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April 1st, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 April 2014

Headlines:

FCC – maritime radio equipment;

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement;

DOS Iran sanctions qualifications;

NOAA – draft PEA re IOOS;

NOAA – members sought for MPAFAC;

USCG – GPS advisory;

USN – additional screening measures for base entry;

Strait of Hormuz – merchant vessel attacked;

Australia – unintentional lifeboat release;

Singapore – implementing MLC 2006; and

UK – MAIB business plan.

April 1, 2014

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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. Life is short. Don’t make the same mistake twice – be original.

FCC – maritime radio equipment

clip_image004 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment regarding a proposed amendment to rules and requirements for technologies used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land by providing better and more accurate data to rescue personnel. Among other things, the proposal would require EPIRBs and similar devices to be capable of broadcasting position data when activated. Comments should be submitted by 2 June. 79 Fed. Reg. 18249 (April 1, 2014).

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that GAC Shipping (USA), Inc. has agreed to pay $157,500 to settle potential civil liability for an alleged violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. In November 2008, GAC supplied bunker fuel valued at $513,141 in Paranagua, Brazil for an Iranian vessel carrying an agricultural commodity. (3/31/14).

DOS – Iran sanctions qualifications

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it has determined that each of the following purchasers of oil from Iran has qualified under US law for a 180-day exception: Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 79 Fed. Reg. 18382 (April 1, 2014).

NOAA – draft PEA re IOOS

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Comments should be submitted by 30 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 18281 (April 1, 2014).

NOAA – members sought for MPAFAC

clip_image010[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC). Nominations must be received by 30 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 18282 (April 1, 2014).

USCG – GPS advisory

clip_image012 The USCG Navigation Center issued an advisory stating that the US Air Force (USAF) is preparing to activate the SVN-49′s L-band transmitters. Any users experiencing difficulties with the signal are encouraged to contact the Navigation Center utilizing the worksheet at the following link: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gpsUserInput . (3/31/14).

USN – additional screening measures for base entry

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that additional screening has been directed of all delivery drivers presenting the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to gain entry to bases in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The additional screening measures were ordered following the 24 March shooting death of a sailor by a civilian aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Investigation into circumstances surrounding that incident continues. (3/31/14).

Strait of Hormuz – merchant vessel attacked

clip_image016 The NATO Shipping Centre issued an alert stating that at 11:45 on 30 March a merchant vessel was attacked by one skiff in the Strait of Hormuz. There were six persons on the skiff armed with machine guns. The skiff came within five meters of vessel and fired two shots at the bridge and accommodation area. The vessel set alarm and activated fire hoses. The skiff turned away. The vessel is safe. Alert 006/14 (3/31/14).

Australia – unintentional lifeboat release

clip_image018 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) ported the preliminary findings of its ongoing investigation into the unintentional release of a freefall lifeboat from the bulk carrier Aquarosa in the Indian Ocean on 1 March 2014 with serious injury. A ship’s engineer entered the ship’s freefall lifeboat and topped up the release system hydraulic oil reserves and manually operated the pump to pressurize the system, when the lifeboat suddenly released. Initial analysis indicates the release mechanism was not fully and correctly reset after it was last exercised, allowing the hook to be released when the pump was activated. Analysis also indicates that the two simulation wires, which were designed to hold the lifeboat when the hook was released during a simulation release failed at a load significantly below their rated safe working load. MO-2014-002 (4/1/14).

Singapore – implementing MLC 2006

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing an update on national legislation, coming into effect on 1 April 2014, implementing provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 relating to the seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA), official log book, and medicines and medical equipment. Shipping Circular 09-2014 (3/31/14).

UK – MAIB business plan

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Business Plan 2014-15. (3/31/14).

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March 31st, 2014 at 11:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 March 2014

Headlines:

Suez Canal – incidents on transiting vessels;

ICJ – whaling in the Antarctic not scientific;

Gulf of Mexico – emergency disconnect of offshore facility;

MARAD – War Risk Insurance;

FWS – ANS Task Force meeting;

MARAD – Renewable Diesel for Marine Application;

FMC – cruise passengers affected by Texas oil spill;

St. Lawrence Seaway – navigation season opens; and

UK – sleep-induced grounding leads to hefty fine.

March 31, 2014

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Suez Canal – incidents on transiting vessels

clip_image004 The US Navy Maritime Liaison Office, Manama, Bahrain issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) advising that reports have been received of incidents occurring on vessels transiting the Suez Canal allegedly in retaliation for Suez Canal Port Authority employees not receiving cigarettes from the crew. It is recommended that additional steps be taken by transiting vessels to minimize the risk of such incidents and to assist in prosecuting perpetrators when such an incident does occur. MSIB 04-14 (3/28/14).

ICJ – whaling in the Antarctic not scientific

clip_image006 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that whaling as conducted by Japan in the Antarctic does not comport with the requirements of scientific whaling under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Among other things, the Court has ordered that Japan revoke any extant authorization, permit, or license to kill, take, or treat whales in Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan), (ICJ, 31 March 2014).

Gulf of Mexico – emergency disconnect of offshore facility

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it is responding to a report of an emergency disconnect and production shut-in onboard the Helix Producer 1 located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 100 miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana. The shutdown was triggered by an electrical blackout on the offshore facility. Electrical power has since been restored. There were no injuries. Less than one gallon of hydrocarbon was released during the disconnect. (3/28/14).

MARAD – War Risk Insurance

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule making non-substantive changes to the War Risk Insurance regulations. The changes come into effect on 30 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17896 (March 31, 2014).

FWS – ANS Task Force meeting

clip_image012 The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 7-8 May in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include Quagga Zebra Action Plan update, ballast water research, and fracking as an AIS pathway. 79 Fed. Reg. 18053 (March 31, 2014).

MARAD – Renewable Diesel for Marine Application

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) belatedly posted its report: Renewable Diesel for Marine Application. The study compared the operational and performance differences in a test vessel’s use of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) versus a 67/33 blend of USLD and Amyris Renewable Diesel (ARD), which is derived from sugar. No significant differences were found between the test vessel’s use of neat ULSD and the blend in terms of engine performance, fuel economy, air emissions, engine vibration, underwater radiated noise, and effect on the engine itself. (8/30/13).

FMC – cruise passengers affected by Texas oil spill

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the cruise lines impacted by the Houston Ship Channel oil spill have made arrangements for refunds and reimbursements for affected passengers. (3/28/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – navigation season opens

clip_image017 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release stating that the Seaway’s 56th navigation season opened on 28 March with the passage of the Algoma Equinox through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. (3/28/14).

UK – sleep-induced grounding leads to hefty fine

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that the owner of a coasting ship which grounded in an environmentally sensitive area in the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast has been ordered to pay nearly £73,000 in fines and costs after its crew failed to keep a proper lookout. The officer of the navigation watch had fallen asleep before the grounding. (3/28/14).

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March 28th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 March 2014

Headlines:

USN – shooting incident update;

USCG – lifeboat release mechanisms;

USCG – preemption assessment framework;

BSEE – voluntary confidential near-miss reporting;

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas – incidental take of marine mammals;

NOSAC – meeting;

MACOSH – meeting; and

Singapore – online appointment system.

March 28, 2014

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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. A boiled egg first thing in the morning is hard to beat.

USN – shooting incident update

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it has identified the deceased civilian suspect in the shooting incident on USS Mahan (DDG 72) at Norfolk Naval Station as Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, a truck driver. Mr. Tyrone had an apparently valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in his possession. Although he had no official business at the Naval Station, he drove his truck through Gate 5 at the Station, proceeded to Pier 1, left his truck, and boarded the Navy destroyer, where he was confronted by security personnel. He and a Navy petty officer died in the ensuing altercation. Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident continues. (3/27/14).

USCG – lifeboat release mechanisms

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of a policy letter regarding the recent IMO amendment to Chapter III of the SOLAS Convention relating to lifeboat release mechanisms. For vessels subject to SOLAS, the change comes into effect no later than the next scheduled drydocking after 1 July 2014. The Coast Guard recommends voluntary compliance with the guidelines in IMO MSC.1/Circ.1392 by US non-SOLAS vessels, MODUs, and offshore facilities that carry lifeboats and rescue boats fitted with release mechanisms described in the Circular. Comments on the policy letter should be submitted by 28 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17556 (March 28, 2014).

USCG – preemption assessment framework

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 26 May, the period within which it must receive comments on its draft assessment framework and organizational restatement regarding preemption for certain regulations issued by the Coast Guard. 79 Fed. Reg. 17482 (March 28, 2014).

BSEE – voluntary confidential near-miss reporting

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice stating that it will host public workshops in Los Angeles (22 April) and in Houston (24 April) on development of a voluntary confidential near-miss reporting system for use on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). 79 Fed. Reg. 17563 (March 28, 2014).

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas – incidental take of marine mammals

clip_image010 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it has issued letters of authorization for the nonlethal take of polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. 79 Fed. Reg. 17564 (March 28, 2014).

NOSAC – meeting

clip_image011 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 16-17 April. Topics on the agenda include commercial diving safety; safety and environmental management systems; marine casualty reporting; and training. 79 Fed. Reg. 17557 (March 28, 2014).

MACOSH – meeting

clip_image012 The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet on 15-16 April in Washington, DC. 79 Fed. Reg. 17580 (March 28, 2014).

Singapore – online appointment system

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that, effective 1 April, it will be introducing an Online Appointment System to help reduce customer waiting time at the One-Stop Document Centre (OSDC). Port Marine Circular 06-2014 (3/27/14).

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March 27th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 March 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update;

USCG – cyber security and the MTS;

BSEE – PREP Guidelines update;

NOAA – introduction of species into NMSs;

Boston – maritime industry day;

House – maritime budget hearing; and

Senate – cruise ship safety and security.

March 27, 2014

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USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update

clip_image004 USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a bulletin updating the Texas City “Y” incident. The Captain of the Port (COTP) has authorized limited movement of commercial vessels, including commercial fishing vessels, through the safety zone from sunrise to sunset. Due to forecasted unfavorable tidal and weather conditions, vessel movements are authorized until midnight on 26 March. Transits through the safety zone of charter vessels, small passenger vessels, and recreational vessels are not authorized at this time. (3/26/14).

USCG – cyber security and the MTS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a message regarding cyber security and the Marine Transportation System (MTS). Among other things, it states that USCG Captains of the Port (COTPs) should encourage vessel and facility operators to inventory their cyber systems, identify those that could potentially contribute to a Transportation Security Incident (TSI), and evaluate the degree to which such systems could be protected from attack, misuse, or failure. The Winter 2014-2015 edition of the Coast Guard Proceedings publication will focus on cyber security. Coast Guard units, industry, academia, and other government agency partners wishing to submit an article on cyber security should contact CDR Nicholas L. Wong at (202) 372-1107 or nicholas.l.wong@uscg.mil no later than 4 April with a proposed topic and author. ALCOAST 122/14 (3/25/14).

BSEE – PREP Guidelines update

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines update. The Guidelines were last revised in 2002. Comments should be submitted by 24 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 16363 (March 25, 2014). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Don Toenshoff of the Marine Spill Response Corporation.

NOAA – introduction of species into NMSs

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to amend the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries (NMSs) regulations on introduced species to authorize certain introduced species of shellfish from commercial mariculture projects in state waters of the sanctuaries. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 11 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17073 (March 27, 2014).

Boston – maritime industry day

clip_image004[2] USCG Sector Boston will co-host the Greater Boston Maritime Community Industry Day in Winthrop, Massachusetts on 9 April. (3/26/14).

House – maritime budget hearing

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs. Subcommittee Chair Duncan Hunter (R-CA) expressed concern regarding the budget cuts proposed for the Coast Guard and for proposed reductions in the Food for Peace program. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG, testified that the Coast Guard will strategically allocate resources to optimize mission performance. The Honorable Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Maritime Administration, testified that the budget request supports the agency’s mission to foster, support, and develop the nation’s merchant marine. The Honorable Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission, testified concerning the agency’s accomplishments and planned achievements. (3/26/14).

Senate – cruise ship safety and security

clip_image012 The Senate Commerce Committee issued a press release in which Committee Chair John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) states that he remains unconvinced that the cruise industry is doing enough to protect passengers. (3/26/14).

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March 26th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 March 2014

Headlines:

White House – security of maritime supply chain gift basket;

USCG – updated professional qualification checklists;

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA;

NTSB – meeting;

DOE – application to export LNG;

EPA & USACE – streams and wetlands protection;

USN – fatal shooting update; and

Paris MOU – HAVEP results.

March 26, 2014

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White House – security of maritime supply chain gift basket

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that nations party to the Nuclear Security Summit agreed to seek enhanced measures to permanently remove nuclear and radiological materials that are out of regulatory control from the maritime supply chain. A fact sheet on this issue was also released. The term “Gift Basket” is used with regard to the maintenance of effective radiation detection systems and response procedures at large container seaports and related maritime supply chain security measures. (3/25/14).

USCG – updated professional qualification checklists

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement stating that the checklists used to help determine professional qualifications for Officer and Rating endorsements on Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) have been updated to incorporate recent amendments to the STCW Convention and other items. Among other things, the updated checklists now provide separate lists for national and STCW renewals. (3/25/14).

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release reminding stakeholders that the regulated navigation area (RNA) in waters of the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge remains in effect. The bridge is in the midst of a multi-year repair and refurbishment project that necessitates the presence of work boats, many of them moored overnight in the immediate vicinity of the bridge. Commercial vessels transiting the RNA are restricted to a “Slow, No Wake Speed”, while recreational vessels are restricted to a speed of no greater than five knots. (2/25/14).

NTSB – meeting

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that it will meet in Washington, DC on 8 April to consider the marine accident report for the allision of the passenger ferry Seastreak Wall Street with Pier 11, Lower Manhattan on 9 January 2013. 79 Fed. Reg. 16831 (March 26, 2014).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Delfin LNG LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed floating LNG liquefaction project to be located in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Comments on the application should be submitted by 27 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 16782 (March 26, 2014).

EPA & USACE – streams and wetlands protection

clip_image012 clip_image014 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have developed a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA, also known as the Clean Water Act) for streams and wetlands. Under the proposal, most seasonal and rain-dependent streams are protected, as are wetlands near rivers and streams. Other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water and protection will be evaluated through a case specific analysis of whether the connection is or is not significant. (3/25/14).

USN – fatal shooting update

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release updating earlier reports of the fatal shooting onboard USS Mahan on 24 May while moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 11:20 p.m. that night the civilian suspect approached the Mahan’s quarterdeck and was confronted by ship security personnel. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch. The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor responding to the incident. Navy security forces then killed the suspect, who did not have his own weapon. (3/25/14).

Paris MOU – HAVEP results

clip_image018 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships resulted in two passenger vessels being detained during 2013. A total of 232 inspections were carried out on 225 individual ships. Most deficiencies related to abandon ship drills (8.62%); fire drills (8.19%); closing devices/watertight doors (7.76%); and SAR cooperation plan for passenger ships (7.76%). (3/25/14).

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March 25th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 March 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update;

USCG – flag officer assignments;

USCG – Qualified Assessor Program;

Alaska – APC for nontank vessels;

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

NOAA – Block Island Wind Farm;

DOE – Jordan Cove authorized to export LNG;

Baltimore – Port-Wide Industry Day;

NOAA – crude oil may cause abnormalities in fish;

NSF – R/V Sikuliaq conducts acceptance trials;

Norfolk – fatal shootings onboard destroyer;

Arctic Ocean – Navy terminates ice camp;

Bermuda – Hamilton Declaration;

Singapore – oil spill response rates; and

Singapore – fees for crewing-related services.

March 25, 2014

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USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that assessments are being made to determine when vessel traffic through the area impacted by the Texas City “Y” collision and oil spill can partially resume. Currently there are 43 outbound and 38 inbound vessels in the queue. Response efforts continue. A second news release states that the waterway remains closed while the response operations continue. Now there are 49 outbound vessels and 52 inbound vessels in the queue. (3/24/14).

USCG – flag officer assignments

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a message stating that President Obama has nominated the following flag officers for promotion and assignment, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate: VADM(s) T.P. Ostebo – Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS); VADM(s) C.D. Michel – Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO); VADM(s) W.D. Lee – Atlantic Area Commander (LANT-00); and VADM(s) C.W. Ray – Pacific Area Commander (PAC-00). ALCOAST 121/14 (3/21/14).

USCG – Qualified Assessor Program

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement regarding the Qualified Assessor (QA) Program. As noted in NVIC 02-14, the Coast Guard will accept STCW assessments that have been performed and signed by an assessor who has not been Coast Guard-approved until 31 December 2016, provided that the assessor meets the professional requirements of 46 CFR 10.405(a)(3) to assess competence for the specific endorsement. The Coast Guard intends to issue a new NVIC which will clarify the responsibilities of and requirements to become a QA. (3/24/14).

Alaska – APC for nontank vessels

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued letters to the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network approving that entity’s Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for vessels carrying OPA 90 regulated oils as fuel for main propulsion or as a secondary cargo in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone (12/20/13) and the Prince William Sound Captain of the Port Zone (1/10/14). The letters acknowledge that currently there are insufficient response capabilities in these two Zones to meet the nontank vessel oil spill response planning requirements, but that increased risk reduction measures, such as vessel routing, have been adopted.

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal from Mile Marker 296.1 to Mile Marker 296.7 each day from 21 March until 30 March between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. during US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fish Suppression and Dispersal Barriers testing operations. 79 Fed. Reg. 16199 (March 25, 2014).

NOAA – Block Island Wind Farm

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to development of the Block Island Wind Farm. Comments on the application should be submitted by 24 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 16301 (March 25, 2014).

DOE – Jordan Cove authorized to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. Authorization is conditioned an environmental review and final regulatory approval. (3/24/14).

Baltimore – Port-Wide Industry Day

clip_image011 USCG Sector Baltimore issued a bulletin stating that the Annual Port-Wide Industry Day will be held in Baltimore on 29 April in conjunction with the Federal Agency Trade Fair. The event is designed as an informal opportunity for the Coast Guard, federal agencies, vessel operators, and Port of Baltimore stakeholders to exchange ideas and information in order to facilitate safe, secure, and environmentally sound maritime commerce. (3/24/14).

NOAA – crude oil may cause abnormalities in fish

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that study reveals that crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may cause severe defects in the developing hearts of larva of large marine fish such as bluefin and yellowfin tuna. (3/24/14).

NSF – R/V Sikuliaq conducts acceptance trials

clip_image014 The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a news release stating that its ice-capable research vessel R/V Sikuliaq conducted preliminary acceptance trials on the Great Lakes. The 261-foot ship will be operated by the University of Alaska as part of the US academic research fleet. (3/20/14).

Norfolk – fatal shootings onboard destroyer

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release stating that a male sailor and a male civilian suspect died in shootings onboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Preliminary investigation indicates that the civilian suspect killed the sailor and that naval security forces killed the civilian suspect. The incident remains under investigation. (3/25/14).

Arctic Ocean – USN terminates ice camp

clip_image017 The US Navy issued a news release stating that Ice Camp Nautilus has been terminated early due to the instability of the ice floe on which it was situated. As part of Ice Exercise 2014 (ICEX-2014), Commander, Submarine Forces had the camp constructed on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay as a temporary facility to operate through 30 March, but shifting winds and other factors led to multiple fractures in the ice. (3/24/14). Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the Russian Government has ceased its program of establishing facilities on Arctic ice floes because it has been unable to locate one with suitable characteristics. This ends an annual polar research project that has been ongoing for more than 50 years.

Bermuda – Hamilton Declaration

clip_image019 The Government of Bermuda issued a notice stating that, on 11 March 2014, representatives of the Governments of Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, United Kingdom, and United States met in Hamilton, Bermuda and signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration is a non-binding political statement exercising a stewardship role for the Sargasso Sea to keep its health, productivity, and resilience under continual review. (3/11/14).

Singapore – oil spill response rates

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular updating the rates applicable to oil spill response and anti-pollution services provided by MPA’s support oil spill response agencies. Port Marine Circular 5-2014 (3/24/14).

Singapore – fees for crewing-related services

clip_image022 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular updating its administrative fee scheme for crewing-related services. Shipping Circular 8-2014 (3/24/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 March 2014

Headlines:

Houston Ship Channel – ship-barge collision;

USCG – mariner security training certification;

USCG – updated NOAD schema;

SHC – meeting re MSC 93;

DOS – meeting re UNCITRAL;

MARAD – National Maritime Strategy Symposium;

DOE – application to export LNG;

FERC – Freeport LNG Project EIS;

Offshore Oregon – marine hydrokinetic research lease;

FMC – alternative reporting requirements for P3 Agreement;

EPA – Massachusetts no discharge zone;

USN – Constitution sailors embark Eagle;

India – bunker supplier scheme;

Panama Canal – agreement with contractor; and

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989.

March 24, 2014

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Houston Ship Channel – ship-barge collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 585-foot bulk carrier Summer Wind and a barge containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil collided in the Houston Ship Channel near Texas City on the afternoon of Saturday, 22 March. Marine traffic in the vicinity has been suspended for the safety of the responders. A second news release states that response to the Texas City “Y” collision has commenced and a safety zone has been established in the vicinity of the partially submerged barge. A third news release, which includes a chartlet of the incident site, states that response efforts continue. Only one tank on the barge appears to have been breached; that tank has a capacity of 168,000 gallons, but it is unclear how much oil has been discharged. A fourth news release states that response to the release of approximately 168,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil continues. The damaged barge has been refloated and removed. The safety zone has been extended to support the response. Marine traffic through the area has been severely restricted. Two cruise ships were allowed to return to port, but may not depart until deemed safe to do so. (3/23/14).

USCG – mariner security training certification

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that, in line with IMO STCW.7/Circ.21, it has adopted a modified enforcement posture for security awareness training and seafarers with designated security duties certification on subject US vessels until 1 July 2015. This is contingent upon a mariner’s compliance with 33 CFR §104.220 and §104.225. MSIB 06-14 (3/21/14).

USCG – updated NOAD schema

clip_image005 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, an updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.4, will be released that incorporates improvements in vessel response plan data reporting. When NOAD Schema 3.4 is released on 22 April 2014, NOAD Schema 3.2 and older versions will no longer be supported. (3/21/14).

SHC – meeting re MSC 93

clip_image007 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 29 April in Washington, DC to prepare for the next session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 93). Topics on the agenda include: passenger ship safety; training and watchkeeping; and piracy. 79 Fed. Reg. 16092 (March 24, 2014).

DOS – meeting re UNCITRAL

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will hold a public meeting on 22 April in Washington, DC to discuss a working paper prepared by the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade (UNCITRAL) on electronic transferable records. 79 Fed. Reg. 16091 (March 24, 2014).

MARAD – National Maritime Strategy Symposium

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that, in conjunction with the 6 May meeting of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) in Washington, DC, it will conduct its Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium. The purpose of this second public meeting is to gather ideas for improving the utilization, vitality, and competitiveness of the US marine transportation system by identifying and addressing domestic maritime opportunities. The deadline for submittal of domestic maritime proposals and agenda items for inclusion in the final agenda is 25 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 16095 (March 24, 2014).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Magnolia LNG, LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from domestic sources from its proposed terminal to be located near Lake Charles. Comments on the application should be submitted by 23 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 15980 (March 24, 2014).

FERC – Freeport LNG Project EIS

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Freeport LNG Phase II Modification Project and the Liquefaction Project. A public meeting regarding the draft EIS will be held on 16 April in Lake Jackson, Texas. Written comments must be received by 5 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 15989 (March 24, 2014).

Offshore Oregon – marine hydrokinetic research lease

clip_image016 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it received an unsolicited request for an outer continental shelf (OCS) marine hydrokinetic (MHK) research lease for waters offshore Oregon. Comment on the request should be submitted by 23 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 16050 (March 24, 2014). BOEM also issued a news release regarding this proposal.

FMC – alternative reporting requirements for P3 Agreement

clip_image018 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that there may be circumstances that could permit the recently approved P3 Agreement parties at some point in the future to unreasonably reduce services or unreasonably raise rates that could raise concerns under section 6(g) of the Shipping Act. To address these concerns, the Commission directed staff to issue alternative reporting requirements to the P3 Agreement parties to assist the Commission in its ongoing, close monitoring of the agreement. (3/20/14).

EPA – Massachusetts no discharge zone

clip_image020 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requesting a determination that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for all coastal waters of the Commonwealth. Comments on the petition must be submitted by 23 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 15997 (March 24, 2014).

USN – Constitution sailors embark Eagle

clip_image022 The US Navy issued a news release stating that ten crew members of USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) are sailing aboard USCGC Eagle (WIX 327) on its 15-day voyage from New London with a port visit in Morehead City. Working alongside cadets from the Coast Guard Academy, they will learn many traditional sailing techniques and take those experiences back to their fellow crew members in Charlestown. (3/21/14).

India – bunker supplier scheme

clip_image024 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice announcing introduction of comprehensive procedures for the regulation, registration, and monitoring of bunker suppliers on the Indian coast. Merchant Marine Notice 3-2014 (3/19/14).

Panama Canal – agreement with contractor

clip_image026 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that an agreement between the Authority and Grupo Unidos por el Canal, SA took effect after the signature of all of the parties. The agreement provides, among other things, for completion of the works in December 2015. (3/20/14).

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989

clip_image028 On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska will a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill (approximately 258,000 barrels), while not the largest in US history, was clearly the most important. It engendered much litigation. Public concern over the spill led directly to enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which mandated double hulls for new tankers, response plans, and a number of other remedial measures. OPA 90 also significantly changed the liability and compensation scheme for oil spills in US waters. The amount of oil entering waters of the United States from ships drastically decreased following implementation of OPA 90. Note: On a personal note, I was directly involved in development and promulgation of regulations implementing OPA 90 for the US Coast Guard, supervising a large staff of dedicated individuals. A lot has changed in the succeeding 25 years, most significantly the commitment of the maritime industry to minimize the risk of oil pollution from ships. One can only hope that oil discharges from point sources and non-point sources ashore demonstrate similar reductions.

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March 21st, 2014 at 11:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 March 2014

Headlines:

USCG – VADM Neffenger nominated to be Vice Commandant;

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting;

NTSB – engine room fire;

NTSB – Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical);

FMC – P3 Agreement clears review;

FMC – online payments;

FERC – Puget Sound tidal energy project;

Australia – fall from pilot ladder; and

QUEEN OF THE NORTH grounding & sinking – 22 March 2006.

March 21, 2014

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USCG – VADM Neffenger nominated to be Vice Commandant

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued an announcement stating that President Obama has nominated VADM Peter V. Neffenger for assignment as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. ALCOAST 115/14 (3/19/14).

USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks individual interested in serving on the Easter Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) and its four regional sub-committees. Requests for membership should be received by 21 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 15752 (March 21, 2014).

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting

clip_image006 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) issued a notice stating that its Advisory Board will meet on 24 April in Massena, New York. 79 Fed. Reg. 15804 (March 21, 2014).

NTSB – engine room fire

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation into an engine room fire on board the towing vessel Marguerite L. Terral on 9 June 2012 on the Lower Mississippi River near Hickman, Kentucky. Origin of the engine room fire could not be determined. Contributing to the extent of the fire damage was the crew’s failure to set fire boundaries, to shut down the ventilation, and to use the onboard fire suppression equipment effectively. MAB-14/04 (3/20/14).

NTSB – Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical)

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Job Announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Marine Accident Investigator (Nautical). Applications must be received by 7 April. (3/20/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Richard Hiscock of Off Soundings.

FMC – P3 Agreement clears review

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has concluded an extensive review of the proposed P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 012230, including the information received from the agreement parties in response to the FMC’s request for additional information. The pending agreement would authorize the parties to share vessels and engage in related cooperative operating activities in the trades between the United States and Asia, North Europe, and the Mediterranean. The Commission’s decision, from which Commissioner Lidinsky dissents, will allow the Agreement to become effective as scheduled on 24 March. (3/20/14).

FMC – online payments

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it now accepts online payments through the Department of the Treasury’s Pay.gov service for paying FMC fees and invoices. (3/19/14).

FERC – Puget Sound tidal energy project

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that it issued a ten-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County for the proposed Admiralty Inlet Tidal Project to be located in Puget Sound. The 600-kilowatt project is designed to determine whether the tidal energy resources of Puget Sound are commercially viable. (3/20/14).

Australia – fall from pilot ladder

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the fall from the pilot ladder on board the chemical tanker Golden Concord near Goods Island, Torres Strait on 4 July 2013. A coastal pilot was disembarking from the tanker with the assistance of only the second mate. As he was transferring his weight from the pilot ladder to the manropes, one of the manropes appeared to give way. The pilot was unable to establish a firm grip on the rope, lost his balance, and fell to the deck of the pilot boat three meters below. The pilot did not sustain any serious injuries. Inspection found the ladder, shackles, ropes, and securing arrangements to be in good order. The pilot company’s procedures and the ship’s pilot transfer procedures were found to be inadequate and have since been remedied. MO-2013-008 (3/20/14).

QUEEN OF THE NORTH grounding and sinking – 22 March 2006

clip_image018 The ro-ro ferry Queen of the North operated on the Inside Passage between Port Hardy, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert, near the Alaskan border. On the evening of 21 March 2006, Queen of the North departed Prince Rupert with 59 passengers and 42 crew members for what was expected to be a routine voyage to Port Hardy. Just south of Prince Rupert, the route enters Grenville Channel between the mainland on the port side and Pitt Island and then Farrant Island on the starboard side. Grenville Channel is 72 kilometers (45 miles) in length and almost straight as an arrow. Exiting Grenville Channel, the route enters Wright Sound and turns to port, avoiding Gil Island dead ahead, and moving on to the next channel. At approximately 0021 on the morning of 22 March 2006, Queen of the North inexplicitly missed the turn exiting Grenville Channel. It continued on for 14 minutes after it should have changed course, transiting four nautical miles, and grounded at cruising speed (17.5 knots) off Gil Island. Although heavily damaged, the ferry remained afloat for about one hour. Fishing and recreational vessels from nearby Hartley Bay arrived quickly to assist as people evacuated onto the lifeboats. Various Canadian Coast Guard vessels were also dispatched. Due to the shock and confusion, along with the inclement weather, no accurate list of the evacuees was compiled during this process. It was only later that officials determined that two of the passengers were unaccounted for. They have never been found and are presumed to have died as a result of the grounding and sinking. The ferry was not equipped with a voyage data recorder (VDR), so conversations on the bridge were not recorded. There were two persons on the bridge at the time: the fourth officer and the helmsman. The second officer was on duty, but down below in the officers’ lounge at the time. In its investigation, the TSB recommended that large Canadian passenger ferries be required to install VDRs and that those ferries conduct regular fire and boat drills, including passenger counts. Those remedial measures have now been instituted.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 March 2014

Headlines:

USCG – postdating of MMCs;

USCG – change in merchant mariner appeal process;

BOEM – limit of liability for offshore facilities;

FEMA – FY 2014 PSGP;

New York – ship-pilot boat collision;

USCG – owner fined for improper manning;

NTSB – cruise ship conference;

EPA – SmartWay Transportation Partnership;

India – standards applicable to FPSOs/FSUs; and

Vernal equinox – 20 March 2014.

March 20, 2014

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USCG – postdating of MMCs

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice regarding the postdating of merchant mariner credentials (MMCs). Effective 24 March, the NMC, in appropriate cases of renewal of an MMC, will place an issue date on the MMC that is up to eight months in the future. (3/19/14).

USCG – change in merchant mariner appeal process

clip_image005 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that, effective 24 March, merchant mariners may submit an appeal of an NMC reconsideration decision directly to the Director of Inspections and Compliance (CG-5PC) at Coast Guard Headquarters. Currently, appeals are sent via the NMC. The appeals must be submitted in writing within 30 days after the decision or action being appealed was rendered and must contain a description of the decision or action being appealed and the reasons why the decision or action should be set aside. (3/19/14).

BOEM – limit of liability for offshore facilities

clip_image007 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a revised proposal regarding the limit of liability for offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The proposal would increase the limit based on adjustments to the consumer price index. It would also add a new subpart G to the BOEM regulations to establish a methodology to periodically raise the limit of liability in the future. Comments on the revised proposal should be submitted by 25 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 15275 (March 19, 2014).

FEMA – FY 2014 PSGP

clip_image009 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an Announcement stating that it is now accepting applications for funds under the FY 2014 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The estimated total funding this year is $100 million. Applications must be received by 23 May. General Grant Guidance has also been issued. (3/18/14).

New York – ship-pilot boat collision

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 984-foot container ship and a New York Pilot boat collided near the Ambrose Pilot Station off Sandy Hook. One crewman from the pilot boat suffered serious injuries, while three others incurred minor injuries. The incident is under investigation. (3/18/14).

USCG – owner fined for improper manning

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the owner of US-flag distant water tuna fishing vessels has been fined for manning some of its vessels with foreign personnel who did not possess proper licenses. (3/18/14).

NTSB – cruise ship conference

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the Agenda for the 25-26 March conference “Cruise Ships: Examining Safety, Operations, and Oversight”.

EPA – SmartWay Transportation Partnership

clip_image014 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is expanding its SmartWay Transportation Partnership initiative to include the inland barge industry. SmartWay helps businesses move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy by helping accelerate the availability, adoption, and market penetration of advanced fuel efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain, while lowering costs and improving environmental performance. (3/19/14).

India – standards applicable to FPSOs/FSUs

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an order notifying stakeholders of the application of safety, security, and environmental protection provisions to Indian FPSOs/FSUs and to non-Indian FPSOs/FSUs while operating in Indian waters. DGS Order 2-2014 (2/18/14).

Vernal equinox – 20 March 2014

clip_image018 If things were sufficiently quiet (specifically at 1657 UTC, 20 March 2014), you may have heard the crash when the sun tripped over the equator as it slipped north. This marked the commencement of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the commencement of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 March 2014

Headlines:

Great Lakes – opening dates;

San Francisco – Facility Industry Day;

Court – marine insurance dispute;

Denmark – insurance of maritime claims;

Denmark – ship’s medicine chest;

Panama Canal – locks maintenance;

MREN – Arctic taskings for the Coast Guard; and

Torrey Canyon grounding – 18 March 1967.

March 18, 2014

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Great Lakes – opening dates

clip_image004 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that, due to unusually heavy ice conditions, opening date for the 2014 navigation season for the Montreal/Lake Ontario Section has been revised to 31 March. The Welland Canal will open on 28 March and the US Soo Locks will open on 25 March. Seaway Notice 8-2014 (3/17/14).

San Francisco – Facility Industry Day

clip_image006 USCG Sector San Francisco will host a Facility Safety and Security Industry Day in Gresham Hall on Coast Guard Island, Alameda on 3 April from 0830 through 1230. Topics of discussion include cyber security; TWIC; common inspection deficiencies; and security statistics. For more information or to RSVP, please contact D11_PF-Facilities@uscg.mil. (3/17/14).

Court – marine insurance dispute

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant insurers. Plaintiff yacht owners sued defendants after defendants denied coverage under plaintiffs’ marine insurance policy. Plaintiffs received a copy of the report of defendants’ expert witness during the period of discovery, but did not receive a copy of the substantially similar declaration of the same witness until later. The district court denied plaintiffs’ motion to strike both the report and the declaration because the declaration did not contain previously undisclosed conclusions. Miele v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, No. 13-14166 (11th Cir.

Denmark – insurance for maritime claims

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 without a Certificate of Entry in a P&I Club from the international group of P&I clubs must inform the DMA about alternative insurance for maritime claims before 31 March. The requirement for a certificate also applies to foreign ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 calling at or departing from a Danish port or any other place of loading or unloading in Denmark or in the Danish continental shelf area or carrying out activities in Danish territorial waters. Foreign ships do not have to inform the DMA about the insurance taken out, but control of whether insurance has been taken out is part of the DMA’s general inspection of foreign ships. (3/17/14).

Denmark – ship’s medicine chest

clip_image010[1] The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that two products on the list of required products in the medicine chest of Danish ships have been withdrawn from the market. Suppository 12.3 Metociopramide has been replaced by suppository Domperidone 30 mg. H.2 fluorescent colour for the eye is no longer available in the form of strips, but only eye drops. (3/13/14).

Panama Canal – locks maintenance

clip_image012 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that the sidewall culvert on the west lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service for repairs on 18-27 March. As a result Condition 1.a of the Transit Reservation System will be in effect during this period. Advisory 05-2014 (3/14/14).

MREN – Arctic taskings for the Coast Guard

clip_image014 In the March 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Arctic taskings for the Coast Guard". In the article, I discuss the recently issued Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region and its heavy reliance on the US Coast Guard to fulfill that strategy. (3/17/14).

TORREY CANYON grounding – 18 March 1967

clip_image016 On the world stage, the grounding of the supertanker TORREY CANYON on Pollard’s Rock in the Seven Stones reef between Cornwall and the Scilly Isles is more significant than the 1989 EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. The TORREY CANYON was one of the first tankers large enough (120,000 tons capacity) to be designated a supertanker. It was also the first loaded supertanker to spill its entire cargo. After salvage efforts failed and the oil flow increased, the British Government decided to bomb the ship in an attempt to burn the oil. This was a radical decision because the wreck was outside the three-mile territorial sea limit prevalent at that time. The Royal Air Force had difficulty hitting the ship, so the Royal Navy sent its planes in. They succeeded in striking the ship, but the bombs did not ignite the oil, which washed up on beaches throughout the British Isles and France. The actions of the British Government were subsequently ratified with the adoption of the International Convention relating to Intervention on the High Seas in cases of Oil Pollution Casualties, 1969. Liability of ship owners for such events was codified in the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969. By raising the awareness of both the industry and the public concerning the threat of maritime pollution, the disaster was also a major factor in development of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973.

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    In the April 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Doing less with less". In the article, I discuss the changes that the US Coast Guard may be required to undertake in view of that service's continually decreasing appropriations.