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January 28th, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 January 2016

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro investigation;

CDC – Zika virus web site;

EC – places of refuge;

Panama Canal – sunken wreck in Atlantic Outer Anchorage; and

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915.

January 28, 2016

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USCG – El Faro investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a media advisory [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2778590/] stating that it will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the steam ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. The hearing will open on 16 February in Jacksonville. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is conducting its own investigation, will fully participate in the USCG hearings. (1/26/16).

CDC – Zika virus web site

clip_image006 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a web site concerning the Zika virus [located at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html]. The site explains the common symptoms, prevention recommendations, treatment, and current Zika-affected areas. It also includes recommendations for pregnant women. (1/26/16).

EC – places of refuge

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) posted the Joint Declaration [located at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/news/doc/2016-01-27-lessons-learned-flaminia/declaration.pdf] on the EU Operational Guidelines on Places of Refuge [located at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/digital-services/doc/por-operational-guidelines.pdf]. These guidelines, prepared with the participation of competent authorities and industry stakeholders, followed the response to the casualty involving the MSC Flaminia in July 2012. The guidelines are not mandatory, but are intended to support a more uniform application of underlying legal provisions. (1/27/16). Note: These guidelines represent a significant step forward, but will only be utilized in actual casualties if coastal nations engage in exercises beforehand to gain familiarity with the procedures.

Panama Canal – sunken wreck in Atlantic Outer Anchorage

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that the general cargo ship Alita sank in the Atlantic Outer Anchorage. The wreck, which is just below the surface, has been marked. Advisory 03-2016 [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-03-2016.pdf] (1/23/16).

Establishment of US Coast Guard – 28 January 1915

clip_image011 The United States Coast Guard was created by Act of Congress on 28 January 1915, when the Life-Saving Service was combined with the Revenue-Cutter Service. From the beginning, the Coast Guard constituted part of the military forces of the United States. It operated (at that time) under the Treasury Department in time of peace and as part of the Navy in time of war or when the President shall so direct. Semper Paratus!

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January 27th, 2016 at 7:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 January 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi – closed due to collision;

NOAA – North Atlantic right whales;

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations;

BIS – Cuba Licensing Policy Revisions;

FMC – exemption petition;

FMC – OTI rules corrections;

OMB – voluntary consensus standards;

Treasury – international boycott countries; and

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program.

January 27, 2016

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Lower Mississippi – closed due to collision

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2779990/] stating that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 126 and 131 has been closed to navigation following a collision between two towing vessels and their barges. One barge carrying caustic soda has capsized. There are no reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation. (1/26/16).

NOAA – North Atlantic right whales

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule expanding the critical habitat for the North Atlantic right whale. The amendment enters into effect on 26 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 4837 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01633.pdf] (1/27/16). A news release provides additional information.

OFAC – Cuban Assets Control Regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement the policy to engage and empower the Cuban people. 81 Fed. Reg. 4583 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01559.pdf] (1/27/16).

BIS – Cuba Licensing Policy Revisions

clip_image010 The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for exports and reexports to Cuba. 81 Fed. Reg. 4580 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01557.pdf] (1/27/16).

FMC – exemption petition

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON) for an exemption from the rules requiring the filing of individual service contract amendments. Comments on the petition must be received by 12 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 4627 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01579.pdf] (1/27/16).

FMC – OTI rules corrections

clip_image012[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued correcting amendments, effective immediately, to its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs). 81 Fed. Reg. 4592 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01578.pdf] (1/27/16).

OMB – voluntary consensus standards

clip_image014 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has revised Circular A-119: “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities”. 81 Fed. Reg. 4673 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01606.pdf] (1/27/16).

Treasury – international boycott countries

clip_image015 The Treasury Department issued its list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 81 Fed. Reg. 4739 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01622.pdf] (1/27/16).

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image017 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Opportunities in Cooperative Education And New Research Partnerships Act (OCEAN Research Partnerships Act (H.R. 4394) [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4394ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr4394ih.pdf] to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. (1/25/16). Note: I wish to reiterate my distaste for the invention of convoluted names for legislative bills so as to fit an acronym.

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January 26th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 January 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi – barge breakaway;

NOAA – Southern Resident Killer Whales;

Court – fortuitous loss; and

St. Lawrence River – grounding.

January 26, 2016

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Lower Mississippi – barge breakaway

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2779266/] stating that it has closed the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 490 and 503 due to a barge breakaway near Greenville. The towboat Big J.O. struck the river bank, causing four empty barges and two barges loaded with urea ammonium nitrate to break loose. One of the loaded barges is reportedly sinking. Four barges have been secured. The incident is under investigation. (1/25/16).

NOAA – Southern Resident Killer Whales

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a notice stating that it has initiated a five-year review of the Southern Resident Killer Whale under the Endangered Species Act. Comments must be received by25 April. 81 Fed. Reg. 4264 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-26/pdf/2016-01400.pdf] (1/26/16).

Court – fortuitous loss

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a marine insured in a fortuitous loss case has a “not particularly onerous” burden of proof where the vessel is covered by an all-risk policy. The court did vacate the lower court’s summary judgment award for further proceedings on the applicability of the policy’s exclusions. Great Lakes Reinsurance v Kan-Do, Inc., No. 15-11939 (11th Cir., January 25, 2016) [located at http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201511939.pdf].

St. Lawrence River – grounding

clip_image010 The Canadian Transport Safety Board (TSB) issued a media release [located at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/deploiement-deployment/marine/2016/20160122.asp] stating that a team of investigators has been deployed to assess the grounding of the container ship MSC Monica in the St. Lawrence River near Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent, Quebec. (1/22/16). Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the grounding was the result of a steering casualty, there were no injuries or pollution, and that the vessel has been refloated.

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January 25th, 2016 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 January 2016

Headlines:

EPA – National Contingency Plan revision;

DOS – Iranian sanctions lifted;

MARAD – $1.96 billion NDRF contracts awarded;

DOJ – USN petty officer sentenced; and

USTDA – LNG projects for Panama Canal.

January 25, 2016

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EPA – National Contingency Plan revision

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to revise the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan to align with the Department of Homeland Security National Response Framework and National Incident Management System. Comments on the proposal must be received by 25 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 3982 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-25/pdf/2016-00663.pdf] (1/25/16).

DOS – Iranian sanctions lifted

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it has discontinued the imposition of sanctions on various individuals and entities (including various shipping companies) as part of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran. 81 Fed. Reg. 4082 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-25/pdf/2016-01404.pdf] (1/25/16).

MARAD – $1.96 billion NDRF contracts awarded

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years have been awarded to seven maritime firms to manage, maintain, and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024. (1/22/16).

DOJ – USN petty officer sentenced

clip_image010 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-petty-officer-sentenced-27-months-prison-trading-classified-information-international] stating that a US Navy petty officer was sentenced to 27 months in prison for accepting cash, consumer electronics, and travel expenses from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia in exchange for classified US Navy information. (1/21/16).

USTDA – LNG projects for Panama Canal

clip_image012 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) issued a notice [located at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=059e08df22bf144fb54f64e1a740ccb4&tab=core&_cview=0] stating that it seeks submissions from interested US firms to develop a feasibility study to assess and plan the development of LNG-related projects in the vicinity of the Panama Canal. Submissions must be received by 29 January. (12/22/15).

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January 22nd, 2016 at 11:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 January 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – towboat restriction;

DOS – meeting re IMO PPR 3;

DOS – meeting re IMO NCSR 3;

DOS – meeting re IMO SSE 3;

NOAA – smalltooth sawfish;

USN – Great Green Fleet deploys;

EP – EU seamen detained in India;

EC – alignment f state aid to ports;

Australia – waste reception facilities; and

Australia – Bunkers Convention.

January 22, 2016

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Lower Mississippi River – towboat restriction

clip_image004 A bridge allision [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2778526/] on the Lower Mississippi River near Natchez and a second one [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2778498/] near Vicksburg have resulted in the US Coast Guard issuing a directive restricting towboats from pushing barges under bridges between mile markers 363 and 438. (1/21/16).

DOS – meeting re IMO PPR 3

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 10 February in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 3). Topics on the agenda include: ballast water sampling and analysis; impact on the Arctic on emissions of black carbon from international shipping; and on-board sampling and verification of the sulphur content of fuel oil. 81 Fed. Reg. 3856 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-22/pdf/2016-01272.pdf] (1/22/16).

DOS – meeting re IMO NCSR 3

clip_image006[1] The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 24 February in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search and Rescue (NCSR 3). Topics on the agenda include: routing measures; establishing multiple structures at sea; recognition of Galileo as a component of the WWRNS; and harmonization of bridge design and display of information. 81 Fed. Reg. 3855 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-22/pdf/2016-01275.pdf] (1/22/16).

DOS – meeting re IMO SSE 3

clip_image006[2] The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 8 March in Arlington, Virginia to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 3). Topics on the agenda include: on-board lifting devices and winches; dynamic positioning systems; and escape route signs and equipment location markings. 81 Fed. Reg. 3856 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-22/pdf/2016-01273.pdf] (1/22/16).

NOAA – smalltooth sawfish

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is initiating a 5-year review of the US distinct population segment of smalltooth sawfish. Comments must be received by 22 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 3781 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-22/pdf/2016-01239.pdf] (1/22/16).

USN – Great Green Fleet deploys

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=92760] announcing deployment of the Great Green Fleet, otherwise known as the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. The surface ships of the Carrier Strike Group are utilizing alternative fuel made from waste beef fat provided by farmers in the Midwest. The ships are also using other energy conservation measures, including stern flaps and LED lights. (1/20/16).

EP – EU seamen detained in India

clip_image012 The European Parliament (EP) issued a press release [located at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160115IPR10195/Human-rights-EU-seamen-detained-in-India-Ethiopia-and-North-Korea-nuclear-test] stating that it adopted a resolution calling on the Government of India to release the 35 crew members of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, including 14 Estonians and six Britons. The crew were arrested in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu in October 2013 and charged with illegally possessing weapons. The defendants claim to have been on an anti-piracy mission. The charges were rapidly quashed, but Indian authorities appealed, preventing the crew members from leaving the country. Earlier this month, the 35 individuals were sentenced to a maximum of five years ‘rigorous imprisonment’. That action is now subject to appeal by the crew members. Parliament urges the Indian authorities to release all those concerned pending conclusion of the judicial process. (1/21/16).

EU – alignment of state aid to ports

clip_image014 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-124_en.htm?locale=en] stating that it has taken action to require the Netherlands to abolish an exemption from corporate tax for its six seaports so as to align the regime with EU state aid rues. It has also proposed in two separate decisions that Belgium and France align their taxation of ports with state aid rules. (1/21/16).

Australia – waste reception facilities

clip_image016 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding ports and other stakeholders of the obligation to ensure that adequate waste reception facilities are available to receive all waste streams that are generated on board ships calling at the port. Marine Notice 5-2016 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (1/21/16).

Australia – Bunkers Convention

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners and operators of the application of the Bunkers Convention to Australia. Marine Notice 6-2016 [located at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html] (1/21/16).

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January 21st, 2016 at 11:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 January 2016

Headlines:

Lower Mississippi River – 22-barge break away;

Vicksburg – bridge struck (again);

White House – veto of S.J. 22;

OFAC – Iranian sanctions regulations;

USCG – engine rating watches;

Court – “arising from” and proximate cause; and

Panama Canal – tanker deck cooling.

January 21, 2016

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Lower Mississippi River – 22-barge break away

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2777678/] stating that the Lower Mississippi River is closed between mile markers 51 and 54 after 22 barges broke away. Some of the barges struck three deep-draft vessels transiting the river. A portion of dry-bulk soy beans from one vessel entered the river before the release could be secured. The incident is under investigation. (1/20/16).

Vicksburg – bridge struck (again)

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2777558/] stating that the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge at mile marker 435.8 of the Lower Mississippi River has been struck (yet again) by a towboat and barges. Six barges broke free but have been rounded up. Traffic on the river has resumed, but the bridge has been closed pending a safety inspection. The Coast Guard is evaluating additional safety measures to reduce the potential for future casualties. The incident is under investigation. (1/20/16).

White House – veto of S.J. 22

clip_image006 The White House issued a statement [located at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/19/president-obama-vetoes-sj-22] by President Obama saying that he has vetoed S.J. 22, a resolution that would have nullified a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act. (1/19/16).

OFAC – Iranian sanctions regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a final rule, effective immediately, amending the Iranian sanctions regulations to implement certain US Government commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Act (JCPOA) between the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, and Iran. 81 Fed. Reg. 3330 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-21/pdf/2016-01227.pdf] (1/21/16).

USCG – engine rating watches

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that its 26 October 2015 direct final rule allowing oilers serving on certain offshore support vessels, towing vessels, and barges to be divided into at least two watches enters into effect on 25 January. 81 Fed. Reg. 3336 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-21/pdf/2016-01101.pdf] (1/21/16).

Court – “arising from” and proximate cause

clip_image011 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court judgment in favor of defendant insurers in a coverage dispute regarding sequential damage to a jack-up offshore drilling rig. Plaintiff insured’s contention that the second incident arose from the first incident was rejected as the proximate cause of each incident (adverse weather) was separate. Seahawk Liquidating Trust v Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, No. 15-30324 (5th Cir., January 19, 2016) [located at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30324-CV0.pdf].

Panama Canal – tanker deck cooling

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, transiting crude oil tankers, product carriers, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less than 18°C are required to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent activation of their pressure relief valves during transit. The cooling of the main deck shall be performed between 1000 and 1800 hours while the vessel is underway at Gatun Lake, or at anchor in Canal waters. Other conditions apply. Advisory 02-2016 [located at https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-02-2016.pdf] (1/18/16).

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January 20th, 2016 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 January 2016

Headlines:

Western Rivers – navigation restrictions;

USCG – GNSS subject to interference;

USN – statement re Iranian detention;

Australia – man overboard fatality; and

Ireland – Kannad Safelink EPIRB recall.

January 20, 2016

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Western Rivers – navigation restrictions

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2777046/] discussing the various navigation restrictions on the Western Rivers. (1/19/16). Note: These restrictions are subject to change without prior notice.

USCG – GNSS subject to interference

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0116.pdf] reminding mariners of the dangers of relying solely upon global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, for navigation and positioning. These systems are subject to natural, accidental, and intentional interference. (1/19/16).

USN – statement re Iranian detention

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a statement [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=92740] on the events surrounding the Iranian detainment of 10 US Navy sailors near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf on 12 January 2016. The two Riverine Command Boats were transiting from Kuwait to Bahrain with a planned refueling enroute alongside USCGC Monomoy. At approximately 1410 (GMT), the RCBs were queried by Iranian forces at Farsi Island. At 1429, communications with the RCBs was degraded. At 1815, the Navy received a communication from the Iranians stating that the RCB sailors were in Iranian custody and were safe and healthy. The investigation continues. (1/19/16).

Australia – man overboard fatality

clip_image008 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the man overboard fatality from the bulk carrier Hyundai Dangjin in Port Walcott on 10 July 2015. The second mate descended a rope ladder to read the outboard midships draft mark while the vessel was loading cargo. He was wearing a work vest and an AB was standing by on deck. When the second mate fell into the water, the AB threw him a lifebuoy, but the second mate was unable to reach it before drowning. Investigation revealed that the rope ladder had been rigged upside down and that the work vest had insufficient buoyancy for the second mate’s heavy build. MO-2015-004 [located at http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5748872/MO-2015-004-Final.pdf] (1/19/16).

Ireland – Kannad Safelink EPIRB recall

clip_image010 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a Marine Notice [located at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN02_of_2016.pdf] stating that Kannad Marine has issued a Global Recall Safety Notice for its Safelink EPIRB K1202311 and Safelink EPIRB K1202367 (1/15/16).

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January 19th, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 January 2016

Headlines:

OFAC – JCPOA implementation;

OFAC – economic sanctions re Iran;

DOJ – environmental crimes conviction;

IMO – BWM Convention tonnage criteria not yet met;

EC – Antwerp container terminals investigation; and

China – ECA reminder.

January 19, 2016

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OFAC – JCPOA implementation

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [located at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/jcpoa_implementation.aspx] stating that the economic sanctions imposed against Iran by the P5+1 (China, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and the European Union) have been lifted in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Further details are addressed in the related Executive Order. (1/16/16). Note: Among other things, Iran may resume its international petroleum trade and regular commerce.

OFAC – economic sanctions re Iran

clip_image005 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice [located at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20160117.aspx] stating that new economic sanctions have been imposed with respect to certain persons and entities due to non-proliferation violations. (1/17/16).

DOJ – environmental crimes conviction

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release [located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/turkish-ship-management-company-and-two-employees-plead-guilty-maryland-environmental-crimes] stating that a Turkish ship management company pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) when one of its bulk carriers routinely discharged oily waste water directly overboard and failed to log those discharges in the ship’s oil record book. The company was sentenced to an overall criminal penalty of $1.05 million and required to implement an environmental compliance plan. (1/14/16).

IMO – BWM Convention tonnage criteria not yet met

clip_image009 The IMO issued a news release [located at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-bwm-count.aspx] stating that, despite the recent spate of ratifications of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, there is still insufficient covered tonnage to enable the Convention to enter into force. Forty-seven countries have ratified, but the covered tonnage of the combined fleets is 34.56% of the global tonnage, short of the 35% required for entry into force. (1/15/16).

EC – Antwerp container terminals investigation

clip_image011 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release [located at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-81_en.htm?locale=en] stating that it has opened an investigation into alleged aid to two container terminal operators in the Port of Antwerp. (1/15/16).

China – ECA reminder

clip_image013 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding stakeholders that, effective 1 January 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Transport established emission control areas (ECAs) in the three main coastal waters of the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta, and Bohai Rim in order to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), Sulphur oxides (SOx), and particulate matter (PM) from ships. Notice 10-2016 [located at http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/pdf/mdn16010.pdf] (1/15/16).

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January 15th, 2016 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 January 2016

Headlines:

USCG – Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Program;

USCG – Lower Mississippi at Vicksburg;

NTSB – Most Wanted List;

FERC – Cameron LNG expansion;

MMC – meeting in Alaska;

Denmark – North Sea wind energy industry; and

Singapore – dues concession for container vessels.

January 15, 2016

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USCG – Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Program

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin [located at http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/icebreaker/default.asp] announcing commencement of the Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Program. The Coast Guard is moving forward on its heavy polar icebreaker recapitalization efforts and plans to begin production activities in 2020. In early 2016, it will hold an industry day event that may be combined with one-on-one meetings with interested vendors. (1/13/16). Note: This step follows President Obama’s 1 September 2015 announcement on the critical need for polar icebreakers.

USCG – Lower Mississippi at Vicksburg

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release [located at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2775746/] stating that, after the third tug-barge allision with the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge in three days on the Lower Mississippi River, it is evaluating additional navigation safety measures. (1/14/16).

NTSB – Most Wanted List

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its 2016 Most Wanted List [located at http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx]. None of the listed safety improvements are unique to the maritime sector, but several, such as reduce fatigue-related accidents; disconnect from deadly distractions; and require medical fitness for duty, have maritime industry aspects. (1/13/16).

FERC – Cameron LNG expansion

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that intends to issue an environmental assessment of the proposed expansion of the Cameron LNG terminal project on 12 February. 81 Fed. Reg. 2206 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2016-00703.pdf] (1/15/16).

MMC – meetings in Alaska

clip_image010 The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings concerning marine mammal issues in Barrow (3 February); Kotzebue (5 February): Nome (9 February); and Anchorage (11 February). 81 Fed. Reg. 2243 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2016-00692.pdf] (1/15/16).

Denmark – North Sea wind energy industry

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a Summary Report [located at http://www.soefartsstyrelsen.dk/Documents/Publikationer/ReportOnNorthSeaRegulationAndStandards.pdf] on maritime and offshore regulations and standards applicable to vessels in the North Sea wind energy industry, including Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. (1/14/16).

Singapore – dues concession for container vessels

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing an additional 10% port dues concession for container vessels carrying out cargo works of not more than five days. Port Marine Circular 02-2016 [located at http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/port_marine_circulars/pc16-02.pdf] (1/14/16).

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January 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 January 2016

Headlines:

DOD – USN sailors and boats released by Iran;

USCG – controlling transient fire load;

House – “waters of the United States”; and

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative.

January 14, 2016

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DOD – USN sailors and boats released by Iran

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release [located at http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/642838/carter-hails-irans-swift-return-of-10-us-sailors] expressing appreciation for the prompt release by Iranian authorities of the ten US Navy sailors and two Riverine Command Boats from Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. The Navy issued a news release [located at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=92689] stating that it will investigate the circumstances that led to the sailors’ presence in Iran. (1/13/16).

USCG – controlling transient fire load

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter recommending practices for controlling transient fire load created by passenger baggage in very low fire load (Type 5A) spaces. Policy Letter CG-CVC 16-01 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol16-01.pdf] (1/13/16).

House – “waters of the United States”

clip_image008 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a press release [located at http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399644] stating that the House voted to approve S.J.Res. 22 to vacate the 2015 rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) defining the term “waters of the United States”. The measure now goes to the White House. President Obama has indicated that he will veto the measure. (1/13/16).

California – Sustainable Freight Initiative

clip_image010 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a notice [located at http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/workshop_notice_1.11.16.pdf] stating that it and other state agencies will conduct workshops and a webinar regarding the Sustainable Freight Action Plan. The workshops will be in Sacramento (26 January); Fresno (28 January); and Los Angeles (1 February). The webinar will be on 5 February. (1/12/16).

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    In the January 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Limitless salvage". In the article, I discuss the recent developments in deep water salvage that have allowed access to and salvage of wrecks in the deepest reaches of the oceans and the impact of these developments on the Wreck Removal Convention and United State salvage law and policy. The days of forgotten wrecks are past.