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May 11th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 May 2018

Headlines:

Hawaii – lava flow safety zone;

DOJ – proposed consent decree;

BSEE – well control and blowout preventer systems;

DOJ – shipping company fined $1 million;

House – bill introduced re TWIC readers;

House – bill introduced to require TWIC testing;

Court – timely disclosure of expert witness;

Canada – Port Modernization Review;

Singapore – MFM systems for bunker tankers;

UK – tackling misuse of lasers; and

MREN – Scrapping risks.

May 11, 2018

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Hawaii – lava flow safety zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, establishing a permanent safety zone surrounding the area of entry of lava from the Kilauea volcano into the Pacific Ocean from the Island of Hawaii. 83 Fed. Reg. 21876 (5/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10049.pdf].

DOJ – proposed consent decree

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that it lodged a proposed consent decree in its lawsuit against Challenge Fisheries for alleged discharges of oily waste water from fishing vessels into coastal waters. Comments must be received within 30 days. 83 Fed. Reg. 22103 (5/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10047.pdf].

BSEE – well control and blowout preventer systems

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to revise the regulations for well control and blowout preventer systems for offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and decommissioning. Comments on the proposal must be received by 10 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 22128 (5/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-09305.pdf].

DOJ – shipping company fined $1 million

clip_image008[1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a Japanese shipping company has been ordered to pay a fine of $1 million, placed on probation for three years, and directed to implement a court-approved comprehensive environmental compliance program after being convicted of obstruction of justice and falsification of an oil record book to cover up the intentional discharge of oily waste water into the ocean. (5/10/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/shipping-company-will-pay-million-dollar-fine-environmental-pollution-crimes].

House – bill introduced re TWIC readers

clip_image012 Representative Katko (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 5729) to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/9/18).

House – bill introduced to require TWIC testing

clip_image013 Representative Katko (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 5730) to require testing and evaluation of advanced transportation security screening technologies related to the mission of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purpose. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/9/18).

Court – timely disclosure of expert witness

clip_image015 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the district court did not abuse its discretion in rejecting plaintiff’s proffered expert witness for failure to timely disclose the intention to offer such testimony. Goncharenko v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, No. 17-13069 (11th Cir., May 10, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201713069.pdf].

Canada – Port Modernization Review

clip_image017 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing launch of a roundtable series for Port Modernization Review. (5/9/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/05/minister-garneau-launched-roundtable-series-for-ports-modernization-review.html].

Singapore – MFM systems for bunker tankers

clip_image019 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that, effective 1 July 2019, all bunker tankers delivering distillates to ocean-going ships in the Port of Singapore shall be fitted with MPA-approved mass flow metering (MFM) systems. Port Marine Circular 4-2018 (5/10/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/e9b0b2d7-3341-46b4-a5f6-c0339afc5376].

UK – tackling misuse of lasers

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that new measures to tackle the misuse of lasers has gained Royal Assent. These measures will protect the operators of aircraft, vehicles, and vessels by allowing tougher punishments to be imposed on offenders. The measures also remove the need for prosecutors to prove intent to endanger. (5/10/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-tackle-the-misuse-of-lasers-gain-royal-assent].

MREN – Scrapping risks

clip_image023 In the May 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled “Scrapping risks". The article discusses the recent conviction of a ship owner and two senior executives for illegal export of ships for scrapping. It behooves owners to carefully consider options when their ships reach to end of their economic lives. While some economic benefit will be lost by scrapping those ships in full compliance with the various laws and regulations, there will be gains in areas of worker safety and health and the environment. (5/10/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180500.pdf].

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May 10th, 2018 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 May 2018

Headlines:

DHS – NTAS Bulletin extended;

USCG – hearing re Bouchard Barge No. 255 incident;

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced to 87 months;

Beaufort Sea – proposed oil & gas lease sale;

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components;

Senate – bill introduced re water development;

Australia – ship garbage recycling program;

Denmark – sulfur emission monitoring;

India – e-invoice, e-payment & e-delivery orders; and

Panama Canal – eight Neopanamax vessels daily.

May 10, 2018

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DHS – NTAS Bulletin extended

clip_image006 The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin has been extended through 14 September. (5/9/18) [https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/ntas_18_0509_0001].

USCG – hearing re Bouchard Barge No. 255 incident

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, on 16 July, it will convene a formal public hearing at Sector Houston-Galveston to consider evidence related to the 20 October 2017 explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of life onboard Bouchard Barge No. 255 off the coast of Texas. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is conducting its own investigation, will fully participate in the hearing. (5/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ef1185].

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced to 87 months

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former Military Sealift Command (MSC) contractor has been sentenced to 87 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and mail fraud involving the sale of maritime satellite services to the MSC. (5/8/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-military-sealift-command-contractor-sentenced-87-months-bribery-and-fraud].

Beaufort Sea – proposed oil & gas lease sale

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended until 30 May the period within which to respond to its Call for Information and Nominations for the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea. 83 Fed. Reg. 21791 (5/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-10/pdf/2018-10012.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components

clip_image014 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Made in America Shipbuilding Act of 2018 (S. 2731) to expand domestic content requirements for certain shipboard components, and for other purposes. (4/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2731is/pdf/BILLS-115s2731is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re water development

clip_image014[1] Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 2800) to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes. (5/8/18).

Australia – ship garbage recycling program

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a news release stating that the Port of Hay Point will pilot a ship garbage recycling program. (5/9/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/hay-point-pilot-ship-garbage-recycling-program].

Denmark – sulfur emission monitoring

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that technology is being developed to automatically monitor sulfur emissions. (5/9/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Strengthened-sulphur-enforcement-through-digitalisation.aspx].

India – e-invoice, e-payment & e-delivery orders

clip_image020 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued an Order providing updated information regarding that mandatory use of e-invoice, e-payment, and e-delivery orders. (5/2/18) [http://shipmin.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=2700].

Panama Canal – eight Neopanamax vessels daily

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that, effective immediately, it will accept reservations for transits of up to eight Neopanamax vessels per day. (5/7/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2018/05/07/pr647.html].

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May 9th, 2018 at 10:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 May 2018

Headlines:

OFAC – sanctions with respect to Iran;

USCG – ballast water summary report;

USCG – options for paying user fees;

House – bill introduced re navigation facilities;

House – hearing re ‘Blue Technologies’;

Court – owner/operator liability for pollution; and

Panama Canal – April operations.

May 9, 2018

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OFAC – sanctions with respect to Iran

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding economic sanctions with respect to Iran following the US decision to withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including sanctions against Iranian shipping companies. (5/8/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/jcpoa_winddown_faqs.pdf].

USCG – ballast water summary report

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on ballast water management to eliminate the requirement for vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone to submit an annual ballast water summary report. Comments must be received by 8 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 20214 (5/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-09/pdf/2018-09877.pdf].

USCG – options for paying user fees

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing updated information for mariners who need to submit payments for services and documents associated with merchant mariner credentialing, inspections, and vessel documentation. (5/8/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/08/5-8-2018-options-for-paying-coast-guard-user-fees/].

House – bill introduced re navigation facilities

clip_image011 Representative Bustos (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5688) to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 relating to the operation and maintenance of navigation facilities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/7/18).

House – hearing re ‘Blue Technologies’

clip_image011[1] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing entitled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance”. Testimony was received from: Rear Admiral Michael Haycock, USCG; Mr. Eric J. Terrill, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Mr. Michael Jones, The Maritime Alliance; Mr. Chris Coyle, International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association; Mr. Thomas Chance, Autonomous Surface Vehicles, LLC; Ms. Tuba Ozkan-Haller, Oregon State University; and Rear Admiral Jonathan White, USN, Ret., Consortium for Ocean Leadership. (5/8/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402425].

Court – owner/operator liability for pollution

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the conviction and sentencing of a vessel owner and operator for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). A US Coast Guard examination found that one of their vessels routinely discharged oily waste water directly into the ocean. Defendants contended, among other things, that they should not be vicariously liable for the acts of crew members and that the requirement to undertake remedial measures should not be extended to companies that did not directly own the offending vessel. The court found that defendants were on notice of the crew members’ actions and that their various subsidiaries were all related. United States v. Oceanic Illsabe Limited, No. 17-4061 (4th Cir., May 7, 2018) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/174061.P.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Ryan Gilsenan of Womble Bond Dickinson.

Panama Canal – April operations

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during April. It also contains the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 13-2018 (5/8/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-13-2018.pdf].

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May 8th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 May 2018

Headlines:

USCG – BWM FAQ updated;

USCG & FEMA – national level hurricane exercise;

Mediterranean Sea – reported GPS interference;

DOJ – $414,000 civil penalty;

USN – Second Fleet established;

India – stranded seafarers;

India – proposed Ports Bill;

Ireland – Fastnet light; and

New Zealand – master/pilot communication failure.

May 8, 2018

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USCG – BWM FAQ updated

clip_image006 The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) posted an updated version of its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning ballast water management (BWM). (4/24/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/MSC/BWMS/Ballast_Water_FAQs.pdf].

USCG & FEMA – national level hurricane exercise

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and other agencies are participating in FEMA’s national level hurricane exercise on 3-9 May. (5/7/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ee1d0b].

Mediterranean Sea – reported GPS interference

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an Advisory concerning multiple reports of GPS interference in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (5/7/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/advisory/].

DOJ – $414,000 civil penalty

clip_image014 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two New Bedford fishing companies and two individuals have agreed to pay a total of $414,000 in civil penalties, perform fleet-wide improvements, and undertake other compliance assurance measures to resolve federal Clean Water Act claims stemming from oily bilge discharges. (5/7/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/new-bedford-fishing-companies-manager-and-vessel-captain-pay-over-400000-civil-penalties-and].

USN – Second Fleet established

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release announcing that the US Second Fleet has been established in Norfolk. Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean. (5/4/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105453].

India – stranded seafarers

clip_image018 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular explaining the procedures in reported instances of missing, stranded, non-payment of wages, or non-provision on board ships. F. No. 33(1)CR-2000-IX Pt-1 (5/7/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201805070416168130916Crew_Wages_07052018.pdf].

India – proposed Ports Bill

clip_image018[1] The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a circular proposing the Indian Ports Bill, 2018. Comments must be received by 1 June. F No. 5(5)/2017-PD-VII (4/27/18) [http://shipmin.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=2696].

Ireland – Fastnet Light

clip_image020 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a Notice to Mariners stating that on or about 2 July the present light in the Fastnet Lighthouse will be replaced. As a result, the range of the light will be reduced from 27nm to 18nm. NOTAM 06-2018 (4/30/18) [http://www.irishlights.ie/safety-navigation/notices-to-mariners/2018-06-fastnet-reduction-in-light-range.aspx].

New Zealand – master/pilot communication failure

clip_image022 The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of the 27 January 2016 incident when the passenger vessel Azamara Quest struck Wheki Rock while entering the port of Picton. A harbor pilot boarded the vessel outside the entrance to Tory Channel. The master and pilot exchanged information and discussed the passage plan through Tory Channel to Picton, in particular the strong currents in the tight turn required on entry to Tory Channel. However, due to miscommunication the passage inwards began with the master and pilot having different understandings of how the first turn would be conducted. As a result the turn was initiated late and the ship never achieved a sufficient rate of turn to avoid contacting the rock. The incident caused minor damage to the hull and damage to one propeller. Nobody was injured. The investigation found that the bridge team had no common (agreed) understanding of the plan for the ship to make the turn into the channel because the details of how the turn would be made and the influence the tide would have on the ship during the turn had not been clearly communicated. Therefore, with no agreed plan, the task of the bridge team monitoring the ship’s progress through the turn was set up to fail. MO-2016-202 (5/3/18) [https://taic.org.nz/sites/default/files/inquiry/documents/MO-2016-202%20Final.pdf].

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May 7th, 2018 at 10:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 May 2018

Headlines:

North Carolina – radio communications restored;

USCG – cyber awareness training for AMSC members;

USCG – CIRCAC recertification;

Sulu and Celebes Sea – terrorist threat;

CMTS – maritime port resilience discussion on 18 May;

CMTS – maritime infrastructure seminar on 11 June;

Senate – bill introduced re Mercy Ships;

Senate – MARAD Authorization act introduced;

Senate – bill introduced re offshore drilling;

Court – COGSA and forum selection clauses;

Tokyo MOU – annual report;

Singapore – use of mass flow meters;

UK – bulk carrier grounded twice;

UK – collision in Dover Strait; and

UK – drones tested in SAR scenarios.

May 7, 2018

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North Carolina – radio communications restored

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that radio communications offshore North Carolina have been restored. (5/4/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ee0907].

USCG – cyber awareness training for AMCS members

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) members will be offered four opportunities to take ‘Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training’ via webinars throughout May. The training, to be offered on 8, 10, 14, and 16 May, was developed to provide basic cyber awareness with a focus on maritime facility and vessel operations. (5/4/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/04/05-04-2018-marine-transportation-system-cyber-awareness-training-webinar-sessions-for-amsc-members-offered-during-may-2018/].

USCG – CIRCAC recertification

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (CIRCAC) has been recertified as an alternative voluntary advisory group. 83 Fed. Reg. 20085 (5/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-07/pdf/2018-09664.pdf].

Sulu and Celebes Sea – terrorist threat

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted a maritime alert stating that the terrorist group Abu Sayaaf has threatened to kidnap merchant vessel crew members for ransom in the Sulu and Celebes Sea. Ships operating in this vicinity should exercise caution. Alert 2018-006A (5/4/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/27444/].

CMTS – maritime port resilience discussion on 18 May

clip_image011 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice announcing a discussion on 18 May in Washington, DC on maritime port resilience and lessons from the 2017 hurricane season. (5/1/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/da600a57-5fc4-40a4-a0b5-169c82d85175].

CMTS – maritime infrastructure seminar on 11 June

clip_image011[1] The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice announcing an industry outreach seminar on maritime infrastructure on 11 June in Washington, DC. Participants will include representatives from the US Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and DHS Infrastructure Protection. (5/1/18) [].

Senate – bill introduced re Mercy Ships

clip_image013 Senator Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 2714) to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Don and Deyon Stephens, Founders of Mercy Ships, in recognition of nearly 40 years of service as the leaders of a humanitarian relief organization that exemplifies the compassionate character of America. Senator Cornyn issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2714is/pdf/BILLS-115s2714is.pdf].

Senate – MARAD Authorization Act introduced

clip_image013[1] Senator Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Maritime Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (S. 2717) to reauthorize provisions relating to the Maritime Administration. (4/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2717is/pdf/BILLS-115s2717is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re offshore drilling

clip_image013[2] Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Clean Coasts Act (S. 2720) to codify the outer Continental Shelf blowout preventer systems and well control rule and the Arctic drilling rule. Senator Cantwell issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2720is/pdf/BILLS-115s2720is.pdf].

Court – COGSA and forum selection clauses

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed dismissal of an in rem action against the ship that carried plaintiff’s cargo and where the cargo was allegedly damaged. The cargo was carried under a bill of lading that included a forum selection clause for South Korea. Plaintiff asserted that that the forum selection clause violates the Carriage of Goods at Sea Act (COGSA) because South Korea does not allow in rem actions. The court ruled that since there was no indication that South Korea does not provide adequate processes for adjudication of cargo damage claims the forum selection clause is not invalidated. Liberty Woods International v. MV Ocean Quartz, No. 16-4195 (3rd Cir., May 4, 2018) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/164195p.pdf].

Tokyo MOU – annual report

clip_image017 The Tokyo MOU posted its Annual Report 2017. (5/2/18) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/ANN17.pdf].

Singapore – use of mass flow meters

clip_image019 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that, effective 1 July, use of mass flow meters (MFMs) will be mandatory for all bunker tankers delivering distillates in the Port of Singapore. (4/27/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/beae3877-f7c6-48f4-9996-9b90928bb331].

UK – bulk carrier grounded twice

clip_image021 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 12 June 2017 grounding of the bulk carrier Ocean Prefect when approaching Ahmed Bin Rashid Port, in Umm Al Qaywayn, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was not damaged and was re-floated 12 hours later. During a second attempted entry into the port the following day, Ocean Prefect again grounded but, despite the breaching of three ballast tanks, the vessel continued to its berth. Two harbour pilots were on board during the groundings. There were no injuries or pollution. Investigation revealed that the pilots had very limited local knowledge. Report 8-2018 (4/27/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5ad877cce5274a76c13dfe3d/MAIBInvReport08_2018.pdf].

UK – collision in Dover Strait

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 1 July 2017 collision between the bulk carrier Huayang Endeavour and the oil tanker Seafrontier in the Dover Strait approximately 5 nautical miles to the west of Sandettie Bank. Both vessels were damaged in the collision but were able to proceed to nearby ports for damage assessment. The accident did not result in any injuries or pollution. Investigation revealed that a VHF radio conversation between the two vessels had resulted in the two bridge teams holding conflicting views as to what had been agreed regarding Huayang Endeavour overtaking Seafrontier. Subsequently, Seafrontier’s bridge team did not check for sea room astern before altering course, leading to a close quarter situation between the two vessels. In addition, Seafrontier’s master had been present on the bridge for over 14 hours and was probably suffering from fatigue, which was likely to have had an adverse effect on his decision making. Report 7-2018 (4/27/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5ad86d01e5274a76c13dfdc1/MAIBInvReport07_2018.pdf].

UK – drones tested in SAR scenarios

clip_image022[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release stating that it and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are testing the use of drones in real life search and rescue (SAR) scenarios. (5/2/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mca-and-rnli-test-drones-in-real-life-search-and-rescue-scenarios].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 May 2018

Headlines:

North Carolina – loss of radio communication;

USCG – open lifeboat CIC;

USCG – TugSafe Lite;

USCG & NOAA – North Atlantic right whale protection;

USCG & BSEE – joint activity summary;

CMTS – Merchant Mariner Medical Certification webinar;

CMTS – Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Report;

Texas – Matagorda Ship Channel; and

CBP – quarterly interest rates.

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North Carolina – loss of radio communication

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has lost radio communication capability within Sector North Carolina. It is urging mariners to use extreme caution operating in the sector. A radio coverage plan is being developed in the event that repairs cannot be effected for an extended period. (5/3/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1edf442].

USCG – open lifeboat CIC

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), commencing immediately, for all US-flag vessels fitted with open lifeboats. MSIB 04-18 (5/2/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_004_18.pdf].

USCG – TugSafe Lite

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted TugSafe Lite, which allows an end-user to view the general towing vessel compliance guidance contained within the Inspected Towing Vessel Decision Aid (TugSafe) without having to generate a checklist for a specific vessel. TugSafe Lite is not intended to be used as a standalone tool for determining vessel compliance with Subchapter M. (5/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Traveling-Inspector-Staff-CG-5P-TI/Towing-Vessel-National-Center-of-Expertise/TugSafe/].

USCG & NOAA – North Atlantic right whale protection

clip_image008[1] clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are increasing focus this year on enforcement of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to detect and deter illegally placed fishing gear and reduce the likelihood of fatal whale entanglements from occurring. (5/1/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ed5545].

USCG & BSEE – joint activity summary

clip_image011 clip_image013 The US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued their Joint Activity Summary 2017-2018. The summary highlights joint activities related to the offshore oil and gas industry. (5/1/18) [https://www.bsee.gov/sites/bsee.gov/files/bsee-uscg-joint-summary-final-5-1-2018.pdf].

CMTS – Merchant Mariner Medical Certification webinar

clip_image015 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted an audio recording of its recent Merchant Mariner Medical Certification webinar. During the webinar, the USCG National Maritime Center’s (NMC) commanding officer Capt. Kirsten Martin and Chief of the Medical Evaluations Division Dr. Laura Torres-Reyes addressed the upcoming changes in the merchant mariner medical certification and answered questions from webinar participants. (5/2/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/d77ca898-93b8-4a15-b8d2-fd2909a326d1].

CMTS – Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Report

clip_image015[1] The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force Report. The report contains eight recommendations and two identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies regarding extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties for extreme weather events. (5/2/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/downloads/CMTS_Extreme_Weather_Report_Feb_2018.pdf].

Texas – Matagorda Ship Channel

clip_image017 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing release of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) for the Tentatively Selected Plan for the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project. A public meeting will be held in Port Lavaca on 7 May. Comments must be submitted by 21 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 19737 (5/4/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-04/pdf/2018-09480.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image019 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, for the calendar quarter beginning 1 April, the interest rates for overpayments will be 4% for corporations and 5% for non-corporation. The interest rate for underpayments will be 5% for both. 83 Fed. Reg. 19292 (5/4/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-02/pdf/2018-09287.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 April 2018

Headlines:

Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal;

IWUB – meeting on 25 May;

FERC – Sabine Pass LNG EA;

NSGAB – meeting on 14 May;

DOT – BUILD grants program; and

Denmark – vessel registration fee abolished.

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Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is withdrawing its proposal of 10 February 2017 to establish an anchorage in Puget Sound. 83 Fed. Reg. 18000 (4/27/18) [].

IWUB – meeting on 25 May

clip_image008 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 25 May in Pittsburgh. 83 Fed. Reg. 18000 (4/27/18) [].

FERC – Sabine Pass LNG EA

clip_image010 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) regarding the proposed Sabine Pass Liquefied Natural Gas (SPLNG) Third Berth Expansion Project in Cameron Parish. Comments must be received by 21 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 18000 (4/27/18) [].

NSGAB – meeting on 14 May

clip_image012 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Silver Spring on14 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 18000 (4/27/18) [].

DOT – BUILD grants program

clip_image014 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice of funding opportunity for national infrastructure investments through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program). Applications must be submitted by 18 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 18000 (4/27/18) [].

Denmark – vessel registration fee abolished

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release announcing that the vessel registration fee for vessels in the Danish Registers of Shipping has been abolished. (4/26/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Newly_passed_legislation_abolishes_registration_fee_vessels_Danish_Registers_Shipping.aspxhttps://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Newly_passed_legislation_abolishes_registration_fee_vessels_Danish_Registers_Shipping.aspx].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 April 2018

Headlines:

Cape Cod – speed restrictions;

USCG – polar icebreaker program EIS;

Houston – clogged sea strainers;

USCG – Alternate Compliance Program;

USN & USCG – memorial service;

FMC – US-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea lease sale;

GAO – network cybersecurity;

Marshall Islands – maritime cyber risk management; and

Ideal X voyage – 26 April 1956.

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Cape Cod – speed restrictions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that mariners are asked to exercise caution operating off the Cape Cod coast. Multiple groups of the extremely endangered North Atlantic right whale have been observed surface feeding in these waters. The seasonal management area is in effect and mariners are subject to mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less. (4/25/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ec1085].

USCG – polar icebreaker program EIS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Polar icebreaker Program’s design and build of up to six polar icebreakers. Public meetings will be held in May at dates to be announced in the future in Anchorage, Utqiagvik (Barrow), Nome, and Kotzebue. Written comments must be received by 29 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 18319 (4/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-26/pdf/2018-08795.pdf].

Houston – clogged sea strainers

clip_image004[2] USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) reminding mariners that large vessels in the Houston Ship Channel are at risk of encountering large schools of fish and sucking some of those fish into their water intakes. This sometimes clogs the sea strainers to the point that there is a significant reduction in water for engine cooling and for safety systems such as firefighting water supply and deck water spray systems. MSIB 10-18 (4/25/18) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/Attachments/20681/MSIB%2010-18%20Loss%20of%20Vessel%20Propulsion,%20Maneuverability%20and%20Safety%20Systems%20Due%20to%20Clogged%20Sea%20Strainers.pdf].

USCG – Alternate Compliance Program

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued an internal directive announcing promulgation of its Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) CGTTP 3-72.9. The ACP is a voluntary program for US-flag vessels to obtain a certificate of inspection (COI). The TTP provides guidance to Coast Guard personnel involved in ACP examinations and oversight. ACN 041/18 (4/25/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ec2af1].

USN & USCG – memorial service

clip_image006 clip_image004[4] The US Navy issued news release stating that Navy and Coast Guard personnel in Bahrain conducted a joint memorial service to remember and honor their fallen shipmates who made the ultimate sacrifice on 24 April 2004. BM1 Michael J. Pernaselli, USN, SM2 Christopher E. Watts, USN, and DC3 Nathan B. Bruckenthal, USCG were conducting maritime security operations in the northern Arabian Gulf on the coastal patrol boat USS Firebolt (PC-10) when they encountered a suspicious dhow near an offshore Iraqi oil platform. A rigid hull inflatable with the three sailors on board was dispatched to intercept the dhow. As the RHIB approached, the dhow exploded in an apparent suicide incident. The three died as a result. (4/24/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105300].

FMC – US-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Commissioner Rebecca Dye is in Beijing this week representing the FMC at the US-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations. During this meeting Commissioner Dye led discussions on topics related to competition and efficiency within the shipping industry. (4/25/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/dye_us-china_bilateral_maritime_consultations/].

BOEM – Beaufort Sea lease sale

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing an extension until 30 May of the period within which to submit comments on the call for information and nominations for the proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea lease sale. (4/25/18) [https://www.boem.gov/press04252018/].

GAO – network cybersecurity

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report regarding DHS efforts to improve and promote the cybersecurity of federal and private-sector networks. GAO-18-520T (4/24/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691439.pdf].

Marshall Islands – maritime cyber risk management

clip_image014 The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued guidance regarding maritime cyber risk management. The document identifies information sources that may aid in establishing policies and procedures for mitigating maritime cyber risks. Marine Guideline 2-11-16 (April 2018) [http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MG-2-11-16.pdf].

Ideal X voyage – 26 April 1956

clip_image016 On 26 April 1956, the ship Ideal X departed Port Newark, New Jersey on a voyage to Houston, Texas. The ship had been launched in 1945 as the T-2 tanker SS Potrero Hills. The ship had made many voyages in the intervening eleven years, but this was different. The ship had only recently been acquired by the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corporation, which shortly before had been acquired by the trucking magnate Malcom McLean. McLean had become frustrated by the inefficiencies of unloading trucks by hand so as to reload the cargo onto ships. He thought he had a better way. He modified some of his trucks so that the cargo-containing trailer was physically detachable from the chassis. After acquiring the tanker Potrero Hills, he installed a metal platform above the tank tops and piping so that the trailers (soon to be known as shipping containers) could be loaded onto the deck. A total of 58 loaded trailers were secured to the deck in Port Newark. The Ideal X transited to Houston, arriving at City Dock 10 on 2 May, where the trailers were promptly transferred to waiting trucks. By the use of shipping containers, Malcom McLean had increased the speed and efficiency of multi-modal shipping and reduced losses due to breakage and theft. Pan-Atlantic modified other ships to carry containers on deck and then modified other ships so that standardized containers could be loaded into cells in the cargo holds. Other shipping companies observed these developments and quickly followed suit. The container revolution was born. The Ideal X was sold by Pan-Atlantic in 1959 and renamed the SS Elemir, resuming service as a tanker. It was damaged in a Pacific storm and broken up in Japan in 1965.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 April 2018

Headlines:

EPA – $40 million to reduce diesel engine emissions;

PHMSA – R&D Forum on 16-17 May;

NAP – Atlantic Offshore Energy Development & Fisheries;

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components;

Senate – hearing re maritime opportunities and challenges;

IMO – Canada & Turkey ratify 2010 HNS Convention; and

UK – Port Connectivity Study.

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EPA – $40 million to reduce diesel engine emissions

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing he availability of approximately $40 million in grants to reduce emissions from diesel engines, including those on marine vessels. Applications must be submitted by 5 June. (4/24/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-availability-funding-reduce-emissions-diesel-engines-nationwide-0].

PHMSA – Research and Development Forum on 16-17 May

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that it will hold a public Research and Development Forum on 16-17 May in Washington, DC to discuss the direction of current and future research projects. 83 Fed. Reg. 18126 (4/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-25/pdf/2018-08586.pdf].

NAP – Atlantic Offshore Energy Development & Fisheries

clip_image008 The National Academies Press (NAP) issued its publication entitled: Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Fisheries. (4/24/18) [https://www.nap.edu/download/25062?utm_source=NASEM+News+and+Publications&utm_campaign=a0f5916a8b-NAP_mail_new_2018_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-a0f5916a8b-102060401&goal=0_96101de015-a0f5916a8b-102060401&mc_cid=a0f5916a8b&mc_eid=5629ef0b84].

Senate – bill introduced re domestic content of shipboard components

clip_image010 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill (S. 2731) to expand domestic content requirements for certain shipboard components, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/23/18).

Senate – hearing re maritime opportunities & challenges

clip_image010[1] The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing to examine maritime transportation, focusing on opportunities and challenges. Testimony was heard from: The Honorable Mark H. Buzby, MARAD; The Honorable Michael Khouri, FMC; Rear Admiral James Helis, USMMA; and Mr. Craig Middlebrook, SLSDC. (4/24/18) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=09605E37-51ED-4CB2-8837-F959F88C44B4].

IMO – Canada & Turkey ratify 2010 HNS Convention

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release stating that Canada and Turkey have joined Norway in ratifying the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996 (2010 HNS Convention). (4/23/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/07-HNSratifications.aspx].

UK – Port Connectivity Study

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release announcing publication of its Port Connectivity Study. The study points out that better connections to English ports could help businesses thrive and boost the nation’s economy. (4/24/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/better-connections-to-ports-to-help-business-growth].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 April 2018

Headlines:

FMC – trucking & delivery arrangements;

OEAB – meeting on 16-17 May;

DOE – LNG export & import;

NAP – Gulf of Mexico Loop Current;

New Zealand – mariner convicted of sailing despite conditions; and

UK – light dues to be frozen.

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FMC – trucking & delivery arrangements

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has initiated an expedited inquiry of certain ocean carriers regarding complaints from some cargo owners that the carriers have been unilaterally changing service contract terms by cancelling the port/container yard to final customer destination leg of the cargo shipment. These cancellations are allegedly due to lack of inland truck availability. (4/23/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_to_examine_trucking_delivery_arrangements/].

OEAB – meeting on 16-17 May

clip_image006 The Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on 16-17 May. 83 Fed. Reg. 17806 (4/24/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08523.pdf].

DOE – LNG export and import

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) posted notices of recent orders regarding export and import of LNG. 83 Fed. Reg. 17812 (4/24/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08433.pdf].

NAP – Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

clip_image010 The National Academies Press (NAP) issued a report entitled Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (4/23/18) [https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24823/understanding-and-predicting-the-gulf-of-mexico-loop-current-critical?utm_source=NASEM+News+and+Publications&utm_campaign=0601dc9801-Final_Book_2018_04_23_24823&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-0601dc9801-102060401&goal=0_96101de015-0601dc9801-102060401&mc_cid=0601dc9801&mc_eid=5629ef0b84].

New Zealand – mariner convicted of sailing despite conditions

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a mariner who sailed his yacht in unsafe conditions from Wellington to Westport has been sentenced to community detention after ignoring conditions imposed by Maritime New Zealand that the vessel could not be operated outside Wellington Harbour. He was convicted of operating his vessel in a manner that caused unnecessary danger or risk to his passenger and his rescuers. (4/23/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20180423a.asp].

UK – light due rates to be frozen

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted a statement advising that light due rates for 2018 to 2019 will be frozen at 37.5p per net registered tonne, meaning a 28% decrease in real terms since 2010. (4/23/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/light-dues-2018-to-2019].

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    logo11 Scrapping risks

    In the May 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Scrapping risks". The article discusses the recent conviction of a ship owner and two senior executives for illegal export of ships for scrapping. It behooves owners to carefully consider options when their ships reach to end of their economic lives. While some economic benefit will be lost by scrapping those ships in full compliance with the various laws and regulations, there will be gains in areas of worker safety and health and the environment.