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November 5th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – OIG report re C4ISR modernization;

USCG – safety alert re replacement parts;

USCG – safety alert re concealed piping;

USN – maritime strategy shift;

PHMSA – transport of dangerous goods meeting;

DOE – applications to import or export natural gas; and

DOE – authority to import or export LNG.

November 5, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Having the right answer is valuable only if asked the right question.

USCG – OIG report re C4ISR modernization

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued the report of its analysis of the US Coast Guard Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Modernization. Overall, the report found that the Coast Guard has done an effective job in these areas. But, due to budget cuts, it has not carried out some planned system enhancements that were necessary to support mission needs of certain aircraft and legacy ships. OIG-15-05 [located at http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-05_Oct14.pdf ] (10/28/14).

USCG – safety alert re replacement parts

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert following an engine room fire on a passenger vessel with 174 persons onboard. Investigation revealed that the fire started after fuel system coupling failed, allowing fuel to spray onto the main engine exhaust lagging and blankets. Repairs to the engine had resulted in replacement of the manufacturer’s variable length coupling with a threated hose barb fitting and rubber hose, which then failed. Owners and operators are cautioned to always use proper replacement parts. Alert 12-14 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1214.pdf ] (11/3/14). Note: This item is repeated because the link in yesterday’s newsletter failed.

USCG – safety alert re concealed piping

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert following discovery of severely corroded and leaking bilge pump piping concealed behind inner sidewalls of an amphibious passenger vessel (DUKW). Owners, operators, and masters are encouraged to routinely inspect concealed piping for wastage. Alert 13-14 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1314.pdf ] (11/3/14).

USN – maritime strategy shift

clip_image006 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release [located at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123561 ] summarizing the speech of Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), US Navy regarding the US maritime strategy shift and rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. (11/4/14).

PHMSA – transport of dangerous goods meeting

clip_image008 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that it will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC on 12 November to prepare for the upcoming session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG 46). Topics on the agenda include: listing, classification, and packing; transport of gases; and the Model Regulations. 79 Fed. Reg. 65768 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/pdf/2014-26184.pdf ] (11/5/14).

DOE – applications to import or export natural gas

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of procedures that will apply when applicants to import or export natural gas or those entities that have already received an import or export authorization undergo changes in control. The procedures are effective immediately and applicable beginning 26 September 2014. 79 Fed. Reg. 65541 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/pdf/2014-25143.pdf ] (11/5/14).

DOE – authority to import or export LNG

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of orders during January 2014 granting authority to import or export natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG). 79 Fed. Reg. 65646 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/pdf/2014-26250.pdf ] (11/5/14).

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November 4th, 2014 at 9:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re replacement parts;

USCG – meeting re IMSO 23;

Marina del Rey – special anchorage area;

St. Lawrence Seaway – binding arbitration;

Court – no maritime lien;

EMSA – oil spill dispersant use policies;

ReCAAP – quarterly report;

Somalia – maritime law enforcement training;

UK – collision involving three vessels; and

UK – master fined after hitting military target.

November 4, 2014

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Having the right answer is valuable only if asked the right question.

USCG – safety alert re replacement parts

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert following an engine room fire on a passenger vessel with 174 persons onboard. Investigation revealed that the fire started after fuel system coupling failed, allowing fuel to spray onto the main engine exhaust lagging and blankets. Repairs to the engine had resulted in replacement of the manufacturer’s variable length coupling with a threated hose barb fitting and rubber hose, which then failed. Owners and operators are cautioned to always use proper replacement parts. Alert 12-14 [found at https://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/Editorial/20141103/1214.pdf?id=30af664549f7809277105d65f3fa9a2334462de5 ] (11/3/14).

USCG – meeting re IMSO 23

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on 13 November in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the Assembly of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO 23). Topics on the agenda include GMDSS performance; LRIT performance; and restructuring of the IMSO Directorate. 79 Fed. Reg. 65419 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-04/pdf/2014-26187.pdf ] (11/4/14).

Marina del Rey – special anchorage area

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on 20 November in Marina del Rey, California to receive public comment on the proposed disestablishment of the special anchorage area at the north end of the main channel in Marina del Rey Harbor. Written comments must be received by 28 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 65361 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-04/pdf/2014-26185.pdf ] (11/4/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – binding arbitration

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20141102.html ] stating that the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada and UNIFOR, the bargaining agent for the SLSMC unionized employees have agreed to binding arbitration of certain important issues. The agreement also suspends the right to strike or lockout until 31 March 2018. (11/2/14).

Court – no maritime lien

clip_image008 In a summary order, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment in favor of defendant vessel, which had been sued in rem by plaintiff company. Plaintiff had provided to a shipyard an atrium to be installed in defendant vessel. The purpose order for the atrium expressly provided that no maritime lien could be deployed with respect to the purchase order. Plaintiff failed to introduce any evidence that the defendant consented to undertake the shipyard’s payment obligations. Triodetic Inc. v. Statue of Liberty IV, No. 13-4460-cv (2nd Cir., 3 November 2014) [located at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/a46ff069-e6fa-4d4e-bf40-b4042b14a672/6/doc/13-4460_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/a46ff069-e6fa-4d4e-bf40-b4042b14a672/6/hilite/ ].

EMSA – oil spill dispersant use policies

clip_image010 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/618-inventory-of-national-policies-regarding-the-use-of-oil-spill-dispersants-in-the-eu.html ] announcing release of the 2014 inventory of national policies regarding use of oil spill dispersants in the EU. (10/13/14).

ReCAAP – quarterly report

clip_image012 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Quarterly Report for the period ending 30 September 2014 [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Latest%20IA/2014/ReCAAP%20ISC%203rd%20Quarter%20Report14_Open%20Version_171014b.pdf ]. While the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters rose during the first half of 2014, it declined during the third quarter. (10/31/14).

Somalia – maritime law enforcement training

clip_image014 NATO issued a news release [located at http://www.aco.nato.int/nato-counterpiracy-forces-conduct-maritime-law-enforcement-training-.aspx ] stating that Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield conducted maritime law enforcement training of port policemen from Somalia offshore the town of Bosaaso. (10/28/14).

UK – collision involving three vessels

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision involving the multipurpose cargo vessel Rickmers Dubai, the unmanned crane barge Walcon Wizard, and the tug Kingston in the southwest lane of the Dover Strait TSS on 11 January 2014. The cargo vessel and the tug-tow were proceeding southwest in the TSS at night in moderate weather. The officer of the watch was the only person on the bridge of the cargo vessel. He was relying solely on AIS for collision avoidance, not maintaining an effective visual lookout and not utilizing the radar. He did not see the barge. The tug and tow were not equipped with AIS. The cargo vessel passed between the tug and tow, catching the towline and pulling the tug astern until the towline ran free of its winch. The barge was badly damaged and the cargo vessel was holed above the waterline. Report 29/2014 [located at http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/RickmersDubai.pdf ] (11/3/14).

UK – master fined after hitting military target

clip_image017 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/master-fined-after-wind-farm-vessel-collision-off-grimsby ] stating that the master of a wind farm passenger transfer vessel was ordered to pay £9,702 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breach of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 by failing to keep a proper lookout and to be competent in using all his electronic navigational equipment. His vessel hit a large floating military target in an air weapons range while traveling at full speed. In addition to not maintaining a lookout, the master had incorrectly set his electronic navigation equipment. (10/31/14).

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November 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 November 2014

Headlines:

NTSB – bridge/ship collision;

DOT – cruise ship passenger information;

MARAD – fuel cell technology;

New Orleans – international supply chain efficiency forum;

FMC – CCM Pool Agreement;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting;

Australia – ship breakaways during heavy weather;

Australia – engine room fire;

China – English NAVTEX service;

Ireland – light dues;

Panama Canal – first new Pacific lock gate;

Singapore – harmonizing LNG bunkering standards;

Singapore – compulsory maritime health declarations;

Singapore – persistent surveillance; and

UK – eLoran now in operation.

November 3, 2014

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NTSB – bridge/ship collision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation into the collision of the bulk carrier Herbert C. Jackson with the Jefferson Avenue Bridge on the Rouge River near Detroit on 12 May 2013. Investigation revealed that the vessel was cleared for passage through the bridge when the bridge tender (later found to be legally intoxicated) lowered the drawbridge, striking the vessel’s bow. There were no injuries or pollution, but the bridge was extensively damaged. MAB-14/19 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1419.pdf ] (10/15/14). Note: Almost always, physical contact between a bridge and a vessel involves movement only by the vessel – an allision. This is one of the rare instances where both the bridge and the vessel were moving at the time of physical contact – a collision.

DOT – cruise ship passenger information

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release [located at http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-launches-new-website-providing-information-cruise-ship ] announcing the launch of the Cruise Ship Passengers Website [located at http://www.dot.gov/mission/safety/passenger-cruise-ship-information ]. The site features information and resources provided by other federal agencies as a one-stop resource to assist cruise ship passengers in making informed vacation planning decisions. (10/27/14).

MARAD – fuel cell technology

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/news_releases_summary/news_release/dot100-14.htm ] stating that it is testing low sulfur marine diesel fuel to power fuel cells onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. (10/31/14).

New Orleans – international supply chain efficiency forum

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/public-forum-gulf-coast-2014/ ] stating that Commissioner Rebecca Dye will hold an informational forum on International Supply Chain Efficiency: Challenges Facing Gulf Coast Ports in New Orleans on 3 November. (10/27/14).

FMC – CCM Pool Agreement

clip_image010[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR14-14/ ] stating that it took no further action to delay the effectiveness of an amendment to the Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) Pool Agreement. The amendment entered into effect on 1 November 2014. (10/28/14).

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting

clip_image012 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet on 4 December via conference call. 79 Fed. Reg. 65298 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-03/pdf/2014-25993.pdf ] (11/3/14).

Australia – vessel breakaways during heavy weather

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the preliminary report of its investigation into the 17 August 2014 breakaway of the car carrier Grand Pioneer and the general cargo ship AAL Fremantle were berthed at the quay in Fremantle stern to stern. During cargo discharge operations, a rapid increase in wind speed caused both ships’ stern to break away and the ships swung bow to the wind. The AAL Fremantle made contact with another vessel and with an adjacent railroad bridge. Initial analysis revealed that a bollard, with all of AAL Fremantle’s and two of Grand Pioneer’s five stern lines, failed. MO-2014-009 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5166780/MO-2014-009_PRELIM.pdf ]

Australia – engine room fire

clip_image014[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the preliminary report of its investigation into an engine room fire on board the bulk carrier Marigold at Port Hedland on 13 July 2014. Evidence indicates that a fuel oil pipe coupling on number one diesel generator failed. Pressurized fuel oil and mist ignited resulting in a fire around the generator turbocharger. The ship’s Halon gas fixed fire suppression system was activated, but a full release of Halon gas did not occur and the engine room was not properly closed. Consequently, the fire continued for about twelve hours until it burnt itself out. MO-2014-008 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5166835/mo-2014-008_prelim.pdf ]

China – English NAVTEX service

clip_image016 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (CMSA) issued a notice [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=144 ] stating that the Navigation Guarantee Center of the north China Sea (NGCN) has opened English NAVTEX service in Tianjin Coastal Station. (10/31/14).

Ireland – light dues

clip_image018 The Commissioners of Irish Lights issued a press release [located at http://www.cil.ie/who-we-are/press-releases/changes-to-light-dues-announced.aspx ] announcing changes to light dues and funding for marine aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland from April 2015. (10/16/14).

Panama Canal – first new Pacific lock gate

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/10/22/pr529.html ] stating that the first gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Canal Expansion Project has transited the Canal. The project is now 80% complete. (10/24/14).

Singapore – harmonizing LNG bunkering standards

clip_image022 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr141017.xml ] it is in discussions with European port authorities on harmonizing LNG bunkering standards and procedures. (10/17/14).

Singapore – compulsory maritime health declarations

clip_image022[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that ships arriving in Singapore that have been to Ebola affected countries within the previous 21 days are required to submit maritime health declarations. Port Marine Circular 14-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc14-14.pdf ] (10/23/14).

Singapore – persistent surveillance

clip_image022[2] The Singapore Ministry of Defence issued a news release [located at http://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/resourcelibrary/cyberpioneer/topics/articles/weapon/2014/nov14_weapon.html#.VFai_jTF98E ] stating that it is deploying an aerostat to provide persistent air, ground, and marine surveillance for up to 160 km around the island nation. (10/31/14). Note: Among other things, the aerostat may be able to detect and deter illegal maritime activity, such as piracy, in waters around Singapore.

UK – eLoran now in operation

clip_image024 The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the United Kingdom and Ireland issued a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/UK_eLoran_141031.pdf ] announcing the initial operational capability of UK maritime eLoran. Seven differential reference stations are now in operation to provide additional position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information to ships fitted with eLoran receivers, ensuring that they can navigate safely in the event of satellite navigation failure. The eLoran stations are located at Dover, Harwich, the Thames, Humber, Middlesbrough, Firth of Forth, and Aberdeen. (10/31/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Dana Goward of the Association For Rescue At Sea.

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October 31st, 2014 at 10:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 October 2014

Headlines:

USCG – STCW NVICs;

USCG – North Carolina AMSC;

Saipan Harbor – safety zone;

Seattle – regulated navigation area;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

Hudson River – security zone;

MERPAC – meeting;

NOSAC – meeting;

USACE & EPA – “waters of the United States”;

Los Angeles – Everport Terminal EIS;

Chesapeake Bay – Shipping Channels SEIS;

DOJ – proposed consent decree;

OFAC – sanctions re situation in Ukraine;

DOI – Deepwater Horizon oil spill ROD;

MARAD – VISA Program;

NOAA – RESTORE Act Science Plan;

NOAA – National System of Marine Protected Areas;

IMO – no ban on travel needed due to Ebola;

IMO – Polar Code approved; and

IMO – ballast water management.

October 31, 2014

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USCG – STCW NVICs

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) implementing the agency’s final rule aligning regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and changes to national endorsements. This third set of STCW NVICs entered into effect on 24 October and consist of: (1) Guidelines for Qualifications for High-Speed Craft Type-Rating Endorsements (NVIC 20-14); (2) Guidelines on Qualification for Endorsements for Vessel Security Officers, Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties, and Security awareness (NVIC 21-14); (3) Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements for Officers and Ratings on Oil, Chemical, and Liquefied Gas Tank Vessels (NVIC 22-14); (4) Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Officer on Vessels Powered by main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More (NVIC 23-14); and (5) Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Rating on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More (NVIC 24-14). 79 Fed. Reg. 63547 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-24869.pdf ] (10/24/14).

USCG – North Carolina AMSC

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the North Carolina Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC). Applications must be received by 24 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 63635 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-25386.pdf ] (10/24/14).

Saipan Harbor – safety zone

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary safety zone in certain waters of Saipan Harbor, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in support of disposal of World War II ordnance. The safety zone will remain in effect through 18 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 63315 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-23/pdf/2014-25273.pdf ] (10/23/14).

Seattle – regulated navigation area

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) at the Slip 4 Early Action Area Superfund Site in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, Seattle to protect the integrity of the engineered sediment and slope caps that have been placed in that waterway by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 79 Fed. Reg. 62827 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-21/pdf/2014-25003.pdf ] (10/21/14).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone between Mile Marker 296.1 and Mile Marker 296.7 on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal at specified times from 8 October through 26 November during installation by the US Army corps of engineers (USACE) of a new permanent fish barrier. 79 Fed. Reg. 63818 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-25501.pdf ] (10/27/14).

Hudson River – security zone

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a moving security zone around a crane barge that will operate from Jersey City on the New York Harbor Upper Bay to the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River. The security zone will be in effect from 27 October to 31 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 63813 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-25500.pdf ] (10/27/14).

MERPAC – meeting

clip_image007[1] The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 9 December via teleconference to discuss Task Statement 87 concerning review of policy documents providing guidance on the Coast Guard final rule entitled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarer, 1978 and Changes to National Endorsements”. 79 Fed. Reg. 64399 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-29/pdf/2014-25686.pdf ] (10/29/14).

NOSAC – meeting

clip_image004[1] The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in 18-19 November in Houston. Topics on the agenda include diving safety; OSV purpose and offshore workers; and training of personnel on MODUs and OSVs working on the OCS. 79 Fed. Reg. 63922 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-25472.pdf ] (10/27/14).

USACE & EPA – “waters of the United States”

clip_image009 clip_image011 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Science Advisory Board SAB) final peer review of the EPA draft report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis, which analyses the proposed rule on definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA). 79 Fed. Reg. 63594 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-25138.pdf ] (10/24/14).

Los Angeles – Everport Terminal EIS

clip_image009[1] The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced initiation of the scoping process for preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles Harbor Department Berths 226-236 [Everport] Container Terminal Improvements Project. A scoping meeting will be held in San Pedro on 13 November. Written comments must be received by 24 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 63609 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-25267.pdf ] (10/24/14).

Chesapeake Bay – Shipping Channels SEIS

clip_image009[2] The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced initiation of the process to prepare a decision document and supporting supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) to execute Phase II of the Baltimore Harbor and Channels 50-Foot Project to complete the construction of the project channels to their authorized widths and consider reformulation of the plan to develop new alternatives. 79 Fed. Reg. 63386 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-23/pdf/2014-25290.pdf ] (10/23/14).

DOJ – proposed consent decree

clip_image013 The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks comments on a proposed partial consent decree in United States v. ATP Oil & Gas Corp. relating to proposed civil penalties and injunctive relief relating to unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals from an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Comments must be received within 30 days. 79 Fed. Reg. 63167 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-22/pdf/2014-25092.pdf ] (10/22/14).

OFAC – sanctions re situation in Ukraine

clip_image015 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed additional sanctions regarding the situation in Ukraine. Among the entities against which sanctions have been imposed are one shipbuilder and three oil companies. 79 Fed. Reg. 62827 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-21/pdf/2014-24988.pdf ] (10/21/14).

DOI – Deepwater Horizon oil spill ROD

clip_image017 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice stating that the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement has been published. 79 Fed. Reg. 64831 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/pdf/2014-25794.pdf ] (10/31/14).

MARAD – VISA Program

clip_image019 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the extension, until 1 October 2019, of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) Program. 79 Fed. Reg. 64462 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-29/pdf/2014-25755.pdf ] (10/29/14).

NOAA – RESTORE Act Science Plan

clip_image021 The National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on the draft Science Plan for the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act Science Program. Comments must be submitted by 15 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 64572 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/pdf/2014-25797.pdf ] (10/30/14).

NOAA – National System of Marine Protected Areas

clip_image021[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on the proposed update of the Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas. Comments should be received by 26 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 63899 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-25448.pdf ] (10/27/14).

IMO – no ban on travel needed due to Ebola

clip_image023 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/35-ebola.aspx#.VFKZCjTF98E ] reiterating that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade due to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, citing recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). (10/24/14).

IMO – Polar Code approved

clip_image023[1] The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/32-mepc-polar.aspx#.VFKaezTF98E ] stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee approved the environmental provisions of the draft Polar Code, together with associated draft amendments to the MARPOL Convention to make the Code mandatory. The Code and draft MARPOL amendments will be considered for adoption at the next MEPC session in May 2015. Once adopted, they should enter into force on 1 January 2017. (10/20/14).

IMO – ballast water management

clip_image023[2] The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/33-mepc-67-bwm.aspx#.VFKcIDTF98E ] stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee approved resolutions intended to assist in accelerating the entry into force and implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention by addressing issues surrounding type-approval of BWM systems and guidance for port state control inspections. (10/20/14).

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October 30th, 2014 at 8:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 October 2014

Headlines:

Charleston – special anchorage area;

MARAD – DWP license application process;

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG Project;

NBSAC – meeting;

ISAC – meeting;

IWUB – meeting;

USCG – Ebola virus precautions;

USCG – post-hurricane inspection requirements;

Grays Harbor – waterways analysis study;

DOT OIG – MARAD management controls review;

CMTS – Arctic vessel projection;

DOJ – shipyard to pay $1 million;

DOJ – offshore platform owner to pay $1 million;

DOJ – fishing vessel master sentenced; and

CDFW & USCG – Spill Prevention & Response Day.

October 30, 2014

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Charleston – special anchorage area

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule modifying the special anchorage area located in the Ashley River in Charleston. The modification enters into effect on 19 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 62568 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-20/pdf/2014-24910.pdf ] (10/20/14).

MARAD – DWP license application process

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) seeks comment on the agency’s proposed policy to accept, evaluate, and process license applications for construction and operation of offshore deepwater port (DWP) facilities for the export of oil and natural gas from the United States to foreign markets abroad. Comments should be submitted by 15 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 62242 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24609.pdf ] (10/16/14).

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG Project

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Corpus Christi LNG Project. 79 Fed. Reg. 62130 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24550.pdf ] (10/16/14).

NBSAC – meeting

clip_image009 The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 6-8 November in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include electronic aids to navigation and the Uniform Certificate of Title Act. 79 Fed. Reg. 62644 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-20/pdf/2014-24915.pdf ] (10/20/14).

ISAC – meeting

clip_image011 The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet in San Antonio on 12-14 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 62194 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24625.pdf ] (10/16/14).

IWUB – meeting

clip_image013 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 18 November in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. 79 Fed. Reg. 62123 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24625.pdf ] (10/16/14).

USCG – Ebola virus precautions

clip_image014 The US Coast Guard updated its policy regarding Ebola virus precautions relating to the maritime industry. Stakeholders are reminded that the Coast Guard will review all Notices of Arrival to determine whether a vessel has visited any of the countries listed as “Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel” on the CDC’s Travel Health Notice site [located at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices ]. Timely reporting of suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) incidents is paramount. MSIB 17-14 (Change 1) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/017_14_10-22-2014.pdf ] (10/22/14).

USCG – post-hurricane inspection requirements

clip_image015 The Eighth Coast Guard District issued D8(0cs) Policy Ltr 01-2014 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/d8/Prevention/docs/2014%20Policy/Policy_ltr_01-2014_Post_Storm_ISIP.pdf ] providing guidance on post-hurricane inspection requirements for floating offshore production facilities. (10/10/14).

Grays Harbor – waterways analysis study

clip_image015[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2402642/ ] stating that it is conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of Grays Harbor, Washington. It seeks public comment regarding general use of the waterway and issues with the visibility, placement, or location of aids to navigation in the waterway. Comments should be submitted by 31 January 2015. (10/29/14).

DOT OIG – MARAD management controls review

clip_image017 The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT OIG) sent a memorandum [located at https://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/default/files/MARAD%20Management%20Controls%20Announcement%20Letter%5E10-20-14.pdf ] to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) stating that it intends to review that agency’s management controls for: (1) planning, performance measurement, and risk management; (2) organizational structure and workforce development; and (3) program implementation, monitoring, and oversight of core mission requirements. (10/20/14).

CMTS – Arctic vessel projection

clip_image019 The US Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS) [located at http://www.cmts.gov/ ] seeks recommendations regarding the diverse variables impacting growth of vessel activity in the Arctic over the next decade. Specifically, CMTS seeks suggestions that may contribute to the design of scenarios that could influence vessel traffic growth and any mid-term projections. A conference call will be held on 6 November to receive input. Written comments should be submitted by 14 November. (10/29/14).

DOJ – shipyard to pay $1 million

clip_image021 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [found at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/north-florida-shipyards-pay-1-million-resolve-false-claims-allegations ] stating that North Florida Shipyards and its president will pay $1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company in order to be awarded Coast Guard contracts designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. (10/29/14).

DOJ – offshore platform owner to pay $1 million

clip_image021[1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/offshore-oil-platform-owner-improve-safety-and-operations-gulf-mexico-following-unauthorize-0 ] stating that the owner of an offshore oil platform will pay a $1 million civil penalty and perform corrective measures to resolve claims under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals from a Gulf of Mexico oil platform. (10/16/14).

DOJ – fishing vessel master sentenced

clip_image021[2] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao/hi/news/1410lam.html ] stating that the master of a Hawaiian fishing vessel pleaded guilty in federal court to operating a commercial vessel in a grossly negligent manner and received a sentence of one-year probation and 60 hours of community service, as well as being required to attend Coast Guard-approved safety training. During the probationary period, he may not serve as master or person in charge of any commercial vessel. The Coast Guard previously assessed a $2,500 civil penalty for negligent operation because he was asleep with no other person on watch. (10/27/14).

CDFW & USCG – Spill Prevention & Response Day

clip_image023 clip_image025 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the US Coast Guard will co-host the “Spill Prevention and Response Day” [located at https://calspillwatch.dfg.ca.gov/Portals/5/Documents/Spill%20Prevention%20Response%20Day%20Agenda.pdf ] in Long Beach on 4 November. (10/27/14).

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October 15th, 2014 at 10:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 October 2014

Headlines:

Mobile – two vessels sink;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

IMO – MEPC 67;

UK & Ireland – General Lighthouse Fund; and

UK – hovercraft pilot flying on fumes.

October 15, 2014

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Mobile – two vessels sink

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [found at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2387898/ ] stating that a towing vessels and a small dredging vessel sank near the Mobile Ship Channel. The crews of both vessels were rescued without injury. A one-mile long oil sheen has been reported. A salvage plan is being developed. The incident is under investigation. (10/14/14).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a general notice stating that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning 1 October are 2% for overpayments by corporations, 3% for overpayments by non-corporations, and 3% for underpayments by either. 79 Fed. Reg. 61896 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-15/pdf/2014-24424.pdf ] (10/15/14).

IMO – MEPC 67

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release [found at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/31-MEPC-67-preview.aspx#.VD16wmddV8E ] providing a summary of the issues to be taken up by the Marine Environment Protection Committee at its 13-17 October session (MEPC 67). The issues include the Polar Code and the Ballast Water Convention, among others. (10/9/14).

UK & Ireland – General Lighthouse Fund

clip_image010 clip_image012 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice [found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-lighthouse-fund-report-and-accounts-2014 ] announcing publication of the General Lighthouse Fund report and accounts 2014. These accounts consolidate the accounts of the General Lighthouse Authorities (Trinity House; the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses; and the Commissioners of Irish Lights) for the financial year ending 31 March 2014. (10/14/14).

UK – hovercraft pilot flying on fumes

clip_image013 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a news release [found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hovercraft-pilot-jailed-for-being-over-alcohol-limit ] stating that a hovercraft pilot was sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to being over the alcohol limit while operating his passenger craft on the Solent. (10/14/14).

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October 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 October 2014

Headlines:

San Francisco – passenger ferry allides with piling;

USCG – NVDC paperwork status;

FMC – compromise agreements;

FERC – Downeast LNG Import-Export Project;

FERC – Mississippi River LNG Project;

NOAA – indirect cost rates;

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States; and

Panama Canal – upgraded tug fleet.

October 14, 2014

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San Francisco – passenger ferry allides with piling

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [found at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2387170/ ] stating that the passenger ferry Peralta allied with a piling at Pier 41 in San Francisco while backing out of the terminal on 12 October. Ten passengers sustained minor injuries. The incident is under investigation. (10/12/14).

USCG – NVDC paperwork status

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice [found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/Paperwork%20Inquiry.pdf ] announcing that customers will have the ability to electronically search for the receipt status of their paperwork to verify documentation received and entered into the IT system awaiting processing. (10/10/14).

FMC – compromise agreements

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [found at http://www.fmc.gov/NR14-13/ ] stating that compromise agreements have been completed recovering a total of $503,000 in civil penalties from five non0vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs), two unlicensed transport businesses, and one vessel-operating common carrier. (10/10/14).

FERC – Downeast LNG Import-Export Project

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it will hold a scoping meeting on 22 October in Robbinston, Maine to receive comments on the proposed Downeast LNG Import-Export Project. The scoping period will close on 3 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 61630 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-14/pdf/2014-24297.pdf ] (10/14/14).

FERC – Mississippi River LNG Project

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it will hold a scoping meeting on 23 October in Belle Chasse, Louisiana to receive comments on the proposed Mississippi River LNG Project. The scoping period will close on 3 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 61633 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-14/pdf/2014-24296.pdf ] (10/14/14).

NOAA – indirect cost rates

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing its new indirect cost rates on the recovery of indirect costs for its component organizations involved in natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities for FY 2013. 79 Fed. Reg. 61617 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-14/pdf/2014-24112.pdf ] (10/14/14).

EPA & USACE – waters of the United States

clip_image013 clip_image015 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are extending, through 14 November, the period within which to submit comments on to proposed definition of “waters of the United States”. 79 Fed. Reg. 61590 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-14/pdf/2014-24349.pdf ] (10/14/14).

Panama Canal – upgraded tug fleet

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [found at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/10/09/pr527.html ] stating that it received the last of the 14 new tractor tugs for its upgraded fleet. (10/9/14).

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October 10th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 October 2014

Headlines:

Suisun Bay – safety zone;

FMC – OTI licensing & financial responsibility;

NTSB – investigation procedures;

DOC foreign trade zone;

USCG – Ebola reminder;

USCG – preventing tank barge explosions;

USCG – barge fleet lighting;

FMC – 2M Agreement clears review;

Charleston – international supply chain efficiency forum;

Australia – official nautical charts; and

Australia – shipboard fire.

October 10, 2014

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Suisun Bay – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary safety zone in Suisun Bay in support of the Military Ocean Terminal Concord MOTCO) electromagnetic scan and ordnance recovery operations. The operations seek to determine if there are any munitions or explosives deposited in the waters as a result of the Port Chicago explosion of 17 July 1944. The safety zone enters into effect immediately and remains in effect through 31 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 61238 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24292.pdf ] (10/10/14).

FMC – OTI licensing & financial responsibility

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its regulations regarding ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) licensing and financial responsibility requirements and general duties Comments are due by 12 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 61544 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24003.pdf ] (10/10/14).

NTSB – investigation procedures

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has extended, through 31 October, the period within which to submit comments on proposed amendments to its regulations concerning investigation procedures. 79 Fed. Reg. 61272 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24360.pdf ] (10/10/14).

DOC – foreign trade zone

clip_image010 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it has approved the expansion of the foreign trade zone at Golden Meadow, Louisiana on behalf of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. 79 Fed. Reg. 61287 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24270.pdf ] (10/10/14).

USCG – Ebola reminder

clip_image011 The USCG Long Island Sound (LIS) Captain of the Port (COTP) issued an Area Maritime Security Bulletin (AMSB) reminding owners, operators, and masters of vessels on which there is an individual who may have contracted Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) of the requirement to report pertinent information to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fifteen (15) days prior to expected arrival in the United States. Notification may be made via the US Coast Guard. AMSB 001-14 [found at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/EVD_threat_141006.pdf ] (10/6/14).

USCG – preventing tank barge explosions

clip_image011[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert to raise awareness of the dangers of tank barge explosions and highlight critical lessons learned from recent incidents. Safety Alert 10-14 [found at https://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/Editorial/20141009/1014_2.pdf?id=10443e3db4b8bfe3a246651c39d111aaafeec841 ] (10/9/14).

USCG – barge fleet lighting

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding owners and operators of barge fleets and fleeting areas of the importance of proper barge fleet lighting. Safety Alert 11-14 [found at https://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/Editorial/20141009/1114_2.pdf?id=15c6d89ee6e0a5b04c9b75af4244e0046c58a888 ] (10/9/14).

FMC – 2M Agreement clears review

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [found at http://www.fmc.gov/NR14-12/ ] stating that the Commissioners voted 4-1 (Commissioner Lidinsky dissenting) to allow the 2M Agreement between A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, SA to become effective as scheduled on 11 October. (10/9/14).

Charleston – international supply chain efficiency forum

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [found at http://www.fmc.gov/public-forum-S-atlantic-2014/ ] announcing that Commissioner Michael A. Khouri will hold an informational forum on “International Supply Chain Efficiency: Challenges Facing South Atlantic Ports” in Charleston on 30 October. (10/9/14).

Australia – official nautical charts

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding masters of the importance of using official nautical charts, issued by or under the authority of a Government, authorized Hydrographic Office, or other relevant government institution. For a nautical chart to be considered adequate for navigational purposes, it must be: (1) officially issued; (2) the latest edition; (3) used in its original form; (4) maintained up to date using the latest available notices to mariners; and (5) of appropriate scale suitable for the navigational task at hand. Marine Notice 16-2014 [found at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html ] (10/9/14).

Australia – shipboard fire

clip_image016[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice [found at http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/mair/315-mo-2014-012.aspx ] stating that it has commenced an investigation into a fire in the accommodation spaces on the livestock carrier Ocean Drover in Fremantle Harbour. One crew member was injured in the fire. (10/9/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 October 2014

Headlines:

USCG – failure to disclose convictions;

USCG & NOAA – Fleet Plan & Officer Exchange MOA;

FERC – Corpus Christie LNG EIS;

FERC – export & import of LNG;

FERC – application to export LNG;

ANSTF – meeting;

BOEM – risk management, financial assurance & loss prevention;

FMC – Chairman’s Earth Day Award;

Australia – rubber fender scam; and

Panama Canal – September operations.

October 9, 2014

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USCG – failure to disclose convictions

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) posted an announcement [found at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/fraudulent_applications_bulletin.pdf ] stating that it has noted an increase in the number of applications in which the applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions as required. If an applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by a court to attend classes, make contributions of time or money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forego appeal of a trial court’s conviction, then the Coast Guard will consider the applicant to have received a conviction. Further, an applicant’s signature in Section III of the CG-719B application form acknowledges the potential consequences of false statements. (10/8/14).

USCG & NOAA – Fleet Plan & Officer Exchange MOA

clip_image004[1] clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [found at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2382510/ ] stating that it has entered into a Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange memorandum of agreement (MOA). The Fleet Plan establishes a course of action to guide cooperation in the operation and maintenance of marine and aviation platforms. The Officer Exchange program allows the exchange of officer personnel for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge, expertise, and doctrine and for the professional development of officers. (10/8/14).

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release [found at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2014/10-08-14-eis.asp ] stating that the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Corpus Christi LNG Project concludes that approval of the project, with the mitigation measures recommended, would ensure that impacts in the Project area would be avoided or minimized and would not be significant. (10/8/14).

DOE – export & import of LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of recent orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas (LNG), and vacating prior authority. 79 Fed. Reg. 61065 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24133.pdf ] (10/9/14).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image011 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Chevron USA Inc. requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG)previously imported into the US. Comments on the application must be received by 10 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 61066 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24129.pdf ] (10/9/14).

ANSTF – meeting

clip_image013 The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF), chaired by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 5-6 November in Falls Church, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include: implementation of invasive species efforts for national Arctic strategy; Quagga Zebra Action Plan update; and the draft lionfish management plan. 79 Fed. Reg. 61094 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24067.pdf ] (10/9/14).

BOEM – risk management, financial assurance & loss prevention

clip_image015 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is extending, through 17 November, the period within which to submit comments on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding risk management, financial assurance & loss prevention associated with industry activities on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). 79 Fed. Reg. 61041 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24165.pdf ] (10/9/14).

FMC – nominations for Chairman’s Earth Day Award

clip_image017 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice [found at http://www.fmc.gov/chairman%E2%80%99s-earth-day-award-2015/ ] stating that it is accepting, through 14 March 2015, nominations for the Chairman’s Earth Day Award. (10/8/14).

Australia – rubber fender scam

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [found at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/08102014Media_Release_Fender_Scam.pdf ] stating that it has become aware of a scam, using a falsification of AMSA’s crest and stamp to endorse rubber fenders. The scam contains what appears to be a certification or approval letter from AMSA’s ‘quality control department” for the ‘yokohama’ style of fenders, designed for the berthing and mooring of a ship to another ship or berthing structure. (10/8/14).

Panama Canal – September operations

clip_image021 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during September. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for FY2015. Advisory 23-2014 [found at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2014/a-23-2014.pdf ] (10/6/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 October 2014

Headlines:

USCG – MERPAC members sought;

OFAC – vessels unblocked under Cuban sanctions;

NOAA – preservation of sunken USCG lightship; and

Canada – Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic.

October 8, 2014

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USCG – MERPAC members sought

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications from individuals interested in serving on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). Applications should be received by 8 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 60860 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/pdf/2014-24013.pdf ] (10/8/14).

OFAC – vessels unblocked under Cuban sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that two vessels have been removed from the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List and unblocked pursuant to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, effective 30 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 60892 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/pdf/2014-24055.pdf ] (10/8/14).

NOAA – preservation of sunken USCG lightship

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [found at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2014/pr100714.html ] stating that, with assistance from the US Coast Guard, it will manage the historic shipwreck Diamond Shoals Lightship No. 71, the only American lightship to be sunk by enemy action during World War I. For 21 years after its launching in 1897, it served as a floating lighthouse, sound signal station, and navigation beacon. On 6 August 1918, it was attacked by a German submarine while on station off Cape Hatteras. The lightship had reported by radio the presence of a submarine that had torpedoed the unarmed American steamer Merak. The submarine intercepted the warning and, after giving the crew of 12 an opportunity to abandon ship into lifeboats, sank the lightship by surface gunfire. (10/7/14).

Canada – Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic

clip_image010 The Office of the Auditor General of Canada posted a report entitled Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic [found at http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/parl_cesd_201410_03_e.pdf ]. While acknowledging the challenges posed by changing conditions in Canadian Arctic waters, the report states that the Canadian Government must do more to ensure marine safety in Canadian Arctic waters as ice coverage decreases and maritime traffic increases. Surveys must be improved, aids to navigation must be expanded, and ice-breaking services must be enhanced. (10/7/14).

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    logo11 Avoiding the edges of the sea

    In the November 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Avoiding the edges of the sea". In the article, I discuss the success or failure of mariners in their continuing efforts to avoid the edges of the sea, such as rocks, shoals, piers, and bridges. Modern navigation equipment has proven only partially capable of overcoming poor practices.