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October 26th, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – fire protection equipment standards;

OSHA – MACOSH nominations sought;

IWUB – meeting on 28 November;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Beaufort Sea – Liberty project; and

CBP – quarterly interest rates.

October 26, 2018

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USCG – fire protection equipment standards

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule finalizing the 26 February interim rule harmonizing the fire protection equipment standards for inspected towing vessels. The final rule enters into effect on 26 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 53818 (10/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-25/pdf/2018-23314.pdf].

OSHA – MACOSH nominations sought

clip_image005 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) invites interested persons to submit nominations for membership on the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). Nominations must be received by 10 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 54147 (10/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-26/pdf/2018-23423.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 28 November

clip_image007 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet 28 November in St. Charles, MO. Topics on the agenda include the status of funding for inland navigation projects for FY 2019 and project updates. 83 Fed. Reg. 54095 (10/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-26/pdf/2018-23448.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

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The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Energia Costa Azul S. de R.L. de C.V. for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments must be received by 26 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 54097 (10/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-26/pdf/2018-23473.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – Liberty Project

clip_image011 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the availability of the record of decision (ROD) for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. 83 Fed. Reg. 54136 (10/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-26/pdf/2018-23366.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image013 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the quarterly interest rate for the quarter beginning 1 October 2018 for overpayments will be 4% for corporations and 5% for non-corporations and the interest rate for underpayments will be 5% for both. 83 Fed. Reg. 54130 (10/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-26/pdf/2018-23469.pdf].

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October 19th, 2018 at 10:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 October 2018

Headlines:

NMSAC – meeting on 6-7 November;

Offshore MA – FSN for wind energy leases;

Offshore RI & MA – proposed wind energy facility EIS;

Offshore CA – wind energy leases;

FMC – proposed WCMTO PierPass amendment;

California – commercial harbor craft;

IMO – ship and port emissions toolkits; and

UK – speed results in allision.

October 19, 2018

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NMSAC – meeting on 6-7 November

clip_image004 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 6-7 November in Houston. Topics on the agenda include: cyber security; unmanned aircraft systems; and the recent port security grant survey. 83 Fed. Reg. 53070 (10/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-19/pdf/2018-22813.pdf].

Offshore MA – FSN for wind energy leases

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Final Sale Notice (FSN) for sale of commercial wind energy leases on the outer continental shelf offshore Massachusetts. A mock auction will be held on 11 December and the monetary auction will be held on 13 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 53089 (10/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-19/pdf/2018-22878.pdf].

Offshore RI & MA – proposed wind energy facility EIS

clip_image006[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for review of the construction and operation of a proposed wind energy facility offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 19 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 53104 (10/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-19/pdf/2018-22880.pdf].

Offshore CA – wind energy leases

clip_image006[2] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) invites submission of information and nominations for commercial wind leases on the outer continental shelf offshore California. Comments must be received by 28 January 2019. 83 Fed. Reg. 53096 (10/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-19/pdf/2018-22880.pdf].

FMC – proposed WCMTO PierPass amendment

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it is reviewing information submitted by the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators (WCMTO) to explain the proposed amendment to their agreement related to their PierPass program. (10/18/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/status_advisory_regarding_pierpass_amendment/].

California – commercial harbor craft

clip_image010 The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a regulatory notice stating that it plans to initiate a rulemaking process to develop additional requirements for commercial harbor craft operating in California waters. (10/1/18) [https://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/documents/regnotice100118.pdf].

IMO – ship and port emissions toolkits

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release announcing completion of ship and port emissions toolkits. (10/18/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/17GoMEEPguides.aspx].

UK – speed results in allision

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the heavy contact with the quay and two shore cranes by the container ship CMA CGM Centaurus at Jebel Ali, UAE on 4 May 2017. The casualty was the result of the pilot making the turn into the basin at too great a speed. Report 17-2018 (10/18/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5bc74a8ee5274a363bcf7b4c/2018_-_17_-_CMA_CGM_Centaurus.pdf].

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October 18th, 2018 at 10:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – replacing MMCs lost due to Hurricane Michael;

USCG – assessing BWMS operational limitations;

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project;

Court – no final determination of rights; and

Singapore – 3-D printing.

October 18, 2018

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USCG – replacing MMCs lost due to Hurricane Michael

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin explaining how US mariners may obtain, free of charge, duplicate merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) for the originals lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Michael or subsequent flooding. (10/16/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/hurricane_michael_duplicate_mmc_notice.pdf].

USCG – assessing BWMS operational limitations

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted guidance to independent laboratories for assessing the manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems (BWMSs). (10/17/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/Marine%20Safety%20Center/2018.10.17%20CGOES%20ltr%20Assessing%20Operational%20Limits%20of%20BWMS_signed.pdf?ver=2018-10-17-133722-240].

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project

clip_image007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that an environmental impact statement (EIS) has been drafted for the Rio Grande LNG Project. Comments must be received by 3 December. 83 Fed. Reg. 52828 (10/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-18/pdf/2018-22727.pdf].

Court – no final determination of rights

clip_image009 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed the appeal of defendant vessel owner in a dispute with plaintiff lender. The district court had granted partial summary judgment that plaintiff had a preferred ship mortgage on defendant’s vessel. The appellate court dismissed the appeal, ruling that it lacked jurisdiction in this ongoing litigation since the ruling below did not finally determine the rights or obligations of the parties in the dispute. State Bank & Trust v C & G Liftboats, No. 17-30792 (5th Cir., October 16, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-30792-CV0.pdf].

Singapore – 3-D printing

clip_image011 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that it signed agreements with technical entities to establish the world’s first on-site additive manufacturing (AM) [also known as 3-D printing] production facility for port applications and the maritime sector. (10/17/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/28bd9f04-a13b-4b37-9cb6-8d60a075bc7a].

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October 17th, 2018 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – conditions of entry re Iraq;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

NTSB – seeking Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical); and

FMC – mediation services.

October 17, 2018

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USCG – conditions of entry re Iraq

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is setting conditions of entry for vessels arriving to the United States from Iraq expect for the following three port facilities: (1) the Al-Basrah Oil Terminal; (2) the Khor Al Amaya Oil Terminal; and (3) the Al Maqal Terminal 14 (also known as the North America Western Asia Holdings Facility). In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in an affected port; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in an affected port; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in an affected port; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. The policy enters into effect on 26 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 516929 (10/12/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-12/pdf/2018-22291.pdf].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 Great Lakes shipping season. Comments must be received by 16 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 52355 (10/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-17/pdf/2018-22513.pdf].

NTSB – seeking Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical)

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) seeks to fill a Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical) vacancy. There is one position, but four announcements: GS-13 Public applicants; GS-13 Federal Employee & Veteran applicants; GS-14 Public applicants; and GS-14 Federal Employee & Veteran applicants. Applications must be received by 29 October. (10/15/18).

FMC – mediation services

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release highlighting its mediation services as an alternative to legal proceedings in commercial maritime disputes. (10/16/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/mediation_week_2018/].

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October 16th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – cyber security;

USCG – modernization of ice services;

IMO – complying with BWM Convention;

Malta – grounding and failure to use ECDIS;

Panama Canal – record tonnage in FY 2018; and

UK – Clean Maritime Council.

October 16, 2018

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USCG – cyber security

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin addressing issues related to fortifying the US cyber protection and response posture from the maritime prospective. (10/12/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/12/10-12-2018-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-fortifying-the-u-s-cyber-protection-and-response-posture/].

USCG – modernization of ice services

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the 16th annual meeting of the North American Ice Service (NAIS) and the modernization of ice services. The NAIS is a collaborative organization between the Ice Services of the United States and Canada that takes advantage of each members’ strengths to provide seamless ice information to government and commercial maritime interests in the Polar Regions, North American waters, and the Great Lakes. (10/15/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/15/10-15-2018-recap-of-north-american-ice-services-16th-annual-meeting-focusing-on-modernization-of-ice-services/].

IMO – complying with BWM Convention

clip_image006 The IMO posted an Infographic on complying with the Ballast Water Management Convention. (10/5/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/BWM/Documents/BWM%20infographic_FINAL.pdf].

Malta – grounding and failure to use ECDIS

clip_image008 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the bulk carrier Marbella on North Reef in the Paracel Islands on 28 September 2017. The grounding occurred after the second mate altered course to avoid a number of fishing vessels and failed to see the reef on the ECDIS. Report 18-2018 (10/5/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Marbella_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

Panama Canal – record tonnage in FY 2018

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that annual cargo tonnage transiting the Canal set a new record in fiscal year 2018 with 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), which represents a 9.5% increase over the previous year. (10/11/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2018/10/11/pr661.html].

UK – Clean Maritime Council

clip_image012The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release stating that the Clean Maritime Council met today to plot the route to zero emissions for the UK maritime sector. (10/15/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/clean-maritime-revolution-starts-voyage].

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October 15th, 2018 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 October 2018

Headlines:

White House – Save Our Seas Act of 2018;

USCG – BWMS recap;

USCG – cyber protection and response posture;

MARAD – RFP for NSMV construction manager;

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project;

Senate – bill introduced re freight projects;

Senate – recapitalization of USCG & NOAA ships;

Court – bunkers and maritime liens;

Arctic – 2018 sea ice minimum;

Arctic – sea ice younger and thinner;

EC – Danish tonnage tax scheme;

UK – accidental release of CO2;

UK – accident reporting and investigation; and

MREN – Liquefaction.

October 15, 2018

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White House – Save Our Seas Act of 2018

clip_image004 President Trump signed into law the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (S. 3508). Title II of the Act codifies changes to implement recommendations arising from the investigations into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro. (10/11/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3508enr/pdf/BILLS-115s3508enr.pdf].

USCG – BWMS recap

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recapping its presentations are a recent conference concerning extensions of compliance date extensions and type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMSs). (10/11/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/11/10-11-2018-ballast-water-management-technology-north-america-conference-recap-of-presentation-on-extensions-type-approval-and-next-steps/].

USCG – cyber protection and response posture

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin addressing the fortifying of the US cyber protection and response posture. (10/12/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/12/10-12-2018-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-fortifying-the-u-s-cyber-protection-and-response-posture/].

MARAD – RFP for NSMV construction manager

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vessel construction manager to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). (10/11/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/maritime-administration-issues-request-for-proposal/].

FERC – Rio Grande LNG Project

clip_image011 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that an environmental impact statement (EIS) has been drafted for the Rio Grande LNG Project. Comments must be received by 3 December. (10/12/18) [https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2018/10-12-18-DEIS.asp?csrt=7484429464727211215].

Senate – bill introduced re freight projects

clip_image013 Senator Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill (S. 3587) to amend title 23, United States Code, to improve the nationally significant freight and highway projects program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (10/11/18).

Senate – recapitalization of USCG & NOAA ships

clip_image013[1] The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on recapitalization of Coast Guard and NOAA ships. Testimaony was received from RADM Michael Haycock, USCG; RADM Michael Silah, NOAA; Ms. Marie Mak, GAO; and Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, CRS. (10/11/18) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=7952AFA7-6E44-421F-B1CC-9851F8753DC6].

Court – bunkers and maritime liens

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with other circuits and ruled that a bunker supplier does not have a maritime lien against the vessel for which bunkers were provided where the owner ordered the bunkers from a bunker broker not the physical supplier. Bunker Holdings v Yang Ming Liberia, No. 16-35539 (9th Cir., October 11, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/10/11/16-35539.pdf].

Arctic – 2018 sea ice minimum

clip_image017 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that the Arctic sea ice minimum, reached on 23 September, was tied for the sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record at 4.59 million square kilometers. All of the twelve lowest minimums have occurred in the past 12 years. (9/27/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/09/arctic-sea-ice-extent-arrives-at-its-minimum/].

Arctic – sea ice younger and thinner

clip_image017[1] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that the Arctic Ocean’s blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominately older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice. New ice grows faster but is more vulnerable to weather and wind, so ice thickness is more variable. (10/11/18) [https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/with-thick-ice-gone-arctic-sea-ice-changes-more-slowly].

EC – Danish tonnage tax scheme

clip_image019 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved the extension of the existing Danish tonnage tax scheme to additional types of vessels. (10/12/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6107_en.htm].

UK – accidental release of CO2

clip_image021 The UIK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin concerning accidental release of CO2 from fixed fire extinguishing systems. Safety Bulletin No. 12 (9/12/18) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/739881/Safety_Bulletin_12_-_CO2_releases.pdf].

UK – accident reporting and investigation

clip_image022 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a Notice regarding amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) statute to provide for its continued effect when Brexit takes effect. (10/12/18) [https://www.gov.uk/eu-withdrawal-act-2018-statutory-instruments/the-merchant-shipping-accident-reporting-and-investigation-and-the-railways-accident-investigation-and-reporting-amendment-eu-exit-regulations-2018].

MREN – Liquefaction

clip_image024 In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, you can find my article on Liquefaction. The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews. (10/15/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN181000.pdf].

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October 12th, 2018 at 10:53 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 October 2018

Headlines:

EPA – 2013 VGP continued indefinitely;

USCG – Alternative Compliance Program; and

USCG – Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook.

October 12, 2018

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Update stating that the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) will not be reissued prior to its 18 December 2018 expiration date, but will be administratively continued and remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Owners and operators of vessels operating under the administratively continued permit are expected to comply with the terms and conditions of that permit until the new permit is issued and enters into effect. (10/10/18) [https://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels-vgp].

USCG – Alternative Compliance Program

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued Change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-95, the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP). The primary purpose of the change is to align the ACP with applicable IMO instruments. Additionally, the change incorporates various policies and related provisions consistent with the Commandant’s Final Action Memo on the sinking of the SS El Faro. NVIC 02-95, CH-3 (10/2/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/1995/n2-95ch3.pdf].

USCG – Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued its Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook. The document outlines the Commandant’s long-term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. The three major elements of the policy are: (1) facilitation of lawful trade and travel on secure waterways; (2) modernization of aids to navigation and other mariner information systems; and (3) transformation of workforce capacity and partnerships. (10/11/18) [https://media.defense.gov/2018/Oct/05/2002049100/-1/-1/1/USCG%20MARITIME%20COMMERCE%20STRATEGIC%20OUTLOOK-RELEASABLE.PDF].

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October 4th, 2018 at 10:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re recreational diving;

USCG – Port of San Diego cyber incident;

FMC – field interviews in NY/NJ;

EC – Brexit and maritime security; and

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980.

October 4, 2018

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USCG – safety alert re recreational diving

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert providing guidance to owners, operators, and crew of passenger vessels engaged in support of recreational diving activities. Alert 15-18 (10/3/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1518.pdf].

USCG – Port of San Diego cyber incident

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that on 25 September the Port of San Diego reported a cybersecurity incident impacting port offices and some physical security aspects of regulated facilities. The cyber incident did not adversely impact Marine Transportation System operations. The bulletin also includes a link to an FBI announcement concerning cyber actors exploiting the remote desktop protocol. (10/3/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/03/10-3-2018-port-of-san-diego-cyber-incident/].

FMC – field interviews in NY/NJ

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing that detention and demurrage field interviews will be held in the Port of New York and New Jersey on 7-9 November. This is in addition to the previously announced field interviews in LA/LB and Everglades/Miami. (10/3/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/new_york_new_jersey_added_to_field_interview_itinerary/].

EC – Brexit and maritime security

clip_image009 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice regarding EC Brexit Preparedness Notices, including one on the impact on maritime security. Marine Notice 37-2018 (10/2/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2037%20of%202018%20Brexit%20Notice%20Maritime%20Secutiry.pdf].

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980

clip_image011 The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the master sent a message to the US Coast Guard requesting assistance. The ship was then 120 miles south of Cape Spencer and outside the range of USCG helicopters. The Coast Guard advised the master to send out an SOS, but he refused. The chief radio officer sent one anyway. Ships in the area responded, including the tanker Williamsburg, the USCGC Woodrush, and the USCGC Boutwell, which served as the on-scene coordinator. The master gave the order to abandon ship at sunrise. The Coast Guard, Air Force, and Canadian Forces dispatched long-range helicopters, which carried persons from the lifeboats to the Williamsburg. The Prinsendam was taken under tow, but the fire could not be extinguished and the ship was listing heavily in deteriorating weather. Permission to bring the ship into sheltered waters was denied by the Coast Guard, but probably had no impact, as the ship sank shortly thereafter. Woodrush located the last of the lifeboats and transferred the survivors to Boutwell. The tanker Williamsburg brought 359 passengers and crew safely to Valdez. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.

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October 3rd, 2018 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – 2016.1 PREP Guidelines;

Bermuda – supplies dropped to disabled freighter;

Johnston Atoll – FWS crew evacuated;

USCG – BWM enforcement and compliance;

DHS OIG – USCG oversight of TWIC program;

Norfolk – EIS re coastal storm risk management; and

New Zealand – $100,000 fine for Subantarctic grounding.

October 3, 2018

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USCG – 2016.1 PREP Guidelines

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued the Update to the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) Guidelines – referred to as the 2016.1 PREP Guidelines. These guidelines entered into effect on 1 October. (10/2/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/PREP_Guidelines_2016-1_181002.pdf].

Bermuda – supplies dropped to disabled freighter

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it air-dropped supplies to a disabled freighter 1380 miles southeast of Bermuda. (10/2/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2119771].

Johnston Atoll – FWS crew evacuated

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it evacuated the four-person Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) team from Johnston Atoll ahead of Hurricane Walaka. (10/2/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2118b60].

USCG – BWM enforcement and compliance

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing its presentation at a recent ballast water management conference on enforcement and compliance. (10/2/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/10/02/10-2-2018-ballast-water-technology-north-america-conference-recap-of-presentation-walking-the-walk-on-enforcement-and-compliance/].

DHS OIG – USCG oversight of TWIC program

clip_image010 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued the report of its review of the Coast Guard’s oversight of the TWIC program. It found that the Coast Guard does not have a full understanding of the extent to which the TWIC program addresses security risks in the maritime environment and did not clearly define the applicability of facilities that certain dangerous cargo in bulk when developing the final rule to implement the use of TWIC readers at high-risk maritime facilities. OIG-18-88 (9/28/18) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018-10/OIG-18-88-Sep18.pdf].

Norfolk – EIS re coastal storm risk management

clip_image012 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The study evaluates identified flood risks and develops and evaluates coastal storm risk management measures related to sea level rise, local subsistence, and storms. Comments must be received by 2 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 49915 (10/3/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-03/pdf/2018-21537.pdf]. Note: Some projections call for sea level rise of more than one meter (see pages 9-11 of EIS).

New Zealand – $100,000 fine for Subantarctic grounding

clip_image014 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the cruise company and master of L’Austral have been fined $100,000 for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone. On 9 January 2017 the ship grounded on an uncharted rock in the Subantarctic Snare Islands, violating the 300m exclusion zone around the islands. (10/2/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20181002a.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 October 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual;

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines;

USN – USMAP updates;

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution;

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November;

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports);

UK – MAIB safety digest; and

UK – consultation re emergency drills.

October 2, 2018

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USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated Change 1 to its Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. Among the changes included are: (1) Area Contingency Plan (ACP) policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) review and verification requirements; (2) Facility Response Plan (FRP) approvals; and (3) Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) responsibilities. COMDTINST M16000.14A (9/26/18) [https://media.defense.gov/2018/Oct/01/2002046527/-1/-1/0/CIM_16000_14A.PDF].

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Exercise Response (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines entered into effect on 1 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 49563 (10/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-02/pdf/2018-21450.pdf].

USN – USMAP updates

clip_image006 The US Navy posted updated guidance on enrolling and participating in the United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) providing active-duty and full time support USN, USMC, and USCG service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. (10/1/18) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107260].

Hawaii – ship repair facility pollution

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that agreement has been reached with Keehi Marine for reduction in pollution in its stormwater discharges from its ship repair facility. (10/1/18) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-requires-keehi-marine-reduce-pollution-stormwater-discharges].

PHMSA – meetings on 13 November

clip_image010 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that meetings will be held on 13 November in Washington, DC to prepare for upcoming sessions of UN subcommittees on international standards on the transportation of dangerous goods. 83 Fed. Reg. 49627 (10/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-02/pdf/2018-21437.pdf].

Ireland – Recognized Security Organization (Ports)

clip_image012 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for authorization to act as a Recognized Security Organization (Ports). Applications must be received by 26 October. Notice 36-2018 (9/28/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2036%20of%202018%20Applications%20for%20Recognised%20Security%20Organisation%20Ports.pdf].

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch published its Safety Digest 2/2018 (10/1/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/maib-safety-digest-22018-published].

UK – consultations re emergency drills

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it is opening consultations on revisions of MGHs 570 and 571 which provide guidance on Emergency Drills and Prevention of Man Overboard respectively. Comments must be received by 31 October. (10/1/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-revisions-to-mgn-570-emergency-drills-and-mgn-571-prevention-of-man-overboard].

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    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.