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April 18th, 2016 at 10:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 April 2016

Headlines:

OEAB – meeting on 26-27 April;

ANSTF – meeting on 4-6 May;

DOE – application to export CGL;

FMC – meeting on 20 April;

MARAD – Marine Highway Projects open season;

NTSB – search for El Faro VDR resumes;

USCG – ballast water reporting form;

USCG – pre-arrival and departure information; and

USCG – MOA renewed with NACO.

April 18, 2016

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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. Be the person that your dog thinks you are.

OEAB – meeting on 26-27 April

clip_image004 The Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 26-27 April in Washington, DC. 81 Fed. Reg. 21847 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-13/pdf/2016-08430.pdf] (4/13/16).

ANSTF – meeting on 4-6 May

clip_image006 The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF), sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 4-6 May in Traverse City, Michigan. Topics on the agenda include interbasin transfer of aquatic invasive species and Asian carp risk assessments. 81 Fed. Reg. 22299 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-15/pdf/2016-08733.pdf] (4/15/16).

DOE – application to export CGL

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from SeaOne Gulfport LLC seeking authorization to export natural gas contained in Compressed Gas Liquid (CGL) by vessel. Comments on the application must be received by 17 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 22585 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-18/pdf/2016-08884.pdf] (4/18/16).

FMC – meeting on 20 April

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 20 April in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: an update on the Supply Chain Innovation Team; upgrade of the FMC Online Agreement Library; an optional method of filing Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements; and evidence in Commission adjudicatory proceedings. 81 Fed. Reg. 22594 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-18/pdf/2016-09002.pdf] (4/18/16).

MARAD – Marine Highway Projects open season

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the period for submission of proposals for Marine Highway Projects has been extended until 31 December 2018. 81 Fed. Reg. 22700 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-18/pdf/2016-08918.pdf] (4/18/16).

NTSB – search for El Faro VDR resumes

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the research vessel Atlantis will depart Charleston on 18 April to search the area where the cargo vessel El Faro sank on 1 October 2015 with the loss of all 33 persons on board. Atlantis and its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry will conduct a 10-day search for the missing voyage data recorder (VDR). (4/17/16) [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/Pages/default.aspx].

USCG – ballast water reporting form

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the transition period within which use of the old ballast water reporting form remains acceptable expires on 30 April. Beginning 1 May, ballast water management reports for ships equipped with ballast water tanks and bound for ports or places in the United States must be made utilizing the new form. (4/15/16) [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/15/4152016-reminder-use-of-old-form-for-ballast-water-reporting-discontinued/].

USCG – pre-arrival and departure information

clip_image016[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice advising that the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL) adopted an amendment to the FAL Convention that would require public authorities to establish, within three years, a system for the electronic exchange of pre-arrival and departure information. The amendment is estimated to become effective in 2018. (4/15/16) [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/15/4152015-imo-amendment-adopted-requirement-for-electronic-exchange-of-pre-arrival-and-departure-information/].

USCG – MOA renewed with NACO

clip_image016[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Association of Charterboat Operators (NACO) has been renewed. (4/15/16) [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/04/15/4152016-national-association-of-charterboat-operators-resigning-of-moa/].

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April 12th, 2016 at 9:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 April 2016

Headlines:

MARAD – new Marine Highway Projects;

SLSDC – Pacesetter Award winners announced;

California – Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation; and

IMO – mandatory electronic data exchange.

April 12, 2016

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MARAD – new Marine Highway Projects

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that three new Marine Highway Projects have been designated. (4/8/16) [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/secretary-foxx-designates-three-marine-highway-projects-2/].

SLSDC – Pacesetter Award winners announced

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release stating that the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced that six US ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System received its Robert L. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2015 navigation season. (4/11/16) [located at https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/saint-lawrence-seaway-development-corporation-announces-pacesetter-award-winners-2015].

California – Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation

clip_image008 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice stating that its Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation will remain in effect for at least two more years while the agency evaluates whether the federal government has adopted and enforced requirements that achieve equivalent emissions reductions. Marine Notice 2016-1 (April 2016) [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/ARB_MN_2016-1.pdf].

IMO – mandatory electronic data exchange

clip_image010 The IMO issued a news release stating that the Facilitation Committee (FAC) adopted mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew, and passengers as part of a revised and modernized annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL). The new standard is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2018 under the tacit acceptance procedure. (4/11/16) [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/08-FAL-40.aspx].

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April 11th, 2016 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 April 2016

Headlines:

Upper Mississippi – waterway partially reopened;

DOJ – indictments for oily water discharges;

DOJ – company sentenced to pay $2.5 million;

USCG – NPREP guidelines;

COAC – meeting on 27 April;

MERPAC – meeting on 27-29 April;

NSBPNTAB – meeting on 18-19 May;

NBIC – ballast water management reporting form;

Court – late opt-out ineffective; and

Korea – GPS jamming detected.

April 11, 2016

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Upper Mississippi – waterway partially reopened

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that response to the bridge allision and multiple barge breakaway on the Upper Mississippi River continues. The waterway between mile marker 40 and mile marker 44 has been partially reopened to one-way traffic. A second news release states that one of the two sunken barges has been refloated and limited two-way traffic is being allowed. Salvage operations continue. The incident is under investigation. (4/8/16) [first located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2807102/] [second located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2807322/].

DOJ – indictments for oily water discharges

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the owner and master of a US commercial fishing vessel have been indicted for conspiracy, as well as violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). According to the indictment, between 2011 and 2013, the two individuals discharged and caused other crewmembers to discharge oil and other pollutants into waters of the United States and the open ocean. (4/7/16) [located at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/owner-and-captain-commercial-fishing-vessel-indicted-clean-water-and-ship-pollution].

DOJ – company sentenced to pay $2.5 million

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that DSD Shipping has been sentenced to pay $2.5 million following its convictions for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses, and conspiracy. It operated a tanker without a functioning oily-water separator and maintained fictitious record books. An internal company memo in 2010 warned of the condition of the tanker’s oily water separator, but no action was taken until US Coast Guard inspectors discovered the situation in 2014. (4/8/16) [located at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/norwegian-shipping-company-sentenced-alabama-pay-25-million-illegally-discharging-oil-ocean].

USCG – NPREP guidelines

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that the updated 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) Guidelines have been finalized. 81 Fed. Reg. 21362 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-11/pdf/2016-08215.pdf] (4/11/16).

COAC – meeting on 27 April

clip_image010 The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), sponsored by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Washington, DC on 27 April. Topics on the agenda include: the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window efforts; the Air, Ocean, and Rail Manifest Pilots; and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). 81 Fed. Reg. 21372 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-11/pdf/2016-08211.pdf] (4/11/16).

MERPAC – meeting on 27-29 April

clip_image011 A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Fort Eustis, Virginia on 27-29 April to evaluate using military education, training, and assessment to satisfy national and STCW credential requirements. 81 Fed. Reg. 21371 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-11/pdf/2016-08198.pdf] (4/11/16).

NSBPNTAB – meeting on 18-19 May

clip_image013 The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board (NSBPNTAB), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will meet on 18-19 May in National Harbor, Maryland. Topics on the agenda include: GPS modernization; planned GPS capabilities and services; methods to protect, toughen, and augment (PTA) access to GPS and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) services; and back-up services for terrestrial, maritime, aviation, and space users. 81 Fed. Reg. 21402 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-11/pdf/2016-08142.pdf] (4/11/16).

NBIC – ballast water management reporting form

clip_image015 The National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) posted a notice stating that, based on requests from the maritime industry, the NBIC has added a data field to the Ballast Water Management Reporting (BWMR) form that allows a ship to specify the number of ballast water tanks being discharged in association with a given arrival. With some exceptions, this number should match the number of discharged tanks described in the Ballast Water History section of the form. Furthermore, in response to requests for a PDF form with room to report BW history of more than 20 tanks, a 36-tank form is now available. The Web App form already accommodates as many ballast water tanks as needed. (3/29/16) [located at http://invasions.si.edu/nbic/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Kelly Baughman of SeaRiver Maritime.

Court – late opt-out ineffective

clip_image017 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of defendant vessel owner that had been sued by plaintiff crewmember. The vessel had been engaged in the response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) explosion, fire, and oil spill. Plaintiff, represented by counsel, alleged health injuries due to that response effort. His claim was bundled with others, which eventually bundled into the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement. After the period within which to opt out of the settlement had expired, plaintiff attempted to opt out and file a separate claim. The court ruled that plaintiff had adequate and timely notice of his options. Seacor Holdings v. Mason, No. 15-30597 (5th Cir., April 6, 2016) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30597-CV0.pdf].

Korea – GPS jamming detected

clip_image019 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a continuing series of incidents have been reported in the general location of Incheon, Republic of Korea out to approximately 100 nautical miles beginning on or about 31 March. The nature of the events appear to be Global Positioning System (GPS) jamming emanating from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea causing signal disruptions to airplanes, ships, and buoys in the area. Exercise caution when transiting this area. Vessels experiencing disruptions in the area are urged to report them to the USCG Navigation Center. (4/7/16) [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/cgsic/StateDepartmentNoticeApril2016.pdf].

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April 8th, 2016 at 11:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG NVMC – compressed files not accepted for NOADs;

California – seeking Oil Spill Prevention Specialist; and

Singapore – promoting sea-faring careers.

April 8, 2016

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USCG NVMC – compressed files not accepted for NOADs

clip_image004 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) posted a notice stating that, due to cybersecurity issues, compressed (i.e., zip) files will no longer be accepted as attachments for NOADs. Non-compressed formats, as outlined in 33 CFR Part 160, are the only authorized file formats for attachments sent to the NVMC. (4/6/16) [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(bevmg0nbwbmu2rm5tcopfexr))/default.aspx].

California – seeking Oil Spill Prevention Specialist

clip_image006 The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Oil Spill Prevention Specialist. Applications must be received by 27 April. (4/6/16) [located at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=121308 ).

Singapore – promoting sea-faring careers

clip_image008 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular updating its initiative to promote sea-faring careers: Structured On-the-Job Training (OJT) Sea Service Programmes. Shipping Circular 10-2016 (4/7/16) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/bc37a0b7-5755-42ef-8dc5-4f4404691b57].

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April 7th, 2016 at 11:02 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2016

Headlines:

Upper Mississippi – closure following barge breakaway;

USCG – 2016 NPREP Guidelines;

USCG – discharge removal equipment;

USCG – NOAD and AIS information;

DOJ – operator sentenced to pay $950,000;

TRB & CMTS – R&D Conference;

USN – female recruits issued Dixie cups;

EMSA – dispersant testing and approval;

Panama Canal – lock outage; and

Panama Canal – March operations.

April 7, 2016

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Upper Mississippi – closure following barge breakaway

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Upper Mississippi River has been closed to navigation between mile marker 30 and mile marker 44 following a towboat’s allision with the Thebes Railroad Bridge. The allision caused the 30 barges that the towboat was pushing to break away. One of those barges reportedly struck another towboat and a barge carrying soybeans is reportedly sinking. The incident is under investigation. [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2806142/]. A second news release states that the river closure has been extended to mile marker 20. (4/6/16) [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2806382/].

USCG – 2016 NPREP Guidelines

clip_image005 The USCG Office of Marine Environmental Response (CG-MER) issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin announcing release of the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines better align policy with existing regulations and improve interagency consistency. The new guidelines incorporate salvage, marine firefighting, and non-tank vessel requirements. MER-MSIB 2016-002 (4/5/16) [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/MER_MSIB_2016-002.pdf].

USCG – discharge removal equipment

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule finalizing the 1993 interim rule requiring vessels carrying oil in bulk to carry discharge removal equipment, install spill prevention coamings, and install emergency towing arrangements. The final rule enters into effect on 9 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 20247 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-07/pdf/2016-07977.pdf] (4/7/16). Note: I had the distinct honor of supervising the dedicated individuals on the Coast Guard’s OPA 90 Staff in the development and promulgation of the interim rule.

USCG – NOAD and AIS information

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule implementing, effective immediately, the information collection requirements of its 30 January 2015 rule regarding vessel requirements for notices of arrival and departure (NOAD) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) information. 81 Fed. Reg. 20250 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-07/pdf/2016-07958.pdf] (4/7/16).

DOJ – operator sentenced to pay $950,000

clip_image009 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the operator of the tanker B. Sky has been sentenced to a fine of $750,000, a community service payment of $200,000, and two years’ probation for failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB) and making false statements to the US Coast Guard. The tanker’s chief engineer also pled guilty to causing the maintenance of a faulty ORB. (4/5/16) [located at https://www.justice.gov/usao-hi/pr/korean-company-fined-750000-and-make-200000-community-service-payment-illegal-discharge].

TRB & CMTS – R&D Conference

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing that 13 April is the last day to receive up to a $100 reduction in the registration rate for the Fourth Biennial TRB-CMTS Research and Development Conference, being held on 21-23 June in Washington, DC. (4/4/16) [located at http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=114].

USN – female recruits issued Dixie cups

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the first female recruits at Recruit Training Command were issued their new enlisted white hats, or Dixie cups, as part of the Navy’s efforts for uniformity in service members’ uniform. The rest of the enlisted female E1-E6 Sailors have until Oct. 31 to begin wearing their Dixie cups. (4/5/16) [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94019].

EMSA – dispersant testing and approval

clip_image016 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a notice announcing availability of the paper “Overview of National Dispersant Testing and Approval Policies in the EU”. (4/5/16) [located at http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2671-overview-of-national-dispersant-testing-and-approval-policies-in-the-eu.html].

Panama Canal – lock outage

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the east lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service from 1800, 9 April until 0600, 10 April to perform scheduled dry chamber maintenance work. Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a will be in effect on 10 April. Advisory 16-2016 (4/5/16) [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-16-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – March operations

clip_image018[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for March. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 17-2016 (4/6/16) [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-17-2016.pdf].

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April 5th, 2016 at 10:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re vibration-induced abrasion;

USCG – Mariner Safety Week;

OMB – TWIC card reader requirements;

OSHA – alliance to protect shipyard workers;

House – hearing on maritime transportation safety;

Court – DWH consent decree approved;

Court – choice of law and maritime lien;

New Zealand – RENA statutory notices withdrawn;

Panama Canal – draft restrictions; and

Panama Canal – BAPLIE filing requirements for container vessels.

April 5, 2016

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USCG – safety alert re vibration-induced abrasion

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an alert addressing abrasion and chafing of electric wires on marine generators resulting from vibration. Safety Alert 02-16 (4/4/16) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0216.pdf].

USCG – Mariner Safety Week

clip_image004[1] The Mariner Safety Week – National Launch Event, sponsored by the Waterborne Transport Group, Crowley Maritime Corporation, and the US Coast Guard, will be held in Jacksonville on 19 April. (4/4/16) [located at http://www.cvent.com/events/mariner-safety-week-national-launch-event/event-summary-150a26c9adae4a99a1c59d6488ddd905.aspx].

OMB – TWIC card reader requirements

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has received for review the USCG draft final rule regarding Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements. (4/2/16) [located at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201510&RIN=1625-AB21]. Note: OMB usually takes four months or longer.

OSHA – alliance to protect shipyard workers

clip_image007 The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a news release stating that it has formed an alliance with the Shipbuilding Group to develop training and identify best practices that promote safety and health in shipbuilding and repair. (3/31/16) [located at https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=30648].

House – hearing on maritime transportation safety

clip_image009 On 14 April, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure will conduct a hearing entitled “Maritime Transportation Safety and Stewardship Programs”. (4/4/16) [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400008].

Court – DWH consent decree approved

clip_image011 The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has approved the consent decree among defendant BP Exploration & Production Inc. and the United States, and the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Among other things, the decree calls for payment of a $5.5 billion civil penalty and $7.1 billion in natural resource damages. This is the largest civil penalty settlement in history against a single defendant. In re MODU Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La., April 4, 2016) [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Consent_Decree_160404.pdf]. Note: The consent decree is 90 pages in length.

Court – choice of law and maritime lien

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that, in a bunker supply contract, a choice of law provision for the “General Maritime Law of the United States” includes coverage of a vessel lien created under the Federal Maritime Lien Act. World Fuel Services v. MV Bulk Juliana, No. 15-30239 (5th Cir., April 1, 2016) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30239-CV0.pdf].

New Zealand – RENA statutory notices withdrawn

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Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the statutory notices relating to the wreck of the container ship RENA that grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011 have been withdrawn. Salvage efforts since the grounding have substantially removed the hazardous material and reasonable efforts have been made to remove entanglement hazards and wreckage. (4/4/416) [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160404a.asp].

Panama Canal – draft restrictions

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective 29 April, the maximum authorized transit draft will be 11.74m (38.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Vessels arriving with drafts in excess of the limits may be allowed to transit subject to safety considerations. Advisory 14-2016 (4/1/16) [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-14-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – BAPLIE filing requirements for container vessels

clip_image017[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory modifying the BAPLIE filing requirements for full container vessels. Advisory 15-2016 (4/1/16) [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-15-2016.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 April 2016

Headlines:

USCG – OSRO Guidelines update;

SHC – meeting on 6 May vice 4 May;

Rhode Island Sound – safety zone proposed;

USCG – PWS RCAC recertified;

BEA – survey of foreign ocean carriers;

BEA – survey of US ocean carriers;

UNCTAD – Oceans Economy & Trade seminar;

UK – MAIB safety digest; and

UK – identifying counterfeit Admiralty products.

April 4, 2016

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USCG – OSRO guidelines update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin announcing the updating of the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) Guidelines. The MSIB focuses on planned changes with regard to responses to spills of heavy and Group V (non-floating) oils. MSIB 07-16 (4/1/16) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/007_16_4-1-2016.pdf].

SHC – meeting on 6 May vice 4 May

clip_image006 Rather than the previously announced meeting on 4 May, the Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 6 May in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 96). The location of the meeting has also changed. Topics on the agenda include: carriage of industrial personnel on vessels engaged on international voyages; search and rescue; and unsafe mixed migration by sea. 81 Fed. Reg. 19285 (4/4/16) [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07619.pdf].

Rhode Island Sound – safety zone proposed

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, through 17 April, the period within which to submit comments on the proposed safety zone for the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island Sound. 81 Fed. Reg. 19097 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07659.pdf] (4/4/16).

USCG – PWS RCAC recertified

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWS RCAC) has been certified as an alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound. 81 Fed. Reg. 19216 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07658.pdf] (4/4/16).

BEA – survey of foreign ocean carriers

clip_image009 The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued a notice advising that it is conducting a mandatory survey titled Annual Survey of Foreign Ocean Carriers’ Expenses in the United States (BE-29). Covered persons must respond within 90 days of the end of each calendar year. 81 Fed. Reg. 19132 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07462.pdf] (4/4/16).

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued a notice advising that it is conducting a mandatory survey titled Quarterly Survey of Ocean Freight Revenues and Foreign Expenses of U.S. Carriers (BE-30). Covered persons must respond within 45 days of the end of each calendar quarter. 81 Fed. Reg. 19130 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07465.pdf] (4/4/16).

UNCTAD – Oceans Economy & Trade seminar

clip_image011 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will host the seminar “Oceans Economy & Trade – Sustainable Fisheries, Transport, and Tourism” on 10-12 May in Geneva. (4/1/16) [located at http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1082].

UK – MAIB Safety Digest

clip_image013 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its latest Safety Digest. This edition highlights the continued prevalence of poor risk assessment and poor risk management. (4/1/16) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/512603/MAIBSafetyDigest1_16.pdf].

UK – identifying counterfeit Admiralty products

clip_image014 The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) issued a Guide to identifying counterfeit Admiralty products. (March 2016) [located at http://www.ukho.gov.uk/ProductsandServices/PaperPublications/Documents/Counterfeit/A%20Guide%20to%20Identifying%20Counterfeit%20ADMIRALTY%20Products.pdf].

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April 1st, 2016 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 April 2016

Headlines:

CBP – reconstitution of COAC;

USN – ICEX 2016;

Court – warships are not “products”;

IMO – R&D Forum on BWM; and

India – container weight verification.

April 1, 2016

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CBP – reconstitution of COAC

clip_image004 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing the termination of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the establishment of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC). 81 Fed. Reg. 18865 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-01/pdf/2016-07388.pdf] (4/1/16).

USN – ICEX 2016

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release explaining the scientific research conducted during ICEX 2016 on the ice floe in the Arctic Ocean approximately 200 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. (3/31/16) [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=93918].

Court – warships are not “products”

clip_image008 In a case of first impression, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that warships are not “products” for the purpose of strict products liability. Plaintiff’s decedent died of mesothelioma. Plaintiff alleged that decedent contracted that condition from exposure to asbestos installed by defendants during the original construction of the US Navy warships on which he served. Plaintiff sued defendant ship builders asserting strict products liability and general negligence. In addition to dismissing plaintiff’s strict products liability claim, the court found that plaintiff had failed to present any evidence as to whether decedent’s possible exposure to asbestos on the warships was a substantial contributing factor to his injuries. McIndoe v. Bath Iron Works, No. 13-56762 (9th Cir., March 31, 2016) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/03/31/13-56762.pdf].

IMO – R&D Forum on BWM

clip_image010 The IMO posted a briefing summarizing the recent IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum on Ballast Water Management held in Montreal, Canada. (3/31/16) [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/07-R-and-D-forum.aspx].

India – container weight verification

clip_image012 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted the final draft of its guidelines for container weight verification. Comments must be received by 10 April. The amendments enter into force from 1 July 2016. (3/31/16) [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201603310459517483416draft_ms_notice_2016_nt_iopc.pdf].

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March 31st, 2016 at 8:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 March 2016

Headlines:

USCG – tonnage regulations;

Port of New York – anchorage grounds;

CBP – ACE FDA pilot program to be permanent;

FWS – GOM Atlantic salmon;

US & Japan – port security best practices;

CRS – changes in the Arctic;

India – procedures for laying-up vessels; and

New Zealand – container weight verification.

March 31, 2016

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USCG – tonnage regulations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending its tonnage regulations to implement statutory changes, codify principal technical interpretations, and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications and updates. The changes enter into effect on 2 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 18701 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/pdf/2016-05623.pdf] (3/31/16).

Port of New York – anchorage regulations

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule disestablishing thirteen anchorage grounds and one special anchorage area that are now obsolete in Newark Bay, the East River, Western Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay, and Lower New York Bay; and reducing the size of three anchorage grounds in Raritan, Sandy Hook, and Lower New York Bays. The changes enter into effect on 2 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 18494 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/pdf/2016-07307.pdf] (3/31/16).

CBP – ACE FDA pilot program to be permanent

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) pilot program concerning submission of certain data required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) has been a success and that program is being made permanent. The FDA pilot program will end on 2 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 18634 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/pdf/2016-07255.pdf] (3/31/16).

FWS – GOM Atlantic salmon

clip_image008 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on the draft recovery plan for the endangered Gulf of Maine (GOM) distinct population segment (DPS) of Atlantic salmon. Comments must be received by 31 May. 81 Fed. Reg. 18639 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/pdf/2016-07227.pdf] (3/31/16).

US & Japan – port security best practices

clip_image010 clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that its International Port Security team recently completed a bilateral engagement with Japanese officials to share best practices. (3/30/16) [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2804337/].

CRS – changes in the Arctic

clip_image014 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled “Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress”. The report provides an overview of the impacts and potential effects of diminishment of Arctic sea ice in particular. R41153 (3/25/16) [located at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf].

India – procedures for laying-up vessels

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a draft notice regarding procedures for laying-up vessels within port limits. Comments must be received by 3 April. (3/29/16 [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201603290617320769316draft_ms_notice_290316.pdf].

New Zealand – container weight verification

clip_image018 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice stating that the consultation on implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement for containers shipped in international commerce has concluded and the final rule is being prepared for signing with an in-force date of 1 July. (3/30/16) [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/Container-verification/default.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 March 2016

Headlines:

FMC – class action complaint filed;

PHMSA – oil spill response planning workshop;

Arctic waters – cable-laying operation;

NASA – Arctic sea ice extent at record low;

CRS – USN IW & CT operations; and

Indian Ocean – weapons cache found on dhow.

March 30, 2016

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FMC – class action complaint filed

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that a complaint has been filed seeking a class action by US car buyers against ocean car carrier companies. The complaint seeks damages for the alleged higher costs of motor vehicles transported by the carrier as a result of their participation in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate completion in that market thereby raising costs paid by purchasers of those motor vehicles. 81 Fed. Reg. 17714 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/pdf/2016-07105.pdf] (3/30/16).

PHMSA – oil spill response planning workshop

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that it will host an oil spill response planning workshop on 12 April in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop is to gather ideas for harmonizing PHMSA’s regulations with other agencies and discuss practical ways regulated entities can better plan and prepare for an oil spill. 81 Fed. Reg. 17765 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/pdf/2016-07096.pdf] (3/30/16).

Arctic waters – cable-laying operation

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received an application for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a subsea cable-laying operation in state and federal waters of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. Comments on the application must be received by 29 April. 81 Fed. Reg. 17666 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/pdf/2016-07109.pdf] (3/30/16).

NASA – Arctic sea ice extent at record low

clip_image010 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum for the second year in a row. On 24 March 2016, Arctic sea ice extent peaked at 5,607 million square miles, a new record since satellite records were started in 1979. It is slightly smaller than the 2015 record. The thirteen smallest maximum extents on the satellite record have happened in the last thirteen years. (3/28/16) [located at http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/2016-arctic-sea-ice-wintertime-extent-hits-another-record-low].

CRS – USN IW & CT operations

clip_image012 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued its report on US Navy Irregular Warfare (IW) and Counterterrorism (CT) Operations. Among other things, the report discusses the Navy’s cooperation with the US Coast Guard and with foreign navies in IW and CT activities. RS22373 (3/25/16) [located at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22373.pdf].

Indian Ocean – weapons cache found on dhow

clip_image014 The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) issued a news release stating that the French warship FS Provence discovered and seized a large weapons cache following the boarding of a dhow in the northern Indian Ocean. The weapons included several hundred AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, and anti-tank weapons. (3/29/16) [located at https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/2016/03/28/french-ship-provence-seizes-large-weapons-cache/].

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    logo11 Verified gross mass

    In the April 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Verified gross mass". In the article, I discuss prior marine casualties in which significant disparities between the declared mass of shipping containers and their actual mass was a factor; the 2014 amendment to the SOLAS Convention requiring shippers to provide to the master (prior to loading) the verified gross mass of each container; and the currently unresolved process issues required for completion of this upcoming task.