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February 12th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 February 2015

Headlines:

Antarctica – rescue mission;

DHS – cyber-security alert;

USN – three Rear Admirals censured;

House – bill introduced re transportation security card program;

Mediterranean – up to 300 dead in migration tragedy;

ReCAAP – Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference; and

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983.

February 12, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

Antarctica – rescue mission

clip_image004 clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2461026/] and Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2014/20150212a.asp] stating that the USCG icebreaker Polar Star has been diverted from its support of the resupply of the McMurdo Station in Antarctica to rescue an Australian fishing vessel beset in the Antarctic ice. (2/12/15).

DHS – cyber-security alert

clip_image010 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued an alert providing notice of a Microsoft Windows critical security update. This serious vulnerability impacts control system owners using a domain-configured system. If your company or entity owns or operates such a system, prompt action should be taken to avoid the potential exploitation by third parties. ICS-ALERT-15-041-01 [located at https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/alerts/ICS-ALERT-15-041-01] (2/10/15).

USN – three Rear Admirals censured

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85569] stating that Secretarial Letters of Censure have been issued to three Rear Admirals found to have inappropriately accepted gifts from Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a prohibited source and other improper conduct. All three officers have submitted requests to retire. (2/10/15).

House – bill introduced re transportation security card program

clip_image014 Representative Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced the Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act (H.R. 710) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes. (2/4/15).

Mediterranean – up to 300 dead in migration tragedy

clip_image016 The United Nations issued a news release [located at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50054#.VNuYwebF98E] stating that as many as 300 refugees and migrants have been confirmed missing following their attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. It expressed concern about the lack of a strong search and rescue operation in those waters, noting that Europe’s Triton operation is not focused on search and rescue and is not providing the necessary tools to cope with the scale of the crises. At least 218,000 people, including both migrants and refugees, crossed the Mediterranean in 2014 and this trend is expected to continue in 2015. (2/11/15).

ReCAAP – Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a notice [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Piracy%20and%20Sea%20Robbery%20Conference%202011/2015/Write-up%20on%20ReCAAP%20ISC%20PSR%202015.pdf] announcing that the ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2015 will be held in Singapore on 23 April. (2/11/15).

Sinking of SS Marine Electric – 12 February 1983

clip_image020 The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to have been perfunctory. As a result, inspection standards were drastically improved. In addition, carriage of survival suits became mandatory for ships on winter routes and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program was initiated. The circumstances are detailed in Robert Frump’s book “Until the Sea Shall Free Them”.

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February 11th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 February 2015

Headlines:

USCG – port state control detention;

USCG – GPS Leap Second issues;

Senate – hearing on Keeping Goods Moving;

Senate – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel;

House – bill introduced re water rights;

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel;

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba;

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel;

Court – uberrimae fidei; and

Panama Canal – January summary.

February 11, 2015

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USCG – port state control detention

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2460526/] stating that a tanker has been detained in Port Angeles, Washington after a port state control examination revealed non-functioning distress signaling equipment and fire safety systems. (2/10/15).

USCG – GPS Leap Second issues

clip_image004[1] The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued a notice [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/Leap_Second_Statement.pdf] stating that on or about 21 January, GPS satellites began including future leap second data in routine navigation messages. The next leap second is scheduled for the end of June. Several GPS receiver brands/models seem to be mishandling this information and applying the leap second now. This is causing synchronization issues. Users experiencing issues with GPS receivers that began on or about 21 January should contact the manufacturers to determine whether a patch is available. (2/2/15).

Senate – hearing on Keeping Goods Moving

clip_image006 The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing entitled “Keeping Goods Moving” [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=f35b3d78-82d3-4c92-9f88-f27a87a52537&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a]. The hearing focused on the US supply chain, particularly the importance of efficiently functioning US ports. Testimony was received from Mr. Norman Bessac, Cargill; Ms. Katie Farmer, BNSF; Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Moffatt & Nichol; and Mr. John E. Greuling, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. (2/10/15).

Senate – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image006[1] Senator Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 (S. 299) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Senator Flake issued a press release [located at http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=675386a7-2067-4eaa-a076-f2f465c647a1] explaining the measure. (1/29/15).

House – bill introduced re water rights

clip_image008 Representative Gosar (R-AZ) introduced the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 594) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes. Representative Gosar issued a press release [located at http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-introduces-bipartisan-bill-protect-us-waters-federal-overreach] explaining the measure. (1/28/15).

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image009 Representative Rangel (D-NY) introduced the Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2015 (H.R. 634) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Representative Rangel issued a press release [located at http://rangel.house.gov/press-release/rangel-continues-push-normalize-relations-cuba-two-new-bills] explaining the measure. (2/2/15).

House – bill introduced re exports to Cuba

clip_image009[1] Representative Rangel (D-NY) introduced the Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2015 (H.R. 635) 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. (2/2/15).

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image009[2] Representative Sanford (R-SC) introduced the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 (H.R. 664) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Representative Sanford issued a press release [located at http://sanford.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bipartisan-bicameral-group-introduces-cuba-travel-bill] explaining the measure. (2/2/15).

Court – uberrimae fidei

clip_image011 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the marine insurance principle of uberrimae fidei Utmost good faith) is an established principle of federal admiralty law. Plaintiff insurer issued a hull policy for defendant’s dry dock in the same amount as a different policy had proved several years previously. Defendant knew and failed to disclose that the condition of the dry dock had materially deteriorated in the interim. Such failure to disclose material facts violated the principle of uberrimae fidei and rendered the policy voidable by the insurer. Catlin (Syndicate 2003) v San Juan Towing, No. 13-2491 (1st Cir., February 6, 2015) [located at http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/13-2491P-01A.pdf].

Panama Canal – January operations

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during January. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 05-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-05-2015.pdf] (2/4/15).

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February 10th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 February 2015

Headlines:

Houston-Galveston – lightering;

USCG NMC – suspension of auto-generated e-mail responses;

Lower Mississippi River – temporary safety zone;

CBP – ACE Cargo Release test; and

IMO – training requirements re polar operations.

February 10, 2015

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Houston-Galveston – lightering

clip_image004 USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) establishing conditions under which advance notice of transfer for lighting operations will not be required for lightering oil and hazardous materials in port within the Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. MSIB 01-15 (2/9/15).

USCG NMC – suspension of auto-generated e-mail responses

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/temp_suspension_autogen_email_responses_re_app_receipt_notice.pdf] announcing that, due to new security protocols, the use of automated e-mail responses regarding receipt of Merchant Mariner Credential applications has been temporarily suspended. If you provided a valid e-mail address with your submission, you will begin to receive application status updates once the application is acknowledged and entered into the NMC database system. (2/9/15).

Lower Mississippi River – temporary safety zone

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on 22 April on waters of the Lower Mississippi River from MM 745.0 to MM 736.0 during the Memphis Port Area Multiagency Mass Rescue Operations and Medical Surge Full-Scale Exercise. Comments on the proposal must be received by 25 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 7394 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-10/pdf/2015-02319.pdf] (2/10/15).

CBP – ACE Cargo Release test

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing modification of the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Cargo Release in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) by modifying the name of one element and allowing certain authorized importers and licensed customs brokers to submit the ACE Cargo Release entry and the Importer Security Filing (ISF) in a combined transmission. The test will run until approximately 1 November. 80 Fed. Reg. 7487 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-10/pdf/2015-02719.pdf] (2/10/15).

IMO – training requirements re polar operations

clip_image008 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/NewtrainingrequirementsforseafarersintheArcticfinalisedbytheIMO.aspx] stating that the IMO agreed on training requirements for masters and navigating officers on ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. The requirements are to be incorporated into the STCW Convention and enter into force in 2018. (2/9/15).

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February 9th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 February 2015

Headlines:

USCG – random drug testing rate 25%;

USCG – carriage of shale gas extraction waste water;

DOJ – second shipping executive sentenced to prison;

Great Lakes – ballast water management report;

California & NOAA – oil spill response course; and

Washington – environmental planner sought.

February 9, 2015

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USCG – random drug testing rate 25%

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the 2015 minimum random drug testing rate for covered crewmembers on US commercial vessels is 25%. In addition, marine employers must submit their 2014 Management Information System (MIS) reports no later than 15 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 7004 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-09/pdf/2015-02543.pdf] (2/9/15).

USCG – carriage of shale gas extraction waste water

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/02/06/262015-coast-guard-has-not-taken-final-action-on-proposed-policy-letter-for-carriage-of-cargo/] reminding stakeholders that it not taken final action or approved requests for the carriage of shale gas extraction waste water (SGEWW) in bulk. (2/6/15).

DOJ – second shipping executive sentenced to prison

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/second-ocean-shipping-executive-pleads-guilty-price-fixing-ocean-shipping-services-cars-and] stating that a second former executive of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) has pleaded guilty in federal court to price fixing on ocean shipping services for cars and trucks. He has been sentenced to 14 months in a US prison and a $20,000 criminal fine. (2/6/15).

Great Lakes – ballast water management report

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2458846/] stating that the Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group has posted its 2014 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management Report. During 2014, 100% of ships bound for the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway from outside the EEZ received a ballast tank exam. In total, 8,497 ballast tanks were examined during 454 vessel transits. Vessels that did not exchange their ballast water or flush their ballast tanks were required to: retain the ballast water and residuals on board; treat the ballast water in an approved manner; or return to sea to conduct a ballast water exchange. (2/6/15).

California & NOAA – oil spill response course

clip_image008 clip_image010 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issued a notice [located at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=74449&inline=true] stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are co-sponsoring the Environmental Response to Oil Spills in California course in Bakersfield on 23-27 March. (2/6/15).

Washington – environmental planner sought

clip_image012 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a job bulletin [located at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=1060337[2/4/2015%201:55:08PM]] stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Environmental Planner 5 – Oil Spill Team Section Manager. Applications must be received by 25 February. (2/4/15).

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February 6th, 2015 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 February 2015

Headlines:

USCG – conducting OCS activities with DP systems;

Arctic Research Commission – meeting 4-5 March;

FMC – meeting 11 February;

USN – robotic firefighting;

USN – retreat of Arctic Ocean ice;

House – bill introduced re transportation security card program;

House – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo; and

House – hearing on CG & maritime transportation budget.

February 6, 2015

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USCG – conducting OCS activities with DP systems

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has extended, through 27 May, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed regulation concerning requirements for MODUs and other vessels conducting outer continental shelf (OCS activities with dynamic positioning (DP) systems. 80 Fed. Reg. 6679 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/pdf/2015-02415.pdf] (2/6/15). Caveat: In my article in the January edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, I generally endorsed the USCG proposal. A friend reminded me that current DP guidelines contain provisions such as “where adequate protection from damage is demonstrated” that would not easily translate into mandatory regulations. Thus, a broad-brush approach to DP regulations by the Coast Guard must be carefully considered.

Arctic Research Commission – meeting 4-5 March

clip_image006 The US Arctic Research Commission will meet on 4-5 March in Washington, DC. The focus of the meeting will be on Arctic policy issues and on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic. 80 Fed. Reg. 6687 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/pdf/2015-02346.pdf] (2/6/15).

FMC – meeting 11 February

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in Washington, DC on 11 February. During the open session, they will receive briefings on the FMC Continuity of Operations Plan and the FMC information technology upgrade. During the closed session, they will receive a briefing on the LA/LB Port Infrastructure and Environmental Programs Cooperative Working Agreement. 80 Fed. Reg. 6712 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/pdf/2015-02558.pdf] (2/6/15).

USN – robotic firefighting

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85459] unveiling a shipboard firefighting robot prototype. The robot is equipped with thermal imaging and a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) laser to see through dense smoke while using a hose to extinguish small fires. (2/4/15).

USN – retreat of Arctic Ocean ice

clip_image010[1] The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85470] stating that its Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) experiment in the Arctic Ocean last summer confirmed that the Arctic sea ice extent is decreasing and that summer sea ice levels could potentially fall to zero before the end of this century. (2/5/15).

House – bill introduced re transportation security card program

clip_image012 Representative Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 710) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/4/15).

House – bill introduced to lift Cuban trade embargo

clip_image013 Representative Serrano (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 735) to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/4/15).

House – hearing on CG & maritime transportation budget

clip_image012[1] The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a notice [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398626] stating that on 25 February the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs. (4/4/15).

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February 5th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 February 2015

Headlines:

Mississippi River – moving security zone;

PHMSA – transport of radioactive material;

National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting;

FMC – meeting 11 February;

DOJ – former Navy contracting office arrested;

USCG – OCS Inspector Course;

Senate – hearing on vessel discharge regulations;

Senate – hearing on US ports;

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization; and

New Zealand – temporary pause in RENA salvage.

February 5, 2015

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Mississippi River – moving security zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule establishing a moving security zone around vessels being escorted on waters of the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 90.0 and 106.0, effective through 1 July. Comments on the regulation should be submitted by 9 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 6448 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/pdf/2015-02322.pdf] (2/5/15).

PHMSA – transport of radioactive material

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting on issues or problems concerning requirements in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (SSR-6). The meeting will be held in Washington, DC on 24 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 6567 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/pdf/2015-02222.pdf] (2/5/15).

National Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting

clip_image008 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on 2-3 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 6500 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/pdf/2015-02339.pdf] (2/5/15).

FMC – meeting 11 February

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.fmc.gov/meeting-2-11-2015/] stating that the Commissioners will meet in Washington, DC on 11 February. During the open session, they will receive briefings on the FMC Continuity of Operations Plan and the FMC information technology upgrade. During the closed session, they will receive a briefing on the LA/LB Port Infrastructure and Environmental Programs Cooperative Working Agreement. (2/4/15).

DOJ – former Navy contracting officer arrested

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-supervisory-contracting-officer-arrested-navy-bribery-scandal] stating that a former senior Navy contracting officer has been arrested for conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with his alleged role in a scheme to steer contracts and benefits to Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a defense contracting firm headquartered in Singapore. (2/3/15).

USCG – OCS Inspector Course

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/02/04/242015-new-outer-continental-shelf-course-for-coast-guard-marine-inspectors/] stating that its Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertize is developing the Outer Continental Shelf Inspector Course for Coast Guard marine inspectors. (2/4/15).

Senate – hearing on vessel discharge regulations

clip_image015 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=3d96309e-7f98-445b-9fdf-9483e042cd5e&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a] entitled “The Impacts of Vessel Discharge Regulations on our Shipping and Fishing Industries”. Testimony was heard from Mr. James Farley, Kirby Offshore Marine; Mr. James Weakley, Lake Carriers Association; Ms. Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service; and Captain Robert Zales, National Association of Charter Boat Operators. (2/4/15).

Senate – hearing on US ports

clip_image015[1] The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a press release [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=475f46ff-aab0-4651-8379-61b188739b3d&ContentType_id=77eb43da-aa94-497d-a73f-5c951ff72372&Group_id=4b968841-f3e8-49da-a529-7b18e32fd69d] stating that the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security on 10 February will hold a hearing entitled “Keeping Goods Moving”. The hearing will focus on the US supply chain, particularly the importance of efficiently functioning ports. (2/4/15).

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

clip_image017 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report to Congress on Coast Guard polar icebreaker modernization. RL34391 [located at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf] (1/9/15).

New Zealand – temporary pause in RENA salvage

clip_image019 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2014/20150204a.asp] stating that it has allowed a temporary pause in RENA salvage activities pending resolution of the owner’s resource consent application to leave portions of the wreck in place subject to conditions. (2/4/15).

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February 4th, 2015 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 February 2015

Headlines:

USCG – implementation of MARPOL amendments;

USCG – NBSAC membership;

SHC – meeting re NCSR 2;

SHC – meeting re SSE 2;

CBP – NCAP test;

DOJ – ship operator fined $1.8 million;

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon;

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel;

House – bill introduced re agricultural exports to Cuba;

House – bill introduced re US-Cuba travel;

Canada – Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships;

UK – Meeting the Maritime Challenge;

UK – safe movement on board ship;

UK – means of access; and

UK – provision of food & fresh water.

February 4, 2015

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USCG – implementation of MARPOL amendments

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule updating various regulations to implement recent amendments to MARPOL Annex I. The rule also amends sections of the vessel response plan (VRP) regulations to include SOLAS Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) as an equivalent hazardous communications standard. The amendments enter into effect on 5 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 5922 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-04/pdf/2015-01925.pdf] (2/4/15).

USCG – NBSAC membership

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). Applications should be received by 6 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 6096 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-04/pdf/2015-02129.pdf] (2/4/15).

SHC – meeting re NCSR 2

clip_image006 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS) will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 4 March to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search and Rescue (NCSR 2). Topics on the agenda include: Galileo, LRIT, E-navigation strategy implementation plan, and performance standards for multi-system shipborne navigation systems. 80 Fed. Reg. 6156 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-04/pdf/2015-02254.pdf] (2/4/15).

SHC – meeting re SSE 2

clip_image007 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS) will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 11 March to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 2). Topics on the agenda include: smoke control and ventilation, onboard lifting appliances and winches, and guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning systems. 80 Fed. Reg. 6156 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-04/pdf/2015-02263.pdf] (2/4/15).

CBP – NCAP test

clip_image009 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing its plan to modify the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning the transmission of electronic filings through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), known as the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set test. This modification expands use of the ACE PGA Message Set to transmit Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices (NOA) import data in the ocean and rail modes of transportation for certain entries filed at certain ports. The test will commence no earlier than 15 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 6098 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-04/pdf/2015-02206.pdf] (2/4/15).

DOJ – ship operator fined $1.8 million

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/news/2014/ShipOperatorAdmitsToCoveringUpTheDeliberateDischargeOfOilAndOrderedToPay1.8Million.html] stating that the Hachiuma Steamship Company pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB) concerning the illegal disposal of oil residue and bilge water overboard from the MV Selene Leader. The company was sentenced to pay $1.8 million and to serve three years on probation, during which time it must develop and implement an environmental compliance program. (1/30/15).

House – bill introduced re WW II merchant mariners

clip_image013 Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced the Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015 (H.R. 563) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr563ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr563ih.pdf] to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. Representative Hahn issued a press release [located at http://hahn.house.gov/press-release/congresswoman-hahn-and-congressman-duncan-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-repay] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon

clip_image013[1] Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (H.R. 564) [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr564ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr564ih.pdf] to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes. Representative Herrera Beutler issued a press release [located at http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398503] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image013[2] Representative Rangel (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 634) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Rangel issued a press release [located at http://rangel.house.gov/press-release/rangel-continues-push-normalize-relations-cuba-two-new-bills] explaining the measure. (2/2/15).

House – bill introduced re agricultural exports to Cuba

clip_image013[3] Representative Rangel (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 635) 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. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/2/15).

House – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image013[4] Representative Sanford (R-SC) introduced a bill (H.R. 664) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Sanford issued a press release [located at http://sanford.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bipartisan-bicameral-group-introduces-cuba-travel-bill] explaining the measure. (2/2/15).

Court – employment discrimination not demonstrated

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an employment discrimination complaint due to lack of evidence. Plaintiff employee alleged nationality and disability discrimination resulting in refusal to promote him and ultimate termination of employment and maintenance of a hostile work environment. Plaintiff is a Hungarian-American and walks with a limp. He applied for a promotion, but the promotion was denied and he was ultimately terminated. Defendant employer demonstrated that there was a hiring and promotion freeze in place and the position was not filled. It further demonstrated that plaintiff was terminated only after he failed to report for work for three consecutive days. Plaintiff alleged that some co-workers occasionally harassed him, but conceded that he never made a complaint to his supervisor or to management, despite the existence of an anti-harassment policy. Fodor v. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, No. 14-11713 (11th Cir., February 3, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201411713.pdf].

ReCAAP – annual report

clip_image017 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its Annual Report 2014 [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2015/ReCAAP%20ISC%20Annual%20Report%202014.pdf]. The report notes that there was a 22% increase in the number of piracy and armed robbery against ships incidents in Asia as compared to the previous four years. The majority of very significant incidents involved the siphoning of ship fuel/oil by perpetrators who had boarded and took control of the ship. (2/3/15).

Canada – Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships

clip_image019 National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces issued a media release [located at http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/business-equipment/arctic-offshore-patrol-ships.page] announcing that the contract for construction of six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) has been awarded. These ice-capable ships will conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canada’s EEZ, including the Arctic. (1/23/15). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Louis J. Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.

UK – Meeting the Maritime Challenge

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the speech [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/meeting-the-maritime-challengehttps://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/meeting-the-maritime-challenge] delivered by the Right Honorable John Hayes MP concerning “Meeting the Maritime Challenge”. (2/2/15).

UK – safe movement on board ship

clip_image021[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance regarding measures that should be taken to provide for safe movement on board ship. MGN 532 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400972/MGN_532__M_.pdf] (2/3/15).

UK – means of access

clip_image021[2] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance regarding measures that should be taken to provide a safe means of access on ships. MGN 533 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400990/MGN_533__M_.pdf] (2/3/15).

UK – provision of food & fresh water

clip_image021[3] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued guidance on the provision of food and fresh water for seagoing vessels not covered by MLC 2006. MGN 535 (M&F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400773/MGN_525_Amd_1.pdf] (2/3/15).

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February 3rd, 2015 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 February 2015

Headlines:

NAVSAC – meeting 18-19 February;

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS;

MARAD – Port Ambrose DWP;

USCG – documentation & tonnage;

NTSB – transportation deaths during 2013;

Denmark – security for wreck removal;

Panama Canal – replacement of ECDS; and

UK – reduction in light dues.

February 3, 2015

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NAVSAC – meeting 18-19 February

clip_image004 The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 18-19 February in Oakland. Topics on the agenda include: e-navigation strategy; the Future of Navigation initiative; modernization of Marine Safety Information systems; AIS aids to navigation; and navigation interests in marine planning. 80 Fed. Reg. 5770 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/pdf/2015-01961.pdf] (2/3/15).

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has initiated a review of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) boundaries. Public scoping meetings will be held in New Orleans (3 March); Houston (5 March); and Galveston (11 March). Written comments should be submitted by 6 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 5699 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/pdf/2015-01949.pdf] (2/3/15).

MARAD – Port Ambrose DWP

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has extended, through 16 March, the period within which to submit comments on the Port Ambrose Deepwater Port (DWP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). 80 Fed. Reg. 5883 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/pdf/2015-02085.pdf] (2/3/15).

USCG – documentation & tonnage

clip_image004[1] The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) posted a brochure [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/msc/tonnage/docs/Brochure_Documentation_and_Tonnage.pdf] providing a concise explanation regarding documentation and tonnage of smaller commercial vessels. (1/30/15).

NTSB – transportation deaths during 2013

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20150202.aspx] stating that in 2013 there was a slight drop in transportation fatalities. Marine deaths dropped from 711 to 615, with the vast majority of these deaths (560) occurring in the recreational boating sector. (2/2/15).

Denmark – security for wreck removal

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/RemovalofwrecksConventionsetsnewspringtimecourse.aspx] reminding ship owners and operators that the Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into effect in April. Covered ships of 20 GT or above must have insurance or other financial security to cover the costs of wreck removal. Covered ships of 300 GT or above must carry a certificate on board certifying that they have the required insurance/financial security. Owners and operators should make appropriate arrangements early so that security is in place by April. (2/2/15).

Panama Canal – replacement of EDCS

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that on 5 February it is commencing the process of replacing its Electronic Data Collection System (EDCS) with the Maritime Service Portal to provide improved service and security. Clients should finalize the required test, including an updated user profile, prior to 20 February. Advisory 04-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-04-2015.pdf] (1/30/15).

UK – reduction in light dues

clip_image016 The UK Department for Trade (DfT) issued a news release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/light-dues-2015-to-2016] stating that, due to continued cost-control measures, light dues are being reduced, effective on 1 April, to 39p per net registered tonne from the current 40p. (2/2/15).

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February 2nd, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 February 2015

Headlines:

DOJ – shipping executive sentenced to prison;

USCG NVDC – US-build determination;

USCG NVDC – foreign rebuild determination;

USCG – maritime cyber security;

USCG & NFWF – waste stream and OWS study;

NOAA – Arctic ringed seal;

USACE – North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study;

Senate – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel;

Senate – hearing on vessel discharge regulations;

Malaysia – tanker hijackers arrested;

UK – certificates of insurance; and

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2015.

February 2, 2015

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DOJ – shipping executive sentenced to prison

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ocean-shipping-executive-pleads-guilty-price-fixing-ocean-shipping-services-cars-and-trucks] stating that an executive of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) pleaded guilty in federal court to price fixing on ocean shipping services for cars and trucks and was sentenced to serve an 18-month prison term and to pay a $20,000 criminal fine. (1/30/15).

USCG NVDC – US-build determination

clip_image006 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a determination letter [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/rebuild/vigorfab.pdf] stating that an unmanned ocean-going ammonia gas tank barge being constructed in the United States is eligible to engage in the US coastwise trade even though the prismatic cargo tanks have been fabricated by a foreign manufacturer where the tanks do not form part of the hull. (1/29/15).

USCG NVDC – foreign rebuild determination

clip_image007 The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a follow-up determination letter [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/rebuild/nanaprovider.pdf] reaffirming that a US-flag vessel eligible to engage in the coastwise trade did not lose that eligibility where it had supplemental repairs in a foreign shipyard because the total weight of structural steel added by both the original repairs and the supplemental repairs was only 0.515%, the regulatory threshold being 7.5%. (1/29/15).

USCG – maritime cyber security

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard posted, in a five-part series, a discussion providing guidance on maritime cyber security standards. Part 1 was an introduction by the Deputy Commandant for Operations. Part 2 addressed cyber security risks. Part 3 focused on cyber threats. Part 4 discussed cyber resources available to the maritime community. Part 5 summarized the cyber security issue and its importance to the maritime community. (1/29/15).

USCG & NFWF – waste stream and OWS study

clip_image009 clip_image011 A joint US Coast Guard-National Fish & Wildlife Foundation study of shipboard waste stream management, with particular emphasis on machinery space waste streams and oily water separator (OWS) technology, as regulated by MARPOL Annex I, and referred to as the “MAX1 Studies” [located at http://www.max1studies.org/] is examining two main questions: (1) how effective are shipboard OWSs; and (2) what can be done to further increase the effectiveness of shipboard oily waste management. The study is seeking interested parties to participate on a confidential basis where requested. (1/30/15).

NOAA – Arctic ringed seal

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended, until 31 March, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed designation of critical habitat for the Arctic ringed sea. An additional public meeting will be held in Bethel, Alaska on 26 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 5498 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/pdf/2015-01970.pdf] (2/2/15).

USACE – North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study

clip_image015 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) posted its North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study [located at http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/CompStudy], which provides a risk management framework addressing the vulnerability of North Atlantic coastal populations at risk from future sea level and climate change scenarios. (2/2/15).

Senate – bill introduced to allow US-Cuba travel

clip_image017 Senator Flake (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 299) to allow travel between the United States and Cuba. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Flake issued a press release [located at http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=675386a7-2067-4eaa-a076-f2f465c647a1] explaining the measure. (1/29/15).

Senate – hearing on vessel discharge regulations

clip_image017[1] On 4 February, the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will conduct a hearing [located at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=3d96309e-7f98-445b-9fdf-9483e042cd5e&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a] on the impacts of vessel discharge regulations on the shipping and fishing industries. (1/30/15).

Malaysia – tanker hijackers arrested

clip_image019 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Report [located at http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Latest%20IA/2015/Incident%20Update%20Sun%20Birdie%20(29%20Jan%2015).pdf] regarding the chemical tanker Sun Birdie. The tanker was hijacked by nine perpetrators near Tanjung Ayam, Malaysia on 28 January. The owner promptly reported loss of contact with the tanker. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) located and boarded the tanker on 29 January. The crew was unharmed. Seven perpetrators on board were arrested. Two perpetrators had jumped overboard. They were picked up by a passing ship and turned over to the MMEA. (1/30/15).

UK – certificates of insurance

clip_image021 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice [located at https://www.gov.uk/certificate-of-proof-of-civil-or-passenger-liability-insurance] reminding stakeholders of the requirements for certificates of civil, passenger, or other liability insurance. (1/30/15).

Ground Hog’s Day – 2 February 2015

clip_image023 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 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. (2/2/15).

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January 29th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 January 2015

Headlines:

BSEE – well site supervisor charged with making false statements;

New Orleans – new Industrial Canal lock;

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant mariners;

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon;

IMO – exhaust gas cleaning systems;

Australia – SAR capabilities in the Indian Ocean region;

India – implementation of MLC 2006;

UK – seafarer statistics; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 29, 2015

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BSEE – well site supervisor charged with making false statements

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release [located at http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2015/Houston-Man-Charged-With-False-Statements-In-Relation-To-Blowout-Preventer-Testing-On-Oil-Platform-In-Gulf-Of-Mexico/] stating that a well site supervisor for a platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been charged in a two-count Bill of Information with making false statements to BSEE inspectors in relation to the veracity of blowout preventer testing on an offshore oil and gas platform. (1/28/15).

New Orleans – new Industrial Canal lock

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) integrated with a General Reevaluation Report for the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, Louisiana New Industrial Canal Lock and Connecting Channels Project, also referred to as the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Lock Replacement Project. A public scoping meeting will be held on 4 February in New Orleans. 80 Fed. Reg. 4911 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/pdf/2015-01674.pdf] (1/29/15).

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant mariners

clip_image008 Representative Hahn (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 563) to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Hahn issued a press release [located at http://hahn.house.gov/press-release/congresswoman-hahn-and-congressman-duncan-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-repay] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

House – bill introduced re Columbia River salmon

clip_image008[1] Representative Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 564) to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Herrera Beutler issued a press release [located at http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398503] explaining the measure. (1/27/15).

IMO – exhaust gas cleaning systems

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release [located at http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Approvalofexhaustgascleaningsystemsmadeeasier.aspx] stating that the IMO Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 2) agreed to amend the guidelines on approval of exhaust gas cleaning systems so as to make it easier to verify compliance with air emission restrictions. The measure now goes to the Marine Environment Protection Committee for consideration. (1/27/15).

Australia – SAR capabilities in Indian Ocean region

clip_image012 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release [located at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/MediaRelease_SCPP_IndianOcean_CommencementvFINAL.pdf] stating that the Government of Australia has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program to strengthen SAR capabilities in the Indian Ocean region. The AMSA will work with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Mauritius to improve maritime and aviation distress response. (1/27/15).

India – implementation of MLC 2006

clip_image014 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DCS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201501281143102319292mlc_secondamendment_280115.pdf] announcing that India has adopted legislation implementing the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). (1/28/15).

UK – seafarer statistics

clip_image016 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued its report [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarer-statistics-2014] on seafarer statistics for 2014. The total number of UK seafarers active at sea in 2014 was estimated at 22,910, a 1% increase over the previous year. (1/28/15).

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image018 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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