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July 8th, 2016 at 11:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 July 2016

Headlines:

BOEM & BSEE – drilling on Arctic OCS;

Arctic – sea ice at lowest ever for June;

DOJ – polluter to pay $1 million;

NOAA – nominations sought for IWC 66;

Tinian – harbor modifications project EIS;

Rota – harbor modifications project EIS;

USN – underway on alternative fuels;

House – hearing re maritime nuclear smuggling threat;

IMO – 2015 International Maritime Prize; and

Australia – receiving Maritime Safety Information.

July 8, 2016

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BOEM & BSEE – drilling on Arctic OCS

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) jointly released an advance copy of final rule for Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). (7/7/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/ArcticRule/]. Note: The official version of the final rule should be published soon in the Federal Register.

Arctic – sea ice at lowest ever for June

clip_image007 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that June 2016 set a satellite record for the month of June with the lowest amount of Arctic sea ice ever recorded, at 10.60 million square kilometers (4.09 million square miles). (7/7/16) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

DOJ – polluter to pay $1 million

clip_image009 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a bulk carrier operator pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB). The company will be required to pay an $800,000 criminal penalty and make a $200,000 community service payment. In addition, the company will be on probation for three years during which time it will be required to implement an environmental compliance program. (7/5/16) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/german-shipping-company-pleads-guilty-covering-illegal-dumping-oily-waste-water-great-0].

NOAA – nominations sought for IWC 66

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for non-federal representatives to serve as part of the US delegation to the October 2016 meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 66). Nominations must be received by 26 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 44591 (7/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-08/pdf/2016-16178.pdf].

Tinian – harbor modifications project EIS

clip_image013 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that an integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement (F/EIS) is being prepared for the proposed Tinian Harbor Modifications Project. 81 Fed. Reg. 44599 (7/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-08/pdf/2016-16188.pdf].

Rota – harbor modifications project EIS

clip_image014 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that an integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement (F/EIS) is being prepared for the proposed Rota Harbor Modifications Project. 81 Fed. Reg. 44600 (7/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-08/pdf/2016-16189.pdf].

USN – underway on alternative fuels

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), ex-USS Paul F. Foster, completed final-phase underway testing using 100% alternative fuels. (7/7/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95574].

House – hearing re maritime nuclear smuggling threat

clip_image018 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted a joint hearing entitled “An Examination of the Maritime Nuclear Smuggling Threat and other Port Security and Smuggling Risks in the U.S.” Government witnesses consisted of RADM Linda Fagan, USCG; Dr. Wayne Brasure, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office; Mr. Todd Owen, Customs & Border Protection; and Ms. Anne Harrington, National Nuclear Security Administration. (7/7/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400423].

IMO – 2015 International Maritime Prize

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release stating that the 2015 International Maritime Prize is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall, former Chair of the IMO Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honors Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI) for his contributions to the work of the IMO over many years. (7/7/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/19-international-maritme-prize.aspx]. Note: BZ! Well deserved.

Australia – receiving Maritime Safety Information

clip_image022 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice advising masters that all ships transiting NAVAREA X or navigating off the Australian coast should ensure that they can receive all Maritime Safety Information (MSI) necessary for the intended voyage. Marine Notice 13-2016 (7/7/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

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July 7th, 2016 at 6:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 July 2016

Headlines:

Upper Mississippi – lock closed due to oil spill;

USCG – towing vessel officer credentialing;

USCG – merchant mariner credentialing realignment;

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility testing;

SLSDC – award for environmental performance;

EC – European Border and Coast Guard; and

EIB – wave energy investment.

July 7, 2016

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Upper Mississippi – lock closed due to oil spill

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Lock and Dam 25 on the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis has been closed to navigation while crews respond to the release of an estimated 2,074 gallons of diesel. The oil was from the towing vessel Jerry Jarrett while it was transiting the lock. The incident is under investigation. (7/6/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2861502/]. A second news release states that the lock has been reopened. (7/6/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2861750/].

USCG – towing vessel officer credentialing

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC 03-16) – Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels. The policy enters into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 44230 (7/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-07/pdf/2016-16113.pdf].

USCG – merchant mariner credentialing realignment

clip_image008 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that the realignment of its Merchant Mariner Credentialing Program. Operating under the Director of Standards is the newly-created Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing (CG-MMC). This office is responsible for all technical aspects of the program, including statutory, regulatory, and policy development. The NMC will report directly to this new office. (7/6/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/mmcp_realignment_notice.pdf].

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility testing

clip_image010 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that in July it will conduct additional testing of Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite System (GPS/GNSS) receivers as part of the Adjacent Band Compatibility Study. 81 Fed. Reg. 44408 (7/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-07/pdf/2016-16136.pdf].

SLSDC – award for environmental performance

clip_image012 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release stating that the North American environmental certification program Green Marine presented its Environmental Performance Award for 2015 to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation for its continued excellence and leadership in environmental sustainability. (7/5/16) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/saint-lawrence-seaway-development-corporation-earns-green-marine-certification].

EC – European Border and Coast Guard

clip_image014 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release regarding the proposed European Border and Coast Guard. (7/6/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-16-2431_en.htm?locale=en].

EIB – wave energy investment

clip_image016 The European Investment Bank (EIB) issued a press release stating that that it will invest up to €10 million in a company developing wave power technology. (7/6/16) [http://www.eib.org/infocentre/press/releases/all/2016/2016-165-eu-support-for-development-of-commercial-wave-energy-technology-in-europe.htm?media=rss&language=en].

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July 6th, 2016 at 8:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 July 2016

Headlines:

USCG – Title 46, CFR;

BOEM – Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan;

Puget Sound – canary rockfish;

MARAD – Energy Efficiency White Paper;

MARAD – battery design for hybrid tug;

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic ecosystems; and

Arctic Council – oil spill response exercise.

July 6, 2016

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USCG – Title 46, CFR

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule making non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to its regulations in title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The amendments enter into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 43950 (7/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-06/pdf/2016-15660.pdf].

BOEM – Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, issued a notice stating that comment is sought on draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan. Comments should be submitted by 6 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 44040 (7/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-06/pdf/2016-15588.pdf].

Puget Sound – canary rockfish

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to remove the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin canary rockfish distinct population segment (DPS) from the federal list of threatened and endangered species and to remove its critical habitat designation. Comments on the proposal must be received by 6 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 43979 (7/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-06/pdf/2016-15923.pdf].

MARAD – Energy Efficiency White Paper

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release announcing the availability of its Energy Efficiency White Paper that provides marine vessel owners and operators information on how to evaluate potential investments in efficiency measures and technologies. (7/1/16) [http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/marad-announces-release-of-energy-efficiency-white-paper/].

MARAD – battery design for hybrid tug

clip_image010[1] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release announcing the availability of a report evaluating the design and construction of new battery components, as well as the risks and benefits of battery use in the power plant of a hybrid tugboat. (7/1/16) [http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/marad-releases-report-on-improved-battery-compartment-design-for-hybrid-tugs/].

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic ecosystems

clip_image012 Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3121) to require the Secretary of the Army to carry out a comprehensive assessment and management plan to restore aquatic ecosystems in the North Atlantic coast region. (6/29/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s3121is/pdf/BILLS-114s3121is.pdf].

Arctic Council – oil spill response exercise

clip_image014 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that the eight member nations of the Arctic Council recently conducted an Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Work Group meeting in Montreal for a simulated oil spill response exercise. (7/5/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2016/BSEE-Arctic-Council-Work-Group-Address-Oil-Spill-Risks/].

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July 5th, 2016 at 9:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 July 2016

Headlines:

USCG – marine casualty reporting forms;

USCG, USACE & DOT – NDGPS changes;

MTSNAC – meeting on 19-20 July & name change; and

USCG – seeking command center watchstander.

July 5, 2016

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USCG – marine casualty reporting forms

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it is utilizing new marine casualty reporting forms. The new forms are: CG-2692 – Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty, or OCS-Related Casualty; CG-2692A – Barge Addendum; CG-2692B – Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident; CG-2692C – Personnel Injury Addendum; and CG-2692D – Involved Persons and Witnesses Addendum. The previous edition of the forms may continue to be utilized until 1 January 2017. (7/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/07/01/712016-coast-guard-releases-updated-cg-2692-form-for-marine-casualty-reporting/]. Note: Form CG-2692C and Form CG-2692D are new. It is recommended that mariners take the time to play the video accompanying the notice.

USCG, USACE & DOT – NDGPS changes

clip_image004[1] clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that 37 of the current 84 Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) sites will be decommissioned starting in August. A total of 46 USCG and USACE sites will remain available to users in the maritime and coastal regions. 81 Fed. Reg. 43613 (7/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-05/pdf/2016-15886.pdf].

MTSNAC – meeting on 19-20 July & name change

clip_image010 The Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council has changed its name to Maritime Transportation System Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). It will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 19-20 July. Topics on the agenda include impediments to short sea transportation; expanding international gateway ports; and modernizing the US maritime workforce. 81 Fed. Reg. 43708 (7/5/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-05/pdf/2016-15769.pdf].

USCG – seeking command center watchstander

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a notice announcing that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Command Center Watchstander, GS-0301-11 at USCG Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Applications must be received by 15 July. (6/30/16) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443443200].

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July 1st, 2016 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 July 2016

Headlines:

USCG – lifeboat demonstration test;

DHS – civil penalty adjustments;

DOE – application to export LNG;

USN – Farsi Island incident investigation;

FMC – Senate confirms three Commissioners;

House – bill introduced re SLSDC funding;

Senate – bill introduced re OCS administration;

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic ecosystems;

Court – summary judgment reversed;

IMO – enclosed space entry;

IMO – VGM reminder;

PCA – South China Sea dispute;

Paris MOU – 2015 Annual Report;

New Zealand – maritime and marine protection rules;

Singapore – Green Ship Programme;

Singapore – Maritime Sector Initiative; and

Declaration of Independence Day – July Fourth.

July 1, 2016

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USCG – lifeboat demonstration test

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing post-installation testing guidance following replacement of on-load release mechanisms (“release hooks”) for lifeboats and rescue boats on all US vessels subject to SOLAS Chapter III. The test is a demonstration that the lifeboat/rescue boat can be launched from a ship proceeding ahead at a speed of not less than five knots in calm water and on an even keel (“5-knot test”). CG-CVC Policy Letter 16-03 (6/30/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol16-03.pdf].

DHS – civil penalty adjustments

clip_image006 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promulgated an interim final rule adjusting its civil monetary penalties to account for inflation. The changes enter into effect on 1 August. Comments must be received by 1 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42987 (7/1/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15673.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported both by LNG carriers and approved ISO IMO7/TVAC-ASME LNG containers. Comments on the application must be received by 30 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 43192 (7/1/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15694.pdf].

USN – Farsi Island incident investigation

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release announcing the release of the investigation into the seizure of two riverine boats and the detention of ten US Navy personnel by Iranian forces at Farsi Island in the Arabian Gulf on 12 January 2016. The report concluded that Iran violated international law by impeding innocent passage and disregarding sovereign immunity. The report also identified poor leadership and a disregard for risk management and mission planning standards by US Navy personnel. (6/30/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95458].

FMC – Senate confirms three Commissioners

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Senate confirmed the re-nominations of Rebecca F. Dye and Michael A. Khouri to continue to serve as Commissioners. The Senate also confirmed the nomination of Daniel B. Maffei to serve as a Commissioner. (6/30/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-11/].

House – bill introduced re SLSDC funding

clip_image014 Representative Salmon (R-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5609) to prohibit any appropriation of funds to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and for other purposes. (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5609ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5609ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re OCS administration

clip_image016 Senator Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 3110) to provide for reforms of the administration of the outer Continental Shelf of the United States, to provide for the development of geothermal, solar, and wind energy on public land, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cassidy issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/29/16) [http://www.cassidy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cassidy-introduces-offshore-revenue-sharing-bill-].

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic ecosystems

clip_image016[1] Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S. 3121) to require the Secretary of the Army to carry out a comprehensive assessment and management plan to restore aquatic ecosystems in the North Atlantic coast region. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/29/16).

Court – summary judgment reversed

clip_image018 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed and remanded a summary judgment award in favor of defendant cruise ship operator. Plaintiff passenger allegedly slipped and fell on an outside deck of defendant’s ship. Plaintiff sued, alleging a single count of negligence for failure to warn of the dangerous condition. The appellate court ruled that plaintiff had presented sufficient evidence to raise a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendant had breached its duty to warn. The appellate court also reversed the entry of summary judgment as to negligent maintenance as plaintiff had raised no such claim. Frasca v. NCL (Bahamas) Ltd, No. 14-11955 (11th Cir., June 30, 2016) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201411955.pdf].

IMO – enclosed space entry

clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release stating that the enclosed space entry rule, requiring covered ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment enters into force on 1 July 2016. (6/30/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/Enclosed-space-ship-safety-rule-enters-into-force.aspx].

IMO – VGM reminder

clip_image020[1] The IMO issued a news release stating that the SOLAS amendment requiring that masters be provided with the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers prior to loading enters into force on 1 July 2016. (6/30/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/New-ship-safety-rule-to-prevent-loss-of-containers-enters-into-force.aspx].

PCA – South China Sea dispute

clip_image022 The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague issued a press release stating that it will issue its Final Award in the arbitration Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China on 12 July. The arbitration involves jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea. (6/29/16) [http://www.pcacases.com/web/sendAttach/1782].

Paris MOU – 2015 Annual Report

clip_image024 The Paris MOU posted the 2o15 Annual Report. The report shows a decline in the number of vessels denied access to ports within the region, while the detention percentage remained stable at 3.33%. (7/1/16) [https://www.parismou.org/publications-category/annual-reports].

New Zealand – maritime and marine protection rules

clip_image026 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice stating that it has opened a consultation on proposed amendments to the Maritime Rules and Marine Protection Rules. The deadline for making comments is 29 July. (6/30/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/mr-mpr-various-amendments-2016/default.asp].

Singapore – Green Ship Programme

clip_image028 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that the Green Ship Programme has been enhanced to include Singapore ships that use LNG as an alternative to fuel oil. Shipping Circular 18-2016 (6/30/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/52b5af99-9acf-4ecb-9a26-ecd48dfe1668].

Singapore – Maritime Sector Initiative

clip_image028[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing enhancements to the Maritime Sector Initiative-Singapore Registry of Ships (MSI-SRS) to include income derived from the operation of ships used for offshore renewable energy activity or offshore mineral activity in international waters. Shipping Circular 19-2016 (6/30/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/faafb1c8-9a02-48fa-ab99-4f140ea52312].

Declaration of Independence Day – July Fourth

clip_image030 This Monday, July 4, 2016, marks the 240th anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (July 4, 1776). It is not the 240th anniversary of the independence of the United States, because what we on this side of the pond call the Revolutionary War had just begun. Even October 19, 1781, when British Major General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American General George Washington and French Lieutenant General de Rochambeau at the Battle of Yorktown, was not the end of the fighting. The independence of the United States was officially established by the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, when the Kingdom of Great Britain recognized the United States of America as a separate nation and withdrew its remaining troops from New York. In a larger sense, though, the independence of the United States is contested every day – and not just in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. While it is appropriate that we set aside one day each year to celebrate our independence, it is also necessary to dedicate ourselves daily to live up to the principles on which this great nation was founded. We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, [and] that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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June 30th, 2016 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 June 2016

Headlines:

DHS – $100 million for port security grants;

FEMA – preparedness grant allocations;

FEMA – PSGP information;

Piscataqua River – chemical tanker allision;

USCG – random chemical testing;

EPA – partnering with Port Everglades re air emissions;

FMC – VGM implementation;

FMC – civil penalty adjustment;

MARAD – civil penalty adjustment;

MACOSH – meeting on 9-10 August;

NSGAB – meeting on 12 August;

ITA – trade mission to Brazil;

House – bill introduced re SLSDC funding;

Denmark – medicine chest inventories; and

Panama Canal – LPG carrier transit.

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DHS – $100 million for port security grants

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release announcing grant allocations for FY 2016 preparedness grants. The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) will again be funded in the amount of $100 million. (6/29/16) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/06/29/dhs-announces-grant-allocations-fiscal-year-2016-preparedness-grants].

FEMA – preparedness grant allocations

clip_image004[1] The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a bulletin providing details regarding preparedness grant allocations. Bulletin #411 (6/29/16) [http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1467222616156-23715285d13473126f8b73abd9e4579d/Information_Bulletin_411_FY_2016_Allocation_Announcement_Final_1300.pdf].

FEMA – PSGP information

clip_image005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a notice providing additional information specific to the port security grant program (PSGP). (6/29/16) [https://www.fema.gov/fiscal-year-2016-port-security-grant-program].

Piscataqua River – chemical tanker allision

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the chemical tanker Chem Venus allided with three anchored sailboats at the mouth of Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The tanker incurred some damage. The incident is under investigation. (6/29/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2859750/].

USCG – random chemical testing

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Advisory restating that reemphasizing the importance of a properly administered and applied random chemical testing program for US merchant mariners to prevent drug abuse as a causative factor in marine casualties. Safety Advisory 06-16 (6/29/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0616.pdf].

EPA – partnering with Port Everglades re air emissions

clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is partnering with Port Everglades to study air emissions in a seaport scenario to inform sustainable development. The agency will work with the port to coordinate research and modeling encompassing all port-related operations, technologies, and growth scenarios. It also intends to develop separate emissions estimates for areas outside the port jurisdictional boundaries, such as highways and railways used by Port Everglades customers. (6/29/16) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-partners-port-everglades-improve-environmental-performance].

FMC – VGM implementation

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that preliminary reports indicate that the new verified gross weight (VGM) requirement for loading on marine shipping containers is being implemented in a flexible, practical, and pragmatic manner. (6/29/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/announcements_about_gate_weights_are_encouraging_sign_for_smooth_vgm_implementation/].

FMC – civil penalty adjustment

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated an interim final rule adjusting its civil penalties to account for inflation. The amendments enter into effect on 1 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42552 (6/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15569.pdf].

MARAD – civil penalty adjustment

clip_image015 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promulgated an interim final rule adjusting its civil penalties to account for inflation. The amendments enter into effect on 1 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42548 (6/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15566.pdf].

MACOSH – meeting on 9-10 August

clip_image016 The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet in Washington, DC on 9-10 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42741 (6/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15513.pdf].

NSGAB – meeting on 12 August

clip_image018 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Silver Spring, Maryland on 12 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42666 (6/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15595.pdf].

ITA – trade mission to Brazil

clip_image020 The International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a notice stating that applicants interested in participating in the Subsea & Onshore Technology Trade Mission to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 19-21 October must submit their applications and fees by 9 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 42654 (6/30/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15481.pdf].

House – bill introduced re SLSDC funding

clip_image022 Representative Salmon (R-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5609) to prohibit any appropriation of funds to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/28/16).

Denmark – medicine chest inventories

clip_image024 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that its medicine chest inventories have become available online and that, effective 1 July, all printed editions are repealed. (6/29/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Medicinechestinventoriesbecomedigital.aspx].

Panama Canal – LPG carrier transit

clip_image026 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the tanker Lycaste Peace is the second neopanamax vessel and the first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier to transit the expanded Panama Canal. (6/28/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/06/28/pr598.html].

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June 29th, 2016 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 June 2016

Headlines:

BSEE – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

HSRP – meeting on 30 August-1 September;

NOAA – Block Island Wind Farm;

USCG – role in liquefied gas industry;

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris;

Hong Kong – VGM weighing method;

Panama Canal – inauguration of expanded Canal; and

Singapore – VGM requirement.

June 29, 2016

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BSEE – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) promulgated an interim final rule adjusting its civil penalties to account for inflation. The changes enter into effect on 28 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 41801 (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15157.pdf].

HSRP – meeting on 30 August-1 September

clip_image006 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Cleveland on 30 August through 1 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 42328 (6/29/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-29/pdf/2016-15365.pdf].

NOAA – Block Island Wind Farm

clip_image006[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it issued an Incidental harassment Authorization (IHA) to Deepwater Wind Block Island LLC to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to installation of the Block Island Wind Farm Export and Inter-Array Cables. 81 Fed. Reg. 42318 (6/29/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-29/pdf/2016-15370.pdf].

USCG – role in liquefied gas industry

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it delivered presentations at two recent international liquefied gas conferences concerning its role within the industry with a focus on both large and small scale LNG operations as well as the LNG as fuel market. (6/28/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/28/6282016-coast-guard-speaks-at-international-liquefied-gas-conferences/].

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris

clip_image010 Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2016 (S. 3086) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris and for other purposes. (6/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s3086is/pdf/BILLS-114s3086is.pdf].

Hong Kong – VGM weighing method

clip_image012 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice regarding the authorized method for obtaining the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed container if not weighed separately from the chassis on which it is transported. Notice 90-2016 (6/28/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16090.pdf].

Panama Canal – inauguration of expanded Canal

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal constitutes a game-changer for international maritime commerce. (6/26/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/06/26/pr597.html].

Singapore – VGM requirement

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing stakeholders of the entering into force of amendments to the merchant shipping regulations to include amendments to the SOLAS Convention, including the requirement that the master be provided with the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed shipping container prior to loading. Circular 14-2016 (6/27/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/87e039a5-3c65-4f17-b025-3cd87adf1da6].

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June 28th, 2016 at 10:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 June 2016

Headlines:

FMC – VGM agreement approved;

SLSDC – civil penalty adjustment;

DOE – authorization to export LNG;

NOAA – Maui and Kona reef manta ray;

NOAA – smooth hammerhead shark;

USN – Panama Canal Expansion ceremony; and

UK – approved VGM weighers.

June 28, 2016

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FMC – VGM agreement approved

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the Port Operations and Safety Discussion Agreement to go into effect on 1 July. The Agreement, between six operating port authorities on the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, permits them to take the weight of a container determined at the terminal gate and report it to an ocean carrier as the verified gross mass (VGM) for purposes of the recent change to the SOLAS Convention. (6/27/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-10/].

SLSDC – civil penalty adjustment

clip_image006 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) promulgated an interim final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of Seaway statutes and regulations in order to account for inflation. The changes enter into effect on 28 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 41817 (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15118.pdf].

DOE – authorization to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing its most recent orders granting and denying authority to import and export natural gas and LNG. 81 Fed. Reg. 41965 (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15314.pdf].

NOAA – Maui and Kona reef manta ray

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing that a recently received petition to list the Maui and Kona reef manta ray populations as threatened distinct population segments does not present substantial scientific evidence that either group may qualify as a distinct population segment. 81 Fed. Reg. 41958 (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15201.pdf].

NOAA – smooth hammerhead shark

clip_image010[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating its 12-month finding on a petition to list the smooth hammerhead shark as threatened or endangered. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, NOAA has concluded that the smooth hammerhead shark is not currently in danger of extinction and is not likely to become so within the foreseeable future. 81 Fed. Reg. 41934 (6/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15200.pdf].

USN – Panama Canal Expansion ceremony

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a Panama Canal Expansion ceremony was conducted on board the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) in port in Balboa, Panama. The ceremony was attended by Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the US Ambassador to Panama, and the Commander, US Southern Command, among others. (6/27/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95407].

UK – approved VGM weighers

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice listing the organizations whose method for determining the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed container has been approved by the MCA for method 2 under the applicable SOLAS standard. (6/27/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/solas-container-weight-method-2-mca-approved-weighing].

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June 27th, 2016 at 11:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 June 2016

Headlines:

Bering Sea – tanker briefly grounds;

Kotzebue – seasonal USCG air facility;

USN – Blueprint to Mariner;

DOJ – contracting officer pleads guilty;

Chesapeake Bay – new anchorage ground proposal;

Western Australia – two new TSS;

Denmark – electronic certification of ships;

Hong Kong – COLREGS amendments;

Hong Kong – VGM enforcement;

India – VGM enforcement;

New Zealand – fees, charges & levies; and

Panama Canal – expansion project inaugurated.

June 27, 2016

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Bering Sea – tanker briefly grounds

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the chemical tanker Champion Ebony briefly grounded near Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The tanker is anchored while a damage assessment is performed. The incident is under investigation. (6/24/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2858662/].

Kotzebue – seasonal USCG air facility

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has established a seasonal air facility in Kotzebue, Alaska to support its Arctic Shield operations. (6/24/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2858690/].

USN – Blueprint to Mariner

clip_image006 The US Navy issued its Blueprint to Mariner. The document provides guidance for its personnel interested in exploring career opportunities in the maritime industry. Many of the skills practiced in the Navy have counterparts in the civilian sector. (6/24/16) [http://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/otr/otr-blueprint.htm].

DOJ – contracting officer pleads guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former Department of Defense (DOD) supervisory contracting officer pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he accepted bribes from the owner of the foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal. The defendant is highest ranking civilian employee convicted in the case. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 September. (6/23/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-supervisory-contracting-officer-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-foreign-defense].

Chesapeake Bay – new anchorage ground proposal

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings in Norfolk (19 July) and Melfa, Virginia (20 July) relating to its advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning amending its regulations by establishing a new anchorage near Cape Charles on the Lower Chesapeake Bay. Written comments must be received by 31 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 41000 (6/27/16) [ ].

Western Australia – two new TSS

clip_image011 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that, on 1 December, two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off Cape Leeuwin and Chatham Island off the southwest coast of Western Australia. (6/24/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/24062016_Media_Release_CapeLeeuwinTSS_000.pdf].

Denmark – electronic certification of ships

clip_image013 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that, effective immediately, new certificates for Danish ships will be issued electronically rather than on paper. (6/24/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Danishshipstobeissuedwithdigitalcertificates.aspx].

Hong Kong – COLREGS amendments

clip_image015 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice announcing the implementation for Hong Kong of recent amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Notice 86-2016 (6/24/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16086.pdf].

Hong Kong – VGM enforcement

clip_image015[1] The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective 1 July and through 30 September, it will enforce in a practical and pragmatic manner the requirement that ship masters be provided the verified gross mass (VGM) of packed containers prior to loading. Notice 87-2016 (6/24/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16087.pdf].

India – VGM enforcement

clip_image017 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that, effective 1 July and through 30 September, it will enforce in a practical and pragmatic manner the requirement that ship masters be provided the verified gross mass (VGM) of packed containers prior to loading. Notice 7-2016 (6/24/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201606240423183653668m_s_notice_no_07_of_2016.pdf].

New Zealand – fees, charges & levies

clip_image019 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice advising of the fees, charges and levies applicable for the current and next fiscal years. (6/24/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/About-us/Fees-levies/default.asp#current_fees].

Panama Canal – expansion project inaugurated

clip_image021 The Panama Canal Expansion Project has been officially completed and was inaugurated on 26 June 2016 with its first commercial transit – by the neopanamax container ship COSCO Shipping Panama. (6/26/16) [http://micanaldepanama.com/expansion/].

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June 24th, 2016 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 June 2016

Headlines:

IMO – Day of the Seafarer – 25 June 2016;

Puget Sound – VTS interventions;

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power;

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power EA;

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems;

CMTS – webinar on Arctic maritime infrastructure needs;

IOOS – $31 million awarded for observation projects;

St. Lawrence Seaway – tie-up service;

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris;

EU – European Border and Coast Guard;

New Zealand – maritime trade importance;

Singapore – pre-arrival notification; and

Singapore – Green Port Programme.

June 24, 2016

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IMO – Day of the Seafarer – 25 June 2016

clip_image004 The IMO issued a notice reminding everyone that tomorrow, 25 June 2016, is marked as the Day of the Seafarer. The theme for this year’s events is “At Sea for All”. (6/23/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/16-DOTS-calltoaction.aspx].

Puget Sound – VTS interventions

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release discussing three recent instances where personnel at Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Puget Sound took extraordinary action to intervene when they observed vessels standing into danger and were unable to raise them via standard radio communications. (6/23/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2858366/].

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice inviting submission of information and nominations from parties interested in obtaining one or more commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Oahu. Submissions must be received by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 41335 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14830.pdf].

Hawaii – offshore Oahu wind power EA

clip_image008[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) of potential commercial wind power leasing activities on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Oahu. Comments should be submitted by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 41334 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14829.pdf].

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems

clip_image010 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it has determined to rescind a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing marine sonar imaging systems based upon settlement between the involved parties. 81 Fed. Reg. 41343 (6/24/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-24/pdf/2016-14997.pdf].

CMTS – webinar on Arctic maritime infrastructure needs

clip_image012 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing that it will hold a webinar on 30 June to discuss the development of recommendations regarding federal public-private partnerships to support critical US Arctic maritime infrastructure needs. (6/23/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=120].

IOOS – $31 million awarded for observation projects

clip_image014 The US Ocean Observing System (IOOS), administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued a news release stating that $31 million has been awarded for ocean and Great Lakes observation projects. (6/23/16) [https://ioos.noaa.gov/news/2016-grants/].

St. Lawrence Seaway – tie-up service

clip_image016 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the tie-up service at Seaway lock approach walls which elect not to install or use landing booms. Seaway Notice No. 8-2016 (6/23/16) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20160623.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re marine debris

clip_image018 Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 3086) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/22/16).

EU – European Border and Coast Guard

clip_image020 The European Parliament issued a press release stating that provisional agreement has been reached on establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard. The draft document now goes to member states and the Parliament as a whole for final consideration. (6/22/16) [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160621IPR33114/European-Border-and-Coast-Guard-Parliament-and-Council-strike-provisional-deal].

New Zealand – maritime trade importance

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release highlighting the importance of maritime trade to the New Zealand economy. (6/23/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160623c.asp].

Singapore – pre-arrival notification

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular revising its Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) process to incorporate changes to its Green Port Programme (GPP). The revisions come into effect on 1 July. Port Marine Circular 2016-10 (6/23/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/cc70fed3-5ace-4b36-8e5f-3a49b67bb883].

Singapore – Green Port Programme

clip_image024[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing enhancements to its Green Port Programme (PAN), with effect from 1 July. Port Marine Circular 2016-11 (6/23/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/bed2d844-eaa4-46fc-8f17-8b17ffe62c00].

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    logo11 Slow walking the inspection of towing vessels

    In the July 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Slow walking the inspection of towing vessels". In the article, I discuss the US Coast Guard's recent rulemaking on the inspection of towing vessels - Subchapter M. The article points out that, while the regulations have technically entered into effect, many of their provisions will not become applicable until a future date. For example, the requirement for each covered towing vessel to have a valid certificate of inspection (COI) will be phased in over the next six years.