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August 15th, 2016 at 10:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 August 2016

Headlines:

Baton Rouge – rescue efforts in the flood waters;

Columbia River – bulker grounds twice;

NTSB – El Faro VDR initial audition to begin;

FMC – OCC and MTO agreements proposal;

Corpus Christi – waterway suitability assessment;

USCG – commercial fishing vessels;

DOC – foreign trade zone application;

FWS – headwater chub and roundtail chub;

Coral Reef Task Force – meetings on 22-23 September;

EPA – GHG emissions from aircraft;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale;

USCG – cold weather oil response technology;

Court – liability to seafarers for piracy;

California – SIP Strategy workshop;

Australia – TSS off SW coast; and

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914.

August 15, 2016

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Baton Rouge – rescue efforts in the flood waters

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that rescue of persons in distress due to flooding in the Baton Rouge area continues. Coast Guard aircrews were the only search and rescue resources flying continuously overnight. (8/14/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2874794/].

Columbia River – bulker grounds twice

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the bulk carrier Rosco Palm grounded twice in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. There are no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (8/13/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2874546/].

NTSB – El Faro VDR initial audition to begin

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that work will commence on Monday, 15 August to conduct the initial audition of the data on the El Faro voyage data recorder (VDR). (8/12/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160812.aspx].

FMC – OCC and MTO agreements proposal

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its regulations governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers (OCC) and marine terminal operators (MTO) subject to the Shipping Act. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 14 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 53986 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-18805.pdf].

Corpus Christi – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on a letter of intent (LOI) and waterway suitability assessment (WSA) for a project to expand the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Ingleside, Texas. Comments must be received by 14 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54107 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19282.pdf].

USCG – commercial fishing vessels

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 18 December, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking to implement the 2010 and 2012 legislation concerning commercial fishing vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 53986 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19272.pdf].

DOC – foreign trade zone application

clip_image011 The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks comments on an application on behalf of Huntington Ingalls Industries requesting an expansion of its foreign trade subzone in Pascagoula. Comments must be received by 26 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 54041 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19412.pdf].

FWS – headwater chub and roundtail chub

clip_image013 The Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened, until 14 September, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to add the headwater chub and a distinct population segment of the roundtail chub to the list of threatened species. 81 Fed. Reg. 54018 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19340.pdf].

Coral Reef Task Force – meetings on 22-23 September

clip_image015 The US Coral Reef Task Force, sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 22 September in Garapan, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and on 23 September in Tumon, Guam. 81 Fed. Reg. 54123 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19202.pdf].

EPA – GHG emissions from aircraft

clip_image017 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare. 81 Fed. Reg. 554421 (8/15/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-18399.pdf]. Note: This item obviously has no maritime aspect, but does help put the GHG emissions issue in context.

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale

clip_image015[1] The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release announcing the proposed lease sale of over 122,000 acres of the US outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore North Carolina for wind energy development. Responses must be received by 17 October. (8/12/16) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-announces-milestone-wind-energy-development-offshore-north-carolina].

USCG – cold weather oil response technology

clip_image005[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it demonstrated and evaluated new technologies for use when responding to oil spills in harsh cold weather environments. (8/12/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2873946/].

Court – liability to seafarers for piracy

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of plaintiff seafarer’s motion to amend his pleadings and remanded the matter for further proceedings. Plaintiff had sued an international oil company under the Jones Act and for maintenance and cure after his vessel was attacked by pirates off Nigeria and he was held captive for 18 days. Defendant oil company filed a motion to dismiss as it was not plaintiff’s employer. Plaintiff moved to amend his complaint to assert claims under general maritime law. That motion was denied and summary judgment was entered in favor of defendant. The appellate court held that the plaintiff gave sufficient notice of the nature of the proposed amended complaint and those claims would not have been futile as a matter of law. Thomas v. Chevron USA, No. 15-20490 (5th Cir., August 11, 2016) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-20490-CV0.pdf]. Note: An interesting case with potentially far-reaching consequences – it should have been published.

California – SIP Strategy workshop

clip_image021 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that it will hold a workshop on 1 September in Sacramento regarding the proposed 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State SIP Strategy) for federal ozone and PM2.5 standards. (8/12/16) [http://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/2016sip/2016sip.htm].

Australia – new TSS off SW coast

clip_image023 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice stating that the IMO has adopted two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) off the south-west coast of Australia. The TSS enter into effect on 1 December. (8/12/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Opening of the Panama Canal – 15 August 1914

clip_image024 The Panama Canal opened to traffic on 15 August 1914 with passage of the SS Ancon (pictured). First conceived in the 1600s, actual construction work was first begun by a French company in 1880. That attempt was defeated primarily by malaria and yellow fever. Work began on the present-day Panama Canal in 1904, success due in large part to wide-scale eradication of the mosquito discovered to carry yellow fever. The first major change to the Canal in over 100 years, the Canal Expansion Project to allow for transit by larger vessels, has been recently completed and is in operation, heralding a new era for the venerable Canal.

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August 12th, 2016 at 11:48 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 August 2016

Headlines:

NOAA – more named storms forecast;

CBP – ACE electronic filing of protests;

CBP – quarterly interest rates; and

CRS – changes in the Arctic.

August 12, 2016

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NOAA – more named storms forecast

clip_image004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that forecasters now expect a 70% change of 12-17 named storms during the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms. (8/11/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/atlantic-hurricane-season-still-expected-to-be-strongest-since-2012]. Note: Readers may wish to check my Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plan page.

CBP – ACE electronic filing of protests

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test related to the electronic filing and processing of protests and new notification procedures for protests filed electronically in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will commence on 29 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 53497 (8/12/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19267.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006[1] The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the quarterly interest rate for the period beginning 1 July 2016 for overpayments will be 3% for corporations and 4% for non-corporations and for underpayments will be 4% for both. 81 Fed. Reg. 53496 (8/12/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19167.pdf].

CRS – changes in the Arctic

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled “Changes in the Arctic”. The report discusses the ongoing climate changes and how those changes are leading to increased human activity in the Arctic, including cruise ship operations. Military activity in the Arctic is also increasing. R41153 (8/8/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

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August 11th, 2016 at 11:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – updated Zika guidance;

DOJ – ADA regulations amended;

USN – South China Sea patrol;

Court – primary versus excess insurance;

Panama Canal – July operations; and

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001.

August 11, 2016

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USCG – updated Zika guidance

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a message providing updated guidance to its personnel regarding the Zika virus. Others may fine portions of the guidance useful for their situations. ALCOAST 293/16 (8/10/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/293-16_ALCOAST.txt].

DOJ – ADA regulations amended

clip_image006 The Department of Justice promulgated final rule amending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to incorporate the changes set forth in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The amendments enter into effect on 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 53203 (8/11/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-11/pdf/2016-17417.pdf].

USN – South China Sea patrol

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that USS Boxer (LHD 4) completed a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea. (8/9/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96117].

Court – primary versus excess insurance

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment against one insurance company and in favor of another insurance company in a dispute over equitable contribution claims. Plaintiff contended that both insurers independently provided primary insurance on the same risk. The court found, though, that defendant was an excess insurer and that the equitable contribution claims were inapplicable. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance v Tokio Marine Insurance, No. 14-56337 (9th Cir., August 9, 2016) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2016/08/09/14-56337.pdf].

Panama Canal – July operations

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 42-2016 (8/8/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-42-2016.pdf].

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001

clip_image014 On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound and passing under the lift span when the span unexpectedly lowered. The vessel’s wheelhouse and funnel were destroyed. The vessel drifted downstream, caught fire, and grounded approximately 800 meters from the bridge. The vessel was eventually declared a constructive total loss. The bridge sustained structural damage and the Welland Canal was closed to vessel traffic for two days. Amazingly, there were no injuries, the master, third mate, and helmsman escaping down a ladder just before impact. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (operator of the bridge) initially denied responsibility, but later paid damages after the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a report (M01C0054) finding that the performance of the individual operating the bridge at the time was “likely impaired” when he lowered the span prematurely. A short, but interesting, video of the collision and its immediate aftermath is also available.

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August 10th, 2016 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 August 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro VDR recovered;

USCG – safety alert; and

Washington – seeking spill planning specialist.

August 10, 2016

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NTSB – El Faro VDR recovered

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the voyage data recorder (VDR) has been recovered from the wreck of the cargo ship El Faro. The ship sank in 15,000 feet of the Atlantic off the Bahamas in October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin with the loss of 33 lives. The VDR will be brought ashore and examined for retrievable data. (8/9/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160809.aspx].

USCG – safety alert

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert regarding hazardous atmospheres in confined spaces. Recently high levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) were found in the hold of a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico. The source of the gas was later identified as decomposing shrimp. (8/9/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0916.pdf].

Washington – seeking spill planning specialist

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a job announcement seeking to hire a qualified individual as an Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist. (8/3/16) [https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1493851/oil-spill-contingency-plan-compliance-specialist-environmental-planner-2].

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August 9th, 2016 at 10:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 August 2016

Headlines:

FMC – passing of Helen Bentley;

FMC – online renewal for foreign NVOCCs;

BOEM & USGS – inventory of Arctic fish;

USCG – Arctic research missions;

NOAA – IOOS PEA;

Singapore – update on collision; and

New Zealand – Maritime Mobile Repeater channels.

August 9, 2016

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FMC – passing of Helen Bentley

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release regarding the passing of former FMC Chairman Helen Bentley. (8/8/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/statements_former_fmc_chairman_helen_bentley/]. Note: Ms. Bentley served as FMC Chairman from 1969 through 1975. She was a member of the US House of Representatives from Maryland from 1985 through 1995, where she was an ardent defender of the merchant marine.

FMC – online renewal for foreign NVOCCs

clip_image005 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the FMC has developed an online filing system for the renewal of registrations by foreign-based non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs). (8/8/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-15/].

BOEM & USGS – inventory of Arctic fish

clip_image007 clip_image009 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it and the US Geological Survey (USGS) completed a report inventorying the 109 fish species found in US marine waters north of the Bering Strait. The information will help guide future research and management decisions. (8/8/16) [http://www.boem.gov/press08082016//].

USCG – Arctic research missions

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a news release announcing that the icebreaker USCGC Healy successfully completed the first of its three planned scientific missions in the Arctic. The first mission, in the Chukchi Sea, carried 46 researchers from the University of Alaska and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The next two missions will be in the Arctic Ocean, including research to further support the demarcation of the Extended Continental Shelf. (8/8/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2872746/].

NOAA – IOOS PEA

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) has been prepared analyzing the potential environmental impacts associated with the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), leading to a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) to environmental resources. 81 Fed. Reg. 52665 (8/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-09/pdf/2016-18842.pdf].

Singapore – update on collision

clip_image015 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release providing an update on the recent collision in the Singapore Strait. Of the ten empty containers that fell overboard from the MSC Alexandra, five landed on the deck of Dream II. Of the five that fell into the sea, four have been recovered and efforts are underway to recover the fifth. MSC Alexandra is in port discharging its containers before proceeding for repairs. Dream II is at anchor making preparations for repairs. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. There has been no disruption in marine traffic. The incident is under investigation. (8/8/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/ff0c2100-0b62-492d-98ec-fb8d207c506d].

New Zealand – Maritime Mobile Repeater channels

clip_image017 Maritime New Zealand posted a notice announcing that, effective 1 October 2016, changes are being made to some maritime VHF repeater channels to make space for newly allocated international services for ship tracking and data transmission. The existing maritime channel 16 for safety, distress, and calling will not change. There will be no need to purchase new marine radios, however some local maritime mobile repeaters and weather forecasts will be utilizing new channels. (8/8/16) [http://www.rsm.govt.nz/projects-auctions/current-projects/changes-to-the-maritime-mobile-repeater-allocations?retune].

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August 8th, 2016 at 11:48 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 August 2016

Headlines:

Great Lakes – CANUSLAK Plan updated;

FCC – submarine cable outage reporting;

CBP – ACE protest filer account;

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft;

Panama Canal – operations update; and

Singapore – Transport Safety Investigation Bureau.

August 8, 2016

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Great Lakes – CANUSLAK Plan updated

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the Canadian Coast Guard reviewed and signed the annual update to the Great Lakes annex of the bilateral Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan (CANUSLAK Plan). The annex provides for a unified approach to responding to environmental incidents impacting the Great Lakes and connecting waterways and is tested frequently. (8/6/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2872390/].

FCC – submarine cable outage reporting

clip_image008 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promulgated a final rule requiring submarine cable licensees to report service outages through the network outage reporting systems (NORS). This rule will enter into effect after the Office of Management and Budget approves the information collection requirements. That date will be separately announced in the Federal Register. 81 Fed. Reg. 52354 (8/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-08/pdf/2016-18610.pdf].

CBP – ACE protest filer account

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing plans to modify the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Portal Accounts to establish the ACE Protest Filer Account. 81 Fed. Reg. 52453 (8/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-08/pdf/2016-18757.pdf].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks is 13.41m (44.0 feet) TFW. Advisory 41-2016 (8/5/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-41-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – operations update

clip_image012[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release providing an update on Canal operations. (8/5/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/08/05/pr604.html].

Singapore – Transport Safety Investigation Bureau

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing formation of the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) to independently investigate air and marine accidents and incidents. Circular 20-2016 (8/5/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/3793953d-a645-4f68-ae8b-10c38c88652a].

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August 5th, 2016 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 August 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – El Faro VDR recovery mission launched;

USCG – Proceedings;

USCG – OCS risk-based resource allocation;

USAF – GPS meeting on 21-22 September;

DOE – Lake Charles LNG Export ROD;

DOE – Lake Charles Exports ROD;

FERC – application for LNG export facility;

DOS – meeting on 22 August re CCC 3;

Treasury – international boycott list;

Court – admiralty jurisdiction in tort action;

Court – limitation of liability;

Australia – modernizing the datum;

Singapore Strait – collision; and

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789.

August 5, 2016

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NTSB – El Faro VDR recovery mission launched

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board NTSB) issued a press release stating that the mission to retrieve the voyage data recorder (VDR) from the wreck of the cargo ship El Faro has been launched. The deep ocean ROV on USNS Apache will be used to the attempt to bring the VDR to the surface so that it can be analyzed and hopefully provide important information regarding the casualty. (8/4/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160804.aspx].

USCG – Proceedings

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted the Summer 2016 edition of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council. This edition focuses on Waterways – America’s Economic Engine. (8/4/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/].

USCG – OCS risk-based resource allocation

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice inviting comments on its interim risk-based resource allocation methodology for inspections of certain outer continental shelf (OCS) units in the Eighth Coast Guard District (D8) area of responsibility (AOR). Comments must be received by 6 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 51923 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18590.pdf].

USAF – GPS meeting on 21-22 September

clip_image009 The US Air Force (USAF) issued a notice announcing that the 2016 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Forum will be held in El Segundo, California on 21-22 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 51867 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18595.pdf].

DOE – Lake Charles LNG Export ROD

clip_image011 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing its Record of Decision (ROD) in granting authorization for Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC to export domestically produced LNG from the terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 81 Fed. Reg. 51867 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18651.pdf].

DOE – Lake Charles Exports ROD

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing its Record of Decision (ROD) in granting authorization for Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export domestically produced LNG from the terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 81 Fed. Reg. 51870 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18652.pdf].

FERC – application for LNG export facility

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Annova LNG Common Infrastructure requesting authorization to site, construct, modify, and operate a natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas. Comments on the application must be received by 17 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 51879 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18575.pdf].

DOS – meeting on 22 August re CCC 3

clip_image016 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that there will be a meeting on 22 August in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 3). Topics on the agenda include carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk and fire safety requirements for cargo spaces containing vehicles with fuel in their tanks for their own propulsion. 81 Fed. Reg. 51959 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18379.pdf].

Treasury – international boycott list

clip_image018 The Treasury Department issued a notice publishing the current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott. 81 Fed. Reg. 51967 (8/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18619.pdf].

Court – admiralty jurisdiction in tort action

clip_image020 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that federal admiralty jurisdiction in personal injury litigation does not extend to the Coral Park Canal where an artificial obstruction (a water control structure) prevents vessels from using the canal to conduct interstate commerce. The court drew a clear distinction between admiralty jurisdiction in a tort action and admiralty jurisdiction for other purposes, such as the authority of federal agencies. Tundidor v. Miami-Dade County, No. 15-12597 (11th Cir., August 3, 2016) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201512597.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Larry Brennan of Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman.

Court – limitation of liability

clip_image022 The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the district court denial of a petition for exoneration from or limitation of liability and remanded the case for further proceedings. Following a fatal boating accident on Lake Powell, the company that owned the rented boat filed the petition. The trial court denied the petition, leaving for further proceedings the issues of gross negligence, comparative fault, and the amount of damages. The company appealed. After a thorough discussion of the Limitation of Liability Act, the appellate court ruled that the district court failed to conduct the analysis required to determine whether the boat owner is entitled to exoneration from or limitation of liability. In re Aramark Sports, No. 14-4118 (10th Cir., August 1, 2016) [http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/14/14-4118.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Australia – modernizing the datum

clip_image024 The Australian Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping posted a flyer announcing that it has initiated a process to modernize Australia’s datum. The continent is creeping north at the rate of 7cm annually. The datums was last aligned in 1994, meaning that current positions reported on satellite navigation systems are about 1.5m different than charted positions. As positioning devices become more precise, it is important that charts reflect reality. It is expected to take at least four years to update Australia’s official datum. (July 2016) [http://www.icsm.gov.au/gda2020/flyer2020.pdf].

Singapore Strait – collision

clip_image026 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the VLCC Dream II and the container ship MSC Alexandra collided in the Singapore Strait at about 2355 hours on 3 August. Both vessels were damaged, but are in stable condition. MSC Alexandra reported the loss of ten empty containers, four of which fell onto the deck of Dream II. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. (8/4/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/b8e57369-ce73-496b-beea-d0021b60a0dd].

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789

clip_image028 The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cession by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.

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August 4th, 2016 at 10:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – nine NDGPS sites to close;

NOAA – noise effects guidance;

FERC – Golden Pass LNG EIS;

Hawaii – wind energy offshore Oahu;

OSHA – permanent variance granted;

Arctic Council – oil pollution preparedness and response;

Panama Canal – expanded canal usage;

UK – OREI emergency response cooperation plans;

UK – OREI impact on shipping; and

Coast Guard Day.

August 4, 2016

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USCG – nine NDGPS sites to close

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that nine of its National Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) sites will cease transmissions this Friday, 5 August. Transmissions will continue from 39 Coast Guard and seven US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) NDGPS sites. (8/3/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2871378/].

NOAA – noise effects guidance

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing that it has prepared final Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing. 81 Fed. Reg. 51693 (8/4/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-04/pdf/2016-18462.pdf].

FERC – Golden Pass LNG EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Golden Pass LNG Export Project. 81 Fed. Reg. 51436 (8/4/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-04/pdf/2016-18489.pdf].

Hawaii – wind energy offshore Oahu

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended, until 7 September, the period within which to submit comments on draft environmental assessment for commercial wind leasing and site assessment activities on the outer continental shelf offshore Oahu. 81 Fed. Reg. 51462 (8/4/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-04/pdf/2016-18528.pdf].

OSHA – permanent variance granted

clip_image011 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it granted a permanent variance to Newport News Shipbuilding from the OSHA shipyard-employment standards that prohibit shipyard employers from permitting workers to ride the hook or load, from swinging or suspending loads over the heads of workers, and from placing employees in a hazardous position between a swinging load and a fixed object while engaged in the construction and assembly of modular ship sections. 81 Fed. Reg. 51499 (8/4/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-04/pdf/2016-18404.pdf].

Arctic Council – oil pollution preparedness and response

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing multinational exercises undertaken under the auspices of the Arctic Council for oil pollution preparedness and response in the Arctic. (8/3/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/03/832016-recap-of-recent-exercise-for-oil-pollution-preparedness-and-response-in-the-arctic/].

Panama Canal – expanded canal usage

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that, since the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal on 26 June, it has been utilized by more than 60 vessels, including 40 container ships, 24 LPG carriers, three vehicle carriers, and two LNG carriers. (8/2/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/08/02/pr603.html].

UK – OREI emergency response cooperation plans

clip_image017 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance regarding the development of emergency response cooperation plans (ERCoP) for offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs). (8/3/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/offshore-renewable-energy-installations-orei].

UK – OREI impact on shipping

clip_image017[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted guidance to assist offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs) in evaluating and minimizing the impact on shipping. (8/3/16) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/offshore-renewable-energy-installations-impact-on-shipping].

Coast Guard Day

clip_image019 Today, August 4, is the 226th 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, 2016 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – MSM, Vol. II, Change 2;

USCG – LNG as a marine fuel;

CEQ – climate change consideration;

FMC – automated agreement filing system; and

Court – drilling rig exclusion.

August 3, 2016

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USCG – MSM, Vol. II, Change 2

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a link to the 1,342-page Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume II, Change 2, which focuses on Materiel Inspection. (8/2/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/02/marine-safety-manual-volume-ii-change-2/].

USCG – LNG as a marine fuel

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin recapping its recent presentation at the LNG Fuel Summit and LNG-Fueled Tugs and Barges Event. The bulletin includes links to current USCG policy documents. (8/2/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/02/822016-recap-of-lgc-ncoe-presentation-at-the-lng-fuel-summit-lng-fuelled-tugs-and-barge-event/].

CEQ – climate change consideration

clip_image006 The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a memorandum providing guidance for federal departments and agencies on consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. (8/1/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/nepa_final_ghg_guidance.pdf].

FMC – automated agreement filing system

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing the launch of a new automated system for the filing of vessel operating common carrier (VOCC) and marine terminal operator (MTO) agreements and amendments. (8/2/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-14/].

Court – drilling rig exclusion

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in a dispute between an insured employer and an excess insurer on a marine insurance policy. One of the employer’s employees was injured while working on a drillship in the Gulf of Mexico. The employee brought suit and the employer brought cross claims against its primary insurer and its excess insurer. The excess insurance policy contained an exclusion for liabilities arising out of the ownership, use, or operation of drilling rigs. The excess insurer moved for summary judgment. The employer’s contention that a drillship is not a drilling rig was rejected by both the trial court and the appellate court. Richard v. Dolphin Drilling, No. 16-30003 (5th Cir., August 1, 2016) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30003-CV0.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 August 2016

Headlines:

USCG – MSM, Vol. II, Change 2;

USCG – civil monetary penalties;

USCG – Meritorious Public Service Award;

USCG – MOA with DNV GL;

USMMA – Call-In Town Hall;

DOJ – False Claims Act allegations settled;

Gulf of Mexico – undelimited maritime boundaries;

DOC – foreign-trade zone;

Tokyo MOU – cargo securing arrangements CIC;

India – DGC e-governance initiatives;

India – “Ease of Doing Business”; and

Singapore – bunkering licenses revoked.

August 2, 2016

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USCG – MSM, Vol. II, Change 2

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a message announcing promulgation of the latest version of Volume II (Materiel Inspection) of the Marine Safety Manual (MSM). The change does not constitute a substantive change to applicable policy. Rather, it incorporates into the MSM policies previously located in disparate locations, such as policy letters. ALCOAST 281/16 (8/1/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/281-16_ALCOAST.txt].

USCG – civil monetary penalties

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a message reminding field units that the July 1 final rule adjusting civil monetary penalties for inflation entered into effect on 1 August. Among other things, it reminds them to utilize the adjusted amounts when issuing Letters of Undertaking (LOU) or Surety Bonds. ALCOAST 283/16 (8/1/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/283-16_ALCOAST.txt].

USCG – Meritorious Public Service Award

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the Meritorious Public Service Award was presented to Roy Bleiberg, former director of ABS’ Global Gas Solutions for his support of the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for safe, clean, and viable transport and use of liquefied and compressed gases within the maritime industry. (8/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/01/coast-guard-awards-meritorious-public-service-award-american-bureau-shipping-roy-bleiberg/].

USCG – MOA with DNV GL

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) authorizing DNV GL to participate in the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP). (8/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/08/01/coast-guard-memorandum-agreement-dnv-gl-alternate-compliance-program/].

USMMA – Call-In Town Hall

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice announcing that the US Merchant Marine Academy will hold a call-in town hall meeting on Tuesday, 2 August. Topics on the agenda include: the Sea Year Stand Down; the status of USMMA re-accreditation; Acceptance Day; and the composition of the Class of 2020. (7/29/16) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/159a282].

DOJ – False Claims Act allegations settled

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a settlement agreement has been reached with Jacintoport International LLC and Seaboard Marine Ltd regarding allegations that the companies violated the False Claims Act in connection with a warehousing and logistics contract for the storage and redelivery of humanitarian food aid. The companies have agreed to pay $1.075 million to settle the lawsuit. (8/1/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/jacintoport-international-llc-and-seaboard-marine-ltd-agree-settle-false-claims-allegations].

Gulf of Mexico – undelimited maritime boundaries

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that a US delegation recently traveled to Mexico City for initial tripartite discussions with officials from Mexico and Cuba regarding that undelimited maritime boundaries in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This involves the portion of the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico that is more than 200 nautical miles from any of the three nations. (8/1/16) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/delegations-discuss-undelimited-maritime].

DOC – foreign-trade zone

clip_image012 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received notification from Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC of the intention to use foreign-source tunnel-thrusters in the construction and repair for export of oceangoing vessels in its foreign-trade subzone. Comments must be received by 12 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 50683 (8/2/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-02/pdf/2016-18350.pdf].

Tokyo MOU – cargo securing arrangements CIC

clip_image014 The Tokyo MOU issued a news release stating that its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) for the period 1 September through 30 November will focus on cargo securing arrangements. (8/1/16) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press%20release%20on%20CIC%20on%20Cargo%20Securing%20Arrangements.pdf].

India – DGS e-governance initiatives

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice updating stakeholders on the status of its e-governance initiatives. (7/28/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201608010513087257780news_letter_01082016.pdf].

India – “Ease of Doing Business”

clip_image016[1] The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a notice announcing steps taken for promoting “Ease of Doing Business” in India, including a web-based form for Customs authorization and endorsement for acceptance of containers. (7/28/16) [http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=2107].

Singapore – bunker licenses revoked

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the bunker supplier and bunkering craft operator licenses of AC Oil Pte Ltd have been revoked. (8/1/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/f1eb0393-3b9f-464e-9d4c-70889fc159cf].

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    logo11 Artificial stupidity

    In the August 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Artificial stupidity". In the article, I discuss how the transition to increased use of artificial intelligence on ocean-going vessels will not be as fast, smooth, and inexpensive as many contend. In addition, this transition will allow failures to occur in wholly unique ways.