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December 4th, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 December 2018

Headlines:

Executive Branch – closure on 5 December;

DOS – meeting on 16 January re SDC 6;

USCG – Polar Scout satellites launched;

DOJ – freight forwarding price fixing;

Offshore Massachusetts – Vineyard project draft EIS;

Court – extent of OSHA authority;

Australia – high-pressure fire-fighting systems;

Ireland – ro-ro passenger ferry casualty; and

SV Mary Celeste – 4 December 1872.

December 4, 2018

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Executive Branch – closure on 5 December

clip_image004 President Trump issued a Proclamation providing for the closing of Executive Departments and agencies on 5 December as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States. Certain offices and installations may remain open if determined in the interest of national security, defense, or other public need. (12/1/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-providing-closing-executive-departments-agencies-federal-government-december-5-2018/].

DOS – meeting on 16 January re SDC 6

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 16 January 2019 in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6). Topics on the agenda include safe mooring operations, watertight integrity, and intact stability criteria. 83 Fed. Reg. 62656 (12/4/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-04/pdf/2018-26336.pdf].

USCG – Polar Scout satellites launched

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the newly-launched Polar Scout will evaluate the effectiveness of space-based sensors in support of Arctic search and rescue (SAR) missions. The satellites were developed by the USCG Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program in partnership with the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate to fill a SAR capability gap in this remote area. (12/3/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21ea252].

DOJ – freight forwarding price fixing

clip_image010 The Department of Justice issued a news release stating that two freight forwarding executives have pleaded guilty to fixing the prices for international ocean shipments. (12/3/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-freight-forwarding-executives-plead-guilty-fixing-prices].

Offshore Massachusetts – Vineyard project draft EIS

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Vineyard wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 21 January 2019. (11/30/18) [https://www.boem.gov/press11302018/].

Court – extent of OSHA authority

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit determined that its prior decision regarding OSHA jurisdiction relating to multi-employer work sites had been overruled by subsequent Supreme Court decisions and held that the agency has authority to issue a citation to a general contractor at such site who controls a hazardous condition there even if the condition affects another employer’s employees. While this is not a maritime case, the ruling will apply to maritime companies in instances not directly controlled by US Coast Guard inspection requirements. Acosta v. Hensel Phelps Construction, No. 17-60543 (11/26/18) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-60543-CV0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Ron Signorino of the BlueOceana Company.

Australia – high-pressure fire-fighting systems

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the dangers involved when working with high-pressure fire-fighting systems and the safeguards that may be implemented to reduce those risks. Marine Notice 4-2018 (11/19/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/about/regulations-and-standards/high-pressure-fire-fighting-systems-design-safeguards-against].

Ireland – ro-ro passenger ferry casualty

clip_image018 The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued the report of its investigation into the heavy weather incident involving the ro-ro passenger ferry Epsilon on 8 February 2016. The ferry was enroute from Cherbourg to Dublin. As the weather worsened, the ferry sought shelter in Barnstable Bay, England. Since anchoring was deemed unsafe, it was decided to slow-steam back and forth across the bay. During one turn, the ferry rolled heavily and cargo on four decks shifted, causing injuries to some passengers and crew and damage to some cargo. Investigation revealed that the master was unfamiliar with the use of weather routing and that the cargo had not be fully secured. Report 6-2018 (11/29/18) [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].

SV Mary Celeste – 4 December 1872

clip_image020 On 4 December 1872, the US brigantine Mary Celeste, en route from New York to Genoa, was discovered abandoned and deserted off the Azores Islands in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, with no obvious signs of sudden catastrophe. The final entry in the log, dated ten days previously, was a routine statement of the ship’s position. There were ample provisions on board, and the cargo was intact. None of those who had been on board were seen or heard from again. At the subsequent salvage hearings in Gibraltar, the court’s officers found no evidence of conspiracy or foul play. Over time the story has been distorted by false detail and fanciful explanations, including attacks by giant squid and paranormal intervention. The mystery has been recounted and dramatized in documentaries, novels, plays and films, and the name of the ship has become synonymous with unexplained desertion. After the Gibraltar hearings, Mary Celeste continued in service under new owners until, in 1885, the ship was wrecked off the coast of Haiti in an attempted insurance fraud.

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December 3rd, 2018 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 December 2018

Headlines:

Northern California – winter safety zones;

USCG – icebreaker returns from Arctic deployment;

FMC – meeting on 7 December;

FCC – fishing net buoys;

Atlantic Ocean – seismic surveys authorized;

Boundary Pass – hydrophone station;

Denmark – fight against piracy;

Ireland – Kapa Silver mooring rope;

Singapore – open-loop scrubber washwater discharges prohibited;

Singapore & Malaysia – territorial dispute; and

UK – Approved Doctor’s Manual.

December 3, 2018

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Northern California – winter safety zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary rule establishing, through 31 March 2019, safety zones in certain waters of Humboldt Bay, Eureka, and Crescent City to be enforced upon notice by radio broadcasts during periods of heavy weather. The rule enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 62256 (12/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-03/pdf/2018-26105.pdf].

USCG – icebreaker returns from Arctic deployment

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the icebreaker USCGC Healy has returned from its 129-day deployment in the Arctic where it undertook a wide variety of research projects. (11/30/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21f520f].

FMC – meeting on 7 December

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 7 December in Washington, DC. Topics on the open agenda include the final report for Fact Finding No. 28 – Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce; and licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties of ocean transportation intermediaries (ITOs). During the closed portion of the meeting, they will consider a briefing on alliance agreements and West Coast Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) monitoring requirements. 83 Fed. Reg. 62320 (12/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-03/pdf/2018-26314.pdf].

FCC – fishing net buoys

clip_image008 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice stating that the marketing, sale, or use of fishing net buoys that use radio frequencies reserved for marine navigation safety communications is prohibited. Enforcement Advisory 2018-04 (11/28/18) [https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-1211A1.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joe Hersey at JoeCel Engineering & Consulting, LLC.

Atlantic Ocean – seismic surveys authorized

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that authorizations have been issued to companies proposing to conduct seismic geophysical surveys in support of hydrocarbon exploration in the Atlantic Ocean that might incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals. (11/30/18) [https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/authorizations-issued-for-marine-mammal-impacts-from-atlantic-geophysical-surveys].

Boundary Pass – hydrophone station

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it will deploy an underwater hydrophone station in Boundary Pass, British Columbia to detect and measure vessel and ambient noises in an effort to support recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales. (11/29/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/11/government-of-canada-takes-additional-steps-to-support-recovery-of-the-southern-resident-killer-whales-in-the-salish-sea.html].

Denmark – fight against piracy

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a press release announcing the Government’s priorities in the fight against piracy and other types of maritime crime. (11/30/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/The-Danish-Government-continues-efforts-against-piracy-until-2022.aspx].

Ireland – Kapa Silver mooring rope

clip_image016 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice warning against use of Kapa Silver mooring rope. The rope could part during usage, potentially causing injury or death to crew members. Marine Notice 43-2018 (11/30/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/43%20of%202018%20Item%20in%20Rapex%20week%2042.pdf].

Singapore – open-loop scrubber washwater discharges prohibited

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a brochure entitled IMO 2020 – A Guide for Ships Calling to the Port of Singapore. It explains how MPA will enforce the low sulphur fuel requirements entering into effect that year. Among other things, among other things, open-loop scrubber washwater discharges will be prohibited. (11/30/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/singapore-registry-of-ships/about-srs-and-what-new/IMO-2020-Fuel-Oil-Sulphur-Limit].

Singapore & Malaysia – territorial disagreement

clip_image018[1] clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising mariners that the Government of Singapore does not recognize a recent declaration by the Government of Malaysia purporting to alter the port limits for Johore Bahru Port. Owners and masters of vessels are reminded that Singapore’s territorial waters extend westward of Singapore’s current port limits around Tuas and vessels operating in this area are to continue to comply with applicable Singapore regulations. Port Marine Circular 8-2018 (11/30/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/14644ffc-61ee-4b19-b416-439df0afea5c].

UK – Approved Doctor’s Manual

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued its Approved Doctor’s Manual discussing the procedures to be followed by approved doctors who carry out medical examinations on seafarers serving on board UK vessels. (11/30/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/760780/November_2018_AD_Manual.pdf].

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November 30th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 November 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – container ship breakaway;

DOJ – Port of San Diego hackers indicted;

FMC – open meeting on 7 December;

ANS Task Force – meeting on 12-13 December;

House – hearing on icebreakers and maritime strategy;

GAO – challenges on maintaining US-flag fleet;

GAO – Polar Icebreaker Program key risks;

CRS – icebreaker acquisition; and

Norway – preliminary report re frigate/tanker collision.

November 30, 2018

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NTSB – container ship breakaway

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 6 December 2017 incident involving the container ship Helsinki Bridge. At the time, the vessel was moored in the Reserved Channel port side to the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts. While the vessel was engaged in cargo operations at night during a period of moderate-to-high winds, a mooring bollard to which five of the vessel’s head lines were secured failed. As a result of the bollard failure, the wind caused the vessel to drift away from the terminal and the remaining nine mooring lines to part. The vessel’s bow then swung across the channel and struck the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal pier. There were no reports of pollution and no injuries among the 24 crewmembers and 10 longshoremen on board. The damage was estimated at $570,000 for the vessel and $40,500 for both terminals. The probable cause of the breakaway and subsequent allision was the failure of Massachusetts Port Authority to provide suitable berthing arrangements during ongoing construction at the Conley Container Terminal, which resulted in the overloading and failure of a single mooring bollard. Contributing to the accident was the lack of preparation by the vessel’s master, who was aware of the less than suitable mooring arrangements and the deteriorating weather forecast but took no mitigating action to address the situation. MAB 18-26 (11/29/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1826.pdf].

DOJ – Port of San Diego hackers indicted

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two Iranians have been indicted for deploying ransomware to extort hospitals, municipalities, and public institutions (including the Port of San Diego), causing over $30 million in losses. (11/29/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-iranian-men-indicted-deploying-ransomware-extort-hospitals-municipalities-and-public].

FMC – open meeting on 7 December

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 7 December in Washington, DC. Topics on the open agenda include the final report for Fact Finding No. 28 – Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce; and licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties of ocean transportation intermediaries (ITOs). (11/29/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_meeting_scheduled_for_december_7_2018/].

ANS Task Force – meeting on 12-13 December

clip_image010 The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, sponsored by the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 12-13 December in Falls Church, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include the draft 2019-2024 ANS Task Force Strategic Plan; the draft 2016-2017 ANS Task Force Report to Congress; and recommendations from the ANS Task Force regional panels. 83 Fed. Reg. 61667 (11/30/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-30/pdf/2018-26019.pdf].

House – hearing on icebreakers & maritime strategy

clip_image012 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the Review of Recent GAO Reports on Icebreaker Acquisition and the Need for a National Maritime Strategy. Testimony was received from RADM Michael J. Haycock, USCG; RADM Mark H. ‘Buz’ Busby, MARAD; Ms. Marie A. Mak, GAO; Mr. Andrew Von Ah, GAO; and Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, CRS. (11/29/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402915].

GAO – challenges re sustaining US-flag fleet

clip_image014 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted a report on the Department of Transportation (DOT) strategy to address challenges to sustaining the US-flag fleet of commercial vessels. The challenges include maintaining the financial viability of the US-flag fleet and addressing the potential shortage of US citizen mariners available to support defense needs. It recommends that the DOT complete the national maritime strategy and establish time frames for its issuance. GAO-19-260T (11/29/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2018-11-29_gao_mak_testimony.pdf].

GAO – Polar Icebreaker Program key risks

clip_image015 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted a report on key risks to the Polar Icebreaker Program. It recommends that the Coast Guard update its program baselines; conduct a technology readiness assessment; reevaluate its cost estimate; and develop a schedule according to best practices. GAO-19-255T (11/29/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2018-11-29_gao_mak_testimony.pdf].

CRS – icebreaker acquisition

clip_image017 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) posted a statement concerning icebreaker acquisition. It notes that the Coast Guard will require a significant short-term budget increase in order to fund its polar icebreaker acquisition program. 7-5700 (11/29/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2018-11-29_crs_orourke.pdf].

Norway – preliminary report re frigate/tanker collision

clip_image019 The Accident Investigation Branch Norway (AIBN) issued the preliminary report of its investigation concerning the 8 November 2018 collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the tanker Sola TS in Hjeltefjorden. This report is factual and makes no determination of probable cause, but does include to interim safety recommendations. Report 18-968 (11/29/18) [https://www.aibn.no/Marine/Investigations/18-968].

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November 29th, 2018 at 11:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 November 2018

Headlines:

USCG – review of rigid hull inflatable vessels;

USCG – hearing re Polar Security Cutter acquisition;

DOJ – F/V captain sentenced for interfering with USCG boarding;

NOAA – 2018 hurricane season draws to a close;

CBP – Vessel Repair Unit update;

Senate – BWM and vessel incidental discharge reform;

Court – clarification of ambiguous arbitration award;

UN – Emissions Gap Report 2018; and

Malta – poor maintenance led to crane collapse.

November 29, 2018

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USCG – review of rigid hull inflatable vessels

clip_image004 The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued an updated technical note concerning rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar vessels. The MTN provides an alternative design standard equivalent to certain regulatory requirements found in 46 CFR Subchapters T and S for rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar small passenger vessels (RHIs). The major changes include adjustment of minimum collar material properties and clarification of acceptable drainage criteria and stability requirements. MTN 1-08, Ch. 2 (11/21/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/MSC/MTN/MTN.01-08.CH-2.2018.11.21.Review_of_Rigid_Hull_Inflatable_Vessels.pdf].

USCG – hearing re Polar Security Cutter acquisition

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that its Chief Acquisition Officer, Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, will testify Nov. 29, 2018, before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation regarding Polar Security Cutter acquisition. (11/28/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/28/11-28-2018-congressional-hearing-alert-polar-security-cutter-acquisition/].

DOJ – F/V captain sentenced for interfering with USCG boarding

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a fishing boat captain pleaded guilty to interfering with a Coast Guard inspection and was sentenced to two years of probation, with the first four months to be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring. When the Coast Guard boarded his vessel, the net was being towed behind. The boarding officer directed him to haul in the net for inspection. Instead, he let out more cable. He ignored a second order to reverse the winch and haul in the net, getting it go to full length, whereupon the cable snapped, swinging violently across the deck and endangering the crew and the boarding party. The net was later recovered from the ocean floor and was found to consist of three separate layers, effectively reducing the size of the mesh and allowing for the catch smaller fish. (11/28/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/new-bedford-fishing-boat-captain-sentenced-interfering-coast-guard-inspection].

NOAA – 2018 hurricane season draws to a close

clip_image008 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the 2018 hurricane season ends on Friday. During this season, there were 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes, of which two were major. The year will be remembered for Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which heavily impacted those it their paths and the first responders. (11/28/18) [https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/destructive-2018-atlantic-hurricane-season-draws-to-end].

CBP – Vessel Repair Unit update

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promulgated a technical amendment updating its regulations relating to the declaration, entry, and dutiable status of repair expenditures made abroad to certain US vessels to reflect the Port of New Orleans as the only Vessel Repair Unit (VRU) location. The amendment enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 61318 (11/29/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-29/pdf/2018-25953.pdf].

Senate – BWM and vessel incidental discharge reforms

clip_image012 The Congressional Record includes an informative exchange between Senator Thune (R-SD) and Senator Carper (D-DE) discussing the Coast Guard Authorization Act and that bill’s reform of the ballast water management and vessel incidental discharge programs. (11/27/18) [https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2018/11/27/senate-section/article/S7129-3].

Court – clarification of ambiguous arbitration award

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that denied a petition by plaintiff reinsurance company to confirm an arbitration award and granted a cross-petition by defendant insurance company to confirm a clarified arbitration award. The appellate court recognized an exception to the doctrine of functus officio limiting the power of arbitrators to alter an award, holding that arbitrators retain their authority to clarify an award that is ambiguous. General Re Life Corp v Lincoln National, No. 17-2496-cv (2nd Cir., November 28, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/3560ca5b-467f-480a-bcd3-4a724d9a5711/1/doc/17-2496_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/3560ca5b-467f-480a-bcd3-4a724d9a5711/1/hilite/]. Note: While this is not a maritime case, the same principle should apply to any arbitration award.

UN – Emissions Gap Report 2018

clip_image015 The United Nations released the Emissions Gap Report 2018, which shows that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose again during 2017 after a three year hiatus, highlighting the imperative for countries to deliver on the historic Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. (11/27/18) [https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2018].

Malta – poor maintenance led to crane collapse

clip_image017 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the deck slewing crane failure on the product tanker Bozdag in the port of Tallinn on 28 November 2017. During a test of the tanker’s deck slewing crane, a load in excess of the safe working load was lifted. The load slipped and the crane’s jib collapsed. Two crew members in the crane’s cabin were injured. Investigation revealed that the crane had not been maintained adequately. Report 22-2018 (11/27/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Bozdag_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

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November 28th, 2018 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 November 2018

Headlines:

DOJ – $4 million fine for dumping oily water;

NTSB – meeting on 11 December;

House – CG Authorization Act adopted;

California – ballast water treatment technologies;

India – ships blacklisted for mistreatment of seafarers;

UK – GLF Annual Report and Accounts;

UK – INMARSAT changes; and

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903.

November 28, 2018

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DOJ – $4 million fine for dumping oily water

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tanker owner and operator have each pleaded guilty to illegally discharging oil into the water from the tanker’s ballast tanks. The vessel’s master and chief officer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Coast Guard. The companies will pay a $4 million fine and their vessels are required to implement an environmental compliance program. The master and chief officer will be sentenced later. (11/27/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-greek-shipping-companies-plead-guilty-illegally-discharging-oil-texas-port-waters].

NTSB – meeting on 11 December

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that it will meet on 11 December in Washington, DC to consider the report of the fire onboard the small passenger vessel Island Lady near Port Richey, Florida on 14 January 2018. 83 Fed. Reg. 60905 (11/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-27/pdf/2018-25912.pdf]. Note: My previous item on this meeting misstated the date thereof. Oops!

House – CG Authorization Act adopted

clip_image008 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release stating that the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140) has been approved and will be sent to the President for signature. Among its numerous provisions there is a major overhaul of the ballast water management system program, providing for increased federal uniformity and modified testing standards. (11/27/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=402931].

California – ballast water treatment technologies

clip_image010 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) will meet on 3 December in San Diego to consider, among other things, a draft legislative report on the assessment of ballast water treatment technologies. (11/26/18) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Meetings/12-03-18/Items_and_Exhibits/77.pdf].

India – ships blacklisted for mistreatment of seafarers

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a Circular stating that three ships and their related owners and recruiting agencies have been blacklisted for their lackadaisical response to Indian seafarers stranded in Iran for the past twelve months, not paid wages, and not repatriated after completion of their contracts. (11/26/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/writereaddata/News/201811271134345731746Circular_Crew_261118.pdf].

UK – GLF Annual Report and Accounts

clip_image014 The UK General Lighthouse Fund (GLF), the funding body for the three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs), posted its Annual Report and Accounts for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2018. (11/27/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/759371/glf-accounts-2017-18-print.pdf].

UK – INMARSAT changes

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note stating that changes are being made to the INMARSAT Satellite services including GMDSS as they migrate to a different satellite constellation. This may impact vessels utilizing those services, particularly vessels operating within the coverage of the Atlantic Ocean Region East (AORE) or the India Ocean Region (IOR). MIN 582 (M+F) (11/27/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/759275/MIN_582__M_F___Amendment_1__Change_to_Inmarsat_Satellite_Services_including_GMDSS.pdf].

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903

clip_image016 The first recorded major oil spill in Australia (1,300 tons) occurred on 28 November 1903 when the tanker Petriana grounded on Portsea Back Beach in Port Phillip Bay. The tanker was carrying 1,330 tons of bulk oil from Borneo to Melbourne, as well as an unrecorded quantity of naphtha and benzene. The pilot decided to bring the ship into port in poor visibility, expecting the fog to lift before the ship reached the notorious Rip at the bay’s entrance. The fog did not lift and the ship grounded hard. When salvage attempts failed, the bulk oil was pumped overboard to lighten the ship. This too failed and the wreck was finally abandoned. Illustrating how times have changed, the press reports of the oil jettison described “a film of great beauty, radiating all the colours of the rainbow.” There were also difficulties when the crew of Chinese and Malay descent abandoned the ship. They were prohibited from landing ashore by Australian law of that era.

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November 27th, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 November 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – meeting on 5 December;

DOT – revisions to civil penalty amounts;

PHMSA – HMR amendments proposed;

IMO – biofouling initiative;

India – port reception facility portal; and

UK – carriage of dangerous goods.

November 27, 2018

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NTSB – meeting on 5 December

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that it will meet on 5 December in Washington, DC to consider the report of the fire onboard the small passenger vessel Island Lady near Port Richey, Florida on 14 January 2018. 83 Fed. Reg. 60905 (11/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-27/pdf/2018-25912.pdf].

DOT – revisions to civil penalty amounts

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) and its constituent agencies, including MARAD and SLSDC, are amending their various civil penalty amounts in order to account for inflation. The changes enter into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 60732 (11/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-27/pdf/2018-24930.pdf].

PHMSA – HMR amendments proposed

clip_image006[1] The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards, including the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. Comments must be received by 28 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 60970 (11/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-27/pdf/2018-24620.pdf].

IMO – biofouling initiative

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release stating that a global project has been launched to protect marine biodiversity threatened by invasive species transferred via ships’ hulls and other marine structures. (11/26/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/21-glofouling.aspx].

India – port reception facility portal

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular announcing establishment of a centralized port reception facility portal to facilitate an efficient, effective, and transparent port reception service delivery process. Circular 6-2018 (11/20/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/writereaddata/News/201811260400454507550DGS_Cir_06of2018.pdf].

UK – carriage of dangerous goods

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice revising requirements regarding carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form so as to incorporate recent amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, MSN 1893 (M) (11/26/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/759095/MSN_1893_FINAL_14_November_2018.pdf].

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November 26th, 2018 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 November 2018

Headlines:

US – National Climate Assessment;

San Francisco – ferry allision;

FMC – notice to passengers of Norwegian Jade;

FMC – closed meeting on 3 December;

USACE – GLMRIS-Brandon Road report and EIS;

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG draft EIS; and

St. Lawrence Seaway – wintering ships;

House – hearing on National Maritime Strategy.

November 26, 2018

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US – National Climate Assessment

clip_image004 The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) has been published by the federal government. The chapter on Oceans & Coasts begins: “Rising water temperatures, ocean acidification, retreating arctic sea ice, sea level rise, high-tide flooding, coastal erosion, higher storm surge, and heavier precipitation events threaten our oceans and coasts. These effects are projected to continue, putting ocean and marine species at risk, decreasing the productivity of certain fisheries, and threatening communities that rely on marine ecosystems for livelihoods and recreation, with particular impacts on fishing communities in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands, the U.S. Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.”  (11/23/18) [https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/]. Note: While the report focuses on the US, the impacts described will occur globally.

San Francisco – ferry allision

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a passenger ferry allided with the pier at the San Francisco Ferry Building. There were two minor injuries and no reports of pollution. The incident is under investigation. (11/24/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21da424].

FMC – notice to passengers of Norwegian Jade

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) posted a Notice to Passengers of the cruise ship Norwegian Jade who were on board when the vessel could not continue its scheduled voyage due to mechanical problems on 18 November. The vessel’s operator, Norwegian Cruise Line, has arranged for compensation for those passengers. (11/23/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/notice_to_passengers_norwegian_jade/].

FMC – closed meeting on 3 December

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet on 3 December in closed session to consider the final report for Fact Finding No. 28 – Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce. 83 Fed. Reg. 60426 (11/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-26/pdf/2018-25814.pdf].

USACE – GLMRIS-Brandon Road report and EIS

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that the Final Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS)-Brandon Road report and environmental impact statement (EIS) is available for review until 24 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 60412 (11/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-26/pdf/2018-25647.pdf].

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG draft EIS

clip_image013 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Eagle LNG Partner’s Jacksonville Project. Comments must be received by 7 January. 83 Fed. Reg. 60414 (11/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-26/pdf/2018-25581.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – wintering ships

clip_image015 The Great Lakes- St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a revised closing notice. The changes are with regard to wintering ships. Seaway Notice 13-2018 (11/23/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20181123.pdf].

House – hearing on national maritime strategy

clip_image017 On November 29, the Committee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will conduct a hearing to review recent GAO reports on icebreaker acquisition and the need for a national maritime strategy. (11/23/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402915].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 November 2018

Headlines:

Mississippi – Gulf LNG draft EIS;

Louisiana – proposed FTZ activity;

Canada – 2018 CCG Arctic operations ending;

Passing of Andrew Fitzgerald; and

MREN – The Forward-Facing Coast Guard.

November 23, 2018

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Mississippi – Gulf LNG draft EIS

clip_image004 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 7 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 59375 (11/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/pdf/2018-25473.pdf].

Louisiana – proposed FTZ activity

clip_image006 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received a notification of a proposed production activity involving LNG processing in a foreign trade zone (FTZ) at the Driftwood LNG facility in Lake Charles. Comments must be received by 2 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 59358 (11/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/pdf/2018-25518.pdf].

Canada – 2018 CCG Arctic operations ending

clip_image008 The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) issued a news release stating that its 2018 Arctic operations have come to an end. During the season, seven icebreakers were deployed throughout Arctic waters conducting a wide variety of missions. (11/19/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-coast-guard/news/2018/11/canadian-coast-guard-2018-arctic-operations-coming-to-an-end.html].

Passing of Andrew Fitzgerald

clip_image010 On November 15, 2018, Andrew Fitzgerald, the last surviving member of the crew of Coast Guard lifeboat CG36500 passed. The three other crew members on that historic rescue mission in 1952: BM1 Bernard Webber (coxswain), SN Richard Livesey, and SN Ervin Maske, had passed in 2009, 2007, and 2003 respectively. In a motorized lifeboat designed to hold a maximum of eight persons, they rescued the 32 surviving seamen from the sinking stern of the tanker Pendleton in a raging storm off Chatham, Massachusetts. It is rightly referred to as the greatest small-boat rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. The event has been memorialized in a number of books and a feature motion picture. The four individuals who performed the brave deed should never be forgotten.

MREN – The Forward-Facing Coast Guard

clip_image012 In the November 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "The Forward-Facing Coast Guard". The article discusses the recently-published Coast Guard Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook. The document identifies three major lines of effort for meeting the service’s challenges ahead: (1) facilitating lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; (2) modernizing aids to navigation and mariner information systems; and (3) transforming workforce capacity and partnerships. The Outlook goes a long way toward providing Coast Guard members and employees and those who work with or are impacted by the service with a better understanding of where this national treasure is headed.

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November 21st, 2018 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 November 2018

Headlines:

OFAC – Syria shipping risks;

Court – LHWCA attorney fee calculation;

INTERPOL – marine pollution;

EC – improving ship safety in the Arctic;

Malta – fatal accident with mooring line;

Panama Canal – lock outage; and

Singapore – MLC financial security certificates.

November 21, 2018

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OFAC – Syria shipping risks

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), with the Department of State and the US Coast Guard, issued an Advisory concerning sanctions risks related to shipping petroleum to Syria. Those at risk include insurers, shipping companies, financial institutions, and vessel owners, managers, and operators. The advisory includes a list of vessels that delivered oil to Syria 2016-2018. (11/20/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/syria_shipping_advisory_11202018.pdf].

Court – LHWCA attorney fee calculation

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of a claimant under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) for review of the Benefits Review Board award of attorney fees. The court found that the Board’s determinations of inflation rate and base rate was not an abuse of discretion. Hardman v. Marine Terminals Corp., No. 17073370 (9th Cir., November 19, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/11/19/17-73370.pdf].

INTERPOL – marine pollution

clip_image008 INTERPOL issued a news release stating that a month-long international law enforcement operation involving 58 nations revealed more than 500 maritime pollution incidents, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from vessels; shipbreaking; breaches of ship emissions regulations; and pollution on rivers and land-based runoff into the sea. (11/13/18) [https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2018/N2018-135].

EC – improving ship safety in the Arctic

clip_image010 The European Commission (EC) posted an article discussing research on innovations to improve ship safety in the Arctic. The project is developing ways to improve the design, operation, navigation, and anti-icing features of ships transiting the region. (11/19/18) [http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_18_11_19_en.html?infocentre&item=Infocentre&artid=49784].

Malta – fatal accident with mooring line

clip_image012 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation into the fatal occupational accident on board the bulk carrier Eleni M on 18 November 2017. While securing the aft mooring lines subsequent to leaving port, the crew member was dragged into the limited clearance between the reeled-in mooring rope on the winch drum and the deck beneath. He died of the injuries incurred. Report 20-2018 (11/19/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Eleni%20M%20-%20Final%20Safety%20Accident%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

Panama Canal – lock outage

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the west lane of the Gatun Locks will be out of service from 1600, November 26 through 0400, November 27. As a result, the Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a for the Panamax locks will be in effect on 27 November. Advisory 37-2018 (11/19/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-37-2018.pdf].

Singapore – MLC Financial Security Certificates

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that the Ship Registry’s suite of services has been enhanced to allow for electronic submission of MLC Financial Security Certificates. Shipping Circular 15-2018 (11/20/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/401e5c1e-23f2-4961-8e33-a11126f3cd01].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2018

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – lift boat casualty;

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum;

TSAC – meeting on 5 December;

DOJ – proposed settlement of OPA claim;

Louisiana – Venture Global Plaquemines LPG draft EIS;

Massachusetts – grant for tug reengining; and

California – offshore wind planning forum.

November 20, 2018

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Gulf of Mexico – lift boat casualty

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a lift boat operating in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle was abandoned by its crew of 15 after it lost power and developed a 45 degree list. There were no reported injuries and no current reports of pollution. The incident is under investigation. (11/18/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21c5cec].

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Fourth Annual Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum will be held on 4-5 December in Houston. (11/19/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/lgcncoe/events/].

TSAC – meeting on 5 December

clip_image004[2] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet via teleconference on 5 December. Topincs on the agenda include a load line exemption for river barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario, implementation of Subchapter M, and towing of LNG barges. 83 Fed. Reg. 58586 (11/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-20/pdf/2018-25243.pdf].

DOJ – proposed settlement of OPA claim

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) proposes to enter into a consent decree with Hess Corporation for payment of $8,723,394.88 for a 2005 oil spill from its offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in violation of the Oil Pollution Act. Comments must be received with 30 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 58604 (11/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-20/pdf/2018-25211.pdf].

Louisiana – Venture Global Plaquemines LNG draft EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the proposed Venture Global Plaquemines LNG project. Comments must be received by 7 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 58558 (11/20/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-20/pdf/2018-25308.pdf].

Massachusetts – grant for tug reengining

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that a grant in the amount of $579,991 has been awarded for the reengining of a New Bedford tug. (11/19/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-more-570000-reduce-diesel-emissions-harbor-protect-health].

California – offshore wind planning forum

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will host a local informational forum on offshore wind planning in Obispo, California on 13 December. (11/19/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note11192018/].

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    logo11 The Forward-Facing Coast Guard

    In the November 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "The Forward-Facing Coast Guard". The article discusses the recently-published Coast Guard Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook. The document identifies three major lines of effort for meeting the service's challenges ahead: (1) facilitating lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; (2) modernizing aids to navigation and mariner information systems; and (3) transforming workforce capacity and partnerships. The Outlook goes a long way toward providing Coast Guard members and employees and those who work with or are impacted by the service with a better understanding of where this national treasure is headed.