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March 4th, 2019 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 March 2019

Headlines:

USCG – FV Destination investigation;

USCG – impacts of modifications on stability;

USCG – NMC mitigation efforts;

Florida – modernizing safety & security zones;

Chicago – safety zone near Chicago Lock;

MARAD – DWP license application;

FMC – detention & demurrage investigation;

Tokyo MOU – CIC re MARPOL Annex VI;

Canada – vessel abandonment law;

Canada – maritime document verification; and

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft.

March 4, 2019

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USCG – FV Destination investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the report of the Marine Board of Investigation into the 11 February 2017 loss of the crabber Destination with its crew of six in the Bering Sea near St. George Island. Among other things, the report found that the vessel, when it left port, was overloaded and did not meet minimum stability standards required by a federal regulation. (3/3/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/docs/boards/ReportOfInvestigation_DESTINATION_Final.pdf?ver=2019-03-03-120839-710].

USCG – impacts of modifications on stability

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued Findings of Concern relating to the impacts of modifications, alterations, and weight creep on stability, particularly for fishing vessels. (3/3/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/foc/FoC_2019-006_ImpactsOfModificationAlterationsAndWeightCreepOnStability.pdf?ver=2019-03-03-121021-913].

USCG – NMC mitigation efforts

clip_image005 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin providing an updated list of actions being taken to mitigate impacts caused by the lapse in appropriations. (3/1/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2019/fiscal_year_appropriations_mitigation_update_01MAR2019.pdf].

Florida – modernizing safety and security zones

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule removing unneeded regulated navigation areas, safety zones, security zones, and special local regulations from waters of the Seventh Coast Guard District. The rule enters into effect on 3 April. 84 Fed. Reg. 7285 (3/4/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-04/pdf/2019-03844.pdf].

Chicago – safety zone near Chicago Lock

clip_image005[2] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule modifying the Chicago Navy Pier Southeast safety zone to alleviate congestion near the Chicago Lock during regularly scheduled fireworks events. The rule enters into effect on 3 April. 84 Fed. Reg. 7290 (3/4/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-04/pdf/2019-03777.pdf].

MARAD – DWP license application

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that an application has been received from SPOT Terminal Services LLC for licensing of a deepwater port (DWP) in waters of the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston for crude oil export. 84 Fed. Reg. 7413 (3/4/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-04/pdf/2019-03803.pdf].

FMC – detention & demurrage investigation

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Commissioner Dye is commencing the final phase of her investigation of the detention, demurrage, and free time practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. Innovation teams will meet in Washington, DC to propose changes in industry practices that will emphasize demurrage and detention incentives and boost freight fluidity. The final report to the full Commission is due by 3 September. (3/1/19) [https://www.fmc.gov/dye_to_begin_last_phase_of_detention__demurrage_investigation/].

Tokyo MOU – CIC re MARPOL Annex VI

clip_image011 The Tokyo MOU issued a news release announcing the preliminary results of the recent concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI. Of a total of 6,604 vessels, four (0.06%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. (3/1/19) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press%20release%20on%20results%20of%20CIC%20on%20MARPOL%20Annex%20VI-final.pdf].

Canada – vessel abandonment law

clip_image013 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing passage by Parliament of the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act (C-64) to address vessel abandonment and owner accountability. (3/11/19) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2019/02/government-of-canada-marks-the-passage-of-bill-c-64-the-wrecked-abandoned-or-hazardous-vessels-act-to-address-vessel-abandonment-and-ensure-owner-a.html].

Canada – maritime document verification

clip_image013[1] Transport Canada issued a Ship Safety Bulletin announcing that mariners’ Canadian Maritime Documents can now be verified online. SSB 02-2019 (2/7/19) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2019-02-eng.htm].

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 29 March, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the neopanamax locks will be 14.02 meters (46.0 feet) tropical fresh water (TFW). Advisory 06-2019 (2/28/19) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2019/a-06-2019.pdf].

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March 1st, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 March 2019

Headlines:

USCG – fire on icebreaker Polar Star;

USCG – Steamboat Inspection Act of 1871;

MARAD – Marine Highway project Designation open season.

DOE – SPR crude oil sale; and

Protection Against Piracy Act – 3 March 1819.

March 1, 2019

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USCG – fire on icebreaker Polar Star

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a fire broke out in the incinerator room of the icebreaker USCGC Polar Star, about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The fire has been extinguished and temporary repairs are being made. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The 43-year-old vessel recently completed Operation Deep Freeze, enabling the resupply of US Antarctic bases, and is underway enroute its homeport of Seattle. (2/28/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/22ec6f1].

USCG – Steamboat Inspection Act of 1871

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin commemorating passage on this date of the Congressional Act of February 28, 1871 (16 Stat. L. 440), otherwise known as the Steamboat Inspection Act. The statute combined all the practical features of previous vessel inspection laws with a number of new requirements to form a coherent and unified body of law. (2/28/19) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Steamboat_Inspection_Act_18710228.pdf].

MARAD – Marine Highway Project Designation open season

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing that open season for Marine Highway Project Designation submissions is being extended to 31 January 2022. 84 Fed. Reg. 7168 (3/1/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-01/pdf/2019-03598.pdf].

DOE – SPR crude oil sale

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release announcing that it will sell up to 6 million barrels of Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) crude oil. Bids must be received by 13 March. (2/28/19) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-notice-sale-crude-oil-strategic-petroleum-reserve].

Protection Against Piracy Act – 3 March 1819

clip_image012 The US Congress in 1819 enacted into law a statute to protect the commerce of the United States and punish the crime of piracy. Among other things, it authorized the use of public armed vessels (the US Navy and the US Revenue Cutter Service), with suitable instructions to the commanders thereof, in protecting merchant vessels of the United States and their crews from piratical aggressions and depredations. It also authorized merchant vessels to oppose and defend against aggression by a private armed vessel. Any person convicted of piracy as defined by the law of nations was to be punished with death. 3 Stat. 510 (March 3, 1819).

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February 28th, 2019 at 11:20 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 February 2019

Headlines:

USN – new book on ship stability;

Court – arbitral award invalid;

Canada – failure to complete checklist;

Canada – pilot boarding station inadequacy; and

MV Bow Mariner – 28 February 2004.

February 28, 2019

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USN – new book on ship stability

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that its personnel at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, were major contributors to the recently published ‘Contemporary Ideas on Ship Stability: Risk of Capsizing’. One member of the staff even served as editor in chief for the book. (2/26/19) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108708].

Court – arbitral award invalid

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an arbitral award in a seaman personal injury matter is invalid unless the arbitration conforms to the arbitral agreement. Castro v Tri Marine Fish Company, No. 17-35703 (9th Cir., February 27, 2019) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2019/02/27/17-35703.pdf].

Canada – failure to complete checklist

clip_image008 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 15 November 2017 striking by the ferry Seaspan Swift with the berth at Tilbury Island, British Columbia with injuries to two crew members and damage to the ferry and the berth, but no pollution. Due to the failure to complete the pre-arrival checklist, the relief master did not switch steering control from the wheel to the pod. As the ferry approached the berth, the relief master tried to control the vessel with the pod and did not switch steering control until it was too late to avoid the striking. Report M17P0400 (1/17/19) [http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2017/m17p0400/m17p0400.pdf].

Canada – pilot boarding station inadequacy

clip_image009 The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 11 October 2017 grounding of the bulk carrier SBI Carioca at the Port of Belledune, New Brunswick with no injuries, damage, or pollution. The primary cause of the grounding was the lack of adequate information regarding the location of the pilot boarding station, leaving the pilot with inadequate time to maneuver the vessel into port. Report M17A0390 (1/14/19) [http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/marine/2017/m17a0390/m17a0390.pdf].

MV Bow Mariner – 28 February 2004

clip_image011 On 28 February 2004, the chemical tanker Bow Mariner caught fire and exploded while the crew was engaged in cleaning residual methyl tert Butyl ether (MTBE) from cargo tank number eight starboard. The ship sank by the bow an hour and a half later 45 miles off the coast of Virginia. Of the 27 crew members, six made it into an inflatable life raft and were rescued. The others either died or are missing and presumed dead. The vessel’s cargo of 3 million gallons of ethyl alcohol, along with its bunkers, were released into the sea. The US Coast Guard investigation determined that a contributing factor to the casualty was the operator’s failure to properly implement the Safety, Quality, and Environmental Protection Management System. [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/docs/documents/bowmar1.pdf].

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February 27th, 2019 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 February 2019

Headlines:

USCG – USS TAMPA Purple Heart Campaign;

NOSAC – meeting on 19-20 March;

USCG – Merchant Mariner Exam Working Group;

GLA – review of ATON services; and

UK – marine pollution preparedness & response.

February 27, 2019

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USCG – USS TAMPA Purple Heart Medal Campaign

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a message seeking assistance in locating and contacting descendants of the crew of USS TAMPA, which was tragically sunk during World War I with a loss of all hands, including 111 Coast Guardsmen. The purpose is to posthumously award Purple Heart Medals to the families of the 84 crewmen that remain unclaimed. ALCOAST 062/19 (2/26/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2328fc3].

NOSAC – meeting on 19-20 March

clip_image006 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 19-20 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include use of offshore supply vessels and other non-purpose vessels for restoration/recovery activities. 84 Fed. Reg. 6407 (2/27/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-27/pdf/2019-03352.pdf].

USCG – Merchant Mariner Exam Working Group

clip_image007 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin providing the current Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group 2019 Schedule. (2/25/19) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2019/exam_working_group_update_2019.pdf].

GLA – review of ATON services

clip_image009 clip_image011 The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) issued a press release stating that the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland are conducting their regular review of marine aids to navigation (ATON) services. All users of marine ATON are requested to submit comments by 30 July. (2/25/19) [https://www.irishlights.ie/who-we-are/press-releases/aton-navigation-review-2019.aspx].

UK – marine pollution preparedness & response

clip_image009[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted updated guidelines for ports to use in contingency planning for marine pollution preparedness and response. (2/26/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/769748/OPRC_Guidelines_for_Ports-November_2018.pdf].

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February 26th, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 February 2019

Headlines:

Court – dead judges can’t judge;

ICJ – Chagos Archipelago belongs to Mauritius;

EC – support for French offshore wind farms;

Denmark – IMO PPR subcommittee meeting summary; and

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852.

February 26, 2019

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Court – dead judges can’t judge

clip_image004 In a per curium decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that dead judges can’t author judicial opinions. Yovino v Rizo, No. 18-272 (2/25/19) [https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-272_4hdj.pdf]. Note: While not a maritime case, it is a burning issue among sea lawyers, now laid to rest.

ICJ – Chagos Archipelago belongs to Mauritius

clip_image006 The International Court of Justice ruled that the process of decolonization of Mauritius was not lawfully completed when that country acceded to independence and that the United Kingdom is under an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible. No. 2019/9 (2/25/19) [https://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/169/169-20190225-PRE-01-00-EN.pdf]. Note: The archipelago is currently administered by the UK and is home to the US military base at Diego Garcia.

EC – support for French offshore wind farms

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved French Government support for four floating demonstration projects promoting floating offshore wind farms. (2/25/19) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1412_en.htm].

Denmark – IMO PPR subcommittee meeting summary

clip_image010 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release summarizing the results of the recent session of the IMO Sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response. (2/22/19) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Preparations-for-the-global-Sulphur-limit-on-track-in-IMO.aspx].

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852

clip_image012 On 26 February 1852, the troopship HMS BIRKENHEAD grounded at Danger Point, near Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying about 400 British soldiers to fight in the Kaffir War in South Africa. Also on board were about 200 civilians, mostly women and children. There were not sufficient lifeboats for everyone. The senior British Army officer onboard ordered the troops to stand fast as the women and children boarded the lifeboats. None of the soldiers broke ranks. The BIRKENHEAD sank soon afterwards. Only 193 of the approximately 643 people originally on board survived. From this event, the maritime tradition of “women and children first” is derived. Rudyard Kipling later wrote the poem “Solder an’ Sailor too”, dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Marines. The poem includes the lines:

To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,

Is nothing so bad when you’ve cover to ‘and, an’ leave an’ likin’ to shout;

But to stand an’ be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,

An’ they done it, the Jollies – ‘Er Majesty’s Jollies – soldier an’ sailor too!

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February 25th, 2019 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 February 2019

Headlines:

Oakland – fuel tank leak;

FMC – Decisions of the FMC published;

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2019 navigation season;

DOE – LNG export terminals;

FERC – LNG export terminals;

USN – Union Jack returns;

Senate – funding for heavy polar icebreaker;

CRS – Polar Security Cutter Program;

Suez Canal – new cargo transit record;

UK – GPS week number rollover reminder; and

MREN – Legislative update.

February 25, 2019

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Oakland – fuel tank leak

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is investigating a fuel leak from a container ship in Oakland. An oil sheen was observed around the vessel. Examination revealed a hull crack about 15 feet below the surface. A containment boom was placed around the vessel and the leaking fuel tank was emptied. The vessel will be inspected and repaired. (2/22/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/231b697].

FMC – Decisions of the FMC published

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing that it has published on its website the first volume of Decisions of the Federal Maritime Commission, Second Series. This publication provides a compendium of Initial and Final Decisions of the Commission and selected other orders that may be significant or establish new legal precedent. (2/21/19) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_publishes_official_case_law_reporter/].

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2019 navigation season

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Welland Canal is scheduled to open to navigation on 22 March and the Montreal-Lake Ontario section is scheduled for 26 March. Seaway Notice 1-2019 (2/21/19) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20190221.pdf].

DOE – LNG export terminals

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) agreement to provide a path forward for consideration of LNG export terminals pending before the Commission. (2/22/19) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-applauds-ferc-new-lng-facility-authorization-and-procedures].

FERC – LNG export terminals

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to improve the cooperation between the two agencies in processing applications for LNG export terminals. (2/21/19) [https://www.ferc.gov/media/news-releases/2019/2019-1/02-21-19-CP15.asp?csrt=17607290083012834033#.XHBUbNRKjq8].

USN – Union Jack returns

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that, with limited exceptions, it is returning to the tradition of flying the Union Jack from the bow of moored ships, replacing the First Navy Jack. (2/21/19) [https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108663].

Senate – funding for heavy polar icebreaker

clip_image016 Senator Sullivan (R-AK) press release applauding passage of the funding bill with $655 million for design and construction of a new heavy polar icebreaker, as well as monies for other new Coast Guard cutters. (2/20/19) [https://www.sullivan.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/icymi-congress-funds-first-polar-icebreaker-in-four-decades].

CRS – Polar Security Cutter Program

clip_image018 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued its report updating information concerning the US Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program. RL34391 (2/15/19) [https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf].

Suez Canal – new cargo transit record

clip_image020 The Suez Canal Authority issued a news release announcing the transit on 6 February of 75 ships carrying a total of 5.8 million tons of cargo, the largest volume in the 150 year history of the Canal. (2/22/19) [https://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/English/MediaCenter/News/Pages/Navigation_22-2-2019.aspx].

UK – GPS week number rollover reminder

clip_image022 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a safety bulletin reminding stakeholders that the GPS week number rollover will occur on 6 April. If the GPS or GPS-related equipment was manufactured after August 1999, or has had regular firmware updates, it should not be impacted. Safety Bulletin 13 (2/19/19) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/780743/MSF5029_R0516_GPS_Week_Number_Rollover.pdf].

MREN – Legislative update

clip_image024 In the February 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Legislative update. The article discusses the most significant changes to maritime legislation, other than BWM reform, included in the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. The Act charges the Secretary of Transportation with responsibility to provide for establishment of a land-based alternative timing system to GPS, effectively requiring the restarting of the eLORAN system. The vessel documentation system is to be made more transparent. A review is to be conducted of the vessel response plan (VRP) program. In addition, Title 14 of the US Code has been reorganized. (2/22/19) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN190200.pdf].

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February 22nd, 2019 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 February 2019

Headlines:

NBSAC – meeting on 10-11 April;

Mobile – locomotive engine replacement;

GAO – USCG shore infrastructure;

Australia – mobile scaffold tower collapse; and

UK – ro-ro passenger ferry grounding.

February 22, 2019

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NBSAC – meeting on 10-11 April

clip_image004 The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 10-11 April. 84 Fed. Reg. 5695 (2/22/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-22/pdf/2019-03052.pdf].

Mobile – locomotive engine replacement

clip_image006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it is awarding a grant of $400,000 to the Alabama State Port Authority to replace the engine on a port locomotive with a Tier IV engine. (2/21/19) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-funding-reduce-diesel-emissions-state-port-authority-mobile-ala].

GAO – USCG shore infrastructure

clip_image008 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Coast Guard’s shore infrastructure. It found that 45% of that infrastructure is beyond its service life. It found that, among other things, the Coast Guard did not employ models for predicting the outcome of maintenance investments and optimizing among competing investments. GAO-19-82 (2/21/19) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/697012.pdf].

Australia – mobile scaffold tower collapse

clip_image010 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the fall from height and serious injury on 29 January 2017 to two crew members of a bulker near Port Alma, Queensland. Repainting the cargo hold, they worked from atop a mobile scaffold tower. Contrary to established procedures, two crewmembers remained on the unsecured scaffold tower in preparation for repositioning, rendering it top-heavy and unstable. Consequently, when moved it toppled and fell. Additionally, neither crewmember on the scaffold tower utilized the required safety harness and associated safety lines. MO-2017-001 (2/21/19) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5775607/mo-2017-001_final.pdf].

UK – ro-ro passenger ferry grounding

clip_image012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the 10 December 2017 incident when a ro-ro passenger ferry struck a jetty and then grounded while departing Calais, France. The ferry was re-floated later that day and subsequently moved to a berth where the passengers disembarked. The ferry’s starboard propeller and tail-shaft were damaged and required repair in dry dock. The jetty was also damaged. There were no injuries to crew or passengers and no pollution. Control of the ferry during the turn towards the harbour entrance was lost due to the fast rate of turn, strong gale-force winds, use of full rudder and propeller pitch, and the tripping of one of the ferry’s bow thrusters. The occasional tripping of bow thrusters and reduced engine speed and shaft speeds were associated with fuel pump issues experienced following a change to ultra-low sulphur fuel. Report 3-2019 (2/21/19) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/contact-and-grounding-of-ro-ro-passenger-ferry-pride-of-kent].

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February 21st, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 February 2019

Headlines:

White House – national emergency re Cuba;

NOAA – SARSAT involved in 340 rescues in 2018;

House – Polar Security Cutter funding;

House – bill introduced re ICOOS; and

Canada – amendments to maritime legislation.

February 21, 2019

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White House – national emergency re Cuba

clip_image004 President Trump issued a Proclamation extending for one year the national emergency with respect to Cuba to deter unauthorized entries by US vessels into Cuban waters. (2/19/19) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-notice-continuation-national-emergency-respect-cuba/].

NOAA – SARSAT involved in 340 rescues in 2018

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that 340 people were rescued in 2018 due, in part, to their distress position being identified by the Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT) system operated by NOAA. (2/14/19) [https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-satellites-helped-rescue-340-people-in-2018].

House – Polar Security Cutter funding

clip_image008 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a press release concerning the $655 million for construction of the first Polar Security Cutter (PSC), as well as $20 million for long lead-time materials for a second PSC, included in the recently enacted appropriations bill. (2/15/19) [https://transportation.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairs-defazio-and-maloney-applaud-passage-of-funding-for-critical-coast-guard-program].

House – bill introduced to reauthorize ICOOS

clip_image008[1] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 1314) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Young issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/19/18) [https://donyoung.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399275].

Canada – amendments to maritime legislation

clip_image010 The Parliament of Canada enacted into law a lengthy budget bill (C-86). At the very end of the bill, Divisions 22 and 23 of Part 4, there are amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act respectively. (12/13/18) [http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-86/royal-assent].

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February 20th, 2019 at 11:31 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 February 2019

Headlines:

DOS – meeting on 20 March re IMO LEG 106;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

EPA – fishing company to reduce GHG emissions;

NOAA – paper and raster nautical charts;

House – Joint Explanatory Statement;

Australia – for lack of a tug; and

Gibraltar – alleged incursion by Spanish naval vessel.

February 20, 2019

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DOS – meeting on 20 March re IMO LEG 106

clip_image004 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that on open meeting will be held on 20 March in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Legal Committee (LEG 106). Topics on the agenda include financial security in case of abandonment of seafarers; treatment of seafarers in the event of a marine casualty; and measures to prevent fraudulent registration and fraudulent registries of ships. 84 Fed. Reg. 5179 (2/20/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-20/pdf/2019-02822.pdf].

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006 The US Customs & Border Protection (CPB) issued a notice stating that for the quarter beginning on 1 January 2019, the interest rate for overpayments will be 5% for corporations and 6% for noncorporations. The interest rate for underpayments will be 6% for both. 84 Fed. Reg. 5099 (2/20/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-20/pdf/2019-02834.pdf].

EPA – fishing company to reduce GHG emissions

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that the federal government has settled with a major US fishing company to reduce ozone-depleting emissions of its vessels. The company will spend $23 million to coolant leaks and take other steps. It will also pay a $900,000 civil penalty. (2/19/19) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/u-s-settles-trident-seafoods-corporation-reduce-ozone-depleting-emissions].

NOAA – paper and raster nautical charts

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release announcing that its paper and digital raster nautical charts will henceforth utilize the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintained channel depth values rather than minimum or controlling depths in order to improve data consistency. Electronic navigational charts (ENC) will not be affected. (2/6/19) [https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/updates/?p=171708].

House – Joint Explanatory Statement

clip_image012 The House of Representatives posted the Joint Explanatory Statement providing additional details regarding how the funds in the Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res. 31) are to be expended. Specific funding in the amount of $655 million for the first Polar Security Cutter (PSC), otherwise known as a new polar heavy icebreaker, is found on pages 23 and 64 of this 609-page document. (2/11/19) [https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/116hrpt9-JointExplanatoryStatement.pdf].

Australia – for lack of a tug

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the contact made by a bulker with the wharf and another vessel in the port of Townsville, Queensland on 16 November 2015. The bulker was entering port with a pilot. Unbeknownst to the master, the shipping agent requested a tug reduction. A bow spring line was put ashore and two turns were made around the first post of the bitt. The spring line went slack as the bulker continued to move forward. The bow made contact with the shore and the berth. The port quarter made contact with the ship on the opposite berth. MO-2015-007 (2/19/19) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5775586/mo-2015-007_final.pdf].

Gibraltar – alleged incursion by Spanish naval vessel

clip_image016 The Government of Gibraltar issued a news release stating that it condemns the alleged incursion of a Spanish naval vessels into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) (2/18/19) [https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/sites/default/files/press/2019/Press%20Releases/109-2019.pdf].

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February 19th, 2019 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 February 2019

Headlines:

White House – appropriations bill signed;

Toledo – laker fire;

EPA – Hazardous Substances Survey;

HSRP – meeting on 5-7 March;

DOJ – tanker operator fined $2 million;

MARAD – Persian Gulf advisory;

Senate – bill introduced to mint USCG coin;

House – bill introduced re port revenue metric;

House – bill introduced re USCG survivor benefits;

House – bill introduced to study ocean acidification;

House – bill introduced re OCS exploration prohibition;

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification;

House – bill introduced re double-crested cormorants;

House – bill introduced to mint USCG coin;

House – resolution introduced re ‘Port Chicago mutiny’;

Court – no involvement = no indemnity owed;

Canada – iceberg theft;

Suez Canal – toll reduction for dry bulk vessels;

India – piracy & maritime security update;

Panama Canal – draft reduction;

General Order on Port & Starboard – 18 February 1846; and

Motor Lifeboat CG 36500 – rescue of 18 February 1952.

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White House – appropriations bill signed

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that President Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 31, appropriating funds to numerous departments and agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and all the agencies therein, for the remainder of the fiscal year. (2/15/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hjres31enr/pdf/BILLS-116hjres31enr.pdf].

Toledo – laker fire

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a laker docked for winter repairs in the area of Toledo, Ohio suffered a fire, which has since been extinguished. There were no reports of injuries or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (2/17/19) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/23062aa].

EPA – Hazardous Substances Survey

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the data received from respondents of the voluntary 2018 Clean Water Act Hazardous Substances Survey. Comments must be received by 5 March. 84 Fed. Reg. 4741 (2/19/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-19/pdf/2019-02696.pdf].

HSRP – meeting on 5-7 March

clip_image010 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on 5-7 March. Topics on the agenda include navigation services data and sea level rise. 84 Fed. Reg. 4790 (2/19/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-19/pdf/2019-02571.pdf].

DOJ – tanker operator fined $2 million

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tank vessel operating company has been convicted and sentenced to a fine of $2 million and to four years of probation for failure to maintain an accurate oil record book. The vessel’s master was charged with circumvention of the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment, falsification of records, obstruction of justice, making false statements, and conspiracy. (2/14/19) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tank-vessel-operator-convicted-and-sentenced-oil-discharge-offense-vessel-captain-indicted].

MARAD – Persian Gulf advisory

clip_image014 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an advisory providing guidance for commercial vessels transiting the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea that encounter non-US or non-coalition naval forces that seek to board the vessel. Advisory 004-2019 (2/14/19) [https://www.maritime.dot.gov/content/2019-004-persian-gulf-strait-hormuz-gulf-oman-and-arabian-sea-naval-activity].

Senate – bill introduced to mint USCG coin

clip_image016 Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 509) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/19).

House – bill introduced re port revenue metric

clip_image018 Representative Brownley (D-CA) introduced the National Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Act (H.R. 839) to amend title 49, United States Code, to include a revenue metric in the port network components to better achieve the policy goals of the National Multimodal Freight Network. Representative Brownley issued a press release explaining the measure (1/29/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr839ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr839ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re USCG survivor benefits

clip_image018[1] Representative Green (R-TN) introduced the Protecting Gold Star Spouses Act of 2019 (H.R. 847) to provide interim appropriations for the Coast Guard Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection and Survivor Benefits Plans for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes. (1/29/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr847ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr847ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to study ocean acidification

clip_image019 Representative Posey (R-FL) introduced the National Estuaries and Acidification Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 988) to provide for a study by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Science examining the impact of ocean acidification and other stressors in estuarine environments. (2/6/19) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116hr988ih/pdf/BILLS-116hr988ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re OCS exploration prohibition

clip_image019[1] Representative Van Drew (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 1149) to prohibit the Department of the Interior from issuing certain geological and geophysical exploration permits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Van Drew issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/11/19) [https://vandrew.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressmen-van-drew-and-rutherford-introduce-acepa].

House – bill introduced re ocean acidification

clip_image019[2] Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced a bill (H.R. 1237) to amend the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board, to expand and improve the research on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Acidification, to establish and maintain a data archive system for Ocean Acidification data and Coastal Acidification data, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Bonamici issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/14/19) [https://bonamici.house.gov/media/press-releases/representatives-young-and-bonamici-introduce-legislation-improve-ocean-data].

House – bill introduced re double-crested cormorants

clip_image019[3] Representative Bergman (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1242) to enact as law certain regulations relating to the taking of double-crested cormorants. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/19).

House – bill introduced to mint USCG coin

clip_image019[4] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 1257) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/14/19).

House – resolution introduced re ‘Port Chicago mutiny’

clip_image021 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 126) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the necessity to publicly exonerate the African-American sailors of the United States Navy who were tried and convicted of mutiny in connection with their service at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California, during World War II in order to further aid in healing the racial divide that continues to exist in the United States. Official text of the resolution is not yet available, but Representative DeSaulnier issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/13/19) [https://desaulnier.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/honor-black-history-month-representatives-desaulnier-and-lee-renew].

Court – no involvement = no indemnity owed

clip_image023 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant insurers of a chase boat in a claim for indemnity brought by the owners and operators of a seismic survey vessel after the towfish cable of the survey vessel allided with the mooring line of a MODU. The court found that the chase boat had no involvement in the allision, a precondition for insurance coverage. International Marine v Atlantic Specialty Insurance, No. 18-30392 (5th Cir., February 12, 2019) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/18/18-30392.0.pdf].

Canada – iceberg theft

clip_image025 The media in Canada is reporting the theft of 30,000 liters of iceberg from Port Union, Newfoundland & Labrador. The ice, when melted, was intended for the production of 150,000 bottles of Iceberg vodka. The company is offering a case of vodka for information leading to its return. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have begun an investigation. One could say that they have opened a case. (2/15/19).

Suez Canal – toll reduction for dry bulk vessels

clip_image027 The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) issued a news release stating that the toll reduction for dry bulk vessels transiting the Canal between ports in the Americas and Asia will remain in effect through the end of 2019. (2/14/19) [https://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/English/MediaCenter/News/Pages/nav_14_2_2019.aspx].

India – piracy & maritime security update

clip_image029 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping DGS) issued a Circular providing an update on piracy and maritime security worldwide. (2/13/19) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201902130419539542124DGS_cir_01of2019_pircy_r.pdf].

Panama Canal – draft reduction

clip_image031 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an update stating that, effective 13 March, the maximum draft for vessels transiting the neopanamax locks will be reduced to 14.33 m (47.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 05-2019 (2/12/19) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2019/a-05-2019.pdf].

General Order on Port and Starboard – 18 February 1846

clip_image033 On 18 February 1846, Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft issued the following General Order: “It having been repeatedly represented to the Department, that confusion arises from the use of the words ‘Larboard’ and ‘Starboard’, in consequence of the similarity of sound, the word ‘Port’ is hereafter to be substituted for ‘Larboard’.”

Motor lifeboat CG 36500 – rescue of 18 February 1952

clip_image035 The US Coast Guard motor lifeboat 36500 is the only one of the many hundreds of that class of lifeboat that were built between the 1930s and the 1950s to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. On 18 February 1952, during a severe winter storm off Cape Cod, two T-2 tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton, suffered separate massive material failures and both broke in half. The Coast Guard learned of the SS Fort Mercer casualty and dispatched a cutter and a motor lifeboat. Several hours later, the two halves of the hull of SS Pendleton were observed. The CG 36500 was dispatched with a crew of four volunteers: BM1 Bernard “Bernie” Webber, ENG3 Andrew “Andy” Fitzgerald, SN Irving “Ervin” Maske, and SN Richard Livesey. The survivors of SS Fort Mercer were rescued and brought ashore in trying conditions, but in typical Coast Guard fashion. The bow section of SS Pendleton, with the master and seven crewmembers, eventually sank with no survivors. The stern section, with 32 crewmembers, remained afloat. BM1 Webber maneuvered the CG 36500 alongside and took the crewmembers on board, despite the horrendous seas and the fact that the motor lifeboat was rated for a maximum of twelve persons. The stern section of SS Pendleton sank minutes after the last crewmember got off, but then grounded on a shoal where it remained for many years. BM1 Webber returned slowly and carefully to the Chatham Station, delivering the survivors to an amazed group of local residents, fishermen, and fellow Coast Guardsmen on the pier. Later that year, BM1 Webber and the other three Coast Guardsmen from the CG 36500 were awarded the Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal, the service’s highest award. Motor lifeboat CG 36500 continued on active duty until stricken from the rolls in 1968. All of the four brave men have crossed the bar for the last time. The lifeboat, though, has been fully restored and is lovingly maintained by the Orleans Historical Society at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Massachusetts, not far from where it served in Chatham in 1952. Several books and numerous articles have been published about the incident and the motion picture “The Finest Hours” has now been released dramatizing this heroic event.

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    In the March 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "HazSub spill response plans". The article discusses the recent decision of the US Coast Guard to withdrawal its proposed rulemakings for hazardous substance spill response plans for tank vessels and marine transportation-related facilities. In my opinion, the USCG proposals evidence a failure of imagination. I recommend that the Coast Guard meet with the marine transportation chemical sector and determine which current industry measures can be considered as providing an equivalent level of safety to measures mandated in OPA 90. The gaps identified can then be filled in a rulemaking.