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May 12th, 2016 at 10:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans;

USCG – portable accommodation units;

OSHA – tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses;

BIS – export of crude oil;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 14 June;

FCC – advisory re MMSI numbers;

House – bill introduced re cruise ship boarding;

Court – LHWCA permanent disability;

Court – arbitration compelled;

Tokyo MOU – 2015 annual report;

India – implementation of VGM requirements; and

New Zealand – preservation of tickets for old salts.

May 12, 2016

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USCG – hurricane & heavy weather contingency plans

clip_image004 In anticipation of the North Atlantic hurricane season, my compilation of USCG Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans has been updated. Please advise if you become aware of new or revised contingency plans that should be included in the compilation. (5/11/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/HCP/HCP_160511.pdf].

USCG – portable accommodation units

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on Coast Guard standards for design, plan review, installation, inspection, and documentation of Portable Accommodation Units (PAMs) built for and/or installed in inspected vessels and facilities. CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-16 (4/29/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/CG-ENG.PolicyLetter.01-16.pdf].

OSHA – tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses

clip_image005 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a final rule to revise its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. The final rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness data that employers are already required to maintain under existing regulations. OSHA intends to post that data on a publicly accessible internet site, excluding individually identifiable information. Changes are also regarding how employers inform employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses. Portions of the final rule enter into effect on 10 August, with the remaining portions coming into effect on 1 January 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 29623 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/pdf/2016-10443.pdf] (5/12/16).

BIS – export of crude oil

clip_image007 The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) promulgated a final rule removing the short supply license requirements on exports of crude oil. The changes enter into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 29483 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/pdf/2016-11047.pdf] (5/12/16).

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 14 June

clip_image009 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet on 14 June in Washington, DC. 81 Fed. Reg. 29620 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/pdf/2016-11210.pdf] (5/12/16).

FCC – advisory re MMSI numbers

clip_image011 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory reminding mariners that the value of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is significantly reduced if the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number programed into the vessel’s radio transmitter differs from the MMSI number on record. Not only are owners of vessels making such inaccurate transmissions subject to civil penalties and cancellation of their radio licenses, but the inaccuracies may delay response to distress messages. (5/9/16) [http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0509/DA-16-513A1.pdf].

House – bill introduced re cruise ship boarding

clip_image013 Representative Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5179) to limit the authority of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit a citizen or permanent resident of the United States from boarding as a passenger on an aircraft or cruise ship based on inclusion of the individual in a watchlist, and for other purposes. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (5/10/16).

Court – LHWCA permanent disability

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that, for purposes of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), a covered employee should be classified as permanently disabled where he has incurred a protracted period of disability and faces the prospect of hypothetical future surgery that may possibly alleviate some of his disability. Complainant longshore incurred an on-the-job injury to his knee, but continued to work until the pain became severe. The employer and its insurer contended that his disability should be classified as temporary because he could have a knee replacement operation. The court rejected that contention. SSA Terminals & Homeport Ins. Co. v. Carrion, No. 13-72929 (9th Cir., May 11, 2016) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/05/11/13-72929.pdf].

Court – arbitration compelled

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court order compelling arbitration in a foreign seafarer personal injury suit. Plaintiff seafarer opposed arbitration, contending that the high cost of arbitration might prevent him from effectively vindicating his federal statutory rights in the New York Convention arbitral forum. The court held that plaintiff had failed to establish that the costs of arbitration would preclude him from arbitrating his claim. Suazo v. NCL (Bahamas) Ltd, No. 14-15351 (11th Cir., May 10, 2016) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201415351.pdf].

Tokyo MOU – 2015 Annual Report

clip_image019 The Tokyo MOU posted its 2015 Annual Report. (5/11/16) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/ANN15.pdf].

India – implementation of VGM requirements

clip_image021 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice implementing, effective 1 July, the verified gross mass (VGM) requirements specified in the 2014 amendment to the SOLAS Convention. Notice 04-2016 (5/11/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201605110432269732620ms_notice4_2016.pdf].

New Zealand – preservation of tickets for old salts

clip_image023 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it is proposing to allow seafarers (old salts) with older licenses (tickets) to have those tickets ring-fenced and remain in effect. (5/11/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160511a.asp].

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May 11th, 2016 at 8:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – BWMS improvement practicability review;

MARAD – surrender of Port Dolphin DWP license;

Australia – new icebreaker ordered; and

Indonesia – tanker hijacking suspects arrested.

May 11, 2016

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USCG – BWMS improvement practicability review

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it has conducted a Practicability Review, concluding that, at this time, technology to achieve a significant improvement in ballast water management system (BWMS) efficacy onboard vessels cannot be practicably implemented. 81 Fed. Reg. 29287 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/pdf/2016-11129.pdf] (5/11/16).

MARAD – surrender of Port Dolphin DWP license

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that Port Dolphin Energy LLC has surrendered its license for its proposed port Dolphin Deepwater Port DWP). 81 Fed. Reg. 29324 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/pdf/2016-11079.pdf] (5/11/16).

Australia – new icebreaker ordered

clip_image008 The Australian Antarctic Division issued a news release stating that a contract has been signed for Australia’s new icebreaker, with the ship due to arrive in mid-2020. (4/28/16) [http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2016/contract-signed-for-australias-new-icebreaker].

Indonesia – tanker hijacking suspects arrested

clip_image010 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a report concerning the arrest of suspects in the hijacking of the tanker Hai Soon 12. The tanker was hijacked on 7 May off Pulau Belitung, Indonesia while en route the South Pacific. On 9 May, the tanker was intercepted and boarded by the Indonesian Navy. The crew of 12 was rescued unharmed. The tanker and its cargo have been secured. Nine suspects were found on board and arrested. (5/10/16) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=446&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

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May 10th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 May 2016

Headlines:

Miami – anchorage area proposal;

FAA – waiver of ship protection requirement;

USCG & BSEE OTC opening remarks;

Australia – wasps almost bring down aircraft;

China – Northwest Passage guidance;

India – grant of licence to foreign-flag vessels;

New Zealand – national maritime emergency exercise;

New Zealand – Port & Harbour Marine Safety Code;

Panama Canal – April operations; and

UK – former HMS Illustrious to be recycled.

May 10, 2016

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Miami – anchorage area proposal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to revise the Miami Anchorage by dividing it into two separate anchorages. This action should reduce the risk of damage to threatened coral in the vicinity. Comments on the proposal must be received by 11 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 28788 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-10/pdf/2016-10850.pdf] (5/10/16).

FAA – waiver of ship protection requirement

clip_image006 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice stating that it has granted a waiver to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) waiving the requirements that a space launch operator ensure the probability of impact (Pi) with debris capable of causing a casualty for waterborne vessels does not exceed 1×10-5. 81 Fed. Reg. 28930 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-10/pdf/2016-09685.pdf] (5/10/16). Note: Watch the skies!

USCG & BSEE – OTC opening remarks

clip_image007 clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice posting the opening remarks of Mr. Brian Salerno, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG, at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). (5/9/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/05/09/592016-2016-offshore-technology-conference-senior-regulator-opening-remarks/].

Australia – wasps almost bring down aircraft

clip_image011 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the air data system failure involving a commercial airliner near Brisbane Airport on 21 November 2013. After arriving from Singapore two hours earlier, the aircraft was pushed back from the gate for the return flight. The captain rejected the initial take-off attempt after observing an airspeed indication failure on his display. Trouble-shooting was carried out before the aircraft was released back into service. An airspeed discrepancy was noted during takeoff. The crew declared a Mayday and returned to the airport. Close inspection revealed that the pilot’s pitot probe was almost totally obstructed by an insect nest, consistent with mud-dauber wasp residue. The pitot probe obstruction had occurred during the two-hour period that the aircraft was on the ground in Brisbane and had not been detected during flight preparation or during the trouble-shooting after the initial rejected take-off. AO-2013-212 (5/9/16) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770344/ao2013212-final_report.pdf]. Note: This is obviously not a maritime incident, but it illustrates the wide range of potential problems that can occur in any transportation sector and the importance of vigilance as systems become increasingly complex.

China – Northwest Passage guidance

clip_image013 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release stating that the “Guidances on Arctic Navigation in the Northwest Route” has been issued. It provides hydrographic, meteorological, obstacle, waterway navigation, navigation facility, salvage services, port services, and other security guarantees information on the Arctic geographical environment and northwest route. (5/9/16) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=184].

India – grant of licence to foreign-flag vessels

clip_image015 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted draft amendments to the Guidelines for Grant of Licence to Foreign-Flag Vessels. (5/9/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201605090442335563659amendment_sd_cir2_2002.pdf].

New Zealand – national maritime emergency exercise

clip_image017 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that a national maritime emergency exercise will be conducted on 9-11 May that will involve a ‘collision’ between two ships off the coast of Taranaki. (5/6/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160506a.asp].

New Zealand – Port & Harbour Marine Safety Code

clip_image017[1] Maritime New Zealand posted the Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code 2016. (5/9/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Publications-and-forms/Commercial-operations/Ports-and-harbours/NZ-port-harbour-marine-safety-code.pdf].

Panama Canal – April operations

clip_image019 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during April. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year and further information regarding the Canal expansion. Advisory 24-2016 (5/5/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-24-2016.pdf].

UK – former HMS Illustrious to be recycled

clip_image021 The UK Disposal Services Authority (DSA) issued a notice stating that it invites expressions of interest for the potential sale of CVS aircraft carrier, the former HMS Illustrious. (5/6/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sale-of-the-former-hms-illustrious-aircraft-carrier]. Note: Until it was decommissioned in 2014, HMS Illustrious was the Royal Navy’s only operational aircraft carrier. Two new aircraft carriers are currently under construction.

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May 9th, 2016 at 10:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – cargo securing manuals;

OMB – Commercial Fishing Vessels NPRM cleared;

CMTS – Arctic infrastructure needs;

BSEE & USCG – information sharing and joint operations;

ORAP – meeting on 31 May-1 June;

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez;

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains;

ReCAAP – April report;

Canada – bottom contact by ferry;

Ireland – possible fraudulent seafarer certificates; and

Singapore – ferry evacuation exercise.

May 9, 2016

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USCG – cargo securing manuals

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule requiring US and foreign self-propelled cargo vessels of 500 gross tons or more, traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo, to have cargo securing manuals (CSMs) on board. The Coast Guard seeks comment on its intention to extend, in a subsequent final rule, the CSM requirement to self-propelled cargo vessels of less than 500 gross tons carrying dangerous goods in packaged form on international voyages. The interim rule enters into effect on 8 June. Comments must be received by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 27992 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/pdf/2016-10725.pdf] (5/9/16).

OMB – Commercial Fishing Vessel NPRM cleared

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has cleared the draft proposed rulemaking for the project entitled “Commercial Fishing Vessels – Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation”. The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation in advance of publication in the Federal Register. (5/5/16) [http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201510&RIN=1625-AB85].

CMTS – Arctic infrastructure needs

clip_image008 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted its report on Infrastructure Needs in the US Arctic. The report provides a ten-year prioritization of the framework necessary to address Arctic marine transportation infrastructure gaps. The 43 recommendations cover the five core MTS components and, if integrated over time, support the establishment of a stronger, more resilient US Arctic MTS. (4/15/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/NSAR_1.1.2_10-Year_MTS_Investment_Framework_Final_5_4_16.pdf].

BSEE & USCG – information sharing and joint operations

clip_image010 clip_image011 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release BSEE Director Brian Salerno and US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas participated in a luncheon panel discussion at the offshore Technology Conference in Houston. They discussed their coordinated approach to joint investigations and incident investigations, as well as their handling of worst case discharge scenarios. (5/5/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Press-Releases/2016/BSEE-Director-Salerno-and-USCG-Rear-Admiral-Thomas-Discuss-Information-Sharing-and-Joint-Operations-at-OTC/].

ORAP – meeting on 31 May-1 June

clip_image013 The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), sponsored by the US Navy, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 31 May-1 June. The meeting will include discussions on ocean research, resource management, and other current issues. 81 Fed. Reg. 28054 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/pdf/2016-10857.pdf] (5/9/16).

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez

clip_image015 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5087) to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a tract of land developed due to dredging disposal from a harbor project in Valdez, Alaska, and for other purposes. (4/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5087ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5087ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains

clip_image017 Senator Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act of 2016 (S. 2865) to promote stability and security in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains, and for other purposes. (4/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s2865is/pdf/BILLS-114s2865is.pdf].

ReCAAP – April report

clip_image019 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report for April 2016. A total of ten incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during the month. This is half the number reported in the same month in 2015. While there were no reports of hijacking of tankers, there were two incidents of the abduction of crews from tug boats. (5/6/16) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=440&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Canada – bottom contact by ferry

clip_image021 The Canadian Transport Safety Board (TSB) issued the report of its investigation of the bottom contact incurred by the ro-ro passenger ferry Grace Sparkes at Burnside, Newfoundland and Labrador on 21 January 2015. The ferry made contact with a charted rock while entering the harbor. Investigation revealed that the master was both steering the ferry and navigating. The bridge team failed to notice that the ferry had deviated from its charted course. M15A0009 (5/5/16) [http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2015/M15A0009/M15A0009.pdf].

Ireland – possible fraudulent seafarer certificates

clip_image023 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice stating that it has become aware of a small number of possible fraudulent Irish seafarer certificates, and an associated fraudulent website, which purports to verify such fraudulent seafarer certificates. Stakeholders seeking to verify Irish seafarer certificates should only do so with the Irish Maritime Administration. Marine Notice 19-2016 (5/5/16) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/19%20of%202016_0.pdf].

Singapore – ferry evacuation exercise

clip_image025 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that a multi-agency ferry evacuation exercise has been conducted to test the readiness to respond to potential ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. (5/6/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/7811469c-ae14-42b1-8a17-eb07c67d1db9].

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May 6th, 2016 at 8:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting – 6 May 2016

Headlines:

USN – ICEX 2016;

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks;

California – draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan;

Australia – fighting carp with herpes;

Gibraltar – Spanish behavior;

Hong Kong – VGM implementation on 1 July;

Panama Canal – third draft restriction postponed;

UK – drowning in passenger ship swimming pool; and

Forfeiture Act – 6 May 1796.

May 6, 2016

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USN – ICEX 2016

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists have concluded a month-long sea-ice research expedition as part of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 in the Arctic Ocean. (5/5/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94558].

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks

clip_image006 Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill (S. 2853) to provide for the repair, recapitalization, and certification of dry docks at Naval shipyards. (4/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s2853is/pdf/BILLS-114s2853is.pdf].

California – draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan

clip_image008 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a news release announcing that comments are sought on the draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan. Comments should be submitted by 6 July. (5/3/16) [http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/sfs_draft_action_plan_050316.pdf].

Australia – fighting carp with herpes

clip_image010 The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) issued a news release stating that it is undertaking rigorous tests to determine the safety and suitability of the candidate agent Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) in managing European carp numbers in Australian waters. The European carp was first introduced to Australia more than 100 years ago and has since become invasive, crowding out native species. (3/1/16) [http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/BF/Areas/Managing-the-impacts-of-invasive-species/Biological-control/Biocontrol-of-carp]. Note: The US Army Corps of Engineers should pay attention.

Gibraltar – Spanish behavior

clip_image012 The Government of Gibraltar issued a press release stating that Spain fails to behave like a NATO ally. Among instances when Spain had interfered with naval vessels or military exercises in British waters, a 16 April incident was highlighted involving Spanish state vessels and the American nuclear submarine USS Florida. (5/3/16) [https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/sites/default/files/press/2016/Press%20Releases/210-2016.pdf]. Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the fast patrol boat HMS Sabre fired warning shots across the bow of a Guardia Civil vessel as it twice tried to cut across the path of USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltar’s waters.

Hong Kong – VGM implementation on 1 July

clip_image014 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement will be fully implemented in Hong Kong and on board Hong Kong registered vessels on 1 July 2016. The master of a ship shall not load a packed container on the ship if the master or the terminal operator has not obtained the VGM of the packed container. Shipping Information Note 23-2016 (4/14/16) [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnote/pdf/msin1623.pdf].

Panama Canal – third draft restriction postponed

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, due to recent rainfall, the effective date of the third draft restriction has been delayed until 25 May. As of the new date, the maximum authorized transit draft will be 11.59 meters (38.0 feet). Advisory 23-2016 (5/4/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-23-2016.pdf].

UK – drowning in passenger ship swimming pool

clip_image018 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the drowning of a male passenger on the cruise ship Pacific Dawn while on passage in the Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean, on 9 November 2015. The passenger was noticed lying motionless at the bottom of the forward swimming pool. Despite then being retrieved swiftly from the water, attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. The pool was only intermittently supervised. Report 9-2016 (5/5/16) [https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5729d121e5274a0367000013/MAIBInvReport_9_2016.pdf].

Forfeiture Act – 6 May 1796

clip_image020 Congress adopted the Forfeiture Act, 1 Stat. L. 461. Among other things, this law provided that one-half of all penalties, fines, and forfeitures incurred and paid under the impost (customs) laws of the United States and recovered in consequence of information given by any officer of a revenue cutter shall be paid to the officers of such cutter, to be divided among them in proportion to their pay. (5/6/1796). Ah! Those were the days!

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May 5th, 2016 at 8:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 May 2016

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – fisherman rescued after two months at sea;

Philadelphia – anchorage regulations;

CBP – NCAP test re FWS data;

MPAFAC – meeting on 24-26 May;

OAS – marine salvage workshop;

Australia – vessel-helicopter operations;

Australia – two-ship breakaway; and

UK – FAQ on VGM.

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Pacific Ocean – fisherman rescued after two months at sea

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a Columbian fisherman was rescued by the bulk carrier Nikkei Verde in the southeastern Pacific after surviving a two-month ordeal at sea. The survivor and three companions had set out from Columbia, but the boat’s engine became disabled. They caught and ate fish and sea gulls, but the other three on board died. The crew of the bulk carrier found and rescued the lone survivor and transferred him to the Coast Guard as the ship passed near Hawaii. (5/4/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815902/].

Philadelphia – anchorage regulations

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the geographic coordinates and modifying the usage anchorage “10” in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The amendment reduces the size of the anchorage and allows its use as a general anchorage ground. The rule enters into effect on 6 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 27015 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10577.pdf] (5/5/16).

CBP – NCAP test re FWS data

clip_image007 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing that it will conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning the electronic transmission of certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). 81 Fed. Reg. 27149 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10522.pdf] (5/5/16).

MPAFAC – meeting on 24-26 May

clip_image009 The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 24-26 May in Winter Harbor, Maine. Topics on the agenda include ecological connectivity; external financing; and Arctic MPAs. 81 Fed. Reg. 27104 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10532.pdf] (5/5/16).

OAS – marine salvage workshop

clip_image011 The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States OAS), in partnership with the American Salvage Association (ASA), will be holding a workshop with senior Port Authority officials from the 34 member countries, ASA members, and CIP staff in Miami on 13-15 June to discuss marine salvage, firefighting, environmental response, and casualty management. (5/4/16) [http://www.americansalvage.org/events/downloads/CIP-ASA-training-agenda.pdf].

Australia – vessel-helicopter operations

clip_image013 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding the maritime industry, helicopter operators, and pilots of recently adopted regulations that impact vessel-helicopter operations in Australian waters. Marine Notice 9-2016 (5/5/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Australia – two-ship breakaway

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the break way of Grand Pioneer and AAL Fremantle in Fremantle on 17 August 2014. The two ships broke away from their berths when a thunderstorm passed across the Port of Fremantle. A bollard on the wharf holding both ships’ stern lines failed, most likely after Grand Pioneer’s vehicle ramp contacted it.  AAL Fremantle contacted a ship at an adjacent berth, and parts of the Fremantle Rail Bridge nearby. MO-2014-009 (5/5/16) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770320/mo-2014-009-final.pdf].

UK – FAQ on VGM

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted the 23-page UK National FAQ on verified gross mass (VGM). (5/3/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/520931/FAQ_22_Mar_2016_final__V7_.pdf].

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May 4th, 2016 at 8:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 May 2016

Headlines:

OMB – Subchapter M cleared for publication;

USCG – review of Refugio Beach oil spill cleanup;

FMC – Supply Chain innovation Team Initiative;

Great Lakes – safety zones proposed;

FMC – complaint filed against vehicle carriers;

FMC – another complaint filed against vehicle carriers;

Northern Mariana Islands – submerged lands transfer;

DHS – successful demonstration of eLoran; and

IMO – capacity-building in the Gulf of Guinea.

May 4, 2016

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OMB – Subchapter M cleared for publication

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, but more popularly known as Subchapter M. The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to promulgation in the Federal Register. (5/2/16) [http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201510&RIN=1625-AB06].

USCG – review of Refugio Beach oil spill cleanup

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that review of the Refugio Beach oil spill has been completed. The spill occurred on 19 May 2015, when a pipeline leaked and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of oil on land, some of which subsequently reached the ocean through a culvert beneath US Highway 101. (5/3/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815998/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Norm Paulhus.

FMC – Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, has been officially launched. Industry leaders from 34 companies will be working in teams to develop process innovations that will improve the reliability, resilience, and competitiveness of America’s global supply chain. (5/3/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-08/].

Great Lakes – safety zones proposed

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones around tall ships visiting the Great Lakes during the Tall Ships Challenge 2016 race series. Comments on the proposal must be received by 3 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 26767 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10453.pdf] (5/4/16).

FMC – complaint filed against vehicle carriers

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that various new truck and heavy equipment dealers have filed a complaint seeking to pursue a class action against providers of vehicle carrier services in international maritime commerce for alleged violations of the Shipping Act by conspiring to fix prices. 81 Fed. Reg. 26792 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10340.pdf] (5/4/16).

FMC – another complaint filed against vehicle carriers

clip_image010[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that various US automobile dealers have filed a complaint seeking to pursue a class action against providers of vehicle carrier services in international maritime commerce for alleged violations of the Shipping Act by conspiring to fix prices. 81 Fed. Reg. 26793 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10341.pdf] (5/4/16).

Northern Mariana Islands – submerged lands transfer

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on its draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Norther Islands Submerged Lands Transfer to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Comments must be received by 6 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 26825 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-09955.pdf] (5/4/16).

DHS – successful demonstration of eLoran

clip_image014 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release stating that enhanced Loran (eLoran), a precision timing technology, was successfully demonstrated at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (4/20/16) [https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2016/04/20/st-demonstrates-precision-timing-technology-ny-stock-exchange?utm_source=GPS+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8d54dc8a3c-GPS_Bulletin_+May+3_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a2a565481e-8d54dc8a3c-198943545].

IMO – capacity-building in the Gulf of Guinea

clip_image016 The IMO issued a news release stating that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recently condemned acts of murder, kidnapping, hostage-taking, and robbery by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and encouraged regional cooperation. The UNSC also highlighted to work of the IMO in capacity-building in the area. (5/3/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/12-UNSC-GOG.aspx].

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May 3rd, 2016 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 May 2016

Headlines:

Hudson River – safety zone;

FMC – Rules of Practice and Procedure;

Washington – proposed coal export facility;

India – vessel sharing agreements; and

New Zealand – seafarer certification proposal.

May 3, 2016

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Hudson River – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a temporary safety zone on waters of the Hudson River in the vicinity of Manhattan and Jersey City for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York 2016 regatta. The safety zone regulation will be in effect on 6-8 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 26468 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/pdf/2016-10305.pdf] (5/3/16).

FMC – Rules of Practice and Procedure

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to reorganize several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revise its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 5 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 26517 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/pdf/2016-09759.pdf] (5/3/16).

Washington – proposed coal export facility

clip_image008 The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that comment is sought on the draft environmental study for the proposed coal export facility near Longview. Comments must be received by 13 June. (4/29/16) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/054.html].

India – vessel sharing agreements

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice concerning use of vessel sharing agreements (VSAs) in the liner shipping industry. Merchant Shipping Notice 3-2016 (4/28/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201605020352385331880ms_notice3_2016.pdf].

New Zealand – seafarer certification proposal

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it seeks comments on proposed changes to seafarer certification that would ‘ring-fence’ certain older seafarer certificates that would make it easier for seafarers with certain older certificates to continue working. (5/2/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160502a.asp].

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May 2nd, 2016 at 10:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – second round of El Faro hearings;

USCG – VGM equivalency;

USCG – $100,000 civil penalty assessed for laser strike;

MERPAC – meeting on 25-26 May;

Admiralty Inlet – WAMS review;

USCG – hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry;

BSEE – decommissioning cost estimates;

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez;

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains;

Senate – recognizing 100th anniversary of USCG aviation;

EC – CMA CGM acquisition of NOL conditionally approved;

Panama Canal – ship selected for first transit through expanded canal;

Panama Canal – locks lane outages;

Panama Canal – daylight transit option; and

Singapore – two bunker licenses revoked.

May 2, 2016

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USCG – second round of El Faro hearings

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a media advisory stating that a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the US-flag vessel El Faro and the 33 persons on board will held on 16-27 May in Jacksonville. This round will focus on shipboard operations and cargo loading, lashing, and stowage operations for the accident voyage, while also examining the vessel’s analysis of stability and the weather conditions forecasted and encountered. In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined for potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage. A third round of hearings (at a date to be determined) will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew witnesses, TOTE company officials, and contents of the vessel’s voyage data recorder (VDR) if it can be recovered and analyzed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), conducting its own investigation, will participate fully in the Marine Board of Investigation hearings. (4/27/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/external/content/document/4007/2813894/1/EL%20FARO%20Hearing%20-%20Hearing%20Two%20Initial%20Release.pdf].

USCG – VGM equivalency

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that the agency has determined that existing US laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in the amended SOLAS Regulation VI/2 regarding verified gross mass (VGM) of maritime shipping containers. MSIB 09-16 (4/28/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/009_16_4-28-2016.pdf].

USCG – $100,000 civil penalty assessed for laser strike

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has assessed a civil penalty of $100,000 against a passenger on the Washington State Ferry Kitsap for pointing his laser at the pilot house of the ferry Tokiate as the two ferries passed between Mukilteo and Clinton on 22 October 2015. The laser strike injured the master and chief mate. The passenger was found to have violated safety and security zone regulations, as well as interfering with the safe operation of a vessel. (4/29/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2814974/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Robert C. Schoening of Workplace Substance Abuse Consulting.

MERPAC – meeting on 25-26 May

clip_image004[3] A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 25-26 May in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The purpose of the meeting is to work on Task Statement 30 to evaluate utilizing military education, training, and assessment to satisfy national and STCW credential requirements. 81 Fed. Reg. 25686 [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-29/pdf/2016-09972.pdf] (4/29/16).

Admiralty Inlet – WAMS review

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it seeks public comment regarding a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of Admiralty Inlet, connecting the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Puget Sound. Comments should be received by 31 July. (4/29/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2815046/].

USCG – hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry

clip_image004[5] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is working with a ferry owner and other stakeholders on a MARAD-funded feasibility study to examine the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of building and operating a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferry and hydrogen refueling station. (4/29/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/29/4292016-coast-guard-works-on-hydrogen-fuel-cell-high-speed-passenger-ferry/].

BSEE – decommissioning cost estimates

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a Notice to Lessees (NTL) providing guidance and clarification for the decommissioning rule for offshore oil and gas wells. Lessees are required to make determinations of decommissioning costs for each permanently plugged well, removed platform or facility and each site cleared so that the agency can properly prepare future decommissioning liability estimates. (4/28/16) [http://www.bsee.gov/uploadedFiles/BSEE/Regulations_and_Guidance/Notices_to_Lessees/2016/Decom%20Cost%20Reporting%20NTL%2004.27.16.pdf].

House – bill introduced re navigational servitude in Valdez

clip_image008 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5087) to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a tract of land developed due to dredging disposal from a harbor project in Valdez, Alaska, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/27/16).

Senate – bill introduced re Asia-Pacific maritime domains

clip_image010 Senator Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bill (S. 2865) to promote stability and security in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/27/16).

Senate – recognizing 100th anniversary of USCG aviation

clip_image010[1] The Senate agreed to a resolution (S. Res. 445) introduced by Senator Thune (R-SD) recognizing the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard aviation and the contribution of Coast Guard aviators to naval aviation and the safety and security of the United States. (4/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114sres445ats/pdf/BILLS-114sres445ats.pdf].

EC – CMA CGM acquisition of NOL conditionally approved

clip_image012 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved the proposed acquisition of Neptune Oriental Lines (NOL) by rival CMA CGM. The clearance is conditional upon NOL leaving the G6 liner shipping alliance. (4/29/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1631_en.htm?locale=en].

Panama Canal – ship selected for first transit through expanded canal

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the container vessel Andronikos, operated by China COSCO Shipping, has been selected for the first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, 26 June. (4/29/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/04/29/pr586.html].

Panama Canal – locks lane outages

clip_image014[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of the Miraflores Locks will be out of service from 0001, Wednesday, 4 May until 2359, Friday, 6 May to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs. Also, the west lane of the Gatun Locks will be out of service during all of Thursday, 5 May to perform emergency repairs. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect from 4 May until 6 May. Advisory 21-2016 (4/28/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-21-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – daylight transit option

clip_image014[2] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, in addition to passenger vessels and yachts, the daylight transit option is available to military vessels and non-commercial government-owned vessels. Advisory 22-2016 (4/29/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-22-2016.pdf].

Singapore – two bunker licenses revoked

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the licenses of two bunker licensees have been revoked. (4/28/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/f4925e14-9293-4001-ac3b-e8d6cee58675].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 April 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – another mission required to recover El Faro VDR;

UN & USCG – the ultimate sacrifice;

USCG & USMS – fugitives rescued and arrested;

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks;

UNSC – piracy in Gulf of Guinea;

EU – new integrated policy for the Arctic;

India – vessel lay-up procedures; and

Red Sea – islands to be transferred.

April 28, 2016

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NTSB – another mission required to recover El Faro VDR

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that another mission will be needed in order to recover the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the El Faro. The VDR was located recently in 15,000 feet of water. Unfortunately, recovery of the VDR cannot be accomplished with the equipment currently available on the research vessel Atlantis. Extracting the VDR, which is attached to the four-ton mast, will require specialized deep-water salvage recovery equipment. (4/27/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160427.aspx].

USN & USCG – the ultimate sacrifice

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a memorial service was held at Naval Support Facility Bahrain to honor the three sailors killed on 24 April 2004. On that date, the patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10) was conducting maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. A rigid hull inflatable boat with a crew of seven was dispatched to clear multiple fishing vessels operating in a restricted area around an Iraqi oil terminal. As the RHIB approached one of the dhows, it abruptly closed on the RHIB and exploded in an apparent suicide bombing. The explosion injured four of the RHIB crew and claimed the lives of the other three: DC3 Nathan B. Bruckenthal, USCG; SM2 Christopher E. Watts, USN; and BM1 Michael J. Pernaselli. (4/27/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94436].

USCG & USMS – fugitives rescued and arrested

clip_image009 clip_image011 The US Marshals Service (USMS) issued a news release stating that three individuals were rescued by the cruise ship Disney Fantasy when they were found clinging to an overturned boat in waters between Cuba and the Bahamas. The individuals were turned over to the US Coast Guard at sea, which conducted a fingerprint analysis. The individuals were identified as federal fugitives from New Orleans and were transferred to the US Marshals Service. (4/22/16) [http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2016/042216b.htm].

Senate – bill introduced re USN dry docks

clip_image013 Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill (S. 2853) to provide for the repair, recapitalization, and certification of dry docks at Naval shipyards. Official text of the measure is not yet available. (4/26/16).

UNSC – piracy in Gulf of Guinea

clip_image015 The United Nations Security Council issued a news release calling on countries on the Gulf of Guinea and their international partners to implement effective measures to suppress piracy and other unlawful actions against ships. (4/25/16) [http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12336.doc.htm].

EU – new integrated policy for the Arctic

clip_image017 The European Commission issued a press release stating that a new integrated EU policy for the Arctic has been adopted. Its 39 actions will focus on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development, and international cooperation. (4/27/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1539_en.htm].

India – vessel lay-up procedures

clip_image019 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping posted a draft notice regarding procedures and requirements for the laying up of Indian flag vessels. (4/27/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201604271256204671366Draft_nsnotice_of2016666.pdf]. Note: Curiously, the draft notice contains no provision regarding the welfare of the crew remaining on the vessel during lay-up.

Red Sea – islands to be transferred

clip_image021 clip_image023 As part of the proposed project to construct a bridge connecting the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with Saudi Arabia, plans call from transfer of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba near Sharm El-Sheikh from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. (4/25/16) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiran_Island].

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