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August 12th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 August 2014

Headlines:

North Pacific – sail boat crew rescued;

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fee;

USCG – NVIC 01-13 extension of comment period;

NTSB – investigation procedures;

SHC – meeting;

Great Lakes – mutual training agreement;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy areas defined;

CRS – Changes in the Arctic;

Australia – asbestos on ships; and

Australia – Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait.

August 12, 2014

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North Pacific – sail boat crew rescued

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the three crew members of the disabled sail boat Walkabout have been rescued by the container ship Manukai in the North Pacific about 400 miles northeast of Oahu. The sailboat was damaged and taking on water as a result of heavy weather resulting from Hurricane Julio. (8/11/14)

USCG – vessel documentation renewal fee

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a fee of $26 for renewals of endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. The cost of renewals had previously been included in general overhead. The rule comes into effect on 10 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 47015 (August 12, 2014).

USCG – NVIC 01-13 extension of comment period

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has extended, through 17 September, the period within which to submit comments on its draft changes to NVIC 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program. 79 Fed. Reg. 47153 (August 12, 2014).

NTSB – investigation procedures

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes to amend its regulations addressing investigation procedures. Among other things, it proposes to organize these regulations into distinct mode-specific subparts, where appropriate. In addition, it proposes including its party agreement form as an appendix. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 14 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 47064 (August 12, 2014).

SHC – meeting

clip_image009 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS) will meet on 27 August in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers. Topics on the agenda include development of an international code of safety for ships uses gases or other low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code) and revised guidelines for packing cargo transport units. 79 Fed. Reg. 47170 (August 12, 2014).

Great Lakes – mutual training agreement

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has entered into a mutual training agreement with the Lake Carriers Association (LCA) that will allow USCG marine inspectors to join a vessel’s crew while underway and act as a riding observer, giving inspectors a practical knowledge of the performance and operating characteristics of the vessels, equipment, the waterways they transit, and the vessel crews. (8/11/14).

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy areas defined

clip_image012 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that three Wind Energy Areas have been defined offshore North Carolina. This action potentially opens 307,590 acres to commercial wind energy development. (8/11/14).

CRS – Changes in the Arctic

clip_image014 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report entitled “Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress”. The report discusses the impact of decreased sea ice in the Arctic, including increased commercial shipping and oil and gas operations. It points out that response to oil spills in ice-covered waters is difficult and that the USCG icebreaker fleet is wanting. R41153 (8/4/14).

Australia – asbestos on ships

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners and operators of the ongoing prohibition of asbestos on ships. In situ asbestos on ships must be identified and managed using an asbestos management plan to assess, control, and mitigate risk. Marine Notice 10-2014 (8/11/14).

Australia – Great Barrier Reef-Torres Strait

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice announcing that a new two-way route has been established by the IMO in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region. The new route comes into effect on 1 December 2014. Marine Notice 11-2014 (8/11/14).

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August 11th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 11 August 2014

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – ship diverts to rescue sailboat;

USCG – NY/NJ Area Contingency Plan;

FMC – adjudication of small claims;

FERC – EIS for Gulf LNG liquefaction project;

USCG – reminder re hours of rest;

Toledo – spill response drill;

Santa Barbara Channel – speed reduction program;

California – SLC meeting re ballast water;

WHO – Ebola outbreak an ‘extraordinary event’;

EU – improving the safety of cruise ships;

Panama Canal – July summary; and

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001.

August 11, 2014

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Pacific Ocean – ship diverts to rescue sailboat

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Matson container ship Manukai has diverted to assist the disabled sail boat Walkabout in the Pacific northeast of Oahu. The Walkabout, with three persons on board, was damaged by Hurricane Julio. It is taking on water and its life raft has been blown overboard. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped dewatering equipment and life rafts, but the sail boat crew was unable to retrieve them in the heavy weather. (8/11/14).

USCG – NY/NJ Area Contingency Plan

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks public comment on the New York/New jersey Area Contingency Plan. The plan defines roles, responsibilities, resources, and procedures necessary to respond in the event of a spill. Comments should be submitted by 10 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 46866 (August 11, 2014).

FMC – adjudication of small claims

clip_image007 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) promulgated a direct final rule amending its regulations concerning the adjudication of small claims filed with the Commission seeking reparations in the amount of $50,000 or less for violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. The amendment transfers responsibility for assignment of these claims from the Alternative Dispute Resolution to the Chief Administrative Law Judge. The amendment will enter into effect on 7 November unless significant adverse comment is received by 8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46714 (August 11, 2014).

FERC – EIS for Gulf LNG liquefaction project

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the planned Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project. A public scoping meeting will be held on 18 August in Moss Point, Mississippi. Written comments must be received by 1 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46793 (August 11, 2014).

USCG – reminder re hours of rest

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding stakeholders that maritime authorities of the Paris, Black Sea, and Tokyo MOU’s on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW hours of rest. The CIC will be conducted from 1 September through 30 November 2014. MSIB 13-14 (8/8/14). Note: Although the US Coast Guard does not participate in the CIC, it does enforce the STCW, including the provisions relating to hours of rest, on a routine basis.

Toledo – spill response drill

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that its personnel and representatives from the BP-Husky Toledo refinery will conduct a two-day oil spill response drill at various marinas in the Toledo area on 12 and 13 August. (8/8/14).

Santa Barbara Channel – speed reduction program

clip_image012 The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued a news release stating that a coalition of government, non-profit, and marine industry groups have launched a new trial incentive program in the Santa Barbara Channel to slow cargo ships in order to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales. Companies participating in the speed reduction program will receive $2,500 per ship transit through the waterway. (8/4/14).

California – SLC meeting re ballast water

clip_image012[1] The California State Lands Commission (SLC) will meet in San Francisco on 15 August. Among the items on the agenda are consideration for approval of the Legislative Report titled “2014 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies for Use in California Waters” and consideration for approval of the budget as submitted by the successful bidder for a study to examine the feasibility of shore-based reception and treatment facilities for management of discharged ballast water in California. (8/8/14).

WHO – Ebola outbreak an ‘extraordinary event’

clip_image014 The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States. While the WHO does not recommend a general ban on international travel or trade, it does recommend that States provide travelers to Ebola affected and at-risk areas with relevant information on risks, measures to minimize those risks, and advice for managing a potential exposure. (8/8/14).

EU – improving safety of cruise ships

clip_image016 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release explaining how EU-funded research is making cruise ships safer. Among other things, the LYNCEUS project demonstrates how low-power wireless technology, inserted into life jackets, can help localize and track people. (8/8/14).

Panama Canal – July summary

clip_image018 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. Advisory 17-2014 (8/5/14).

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision – 11 August 2001

clip_image020 On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound and passing under the lift span when the span unexpectedly lowered. The vessel’s wheelhouse and funnel were destroyed. The vessel drifted downstream, caught fire, and grounded approximately 800 meters from the bridge. The vessel was eventually declared a constructive total loss. The bridge sustained structural damage and the Welland Canal was closed to vessel traffic for two days. Amazingly, there were no injuries, the master, third mate, and helmsman escaping down a ladder just before impact. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (operator of the bridge) initially denied responsibility, but later paid damages after the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a report (M01C0054) finding that the performance of the individual operating the bridge at the time was “likely impaired” when he lowered the span prematurely. A short, but interesting, video of the collision and its immediate aftermath is also available.

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August 8th, 2014 at 7:58 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Ebola virus precautions;

USCG – QUALSHIP 21 update;

USCG – H-Class structural fire protection materials;

MARAD – VISA open season;

FERC – draft EIS for Aguirre Offshore GasPort;

FEMA – PSGP allocation table corrected; and

Panama Canal – vessels with special configurations.

August 8, 2014

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USCG – Ebola virus precautions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued Ebola virus precautions. Among other things, it reminds vessel representatives that reports to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are required regarding sick or deceased crew or passengers. The Coast Guard will be checking all Advance Notices of Arrival (ANOA) to determine whether a vessel has visited a country impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak within the previous five port calls. Masters should inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crew members or passengers on board. (8/7/14).

USCG – QUALSHIP 21 update

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted an updated version of its QUALSHIP 21 Pamphlet, along with an updated version of its QUALSHIP 21 FAQ (frequently asked questions). (8/7/14).

USCG – H-Class structural fire protection materials

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division (CG-ENG-4) has established four new Coast Guard type approval series covering H-Class structural fire protection materials for use on offshore facilities on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). Neither USCG nor international regulations currently require use of H-Class barriers, but operators of such facilities may wish to consider these higher levels of protection for (1) penetration seals, (2) fire doors, (3) windows, and (4) structural protection. (8/7/14).

MARAD – VISA open season

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing open season for Fiscal Year 2015 applications for participation in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program. Applications must be received by 8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 46501 (August 8, 2014).

FERC – draft EIS for Aguirre Offshore GasPort

clip_image009 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project, planned for operation about three miles off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. Comments on the draft EIS must be received by 29 September. (8/7/14).

FEMA – PSGP allocation table corrected

clip_image011 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued Information Bulletin 398a, which, among things, updates the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) allocation table from IB 398 to reflect the correct names for all PSGP entities. (8/6/14).

Panama Canal – vessels with special configurations

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that supplementary personnel will be assigned to vessels with special configurations including those with mooring stations on different decks; vessels with mooring station areas that, due to their configurations, present difficulties for line handling operations; or vessels with any other deficiency that may affect transit operations. Vessels will be charged for the assignment of additional resources. Advisory 16-2014 (8/6/14).

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August 7th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 August 2014

Headlines:

CDC – Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever;

NTSB – towing vessel & barge fire & explosion;

Court – Himalaya Clause insulates railroad;

California – alternative compliance with air emission regulations; and

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789.

August 7, 2014

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CDC – Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

clip_image004 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice providing its latest information regarding the outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa. Unnecessary travel to the region should be avoided. If traveling to the region, avoid contact with bodily fluids of others (good advice everywhere). (8/6/14).

NTSB – towing vessel & barge fire & explosion

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire and explosions on board towing vessel Safety Runner and Kirby barges 28182 and 28194 on 24 April 2013 in Mobile. The barges, while the tug was berthed alongside, were having their tanks cleaned at the Oil Recovery Company (ORC) facility. Flammable vapors being vented from the barges’ open tank hatches entered the tug’s engine room and ignited. The fire spread from the tug back to the barges, resulting in explosions. Three persons sustained serious burn injuries. Damage to the tug and barges was estimated at $5.7 million. The probable cause of the incident was the failure of the ORC facility to isolate tank-cleaning operations from sources of ignition. Contributing to incident was ORC’s failure to provide its personnel with tank-cleaning training and proper procedures for reducing the risk of fire. MAB-14/13 (8/6/14).

Court – Himalaya Clause insulates railroad

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court decision upholding the provision in a through bill of lading in a multimodal shipment relieving the railroad of liability to owners of cargo damaged in a derailment. By means of a Himalaya Clause, the through bill of lading issued by the upstream ocean carrier exonerated all subcontractors and downstream carriers from any liability with respect to the cargo. Sompo Japan Ins. Co. v. Norfolk Southern, No. 13-3416-cv (2nd Cir., August 6, 2014).

California – alternative compliance with air emissions regulations

clip_image010 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued guidance for complying with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation during the ARB Sunset Review Process. During the Sunset Review Process, the ARB will allow a vessel complying with the North America ECA regulation to comply with the California OGV fuel regulation by using the Temporary Experimental or Research Exemption if the operator of the vessel notifies the ARB prior to the vessel entering California Regulated Waters that they will comply under the Research Exemption. Marine Notice 2014-1 (8/4/14).

Lighthouse Act – 7 August 1789

clip_image012 The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cessation by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.

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August 6th, 2014 at 11:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 August 2014

Headlines:

Lake Tahoe – sternwheeler refloated;

USCG – VGP Job Aid;

USACE – procedure for processing requests;

EPA – Waukegan Harbor cleanup completed;

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels;

Court – USCG recommendation not final agency action; and

Court – conflict of laws re FFAs.

August 6, 2014

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Lake Tahoe – sternwheeler refloated

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the sternwheeler Tahoe Queen has been refloated. The vessel, with 296 passengers aboard, grounded in Lake Tahoe on Monday. There were no reports of injury or pollution. All the passengers and non-essential crew were brought ashore before salvage efforts commenced. Water levels in the lake on the California-Nevada border are lower than normal due to the ongoing drought in the region. The incident is under investigation. (8/5/14).

USCG – VGP Job Aid

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The US Coast Guard issued an updated version of its Job Aid to assist its inspectors and port state control (PSC) boarding officers in verifying compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). (7/15/14).

USACE – procedure for processing requests

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing availability of Engineering Circular (EC) 1165-2-216, titled “Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests to Alter US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 408”. 79 Fed. Reg. 45790 (August 6, 2014).

EPA – Waukegan Harbor cleanup completed

clip_image009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing completion of all cleanup work required to remove Waukegan Harbor from the binational list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Waukegan Harbor was one of 43 contaminated sites on the Great Lakes designated as an Area of Concern by the United States and Canada under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. (8/5/14).

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels

clip_image011 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Growing American Shipping Act of 2014 (H.R. 5270) to promote the transportation of liquified natural gas from the United States on United States flag vessels, and for other purposes. Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

Court – USCG recommendation not final agency action

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to review a US Coast Guard letter of recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the suitability of the Columbia River for vessel traffic associated with a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility because such a letter does not constitute final agency action regarding the siting, construction, and operation of such facility. Columbia Riverkeeper v USCG, No. 12-73385 (9th Cir., August 5, 2014).

Court – conflict of laws re FFAs

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the denial by a district court of a motion to vacate a writ of maritime attachment previously issued to plaintiff trading company for the purpose of satisfying an English judgment. Plaintiff had entered into certain Forward Freight Swap Agreements (FFAs) with defendant shipowner. When defendant defaulted on the FFAs, plaintiff obtained a default judgment in the English court for its losses. Plaintiff then obtained a judgment in federal district court in New York recognizing and enforcing the English judgment. Plaintiff then obtained the writ of maritime attachment in federal district court in Virginia providing for arrest and attachment of a vessel owned by defendant then within the jurisdiction of the court. Defendant moved to vacate the writ, contending that a dispute over an FFA is not maritime in nature under English law, although it is in American law. The appellate court concluded that its jurisdiction is determined by reference to federal law and that FFAs are maritime contracts under federal law. Flame SA v. Freight Bulk Pte. Ltd, No. 14-1189 (4th Cir., August 5, 2014).

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August 5th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Change-1 to MSM, Vol. III;

USACE – proposed feasibility studies;

FERC – Freeport LNG liquefaction project;

NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board;

TSA – TWIC “OneVisit” availability;

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico dead zone;

NAP – oil spill response in US Arctic waters;

Singapore – advice re Ebola virus disease; and

UK – guidance re National Contingency Plan.

August 5, 2014

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USCG – Change-1 to MSM, Vol. III

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of Change-1 to the Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Volume III – Marine Industry Personnel, and the corresponding Commandant Change Notice that highlights the changes made. The change comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 45451 (August 5, 2014).

USACE– proposed feasibility studies

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in accordance with the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, issued a notice requesting proposals from non-federal interests for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized USACE water resources development projects or feasibility studies. Proposals must be submitted by 3 December. 79 Fed. Reg. 45430 (August 5, 2014).

FERC – Freeport LNG liquefaction project

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice announcing availability of a draft General Conformity Analysis for the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project. Comments must be received by 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 45441 (August 5, 2014).

NOAA – National Sea Grant Advisory Board

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for potential National Sea Grant Advisory Board members. Additionally, the Board will meet in Clearwater Beach, Florida on 7-8 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 45427 (August 5, 2014).

TSA – TWIC “OneVisit” availability

clip_image012 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) “OneVisit” program is now available everywhere. Under this program, the TWIC card can now be mailed directly to the applicant’s home or other location, instead of the applicant having to return to an enrollment center. A mailer with the card’s preset Personal Identification Number (PIN) is mailed separately. If the applicant elects to pick up the card at an enrollment center, the applicant may select the PIN associated with the card, an option not available if the card is delivered via mail. (8/4/14).

NOAA – Gulf of Mexico dead zone

clip_image013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that NOAA and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen in the water, and determined that it covers 5,052 square miles for the summer of 2014. This is smaller in size that recorded in 2013, but greater than the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force target of less than 1,900 square miles, meaning nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect the coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf. (8/4/14).

NAP – oil spill response in US Arctic waters

clip_image015 The National Academies Press (NAP) released the final edition of its book entitled “Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment”. As oil and gas, shipping, and tourism activities in these waters increase, the possibilities of an oil spill also increase, yet infrastructure in the region is minimal. (8/4/14).

Singapore – advice re Ebola virus disease

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing medical advice on Ebola virus disease (EVD). Among other things, it recommends that, if a passenger or seafarer presents EVD symptoms (fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, achiness, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding), precautions should be taken, including medical isolation. The situation must also be reported to medical authorities ashore. Shipping Circular 13-2014 (8/1/14).

UK – guidance re National Contingency Plan

clip_image019 The UK Government posted guidance material supporting the National Contingency Plan for marine pollution prevention and response. (8/1/14).

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August 4th, 2014 at 11:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 August 2014

Headlines:

DOE – licenses to import/export LNG;

CBP – quarterly interest rates;

MARAD – MOA with ABS re NDRF vessels;

NAP – The Arctic in the Anthropocene;

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning;

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research;

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation;

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels;

Court – maintenance and cure;

Court – settlement agreement trumps emails;

California – seeking Marine Safety Specialists;

Panama Canal – agreement to complete expansion; and

Coast Guard Day.

August 4, 2014

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DOE – licenses to import/export LNG

clip_image004 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice listing recent orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas, and vacating prior authority. 79 Fed. Reg. 45185 (August 4, 2014).

CBP – quarterly interest rates

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing the quarterly interest rates. For the quarter beginning 1 July, the interest rate for overpayments will be 2% for corporations and 3% for non-corporations, and the interest payments for underpayments will be 3% for both. 79 Fed. Reg. 45214 (August 4, 2014).

MARAD – MOA with ABS re NDRF vessels

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) establishing policies and procedures for the survey and classification of vessels of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). (8/1/14).

NAP – The Arctic in the Anthropocene

clip_image010 The National Academies Press released the book “The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions”. (8/1/14).

House – bill introduced re tsunami warning

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Representative Bonamici (D-OR) introduced a bill (H.R. 5309) 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, but Representative Bonamici issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/31/14).

House – bill introduced re marine renewable energy research

clip_image012[1] Representative Deutch (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5335) to promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/31/14).

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation

clip_image012[2] Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5389) to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (7/31/14).

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels

clip_image014 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2774) to require all recreational vessels to have and to post passenger capacity limits and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/1/14).

Court – maintenance and cure

clip_image016 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the granting of a summary judgment award in favor of a fishing vessel owner, holding that plaintiff seafarer had adduced sufficient evidence to support a finding that his aplastic anemia arose or became aggravated during his service on the vessel, triggering the duty of maintenance and cure. Ramirez v. Carolina Dream, Inc., No 13-2109 (1st Cir., July 28, 2014). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Court – settlement agreement trumps emails

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that emails between the parties did not amend a written settlement agreement between the parties concerning a maritime contract dispute. Celtic Marine v. James C. Justice Companies, No.

California – seeking Marine Safety Specialists

clip_image020 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) seeks qualified applicants for the positions of Marine Safety Specialist I and Marine Safety Specialist II. Applications must be received by 22 September. (8/1/14).

Panama Canal – agreement to complete expansion

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the variation to the original contract for the Canal Expansion Project has been fully incorporated. The Project is now 78% complete. (8/1/14).

Coast Guard Day

clip_image024 Today, August 4, is the 224th anniversary of the enactment of legislation establishing the Revenue Cutter Service (RCS), the forerunner of today’s US Coast Guard. While nominally intended to enforce the collection of revenue from imported cargoes, the service was engaged in multiple missions from the beginning. Over time, other agencies and functions were merged into it. In 1915, with the merger of the RCS and the Life-Saving Service, the name of the agency was changed to the United States Coast Guard. An illustrious history, a proud present, and an exciting future!

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August 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 August 2014

Headlines:

White House – quarantinable communicable diseases;

OMB – review of USCG NOAD & AIS rule;

USCG – Arctic technology evaluation;

CBP – ruling re imported yachts;

DOE – export of LNG conditionally authorized;

FERC – Freeport LNG project approved;

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas;

Senate – bill introduced ocean research for renewable energy;

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels; and

Australia – ship detained; master and mate convicted.

August 1, 2014

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White House – quarantinable communicable diseases

clip_image004 President Obama issued an Executive Order adding severe acute respiratory syndromes to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases. (7/31/14). Note: The reported incidents of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been increasing. Avoid kissing camels.

OMB – review of USCG NOAD & AIS rule

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received for review the draft USCG final rule for Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) and Automatic Identification System (AIS). (7/31/14). Note Review normally takes about four months.

USCG – Arctic technology evaluation

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that scientists from its Research & Development Center in New London are preparing for a month-long technology evaluation on the Arctic on board the icebreaker USCGC Healy. (7/31/14).

CBP – ruling re imported yachts

clip_image010 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice announcing revocation of a ruling letter and revocation of treatment relating to the exportation of imported duty-paid yachts sailed from the United States to the Bahamas for transport back to the United States on foreign cargo vessels. This action is effective 29 September 2014. (7/30/14).

DOE – export of LNG conditionally authorized

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that it has conditionally authorized the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. (7/31/14).

FERC – Freeport LNG project approved

clip_image014 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that that it has authorized the siting, construction, and operation of the Freeport LNG export project. (7/30/14).

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas

clip_image016 Senator Hoeven (R-ND) introduced the Natural Gas Export Certainty Act of 2014 (S. 2638) to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide certainty with respect to the timing of Department of Energy decisions to approve or deny applications to export natural gas. (7/22/14).

Senate – bill introduced re ocean research for renewal energy

clip_image017 Senator Begich (D-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2705) to establish, within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an integrated and comprehensive ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research and environmental information sharing program to support renewable energy, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Begich issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

House – bill introduced re LNG transport on US vessels

clip_image019 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5270) to promote the transportation of liquified natural gas from the United States on United States flag vessels, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Garamendi issued a press release explaining the measure. (7/30/14).

Australia – ship detained, master & mate convicted

clip_image021 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier Bulk Ingenuity has been detained at Abbot Point for failing to carry relevant nautical charts and publications and for failing to prepare a voyage plan taking into account the Designated Shipping Area (DSA) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The master and second mate have already been convicted and fined under the Great Barrier Marine Park Act 1975. (7/31/14).

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July 31st, 2014 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 July 2014

Headlines:

DOJ – former MSC official sentenced to 96 months in prison;

OFAC – North Korea sanctions;

DOE – application to export LNG;

Court – discovery request denied, for now; and

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789.

July 31, 2014

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DOJ – former MSC official sentenced to 96 months in prison

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that, following his guilty plea, the former Afloat Programs Manager at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) was sentenced to serve 96 months in prison for receiving bribes in exchange for favorable treatment for contractors. (7/29/14).

OFAC – North Korea sanctions

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that the two North Korean companies involved with the vessel caught attempting to transit the Panama Canal with illegal weapons have been placed on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, (along with all vessels operated by those companies). (7/30/14).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Gasfin Development USA, LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from a facility to be built along the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. Comments on the application must be received by 29 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 44439 (July 31, 2014).

Court – discovery request denied, for now

clip_image010 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming the denial of plaintiffs’ motion for discovery relating to certain witness declarations made in the case of Reino de Espana v. American Bureau of Shipping regarding the 2002 sinking of the tanker Prestige and the subsequent oil spill. The appellate court found that the district court had not abused its discretion in denying discovery based on plaintiffs’ assertions. Because the circumstances for which discovery is sought are subject to change, the dismissal is without prejudice and defendants are ordered to refrain for five years from destroying, altering, or removing from the United States any records reasonably subject to discovery. Mare Shipping v. Squire Sanders (US) LLP, No. 13-4426-cv (2nd Cir., 7/30/14).

Collection of Duties Act – 31 July 1789

clip_image011 Getting a new nation started is a complex operation. After the adoption of the Constitution by the various states of the United States, there were elections for President and for the House of Representatives, as well appointments to the Senate. Then, these august gentlemen (august gentlewomen were not invited) got together and began enacting legislation. On 4 July 1789, in one of their first official actions, they assessed duties on arriving vessels. It then occurred to someone that they had failed to provide for the payment of those duties. Therefore, on 31 July 1789, Congress adopted the Collection of Duties Act, which required vessels arriving in ports of the United States to actually pay the previously imposed duties. President George Washington appointed the various Collectors of Customs in August 1789.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 July 2014

Headlines:

USCG – whale watching vessel;

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier refloated;

USCG – lifesaving equipment;

Court – Iraq seeks to arrest oil shipment;

UN – sanctions against North Korean vessel;

India – Indian controlled tonnage;

Singapore – mass flow metering system;

UK – consultation re offshore safety directives;

UK – consultation re offshore environmental liability; and

The “Black Tom Island” incident – 30 July 1916.

July 30, 2014

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USCG – whale watching vessel

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a whale-watching vessel with 163 persons on board became disabled 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts when its propeller became entangled. After about twelve hours, the line was cleared by divers and the vessel returned to port. Coast Guard vessels stood by during the disablement. (7/29/14).

Lake St. Clair – grain carrier refloated

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the grain carrier Federal Rideau has been refloated. It grounded Sunday in the downbound channel of Lake St. Clair due to a steering casualty. A damage survey will be performed. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. (7/29/14).

USCG – lifesaving equipment

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending its regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances, release mechanisms, survival craft, rescue boats, and automatic disengaging devices. This rule harmonizes the Coast Guard’s design, construction, and performance standards for this lifesaving equipment with international standards, while providing for use of qualified independent laboratories during the approval process and for production inspections of certain types of lifesaving equipment. The rule enters into effect on 29 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 44129 (July 30, 2014).

Court – Iraq seeks to arrest oil shipment

clip_image007 The Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq filed a complaint and request for maritime arrest of 1,032,212 barrels of oil aboard the tanker United Kalavrvta, located offshore Galveston, Texas. Unofficial reports indicate that the oil cargo has not been arrested by US Marshals because the tanker is currently outside the jurisdiction of the court. This effort has the potential to put the United States Government in the midst of a dispute between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

UN – sanctions against North Korean vessel

clip_image009 The United Nations issued a news release stating that the Security Council has approved the addition of the Ocean Maritime Management Company Limited of the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), as the operator/manager of the vessel Chong Chon Gang, to its Consolidated List of Individuals and Entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraphs 8(d) and 8(e) of Resolution 1718(2006) and paragraphs 8, 9, and 10 of Resolution 2094(2013). (7/28/14). Note: This was the vessel caught in Panama smuggling weapons from Cuba to North Korea.

India – Indian controlled tonnage

clip_image011 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an order allowing the foreign flagging of ships owned by Indian entities (Indian controlled tonnage), subject to certain conditions. DGS Order 10-2014 (7/23/14).

Singapore – mass flow metering system

clip_image013 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that use of an MPA-approved mass flow metering (MSM) system for marine fuel oil delivery in the Port of Singapore will be mandatory from 1 January 2017. Port Marine Circular 08-2014 (7/29/14).

UK – consultation re offshore safety directives

clip_image015 The UK Health & Safety Executive opened a consultation on implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC, and on the review of offshore Approved Codes of Practice and the updating of UK onshore oil and gas safety legislation to cover emerging energy technologies. The consultation ends on 21 September. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

UK – consultation re offshore environmental liability

clip_image015[1] The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs opened a consultation on amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 in England and Wales to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive 2013. The consultation ends on 21 September. (7/28/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

The “Black Tom Island” incident – 30 July 1916

clip_image017 The “Black Tom Island” incident occurred on Sunday, 30 July 1916. German saboteurs ignited a fire at the munitions-loading facility in Jersey City, across from Manhattan. The ensuing explosions destroyed the waterfront facility and largely obliterated the island, killing four persons and causing over $40 million in property damage. It was the first state-sponsored terrorist attack in US history and was the genesis of the Coast Guard’s port security program. The linked article (http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/security/Black_Tom-a.pdf) provides further details.

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    In the July 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "OSRO - child of necessity". In the article, I discuss how the concept of the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) was developed and brought into being during the implementation process for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).