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May 6th, 2015 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 May 2015

Headlines:

OFAC – travel between US & Cuba;

Great Lakes – US & Canadian icebreaking concludes;

USCG – STS transfer of oil cargoes;

Houston – MASTT port security training course;

FWS – Boating Infrastructure Grant Program;

NOAA – RESTORE Act Science Program;

BSEE – launch of SafeOCS program;

Australia – piracy & armed robbery against ships; and

Forfeiture Act – 6 May 1796.

May 6, 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. Never trust atoms – they make up everything.

OFAC – travel between US & Cuba

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted guidance [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faq_ferry_05042015.pdf] regarding travel (via aircraft or commercial passenger vessel) between the United States and Cuba. (5/5/15). Note: The ferry may depart soon, but not tonight.

Great Lakes – US & Canadian icebreaking concludes

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2501058/] stating that it and the Canadian Coast Guard have concluded icebreaking operations on the Great Lakes for the season. During 122 days of operations, seven USCG and three CCG icebreakers spent more than 3,181 hours breaking ice for convoys and assisted in 677 commercial vessel transits to move an estimated 23.7 million tons of dry bulk and liquid cargoes with an estimated value of $829 million. (5/4/15).

USCG – STS transfer of oil cargoes

clip_image012 USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding stakeholders that the new regulations applicable to ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of oil cargoes involving at least one vessel that is more than 150 gross tons entered into effect on 5 May 2015. MSIB 06-15 (5/5/15).

Houston – MASTT port security training course

clip_image013 clip_image015 The Maritime Awareness Security & Terrorism Training (MASTT) port security training course, sponsored by, among others, the US Coast Guard and the FBI, will be held in Houston on 16 June. (5/5/15).

FWS – Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

clip_image017 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a final rule revising regulations governing administration of the national Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The revisions enter into effect on 5 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 26149 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/pdf/2015-09961.pdf] (5/6/15).

NOAA – RESTORE Act Science Program

clip_image019 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has prepared the final science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program. 80 Fed. Reg. 26004 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/pdf/2015-10453.pdf] (5/6/15).

BSEE – launch of SafeOCS program

clip_image021 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Press-Releases/2015/BSEE-Director-Brian-Salerno-Announces-Key-Efforts-to-Reduce-Risk-Offshore/] announcing the launch of the SafeOCS program, an initiative aimed at collecting and analyzing “near miss” data. BSEE also posted its 2014 Annual Report, summarizing oil and gas activities from the past year, presenting comparisons to previous years, and analyzing trends. (5/5/15).

Australia – piracy and armed robbery against ships

clip_image023 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, with emphasis on piracy incidents in Asia. It includes a flow diagram for reporting incidents in Asia. Marine Notice 07-2015 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (5/5/15).

Forfeiture Act – 6 May 1796

clip_image025 Congress adopted the Forfeiture Act, 1 Stat. L. 461. Among other things, this law provided that one-half of all penalties, fines, and forfeitures incurred and paid under the impost (customs) laws of the United States and recovered in consequence of information given by any officer of a revenue cutter shall be paid to the officers of such cutter, to be divided among them in proportion to their pay. (5/6/1796). Ah! Those were the days!

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May 4th, 2015 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 May 2015

Headlines:

USCG – challenges and opportunities;

Cook Inlet – LNG carrier incident;

Chukchi Sea – temporary safety zones proposed;

USCG – NAVSAC applications sought;

DOE – Wave Energy Prize;

CBP – User Fee Advisory Committee;

CBP – COAC charter renewed;

NOAA – Common Thresher Shark;

Senate – bill introduced re waters of the United States;

Senate – bill introduced re waters of the United States; and

California – biofouling management.

May 4, 2015

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USCG – challenges and opportunities

clip_image004 Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG, was the keynote speaker at the American Waterways Operators (AWO) conference. His speech focused on four main issues: (1) transnational criminal organizations; (2) America’s energy renaissance; (3) cybersecurity; and (4) developments in the Arctic. (4/23/15).

Cook Inlet – LNG carrier incident

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2500634/] stating that the LNG carrier Excel experienced a loss of propulsion due to a failed engineering gasket while inbound to Cook Inlet, Alaska on 27 April and anchored in Kachemak Bay near Homer. While preparing to get underway on 29 April after repairs, the vessel experienced an automated engineering casualty and canceled its voyage until a classification society surveyor could verify that the casualty was fully resolved. Repairs were effected and the vessel was allowed to proceed to the LNG plant in Nikiski, but only with a tug escort as required by the Coast Guard. Excel is now at the LNG plant and permanent repairs are being implemented and verified. (5/1/15).

Chukchi Sea – temporary safety zone proposed

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones on waters of the Chukchi Sea around the drillship Noble Discoverer and around its mooring spread during 2015. Comments on the proposal must be received by 3 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 25256 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10376.pdf] (5/4/15).

USCG – NAVSAC applications sought

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC). Applications should be received by 30 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 25310 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10329.pdf] (5/4/15).

DOE – Wave Energy Prize

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing the availability of the Wave Energy Prize, designed to achieve game-changing performance enhancements to wave energy conversion (WEC) devices. 80 Fed. Reg. 25286 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10409.pdf] (5/4/15).

CBP – User Fee Advisory Committee

clip_image010 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for membership on the Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee. Applications should be received by 3 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 25311 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10308.pdf] (5/4/15).

CBP – COAC charter renewed

clip_image011 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the charter of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC) has been renewed. 80 Fed. Reg. 25312 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10371.pdf] (5/4/15).

NOAA – Common Thresher Shark

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended, through 6 July, the period within which to submit comments on its 90-day finding on a petition to list the Common Thresher Shark as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 80 Fed. Reg. 25272 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10348.pdf] (5/4/15).

Senate – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image015 Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 1140) to require the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term “waters of the United States”, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Barrasso issued a news release explaining the measure. (4/30/15).

Senate – bill introduced re waters of the United States

clip_image015[1] Senator Flake (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 1178) to prohibit implementation of a proposed rule relating to the definition of the term “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, or any substantially similar rule, until a Supplemental Scientific Review Panel and Ephemeral and Intermittent Streams Advisory Committee produce certain reports, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/30/15).

California – biofouling management

clip_image017 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/MFD/MFD_Home_Page.html] stating that it is proposing regulatory amendments to Article 4.8, Biofouling Management to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Operating in California Waters. A public hearing will be held on 16 June in Long Beach regarding this proposal. Written comments must be received by 16 June. (4/25/15).

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May 1st, 2015 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 May 2015

Headlines:

Dutch Harbor – temporary safety zones proposed;

Kotzebue Sound – temporary safety zones proposed;

Chukchi Sea – temporary safety zones proposed;

CBP – West Coast Trade Symposium;

House – committee approves USCG Authorization Act; and

Panama Canal – new tolls structure approved.

May 1, 2015

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Dutch Harbor – temporary safety zones proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones in the Port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska around moored, anchored, or underway offshore exploration of support vessels during 2015. Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 24866 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/pdf/2015-10216.pdf] (5/1/15).

Kotzebue Sound – temporary safety zones proposed

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones in Goodhope Bay, Kotzebue Sound, Alaska around moored, anchored, or underway offshore exploration of support vessels during 2015. Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 24869 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/pdf/2015-10234.pdf] (5/1/15).

Chukchi Sea – temporary safety zones proposed

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones on waters of the Chukchi Sea around the drill unit Polar Pioneer and around its mooring spread during 2015. Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 24863 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/pdf/2015-10259.pdf] (5/1/15).

CBP – West Coast Trade Symposium

clip_image006 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that it will host the West Coast Trade Symposium: “Advancing Trade Through Partnership and Enforcement” on 27 May in Tacoma. 80 Fed. Reg. 24952 [located at ] (5/1/15).

House – committee approves USCG Authorization Act

clip_image008 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398868] stating that the bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act (H.R. 1987) received Committee approval after adoption of the Manager’s Amendment. (4/30/15). Note: This item was first brought to my attention by Denise Krepp, advocate for the US ship recycling industry.

Panama Canal – new tolls structure approved

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/04/29/pr548.html] stating that the Panamanian Government has approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure. For the most part, the new Canal tolls structure will enter into effect on 1 April 2016. (4/29/15).

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April 30th, 2015 at 10:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 April 2015

Headlines:

SHC – meeting on 26 May;

DOT – Marine Highway Projects;

NOAA – natural infrastructure strengthens coastal resilience;

House – USCG authorization bill introduced;

EP – CO2 emission monitoring & reporting;

Arctic Council – meeting;

Denmark – “Maritime Cloud”;

India – repeal of obsolete rules considered;

Panama Canal – final new lock gate installed; and

UK – yacht Cheeki Rafiki report.

April 30, 2015

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SHC – meeting on 26 May

clip_image004 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 26 May in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95). Topics on the agenda include maritime security, goal-based construction standards, and passenger ship safety. 80 Fed. Reg. 24311 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-30/pdf/2015-10148.pdf] (4/30/15).

DOT – Marine Highway Projects

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release [at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/news_releases_summary/news_release/dot4015.htm] stating that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects: the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers Project; the Potomac River Commuter Ferry Project; and the proposed East of the Hudson River Project. (4/27/15).

NOAA – natural infrastructure strengthens coastal resilience

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that a recent study found that natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches can strengthen coastal resilience from storms, flooding, erosion, and other threats. (4/29/15).

House –USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image010 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr1987ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr1987ih.pdf] to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398841] discussing the measure. (4/23/15).

EP – CO2 emission monitoring & reporting

clip_image012 The European Parliament (EP) issued a press release stating that it has approved draft EU rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year. The text will be put to a vote in a forthcoming Council of Ministers meeting in order to come into force on 1 July 2015. The requirement, if finalized, will apply from 2018 on to ships over 5,000 gross tons, regardless of the country in which they are registered. (4/28/15).

Arctic Council – meeting

clip_image014 The Arctic Council issued a news release regarding its recent meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Chairmanship of the Council passed from Canada to the United States. The theme of the two-year US chairmanship is “One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities”. (4/24/15).

Denmark – “Maritime Cloud”

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Newprojecttomakee-Navigationareality.aspx] stating that the EU has approved a Danish-led maritime innovation project to enhance e-navigation through development of the “Maritime Cloud” and related digital services. (4/29/15).

India – repeal of obsolete rules considered

clip_image018 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201504280958010708212draft_notice_msl_280415.pdf] stating that it is considering repeal of 14 Merchant Shipping Rules due to obsolescence. Comments must be received by 28 May. (4/28/15).

Panama Canal – final new lock gate installed

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/04/28/pr547.html] stating that the sixteenth and final gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Canal Expansion Project has been installed. The project is now 87.6% complete. (4/28/15).

UK – yacht Cheeki Rafiki report

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the keel detachment and capsizing of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki during a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing with the loss of four lives on 16 May 2014. (4/29/15).

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April 29th, 2015 at 10:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 April 2015

Headlines:

Strait of Hormuz – Iranian forces board merchant vessel;

USCG – LMRWSAC members sought;

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed;

Senate – hearing on USCG budget and missions;

ReCAAP – quarterly report;

Denmark – STCW refresher course requirement;

Hong Kong – limitation of liability;

Panama Canal – replacement of ECDS delayed;

Panama Canal – reinstatement of JIT transit slots; and

UK – Exercise Dragon.

April 29, 2015

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Strait of Hormuz – Iranian forces board merchant vessel

clip_image004 clip_image006 clip_image008 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release [located at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128686] stating that the destroyer USS Farragut responded to the distress call of the container ship Maersk Tigris after Iranian forces fired shots across its bow, placed a boarding party on board, and ordered the ship into Iranian waters. The Marshall Islands vessel was transiting the Strait of Hormuz enroute the United Arab Emirates when it was intercepted. USS Farragut is standing by outside Iranian waters, monitoring the situation. (4/28/15).

USCG – LMRWSAC members sought

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC). Applications should be received by 11 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 23806 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-29/pdf/2015-10016.pdf] (4/29/15).

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed

clip_image012 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) has been renewed. 80 Fed. Reg. 23820 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-29/pdf/2015-09893.pdf] (4/29/15).

Senate – hearing on USCG budget and missions

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on the Coast Guard budget and missions. Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, testified. (4/28/15).

ReCAAP – quarterly report

clip_image016 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Quarterly Report for the period January-March 2015. Overall, 38 incidents were reported during this period, an increase over recent years. Notably, the number of incidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore during this quarter has doubled compared to the same period in 2014. (4/28/15).

Denmark – STCW refresher course requirement

clip_image018 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Newrequirementsforrefreshercourses.aspx] reminding mariners that, after 1 January 2017, STCW certificates of competency relating to firefighting, operation of survival craft and rescue boats, and operation of fast-rescue boats may only be renewed if the mariner has completed a refresher course. (4/27/15).

Hong Kong – limitation of liability

clip_image020 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice advising that Hong Kong has acceded to the Protocol of 1996 to amend the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, with effect from 3 May. Marine Notice 64-2015 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn15064.pdf] (4/28/15).

Panama Canal – replacement of EDCS delayed

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that replacement of the Electronic Data Collection System (EDCS) with the new Maritime Service Portal has been postponed, tentatively until 4 June. Advisory 09-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-09-2015.pdf] (4/23/15).

Panama Canal – reinstatement of JIT transit slots

clip_image023 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing, effective immediately, the reinstatement of the Just-in-Time (JIT) transit slots. Advisory 10-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-10-2015.pdf] (4/23/15).

UK – Exercise Dragon

clip_image025 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued its Report on Exercise Dragon. Exercise Dragon, held on 10-11 September 2014, was a live multi-agency oil spill response exercise designed to test the UK’s National Contingency Plan. It involved over 180 participants from 39 organizations operating across 15 different response cells. (4/24/15).

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April 28th, 2015 at 9:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 April 2015

Headlines:

Puget Sound – safety zones & RNA;

USCG – petition for load line exemption;

FMC – NCBFAA petition;

USCG – bulker detained for safety violations;

USCG – cruise ship newsletter;

USCG – new NOAD schema;

FMC – vessel noise reduction presentation;

EPA – Clean Diesel grant for Port of Houston;

NPS & MARAD – Maritime Heritage Grants;

House – bill introduced re offshore California;

House – bill introduced re offshore eastern seaboard;

Senate – bill introduced re offshore eastern seaboard;

House – USCG authorization bill introduced;

IMO – free BWM online course; and

IMO – microplastics in the ocean.

April 28, 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.

Puget Sound – safety zones & RNA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing safety zones around each vessel associated with Royal Dutch Shell’s planned Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations and any vessel actively engaged in towing or escorting those vessels while located in waters of the Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port Zone. In addition, a regulated navigation area (RNA) has been designated as a Voluntary First Amendment Area for individuals to exercise their free speech rights with regard to Shell’s operations. The rule remains in effect until 30 June 2015. 80 Fed. Reg. 23445 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-28/pdf/2015-09858.pdf] (4/28/15).

USCG – petition for load line exemption

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has denied a petition for a rulemaking to establish a load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan, along the eastern shore to Muskegon, Michigan. 80 Fed. Reg. 23493 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-28/pdf/2015-09790.pdf] (4/28/15).

FMC – NCBFAA petition

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) seeks comments on a petition from the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) seeking a rulemaking to revise the Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) regulations to allow inclusion of economic terms beyond rates in NRAs and to permit NRAs to be modified at any time upon mutual agreement between a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) and shipper; and to revise 46 CFR Part 531 to either eliminate the filing and essential terms publication requirements of Negotiated Service Arrangements (NSAs) or eliminate 46 CFR Part 531 in its entirety. Comments on the petition must be received by 8 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 23549 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-28/pdf/2015-09833.pdf] (4/28/15).

USCG – bulker detained for safety violations

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2497666/] stating that the bulk carrier Kind Seas has been detained in Kalama, Washington after significant safety violations were found during an inspection. (4/25/15).

USCG – cruise ship newsletter

clip_image007[1] The USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) published the spring 2015 edition of its Semi-Annual Newsletter [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/csncoe/docs/newsletters/Issue%2013%20Spring%202015%20Edition.pdf]. This edition addresses, among other things, enforcement reminders and trends, technical notes, and top cruise ship deficiencies. (4/24/15).

USCG – new NOAD schema

clip_image008 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(elozjuw1d1y4gy4quqgy15yi))/News.aspx?newsId=49FDFF35-808D-40D1-8005-56FDBA9FC296] stating that, on 26 May, an updated Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) schema, versioned 3.5, will be released which will reflect recently released changes to 33 CFR 160 and improvements to vessel/crew longshoreman data reporting.  Thereafter, NOAD Schema 3.3 and older versions will no longer be supported. (4/24/15).

FMC – vessel noise reduction presentation

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/brown-bag-5-6-2015/] stating that its May 6 Speaker Series Presentation will address issues related to the reduction of vessel noise as it relates to shipping. (4/23/15).

EPA – Clean-Diesel grant for Port of Houston

clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that Clean-Diesel grants totaling about $900,000 are being awarded to the Port of Houston to improve air quality. The grants will be used to help replace 25 older drayage trucks with trucks powered by cleaner engines. (4/27/15).

NPS & MARAD – Maritime Heritage Grants

clip_image013 clip_image015 The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), operates the Maritime Heritage Program [located at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/index.htm] to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States. For 2015, Maritime Heritage Grants totaling $1.7 million will be available. Applications must be submitted between 15 May and 3 August. (4/27/15)

House – bill introduced re offshore California

clip_image017 Representative Capps (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1952) to permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of the State of California, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/22/15).

House – bill introduced re offshore eastern seaboard

clip_image017[1] Representative Pallone (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 1977) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and North Atlantic planning areas. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/22/15).

Senate – bill introduced re offshore eastern seaboard

clip_image019 Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 1042) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and North Atlantic planning areas. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/22/15).

House –USCG authorization bill introduced

clip_image020 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1987) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398841] discussing the measure. (4/23/15).

IMO – free BWM online course

clip_image022 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/14-BWMelearning.aspx#.VT6IQ9JVhBc] announcing availability of a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM). The course was developed by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GeoBallast Partnerships Programme and the Global Industry Alliance (GIA). (4/27/15).

IMO – microplastics in the ocean

clip_image022[1] The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/15-microplasticsreport.aspx#.VT6KFdJVhBc] announcing the availability of a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) entitled “Sources, fates & effects of microplastics in the ocean”. (4/27/15).

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April 23rd, 2015 at 11:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 April 2015

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – bulk carrier refloated;

FMC – Chairman’s Earth Day Award;

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program;

House – bill introduced re use of dispersants;

Court – FTCA equitable tolling;

Canada – offshore helicopter operations;

Hong Kong – use of clean fuels; and

Ireland – programming of GPS-enabled EPIRBs.

April 23, 2015

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St. Lawrence Seaway – bulk carrier refloated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2495866/] stating that the bulk carrier that grounded in the St. Lawrence Seaway has been refloated and the Seaway has been reopened to navigation. Investigation of the casualty continues. (4/22/15).

Seattle – spill preparedness conference

clip_image005 clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2496534/] stating that it and the Washington Department of Ecology will host on 20-21 May in Seattle a spill preparedness conference addressing, among other things, remote oil sensing technology, sinking oils, software tools, and best practices. (5/22/15).

FMC – Chairman’s Earth Day Award

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-05/] stating that the Chairman’s Earth Day Award has been presented to Crowley Maritime Corporation in recognition of its broad commitment to active environmental efforts across its lines of business. (4/21/15).

House – bill introduced re Se Grant College Program

clip_image011 Representative Lawrence (D-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1900) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/21/15).

House – bill introduced re use of dispersants

clip_image011[1] Representative Nadler (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 1922) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to the use of dispersants, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/21/15).

Court – FTCA equitable tolling

clip_image013 In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the filing deadlines in the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. The FTCA provides that a claim must be presented to the appropriate federal agency for administrative review within two years after the claim accrues and that the claim must be filed in federal court within six months of the agency’s denial. United States v. Kwai Fun Wong, No. 13-1074 (April 22, 2015) [located at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-1074_09m1.pdf]. Note: While the instant case was not maritime in nature, maritime-related claims are not infrequently brought under the FTCA.

Canada – offshore helicopter operations

clip_image015 Transport Canada issued a news release [located at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=965769] announcing the coming into force of amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations that will enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations in Canada. Among other things, the amendments will prohibit offshore helicopter operations when weather or water conditions make ditching in the water unsafe. (4/22/15).

Hong Kong – use of clean fuels

clip_image017 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice advising that the requirement to use clean fuels while berthing in Hong Kong will take effect on 1 July. Marine Notice 56-2015 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn15056.pdf] (4/21/15).

Ireland – programming of GPS-enabled EPIRBs

clip_image019 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice reminding mariners that all GPS EPIRBs should be programmed with Standard Location Protocol with the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number of the vessel. Marine Notice 13-2015 [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN13of2015_ProgrammingofGPSenabledEPIRBs.pdf] (4/21/15).

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April 22nd, 2015 at 11:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 April 2015

Headlines:

UNSC – arms embargo re Houthis in Yemen;

USCG – evaluating sea service aboard liftboats;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closed due to grounding;

NTSB – bulk carrier-icebreaker collision;

MARAD – Title XI “other relevant criteria”;

MARAD – Title XI cargo preference;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

EPA – Clean Diesel Grants to US ports;

DOI, EPA & NOAA – Resilient Lands & Waters Initiative;

House – bill introduced re offshore drilling;

Australia – Great Barrier Reef & Torres Strait;

UK – ECDIS training; and

Earth Day – 22 April 2015.

April 22, 2015

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UNSC – arms embargo re Houthis in Yemen

clip_image004 clip_image006 The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2216 (2015) [located at http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2216(2015)] imposing an arms embargo with regard to the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. Member States are to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of arms and related material to members of this group. Member States are called upon to inspect all cargo in their territory, including seaports, if there is information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the cargo contains prohibited items. Items thus found shall be seized and disposed of. (4/14/15).

USCG – evaluating sea service aboard liftboats

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for evaluating and crediting sea service aboard liftboats used to qualify for national officer endorsements on Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs). CG-CVC Policy Letter 14-03 (4/6/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – closed due to grounding

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2495094/] that the bulk carrier Juno, which grounded yesterday in the St. Lawrence Seaway near the Thousand Islands Bridge, remains aground. The Seaway is closed to navigation at that point. Salvage efforts continue. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (4/21/15).

NTSB – bulk carrier-icebreaker collision

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 5 January 2014 collision involving the bulk carrier Mesabi Miner and the USCG cutter Hollyhock in the Straits of Mackinac. Hollyhock was breaking ice in the Strait to establish a path for six merchant vessels heading for Lake Michigan when it ran into thicker ice and had difficulty continuing ahead. The bulk carrier, which was the first of the merchant vessels, was unable to slow quickly enough and struck the Hollyhock stern, damaging both vessels. The probable cause of the casualty was the lack of effective communication between the two bridge teams during icebreaking operations, which resulted in an insufficient amount of time to take action to avoid the collision. MAB 15-07 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1507.pdf] (4/21/15).

MARAD – Title XI “other relevant criteria”

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its policy regarding “other relevant criteria” for consideration when evaluating the economic soundness of Title XI maritime loan guarantee program applications. The revised policy enters into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 22421 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09385.pdf] (4/22/15).

MARAD – Title XI cargo preference

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) seeks comments on a proposed policy clarification for the application of the Cargo Preference Act of 1954 to applications, commitments, and guarantees under MARAD’s Federal Ship Financing Program (Title XI). Comments should be submitted by 22 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 22611 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09371.pdf] (4/22/15).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image015 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning 1 April will be 2% for overpayments by corporations and 3% for overpayments by non-corporations; and 3% for underpayments by both corporations and non-corporations. 80 Fed. Reg. 22543 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09345.pdf] (4/22/15).

EPA – Clean Diesel Grants to US ports

clip_image017 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is awarding $5 million in Clean Diesel Grants at various US ports. Grant recipients include the Los Angeles Harbor Department, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Port of Houston Authority. (4/21/15).

DOI, EPA & NOAA – Resilient Lands & Waters Initiative

clip_image019 clip_image017[1] clip_image021 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/Resilient%20Landscapes%20Press%20Release_042115_FINAL.pdf] stating that it has joined with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in announcing the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to prepare natural resources for climate change. Four collaborative landscape partnerships have been recognized in Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and Michigan where the agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters. (4/21/15).

House – bill introduced re offshore drilling

clip_image023 Representative Castor (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 1895) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/20/15).

Australia – Great Barrier Reef & Torres Strait

clip_image025 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted a Quick Guide [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/navigation/quick-guide-gbr-torres/] regarding navigation through the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, highlighting key obligations of ship masters while transiting these waters. (4/21/15).

UK – ECDIS training

clip_image027 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted clarification of the training that is required for masters and deck officers of UK-registered vessels for which ECDIS is the primary means of navigation. MIN 503 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/422342/MIN_503.pdf] (4/21/15).

Earth Day – 22 April 2015

clip_image029 Today marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the recognition of Earth Day, intended to increase our awareness of the complexity and interdependence of life. A lot has changed in those 44 years. There have been a number of ecological success stories, such as the increase in the number of bald eagles. Other species, such as the North Atlantic right whale, remain at risk. Do your part today. And, if you are aware of another Earth nearby, please share.

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April 21st, 2015 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 April 2015

Headlines:

USN – operations near Yemen;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closed due to grounding;

USCG – evaluating sea service aboard liftboats;

Rhode Island Sound – safety zone proposed;

NOAA – humpback whale;

ISAC – meeting;

USCG NVMC – NOAD schema 3.5;

DOT – first LNG-powered container ship launched;

NOAA – DWH early restoration projects;

IMO – coordinated efforts sought re migrants; and

EU – developments in the Mediterranean.

April 21, 2015

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USN – operations near Yemen

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=86658] stating that it has increased its presence in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Southern Red Sea as a result of the current instability in Yemen. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) have joined other US forces in conducting maritime security operations in these waters. (4/20/15).

St. Lawrence Seaway – closed due to grounding

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2494354/] stating that the bulk carrier Juno grounded in the St. Lawrence Seaway in the vicinity of the Thousand Islands Bridge. It is taking on water in one of the forward ballast tanks, but there have been no reports of injury or pollution. Vessel navigation is currently suspended in the vicinity of the grounding. Response efforts are underway. (4/20/15).

USCG – evaluating sea service aboard liftboats

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has developed a policy letter for evaluating sea service aboard liftboats. The policy letter is effective on 6 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 22118 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09052.pdf] (4/21/15).

Rhode Island Sound – safety zone proposed

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone in Rhode Island Sound around the construction sites for the wind turbine generators of the Block Island Wind Farm during the period 1 July through 1 September. Comments on the proposal must be received by 21 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 22144 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09036.pdf] (4/21/15).

NOAA – humpback whale

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to revise its listing status of the humpback whale by dividing the globally listed endangered species into 14 distinct population segments (DPSs), removing the current species-level listing, and listing two DPSs as endangered and two DPSs as threatened. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 20 July. 80 Fed. Reg. 22303 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09010.pdf] (4/21/15). NOAA issued a news release discussing the proposal.

ISAC – meeting

clip_image011 The Invasive Species Advisory Council (ISAC), sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DOI), will meet on 20-22 May in Silver Spring, Maryland. 80 Fed. Reg. 22221 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09054.pdf] (4/21/15).

USCG NVMC – NOAD schema 3.5

clip_image012 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued an announcement [located at https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(vudmtt124iupx1oo3j2ypab4))/News.aspx?newsId=94CF6E5B-ABB9-45E3-B8B1-100B015DB8FB] stating that on 26 May it will release schema version 3.5, which will accommodate all new informational items published in the new 33 CFR 160 final rule (Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System). (4/20/15).

DOT – first LNG-powered container ship launched

clip_image014 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release [located at http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/tote-lng-vessel-christened] regarding the launch of the world’s first LNG-powered container ship at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. (4/20/15).

NOAA – DWH early restoration projects

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/2015/04/deepwater-horizon-trustees-announce-agreement-in-principle-for-10-gulf-early-restoration-projects/] stating that the Deepwater Horizon Trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in projects to be included in the next proposed phase of early restoration. (4/20/15).

IMO – coordinated efforts sought re migrants

clip_image017 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/12-migrants-.aspx#.VTUgO9JVhBc] calling for coordinated efforts to safeguard migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe in very unsafe manners. (4/20/15).

EU – developments in the Mediterranean

clip_image019 The EC issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4813_en.htm?locale=en] announcing a ten-point action plan in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. The plan includes increasing financial resources and the number of assets. Previously, the EU Council issued a media release [located at https://eu2015.lv/news/media-releases/1306-statement-by-presidency-of-the-eu-council-on-developments-in-the-mediterranean] expressing deep concerns about developments in the Mediterranean. Speedy action is needed to prevent further loss of life. The situation needs to be tackled at its roots. A full-fledged search and rescue operation should be set up. The matter is also addressed in a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-4800_en.htm?locale=en] of the European Commission. (4/20/15).

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April 20th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 April 2015

Headlines:

Biloxi – waterway blocked by landslide;

USCG – sailors rescued from remote island;

BSEE & BOEM – drilling on Arctic OCS;

FEMA – EHP reviews re grant activities;

OFAC – Cuban FAQs updated;

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters definition;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

Senate – bill introduced re bulk cargo residue;

Court – maintenance and cure;

Court – maritime lien;

IMO – transboundary oil pollution; and

Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire – 20 April 2010.

April 20, 2015

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Biloxi – waterway blocked by landslide

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2494026/] stating that the Biloxi Industry Seaway has been closed due to a landslide. Following heavy rain, trees and other debris have blocked the channel. A survey is being coordinated and a restoration plan is being developed. (4/18/15).

USCG – sailors rescued from remote island

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2492762/] stating that two sailors were rescued from a remote island in Kiribati by the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice. Their sailboat had grounded on a coral reef while en route from Tahiti to Hawaii. One of the sailors called his wife by satellite phone and she alerted the Coast Guard, which asked the cruise ship to divert. (4/16/15).

BSEE & BOEM – drilling on Arctic OCS

clip_image006 clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have extended, until 27 May, the period within which to submit comments on the proposed requirements for exploratory drilling on the Arctic outer continental shelf (OCS). 80 Fed. Reg. 21670 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-20/pdf/2015-09035.pdf] (4/20/15).

FEMA – EHP reviews re grant activities

clip_image010 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin reminding recipients of assistance awards administered by the Grant Programs Directorate that the costs associated with the preparation, conduct, and completion of any required environmental planning and historic preservation (EHP) reviews are the responsibility of the grant recipient. Information Bulletin No. 404 (4/13/15).

OFAC – Cuban FAQs updated

clip_image012 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted updated FAQs [located at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf] regarding US economic sanctions regarding Cuba. (4/16/15).

Senate – bill introduced re navigable waters definition

clip_image014 Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill (S. 980) to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/16/15).

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image015 Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 985) 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. (4/16/15).

Senate – bill introduced re bulk cargo residue

clip_image015[1] Senator Coats (R-IN) introduced a bill (S. 989) to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to exempt from duty residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/16/15).

Court – maintenance and cure

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees in a maintenance and cure case where the jury found willful misconduct on the part of defendant employer with regard to payment of maintenance and cure, as well as pain and suffering incurred by plaintiff seaman as a result of failure to pay maintenance and cure. Hicks v. Tug Patriot, No. 13-1976-cv (2nd Cir., April 17, 2015).

Court – maritime lien

clip_image019 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the enforcement of a maritime lien for the supply of bunkers to a vessel, applying the Federal Maritime Lien Act and Greek law. World Fuel Services Trading v. Hebei Prince Shipping, No. 14-1434 (4th Cir., April 17, 2015).

IMO – transboundary oil pollution

clip_image021 clip_image023 clip_image025 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/TransboundaryoilpollutiondebatedinIMO.aspx] stating that a working group led by Denmark and Indonesia met at the IMO on 13 April to consider the need to regulate the issue of transboundary oil pollution. (4/17/15).

Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire – 20 April 2010

clip_image027 Five years ago, on 20 April 2010, the MODU Deepwater Horizon, engaged in drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven workers died. Due primarily to the heroic efforts of the crew of the OSV Damon B. Bankston, the other 115 persons on the MODU were evacuated safely. A massive oil spill ensued; the cleanup has been completed; and restoration work is slowly beginning. Many of the damage claims have been settled and litigation is ongoing. While root causation and ultimate responsibility for this casualty continue to be disputed, it is clear that the tragic incident was preventable.

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    logo11 Rising from the ashes

    In the May 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Rising from the ashes". In the article, I discuss the recent demise of Loran-C and the current total reliance on satellite navigation systems such as GPS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland, though, have moved ahead with enhanced Loran (eLoran) as an augmentation of and backup for satnav. Now, the United States is exploring development of its own eLoran system, with the Department of Transportation seeking public comment and a bill introduced in Congress providing for such a system. It is too early to say for sure that the eLoran phoenix has risen from the ashes of Loran-C, but there are certainly signs of life.