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February 3rd, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – 25% random drug testing rate;

USCG – online digital newsroom;

House – bill introduced to exempt old vessels;

Senate – bill introduced re hiring freeze;

GAO – DHS NCCIC evaluation; and

Denmark – new DMA website.

February 3, 2017

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USCG – 25% random drug testing rate

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered crewmembers for calendar year 2017 is 25%. 82 Fed. Reg. 9000 (2/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-03/pdf/2017-02337.pdf].

USCG – online digital newsroom

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has launched its new online digital newsroom located at http://www.news.uscg.mil . Individuals can subscribe to the news delivery service for general USCG news and for particular districts and areas of interest. (2/2/17).

House – bill introduced to exempt old vessels

clip_image007 Representative Chabot (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 619) to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes. (1/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr619ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr619ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re hiring freeze

clip_image009 Senator Schatz (D-HI) introduced a bill (S. 250) to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Schatz issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/1/17) [http://www.schatz.senate.gov/press-releases/schatz-kilmer-lead-bicameral-legislation-to-exempt-navy-shipyards-from-federal-hiring-freeze].

GAO – DHS NCCIC evaluation

clip_image011 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted its report on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The report found that the NCCIC generally performs its required functions but needs to evaluate its activities more completely, including establishment of metrics and methods for such evaluation. GAO-17-163 (2/2/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682435.pdf].

Denmark – new DMA website

clip_image013 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it has launched a new English language website, located at http://www.dma.dk/Sider/default.aspx. (2/1/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/DMA-launches-new-English-website.aspx].

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February 2nd, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 February 2017

Headlines:

MARAD – advisory re southern Red Sea;

USCG – use of LNG as a fuel;

NOSAC – meeting on 21 February;

GAO – STCW training;

UK – General Lighthouse Fund; and

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2017.

February 2, 2017

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MARAD – advisory re southern Red Sea

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory stating that a maritime attack against a Saudi frigate resulting in an explosion has been reported in the southern Red Sea in the vicinity of Hudaydah Port, Yemen. Ships are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area. Advisory 2017-001A (1/31/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/22774/]. Note: Unofficial reports indicate that two sailors on the frigate died in the suicide attack.

USCG – use of LNG as a fuel

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin containing a compilation of USCG and IMO policies regarding use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel. (2/1/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/01/recap-lgc-ncoe-presentation-passenger-ship-safety-conference/].

NOSAC – meeting on 21 February

clip_image007 The National offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet via teleconference on 21 February to discuss safety management systems for vessels engaging in well intervention activities. 82 Fed. Reg. 9070 (2/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02242.pdf].

GAO – STCW training

clip_image009 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report of its review of the US Coast Guard and training provided to mariners regarding the revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW Convention). Most training providers expressed satisfaction with guidance received from the Coast Guard regarding implementation of the revised standards, but some would have liked more guidance for developing a quality assurance process. GAO- 17-40 (2/1/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682377.pdf].

UK – General Lighthouse Fund

clip_image011 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the 2016 report and accounts for the General Lighthouse Fund. The documents consolidate the General Lighthouse Authorities accounts from Trinity House, the Commissioners of Northern Lights, and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. (1/31/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-lighthouse-fund-report-and-accounts-2016].

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2017

clip_image013 February 2 is celebrated as Ground Hog’s Day throughout the civilized world (i.e., Canada and the United States). On this day, if the ground hog (or woodchuck) comes out of its burrow and fails to see its shadow, winter will end in six weeks. If, though, the ground hog sees its shadow, then spring will arrive in a month and a half. In the 1993 movie, the title role was played by Bill Murray. (2/2/17).

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February 1st, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 February 2017

Headlines:

USCG – NAVCEN website address;

FMC – delay of rulemaking;

NOAA – national marine sanctuary advisory councils;

Senate – bill introduced re foreign oil spills;

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba;

House – bill introduced re Cuban trade embargo;

House – bill introduced re hiring freeze;

House – resolution introduced re Arctic OCS drilling;

EMSA – waste management;

ReCAAP – weekly report;

Antarctic – medevac of cruise ship passenger;

Australia – scaffolding collapse in cargo hold; and

Denmark – abolishment of special requirements.

February 1, 2017

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USCG – NAVCEN website address

clip_image004 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) has implemented a small but important change to its website address. It is now https://www.navcen.uscg.gov, instead of http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. This change provides a secure, encrypted connection between browsers or other tools connecting to the Navigation Center website. It also provides authentication that you are unquestionably connecting to the Navigation Center website. (1/31/17).

FMC – delay of rulemaking

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has delayed, until 3 April, the effective date of its final rule reorganizing its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings. 82 Fed. Reg. 8903 (2/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-02072.pdf].

NOAA – national marine sanctuary advisory councils

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks applications for vacant seats for various national marine sanctuary advisory councils. Applications must be received by 28 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 8921 (2/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-01932.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re foreign oil spills

clip_image010 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017 (S. 125) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s125is/pdf/BILLS-115s125is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba

clip_image012 Representative Serrano (D-NY) introduced the Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2017 (H.R. 572) to facilitate the export of United States agricultural products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States legal residents, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, and for other purposes. (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr572ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr572ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Cuban trade embargo

clip_image013 Representative Serrano (D-NY) introduced the Cuba Reconciliation Act (H.R. 574) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (1/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr574ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr574ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re hiring freeze

clip_image013[1] Representative Kilmer (D-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 742) to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting any Department of Defense position at, or in support of, a public shipyard. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/30/17).

House – resolution introduced re Arctic OCS drilling

clip_image013[2] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 47) disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior regarding requirements for exploratory drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf. (1/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hjres47ih/pdf/BILLS-115hjres47ih.pdf].

EMSA – waste management

clip_image015 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted a study entitled “The Management of Ship-Generated Waste On-Board Ships”. This study provides an empirical overview of the management, drivers, technologies and the quantities of different categories of ship-generated waste. The data presented in this report have been collected from ship audits, interviews, a literature review, an online survey among stakeholders and audits of waste notification forms. (1/31/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2925-the-management-of-ship-generated-waste-on-board-ships.html].

ReCAAP – weekly report

clip_image017 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Weekly Report for the period 24-30 January. It received reports of two incidents at anchorages in Bangladesh and the Philippines. (1/31/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=476&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Antarctic – medevac of cruise ship passenger

clip_image019 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is working with the US Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station to medically evacuate a passenger on the cruise ship Ortelius who suffered a suspected stroke. The cruise ship is currently in the Ross Sea. (1/31/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170131a.asp].

Australia – scaffolding collapse in cargo hold

clip_image021 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into the serious injury of two crew members on board the bulk carrier Shanghai Spirit at Port Alma on 29 January. They were carrying out routine maintenance from scaffolding in a cargo hold when the scaffolding toppled over. (1/31/17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2017/mair/328-mo-2017-001/].

Denmark – abolishment of special requirements

clip_image023 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it is working to abolish special requirements for Danish shipping, making them more consistent with those of other maritime nations. (1/30/17) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DMAcontinuestoabolishspecialrequirementsforDanishshipping.aspx].

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January 31st, 2017 at 11:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 January 2017

Headlines:

White House – reducing regulations;

USCG – El Faro investigation;

USCG – mariner trainer provider course approvals;

St. Lawrence Seaway – casualty response exercise;

FCC – Cybersecurity Risk Reduction; and

New Zealand – lessons learned from Rena grounding.

January 31, 2017

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White House – reducing regulations

clip_image004 President Trump issued an executive order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Among other things, it calls for the repeal of two regulations for each new one promulgated and directs that the total incremental cost of new regulations shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law. (1/30/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/30/presidential-executive-order-reducing-regulation-and-controlling].

USCG – El Faro investigation

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a media release stating that the third and final USCG Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) hearing regarding the loss of the SS Eel Faro on 1 October 2015 will commence on 6 February 2017 in Jacksonville. (1/30/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/external/content/document/4007/2915154/1/EL%20FARO%20hearing%20three%20follow%20up%20release%20with%20schedule%20-%2030Jan17%20-%20final.pdf].

USCG – mariner training provider course approvals

clip_image006[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an update to its bulletin regarding mariner training provider course approvals. The inventory of requests awaiting evaluation is down to less than 130, with none of those waiting longer than 80 days. The NMC works with providers who have submitted renewal applications to prevent expiration of approvals, either by extension of prioritization. (1/27/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/course_approvals_inventory_notice_update_0117.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – casualty response exercise

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it recently hosted in Massena, New York a joint US and Canadian multi-agency Marine Casualty Table Top Exercise simulating a grounding in US waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway. (1/30/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/30/joint-uscanadian-interagency-marine-casualty-response-table-top-exercise/].

FCC – Cybersecurity Risk Reduction

clip_image008 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted a white paper entitled Cybersecurity Risk Reduction. The paper notes that network-connected devices present particular challenges. These vulnerabilities now can have large-scale impacts. (1/18/17) [http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0118/DOC-343096A1.pdf].

New Zealand – lessons learned from Rena grounding

clip_image010 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the 2011 grounding and oil spill from the container ship Rena is now being used in public schools to illustrate preparation for and response to disasters. (1/26/17) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2017/20170126a.asp].

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January 30th, 2017 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – amalgamated navigation rules;

USCG – BWMS type-approval application;

White House – fast-tracking infrastructure projects;

NOAA – MPAFAC charter renewed;

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed;

NTSB – Mississippi River allision;

FEMA – grant funds and controlled equipment;

MARAD – maritime advisory system;

House – bill introduced re EEZ;

Senate – bill introduced coastal data integration;

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant colleges;

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges;

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps;

Court – LHWCA & ‘zone of danger’;

Court – hazardous condition not proven;

Malta – oil spill response exercise;

UK – STCW hours of work and alcohol limits; and

Sinking of MV Wilhelm Gustloff – 30 January 1945.

January 30, 2017

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USCG – amalgamated navigation rules

clip_image004 The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) posted an Amalgamated International-Inland Version of the Navigation Rules, including Annexes, Implementing Rules, Penalties, and Bridge-to-Bridge Rules. (1/27/17) [http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/navRules/Handbook/NavRulesAmalgamatedwAnnexes.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type-approval application

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received its fourth application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval for the BalClor Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Sunrui Environmental Engineering, Co. Ltd. (1/26/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/26/application-received-requesting-bwms-type-approval-balcor/].

White House – fast-tracking infrastructure projects

clip_image006 President Trump signed an Executive Order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. 82 Fed. Reg. 8657 (1/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-30/pdf/2017-02029.pdf].

NOAA – MPAFAC charter renewed

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the charter for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC) has been renewed. 82 Fed. Reg. 8725 (1/30/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-30/pdf/2017-01934.pdf].

OSHA – MACOSH charter renewed

clip_image009 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that the charter for the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) has been renewed. 82 Fed. Reg. 7869 (1/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-01407.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Ron Signorino of Blueoceana.

NTSB – Mississippi River allision

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the allision of the towing vessel Crimson Gem with the moored bulk carrier Yangtze Ambition on the Lower Mississippi River near Ama, Louisiana on 28 January 2016. The probable cause of the allision was determined to be the ineffective maneuvering of the pilot of the towing vessel for the prevailing current in the river bend. MAB 17-02 (1/26/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1702.pdf].

FEMA – grant funds and controlled equipment

clip_image013 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an Information Bulletin (IB) providing an update to grant applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients guidance regarding the requirements when applying for, or expending grant funds for, controlled equipment expenditures and for using grant-funded controlled equipment (e.g., armored vehicles, specialized firearms). IB 407a (1/19/17) [https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1485452831667-ab397ce1d370652ec49c25a280419af4/IB_407a_Controlled_Equipment_FY2017_Update_GPD_FINAL_508.pdf].

MARAD – maritime advisory system

clip_image015 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing launch of US Maritime Advisory System-Global. The new system establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders including vessels at sea. It includes two types of notifications. US Maritime Alerts are intended to provide basic threat information. US Maritime Advisories will provide more detailed information. The notifications will be available at the Maritime Security Communications with Industry MSCI web portal at http://www.marad.dot.gov/MSCI. (1/26/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/advisory/2017/22729/]. Note: This item is repeated from Friday’s blog to correct the link to the MSCI web portal, which I had inadvertently screwed up.

House – bill introduced re EEZ

clip_image017 Representative Issa (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 475) to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”. (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr475ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr475ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re coastal data integration

clip_image019 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Digital Coast Act (S. 110) to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes. (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s110is/pdf/BILLS-115s110is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Sea Grant Colleges

clip_image020 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the National Sea Grants Colleges Program Amendments Act of 2017 (S. 129) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. (1/11/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s129is/pdf/BILLS-115s129is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re incidental discharges

clip_image021 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (S. 168) to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation. (1/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s168is/pdf/BILLS-115s168is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA Officer Corps

clip_image021[1] Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments and Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Reauthorization and Improvements Act of 2017 (S.171) to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes. (1/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s171is/pdf/BILLS-115s171is.pdf].

Court – LHWCA & ‘zone of danger’

clip_image023 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the ‘zone of danger’ test is not applicable to claims for psychological injury brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Ceres Marine Terminals v. Jackson, No. 15-1041 (4th Cir., January 27, 2017) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/151041.P.pdf].

Court – hazardous condition not proven

clip_image025 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the order of summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise ship owner. Defendant had been sued by a passenger who broke her ankle onboard, allegedly because of a known hazardous condition. Plaintiff failed to produce evidence that the defendant had notice, either actual or constructive, of the alleged hazardous condition. Taiariol v. MSC Crociere, No. 16-12357 (11th Cir., January 27, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201612357.pdf].

Malta – oil spill response exercise

clip_image027 Transport Malta issued a press release stating that it and other stakeholders recently completed a four-day oil spill response exercise. (1/26/17) [http://www.transport.gov.mt/news/press-release-26-january-2017-oil-spill-response-training].

UK – STCW hours of work and alcohol limits

clip_image029 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a correction to its previous guidance note regarding hours of work and alcohol limits under the STCW Convention. (1/27/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mgn-565-m-corrigendum-stcw-manila-amendments-medical-certification-hours-of-work-and-alcohol-limits].

Sinking of MV Wilhelm Gustloff – 30 January 1945

clip_image031 The MV Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to evacuate troops, auxiliaries, and civilians back to Germany. It departed Gdynia early on the morning of 30 January 1945 with an estimated 10,000 persons onboard, including 5,000 children. Fearing a collision with a supposed Germany naval convoy that night, the master activated the ship’s navigation lights. The lights were observed by a Russian submarine, which fired three torpedoes. All hit their mark and the ship sank quickly, with only a few hundred survivors. The loss of an estimated 9,300 persons makes it the largest loss of life resulting from the sinking of one vessel in maritime history.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 January 2017

Headlines:

MARAD – maritime advisory system;

NTSB – allision in anchorage;

DHS, USCG & TSA – civil monetary penalties;

CBP – Centers of Excellence and Expertise;

OEAB – meeting on 22-23 February;

DOS – Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports;

House – bill introduced re foreign oil spills;

Senate – bill introduced re old vessel exemption;

Court – Seaman’s Protection Act;

Marshall Islands – SSAS policy change;

UK – seafarer statistics 2016; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 27, 2017

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MARAD – maritime advisory system

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing launch of US Maritime Advisory System-Global. The new system establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders including vessels at sea. It includes two types of notifications. US Maritime Alerts are intended to provide basic threat information. US Maritime Advisories will provide more detailed information. The notifications will be available at the Maritime Security Communications with Industry MSCI web portal at http://www.marad.gov/MSCI. (1/26/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/advisory/2017/22729/].

NTSB – allision in anchorage

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the allision of the cargo vessel Manizales with the anchored bulk carrier Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus at Belmont Anchorage at about mile marker 153 on the Mississippi River. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the allision was the decision of the pilots association to assign the Manizales to the anchorage during high-water conditions with three other vessels already anchored in the area. MAB 17-03 (1/26/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1703.pdf].

DHS, USCG & TSA – civil monetary penalties

clip_image008 clip_image010 clip_image012 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Coast Guard, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have finalized their rules that adjust civil monetary penalties for inflation, effective immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 8571 (1/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-27/pdf/2017-00605.pdf].

CBP – Centers of Excellence and Expertise

clip_image014 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended, until 20 March, the period within which to submit comments on its proposal to establish the Centers of Excellence and Expertise as permanent organizational components of the agency and transition various trade functions to the Centers. 82 Fed. Reg. 8588 (1/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-27/pdf/2017-01580.pdf].

OEAB – meeting on 22-23 February

clip_image016 The Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Austin, Texas on 22-23 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 8609 (1/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-27/pdf/2017-01859.pdf].

DOS – Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports

clip_image018 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it has determined that the objects to be included in exhibition “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States are of cultural significance. 82 Fed. Reg. 8647 (1/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-27/pdf/2017-01913.pdf].

House – bill introduced re foreign oil spills

clip_image020 Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 468) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes. (1/12/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr468ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr468ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re old vessel exemption

clip_image022 Senator McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill (S.89) to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes. (1/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s89is/pdf/BILLS-115s89is.pdf].

Court – Seaman’s Protection Act

In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a determination of retaliation in violation of the Seaman’s Protection Act in the termination of a vessel master. Evidence in the record showed that the master had brought to the attention of the Coast Guard various deficiencies, to which the employer had stipulated at the hearing. There was also substantial evidence in the record that the master’s protected activities were contributing factors in his discharge. Harley Marine Services v. US Department of Labor, No. 15-14110 (11th Cir., January 26, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201514110.pdf].

Marshall Islands – SSAS policy change

clip_image024 The Maritime Administration of the Republic of the Marshall Islands issued a Ship Security Advisory stating that, effective 1 April 2017, it will no longer receive Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) alerts directly from any vessel. Instead, the Company or the Company-designated qualified third party will serve as the Competent Authority to receive and verify SSAS transmissions. SSA 01-17 (1/24/17) [http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/SSAdvisory_01-17.pdf].

UK – seafarer statistics 2016

clip_image026 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the Seafarer statistics 2016. During the year, there were an estimated 23,060 active UK seafarers, of whom 10,650 were certificated officers. (1/25/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarer-statistics-2016].

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image028 The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 January 2017

Headlines:

Port Everglades – environmental analysis;

House – bill introduced to exempt old vessels;

EC – European Border and Coast Guard; and

ReCAAP – report for 17-23 January.

January 26, 2017

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Port Everglades – environmental analysis

clip_image004 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it is preparing a supplemental environmental analysis for the Port Everglades Navigation Improvement Project. Scoping meetings will be held in Port Everglades on 22 February. Written comments must be received by 24 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 8515 (1/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-26/pdf/2017-01804.pdf].

House – bill introduced to exempt old vessels

clip_image006 Representative Chabot (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 619) to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/24/17).

EC – European Border and Coast Guard

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that the European Border and Coast Guard has achieved progress since its launch three months ago, but work is still needed in making the agency fully operational. (1/25/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-123_en.htm].

ReCAAP – report for 17-23 January

clip_image010 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Report for the week of 17-23 January. Two incidents were reported during the week. Three crew members were abducted from a fishing trawler in Philippines waters and a tug was approached by speedboats off Bangladesh. (1/25/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=475&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – BWM following type approval;

USCG – Proceedings;

NIST – cybersecurity proposal;

DOE – SPR sale and Jones Act vessels;

Senate – bill introduced re ocean & coastal ecosystems; and

Singapore – unlicensed bunker craft operator fined.

January 25, 2017

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USCG – BWM following type approval

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard article “Ballast Water Management – Beyond Type Approval” has been posted by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The article discusses the next steps in the ballast water management (BWM) process now that various BWM systems have received type approval. (1/17/17) [http://www.namepa.net/newsletter-articles/ballast-water-uscg].

USCG – Proceedings

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted the Fall-Winter 2016 edition of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council. The focus of this edition is recreational boating safety. (1/23/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/].

NIST – cybersecurity proposal

clip_image007 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on its proposed update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Among other things, the proposal includes enhanced guidance for applying the Framework for supply chain management. Comments must be received by 10 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 8408 (1/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-25/pdf/2017-01599.pdf].

DOE – SPR sale and Jones Act vessels

clip_image009 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Sale of eight million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). For oil to be transported by ship to a US port, the transportation must be conducted on vessels eligible to engage in the coastwise trade. (1/9/17) [http://www.spr.doe.gov/doeec/2017-01/FY17%20SPR%20Modernization.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Charlie Papavizas of Winston & Strawn.

Senate – bill introduced re ocean & coastal ecosystems

clip_image011 Senator Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act (S. 74) to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes. (1/9/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s74is/pdf/BILLS-115s74is.pdf].

Singapore – unlicensed bunker craft operator fined

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that an unlicensed bunker craft operator has been fined $81,000. (1/24/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/ccd328e3-dae4-4d66-80d7-8065a2d650e5].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 January 2017

Headlines:

White House – regulatory moratorium;

SEC – OSG and its former CFO charged;

USCG – Light Lists;

USCG – training on gas carrier instrumentation;

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami detection; and

California – biofouling management.

January 24, 2017

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White House – regulatory moratorium

clip_image004 The White House issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies directing that pending regulations be delayed for at least 60 days so that they can be reviewed by Presidential appointees. (1/20/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/20/memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies].

SEC – OSG and its former CFO charged

clip_image006 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release stating that it has charged the Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) and its former chief financial officer (CFO) with failing to recognize approximately $512 million in tax liabilities. Without admitting or denying the charges, OSG and its former CFO each consented to an order finding they violated or caused the violation of, among other provisions, the negligence-based antifraud provisions as well as recordkeeping provisions of the federal securities laws. OSG agreed to pay a $5 million penalty and the CFO agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty. (1/23/17) [https://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2017-29.html].

USCG – Light Lists

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted the 2017 edition of the Light Lists. (1/23/17) [http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists].

USCG – training on gas carrier instrumentation

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise is working with the LNG shipping industry to train USCG field personnel on liquefied gas carrier instrumentation. (1/23/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/23/lgc-ncoe-lng-shipping-company-to-train-coast-guard-personnel-on-liquefied-gas-carrier-instrumentation/].

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami detection

clip_image011 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Research, and Education Act of 2017 (S. 53) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s53is/pdf/BILLS-115s53is.pdf].

California – biofouling management

clip_image013 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that it intends to amend regulations relating to biofouling management. Comments on the proposal must be received by 4 February. (1/20/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP.html].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – marine casualty reporting;

USCG – TSAC members sought;

NOAA – canary rockfish;

Michigan – marine construction; and

Australia – reminder re 2020 sulphur limit.

January 23, 2017

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USCG – marine casualty reporting

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a serious marine incident. Under the proposal, the threshold for marine casualties would be raised from $25,000 to $72,000 and the threshold for a serious marine incident would be raised from $100,000 to $200,000. Comments must be received by 24 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 7755 (1/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-01323.pdf].

USCG – TSAC members sought

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be submitted by 9 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 7845 (1/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-01324.pdf].

NOAA – canary rockfish

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule removing the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin distinct population segment (DPS) of canary rockfish from the federal list of threatened and endangered species and removing the designated critical habitat. This rule enters into effect on 24 March. 82 Fed. Reg. 7711 (1/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-00559.pdf].

Michigan – marine construction

clip_image008 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice stating that it has approved a change to the State of Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health State Plan that clarifies the marine construction is included in its State Plan. 82 Fed. Reg. 7867 (1/23/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-01414.pdf].

Australia – reminder re 2020 sulphur limit

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding stakeholders of the limit of 0.50 mass per cent concentration (0.50% m/m) sulphur content in fuel oil for all ships from 1 January 2020. Marine Notice 2-2017 (1/20/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

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    In the February 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Coral reefs". The article discusses the formation, location, and composition of coral reefs. Such reefs are important to the health and diversity of the marine biosphere. They are increasingly threatened by acidification, sea level rise, bleaching, and habitat loss.