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March 10th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – erroneous application transmission;

Court – master services contract;

Court – dock on the bay;

California – vessel fee increase;

Panama Canal – February operations;

Panama Canal – new tonnage record; and

Japanese earthquake & tsunami – 11 March 2011.

March 10, 2017

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USCG – erroneous application transmission

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice advising that, due to a processing error, stakeholders may receive an additional Application for Renewal (CG-1280) for US documented vessels the Certificate of Documentation (COD) for which expires at the end of March 2017. Stakeholders who have already received the new COD which expires 31 March 2108 should disregard the second notice. (3/9/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/].

Court – master services contract

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court determination that the master services contract at the heart of an insurance coverage dispute was maritime in nature and that maritime law controlled in the interpretation of the contract. The significance of the long and tortured decision is at the end when the panel basically called upon the Circuit judges to review the Circuit’s prior position on how these cases are reviewed, with the hope that a more predictable test can be developed. In the Matter of Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir., February 23, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30217-CV0.pdf]. Note: This interesting case was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Court – dock of the bay

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower court decision in favor of the National Park Service (NPS). Plaintiff company had conveyed properties on Cumberland Island, Georgia to the in 1982, reserving certain easements and rights of access, including use of Brick-Kiln Dock. Over the intervening years, the dock had become silted in, making continued use difficult. When the NPS refused to allow the dock to be moved or extended, the plaintiff brought suit. The court held that the deed did not permit the company to later relocate the dock and that the NPS decision was neither arbitrary nor capricious. High Point v. National Park Service, No. 15-11825 (11th Cir., March 8, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201511825.pdf]. Note: The dispute has only a minor relationship to maritime issues, but is significant for its references to the great Otis Redding hit.

California – vessel fee increase

clip_image010 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that, effective 1 April, the fee paid by a vessel with a qualifying voyage arrival at a California port will increase from $850 to $1,000. (3/8/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP.html].

Panama Canal – February operations

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during February. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 9-2017 (3/8/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-09-2017.pdf].

Panama Canal – new tonnage record

clip_image012[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that it set a new tonnage record of 1.18 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) for February, welcoming 1,180 vessels during the month. (3/9/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/03/09/pr617.html].

Japanese earthquake & tsunami – 11 March 2011

clip_image014 On 11 March 2011, at 1446 JST, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred beneath the seafloor in the Pacific Ocean 70 kilometers east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku Prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in modern times, moving the island 2.4 meters east and shifting the entire planet on its axis by about 15 centimeters. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that reached heights of up to 40 meters when it struck shore. The event resulted in over 15,000 deaths, numerous injuries, and massive property damage. Most dramatic, it set off a chain of events that resulted in a significant radiation leak at a nuclear power plant. Much debris floated out to sea and has been gradually coming ashore at points throughout the North Pacific region.

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March 9th, 2017 at 11:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – relief valve testing on pneumatic systems;

DOE – Oleo Sponge soaks up oil; and

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo.

March 9, 2017

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USCG – relief valve testing on pneumatic systems

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) reminding stakeholders of the risks and best practices in conducting or witnessing the testing of vapor pressure relief valves on pneumatic systems. MSIB 04-2017 (3/7/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/004_17_3-7-2017.pdf]

DOE – Oleo Sponge soaks up oil

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, which easily absorbs oil from water, is reusable, and can pull disbursed oil from the entire water column – not just the surface. In tests at a giant sweater tank at the National Oil Spill Response, Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, the Oleo Sponge successfully collected diesel and crude oil from both below and on the water surface. The research was funded by the US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (3/7/17) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/soaking-oil-spill].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image008 Senator Moran (R-KS) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 472) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s472is/pdf/BILLS-115s472is.pdf].

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March 8th, 2017 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 March 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – cruise ship allision;

DOD – Freedom of Navigation report;

USCG – RADM Thomas interview;

EC – Earth observation satellite;

Ireland – craze cracking on certain EPIRBs; and

Panama Canal – mooring lines.

March 8, 2017

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NTSB – cruise ship allision

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of the allision of the passenger vessel Carnival Pride with the pier and fendering at the Cruise Maryland Terminal in Baltimore on 8 May 2016. There were no injuries or pollution, but damages exceeded $2 million. The probable cause of the allision was the staff captain’s errors during the docking maneuver―approaching the pier with excessive speed and at too steep of an angle―and the captain’s insufficient oversight during the maneuver. MAB 17-06 (3/7/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1706.pdf].

DOD – Freedom of Navigation report

clip_image006 The Department of Defense (DOD) posted its FY2016 Freedom of Navigation (FON) Report. During the year, US assets challenged the excessive maritime claims of twenty-two nations (some on multiple occasions). (2/28/17) [http://policy.defense.gov/Portals/11/FY16%20DOD%20FON%20Report.pdf?ver=2017-03-03-141349-943].

USCG – RADM Thomas interview

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, was interviewed by Marine News Magazine regarding Coast Guard safety and regulatory matters impacting the maritime industry. (3/7/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/07/372017-interview-with-rear-adm-paul-thomas-assistant-commandant-for-prevention-policy/].

EC – Earth observation satellite

clip_image010 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the latest Copernicus satellite (Sentinel-2B) has been launched into orbit. Working with Sentinel-2A, it will provide high-resolution images of the entire Earth every five days. These images will allow, for example, increased productivity of fish farms by monitoring toxic algal blooms. (3/7/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-446_en.htm].

Ireland – craze cracking on certain EPIRBs

clip_image012 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a Marine Notice advising of localized craze cracking on the outside of the waterproof seal (main O ring seal) of the McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB and the Sport/Sport Pro/Sport Pro + models of the Kennad Marine EPIRB. (3/7/17) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN09of2017_EPIRB_product_info%20%282%29.pdf].

Panama Canal – mooring lines

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory reminding stakeholders that vessels are required to have six manila or synthetic mooring lines forward and six aft, in good condition, prior to commencing transit. Advisory 8-2017 (3/6/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-08-2017.pdf].

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March 7th, 2017 at 11:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – BWM extension program update;

USCG – NMC course approval update;

Jacksonville – LNG facility;

FMC – regulatory burdens to be eased;

DOT – MV Liberty Passion welcomed to MSP;

House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage;

House – bill introduced re navigable waters; and

Court – insurance coverage dispute.

March 7, 2017

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USCG – BWM extension program update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) updating the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program. If a type-approved BWM system is not available for a vessel, and compliance with the other approved BWM methods is not possible, the vessel owner/operator may apply for an extension of the vessel’s compliance date. MSIB 03-17 (3/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/003_17_3-6-2017.pdf].

USCG – NMC course approval update

clip_image005 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) bulletin stating that its course and program approval request inventory has been reduced to a reasonable level. (3/6/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/course_approvals_inventory_final_update.pdf].

Jacksonville – LNG facility

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Waterways Suitability Assessment (WSA) for a liquefied natural gas LNG) facility construction project in Jacksonville. Comments must be received by 6 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 12822 (3/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-07/pdf/2017-04380.pdf].

FMC – regulatory burdens to be eased

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners voted to amend the rules involving Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements in order to ease regulatory burdens and make the agency’s rules more consistent with how the ocean shipping business is now practiced. (3/6/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR17_03/].

DOT – MV Liberty Passion welcomed to MSP

clip_image009 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release welcoming the US-flag vehicle carrier Liberty Pasion to the Maritime Security Program (MSP). (3/3/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2317].

House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage

clip_image011 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Energizing American Maritime Act (H.R. 1240) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1240ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr1240ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image011[1] Representative Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act (H.R. 1261) to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. (2/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1261ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr1261ih.pdf].

Court – insurance coverage dispute

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of the insured in an insurance coverage dispute with its insurer. The dispute involved a personal injury lawsuit brought by the insured’s employee against three other companies with which the insured had a master services contract. Richard v. Anadarko Petroleum, No. 16-30216 (5th Cir., March 2, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30216-CV0.pdf].

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March 6th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 March 2017

Headlines:

EPA & USACE – Clean Water Rule;

Nantucket Sound – Cape Wind SEIS;

DOC – TopShip free-trade zone;

Ohio River – barges removed from dam; and

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987.

March 6, 2017

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EPA & USACE – Clean Water Rule

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that they intend to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule. 82 Fed. Reg. 12532 (3/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-06/pdf/2017-04312.pdf].

Nantucket Sound – Cape Wind SEIS

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. 82 Fed. Reg. 12636 (3/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-06/pdf/2017-04247.pdf].

DOC – TopShip free-trade zone

clip_image010 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it has approved the application to establish a subzone of the Free-Trade Zone in Gulfport for TopShip LLC. 82 Fed. Reg. 12536 (3/6/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-06/pdf/2017-04277.pdf].

Ohio River – barges removed from dam

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the two barges that had been pinned against the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River after a barge breakaway have been removed and towed to a facility in Henderson, West Virginia. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (3/5/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18b5d09].

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987

clip_image014 The HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE was a double-ended ro-ro car and passenger ferry operating between Bruges-Zeebrougge, Belgium and Dover, England. On 6 March 1987, it departed Bruges-Zeebrougge with a crew of 80, carrying 459 passengers, 81 cars, 3 buses, and 47 trucks. Due to a series of mistakes, the bow doors were not closed prior to leaving port. Upon leaving the harbor and while proceeding at over 18 knots, water entered the vehicle deck in large quantities. The free-surface effect of the water impaired stability and led to the capsizing, which occurred in less than one minute. The sinking resulted in 193 deaths. Following the accident and investigation, various changes were made to IMO regulations regarding design and operation of ro-ro passenger vessels. The incident was also the impetus for establishment of the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

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March 3rd, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 3 March 2017

Headlines:

San Francisco – Pier 70 project;

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations & Rules;

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls;

DOS – SHC charter renewed;

CMTS – FAST Act Addendum;

MEDMAC – meeting on 4-5 April;

NTSB – sinking of fishing vessel;

Tokyo – cargo securing arrangements;

Ireland – EU MRV regulation reminder; and

Protection Against Piracy Act – 3 March 1819.

March 3, 2017

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San Francisco – Pier 70 project

clip_image004 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Detailed Project Report for the Pier 70 Central Basin Continuing Authorities Section 107 Navigation Improvement Project at the Port of San Francisco. Comments must be received by 21 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 12447 (3/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/pdf/2017-04123.pdf].

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations & Rules

clip_image006 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule updating the Seaway Regulations and Rules. The rule enters into effect on 20 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 12418 (3/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/pdf/2017-04068.pdf].

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls

clip_image006[1] The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated a final rule for the Tariff of Tolls for the Seaway. The rule enters into effect on 20 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 12420 (3/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/pdf/2017-04069.pdf].

DOS – SHC charter renewed

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that the charter for the Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) has been renewed. 82 Fed. Reg. 12486 (3/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/pdf/2017-04095.pdf].

CMTS – FAST Act Addendum

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice stating that the FAST Act Addendum to the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation Infrastructure is now available. The Addendum highlights the Department of Transportation’ FASTLANE program which provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical freight issues facing our nation’s highways, bridges, railroads, and intermodal infrastructure and establishes broad multiyear eligibilities for freight infrastructure. (3/2/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/].

MEDMAC – meeting on 4-5 April

clip_image012 The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 4-5 April in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Topics on the agenda include revisions to NVIC 04-08 and the Mariner Occupational Health Risk Study. 82 Fed. Reg. 12367 (3/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-02/pdf/2017-04041.pdf]. Note: This item is repeated from yesterday to correct a typo spotted by an eagle-eyed and long-suffering reader. Oops!

NTSB – sinking of fishing vessel

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the sinking, with loss of life, of the commercial fishing vessel Orin C off Cape Ann, Massachusetts on 3 December 2015. The three crew members abandoned the vessel just prior to its sinking. One crew member, though, lost consciousness before being pulled into a USCG motor lifeboat. Despite over an hour of CPR, the crew member died. The probable cause of the sinking was the structural failure of the vessel’s wooden hull and subsequent flooding. While probably not a factor in the fisherman’s death, the NTSB noted that the USCG motor lifeboat carried advanced first-aid equipment that the crew members did not know how to operate. It recommended that at least one USCG crew member on each rescue vessel be trained in use of the first-aid and trauma equipment on board. Marine Accident Brief 17-05 (2/28/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1705.pdf]. Note: This item is repeated from yesterday to correct a typo spotted by an eagle-eyed and long-suffering reader. Oops!

Tokyo MOU – cargo securing arrangements

clip_image016 The Tokyo MOU issued a press release summarizing results of the concentrated inspection campaign on cargo securing arrangements conducted on 1 September through 30 November. Of the 4,263 covered vessels inspected during this period, only 19 (or 0.45%) were detained, while 499 vessels (or 11.7%) were cited for related deficiencies. (3/2/17) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press%20release%20on%20results%20of%20CIC%20on%20Cargo%20Securing%20Arrangements-f.pdf].

Ireland – EU MRV regulation reminder

clip_image018 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the European Union (EU) ship emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation. An implementation plan must be submitted to an independent verifier by 31 August. Marine Notice 8-2017 (3/1/17) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN08of2017.pdf].

Protection Against Piracy Act – 3 March 1819

clip_image020 The U.S. Congress enacted into law a statute to protect the commerce of the United States and punish the crime of piracy. Among other things, it authorized the use of public armed vessels (the US Navy and the US Revenue Cutter Service), with suitable instructions to the commanders thereof, in protecting merchant vessels of the United States and their crews from piratical aggressions and depredations. It also authorized merchant vessels to oppose and defend against aggression by a private armed vessel. Any person convicted of piracy as defined by the law of nations was to be punished with death. 3 Stat. 510 (March 3, 1819).

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March 2nd, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 March 2017

Headlines:

White House – waters of the United States;

EPA – waters of the United States;

USCG – REAL ID enforcement;

USCG – hoax SAR caller deterrence;

MERMED – meeting on 4-5 April;

NBSAC – meeting on 23-25 March;

NTSB – sinking of fishing vessel;

BSEE – dispersant effectiveness research;

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo;

House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage;

House – bill introduced re navigable waters;

GAO – Navy fixed-price incentive contracts;

Court – LHWCA improper venue;

Court – soil stabilization contract;

Court – duty to passenger; and

California – Ballast Water Management Summit.

March 2, 2017

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White House – waters of the United States

clip_image004 President Trump issued an Executive Order that, among other things, directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil works to review the 2015 rulemaking relating to the definition of waters of the United States for consistency with his policy for restoring the rule of law, federalism, and economic growth. (2/28/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/28/presidential-executive-order-restoring-rule-law-federalism-and-economic].

EPA – waters of the United States

clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release regarding the Executive Order concerning waters of the United States. (2/28/17) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-act-waters-united-states-rule-1].

USCG – REAL ID enforcement

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued guidance to its field units stating that, in accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, driver’s licenses and identification cards from Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and Washington may not be accepted for the purpose of accessing federal facilities and military installations. Enhanced Driver’s Licenses from Minnesota and Washington are acceptable. ALCOAST 064/17 (3/1/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/064-17_ALCOAST.txt]. Note: The guidance does not address the acceptability of driver’s licenses and ID cards for merchant mariner certificate (MMC) and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) applications.

USCG – hoax SAR caller deterrence

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on voice and audio forensics to create an audio ‘fingerprint’ of callers on suspicious maritime search and rescue emergency calls to detect, identify, and deter hoax SAR callers. (3/1/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/coast-guard-partners-to-deter-search-and-rescue-hoax-calls/].

MERMED – meeting on 4-5 April

clip_image009[1] The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MERMED), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 4-5 April in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Topics on the agenda include revisions to NVIC 04-08 and the Mariner Occupational Health Risk Study. 82 Fed. Reg. 12367 (3/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-02/pdf/2017-04041.pdf].

NBSAC – meeting on 23-25 March

clip_image010 The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 23-25 March in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include alternatives to pyrotechnic visual distress signals and grant projects. 82 Fed. Reg. 12366 (3/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-02/pdf/2017-04038.pdf].

NTSB – sinking of fishing vessel

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the sinking, with loss of life, of the commercial fishing vessel Orin C off Cape Ann, Massachusetts on 3 December 2015. The three crew members abandoned the vessel just prior to its sinking. One crew member, though, lost consciousness before being pulled into a USCG motor lifeboat. Despite over an hour of CPR, the crew member died. The probable cause of the sinking was the structural failure of the vessel’s wooden hull and subsequent flooding. While probably not a factor in the fisherman’s death, the NTSB noted that the USCG motor lifeboat carried advanced first-aid equipment that the crew members knew how to operate. It recommended that at least one USCG crew member on each rescue vessel be trained in use of the first-aid and trauma equipment on board. Marine Accident Brief 17-05 (2/28/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1705.pdf].

BSEE – dispersant effectiveness research

clip_image014 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it funded oil spill research to measure dispersant effectiveness. (3/1/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-funds-oil-spill-research-to-measure].

Senate – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image016 Senator Moran (R-KS) introduced a bill (S. 472) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/28/17).

House – bill introduced re US vessel carriage

clip_image018 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1240) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/28/17).

House – bill introduced re navigable waters

clip_image018[1] Representative Thornberry (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 1261) to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/28/17).

GAO – Navy fixed-price incentive contracts

clip_image020 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Navy shipbuilding, in particular the use of fixed-price incentive (FPI) contracts. It found that half of the six such contracts reviewed did not document the Navy’s justification for selecting this contract type. It also found that, in most of the 40 contracts reviewed, the contract terms resulted in the Navy absorbing the majority of the cost risk. The report recommends that the Navy document in the contract file its rationale for selecting a FPI contract and study the effectiveness of added incentives. GAO-17-211 (3/1/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/683085.pdf].

Court – LWHCA improper venue

clip_image022 The Court of Federal Claims dismissed without prejudice a document submitted by a pro se plaintiff longshoreman asserting that his claim for compensation was improperly dismissed due to actions of his now-disbarred attorney. The court advised that the complaint should have been filed with the court of appeals for the circuit where work injury occurred. Patillo v. United States, No. 16-1568C (CFC, February 23, 2017) [https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2016cv1568-8-0]. Note: This matter was brought to my attention by my good friend Tom Langan of Weeks Marine.

Court – soil stabilization contract

clip_image024 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court ruling in favor of defendant contractor in a dispute alleging breach of contract and negligent failure to warn over a contract between defendant and plaintiff shipbuilder for soil stabilization work at a facility in Houma. LaShip, LLC v. Hayward Baker, Inc, No. 1530816 (5th Cir., March 1, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/15/15-30816.0.pdf].

Court – duty to passenger

clip_image026 In a mercifully brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise line in plaintiff passenger’s negligence action for the reasons stated in the district court’s discussion of the duty owed to the plaintiff as well as the open and obvious nature of the danger presented. Miller v. NCL (Bahamas) Ltd, No. 16-12019 (11th Cir., March 1, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201612019.pdf].

California – Ballast Water Management Summit

clip_image028 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that the fourth annual Ballast Water Management Summit will be held in Long Beach on 6-8 March. (2/25/17) [http://infocastinc.com/event/ballast-water-management-summit/].

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March 1st, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 March 2017

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – Oceania Maritime Security Initiative;

NOAA – national charting plan;

HSRP – meeting on 18-20 April;

Court – maritime cybersquatting;

Australia – Garbage Record Book;

Australia – disposal of garbage; and

UK – SAR strategic overview.

March 1, 2017

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Pacific Ocean – Oceania Maritime Security Initiative

clip_image004 clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 18-day Oceania Maritime Security Initiative combatted transnational crime, enforced fisheries laws, and enhanced regional security in the central and south Pacific. The initiative was comprised of USCG Law Enforcement Detachment 103, the USN destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and law enforcement ship riders from Tuvalu and Nauru. (2/28/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18a4788].

NOAA – national charting plan

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft National Charting Plan. Comments are due by 1 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 12200 (3/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/pdf/2017-03936.pdf].

HSRP – meeting on 18-20 April

clip_image011 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Seattle on 18-20 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 12201 (3/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/pdf/2017-03934.pdf].

Court – maritime cybersquatting

clip_image013 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of defendants’ motion to set aside the entry of a default judgment in favor of plaintiff. Plaintiff cruise line had sued alleging that defendants’ internet domain names had been registered and used to wrongfully profit from plaintiff’s good will and reputation. The court found that in rem jurisdiction over the domain names was valid under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v. Royalcaribbean.com, No. 16-12717 (11th Cir., February 27, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201612717.pdf].

Australia – Garbage Record Book

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice advising of changes to the MARPOL Annex V Garbage Record Book, entering into force on 1 March 2018. Marine Notice 3-2017 (January 2017) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Australia – disposal of garbage

clip_image015[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance on recent changes to MARPOL Annex V. The disposal of all garbage into the sea from ships is prohibited except in some limited circumstances. Marine Notice 4-2017 (January 2017) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

UK – SAR strategic overview

clip_image017 The UK Government posted its Search and Rescue (SAR) Strategic Overview. (January 2017) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/593127/mca_uksar.pdf].

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February 27th, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 February 2017

Headlines:

Bering Strait – port access route study;

FCC – AIS-SARTS, EPIRBs, and MSLDs;

NSF – Advisory Committee on Polar Programs;

DOJ – $9.5 million penalty for false reporting;

GAO – sale of obsolete vessels; and

Court – yacht warranty.

February 27, 2017

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Bering Strait – port access route study

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the 128-page Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea. Comments must be submitted by 30 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 11935 (2/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-27/pdf/2017-03771.pdf]. Note: The Final Report is dated 12.27.16.

FCC – AIS-SARTS, EPIRBs, and MSLDs

clip_image006 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice announcing that the information collection requirements of the FCC Report and Order 16-119 are effective immediately. The Report and Order requires manufacturers of certain emergency radio beacons (e.g., AIS-SARTS, EPIRBs, and MSLDs) to include with those items a copy of a letter from the US Coast Guard stating that their device satisfies certain IEC and RTCM technical requirements. 82 Fed. Reg. 11824 (2/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-27/pdf/2017-03752.pdf].

NSF – Advisory Committee for Polar Programs

clip_image008 The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a notice announcing the reestablishment of the Advisory Committee for Polar Programs. 82 Fed. Reg. 11949 (2/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-27/pdf/2017-03745.pdf].

DOJ – $9.5 million penalty for false reporting

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a company has been ordered to pay $9.5 million for false reporting of safety inspections and Clean Water Act violations following a 2012 explosion on an offshore facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (2/23/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/company-pay-95-million-false-reporting-safety-inspections-and-clean-water-act-violations-led]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Charles Dudek of Murphy Oil.

GAO – sale of obsolete vessels

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued the report of its examination of the handling by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the monies derived from the sale of obsolete government vessels. The report found that proceeds from those sales were accounted for, allocated, and disbursed consistent with applicable law. GAO-17-280 (2/23/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682980.pdf].

Court – yacht warranty

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for defendant yacht manufacturer and seller in a suit brought by plaintiff yacht purchaser. The Purchase and Sale Agreement provided that yacht is accepted in its “as is” condition and that the seller and brokers have given no warranty as to its condition. An Addendum, executed shortly thereafter, included a limited express warranty covering design defects for a period of one year. The court concluded that there were genuine issues of material fact as to whether the limited warranty was incorporated into the contract. Global Quest LLC v. Horizon Yachts Inc., No. 15-10713 (11th Cir., February 24, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201510713.pdf].

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February 24th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 February 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – two engineers convicted of pollution charges;

USCG – bulkers detained for safety lapses;

Alaska – transit plan for damaged tug;

FMC – financial responsibility cap;

ORAP – meeting on 7 March;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

CBO – Navy shipbuilding plan;

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification;

Singapore – water price revisions; and

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852.

February 24, 2017

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DOJ – two engineers convicted of pollution charges

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a federal jury in Charleston convicted two engineers of the tanker Green Sky of falsifying documents to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste and obstruction charges. The vessel’s operator previously pleaded guilty to the charges. (2/23/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-vessel-engineers-convicted-environmental-and-obstruction-crimes-after-trial-vessel].

USCG – bulkers detained for safety lapses

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that two bulk carriers have been detained on the Columbia River after port state control inspectors discovered substandard safety conditions on board. (2/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1894ddc].

Alaska – transit plan for damaged tug

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a transit plan has been approved for the tug Samson Mariner to proceed, with an escort, to Seattle for repairs. On 15 February, the tug grounded on Rosa Reef, spilling approximately 1,100 gallons of fuel. (2/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18810d3].

FMC – financial responsibility cap

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the cap for financial responsibility for indemnification of passengers for nonperformance of transportation will remain at $30 million for 2017 and 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 11574 (2/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-24/pdf/2017-03650.pdf].

ORAP – meeting on 7 March

clip_image010 The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), sponsored by the Department of the Navy, will meet on 7 March via teleconference. Topics on the agenda include ocean research and resource management. 82 Fed. Reg. 11563 (2/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-24/pdf/2017-03263.pdf].

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image012 Representative Carbajal (D-CA) introduced the Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act (H.R. 845) to provide for ocean acidification collaborative research grant opportunities. (2/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr845ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr845ih.pdf].

CBO – Navy shipbuilding plan

clip_image014 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report estimating that the cost of the Navy’s 2017 shipbuilding plan—an average of about $21 billion per year (in 2016 dollars) over 30 years—would be $5 billion higher than the average funding that the Navy has received in recent decades. (2/22/17) [https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52324-shipbuildingreport.pdf].

Singapore – LRIT conformance testing & certification

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing guidance on Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) conformance testing and certification. Shipping Circular 7-2017 (2/22/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/ad48615e-5f73-4674-bf2b-3e277630f600].

Singapore – water price revisions

clip_image016[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing water price revisions for shipping customers, effective 1 July. Port Marine Circular 4-2017 (2/23/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/257918dc-e282-4df4-baad-277d84a1cdcb].

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852

clip_image018 On 26 February 1852, the troopship HMS BIRKENHEAD grounded at Danger Point, near Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying about 400 British soldiers to fight in the Kaffir War in South Africa. Also on board were about 200 civilians, mostly women and children. There were not sufficient lifeboats for everyone. The senior British Army officer onboard ordered the troops to stand fast as the women and children boarded the lifeboats. None of the soldiers broke ranks. The BIRKENHEAD sank soon afterwards. Only 193 of the approximately 643 people originally on board survived. From this event, the maritime tradition of “women and children first” is derived. Rudyard Kipling later wrote the poem “Solder an’ Sailor too”, dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Marines. The poem includes the lines:

To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,

Is nothing so bad when you’ve cover to ‘and, an’ leave an’ likin’ to shout;

But to stand an’ be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,

An’ they done it, the Jollies – ‘Er Majesty’s Jollies – soldier an’ sailor too!

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    In the March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Cabotage rule change proposed". The article discusses the change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the 18 January edition of its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter. Reversing a 40-year practice, the change would prohibit use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment; valves and valve guards; damaged pipelines; platform repair material; and similar items from a US point to another US point. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 April. I am disturbed by the use of the CBP newsletter to announce this significant proposed change rather than the Federal Register, which is the official method for an agency to communicate with the public and the regulated community.