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January 9th, 2015 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 January 2015

Headlines:

USCG – RNA on Piscataqua River;

USCG – safety zone at Eastport, Maine;

Guam – Apra Harbor;

USCG – RNA proposed on Kill Van Kull;

USCG – Light Lists;

Seattle – LNG as Fuel Forum;

USCG & CCG – Operation Coal Shovel;

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection;

Senate – bill introduced to extend state seaward boundaries;

Senate – bill introduced re OCS O&G leasing program;

UK – wreck removal insurance; and

UK – immersion suits in airtight packaging.

January 9, 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.

USCG – RNA on Piscataqua River

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard established a temporary regulated navigation area on waters of the Piscataqua River in the vicinity of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME to enhance safety during bridge replacement operations. The RNA will be in effect until 31 May 2019. 80 Fed. Reg. 1338 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00182.pdf ] (1/9/15).

USCG – safety zone at Eastport, Maine

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone on waters around the Eastport Breakwater Terminal in Eastport, Maine due to uncertainty regarding the breakwater’s stability following a partial collapse on 4 December 2014. The safety zone will be in effect until 30 January 2017. 80 Fed. Reg. 1344 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00184.pdf ] (1/9/15).

Guam – Apra Harbor

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard is revising and consolidating existing regulated navigation areas, security zones, and safety zones currently in place in

Apra Harbor, Guam to eliminate confusing and outdated regulations. The revisions enter into effect on 10 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 1336 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00181.pdf ] (1/9/15).

USCG – RNA proposed on Kill Van Kull

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area on waters of Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay in the vicinity of the Bayonne Bridge to enhance safety during bridge construction. Comments on the proposal must be received by 9 February. 80 Fed. Reg. 1382 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00178.pdf ] (1/9/15).

USCG – Light Lists

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has published the 2015 Light Lists [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists ]. (1/8/15).

Seattle – LNG as Fuel Forum

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/01/08/182015-3rd-annual-liquefied-natural-gas-conference-to-be-hosted-in-the-pacific-northwest/ ] stating that the third annual LNG as Fuel Forum will be held on 27 January in Seattle. (1/8/15).

USCG & CCG – Operation Coal Shovel

clip_image004[1] clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2443358/ ] stating that it and the Canadian Coast Guard have commenced Operation Coal Shovel, a coordinated ice-breaking effort on waters of southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River Systems, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario to prevent ice jams that could impede vital waterway traffic. (1/8/15).

House – bill introduced re tsunami detection

clip_image010 Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act (H.R. 34) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. (1/6/15).

Senate – bill introduced to extend state seaward boundaries

clip_image012 Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 55) to extend the seaward boundaries of certain States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/7/15).

Senate – bill introduced re OCS O&G leasing program

clip_image012[1] Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 56) to reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that is more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (1/7/15).

UK – wreck removal insurance

clip_image014 The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note reminding stakeholders that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on 14 April 2015. Seagoing vessels of 300 GT and over will be required to maintain insurance or other financial security to cover the costs of locating, marking, and removing wrecks. Vessels will be required to carry evidence of this insurance in the form of a certificate issued by or on behalf of a State party. MIN 499 (M&F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/393675/MIN_499.pdf ] (1/8/15).

UK – immersion suits in airtight packaging

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note providing guidance to stakeholders on the visual inspection of immersion suits stored in airtight packaging. MGN 529 (M&F) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/393011/MGN_529.pdf ] (1/8/15).

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January 8th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 January 2015

Headlines:

CTAC – meeting;

PHMSA – harmonization of hazmat standards;

DOJ – Navy commander pleads guilty to bribery;

Court – liberal salvage award inappropriate;

Court – slippery sugar;

California – ballast water and hull husbandry reports;

Panama Canal – December operations; and

Panama Canal – proposed new tolls structure.

January 8, 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.

CTAC – meeting

clip_image004 The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) and its subcommittees, sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 24-26 February. Topics on the agenda include: response and carriage requirements for biofuels and biofuel blends; safety standards for design of vessels carrying natural gas or using natural gas as fuel; and safety standards for ship-to-ship transfers of hazardous materials outside the baseline. 80 Fed. Reg. 1037 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-08/pdf/2015-00062.pdf ] (1/8/15).

PHMSA – harmonization of hazmat standards

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) promulgated a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards, including the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. The amendments entered into effect on 1 January 2015. 80 Fed. Reg. 1075 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-08/pdf/2014-30462.pdf ] (1/8/15).

DOJ – Navy commander pleads guilty to bribery

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-commander-pleads-guilty-international-bribery-scandal ] stating that an active duty US Navy commander pleaded guilty to bribery charges, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal Navy information in exchange for cash, travel, and entertainment expenses, as well as the services of prostitutes. A second Navy officer was also indicted on related charges. (1/6/15).

Court – liberal salvage award inappropriate

clip_image010 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied plaintiff salvor’s appeal for a higher salvage award. The court held that a liberal salvage award is appropriate only when, among other things, the salvor takes on risks out of the ordinary for a professional salvor Girard v. MY Quality Time, No. 14-10931 (11th Cir., January 6, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201410931.pdf ].

Court – slippery sugar

clip_image012 In a brief summary order, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a longshoreman’s negligence action against a shipowner for injuries allegedly incurred while unloading a cargo of sugar from defendant’s ship. The court held that sugar regularly falls on deck during unloading and that, when mixed with water it becomes slippery, creating an obvious hazard. Giganti v. Polsteam Shipping, No. 14-217-cv (2nd Cir., January 7, 2015) [located at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/e6445131-09e5-48ea-9419-86abfba94a23/12/doc/14-217_so.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/e6445131-09e5-48ea-9419-86abfba94a23/12/hilite/ ].

California – ballast water and hull husbandry reports

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted a letter [located at http://www.slc.ca.gov/Spec_Pub/MFD/Ballast_Water/Documents/Compliance_and_Reporting/Annual%20Agent%20Letter_2015_Forms.pdf ] to shipping agents reminding stakeholders of the obligation to prepare and submit the Ballast Water Treatment Technology Annual Report; the Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Report; and the Hull Husbandry Report as appropriate. (12/31/14).

Panama Canal – December operations

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during December. It also includes the locks maintenance schedule for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 01-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-01-2015.pdf ] (1/5/15).

Panama Canal – proposed new tolls structure

clip_image016[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory regarding the proposal to modify the Panama Canal tolls structure. Comments on the proposal must be received by 9 February. A public hearing will be conducted in Balboa, Panama on 27 February. Advisory 02-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-02-2015.pdf ] (1/6/15).

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January 7th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 January 2015

Headlines:

Arthur Kill – RNA;

CBP – NCAP eBond test;

OFAC – blocked vessels;

USCG – AMSPs updated;

USCG – surge in Cuban migrants;

FMCS – ILWU-PMA labor negotiations;

NTSB – towing vessel allision with bridge;

India – financial support for cadets; and

Panama Canal – new toll structure proposed.

January 7, 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.

Arthur Kill – RNA

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary regulated navigation area on waters of the Arthur Kill in New York and New Jersey, effective through 31 October 2018, to maintain safety during bridge replacement operations on the Goethals Bridge and during drilling, blasting, and dredging operations in support of channel deepening operations. 80 Fed. Reg. 829 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-07/pdf/2014-29856.pdf ] (1/7/15).

CBP – NCAP eBond test

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing modifications and clarifications to the voluntary National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) eBond test, providing for the transmission in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) of electronic bond contracts (eBonds) between principals and sureties, with CBP as third-party beneficiary. 80 Fed. Reg. 899 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-07/pdf/2015-00029.pdf ] (1/7/15).

OFAC – blocked vessels

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice publishing the names of various persons whose property and interests in property have been blocked by US economic sanctions. It also published the names and related information regarding 30 vessels designated as blocked property. 80 Fed. Reg. 921 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-07/pdf/2015-00028.pdf ] (1/7/15).

USCG – AMSPs updated

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/01/06/162015-area-maritime-security-plan-5-year-cycle-review/ ] stating that all 43 Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSPs) have been updated. The plans are based on a detailed risk-based security assessment of each Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone, involving local stakeholders. Among other things, the plans address the emerging cybersecurity threat. (1/6/15).

USCG – surge in Cuban migrants

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2442054/ ] stating that 121 Cuban migrants were interdicted in seven separate incidents during the past week and repatriated to Cuba. All seven interdictions involved unseaworthy, homemade vessels that posed significant risk to the individuals. Patrols in the Florida Straits have been increased due to a surge in illegal migration attempts. (1/5/15).

FMCS – ILWU-PMA labor negotiations

clip_image012 The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) issued a statement [located at http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=39&itemID=24857 ] on the West Coast Ports ILWU-PMA Labor Negotiations stating that collective bargaining between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association representatives will continue as soon as possible under the auspices of the FMCS. (1/5/15).

NTSB – towing vessel allision with bridge

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation into the allision of the towing vessel Bayou Lady with the Bayou Blue Bridge in Houma on 7 December 2013. The vessel was pushing a flotilla of six empty hopper barges when the forward portside barge struck the southern fixed section of the bridge. There were no injuries and no pollution. Damage to the bridge was estimated at $715,000. Damage to the vessel and barges was minimal. The probable cause of the casualty was the decision of the master to transit the bridge opening in windy conditions and the reported temporary loss of steering control after the rudder was fouled by submerged debris. MAB 14-23 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1423.pdf ] (1/6/15).

India – financial support for cadets

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201501060625173671821Page0001.pdf ] stating that it seeks information regarding Indian Merchant Navy cadets/trainees because it is exploring the possibility of providing financial support for completion of mandatory on-board training. (1/6/15).

Panama Canal – new toll structure proposed

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/01/05/pr539.html ] announcing a proposed new toll structure. A public hearing will take place on 27 February. Written comments must be received by 9 February. (1/5/15).

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January 6th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 January 2015

Headlines:

White House – sanctions re North Korea;

Maritime Cyber security Symposium – 2-3 March; and

EC – smuggling of migrants in cargo ships.

January 6, 2015

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White House – sanctions re North Korea

clip_image004 President Obama issued an Executive Order [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/02/executive-order-imposing-additional-sanctions-respect-north-korea ] imposing even more sanctions against North Korea. (1/2/15). Note: Among other things, Kim Jong-un has been stricken from the White House Christmas Card list.

Maritime Cyber Security Symposium – 2-3 March

clip_image006 clip_image008 clip_image010 clip_image012 The American Military University (AMU), Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, US Coast Guard, and Rutgers University are co-sponsoring the Maritime Cyber Security Learning Seminar and Symposium at Rutgers University on 2-3 March [located at http://www.ccicada.org/2014/12/08/maritime-cyber-security-learning-seminar-and-symposium-at-ccicada-at-rutgers-university-march-2-3-2015/ ]. (1/5/15).

EC – smuggling of migrants in cargo ships

clip_image014 The European Commission (EC) posted the statement of Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-2920_en.htm?locale=en ] on the smuggling of migrants in cargo ships. (1/2/15).

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January 5th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 January 2015

Headlines:

USCG – fishing vessels dispensing petroleum products;

MERPAC – working group meeting;

USACE – GLMRIS EIS;

USCG – heavy lift cargo operations; and

UK – casualty investigations commenced.

January 5, 2015

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USCG – fishing vessels dispensing petroleum products

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has reopened, through 4 February, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking regarding commercial fishing vessels dispensing petroleum products. 80 Fed. Reg. 204 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/pdf/2014-30810.pdf ] (1/5/15).

MERPAC – working group meeting

clip_image005 A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on 28-29 January to work on and review Task Statement 30, concerning evaluating military education, training, and assessment for STCW and Coast Guard certifications. 80 Fed. Reg. 244 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/pdf/2014-30850.pdf ] (1/5/15).

USACE – GLMRIS EIS

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended, through 30 January, the period within which to submit comments on its notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), evaluating aquatic nuisance species control measures near Brandon Road Lock and Dam. An additional public scoping meeting will be held on 8 January in New Orleans. 80 Fed. Reg. 210 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/pdf/2014-30859.pdf ] (1/5/15).

USCG – heavy lift cargo operations

clip_image008 USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) reminding stakeholders of the importance of careful planning and strict adherence to protocols during heavy lift cargo operations. MSIB 17-14 (12/31/14).

UK – casualty investigations commenced

clip_image010 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a news release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/maib-investigations-launched ] stating that investigations have been launched into the sinking of the cement carrier Cemfjord in the Pentland Firth north of Scotland and into the listing and grounding of the car carrier Hoegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank in the Solent. The upturned bow of the Cemfjord was sighted on 3 January by the passenger ferry Hrossey. The crew of eight is missing. The Hoegh Osaka developed a severe list as it departed Southampton and was intentionally grounded. The crew of 25 was evacuated safely. Salvage planning for the latter vessel has commenced.

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January 2nd, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 January 2015

Headlines:

Offshore Virginia – wind energy project;

IMO – PPR 2

Ireland – Ebola measures;

Panama Canal – transshipment port at Corozal;

Singapore – regulatory amendments;

Singapore – collision and oil spill; and

Breakup of tanker NAKHODKA – 2 January 1997.

January 2, 2015

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Offshore Virginia – wind energy project

clip_image004 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended, through 16 January, the period within which to submit comments on the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Virginia. 80 Fed. Reg. 53 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-02/pdf/2014-30767.pdf ] (1/2/15).

IMO – PPR 2

clip_image006 There has been some confusion regarding the dates for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR). As shown on the IMO homepage [located at http://www.imo.org/Pages/home.aspx ], PPR 2 will meet in London on 19-23 January 2015. Plan accordingly. (1/1/15).

Ireland – Ebola measures

clip_image008 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice announcing that ships docking at Irish ports which have called at an Ebola virus disease (EVD) affected area, or have crew or passengers that joined the vessel from such an area or are suspected of having been in contact with EVD or an affected person within the past 21 days, must submit a Maritime Declaration of Health. Marine Notice 66-2014 [located at http://dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN66of2014_MaritimeDeclarationsofHealth.pdf ] (12/30/14).

Panama Canal – transshipment port at Corozal

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/12/30/pr537.html ] announcing that its Board of Directors approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region at the Pacific entrance to the Canal. When completed, the port will have the capacity to handle more than five million TEU and will have a 2,081-linear-meter-dock. (12/30/14).

Singapore – regulatory amendments

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of amendments to the merchant shipping and prevention of pollution of the sea regulations to incorporate various IMO resolutions. Shipping Circular 19-2014 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_19_of_2014.pdf ] (12/31/14).

Singapore – collision and oil spill

clip_image012[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page?filename=nr150102.xml ] stating that the oil tanker Alyarmouk and the bulker Sinar Kapuas collided about eleven nautical miles northeast of Pedra Branca. There were no reports of injury, but one of the tanker’s cargo tanks was breached, resulting in the spillage of crude oil. Response activities have commenced. (1/2/15).

Break-up of tanker NAKHODKA – 2 January 1997

clip_image014 On 2 January 1997, the Russian tanker NAKHODKA broke up in heavy seas off the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan. The tanker was carrying a cargo of 19,000 tonnes of medium fuel oil from Shanghai to Petropavlovsk, Russia. The master died in the casualty, but the remaining 31 crew members were rescued. There was an estimated 6,200 tonnes of oil immediately released in the breakup. The stern section sank in about 8,000 feet of water, carrying about 10,000 tonnes of oil. The bow section, carrying about 2,800 tonnes of oil, remained afloat and grounded in the Echizen-Kaga Coast Quasi National Park. Oil from the breakup and from the bow came ashore along approximately 600 miles of coastline. Response resources and organization were often ineffective and inadequate, particularly in the prevailing bad weather. This incident remains the worst oil spill in the history of Japan.

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December 31st, 2014 at 11:57 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 December 2014

Headlines:

SHC – meeting on 20 January;

DOJ – price fixing guilty plea;

BIS – export of oil from US;

Court – Neutrality Act; and

India – training institute inspection guidelines.

December 31, 2014

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SHC – meeting on 20 January

clip_image004 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 20 January in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training, and Watchkeeping. Topics on the agenda include: tug-barge operations; Polar Code; and the E-navigation strategy implementation plan. 79 Fed. Reg. 78935 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-31/pdf/2014-30711.pdf ] (12/31/14).

DOJ – price fixing guilty plea

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/third-company-agrees-plead-guilty-price-fixing-ocean-shipping-services-cars-and-trucks ] stating that Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $59.4 million criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on/roll-off cargo to and from the United States and elsewhere. NYK is the third company to agree to plead guilty in this investigation. (12/29/14).

BIS – export of oil from US

clip_image006 The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a set of six frequently asked questions (FAQs) [located at http://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/faqs ] providing guidance on federal policy relating to the export from the United States of crude oil and petroleum products. (12/30/14).

Court – Neutrality Act

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that a private individual lacks standing to pursue a claim under the Neutrality Act. Plaintiff asserted that he had informed the federal government of vessels that had been funded, furnished, and fitted by anti-Israel organizations in the United States, together with violent and militant anti-Israel organizations from other countries, in violation of the Act. The vessels were to be employed to commit hostilities against Israel. Plaintiff claimed that he had the right, as an informer, to condemn the vessels for forfeiture and to share in the bounty. The Neutrality Act includes a provision allowing half the bounty to be provided for the use of the informer. The district court held that there is no private right of action under the Neutrality Act. On appeal, the court held that a private party lacks standing to pursue the government’s interests in neutrality in foreign affairs. Bauer v. Mavi Marmara, No. 13-7081 (DC Cir., December 19, 2014) [located at http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/E3AF1833D3CD749085257DB30054B6BF/$file/13-7081-1528227.pdf ]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

India – training institute inspection guidelines

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) posted its Guidelines for Comprehensive Inspection Programme for Maritime Training Institutes Approved for Competency Courses [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201412301257319258329dgsorder23_2014_trg.pdf ]. (12/23/14). Note: For some reason, the first two pages of this 43-page document are blank.

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December 30th, 2014 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 December 2014

Headlines:

DHS – grant award administrative requirements;

FEMA – grant award administrative guidance;

TSA – proof of US citizenship for TWIC applicants; and

St. Lawrence Seaway – changes re Montreal-Lake Ontario section.

December 30, 2014

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DHS – grant award administrative requirements

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Executive departments and agencies issued an interim regulation concerning federal awarding agency regulatory implementation of OMB’s uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards. The interim regulation comes into effect on 26 December 2014. Comments on the interim rule must be received by 17 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 75867 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-19/pdf/2014-28697.pdf ] (12/19/14).

FEMA – grant award administrative guidance

clip_image006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted Information Bulletin 400[located at http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1419366341862-296dd0cc30bbf64a6b45581afe9d8b17/InformationBulletin400_2CFRPart200_FINAL.pdf ] providing guidance and information regarding implementation of 2 CFR 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. These provisions will apply to all new grant awards that are made on or after 26 December 2014, including awards under the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). (12/23/14).

TSA – proof of US citizenship for TWIC applicants

clip_image008 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE ] stating that, starting 1 July 2015, applicants for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) who were born in the United States and who claim US citizenship must provide documents to prove their citizenship. The notice includes a list of acceptable documentation. (12/29/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – changes re Montreal-Lake Ontario section

clip_image010 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice announcing changes in the cut0ff date for acceptance of vessel transits through the Montreal-Lake Ontario section under special agreement. Seaway Notice 12-2014 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20141229.pdf ] (12/29/14).

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December 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 December 2014

Headlines:

USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities;

APHIS – khapra beetle;

OMB – NOAD & AIS rulemaking;

CMTS – World Ocean Assessment;

Court – False Claims Act action reinstated; and

Court – shipbuilder not covered by engineer’s policy.

December 29, 2014

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USCG – seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to require each owner or operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individual. This process must be documented in the facility’s security plan. A meeting to receive public comments will be held on 23 January 2015 in Washington, DC. Written comments on the proposal must be received by 27 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 77981 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/pdf/2014-30013.pdf ] (12/29/14). Note: While most facilities currently comply with this proposal, it is important that seafarers be provided with reasonable access to shore during all port calls.

APHIS – khapra beetle

clip_image006 The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) an interim rule amending its current khapra beetle regulations by adding additional articles and regulated countries establishing a regulated navigation area. The interim rule enters into effect immediately, but comments will be considered if received by 27 February 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 77839 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/pdf/2014-30264.pdf ] (12/29/14).

OMB – NOAD & AIS rulemaking

clip_image008 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard’s draft final rule regarding Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System [located at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201410&RIN=1625-AA99 ]. The rule will expand the applicability for notice of arrival and departure (NOAD) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements. (12/23/14). Note: The final rule will probably be published in the federal register during January 2015.

CMTS – World Ocean Assessment

clip_image010 The US Committee of the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/CMTS_WOA_141223.pdf ] stating that it is coordinating the US review of two chapters of the World Ocean Assessment (WOA) concerning shipping and ports. Stakeholders are encouraged to view the chapters and submit comments by 6 February 2015. (12/23/14).

Court – False Claims Act action reinstated

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the United States alleged sufficient facts in its complaint against defendant shipyard relating to the False Claims Act to allow a factfinder to infer that the defendants either knew that their statements to the federal government were false or had a reckless disregard of their truth or falsity. The district court’s dismissal of the complaint was reversed and the matter remanded for further proceedings. United States v. Bollinger Shipyards, No. 13-31301 (5th Cir., December 23, 2014) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-31301-CV0.pdf ].

Court – shipbuilder not covered by engineer’s policy

clip_image014 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that, in the instant case, the shipbuilder was not covered by the architect’s and engineer’s professional liability insurance policy insuring the marine engineering firm that prepared the working drawings used to build an oceangoing passenger vessel. After the vessel was launched and in operation, a tragic accident occurred when the bulkhead door in the vessel’s forward engineroom malfunctioned, causing the death of the ship’s captain. The captain’s personal representative, claiming that the engineering firm and the shipbuilder were independently at fault, brought an action against both. The insurance company provided a defense for the engineering firm, but not the shipbuilder. After both defendants separately settled, the shipbuilder brought an action against the insurance company for failure to defend. The district court held that the shipyard was a third-party beneficiary of the policy. On appeal, the lower court’s decision was reversed. Atlantic Marine Florida v. Evanston Insurance, No. 13-11342 (11th Cir., December 24, 2014) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201311342.pdf ].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 December 2014

Headlines:

White House – Executive Order re Crimea;

SHC – meeting on 14 January;

CEQ – interagency guidelines re water projects;

EPA & USCG – Royal Caribbean pollution control agreement;

TSA – TWIC fee to be reduced;

Court – injunction by not be avoided by using third party;

IMO – lower sulphur limits for ECAs;

California – ocean-going vessel fuel regulation;

Panama Canal – expansion project 83% complete;

UK – investigation of fishing vessel-chemical tanker collision;

UK – launch of maritime growth study; and

MREN – Quarantine and isolation.

December 24, 2014

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White House – Executive Order re Crimea

clip_image004 President Obama issued Executive Order 13685 blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting certain transactions with respect to the Crimea region of Ukraine. The order, effective immediately, basically halts all economic activity by US persons with or related to Crimea. 79 Fed. Reg. 77357 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/pdf/2014-30323.pdf ] (12/24/14).

SHC – meeting on 14 January

clip_image006 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Washington, DC on 14 January 2015 to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 2). Topics on the agenda include: IBC Code amendments; PSC guidelines under the BWM Convention; and the impact of black carbon emissions on the Arctic. 79 Fed. Reg. 77591 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/pdf/2014-30236.pdf ] (12/24/14).

CEQ – interagency guidelines re water projects

clip_image008 The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a notice stating that the Interagency Guidelines on Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies will enter into effect on 15 June 2015. 79 Fed. Reg. 77460 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/pdf/2014-30170.pdf ] (12/24/14).

EPA & USCG – Royal Caribbean pollution control agreement

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release [located at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/140e20804c87970f85257db70065f822!OpenDocument ] stating that the agreement involving it, the US Coast Guard, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has been extended and expanded. The agreement allows the cruise line to continue its research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its ships and expands the program from six ships to 19 ships. (12/23/14).

TSA – TWIC fee to be reduced

clip_image014 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice [located at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE ] stating that, effective 1 February 2015, the TWIC fee will be reduced to $128.00. This is a $1.75 reduction due to lowered FBI fingerprint processing charges. (12/23/14).

Court – injunction may not be avoided by using third party

clip_image016 In a 51-page decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a party against which an injunction has been issued barring certain conduct may be found in contempt for having a third party engage in the prohibited conduct. In the instant case, defendant aggressive environmental advocacy group was enjoined from coming within 500 yards of plaintiff’s whaling and fueling vessels on the open sea. Adopting what it called a ‘separation strategy’, defendant ceded control of its campaign to foreign affiliates, which then undertook the same aggressive action. Plaintiff brought action to have defendant found to be in contempt. The court agreed with the plaintiff, ordering payment of legal fees and damages. It referred to the district court a request for punitive sanctions. Institute of Cetacean Research v. Sea Shepard Conservation Society, No. 12-35266 (9th Cir., December 19, 2014) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/12/19/1235266.pdf ]. Note: This decision may be read in conjunction with the shorter unpublished decision by the same court included in my previous newsletter.

IMO – lower sulphur limits for ECAs

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/44-ECA-sulphur.aspx#.VJmrtsAAA ] reminding stakeholders that the lower sulphur fuel requirements in emission control areas (ECAs) enter into effect on 1 January 2015. The ECAs consist of the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area; and the US Caribbean Sea area. (12/23/14).

California – ocean-going vessel fuel regulation

clip_image020 As a reminder to owners, operators, and masters of ships calling in California, I am republishing a notice from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) regarding compliance with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation during the ARB sunset review process. There are technical differences between the California requirements and the requirements of the lower sulfur limits of the North American ECA which come into effect on 1 January 2015. Until such time as the ARB regulation is formerly repealed, it will continue to be enforced. As explained in the notice, vessel operators may request authorization for an alternative compliance exemption. Marine Notice 2014-1 [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/documents/marinenote_2014_1.pdf ] (August 2014).

Panama Canal – expansion project 83% complete

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2014/12/19/pr536.html ] stating that the Canal Expansion Project is now 83% complete. (12/19/14).

UK – investigation of fishing vessel-chemical tanker collision

clip_image024 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a notice [located at http://www.maib.gov.uk/latest_news/margriet_orakai___new_investigation.cfm ] stating that it has commenced an investigation into the collision in the North Sea between a fishing vessel and the chemical tanker Orakai. There were no injuries, but both vessels sustained damage and some of the fishing vessel’s fuel oil entered the water. (12/23/14).

UK – launch of maritime growth study

clip_image024[1] The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the speech [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/maritime-growth-study-keeping-the-uk-competitive-in-a-global-market ] delivered by The Right Honorable John Hayes MP launching the maritime growth study, which will assess the UK maritime industry and identify options for making it more competitive. (12/19/14).

MREN – Quarantine and isolation

clip_image026 In the December 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, you can find my article on Quarantine and isolation [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN141200.pdf ]. In the article is discuss how the US Coast Guard and other port state control administrations are dealing with the challenges posed by Ebola and other communicable diseases. (12/23/14).

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    In the January 2015 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Regulation of dynamic positioning". In the article, I discuss the development and expanding application of dynamic positioning through numerous sectors of the maritime industry, the progression of industry standards relating to training and qualification of DP personnel, and recent efforts by the US Coast Guard to regulate this practice.