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December 4th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 December 2014

Headlines:

Miami – restricted traffic on ICW;

Chicago – 2014 Christmas Ship;

FMC – meeting 10 December;

DOT – “Military to Mariner” program;

House – Coast Guard authorization bill approved;

Australia – sound navigational practices;

Hong Kong – reporting of marine incidents; and

Newsletter – contributions requested.

December 4, 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. Better to light one candle than curse your flashlight.

Miami – restricted traffic on ICW

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2430870/ ] stating that traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) near Bal Harbour, Florida is restricted following an incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway Bridge. Following the incident, only the bridge’s west leaf is operational. Vessels wider than 40 feet should seek an alternate route. The incident is under investigation. (12/3/14). Note: The investigation has just commenced, but it appears that the bridge closed while the yacht was passing through the opening – oops.

Chicago – 2014 Christmas Ship

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2429958/ ] stating that, furthering a long-standing tradition, the USCGC Mackinaw is serving as the “Christmas Ship” delivering more than 1,200 Christmas trees to deserving families in the Chicago area. (12/3/14).

FMC – meeting 10 December

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/meeting-12-10-2014/ ] announcing that the Commissioners will meet on 10 December. In the open session, they will receive briefings on the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO) Conference; the South Atlantic Port Forum of 30 October; and the Gulf Coast Port Forum of 3 November. During the closed session, they will receive a briefing concerning international affairs. (12/3/14).

DOT – “Military to Mariner” program

clip_image008 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release [located at http://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/military-mariner-well-deserved-opportunity-america%E2%80%99s-veterans ] on the “Military to Maritime” program to identify maritime positions for military veterans. (12/3/14).

House – Coast Guard authorization bill approved

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398521 ] stating that the House overwhelmingly approved the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 5769) authorizing Coast Guard and other maritime activities. The measure now goes to the Senate where it is expected to be taken up before the end of the year. (12/3/14).

Australia – sound navigational practices

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice drawing attention to navigational practices that should be followed by masters and officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships. It also includes reminders for owners, including that new personnel must be provided with proper familiarization prior to assuming their duties. Marine Notice 17-2014 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html ] (12/3/14).

Hong Kong – reporting of marine incidents

clip_image012 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding owners, operators, and masters of the obligation to report in writing within 24 hours full particulars of a marine incident. Marine Department Notice 156-2014 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn14156.pdf ] (12/3/14).

Newsletter – contributions requested

clip_image014 In an effort to keep the maritime community timely informed as to what the various government agencies are doing for and to us, I have published an electronic blog and newsletter for the past six years. The email, blog and newsletter are unique in that they almost always provide the reader with direct access to the government document(s) at issue. I have been absorbing the costs of the website, the email distribution system, subscriptions, etc. Those costs have been rising and are expected to continue to rise. It is therefore requested that you, my long-suffering readers, make a modest voluntary contribution to help defray these costs. For those addicted to ecommerce, contributions may be sent to my PayPal account (dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com); otherwise, checks are gratefully accepted when sent to the address list below. Many thanks.

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December 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 December 2014

Headlines:

LA/LB – anchorage grounds;

Alaska – critical habitat for Arctic ringed seal;

House – bill introduced to authorize USCG;

Congress – USCG Authorization bill advances;

Court – “your product” insurance exclusion; and

Washington – Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study.

December 3, 2014

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LA/LB – anchorage grounds

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule disestablishing Commercial Anchorage “A” and revising the permission and notification requirements in the regulations for the anchorage grounds of Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. The rule enters into effect on 2 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 71654 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/pdf/2014-28449.pdf ] (12/3/14).

Alaska – critical habitat for Arctic ringed seal

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate critical habitat in the northern Bering Sea and in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas for the threatened Arctic ringed seal. Public meetings are planned for Anchorage, Barrow, Kotzebue, and Nome at dates to be announced later. Written comments must be received by 3 March 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 71714 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/pdf/2014-28229.pdf ] (12/3/14). A NOAA news release provides additional details.

House – bill introduced to authorize USCG

clip_image008 Representative Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 5769) to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes. (12/1/14).

Congress – USCG Authorization bill advances

clip_image008[1] clip_image010 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a joint press release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398517 ] announcing a bipartisan agreement on legislation that authorizes the US Coast Guard and related maritime issues. The Howard Coble Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 5769) is expected to be considered by the House on 3 December and by the Senate later in the week. (12/1/14).

Court – “your product” insurance exclusion

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that, under a typical policy with a standard “your product” exclusion, an insurer has no duty to defend an insured boat builder against allegations that the boat constructed by the insured was defective. Lyman Morse Boatbuilding v. Northern Assurance, No. 14-1380 (1st Cir., December 2, 2014) [located at http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/14-1380P-01A.pdf ].

Washington – Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study

clip_image014 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release [located at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2014/183.html ] stating that it submitted a draft oil transportation study to the state legislature. The Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study focuses on developing recommendations to foster public health and safety, environmental protection, and respect for tribal treaty rights. (12/1/14).

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December 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 December 2014

Headlines:

USCG – TSAC applicants sought;

Offshore Virginia – wind energy EA;

DOE – application to export LNG;

DOJ – consent decree; and

Singapore – pilot boarding grounds.

December 2, 2014

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USCG – TSAC applicants sought

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be received by 2 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 71442 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-02/pdf/2014-28342.pdf ] (12/2/14).

Offshore Virginia – wind energy EA

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) seeks comments on the environmental assessment (EA) for the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project in waters of the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Virginia. A public meeting will be held on 17 December in Virginia Beach. Written comments must be received by 2 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 71446 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-02/pdf/2014-28164.pdf ] (12/2/14). A BOEM press release provides further details.

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Sempra LNG Marketing, LLC seeking authorization to export previously imported liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments on the application must be received by 2 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 71406 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-02/pdf/2014-28372.pdf ] (12/2/14).

DOJ – consent decree

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that a consent decree has been lodged in federal court in the case of United States & Hawaii v. Denak Ship Management to recover natural resource damages arising from the 5 February 2010 grounding of the MV Vogetrader on coral reef habitat near Barbers Point, Oahu. Comments on the decree must be received within thirty days. 79 Fed. Reg. 71447 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-02/pdf/2014-28340.pdf ] (12/2/14).

Singapore – pilot boarding grounds

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing revisions to the Pilot Boarding Grounds for the Port of Singapore involving the Eastern Boarding Grounds “B” and “C”, as well as related measures. The revisions enter into effect on 1 January 2015. Port Marine Circular 15-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc14-15.pdf ] (12/1/14).

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December 1st, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 December 2014

Headlines:

USCG – icebreaker Polar Star deploys to Antarctic;

Upper Mississippi River – safety zone;

Great Lakes – pilotage rates;

EPA – NPDES electronic reporting;

IMO – container weight to be verified; and

Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait – two-way shipping route.

December 1, 2014

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USCG – icebreaker Polar Star deploys to Antarctic

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2428542/ ] stating that its icebreaker Polar Star departed Seattle for a four-month deployment to the Antarctic as part of Operation Deepfreeze, the national Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outposts there. The Polar Star is the nation’s ONLY heavy icebreaker. (11/30/14).

Upper Mississippi River – safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard established, through 31 January 2015, a temporary safety zone between Mile 44 and Mile 46 of the Upper Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois for removal of two 16-inch pipelines in the navigation channel. 79 Fed. Reg. 71020 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-28270.pdf ] (12/1/14).

Great Lakes – pilotage rates

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard has extended, through 31 December, the period within which to submit comments on the 2015 Annual Review and Adjustment of Great Lakes Pilotage Rates. 79 Fed. Reg. 71082 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-28272.pdf ] (12/1/14).

EPA – NPDES electronic reporting

clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended, through 30 January 2015, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rule regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) electronic reporting. 79 Fed. Reg. 71066 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-27918.pdf ] (12/1/14).

IMO – container weight to be verified

clip_image008 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Nowcontainersmustbeweighedbeforebeingcarriedbysea.aspx ] advising that the recent session of the IMO Marine Safety Committee (MSC 94) adopted a new regulation, with effect from 1 June 2016, requiring that the weight of loaded containers be verified prior to loading. (11/28/14).

Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait – two-way shipping route

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/281114_MediaRelease_NewTwoWayRoutesGBR.pdf ] reminding masters that the two-way shipping route in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait has been formalized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and will be in effect from 1 December 2014. (11/28/14).

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November 28th, 2014 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – proposal re dynamic positioning;

NOAA – nautical chart catalog format;

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Court – arbitration order upheld;

IMO – MSC 94 summary;

EU – monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships;

Papua New Guinea – ship routing system;

UK – maritime study launched; and

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903.

November 28, 2014

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USCG – proposal re dynamic positioning

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning (DP) systems to engage in outer continental shelf (OCS) activities. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 26 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70943 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-27594.pdf ] (11/28/14).

NOAA – nautical chart catalog format

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has transitioned to a print-on-demand digital format for its nautical charts. The chart catalogs have been transformed into letter-sized documents. It will consider making the front page of the large-format chart catalog if sufficient demand exists. Comments on this topic are due by 30 April 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70854 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-28091.pdf ] (11/28/14).

USCG – Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted its Marine Safety Engineering Newsletter for Fall 2014 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg52/docs/2014fall.pdf ]. This edition covers, among other things, non-intrusive load monitoring for ships’ electrical systems. (11/26/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image007 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2943) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2943is/pdf/BILLS-113s2943is.pdf ] to amend Public Law 110-299 to extend the time period during which permits are not required for certain discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. (11/19/14).

Court – arbitration order upheld

clip_image009 In a brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court order to compel arbitration of the claim for personal injury brought be a maritime employee of a foreign cruise line. Cristy v. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, No. 14-11241 (11th Cir., November 26, 2014) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201411241.pdf ].

IMO – MSC 94 summary

clip_image011 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/40-MSC94wrap.aspx#.VHYYrNLF98E ] summarizing the work of the recent session of the Marine Safety Committee (MSC 94). Among other things, the session approved, in principle, the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), and also approved proposed amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, with a view to adopting both the IGF Code and SOLAS amendments at the next session, MSC 95, scheduled to meet in June 2015. The session also adopted amendments to SOLAS to require verification of the gross mass of packed shipping containers. (11/26/14).

EU – monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships

clip_image013 The Council of the European Union issued a press release [located at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/envir/145955.pdf ] confirming an agreement with the European Parliament on new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting, and verification of CO2 emissions from ships. Final text is still to be examined and adopted. (11/26/14).

Papua New Guinea – ship routing system

clip_image015 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/241114_MediaRelease_NewTwoWayRoutesPNG.pdf ] stating that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted a two-way ship routing system for Jomard Entrance, Papua New Guinea. The scheme enters into effect on 1 June 2015. (11/26/14).

UK – maritime study launched

clip_image017 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a press release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-maritime-study-to-boost-growth ] stating that it has launched a maritime study to look at how to boost the UK’s maritime industry. (11/26/14). What an innovative idea – rather than taxing or regulating an industry to excess, why not try to help it expand?

Australia’s first major oil spill – 28 November 1903

clip_image019 The first recorded major oil spill in Australia (1,300 tons) occurred on 28 November 1903 when the tanker Petriana grounded on Portsea Back Beach in Port Phillip Bay. The tanker was carrying 1,330 tons of bulk oil from Borneo to Melbourne, as well as an unrecorded quantity of naphtha and benzene. The pilot decided to bring the ship into port in poor visibility, expecting the fog to lift before the ship reached the notorious Rip at the bay’s entrance. The fog did not lift and the ship grounded hard. When salvage attempts failed, the bulk oil was pumped overboard to lighten the ship. This too failed and the wreck was finally abandoned. Illustrating how times have changed, the press reports of the oil jettison described “a film of great beauty, radiating all the colours of the rainbow.” There were also difficulties when the crew of Chinese and Malay descent abandoned the ship. They were prohibited from landing ashore by Australian law of that era.

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November 26th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 November 2014

Headlines:

CBP – boarding of vessels;

BOEM – Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale;

Offshore Massachusetts – Wind Energy Lease Sale;

DHS – NEPA policy and procedures;

USCG – suspicious UAS activity;

USCG NVMC – updated NOAD workbook released;

USCG – Flag Officer and SES assignments;

Senate – support for harbor maintenance funding; and

China – Beidou Navigation System.

November 26, 2014

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CBP – boarding of vessels

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a technical amendment to its regulation addressing the boarding of vessels. The amendment has been made to conform to US Coast Guard regulations regarding certain boardings of vessels under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The amendment also updates terminology and removes obsolete language. The amendment enters into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 70462 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-28010.pdf ] (11/26/14).

BOEM – Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing a new venue for the public hearing on 1 December in Anchorage on the Second Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area. 79 Fed. Reg. 70554 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-28003.pdf ] (11/26/14).

Offshore Massachusetts – Wind Power Lease Sale

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice regarding the sale of four commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts. A mock auction will be held on 26 January 2015. The monetary auction will be held on 29 January. 79 Fed. Reg. 70545 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-27965.pdf ] (11/26/14).

DHS – NEPA policy and procedures

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that it has finalized its updated policy and procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The updated policy and procedures apply to the department and its constituent agencies and enter into effect on 20 March 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 70538 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-27966.pdf ] (11/26/14).

USCG – suspicious UAS activity

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard posted a briefing [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/UAS_141125.pdf ] regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and suspicious activity reporting. Use of UAS has expanded and most use is innocuous, but also presents the possibility of surveillance of critical infrastructure, including vessels and waterfront facilities. Suspicious UAS activity in the maritime environment should be reported to the National Response Center. (11/25/14).

USCG NVMC – updated NOAD Workbook released

clip_image010[1] The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/News.aspx?newsId=9B492ABE-0DC2-44FB-851C-D9D1109CF810 ] the updated XLS version of the Notice of Arrival/Departure (NOAD) Workbook, Version 7.4.1, has been released. (11/15/14).

USCG – Flag Officer and SES assignments

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard posted the assignments of Flag Officers and members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for assignment year 2015. ALCOAST 467/14 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/ALCOAST/467-14_ALCOAST.txt ] (11/25/14).

Senate – support of harbor maintenance funding

clip_image013 Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and others sent a letter [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Senate_HMTF_Appropriations_Letter_141121.pdf ] to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee seeking continued harbor maintenance funding in the annual Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies (E&W) Appropriations Acts. (11/21/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

China – Beidou Navigation System

clip_image015 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=145 ] stating that the IMO has officially accepted the Beidou Navigation System into the Worldwide Radionavigation System, joining the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System. (11/25/14).

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November 25th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 November 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Marine casualty reporting numbers;

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease sale;

Redwood City – harbor navigation improvement;

Somalia – training of port police;

Paris MOU – vessel banned for two years;

Denmark – lighthouses now free of mercury; and

Hong Kong – telex service to end.

November 25, 2014

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USCG – Marine casualty reporting numbers

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the article “Marine casualty reporting numbers” [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Marine_casualty_reporting_numbers-141124.pdf ] discussing the agency’s marine casualty reporting requirements and its efforts to clarify the situations for which reports must be submitted. (11/24/14).

Offshore Massachusetts – wind energy lease sale

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release [located at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-to-auction-more-than-742-thousand-acres-offshore-massachusetts-for-wind-energy-development.cfm ] stating that more than 742,000 acres of federal submerged land offshore Massachusetts will be auctioned for wind energy development in a 29 January 2015 competitive lease sale. (11/24/14).

Redwood City – harbor navigation improvement

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to initiate the scoping process for the preparation of an integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for proposed improvements to the existing navigation project at Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal. A public scoping meeting will be held in Redwood City, California on 10 December. Written comments should be received by 15 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 70168 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-25/pdf/2014-27787.pdf ] (11/25/14).

Somalia – training of port police

clip_image010 clip_image012 NATO issued a news release [located at http://www.aco.nato.int/nato-continues-training-of-somali-port-police-.aspx ] stating that Task Force 508 of the Ocean Shield counter-piracy operation is continuing its effort to build regional capacity through training of Somali Boosaaso Port Police. (11/24/14).

Paris MOU – vessel banned for two years

clip_image014 The Paris MOU issued a press release [located at https://www.parismou.org/3rd-ban-mv-mansour-m-due-jump-detention ] stating that a third refusal of access order has been issued with regard to the MV Mansour M (Republic of Moldova registry – IMO number 7600586) after it jumped detention in the anchorage of Rhodes on 3 November. The vessel was initially banned by Greece in 2011 and a second time by Slovenia in 2013. The period of refusal of access this time will be 24 months. (11/24/14).

Denmark – lighthouses now free of mercury

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthority%E2%80%99slighthousesarenowmercury-free.aspx ] stating that all Danish lighthouses are now free of mercury. Traditionally, the revolving light mechanisms in lighthouses were “floated” in a bath of mercury, which is a hazardous substance. Now, most Danish lights have been converted to LED. For historic lights, mechanical means were used to replace the mercury. (11/21/14).

Hong Kong – telex service to end

clip_image018 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn14150.pdf ] stating that, effective 31 December, the telex numbers of the Department will be terminated. (11/24/14). Note: The end of an era. The international switched network for teleprinters was developed in the 1930s but has been overwhelmed by the internet.

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November 24th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 November 2014

Headlines:

Beaufort Sea – binational ecosystem study;

USCG – vessel sinks off Cap-Haitien;

USCG NVDC – e-billing for COD renewals;

California – diesel engines on commercial harbor craft;

California – large spark-ignition engines;

FMC – complaint filed against Ocean Trade Lines, Inc;

NTSB – mooring breakaway and allision;

Senate – bill introduce re critical infrastructure;

Senate – bill introduced re Inland Waterways Trust Fund;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Court – failure to allege elements of negligence;

IMO – Polar Code;

EUNAVFOR – Operation Atalanta continued through 2016;

Australia – fines for illegal garbage disposal;

Australia – contact with wharf; and

Singapore – online authentication of statutory certificates.

November 24, 2014

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Beaufort Sea – binational ecosystem study

clip_image004 clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release [located at http://www.boem.gov/press11212014/ ] announcing that an award has been made for the binational Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) to investigate the interrelationship among the physical, biological, chemical, and social science components of the Beaufort Sea ecosystem from Barrow, Alaska to the Mackenzie River delta in Canadian waters. (11/21/14).

USCG – vessel sinks off Cap-Haitien

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2423646/ ] stating that the seven crew members of the coastal freighter Calypso were rescued when the vessel began taking on water while about 45 miles north of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Soon thereafter, the vessel sank. (11/21/14).

USCG NVDC – e-billing for COD renewals

clip_image009 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/news/billing.pdf ] stating that it has launched a program designed to enroll customers in an automated e-billing program for Certificate of Documentation (COD) renewals. (11/21/14).

California – diesel engines on commercial harbor craft

clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeking authorization for recent amendments to its Commercial Harbor Craft (CHC) regulations. The EPA will hold a public meeting on 14 January 2015 regarding this application if it receives notification from any party that the party wishes to present oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments must be received by 16 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69842 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27807.pdf ] (11/24/14).

California – large spark-ignition engines

clip_image011[1] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeking authorization for recent amendments to its large spark-ignition engine (LSI) regulations. The EPA will hold a public meeting on 14 January 2015 regarding this application if it receives notification from any party that the party wishes to present oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments must be received by 16 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69845 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27801.pdf ] (11/24/14).

FMC – complaint filed against Ocean Trade Lines, Inc

clip_image013 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has received a complaint alleging that Ocean Trade Lines, Inc., a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC), has violated the Shipping Act. 79 Fed. Reg. 69848 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27690.pdf ](11/24/14).

NTSB – mooring breakaway and allision

clip_image015 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the Marine Accident Brief of its investigation on the breakaway of the tanker Harbour Feature from its moorings and subsequent allision with the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on 1 April 2013. The vessel and the bridge both sustained serious damage. The probable cause of the casualty was the inadequate mooring arrangement made by the master and the pilot for the vessel’s location and the prevailing tidal conditions. MAB-14/21 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1421.pdf ] (11/21/14).

Senate – bill introduced re critical infrastructure

clip_image017 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2934) to prohibit trespassing on critical infrastructure used in or affecting interstate commerce to commit a criminal offense. (11/17/14).

Senate – bill introduced re Inland Waterways Trust Fund

clip_image017[1] Senator Casey (D-PA) introduced a bill (S. 2955) to revise the Inland Waterways Trust Fund financing rate. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/20/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image017[2] Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced a bill (S. 2963) to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/20/14).

Court – failure to allege elements of negligence

clip_image019 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit brought by a passenger against a cruise line. Plaintiff alleged that she was injured in the bathroom facilities at Freeport Harbor, Bahamas when a bathroom sink dislodged and fell on her. The court found that plaintiff failed to allege that the cruise line had actual or constructive knowledge of the risk-creating condition ashore and failed to allege an agency relationship between the cruise line and the operators of the facility ashore. Moseley v. Carnival Corporation, No. 14-12928 (11th Cir., November 21, 2014) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201412928.pdf ].

IMO – Polar Code

clip_image021 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/38-nmsc94polar.aspx#.VG8zBdLF98E ] stating that the operational safety provisions of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) were adopted by the recent session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 94). Those provisions are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2017. The next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will consider adoption of the environmental provisions of the Polar Code. (11/21/14).

EUNAVFOR – Operation Atalanta continued through 2016

clip_image023 The EUNAVFOR issued a press release [located at http://eunavfor.eu/eu-counter-piracy-operation-atalanta-extended-to-end-of-2016/ ] stating that the European Council has extended until 12 December 2016 the Operation Atalanta counter-piracy mission in waters off the coast of Somalia. (11/21/14).

Australia – fines for illegal garbage disposal

clip_image025 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/xx112014MediaReleaseGarbageProsecution.pdf ] the owner of bulk carrier Xin Tai Hai was fined $20,000 after pleading guilty of illegally discharging garbage in waters off Gladstone, Queensland on 13 June 2013. The master was fined $6,000 after pleading guilty to illegally discharging garbage and failing to record the discharge in the ship’s garbage record book. (11/21/14).

Australia – contact with wharf

clip_image025[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/mair/317-mo-2014-014.aspx ] stating that it has commenced an investigation into the contact with a wharf during the berthing of the bulk carrier Big Glory at Cape Flattery, Queensland on 20 November 2014. (11/21/14).

Singapore – online authentication of statutory certificates

clip_image027 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that its online authentication services for certificates issued by the Singapore Registry of Shipping has been expanded to include a wider range of statutory certificates. Shipping Circular 18-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_18_of_2014.pdf ] (11/21/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 November 2014

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – fatal explosion on platform;

TSA – TWIC EED process ending;

ITA – domestic dry containers from China;

USN – collision in Gulf of Aden;

NOAA – oil spill and nuclear power plant;

House – bill introduced re Homeland Security grants;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

California – sustainable freight strategy;

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport 2014; and

New Zealand – proposed regulatory changes.

November 21, 2014

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Gulf of Mexico – fatal explosion on platform

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Press-Releases/2014/BSEE-Responds-to-Explosion-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico/ ] stating that it is responding to an explosion on the Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. One fatality and three injuries have been reported. The platform was not in production at the time and there have been no reports of pollution. (11/20/14).

TSA – TWIC EED process ending

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE ] stating that the opportunity to obtain an Extended Expiration Date (EED) Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) ends this year. After 31 December 2014, current TWIC holders will no longer be able to obtain a replacement card extending the expiration date of their current TWIC by three years, but must instead go through the normal TWIC renewal process. (11/20/14).

ITA – domestic dry containers from China

clip_image008 The International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a Fact Sheet [located at http://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-53ft-domestic-dry-containers-ad-prelim-112014.pdf ] announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of 53-foot domestic dry containers from the People’s Republic of China. It has been preliminarily determined that domestic dry containers from China have been sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 24.27% to 153.24%. As a result of the preliminary affirmative determination, Commerce will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require cash deposits based on these preliminary rates. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination on or about 6 April 2015. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination and the International Trade Commission (ITC) concurs that imports of domestic dry containers from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue an AD order. (11/20/14).

USN – collision in Gulf of Aden

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=84533 ] stating that the supply ships USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 8) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they were beginning an underway replenishment operation in the Gulf of Aden. There was only minor damage and both ships are continuing their assigned missions. The incident is under investigation. (11/20/14).

NOAA – oil spill and nuclear power plant

clip_image012 The NOAA Office of Response and Restoration posted an article [located at http://usresponserestoration.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/when-the-dynamics-of-an-oil-spill-shut-down-a-nuclear-power-plant/ ] regarding its efforts when a nuclear power plant located on the shore of the Delaware River was impacted by the 2004 oil spill from the tanker Athos I. (11/19/14).

House – bill introduced re Homeland Security grants

clip_image014 Representative Payne (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5744) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/19/14).

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image016 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 2943) to amend Public Law 110-299 to extend the time period during which permits are not required for certain discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/19/14).

California – sustainable freight strategy

clip_image018 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) posted a notice [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php ] stating that it will hold a public meeting on 18 December in Sacramento to, among other things, hear an update on the Development of the California Sustainable Freight Strategy. (11/20/14).

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport 2014

clip_image020 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) posted its Review of Maritime Transport 2014 [located at http://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=1068 ]. The review includes a special chapter on challenges faced by the world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS). (11/20/14).

New Zealand – proposed regulatory changes

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) posted a notice [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/International-omnibus/default.asp ] stating that it seeks comments on the proposed Omnibus Maritime and Marine Protection Rules IMO-related Amendments 2015, intended to ensure that its rules reflect changes to conventions to which New Zealand is a party. Comments must be received by 19 December. (11/20/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2014

Headlines:

Boston – security zone proposed;

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin;

DOE – Freeport LNG expansion ROD;

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing of 2014 Navigation Season; and

Singapore – DNV GL appointed as RO.

November 20, 2014

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Boston – security zone proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone on waters in the vicinity of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston. The security zone would only be activated for enforcement during certain high visibility events at the Courthouse. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 22 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 69078 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27160.pdf ] (11/20/14).

USACE – Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluating the aquatic nuisance species controls of the Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin near Brandon Road Lock and Dam. Public scoping meetings will be held in Lemont (6 December) and Chicago (9 December). Written comments must be submitted by 16 January 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 69099 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27531.pdf ] (11/20/14).

DOE – Freeport LNG expansion ROD

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice announcing the Record of Decision (ROD) and Floodplain Statement of Findings for the Freeport LNG Expansion, LP export application. 79 Fed. Reg. 691013 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27486.pdf ] (11/20/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – closing of 2014 Navigation Season

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing that vessels will be allowed to transit the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway up to 1600 hours on 31 December, weather and operating conditions permitting. Seaway Notice 11-2014 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20141119.pdf ] (11/19/14).

Singapore – DNV GL appointed as RO

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing stakeholders that it has appointed and authorized DNV GL as a Recognized Organization (RO) to carry out statutory certification, survey, inspection, and audit services on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore. Shipping Circular 17-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_17_of_2014.pdf ] (11/19/14).

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    logo11 Avoiding the edges of the sea

    In the November 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Avoiding the edges of the sea". In the article, I discuss the success or failure of mariners in their continuing efforts to avoid the edges of the sea, such as rocks, shoals, piers, and bridges. Modern navigation equipment has proven only partially capable of overcoming poor practices.