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January 4th, 2019 at 11:46 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 January 2019

Headlines:

USCG – EPIRBs and false alerts;

MARAD – US Maritime Advisory System enhancements;

Antarctic – record low sea ice extent;

Hong Kong – eSeaGo application; and

Marshall Islands – fishing vessel aground.

January 4, 2019

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USCG – EPIRBs and false alerts

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it responded to over 700 false EPIRB alerts in 2018. Everyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon is urged to register their devices. The owners of registered EPIRBs can be contacted when an alert is received to ensure that the device was intentionally activated and not a false alert. (1/3/19) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/01/03/1-3-2019-epirbs-and-false-alerts/].

MARAD – US Maritime Advisory System enhancements

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the US Maritime Advisory System will initiate a new type of US Maritime Alert to relay urgent maritime-related information from other USG sources or international regional maritime security reporting centers. (1/3/19) [].

Antarctic – record low sea ice extent

clip_image008 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that the extent of Antarctic sea ice on 1 January was 5.47 million square kilometers (2.11 million square miles), the lowest extent on this date in the satellite record. (1/3/19) [https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

Hong Kong – eSeaGo application

clip_image010 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a news release announcing availability of the eSeaGo application for smart phones. The application displays chart information for Hong Kong waters. (1/2/19) [https://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/publication/pdf/pr190102.pdf].

Marshall Islands – fishing vessel aground

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 308-foot commercial fishing vessel with 24 crew has grounded on Taka Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. There are no reports of injury or pollution. (1/2/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/225edc7]. A second news release states that two fishing vessels and a Marshall Islands patrol vessel are enroute. (1/3/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/225f425].

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January 3rd, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 January 2019

Headlines:

Pacific – car carrier afire and abandoned;

Singapore – prohibited anchoring;

Helicopter in a life-saving role – 3 January 1944; and

MREN – French Frigate Shoals.

January 3, 2019

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Pacific – car carrier afire and abandoned

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the car carrier Sincerity Ace is experiencing a significant fire in the Pacific Ocean about 1,800 nm northwest of Oahu. Rescue and response efforts are underway. (12/31/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2259414]. A second news release states that the crew has abandoned the vessel, which is adrift and afire. Of the 21 crew, 16 have been rescued, three have been located but remain in the water as they are unresponsive and unable to grab onto lifesaving equipment. Search efforts for the remaining two continue. Commercial tugs have been dispatched and a salvage plan is being formalized. (1/1/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/225c1b6]. A third news release states that the search for the remaining crew member has been suspended. Four others have been located but remain in the water as they are unresponsive and unable to react to life-saving equipment. The abandoned vessel is listing to starboard and still on fire. Commercial tugs are enroute. (1/2/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/225f708].

Singapore – prohibited anchoring

clip_image006 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that anchoring in all areas outside designated anchorages is strictly prohibited. Offenders may, upon conviction, be liable for fines up to $20,000 and $2,000 for every day or part of a day that the offense continues after conviction. Port Marine Circular 11-2018 (12/27/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/d10ad24b-fe26-4f67-9f94-0a9a869b90e1].

Helicopter in a life-saving role – 3 January 1944

clip_image008 On 3 January 1944, LCDR Frank A. Erickson, USCG, piloted a USCG Sikorsky HNS-1 in the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role when he flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter’s floats, from New York to Sandy Hook to save the lives of some of the badly –injured survivors of the explosion and sinking of the destroyer USS Turner (DD-648) off Ambrose Light.

MREN – French Frigate Shoals

clip_image010 In the December 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "French Frigate Shoals". The article discusses the October 2018 loss of East Island, one of the largest in the French Frigate Shoals atoll, to the wind and waves of Hurricane Walaka. The island is not the first to be washed away by rising sea levels and more intense storms, but its loss was one of the most abrupt. The island had housed a US Coast Guard LORAN station for many years and was then replaced by a Fish and Wildlife Service field station. Personnel at the station were evacuated as a precaution just days before the hurricane reeked its havoc. Consider this a canary in the coal mine, warning of future similar losses.

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December 28th, 2018 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 December 2018

Headlines:

Louisville – Ohio River reopened with restrictions;

USCG – NMC & RECs closed;

USCG – 50% random drug testing rate;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone enforcement;

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

USACE – beneficial use of dredged material;

CBP – civil monetary penalties;

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 21 February;

DOE – LNG exports economic study;

St. Lawrence Seaway – end of 2018 navigation season; and

Happy New Year.

December 28, 2018

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Louisville – Ohio River reopened with restrictions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Ohio River near Louisville has been reopened to navigation with restrictions. Six of the fifteen barges that broke away have been recovered. Response efforts continue. The incident is under investigation. (12/27/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/224ee23].

USCG – NMC & RECs closed

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that, due to a lapse in appropriations, the National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) are closed until further notice. (12/26/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/partial_govt_shutdown_20181226.pdf?ver=2018-12-26-151528-060].

USCG – 50% random drug testing rate

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the random drug testing rate for covered crewmembers for 2019 will be 50%. 83 Fed. Reg. 67325 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28231.pdf].

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone enforcement

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone on waters of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal between mile markers 296.1 and 296.7 from 21 December through 8 February. 83 Fed. Reg. 67081 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28162.pdf].

USACE & EPA – public meeting re ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing that a public meeting will be held in Kansas City, Kansas on 23 January to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or information concerning the proposed rule on the definition of ‘waters of the United States’. 83 Fed. Reg. 67174 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28296.pdf].

USACE – beneficial use of dredged material

clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing the selection of ten pilot projects for beneficial use of dredged material. 83 Fed. Reg. 67239 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28306.pdf].

CBP – civil monetary penalties

clip_image013 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promulgated a rule, effective immediately, adjusting its civil monetary penalties for inflation. 83 Fed. Reg. 67069 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28141.pdf].

Coral Reef Task Force – meeting on 21 February

clip_image015 The Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 21 February in Washington, DC. Written comments must be received by 30 January. 83 Fed. Reg. 67235 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28360.pdf].

DOE – LNG exports economic study

clip_image017 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that announcing its responses to comments submitted regarding its study of Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of US LNG Exports. 83 Fed. Reg. 67251 (12/28/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-28/pdf/2018-28238.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – end of 2018 navigation season

clip_image019 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice revising, for the Welland Canal, 2018 navigation season closure information. The Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway will close at 12:00 hours, 31 December 2018. Seaway Notice 14-2018 (12/27/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20181227.pdf].

Happy New Year

clip_image021 We are rapidly approaching the end of 2018 and the commencement of 2019. I, for one, have mixed feelings about letting go of the old year, but I look forward to the new one with great anticipation. For my many long-suffering readers, and for my new (short-suffering?) ones, thank you for hanging in there. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated. Have a safe and happy New Year!

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December 26th, 2018 at 11:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – electronic visual distress signal devices;

USCG – recreational boating safety projects;

STB – water carriers in the noncontiguous domestic trade;

FCC – maritime mobile & maritime mobile-satellite radio services;

CMTS – 2018 hurricane season report; and

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – early warning on global 2020 sulphur cap.

December 26, 2018

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USCG – electronic visual distress signal devices

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for acceptance of electronic visual distress signal devices (eVDSDs) that are evaluated as meeting the design and performance requirements of RTCM Standard 13200.0 as equivalent to electric distress lights certified to 46 CFR § 161.013. CG-ENG Policy Letter 03-18 (12/21/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Design%20and%20Engineering%20Standards/Life%20Saving%20and%20Fire%20Safety/Docs/CG_ENG_03-18_eVDSD.pdf?ver=2018-12-21-114709-720].

USCG – recreational boating safety projects

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice publishing the recreational boating safety projects, programs, and activities funded under provisions of the Fishing America’s Surface Transportation Act during FY 2018. 83 Fed. Reg. 66291 (12/26/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-26/pdf/2018-27843.pdf].

STB – water carriers in the noncontiguous domestic trade

clip_image006 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) proposes to amend its regulations relating to the tariff filing procedures for water carriers operating in the noncontiguous domestic trade to allow for electronic publishing. Comments are due by 25 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 66229 (12/26/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-26/pdf/2018-27913.pdf].

FCC – maritime mobile & maritime mobile-satellite radio services

clip_image008 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order regarding that transition of the functions and duties currently performed by the FCC as the ‘accounting authority of last resort’ for those customers in the maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite radio services that have not otherwise designated any such accounting authority to private authorities. A transition and outreach program will be developed to facilitate a smooth transition. (12/21/18) [FCC-18-186A1.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joe Hersey at JoeCel Engineering & Consulting, LLC. This change is expected to mostly affect users of legacy Inmarsat terminals, particularly Inmarsat C.

CMTS – 2017 hurricane season report

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing publication of the report, 2017 Hurricane Season: Recommendations for a Resilient Path Forward for the Marine Transportation System. The report provides an overview of the impacts to the MTS during the 2017 hurricane season and identifies best practices and lessons learned for federal agencies. Applying the recommendations in this report can help to minimize the impact from future storms and other disruptive events, enhancing the resilience of the MTS and surrounding coastal regions, as well as supporting a stronger, more resilient U.S. economy. (12/21/18) [https://www.cmts.gov/posts/AWfRaeCN3JAwUKdhhD45]

Paris & Tokyo MOUs – early warning on global 2020 sulphur cap

clip_image012 clip_image014 The Paris MOU issued a news release stating that it and the Tokyo MOU will start issuing letters of warning from 1 January 2019 on the sulphur content of marine fuels during inspections in order to increase awareness of and to encourage timely compliance with the new requirements that enter into effect on 1 January 2020. (12/21/18) [https://www.parismou.org/early-warning-global-2020-sulphur-cap-compliance].

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December 21st, 2018 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 December 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – small passenger vessel fire;

USCG – incident response lessons learned;

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Project;

Sabine Pass – proposed anchorage ground changes;

USCG – Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study;

USACE – GLMR Interbasin Study;

FERC – Annova LNG Brownsville draft EIS;

DOS – meeting on 12 February re PPR 6;

DOT – INFRA grants funding opportunity;

CBP – meeting on 1 March re 21st Century Customs Framework;

House – bill introduced re technical corrections to USCG Auth Act;

Court – maritime lien for wharfage;

EU – inventory of hazardous materials;

Australia – pre-loading info for livestock vessels;

Australia – sulphur emissions limitations;

Australia – livestock carrier released for repair voyage; and

Winter/Summer solstice – 2223 UT, 21 December 2018.

December 21, 2018

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NTSB – small passenger vessel fire

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued report of its investigation of the 14 January 2018 fire that broke out in an unmanned space on the small passenger vessel Island Lady near Port Richey, Florida, during a scheduled transit to a casino boat located about 9 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Fifty-three people were on board the vessel. The probable cause of the fire was the owner’s ineffective preventive maintenance program and insufficient guidance regarding the response to engine high-temperature conditions, which resulted in the captain’s continued operation of an engine that was overheating due to a cooling water pump failure, leading to ignition of the exhaust tubing and surrounding structure. Contributing to the spread of the fire was the lack of fire detection in the vessel’s lazarette, which was not required by regulations and which allowed the fire to take hold unbeknownst to the crew. MAR 18-02 (12/20/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1802.pdf].

USCG – incident response lessons learned

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing its presentation at the recent Clean Gulf 2018 conference concerning two significant marine casualty incidents. (12/20/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/20/12-20-2018-clean-gulf-2018-recap-incident-response-lessons-learned/].

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Project

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 31 December 2019, the temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) and safety zone for the Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Project on the Hudson River. 83 Fed. Reg. 65521 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27669.pdf].

Sabine Pass – proposed anchorage ground changes

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend the anchorage ground regulations for the Sabine Pass Channel due to the new LNG terminal mooring basin being constructed. Comments must be received by 22 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 65609 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27699.pdf].

USCG – Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is conducting an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS). Comments must be submitted by 1 September 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 65701 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27604.pdf].

USACE – GLMR Interbasin Study

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended, until 7 January 2019, the period within which to submit comments on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement – Will County, Illinois. 83 Fed. Reg. 65643 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27739.pdf].

FERC – Annova LNG Brownsville draft EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Annova LNG Brownsville project. Comments must be received by 4 February 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 65650 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27638.pdf].

DOS – meeting on 12 February re PPR 6

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The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 12 February 2019 in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6). Topics on the agenda include ballast water sampling and analysis; methodologies for enumerating viable organisms; and guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems. 83 Fed. Reg. 65783 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27725.pdf].

DOT – INFRA grants funding opportunity

clip_image015 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice announcing a funding opportunity for Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) grants for FY 2019. Applications must be received by 4 March 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 65789 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27725.pdf].

CBP – meeting on 1 March re 21st Century Customs Framework

clip_image017 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it will host a public meeting on 1 March 2019 in Washington, DC to discuss issues related to development of the 21st Century Customs Framework. 83 Fed. Reg. 65703 (12/21/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-21/pdf/2018-27716.pdf].

House – bill introduced re technical corrections to USCG Auth Act

clip_image019 Representative Shuster (R-PA) introduced a bill (H.R. 7329) to make technical corrections to provisions of law enacted by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/19/18).

Court – maritime lien for wharfage

clip_image021 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a maritime lien for wharfage, holding that when a wharf is used without any agreement, the contract is implied and the proprietor is entitled to recover what is just and reasonable. SPM Management v Motor Yacht Sea Ayre V, No. 18-1236 (4th Cir., December 20, 2018) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/181236.U.pdf].

EU – inventory of hazardous materials

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The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) requirements of the EU regulation concerning ship recycling enters into effect on 31 December 2018 for EU-flagged newbuildings. The effective date for existing EU-flagged vessels and for non-EU-flagged vessels, the effective date is 31 December 2020. Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 (Nov. 20, 2013) [http://www.eagle.org/eagleExternalPortalWEB/ShowProperty/BEA%20Repository/pdfs/Regulatory/Docs/EUReg1257_2013].

Australia – pre-loading info for livestock vessels

clip_image025 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing pre-loading cargo information for livestock vessels. Marine Notice 5-2018 (12/19/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/about/regulations-and-standards/pre-loading-cargo-information-livestock-vessels-marine-notice-201805].

Australia – sulphur emission limitations

clip_image025[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice regarding limitations on sulphur emissions from cruise vessels while berthed in Sydney. Marine Notice 6-2018 (12/20/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/about/regulations-and-standards/limitation-sulphur-emissions-cruise-vessels-while-berth-sydney].

Australia – livestock carrier released for repair voyage

clip_image025[2] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the livestock carrier Jawan has been released from detention for a repair voyage to Singapore. (12/20/18) [https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/mv-jawan-released-detention-repair-voyage].

Winter/Summer Solstice – 2223 UTC, 21 December 2018

clip_image027 At 2223 UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) today the sun collided with the Tropic of Capricorn. In the past, we might have used Greenwich Mean Time or GMT, but that was so 20th Century. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be the longest night of the year – hopefully you sleep well. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this was the longest day of the year – hopefully you are pacing yourselves. For those in an alternate universe, carry on.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 December 2018

Headlines:

New York – asphalt carrier disabled after fire;

USCG – E-Zero designation;

USCG – 15th BWMS type-approval issued;

USCG – APEC Conference maritime security;

DOE – simplifying LNG export reporting requirements;

Court – bunker subcontractor has no maritime lien;

Court – bunker supplier may have maritime lien;

Court – premature summary judgment;

Court – LHWCA and borrowed employee;

Court – vicarious liability;

EC – ‘no-deal’ Brexit measures;

GLA – ATON review;

UK – Russian freighter refloated; and

Holiday greeting.

December 20, 2018

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New York – asphalt carrier disabled after fire

clip_image004 The news release stating that an asphalt carrier suffered an engine room fire about three miles south of Breezy Point in New York Harbor. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution. A salvage plan is being developed for the disabled vessel. (12/19/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2239e6c].

USCG – E-Zero designation

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the tanker Nordic Ann has earned an E-Zero designation, having demonstrated the highest commitment to maintaining compliance with US and international safety, security, and environmental regulations. (12/19/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/19/12-19-2018-congratulations-to-the-latest-e-zero-designees/].

USCG – 15th BWMS type-approval issued

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that a ballast water management system (BWMS) type-approval certificate has been issued to De Nora Water Technologies Texas for its BALPURE BWMS. (12/19/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/19/12-19-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-de-nora-water-technologies-texas-llc/].

USCG – APEC Conference maritime security

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that 94 USCG personnel and six small boats provided waterside security during the 12-18 November Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (12/19/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2239291].

DOE – simplifying LNG export reporting requirements

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it will only require LNG exporters to report the country or countries of deliveries, not the country of end-use. (12/19/18) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-moves-increase-certainty-and-streamline-lng-exports].

Court – bunker subcontractor has no maritime lien

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s partial final judgment denying a bunker supplier’s claim of a maritime lien for bunkers provided to a vessel where the claimant was a subcontractor. The bunker contractor had gone into bankruptcy without paying the subcontractor. Clearlake Shipping v Nustar Energy Services, No. 17-1458-cv (2nd Cir., December 19, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/68f71bea-40bf-42b5-b292-4a7fbcdfa4db/2/doc/17-1458_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/68f71bea-40bf-42b5-b292-4a7fbcdfa4db/2/hilite/].

Court – bunker supplier may have maritime lien

clip_image011 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the district court judgment denying a bunker supplier’s claim of a maritime lien for bunkers provided to a vessel where the claimant asserted that the vessel owner’s purchase orders specified that the physical supplier of the bunkers was to be the claimant. US Oil Trading v MV Vienna Express, No. 17-0922 (2nd Cir., December 19, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/68f71bea-40bf-42b5-b292-4a7fbcdfa4db/1/doc/17-922_17-931_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/68f71bea-40bf-42b5-b292-4a7fbcdfa4db/1/hilite/].

Court – premature summary judgment

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated an award of summary judgment in a bunker supplier dispute regarding the forum for arbitration, requiring further consideration of contract terms. NCL (Bahamas) v OW Bunker USA, No. 17-4028 (2nd Cir., December 19, 2018) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/6c29e711-5607-41c0-895b-b5181def25f7/6/doc/17-4028_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/6c29e711-5607-41c0-895b-b5181def25f7/6/hilite/].

Court – LHWCA and borrowed employee doctrine

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment in favor of defendant shipyard in a personal injury case brought under admiralty law. Plaintiff was employed by another company, but had been assigned to work for the shipyard for about a year and was directly supervised by shipyard employees. Following her injury, plaintiff filed a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) claim against her employer and received compensation thereunder. In a case of first impression for the circuit, the appellate court held that the borrowed employee doctrine applies to individuals who have been compensated under the LHWCA. Cruz v National Steel & Shipbuilding, No. 17-55441 (9th Cir., December 19, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/12/19/17-55441.pdf].

Court – vicarious liability

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment in favor of defendant tug owner in a seaman’s personal injury case alleging negligence and unseaworthiness. Plaintiff crew member incurred an injury while working onboard the vessel in port. The master called 911. An ambulance arrived and took plaintiff to a local hospital. Due to negligent treatment at the hospital, plaintiff is now permanently incapacitated. The court held that defendant vessel owner had no role in the selection of the hospital and is not vicariously for its negligent treatment. Randle v Crosby Tugs, No. 17-30963 (5th Cir., December 19, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-30963-CV0.pdf].

EC – ‘no-deal’ Brexit measures

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release announcing a package of 14 measures to be undertaken in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. (12/19/18) [].

GLA – ATON review

clip_image020 The Irish Commissioners of Lights (CIL) posted a notice stating that the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) will be undertaking a review of aids to navigation (ATON) provided around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland during 2019. The Review will be published in 2020 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following five-year period. (12/31/18) [https://www.irishlights.ie/safety-navigation/notices-to-mariners/2019-04-navigation-review.aspx].

UK – Russian freighter refloated

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release concerning the refloating of the Russian freighter that had grounded off Cornwall. (12/19/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/russian-carrier-ship-which-ran-aground-off-cornwall-is-refloated].

Holiday greetings

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December 19th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – cyber risk management for towing industry;

DHS OIG – TWIC program assessment;

DOS – meeting on 9 January re NCSR 6;

USN – Maintaining Maritime Superiority;

NAP – transforming the MTS;

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters;

House – bill introduced re USCG Authorization Act;

Singapore – vessels maneuvering in port; and

UK – Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations.

December 19, 2018

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USCG – cyber risk management for towing industry

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting the recently-published AWO publication: ‘Cyber Risk Management: Best Practices for the Towing Industry, Version 1.0’. (12/18/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/18/12-18-2018-cyber-risk-management-best-practices-for-the-towing-industry/].

DHS OIG – TWIC program assessment

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted its report on the compliance by DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program assessment required by Public Law 114-278. The report found that DHS delayed the commissioning of a comprehensive assessment for more than a year after the statutory deadline. TSA completed four of the six required items, but only partially completed the two remaining items. OIG-19-16 (12/14/18) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018-12/OIG-19-16-Dec18.pdf].

DOS – meeting on 9 January re NCSR 6

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 9 January 2019 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search & Rescue (NCSR 6). Topics on the agenda include routing measures, mandatory ship reporting systems, and guidelines on standardized modes of operation, S-mode. 83 Fed. Reg. 65197 (12/19/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-19/pdf/2018-27419.pdf].

USN – Maintaining Maritime Superiority

clip_image010 The US Navy released ‘A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version 2.0’. The document is structured along four lines of effort (LOEs): (1) Strengthen Naval Power at and from the Sea; (2) Achieve High-Velocity Outcomes; (3) Strengthen Our Navy Team for the Future; and (4) Expand and Strengthen our Network of Partners. (12/18/18) [https://www.navy.mil/navydata/people/cno/Richardson/Resource/Design_2.0.pdf].

NAP – transforming the MTS

clip_image012 The National Academies Press (NAP) published the conference proceedings entitled “Transforming the Marine Transportation System through Multimodal Freight Analytics”. (12/18/18) [https://www.nap.edu/download/25336].

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image014 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 3760) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/17/18).

House – bill introduced re USCG Authorization Act

clip_image016 Representative Shuster (R-PA) introduced a bill (H.R. 7316) to make technical corrections to provisions of law enacted by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, and for other purposes. (12/17/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-115hr7316ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr7316ih.pdf].

Singapore – vessels maneuvering in port

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular concerning amendment to reporting procedures for vessels maneuvering in port. Port Marine Circular 10-2018 (12/18/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/abf1552c-0cc9-4f0f-8a62-c69681825c64].

UK – Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations

clip_image020 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued amended Merchant Shipping (STCW) Regulations to enter into effect upon Britain’s exit from the EU. (12/18/18) [https://www.gov.uk/eu-withdrawal-act-2018-statutory-instruments/the-merchant-shipping-standards-of-training-certification-and-watchkeeping-amendment-eu-exit-regulations-2019].

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December 18th, 2018 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – LPG spills on water;

USCG – recreational vessel CODs;

USCG – draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual;

FMC – revised user fees;

IMO – Shaping Maritime Safety and Security;

Equasis – world merchant fleet; and

Singapore – ships operating in polar waters.

December 18, 2018

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USCG – LPG spills on water

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the report from Sandia National Laboratories entitled “Guidance on Hazard and Safety Analyses of LPG Spills on Water”. SAND2018-10338 (April 2018) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Operating%20and%20Environmental%20Standards/OES-2/Policy%20Letters/SAND2018_10338.pdf?ver=2018-12-17-143422-730].

USCG – recreational vessel CODs

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the newly-enacted Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 includes a provision providing for recreational boaters to have their Certificates of Documentation (COD) to be valid for five years. The automated systems at the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) are being updated to accommodate this change. (12/17/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2228fc5].

USCG – draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 13 February 2019, the period within which to submit comments on the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual, COMDTINST M16721,48. 83 Fed. Reg. 64807 (12/18/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-18/pdf/2018-27330.pdf].

FMC – revised user fees

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release reminding stakeholders that its revised user fees enter into effect on 19 December. (12/17/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/user_fees_revised_effective_12_19_2018/].

IMO – Shaping Maritime Safety and Security

clip_image009 The IMO posted an 8-minute safety video entitled Shaping Maritime Safety and Security. (12/10/18) [https://youtu.be/QieBWO2JTDA].

Equasis – world merchant fleet

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Equasis posted its publication “World Merchant Fleet in 2017”. The report shows that there are over 90,000 ships of 100 gt or greater, with a total gross tonnage in excess of 1 billion. (12/14/18) [http://www.equasis.org/Fichiers/Statistique/MOA/Documents%20availables%20on%20statistics%20of%20Equasis/Equasis%20Statistics%20-%20The%20world%20fleet%202017.pdf].

Singapore – ships operating in polar waters

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the training and certification requirements for ships operating in polar waters. Shipping Circular 17-2018 (12/17/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/447565cc-40b4-41d6-8f12-c799a2366476].

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December 17th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 December 2018

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – oil discharge response;

USCG – 14th BWMS type approval certificate issued;

USCG – 22nd BWMS type approval application received;

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum;

FMC – unjust and unreasonable practices;

FMC – OTI rule proposal;

Brownsville – LNG project draft EIS;

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy auction nets $405 million;

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill tax deduction;

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill costs;

UNCTAD – demurrage and detention charges;

China – air pollutant emission control areas;

India – 2020 sulphur content reminder; and

New Zealand – intoxicated tanker master fined $1,000.

December 17, 2018

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Gulf of Mexico – oil discharge response

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it issued a Notice of Federal Assumption of a portion of the response operations to contain an oil discharge for the site of the 2004 collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) offshore platform eleven miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. (12/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22296eb]. Note: This slow discharge, probably around 50 barrels per day, has continued so long that it may be one of the largest in US history. The well owner remains responsible for the sunken platform removal and will be liable for reimbursement of federal response expenses.

USCG – 14th BWMS type approval certificate issued

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating its 14th ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to Panasia Co., Ltd for its GloEn-Patrol BWMS. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-marine-safety-center-issues-14th-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate/].

USCG – 22nd BWMS type approval application received

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the 22nd application for ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval has been received. This application is for the Semb-Eco LUV U1 BWMS manufactured by Semb-Eco Pte, Ltd. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-marine-safety-center-receives-22nd-application-for-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval/].

USCG – Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it co-hosted the recent Fourth Annual Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum in Houston. Topics included liquefied gas import and export facilities and use of liquefied gas as a marine fuel. (12/14/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/12/14/12-14-2018-coast-guard-and-industry-reps-host-4th-liquefied-gas-senior-executive-forum/].

FMC – unjust and unreasonable practices

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a final rule addressing unjust and unreasonable practices or regulations under the Shipping Act enters into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 64478 (12/17/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-17/pdf/2018-27181.pdf].

FMC – OTI rule proposal

clip_image009[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend the rules governing licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs). Comments must be submitted by 18 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 64502 (12/17/18) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-17/pdf/2018-27062.pdf].

Brownsville – LNG project draft EIS

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared regarding the Annova LNG Brownsville Project. Comments must be received by 4 February 2019. (12/14/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/12-14-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=5666168700450520031].

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy auction nets $405 million

clip_image013 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that the recent auction of wind energy leases in 390,000 acres of federal waters offshore Massachusetts brought in winning bids totaling $405 million. (12/14/18) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/bidding-bonanza-trump-administration-smashes-record-offshore-wind-auction-405-million].

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill tax deduction

clip_image015 Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3756) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/13/18).

Senate – bill introduced re oil spill costs

clip_image015[1] Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3757) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (12/13/18).

UNCTAD – demurrage and detention charges

clip_image017 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published an article on demurrage and detention charges in container shipping. (12/12/18) [https://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1959&utm_source=UNCTAD+Transport+and+Trade+Facilitation+Newsletter&utm_campaign=495b792b7e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f6141a63dd-495b792b7e-44484485].

China – air pollutant emission control areas

clip_image019 The Chinese Ministry of Transport issued a Notice about ship-generated air pollutant emission control areas. (11/30/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/China_Air_Emissions_Notice_181130.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Emilio Tombolesi of Carnival Corporation.

India – 2020 sulphur content reminder

clip_image021 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular reminding ship owners and operators, as well as bunker suppliers, of their responsibilities with regard to the 2020 sulphur content regulations. Engineering Circular 5-2018 (12/14/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/writereaddata/News/201812140512464249255Eng_Cir_5of2018.PDF].

New Zealand – intoxicated tanker master fined $1,000

clip_image023 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a tanker master has been fined $1,000 for exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer. The tanker was preparing to depart port when the pilot became suspicious. (12/13/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181213a.asp].

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December 14th, 2018 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 December 2018

Headlines:

USCG – REC Anchorage reopens;

DOJ – tanker owner fined $2,000,000;

FMC – rule re unjust and unreasonable practices;

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed;

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS;

GAO – Navy readiness shortfalls;

USN – steps to improve readiness;

Court – intoxicated passenger injury;

Canada – marine passenger insurance;

Malta – fatal fall inside cargo hold; and

UK – fatal uncontrolled hatch cover closure.

December 14, 2018

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USCG – REC Anchorage reopens

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that Regional Examination Center (REC) Anchorage reopened on 12 December. (12/13/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/rec/rec_anchorage_reopened_121318.pdf?ver=2018-12-13-093345-633].

DOJ – tanker owner fined $2,000,000

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tanker company has been sentenced to pay a $2,000,000 fine and to serve a four-year term of probation after it was convicted of illegally dumping oily waste water and sea and not recording the discharge in the tanker’s oil record book. (12/12/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/shipping-company-sentenced-illegally-discharging-oily-waste-sea].

FMC – rule re unjust and unreasonable practices

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that its final rule addressing unjust and unreasonable practices or regulations under the Shipping Act will enter into effect on 17 December. (12/13/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/final_rule_addressing_unreasonable_practices_taking_effect/].

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed

clip_image009 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it is renewing the charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). 83 Fed. Reg. 64371 (12/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-14/pdf/2018-27109.pdf].

BOEM – Beaufort Sea EIS

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that the comment period for the Beaufort Sea Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been extended to 4 January 2019. Public meetings will be held at Utqiagvik [Barrow] (December 17); Nuiqsut (December 18); and Kaktovik (December 19). 83 Fed. Reg. 64355 (12/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-12-14/pdf/2018-27176.pdf].

GAO – Navy readiness shortfalls

clip_image013 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on naval ship, submarine, and aviation readiness. It finds that the Navy faces persistent maintenance and personnel challenges that will take years of concerted effort to overcome. GAO-19-225T (12/12/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/695911.pdf].

USN – steps to improve readiness

clip_image015 The US Navy issued a news release detailing steps being taken to improve readiness. (12/13/18) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108112].

Court – intoxicated passenger injury

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower court rulings in favor of defendant cruise line in a suit for personal injury brought by a passenger. The passenger drank beer until late into the night. He then entered an area of the ship clearly marked for crew only and with caution. He was injured when he fell down an open emergency-exit hatch into the bow-thruster room. Caron v NCL (Bahamas), Ltd, No. 17-15008 (11th Cir., December 13, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201715008.pdf].

Canada – marine passenger insurance

clip_image019 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that, effective 11 January 2019, Canadian passenger vessel operators must carry a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board. (12/12/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/12/minister-garneau-announces-new-regulations-to-better-financially-protect-marine-passengers-in-the-event-of-marine-accidents.html].

Malta – fatal fall inside cargo hold

clip_image021 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the fatal fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the freighter Eugenia B in Iskenderun on 30 November 2017. The immediate cause of the accident was the failure of a corroded cargo hold access cover while the stevedore was descending the cargo hold. Report 2017-11 (11/30/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Eugenia%20B_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

UK – fatal uncontrolled hatch cover closure

clip_image023 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the uncontrolled closure of a hatch cover on the general cargo vessel SMN Explorer with loss of one life in King’s Lynn, England on 1 February 2018. The crewman was part of a working party stowing cargo slings used for the discharge of the ship’s cargo. The accident occurred when the crewman climbed up the inside of the open hatch cover after its locking pins had been removed. Report 21-2018 (12/13/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c0f9e57ed915d0c1bc0d54a/MAIBInvReport21_2018.pdf].

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    logo11 BWM reform

    In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the recent enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the authority of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.