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September 17th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 August 2014

Headlines:

San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives;

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests;

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction;

Court – liability of corporate president;

Australia – substandard ship banned;

Australia – preliminary casualty report; and

Suez Canal – development project.

August 28, 2014

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San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product tanker Pine Galaxy has been towed safely into San Francisco Bay for repairs. It was escorted by the Coast Guard. The tanker previously experienced an engine room fire that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion. (8/27/14).

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the first launch and landing of an unmanned aircraft system from an icebreaker occurred on the flight deck of the USCGC Healy on 18 August in Arctic waters. The aircraft is being evaluated to determine its capability to track oil spills and assist in other Coast Guard missions. (8/27/14).

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a correction to its designation of critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle to provide a complete and accurate for the turtle in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The correction comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 51264 (August 28, 2014).

Court – liability of corporate president

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , applying state law, held that the owner of a corporation is personally liable for corporate liabilities after its administrative dissolution if he played an active role in the corporation. In the instant case, plaintiff barge owner contracted with defendant shipyard for barge repairs. When a dispute arose regarding completion of the repairs, plaintiff brought suit against the shipyard and its corporate president. During the period of the dispute, the shipyard was dissolved as a corporation and entered bankruptcy. Eventually, judgment was entered against both the shipyard and its president, jointly and severally. Defendant president appealed, but lost. 4 H Construction v. Superior Boat, No. 09-60838 (5th Cir., August 27, 2014).

Australia – substandard ship banned

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it has issued a direction to the container ship Vega Auriga that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian port for the next three months due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. (8/27/14).

Australia – preliminary casualty report

clip_image010[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the preliminary report of its investigation of the collision between Royal Pescadores and Da Heng Shan in the Gage Roads Anchorage, Fremantle on 8 May 2014. MO-2014-003 (8/27/14).

Suez Canal – development project

clip_image012 The Suez Canal Authority issued a notice announcing that the contract for the National project of Suez Canal Regional Development has been awarded to Dar Al-Handasa (Shair & Partners). (8/27/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 August 2014

Headlines:

Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot;

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker;

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations;

TSAC – meeting;

NMSAC – meeting;

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation;

MTSNAC – closed meeting;

CGSIC – meeting;

USCG – Credential Verification Tool;

Gulf of Mexico – collision;

New York – oil spill response exercise;

Australia – fatigue assessment report; and

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways.

August 27, 2014

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Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that a Coast Guard small boat operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired a warning shot on an Iranian dhow in a defensive move after the crew of the dhow trained a machine gun on the Americans with apparent hostile intent. The dhow then left the scene. The Coast Guard small boat, deployed from the USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), was engaged in routine maritime security operations at the time. (8/26/14).

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product carrier Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive under tow in San Francisco Bay later today (27 August). The ship suffered an engine room fire that left one crew member dead and the ship without electrical power or propulsion. A joint agency team will inspect the vessel prior to entry to ensure that conditions are safe and secure before additional tugs assist in the transit to port. (8/26/14).

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Management & Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard’s proposed Consolidated Cruise Ship Regulations. This rulemaking proposes requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and persons intended for carriage on a cruise ship. This rule would revise the existing regulatory regime under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 by requiring that cruise ship terminals have and submit a terminal screening program for passengers as part of their Facility Security Plans. The proposed changes would consolidate security requirements for cruise ships into one portion of the CFR so they are more easily found and provide greater uniformity in screening across the industry.  (8/25/14). Note: The proposal will probably appear in the Federal Register within the next two weeks.

TSAC – meeting

clip_image006[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 24-25 September in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: manning of inspected towing vessels; designation of narrow channels; mid-stream LNG refueling of towing vessels; marine casualty reporting; and air draft. 79 Fed. Reg. 51187 (August 27, 2014).

NMSAC – meeting

clip_image006[2] The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 September in Baltimore. Topics on the agenda include: cyber security; suspicious activity reporting; and radiation portal monitoring. 79 Fed. Reg. 51186 (August 27, 2014).

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation

clip_image010 The Department of the Treasury published its current list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen. 79 Fed. Reg. 51224 (August 27, 2014).

MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image012 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting on 11 September in Washington, DC to deliberate on pre-decisional Agency policy documents containing selected concepts submitted to MARAD from interested members of the public to facilitate development of a National Maritime Strategy. 79 Fed. Reg. 50981 (August 26, 2014).

CGSIC – meeting

clip_image014 The 54th Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) will be held on 8-9 September in Tampa. Topics on the agenda include: offshore GPS requirements and utilization in the Gulf of Mexico; detecting GPS jammers; determining potential impacts of sea level rise; GPS program update; Interference Detection and Mitigation Plan; and NDGPS Program update. (8/26/14).

USCG – Credential Verification Tool

clip_image006[3] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that the earlier problem where postdated credentials were being prematurely displayed on the Credential Verification Tool has been resolved. (8/26/14).

Gulf of Mexico – collision

clip_image006[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 74-foot shrimping vessel and the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Gloria May collided in the Gulf of Mexico eighteen miles south of Pascagoula. The three crew members of the shrimper entered their life raft and were then picked up by the OSV. No injuries have been reported. The shrimper sustained significant damage, while the OSV reported minimal damage. There have been no reports of pollution, but the shrimper had 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The incident is under investigation. (8/24/14).

New York – oil spill response exercise

clip_image006[5] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an oil spill response exercise will be conducted on 26 August on the waters and shorelines of Cattaraugus Creek. Participants in the exercise include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Chautauqua County (NY) Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard. (9/25/14).

Australia – fatigue assessment report

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a fatigue assessment report regarding the grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011. The report concludes that it was likely that both the master and the second mate of the vessel were at risk of at least mild fatigue impairment during the work period immediate preceding the grounding. Furthermore, the master’s sleep and work schedule placed him at significant risk of fatigue impairment during the days preceding the grounding, due to time of day for both work and sleep, sleep duration, and sleep fragmentation effects. This analysis was undertaken at the request of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand. (8/26/14).

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice owners, operators, masters, port authorities, terminal operators, and persons embarking or disembarking ships of the requirements for accommodation ladders and gangways. Marine Notice 13-2014 (8/25/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 August 2014

Headlines:

MTSNAC – closed meeting;

Gulf of Mexico – collision;

New York – oil spill response exercise; and

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways.

August 26, 2014

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MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image004 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting on 11 September in Washington, DC to deliberate on pre-decisional Agency policy documents containing selected concepts submitted to MARAD from interested members of the public to facilitate development of a National Maritime Strategy. 79 Fed. Reg. 50353 (August 26, 2014).

Gulf of Mexico – collision

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 74-foot shrimping vessel and the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Gloria May collided in the Gulf of Mexico eighteen miles south of Pascagoula. The three crew members of the shrimper entered their life raft and were then picked up by the OSV. No injuries have been reported. The shrimper sustained significant damage, while the OSV reported minimal damage. There have been no reports of pollution, but the shrimper had 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The incident is under investigation. (8/24/14).

New York – oil spill response exercise

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an oil spill response exercise will be conducted on 26 August on the waters and shorelines of Cattaraugus Creek. Participants in the exercise include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Chautauqua County (NY) Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard. (9/25/14).

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice owners, operators, masters, port authorities, terminal operators, and persons embarking or disembarking ships of the requirements for accommodation ladders and gangways. Marine Notice 13-2014 (8/25/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 August 2014

Headlines:

FMC – complaint filed;

FMC – US-Japan Bilateral Maritime Meeting;

USN – ex-USS Saratoga departs for dismantling;

EC – two Galileo satellites to be launched;

EC – Galileo satellite launches;

India – Notice to Seafarers; and

Panama Canal – outages and repairs.

August 22, 2014

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FMC – complaint received

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint from Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. alleging that Amoy International, LLC (a licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary) misdeclared a cargo as new auto parts when in fact it was used baled truck tires and the misdeclaration caused the cargo to be detained by Chinese Customs. 79 Fed. Reg. 49776 (August 22, 2014).

FMC – US-Japan Bilateral Maritime Meeting

clip_image004[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that Chairman Mario Cordero participated in the US-Japan Bilateral Maritime Meeting, hosted by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration in Washington, DC on 15 August. The parties discussed evolving maritime issues, including the Panama Canal expansion, environmental issues, LNG-fueled vessels, and port development. (8/21/14).

USN – ex-USS Saratoga departs for dismantling

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the ex-USS Saratoga (CV 60) departed Naval Station Newport enroute to a dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas. The second Forrestal class carrier completed 22 deployments during its commissioned service (1956-1994). (8/21/14).

EC – two Galileo satellites to be launched

clip_image008 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that two more Galileo navigation satellites are to be launched on 21 August. This will bring to six the total number of such satellites in orbit. (8/20/14).

EC – Galileo satellite launches

clip_image009 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that an agreement has been signed with Arianespace for launching of Galileo navigation satellites. The full constellation of 30 satellites is expected to be in operation by 2020. (8/21/14).

India – Notice to Seafarers

clip_image011 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a Notice to Seafarers reminding Indian mariners that the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 that manning agencies recruiting seafarers must be registered with the host nation and maintain certain standards. Indian seafarers are cautioned to only utilize registered manning agencies. (8/6/14).

Panama Canal – outages and repairs

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that the west lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service from 26 August through 3 September. Simultaneously, Gatun Locks will perform repairs to the return track on the north approach wall. As a result, Transit Reservation System Condition 2 will be in effect from 26 August through 2 September. Advisory 19-2014 (8/21/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 August 2014

Headlines:

Arctic Ocean – medical evacuation from South Korean icebreaker;

MERPAC – working group meeting;

MERPAC – meeting;

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems;

USCG – GMDSS Implementation Task Force meeting;

Australia – recovery of persons from the water; and

Singapore – resolutions adopted at MEPC 66.

August 21, 2014

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Arctic Ocean – medical evacuation from South Korean icebreaker

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it medically evacuated a crew member from the South Korean icebreaker Araon in the Arctic Ocean 250 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. The crew member, who was suffering from a head injury, was flown by helicopter to medical facilities in Barrow for treatment. (8/21/14).

MERPAC – working group meeting

clip_image004[1] A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on September 9 in Easton, Maryland to review policy documents providing guidance on implementation of the 24 December 2013 rulemaking on STCW and national endorsements. 79 Fed. Reg. 49526 (August 21, 2014).

MERPAC – meeting

clip_image004[2] The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 10-11 September in Easton, Maryland to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. Topics on the agenda include vessel personnel working within polar regions; personnel working on MOUs and OSVs engaged in OCS activities; and guidance on implementation of the 24 December 2013 rulemaking on STCW and national endorsements. 79 Fed. Reg. 49524 (August 21, 2014).

ITC – marine sonar imaging systems

clip_image006 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint from Johnson Outdoors, Inc. alleging violation of federal law relating to importation of certain marine sonar imaging systems. 79 Fed. Reg. 49536 (August 21, 2014).

USCG – GMDSS Implementation Task Force meeting

clip_image004[3] The USCG Navigation Center issued a notice stating that the National GMDSS Implementation Task Force will meet in Fort Myers, Florida on 9 October. (8/20/14).

Australia – recovery of persons from the water

clip_image008 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing advice to owners and operators on the new SOLAS regulation requiring all covered ships to have plans and procedures for recovery of persons from the water. Marine Notice 12-2014 (8/20/14).

Singapore – resolutions adopted at MEPC 66

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular regarding resolutions adopted by the recent session of the IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 66). Shipping Circular 14-2014 (8/20/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 August 2014

Headlines:

Alaska – USCG forward operating location;

USCG – fishing vessels dispensing petroleum products;

FMC – petition for declaratory order;

ARC – meeting;

OMB – proposed Arctic Regulations;

USN – wrecksite of USS Houston discovered; and

Australia – investigation of mooring incident.

August 20, 2014

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Alaska – USCG forward operating location

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it will open its seasonal forward operating location in Barrow, Alaska on 21 August in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2014. An aviation detachment, along with its supporting air and ground communication crews, has been deployed. The forward operating location minimizes response times to cases in the Arctic Ocean. (8/19/14).

USCG – fishing vessels dispensing petroleum products

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for commercial fishing vessels carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargoes in bulk. Comments should be submitted by 18 November. 79 Fed. Reg. 49261 (August 20, 2014).

FMC – petition for declaratory order

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from LCL Logistix (India) Pvt. Ltd dba LCL Lines for a declaratory order “to remove uncertainty and terminate a controversy in regard to the justness and reasonableness of the demurrage practices of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).” 79 Fed. Reg. 49315 (August 20, 2014).

ARC – meeting

clip_image008 The Arctic Research Commission (ARC) will meet in Anchorage on 15-16 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 49280 (August 20, 2014).

OMB – proposed Arctic Regulations

clip_image010 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received for review from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) the proposed Arctic Regulations, intended to promote safe, responsible, and effective drilling activities on the Arctic outer continental shelf (OCS), while also ensuring the protection of Alaska’s coastal communities and the marine environment. OMB review generally takes four months. (8/15/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Louis Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.

USN – wrecksite of USS Houston discovered

clip_image012 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the wrecksite of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30) has been located in Indonesian waters. Houston was sunk during the Battle of the Sunda Strait on 28 February 1942 with the loss of more than 700 sailors and Marines. US Navy and Indonesian Navy divers laid a wreath at the site. (6/12/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Larry Brennan.

Australia – investigation of mooring incident

clip_image014 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into the mooring incident and contact with bridge at Fremantle on 17 August. The car carrier Grand Pioneer and the general cargo ship AAL Fremantle broke free from their aft moorings during high winds. They then rotated around their forward mooring lines, with AAL Fremantle making contact with the nearby railway bridge. (8/19/14).

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September 17th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 August 2014

Headlines:

White House – MV Cape Ray;

USCG – OPA 90 inflation adjustment;

NOSAC – teleconference meeting;

BOEM – risk management, financial assurance & loss prevention;

NOAA – Hydrographic Services Review Panel;
FMC – forum on port congestion;

USCG NMC – online credential verification tool;

Senate – bill introduce re recreational vessels;

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation;

House – bill introduced to extend landing passes;

Court – fraud in the inducement;

ReCAAP – July report;

Canada – smart buoy for Saint Johns;

Hong Kong – dark smoke emissions;

India – maritime claims legislation;

India – limitation of liability for maritime claims;

India – prevention of air pollution from ships;

Panama Canal – centennial; and

UK – confined space entry.

August 19, 2014

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White House – MV Cape Ray

clip_image004 President Obama issued a statement regarding the completion by the MV Cape Ray of the destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons under the leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). (8/18/14). Note: MV Cape Ray is part of the Ready Reserve Fleet administered by the Maritime Administration (MARAD).

USCG – OPA 90 inflation adjustment

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard proposes to increase the limits of liability under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The liability limits for most covered entities is to be increased by about 9%, but the limit for offshore facilities is to be increased by 78% since it has previously been adjusted. Language is also proposed to clarify applicability of OPA 90 limits of liability to edible oil cargo tank vessels and to tank vessels designated as oil spill response vessels. Comments should be submitted by October 20. 79 Fed. Reg. 49205 (August 19, 2014).

NOSAC – teleconference meeting

clip_image006[1] The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will conduct a teleconference meeting on 24 September to receive a final report from the Subcommittee on Marine Casualty Reporting on the Outer Continental Shelf. 79 Fed. Reg. 49095 (August 19, 2014).

BOEM – risk management, financial assurance & loss prevention

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) seeks comments and information regarding efforts to update its regulations and program oversight for outer continental shelf (OCS) financial assurance requirements. Due to increasingly complex business, functional, organizational, and financial issues, BOEM is developing a comprehensive program to assist in identifying, prioritizing, and managing the risks associated with industry activities on the OCS. Comments should be received by October 20. 79 Fed. Reg. 49027 (August 19, 2014).

NOAA – Hydrographic Services Review Panel

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks applicants for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). Applications should be received by 10 October. 79 Fed. Reg. 49065 (August 19, 2014).

FMC – forum on port congestion

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing that FMC Chairman Mario Cordero will hold a forum entitled “U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions”. The forum will be held on 15 September in San Pedro. (8/18/14).

USCG NMC – online credential verification tool

clip_image006[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that it was recently noted that the Online Credential Verification Tool is displaying postdated credentials as the mariner’s valid Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). While it can be assumed that the postdated credential is identical to the current credential, additional verification can be accomplished by contacting the NMC Customer Service Center. The situation should be corrected quickly. (8/18/14).

Senate – bill introduced re recreational vessels

clip_image014 Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Boating Capacity Standards Act of 2013 (S. 2774) to require all recreational vessels to have and to post passenger capacity limits and for other purposes. (8/1/14).

House – bill introduced re marine sanctuary designation

clip_image016 Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 5389) to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska. (7/31/14).

House – bill introduced to extend landing passes

clip_image016[1] Representative Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the Landing Pass Extension Act of 2014 (H.R. 5080) to amend the Immigration and Nationality act to extend the period of time for which a conditional permit to land temporarily may be granted to an alien crewman. (7/11/14).

Court – fraud in the inducement

clip_image018 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment by the district court and remanded the mater for trial on the merits. In the instant case, plaintiff cruise ship company contracted with defendant marketing company for cruise passenger marketing services. Plaintiff made various advance payments before canceling the contract. When defendant did not return the advance payments, plaintiff brought suit. The district court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the claim of fraud in the inducement. The appellate court held that there was sufficient evidence in the record for that claim to go forward. Paul Gauguin Cruises v. eContact, No. 13-11532 (11th Cir., August 12, 2014).

ReCAAP – July report

clip_image020 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report for July 2014. The number of reported incidents was down slightly from those reported in July 2013, but higher than the average for July in the previous five years. (8/15/14).

Canada – smart buoy for Saint Johns

clip_image022 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that the SmartATLANTIC buoy project is being launched in Saint Johns, New Brunswick. The buoy will provide real-time wind, wave, and current information. (8/15/14).

Hong Kong – dark smoke emissions

clip_image024 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a news release stating that a seminar was held for vessel owners and the public regarding the new legal requirements concerning dark smoke emissions from vessels. (8/14/14).

India – maritime claims legislation

clip_image026 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a notice stating that comments are sought on draft legislation entitled Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims). Comments must be received by 18 September. (8/18/14).

India – limitation of liability for maritime claims

clip_image026[1] The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a notice stating that comments are sought on a proposal entitled Merchant Shipping (Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) Rules, 2014. Comments must be received by 14 September. (8/14/14).

India – prevention of air pollution from ships

clip_image027 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a notice stating that comments are sought on a proposal entitled Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, 2014), based on Annex VI of MARPOL. Comments must be received by 14 September. (8/14/14).

Panama Canal – centennial

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The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal to the service of world maritime commerce. Advisory 18-2014 (8/15/14).

UK – confined space entry

clip_image031 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a safety bulletin concerning entry of a confined space on board the cargo ship Suntis in Humber on 26 May 2014 resulting in three fatalities. The safety lessons include not ignoring warning signs at the entrance to a confined space and not entering a confined space to perform a rescue unless wearing proper breathing apparatus. (8/18/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 August 2014

Headlines:

USCG – merchant mariner examinations;

USCG – Certificate of Documentation fee;

USCG – US-build determination;

NOAA – coral species listed as threatened;

USN – UUV delivered;

UK – safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers;

UK – child rescued after fall from ferry; and

Sinking of SS Metis – 30 August 1872.

August 29, 2014

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USCG – merchant mariner examinations

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that a mariner seeking an original national endorsement or raise of grade based on training or service started before March 24, 2014 will be examined under the regulations in effect before that date unless they have specifically requested to examine for their endorsement under the final rule published by the Coast Guard on December 24, 2013. (8/28/14).

USCG – Certificate of Documentation fee

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a notice reminding stakeholders that, effective 10 November, the cost to renew a Certificate of Documentation (COD) will be $26.00. (8/28/14).

USCG – US-build determination

clip_image005 The determination letter regarding construction in the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard of up to eight product tankers with certain foreign-built components and foreign-sourced materials. Among other things, the letter concludes that use of foreign-built deck-mounted ballast water treatment units will not adversely affect the status of these tankers as having been built in the United States. (8/27/14).

NOAA – coral species listed as threatened

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it will afford Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections to twenty coral species found in the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean determined under the ESA to be threatened. (8/27/14).

USN – UUV delivered

clip_image009 The US Navy issued a news release stating that an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) has been delivered to the Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 in Keyport, Washington. The UUV is able to perform at a maximum depth of 1,000 meters for up to 72 hours. It can conduct limited autonomous contact avoidance maneuvers and has sophisticated sensors. (8/28/14).

UK – safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers

clip_image011 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) republished guidance on the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers, implementing EC Directive 2001/96/EC (establishing harmonized requirements and procedures for safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers). (8/27/14).

UK – child rescued after fall from ferry

clip_image011[1] The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued re report of its investigation of the falling overboard and recovery of a young child from the passenger ferry Snowdrop at a terminal on the River Mersey on 14 October 2013. The child was rescued by the ship’s mate after she fell over the upper deck guard rail. The location and design of the seating allowed the child to climb to the top of the guard rail. The adults responsible for the child allowed her to stand on the seating and then became distracted. Procedures to inform the Coastguard were not followed. Report 22-2014 (8/28/14).

Sinking of SS Metis – 30 August 1872

clip_image013 clip_image015 During a rainstorm, the passenger vessel SS Metis, with approximately 242 passengers and crew on board collided with the schooner Nettie Cushing at about 4 a.m. on 30 August 1872 in Long Island Sound near Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Metis, en route from New York to Providence, was holed below the waterline and flooded quickly. Passengers were assembled and many boarded lifeboats. The captain and the agent of the Providence and New York Steamship Line refused to board lifeboats and remained in the pilot house. They were among the forty persons still alive when the vessel’s upper works washed ashore. The Revenue Cutter Moccasin, Captain David Ritchie commanding, rushed to the scene, rescuing 45 persons and recovering 17 bodies. It is estimated that 130 persons died in the sinking. Captain Ritchie and the officers and men of Moccasin received the formal Thanks of Congress by means of a Resolution adopted on 24 January 1873. A US Life-Saving Station was built at Watch Hill in 1879, adjacent to the Lighthouse. There was no marine insurance on Metis. Suits were brought against the shipowner, including one by a passenger stating that he bought his $3 ticket and incurred injuries and expenses due to the sinking – he demanded $20,000 damages. The owners filed a petition in federal court seeking exoneration from and limitation of liability.

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August 29th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 August 2014

Headlines:

San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives;

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests;

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction;

Court – liability of corporate president;

Australia – substandard ship banned;

Australia – preliminary casualty report; and

Suez Canal – development project.

August 28, 2014

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San Francisco Bay – disabled tanker arrives

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product tanker Pine Galaxy has been towed safely into San Francisco Bay for repairs. It was escorted by the Coast Guard. The tanker previously experienced an engine room fire that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion. (8/27/14).

USCG – unmanned aircraft system tests

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the first launch and landing of an unmanned aircraft system from an icebreaker occurred on the flight deck of the USCGC Healy on 18 August in Arctic waters. The aircraft is being evaluated to determine its capability to track oil spills and assist in other Coast Guard missions. (8/27/14).

FWS – loggerhead sea turtle correction

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a correction to its designation of critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle to provide a complete and accurate for the turtle in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The correction comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 51264 (August 28, 2014).

Court – liability of corporate president

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , applying state law, held that the owner of a corporation is personally liable for corporate liabilities after its administrative dissolution if he played an active role in the corporation. In the instant case, plaintiff barge owner contracted with defendant shipyard for barge repairs. When a dispute arose regarding completion of the repairs, plaintiff brought suit against the shipyard and its corporate president. During the period of the dispute, the shipyard was dissolved as a corporation and entered bankruptcy. Eventually, judgment was entered against both the shipyard and its president, jointly and severally. Defendant president appealed, but lost. 4 H Construction v. Superior Boat, No. 09-60838 (5th Cir., August 27, 2014).

Australia – substandard ship banned

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it has issued a direction to the container ship Vega Auriga that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian port for the next three months due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. (8/27/14).

Australia – preliminary casualty report

clip_image010[1] The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the preliminary report of its investigation of the collision between Royal Pescadores and Da Heng Shan in the Gage Roads Anchorage, Fremantle on 8 May 2014. MO-2014-003 (8/27/14).

Suez Canal – development project

clip_image012 The Suez Canal Authority issued a notice announcing that the contract for the National project of Suez Canal Regional Development has been awarded to Dar Al-Handasa (Shair & Partners). (8/27/14).

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August 29th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 August 2014

Headlines:

Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot;

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker;

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations;

TSAC – meeting;

NMSAC – meeting;

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation;

MTSNAC – closed meeting;

CGSIC – meeting;

USCG – Credential Verification Tool;

Gulf of Mexico – collision;

New York – oil spill response exercise;

Australia – fatigue assessment report; and

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways.

August 27, 2014

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Arabian Gulf – USCG boat fires warning shot

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that a Coast Guard small boat operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired a warning shot on an Iranian dhow in a defensive move after the crew of the dhow trained a machine gun on the Americans with apparent hostile intent. The dhow then left the scene. The Coast Guard small boat, deployed from the USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), was engaged in routine maritime security operations at the time. (8/26/14).

San Francisco Bay – arrival of disabled tanker

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the disabled product carrier Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive under tow in San Francisco Bay later today (27 August). The ship suffered an engine room fire that left one crew member dead and the ship without electrical power or propulsion. A joint agency team will inspect the vessel prior to entry to ensure that conditions are safe and secure before additional tugs assist in the transit to port. (8/26/14).

OMB – consolidated cruise ship regulations

clip_image008 The Office of Management & Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard’s proposed Consolidated Cruise Ship Regulations. This rulemaking proposes requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and persons intended for carriage on a cruise ship. This rule would revise the existing regulatory regime under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 by requiring that cruise ship terminals have and submit a terminal screening program for passengers as part of their Facility Security Plans. The proposed changes would consolidate security requirements for cruise ships into one portion of the CFR so they are more easily found and provide greater uniformity in screening across the industry.  (8/25/14). Note: The proposal will probably appear in the Federal Register within the next two weeks.

TSAC – meeting

clip_image006[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 24-25 September in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda include: manning of inspected towing vessels; designation of narrow channels; mid-stream LNG refueling of towing vessels; marine casualty reporting; and air draft. 79 Fed. Reg. 51187 (August 27, 2014).

NMSAC – meeting

clip_image006[2] The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 September in Baltimore. Topics on the agenda include: cyber security; suspicious activity reporting; and radiation portal monitoring. 79 Fed. Reg. 51186 (August 27, 2014).

Treasury – countries requiring boycott cooperation

clip_image010 The Department of the Treasury published its current list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of: Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen. 79 Fed. Reg. 51224 (August 27, 2014).

MTSNAC – closed meeting

clip_image012 The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will conduct a closed meeting on 11 September in Washington, DC to deliberate on pre-decisional Agency policy documents containing selected concepts submitted to MARAD from interested members of the public to facilitate development of a National Maritime Strategy. 79 Fed. Reg. 50981 (August 26, 2014).

CGSIC – meeting

clip_image014 The 54th Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) will be held on 8-9 September in Tampa. Topics on the agenda include: offshore GPS requirements and utilization in the Gulf of Mexico; detecting GPS jammers; determining potential impacts of sea level rise; GPS program update; Interference Detection and Mitigation Plan; and NDGPS Program update. (8/26/14).

USCG – Credential Verification Tool

clip_image006[3] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice stating that the earlier problem where postdated credentials were being prematurely displayed on the Credential Verification Tool has been resolved. (8/26/14).

Gulf of Mexico – collision

clip_image006[4] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a 74-foot shrimping vessel and the 130-foot offshore supply vessel Gloria May collided in the Gulf of Mexico eighteen miles south of Pascagoula. The three crew members of the shrimper entered their life raft and were then picked up by the OSV. No injuries have been reported. The shrimper sustained significant damage, while the OSV reported minimal damage. There have been no reports of pollution, but the shrimper had 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The incident is under investigation. (8/24/14).

New York – oil spill response exercise

clip_image006[5] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an oil spill response exercise will be conducted on 26 August on the waters and shorelines of Cattaraugus Creek. Participants in the exercise include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Chautauqua County (NY) Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard. (9/25/14).

Australia – fatigue assessment report

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a fatigue assessment report regarding the grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011. The report concludes that it was likely that both the master and the second mate of the vessel were at risk of at least mild fatigue impairment during the work period immediate preceding the grounding. Furthermore, the master’s sleep and work schedule placed him at significant risk of fatigue impairment during the days preceding the grounding, due to time of day for both work and sleep, sleep duration, and sleep fragmentation effects. This analysis was undertaken at the request of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand. (8/26/14).

Australia – accommodation ladders and gangways

clip_image016[1] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice owners, operators, masters, port authorities, terminal operators, and persons embarking or disembarking ships of the requirements for accommodation ladders and gangways. Marine Notice 13-2014 (8/25/14).

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    logo11 OSRO - child of necessity

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