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May 10th, 2017 at 10:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 May 2017

Headlines:

Miami – safety zone proposed;

Puget Sound – incidental take authorization request;

EPA – waters of the United States;

BSEE – Arctic oil spill response;

MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas;

Senate – hearing re maritime policy and challenges;

IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2017; and

ReCAAP – April 2017 report.

May 10, 2017

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Miami – safety zone proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone within the Sector Miami Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone to provide for the safety of persons and vessels in the event of reduced or restricted visibility due to hurricanes or other disasters. Comments on the proposal must be received by 9 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 21742 (5/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-10/pdf/2017-09476.pdf].

Puget Sound – incidental take authorization request

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received a request for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Mukilteo Multimodal Construction Project on Puget Sound. Comments must be received by 9 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 21793 (5/10/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-10/pdf/2017-09417.pdf].

EPA – waters of the United States

clip_image008 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that the EPA and the US Army sent a letter to governors soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in line with Supreme Court precedent. (5/9/17) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-us-army-solicit-state-input-redefining-waters-us-0].

BSEE – Arctic oil spill response

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it made a presentation at the recent Arctic Oil Spill Response Research & Technology Workshop regarding collaborative efforts to improve oil spill response technologies, including development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice. (5/9/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-highlights-arctic-collaborations-on].

MARAD – warning re Sulu and Celebes Seas

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory cautioning US-flag vessels to remain vigilant and adhere to counter-piracy measures when transiting the Sulu and Celebes Seas in light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom in that area. Advisory 2017-004 (5/9/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/advisory/].

Senate – hearing re maritime policy and challenges

clip_image014 The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing on Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges for the Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission. Testimony was received from the Honorable Michael Khouri, FMC; the Honorable Rebecca Dye, FMC; the Honorable Mario Cordero; FMC; RADM James Helis, USMMA; and Mr. Joel Szabat, MARAD. (5/9/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=697DDE9A-A351-4780-AB6E-AAED7C7C9AAC].

IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2017

clip_image016 The IMO posted a notice stating that the Day of the Seafarer 2017 will be celebrated on 25 June. This year’s theme is “Seafarers Matter”. (5/9/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2017.aspx].

ReCAAP – April 2017 report

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its monthly report for April 2017. A total of three incidents of piracy or armed robbery against ships in Asian waters were reported during the month, as compared to a total of 14 incidents reported during April 2016. (5/9/17) [http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports/2017/ReCAAP%20ISC%20April%202017%20Report.pdf].

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May 9th, 2017 at 10:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 May 2017

Headlines:

USCG – TVNCOE presentation on 15 May;

EMSA – marine casualties 2011-2015; and

Panama Canal – April operations.

May 9, 2017

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USCG – TVNCOE presentation on 15 May

clip_image004 The USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) will present at the Seaman’s Church Institute in Paducah on 15 May. The TVNCOE contingent will be led by its new Detachment Chief, CDR Andrew Bender. (5/8/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/TVNCOE/].

EMSA – marine casualties 2011-2015

clip_image006 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted a Summary Overview of marine casualties and incidents for 2011-2015. (5/8/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3011-summary-overview-of-marine-casualties-and-incidents-2011-2015.html].

Panama Canal – April operations

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during April. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 16-2017 (5/5/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-16-2017.pdf].

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May 8th, 2017 at 10:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 May 2017

Headlines:

White House – President signs Appropriations Act;

USCG – Ship Sanitation Control Certificates;

USCG NVMC – eNOAD and NOAD unavailability;

FMC – update re Tripartite Agreement;

NTSB – failure to lubricated wire rope;

DOJ – MSC contractor indicted for bribery and fraud;

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice analysis;

NASA – tsunami research;

House – bill introduced to ban OCS drilling;

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing moratorium;

House – bill introduced re oil spill preparedness;

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

House – bill introduced re LHWCA & recreational vessels;

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin;

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy;

Senate – bill introduced re GOM drilling;

Canada – port state control; and

Denmark – sulphur regulation & Polar Code.

May 8, 2017

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White House – President signs Appropriations Act

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244), funding federal agencies through the remainder of the fiscal year. (5/5/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/05/president-donald-j-trump-signs-hr-244-law].

USCG – Ship Sanitation Control Certificates

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing guidance to US-flag vessel owners, operators, and masters regarding Ship Sanitation Control Certificates (SSCCs) required by International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The competent authority for IHR 2005 in the United States is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ). Since the CDC does not require SSCCs for commercial vessels arriving at US ports, it does not issue such certificates. US-flag vessels may elect to obtain such certificates at certain foreign ports. MSIB 005-17 (5/5/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/005_17_5-5-2017.pdf]. Note: Now this is a fine kettle of fish!

USCG NVMC – eNOAD and NOAD unavailability

clip_image007 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) posted a notice stating that eNOAD and NOAD will be unavailable from 0200 until 0700 local on 9 May in order to perform scheduled maintenance. (5/5/17) [].

FMC – update re Tripartite Agreement

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release updating its earlier release concerning its rejection of the proposed Tripartite Agreement. Rejection of that agreement was solely on jurisdictional grounds. The Agreement was determined to ultimately constitute a merger. The FMC is without jurisdiction to review merger agreements. (5/5/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-10/].

NTSB – failure to lubricate wire rope

clip_image011 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 8 July 2015 equipment failure on the bulk carrier Asia Zircon II while discharging cargo in Galveston. One of the ship’s cranes was hoisting a wind turbine tower section out of the hold when the lifting wire parted. The tower section fell back into the hold, damaging cargo. Two of the five longshoremen inside the hold suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Damages were estimated to exceed $1.5 million. The probable cause was inadequate lubrication due to ineffective maintenance, resulting in excessive wear of the wire rope. MAB 17-10 (4/20/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1710.pdf].

DOJ – MSC contractor indicted for bribery and fraud

clip_image013 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former contractor at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) has been indicted for his role in a bribery and fraud conspiracy from approximately 1999 to 2014, in which he allegedly received almost $3 million in bribes. The former contractor allegedly used his position and influence at MSC to assist his co-conspirator in obtaining and expanding a commission agreement with a telecommunications company that sold maritime satellite services to MSC. (5/4/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-military-sealift-command-contractor-charged-bribery-and-fraud].

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice analysis

clip_image014 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) posted an Analysis of Arctic Sea Ice. Arctic sea ice in April 2017 tied with April 2016 as the lowest extent in the satellite record. In addition, the volume of multi-year ice has been decreasingly steadily and now makes up only a small percentage of the ice coverage. (5/3/17) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

NASA – tsunami research

clip_image016 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a multi-media post reporting that recent research reveals that the horizontal movement of the seafloor during an earthquake is a significant factor in tsunami generation as is vertical movement of the seafloor. Highly precise GPS sensors located along coastlines now measure (in one-second intervals) earth movement in three dimensions. Combining those readings from multiple sensors allow for calculation of both the origin-location and probable size of tsunamis. (5/3/17) [https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/index.html]. [https://youtu.be/NPJHkCmXv78]

House – bill introduced to ban OCS drilling

clip_image018 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Keep It in the Ground Act of 2017 (H.R. 2242) to prohibit drilling in the outer Continental Shelf, to prohibit coal leases on Federal land, and for other purposes. (4/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2242ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2242ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing moratorium

clip_image018[1] Representative Sanford (R-SC) introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act (H.R. 2252) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to place a ten-year moratorium on oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Representative Sanford issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2252ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2252ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re oil spill preparedness

clip_image019 Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced the Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act (H.R. 2261) to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes. (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2261ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2261ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image018[2] Representative Courtney (D-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 2317) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Courtney issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://courtney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/courtney-statement-5-million-new-funding-national-coast-guard-museum].

House – bill introduced re LHWCA & recreational vessels

clip_image018[3] Representative Byrne (R-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2354) to amend the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a definition of recreational vessel for purposes of such Act. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/4/17).

Senate – bill introduced re USCG commemorative coin

clip_image021 Senator Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 1021) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Murphy issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-boozman-courtney-blumenthal-reintroduce-bipartisan-coast-guard-commemorative-coin-act-to-support-national-coast-guard-museum].

Senate – bill introduced re marine hydrokinetic energy

clip_image022 Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill (S. 1036) to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Wyden issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/3/17) [https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senators-introduce-bill-to-boost-next-generation-hydro-power-].

Senate – bill introduced re GOM drilling

clip_image022[1] Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 1041) to include the State of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico outer Continental Shelf revenue sharing program, to extend the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Rubio issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/4/17) [https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=23C4DB2C-7410-4875-93CC-30C61A8FE9BD].

Canada – port state control

clip_image024 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that representatives of the Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU gathered in Vancouver to sign a new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control. The Declaration is intended to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices that result in loss of life, damage to property and harm to marine environments. It will help create new global policies that advance this goal, putting pressure on administrations and owners of substandard ships to comply with international ship safety standards. (5/4/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/05/global_leaders_gatherinvancouversignnewinternationaldeclarationo.html].

Denmark – sulphur regulation & Polar Code

clip_image026 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a press release stating that enforcement of the sulphur regulations and the Polar Code has been included in the new Ministerial Declaration signed by representatives of Paris and Tokyo MOUs. (5/5/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Port-State-Control-will-target-sulphur-rules-and-the-Polar-Code.aspx].

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May 5th, 2017 at 10:24 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 May 2017

Headlines:

Chesapeake Bay – multiple laser strikes;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Rates;

US & Netherlands – humpback whale protected areas;

USCG & BSEE – Joint Activity Statement;

NTSB – wrong rudder command leads to allision;

Senate – bill introduced re coral reef ecosystems; and

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety.

May 5, 2017

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Chesapeake Bay – multiple laser strikes

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that multiple merchant vessels and one pilot boat transiting Chesapeake Bay during the past month have been struck by lasers. The strikes originated in the area between Brum Point and Cove Point, each lasting about 15 minutes. Such actions are dangerous to life, property, and the environment. The penalty for such actions is a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the US Coast Guard. (5/4/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/19804ae].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage Rates

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard has extended, through 5 June, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed rulemaking for ‘Great Lakes Pilotage Rates – 2017 Annual Review’. 82 Fed. Reg. 21195 (5/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-05/pdf/2017-09177.pdf].

US & Netherlands – humpback whale protected areas

clip_image007 clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the United States and the Netherlands have signed an agreement adding a network of marine protected areas from New England to the Caribbean, providing refuge for North American humpback whales at both ends of their 3,000-mile annual migration. (5/4/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/new-sister-sanctuary-agreement-protects-whales-from-new-england-to-caribbean].

USCG & BSEE – Joint Activity Statement

clip_image010 clip_image012 The US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued their Joint Activity Statement 2016-2017. The statement discusses joint inspections; shared resources; cross-training; and related matters. (5/4/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5222/docs/USCG%20BSEE%20Summary%2005042017v2.pdf].

NTSB – wrong rudder command leads to allision

clip_image014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted the report of its investigation of the 29 October 2015 allision of a cargo vessel with a tier of moored empty tank barges while entering the Port of Corpus Christi. One barge crewman received non-life threatening injuries. Although no environmental damage was reported, the cargo vessel and the three tank barges sustained structural damage estimated at $750,000. The probable cause of the collision was the pilot’s rudder order in a direction opposite of which he intended. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the bridge team to identify the risk of collision and take appropriate action. MAB 17-11 (4/20/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1711.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re coral reef ecosystems

clip_image016 Senator Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Coral Reef Sustainability through Innovation Act of 2017 (S. 958) to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems, and for other purposes. Senator Hirono issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s958is/pdf/BILLS-115s958is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety

clip_image016[1] Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S. 965) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Senator Blumenthal issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s965is/pdf/BILLS-115s965is.pdf].

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May 4th, 2017 at 7:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 May 2017

Headlines:

Jacksonville – proposed offshore anchorage;

USCG – MODU regulatory compliance options;

USCG – port and facility compliance summary;

OMB – waters of the United States;

House – Consolidated Appropriations Act;

House – hearing re maritime transportation regulation;

Senate – bill introduced to ban Arctic Ocean drilling;

Senate – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling;

House – bill introduced re oil spill preparedness;

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling; and

House – bill introduced re maritime workforce training.

May 4, 2017

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Jacksonville – proposed offshore anchorage

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a new offshore anchorage area approximately seven nautical miles northeast of the St. Johns River inlet off Jacksonville. Comments on the proposal must be received by 5 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 20859 (5/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-04/pdf/2017-09036.pdf].

USCG – MODU regulatory compliance options

clip_image004[1] The USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) posted a new edition of its Drill Down newsletter discussing the regulatory compliance options available to foreign mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) operating in US waters. (5/3/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/ocsncoe/docs/Drill%20Down/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20MODU%20Compliance%20Options%2005.03.2017.pdf].

USCG – port and facility compliance summary

clip_image004[2] The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) posted its 2016 Year in Review. The review summarizes its implementation and enforcement of maritime safety, security, and stewardship regulations and policies as regards US ports and facilities. (5/3/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/docs/Year_in_Review_2016_Final.pdf].

OMB – waters of the United States

clip_image006 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it has received for review from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the proposed recodification of preexisting rules concerning the definition of ‘waters of the United States’. (5/2/17) [https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoReviewSearch;jsessionid=B822448D29DE005F8447F3A06E8CD988]. Note: OMB review averages about four months.

House – Consolidated Appropriations Act

clip_image008 The Rules Committee of the House of Representatives posted the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. Among many other things, the measure provides $7 billion for US Coast Guard operating expenses; $1.37 billion for USCG acquisition, construction, and improvements; $100 million for Port Security Grants; and (in the US Navy budget) $150 million for continued work on polar icebreakers. The 1,665-page bill is to be approved by Congress and signed into law later this week. (5/3/17) [https://rules.house.gov/sites/republicans.rules.house.gov/files/115/OMNI/CPRT-115-HPRT-RU00-SAHR244-AMNT.pdf].

House – hearing re maritime transportation regulation

clip_image009 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing regarding maritime transportation regulatory issues. Testimony was heard from, among others, Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas, USCG and the Honorable Michael A. Khouri, FMC. (5/3/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401345].

Senate – bill introduced to ban Arctic Ocean drilling

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Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bill (S. 991) to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Merkley issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/1/17) [https://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-re-introduces-bill-to-stop-arctic-ocean-drilling].

Senate – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling

clip_image012 Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 999) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Menendez issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/1/17) [https://www.menendez.senate.gov/news-and-events/press/video-menendez-booker-pallone-reintroduce-coast-act-in-response-to-trump-executive-order-to-expand-offshore-drilling].

House – bill introduced re oil spill preparedness

clip_image013 Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2261) to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/1/17).

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling

clip_image013[1] Representative Pallone (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 2271) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/1/17).

House – bill introduced re maritime workforce training

clip_image008[1] Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced a bill (H. R. 2286) to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to designate certain entities as centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Green issued a news release explaining the measure. (5/2/17) [https://green.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-green-wittman-introduce-domestic-maritime-centers-excellence-act].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 May 2017

Headlines:

FMC – Tripartite Agreement rejected;

US & Canada – personal flotation device standards;

USN – unmanned maritime systems training;

CMTS – maritime and water infrastructure needs;

DOI – Offshore Energy Strategy;

House – bill introduce re drilling offshore Russia;

Senate – bill introduced re OCS leasing; and

Washington – environmental review of proposed coal terminal.

May 3, 2017

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FMC – Tripartite Agreement rejected

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it rejected on jurisdictional grounds the proposed Tripartite Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 012475), an agreement between K Line, MOL and NYK. The parties were seeking authority to share information with each other in advance of a new business entity being formed under the agreement next year. The FMC concluded that the parties were ultimately establishing a new merged entity and that the FMC lacks authority to review and approve mergers. (5/2/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/NR17-09/].

US & Canada – personal flotation device standards

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the UL Standards Technical Panel (STP) 1123 for Personal Flotation Devices held a task group meeting at Coast Guard Headquarters on 10-13 April. Representatives from the US Coast Guard and Transport Canada were in attendance. The task group is drafting new bi-national standards for immersion suits and lifejackets for use on US and Canadian commercial vessels. (5/2/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/02/522017-us-canadian-personal-flotation-device-task-group-meeting-recap/].

USN – unmanned maritime systems training

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release stating that fifteen students have begun classes the successful completion of will lead to certification in unmanned maritime systems (UMS). The program includes, but is not limited to, nautical science, 3-D positioning, ocean policy, autonomous systems. (5/2/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=100218].

CMTS – maritime and water infrastructure needs

clip_image012 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted on its Bulletin Board two upcoming events. “Maritime Infrastructure Needs of the Nation” will be held on 16 May in Washington, DC and via live streaming. Three Ted-like talks related to infrastructure, safety, and innovation will be presented by representatives from an inland port city, the US Coast Guard, and the USDOT Office of Policy. “Water Infrastructure Roundtable will be held on 19 May in Washington, DC and via live streaming. It is co-sponsored with the National Water Infrastructure Working Group and joined by representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. (5/2/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/].

DOI – Offshore Energy Strategy

clip_image014 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that Secretary Zinke signed two orders implementing the America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. (5/1/17) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-signs-orders-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy-strategy].

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore Russia

clip_image016 Representative Waters (D-CA) introduced the No Russia Exemptions for Oil Production Act (H.R. 2145) to prohibit licenses or other authorization for United States persons to engage in activities relating to deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation, and for other purposes. (4/25/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2145ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2145ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re OCS leasing

clip_image018 Senator Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Access Now (OCEAN) Act (S. 956) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes. Senator Cassidy issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s956is/pdf/BILLS-115s956is.pdf].

Washington – environmental review of proposed coal terminal

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The Washington Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that the environmental review for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America has been completed. The proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project near Longview on the Columbia River would move 44 million metric tons of coal annually and increase ship transits by 1,680 annually. The review will be used by various agencies to consider the more than 20 permits needed for the terminal to become operational. (4/28/17) [http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2017/039.html].

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May 2nd, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 May 2017

Headlines:

NTSB – grounding on Columbia River;

NTSB – amphibious passenger vehicles;

Tokyo MOU – 2016 annual report;

Panama Canal – cruise ship transits expanded locks; and

Singapore – LNG bunkering technical reference.

May 2, 2017

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NTSB – grounding on Columbia River

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 20 March 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Sparna. The vessel was transiting outbound on the Columbia River when it departed the navigation channel and struck a rocky shallow area. No one was injured and no pollution resulted, but the grounding caused damage and flooding to the vessel’s forward tanks. Damage to the vessel was estimated at more than $500,000 and to a nearby dock about $60,000. ​The probable cause of the grounding was the failure of the pilot and the bridge team to monitor the helmsman’s response to the pilot’s rudder orders. MAB 17-08 (4/20/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1708.pdf].

NTSB – amphibious passenger vehicles

clip_image004[1] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety alert regarding risk assessment, driver distraction, and seat belts in amphibious passenger vehicle (APV) operations. APVs are large vessel/vehicle hybrids and are sometimes used to provide sightseeing tours on land and in harbors/waterways. APVs present unique safety challenges that must be carefully assessed by the operators. SA-059 (November 2016) [https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA_059.pdf].

Tokyo MOU – 2016 Annual Report

clip_image006 The Tokyo MOU posted its 2016 Annual Report on port state control (PSC) in the Asia-Pacific Region. Since the introduction of the new inspection regime in 2014 in the Tokyo MOU, the number of deficiencies, number of detentions, detention percentage and number of individual under-performing ships have all decreased, whilst the number of inspections has increased slightly. (5/1/17) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/ANN16.pdf].

Panama Canal – cruise ship transits expanded locks

clip_image008 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the Disney Wonder has become the first cruise ship to transit the expanded locks. (4/29/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/04/29/pr622.html].

Singapore – LNG bunkering technical reference

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release announcing the launch of its Technical Reference (TR) 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering. TR 56 is intended to provide a safe, efficient, sustainable, and transparent technical framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in Singapore. (4/28/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/8955a9e8-f7be-4fc5-a987-92936724d1f3].

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May 1st, 2017 at 10:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 May 2017

Headlines:

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch (1915-2016);

White House – offshore energy strategy;

Galveston – disabled tug and barge stabilized;

USCG – approval of navigational equipment for ships;

USCG – MTS planning;

USCG – MODUs;

MERPAC – teleconference on 16 May;

MARAD – USMMA Sea Year;

NOAA – sustained national climate assessment;

NOAA – members sought for advisory councils;

BSEE – integrity management of offshore assets;

House – hearing on maritime transportation regulatory issues;

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing;

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic airgun seismic activities;

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety;

House – bill introduced to ban OCS drilling;

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing moratorium;

Senate – bill introduced re OCS leasing;

Senate – bill introduced re coral reef ecosystems;

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety; and

Australia – LNG export controls to be introduced.

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Florence Ebersole Smith Finch (1915-2016)

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release announcing funeral services with full military honors on 29 April in Ithaca, New York for Florence Ebersole Smith Finch (1915-2016). She was born in the Philippines to an American father and a Filipino mother, making her a dual-citizen. At the outbreak of World War II, she worked as a civilian stenographer with the Office of Army Intelligence. After American forces withdrew, she remained in country, didn’t acknowledge her American connections, and was hired by the Japanese-controlled Philippine Liquid Fuel Distributing Union. In this position, she helped American prisoners of war and wrote various vouchers to assist the Philippine resistance movement. She was eventually arrested and tortured. For nearly five months she was held in a two-by-four-foot cell and deprived of most subsistence. Freed by American forces in February 1945, she moved to the United States, where she joined the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS). Ms. Finch was the first woman to receive the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon. She was also awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the US Government. The Coast Guard facility in Honolulu is named in her honor. (4/27/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/196cec0].

White House – offshore energy strategy

clip_image006 President Trump issued an Executive Order stating that it is the policy of the United States to encourage energy exploration and production, including on the outer continental shelf. The Secretary of the Interior is directed to give full consideration to revising the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales s that it includes, but is not limited to, annual lease sales to the maximum extent permitted by law and to develop a streamlined permitting approach for privately funded seismic data research and collection. (4/28/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/28/presidential-executive-order-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy].

Galveston – disabled tug and barge stabilized

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a disabled tug and its integrated barge have been stabilized in heavy weather off Galveston. Four tugs and a salvage company participated in the response effort. (4/29/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/19791df].

USCG – approval of navigational equipment for ships

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued Change 3 to its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled ‘Approval of Navigation Equipment for Ships. The change adds an approval process (series) for the Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) and updates various approval series to reflect the most recent applicable standards, resolutions, and processes. NVIC 8-01, Change 3 (4/24/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2001/NVIC_8-01_CH-3.pdf].

USCG – MTS planning

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued an internal instruction entitled “Marine Planning to Operate and Maintain the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and Implement National Policy”. The Instruction promulgates Coast Guard policy, roles, and responsibilities in marine planning to carry out statutory requirements, as well as implementation of Executive Orders, such as the National Ocean Policy, and subsequent guidance that may require extraordinary consideration in conjunction with ongoing planning and operations. COMDTINST 16003.2A (11/18/16) [https://media.defense.gov/2017/Mar/15/2001716995/-1/-1/0/CI_16003_2A.PDF].

USCG – MODUs

clip_image011 The USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) posted the latest edition of its Drill Down newsletter. This edition focuses on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs). (4/28/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/ocsncoe/docs/Drill%20Down/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20What%20is%20a%20MODU%2004.27.2017.pdf].

MERPAC – teleconference on 16 May

clip_image008[1] The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16 May via teleconference. Topics on the agenda include: military education, training, and assessment; training requirements for master and mate (pilot) of towing vessels; and tankerman PIC restricted to fuel transfers on towing vessels. 82 Fed. Reg. 20367 (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-01/pdf/2017-08755.pdf].

MARAD – USMMA Sea Year

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it seeks public input on methods to improve the prevention of, and response to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other inappropriate conduct, as well as methods to improve the shipboard climate during the US Merchant Marine academy (USMMA) Midshipman Sea Year experience. Comments must be received by 30 June. 82 Fed. Reg. 20418 (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-01/pdf/2017-08685.pdf].

NOAA – Sustained National Climate Assessment

clip_image015 The Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet via conference call on 15 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 20318 (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-01/pdf/2017-08758.pdf].

NOAA – members sought for advisory councils

clip_image015[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks applications for membership on various advisory committees. The committees consist of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (NMSAC); the Gray’s Reef NMSAC; the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale NMSAC; the Monitor NMSAC; the Monterey Bay NMSAC; the NMSAC of American Samoa; the Stellwagen Bank NMSAC; and the Northwester Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council. Applications must be received by 31 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 20320 (5/1/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-01/pdf/2017-06711.pdf].

BSEE – integrity management of offshore assets

clip_image017 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that, on 5 May, it will host an international standards workshop in Houston to discuss integrity management of offshore assets, including mooring systems. (4/28/17) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/integrity-management-of-offshore-assets].

House – hearing on maritime transportation regulatory issues

clip_image019 The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on 3 May entitled ‘Maritime Transportation Regulatory Issues’. (4/28/17) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401345].

House – bill introduced to ban OCS drilling

clip_image020 Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2242) to prohibit drilling in the outer Continental Shelf, to prohibit coal leases on Federal land, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/28/17).

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing moratorium

clip_image019[1] Representative Sanford (R-SC) introduced a bill (H.R. 2252) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to place a ten-year moratorium on oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities on the Outer Continental Shelf in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Sanford issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/28/17) [https://sanford.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sanford-introduces-coastal-economies-protection-act].

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing

clip_image019[2] Representative Brat (R-VA) introduced the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Access Now (OCEAN) Act (H.R. 2157) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes. Representative Brat issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2157ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2157ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic seismic airgun activities

clip_image019[3] Representative Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act (H.R. 2158) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. (4/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2158ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2158ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety

clip_image019[4] Representative Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (H.R. 2173) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Representative Matsui issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2173ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr2173ih.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re OCS leasing

clip_image022 Senator Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 956) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Cassidy issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cassidy-kennedy-introduces-legislation-supporting-offshore-drilling].

Senate – bill introduced re coral reef ecosystems

clip_image022[1] Senator Hirono (D-HI) introduced a bill (S. 958) to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Hirono issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.hirono.senate.gov/press-releases/hirono-hanabusa-introduce-legislation-to-spur-innovative-research-for-coral-reef-conservation].

Senate – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety

clip_image022[2] Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill (S. 965) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Blumenthal issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/27/17) [https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-and-himes-introduce-bicameral-legislation-to-strengthen-cruise-passenger-safety-laws].

Australia – LNG export controls to be introduced

clip_image024 Australian Prime Minister Turnbull issued a media release stating that his government is introducing the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism which will give the government the power to impose export controls on companies when there is a shortfall of gas supply in the domestic market. (4/27/17) [https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-04-27/delivering-affordable-gas-all-australians].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 April 2017

Headlines:

SHC – meeting on 23 May re MSC 98;

SHC – meeting on 28 June re MEC 71;

DOE – import and export of LNG;

DOJ – convicted pirate sentenced to life plus 10;

NOAA – humpback whale mortality event;

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore Russia;

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing;

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling;

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety;

Court – pleading failures;

California – Sustainable Freight action Plan;

Australia – Norwegian Star propulsion failure; and

Mutiny on the Bounty – 28 April 1789.

April 28, 2017

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SHC – meeting on 23 May re MSC 98

clip_image004 The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 23 May in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 98). Topics on the agenda include: maritime security; ship construction standards; and piracy. 82 Fed. Reg. 19781 (4/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-28/pdf/2017-08552.pdf].

SHC – meeting on 28 June re MEPC 71

clip_image004[1] The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet on 28 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). Topics on the agenda include: harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; air pollution; and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 82 Fed. Reg. 19781 (4/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-28/pdf/2017-08551.pdf].

DOE – import and export of LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a summary of orders issued during March granting authority to import and export LNG. 82 Fed. Reg. 19707 (4/28/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-28/pdf/2017-08623.pdf].

DOJ – convicted pirate sentenced to life plus 10

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the Somali national convicted of engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the April 2010 attack on the USS Ashland has been sentenced to life plus ten years in prison. (4/26/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/somali-pirate-sentenced-life-2010-attack-uss-ashland]. Note: The additional 10 years is for sleeping through the warship identification class.

NOAA – humpback whale mortality event

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it is declaring the recent deaths of 41 humpback whales from 2o16 through the present from Maine to North Carolina to be an unusual mortality event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. (4/26/17) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-advisory/427-noaa-declares-deaths-of-humpback-whales-along-east-coast-unusual-mortality-event].

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore Russia

clip_image012 Representative Waters (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2145) to prohibit licenses or other authorization for United States persons to engage in activities relating to deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/25/17). Note: Yesterday’s newsletter incorrectly identified the sponsor of the legislation. Oops!

House – bill introduced re OCS leasing

clip_image013 Representative Brat (R-VA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2157) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Brat issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/26/17) [http://brat.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=411].

House – bill introduced to ban Atlantic coast drilling

clip_image013[1] Representative Beyer (D-VA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2158) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/26/17).

House – bill introduced re passenger vessel safety

clip_image013[2] Representative Matsui (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2173) to improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Matsui issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/26/17) [http://matsui.house.gov/?press-release-type=reps-matsui-poe-lead-bipartisan-legislation-strengthen-cruise-passenger-safety-laws].

Court – pleading failures

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court dismissal for pleading failures and related issues of a shareholder derivative action on behalf of Star Bulk Carriers Corporation alleging that individual members of the corporation’s board of directors and affiliated entities improperly exploited their control of the corporation in entering into three separate self-dealing transactions. F5 Capital v. Pappas, No. 16-530-cv (2nd Cir., April 27, 2017) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/1a11975d-35f7-4489-aefb-462f99a8c9e5/1/doc/16-530_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/1a11975d-35f7-4489-aefb-462f99a8c9e5/1/hilite/]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

California – Sustainable Freight Action Plan

clip_image017 The California Sustainable Freight Action Plan will host three workshops (Oakland on 9 May; Los Angles on 30 May; and San Diego on 31 May) to discuss plan implementation. (4/27/17) [http://www.casustainablefreight.org/].

Australia – Norwegian Star propulsion failure

clip_image019 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a preliminary report of its investigation of 10 February 2017 propulsion failure on board the cruise ship Norwegian Star in Bass Strait. On 9 February 2017, the cruise ship departed Melbourne, Australia, on a scheduled cruise to Dunedin, New Zealand. There were 2113 passengers and 1017 crew on board. On departure, the starboard propulsion unit (Azipod) was operational and the port Azipod was under repair. At about 0134 on 10 February, the vessel was about 18 nautical miles south-west of Cape Liptrap, Victoria, when the starboard Azipod failed. Propulsion power could not be restored and two tugs were deployed from Melbourne to tow the vessel back to Melbourne. The vessel arrived back without further incident at about midnight on 11 February 2017. Based on the preliminary information, the ATSB found that the Norwegian Star experienced three separate propulsion unit failures over a period of about nine weeks. In each case, the field exciter unit for the main propulsion motor failed. The first two failures (the starboard unit in December and the port unit in January) involved a breakdown of electrical insulation and the third failure (on 10 February 2017) related to a modification made to the starboard Azipod exciter unit during its earlier repair. MO-2017-003 (4/27/17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5772657/mo-2017-003_prelim.pdf].

Mutiny on the Bounty – 28 April 1789

clip_image021 Her Majesty’s Armed Vessel (HMAV) Bounty, Lieutenant William Bligh commanding, departed England in 1787 to collect breadfruit plants in Tahiti and transport them to British colonies in the West Indies to serve as a food source for the slaves working on the sugar cane plantations. During the long stay in Tahiti, the crew established relationships with the local inhabitants. Bligh was an increasingly strict disciplinarian, greatly disliked by the crew. On 28 April 1789, soon after the vessel departed for the West Indies, most of the crew, led by Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian, mutinied and took control. Bligh and the crew who remained loyal to him were put in a launch. The vessel returned to Tahiti. Some of the crew chose to stay there, while Christian and the others, along with a number of local women, set sail to avoid the certain Royal Navy response. The Bounty eventually reached the improperly charted Pitcairn Island. All went ashore and the vessel was burned after all supplies and useful equipment were removed. Bligh navigated the launch across the South Pacific to the Dutch settlement on Timor, an amazing open-boat voyage of 3,500 nautical miles. Upon his return to England, the search for the mutineers began. Fourteen were captured in Tahiti. The Royal Navy did not locate Pitcairn until 1808, by which time only one mutineer remained alive. Descendants of the mutineers continue to live on the island. Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, which holed the tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989, is named for William Bligh.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 April 2017

Headlines:

Block Island – buoy shot and sunk;

Atlantic – medical response concluded;

EPA – listening session on reducing regulatory burden;

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore Russia;

UK – reporting requirements; and

SS Sultana – explosion & fire 27 April 1865.

April 27, 2017

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Block Island – buoy shot and sunk

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Clay Head buoy number 7 off Block Island was discovered to be sunk. Upon retrieval by the USCG buoy tender Ida Lewis, the buoy was found to have 20 bullet holes and had to be taken out of service for repairs. It is a federal crime to damage or destroy an aid to navigation. Such irresponsible action also presents a hazard to vessels relaying upon it. (4/26/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/196bafd].

Atlantic – medical response concluded

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the medical response to the explosion and fire on the bulk carrier Tamar has concluded. The two surviving crew members, along with three New York Air National Guard pararescuers were transferred by a Portuguese Coast Guard helicopter to Terceira, Azores. The two crew members are to be flown to Lisbon for further medical treatment. (4/26/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/196b421].

EPA – listening session on reducing regulatory burden

clip_image007 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating, in part, that the Office of Water (OW) will conduct a public listening session by telephone and web conference on 2 May to obtain feedback on reducing the regulatory burden of regulations for which it is responsible. (4/26/17) [https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/office-water-feedback-reducing-regulatory-burden].

House – bill introduced re drilling offshore Russia

clip_image009 Representative Walters (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 2145) to prohibit licenses or other authorization for United States persons to engage in activities relating to deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (4/25/17).

UK – reporting requirements

clip_image011 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice describing the information ships and port authorities need to provide to the Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS) to comply with the Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 (as amended). MSN 1831 (M+F) (4/26/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440593/1831.pdf].

SS Sultana explosion and fire – 27 April 1865

clip_image013 152 years ago, the United States experienced its most significant marine casualty in terms of lives lost. On that day the steamship Sultana exploded and caught fire. An estimated 1,800 of the approximately 2,400 passengers and crew died after one of the ship’s boilers exploded. The ship had just left Vicksburg en route St. Louis. It was carrying numerous Union Army veterans home, many recently released from Confederate prisons. As a result of this tragedy, inspection standards for steamships were strengthened.

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    logo11 Biofouling

    In the April 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Biofouling". The article discusses the rise of biofouling to a front-burner issue and how the IMO Guidelines are in the process of being made mandatory in various jurisdictions.