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June 7th, 2017 at 10:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re fuel spray fires;

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter;

DOS – meeting re TCC 67 and C 118;

NOAA – periodic review of regulations;

DOJ – proposed consent decree;

House – hearing on USCG capabilities;

GAO – protest of contract award; and

Anniversary.

June 7, 2017

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USCG – safety alert re fuel spray fires

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding the dangers of a fuel spray fire and actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of such an occurrance on your vessel. (6/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0617.pdf].

USCG – CSNCOE newsletter

clip_image005 The USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) posted the Spring 2017 edition of its newsletter, which provides information concerning national and international policies and best practices. (6/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/csncoe/docs/newsletters/Issue%2017%20Spring%202017%20Edition.pdf].

DOS – meeting re TCC 67 and C 118

clip_image007 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 12 July in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming sessions of the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee (TCC 67) and the IMO Council (C 118). Topics on the agenda include protection of vital sea lanes and sustainable development. 82 Fed. Reg. 26565 (6/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-07/pdf/2017-11811.pdf].

NOAA – periodic review of regulations

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing that it is reviewing its existing regulations to determine if they have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. Comments must be received by 7 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 26419 (6/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-07/pdf/2017-11815.pdf].

DOJ – proposed consent decree

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that has lodged a proposed Consent Decree in federal court proposing the settle the claims of the United States and Puerto Rico for injury to, destruction of, loss of, and loss of use of natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act in the amount of $550,000. The claim arises from the 27 October 2009 grounding of the T/V Port Stewart on the coral reef near the entrance to Yabucoa Channel in the Caribbean Sea. Comments must be received within 30 days. 82 Fed. Reg. 26518 (6/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-07/pdf/2017-11783.pdf].

House – hearing on USCG capabilities

clip_image013 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a bulletin stating that, on 7 June, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing entitled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities”. The scheduled witnesses are: VADM Charles W. Ray; VADM Sandra L. Stosz; Ms. Marie A. Mak, GAO; and Mr. John Acton, Navy League. (6/6/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401479].

GAO – protest of contract award

clip_image015 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its decision in the protest by TOTE Services of the award by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) of a contract to US Marine Management, Inc. for operation and management of the agency’s Sea Band X-Based Radar (SBX-1) vessel. The GAO sustained the protest in part and denied it in part, finding that the agency’s evaluation of past technical performance was flawed. Matter of TOTE Services, Inc, B-414295; B-414295.2 (4/25/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/685064.pdf].

Anniversary

clip_image017 This last week, my bride and I went away to celebrate the 49th anniversary of our wedding. (I will leave it to you to do the math.) I don’t know whether the luckiest day of my life was when we got married or today, when she continues to put up with me. Our love continues to grow and mature.

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June 6th, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – global governance and ocean space;

USCG – cybersecurity sector profiles;

NOAA – geophysical surveys and marine mammals;

Australia – ship banned for three months;

Gulf of Guinea – threat of armed attacks; and

Naval history.

June 6, 2017

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USCG – global governance and ocean space

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Rear Admiral Paul Thomas regarding ‘Global Governance and Ocean Space’ delivered at the recent Nor-Shipping Conference. (6/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/01/612017-nor-shipping-2017-remarks-by-rear-adm-paul-thomas-global-governance-and-ocean-space/].

USCG – cybersecurity sector profiles

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Captain Ryan Manning concerning cybersecurity sector profiles delivered at the recent NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop. (6/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/01/612017-the-evolution-of-sector-profiles-recap-of-recent-nist-cybersecurity-framework-workshop/].

NOAA – geophysical surveys and marine mammals

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that it seeks public comment on proposals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act that would allow companies that are planning to conduct geophysical surveys in the Atlantic Ocean using seismic air guns to incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals. Comments must be received by 7 July. (6/5/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/comments-sought-on-proposals-for-atlantic-geophysical-survey-interaction-with-marine].

Australia – ship banned for three months

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the cargo ship Kiunga Chief has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months due to the failure of its operators to safely and effectively manage the operations of the vessel. (6/5/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/05062017_AMSAmediarelease_KiungaChiefbannedfromAustraliaforthreemonths.pdf].

Gulf of Guinea – threat of armed attacks

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory stating that vessels transiting or operating in the Gulf of Guinea should exercise extreme caution as pirates and armed groups continue to carry out attacks on vessels using automatic weapons. Advisory 2017-005 (6/5/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/advisory/].

Naval history

clip_image013 This week marks two historic naval events. The Battle of Midway was fought in the north central Pacific on 4-7 June 1942 between forces of the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Victory by the outnumbered US Navy forces has been called “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare” by the eminent historian John Keegan. The Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France began with the D-Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 and involved the largest armada in history. Many brave lives were lost during these events, and they deserve to be remembered and appreciated by those of us who came after.

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June 5th, 2017 at 10:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane contingency plans;

USCG – foreign rebuild determination;

USCG – recreational boating fatalities;

Aleutians – waterways safety committee workgroup;

FEMA – $100 million for PSGP;

FMC – regulatory reform;

NPS – Maritime Heritage Grants;

CMTS – water-related infrastructure;

CMTS – infrastructure, safety & innovation;

DOE – LNG exports authorized;

House – bill introduced re Hudson River anchorages;

House – bill introduced re fishing safety training;

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training;

Court – definition of ‘good faith’;

UN – Oceans Conference;

Gulf of Oman – attack by suspected pirates;

Bab-el-Mandeb – oil tanker attacked;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC to focus on ECDIS;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – ship safety declaration;

Bahamas – lifejacket light battery failure;

Canada – new lifeboat stations;

India – loading of certain bulk cargoes; and

Panama Canal – tolls modifications proposed.

June 5, 2017

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USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans

clip_image004 In anticipation of the North Atlantic hurricane season, my compilation of USCG Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans has been updated to include the latest plans from Sectors Houston-Galveston and Savannah. Please advise if you become aware of new or revised contingency plans that should be included in the compilation. (6/2/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_170602.pdf]. Note: A tip of the hat to Tom Wright of the Savannah Maritime Association, who is working to have Savannah designated a Coast Guard City.

USCG – foreign rebuild determination

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) posted a Ruling Letter concerning proposed to be made to Horizon Enterprise and Horizon Pacific in a foreign shipyard. Because these vessels have had multiple foreign rebuilds, the NVDC applied the considerable part test as reduced by the cumulative steelweight changes of those foreign rebuilds. Regardless, performance of the proposed work was determined to not adversely affect the eligibility of these vessels to engage in the coastwise trades. (5/25/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/rebuild/Pasha.pdf].

USCG – recreational boating fatalities

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that recreational boating fatalities in 2016 totaled 701, the highest number in the past five years. (5/31/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/19e927f].

Aleutians – waterways safety committee workgroup

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that local port stakeholders have launched the Aleutian Islands Waterways Safety Committee Workgroup to discuss and recommend safe navigational practices that complement existing regulatory requirements. (6/1/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/19ef1e1].

FEMA – $100 million for PSGP

clip_image006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a notice stating that the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) will be funded at the $100 million level for FY 2017. (6/2/17) [https://www.fema.gov/fiscal-year-2017-port-security-grant-program].

FMC – regulatory reform

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it seeks information and comments in an effort to identify existing FMC regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, impose costs that exceed benefits, or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies. Comments should be submitted by 5 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 25221 (6/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-01/pdf/2017-11321.pdf].

NPS – Maritime Heritage Grants

clip_image010 The National Park Service (NPS) issued a notice stating that, through 4 August, it is accepting proposals for Maritime Heritage Grants. Available funds total approximately 2.5 million. (6/2/17) [https://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/apply.htm]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Denise Krepp of EMR USA.

CMTS – water-related infrastructure

clip_image012 On May 19, 2017, the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) and the Water Infrastructure Working Group hosted an engaging interagency discussion on the state of water-related infrastructure. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency participated. The event was recorded on YouTube. [https://www.youtube.com/embed/kec1M0iXTJ0].

CMTS – infrastructure, safety & innovation

clip_image012[1] On May 16, 2017, the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) hosted “TED-like” talks on Infrastructure, Safety, and Innovation to discuss physical and technological infrastructure related to the Marine Transportation System (MTS). This event was held in conjunction with National Infrastructure Week 2017—a national week of events, media coverage, and education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. The event was recorded on YouTube. [https://www.youtube.com/embed/gWAfEm1kx5o].

DOE – LNG exports authorized

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it has approved a long-term application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first offshore project, Delfin LNG, LLC. (6/1/17) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/us-department-energy-authorizes-additional-liquefied-natural-gas-exports-offshore-project].

House – bill introduced re Hudson River anchorages

clip_image016 Representative Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Anchorages Away Act (H.R. 2619) to prohibit the Coast Guard from establishing any new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River, New York, until it reports to the Congress on the potential impact of such anchorage grounds to sites listed on the National Priorities List and to critical habitat. Representative Maloney issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2619ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2619ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re fishing safety training

clip_image016[1] Representative Keating (D-MA) introduced the Fishing Safety Training and Research Act (H.R. 2637) to amend title 46, United States Code, to reauthorize the Fishing Safety Training Grant Program and the Fishing Safety Research Grant Program. (5/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2637ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2637ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training

clip_image018 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017 (S. 1186) to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to designate certain entities as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education, and for other purposes. (5/18/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1186is/pdf/BILLS-115s1186is.pdf].

Court – definition of ‘good faith’

clip_image020 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit remanded a whistleblower case to the district court after certifying to the Louisiana Supreme Court a question on the definition under Louisiana law of the term ‘good faith’. Because the district court had utilized a different definition than that provided by the state court, the whistleblower suit was remanded for further proceedings. Borcik v. Crosby Tugs, No. 15-30435 (5th Cir., June 1, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30435-CV0.pdf].

UN – Oceans Conference

clip_image021 The United Nations (UN) issued a notice stating that the Oceans Conference will be held in New York on 5-9 June. (6/1/17) [https://oceanconference.un.org/].

Gulf of Oman – attack by suspected pirates

clip_image023 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release confirming that the oil tanker NAVIG8 Providence came under attack by suspected armed pirates on 1 June in the Gulf of Oman. The suspected pirates broke off their attack after an exchange of small arms fire with the tanker’s maritime security team. (6/1/17) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-navfor-confirms-attack-by-suspected-pirates-on-oil-tanker-in-gulf-of-oman-vessel-now-safe/].

Bab-el-Mandeb – oil tanker attacked

clip_image025 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release confirming that an oil tanker was attacked while transiting the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The unsuccessful attack from a skiff involved use of three rocket-propelled grenades. The attack does not fit the pattern of typical pirate attack and may be related to the current unrest in Yemen. (5/31/17) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-navfor-confirms-oil-tanker-attacked-in-bab-el-mandeb-strait-incident-under-investigation/].

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC to focus on ECDIS

clip_image027 clip_image029 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that, together with the Tokyo MOU, its next Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) will focus on Safety of Navigation, including ECDIS. (5/29/17) [https://www.parismou.org/paris-mou-marks-its-35th-anniversary-holding-its-50th-meeting-gdansk-poland].

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – ship safety declaration

clip_image027[1] clip_image029[1] The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo MOU’s the ministers signed a new international declaration on ship safety. (5/30/17) [https://www.parismou.org/global-leaders-sign-new-international-declaration-ship-safety-3rd-joint-ministerial-conference].

Bahamas – lifejacket light battery failure

clip_image031 The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued an alert regarding lifejacket light battery failures manufactured by Alcares, type Jack A1-Alk and Jack ARH-Alk, distributed by Datrex. Technical Alert 17-04 (5/26/17) [http://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17-04-lifejacket-lights-Rev0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Steven Jevnisek of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.

Canada – new lifeboat stations

clip_image033 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the Canadian Coast Guard is opening seven new lifeboat stations: four in British Columbia and three in Newfoundland and Labrador. (5/31/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/05/lifeboat_stationsand247emergencyresponseatregionaloperationscent.html].

India – loading of certain bulk cargoes

clip_image035 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that Port State/Flag State inspections of bulk carriers loading iron ore fines and similar material from Indian ports will no longer be required if the masters submit certain information regarding the cargo and loading process. NT/ENG Circular 2-2017 (5/31/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201706010541106905520dgs_circular_02of2017_nt_eng_branch.pdf].

Panama Canal – tolls modifications proposed

clip_image037 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release announcing that it is proposing modifications to the current tolls structure. Comments on the proposal must be received by 3 July. A public hearing will be held on 5 July in Panama City. (6/1/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/06/02/pr626.html].

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June 2nd, 2017 at 10:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 June 2017

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane contingency plans;

BOEM – GOM deepwater bathometry;

NOAA – effect of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals;

CBP – User Fee Advisory Committee members sought;

USACE – FY 2017 Work Plan;

USCG – Proceedings;

FMC – summary of 24 May meeting;

NOAA – Atlantic hurricane season forecast;

MARAD – small shipyard grants;

NTSB – sign-up form;

Senate – bill introduced re Atlantic seismic activity;

Senate – bill introduced re pipeline spills;

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo;

Senate – bill introduced re travel to Cuba;

House – bill introduced re marine debris; and

Tonga – multinational rescue.

June 2, 2017

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USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans

clip_image004 In anticipation of the North Atlantic hurricane season, my compilation of USCG Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans has been updated. Please advise if you become aware of new or revised contingency plans that should be included in the compilation. (5/28/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_170528.pdf].

BOEM – GOM deepwater bathometry

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) posted its Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Bathometry Grid. The grid defines water depths in 1.4 billion 40×40 foot cells. (6/1/17) [https://www.boem.gov/Gulf-of-Mexico-Deepwater-Bathymetry/].

NOAA – effect of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Underwater Acoustic Thresholds for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts. Comments must be received by 17 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 24950 (5/31/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-31/pdf/2017-11035.pdf].

CBP – User Fee Advisory Committee members sought

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it seeks applicants for membership on the CBP User Fee Advisory Committee. Applications should be submitted by 14 July. 82 Fed. Reg. 24729 (5/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-30/pdf/2017-10961.pdf].

USACE – FY 2017 Work Plan

clip_image012 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) posted its FY 2017 Work Plan – Construction. The plan includes both navigation and non-navigation projects nationwide. (5/24/17) [http://www.usace.army.mil/Portals/2/docs/civilworks/budget/workplan/FY17_WP_Construction.pdf?ver=2017-05-24-171202-580].

USCG – Proceedings

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard issued the January-April 2017 edition of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council. The theme of this edition is the 21st Century Maritime Workforce. (5/26/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/].

FMC – summary of 24 May meeting

clip_image016 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing the 24 May meeting of the Commissioners. Among other things, they received updates on the next steps in its regulatory reform initiative; progress toward establishing a new five-year strategic plan; and developments related to the new ocean carrier alliance structure. (5/26/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-11/].

NOAA – Atlantic hurricane season forecast

clip_image017 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that a slightly above normal Atlantic hurricane season is likely this year. (5/25/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/above-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-is-most-likely-year].

MARAD – small shipyard grants

clip_image019 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is making available $9.8 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small US shipyards. Applications for the grants are due by 5 July. (5/26/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/marad0217].

NTSB – sign-up form

clip_image021 Individuals interested in activities of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the maritime or some other sector may complete the Sign-up Form to receive emails from the agency. (5/25/17) [https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=0011hN3HRxrxV_ravEQ-RTa9zoM-m-S74rq61lmptubRlThxJhNq9JeQ0Sqd8svrcIO_xJ5tQeXPh2TzfLM1rqfgACa2LvXbUb_oZxJWMaiYYiumXZz_noJIqdsWGwp2tBFXbEfVxlJ21sUUCqLAGoZzpNxCbqzOmIm0SwMY5KiIp5H5yCjCW3Q0Q%3D%3D].

Senate – bill introduced re Atlantic seismic activity

clip_image023 Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 1263) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/17).

Senate – bill introduced re pipeline spills

clip_image023[1] Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 1269) to require the Office of Pipeline Safety to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Coast Guard in the event the Federal on-scene coordinator has concerns about the ability of a pipeline operator to respond to a worst case discharge. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Stabenow issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.stabenow.senate.gov/news/peters-stabenow-announce-new-pipeline-safety-legislation].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image023[2] Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill (S. 1286) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Klobuchar issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=E4DA725D-C0F6-45BA-AC83-7C5AFCF2F9B9].

Senate – bill introduced re travel to Cuba

clip_image023[3] Senator Flake (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 1287) to allow United States citizens and legal residents to travel between the United States and Cuba. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Flake issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/25/17) [https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=1BD1A0FE-F753-4715-969B-9ACBEC2C0657].

House – bill introduced re marine debris

clip_image025 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 2748) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/17).

Tonga – multinational rescue

clip_image027 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the Government of Tonga reported six fishermen overdue. A US Coast Guard C-130 aircraft was preparing to return from New Zealand to Honolulu following completion of the Pacific Search and Rescue (PACSAR) conference. With guidance from the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre, the flight path was altered to overfly the search zone. The USCG aircraft spotted the fishermen, dropped supplies, and vectored in a Tongan Navy vessel. (5/26/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170526a.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

House – bill introduced re Hudson River anchorages;

House – bill introduced re fishing safety training; and

Australia – ECDIS guidance.

May 26, 2017

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USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted two bulletins regarding presentations at the recent International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2017). The first presentation concerned the employment of National Contingency Plan (NCP) special teams. The second presentation addressed detection and recovery of sunken oil. (5/25/17)

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, for the calendar quarter beginning on 1 April, the interest rates for overpayments will be 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporation and the interest rate for underpayments will be 4% for both. 82 Fed. Reg. 24370 (5/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10805.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Hudson River anchorages

clip_image008 Representative Maloney (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 2619) to prohibit the Coast Guard from establishing any new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River, New York, until it reports to the Congress on the potential impact of such anchorage grounds to sites listed on the National Priorities List and to critical habitat. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Maloney issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/24/17) [http://seanmaloney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/maloney-engel-spano-announce-federal-steps-to-stop-coast-guard-proposal].

House – bill introduced re fishing safety training

clip_image008[1] Representative Keating (D-MA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2637) to amend title 46, United States Code, to reauthorize the Fishing Safety Training Grant Program and the Fishing Safety Research Grant Program. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/24/17).

Australia – ECDIS guidance

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance regarding the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) requirements for ships calling at Australian ports. Marine Notice 7-2017 (5/25/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

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May 25th, 2017 at 10:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – use of SMS to obtain Subchapter M COI;

USCG – NMSAC meeting;

NTSB – tow-bridge allision on 21 January 2016;

NTSB – tow-bridge allision on 1 March 2016;

House – FMC authorization bill introduced; and

Court – proximate cause found wanting.

May 25, 2017

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USCG – use of SMS to obtain Subchapter M COI

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance to its personnel and to the towing industry on the use of an existing safety management system (SMS) to obtain an initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) under 46 CFR Subchapter M. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02 (5/24/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol17-02.pdf].

USCG – NMSAC meeting

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing information regarding the 25-26 April meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). (5/24/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/24/5242017-national-maritime-security-advisory-committee-meeting-minutes/].

NTSB – tow-bridge allision on 21 January 2016

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board posted the report of its investigation of the 21 January 2016 allision of the tow of the tug Amy Frances with the center pier of the Natchez-Vidalia Highway 84 Bridge on the Lower Mississippi River. The vessel and its six barges were downbound. The allision breached a forward cargo tank on the port lead barge, releasing 24,654 gallons of catalytic cracked clarified oil into the river. Damages exceeded $542,000. There were no injuries. The probable cause was the pilot’s failure to properly compensate for the current under high-water conditions and the failure of the captain to recognize the pilot’s inexperience with these conditions. MAB 17-15 (5/23/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1715.pdf].

NTSB – tow-bridge allision on 1 March 2016

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 1 March 2016 allision of the tow of the tug Kodiak with the North Landing Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia. Just before the allision, the tow had run over a mooring buoy about 750 yards from the bridge. The barge and the bridge sustained an estimated $275,000 in damages. There were no reported injuries or pollution. The probable cause of the allision was the mate’s inability to safely navigate the tow due to his inexperience in conning tows through narrow waterways. MAB 17-16 (5/23/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1716.pdf].

House – FMC authorization bill introduced

clip_image010 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2593) to authorize appropriations for the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for other purposes. (5/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2593ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2593ih.pdf].

Court – proximate cause found wanting

clip_image012 In a brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act claims by a carrier against a shipper and forwarder. The court accepted that the shipper and forwarder engaged in fraudulent activity resulting in losses to the carrier, but found that fraudulent wire and mail transmissions were not shown to be the proximate cause of the losses. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines v. Seamaster Logistics, No. 15-17295 (9th Cir., May 23, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/05/23/15-17295.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 May 2017

Headlines:

MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program;

NTSB – fatal towboat sinking;

USN – National Maritime Day observed;

USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations;

BSEE – new Director named;

Hong Kong – typhoon season; and

UK – recall of emergency escape breathing devices.

May 24, 2017

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MARAD – Small Shipyard Grant Program

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

NTSB – fatal towboat sinking

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

USN – National Maritime Day observed

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

USCG – IOSC 2017 presentations

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

BSEE – new Director named

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

Hong Kong – typhoon season

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

UK – recall of emergency escape breathing devices

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

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 May 2017

Headlines:

Lower Niagara River – safety zone;

USCG – Safety Alert re natural gas lines;

Australia – official nautical charts; and

Denmark – blockchain technology.

May 23, 2017

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Lower Niagara River – safety zone

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

USCG – Safety Alert re natural gas lines

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

Australia – official nautical charts

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

Denmark – blockchain technology

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

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May 22nd, 2017 at 9:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 May 2017

Headlines:

St. Lawrence River – increased water flows;

FMC – meeting on 24 May;

USACE – Three Rivers Study Site in Arkansas;

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced;

Senate – USCG authorization bill clears committee;

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training;

House – USCG authorization bill introduced;

House – resolution introduced re UNCLOS;

Canada – drones in the marine environment;

New Zealand – PACSAR conference; and

MREN – Biofouling.

May 22, 2017

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St. Lawrence River – increased water flows

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

FMC – meeting on 24 May

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

USACE – Three Rivers Study Site in Arkansas

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

Senate – USCG authorization bill introduced

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

Senate – USCG authorization bill clears committee

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

Senate – bill introduced re maritime workforce training

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

House – USCG authorization bill introduced

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

House – resolution introduced re UNCLOS

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

Canada – drones in the marine environment

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

New Zealand – PACSAR conference

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

MREN – Biofouling

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

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Hampton Roads PAWSA;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 26 June;

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs;

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance;

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit;

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced;

Antarctic – threat of terrorist attacks; and

India – flag state inspections of Indian vessels.

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USCG – Hampton Roads PAWSA

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

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 26 June

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

Senate – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs

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

Senate – bill introduced re small shipyard assistance

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

Senate – bill introduced re offshore wind tax credit

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

Senate – FMC authorization bill introduced

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

Antarctic – threat of terrorist attacks

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

India – flag state inspections of Indian vessels

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

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    logo11 Canary in the coal mine

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