https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID=E64356A5-F88C-4C56-8AE8-7670E8DBD185].

Court – CBA overrules LMRA

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the claim of a worker on an offshore platform for overtime pay and related benefits under the federal Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) was inappropriate because he was working under a qualifying collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Curtis v Irwin Industries, No. 16-56515 (9th Cir., January 25, 2019) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2019/01/25/16-56515.pdf].

World Bank – economic impacts of GHG mitigation policies

clip_image015 The World Bank Group issued a report entitled ‘Understanding the Economic Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies on Shipping’. (January 2019) [http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/718061546900387225/pdf/133417-REVISED-WP-PUBLIC-World-Bank-Shipping-Economic-Modelling-Executive-Summary-2019-01-22.pdf].

UK – poor pilotage plan

clip_image017 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation regarding the 27 March 2018 grounding of a general cargo ship on a stone training wall in the approach channel to the River Neath, Wales. A harbor pilot had control of steering and speed. The vessel was quickly refloated, but suffered extensive shell plate damage, which resulted in water ingress. The primary cause of the grounding was that a detailed pilotage plan had not been made and the master/pilot exchange did not cover all hazards, including that posed by the training walls. Report 01-2019 (1/24/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c47021be5274a6e49801c0e/MAIBInvReport1_2019.pdf].

UK – emerging maritime technology

clip_image017[1] The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that it intends for the UK to be the preeminent global test-bed for emerging maritime technology. (1/24/19) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-lead-charge-in-emerging-maritime-technology].


Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image019 The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!

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January 24th, 2019 at 12:28 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 January 2019

Headlines:

DHS – Cyber Emergency Directive;

Maritime Advisory – Gulf of Guinea;

Maritime Advisory – Sulu and Celebes Seas;

USCG – unacceptable impact of lapse in appropriations;

FERC – Driftwood LNG EIS;

House – bill introduced re Navy aircraft carriers;

House – bill introduced re FMC;

Court – implied warranty of merchantability;

EMSA – conference on transport cybersecurity; and

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft.

January 24, 2019

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DHS – Cyber Emergency Directive

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Emergency Directive warning federal agencies of incidents involving Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure tampering. Attackers have redirected and intercepted web and mail traffic and could do so for other networked services. It directs agencies to change passwords and add multifactor authentication. Emergency Directive 19-01 (1/22/19) [https://cyber.dhs.gov/assets/report/ed-19-01.pdf].

Maritime Advisory – Gulf of Guinea

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an advisory concerning the risk of piracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping-for-ransom in waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Caution is recommended for vessels transiting these waters. Advisory 2019-003 (1/18/19) [https://www.maritime.dot.gov/content/2019-003-gulf-guinea-piracyarmed-robberykidnapping-ransom].

Maritime Advisory – Sulu and Celebes Seas

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an advisory concerning the risk of piracy, armed robbery, and terrorism in waters of the Sulu and Celebes Seas. Caution is recommended for vessels transiting these waters. Advisory 2019-004 (1/18/19) [https://www.maritime.dot.gov/content/2019-002-sulu-and-celebes-sea-piracyarmed-robberyterrorism].

USCG – unacceptable impact of lapse in appropriations

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard posted on Twitter a message from Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, USCG concerning the unacceptable impact of the lapse in appropriations on service personnel. (1/22/19) [https://twitter.com/ComdtUSCG].

FERC – Driftwood LNG EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Driftwood LNG project proposed for southwest Louisiana. (1/18/19) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2019/01-18-19-FEIS.asp?csrt=8713014397792750752].

House – bill introduced re Navy aircraft carriers

clip_image013 Representative Conaway (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 700) to increase the number of operational aircraft carriers of the Navy, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/22/19).

House – bill introduced re FMC

clip_image013[1] Representative Posey (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 709) to amend title 46, United States Code, to provide statutory authority for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services of the Federal Maritime Commission, to increase public awareness and understanding of ocean shipping services agreements and such Office, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/22/19).

Court – implied warranty of merchantability

clip_image015 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant cooling system company in an action by a yacht owner for damages to the yacht allegedly caused by a breach of an implied warranty of merchantability relating to the installation of an improperly-sized low pressure switch in the marine chiller unit. Tri-Lady Marine v Aqua-Air Manufacturing, No. 18-12427 (11th Cir., January 23, 2019) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201812427.pdf].

EMSA – conference on transport cybersecurity

clip_image017 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release concerning the first European Conference on Transport Cybersecurity, held in Lisbon. The conference gave participants from both the public and private sphere the opportunity to look at cybersecurity from a multifaceted and multimodal perspective. They discussed the legal framework in place for cybersecurity at EU level and its relevance for the transport sector, as well as the need for cooperation in the future, and published they conclusions. (1/23/19) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3441-cooperation-to-raise-cybersecurity-awareness-across-transport-modes.html].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft

clip_image019 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 27 February, the maximum allowable draft for transit through the neopanamax locks will be 14.63 m (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 03-2019 (1/22/19) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2019/a-03-2019.pdf].

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January 23rd, 2019 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 January 2019

Headlines:

Court – border search;

Singapore – weight limitations of dangerous goods;

Singapore – automatic issuance of ROAs; and

MREN – BWM reform.

January 23, 2019

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Court – border search

clip_image004 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of law enforcement officers and the federal government in a claim brought by three cruise ship passengers who were searched, along with their cabin, on suspicion of drug smuggling as the ship arrived in St. Croix after calling at a number of foreign ports. The officers were found to be entitled to qualified immunity and the government was shielded by the discretionary function exemption. A recent case decided otherwise was distinguished. Bryan v. United States, No. 17-1519 (3rd Cir., January 18, 2019) [https://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/171519p.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Lennon, Murphy & Phillips LLC.

Singapore – weight limitations of dangerous goods

clip_image006 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing revised weight limitations of dangerous goods at container berths. Port Marine Circular 02-2019 (1/21/19) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/47d8ae1b-1ef6-4151-83d3-3480e247b25a].

Singapore – automatic issuance of ROAs

clip_image006[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that it will automatically issue a Receipt of Acknowledgement (ROA) upon application for a Certificate of Endorsement (COE) so as to facilitate companies that sign on officers. Shipping Circular 02-2019 (1/22/19) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/4d8c5f38-9d3b-428c-afd9-afe5bac6e0ce].

MREN – BWM reform

clip_image008 In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the

recently enacted Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the ability of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. (1/20/19) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN190100.pdf].

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January 22nd, 2019 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 January 2019

Headlines:

USCG – further expanded limits to CGMA loans;

USCG – commercial vessel documentation;

Antarctica – USCGC Polar Star arrives;

Senate – Pay Our Coast Guard Act;

House – bill introduced re CA offshore drilling;

House – bill introduced re offshore FL drilling;

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore New England;

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States;

IMO – sulphur limit implementation plan;

IMO – e-nav strategy implementation plan; and

UK – radio communications requirements.

January 22, 2019

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USCG – further expanded limits to CGMA loans

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Commandant Notice announcing further expanded limits to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) loans during the current lapse in appropriations. ALCOAST 013/19 (1/18/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2293964].

USCG – commercial vessel documentation

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Due to the lapse in appropriations, the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) is not able to process commercial vessel documentation matters. (1/18/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Deputy-for-Operations-Policy-and-Capabilities-DCO-D/National-Vessel-Documentation-Center/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Mark Remijan of APL Maritime. While the Coast Guard continues to keep in operation as many of its important functions as legally possible, not everything it does meets the legal definition of an activity that qualifies for continuance during this lapse in appropriations and many civilian employees and all civilian contractors are not on the job. In addition, no one is being paid.

Antarctica – USCGC Polar Star arrives

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that USCGC Polar Star, the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, arrived in Antarctica to participate in Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply US interests in the region. (1/17/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/227b3aa].

Senate – Pay Our Coast Guard Act

clip_image010 The Pay Our Coast Guard Act (S. 21) making continuing appropriations for Coast Guard pay in the event an appropriations act expires prior to the enactment of a new appropriations act has been read a second time and placed on the Senate calendar. (1/4/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s21pcs/pdf/BILLS-116s21pcs.pdf].

House – bill introduced re offshore CA drilling

clip_image012 Representative Carbajal (D-CA) introduced the California Clean Coast Act of 2019 (H.R. 279) to permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of the State of California, and for other purposes. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr279ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr279ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re offshore FL drilling

clip_image013 Representative Castor (D-FL) introduced the Florida Coastal Protection Act (H.R. 286) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. Representative Castor issued a news release explaining the measure. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr286ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr286ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore New England

clip_image013[1] Representative Cicilline (D-RI) introduced the New England Coastal Protection Act (H.R. 287) to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of New England. (1/8/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr287ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr287ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image014 Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 667) to repeal the Waters of the United States rule and amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/17/19).

IMO – sulphur limit implementation plan

clip_image016 The IMO issued guidance on development of a ship implementation plan for implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI, which enters into effect on 1 January 2010. MEPC.1/Circ. 878 (11/6/18)[ http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MEPC-Circ878.pdf].

IMO – e-nav strategy implementation plan

clip_image016[1] The IMO issued updated guidance on the e-navigation strategy implementation plan. MSC.1/Circ.1595 (525/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MSC-Circ1595.pdf].

UK – radio communication requirements

clip_image018 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Safety Note (MSN) providing guidance on radio communication requirements for SOLAS and non-SOLAS vessels. MSN 1810 (M+F) (1/18/19) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/msn-1810-radio-communications-solas-and-non-solas-vessels].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 January 2019

Headlines:

Louisiana – two missing after capsizing;

Puerto Rico – man arrested for laser strikes;

Florida – three stowaways taken into custody;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 40.9 million tonnes during 2018;

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens;

Canada – risk assessment for vessels of concern;

Denmark – cyber-security in the maritime sector; and

UK – LRIT adjustment re Brexit.

January 18, 2019

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Louisiana – two missing after capsizing

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a search is ongoing near mile marker 18 of the Lower Mississippi River for two persons missing following the capsizing of 32-foot vessel. (1/16/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/228b2ce]. A second news release states that the search has been suspended. The incident is under investigation. (1/17/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/228f58e]. Note: Unofficial sources indicate that the vessel, with five persons on board, was participating in a pollution response drill when the casualty occurred. Three of those persons were rescued.

Puerto Rico – man arrested for laser strikes

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a man has been arrested for multiple laser strikes on a Coast Guard helicopter in Puerto Rico. (1/17/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22828ac].

Florida – three stowaways taken into custody

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that three stowaways have been taken into custody after being found onboard a freighter bound for Miami. (1/17/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/228d9ba].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 40.9 million tonnes during 2018

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release stating that 40.9 million tonnes of cargo transited through the Seaway during the 2018 navigation season. (1/17/19) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20190117.html].

House – bill introduced to limit maritime liens

clip_image008 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 629) to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/16/19).

Canada – risk assessment for vessels of concern

clip_image010 The Government of Canada issued a news release stating that a contract has been awarded for development of a risk assessment methodology related to hundreds of vessels of concern (abandoned, wrecked, or dilapidated) in Canadian waters or on Crown land. (1/14/19) [https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/news/2019/01/government-of-canada-prepares-to-assess-level-of-risks-related-to-vessels-of-concern.html].

Denmark – cyber-security in the maritime sector

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that a new strategy for cyber-security in the maritime sector has been launched. (1/16/19) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/New-strategy-for-cyber-security-in-the-Danish-maritime-sector.aspx].

UK – LRIT adjustment re Brexit

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note (MIN) stating that as of 24 January 2019, the UK’s own LRIT data centre will go live. All UK flagged ships will automatically transmit their LRIT data to the UK data centre rather than EMSA CDC. MIN 586 (M) (1/17/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/771566/MIN586_Publish.pdf].

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January 17th, 2019 at 11:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 January 2019

Headlines:

White House – Government Employee Fair Treatment Act;

USCG – expanded limits to CGMA loans;

USCG – formal marine casualty investigation;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

IMO – Transport 2040; and

Australia – air pollution.

January 17, 2019

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White House – Government Employee Fair Treatment Act

clip_image004 The White House announced that President Trump signed into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (S. 24) to provide for the compensation of federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations. (1/16/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s24pcs/pdf/BILLS-116s24pcs.pdf]. Note: Payment of the compensation will occur after appropriations have been made.

USCG – expanded limits to CGMA loans

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Commandant Notice announcing expanded limits to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) loans during the current lapse in appropriations. ALCOAST 012/19 (1/15/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2287a94].

USCG – formal marine casualty investigation

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a formal marine casualty investigation has been convened into the marine casualty of the fishing vessel Mary B II, which capsized off Newport, Oregon on 9 January 2019, resulting in the loss of three lives and loss of the vessel. (1/15/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2287b21].

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image010 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 133) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Murkowski issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/15/19) [https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/murkowski-introduces-legislation-recognizing-unrecognized-heroes-of-the-greatest-generation].

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image012 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 550) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/15/19) [https://garamendi.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-john-garamendi-introduces-merchant-mariners-world-war-ii].

IMO – Transport 2040

clip_image014 The IMO’s World Maritime University (WMU) issued a news release announcing launch of the report: Transport 2040 – Automation Technology Employment – the Future of Work, (1/15/19) [https://www.wmu.se/news/transport-2040-how-automation-and-technology-will-impact-future-work].

Australia – air pollution

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release recommending measures for reducing air pollution from ships. (1/16/19) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/air-pollution].

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January 16th, 2019 at 11:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 January 2019

Headlines:

DOS – meeting on 16 January re SDC 6 – CANCELLED;

USN – Pensacola Lighthouse anniversary;

Senate – bill introduced re federal employee pay;

Court – bunker delivery dispute;

NYC – ferry system expansion;

ReCAAP – 25% reduction in Asian piracy;

Canada – timber deck cargoes; and

Canada – oil removed from sunken wreck.

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DOS – meeting on 16 January re SDC 6 – CANCELLED

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the public meeting scheduled for today, 16 January 2019, by the Department of State (DOS) to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) has been cancelled due to the lapse in government funding. (1/15/19) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/01/15/1-15-2019-notice-of-postponement-public-meeting-for-imo-sub-committee-on-ship-design-and-construction/].

USN – Pensacola Lighthouse anniversary

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a ceremony was held on 11 January to mark the 160th anniversary of Pensacola Lighthouse. The lighthouse, managed by the US Coast Guard, is located on Naval Air Station Pensacola and its operation has been automated. (1/14/19) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108303].

Senate – bill introduced re federal employee pay

clip_image008 Senator Johnson (R-WI) introduced a bill (S. 113) to appropriate funds for pay and allowances of excepted Federal employees, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Johnson issued a press release explaining the measure. (1/14/19) [https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D7F9ACA1-6FED-43A0-AC0D-04CFC6E9143A].

Court – bunker delivery dispute

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court ruling in favor of third party defendant lender and dismissed the appeal of plaintiff physical bunker provider in a dispute following the bankruptcy of bunker provider OW Bunker. The court found that the bunkers had not been delivered on order of the vessel owner. NuStar Energy Services v MV Cosco Auckland, No. 17-20246 (5th Cir., January 14, 2019) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/17/17-20246.0.pdf].

NYC – ferry system expansion

clip_image012 The City of New York issued a news release announcing plans for an expansion of the NYC Ferry System in 2020. (1/14/19) [https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/028-19/mayor-de-blasio-expands-nyc-ferry-system-connecting-all-five-boroughs#/0].

ReCAAP – 25% reduction in Asian piracy

clip_image014 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its 2018 Annual Report. The report states that a total of 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in 2018, compared to 102 incidents reported in 2017, a 25% reduction. (1/15/19) [http://www.recaap.org/resources/ck/files/reports/annual/ReCAAP%20ISC%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf].

Canada – timber deck cargoes

clip_image016 Transport Canada issued a Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) clarifying requirements regarding the maximum height of timber deck cargoes above the ship’s weather deck and the measurement of the height. SSB 01-2019 (1/2/19) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/SSB-01-2019E.pdf].

Canada – oil removed from sunken wreck

clip_image016[1] The Canadian Coast Guard issued a news release stating that 208.7 cubic meters of oil has been removed from the wreck of the bulker Manolis L. The vessel sank in 1985 in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador, where it lay dormant until it started leaking in 2013. (1/10/19) [https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-coast-guard/news/2019/01/coast-guard-announces-amount-of-oil-recovered-during-manolis-l-operation.html].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 January 2019

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – 66 migrants interdicted in 72 hours;

DHS – GPS Week Number rollover;

Australia – 2019 National Plan;

Ireland – undue reliance on outdated forecast;

Ireland – Brexit preparedness reminder; and

Malta – collision due to mutual inattention.

January 15, 2019

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Puerto Rico – 66 migrants interdicted in 72 hours

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that 66 migrants have been interdicted in waters near Puerto Rico in the previous 72 hours. (1/14/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2282f2a].

DHS – GPS Week Number rollover

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the memorandum ‘US Owners and Operators Using GPS to Obtain Time’. The document is intended to provide an understanding of the possible effects of the April 6, 2019 GPS Week Number Rollover on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) derived from GPS devices. GPS users should review this memorandum and be aware of the potential impacts to their equipment when the GPS Week Number rolls over to 0 on April 6, 2019 / April 7, 2019.  Questions about how particular equipment may be impacted by the GPS Week Number rollover, it is recommended that the equipment manufacturer be contacted.  [https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Memorandum_on_GPS_2019.pdf].

Australia – 2019 National Plan

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued the 2019 National Plan for maritime environmental emergencies. (1/14/19) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/2019-edition-national-plan].

Ireland – undue reliance on outdated forecast

clip_image010 The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued the report of its investigation of the heavy weather incident involving the ro-ro passenger ferry Epsilon on passage from Cherbourg to Dublin on 8 February 2016. The weather forecast available on the bridge was not automatically updating, unbeknownst to the master, who concluded that the voyage could be completed before the weather worsened. The cargo had been secured in accordance with the company’s manual, but the manual was not in accord with IMO cargo securing requirements. As the weather worsened, a significant amount of cargo broke loose and was damaged. Report 6-2018 [http://www.mcib.ie/_fileupload/Documents/reports/mcib-258-mv-epsilon/2018-11-29-02-56-Epsilon%207-18_Redacted%20%20for%20the%20website%2028%20Nov.pdf].

Ireland – Brexit preparedness reminder

clip_image010[1] The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the European Commission (EC) Brexit Preparedness Notices. Marine Notice 01-2019 (1/14/19) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2001%20of%202019%20%20Brexit%20Notice.pdf].

Malta – collision due to mutual inattention

clip_image012 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the 13 January 2018 collision between a bulk carrier and a fishing vessel in the East China Sea. The probable cause of the collision was the failure of officers of the watch on both vessels to monitor the developing situation. Report 01-2019 (1/14/19) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Doris_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 January 2019

Headlines:

USCG – crew member medically evacuated;

USCG – Dominican migrants interdicted;

Senate – bill introduced re harmful algal blooms;

Senate – bill introduced re Gulf of Mexico drilling;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG pay;

Senate – bill introduced re federal employee compensation;

Senate – bill introduced re federal employees’ pay;

Senate – Commerce Committee reconfigured;

BGS & NOAA – updating World Magnetic Map; and

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance – donate now.

January 14, 2019

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USCG – crew member medically evacuated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an ill crew member on a vehicle carrier off the Washington coast was medically evacuated and transported to hospital. (1/11/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/227a1c8].

USCG – Dominican migrants interdicted

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a vessel with 35 Dominican migrants and four kilograms of heroin was interdicted off Puerto Rico. (1/10/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/227013f].

Senate – bill introduced re harmful algal blooms

clip_image006 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2019 (S. 10) to require the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating, and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida, and for other purposes. (1/3/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s10is/pdf/BILLS-116s10is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Gulf of Mexico drilling

clip_image006[1] Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Florida Shores Protection and Fairness Act (S. 13) 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. (1/3/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s13is/pdf/BILLS-116s13is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re USCG pay

clip_image006[2] Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced the Pay Our Coast Guard Act (S.21) making continuing appropriations for Coast Guard pay in the event an appropriations act expires prior to the enactment of a new appropriations act. (1/3/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s21pcs/pdf/BILLS-116s21pcs.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re federal employee compensation

clip_image006[3] Senator Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (S. 24) to provide for the compensation of Federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations. (1/3/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s24es/pdf/BILLS-116s24es.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re federal employees’ pay

clip_image006[4] Senator McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 111) to make continuing appropriations for certain employees of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice in the event of a shutdown of the Federal Government. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/10/19).

Senate – Commerce Committee reconfigured

clip_image006[5] The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release stating that Senator Wicker (R-MS), Chairman has proposed that six reconfigured subcommittees be formed, including subcommittees on ‘transportation and safety’ and on science, oceans, fisheries, and weather. The subcommittees their chairs are subject to approval by the full committee. (1/11/19) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=DD6EB84F-3BCB-4A19-82B8-34E53893B8C5].

BGS & NOAA – updating World Magnetic Map

clip_image007 clip_image009 The British Geological Survey issued a report stating that it and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are updating that the World Magnetic Model (WMM) to take into account the recent rapid movement of the magnetic poles. Over the past 20 years, the north magnetic pole has moved with unprecedented speed from the Canadian Arctic toward the Russian Arctic. Since navigation in the polar regions and such mundane things as the compass function found in smart phones rely on knowing the current difference in location between the geographic pole and the magnetic pole, mapping the magnetic pole accurately is vital. (1/11/19) [http://britgeopeople.blogspot.com/2019/01/updating-world-magnetic-model-from.html].

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance – donate now

clip_image011 The partial shutdown of the federal government continues, with no end in sight. Many federal employees are not being paid, whether they are considered vital and thus on the job or not considered vital and not allowed to work, even on a volunteer basis. US Coast Guard active duty members are all considered vital and working, saving lives, facilitating maritime commerce, and protecting the marine environment every day, but without pay during the lapse in funding. We can help – by donating to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. The organization provides grants and interest-free loans to deserving Coast Guard members and employees in time of need. The need is especially great now. Do your part, as they do their part to keep us all safe. (1/14/19) [http://www.cgmahq.org/].

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    logo11 BWM reform

    In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the recent enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the authority of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.