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August 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 August 2017

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – anhydrous ammonia barge afire;

USCG – Tankerman PIC on towing vessels;

USCG – safety alert re marine communications;

Gulf of Mexico – Margaritaville adrift;

BOEM – Cape Wind Final SEIS;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 28 August;

Senate – bill introduced re cybersecurity standards;

Court – shipowner duty to intervene;

Australia – NYK fined $25 million;

Australia – ship banned for failure to pay wages;

Ireland – Lusitania engine order telegraph recovered;

Mexico-US – joint pollution response plan;

New Zealand – manslaughter conviction; and

Coast Guard Day.

August 4, 2017

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Gulf of Mexico – anhydrous ammonia barge afire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an adrift barge with 2,500 tons of anhydrous ammonia and 800 gallons of diesel fuel is on fire near Cat Island in the Gulf of Mexico south of Gulfport, Mississippi. Its tug released the tow when the tug’s crew was unable to extinguish the fire. A safety zone has been established and salvors are en route. The incident is under investigation. (8/3/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1aeb3c1].

USCG – Tankerman PIC on towing vessels

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement stating that it is now accepting applications for Tankerman Person in Charge (PIC) Restricted to Fuel Transfers on Towing Vessels. (8/3/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/tankerman_on_tow_application_notice.pdf?].

USCG – safety alert re marine communications

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued an alert reminding mariners of the importance of utilization of modern marine telecommunications equipment, such as single side band high frequency (SSB-HF) radios. The Coast Guard keeps watch on the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) SSB-HF frequencies 4125, 6215, 8291 and 12,290 kHz in place of the old international radiotelephone distress frequency 2182 kHz. Safety Alert 08-17 (8/3/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0817.pdf].

Gulf of Mexico – Margaritaville adrift

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release updating yesterday’s item about a dock and dock house being found adrift in the Gulf of Mexico 180 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. It turns out that the floating dock was originally located behind the Parrot Key Hotel in Key West, but broke loose during a tropical storm with no one aboard. (8/3/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ae93db]. Margaritaville!

BOEM – Cape Wind Final SEIS

clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project. 82 Fed. Reg. 36418 (8/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-04/pdf/2017-16422.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 28 August

clip_image011 The Advisory Board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet via teleconference on 28 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 36525 (8/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-04/pdf/2017-16471.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re cybersecurity standards

clip_image013 Senator Warner (D-VA) introduced a bill (S. 1691) to provide minimal cybersecurity operational standards for Internet-connected devices purchased by Federal agencies, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Warner issued a press release explaining the measure. (8/1/17) [https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?id=06A5E941-FBC3-4A63-B9B4-523E18DADB36]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Louis Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.

Court – shipowner duty to intervene

clip_image015 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a vessel owner and charterer were not negligent as regards the death of a longshoreman when a crane operated by the stevedore was unloading the vessel’s cargo and lowered a metal tray onto plaintiff’s late husband. Defendants had no duty to intervene where there was no evidence of a defect in the vessel or its gear. Dixon v. NYK Reefers, No. 16-16796 (11th Cir., August 3, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201616796.pdf].

Australia – NYK fined $25 million

clip_image017 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a media release stating that Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has been convicted of criminal conduct and ordered to pay a fine of $25 million for its arrangement or understanding with other shipping lines relating to the transportation of motor vehicles to Australia. (8/3/17) [https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/nyk-convicted-of-criminal-cartel-conduct-and-fined-25-million].

Australia – ship banned for failure to pay wages

clip_image018 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier Rena has been banned from Australian ports for six months after the ship repeatedly failed to pay outstanding wages and maintain a safe workplace for its crew. (8/3/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/03082017_AMSAbansMVRenafromAustralia.pdf].

Ireland – Lusitania engine order telegraph recovered

clip_image020 The Irish Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht issued a news release stating that the main engine order telegraph has been recovered from the wreck of the RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast. The ship sank, with a loss of 1,198 lives, on 7 May 1915 after being struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat. The engine order telegraph is reportedly in excellent condition and is undergoing conservation shore. (7/26/17) [http://www.chg.gov.ie/main-ship-telegraph-recovered-from-lusitania-wreck-minister-humphreys/].

Mexico-US – joint pollution response plan

clip_image022 clip_image024 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a newly revised Mexico-US Joint Contingency Plan (MEXUS) has been signed for coordinating response to pollution incidents that may affect the coastal waters or marine environment of both nations. (8/3/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/03/832017-coast-guard-mexican-navy-sign-joint-pollution-response-contingency-plan/].

New Zealand – manslaughter conviction

clip_image026 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the skipper of a recreational vessel has been convicted of manslaughter due to the death of a passenger when the boat flipped while crossing the Waitara bar. The skipper failed to ensure that all on board wore lifejackets during this time of heightened risk as required by regulation. (8/3/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170803a.asp].

Coast Guard Day

clip_image028 Today, August 4, is the 227th anniversary of the enactment of legislation establishing the Revenue Cutter Service (RCS), the forerunner of today’s US Coast Guard. While nominally intended to enforce the collection of revenue from imported cargoes, the service was engaged in multiple missions from the beginning. Over time, other agencies and functions were merged into it. In 1915, with the merger of the RCS and the Life-Saving Service, the name of the agency was changed to the United States Coast Guard. An illustrious history, a proud present, and an exciting future – Semper Paratus!

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August 3rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 August 2017

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – dock owner sought;

COAC – meeting on 23 August;

Gulf of Mexico – record ‘dead zone’; and

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo.

August 3, 2017

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Gulf of Mexico – dock owner sought

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is seeking the owner of a dock and dock house found adrift in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 180 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. (8/2/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ae70b0].

COAC – meeting on 23 August

clip_image006 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in San Diego on 23 August. Topics on the agenda include: best practices that facilitate trade; the C-TPAT minimum security criteria; and the Post Departure Filing (PDF) proposal. 82 Fed. Reg. 36152 (8/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-03/pdf/2017-16360.pdf].

Gulf of Mexico – record ‘dead zone’

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that scientists have determined this year’s Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone,’ an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is 8,776 square miles, an area about the size of New Jersey. It is the largest measured since dead zone mapping began there in 1985. This large dead zone size shows that nutrient pollution, primarily from agriculture and developed land runoff in the Mississippi River watershed is continuing to affect the nation’s coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf. (8/2/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone-is-largest-ever-measured].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image010 Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill (S. 1699) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/1/17).

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August 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 August 2017

Headlines:

USCG – MOA with NCB;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

FMC – controlled carriers;

Treasury – countries with international boycotts;

CMTS – updated Strategic Action Plan;

House – bill introduced re C-TPAT;

IMO –award for exceptional bravery;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on navigation safety; and

Singapore – fixed CO2 fire extinguishing systems.

August 2, 2017

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USCG – MOA with NCB

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it and the National Cargo Bureau (NCB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for certain inspections and tests performed on US-flag vessels by NCB on behalf of the Coast Guard. (8/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/08/01/812017-coast-guard-and-national-cargo-bureau-sign-memorandum-of-agreement/].

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard will enforce the segment of its safety zone between mile markers 296.1 and 296.7 until 1 September to protect the waterway and vessels from potential hazards associated with barge entrainment mitigation trials conducted at the electric dispersal barrier. 82 Fed. Reg. 35900 (8/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16248.pdf].

FMC – controlled carriers

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) published an updated list of controlled carriers, consisting of COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. (China) and CNAN Nord SPA (Algeria). 82 Fed. Reg. 35946 (8/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16227.pdf].

Treasury – countries with international boycotts

clip_image008 The Department of the Treasury issued the updated list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott, consisting of: Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen. 82 Fed. Reg. 36076 (8/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16290.pdf].

CMTS – updated Strategic Action Plan

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin stating that it has prepared an updated Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the Marine Transportation System. (8/1/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=6133].

House – bill introduced re C-TPAT

clip_image012 Representative McSally (-) introduced a bill (H.R. 3551) to amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative McSally issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/28/17) [https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-introduces-bill-increase-security-ports-entry].

IMO – award for exceptional bravery

clip_image014 The IMO issued a news release stating that the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery is being awarded to two members of the Houston Pilots for their role in averting a major tragedy when the ship they were piloting on 6 September 2016 broke down and burst into flames after colliding with a mooring dolphin. A sudden mechanical failure of the engines resulted in a loss of control and led to the ship striking two mooring dolphins. A fuel tank ruptured, causing a spill of diesel fuel that quickly ignited. The ship was engulfed in flames which reached up to 60 to 90 meters high. The raging fire quickly spread across the channel, threatening other tank ships and nearby waterfront facilities, and enveloped the area in thick toxic smoke. Despite the imminent danger, at great risk to their own lives, both pilots remained at their stations on the bridge of the ship during the fire. Captain McGee managed to manoeuvre the stricken and blazing vessel away from surrounding ships and facilities. Captain Phillips coordinated communications and firefighting efforts with the US Coast Guard and numerous local fireboats. Captain Phillips rushed to grab a fire extinguisher and put out a fire raging on the port bridge wing. The inferno was finally extinguished after 90 minutes, leaving both pilots exhausted and suffering minor burns. Captain McGee, using tugs, was then able to bring the damaged tanker safely to a mooring facility. (8/1/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/18-braverypilots.aspx]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by Henry de la Garza of The Pilots PIO.

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on safety of navigation

clip_image016 clip_image018 The Paris and Tokyo MOUs issued a joint press release announcing that the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) for 1 September through 30 November will focus on safety of navigation (SOLAS Ch. V). (7/31/17) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press%20Release%20on%20CIC%20on%20Safety%20of%20Navigation.pdf]. Note: A long-suffering reader gently pointed out that I linked to the wrong site in yesterday’s newsletter. Oops.

Singapore – fixed CO2 fire extinguishing system

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing guidance on the maintenance and inspection of the fixed carbon dioxide fire extinguishing system and the engine room escape hatch door. Shipping Circular 12-2017 (8/1/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/d830e3ea-b65e-460d-b2cc-8f98c2a1dc98].

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August 1st, 2017 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 August 2017

Headlines:

USCG – US-build determination;

USCG – foreign-rebuild determination;

USCG – MOA with ICGB;

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced;

FMC – complaint against Port Authority of NY/NJ;

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on navigation safety;

UK – MAIB annual report; and

UK – marine equipment type approval.

August 1, 2017

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USCG – US-build determination

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter concerning the Aloha class container ships to be constructed at Philly Shipyard for Matson Navigation Company. The Coast Guard determined that the incorporation of certain foreign-built components in the hulls of the vessels will not adversely affect their eligibility as having been built in the United States and their eligibility to engage in the US coastwise trade. (7/25/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/Philly%20ShipyardAloha.pdf?ver=2017-07-31-084932-790].

USCG – foreign-rebuild determination

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter stating that certain work to be performed on the anchor handling and towing supply vessel Resolve Pioneer in a foreign shipyard will not adversely affect the eligibility of the vessel to continue to engage in the US coastwise trade. (7/28/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/RESOLVE%20PIONEER%2007-28-2017.pdf?ver=2017-07-31-085311-933].

USCG – MOA with ICGB

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it and the International Cargo Gear Bureau (ICGB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for certain inspections and tests performed on US-flag vessels by ICGB on behalf of the Coast Guard. (7/31/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/31/7312017-coast-guard-and-international-cargo-gear-bureau-sign-memorandum-of-agreement/].

DOJ – former MSC contractor sentenced

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former owner of a company that provided services to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) was sentenced to 60 months in prison and to pay a $15,000 fine for his participation in a bribery conspiracy in which he provided a MSC contracting official with almost $3 million in bribes. (7/31/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-government-contractor-sentenced-60-months-his-participation-bribery-conspiracy].

FMC – complaint against Port Authority of NY/NJ

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint filed by Port Elizabeth Terminal & Warehouse Corp. against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey alleging violations of the Shipping Act because the Port Authority has given undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to other marine terminal operators. 82 Fed. Reg. 35781 (8/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-01/pdf/2017-16166.pdf].

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – CIC on safety of navigation

clip_image011 clip_image013 The Paris and Tokyo MOUs issued a joint press release announcing that the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) for 1 September through 30 November will focus on safety of navigation (SOLAS Ch. V). (7/31/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/634266/msn_1874.pdf].

UK – MAIB annual report

clip_image015 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Annual Report 2016. (7/31/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/634079/MAIB_AnnualReport2016.pdf].

UK – marine equipment type approval

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice providing updated guidance about the procedures for obtaining type approval for marine equipment. MSN 1874 (M&F) (7/31/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/634266/msn_1874.pdf].

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July 31st, 2017 at 10:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 July 2017

Headlines:

Alaska – murder on cruise ship;

Hawaii – Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone;

NOAA – national marine sanctuaries;

NOAA – cancer fighting deep-sea sponge;

Senate- bill introduced to repeal Jones Act;

CRS – Coast Guard safeguarding maritime transportation;

Court – state antidiscrimination provision; and

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789.

July 31, 2017

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Alaska – murder on cruise ship

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former passenger on the cruise ship Emerald Princess has been charged with the murder of his wife while the ship was in US waters. (7/27/17) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak/pr/utah-man-charged-murdering-wife-cruise-ship-southeast-alaska].

Hawaii – Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it continues to enforce the temporary Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entry into the Pacific Ocean on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i.  According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, several large cracks have developed in the lava delta, running parallel to the coastline and spanning the width of the delta. These cracks increase the likelihood of a large delta collapse.  (7/29/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ad695c].

NOAA – national marine sanctuaries

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reopened, until 15 August, the period within which to submit comments on national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments designated or expanded since 28 April 2007. 82 Fed. Reg. 35509 (7/31/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-31/pdf/2017-16012.pdf].

NOAA – cancer fighting deep-sea sponge

clip_image008[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that a species of sponge it discovered in deep waters of the Gulf of Alaska in 2005 shows promise to selectively targeting and killing pancreatic cancer cells. (7/26/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-discovery-of-green-deep-sea-sponge-shows-promise-for-cancer-research].

Senate – bill introduced to repeal Jones Act

clip_image010 Senator McCain (R-AZ) introduced the Open America’s Waters Act of 2017 (S. 1561) to repeal the Jones Act restrictions on coastwise trade, and for other purposes. Senator McCain issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1561is/pdf/BILLS-115s1561is.pdf].

CRS – USCG safeguarding maritime transportation

clip_image012 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the Coast Guard’s role in safeguarding maritime transportation. Among other things, the report notes that the fleet of vessels the coast Guard inspects for safety reasons recently doubled because the agency is now responsible for inspecting towboats. R44566 (6/28/17) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R44566.pdf].

Court – state antidiscrimination provision

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of partial summary judgment in favor of defendant marine employer in a suit brought by a former crewmember harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and unseaworthiness. Among other things, the court found no indication that the antidiscrimination provision in the California constitution was intended to apply to employment that occurred predominantly outside the state on the high seas. Russo v. APL Marine Services, No. 15-56816 (9th Cir., July 28, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2017/07/28/15-56816.pdf].

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789

clip_image016 Getting a new nation started is a complex operation. After the adoption of the Constitution by the various states of the United States, there were elections for President and for the House of Representatives, as well appointments to the Senate. Then, these august gentlemen (august gentlewomen were not invited) got together and began enacting legislation. On 4 July 1789, in one of their first official actions, they assessed duties on arriving vessels. It then occurred to someone that they had failed to provide for the payment of those duties. Therefore, on 31 July 1789, Congress adopted the Collection of Duties Act, which required vessels arriving in ports of the United States to actually pay the previously imposed duties. President George Washington appointed the various Collectors of Customs in August 1789. A year later, Congress authorized a ‘system of cutters’ to enforce the collection of duties.

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July 28th, 2017 at 10:23 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 July 2017

Headlines:

Kodiak – master’s dramatic rescue;

USCG – Title 33, CFR technical amendments;

DOE – LNG import/export;

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest;

USN – Arctic operations;

DOJ – maritime employers charged with employment discrimination;

EC – seafarer protections;

EC – end to port tax exemptions;

Panama Canal – air conditioning systems; and

First Rockoon launch – 29 July 1952.

July 28, 2017

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Kodiak – master’s dramatic rescue

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release concerning the capsizing of the fishing vessel Grayling near Kodiak. The dramatic video shows the master of the fishing vessel jumping into the cold water to bring one of his crew to safety. (7/24/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ac630b].

USCG – Title 33, CFR technical changes

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule making various non-substantive technical amendments to its regulations in Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters. 82 Fed. Reg. 35073 (7/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-28/pdf/2017-14617.pdf].

DOE – LNG import/export

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a list of recent orders granting authority to import or export LNG. 82 Fed. Reg. 35190 (7/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-28/pdf/2017-15932.pdf].

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Safer Seas Digest 2016, containing lessons learned from marine accident investigations. (7/27/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/SPC1701.pdf].

USN – Arctic operations

clip_image010 The Department of Defense (DOD) posted the remarks of RADM Stuart Munsch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Operations, Plans, and Strategy, delivered at the 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. (7/26/17) [http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/07/21/u-s-navys-partnerships-learning-strength-and-teamwork-vital-to-arctics-stable-future/].

DOJ – maritime employers charged with employment discrimination

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a lawsuit has been filed against Louisiana-based companies Technical Marine Maintenance Texas LLC, which provides contract shipyard labor, and Gulf Coast Workforce LLC, a related company alleging that they violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against applicants and employees during the employment eligibility verification process based on the workers’ citizenship status. (7/26/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-lawsuit-against-technical-marine-maintenance-texas-and-gulf-coast].

EC – seafarer protections

clip_image014 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is proposing to make mandatory for all Member States the provisions of MLC 2006 relating to protecting seafarers against abandonment and their rights to financial compensation in the event of death or serious injury. (7/27/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-2141_en.htm].

EC – end to port tax exemptions

clip_image014[1] The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is requiring Belgium and France to end corporate tax exemptions for their ports. (7/27/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-2181_en.htm].

Panama Canal – air conditioning systems

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory reminding stakeholders that transiting ships equipped with wheelhouses with sealed windows that cannot be opened for ventilation must be equipped with a properly working air conditioning system or units that provide an adequate environment for pilots. Advisory 24-2017 (7/26/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-24-2017.pdf].

First Rockoon launch – 29 July 1952

clip_image018 On 29 July 1952, the first Rockoon was launched from the icebreaker USCGC Eastwind off the coast of Greenland. The Rockoon was a balloon-launched rocket developed by James A. Van Allen starting in the late 1940s to conduct research in high-altitude radiation near the magnetic poles. This work led directly to discovery of the zone of energetic charged particles in the Earth’s magnetic field, now called the Van Allen belt, which protects the surface of the Earth from much harmful radiation.

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July 27th, 2017 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – ballast water FAQ;

USCG – safety alerts 1996 to date;

USCG – correction re inspection and certification;

USCG – regulatory reform;

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

NTSB – seeking marine engineer;

Senate – hearing on marine debris;

House – hearing on Coast Guard capabilities;

House – bill introduced re natural gas import/export;

Canada – icebreaking technology;

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System;

Persian Gulf – warning shots fired; and

Charles Davis – 1944-2017.

July 27, 2017

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USCG – ballast water FAQ

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has prepared an updated version of its Ballast Water Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). (7/26/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/26/7262017-updated-ballast-water-management-faqs-now-available/].

USCG – safety alerts 1996 to date

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a compilation of its safety alerts issued from 1996 to date. (7/26/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentTypeId=2&channelId=-18377&contentId=561221&programId=13099&pageTypeId=13489&BV_SessionID=@@@@0811193154.1501100360@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccdadhddmfgmfmcefecfindfkldffl.0].

USCG – correction re inspection and certification

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a correction to its table of fresh water service vessels examination intervals. 82 Fed. Reg. 34882 (7/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-27/pdf/2017-15816.pdf].

USCG – regulatory reform

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has tasked the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Council (GLPAC) with helping identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information for possible repeal, replacement, or modification. The Council will meet on 23 August via teleconference to discuss this tasking. 82 Fed. Reg. 34909 (7/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-27/pdf/2017-15708.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) propose to amend the definition of ‘waters of the United States’ to recodify the pre-existing rules. Comments on the proposal must be received by 28 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 34899 (7/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-27/pdf/2017-13997.pdf].

NTSB – seeking marine engineer

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted two notices seeking qualified applicants for the position of Marine Engineer. The first job announcement solicits federal employees and veterans. The second job announcement solicits US citizens and nationals generally. Applications must be received by 16 August. (7/26/17) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475426900] [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475427500].

Senate – hearing on marine debris

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing to explore marine debris. Testimony was received from Mr. David Balton, Department of State; Ms. Nancy Wallace, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Dr. Melissa Duhaime, University of Michigan. (7/25/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=62EF9156-2910-4318-BC6C-3D4801C82C6B].

House – hearing on Coast Guard capabilities

clip_image016 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities. Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG; RADM Michael J. Haycock, USCG; Ms. Marie A. Mak, GAO; RADM Richard D. West, USN (ret), National Academy of Sciences; and Mr. Peter O’Rourke, CRS. (7/25/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401782].

House – bill introduced re natural gas import/export

clip_image016[1] Representative Higgins (R-LA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3367) to terminate the prohibitions on the exportation and importation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Higgins issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/25/17) [https://clayhiggins.house.gov/media/press-releases/higgins-cassidy-introduce-bill-expedite-lng-export-approvals].

Canada – icebreaking technology

clip_image018 The National Research Council of Canada issued a news release stating that it is teaming with the US Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to advance icebreaking technology. The results of this partnership will boost the knowledge and expertise of both nations in icebreaking ship technologies. (7/26/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/national-research-council/news/2017/07/the_national_researchcouncilteamswithunitedstatescoastguardandde.html].

Panama Canal – Transit Reservation System changes

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing various locks lanes and culvert outages in late July and early August. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect from 1 August until 10 August. Advisory 23-2017 (7/24/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-23-2017.pdf].

Persian Gulf – warning shots fired

clip_image022 The US Central Command issued a news release stating that the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) fired warning shots at an Iranian warship that approached to within 150 yards and did not respond to repeated attempts to establish radio communications or danger signals during coalition exercises in the Persian Gulf. (7/25/17) [http://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/NEWS-ARTICLES/News-Article-View/Article/1257970/centcom-us-ship-fires-warning-shots-as-iranian-vessel-makes-unsafe-approach/].

Charles Davis – 1944-2017

clip_image024 The maritime bar has lost a giant. Charles Davis, best known for his Maritime Law Deskbook, died recently in tragic circumstances. He was a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and the University of Washington Law School. The entire maritime bar benefited greatly from his insight and broad perspective. (7/23/17) [http://www.goskagit.com/news/community-remembers-chuck-davis-as-leader-friend-to-all/article_3349d440-b391-5b6f-8c59-cd43f83c5004.html].

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July 26th, 2017 at 10:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III;

USCG – regulatory reform;

PHMSA – transport of dangerous goods;

Bering Sea – fishing vessel wreck located;

OFAC – $2 million penalty against ExxonMobil;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tug assistance;

House – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs;

House – bill introduced re US Arctic strategy;

IMO – MEPC 71 summary; and

Paris MOU – inspection summary.

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USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the final version of the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III: Marine Industrial Personnel, COMDTINST M16000.8B, incorporating Change 2. The document is 473 pages in length. (7/24/17) [https://media.defense.gov/2017/Mar/29/2001723818/-1/-1/0/THE%20MARINE%20SAFETY%20MANUAL,%20VOLUME%20III,%20MARINE%20INDUSTRY%20PERSONNEL,%20COMDTINST%20M16000.8B].

USCG – regulatory reform

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is tasking the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) with identifying existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information for possible repeal, replacement, or modification. The Council will meet on 16 August via teleconference to discuss this tasking. 82 Fed. Reg. 34620 (7/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-26/pdf/2017-15707.pdf].

PHMSA – transport of dangerous goods

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests comments on issues to be considered during the 51st and 52nd sessions of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG). Comments must be received by 17 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 34745 (7/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-26/pdf/2017-15719.pdf].

Bering Sea – fishing vessel wreck located

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that two of its survey vessels located the wreck of the crab fishing vessel Destination in the Bering Sea off St. George Island. The US Coast Guard will use a remotely operated vehicle to investigate the wreckage. The information will be used by the USCG Marine Board of Investigation in its analysis of the incident. (7/20/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-locates-wreckage-of-crab-fishing-vessel-off-st-george-island-alaska].

OFAC – $2 million penalty against ExxonMobil

clip_image010 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that it has assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil Corporation for violation of the Ukraine Sanctions Regulations. (7/20/17) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20170720.aspx].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tug assistance

clip_image012 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that a tug is available for assistance with the approach at Iroquois Lock while outflows from Lake Ontario are greater than 10,200 cubic meters per second. Notice 18-2017 (7/24/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20170724.pdf].

House – bill introduced re DOT maritime programs

clip_image014 Representative Bacon (R-NE) introduced the Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 3201) to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes. (7/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3201ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3201ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re US Arctic strategy

clip_image014[1] Representative Bera (D-CA) introduced the Protect United States Security in the Arctic Act of 2017 (H.R. 3247) to direct the President to develop and submit to Congress a strategy to protect United States interests in the Arctic region, and for other purposes. (7/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3247ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3247ih.pdf].

IMO – MEPC 71 summary

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release summarizing the results of the recent session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). (7/25/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/17-MEPC-71.aspx].

Paris MOU – inspection summary

clip_image018 The Paris MOU posted a graphic summarizing recent port state control (PSC) inspection results. (7/25/17) [https://www.parismou.org/infographic-paris-mou-annual-2016].

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July 25th, 2017 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – expiration of MMC extensions;

USCG – Subchapter M reminder;

USCG Safety Alert re CO2 systems;

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront;

FAA – UAS for SAR;

FERC – Freeport LNG expansion;

USACE – regulatory reform;

NTSB – marine investigator sought;

Australia – automatic VHF channel switching;

Australia – biofouling; and

Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956.

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USCG – expiration of MMC extensions

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin reminding US merchant mariners the extensions of national endorsements for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) that expired on or after 1 December 2016 expires on 30 September 2017. Impacted mariners are encouraged to apply for renewal of their MMCs as soon as possible. (7/20/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/national_extension_deadline_reminder.pdf?].

USCG – Subchapter M reminder

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders of the implementation schedule for vessels covered by Subchapter M of Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations (i.e., towboats) (7/20/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/20/7202017-july-20-significant-date-for-subchapter-m-implementation/].

USCG – Safety Alert re CO2 systems

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert that addresses hazards and safety recommendations when inspecting and testing CO2 systems. Alert 07-17 (7/20/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0717.pdf].

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted the July 2017 edition of Waves on the Waterfront. This edition includes advances in cyber policy development and Facility Security Officer training. (7/21/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/CG-FAC/WoW/July%202017%20Waves%20On%20The%20Waterfront.pdf?ver=2017-07-21-160114-947].

FAA – UAS for SAR

clip_image007 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from CSA Ocean Sciences seeking an exemption to allow commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for aerial imaging, inspections, search and rescue, and education purposes beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) near shore and over water. Comments on the petition must be received by 10 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 33941 (7/21/17) [].

FERC – Freeport LNG expansion

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application seeking authorization to site, construct, and operate additional natural gas liquefaction facilities at Freeport LNG Development’s Quintana Island Terminal. Comments must be received by 4 August. 82 Fed. Reg. 33494 (7/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-20/pdf/2017-15245.pdf].

USACE – regulatory reform

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) seeks input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. Comments should be submitted by 18 September. 82 Fed. Reg. 33470 (7/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-20/pdf/2017-15231.pdf].

NTSB – marine investigator sought

clip_image013 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical). Applications must be received by 10 August. (7/20/17) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474940500].

Australia – automatic VHF channel switching

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing information on how automatic VHF channel switching may interfere with the safe operation of vessel communications. Marine Notice 10/2017 (7/24/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Australia – biofouling

clip_image015[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance on the control biofouling and conducting in-water cleaning in Australian waters. Marine Notice 9/2017 (7/21/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956

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The Swedish passenger ship Stockholm and the Italian passenger ship Andrea Doria collided on the edge of a heavy fog bank off Nantucket on 25 July 1956. The Andrea Doria sank several hours after the collision, but not before 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued. There were 46 deaths. While the exact cause of the casualty has never been determined, it appears to have been a “radar-assisted” collision, with the officers of the watch on both vessels misinterpreting the radar images and taking the wrong actions. The wreck of the Andrea Doria has become a popular, though notorious, destination for deep-sea divers. The Stockholm was rebuilt following the collision. It has gone through a number of owners and names and sailed for many years as the cruise ship MV Athena. On 3 December 2008, it was attacked by pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden, but was able to evade the attempted boarding. It is now owned by a UK company and sails as the MV Astoria.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 July 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III;

FMC – 19 July meeting;

House – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting;

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation;

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident; and

UK – fatal tug girting and capsizing.

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USCG – Marine Safety Manual, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an amended version of Change-2 to the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III, Marine Industry Personnel. The amendment is to the top and bottom of page 12 of this lengthy document and corrects a typographical error. (7/19/17) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2016-0669-0017].

FMC – 19 July meeting

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing the 19 July meeting of the Commissioners. (7/19/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-16/].

House – bill introduced re USMMA sexual harassment reporting

clip_image008 Representative Suozzi (D-NY) introduced the Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3157) to improve the handling of instances of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and for other purposes. (6/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3157ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3157ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re freedom of navigation

clip_image008[1] Representative Yoho (R-FL) introduced the Maritime Security Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 3187) to advance United States interests in the freedom of navigation by enhancing congressional oversight of freedom of navigation operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States (7/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr3187ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr3187ih.pdf].

House – resolution introduced re Port Chicago incident

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Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 452) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the necessity to publically exonerate the African-American sailors of the United States Navy who were tried and convicted of mutiny in connection with their service at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California, during World War II in order to further aid in healing the racial divide that continues to exist in the United States. Representative DeSaulnier issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/17/17). [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hres452ih/pdf/BILLS-115hres452ih.pdf].

UK – fatal tug girting and capsizing

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 20 September 2016 girting and capsizing of the tug Domingue while assisting the container ship CMA CGM Simba departing from the port of Tulear, Madagascar. As a result of the accident two of Domingue’s five crew died. Report 16/2017 (7/19/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/596dd157e5274a0a690001ba/MAIBInvReport16_2017.pdf].

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    logo11 Balancing Efficiency and Security

    In the August 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Balancing Efficiency and Security". The article discusses how our complex world is made more efficient through electronics and computers, but it also opens new security risks previously non-existent. The benefits of efficiency and security must be balanced to achieve the high level of performance desired.