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April 9th, 2015 at 10:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 April 2015

Headlines:

USCG – DWP proposed rulemaking;

USCG – marine debris in the Arctic;

NOAA – exploration of Caribbean Sea depths;

IMO – Zambia becomes newest Member State; and

EU – economic sanctions re Iran.

April 9, 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. I welcome any criticism that you have so long as it does not affect me.

USCG – DWP proposed rulemaking

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes revisions to its regulations for the licensing, design, construction, equipment, and operation of deepwater ports (DWPs) used for the import or export of oil or natural gas. Comments must be submitted by 8 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 19117 [located at ] (4/9/15).

USCG – marine debris in the Arctic

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued an article concerning Marine Debris in the Arctic and that agency’s domestic and international efforts to promote stewardship. (4/8/15).

NOAA – exploration of Caribbean Sea depths

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150408-noaa-to-explore-depths-of-caribbean-sea.html] stating that, on 10 April, it will commence a detailed exploration of the depths of the Caribbean Sea and adjacent Atlantic Ocean. A sophisticated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will broadcast live video from the ocean floor. (4/8/15).

IMO – Zambia becomes newest Member State

clip_image008 clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/IMO-welcomes-newest-Member-State-.aspx#.VSVZO9zF98E] stating that the Republic of Zambia has become its newest Member State. With acceptance of the Convention by Zambia, the number of IMO Member States stands at 171, with a further three Associate Members. (4/8/15).

EU – economic sanctions re Iran

clip_image012 The Council of the European Union promulgated implementing regulations [located at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:JOL_2015_092_R_0002&from=EN] re-imposing restrictive measures (economic sanctions) against Iran. Included in these measures are the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). These measures enter into force immediately. The sanctions were temporarily lifted following litigation challenging a procedural matter. (4/8/15).

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April 8th, 2015 at 9:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 April 2015

Headlines:

NTSB – 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision;

FMC – closed meeting on 13 April;

USCG – CTAC vacancies;

EPA – Clean Air Act permit modification; and

India – limitation of liability.

April 8, 2015

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NTSB – 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150407.aspx] stating that it has opened an accident docket [located at http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/projList.cfm?ntsbnum=DCA14FM008] regarding the 22 March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel involving the cargo ship Summer Wind and tow of the towboat Miss Susan. This is a document release only, with no findings of fact or conclusions. (4/7/15). Note: The US Coast Guard refers to this casualty as the Texas City “Y” incident.

FMC – closed meeting on 13 April

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in closed session on 13 April in Washington, DC. They will consider a staff report on rules, rates, and practices relating to detentions, demurrage, and free time for containerized imports and exports moving through selected US ports. There will also be a discussion on congestion at US ports and major carrier alliances. 80 Fed. Reg. 18842 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08184.pdf] (4/8/15).

USCG – CTAC vacancies

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). Applications should be submitted by 8 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18855 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08034.pdf] (4/8/15).

EPA – Clean Air Act permit modification

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has issued a Clean Air Act permit modification for the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port. Judicial review may be sought by filing a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit within 60 days. 80 Fed. Reg. 18839 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-08087.pdf] (4/8/15).

India – limitation of liability

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notification [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201504070303240410463ms_limitation_liabilityrules_2015_msl.pdf] stating that the Indian Government has promulgated the Merchant Shipping (Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) Rules, 2015, which entered into effect on 16 February 2015. (4/7/15).

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April 7th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2015

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – three-ship collision;

USCG – DWTF manning exemptions;

DHS OIG – USCG insider threat risks;

House – bill introduced re eLoran;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units; and

GAO – USCG rotational crew risks.

April 7, 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. I welcome any criticism that you have so long as it does not affect me.

Lower Mississippi River – three-ship collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2487870/] stating that it is responding to a three-ship collision and oil spill on the Lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana. The bulk carrier Privocean broke free from its mooring. It drifted downstream, striking the moored towing vessel Texas. It continued downstream, striking the tank ship Bravo, which was offloading crude oil. The Bravo crew was able to complete emergency shutdown procedures before it was broken from its mooring and connection points. Privocean was able to get underway and is anchored at mile marker 162. Bravo is now anchored nearby. It is taking on water in its ballast tanks, its propeller is fouled, and the crew is responding to a 126-gallon oil spill on deck. Texas is currently stable, but the crew has been taken to hospital for evaluation. The facility arms have been secured, but not before approximately 420 gallons of crude oil were spilled into the river. Response personnel are on scene. The river is currently closed between mile markers 154 and 163. The incident is under investigation. (4/6/15).

USCG – DWTF manning exemptions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of an updated policy letter entitled “Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF) Vessels Manning Exemption Guidance”. The revised policy guidance enters into effect on 1 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 18643 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07939.pdf] (4/7/15).

DHS OIG – USCG insider threat risks

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued a report stating that the US Coast Guard has taken a number of steps to address insider threats, but that challenges remain. In particular, the report recommends that software be utilized to protect against unauthorized removal of sensitive information; that stronger physical security controls be implemented; and insider threat security awareness training be provided to all USCG members and employees. OIG-15-55 (4/6/15).

House – bill introduced re eLoran

clip_image008 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resiliency and Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1678) to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for the global positioning system, and for other purposes. Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/27/15).

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image008[1] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 1683) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. (3/26/15).

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units

clip_image008[2] Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1684) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Representative Curbelo issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/26/15).

GAO – USCG rotational crew risks

clip_image010 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the US Coast Guard take action to address risks involved in adoption of the crew rotation concept (CRC) for its National Security Cutters (NSC). The Coast Guard plans to increase the days away from home port (DAFHP) from 185 to 230 days per year, but various mitigating action must be adopted to minimize inherent risks. GAO-15-195 [located at http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668894.pdf] (4/6/15).

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April 6th, 2015 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 April 2015

Headlines:

OFAC – Iranian sanctions remain in place;

DOT – $500 million in TIGER grant funding;

Port Fourchon – anchorage grounds considered;

USCG – Arctic drones;

USCG – Qualship 21 Program update;

NOAA – shortnose sturgeon;

NOAA – Bryde’s whale;

COAC – meeting on 24 April;

CBP – cabotage ruling;

Court – other waterfront terminal;

Court – lack of standing;

California – heavy-duty technology and fuels assessment;

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative; and

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969.

April 6, 2015

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OFAC – Iranian sanctions remain in place

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/iran.aspx] relating to the 2 April announcement of parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program. As of today and until a JCPOA is concluded, other than the sanctions relief provided for under the JCPOA, all US sanctions remain in place and will continue to be vigorously enforced. (4/3/15).

DOT – $500 million in TIGER grant funding

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release [located at http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-announces-500-million-seventh-round-tiger-funding] announcing the availability of $500 million in TIGER grant funding. Preapplications are due on 4 May, with final applications due on 5 June. (4/2/15).

Port Fourchon – anchorage grounds considered

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard is considering establishing two new anchorage grounds in the Gulf of Mexico for Port Fourchon. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18324 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07847.pdf] (4/6/15).

USCG – Arctic drones

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard intends to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Conoco Phillips Company to evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities, benefits, risks, and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in a maritime environment in support of Coast Guard missions in the Arctic. Comments must be submitted by 20 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 18431 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07848.pdf] (4/6/15).

USCG – Qualship 21 Program update

clip_image008[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that in March 2015 it began issuing Qualship 21 Program certificates to flag administrations, companies, and vessels with a unique identification number. Previously issued certificates without such numbers remain valid until regular renewal. (4/3/15).

NOAA – shortnose sturgeon

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering whether to delist the Saint John River distinct population segment (DPS) of the shortnose sturgeon from the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18347 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07833.pdf] (4/6/15).

NOAA – Bryde’s whale

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering whether to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as an endangered distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be received by 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18343 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07836.pdf] (4/6/15).

COAC – meeting on 24 April

clip_image013 The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet on 24 April in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include the Automated Commercial Environment and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. 80 Fed. Reg. 18430 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/pdf/2015-07867.pdf] (4/6/15).

CBP – cabotage ruling

clip_image013[1] The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Ruling stating that carriage by non-coastwise-qualified vessels of reformulated gasoline created by blending in a non-US location US-origin hydrocarbons would not be a violation of US cabotage laws because the reformulation proposed would result in a new and different product. (1/29/15).

Court – other waterfront terminal

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit plaintiff terminal operator is subject to the jurisdiction of defendant Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor because plaintiff engages in stevedoring activities at its warehouse and that the warehouse is an “other waterfront terminal” within the meaning of the Waterfront Commission Act. The court noted that the Act provided the Commission jurisdiction over stevedoring activities occurring not only at a pier, but over such activities occurring within 1,000 yards of a pier (referred to in the Act as “other waterfront terminal”). Plaintiff unloaded cargo at the terminal from ocean shipping containers obtained from containerships. Measurements showed that plaintiff’s warehouse was within 1,000 yards of a New York Harbor pier. Continental Terminals v Waterfront Commission, No. 13-3903-cv (2nd Cir., April 3, 2015) [located at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/cb023944-cdfd-4460-96b0-6f1be3f36e0a/1/doc/13-3903_opn.pdf#xml=].

Court – lack of standing

clip_image017 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of a county, a city, and their senior officials in an action brought by a maritime labor union alleging improper interference with First Amendment rights by union members during a labor-management dispute. The court determined that the union lacked standing to sue on behalf of its members and that the claim for injunctive relief was moot. ILWU v. Nelson, No. 13-35364 (9th Cir., April 2, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2015/04/02/13-35364.pdf].

California – heavy-duty technology and fuels assessment

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) posted its draft report entitled Heavy-Duty Technology and Fuels Assessment: Overview [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/techreport/ta_overview_v_4_3_2015_final_pdf.pdf]. The draft report provides an overview and status update on the heavy duty technology (including marine vessels) and fuels available (including low sulfur diesel and LNG). (4/3/15).

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative

clip_image020 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will meet to discuss the Sustainable Freight Initiative: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/sfti.htm] in Sacramento on 23 April.

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969

clip_image022 On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge. In accordance with local custom, the tow was favoring the bends. Slightly upstream of the Greater New Orleans Bridge, in the Gouldsboro Bend, the Union Faith collided with the lead barge of the towboat. The barge broke loose and caught fire. A series of explosions followed almost immediately and the Union Faith was engulfed in flames. Crude oil burned on the river, threatening moored vessels and harbor facilities. Union Faith drifted downriver, burning from stem to stern and then sank. A total of 25 persons on Union Faith, including all persons on the bridge, died in the incident. Investigation revealed that the towboat was operating its radio on 2738 kHz, but was not monitoring 156.65 MHz (Channel 13). The pilot on Union Faith was using a portable transceiver operating on 156.65 MHz, but apparently not monitoring 2738 kHz. Both vessels were equipped with marine radar and the navigation lights on both vessels were apparently operating properly. As a direct result of this casualty, and in accordance with a primary recommendation of the USCG Marine Casualty Report, Congress adopted the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radio Telephone Act (Pub.L. 93-63, August 4, 1971), requiring vessels in the same waterway to monitor a common frequency.

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April 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 April 2015

Headlines:

DHS – FY 2015 preparedness grants;

Lower Mississippi River – anchorage grounds considered;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee;

USCG – diver specialty established;

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront;

North Atlantic – sailor rescued after 66 days;

Hawaii – monk seals rehabilitated;

NTSB – Houston Ship Channel collision;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2015 navigation season opens;

Australia – Wreck Removal Convention; and

Singapore – near-miss reporting.

April 3, 2015

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DHS – FY 2015 preparedness grants

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release [located at http://www.dhs.gov/news/2015/04/02/dhs-announces-grant-guidance-fiscal-year-fy-2015-preparedness-grants] announcing grant guidance for FY 2015 preparedness grants. The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is being funded at more than $100 million. An Information Bulletin [located at http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1427988844882-bb5a1660b640fb529c2afce3aad6f43b/FY2015_IB403.PDF] has also been released, as well as a PSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) [located at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103706]. (4/2/15).

Lower Mississippi River – anchorage ground considered

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard seeks input regarding potential changes to the Cedar Grove Anchorage and the potential for two new anchorages, Point Michele Anchorage and Plaquemines Point Anchorage on the Lower Mississippi River. Comments must be received by 2 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 18175 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/pdf/2015-07504.pdf] (4/3/15).

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard seeks nominations for membership on the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee. Nominations must be received by 2 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 182450 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/pdf/2015-07654.pdf] (4/3/15).

USCG – diver specialty established

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2484674/] announcing establishment of the diver enlisted rating and the corresponding chief warrant officer diver specialty. About 50 enlisted personnel and three chief warrant officers will initially transition to the Diver (DV) rating and Diving (DIV) specialty, respectively. (4/2/15).

USCG – OCS DP systems public meeting

clip_image007[1] The US Coast Guard posted an After-Action Report from the 31 March outer continental shelf (OCS) dynamic positioning (DP) systems public meeting. (4/2/15).

USCG – Waves on the Waterfront

clip_image007[2] The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) posted the April 2015 edition of Waves on the Waterfront [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/Waves%20on%20the%20Waterfront/WavesOnTheWaterfront%20(April).pdf]. This edition addresses, among other things, the recent Maritime Security Survey; anhydrous ammonia; and use of LNG as a marine fuel. (5/2/15).

North Atlantic – sailor rescued after 66 days

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2486958/] stating that the container ship Houston Express spotted a disabled sailboat approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. The rescued lone sailor on board had been adrift for a reported 66 days. The Coast Guard evacuated the sailor for medical treatment ashore. (4/2/15).

Hawaii – monk seals rehabilitated

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2486430/] stating that two critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals were successfully returned to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument after being rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital in Kona. (4/1/15).

NTSB – Houston Ship Channel collision

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary marine accident summary [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/DCA15MM017_preliminary.aspx] regarding the 9 March 2015 collision in the Houston Ship Channel involving the chemical tanker Carla Maersk and the bulk carrier Conti Peridot. Visibility in the waterway was reduced by fog. The collision resulted in the discharge of MTBE cargo by the Carla Maersk. The probable cause of the collision is yet to be determined. (4/2/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2015 navigation season opens

clip_image013 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/press-releases/pr20150402.html] announcing the opening of the 2015 navigation season. (4/2/15).

Australia – Wreck Removal Convention

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance on the application of the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, which enters into force on 14 April. Marine Notice 04/2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (4/2/15).

Singapore – near-miss reporting

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) posted a circular encouraging ships in Singapore waters and the Singapore Strait to voluntarily submit confidential reports of near-misses encountered or observed. Port Marine Circular 04-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-04.pdf] (4/1/15).

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April 2nd, 2015 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 April 2015

Headlines:

CPSC – fire extinguisher recall;

NTSB – Safer Seas 2014;

IMO – nominations for Secretary-General;

Canada – model of HMS Erebus; and

UK – MAIB safety digest.

April 2, 2015

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CPSC – fire extinguisher recall

clip_image004 The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Recall Notice [located at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers/] for certain disposable Walter Kiddee hand portable fire extinguishers. The recall does not involve rechargeable extinguishers that require yearly servicing. (2/12/15).

NTSB – Safer Seas 2014

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted "Safer Seas 2014: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations" [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/SPC1501.pdf]. The report is a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2014, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports.

IMO – nominations for Secretary-General

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/09-SG–candidates.aspx#.VRwv3fzF98E] stating that it has received the nominations of six candidates for the position of Secretary-General. The election will be held at the upcoming IMO Council session. The present incumbent, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, ends his four-year term as Secretary-General on 31 December 2015. (4/1/15).

Canada – model of HMS Erebus

clip_image010 Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=957589] announcing the unveiling of high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus. Sir John Franklin’s lead ship was found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845 expedition searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. (4/11/15).

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Safety Digest 1/2015 [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419923/MAIB_SafetyDigest_1-2015.pdf]. (4/1/15).

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April 1st, 2015 at 10:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 April 2015

Headlines:

DOI – Chukchi Sea lease sale affirmed;

USCG – NOAD corrections;

USCG – Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations;

USCG – distribution of Light List;

USCG – seeking attorney-advisor;

SHC – meeting re MEPC 68;

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG project; and

Australia – dangers of pressurized systems.

April 1, 2015

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DOI – Chukchi Sea lease sale affirmed

clip_image004 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/department-of-the-interior-affirms-2008-chukchi-sea-lease-sale.cfm] stating that it issued a Record of Decision (ROD) affirming the Chukchi Sea OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 103 and the remaining oil and gas leases issued in 2008 as a result of the sale. Formal review of the lease-holder’s exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea will now commence. (3/31/15).

USCG – NOAD corrections

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued corrections to its recent rulemaking on vessel requirements for notices of arrival and departure (NOAD). The corrections involve the definition of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) User and AIS applicability. 80 Fed. Reg. 17326 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07228.pdf] (4/1/15).

USCG – Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, through 1 June, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 17372 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07466.pdf] (4/1/15).

USCG – distribution of Light List

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that henceforth it will no longer produce printed Light List volumes. Only electronic versions will be made available. 80 Fed. Reg. 17473 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07501.pdf] (4/1/15).

USCG – seeking attorney-advisor

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a job announcement [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398373300] stating that it seeks to hire an attorney-advisor (GS-0905-14) to provide legal services to the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology (C4-I). Applications must be received by 3 April. (3/20/15).

SHC – meeting re MEPC 68

clip_image009 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 5 May in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68). Topics on the agenda include energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and use of electronic record books. 80 Fed. Reg. 17540 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07461.pdf] (4/1/15).

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG project

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has extended, through 24 April, the period within which to submit comments on the proposed Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC project. 80 Fed. Reg. 17426 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07449.pdf] (4/1/15).

Australia – dangers of pressurized systems

clip_image013 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into a serious injury onboard the LNG carrier Northwest Stormpetrel at Dampier on 8 November 2014. The cargo engineer and an integrated rating were checking the LNG forcing vaporizer steam trap to resolve recurrent drainage issues. The steam trap was isolated and depressurized so that a new gasket could be installed. Following gasket installation and reassembly, the system was checked prior to pressurization. As the system was being pressurized, the valve’s bonnet came away, spraying steam on the cargo engineer and causing serious burns. Investigation revealed that the bonnet locking clip (a small item that would have been located in a hard to see location) had not been installed, allowing the bonnet to unscrew. MO-2014-013 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5219409/MO-2014-013-Final.pdf] (3/31/15).

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March 31st, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 March 2015

Headlines:

White House – Arctic strategy implementation report;

USCG – electrical equipment in hazardous locations;

North Atlantic – tall ship crew evacuated;

Court – motion to strike jury demand denied;

EC – Galileo FAQ; and

Denmark – medicine chest A.

March 31, 2015

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White House – Arctic strategy implementation report

clip_image004 The White House released the Implementation Report on the National Strategy for the Arctic [located at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/27/white-house-releases-implementation-report-national-strategy-arctic]. The report is the first of a planned series of intended to maintain transparency by demonstrating progress toward the goals that were laid out in the 2014 Implementation Plan. (3/27/14).

USCG – electrical equipment in hazardous locations

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule applicable to newly constructed mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating outer continental shelf (OCS) facilities, and vessels other than offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that engage in OCS activities. The rule expands the list of acceptable national and international explosion protection standards and adds the internationally accepted independent third-party certification system, the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx), as an accepted method of testing and certifying electrical equipment intended for use in hazardous locations. The rule also provides owners and operators of existing US MODUs, floating OCS facilities, vessels other than OSVs, and US tank vessels that carry flammable or combustible cargoes the option of following this compliance regime as an alternative to the requirements of existing regulations. The rule enters into effect on 30 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 16980 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-31/pdf/2015-06946.pdf] (3/31/15).

North Atlantic – tall ship crew evacuated

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2485394/] stating that nine persons have been rescued from the Canadian tall ship Liana Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The vessel’s engines were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast in heavy weather. The Coast Guard is tracking the crewless vessel. (3/30/15).

Court – motion to strike jury demand denied

clip_image008 The US District Court for the Easter District of Louisiana issued an order denying BP’s motion to strike the State of Alabama’s jury demand with respect to its OPA 90 for lost tax revenues, lost revenues to state departments, financial impacts to public services, state response and recovery costs, and physical damages (other than natural resource damages). In re DWH Oil Spill, No. MDL 2179 (E.D. La., March 30, 2015).

EC – Galileo FAQ

clip_image010 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4711_en.htm?locale=en] providing updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the Galileo program. (3/28/15).

Denmark – medicine chest A

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a notice [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishshipschangeofmedicinechestA.aspx] stating that one of the items in medicine chest A on Danish ships is no longer available in the Danish market. The medicine concerned is oral solution 15.1 Dextromethorphan, which has been replaced in the Danish market by 30 mg Dextromethorphan tablets. If the tablets are utilized, the minimum quantity in medicine chest A is 40 tablets and new user guidelines must also be obtained. (3/26/15).

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March 30th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 150330

Headlines:

USCG & MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP;

House – bill introduced re eLoran;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units;

House – hearing re USCG missions;

House – members urge HMT appropriations;

Court – arbitration provision upheld; and

UK – certificates of insurance coverage.

March 30, 2015

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USCG & MARAD – Port Ambrose LNG DWP

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard, in coordination with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), sent a letter [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Port_Ambrose_Letter_of_Timeline_Suspension_150317.pdf] to Liberty Natural Gas, LLC stating that the agencies are suspending the timeline (“stop clock” for processing Liberty’s application for a final environmental impact statement (EIS) and determination of financial responsibility regarding the proposed Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP). Review of the many comments on the draft EIS continues. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has changed its pipeline burial depth requirement from seven feet to fifteen feet. The Clean Air Act-General Conformity is still being compiled and analyzed. Liberty’s financial responsibility data has yet to be submitted. (3/17/15).

House – bill introduced re eLoran

clip_image008 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1678) to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for the global positioning system, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Garamendi issued a press release [located at http://garamendi.house.gov/press-release/garamendi-introduces-bipartisan-gps-backup-bill-safeguard-national-security-economy] explaining the measure. (3/27/15). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Dana Goward of the Association for Rescue at Sea.

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image008[1] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 1683) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/26/15).

House – bill introduced re foreign offshore units

clip_image008[2] Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 1684) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Curbelo issued a press release [located at https://curbelo.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-curbelo-and-murphy-introduce-foreign-spill-protection-act] explaining the measure. (3/26/15).

House – hearing re USCG missions

clip_image008[3] The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet on 15 April for An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Missions. (3/27/15).

House – members urge HMT appropriations

clip_image008[4] Representative Boustany (R-LA) and other members of Congress sent a Letter [located at http://boustany.house.gov/uploads/HMTF%20FY16%20Approps%20request%2003172015.pdf] to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Hose Committee on Appropriations requesting that the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) appropriations meet the targeted HMT levels as established by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. (3/17/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

Court – arbitration provision upheld

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a district court ruling that compelled plaintiff crew member to arbitrate his employment dispute in accordance with his employment contract. Wong v. Carnival Corporation, No. 14-10856 (11th Cir., March 27, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201410856.pdf].

UK – certificates of insurance coverage

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/certificate-of-proof-of-civil-or-passenger-liability-insurance] reminding ship owners and operators of the requirement for valid certificates of proof of insurance. With regard to wreck removal insurance, MCA has received a high volume of applications in recent days. Applications for these certificates received after 14 March may not be processed by the 14 April deadline, except for vessels on the UK Ship Register, which receive priority processing. (3/26/15).

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March 27th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – tonnage measurement notes;

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum;

DOJ – fourth shipping executive sentenced; and

NOAA – porbeagle shark

March 27, 2015

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USCG – tonnage measurement notes

clip_image004 The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) has issued, since 2008, informational weekly notes for use by classification societies (referred to as authorized measurement organizations) that measure vessels on behalf of the Coast Guard. Those weekly tonnage measurement notes have now been compiled and are available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/msc/tonnage/docs/Weekly_Notes.pdf. (3/26/15). Note: This document is 340 pages in length.

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2484382/] the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) recently met at US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. The ACGF is a cooperative initiative between nations with shared maritime interests in the Arctic and consists of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The goal of the ACGF is to support safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic region. (3/26/15).

DOJ – fourth shipping executive sentenced

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fourth-ocean-shipping-executive-pleads-guilty-price-fixing-ocean-shipping-services-cars-and] stating that an executive of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo. This is the fourth shipping executive to be sentenced in the conspiracy. Three corporations have agreed to plead guilty and to pay criminal fines totaling more than $136 million. (3/26/15).

NOAA – porbeagle shark

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is conducting a 90-day finding to determine whether the porbeagle shark should be included on the list of endangered and threatened wildlife. Comments must be received by 12 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 16356 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/pdf/2015-07073.pdf] (3/27/15).

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    logo11 Underway on LNG

    In the April 2015 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Underway on LNG". In the article, I discuss recent developments in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel by US-flag vessels. The offshore supply vessel Harvey Energy is now underway on LNG in the Gulf of Mexico. TOTE is constructing two new LNG-propelled container ships and converting two others to LNG propulsion. Crowley is building two new LNG-propelled ConRo vessels. Various other ships currently under construction will be LNG-ready. Change is no longer over the horizon - it is happening now.