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June 14th, 2016 at 10:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – MTSA effectiveness;

USCG – Sector Maryland-National Capital Region;

USCG – CRADA re outboard diesel engine technology;

USCG – CRADA re laser eye protection;

USCG – CRADA re small unmanned aircraft;

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports; and

BTS – Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group.

June 14, 2016

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Note: This blog is one section of the Bryant’s Maritime Consulting website. Visit the site for more extensive maritime regulatory information. Individual concerns may be addressed by retaining Dennis Bryant directly. Much of the highlighted text in this newsletter constitutes links to Internet sites providing more detailed information. Links on this page may be in PDF format, requiring use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Comments on these postings are encouraged and may be made by clicking the envelope that appears at the end of each posting. Be aware that the daily blog entry is a single posting, even though it contains a number of individual items. Human beings are remarkable for their disinclination to learn from the experience of others.

USCG – MTSA effectiveness

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted an article on MTSA Effectiveness. The article analyzes how effectively USCG inspectors and the operators of regulated facilities have implemented and incorporated the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). (6/13/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/docs/MTSA%20Effectiveness.pdf].

USCG – Sector Maryland-National Capital Region

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule, effective immediately, changing the name of Sector Baltimore to Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. 81 Fed. Reg. 38592 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-13983.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re outboard diesel engine technology

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Cox Powertrain to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. Comments must be submitted by 14 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38725 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14074.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re laser eye protection

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Metamaterials Technologies USA Inc. to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with laser eye protection technology. Comments must be submitted by 24 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 38726 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14038.pdf].

USCG – CRADA re small unmanned aircraft

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems and their airborne sensors to determine their potential for use in a maritime environment by a first responder and Department of Homeland Security operational components. Comments must be submitted by 14 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38723 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14073.pdf].

NOAA – marine mammal stock assessment reports

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing the availability of the revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for 2015. 81 Fed. Reg. 38676 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-14015.pdf].

BTS – Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group

clip_image009 The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) issued a notice stating that the Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group will meet in Washington, DC on 15 July to provide advice and recommendations on matters related to port performance measures. 81 Fed. Reg. 38773 (6/14/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-14/pdf/2016-13991.pdf].

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June 13th, 2016 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – advance copy of Subchapter M;

Alaska – long-range medevac;

USCG – VCS policy letter;

NTSB – ill-advised meeting leads to collision;

DOJ – USN Rear Admiral pleads guilty;

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum;

Jacksonville – RNA proposed;

FMC – optional method of filing agreements;

Oregon – Portland harbor Superfund Site;

House – hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements;

House – bill introduced re HMTF spending;

IMO – “At Sea for All”;

IMO – cyber risk management for ships;

Australia – VGM implementation; and

Singapore – inspection of Yemeni shipments.

June 13, 2016

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USCG – advance copy of Subchapter M

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has posted for inspection an advance copy of its final rule concerning inspection of towing vessels (better known as Subchapter M). The official version is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on 20 June. (6/10/16) [https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-12857.pdf].

Alaska – long-range medevac

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a cadet suffering from pneumonia and respiratory complications was medically evacuated from the cargo ship Maunawili in the Gulf of Alaska 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. The Coast Guard utilized two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and an HC-130 Hercules to accomplish the long-range medevac. (6/10/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2842294/].

USCG – VCS policy letter

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the implementation and interpretation of the final rule for the design and operation of new and existing marine vapor control systems (VCSs) designed and installed in accordance with 33 CFR part 154, subpart P. Specifically, this policy letter interprets requirements for the line size expansion, liquid seals, and anti-flashback burner compliance. CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-16 (6/2/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/CG-ENG_POL_02-16.pdf].

NTSB – ill-advised meeting leads to collision

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Marine Accident Brief concerning the collision between the tows of the towing vessels Capt. Shorty and Jackie on 20 July 2015 in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Port Bolivar, Texas. There were no injuries or water pollution, but three of the barges sustained damages including one that caught fire. The probable cause of the casualty was the operators’ attempt to meet in a location known for strong currents and shoaling, which was contrary to published guidance for that waterway. MAB-16-05 (6/10/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1605.pdf].

DOJ – USN Rear Admiral pleads guilty

clip_image008 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a US Navy Rear Admiral pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he lied to federal investigators to conceal his illicit years-long relationship with a foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal. (6/9/16 [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-admiral-pleads-guilty-lying-federal-investigators-about-his-relationship-foreign].

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that heads of the eight coast guard agencies of the Artic nations signed a joint statement in Boston establishing the framework for the Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s multi-year strategic plan. The Forum membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The framework addresses avenues to share information, highlight best practices, identify training exercises, and conduct on-the-water combined operations to achieve safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. (6/10/16) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/arctic-stakeholders-gain-momentum-through-historic-forum/].

Jacksonville – RNA proposed

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) covering the St. Mary’s Entrance Channel, portions of the Cumberland Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean that will be in effect whenever any Navy submarine (foreign or domestic) is being escorted by the Coast Guard and operating within the jurisdictional limits of Sector Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal must be received by 13 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38119 (6/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13861.pdf].

FMC – optional method of filing agreements

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice confirming that its direct final rule of 27 April relating to an optional method of filing ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements will become effective on 13 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 38109 (6/13/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13889.pdf].

Oregon – Portland Harbor Superfund Site

clip_image013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release announcing that it has prepared a Proposed Plan to clean up the in-water portion of the Portland (Oregon) Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately ten miles of the Lower Willamette River. The EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout this stretch. Public meetings will be held in Portland on 24 June, 29 June, 11 July, and 20 July. Written comments must be postmarked by 8 August. (6/9/16) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/proposed-epa-cleanup-plan-will-make-portland-harbor-safer-and-healthier-all].

House – hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements

clip_image015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a press release stating that, on 14 June, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing on Coast Guard mission requirements. (6/10/16) [http://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400421].

House – bill introduced re HMTF spending

clip_image015[1] Representative Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5417) to require full spending of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, provide for expanded uses of the Fund, and prevent cargo diversion, and for other purposes. (6/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr5417ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr5417ih.pdf].

IMO – “At Sea for All”

clip_image017 The IMO posted a video of Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s Day of the Seafarer 2016 message. The theme for this year’s commemoration, which occurs on 26 June, is “At Sea for All”, emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes, but for all. (6/10/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/Multimedia/Video/Pages/Default.aspx?playerUrl=X1ekMG33nZ8&autoplay=true&title=IMO%20Secretary%20General%20-%20Day%20of%20the%20Seafarer%202016].

IMO – cyber risk management for ships

clip_image017[1] The US Coast Guard posted draft IMO guidelines on cyber risk management for ships. The final guidelines should be available in the near future. (6/10/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/docs/Draft_IMO_Guidelines_Cyber_Risk_Management.pdf].

Australia – VGM implementation

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that from 1 July it will implement changes to regulations for container weight verifications in the shipping industry, requiring shippers to provide a verified gross mass (VGM) for containers prior to loading on ships. (6/10/16) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/10062016_Media_Release_Containerweightrulesforsafeandcleanseas.pdf].

Singapore – inspection of Yemeni shipments

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2216 (2015) providing for inspection of shipments intended for Yemeni ports. Shipping Circular 13-2016 (6/10/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/af34a511-c085-4a6d-a951-3db477f18274].

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June 10th, 2016 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – recap of El Faro hearings;

USCG – dangers of unauthorized boat operators;

Suisun Bay – security zone;

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS;

House – new icebreakers needed now;

Panama Canal – training vessel transit; and

UK – Royal Navy in hot water.

June 10, 2016

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USCG – recap of El Faro hearings

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice recapping to date the hearings into the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro and the 33 persons on board. (6/9/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/06/09/692016-recap-of-the-el-faro-hearing-so-far/].

USCG – dangers of unauthorized boat operators

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert warning persons of the dangers of using unauthorized boat operators. It is both unsafe and illegal. Safety Alert 05-16 (6/9/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0516.pdf].

Suisun Bay – security zone

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule revising the existing conditional security zone in waters of Suisun Bay at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) to clarify responsibilities and authorities for enforcement of the security zone. The changes enter into effect on 11 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 37514 (6/10/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-10/pdf/2016-13781.pdf].

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement as part of a proposal to expand the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) in the Gulf of Mexico. Five different scenarios or options are under consideration. Public meetings will be held in Galveston (12 July); Houston (13 July); New Orleans (19 July); Mobile (20 July); and Lafayette (21 July). Comments must be received by 19 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 37576 (6/10/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-10/pdf/2016-13661.pdf].

House – new icebreakers needed now

clip_image009 Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) issued a news column calling for accelerated funding and construction of new US icebreakers. (6/8/16) [https://hunter.house.gov/hunter-us-navy-and-coast-guard-need-more-icebreakers-now]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Norm Paulhus.

Panama Canal – training vessel transit

clip_image011 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that its chartered vessel MN Baroque transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara locks as part of the training of personnel for the scheduled 26 June inauguration of the Expanded Canal locks (6/9/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/06/09/pr591.html].

UK – Royal Navy in hot water

clip_image013 The UK House of Commons posted the transcript of the Defence Committee hearing concerning the procurement of Type 45 destroyers for the Royal Navy. Evidence indicates that during deployments in the Persian Gulf these destroyers experience electrical failures due primarily to the inability of the engines to operate for extended periods in the elevated water temperatures of the region. (6/7/16) [http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/defence-committee/naval-procurement-type-26-and-type-45/oral/34211.html].

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June 9th, 2016 at 11:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 June 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – collision due to hydrodynamic forces;

Hudson River – anchorage grounds under consideration;

NSIDC – record low Arctic sea ice for May;

OFAC – Iranian sanctions FAQ;

Paris MOU – performance lists;

ReCAAP – May 2016 report;

Grenada – Exercise Tradewinds 2016;

India – continuous discharge certificates;

Ireland – PFD reminder;

Panama Canal – draft restrictions rescinded.

June 9, 2016

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NTSB – collision due to hydrodynamic forces

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the probable cause of the 9 March 2015 collision between the bulk carrier Conti Peridot and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility and his lack of communication with other vessels about this handling difficulty controlling his vessel. (6/7/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20160607b.aspx].

Hudson River – anchorage grounds under consideration

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard is considering establishing new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. Comments must be received by 7 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 37168 (6/9/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-09/pdf/2016-13701.pdf].

NSIDC – record low Arctic sea ice coverage for May

clip_image008 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a notice stating that May 2016 set a new record low for sea ice coverage in the Arctic region at 12.0 million square kilometers (4.63 million square miles). (6/7/16) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2016/06/low-ice-low-snow-both-poles/].

OFAC – Iranian sanctions FAQ

clip_image010 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to economic sanctions against Iran. (6/8/16) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20160608.aspx].

Paris MOU – performance lists

clip_image012 The Paris MOU issued a press release announcing publication of its performance lists for flags and for recognized organizations. These lists (e.g., white list, grey list, and black list) will take effect from 1 July. (6/8/16) [https://www.parismou.org/new-performance-lists-paris-mou-0].

ReCAAP – May 2016 report

clip_image014 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its May 2016 Report. During the month, it received eight reports of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, a 65% decrease compared to May 2015. (6/8/16) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=448&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Grenada – Exercise Tradewinds 2016

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that military and security personnel from thirteen Caribbean Community member states are participating in Exercise Tradewinds 2016 in Grenada to improve regional security and build military relationships among partner nations. (6/7/16) [ ].

India – continuous discharge certificates

clip_image018 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice stating that it is proposing amendments to the provisions relating to Continuous Discharge Certificates for Indian seafarers. Comments on the proposal must be received by 6 July. (6/7/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201606080252427713448draft_marchent_notice_8_16.pdf].

Ireland – PFD reminder

clip_image020 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice reminding stakeholders of requirements relating to personal floatation devices (PFDs). Marine Notice 27-2016 (6/8/16) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN27of2016_PFD%27s.pdf].

Panama Canal – draft restrictions rescinded

clip_image022 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that all draft restrictions for vessels transiting the Panamax locks have been lifted. Therefore, effective immediately, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Panamax locks is 12.04m (39.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 33-2016 (6/7/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-33-2016.pdf].

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June 8th, 2016 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – STCW issues;

DOJ – shipping executive indicted;

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS;

NOAA – national coastal mapping strategy;

DOE – application to export LNG;

MARAD – Port of Providence TIGER project completed;

Court – spar analogous to buildings;

EMSA – alternative fuels;

Paris MOU – CIC to focus on MLC 2006;

Panama Canal – May operations; and

UK – shipping fleet statistics.

June 8, 2016

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USCG – STCW issues

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice reminding mariners of various 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that will enter into effect on 1 January 2017. These include STCW gap closing requirements; ECDIS limitations; renewal of certain STCW endorsements; and qualified assessor issues. (6/3/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/010117_stcw_changes_notice.pdf].

DOJ – shipping executive indicted

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a former executive with Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores S.A. (CSAV) and a resident of Chile has been indicted for price fixing and bid rigging in connection with international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo. He is the eighth executive to be charged in the investigation to date. (6/7/16) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fourth-ocean-shipping-executive-indicted-price-fixing-and-bid-rigging].

NOAA – Flower Garden Banks NMS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it proposes to expand the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) in the Gulf of Mexico. Five different scenarios or options are under consideration. Public meetings will be held in Galveston (12 July); Houston (13 July); New Orleans (19 July); Mobile (20 July); and Lafayette (21 July). Comments must be received by 19 August. (6/7/16) [http://www.noaa.gov/flower-garden-banks-national-marine-sanctuary-expansion-proposed].

NOAA – national coastal mapping strategy

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that comments should be submitted within the next 60 days on the draft National Coastal Mapping Strategy 1.0, developed by the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology’s Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM). A webinar on the draft strategy will be held on 23 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 36892 (6/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-08/pdf/2016-13568.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image011 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments on the application must be received by 8 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 36903 (6/8/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-08/pdf/2016-13550.pdf].

MARAD – Port of Providence TIGER project completed

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the Port of Providence TIGER Grant Project has been completed. (6/6/16) [http://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2016/u-s-department-of-transportation-marks-completion-of-port-of-providence-tiger-project/].

Court – spars analogous to buildings

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a spar offshore drilling and production platform is a building, rather than a vessel. The plaintiff was injured while working on the spar. He brought suit against, among others, defendant company that had designed and constructed the spar. Defendant moved for summary judgment, contending the Louisiana law provides that no action arising out of deficiencies in the design or construction of immovable property can be brought five years after the date on which the property is accepted by the owner. The court held that spars are more similar to fixed offshore drilling platforms that they are to vessels. Hefren v. McDermott, Inc., No. 15-30980 (5th Cir., April 25, 2016) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-30980-CV0.pdf].

EMSA – alternative fuels

clip_image017 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted a Study on the use of ethyl and methyl alcohol as alternative fuels in shipping. (6/6/16) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/2726-study-on-the-use-of-ethyl-and-methyl-alcohol-as-alternative-fuels-in-shipping.html].

Paris MOU – CIC to focus on MLC 2006

clip_image019 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) for the period 1 September through 30 November 2016 will address compliance with MLC 2006. (5/30/16) [https://www.parismou.org/paris-mou-agrees-concentrated-inspection-campaign-marpol-annex-vi-2018]. Note: Yesterday’s newsletter incorrectly stated that the 2016 CIC would focus on MARPOL Annex VI, which will actually be the focus of the 2018 CIC. Several eagle-eyed readers gently pointed out my error. Mea culpa.

Panama Canal – May operations

clip_image021 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during May. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 32-2016 (6/6/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-32-2016.pdf].

UK – shipping fleet statistics

clip_image023 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued UK Shipping Fleet Statistics. In 2015, the UK registered trading fleet measured 13.7 million deadweight tonnes; grew by 8%; remained the nineteenth largest trading fleet in the world; and accounted for 0.8% of the global trading fleet. (6/1/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/shipping-fleet-statistics-2015].

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June 7th, 2016 at 11:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 June 2016

Headlines:

NTSB – mission to recover El Faro VDR;

FMC – service contract inventory;

BOEM – renewable energy offshore California;

Supreme Court – judicial review of USACE JD;

Court – admiralty tort jurisdiction;

Court – LHWCA determination upheld;

California – marine invasive species proposal;

California – ballast water management reporting;

EC – passenger ship safety rules;

Paris MOU – CIC to focus on MARPOL Annex VI;

Sarawak – hijacking and cargo theft;

New Zealand – VGM implementation;

Panama Canal – suspension of second draft restriction;

Panama Canal – transit draft for new locks;

Panama Canal – Safe Boarding Week;

Panama Canal – functional completion of third set of locks;

Singapore – persons authorized to supply water; and

Anniversary.

June 7, 2016

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NTSB – mission to recover El Faro VDR

clip_image004 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that, in cooperation with the US Navy Supervisor of Salvage, the mission to recover the voyage data recorder (VDR) from the cargo ship El Faro will be launched in early July. El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on 1 October 2015 with the loss of all 33 persons on board. The wreck was located on 1 November. The VDR was located on 26 April, but could not be recovered at that time. (6/6/16) [http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160606.aspx].

FMC – service contract inventory

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice announcing the availability of its FY 2015 Service Contract Inventory and Inventory Summary. 81 Fed. Reg. 36540 (6/7/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-07/pdf/2016-13337.pdf].

BOEM – renewable energy offshore California

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will initiate planning with the State of California to establish an Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force to examine opportunities for offshore renewable energy development along the California coast. (5/31/16) [http://www.boem.gov/press05312016/].

Supreme Court – judicial review of USACE JD

clip_image010 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that parties may seek judicial review of a jurisdictional determination (JD) issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) analyzing whether a particular property contains waters of the United States for purposes of the Clean Water Act. The court determined that a JD is a final agency action and that there are no adequate alternatives to judicial review. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., No. 15-290 (May 31, 2016) [http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-290_6k37.pdf].

Court – admiralty tort jurisdiction

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that admiralty tort jurisdiction extends to a case involving a recreational vessel anchored in shallow but navigable lake waters. The court conceded that this ruling conflicts with the Supreme Court precedent in that the incident does not bear a substantial relationship to traditional maritime activity. Rather, the court ruled that ordinarily every tort involving a vessel on navigable waters falls within the scope of admiralty jurisdiction. In re Petition of Bruce Germain, No. 15-665 (2nd Cir., June 1, 2016) [http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/063b2ed5-ee43-4e2f-819f-e95b3fe2a731/6/doc/15-665_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/063b2ed5-ee43-4e2f-819f-e95b3fe2a731/6/hilite/].

Court – LHWCA determination upheld

clip_image014 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied a petition for review of a decision of the Benefits Review Board in a matter under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The employee suffered a back injury while working for petitioner maritime company. After undergoing surgery, the employee was prescribed narcotic medications for pain-management. After four years of such treatment, petitioner sought review of whether such long-term treatment was medically reasonable and necessary. The court ruled that the determination upholding such treatment was supported by substantial evidence and was based on correct legal standards. Federal Marine Terminals v. Schofield, No. 15-14115 (11th Cir., June 3, 2016) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201514115.pdf].

California – marine invasive species proposal

clip_image016 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice proposing adoption of regulations relating to the Marine Invasive Species Act enforcement and hearing process. Comments on the proposal must be received by 5 July. (5/20/16) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Laws-Regs/Proposed-MISP4-9.html].

California – ballast water management reporting

clip_image016[1] The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted a copy of the current USCG Ballast Water Management Report (BWMR) form, which may be used to meet California ballast water management reporting requirements. As of 1 July, the SLC will no longer accept ballast water management reports utilizing the old USCG form. (6/1/16) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Forms/MISP/BallastWaterForm.pdf].

EC – passenger ship safety rules

clip_image018 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has adopted proposals to simplify and improve passenger ship safety rules. (6/6/16) [http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/news/2016-06-06-passenger_ship_safety_rules_en.htm].

Paris MOU – CIC to focus on MARPOL Annex VI

clip_image020 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) for the period 1 September through 30 November 2016 will address compliance with MARPOL Annex VI (air emissions). (5/30/16) [https://www.parismou.org/paris-mou-agrees-concentrated-inspection-campaign-marpol-annex-vi-2018].

Sarawak – hijacking and cargo theft

clip_image022 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an incident alert concerning the hijacking and theft of oil cargo from the tug Ever Prosper and tank barge Ever Dignity off Bintulu, Sarawak on 3 June. The perpetrators robbed the crew and pumped out 3,000 liters of crude palm kernel oil. (6/6/16) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=447&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

New Zealand – VGM implementation

clip_image024 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that flexibility will be utilized during the transition period for implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement for shipment of maritime containers. (6/2/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2016/20160602a.asp].

Panama Canal – suspension of second draft restriction

clip_image026 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that it has suspended the second draft restriction. Therefore, the maximum authorized transit draft for vessels transiting the Panamax locks has been increased to 11.39m (39.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 29-2016 (5/31/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-29-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – transit draft for new locks

clip_image026[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, beginning 27 June, the maximum authorized transit draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.11m (43.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 30-2016 (5/31/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-30-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – Safe Boarding Week

clip_image026[2] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that Safe Boarding Week will be observed on 4-8 July, emphasizing and encouraging safe boarding practices on vessels transiting the Canal. Advisory 31-2016 (6/1/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-31-2016.pdf].

Panama Canal – functional completion of third set of locks

clip_image026[3] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that its contractor has advised that the Third Set of Locks have officially passed all performance tests and are now functionally completed to allow a safe, efficient, and reliable operation of the new locks in accordance with the provisions of the contract. The ACP will conduct a detailed review of the submitted report in order to proceed with appropriate action and respond to the contractor, symbolizing an important milestone towards the inauguration of the new lane on 26 June. (6/2/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/06/02/pr589.html].

Singapore – persons authorized to supply water

clip_image028 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding masters that ocean-going ships in the Port of Singapore may only receive water from licensed and authorized persons. Port Marine Circular 8-2016 (6/6/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/d231d7c8-459e-49de-b755-97dcaa0fd29e].

Anniversary

clip_image030 Last week, my bride and I went away to celebrate the 48th anniversary of our wedding. (I will leave it to you to do the math.) I don’t know whether the luckiest day of my life was when we got married or today, when she continues to put up with me. Our love continues to grow and mature.

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June 6th, 2016 at 9:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 June 2016

Headlines:

USCG – medical and physical evaluation guidelines;

DOT – Interim National Multimodal Freight Network;

DOS – meeting re implementation of IMO instruments;

Offshore New York – wind power lease;

Offshore New York – EA re wind power lease;

White House – National Oceans Month;

NOAA – Carolina and South Atlantic sturgeon;

NOAA – Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay sturgeon;

NIST – Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity;

NOAA – sites being considered as NMSs;

PHMSA – HMR amendments;

TSAC -–teleconference on 22 June;

USACE – reissuance of nationwide permits;

Ketchikan – cruise ship allision;

Lake Superior – bulk carrier refloated;

USCG – PSC annual report; and

Naval history.

June 6, 2016

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USCG – medical and physical evaluation guidelines

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued Change 2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08 entitled “Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials”. The major changes include guidelines for issuance of separate medical certificates (implementing recent changes to STCW); guidance for evaluation of applicants taking various medications; and guidance concerning the medical review process. NVIC 04-08, Change 2 (25 April 2016) [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2008/NVIC_04-08_CH2.pdf].

DOT – Interim National Multimodal Freight Network

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that it has established the Interim National Multimodal Freight Network in order to: (1) assist states in strategically directing resources toward improved system performance; (2) inform freight transportation planning; (3) assist in the prioritization of federal investment; and (4) assess and support federal investments. Comments on a Final National Multimodal Freight Network must be received by 6 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 36381 (6/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13261.pdf].

DOS – meeting re implementation of IMO instruments

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 14 July in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 3). Topics on the agenda include: consideration of reports on alleged inadequacy of port reception facilities; lessons learned from marine safety investigation reports; and measures to harmonize port state control (PSC) activities and procedures. 81 Fed. Reg. 36375 (6/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13162.pdf].

Offshore New York – wind power lease

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a proposed sale notice (PSN) for the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore New York. Comments must be received by 5 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 36336 (6/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13164.pdf].

Offshore New York – EA re wind power lease

clip_image010[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) for commercial wind energy lease on the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore New York. 81 Fed. Reg. 36334 (6/6/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13170.pdf].

White House – National Oceans Month

clip_image012 President Obama issued a proclamation designating June as National Oceans Month, 2016. 81 Fed. Reg. 36135 (6/3/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-13364.pdf].

NOAA – Carolina and South Atlantic sturgeon

clip_image014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate critical habitat for the endangered Carolina and South Atlantic distinct population segments of the Atlantic sturgeon. Public meetings will be held in Brunswick (20 June); Charleston (21 June); and Morehead City (23 June). Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 36078 (6/3/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-12744.pdf].

NOAA – Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay sturgeon

clip_image015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate critical habitat for the endangered Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay distinct population segments of the Atlantic sturgeon. Public meetings will be held in Annapolis (13 July); Portland (18 July); and Gloucester (21 July). Comments on the proposal must be received by 1 September. 81 Fed. Reg. 35701 (6/3/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-12743.pdf].

NIST – Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

clip_image017 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a notice stating that an open meeting of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will be held on 21 June in Berkeley. 81 Fed. Reg. 35733 (6/3/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-13096.pdf].

NOAA – sites being considered as NMSs

clip_image018 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that four new sites have been added to Sanctuary Nomination Process inventory of possible areas for designation as new national marine sanctuaries (NMSs). 81 Fed. Reg. 35737 (6/3/16) [ ].

PHMSA – HMR amendments

clip_image006[1] The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) promulgated a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) to make miscellaneous amendments in order to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. The amendments enter into effect on 5 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 35484 (6/2/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-02/pdf/2016-12034.pdf].

TSAC – teleconference on 22 June

clip_image004[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will hold a teleconference meeting on 22 June to receive two additional tasks: (1) implementation of Subchapter M, and (2) training requirements for firefighting equipment for inland towing vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 35375 (6/2/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-02/pdf/2016-12963.pdf].

USACE – reissuance of nationwide permits

clip_image020 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to reissue existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 1 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 35186 (6/1/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/pdf/2016-12083.pdf].

Ketchikan – cruise ship allision

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity allided with the Ketchikan cruise ship dock. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The wind was gusting at 45 mph. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident. (6/3/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2838278/].

Lake Superior – bulk carrier refloated

clip_image021 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a week after it grounded hard on Gros Cap Reef in Lake Superior the bulk carrier Roger Blough has been successfully lightened and refloated. It is now anchored in the Waiska Bay anchorage area. (6/4/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2838402/].

USCG – PSC annual report

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard posted the 2015 Annual Report on Port State Control (PSC) in the United States. Detentions, which had been on a decline, rose for the second straight year. (6/3/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc2/psc/annual_report/annualrpt15.pdf].

Naval history

clip_image023 This week marks two historic naval events. The Battle of Midway was fought in the north central Pacific on 4-7 June 1942 between forces of the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Victory by the outnumbered US Navy forces has been called “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare” by the eminent historian John Keegan. The Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France began with the D-Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 and involved the largest armada in history. Many brave lives were lost during these events, and they deserve to be remembered and appreciated by those of us who came after.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 May 2016

Headlines:

San Francisco – rail jumper penalized;

PHMSA – meeting re transport of dangerous goods;

NOAA – Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank NMS;

FTA – passenger ferry grants;

Senate – bill introduced re DOD appropriations;

Senate – bill introduced re DHS appropriations;

IMO – GloMEEP train-the-trainer workshop; and

Singapore – VGM implementation.

May 31, 2016

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San Francisco – rail jumper penalized

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a $5,000 civil penalty has been assessed against an individual who jumped overboard into San Francisco Bay from a tour boat on which she was a passenger. (5/27/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2834310/].

PHMSA – meeting re transport of dangerous goods

clip_image006 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that it and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will conduct meetings on 14 June in Washington, DC to prepare for upcoming sessions of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Expert on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. 81 Fed. Reg. 34434 (5/31/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12677.pdf].

NOAA – Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank NMS

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is delaying until 9 December the discharge requirements for US Coast Guard activities in the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (NMSs). 81 Fed. Reg. 34268 (5/31/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12784.pdf].

FTA – passenger ferry grants

clip_image006[1] The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a corrected notice announcing the selection of projects for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. These Ferry Program funds will provide financial assistance to support existing ferry service, establish new ferry service, and repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. 81 Fed. Reg. 34431 (5/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12688.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re DOD appropriations

clip_image010 Senator Cochran (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 3000) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes. Among other things, the bill includes $1 billion for construction of polar icebreakers. (5/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s3000pcs/pdf/BILLS-114s3000pcs.pdf]. Note: It is a long way from introduction to passage of a bill.

Senate – bill introduced re DHS appropriations

clip_image010[1] Senator Hoeven (R-ND) introduced a bill (S. 3001) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes. (5/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s3001pcs/pdf/BILLS-114s3001pcs.pdf]. Note: It is a long way from introduction to passage of a bill.

IMO – GloMEEP train-the-trainer workshop

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release stating that a Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership (GloMEEP) train-the-trainer workshop was held in China on 23-27 May preparing personnel needed to cascade knowledge on energy efficiency for ships and related efforts for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. (5/27/16) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/15-glomeep-trainthetrainer.aspx].

Singapore – VGM implementation

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that the SOLAS requirement concerning container verified gross mass (VGM) will be enforced in Singapore effective 1 July. Loaded containers for which a VGM has not been provided in advance to the ship master may not be loaded. Shipping Circular 12-2016 (5/27/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/1433445e-7ae3-4e95-98e0-9374a4cd469a].

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May 27th, 2016 at 7:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 May 2016

Headlines:

USCG – NVIC 07-14 Change 1;

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria update;

DOC – US port competitiveness initiative;

FMC – user fee update proposal;

House – bill introduced re innocent passage;

Senate – bill introduced re innocent passage;

Senate – bill introduced to honor WWII merchant mariners;

Senate – funding for polar icebreaker;

China – caution re Zhejiang Coast area;

UK – CoC and CEC verification; and

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914.

May 27, 2016

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USCG – NVIC 07-14 Change 1

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a change to its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidelines for qualification for STCW endorsements as Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). NVIC 07-14 CH-1 (5/4/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/nvic_07-14_rfpew_final_with_change_1_20160504.pdf].

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria update

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on its draft update to the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. Comments must be submitted by 25 August. 81 Fed. Reg. 33685 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12624.pdf].

DOC – US port competitiveness initiative

clip_image006 The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks input on US seaport efficiency and competitiveness issues for its 21st Century US Port Competitiveness Initiative. It is particularly interested in views regarding the most important challenges and opportunities facing US port-related operations and efficiencies and best practices. Comments should be submitted by 11 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 33657 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12551.pdf].

FMC – user fee update proposal

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its user fees. Comments on the proposal are due by 27 June. 81 Fed. Reg. 33637 (5/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12326.pdf].

House – bill introduced re innocent passage

clip_image010 Representative Pompeo (R-KS) introduced a bill (H.R. 5333) to impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – bill introduced re innocent passage

clip_image012 Senator Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill (S. 2984) to impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – bill introduced to honor WWII merchant mariners

clip_image013 Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2989) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/25/16).

Senate – funding for polar icebreaker

clip_image012[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) issued a press release stating that the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee added $1 billion to the draft Defense Appropriations Act to fully fund construction of a new polar icebreaker. The bill now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. (5/24/16) [http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=967B271A-18B7-4201-B9FB-90F1F1BEA121].

China – caution re Zhejiang Coast area

clip_image015 The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a safety notification reminding mariners operating off the Zhejiang Coast (central part of mainland China) that this area is heavily trafficked by a wide variety of vessels and experiences adverse weather and sea conditions. Mariners should exercise caution when operating in this area. (5/26/16) [http://en.msa.gov.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=343&id=186].

UK – CoC and CEC verification

clip_image017 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) established a website that enables national administrations, shipping companies, and crewing agents to verify the validity and authenticity of UK Certificates of Competency (CoC) and Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CEC). (5/26/16) [https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/coc-2007-2/index.asp].

Sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland – 29 May 1914

clip_image019 On 29 May 1914, the passenger ship RMS Empress of Ireland collided with the coal ship Storstad in the St. Lawrence River in heavy fog. The passenger ship sank within 15 minutes. Of the 1,477 passengers and crew on board, 1,012 perished, making it Canada’s worst peacetime marine disaster. The subsequent investigation into the incident was largely inconclusive due to the conflicting testimony of the witnesses, but Canadian Pacific Railway, the owner of the passenger ship, ultimately won an award of $2 million damages from the owner of the coal ship.

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May 26th, 2016 at 7:55 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 May 2016

Headlines:

IOOS Advisory Committee – webinar on 23 June;

North Carolina – dinner and a rescue;

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

CRS – USCG cutter procurement; and

Panama Canal – third draft restriction suspended.

May 26, 2016

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IOOS Advisory Committee – webinar on 23 June

clip_image004 The Integrated Ocean observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a webinar on 23 June. The webinar will focus on review of draft recommendations on how the IOOS Program Office could improve the Ocean Technology Transition (OTT) Program. 81 Fed. Reg. 33467 (5/26/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-26/pdf/2016-12475.pdf].

North Carolina – dinner and a rescue

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a pier collapse in Beaufort, North Carolina dumped five senior citizens into the waters of Taylor Creek. Fortunately, an off-duty Coast Guardsman, FN James D. Sanders, Jr., was having dinner with his girlfriend at an adjacent waterside restaurant. He immediately jumped in the water, while calling for onlookers to pass flotation devices. He kept the senior citizens calm and, with assistance, got them to a nearby dock where they were able to get out of the water. Sanders, who has been in the Coast Guard for only eight months, hopes to become an aviation maintenance technician. (5/25/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2832646/].

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

clip_image008 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an updated report entitled “Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization”. The report provides an overview of the proposal to build a new polar icebreaker. RL34391 (4/15/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf].

CRS – USCG cutter procurement

clip_image008[1] The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an updated report entitled “Coast Guard Cutter Procurement”. The report provides an overview of procurement issues related to three classes of cutters, with emphasis on the planned Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs). R42567 (4/15/16) [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/R42567.pdf].

Panama Canal – third draft restriction suspended

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, with the arrival of the rainy season, it is suspending the third draft restriction. The maximum authorized transit draft will remain at 11.74m (38.5 feet) until further notice. Advisory 28-2016 (5/25/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-28-2016.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryan Bittner of Eagle Bulk Shipping.

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    logo11 NOT keeping the watch

    In the June 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "NOT keeping the watch". In the article, I discuss how keeping a proper watch is commonplace, but that mariners sometimes fail to keep a proper watch due to various circumstances. The most common reasons for failure to keep a proper watch include: lack of skill; lack of training and knowledge; and lack of attention to detail. The most common causes of lack of attention to detail include: health; drug abuse; alcohol abuse; stress; fatigue; distraction; and complacency. The sea is unforgiving.