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December 1st, 2017 at 9:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 December 2017

Headlines:

MARAD – Maritime Security Program;

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program;

MARAD – documented fishing industry vessels;

USCG – cellular phone geolocation;

USCG – BWMS update;

NTSB – grounding near Bella Bella, BC;

DOJ – settlement of foreign bribery case;

USN – retired Admiral censured;

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training;

Court – maritime lien for bunkers; and

Court – arbitral clause unenforceable.

December 1, 2017

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MARAD – Maritime Security Program

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promulgated a final rule amending its regulations to implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003. The rule enters into effect on 2 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56895 (12/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25898.pdf].

MARAD – America’s Marine Highway Program

clip_image004[1] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promulgated a final rule amending its America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) to implement legislative measures. The rule enters into effect on 2 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56902 (12/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25897.pdf].

MARAD – documenting fishing industry vessels

clip_image004[2] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promulgated a final rule amending its regulations concerning requirements to document US-flag fishing industry vessels of 100 feet or greater in registered length. The rule enters into effect on 2 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56899 (12/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25896.pdf].

USCG – cellular phone geolocation

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with TriaSys Technologies Corp. to investigate the potential operational use of cellular phone direction finding technology. Comments must be submitted by 2 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56980 (12/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25926.pdf].

USCG – BWMS update

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing an update regarding the ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval program. (11/29/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/29/11292017-ballast-water-series-part-3-coast-guard-bwms-type-approval-program-update/].

NTSB – grounding near Bella Bella, BC

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the October 13, 2016 grounding of the articulated tug and barge (ATB) Nathan E Stewart/DBL 55 on Edge Reef off Athlone Island in the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. At the time of the accident, the Nathan E Stewart was en route to the Port of Vancouver with the empty DBL 55. None of the crewmembers were injured, but environmental damage occurred when approximately 29,000 gallons of fuel and lube oil were released. Damage to the vessel and barge was estimated at $12 million. The probable cause of the grounding was the second mate falling asleep while on watch. Contributing to the grounding was the ineffective implementation of the company’s safety management system procedures for watchstanding. MAB 17/38 (11/30/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1738.pdf].

DOJ – settlement of foreign bribery case

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that offshore drilling equipment manufacturer SBM Offshore N.V. and its US subsidiary have agreed to resolve criminal charges and pay a criminal penalty of $238 million in connection with schemes involving bribery of foreign officials. (11/29/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/sbm-offshore-nv-and-united-states-based-subsidiary-resolve-foreign-corrupt-practices-act-case]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Dave Shirlaw of SeaWaves Magazine.

USN – retired Admiral censured

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the Secretary of the Navy issued a Secretarial Letter of Censure to RADM Kenneth Norton, USN (ret)for accepting gifts from Glenn Defense Marine Asia while on active duty. (11/29/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103562].

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training

clip_image014 Representative King (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 4468) to direct the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to study and report to the Congress regarding recreational vessel operator training. (11/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4468ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4468ih.pdf].

Court – maritime lien for bunkers

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit firmed the denial of a maritime lien in an in rem action brought by a bunker provider against the vessel to which the bunkers had been delivered. The vessel owner had contracted with O.W. UK to purchase bunkers for the vessel to be delivered in the Port of Mobile. O.W. UK purchased the fuel from an affiliate, which, in turn, subcontracted with plaintiff to actually supply the several hundred metric tons of fuel on the credit of O.W. UK. After the fuel was provided but before any money changed hands, O.W. UK collapsed into bankruptcy. Plaintiff brought the instant action and a bank intervened. The court held that the maritime lien for the bunkers had arisen in favor of O.W. UK and had been assigned to the bank. Barcliff LLC v MV Deep Blue, No. 16-17755 (11th Cir., November 30, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201617755.pdf].

Court – arbitral clause unenforceable

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion by defendant vessel manager to compel arbitration in a maritime wrongful death case. Defendant sought to compel arbitration based on an employment contract between the seaman and the vessel owner. The court held that an arbitral clause in a contract must be signed by the parties in order to be enforceable. Yang v Dongwon Industries, No. 15-16881 (9th Cir., November 30, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/11/30/15-16881.pdf].

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November 30th, 2017 at 11:38 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – issuance and acceptance of electronic certificates;

USCG – towing vessel deficiency reporting;

USCG – ballast water management compliance;

FMC – NVOCC negotiated rate & service arrangements;

Beaufort Sea – exploratory drilling approved;

MARAD – review of agency’s core functions;

OFAC – finding of violation re Iran;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training;

CRS – Navy force structure;

IMO – award for bravery at sea;

Equasis – world merchant fleet 2016;

Bahamas – sprinkler heads and bulbs;

Canada – proactive vessel management;

Hong Kong – limits of liability for maritime incidents; and

New Zealand – uncertified ship surveyor.

November 30, 2017

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USCG – issuance and acceptance of electronic certificates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for the issuance and acceptance of certain electronic certificates for US flag vessels and those foreign flag vessels subject to US port state control. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-09 (11/27/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/TVNCOE/Documents/PolicyLetters/CVCPol1709.pdf?ver=2017-11-29-120130-280].

USCG – towing vessel deficiency reporting

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the recording and reporting of deficiencies and non-conformities on vessels whose owners have chosen to use the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-10 (11/28/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/TVNCOE/Documents/PolicyLetters/CVCPol1710.pdf?ver=2017-11-29-120129-403].

USCG – ballast water management compliance

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin explaining the agency’s focus on ballast water management (BWM) compliance. (11/28/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/28/11282017-ballast-water-series-part-2-the-coast-guards-focus-on-compliance/].

FMC – NVOCC negotiated rate & service arrangements

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its regulations governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. Comments must be submitted by 29 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 56781 (11/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-30/pdf/2017-25718.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – exploratory drilling approved

clip_image009 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it has approved Arctic exploration drilling operations in the US outer continental shelf of the Beaufort Sea. (11/28/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-approves-new-drilling-operations-in].

MARAD – review of agency’s core functions

clip_image011 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it requested the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to undertake an independent review of the agency’s core functions. That review is now available and MARAD intends to give its recommendations full consideration. Among other things, the report recommends that MARAD conduct a business process review to ensure alignment with the agency’s updated missions, eliminate duplicative processes, and re-engineer inefficient processes. (11/28/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2017/statement-from-maritime-administration-on-the-national-academy-of-public-administration-pendingdraftworkflow/].

OFAC – finding of violation re Iran

clip_image013 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted an Enforcement Information stating that it issued a Finding of Violation to Dominica Maritime Registry, Inc. for a violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. (11/28/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/CivPen/Documents/20171128_DMRI.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image015 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2017 (S. 2127) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. (11/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2127is/pdf/BILLS-115s2127is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re recreational vessel operator training

clip_image017 Representative King (R-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 4468) to direct the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to study and report to the Congress regarding recreational vessel operator training. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/28/17).

CRS – Navy force structure

clip_image019 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a report on Navy force structure and shipbuilding plans. RL32665 (11/22/17) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL32665.pdf].

IMO – award for bravery at sea

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release stating that two marine pilots from the Port of Houston have been awarded the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for maneuvering a stricken and blazing vessel away from surrounding ships and facilities, averting a major tragedy. (11/29/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/34-Bravery2017.aspx].

Equasis – world merchant fleet in 2016

clip_image023 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted Equasis – The World Merchant Fleet in 2016. (11/27/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/news-a-press-centre/external-news/item/2839-equasis-annual-report-published16.html].

Bahamas – sprinkler heads and bulbs

clip_image025 The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) issued a technical alert regarding sprinkler heads and bulbs. Contact damage and external corrosion may lead to leakage of the fluid and impairment of function. Technical Alert 17-14 (11/23/17) [http://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17-14-sprinkler-heads-and-bulbs.pdf].

Canada – proactive vessel management

clip_image027 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing the Proactive Vessel Management initiative to help address local marine traffic issues by identifying where local management actions could reduce conflicts between marine users or minimize environmental impacts, such as routing or speed controls. (11/28/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/11/government_of_canadatoreducelocalmarinetrafficissuesthroughtheoc.html].

Hong Kong – limits of liability for marine incidents

clip_image029 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice announcing implementation of an Order giving effect to the latest revision of the limits of liability for marine incidents. Notice 165-2017 (11/28/17) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn17165.pdf].

New Zealand – uncertified ship surveyor

clip_image031 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a ship survey company has been fined $4,000 for utilizing an uncertified individual to conduct a ship survey. (11/29/17) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20171129a.asp].

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November 29th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – foreign rebuild determination;

USCG – US build determination;

USCG – ballast water management;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing 31 December;

Canada – cumulative effects of marine shipping;

UK – pollution prevention; and

UK – navigation safety.

November 29, 2017

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USCG – foreign rebuild determination

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a Determination Letter stating that the work to be performed in a foreign shipyard to convert two vessels owned by TOTE Maritime Alaska to operate on liquified natural gas (LNG) will not adversely affect their eligibility to operate in the coastwise trade. (11/27/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/TOTE%20Maritime.pdf?ver=2017-11-27-140241-003].

USCG – US build determination

clip_image005 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a Determination Letter confirming that the fishing vessel Blue North is deemed to have been built in the United States despite having a small quantity of foreign-sourced steel. (11/21/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/BLUE%20NORTH.pdf?ver=2017-11-22-073636-670].

USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing the Coast Guard perspective on ballast water management. (11/27/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/26/11272017-new-ballast-water-series-from-coast-guards-assistant-commandant-for-prevention-policy/]. Note: This is the first 0f a five-part series.

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing 31 December

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing that all vessels must clear the Montreal-Lake Ontario section by 1200 hours on 31 December. Seaway Notice 26-2017 (11/21/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20171121.pdf].

Canada – cumulative effects of marine shipping

clip_image010 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it will commence the five-year Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative to allow the marine safety system to be better equipped to support the marine shipping industry and protect the marine environment and coastal communities. (11/24/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/11/government_of_canadatoassesstheenvironmentaleffectsofmarineshipp.html].

UK – pollution prevention

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance to prevent pollution and reduce harmful emissions at sea. (11/22/17) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-pollution-and-reduce-harmful-emissions-at-sea].

UK – navigation safety

clip_image013 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance regarding navigation safety. (11/23/17) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/navigation-safety-for-uk-seafarers].

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November 27th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 November 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – meeting re El Faro casualty;

USCG – meeting re lifeboat maintenance;

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’;

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin Study;

NOAA = Greater Farallones & Cordell Bank NMS;

NMSAC – meeting on 14 December;

USCG – recreational boating safety projects; and

OFAC sanctions re North Korea.

November 27, 2017

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NTSB – meeting re El Faro casualty

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet in Washington, DC on 12 December to discuss the Marine Accident Report concerning loss of the cargo ship El Faro with 33 persons on board on 1 October 2015. 82 Fed. Reg. 55652 (11/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-22/pdf/2017-25417.pdf].

USCG – meeting re lifeboat maintenance

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard will hold a public town hall meeting in Washington, DC on 11 December to disseminate information related to the entry into force of international standards affecting the testing and maintenance of lifeboats, rescue boats, and launching appliances and authorization of service providers. Written comments should be submitted by 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55621 (11/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-22/pdf/2017-25225.pdf].

USACE & EPA – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to delay the effective date of the 2015 rule defining ‘waters of the United States’ for two years. This amendment would give the agencies additional time to reconsider the definition. Comments on the proposal must be received by 13 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55542 (11/22/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-22/pdf/2017-25321.pdf].

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin Study

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) has extended until 8 December the period within which to submit comments on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study-Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement-Will County, Illinois. A public meeting will be held in New Orleans on 5 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55595 (11/21/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-22/pdf/2017-25272.pdf].

NOAA – Greater Farallones & Cordell Bank NMS

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to amend its regulations that impact certain discharges from US Coast Guard vessels and aircraft into water of the expanded Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (GF & CB NMS). Public meetings will be held on Sausalito (5 December) and Gualala (13 December). Comments on the proposal must be received by 16 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 55529 (11/21/17) [].

NMSAC – meeting on 14 December

clip_image014 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on via teleconference on 14 December. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 05-17, Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act Regulated Facilities. 82 Fed. Reg. 55000 (11/24/17) [].

USCG – recreational boating safety projects

clip_image014[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice regarding recreational boating safety projects, programs, and activities funded under provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act for fiscal year 2017. 82 Fed. Reg. 55000 (11/24/17) [].

OFAC – sanctions re North Korea

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a bulletin announcing one Chinese individual, four Chinese shipping companies, and a number of North Korean shipping companies and vessels have been placed on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. This means that individuals and companies subject to US jurisdiction may be penalized for economic activity with them. (11/21/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171121.aspx].

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November 21st, 2017 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – draft NVIC 05-17 re cyber risks;

USMMA – full accreditation;

Somali Basin – suspected pirates captured; and

Singapore – Sisters’ Islands Marine Park.

November 21, 2017

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USCG – draft NVIC 05-17 re cyber risks

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received more than 250 comments on the draft NVIC 05-17 – Guidelines for addressing cyber risks as MTSA facilities. The comments are being evaluated and the draft NVIC will be modified as appropriate. Notice of the final document will be posted in the Federal Register. (11/20/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/20/11202017-update-on-draft-nvic-05-17-guidelines-for-addressing-cyber-risks-at-mtsa-facilities/].

USMMA – full accreditation

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has received full accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (11/20/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2017/statement-from-the-maritime-administator/]. Note: Well done!

Somali Basin – suspected pirates captured

clip_image008 The EU NAVFOR Somalia issued a press release stating that six suspected pirates have been captured in the Southern Somali Basin following unsuccessful attacks on a container ship and a fishing vessel. (11/19/17) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-navfors-italian-ship-virginio-fasan-chases-and-captures-suspected-pirates/].

Singapore – Sisters’ Islands Marine Park

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that waters of the Sisters’ Islands and along the western reefs of both St. John’s Island and Palau Tekukor have been designated a marine park. Various activities, including anchoring and fishing are banned in marine parks. Port Marine Circular 21-2017 (11/20/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/893d1aa8-59a6-4492-ae0b-2626cd58f1dd].

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November 20th, 2017 at 11:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – ending regulation by guidance;

USCG – robotic aircraft for sensors;

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January;

Australia – fitness for duty; and

Canada – maritime initiatives.

November 20, 2017

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DOJ – ending regulation by guidance

clip_image004 The Attorney General issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components prohibiting the use of guidance documents that have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law. (11/16/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1012271/download]. Note: In my opinion, the goal is laudatory, but the approach is impracticable. Promulgation of regulations has always been slow and tedious, and has become more so recently. As a result, for example, neither the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) nor any of its component agencies have issued any significant regulations this year. This is not to say that new regulations are unnecessary, but that the tunnel to completion is so long and obstacle-filled that their development and promulgation has largely become a fool’s errand. Industry and the public are better served by well-thought-out guidance than by no regulations at all, which are the realistic alternatives. The regulatory process must be made more efficient before informal guidance is banned.

USCG – robotic aircraft for sensors

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) sensors or payloads to determine their potential use in a maritime environment by first responders and DHS operational components. Comments must be received by 20 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55109 (11/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-20/pdf/2017-25076.pdf].

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings on 16 and 17 January 2018 in Washington, DC to receive testimony from maritime industry witnesses regarding a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16) that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. Comments on the petition must be received by 8 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55104 (11/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-20/pdf/2017-25016.pdf].

Australia – fitness for duty

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners, operators, and seafarers of the fitness for duty requirements, including hours of rest. Notice 14/2017 (11/17/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Canada – maritime initiatives

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing two new maritime initiatives: (1) Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness to provide stakeholders with greater access to local maritime data and (2) Anchorages to bring together stakeholders to develop a sustainable national anchorage framework. (11/16/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/11/government_of_canadatoimprovelocalmaritimesituationalawarenessan.html].

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November 17th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 November 2017

Headlines:

Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal;

FMC – petition for filing exemption;

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January;

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’;

NTSB – towing vessel explosion and fire;

Beaufort Sea – Liberty Project draft EIS;

Senate – hearing on Coast Guard readiness;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

Court – unfair labor practices; and

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869.

November 17, 2017

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Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to withdraw its proposal for anchorages in Puget Sound. Comments on the proposed withdrawal must be received by 16 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 54307 (11/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-24942.pdf].

FMC – petition for filing exemption

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd.; Orient Overseas Container Line Limited; and OOCL (Europe) Limited for an exemption from agreement filing requirements. Comments on the petition must be received by 1 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 54341 (11/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-25007.pdf].

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January

clip_image006[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it will hold public meetings on 16 and 17 January 2018 in Washington, DC to receive testimony from maritime industry witnesses regarding a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16) that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. (11/16/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/january_dates_for_petition_p4-16_hearings/].

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining ‘waters of the United States’. This amendment would give the agencies additional time to reconsider the definition. (11/16/17) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-amend-effective-date-2015-rule-defining-waters-united-states].

NTSB – towing vessel explosion and fire

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of engine explosion and fire aboard the towing vessel The Admiral on 14 July 2016 in Ingleside, Texas. The vessel’s starboard main engine oversped and exploded, causing a fire in the engine room. Two crew members were severely burned, one later died. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $300,000. The probable cause of the casualty was a misfiring cylinder that ignited lubricating oil in the engine sump. MAB-17/35 (11/16/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1735.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – Liberty Project draft EIS

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it is extending, until 8 December, the period within which to submit comments on the Liberty Project draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The project relates to work planned for a small artificial gravel island in shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea. (11/16/17) [https://www.boem.gov/note11162017/].

Senate – hearing on Coast Guard readiness

clip_image016 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Readiness. Testimony was presented by ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG; Ms. Etta King, King Cove, AK; Dr. Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University; and Mr. Lee Smithson, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. (11/16/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=CEB39F45-2CF1-4F94-9946-9B6F63EDCA27].

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image016[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2127) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/15/17).

Court – unfair labor practices

clip_image018 In a pair of related unpublished decisions, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petitions of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and its Portland, Oregon local seeking review of decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB had found that the petitioners had committed violations of federal labor law by engaging in deliberate work stoppages and slowdowns, making false safety claims, and engaging in coercive conduct against a Portland terminal operator and its customers. The court granted the NLRB’s cross-application for enforcement. ILWU v. NLRB, No. 15-1443 (DC Cir., November 6, 2017) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/judgments.nsf/BE023FF09613C345852581D00057843F/$file/15-1443.pdf]. ILWU v. NLRB, No. 15-1344 (DC Cir., November 6, 2017) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/judgments.nsf/2C7B80013A655700852581D000572689/$file/15-1344-1703148.pdf]. Note: These items were brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869

clip_image020 The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal was closed to shipping during the Suez Crises of 1956-57 and during the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1967 and 1973. In 2008, over 21,000 ships transited the Canal, earning the Government of Egypt over $5 billion in tolls. Recently, a second lane to the Canal has been completed and placed into service.

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November 16th, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 November 2017

Headlines:

Northern California – safety zones established;

USCG – managing owner change of address;

USCG – RADM Benkert Environmental Award;

USCG – evolution of the OSV;

Marinette – restricted area expanded;

Baltimore – restricted area proposed;

Biloxi – restricted area proposed;

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity;

Court – maritime attachment denied; and

MREN – Back to basics.

November 16, 2017

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Northern California – safety zones established

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule establishing safety zones in the navigable waters of the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel; Noyo River Entrance Channel; and Crescent City Harbor Entrance Channel. These safety zones will be enforced when on scene conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, typically expected to be 20-foot breaking seas. The rule enters into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 53418 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24842.pdf].

USCG – managing owner change of address

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that changes of address of managing owner of a US documented vessel must be reported to the NVDC within ten (10) days. (11/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSCG/2017/11/15/file_attachments/913792/MO%2Baddress%2Bchange.pdf].

USCG – RADM Benkert Environmental Award

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard is accepting nominations for the 2018 RADM William M. Benkert Environmental Award. Nominations must be received by 12 January 2018. (11/14/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?&ID=406&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards].

USCG – evolution of the OSV

clip_image004[3] The current edition of the USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) ‘Drill Down’ focuses on the evolution of the offshore supply vessel (OSV). (11/15/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/OCS%20NCOE/Drill%20Downs/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20Evolution%20of%20the%20OSV%2011.15.2017.pdf?ver=2017-11-15-104100-417].

Marinette – restricted area expanded

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has expanded the existing restricted area on waters of the Menominee River adjacent to the Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard. The change enters into effect on 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53422 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24890.pdf].

Baltimore – restricted area proposed

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a permanent restricted area in waters of Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove in Baltimore adjacent to the US Coast Guard Yard. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53438 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24888.pdf].

Biloxi – restricted area proposed

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a no anchorage restricted area within waters of the Back Bay of the Biloxi shoreline of Keesler Air Force Base. Comments on the proposal must be received by 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53440 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24892.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity

clip_image010 Senator Harris (D-CA) introduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 (S. 2083) to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes. Senator Harris issued a press release explaining the measure. (11/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2083is/pdf/BILLS-115s2083is.pdf].

Court – maritime attachment denied

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that an attachment under the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims may not be used purely for the purpose of obtaining security except as an adjunct to obtaining jurisdiction. Plaintiff sought an order requiring the posting of security in aid of a pending international arbitration in London, but the defendant was present in the district. SCL Basilisk AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC, No. 16-15535 (11th Cir., November 14, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201615535.pdf].

MREN – back to basics

clip_image014 In the November edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (MREN) you can find my article “Back to basics”. The article discusses the importance of training and adequate rest for proper performance of duties by US Navy personnel in light of the recent series of marine casualties involving naval warships. In this regard, Navy personnel are no different than merchant mariners and the Navy should look to the merchant marine for examples of how the issue can be addressed. (11/15/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN171100.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Arctic Navigational Safety Information System;

NSF – conduct of research in the Arctic;

CMTS – National Strategy for MTS;

House – bill introduced for whistleblower protection;

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program; and

Singapore – UNSC sanctions re North Korea.

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USCG – Arctic Navigational Safety Information System

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting the Arctic Navigational Safety Information System currently under development. (11/14/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/rdte-arctic-navigational-safety-information-system/].

NSF – conduct of research in the Arctic

clip_image006 The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a notice stating that it seeks comment on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic. Comments must be submitted by 16 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 52943 (11/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24678.pdf].

CMTS – National Strategy for MTS

clip_image008 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted the National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: Channeling the Maritime Advantage. The Strategy provides strategic guidance to the Federal interagency partnership under five priority areas: Optimizing System Performance; Enhancing Maritime Safety; Supporting Maritime Security; Advancing Energy Innovation and Development; and Facilitating Infrastructure Investment. (11/14/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/National_Strategy_for_the_Marine_Transportation_System_October_2017.pdf].

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection

clip_image010 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 4304) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. (11/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4304ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4304ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image010[1] Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 4306) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. (11/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4306ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4306ih.pdf].

Singapore – UNSC sanctions re North Korea

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular forwarding the United Nations Security Council sanctions against the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North Korea). Shipping Circular 23-2017 (11/14/17) [file:///C:/Users/User/Videos/Misc/Downloads/sc_no_23_of_2017.pdf].

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November 14th, 2017 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall;

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia;

EMSA – overview of marine casualties; and

India – shipbuilding improvements.

November 14, 2017

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USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert announcing recall of 134 different models of Kidde brand plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall. (11/13/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1217.pdf].

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia

clip_image006 The United Nations posted the Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia. It notes that pirate attacks increased after NATO terminated its counter-piracy operations. (10/12/17) [https://undocs.org/S/2017/859].

EMSA – overview of marine casualties

clip_image008 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents, which consists of a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). (11/13/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3156-annual-overview-of-marine-casualties-and-incidents-2017.html].

India – shipbuilding improvements

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a proposal for improvements relating to ships to be built in or imported into India. Comments must be submitted by 27 November. (11/10/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201711130426363629645hscode_draftorder13112017.pdf].

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    logo11 Alternate Compliance Program

    In the December 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Alternate Compliance Program". The article discusses the US Coast Guard program for delegating to authorized classification societies the authority to perform specific inspections on US-flag vessels on its behalf. The USCG investigation into the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro identified various shortcomings in this program. Efforts should be undertaken to get it back on track.