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June 19th, 2015 at 10:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 June 2015

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – cruise ship hits lock wall;

BSEE – Arctic drilling equipment tested;

BSEE – SEMS accreditation body recognized;

Court – salvage arbitration award upheld;

EU – Crimean port calls prohibited;

EU, US & China – meeting re maritime transport; and

ReCAAP – robberies in Straits of Malacca & Singapore.

June 19, 2015

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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. Those who don’t study history may lose the opportunity to make original mistakes.

St. Lawrence Seaway – cruise ship hits lock wall

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2549282/] stating that the cruise ship Saint Laurent hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, New York. The vessel remains in the lock, where the water has been drained, while response crews remove injured passengers. The casualty is under investigation. (6/18/15). Note: Unofficial reports indicate that 17 passengers suffered injury.

BSEE – Arctic drilling equipment tested

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Oversees-Testing-of-Shell-Arctic-Drilling-Well-Containment-Equipment/] stating that testing to Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was recently tested successfully in Puget Sound for compliance with federal safety standards. BSEE is currently reviewing Shell’s request for authorization to drill two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea. (6/18/15).

BSEE – SEMS accreditation body recognized

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/BSEE-Issues-ITL,-Approves-First-SEMS-Audit-Service-Provider/] stating that it has recognized the Center for Offshore Safety as an Accreditation Body for purposes of qualifying Audit Service Providers under the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) program. (6/18/15).

Court – salvage arbitration award upheld

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a maritime arbitral award for salvage of a yacht. Plaintiff had entered into a salvage contract regarding the yacht with defendant salvor. After the salvage was completed and a bill presented, plaintiff attempted to rescind the contract, claiming that he had signed the contract under duress. The contract included provision for binding arbitration. After the arbitration proceedings started, plaintiff filed suit, seeking a preliminary injunction against arbitration and a declaration that the contract was invalid because it was entered into under duress. The district court stayed the case pending outcome of the arbitration. The arbitration panel found in favor of defendant salvor. The district court confirmed the award and plaintiff appealed. The appellate court ruled that plaintiff erred in failing to challenge the validity of the arbitration clause in his complaint or at any time before the conclusion of the arbitration proceedings. Farnsworth v. Towboat Nantucket Sound, No. 14-1903 (1st Cir., June 17, 2015) [located at http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/14-1903P-01A.pdf].

EU – Crimean port calls prohibited

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/CruiseshipsprohibitedfromcallingattheCrimeapeninsula.aspx] stating that included among the economic sanctions adopted by the European Union (EU) relating to the Ukrainian situation is a prohibition against cruise ships calling at any port on the Crimean peninsula. (6/18/15).

EU, US & China – meeting re maritime transport

clip_image011 clip_image013 clip_image015 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5226_en.htm?locale=en] stating that representatives of EC’s Directorate-General for Competition, the US Federal Maritime Commission, and the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Transport met in Brussels to discuss antitrust and regulatory issues in maritime transport. (6/18/15).

ReCAAP – robberies in Straits of Malacca & Singapore

clip_image017 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Latest%20IA/2015/06-15%20Incidents%20in%20SOMS%20(17%20Jun%2015).pdf] regarding the boarding by robbers of three separate vessels within an interval of three hours on 17 June while those vessels were underway eastbound in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The perpetrators were all sighted in the engine rooms of the vessels, apparently seeking spare parts. (6/18/15).

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June 18th, 2015 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 June 2015

Headlines:

DOJ – operator sentenced for ORB violation;

NTSB – Eastport pier collapse;

NTSB – rulemaking procedures proposal;

USCG – recreational boating safety projects;

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda;

FMC – meeting on 24 June;

Annapolis – replica French frigate L’ Hermione welcomed;

House – bill introduced re hydrographic services;

House – bill introduced re ICOOS; and

Canada – aquatic invasive species regulations.

June 18, 2015

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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. Those who don’t study history may lose the opportunity to make original mistakes.

DOJ – operator sentenced for ORB violation

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/shipping-company-fined-750000-environmental-crimes] stating that the operator of the MV Murcia Carrier pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB) in violation of the act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and providing false statements to the US Coast Guard concerning the vessel’s garbage record book. The company was sentenced to pay a criminal penalty of $750,000 and placed on three years of probation. (6/17/15).

NTSB – Eastport pier collapse

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its Marine Accident Brief (MAB) regarding the breakwater pier collapse in Eastport, Maine on 4 December 2014, with no injuries and minor pollution. The probable cause of the collapse was the failure of the lateral restraint system due to the structure’s long-term deterioration. MAB 15-11 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1511.pdf] (6/17/15).

NTSB – rulemaking procedures proposal

clip_image006[1] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes to adopt a new provision to outline the agency’s rulemaking procedures. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 20 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 34874 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-18/pdf/2015-14517.pdf] (6/18/15).

USCG – recreational boating safety projects

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a notice providing a detailed accounting of the projects, programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating safety program provision of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century during fiscal year 2014. 80 Fed. Reg. 34922 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-18/pdf/2015-14924.pdf] (6/18/15).

DHS – semiannual regulatory agenda

clip_image010 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted the semiannual regulatory agenda for itself and its components. 80 Fed. Reg. 35029 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-18/pdf/2015-14353.pdf] (6/18/15). Note: The semiannual regulatory agenda is more of an aspirational document than a schedule of when rulemakings will be promulgated.

FMC – meeting on 24 June

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/meeting-6-24-2015/] stating that the Commissioners will meet on 24 June in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will consider: (1) public access to Commission information and records; (2) the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014; (3) the Second Global Maritime Regulatory Summit; (4) the Maersk/MSC Vessel Sharing Agreement; (5) the Petition of United Arab Shipping Company for an exemption; and (6) port congestion and related international supply chain issues. During the closed session, they will consider the Pacific Ports Operational Improvement Agreement. (6/17/15).

Annapolis – replica French frigate L’ Hermione welcomed

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=87708] stating that the US Naval Academy and the City of Annapolis welcomed the arrival of the replica French frigate L’ Hermione. The original frigate carried the Marquis de Lafayette from Rochefort, France to Boston in 1780 with the welcome news that the French were sending arms, ships, and men to help the American colonists fight the British. (6/17/15).

House – bill introduced re hydrographic services

clip_image016 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2743) to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2743ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2743ih.pdf]. (6/11/15).

House – bill introduced re ICOOS

clip_image016[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2744) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2744ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2744ih.pdf]. (6/11/15).

Canada – aquatic invasive species regulations

clip_image018 Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=988389] stating that it has promulgated new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Canadian waters. The regulations are intended to provide a comprehensive national AIS regulatory framework. (6/17/15).

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June 17th, 2015 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 June 2015

Headlines:

USCG – Cyber Strategy;

Illinois River – barge breakaway;

FWS – green sea turtles;

IMO – MSC 95 summary; and

New Zealand – Border Clearance Levy.

June 17, 2015

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USCG – Cyber Strategy

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted its Cyber Strategy [located at http://www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/DOCS/cyber.pdf]. It is intended to ensure the prosperity and security of the US Maritime Transportation System (MTS) in the face of a rapidly evolving cyber domain by means of defending cyberspace, enabling operations, and protecting critical infrastructure. (6/16/15).

Illinois River – barge breakaway

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2545490/] stating that two of the eight dry cargo barges being pushed by a towboat on the Illinois River broke free when contact was made with the protection cells of the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. The barges were subsequently recovered. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (6/15/15).

FWS – green sea turtles

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings concerning proposed revisions of its listing of green sea turtles as endangered or threatened in American Samoa (6 July) and Guam (15 July). Comments on the proposal must be receive by 27 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 34000 [located at ] (6/17/15).

IMO – MSC 95 summary

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/26-MSC-95-ENDS.aspx] summarizing the results of the recent session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95). Among other things, the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) was adopted, along with amendments to the SOLAS Convention to make the Code mandatory. The Code has an expected date of entry into force of 1 January 2017. (6/16/15).

New Zealand – Border Clearance Levy

clip_image010 The Government of New Zealand issued a notice [located at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/border-clearance-levy/] stating that the Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Customs Service seek comment on the new Border Clearance Levy which comes into effect on 1 January 2016. The levy will be assessed against travelers and crew of passenger aircraft and passenger vessels arriving at or departing from New Zealand to recover the cost of border clearance activities for international travelers (passenger and crew). Comments must be received by 28 July. (6/16/15).

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June 16th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 June 2015

Headlines:

Seattle – protesters detained and fined;

Senate – bill introduced re ship recycling;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

IMO – IGF Code adopted; and

Australia – biofouling risk assessment tool.

June 16, 2015

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Seattle – protesters detained and fined

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2545410/] stating that it and partner agency law enforcement personnel detained 24 people on waters of Elliott Bay in Seattle for violating the safety zone around the vessel Polar Pioneer. The individuals have been issued notices of violation that include a $500 fine. The vessel is now transiting north into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (6/15/15).

Senate – bill introduced re ship recycling

clip_image006 Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Ships to be Recycled in the States Act (STORIS Act) (S. 1511) to promote the recycling of vessels in the United States and for other purposes. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) issued a press release [located at http://www.vitter.senate.gov/newsroom/press/vitter-cassidy-graves-introduce-legislation-to-improve-ship-recycling-create-jobs] explaining the measure. (6/4/15).

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image008 Representative Farr (D-CA) introduced the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2015 (H.R. 2717) to modify the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009, and for other purposes. Representative Farr issued a press release [located at http://farr.house.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/1171-bipartisan-bill-introduced-to-combat-growing-threat-of-ocean-acidification] explaining the measure. (6/10/15).

IMO – IGF Code adopted

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/IMOadoptsregulationsforshipsusingliquefiednaturalgasasfuel.aspx] stating that the IMO adopted globally binding regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel (IGF Code), scheduled to enter into force in 2017. (6/12/15).

Australia – biofouling risk assessment tool

clip_image012 The Department of Fisheries for Western Australia issued a notice [located at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Sustainability-and-Environment/Aquatic-Biosecurity/Vessels-And-Ports/Pages/Vessel-Check.aspx] stating that it has developed the online tool Vessel Check [located at https://vesselcheck.fish.wa.gov.au/] for managers of commercial, non-trading, petroleum, and commercial fishing vessels coming to Western Australia to assess the risks of introduction of invasive marine pests by means of biofouling. (6/10/15).

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June 15th, 2015 at 11:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 June 2015

Headlines:

Houston-Galveston – Port Condition X-RAY;

DOJ – shipping company and engineers charged;

DOJ – mariner sentenced for negligent operation;

Bellingham – protesters arrested;

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering newsletter;

Savannah River – safety zone;

NOAA – Cordell Bank & Farallones NMSs;

DOD – Law of War Manual;

House – bill introduced re hydrographic services;

House – bill introduced re ICOOS;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

House – bill introduced re navigable waters;

Canada – lack of experience in ice-covered waters;

Panama Canal – filling of new locks;

Panama Canal – preparing for LNG carrier transits;

UK – safe manning & watchkeeping; and

Passenger vessel General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904.

June 15, 2015

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Houston-Galveston – Port Condition X-RAY

clip_image004 Due to the forecast of tropical cyclone activity, the US Coast Guard has established Port Condition X-RAY for all ports within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of responsibility. MSIB 12-15 (6/15/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Niels Aalund of the West Gulf Maritime Association.

DOJ – shipping company and engineers charged

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/norwegian-shipping-company-and-engineering-officers-charged-second-indictment-environmental] stating that the operator of the tanker Stavanger Blossom and four engineering officers have been charged in the Western District of Louisiana with violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice. The indictment alleges that oily waste water was dumped directly overboard, that fraudulent entries were made in the oil record book (ORB), and the hiding of evidence. The news release also states that the operator and engineers were previously indicted in the Southern District of Alabama with a seven-count indictment charging related conduct. (6/12/15).

DOJ – mariner sentenced for negligent operation

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdal/pr/bosarge-sentenced-negligent-operation-vessel] stating that a tug and tow grounded in Bayou St. John in Alabama on 2 June 2014. Following a US Coast Guard investigation, the pilot (mate) was charged with negligent operations and interfering with safe operations. He admitted being under the influence of his prescription medication as well as medication prescribed for another individual. He was sentenced to one year of probation. (3/24/15)

Bellingham – protesters arrested

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2544546/] stating that two environmental advocates who had secured themselves to the anchor chain of the barge American Trader have been removed from the chain and placed under arrest by local police in Bellingham, Washington. The Coast Guard intends to issue a notice regarding their violation of the applicable safety zone. (6/12/15). Note: The barge has been chartered by Shell to support operations in the Chukchi Sea.

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering newsletter

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted the Spring 2015 edition of its Marine Safety Engineering newsletter [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg52/docs/2015spring.pdf]. This edition includes articles concerning, among other things, energy resistance; OSV operations; marine well containment vessels; and dynamic positioning system testing. (6/11/15).

Savannah River – safety zone

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary safety zone on the Savannah River in the vicinity of Buoy 52A for purposes of the salvage and recovery of CSS Georgi and the recovery and transit of unexploded ordnance. The safety \zone will remain in effect through 1 October. 80 Fed. Reg. 34058 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-15/pdf/2015-14637.pdf] (6/15/15).

NOAA – Cordell Bank & Farallones NMSs

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the expansion of the boundaries of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries (the latter now known as Greater Farallones NMS) entered into effect on 9 June, following a 45-day period for Congressional review. 80 Fed. Reg. 34047 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-15/pdf/2015-14639.pdf] (6/15/15).

DOD – Law of War Manual

clip_image011 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release [located at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129036] it has finalized the DOD Law of Warfare Manual. This manual includes provisions addressing, among other things, the crews of merchant vessels, humane treatment of shipwrecked persons, treatment of rescue craft, and naval warfare generally. (6/12/15).

House – bill introduced re hydrographic services

clip_image013 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 2743) to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/11/15).

House – bill introduced re ICOOS

clip_image013[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 2744) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/11/15).

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image013[2] Representative Farr (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2717) to modify the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Farr issued a press release [located at http://farr.house.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/1171-bipartisan-bill-introduced-to-combat-growing-threat-of-ocean-acidification] explaining the measure. (6/10/15).

House – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image013[3] Representative Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act (H.R. 2705) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2705ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2705ih.pdf] to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. (6/9/15). Note: This is a correction to the previous newsletter item. Mea culpa.

Canada – lack of experience in ice-covered waters

clip_image015 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 14 March 2014 grounding of the bulk carrier John I off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The vessel was operating in ice-covered waters. The sea chest clogged with ice, causing the engine to overheat and resulting in a loss of power, which led to the grounding. The root cause of the incident was the crew’s lack of experience in operating in ice-covered waters. Marine Investigation Report M14A0051 [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2014/m14a0051/m14a0051.pdf] (6/9/15).

Panama Canal – filling of new locks

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/06/11/pr550.html] it has begun the process of filling the lower chamber of its new Atlantic locks. The process will take approximately five days, allowing for testing of the new lock gates. As of the end of May, the overall Expansion Project stood at 89.8% complete. (6/11/15).

Panama Canal – preparing for LNG carrier transits

clip_image018 clip_image020 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that representatives from the USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) conducted exchange visits to help prepare the Canal for its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier transits once the Canal expansion project is complete. (6/12/15).

UK – safe manning and watchkeeping

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a Merchant Shipping Notice regarding requirements for safe manning and watchkeeping. MSN 1868 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/434699/MSN1868.pdf] (6/12/15).

Passenger vessel General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

clip_image024 On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history.

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June 12th, 2015 at 10:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2015

Headlines:

USN – assistance for persons found at sea;

TSA – TWIC processing backlog reduced;

DOJ – $750,000 payment for dumping oil;

FMC – $430,000 in penalty payments collected;

NIST – Industrial Control Systems Security;

NOAA – Cordell Bank & Farallones NMSs;

House – bill introduced re recreational vessels;

House – bill introduced re navigational waters;

Court – Chukchi Sea spill response plan upheld;

IMO – limits of liability for maritime claims;

ReCAAP – May report;

Canada – dangerous goods transport;

Canada – natural gas pipeline approved;

Denmark – ship’s medicine chest;

Gibraltar – use of LNG for bunkering;

India – blends of petroleum and biofuel cargoes;

India – AFS Convention adopted;

New Zealand – diver dies following propeller strike;

Panama Canal – toll estimator tool;

Singapore – Day of the Seafarer;

UK – requirements for masters and deck officers;

UK – requirements for engineer officers; and

UK – requirements for deck officers on large yachts.

June 12, 2015

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USN – assistance for persons found at sea

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=87598] stating that the USS Rushmore (LSD 47) rendered assistance to 65 people found adrift at sea in waters near Indonesia. The individuals were brought on board for medical attention and for coordination efforts with local officials. (6/10/15).

TSA – TWIC processing backlog reduced

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted an updated notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twicR] stating that the previously announced delay in processing some Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) applications has been resolved. Most applicants will receive a TWIC within a month of enrolling and often within about two weeks. Individuals are still encouraged to apply for their TWIC at least 10-12 weeks prior to when the card will be required. (6/11/15).

DOJ – $750,000 payment for dumping oil

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao-ak/pr/shipping-company-sentenced-pay-750k-dumping-oil] stating that the operator of the container ship Lindavia was sentenced to pay a total of $750,000 in fines and community service payments for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by intentionally dumping 1,780 gallons of oily waste water into the sea and then presenting a false oil record book (ORB) to the US Coast Guard. In addition, the company must implement a comprehensive environmental compliance program and serve three years of probation. (6/3/15).

FMC – $430,000 in penalty payments collected

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-07/] stating that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $430,000 in civil penalties from six non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCCs) and one freight forwarder for alleged violations of the Shipping Act. (6/10/15).

NIST – Industrial Control Systems Security

clip_image012 The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) posted a revised edition of its Publication 800-82 – Industrial Control Systems Security [located at http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-82r2.pdf]. This document provides guidance on how to secure Industrial Control Systems (ICS), including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and other control system configurations such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), while addressing their unique performance, reliability, and safety requirements. The document provides an overview of ICS and typical system topologies, identifies typical threats and vulnerabilities to these systems, and provides recommended security countermeasures to mitigate the associated risks. (6/11/15).

NOAA – Cordell Bank & Farallones NMSs

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150609-cordell-bank-farallones-national-marine-sanctuaries-expanded.html] stating that the expansion of the boundaries of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries (the latter now known as Greater Farallones NMS) entered into effect on 9 June, following a 45-day period for Congressional review.

House – bill introduced re recreational vessels

clip_image016 Representative Israel (D-NY) introduced the Boating Occupancy and Teaching Safety Act or BOATS Act (H.R. 2700) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2700ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2700ih.pdf] to require all recreational vessels to have and post passenger capacity limits, to amend title 46, United States Code, to authorize States to enter into contracts for the provision of boating safety education services under State recreational boating safety programs, and for other purposes. (6/9/15).

House – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image016[1] Representative Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act (H.R. 2705) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2705ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2705ih.pdf] to require all recreational vessels to have and post passenger capacity limits, to amend title 46, United States Code, to authorize States to enter into contracts for the provision of boating safety education services under State recreational boating safety programs, and for other purposes. (6/9/15).

Court – Chukchi Sea spill response plan upheld

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of federal defendants and Shell Gulf of Mexico and Shell Offshore in an action brought by environmental advocacy groups alleging that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) acted unlawfully in approving two of Shell’s oil spill response plans for its oil exploration leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The court held that the federal approval was not arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with the law. Alaska Wilderness League v. Jewell, No. 13-35866 (9th Cir., June 11, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/06/11/13-35866.pdf].

IMO – limits of liability for maritime claims

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/24-llmc-limits.aspx#.VXnCpPlVhBc] reminding stakeholders that the increased limits of liability for maritime claims entered into effect on 8 June under the 1996 Protocol to amend the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (LLMC Protocol 1996). (6/8/15).

ReCAAP – May report

clip_image022 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2015/ReCAAP%20ISC%20May%202015%20Report.pdf] for May 2015. A total of 20 incidents were reported, of which two were acts of piracy and 18 were incidents of robbery onboard ship. The total level was the same as for May 2014, but an increase as compared to May 2013. (6/11/15).

Canada – dangerous goods transport

clip_image024 Transport Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=984949] stating that it is proposing regulatory changes to strengthen the safe transportation of dangerous goods in all transportation sectors.

Canada – natural gas pipeline approved

clip_image024[1] Natural Resources Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=986479&tp=1] that the recommendation of the National Energy Board (NEB) to conditionally approve the North Montney Mainline Pipeline project. The project will transport natural gas to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal planned for construction near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (6/10/15).

Denmark – ship’s medicine chest

clip_image026 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Changestomedicinechests%20A,B,CandCR.aspx] stating that a change is being made to medicine chests A, B, C, and CR. Domperidone 30 mg suppositories have been withdrawn from the market. They are to be replaced by Domperidone 10 mg tablets. (6/11/15).

Gibraltar – use of LNG for bunkering

clip_image028 The Government of Gibraltar issued a press release [located at https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/sites/default/files/press/2015/Press%20Releases/395-2015.pdf] regarding use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for power generation and bunkering in Gibraltar. The Government states that, with proper planning and mitigation, use of LNG is entirely feasible and acceptable to UK standards of risk: to the level of one in a million year event. It also states that decisions must be based on actual plans and designs rather than on hypotheticals. (6/10/15). Note: The press release also indicates that this is a significant partisan political issue in Gibraltar.

India – blends of petroleum and biofuel cargoes

clip_image030 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular regarding carriage requirements for blends of petroleum oil and biofuel cargoes. Engineering Circular 05-2015 [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201506111117386611535engcir_5_2015_marpol.pdf] (6/10/15).

India – AFS Convention adopted

clip_image031 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that India has acceded to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001 (AFS Convention). Engineering Circular 04-2015 [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201506091022512198555eng_cir_04_2015_eng_misc.pdf] (6/6/15).

New Zealand – diver dies following propeller strike

clip_image033 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2015/20150610a.asp] stating that a dive company and a dive vessel operator have been fined following the death of a diver. The diver was assisting in the freeing of a snagged anchor when he was struck by a propeller and died. The incident was the result of a miscommunication between persons involved in the operation. The company and the operator were also directed to pay reparations. (6/10/15).

Panama Canal – toll estimator tool

clip_image035 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that a Toll Estimator tool has been launched to assist users in the calculation of tolls under the new tolls structure for 2016. Advisory 16-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-16-2015.pdf] (6/4/15).

Singapore – Day of the Seafarer

clip_image037 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that the International Day of the Seafarer will be celebrated on 25 June 2015. Shipping Circular 10-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_10_of_2015.pdf] (6/10/15).

UK – requirements for masters and deck officers

clip_image039 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice outlining the certification structure and examination and training requirements for UK merchant navy deck officers. MSN 1856 (M+F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/433967/MSN1856_.pdf] (6/11/15).

UK – requirements for engineer officers

clip_image039[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice outlining the certification structure and examination and training requirements for UK merchant navy engineer officers. MSN 1857 (M+F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/433978/MSN_1857.pdf] (6/11/15).

UK – requirements for deck officers on large yachts

clip_image040 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Merchant Shipping Notice outlining the certification structure and examination and training requirements for UK deck officers on large yachts (over 24 meters). MSN 1858 (M+F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/433969/MSN1858.pdf] (6/11/15).

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June 11th, 2015 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting – 11 June 2015

Headlines:

NTSB – report on Houston Ship Channel collision;

NOAA – Arctic waters survey;

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities;

Paris MOU – 2014 Performance Lists; and

Australia – prosecutions for illegal garbage disposal.

June 11, 2015

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NTSB – report on Houston Ship Channel collision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a synopsis [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2015_Houston_BMG_DCA14FM008_Abstract.pdf] of its investigation of the collision between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in the Houston Ship Channel on 22 March 2014. Visibility was restricted due to fog. The bulk carrier was in bound with a pilot on board and traveling at full-ahead speed. The towboat, transiting east on the Intracoastal Waterway where it crosses the Houston Ship Channel, was pushing two 300-foot-long tank barges loaded with fuel oil. The collision resulted in a fuel oil spill from one of the barges, with two crewmembers of the towboat incurring minor injuries related to fuel vapor inhalation. The probable cause of the collision was the decision of the towboat captain to attempt to cross the Houston Ship Channel ahead of the bulk carrier, thereby impeding the passage of the bulk carrier, which could transit only within the confines of the channel. (6/10/15).

NOAA – Arctic waters survey

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150608-noaa-deploys-survey-ships-for-arctic-charting-projects.html] stating that the survey ships Rainier and Fairweather are being deployed to the Arctic to gather data for updated charts of the northern Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea. (6/8/15).

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard published a correction to its 27 May 2015 proposal concerning seafarers’ access to maritime facilities to clarify that comments on the proposal must be received by 27 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 32512 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-09/pdf/C1-2015-12657.pdf] (6/09/15).

Paris MOU – 2014 Performance Lists

clip_image010 The Paris MOU posted its 2014 Performance Lists of flag states and recognized organizations [located at https://www.parismou.org/system/files/Performance%20lists%202014%20WGB%20%26%20RO.pdf], also known as the White, Grey, and Black (WGB) List. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period. (6/8/15).

Australia – prosecutions for illegal garbage disposal

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/10062015-AMSA-Media-Release-Prosecutions.pdf] stating that the owners and masters of two cargo vessels were fined for illegal discharge of garbage within the Great Barrier Reef. (6/10/15).

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June 8th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting – 8 June 2015

Headlines:

USCG – NMC Live Chat System;

USCG – hurricane contingency plans;

NTSB – meeting on 9 June;

OFAC – Cuba sanctions;

Senate – bill introduced re ship recycling;

House – hearing re border & maritime security;

Hawaii – Alternate Port Exercise;

IMO – MSC 95 preview;

EC – international ocean governance;

Paris MOU – CICs for 2015 & 2016;

Australia – coastal pilotage;

Panama Canal – Safe Boarding Week; and

Singapore – gas free inspection charges.

June 8, 2015

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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. Those who don’t study history may lose the opportunity to make original mistakes.

USCG – NMC Live Chat System

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/chat_beta_testing_notice.pdf] announcing the customer beta test of a new online chat service as a time-saving option for interacting with NMC Customer Service Agents regarding all aspects of the credentialing process. Additional information regarding the chat system can be found on the NMC Live Chat System webpage [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/chat/default.asp]. (6/5/15).

USCG – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image004[1] I have again updated my list of US Coast Guard Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans. Many of the Coast Guard Sectors have revised their contingency plans since last season. If any reader learns of a more recent version of a contingency plan for any USCG Sector, please advise so that my list can be kept current. (6/5/15). Note: Many thanks to Jim McLaughlin of the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange for bringing the updated JAX plan to my attention.

NTSB – meeting on 9 June

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150605.aspx] stating that the Board will meet on 9 June in Washington, DC. Among other things, it will determine the probable cause of the 22 March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel involving the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the towboat Miss Susan and its tow. (6/5/15).

OFAC – Cuba sanctions

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150604.aspx] removing various Cuban-related individuals and entities, including a number of shipping companies, from the list of specially designated nationals (SDNs). (6/4/15).

Senate – bill introduced re ship recycling

clip_image010 Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 1511) to promote the recycling of vessels in the United States and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator David Vitter (R-LA) issued a press release [located at http://www.vitter.senate.gov/newsroom/press/vitter-cassidy-graves-introduce-legislation-to-improve-ship-recycling-create-jobs] explaining the measure. (6/4/15).

House – hearing re border & maritime security

clip_image012 The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted a hearing on The Outer Ring of Border Security [located at http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-outer-ring-border-security-dhs-s-international-security-programs], examining efforts to address threats posed by high-risk travelers and high-risk maritime cargoes. (6/2/15).

Hawaii – Alternate Port Exercise

clip_image014 clip_image016 clip_image018 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2541254/] stating that the Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise was held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to prepare for a possible major catastrophic event that closes the Port of Honolulu and requires activation of the Alternate Port in Pearl Harbor. Participants in the exercise included the State of Hawaii, the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, and industry response partners. (6/5/15).

IMO – MSC 95 preview

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/22-MSC-95-preview.aspx#.VXHYSdJVhBc] previewing the upcoming session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95). Among other things, the MSC is expected to adopt the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). (6/1/15).

EC – international ocean governance

clip_image022 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5113_en.htm?locale=en] stating that it seeks public comment on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. The consultation will run until 15 September. (6/4/15).

Paris MOU – CICs for 2015 and 2016

clip_image024 The Paris MOU issued a press release [located at https://www.parismou.org/paris-mou-agreed-inspection-campaign-maritime-labour-convention-2016] stating that, jointly with the Tokyo MOU, its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) in September-November 2015 will focus on Crew Familiarization with Enclosed Space Entry. In 2016, the CIC will focus on compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. (6/5/15).

Australia – coastal pilotage

clip_image026 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders about coastal pilotage requirements within the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. Marine Notice 10-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (6/4/15).

Panama Canal – Safe Boarding Week

clip_image028 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that 6-10 July will be Safe Boarding Week, during which period transiting vessels will be examined for compliance with pilot boarding requirements. Advisory 14-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-14-2015.pdf]. The Safe Boarding Checklist [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-14-2015-chklist.pdf] will be utilized during these examinations. (6/2/15).

Singapore – gas free inspection charges

clip_image030 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing revisions to its gas free inspection charges. The revisions will enter into effect on 1 January 2016. Port Marine Circular 07-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-07.pdf] (6/2/15).

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June 5th, 2015 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 June 2015

Headlines:

USCG – inspection & certification of MSP vessels;

USACE – Notices to Navigation Interests;

BSEE – BOP systems and well control;

OSHA – MACOSH members sought; and

Senate – ship recycling bill introduced.

June 5, 2015

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USCG – inspection & certification of MSP vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted Change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program (MSP). NVIC 01-13, Ch 1 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2013/NVIC_01-13_CH-1_(Full_Merged_Document-FINAL).pdf] (5/26/15). It also posted a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) highlighting the various changes. MSIB 05-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/005_15_6-4-2015.pdf] (6/4/15).

USACE – Notices to Navigation Interests

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) launched its website Notices to Navigation Interests (NTNI or NAVNOT) [located at http://ntninotices.usace.army.mil/lpwb/f?p=150:1:0:::::]. The site contains navigation notices and policies issued by USACE Districts relating to waterway navigation. (5/26/15).

BSEE – BOP systems and well control

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has extended, through 16 July, the period within which to submit comments on the proposed amendments to the blowout preventer (BOP) systems and well control regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 31560 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-03/pdf/2015-13499.pdf] (6/03/15).

OSHA – MACOSH members sought

clip_image010 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeks nominations for membership on the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). Nominations must be submitted by 20 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 31620 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-03/pdf/2015-13399.pdf] (6/03/15).

Senate – ship recycling bill introduced

clip_image012 Senator David Vitter (R-LA) issued a press release [located at http://www.vitter.senate.gov/newsroom/press/vitter-cassidy-graves-introduce-legislation-to-improve-ship-recycling-create-jobs] stating that he and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced legislation to improve the domestic marine recycling industry. The legislation is named the Ships To be Recycled in the States (STORIS) Act in recognition of the Coast Guard Cutter Storis, which was dismantled in Mexico in 2013 in violation of the current law. (6/4/15). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Denise Krepp, advocate for the US ship recycling industry.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 June 2015

Headlines:

White House – National Oceans Month;

USCG – water jet devices;

SHC – meeting re TC 65 & C 114;

SHC – meeting;

FMC – Order of Investigation & Hearing;

DOE – LNG export by Alaska LNG Project;

Court – marine insurance coverage;

Australia – emergency towage vessel exercises; and

New Zealand – biosecurity levy rates increase.

June 2, 2015

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White House – National Oceans Month

clip_image004 President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation [located at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/29/presidential-proclamation-national-oceans-month-2015] designating June 2015 as National Oceans Month. (5/29/15).

USCG – water jet devices

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) concerning operations involving water jet devices (WJD) on the navigable waters of the United States. MSIB 04-15 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/004_15_6-1-2015.pdf] (6/1/15).

SHC – meeting re TC 65 & C 114

clip_image008 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 18 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming sessions of the IMO Technical Co-operation Committee (TC 65) and the IMO Council (C 114). 80 Fed. Reg. 31445 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-02/pdf/2015-13443.pdf] (6/02/15).

SHC – meeting

clip_image009 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS) will meet on 2 July in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Subcommittee on Implementation of IMO Instruments. 80 Fed. Reg. 31448 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-02/pdf/2015-13442.pdf] (6/02/15).

FMC – Order of Investigation & Hearing

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that an Order of Investigation and Hearing has been served with respect to possible violations of the Shipping Act by John T. Barbour and related entities. 80 Fed. Reg. 31376 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-02/pdf/2015-13157.pdf] (6/02/15).

DOE – LNG export by Alaska LNG Project

clip_image013 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice [located at http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-authorizes-alaska-lng-project-llc-export-liquefied-natural-gas] stating that it has issued conditional authorization for Alaska LNG Project, LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). (5/28/15).

Court – marine insurance coverage

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the summary judgment in favor of defendant insurers concerning coverage under two policies issued to plaintiff dry dock owner regarding claims arising from the sinking of the dry dock, loaded with barrels of oil, during a typhoon. The hull and machinery policy required as a condition of coverage that the insured obtain and maintain Navy Certification for the dry dock. The court held that strict compliance with the marine insurance policy warranties was required, even when the breach of warranty did not cause the loss. The ocean marine policy covered liability for property damage caused by pollutants. Evidence showed that no oil leaked out of the containers, even though they became submerged when the dry dock sank. The oil therefore caused no property damage. Guam Industrial Services v. Zurich American Insurance, No. 13-17005 (9th Cir., June 1, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/06/01/13-17005.pdf]. Note: The lesson here is read your policy carefully (because the court certainly will), comply with the conditions, and know what is covered and what is not.

Australia – emergency towage vessel exercises

clip_image017 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/010515_MediaRelease_AMSAExerciseCairns.pdf] stating that exercises will be conducted in waters off North Queensland on 1-2 June to test the capabilities of the dedicated emergency towage vessel Coral Knight. (5/29/15).

New Zealand – biosecurity levy rates increase

clip_image019 The New Zealand Customs Service issued a notice [located at http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/updates/Pages/new-biosecurity-levy-rates-from-1-July-2015-28052015.aspx] stating that the biosecurity levy rates will be increased effective 1 July. (5/28/15).

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    logo11 Marine casualty reporting & investigation

    In the June 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Marine casualty reporting & investigation". In the article, I discuss problems with the current USCG marine casualty reporting and investigation system and suggest that it is time to overhaul and pare back requirements so as to make the process both manageable for the Coast Guard and meaningful for the regulated community.