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March 11th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 March 2015

Headlines:

USCG – meeting re dynamic positioning systems;

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting;

USCG – Proceedings magazine;

New Zealand – MNZ performance expectations; and

Japanese earthquake & tsunami – 11 March 2011.

March 11, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

USCG – meeting re dynamic positioning systems

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will host a public meeting on 31 March in New Orleans to receive comments on its proposed rulemaking entitled “Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities with dynamic positioning systems. 80 Fed. Reg. 12784 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/pdf/2015-05551.pdf] (3/11/15).

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting

clip_image006 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board will meet via teleconference on 23 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 12843 [located at ] (3/11/15). http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/pdf/2015-05524.pdf

USCG – Proceedings magazine

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The Spring 2015 edition of the USCG Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council [located at http://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/] has been posted. This edition focuses on the National Strike Force (NSF), the Coast Guard’s “any time, any place, any hazard” response team, and related issues. (3/10/15).

New Zealand – MNZ performance expectations

clip_image009 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) posted its Statement of Performance Expectations 2014-2015 [located at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Publications-and-forms/Maritime-NZ-corporate-publications/MNZ-Statement-of-Performance-Expectations-2014-2015.pdf]. The statement contains a collection of key indicators that measure the overall quality of MNZ’s operational activities and services to enable it to achieve its strategic goals. (3/11/15).

Japanese earthquake & tsunami – 11 March 2011

clip_image011 On 11 March 2011, at 1446 JST, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred beneath the seafloor in the Pacific Ocean 70 kilometers east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku Prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in modern times, moving the island 2.4 meters east and shifting the entire planet on its axis by about 15 centimeters. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that reached heights of up to 40 meters when it struck shore. The event resulted in over 15,000 deaths, numerous injuries, and massive property damage. Most dramatic, it set off a chain of events that resulted in a significant radiation leak at a nuclear power plant. Much debris floated out to sea and has been gradually coming ashore at points throughout the North Pacific region.

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March 10th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 March 2015

Headlines:

White House – economic sanctions re Venezuela;

Houston Ship Channel – closed due to MTBE spill;

Seattle – icebreaker Polar Star returns;

TSAC – meeting;

SHC – meeting;

FWS – Hawaiian monk seal;

IMO – unsafe mixed migration by sea; and

IMO – Making Waves.

March 10, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

White House – economic sanctions re Venezuela

clip_image004 President Obama issued an Executive Order [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/executive-order-declaration-national-emergency-respect-venezuela] declaring a national emergency with respect to Venezuela. Among other things, the Executive Order freezes the property and interests in property of persons listed in the accompanying Annex [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-venezuela-executive-order] or later determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to be, among other things, a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela. (3/9/15). Note: Currently it is unclear what impact, if any, this action will have on Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) or its US subsidiary CITGO.

Houston Ship Channel – closed due to MTBE spill

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2475958/] stating that it closed the Houston Ship Channel between Light 86 and the Fred Hartman Bridge due to the discharge of MTBE from the chemical tanker Carla Maersk following its collision with the bulk carrier Conti Peridot. A unified command has been established to oversee the response. The casualty is under investigation. (3/9/15).

Seattle – icebreaker Polar Star returns

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2475326/] stating that the USCG icebreaker Polar Star has returned to its homeport of Seattle following its Antarctic deployment, including the rescue of a fishing vessel with 26 crew members that was beset in Antarctic ice. The primary goal of the deployment was Operation Deep Freeze 2015 to support the resupply of the US Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station, which was also successful accomplished. Deployment of Polar Star, which is the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, lasted 101 days. (3/9/15).

TSAC – meeting

clip_image008 The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 25-26 March in Louisville. Topics on the agenda include automation equipment; towing equipment; drug testing procedures; and marine casualty reporting. 80 Fed. Reg. 12645 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-10/pdf/2015-05490.pdf] (3/10/15).

SHC – meeting

clip_image010 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 3 April in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Legal Committee. Topics on the agenda include fair treatment of seafarers and piracy. 80 Fed. Reg. 12697 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-10/pdf/2015-05241.pdf] (3/10/15).

FWS – Hawaiian monk seal

clip_image012 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a final rule amending its taxonomy and nomenclature of the Hawaiian monk seal to conform to that of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 80 Fed. Reg. 12566 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-10/pdf/2015-05330.pdf] (3/10/15).

IMO – unsafe mixed migration by sea

clip_image014 The IMO issued news release [located at http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/HotTopics/seamigration/Pages/default.aspx] stating that a High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea was held at IMO Headquarters on 4-5 March to facilitate dialogue and promote enhanced cooperation and harmonization between United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, Governments, and the shipping industry. Estimates indicate that since January 2014, at least 348,000 people have risked sea journeys in search of asylum or migration. More than 207,000 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2014. (3/6/15).

IMO – Making Waves

clip_image015 The IMO released the video “Making Waves: Women leaders in the maritime world” on YouTube [located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmV0RJR1AcE] to promote the advancement of women in shipping and in support of International Women’s Day 2015. (3/9/15).

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March 9th, 2015 at 11:14 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 March 2015

Headlines:

Seattle – container ship detained;

Florida – regatta terminated as manifestly unsafe;

USCG – AIS fact sheet;

FTC – alleged robocalls by cruise line;

DOJ – shipping company fined $2.75 million;

EPA – improving regulations;

BSEE – seeking Preparedness Analyst;

NOAA – Makah whale hunt DEIS;

CMTS & TRB – innovative technologies for resiliency;

Court – state sales and use tax on fuel;

Court – master service agreement;

Singapore – ballast water analysis;

UK – carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants; and

Daylight saving time.

March 9, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Stupidity is a gift of God, but I try to not misuse it.

Seattle – container ship detained

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2474898/] stating that the container ship MOL Precision has been detained in Seattle. A port state control examination revealed defective oil bilge line filtering equipment; missing security training records; and the failure to submit required ballast tank information. The detention will remain in effect until the deficiencies are corrected. (3/6/15).

Florida – regatta terminated as manifestly unsafe

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2475058/] stating that twelve persons had to be rescued while they were participating in the first stage of a small-boat regatta scheduled from Tampa Bay to Key Largo. The Coast Guard determined that the regatta was unsafe in these conditions and terminated it at the end of the first stage in Englewood, Florida due to numerous cases of vessels capsizing, people in the water with various stages of hypothermia, and the deteriorating weather. The Coast Guard remained on scene until everyone was safely out of the water. (3/7/15).

USCG – AIS fact sheet

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a Fact Sheet [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/AIS/AIS_Rule_Fact_Sheet_20150302.pdf] regarding the recent final rule expanding the carriage and utilization requirements for the automatic identification system (AIS) so as to be consistent with provisions of the SOLAS Convention. (3/2/15).

FTC – alleged robocalls by cruise line

clip_image007 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a news release [located at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/03/ftc-ten-state-attorneys-general-take-action-against-political] stating that it and ten state attorneys general have proposed settlement of complaints against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. and various other companies for engaging in a massive telemarketing campaign to sell cruise vacations using robocalls disguised as political surveys. The proposed settlement orders bar the cruise line and other defendants from engaging in abusive telemarketing practices. It also imposes a civil penalty of $7.73 million against the cruise line, which will be partially suspended after it pays $500,000. (3/4/15).

DOJ – shipping company fined $2.75 million

clip_image009 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/italian-shipping-company-fined-275-million-environmental-crimes] stating that Carbofin S.p.A. has been sentenced by a federal court to pay a criminal penalty of $2.75 million for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by senior personnel on its tanker M/T Marigola through knowing falsifications of the ship’s oil record book (ORB) and the discharge directly into the sea of sludge, waste oil, and oil-contaminated bilge water. The chief engineer and second engineer previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. (3/6/15).

EPA – improving regulations

clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks input on how the agency can promote regulatory modernization through business process streamlining, facilitated by improved technology to address regulations that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome. Comments should be submitted by 8 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 12372 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/pdf/2015-05303.pdf] (3/9/15).

BSEE – seeking Preparedness Analyst

clip_image013 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued an announcement [located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/395983900] stating that it is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Interdisciplinary: Petroleum Engineer/Physical Scientist GS-0881/1301-9/11/12 in Jefferson, Louisiana. The position serves as Preparedness Analyst for offshore oil spill prevention, preparedness, intervention, containment, control, and response. Applications must be received by 19 March. (3/5/15).

NOAA – Makah whale hunt DEIS

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release [located at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2015/03/05_03_makah.html] stating that it seeks comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) evaluating the Makah Tribe’s request to resume treaty-based hunting of eastern North Pacific gray whales for ceremonial and subsistence purposes. (3/6/15),

CMTS & TRB – innovative technologies for resiliency

clip_image017 clip_image018 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a summary report [located at http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=91] of the biennial Marine Transportation System (MTS) research conference “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System”, held with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) on 24-26 June 2014. (3/2/15).

Court – state sales and use tax on fuel

clip_image020 In a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that, for purposes of a state sales and use tax on fuel, a rail carrier, a water carrier, and a motor carrier were equivalent. Defendant rail carrier alleged that the state tax on fuel was discriminatory because it applied to rail carriers but exempted water carriers and motor carriers. The Court affirmed the appellate court’s determination that water carriers and motor carriers are appropriate comparison classes for rail carriers for this purpose. The Court, though, remanded the case for a determination as to whether other members of the comparison class paid another comparable tax. Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, No. 13-553 (U.S., March 4, 2015) [located at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-553_1b82.pdf].

Court – master service agreement

clip_image022 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s ruling in a complex three-party action in maritime law involving a master service agreement with an indemnity provision, in addition to prejudgment interest. Offshore Marine Contractors v. Palm Energy Offshore, No. 14-30059 (5th Cir., March 2, 2015) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30059-CV0.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Singapore – ballast water analysis

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a report on a voluntary trial study conducted on onboard sampling and analysis of ballast water for D2 compliance. Ballast water was sampled and analyzed on six ships to assess the feasibility of indicative and detailed (in-depth) analysis of ballast water on board ships under the realistic conditions of time constraints during unloading and loading processes while the ships were berthed in harbors for just one day or less. Execution of on-board sampling and analysis was found to be generally possible within the time constraints. Five of the six ballast water treatment systems tested were found to be compliant with the IMO D-2 ballast water performance standard. The non-compliant system was suffering from technical difficulties during sampling. The indicative method provided one false positive for non-compliance, but no false negatives. There is no validated protocol for sampling and analysis, particularly with regard to sample volumes and the minimum number of samples to be collected. Technical issues with the equipment and reagents used for indicative analysis need to be understood and taken into consideration. Shipping Circular 5-2015 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_5_of_2015.pdf] (3/5/15). Note: This report is 172 pages in length.

UK – carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants

clip_image026 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a Merchant Shipping Notice providing guidance on the transportation of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form by sea on ships within UK waters and on UK ships worldwide. MSN 1854 (M) [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/msn-1854-carriage-of-dangerous-goods-and-marine-pollutants] (3/6/15).

Daylight saving time

clip_image028 Long-suffering readers are reminded that at 0200 local time, Sunday, 8 March 2015, most of the United States and Canada, plus Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti, implemented daylight saving time (going from GMT-5 to GMT-4 for the Eastern Time Zone). European nations and some others in the northern hemisphere implement daylight savings time on the last Sunday in March. It is unclear why we don’t utilize daylight saving time year-round. It is also unclear how changing the clock actually saves any daylight. There are mysteries not disclosed to mere mortals.

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March 6th, 2015 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 March 2015

Headlines:

MERPAC – meeting;

MMMAC – meeting;

MARAD – anchoring-handling vessels in Beaufort/Chukchi Seas;

NOAA – Thunder Bay NMS;

NOAA – staghorn and elkhorn corals;

DOS – SHC charter renewed;

SLS – delayed opening;

CMTS – Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update;

House – bill introduced re old vessel exemption;

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant seamen;

IMO – MSC 93 & MSC 94 resolutions;

Australia – heavy contact with wharf;

India – Wreck Removal Convention;

Panama Canal – February operations; and

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987.

March 6, 2015

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MERPAC – meeting

clip_image004 The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 18-19 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include: utilizing military education, training, and assessment for STCW and USCG certifications; training guidelines for mariners employed aboard vessels subject to the IGF Code; and competency requirements for vessel personnel working within polar regions. 80 Fed. Reg. 12187 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05368.pdf] (3/6/15).

MMMAC – meeting

clip_image004[1] The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MMMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include revisions to NVIC 04-08 – Medical and Physical Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials. 80 Fed. Reg. 12188 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05369.pdf] (3/6/15).

MARAD – anchor-handling vessels in Beaufort/Chukchi Seas

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it has received a request for a determination permitting the use of foreign-flag anchor handling vessels with a minimum ice class A3 for use in the Beaufort Sea or the Chukchi Sea adjacent to Alaska. Owners or operators of qualifying US-flag anchor handling vessels ice class A3 or above must submit nominations on or before 6 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 12256 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05226.pdf] (3/6/15).

NOAA – Thunder Bay NMS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the final rule expanding the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) entered into effect on 3 February 2015. 80 Fed. Reg. 12079 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05196.pdf] (3/6/15).

NOAA – staghorn and elkhorn corals

clip_image008[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the final Endangered Species Act recovery plan for staghorn and elkhorn corals has been adopted. 80 Fed. Reg. 12146 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05192.pdf] (3/6/15).

DOS – SHC charter renewed

clip_image010 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that the charter for the Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) has been renewed. 80 Fed. Reg. 12245 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/pdf/2015-05225.pdf] (3/6/15).

SLS – delayed opening

clip_image012 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that opening of the Seaway has been delayed until 2 April. Seaway Notice 2-2015 [located at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20150305.pdf] (3/5/15).

CMTS – Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update

clip_image014 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted a notice [located at http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=88] regarding the recent webinar Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update, with links to two of the presentations. (2/24/15).

House – bill introduced re old vessel exemption

clip_image016 Representative Chabot (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 1248) to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/4/15).

House – bill introduced re World War II merchant seamen

clip_image016[1] Representative Butterfield (D-NC) introduced a bill (H.R. 1288) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service as a coastwise merchant seaman during World War II, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Butterfield issued a press release [located at http://butterfield.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/butterfield-and-jones-introduce-bill-to-make-wwii-merchant-mariners] explaining the measure. (3/4/15).

IMO – MSC 93 & MSC 94 resolutions

clip_image018 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising of resolutions adopted by the 93rd and 94th sessions of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). Shipping Circular 4-2015 (2/26/15) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_4_of_2015.pdf]. Note: This is a HUGE document, over 600 pages in length.

Australia – heavy contact with wharf

clip_image020 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the heavy contact with the wharf in Cape Flattery, Queensland by the bulk carrier Big Glory on 20 November 2014. The primary cause of the casualty was determined to be the lack of situational awareness by the pilot. MO-2014-014 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5213636/MO-2014-014-Final.pdf] (3/5/15).

India – Wreck Removal Convention

clip_image022 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201503050422486219432note2_2015_nt.pdf] stating that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, enters into force on 14 April 2015. DGS will commence issuance of certificates of financial security to qualifying Indian ships. (3/4/15).

Panama Canal – February operations

clip_image024 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during February. It also contains the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 06-2015 [located at http://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2015/a-06-2015.pdf] (3/4/15).

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987

clip_image026 The HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE was a double-ended ro-ro car and passenger ferry operating between Bruges-Zeebrougge, Belgium and Dover, England. On 6 March 1987, it departed Bruges-Zeebrougge with a crew of 80, carrying 459 passengers, 81 cars, 3 buses, and 47 trucks. Due to a series of mistakes, the bow doors were not closed prior to leaving port. Upon leaving the harbor and while proceeding at over 18 knots, water entered the vehicle deck in large quantities. The free-surface effect of the water impaired stability and led to the capsizing, which occurred in less than one minute. The sinking resulted in 193 deaths. Following the accident and investigation, various changes were made to IMO regulations regarding design and operation of ro-ro passenger vessels. The incident was also the impetus for establishment of the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

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March 5th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 March 2015

Headlines:

Upper Mississippi River – safety zones;

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fees;

California – whale strikes in Channel Islands NMS;

DHS – meeting re information sharing;

NIAC – meeting;

California – EIS for MOTCO modernization;

USCG – NOA requirements re OCS activities;

USCG – switching to ultra-low sulfur fuel oil;

USCG – handling of LPG and hydrates;

USCG – GPS issues;

USCG – mobile vapor control systems; and

Southeast Alaska – Geographic Specific Appendix required.

March 5, 2015

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Upper Mississippi River – safety zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has established safety zones on the Upper Mississippi River between mile 38.0 and 46.0 and between mile 78.0 and 81.0 due to potential hazards associated with subsurface rock removal. The rule enters into effect immediately. 80 Fed. Reg. 11885 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/pdf/2015-03331.pdf] (3/5/15).

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fees

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation (CODs) and updating the fee for vessel documentation renewal. Comments must be received by 1 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 11361 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-03/pdf/2015-03651.pdf] (3/3/15).

California – whale strikes in Channel Islands NMS

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comment on the market and non-market economic value of the reduction in the risk of whale strikes in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (NMS)US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a regulated navigation area. Comments must be submitted by 4 May. 80 Fed. Reg. 11977 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/pdf/2015-05003.pdf] (3/5/15).

DHS – meeting re information sharing

clip_image008 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that its Office of Cybersecurity and Communications will hold a public meeting on 18 March in Washington, DC to discuss Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations, cybersecurity information sharing, and the recent Executive Order regarding cybersecurity information sharing. 80 Fed. Reg. 11683 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/pdf/2015-04435.pdf] (3/4/15).

NIAC – meeting

clip_image008[1] The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will meet on 20 March in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include intelligence information sharing and the transportation sector’s resilience against potentially disruptive events. 80 Fed. Reg. 12028 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/pdf/2015-05094.pdf] (3/5/15).

California – EIS for MOTCO modernization

clip_image010 The US Army issued a notice advising that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the modernization and repair of piers 2 and 3 at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord, California (MOTCO). 80 Fed. Reg. 11983 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/pdf/2015-05083.pdf] (3/5/15).

USCG – NOA requirements re OCS activities

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin regarding notice of arrival (NOA) requirements for units conducting activities on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). These requirements include a 14-day advance NOA for MODUs; a notice prior to relocating a MODU on the OCS; a 96-hour advance NOA for floating facility arrival; a 96-hour advance NOA for MODU arrival; and a 96-hour advance NOA for arrival of certain vessels. MSIB 01-15 (3/3/15) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/001_15_3-3-2015.pdf].

USCG – switching to ultra-low sulfur fuel oil

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding ultra-low sulfur (ULS) fuel and compliance with MARPOL requirements. The alert focuses on practices that should be adopted to ensure safe switching from traditional fuel to ULS fuel, as is required when entering either the North American or the US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Alert 2-15 (3/3/15) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0215.pdf].

USCG – handling of LPG and hydrates

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding owners and operators of gas carriers of the importance of ensuring that all personnel follow approved safety management system (SMS) cargo handling procedures and industry best practices when handling liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cargo and hydrates. Alert 3-15 (3/3/15) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0315.pdf].

USCG – GPS issues

clip_image004[2] The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) issued a notice [located at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=degradation_05302015] stating: Users in certain parts of the world may experience a very short period of high Dilution of Precision (DOP >6) in the vicinity of Western Sahara and Morocco at their border and within a large area offshore the United Kingdom and Ireland in the Atlantic from 052117Z – 052120Z Mar 2015 (three minutes), due to satellite maintenance (NANU 2015013, below). DOP depends only on the geometry of the four satellites used by the user equipment to determine its position and time and is a multiplier. Simply speaking, Signal-in-Space error (how much accuracy the signal lost during its travel from the satellite to your receiver) plus Receiver Error (inherent in the manufacture of the device) multiplied by the DOP equals Navigation Error (how far off you can expect the position to be within). Graph illustration of the predicted event can be seen at: http://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=degradation_05302015 Predictions are based on a "Best Four" analysis to illustrate the worst case scenario and are provided for situational awareness only. Please report any outages through the NAVCEN "Report a GPS Problem" page. (3/4/15).

USCG – mobile vapor control systems

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard posted a policy letter providing interim guidance for regulated facilities for the review and approval of mobile or portable vapor control systems (VCSs). CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-15 (2/23/15) [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/CG-ENG.PolicyLetter.01-15.pdf].

Southeast Alaska – Geographic Specific Appendix required

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2473894/] reminding owners, operators, and masters that covered tank vessels and non-tank vessels transiting within the boundaries of the Southeast Alaska Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone are required to have an approved Vessel Response Plan (VRP) and an approved Geographic Specific Appendix for the Southeast Alaska COTP Zone. (3/4/15).

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March 2nd, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 March 2015

Headlines:

Jacksonville – safety & security zones;

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG Partners EIS;

HSRP – meeting;

MPAFAC – teleconference meeting;

Alaska – strip club sewage dumped into harbor;

NTSB – fire on fish processing vessel;

House – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species;

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas export;

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species;

Court – scope of employment;

Court longshoreman injury;

China – AIS placed online;

India – vessel sharing agreements;

Panama Canal – public hearing on new toll structure; and

UK – tug owner jailed after crew man dies.

March 2, 2015

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Jacksonville – safety & security zones

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule consolidating and clarifying its safety and security zones within the Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. The rule comes into effect on 1 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 11128 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/pdf/2015-04280.pdf] (3/2/15).

Jacksonville – Eagle LNG Partners EIS

clip_image006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) examining the potential environmental effects of the Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC project. A public scoping meeting will be held in Jacksonville on 12 March. The scoping period will close on 26 March. 80 Fed. Reg. 11189 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/pdf/2015-04206.pdf] (3/2/15).

HSRP – meeting

clip_image008 The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Long Beach, California on 8-10 April. Topics on the agenda include: the LB-LA and California marine transportation system; regional efforts to improve shipping efficiencies; the NOAA Precision Navigation project; and geospatial data and tools. 80 Fed. Reg. 11175 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/pdf/2015-04249.pdf] (3/2/15).

MPAFAC – teleconference meeting

clip_image008[1] The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a teleconference meeting on 6 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 11175 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/pdf/2015-04246.pdf] (3/2/15).

Alaska – strip club sewage dumped into harbor

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao-ak/pr/owners-floating-kodiak-strip-club-indicted-federal-grand-jury] stating that the owners of a floating strip club near Kodiak, Alaska have been indicted for violating the Refuse Act of 1899 by dumping raw sewage into the navigable waters of the United States and for making false statements to the US Coast Guard. The owners allegedly told the Coast Guard several times that the sewage was being disposed of ashore or on the high seas. Instead, the sewage was being pumped directly overboard. (2/23/15).

NTSB – fire on fish processing vessel

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of a fire on board the fish processing vessel Juno while moored at a pier in Westport, Washington on 28 December 2013. The fire caused extensive damage to the vessel. The master incurred minor injuries. The probable cause of the fire was a short circuit in a space heater, combined with improper stowage of flammable materials in the vicinity, the vessel’s lack of structural fire protection, and the use of combustible materials in interior finishes. MAB 15-05 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1505.pdf] (2/27/15).

House – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species

clip_image014 Representative Miller (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1135) to provide an immediate measure to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species from the Mississippi River basin to the Great Lakes basin and to inform long-term measures to prevent the Interbasin transfer of aquatic nuisance species. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Miller issued a press release [located at http://candicemiller.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/senator-stabenow-congresswoman-miller-introduce-bipartisan-bills-to-stop] explaining the measure. (2/26/15).

Senate – bill introduced re natural gas export

clip_image016 Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill (S. 585) to amend the Natural Gas Act with respect to the exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/26/15).

Senate – bill introduced re aquatic nuisance species

clip_image016[1] Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bill (S. 589) to provide an immediate measure to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species from the Mississippi River basin to the Great Lakes basin and to inform long-term measures to prevent the Interbasin transfer of aquatic nuisance species. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Stabenow issued a press release [located at http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1605] explaining the measure. (2/26/15).

Court – scope of employment

clip_image018 In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment to defendant ship owner in an action brought by plaintiff, who alleged that she was the victim of a sexual assault by a crew member of defendant’s ship. The incident occurred at an entry gate facility at the Port of Oakland. Because the alleged tort occurred on land, the court ruled that state law, not maritime law, applied. The claims rested on a theory of vicarious liability through respondeat superior. The court held that there was no evidence that the crew member was acting within the scope of his employment at the time. Rather, his actions were “the result of only propinquity and lust” rather than his work as a sailor. Ferguson v. Horizon Lines, No. 12-17748 (9th Cir., February 26, 2015) [located at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2015/02/26/12-17748.pdf].

Court – longshoreman injury

clip_image020 In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment against a longshoreman who brought suit against a ship owner and against a container owner for injuries incurred when a twist-lock fell onto his neck. The appellate court ruled that the district court applied the correct legal standard; did not err is excluding certain testimony; and did not err in denying plaintiff’s request for an adverse inference. Horton v. Maersk Line, Limited, No. 14-14450 (11th Cir., February 27, 2015) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201414450.pdf].

China – AIS placed online

clip_image022 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a news release [located at http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=336&id=148] stating that the information service platform for the Automated Identification System (AIS) for China’s coastal and inland waterways and relevant waters has been placed on line and is available in real time. (2/27/15).

India – vessel sharing agreements

clip_image024 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice [located at http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201502271155465992008Notification_vsa_msl_270215.pdf] announcing that, until 5 February 2016, Vessel Sharing Agreements of the Liner Shipping Industry will be exempt from provisions of Section 3 on the Competition Act, 2002. (2/27/15).

Panama Canal – public hearing on new toll structure

clip_image026 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release [located at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/02/27/pr542.html] stating that it conducted a public hearing to receive industry feedback on the proposal for a new toll structure. Comments made during the hearing, as well as those submitted in writing, will be analyzed and taken into account before a final proposal for approval is submitted to the Canal Board of Directors and the Cabinet Council. (2/27/15).

UK – tug owner jailed after crew man dies

clip_image028 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tug-boat-owner-jailed-after-crew-man-dies] stating that a tug boat owner was given an eight-month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm. The owner pleaded guilty to being the captain of a vessel and putting his crew at risk of serious injury/death and as the owner undertaking unsafe operations. (2/27/15).

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February 27th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 February 2015

Headlines:

US & China – CUES in South China Sea;

Savannah – safety zones proposed;

USCG – PREP Guidelines;

Great Lakes – DCR discharge recordkeeping;

FMC – LA/LB working agreement amendment approved;

DOJ – National Shipbuilding Research Program;

House – bill introduced to protect maritime navigation; and

UK – chief mate sentenced for fatal collision.

February 27, 2015

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US & China – CUES in South China Sea

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85767] stating that the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) practiced the code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), enhancing the professional relationship between the two services. CUES is a guideline for unplanned maritime encounters, providing standards for communications, safety procedures, and maneuvering instructions for naval ships and aircraft. (2/26/15).

Savannah – safety zones proposed

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones throughout the Savannah Captain of the Port (COTP) zone for use in the event of natural or manmade disasters affecting navigable waterways. Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 10635 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/pdf/2015-04163.pdf] (2/27/15).

USCG – PREP Guidelines

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on the updated draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines. Comments must be received by 28 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 10704 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/pdf/2015-04160.pdf] (2/27/15).

Great Lakes – DCR discharge recordkeeping

clip_image008[2] Effective 28 February 2015, there is a change to the US Coast Guard regulations, at 33 CFR § 151.66(c)(3)(iv-v), concerning dry cargo residue (DCR) on Great Lakes vessels. While masters continue to be required to maintain written records of DCR discharges, those records no longer need be submitted to the Coast Guard. Rather, the records must be certified and retained on the vessel for at least two years and must be made available to the Coast Guard upon request. (2/26/15).

FMC – LA/LB working agreement amendment approved

clip_image010 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release [located at http://www.fmc.gov/NR15-01/] stating that it has concluded its review of a proposed amendment to the Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Infrastructure and Environmental Programs Cooperative Working Agreement. The Commission’s unanimous decision permits the amendment to become effective on 27 February. (2/26/15).

DOJ – National Shipbuilding Research Program

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) filed written notice that Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has changed its name to Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, LA. 80 Fed. Reg. 10716 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/pdf/2015-04100.pdf] (2/27/15).

House – bill introduced to protect maritime navigation

clip_image014 Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1056) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for protection of maritime navigation and prevention of nuclear terrorism, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/25/15).

UK – chief mate sentenced for fatal collision

clip_image016 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press release [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dutch-chief-mate-sentenced-for-fatal-collision] stating that the chief mate of a dredger was sentenced to nine months, reduced to six months which has been suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to failure to maintain a proper watch. The chief mate was at the helm of a dredger that collided with a sailing yacht, resulting in the sinking of the yacht and one fatality. (2/26/15).

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February 26th, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 February 2015

Headlines:

White House – Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center;

USCG – Great Lakes pilotage rates;

USCG – Missouri River WAMS;

USCG NVMC – new NOAD schema coming;

NTSB – ITB allision with USCG buoy tender;

DHS OIG – USCG bridge alteration project;

FERC – Aguirre Offshore GasPort EIS;

NMIO – Global Maritime Forum Workshop;

DOD – freedom of the seas;

House – hearing re maritime budget;

Court – destruction of undersized fish;

Singapore – implementation of bunker standards;

UK – maritime & shipping statistics; and

Sinking of HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852.

February 26, 2015

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White House – Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

clip_image004 The White House released a Presidential Memorandum [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/25/presidential-memorandum-establishment-cyber-threat-intelligence-integrat] establishing the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) to, among other things, provide integrated all-source analysis of intelligence related to foreign cyber threats or related to cyber incidents affecting US national interests. (2/25/15).

USCG – Great Lakes pilotage rates

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule adjusting rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The adjusted rates come into effect on 1 August. 80 Fed. Reg. 10365 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-26/pdf/2015-04036.pdf] (2/26/15).

USCG – Missouri River WAMS

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will hold a public listening session to present and receive feedback on the Missouri River Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study. The session will be {or was} held in Smithville, Missouri on 25 February. Written comments must be submitted by 10 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 10497 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-26/pdf/2015-03914.pdf] (2/26/15).

USCG NVMC – new NOAD schema coming

clip_image008 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice [located at http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/(S(l50lvhi2p5wxo3bx3jkfn0qa))/News.aspx?newsId=C8F2768B-3C8F-4278-8648-9111DCC758CD] stating that on Tuesday, 26 May 2015, an updated Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) schema, versioned 3.5, will be released which will reflect recently released changes to 33 CFR 160 and improvements to vessel/crew longshoreman data reporting. When NOAD Schema 3.5 is released, NOAD Schema 3.3 and older versions will no longer be supported. (2/25/15).

NTSB – ITB allision with USCG buoy tender

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the allision of the ITB Krystal Sea/Cordova Provider with the USCG buoy tender Sycamore in Cordova, Alaska on 28 July 2013. The ITB was maneuvering to dock at a pier adjacent to the moored buoy tender. The probable cause of the allision was the loss of directional control of one of two azimuthing stern drive propulsion units during an unsuccessful attempt by the tug’s new captain to transfer from autopilot to manual control while approaching the intended dock. MAB 15-04 [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1504.pdf] (2/25/15). Note: The report includes interesting photos of damage to the buoy tender.

DHS OIG – USCG bridge alteration project

clip_image012 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted the report of its examination of the US Coast Guard’s project for alteration of the BNSF Railway Bridge over the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa. Because the Coast Guard could not provide proper documentation to support the final apportionment of cost for the project, it could not be determined whether the allocation of $74 million to the Coast Guard and $8 million to BNSF Railway was appropriate. The report recommends that the agency review its internal policies and procedures for bridge alteration projects. OIG 15-32 [located at http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-32_Feb15.pdf] (2/25/15).

FERC – Aguirre Offshore GasPort EIS

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project planned for construction and operation off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. 80 Fed. Reg. 10474 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-26/pdf/2015-03999.pdf] (2/26/15).

NMIO – Global Maritime Forum Workshop

clip_image016 The National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) will be hosting the 2015 Global Maritime Forum (GMF) Workshop [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/GMF_Workshop_2015.pdf] at Moffett Field, California on 2-3 June. The workshop will focus on “Turning the Corner in the Maritime Domain – Levering Data to Achieve Effective Understanding”. (2/24/15).

DOD – freedom of the seas

clip_image018 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release [located at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128241] summarizing a recent media interview with Admiral Michelle J, Howard, USN regarding the importance of freedom of the seas. (2/25/15).

House – hearing re maritime budget

clip_image020 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing [located at http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398626] on the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs. The witnesses were: Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, accompanied by Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell; the Honorable Paul “Chip” N. Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator; and the Honorable Mario Cordero, Chairman, FMC. (2/25/15).

Court – destruction of undersized fish

clip_image022 In a rare 4-1-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 against knowing destruction of a tangible object with the intent to impede a federal investigation does not apply to throwing undersized fish overboard after being told by a federal agent to keep the fish as evidence of a fisheries conservation violation. Plaintiff fishing vessel master admitted throwing the fish overboard, but argued that the statute was limited to financial and related records. Four justices agreed with the plaintiff (defendant below) in reversing the conviction. One justice concurred in the reversal, but on a different rationale. Four justices dissented. Yates v. United States, No. 13-7451 (US Supreme Court, February 25, 2015) [located at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-7451_m64o.pdf].

Singapore – implementation of bunker standards

clip_image024 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that compliance by all bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators, and bunker surveyors with Singapore Standard for Bunkering SS 600:2014 and SS 524:2014 will be mandatory as of 1 September 2015. Port Marine Circular 03-2015 (2/23/15) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc15-03.pdf].

UK – maritime & shipping statistics

clip_image026 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted comprehensive guidance to maritime and shipping statistics [located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maritime-and-shipping-statistics-guidance]. (2/25/15).

Sinking of the HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852

clip_image028 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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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 February 2015

Headlines:

USCG – use of LNG as marine fuel;

USCG – PARS: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait & Bering Sea;

USCG & BSEE – safety alert re DP system failures;

USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address;

USCG – International Ice Patrol;

USCG – beta-testing of new Area Maritime Security Assessments;

DOJ – chief engineer sentenced to prison;

FERC – Alaska natural gas pipeline project discontinued;

FMC – Chairman’s Earth Day Award;

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami research;

Australia – injuries during loading of heavy cargo; and

Singapore – towing safety.

February 25, 2015

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Soon after a new safety device is invented, innovative mariners develop a work-around.

USCG – use of LNG as marine fuel

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has finalized two policy letters providing guidance for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. 80 Fed. Reg. 10131 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/pdf/2015-03852.pdf] (2/25/15). Policy Letter 01-15 [located at file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/GUIDELINES_FOR_LIQUEFIED_NATURAL_GAS_FUEL_TRANSFER_OPERATIONS_AND_TRAINING_OF_PERSONNEL_ON_VESSELS_USING_NATURAL_GAS_AS_FUEL.pdf] provides guidelines for transfer operations and training. Policy Letter 02-15 [located at file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/GUIDANCE_RELATED_TO_VESSELS_AND_WATERFRONT_FACILITIES_CONDUCTING_LIQUEFIED_NATURAL_GAS_(LNG)_MARINE_FUEL_TRANSFER_(BUNKERING)_OPERATIONS.pdf] provides guidance for bunkering operations.

USCG – PARS: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait & Bering Sea

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it will host public meetings to receive comments on the port access route study (PARS) In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea. The meetings will be held in Juneau (9 March); Anchorage (30 March); and Nome (2 April). 80 Fed. Reg. 10137 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/pdf/2015-03859.pdf] (2/25/15).

USCG & BSEE – safety alert re DP system failures

clip_image005 clip_image007 The US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a joint safety alert [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/finaljointcgbsee.pdf] regarding dynamic positioning system failures on offshore supply vessels (OSVs) engaged in oil and gas operations on the US outer continental shelf (OCS activity). Recently, an OSV suffered a loss of position while conducting a critical OCS activity. The OSV was attached to a wellhead, lost position, and severed a wellhead tree causing a lubricant release. Immediately prior to the loss of position, the OSV had multiple DP system alarms and failures, including loss to bow thruster and engine control. No attempt was made to identify or correct the causes of these failures and the operations continued. (2/24/15).

USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2467842/] announcing that the Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG, delivered the annual State of the Coast Guard Address in Washington, DC. The speech outlined how the service will meet today’s challenges while preparing for complexities that lie ahead. (2/24/15).

USCG – International Ice Patrol

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2467694/] stating that its International Ice Patrol (IIP) has opened the annual ice season to detect and track icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean. The 2014 ice season was the sixth most severe on record with more than 1,500 icebergs drifting into the transatlantic shipping lanes. (2/24/15).

USCG – beta-testing of new Area Maritime Security Assessments

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice [located at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2015/02/24/2242015-coast-guard-headquarters-beta-testing-new-area-maritime-security-assessments/] stating that beta-testing of the new Area Maritime Security Assessments has commenced. The testing is being conducted by the National Guard Bureau via a memorandum of agreement. (2/24/15).

DOJ – chief engineer sentenced to prison

clip_image011 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/news/2014/ChiefEngineerOfCar-CarrierVesselSentencedToPrisonForObstructionOfJusticeInMarineOilPol.html] stating that the former chief engineer of the car carrier Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. He admitted making fraudulent entries in the ship’s oil record book (ORB), destroying records, instructing subordinates to lie, and dumping oily waste directly into the sea. He was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by one year of supervised release. (2/20/15).

FERC – Alaska natural gas pipeline project discontinued

clip_image013 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) posted its Report to Congress [located at http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2015/angta-nineteenth.pdf] on the progress made in licensing and constructing the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline. The report states that the TransCanada Alaska Company, LLC requested termination of its prefile review process. The FERC staff has now discontinued work on the Alaska natural gas pipeline project. (2/24/15).

FMC – Chairman’s Earth Day Award

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) sponsors the Chairman’s Earth Day Award [located at http://www.fmc.gov/news/chairmans_award.aspx], recognizing members of the maritime transportation industry for innovations and successes in developing environmentally sustainable shipping practices. The FMC is accepting submissions for interested parties. (2/24/15).

Senate – bill introduced re tsunami research

clip_image017 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 533) to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (2/23/15).

Australia – injuries during loading of heavy cargo

clip_image019 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2015/mair/318-mo-2015-001.aspx] stating that it has opened an investigation into the serious injuries incurred by two crew members of the general cargo ship Happy Buccaneer in Port Hedland on 23 February during the loading of heavy cargo. (2/24/15).

Singapore – towing safety

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the importance of minimizing the danger to navigation and the environment when engaged in the towing of ships and other floating objects. Shipping Circular 3-2015 (2/13/15) [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_3_of_2015.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 February 2015

Headlines:

White House – resolution of West Coast ports dispute;

BOEM & BSEE – exploratory drilling on Arctic OCS;

Washington – critical habitat for southern resident killer whale;

MARAD – certification of CVSSA training providers;

USCG – fire protection measures on cruise ships;

DOJ – man charged with making fraudulent DWH oil spill claim;

India – consultation on Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act; and Philippines – compensation for reef damage.

February 24, 2015

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White House – resolution of West Coast ports dispute

clip_image004 The White House issued a statement [located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/20/statement-press-secretary-west-coast-ports-agreement] expressing appreciation for the resolution of the West Coast ports labor-management dispute. President Obama calls on the parties to work together to clear out the backlogs and congestion. (2/20/15).

BOEM & BSEE – exploratory drilling on Arctic OCS

clip_image006 clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a joint proposal concerning requirements for exploratory drilling on the Arctic outer continental shelf (OCS), focusing on the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas. Comments should be submitted by 27 April. 80 Fed. Reg. 9915 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-24/pdf/2015-03609.pdf] (2/24/15).

Washington – critical habitat for southern resident killer whale

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing a 12-month finding on a petition to revise the critical habitat designation for the southern resident killer whale distinct population segment in Washington State to include certain Pacific Ocean marine waters along the coast and to address protective in-water sound levels. Possible regulatory revisions are under consideration. 80 Fed. Reg. 9682 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-24/pdf/2015-03378.pdf] (2/24/15).

MARAD – certification of CVSSA training providers

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is implementing a process to certify cruise vessel security and safety training program providers. The voluntary program [located at http://www.marad.dot.gov/environment_safety_landing_page/Office_of_Security/OS_CVSSA/cvssa.htm] will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (CVSSA). (2/23/15).

USCG – fire protection measures on cruise ships

clip_image014 clip_image016 The US Coast Guard posted two fire protection notices [located at https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/contentDetailViewPopup.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@0648963196.1424725587@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfadgfgkgjhffcfngcfkmdfhfdfgo.0&fromSearch=yes&contentType=EDITORIAL&contentId=511473] issued by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The first notice relates to fire protection measures for covered mooring decks and the second notice relates to water mist fire suppression systems in category “A” machinery spaces. (2/17/15). Note: This is a repetition of an earlier item because the earlier link did not consistently work. Hopefully the problem has now been resolved.

DOJ – man charged with making fraudulent DWH oil spill claim

clip_image018 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/north-carolina-man-charged-making-23-million-fraudulent-claim-deepwater-horizon-spill] stating that a man has been arrested and charged with making a fraudulent claim in the amount of $2.3 million for damages allegedly incurred by a fictitious business as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. (2/23/15).

India – consultation on Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act

clip_image020 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a notice [located at http://shipping.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=1926] stating that it seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act. Comments must be received by 15 March. (2/16/15).

Philippines – compensation for reef damage

clip_image022 The Philippine Government issued a news release [located at http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/newsroom/dfa-releases/5418-statement-on-us-government-compensation-for-tubbataha-reef] stating that it received from the US Government the full requested amount of Php 87,033, 570.71 as compensation for the damage caused to Tubbataha Reef by the grounding of the mine countermeasures shipUSS Guardian (MCM 5) in January 2013.  The compensation will be utilized for the protection and rehabilitation of Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Portions of the fund will also be used to further enhance capability to monitor the area and prevent similar incidents in the future.  In addition to the compensation received, the US Government is also providing additional assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard to upgrade the PCG Substation in Tubbataha. (2/18/15).

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    logo11 Resilience & the Maritime Industry

    In the March 2015 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Resilience & the Maritime Industry". In the article, I discuss the importance of preparing ahead for setbacks and planning resilience strategies. This strategy is vital for individual companies and for ports and geographic regions. The US Coast Guard and Transport Canada are encouraging stakeholders to develop "all hazard" plans to address a variety of scenarios.