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September 14th, 2016 at 10:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – ballast water management;

Tacoma – security zone enforcement;

USCGA – recognized as a top college;

NTSB – VTS Safety Study;

NOAA – Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap;

FMC – Brown Bag Speakers on 15 September;

FMC – meeting on 20 September;

DOT – RFP for USMMA culture audit services; and

Boston Light – first lit on 14 September 1716.

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September 14, 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. Linear thinking provides freedom from insight.

USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin regarding the recent ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention). It discusses differences between the BWM Convention and US requirements. It also reports that nineteen BWMS manufacturers are seeking type-approval from the US Coast Guard. (9/13/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/13/imo-ballast-water-convention-rear-adm-thomas/].

Tacoma – security zone enforcement

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Sitcom Waterway security zone in Commencement Bay, Tacoma, will be enforced on 15-20 September for the protection of military cargo. 81 Fed. Reg. 63098 (9/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-14/pdf/2016-22098.pdf].

USCGA – recognized as a top college

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) issued a news release stating that it has again been recognized by numerous rating entities as one of the best undergraduate educational institutions in the nation. (9/13/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2882406/].

NTSB – VTS Safety Study

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release announcing its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Study. The study details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions, and groundings involving vessels operating with USCG VTS areas. The full report is expected to be published within several weeks. (9/13/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160913.aspx].

NOAA – Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 144-page Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, intended to guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life. (9/13/16) [http://cetsound.noaa.gov/Assets/cetsound/documents/Roadmap/ONS_Roadmap_Final_Complete.pdf].

FMC – Brown Bag Speakers on 15 September

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission FMC) issued a news release stating that its Brown Bag Speaker Series continues on 15 September in Washington, DC. The speakers will discuss their experiences repurposing cargo containers for residential and other alternative uses. (9/13/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/brownbag-9-15-2016/].

FMC – meeting on 20 September

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet on 20 September in Washington, DC. During the open session, they will receive briefings on the US/Japan Bilateral Discussions and the Foreign-based NVOCC Registration Renewal Process. During the closed session, the will receive briefings on the Hanjin Bankruptcy and on the Maersk/MSC Vessel Sharing Agreement. (9/13/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/Meeting_9-20-2016/].

DOT – RFP for USMMA culture audit services

clip_image017 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for culture audit services involving the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Deadline for submittal in 15 September. (9/7/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/RFQ_KP_Study_160907.pdf]. Note: Congress recently requested answers from DOT to a list of specific questions regarding the situation at the USMMA, including the sudden suspension of Sea Year. Various maritime labor unions have also expressed concern.

Boston Light – first lit on 14 September 1716

clip_image019 Three hundred years ago today, on 14 September 1716, Boston Light on Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was lit for the first time. In accordance with the Act of 23 July 1715, passed by the Great and General Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, a duty of one penny per ton was assessed against ships and vessels transiting inwards or outwards, except for coasters, which were assessed a duty of two shillings each time they cleared out. The light remained in operation until destroyed by British forces as they evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. The light was rebuilt after the war. It is celebrated as the first lighthouse in what is now the United States. Note: The copy of the 1715 Act was brought to my attention by my good friend Captain Byron Black, USCG.

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September 13th, 2016 at 10:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – Safety Alert re inflatable life jackets;

USCG – National Harbor Safety Conference;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 September;

India – vessel age restriction issues; and

Panama Canal – August operations.

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USCG – Safety Alert re inflatable life jackets

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on the inflatable life jackets. Alert 13-16 (9/12/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1316.pdf].

USCG – National Harbor Safety Conference

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 2016 National Harbor Safety Conference will be held on 13-15 September in Portland, Oregon. The event enables professionals to discuss policy and regulatory issues, engage with government regulators, and develop partnerships that support the maritime industry. The keynote address will be delivered by the USCG Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft. (9/12/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2882134/].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 September

clip_image008 The Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) will meet on 30 September in Washington, DC. 81 Fed. Reg. 62973 (9/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-13/pdf/2016-21915.pdf].

India – vessel age restriction issues

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a Shipping Development Circular raising concerns about Indian oil companies imposing age restrictions on the chartering of Indian ships. Circular 06-2016 (9/9/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201609121144095039131dgs_cir_06_2016_sd_branch.pdf].

Panama Canal – August operations

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during August. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 47-2016 (9/9/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-47-2016.pdf].

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September 12th, 2016 at 10:22 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – ballast water management;

DHS OIG – TWIC background checks;

DOE & DOI – National Offshore Wind Strategy;

Congress – concerns re USMMA; and

UK – consultation re hours of work.

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USCG – ballast water management

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that there will be two USCG speakers at the 27-29 September Ballast Water Management Tech (BWMTech) North America Conference in Miami. CDR Meridena Kauffman will address the USCG ballast water management program, while LCDR Jason Kling will discuss the USCG type-approval testing process and how it compares with the IMO process. (9/9/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/09/992016-coming-soon-ballast-water-management-tech-north-america-conference-coverage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29].

DHS OIG – TWIC background checks

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report identifying room for improvement with respect to the background checks conducted for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). Among other things, fraud detection techniques are not monitored and key quality assurance and internal control procedures are missing. OIG-16-218 (9/1/16) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2016/OIG-16-128-Sep16.pdf].

DOE & DOI – National Offshore Wind Strategy

clip_image010 clip_image012 The Department of Energy and Department of the Interior issued a news release announcing the National Offshore Wind Strategy to tap into the massive potential for wind power along the US shores. (9/9/16) [http://www.energy.gov/articles/offshore-wind-arrives-america].

Congress – concerns re USMMA

clip_image014 Twelve Representatives and one Senator sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation, the Maritime Administrator, and the Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) expressing concern regarding the accreditation status of the Academy, sexual assault and sexual harassment against midshipmen, the recent stand down of Sea Year, impacts on Academy attrition and recruitment, and the potential for closure of the Academy. (9/2/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/USMMA_ltr_160902.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Joe Keefe of Maritime Logistics Professional.

UK – consultation re hours of work

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that it has opened a consultation on the consolidation of the Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) Regulations 2002 and amendments. The consultation runs through 12 October. (9/9/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-consolidation-of-the-merchant-shipping-hours-of-work-regulations-2002-and-amendments].

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September 9th, 2016 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 September 2016

Headlines:

IMO – BWM Convention to enter into force in 2017;

EPA – NPDES electronic reporting;

CBP – use of ACE for FSIS data;

USN – future USS Zumwalt departs shipyard;

House – hearing re federal navigation programs;

Court – anchorage permit denial;

Canada – enforcing 0.1% sulphur fuel rule;

China – Zika requirements; and

Glenn J. Winuk – A Fallen American Hero.

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IMO – BWM Convention to enter into force in 2017

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release stating that Finland has deposited with the IMO its accession to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention. As a result, the Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017. (9/8/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/22-BWM-.aspx]. Note: The Convention was adopted with high hopes for rapid implementation in 2004.

EPA – NPDES electronic reporting

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance regarding use of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) electronic reporting system. 81 Fed. Reg. 62395 (9/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-09/pdf/2016-21204.pdf].

CBP – use of ACE for FSIS data

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, effective 11 October, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole authorized electronic data interchange system for transmitting electronic import data required by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 81 Fed. Reg. 62515 (9/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-09/pdf/2016-21673.pdf].

USN – future USS Zumwalt departs shipyard

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release stating that its newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed Bath Iron Works Sept. 7, marking the beginning of a 3-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego. (9/8/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96558].

House – hearing re federal navigation programs

clip_image014 The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing entitled: Federal Maritime Navigation Programs: Interagency Cooperation and Technological Change. Testimony was heard from Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas, USCG; Rear Admiral Shephard Smith, NOAA; and Mr. Edward E. Belk, Jr., USACE. (9/7/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400673].

Court – anchorage permit denial

clip_image016 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of defendant port district. Plaintiff had brought an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) retaliation claim against the port for its denial of plaintiff’s application to renew his anchorage permit. The court found that there was a valid, non-discriminatory ground for the denial. Gallagher v. San Diego Unified Port District, No. 14-56517 (9th Cir., September 7, 2016) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2016/09/07/14-56517.pdf].

Canada – enforcing 0.1% sulphur fuel rule

clip_image018 Transport Canada issued a bulletin stating that marine safety inspectors have begun verifying compliance with the 0.1% sulphur content requirements for marine fuel used on vessels subject to the North American Emission Control Area (NAECA) of the MARPOL Convention. Ship Safety Bulletin 08/2016 (8/18/16) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2016-08-eng.htm#pdf].

China – Zika requirements

clip_image020 The US Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) posted the Zika requirements regarding US exports to China. (9/2/16) [http://www.fas.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2016-09/a_fas_update_on_chinas_zika_requirements_09_02_2016_v6clean_2.pdf].

Glenn J. Winuk – A Fallen American Hero

clip_image021 Sunday will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks in Manhattan, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. Approximately 3,000 people died as a result of those attacks. Most were dedicated firefighters and police in New York City and many were innocent victims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One, though, was a maritime lawyer who worked several blocks away from the World Trade Center. After the planes hit the Twin Towers and people started fleeing the area, Glenn J. Winuk, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown on Long Island, grabbed a response kit from a parked fire truck and went to the South Tower to render assistance to persons in need. His remains were identified months later through DNA analysis. He represents all that is good and true in Americans and deserves to be long-remembered. (9/9/16).

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September 8th, 2016 at 11:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro investigation transcripts;

NOAA – humpback whale;

Hawaii – humpback whale approach regulations;

Alaska – humpback whale approach regulations;

DOE – Freeport LNG terminal;

IWUB – meeting on 5 October;

Gulfport – FTZ application;

DOC – agricultural commodity exports to Cuba;

OSHA – fall protection in shipyard employment;

Panama Canal – escort tug requirements;

Disaster at Honda Point – 8 September 1923; and

Fire on SS Morro Castle – 8 September 1934.

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September 8, 2016

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USCG – El Faro investigation transcripts

clip_image006 The USCG Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) regarding the loss of the cargo ship El Faro with 33 persons on board on 1 October 2015 issued a media release stating that the transcripts for the hearing session, held in February, is available at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doctype/4007/286370/ The third hearing session, anticipated for this winter, will examine additional elements of the investigation including information retrieved from the ship’s voyage data recorder (VDR). (9/7/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/external/content/document/4007/2880518/1/MBI_Transcripts%20Hearing%201_Media%20Release.pdf].

NOAA – humpback whale

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule revising the listing status of the humpback whale by dividing it into 14 distinct population segments (DPSs) and listing four DPSs as endangered and one DPS as threatened. This rule enters into effect on 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 62259 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21276.pdf].

Hawaii – humpback whale approach regulations

clip_image008[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated an interim rule establishing approach regulations regarding humpback whales in waters surrounding the islands of Hawaii. The regulations enter into effect on 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 62010 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21277.pdf].

Alaska – humpback whale approach regulations

clip_image008[2] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule amending the approach regulations regarding humpback whales in waters surrounding Alaska. The amendments enter into effect on 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 62018 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21278.pdf].

DOE – Freeport LNG terminal

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Freeport LNG Expansion, LP seeking authorization to engage in additional exports of domestically produced LNG. Comments on the application must be received by 7 November. 81 Fed. Reg. 62109 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21579.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 5 October

clip_image012 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 5 October in Tinley Park, Illinois. Topics on the agenda include funding for inland navigation projects and the status of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Lock General Re-evaluation Report. 81 Fed. Reg. 62107 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21569.pdf].

Gulfport – FTZ application

clip_image014 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it received an application for a foreign trade zone (FTZ) designation of manufacturing of ocean-going vessels at the TopShip, LLC facility in Gulfport. Comments on the application must be received by 18 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 62078 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21651.pdf].

DOC – agricultural commodity exports to Cuba

clip_image014[1] The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks comments on the effectiveness of its licensing procedures for export of agricultural commodities to Cuba. Comments must be received by 11 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 62079 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21607.pdf].

OSHA – fall protection in shipyard employment

clip_image016 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a request for information (RFI) regarding safety standards that address access and egress, fall and falling object protection, and scaffolds in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment. Comments should be submitted by 7 December. 81 Fed. Reg. 62052 (9/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-08/pdf/2016-21369.pdf].

Panama Canal – escort tug requirements

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that certain Neopanamax vessels are required to have additional tug assistance while transiting the Canal. Neopanamax LNG carriers require escort tug assistance through Gatun Lake and in the Pacific and Atlantic channels. Neopanamax vessels transiting with a displacement for transit of 120,000 metric tons or more require escort tug assistance through Gatun Lake. Advisory 46-2016 (9/6/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-46-2016.pdf].

Disaster at Honda Point – 8 September 1923

clip_image020 The Honda Point Disaster occurred just off the spit of land at the north end of the Santa Barbara Channel on the evening of 8 September 1923 when seven US Navy destroyers, traveling at full speed, grounded in the fog on charted rocks. Due to poor visibility, the ships, transiting as a squadron from San Francisco to San Diego, were utilizing dead reckoning. A radio signal from a new radio direction finder (RDF) station had been received but misinterpreted. Twenty-three sailors died in the grounding. Two other destroyers grounded briefly, but refloated themselves. Five destroyers from the rear of the formation were able to avoid grounding. The squadron commander and the squadron navigators, as well as the commanding officers of the seven destroyers that were lost, were all court-martialed. This marine casualty is the first in which electronic navigation played a significant role.

Fire on SS Morro Castle – 8 September 1934

clip_image022 The passenger/cargo ship SS Morro Castle caught fire and burned on 8 September 1934, while on a voyage from Havana, Cuba to New York. The origin of the fire was never conclusively determined. The master had died in his sleep the previous night of an apparent heart attack. The fire was detected in the First Class Writing Room at about 3 a.m. It spread rapidly through the extensive wood used in construction of the passenger spaces. The Acting Captain maneuvered the ship toward the New Jersey shore, but the ship soon lost power and steering. It eventually grounded on the beach at Asbury Park. A total of 137 passengers and crew died in the casualty. Major changes were later made to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to address use of fire retardant materials, automatic fire doors, fire alarms, and life boat drills, reducing the risk of future casualties.

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September 7th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – hearing re marine navigation system;

USCG – Hudson River anchorage grounds;

CFSAC – meeting on 27-29 September;

BSEE – oil and gas production safety systems;

PHMSA – HMR amendments proposed; and

Shipping Act, 1916 – enacted 7 September 1916.

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September 7, 2016

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USCG – hearing re marine navigation system

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted a notice stating that, on 7 September, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Admiral Paul Thomas will testify before a congressional hearing focused on modernizing the marine navigation system. (9/6/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/06/congressional-hearing-alert-federal-maritime-navigation-problems-paul-thomas/].

USCG – Hudson River anchorage grounds

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard has extended, until 6 December, the period within which to submit comments on the proposal to establish anchorage grounds on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. 81 Fed. Reg. 61639 (9/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-21371.pdf].

CFSAC – meeting on 27-29 September

clip_image008 The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 27-29 September in Savannah. Topics on the agenda include safety and risk-reduction-related projects and the Enhanced Oversight Program. 81 Fed. Reg. 61706 (9/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-21479.pdf].

BSEE – oil and gas production safety systems

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) promulgated a final rule amending and updating regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the outer continental shelf (OCS) by addressing issues such as safety and pollution prevention equipment design and maintenance and production safety systems. The rulemaking enters into effect on 7 November. 81 Fed. Reg. 61833 (9/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-20967.pdf].

PHMSA – HMR amendments proposed

clip_image012 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations, including the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Codes. Comments on the proposal must be received by 7 November. 81 Fed. Reg. 61741 (9/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-20580.pdf].

Shipping Act, 1916 – enacted 7 September 1916

clip_image014 One hundred years ago today, the Shipping Act, 1916 was enacted into law. While amended various times and codified, it is largely in force today. Among other things, it included citizenship requirements for ownership of US vessels and established the United States Shipping Board, which was later split into what are today the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD). (September 7, 1916) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/039_Stat_728.pdf].

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September 6th, 2016 at 10:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – updated FAQ re Subchapter M;

FMC – communications protocol re Hanjin Shipping;

DOJ – convictions for pollution crimes;

Gulf of Mexico – post-Hermine status;

DOE – marine & hydrokinetic program strategy;

Australia – bulker banned for 12 months;

Singapore – FEREX 2016; and

UK – new Merchant Navy medal.

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USCG – updated FAQ re Subchapter M

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard posted Updated FAQ regarding Subchapter M (towing vessel inspection). (8/31/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/TVNCOE/Documents/SubM/FAQs/SubMFAQs31AUG16.pdf].

FMC – communications protocol re Hanjin Shipping

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has established a protocol for communicating requests for assistance to the agency concerning developments related to the status of Hanjin Shipping. (9/2/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-18/].

DOJ – convictions for pollution crimes

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that, following a jury trial, two Greek shipping companies and two senior engineering officers were convicted of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), obstruction of justice, making false statements, witness tampering, and conspiracy. The offenses stem from the dumping of tons of oily waste at sea from the cargo ship Ocean Hope. (9/2/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-greek-shipping-companies-and-engineers-convicted-pollution-crimes-and-obstruction-justice].

Gulf of Mexico – post-Hermine status

clip_image012 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs, and restoring production following passage of Tropical Storm Hermine. (9/2/16) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-storm-hermine-final].

DOE – marine & hydrokinetic program strategy

clip_image014 The Department of Energy is accepting, through 30 September, comments on it request for information (RFI) regarding out-year marine and hydrokinetic program strategy. 81 Fed. Reg. 61216 (9/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-06/pdf/2016-21307.pdf].

Australia – bulker banned for 12 months

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months. The ship had been detained off Gladstone since 12 August after AMSA surveyors found the vessel did not have sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and that the crew had not been paid for several months. Those deficiencies have now been rectified. (9/2/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/01092016_FiveStarsFujianbannedfor12months.pdf].

Singapore – FEREX 2016

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the annual ferry response exercise (FEREX), with 15 agencies and companies participating, was held on 1 September. The exercise tests the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the port. (9/1/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/5ad684de-14fa-4da4-a7cb-662da033509d].

UK – new Merchant Navy medal

clip_image020 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release announcing establishment of a new Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. The medal is being awarded to those serving in or who have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example for others. (9/2/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/meritorious-service-rewarded-with-new-merchant-navy-medal].

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September 2nd, 2016 at 10:49 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re VDRs;

USCG – cyber risk management;

FMC – Hanjin Shipping;

ARC – meeting on 29-30 September;

NOAA – marine mammal rescue grants;

House – hearing on federal maritime navigation programs;

UK – seafarer statistics;

UK – fatal engine room fire;

Sinking of SS Princess Alice – 3 September 1878; and

UK – Red Ensign Day – 3 September 2016.

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USCG – safety alert re VDRs

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding owners and operators to fully check their voyage data recorders (VDRs) to insure proper compliance with SOLAS requirements regarding installation, configuration, and performance. In addition, the deck officers must be properly trained in the operation of VDR and the method to capture data immediately after an incident. Alert 12-16 (9/1/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1216.pdf].

USCG – cyber risk management

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice regarding cyber risk management within the marine transportation system. Cyber is not just a security challenge; it is an operational and commercial risk management challenge. (9/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/09/01/gaining-insight-cyber-risk-management-marine-transportation-system/].

FMC – Hanjin Shipping

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it is aware of the developments regarding Hanjin Shipping and monitoring the situation. It is also watching for any improper behavior by other carriers and regulated parties. Affected entities may wish to seek legal advice regarding their options. (9/1/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-17/].

ARC – meeting on 29-30 September

clip_image010 The Arctic Research Commission (ARC) issued a notice stating that it will meet on 29-30 September in Washington, DC to review programs and research projects affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic. 81 Fed. Reg. 60671 (9/2/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-02/pdf/2016-21215.pdf].

NOAA – marine mammal rescue grants

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release announcing that nearly $3 million in Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants have been awarded to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species. Applications for the 2017 Prescott grant cycle are being accepted until 5 October. (9/1/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-grants-to-aid-marine-mammal-rescue-and-stranding-programs].

House – hearing on federal maritime navigation programs

clip_image014 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a notice stating that the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will meet on 7 September concerning Federal Maritime Navigation Programs: Interagency Cooperation and Technological Change. (9/1/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400673].

UK – seafarer statistics

clip_image016 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted its Seafarer Statistics: 2015. A total 23,380 UK seafarers were active at sea, an increase of 2%. (9/1/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarer-statistics-2015].

UK – fatal engine room fire

clip_image016[1] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatal engine room fire on the suction dredger Arco Avon off Great Yarmouth on 18 August 2015. The third engineer was trying to repair a failed fuel pipe when fuel, under pressure, ignited. No safety assessment had been performed. The third engineer was working autonomously without informing either the OOW or the CEO. Report 17/2016 (9/1/16) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/fire-in-the-engine-room-on-the-suction-dredger-arco-avon-with-loss-of-1-life].

Sinking of SS Princess Alice – 3 September 1878

clip_image018 The passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice was built in 1865. It operated primarily as an excursion steamer on the River Thames, carrying sightseers from London to Gravesend and back. On 3 September 1878, it departed in the morning for a “Moonlight Trip”, transiting to Gravesend so that passengers could spend several pleasant hours touring Rosherville Gardens and other sights, and then returning to London in the moonlight after sunset. Princess Alice was behind schedule that night, fighting the tide. It was to stop at the North Woolwich Pier, near the Royal Victoria Gardens and just downriver from the present-day Thames Barrier, to drop off some passengers. In accord with a common practice of the day, the master stayed in the slack water on the south side of the river for as long as possible while transiting Gallions Reach, just before arrival at the pier. Meanwhile, the much larger coal carrier SS Bywell Castle was proceeding downbound. Observing the lights of the Princess Alice near the south shore of the river, the Bywell Castle set course for a starboard-to-starboard passing. Princess Alice altered course sharply to reach the pier, apparently not sighting the rapidly approaching Bywell Castle. The coal carrier rammed the passenger vessel amidships, splitting it in two. The Princess Alice sank within four minutes. Only one hour before, the twice-daily releases of 75 million imperial gallons of raw sewage from the sewer outfalls just upstream had occurred. Of the approximately 800 persons on board Princess Alice, over 650 died, either as a direct result of the impact or by drowning in the sewage-laden waters. Public opinion blamed the Bywell Castle’s master for the casualty, even though he fully complied with the collision regulations and was exonerated by the subsequent official inquiry. The master of the Princess Alice, who died in the casualty, was found to have violated the collision regulations. The Marine Police Force was made responsible to marine safety on the River Thames. Shortly thereafter, London sewage was taken by barge and dumped at sea, rather than in the river. The incident remains to this day as the single greatest loss of life on the River Thames.

UK – Red Ensign Day – 3 September 2016

clip_image020 Merchant Navy Day (more commonly called “Red Ensign Day”) is commemorated on Saturday, 3 September 2016. It honors the merchant mariners who served and are serving on UK-flag vessels worldwide. More information regarding the flag flown by British merchant vessels is available at Red Ensign. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Ensign] (9/2/16).

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September 1st, 2016 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 September 2016

Headlines:

USCG – Hawaii & SE Atlantic coast;

USCG – credentials lost due to Louisiana flooding;

DOL – LHWCA compensation limits;

NTSB – towing vessel collision;

NOAA – IOOS Director sought;

DOE – $20 million for wave and tidal energy projects; and

Carrington Event – 1-2 September 1859.

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USCG – Hawaii & SE Atlantic coast

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard has set port conditions in preparation for the passage of Tropical Storm Madeline in Hawaii and Tropical Storm Hermine in the southeast United States. Exercise caution. (9/1/16).

USCG – credentials lost due to Louisiana flooding

clip_image006[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin announcing that duplicate merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of recent flooding in Louisiana and neighboring states. (8/31/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/request_duplicate_mmc_due_to_loss.pdf].

DOL – LHWCA compensation limits

clip_image008 The Department of Labor (DOL) proposes to implement maximum and minimum compensation limits for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Comments on the proposal must be received by 25 October. 81 Fed. Reg. 58879 (8/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20467.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Tom Langan of Weeks Marine.

NTSB – towing vessel collision

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the collision between the towing vessel William E. Strait and the Margaret Ann tow on 14 December 2015 on the Mississippi River near Memphis. The probable cause of the collision was the inability of the pilot of the towing vessel William E. Strait to hold his vessel in position along the left descending bank, as had been agreed, to allow the safe and unimpeded passage of the Margaret Ann. MAB 16-13 (8/12/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1613.pdf].

NOAA – IOOS Director sought

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a job announcement stating that it seeks a qualified person for the position of Director, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Applications must be received by 19 September. (8/4/16) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446758800/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Wayne Becker of Salutary Technology.

DOE – $20 million for wave and tidal energy projects

clip_image014 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that more than $20 million has been awarded to organizations for new research, development, and demonstration projects that advance and monitor marine and hydrokinetic energy systems, which generate electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents. (8/30/16) [http://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-awards-more-20-million-wave-and-tidal-energy-projects].

Carrington Event – 1-2 September 1859

clip_image016 The Carrington Event was a massive solar storm that occurred on 1-2 September 1859. The largest geomagnetic storm on record was the result of a solar coronal mass ejection colliding with the Earth’s magnetosphere. The associated white light flare on the surface of the sun was observed and recorded by the English astronomer Richard Carrington. A similar event occurring today would have major repercussions, disrupting satellite communication systems and satellite-based positioning, navigation, and timing systems such as GPS. Solar coronal mass ejections are not rare. This one, though, was particularly strong and just happened to cross the orbit of the Earth exactly when and where the Earth was passing. Bloody bad timing.

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August 31st, 2016 at 9:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 August 2016

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – Tropical Depression No. 9;

California – land transferred for port development;

Arctic – sea ice melt continues;

Court – Waterfront Commission authority upheld; and

IMO – World Maritime Day 2016.

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Gulf of Mexico – Tropical Depression No. 9

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release providing updated information regarding precautions taken by offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico to minimize the risks presented by Tropical Depression No. 9. Among other things, nine platforms and one rig have been evacuated and seven DP rigs have been moved off. (8/30/16) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-tropical-depression-no-9-activity-0].

California – land transferred for port development

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that 125 acres of former Navy property has been transferred to the City of Long Beach under the MARAD Port Conveyance Program. The land will be developed as a port facility. (8/30/16) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/maritime-administration-transfers-additional-former-navy-property-city-long-beach].

Arctic – sea ice melt continues

clip_image010 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice is tracking for the third lowest in the satellite record. The southern route through the Northwest Passage appears to be largely free of ice. (8/16/16) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

Court – Waterfront Commission authority upheld

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the district court ruling that defendant Waterfront Commission was within its statutory authority to require shipping companies and other marine employers to certify that prospective employees had been referred for employment pursuant to federal and state nondiscrimination policies and had not unlawfully interfered with collective bargaining rights. New York Shipping Association v. Waterfront Commission, No. 14-3956 (3rd Cir., August 30, 2016) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/143956p.pdf].

IMO – World Maritime Day 2016

clip_image014 The IMO issued a notice stating that World Maritime Day will be celebrated on 29 September 2016. The theme for this year’s celebration will be ‘Shipping: indispensable to the world’. A forum will be held in London on that date to debate Global Shipping’s Future Challenges. (8/30/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/WorldMaritimeDay/Pages/WMD-2016.aspx].

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    logo11 Silence your ships

    In the September 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Silence your ships". In the article, I discuss the steps being taken both at the IMO and in the United States to reduce the volume of noise generated by ships and other maritime activity. This anthropogenic sound increasingly is causing significant disturbances to marine mammals and other aquatic life. Such noise generation also needlessly expends energy.