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September 18th, 2014 at 12:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 September 2014

Headlines:

EPA – Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP);

USCG – lifesaving devices;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

USCG – conditions of entry re Cambodia;

Tampa Bay – safety and security zones;

OFAC – sanctions re Iran – update;

OFAC – sanctions re Iran;

Great Lakes – dry cargo residue discharges;

NOAA – coral;

IOOS – meeting;

OFAC – Ukraine-related sanctions;

USCG – air draft;

USCG – Port State Control report;

USCG – NVMC picklist updates;

NTSB – Safer Seas 2013;

DOE – LNG exports approved;

Charleston – TIGER grant for Wando Wharf;

House – resolution re South & East China Sea disputes;

House – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps; and

House – bill introduced re 100% scanning.

September 15, 2014

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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’m just a visitor from the twentieth century.

EPA – Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP)

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels less than 79 feet in length has been finalized. This sVGP enters into effect on 19 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 53702 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-21408.pdf ] (September 10, 2014). The sVGP is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/vessels/Small-Vessel-General-Permit.cfm .

USCG – lifesaving devices

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule requiring uninspected commercial barges and sailing vessels to carry lifesaving devices even if these vessels are not carrying passengers for hire. The requirement comes into effect on 10 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 53621 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-21541.pdf ] (September 10, 2014).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone between mile marker 296.1 and mile marker 296.7 of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at certain times between 3 September and 26 November during installation of a new permanent fish barrier. 79 Fed. Reg. 54607 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-12/pdf/2014-21640.pdf ] (September 12, 2014).

USCG – conditions of entry re Cambodia

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard announced that, effective 29 September, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in Cambodia, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a port of either country; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a port of either country; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port of either country; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 79 Fed. Reg. 54991 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/pdf/2014-21998.pdf ] (September 15, 2014).

Tampa Bay – safety and security zones

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes to consolidate three security zone regulations into one regulation and to convert two safety zones into security zones on waters of Tampa Bay. Comments on the proposal must be received by 15 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 54937 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/pdf/2014-21999.pdf ] (September 15, 2014).

OFAC – sanctions re Iran – update

clip_image011 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice updating information regarding eight entities and eight vessels previously identified as the Government of Iran or as property of the Government of Iran under the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The updates are effective on 29 July 2014. 79 Fed. Reg. 55071 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/pdf/2014-21999.pdf ] (September 15, 2014).

OFAC – sanctions re Iran

clip_image012 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice publishing the names of 22 persons and six vessels blocked under authority of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The actions were effective 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 55072 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/pdf/2014-21898.pdf ] (September 15, 2014).

Great Lakes – dry cargo residue discharges

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection request associated with the 31 January 2014 regulation concerning the discharge of bulk dry cargo residue in US waters of the Great Lakes. 79 Fed. Reg. 54907 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/pdf/2014-21893.pdf ] (September 15, 2014). Note: In other words, the Coast Guard can now enforce those recordkeeping requirements contained in its earlier rulemaking.

NOAA – coral

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a 273-page final rule designating twenty reef-building coral species as threatened and requesting information that may be relevant to the designation of critical habitat for these species. The designations enter into effect on 10 October. Information regarding critical habitat must be received by 10 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 53851 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-20814.pdf ] (September 10, 2014).

IOOS – meeting

clip_image014[1] The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Duluth on 2-3 October. Topics on the agenda include finalizing the guiding principles for the business model of IOOS and beginning a dialog on the next set of recommendations. 79 Fed. Reg. 53696 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-21537.pdf ] (September 10, 2014).

OFAC – Ukraine-related sanctions

clip_image012[1] The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [found at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140912.aspx ] updating the list of entities covered by the Ukraine-related sanctions. (9/12/14).

USCG – air draft

clip_image006[3] The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding the critical importance of knowing your vessel’s air draft. The owner, operator, and master of vessels underway are responsible for understanding and communicating the relevant characteristics of the vessel, including the distance from the waterline to the vessel’s highest point. Knowledge and understanding of the air draft is vital. Alert 09-14 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0914.pdf ] (9/9/14).

USCG – Port State Control report

clip_image006[4] The US Coast Guard posted its Port State Control Report 2013 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc2/annual_report/annualrpt13.pdf ]. The report provides statistics related to enforcement by the Coast Guard of the SOLAS Convention, the MARPOL Convention, and the ISPS Code with respect to foreign vessels calling at US ports during 2013. (9/9/14).

USCG – NVMC picklist updates

clip_image006[5] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [found at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/News.aspx?newsId=35DF89F7-8A86-420E-9B7E-681E27289C06 ] announcing that an updated package of picklist XML files for use by third-party developers will be released that incorporates various country, port, agency, and RSO changes. These changes will also be reflected in updated versions of the online eNOAD application and NOAD workbooks. (9/12/14).

NTSB – Safer Seas 2013

clip_image016 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released Safer Seas 2013 [found at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/SaferSeas2013.pdf ] summarizing the 21 marine casualties it investigated during 2013. The goal is ot bring the lessons learned from these incidents to the maritime community in an easy-to-use document. (9/11/14).

DOE – LNG exports approved

clip_image018 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release [found at http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-authorizes-cameron-lng-and-carib-energy-export-liquefied-natural-gas-0 ] stating that it has issued final authorizations to Cameron LNG, LLC and Carib Energy LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). The exports from Cameron will be via vessel and the exports from Carib will be via approved ISO LNG containers. (9/10/14).

Charleston – TIGER grant for Wando Wharf

clip_image020 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release [found at http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-announces-108-million-tiger-2014-grant-rehabilitation ] stating that a $10.8 million TIGER grant has been awarded for rehabilitation of the Wando Welch Terminal in Charleston. The rehabilitation will allow it to handle larger ships and increased cargo volumes. (9/12/14).

House – resolution re South & East China Sea disputes

clip_image022 Delegate Faleomavaega (D-AS) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 714) [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hres714ih/pdf/BILLS-113hres714ih.pdf ] reaffirming the peaceful and collaborative resolution of maritime and jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea as provided for by universally recognized principles of international law, and reaffirming the strong support of the United States Government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region. (9/8/14).

House – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps

clip_image022[1] Representative Grayson (D-FL) introduced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 5426) [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr5426ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr5426ih.pdf ] to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes. (9/9/14).

House – bill introduced re 100% scanning

clip_image022[2] Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5455) to amend the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006 (“SAFE Port Act”) to administer a pilot program for 100 percent scanning of cargo containers at domestic ports, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Hahn issued a press release [found at http://hahn.house.gov/press-release/congresswoman-hahn-introduces-legislation-increase-security-terrorist-attack-us-ports ] explaining the measure. (9/11/14).

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September 18th, 2014 at 12:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 September 2014

Headlines:

NTSB – maritime video safety alert;

USCG – Qualified Assessor program;

Court – jury charge re specific order; and

Panama Canal – JIT flexibility.

September 9, 2014

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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’m just a visitor from the twentieth century.

NTSB – maritime video safety alert

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its first-ever maritime video safety alert [found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RojYhWqEVPE&feature=youtu.be ] addressing the hazards associated with passengers congregating or standing in stairwells during docking or undocking of ferries. (9/8/14).

USCG – Qualified Assessor program

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement [found at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/qa_bulletin_6-19-2014.pdf ] discussing the procedure used to apply for designation as a Qualified Assessor. (9/3/14).

Court – jury charge re specific order

clip_image008 In a 5-4 decision, the majority of the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s rejection of a last minute objection by the vessel owner’s counsel to a jury charge offered by the injured seaman’s counsel in a Jones Act case tried in state court with a jury. The jury charge related to the specific order rule that if a seaman is injured while following a specific order, then the damage award is not to be reduced for any contributory negligence of the seaman. King Fisher Marine Service v. Tamez [found at http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2014/aug/130103.pdf ], No. 13-0103 (Texas, August 29, 2014). A vigorous dissenting opinion [found at http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2014/aug/130103d.pdf ] was also filed. Note: This matter was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Panama Canal – JIT flexibility

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing modifications to the Just-in-Time (JIT) Transit Service intended to increase flexibility. Advisory 21-2014 [found at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2014/a-21-2014.pdf ] (9/5/14).

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September 18th, 2014 at 12:10 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 September 2014

Headlines:

IMO – Ebola Travel & Travel Task Force;

Arctic Ocean – medical evacuation;

MARAD – LNG bunkering study;

FMC – port congestion forum;

Lake Huron – Thunder Bay NMS;

Washington – aquatic lands habitat conservation;

NOAA – elkhorn and staghorn coral;

House – hearing re status of merchant marine;

Court – competing sail training schools;

Court – bankruptcy and fraud;

China – development of maritime industry;

Denmark & Greenland – maritime growth potential;

India – testing of solid bulk cargoes;

Panama Canal – August operations;

UK – Support for Maritime Training (SMarT);

Disaster at Honda Point – 8 September 1923; and

Fire on SS Morro Castle – 8 September 1934.

September 8, 2014

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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’m just a visitor from the twentieth century.

IMO – Ebola Travel & Transport Task Force

clip_image004 The IMO issued a news release [found at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/27-ebolataskforce.aspx#.VAtbXMJdXNk ] stating that it has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease in West Africa. The IMO also issued Circular Letter 3484 [found at http://www.imo.org/Documents/3484.pdf ] providing information and guidance on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers, and others on board ships. (9/4/14).

Arctic Ocean – medical evacuation

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [found at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2235978/ ] stating that a crew member on the Japanese research vessel Mirai in the Arctic Ocean was medically evacuated by USCG helicopter to Barrow, Alaska after incurring a back injury. (9/5/14).

MARAD – LNG bunkering study

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted its contracted LNG Bunkering Study [found at http://www.marad.dot.gov/documents/DNVLNGBunkeringStudy3Sep14.pdf ] focusing on the safety and regulatory gaps in the developing trend toward adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Development of a national infrastructure and training protocols are also areas for consideration. (9/3/14).

FMC – port congestion forum

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [found at http://www.fmc.gov/public-forum-baltimore-Oct2014/ ] stating that Commissioner William P. Doyle will host a forum on 1 October in Baltimore on US Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impacts on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions. (9/5/14).

Lake Huron – Thunder Bay NMS

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule expanding the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles, extending protection to 47 additional known historic shipwrecks of national significance and making other changes. This rule will come into effect after the close of a review period of 45 days of continuous session of Congress. 79 Fed. Reg. 52960 (September 5, 2014).

Washington – aquatic lands habitat conservation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice announcing the availability of the draft environmental impact statement relating to the proposed Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Plan, covering 2.6 million acres of State-owned aquatic lands. Public meetings will be held in Mount Vernon (7 October); Longview (9 October); Tacoma (13 October); and Pasco (15 October). Written comments must be received by 4 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 53020 (September 5, 2014).

NOAA – elkhorn and staghorn coral

clip_image012[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing the availability of the draft Recovery Plan for elkhorn coral and staghorn coral. Comments must be received by 20 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 53019 (September 5, 2014).

House – hearing re status of merchant marine

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing [found at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=392288 ] on 10 September regarding the Status of the Merchant Marine. (9/5/14).

Court – competing sail training schools

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action for “trade dress” infringement, but partially reversed the award of attorneys’ fees. A Virgin Islands sail training school brought suit against the owner of a competing sail training school alleging that the second school had closely copied the first school’s business. The complaint was dismissed for failure to adequately explain what “dress” it sought to protect. Fair Winds Sailing v. Dempster [found at http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/133305p.pdf ], No. 13-3305 (3rd Cir., September 4, 2014).

Court – bankruptcy and fraud

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed and remanded a pair of convoluted bankruptcy and fraud cases, which I decline to try to summarize except to say that it involves a number of ships and shipping companies. In the Matter of TMT Procurement Corporation [found at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-20622-CV0.pdf ], No. 13-20622 (5th Cir., September 3, 2014).

China – development of maritime industry

clip_image020 The Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) posted a document entitled “Some Opinions of the State Council on the Sound Development of the Maritime Industry” [found at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=141 ]. (9/5/14).

Denmark & Greenland – maritime growth potential

clip_image022 clip_image024 The Danish Maritime Administration (DMA) issued a news release [found at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/MaritimegrowthpotentialinArcticregionsinfocus.aspx ] stating that Denmark and Greenland jointly sponsored a seminar in Nuuk, Greenland on 2-3 September on the maritime growth potential in Arctic regions. (9/4/14).

India – testing of solid bulk cargoes

clip_image026 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice advising marine laboratories of the requirements to obtain approval to engage in the testing of solid bulk cargoes (other than grain) for carriage on merchant ships in accordance with the IMSBC Code. Notice 17-2014 [found at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201409050522403871933note17_2014_nt.pdf ] (9/3/14).

Panama Canal – August operations

clip_image028 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during August. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 20-2014 [found at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2014/a-20-2014.pdf ] (9/3/14).

Singapore – bunker licenses cancelled

clip_image030 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [found at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr140905.xml ] stating that it has cancelled the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licenses of Northwest Resources Pte Ltd with effect from 1 September due to breaches of their licenses. (9/5/14).

UK – Support for Maritime Training (SMarT)

clip_image032 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice [found at https://www.gov.uk/support-for-maritime-training-smart ] stating that an increase in funding for the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) program has allowed for the reintroduction of one training category and the expansion of another. (9/5/14).

Disaster at Honda Point – 8 September 1923

clip_image034 The Honda Point Disaster occurred just off the spit of land at the north end of the Santa Barbara Channel on the evening of 8 September 1923 when seven US Navy destroyers, traveling at full speed, grounded in the fog on charted rocks. Due to poor visibility, the ships, transiting as a squadron from San Francisco to San Diego, were utilizing dead reckoning. A radio signal from a new radio direction finder (RDF) station had been received but misinterpreted. Twenty-three sailors died in the grounding. Two other destroyers grounded briefly, but refloated themselves. Five destroyers from the rear of the formation were able to avoid grounding. The squadron commander and the squadron navigators, as well as the commanding officers of the seven destroyers that were lost, were all court-martialed. This marine casualty is the first in which electronic navigation played a significant role.

Fire on the SS Morro Castle – 8 September 1934

clip_image036 The passenger/cargo ship SS Morro Castle caught fire and burned on 8 September 1934, while on a voyage from Havana, Cuba to New York. The origin of the fire was never conclusively determined. The master had died in his sleep the previous night of an apparent heart attack. The fire was detected in the First Class Writing Room at about 3 a.m. It spread rapidly through the extensive wood used in construction of the passenger spaces. The Acting Captain maneuvered the ship toward the New Jersey shore, but the ship soon lost power and steering. It eventually grounded on the beach at Asbury Park. A total of 137 passengers and crew died in the casualty. Major changes were later made to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to address use of fire retardant materials, automatic fire doors, fire alarms, and life boat drills, reducing the risk of future casualties.

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September 18th, 2014 at 12:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 September 2014

Headlines:

MARAD – Ebola virus outbreak;

USCG – NVIC re Electro-Technical Rating endorsement;

USCG – Great Lakes pilotage rates;

MMMAC – meeting;

Australia – Ebola virus outbreak;

Australia – MEOSAR system; and

UK – wind farm tower struck.

September 4, 2014

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MARAD – Ebola virus outbreak

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory regarding the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Advisory 2014-02 [found at http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/maritime_advisories/advisory/advisory_2014-02.htm ] (9/2/14).

USCG – NVIC re Electro-Technical Rating endorsement

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard published a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Rating on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More” (ETR). NVIC 24-14 [found at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/NVIC%2024-14%20ETR%20with%20Enclosures%2020140902.pdf ] (9/2/14).

USCG – Great Lakes pilotage rates

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage rates on the Great Lakes. As proposed, the adjustment would match a rate increase of the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. It is also proposed to provide for temporary surcharges to accelerate recoupment of necessary and reasonable training costs for the pilot associations. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 3 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 52602 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/pdf/2014-21046.pdf ] (September 4, 2014).

MMMAC – meeting

clip_image006[2] The Merchant Marine Medical Advisory Committee (MMMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 29-30 September in Piney Point, Maryland. Topics on the agenda include sleep disorders and medical expert panels. 79 Fed. Reg. 52738 [found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/pdf/2014-21043.pdf ] (September 4, 2014).

Australia – Ebola virus outbreak

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing advice to owners, operators, and masters on the risks posed to seafarers on ships calling at ports in the countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak. Marine Notice 14-2014 [found at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html ] (9/3/14).

Australia – MEOSAR system

clip_image008[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [found at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/030920142014_AMSA_Media_Release_MEOSAR.pdf ] stating that a contract has been awarded to enhance the Australia-New Zealand regional search and rescue satellite system used to detect emergency distress beacons. A next-generation Medium-attitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR [found at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/MEOSARFactSheet.pdf ]) ground station antenna system will be installed to allow detection of beacon activations in a more timely manner. (9/3/14).

UK – wind farm tower struck

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issue a press release [found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/master-fined-after-wind-farm-collision-off-norfolk-coast ] stating that the master of a wind farm support vessel was fined £3,000 for breaching maritime collision regulations. While navigating through the wind farm at night in inclement weather, the vessel struck one of the wind turbine towers at speed. He failed to make good use of the lookout and the navigation equipment on board. (9/3/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 September 2014

Headlines:

USCG – prohibited cargo vessels;

USCG – prohibited ship managers;

USCG – safety culture offshore;

San Francisco Bay – Urban Shield 2014;

CFSAC – meeting;

California – technology and fuels assessment workshop;

Australia – sanctions;

Australia – longshoreman fatality;

Sinking of SS Princess Alice – 3 September 1878; and

UK – Red Ensign Day – 3 September 2014.

September 3, 2014

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USCG – prohibited cargo vessels

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an updated list [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc2/security/rso/prohibited_cargo/ProhibitedCargoVsl.pdf]of foreign-flag vessels prohibited from carrying US Government impelled cargo. (9/2/14).

USCG – prohibited ship managers

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted an updated list [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc2/security/rso/prohibited_cargo/ProhibitedCargoOwner.pdf] of ship management companies prohibited from carrying US Government impelled cargo. (9/2/14).

USCG – safety culture offshore

clip_image004[2] Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, made a presentation [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/09/02/922014-safety-culture-offshore/] to the Marine Board of the National Academies regarding the Coast Guard’s views on the safety culture offshore. (9/2/14).

San Francisco Bay – Urban Shield 2014

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary safety zone on certain waters of South San Francisco Bay in Oakland in support of the Urban Shield 2014 maritime training exercise on 6 and 7 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 52199 [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/pdf/2014-20958.pdf] (September 3, 2014).

CFSAC – meeting

clip_image004[4] The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 23-24 September in Providence. Topics on the agenda include the status of rulemaking projects and updates on safety and survival equipment. 79 Fed. Reg. 52347 [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/pdf/2014-20883.pdf] (September 3, 2014).

California – technology and fuels assessment workshop

clip_image006 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice [http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/presentation.htm] stating, in pertinent part, that it will conduct a technology and fuels assessment workshop relating to ocean-going vessels, commercial harbor craft, and cargo handling equipment on 9 September in Diamond Bar, California. (9/2/14).

Australia – sanctions

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners, operators, masters, and crew members of Australian ships of the application of Australian sanctions laws to persons on and activities of Australian ships worldwide. Marine Notice 14-2014 [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (9/2/14).

Australia – longshoreman fatality

clip_image009 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of a longshoreman (stevedore) fatality on board Tasmanian Achiever at Webb Dock, Melbourne on 20 May 2014. Single-stacked roll trailers were being loaded on the general cargo ro-ro ship by means of a rear-mounted prime mover (tractor). A longshoreman was on deck assisting in the loading and positioning. The forward view of the tractor driver was blocked by the trailers. The longshoreman was distracted when he picked up some mats on the deck and he failed to notice the approach of the tractor and trailers. Nearby crew members who saw what was happening shouted, but were unheard. The trailers struck and killed the longshoreman. Subsequently, loading operations have been reviewed and an additional longshoreman has been placed on the deck to improve coordination. MO-2014-004 [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5092994/mo-2014-004-final.pdf] (9/2/14).

Sinking of SS Princess Alice – 3 September 1878

clip_image011 The passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice was built in 1865. It operated primarily as an excursion steamer on the River Thames, carrying sightseers from London to Gravesend and back. On 3 September 1878, it departed in the morning for a “Moonlight Trip”, transiting to Gravesend so that passengers could spend several pleasant hours touring Rosherville Gardens and other sights, and then returning to London in the moonlight after sunset. Princess Alice was behind schedule that night, fighting the tide. It was to stop at the North Woolwich Pier, near the Royal Victoria Gardens and just downriver from the present-day Thames Barrier, to drop off some passengers. In accord with a common practice of the day, the master stayed in the slack water on the south side of the river for as long as possible while transiting Gallions Reach, just before arrival at the pier. Meanwhile, the much larger coal carrier SS Bywell Castle was proceeding downbound. Observing the lights of the Princess Alice near the south shore of the river, the Bywell Castle set course for a starboard-to-starboard passing. Princess Alice altered course sharply to reach the pier, apparently not sighting the rapidly approaching Bywell Castle. The coal carrier rammed the passenger vessel amidships, splitting it in two. The Princess Alice sank within four minutes. Only one hour before, the twice-daily releases of 75 million imperial gallons of raw sewage from the sewer outfalls just upstream had occurred. Of the approximately 800 persons on board Princess Alice, over 650 died, either as a direct result of the impact or by drowning in the sewage-laden waters. Public opinion blamed the Bywell Castle’s master for the casualty, even though he fully complied with the collision regulations and was exonerated by the subsequent official inquiry. The master of the Princess Alice, who died in the casualty, was found to have violated the collision regulations. The Marine Police Force was made responsible to marine safety on the River Thames. Shortly thereafter, London sewage was taken by barge and dumped at sea, rather than in the river. The incident remains to this day as the single greatest loss of life on the River Thames.

UK – Red Ensign Day – 3 September 2014

clip_image013 Merchant Navy Day (more commonly called “Red Ensign Day”) is commemorated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014. It honors the merchant mariners who served and are serving on UK-flag vessels worldwide. More information regarding the flag flown by British merchant vessels is available at Red Ensign. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Ensign] (8/31/13).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – merchant mariner examinations;

USCG – Certificate of Documentation fee;

USCG – US-build determination;

NOAA – coral species listed as threatened;

USN – UUV delivered;

UK – safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers;

UK – child rescued after fall from ferry; and

Sinking of SS Metis – 30 August 1872.

August 29, 2014

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USCG – merchant mariner examinations

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that a mariner seeking an original national endorsement or raise of grade based on training or service started before March 24, 2014 will be examined under the regulations in effect before that date unless they have specifically requested to examine for their endorsement under the final rule published by the Coast Guard on December 24, 2013. (8/28/14).

USCG – Certificate of Documentation fee

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice reminding stakeholders that, effective 10 November, the cost to renew a Certificate of Documentation (COD) will be $26.00. (8/28/14).

USCG – US-build determination

clip_image004[2] The determination letter regarding construction in the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard of up to eight product tankers with certain foreign-built components and foreign-sourced materials. Among other things, the letter concludes that use of foreign-built deck-mounted ballast water treatment units will not adversely affect the status of these tankers as having been built in the United States. (8/27/14).

NOAA – coral species listed as threatened

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it will afford Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections to twenty coral species found in the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean determined under the ESA to be threatened. (8/27/14).

USN – UUV delivered

clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) has been delivered to the Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 in Keyport, Washington. The UUV is able to perform at a maximum depth of 1,000 meters for up to 72 hours. It can conduct limited autonomous contact avoidance maneuvers and has sophisticated sensors. (8/28/14).

UK – safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) republished guidance on the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers, implementing EC Directive 2001/96/EC (establishing harmonized requirements and procedures for safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers). (8/27/14).

UK – child rescued after fall from ferry

clip_image010[1] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued re report of its investigation of the falling overboard and recovery of a young child from the passenger ferry Snowdrop at a terminal on the River Mersey on 14 October 2013. The child was rescued by the ship’s mate after she fell over the upper deck guard rail. The location and design of the seating allowed the child to climb to the top of the guard rail. The adults responsible for the child allowed her to stand on the seating and then became distracted. Procedures to inform the Coastguard were not followed. Report 22-2014 (8/28/14).

Sinking of SS Metis – 30 August 1872

clip_image012 clip_image014 During a rainstorm, the passenger vessel SS Metis, with approximately 242 passengers and crew on board collided with the schooner Nettie Cushing at about 4 a.m. on 30 August 1872 in Long Island Sound near Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Metis, en route from New York to Providence, was holed below the waterline and flooded quickly. Passengers were assembled and many boarded lifeboats. The captain and the agent of the Providence and New York Steamship Line refused to board lifeboats and remained in the pilot house. They were among the forty persons still alive when the vessel’s upper works washed ashore. The Revenue Cutter Moccasin, Captain David Ritchie commanding, rushed to the scene, rescuing 45 persons and recovering 17 bodies. It is estimated that 130 persons died in the sinking. Captain Ritchie and the officers and men of Moccasin received the formal Thanks of Congress by means of a Resolution adopted on 24 January 1873. A US Life-Saving Station was built at Watch Hill in 1879, adjacent to the Lighthouse. There was no marine insurance on Metis. Suits were brought against the shipowner, including one by a passenger stating that he bought his $3 ticket and incurred injuries and expenses due to the sinking – he demanded $20,000 damages. The owners filed a petition in federal court seeking exoneration from and limitation of liability.

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 September 2014

Headlines:

USCG – NVIC re high-speed craft endorsements;

USCG – NVIC re security endorsements;

USCG – NVIC re tank vessel endorsements;

USCG – NVIC re Electro-Technical Officers endorsements;

HSRP – meeting;

BSEE – response equipment review;

MARAD – NATO Operation Active Endeavor;

OFAC – Iran sanctions; and

Court – constructive in rem jurisdiction.

September 2, 2014

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USCG – NVIC re high-speed craft endorsements

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard published a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Qualification for High-Speed Craft Type-Rating Endorsements”. NVIC 20-14 (http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/nvic_20_14_FINAL_Encls_20140825.pdf) (8/25/14).

USCG – NVIC re security endorsements

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard published a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements for Vessel Security Officers, Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties, and Security Awareness”. NVIC 21-14 (http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/nvic_21_14_Security_Endorsements_Encls_FINAL_201408025.pdf) (8/25/14).

USCG – NVIC re tank vessel endorsements

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard published a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements for Officers and Ratings on Oil, Chemical, and Liquefied Gas Tank Vessels”. NVIC 22-14 (http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/nvic_22_14_Tanker_Endorsements_FINAL_Encls_20140825.pdf) (8/25/14).

USCG – NVIC re Electro-Technical Officer endorsements

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard published a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Officer on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More”. NVIC 23-14 (http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/nvic_23_14_ETO_FINAL_Encls_20140825.pdf) (8/25/14).

HSRP – meeting

clip_image006 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Charleston on 16-18 September. Topics on the agenda include use and application of NOAA’s navigation and positioning data, products, and services to support the Southeast regional marine transportation system and economy and regional dredging and port expansion efforts. 79 Fed. Reg. 51961 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-02/pdf/2014-20746.pdf) (September 2, 2014).

BSEE – response equipment review

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release (http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2014/BSEE-Conducts-Oil-Spill-Response-Equipment-Review-in-California/) stating that its Oil Spill Response Division (OSRD) conducted an onsite review of oil spill response equipment listed in DCOR, LLC’s Oil Spill Response Plan for platforms offshore Long Beach, California. OSRD conducts these verifications on a rotating basis. (8/29/14).

MARAD – NATO Operation Active Endeavor

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory reminding owners, operators, and masters of US flag vessels transiting and operating in waters of the Mediterranean that, under Operation Active Endeavor, NATO warships are patrolling those waters and monitoring shipping to deter terrorist activity. These warships occasionally hail and request identification and other information from passing vessels. Cooperation should be extended to the maximum extent feasible. Advisory 2014-01 (http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/maritime_advisories/advisory/advisory_2014-01.htm) (8/28/14).

OFAC – Iran sanctions

clip_image014 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140829.aspx) updating its list of Iran sanctions designations. A number of shipping entities and vessels have been added to the list. (8/29/14).

Court – constructive in rem jurisdiction

clip_image016 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that, in a salvage case, the doctrine of constructive in rem jurisdiction is not applicable in instances where separate items of cargo are isolated from one another and do not hail from any shipwreck. In the instant case, plaintiff salvor recovered and brought into court one bronze rod allegedly recovered from the river bottom in the Peace River Basin in DeSoto County, Florida. Plaintiff also claims to have pinpointed the locations of three chests of treasure buried over 150 years ago in the same general vicinity by the Gasparilla Pirates. The chests have not been recovered because they are on private property and state-owned lands. The district court granted his claim to the one bronze rod, but denied his claim to the three chests. Plaintiff appealed. The appellate court affirmed the decision below, ruling that success in recovery of the property is an essential element in a salvage claim. Constructive in rem jurisdiction over a wreck or cargo based on the recovery of only part of the wreck or cargo is only allowed when the recovered item is part of an undivided res, which is not the case here. Martin v. One Bronze Rod, (http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201410688.pdf ) No. 14-10688 (11th Cir., August 29, 2014).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 August 2014

Headlines:

San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives;

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests;

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction;

Court – liability of corporate president;

Australia – substandard ship banned;

Australia – preliminary casualty report; and

Suez Canal – development project.

August 28, 2014

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San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product tanker Pine Galaxy has been towed safely into San Francisco Bay for repairs. It was escorted by the Coast Guard. The tanker previously experienced an engine room fire that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion. (8/27/14).

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the first launch and landing of an unmanned aircraft system from an icebreaker occurred on the flight deck of the USCGC Healy on 18 August in Arctic waters. The aircraft is being evaluated to determine its capability to track oil spills and assist in other Coast Guard missions. (8/27/14).

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a correction to its designation of critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle to provide a complete and accurate for the turtle in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The correction comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 51264 (August 28, 2014).

Court – liability of corporate president

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , applying state law, held that the owner of a corporation is personally liable for corporate liabilities after its administrative dissolution if he played an active role in the corporation. In the instant case, plaintiff barge owner contracted with defendant shipyard for barge repairs. When a dispute arose regarding completion of the repairs, plaintiff brought suit against the shipyard and its corporate president. During the period of the dispute, the shipyard was dissolved as a corporation and entered bankruptcy. Eventually, judgment was entered against both the shipyard and its president, jointly and severally. Defendant president appealed, but lost. 4 H Construction v. Superior Boat, No. 09-60838 (5th Cir., August 27, 2014).

Australia – substandard ship banned

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it has issued a direction to the container ship Vega Auriga that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian port for the next three months due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. (8/27/14).

Australia – preliminary casualty report

clip_image010[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the preliminary report of its investigation of the collision between Royal Pescadores and Da Heng Shan in the Gage Roads Anchorage, Fremantle on 8 May 2014. MO-2014-003 (8/27/14).

Suez Canal – development project

clip_image012 The Suez Canal Authority issued a notice announcing that the contract for the National project of Suez Canal Regional Development has been awarded to Dar Al-Handasa (Shair & Partners). (8/27/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 August 2014

Headlines:

Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot;

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker;

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations;

TSAC – meeting;

NMSAC – meeting;

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation;

MTSNAC – closed meeting;

CGSIC – meeting;

USCG – Credential Verification Tool;

Gulf of Mexico – collision;

New York – oil spill response exercise;

Australia – fatigue assessment report; and

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways.

August 27, 2014

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Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that a Coast Guard small boat operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired a warning shot on an Iranian dhow in a defensive move after the crew of the dhow trained a machine gun on the Americans with apparent hostile intent. The dhow then left the scene. The Coast Guard small boat, deployed from the USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), was engaged in routine maritime security operations at the time. (8/26/14).

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product carrier Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive under tow in San Francisco Bay later today (27 August). The ship suffered an engine room fire that left one crew member dead and the ship without electrical power or propulsion. A joint agency team will inspect the vessel prior to entry to ensure that conditions are safe and secure before additional tugs assist in the transit to port. (8/26/14).

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Management & Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard’s proposed Consolidated Cruise Ship Regulations. This rulemaking proposes requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and persons intended for carriage on a cruise ship. This rule would revise the existing regulatory regime under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 by requiring that cruise ship terminals have and submit a terminal screening program for passengers as part of their Facility Security Plans. The proposed changes would consolidate security requirements for cruise ships into one portion of the CFR so they are more easily found and provide greater uniformity in screening across the industry.  (8/25/14). Note: The proposal will probably appear in the Federal Register within the next two weeks.

TSAC – meeting

clip_image006[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 24-25 September in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: manning of inspected towing vessels; designation of narrow channels; mid-stream LNG refueling of towing vessels; marine casualty reporting; and air draft. 79 Fed. Reg. 51187 (August 27, 2014).

NMSAC – meeting

clip_image006[2] The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 September in Baltimore. Topics on the agenda include: cyber security; suspicious activity reporting; and radiation portal monitoring. 79 Fed. Reg. 51186 (August 27, 2014).

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation

clip_image010 The Department of the Treasury published its current list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen. 79 Fed. Reg. 51224 (August 27, 2014).

MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image012 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting on 11 September in Washington, DC to deliberate on pre-decisional Agency policy documents containing selected concepts submitted to MARAD from interested members of the public to facilitate development of a National Maritime Strategy. 79 Fed. Reg. 50981 (August 26, 2014).

CGSIC – meeting

clip_image014 The 54th Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) will be held on 8-9 September in Tampa. Topics on the agenda include: offshore GPS requirements and utilization in the Gulf of Mexico; detecting GPS jammers; determining potential impacts of sea level rise; GPS program update; Interference Detection and Mitigation Plan; and NDGPS Program update. (8/26/14).

USCG – Credential Verification Tool

clip_image006[3] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that the earlier problem where postdated credentials were being prematurely displayed on the Credential Verification Tool has been resolved. (8/26/14).

Gulf of Mexico – collision

clip_image006[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 74-foot shrimping vessel and the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Gloria May collided in the Gulf of Mexico eighteen miles south of Pascagoula. The three crew members of the shrimper entered their life raft and were then picked up by the OSV. No injuries have been reported. The shrimper sustained significant damage, while the OSV reported minimal damage. There have been no reports of pollution, but the shrimper had 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The incident is under investigation. (8/24/14).

New York – oil spill response exercise

clip_image006[5] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an oil spill response exercise will be conducted on 26 August on the waters and shorelines of Cattaraugus Creek. Participants in the exercise include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Chautauqua County (NY) Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard. (9/25/14).

Australia – fatigue assessment report

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a fatigue assessment report regarding the grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011. The report concludes that it was likely that both the master and the second mate of the vessel were at risk of at least mild fatigue impairment during the work period immediate preceding the grounding. Furthermore, the master’s sleep and work schedule placed him at significant risk of fatigue impairment during the days preceding the grounding, due to time of day for both work and sleep, sleep duration, and sleep fragmentation effects. This analysis was undertaken at the request of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand. (8/26/14).

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice owners, operators, masters, port authorities, terminal operators, and persons embarking or disembarking ships of the requirements for accommodation ladders and gangways. Marine Notice 13-2014 (8/25/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 August 2014

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MTSNAC – closed meeting;

Gulf of Mexico – collision;

New York – oil spill response exercise; and

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways.

August 26, 2014

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MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image004 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting on 11 September in Washington, DC to deliberate on pre-decisional Agency policy documents containing selected concepts submitted to MARAD from interested members of the public to facilitate development of a National Maritime Strategy. 79 Fed. Reg. 50353 (August 26, 2014).

Gulf of Mexico – collision

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 74-foot shrimping vessel and the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Gloria May collided in the Gulf of Mexico eighteen miles south of Pascagoula. The three crew members of the shrimper entered their life raft and were then picked up by the OSV. No injuries have been reported. The shrimper sustained significant damage, while the OSV reported minimal damage. There have been no reports of pollution, but the shrimper had 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The incident is under investigation. (8/24/14).

New York – oil spill response exercise

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an oil spill response exercise will be conducted on 26 August on the waters and shorelines of Cattaraugus Creek. Participants in the exercise include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Chautauqua County (NY) Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard. (9/25/14).

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice owners, operators, masters, port authorities, terminal operators, and persons embarking or disembarking ships of the requirements for accommodation ladders and gangways. Marine Notice 13-2014 (8/25/14).

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