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April 8th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 April 2014

Headlines:

White House – national emergency re Somalia;

TSA – TWIC card services;

USCG – tonnage regulations;

Texas City – safety zone removal;

USCG – PWSRCAC;

DOS – visa and passport requirements;

Mobile – grounding;

USCG – Staten Island Ferries;

DOJ – guilty plea in MSC bribery case;

IMO – NOx emission requirements;

China – US SECDOD tours aircraft carrier; and

Panama Canal – March operations.

April 8, 2014

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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. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Life is short. Don’t make the same mistake twice – be original.

White House – national emergency re Somalia

clip_image004 The White House issued a Notice stating that President Obama has continued the national emergency with respect to Somalia, which has been determined to continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. (4/7/14).

TSA – TWIC card services

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).

USCG – tonnage regulations

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made in 2010. The proposal would also codify principal technical interpretations issued by the Coast Guard and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications of and updates to the tonnage regulations. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 7 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 19419 (April 8, 2014).

Texas City – safety zone removal

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard promulgated a direct final rule removing the safety zone at Snake Island (also known as Shoal Point) within the Texas City Channel. The rule will come into effect on 7 July unless adverse written comment is received by 8 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 19289 (April 8, 2014).

USCG – PWSRCAC

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has recertified, through 28 February 2015, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Committee (PWSRCAC) as an alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, Alaska. 79 Fed. Reg. 19347 (April 8, 2014).

DOS – visa and passport requirements

clip_image011 The Department of State (DOS) issued a final rule amending its regulations regarding the waiver by joint action of consular and immigration officers of visa and passport requirements for members of foreign armed forces and coast guards. The rule comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 19288 (April 8, 2014).

Mobile – grounding

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it restricted traffic through the Mobile Ship Channel after the container ship MSC Kyoto grounded between buoys 36 and 38. The grounding was reportedly the result of a steering failure. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation. A second news release states that the ship has been refloated and the channel is now open. (4/7/14).

USCG – Staten Island Ferries

clip_image012[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it regularly inspects the Staten Island Ferries, operated by the City of New York, and found that the vessels exceeded expectations in reporting marine casualties and fully cooperated with Coast Guard investigations. (4/7/14).

DOJ – guilty plea in MSC bribery case

clip_image014 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the former vice president of a government contracting company pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to bribe federal officials in exchange for favorable treatment for several telecommunications projects with the Military Sealift Command (MSC). The individual faces a maximum penalty of five years when he is sentenced. He agreed to forfeit $57,000 as the proceeds of the offense. Previously, four individuals, including one former government employee, pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy. (4/4/14).

IMO – NOx emission requirements

clip_image016 The Danish Maritime Authority issued a news release stating that the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) reached agreement on the entry into force date for new requirements for NOx emissions in emission control areas (NECAs). The current entry into force date of 2016 will be retained for the two existing NECAs (North America and the US Caribbean Sea). The entry into force date for new NECAs will depend on when they are decided upon. (4/4/14).

China – US SECDOD tours aircraft carrier

clip_image018 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, during his official visit to China, became the first foreign visitor to tour the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. The vessel is a refitted Russian carrier. (4/7/14).

Panama Canal – March operations

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during March. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 07-2014 (4/4/14).

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April 7th, 2014 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 April 2014

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – multi-service rescue;

LMRWSAC – meeting;

USCG nontank vessel response plans;

MARAD – ex-USNS Comet available for donation;

OFAC – Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations;

Cook Inlet – tidal energy proposal;

OMB – review of draft OSV rule;

FEMA – PSGP funding revision;

BSEE – pre-production inspection of FPSO;

DOJ – extradition on antitrust charge;

DOT – new MTSNAC members appointed;

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban; and

UK – report on shipping strategy.

April 7, 2014

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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. Miscellaneous maritime topics are briefly discussed in my Maritime Musings blog. Life is short. Don’t make the same mistake twice – be original.

Pacific Ocean – multi-service rescue

clip_image004 clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an inter-service rescue effort is taking place in the Pacific Ocean approximately 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Coast Guard received a satellite call from the owner/operator of a 36-foot US-flag sailing vessel stating that the vessel was disabled and that his one-year-old daughter on the vessel was quite ill. Evaluation indicated that medical assistance was required. The California Air National Guard launched a USAF MC-130P with four pararescuemen. The pararescuemen boarded the sailboat and have stabilized the infant. The US Navy frigate USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) has been diverted to assist. A second news release states that the family with the sick infant is safely aboard the Navy frigate. (4/6/14).

LMRWSAC – meeting

clip_image010 The Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 23 April. Topics on the agenda include electronic aids to navigation and work on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal. 79 Fed. Reg. 19107 (April 7, 2014).

USCG – nontank vessel response plans

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that NVIC 01-05 (CH-1), Interim Guidance for the Development and Review of Response Plans for Nontank Vessels, has been cancelled. It was replaced by the “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and other Response Plan Requirements” final rule promulgated on 31 January 2014. 79 Fed. Reg. 19107 (April 7, 2014).

MARAD – ex-USNS Comet available for donation

clip_image012 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the obsolete vessel, ex-USNS Comet is available for donation. It is considered to be the first purpose-built oceangoing roll-on/roll-off vessel. Applications must be received by 7 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 19171 (April 7, 2014).

OFAC – Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

clip_image014 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The amendment, which comes into effect immediately, clarifies and adds certain definitions, as well as amending the general license provisions. 79 Fed. Reg. 18990 (April 7, 2014).

Cook Inlet – tidal energy proposal

clip_image016 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it has received an application from ORPC Alaska 2, LLC for a successive preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the East Foreland Tidal Energy Project to be located in Cook Inlet near Nikiski, Alaska. Comments on the application must be submitted within 60 days. 79 Fed. Reg. 19065 (April 7, 2014).

OMB – review of draft OSV rule

clip_image018 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received for review the draft US Coast Guard interim final rule regarding Offshore Supply Vessels of at least 6000 GT ITC. The draft rule is intended to implement the 2010 statute removing the size limit on OSVs and to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to crew on these larger OSVs. OMB review generally takes four months, but can be longer. (4/4/14).

FEMA – PSGP funding revision

clip_image020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an announcement informing prospective applicants that the FY 2014 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) funding opportunity announcement has been revised. The revision allows eligible entities within Group I port areas to submit up to six Investment Justifications (IJs) per application (increased from a maximum of three) and clarifying language to address the application rules for entities that have facilities in multiple port areas. (4/4/14).

BSEE – pre-production inspection of FPSO

clip_image022 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that a team of its engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. (4/4/14).

DOJ – extradition on antitrust charge

clip_image024 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited to the United States from Germany on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids, fixing process, and allocating market shares for sales of marine hose sold in the United States and elsewhere. This marks the first successfully litigated extradition on an antitrust charge. (4/4/14).

DOT – new MTSNAC members appointed

clip_image026 The Department of Transportation (DOT) news release stating that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appointed ten new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). (4/4/14).

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban

clip_image028 Representative McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Crude Oil Export Act (H.R. 4349) to repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other .purposes. Representative McCaul issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/1/14)/

UK – report on shipping strategy

clip_image030 The UK House of Commons Transport Committee issued its report entitled Forging ahead?: UK shipping strategy. Among other things, the report recommends that the Government set out what policy measures it will use to ensure that the UK-flagged fleet begins again to grow in size and explain how it will “promote the UK as a global shipping base and centre for maritime services” available to vessels of all nationalities. Volume II of the report contains additional written evidence. (4/3/14).

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April 4th, 2014 at 11:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 April 2014

Headlines:

USCG – MODU Kulluk report of investigation;

USCG – Maritime Commons blog;

Arctic – sea ice maximum;

Senate – nomination hearing for VADM Zukunft;

EU – maritime security in Africa;

UK – chronic fatigue leads to grounding; and

Union Faith- Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969.

April 4, 2014

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USCG – MODU Kulluk report of investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard released its Report of Investigation into circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska on 31 December 2012. A series of event contributed to the causal factors that resulted in the grounding of the Kulluk, with the most significant factor being the inadequate assessment and management of the risks associated with a complex vessel movement during the winter in the unique and challenging operating environment of Alaska. Among the safety recommendations included in the report is that the Coast Guard partner with the Towing Safety advisory Committee (TSAC) to address the towage of MODUs in the Arctic marine environment. (4/3/14).

USCG – Maritime Commons blog

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard has established an official blog entitled Maritime Commons. It is focused on communicating with the maritime industry. Interested parties may either check the blog at their convenience or add it to their RSS feed. (4/3/14).

Arctic – sea ice maximum

clip_image008 The National Snow and Ice Data Center issued a notice stating that Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on 21 March at 14.91 million square kilometers (5.76 million square miles), making it the fifth lowest maximum in the satellite record. (4/2/14).

Senate – nomination hearing for VADM Zukunft

clip_image010 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a notice stating that, on 8 April, it will consider the nomination of VADM Paul F. Zukunft to be Commandant of the US Coast Guard. (4/3/14).

EU – maritime security in Africa

clip_image012 The European Union (EU) issued a press release stating that Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting on Brussels with a number of African countries to examine maritime threats to Africa and to discuss areas of future cooperation. (4/3/14).

UK – chronic fatigue leads to grounding

clip_image014 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the general cargo vessel Danio off Longstone, Farne Islands, England on 16 March 2013. The grounding occurred at 0330, after the chief officer, the sole person on the bridge, fell asleep. The master and the chief officer were the only deck officers. Both stood watch on a six hours on/six hours off schedule when underway, in addition to other duties. The Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System had been permanently turned off. Watchkeepers relied on an unapproved electronic navigation system when underway. The MAIB again recommended that the IMO be approached regarding adding a requirement that all vessels engaged on short sea trades carry a minimum of two navigational watchkeepers in addition to the master. Report 8-2014 (4/3/14).

Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision – 6 April 1969

clip_image016 On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge. In accordance with local custom, the tow was favoring the bends. Slightly upstream of the Greater New Orleans Bridge, in the Gouldsboro Bend, the Union Faith collided with the lead barge of the towboat. The barge broke loose and caught fire. A series of explosions followed almost immediately and the Union Faith was engulfed in flames. Crude oil burned on the river, threatening moored vessels and harbor facilities. Union Faith drifted downriver, burning from stem to stern and then sank. A total of 25 persons on Union Faith, including all persons on the bridge, died in the incident. Investigation revealed that the towboat was operating its radio on 2738 kHz, but was not monitoring 156.65 MHz (Channel 13). The pilot on Union Faith was using a portable transceiver operating on 156.65 MHz, but apparently not monitoring 2738 kHz. Both vessels were equipped with marine radar and the navigation lights on both vessels were apparently operating properly. As a direct result of this casualty, and in accordance with a primary recommendation of the USCG Marine Casualty Report, Congress adopted the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radio Telephone Act (Pub.L. 93-63, August 4, 1971), requiring vessels in the same waterway to monitor a common frequency.

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April 3rd, 2014 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 April 2014

Headlines:

FMC – G6 Alliance Agreement amendment cleared;

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 update;

Hampton Roads – Towing Vessel Safety Seminar;

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement;

BSEE – spill response research;

NOAA – wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker;

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act passes;

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban;

EC – European shipping industry; and

Ireland – carriage of electronic nautical publications.

April 3, 2014

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FMC – G6 Alliance Agreement amendment cleared

clip_image004 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it concluded a comprehensive review of the proposed amendment to the G6 Alliance Agreement and cleared the amended agreement to become effective as scheduled on 4 April. (4/2/14).

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 update

clip_image006 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that an additional change to NOAD Schema 3.4 involves the new element VRP_TYPE used to indicate the type of oil spill response plan the vessel has, if any. If provided, acceptable values for element are TANK or NONTANK. (3/31/14).

Hampton Roads – Towing Vessel Safety Seminar

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the 15th annual Towing Vessel Safety Seminar will be conducted in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 3 April, sponsored by the Coast Guard and the Virginia Maritime Association. (4/2/14).

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that Sea Tel Inc. of Concord, California has agreed to pay $85,113 to settle potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. Sea Tel invoiced its distributor in South Korea for 16 orders of marine antenna systems, with a total value of $378,281 and exported the antenna systems to its distributor with knowledge or reason to know that they were intended specifically for reexportation, directly or indirectly, to Iran. (4/2/14).

BSEE – spill response research

clip_image010 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it is investing up to $600,000 for targeted oil spill response research in drift ice conditions. (4/2/14).

NOAA – wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker

clip_image012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the wreck of the Coast Survey ship USCS Robert J. Walker has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Walker sank in the North Atlantic on 21 June 1860 off Absecon Inlet, New Jersey following a collision with a commercial schooner. Of the crew of 66, twenty-one men died in the casualty. The wreck’s location and identity were confirmed last year. (4/2/14).

House – Coast Guard Authorization Act passes

clip_image014 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release stating that the House approved bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4005) that authorizes the US Coast Guard to carry out its vital mission, improve its effectiveness, replace and modernize aging assets, enhance oversight, and reduce inefficiencies. Representative Miller (R-MI), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued a news release applauding House passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act. (4/2/14).

House – bill introduced to repeal crude oil export ban

clip_image015 Representative McCaul (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 4349) to repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other .purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative McCaul issued a press release explaining the measure. (4/1/14)/

EC – European shipping industry

clip_image017 The European Commission (EC) posted the speech delivered by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, on the prospects and challenges of the European shipping industry. (4/2/14).

Ireland – carriage of electronic nautical publications

clip_image019 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice stating that it accepts the UK Hydrographic Office suite of Admiralty Digital Publications (ADP) and the UKHO’s suite of e-NPs as satisfying the carriage requirements for nautical publications contained in those suites. Marine Notice 26-2014 (4/1/14).

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April 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 April 2014

Headlines:

USCG – security advisory re Libya;

Great Lakes – ice breaking;

MERPAC – working group meeting;

IWUB – meeting;

Offshore Georgia – EA re site assessment activities;

San Nicholas Island – restricted area;

USCG – Proceedings;

Tokyo MOU – CIC results;

Australia – SAR equipment service providers;

New Zealand – proposed survey performance requirements;

New Zealand – SeaCert now in force;

Singapore – bunkering licenses cancelled;

UK – consultation re offshore vessels; and

UK – MAIB safety digest.

April 2, 2014

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USCG – security advisory re Libya

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory regarding Libya. Due to continuing civil unrest and weak governmental institutions in Libya, the US Government has concerns regarding whether the port facility requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code are being comprehensively executed and maintained. The Coast Guard therefore recommends that vessels calling on ports in Libya take enhanced security measures. Implementing these measures will generally expedite vessel entry into the US. Furthermore, vessels are advised to proceed with extreme caution when approaching Libyan oil terminals, particularly in eastern Libya. (4/1/14).

Great Lakes – ice breaking

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that US and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers continue to create pathways for commercial ships throughout the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. A convoy of commercial ships, escorted by the cutters Mackinaw and Katmai Bay, is traversing Lake Superior en route the Soo Locks. The Great Lakes reached near-record ice coverage this winter, causing a major slow-down for the shipping season. (4/1/14).

MERPAC – working group meeting

clip_image010 A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on 17 April to work on Task Statement 80 concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or low flash-point Fuels (IGF Code). 79 Fed. Reg. 18570 (April 2, 2014).

IWUB – meeting

clip_image012 The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 1 May in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Topics on the agenda include: the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project; the Mississippi River Lock and Dam #27 Major Rehabilitation; and the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Sill Depth Design. 79 Fed. Reg. 18530 (April 2, 2014).

Offshore Georgia – EA re site assessment activities

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) seeks comments on it environmental assessment (EA) considering potential impacts of issuing an Interim Policy lease and subsequent site characterization activities in waters of the outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Georgia. Comments should be submitted by 2 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 18578 (April 2, 2014).

San Nicholas Island – restricted area

clip_image012[1] The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated a final rule modifying the existing restricted area in waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding San Nicholas Island, California. The amendments come into effect on 2 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 18450 (April 2, 2014).

USCG – Proceedings

clip_image010[1] The US Coast Guard posted the Spring 2014 edition of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council. This edition focuses on maritime border security. (4/1/14).

Tokyo MOU – CIC results

clip_image016 The Tokyo MOU issued a press release stating that it undertook a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on propulsion and auxiliary machinery on 1 September through 30 November 2013. Of the 8,257 inspections conducted by MOU member authorities during this period, there were a total of 282 detentions, among which 72 (or 25.5%) were detained for CIC deficiencies. (4/1/14).

Australia – SAR equipment service providers

clip_image018 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it invites input from potential service providers into the research phase of its Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Support Services Tender. Submissions must be received by 28 April. (4/1/14).

New Zealand – proposed survey performance requirements

clip_image020 Maritime New Zealand issued a notice stating that it invites comments on a number of proposed survey performance requirements that would be applicable to all regulatory surveys of ships. Comments must be submitted by 19 May. (4/1/14).

New Zealand – SeaCert now in force

clip_image020[1] Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that SeaCert, the new domestic certification framework for New Zealand seafarers is now in force. (4/1/14).

Singapore – bunkering licenses cancelled

clip_image022 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licenses of Coteam Petroleum Trading Pte Ltd have been cancelled for contravening the terms and conditions of the bunkering licenses. (4/1/4).

UK – consultation re offshore vessels

clip_image024 The UK Government issued a notice stating that it has opened a consultation on the application of the application of the Special Purpose Ships (SPS) Code and other IMO codes and guidelines for offshore vessels. Comments must be received by 9 May. (3/27/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Alan Spackman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

UK – MAIB Safety Digest

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April 1st, 2014 at 11:21 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 April 2014

Headlines:

FCC – maritime radio equipment;

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement;

DOS Iran sanctions qualifications;

NOAA – draft PEA re IOOS;

NOAA – members sought for MPAFAC;

USCG – GPS advisory;

USN – additional screening measures for base entry;

Strait of Hormuz – merchant vessel attacked;

Australia – unintentional lifeboat release;

Singapore – implementing MLC 2006; and

UK – MAIB business plan.

April 1, 2014

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FCC – maritime radio equipment

clip_image004 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment regarding a proposed amendment to rules and requirements for technologies used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land by providing better and more accurate data to rescue personnel. Among other things, the proposal would require EPIRBs and similar devices to be capable of broadcasting position data when activated. Comments should be submitted by 2 June. 79 Fed. Reg. 18249 (April 1, 2014).

OFAC – Iran sanctions enforcement

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice stating that GAC Shipping (USA), Inc. has agreed to pay $157,500 to settle potential civil liability for an alleged violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. In November 2008, GAC supplied bunker fuel valued at $513,141 in Paranagua, Brazil for an Iranian vessel carrying an agricultural commodity. (3/31/14).

DOS – Iran sanctions qualifications

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it has determined that each of the following purchasers of oil from Iran has qualified under US law for a 180-day exception: Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 79 Fed. Reg. 18382 (April 1, 2014).

NOAA – draft PEA re IOOS

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Comments should be submitted by 30 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 18281 (April 1, 2014).

NOAA – members sought for MPAFAC

clip_image010[1] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC). Nominations must be received by 30 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 18282 (April 1, 2014).

USCG – GPS advisory

clip_image012 The USCG Navigation Center issued an advisory stating that the US Air Force (USAF) is preparing to activate the SVN-49′s L-band transmitters. Any users experiencing difficulties with the signal are encouraged to contact the Navigation Center utilizing the worksheet at the following link: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gpsUserInput . (3/31/14).

USN – additional screening measures for base entry

clip_image014 The US Navy issued a news release stating that additional screening has been directed of all delivery drivers presenting the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to gain entry to bases in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The additional screening measures were ordered following the 24 March shooting death of a sailor by a civilian aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Investigation into circumstances surrounding that incident continues. (3/31/14).

Strait of Hormuz – merchant vessel attacked

clip_image016 The NATO Shipping Centre issued an alert stating that at 11:45 on 30 March a merchant vessel was attacked by one skiff in the Strait of Hormuz. There were six persons on the skiff armed with machine guns. The skiff came within five meters of vessel and fired two shots at the bridge and accommodation area. The vessel set alarm and activated fire hoses. The skiff turned away. The vessel is safe. Alert 006/14 (3/31/14).

Australia – unintentional lifeboat release

clip_image018 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) ported the preliminary findings of its ongoing investigation into the unintentional release of a freefall lifeboat from the bulk carrier Aquarosa in the Indian Ocean on 1 March 2014 with serious injury. A ship’s engineer entered the ship’s freefall lifeboat and topped up the release system hydraulic oil reserves and manually operated the pump to pressurize the system, when the lifeboat suddenly released. Initial analysis indicates the release mechanism was not fully and correctly reset after it was last exercised, allowing the hook to be released when the pump was activated. Analysis also indicates that the two simulation wires, which were designed to hold the lifeboat when the hook was released during a simulation release failed at a load significantly below their rated safe working load. MO-2014-002 (4/1/14).

Singapore – implementing MLC 2006

clip_image020 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing an update on national legislation, coming into effect on 1 April 2014, implementing provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 relating to the seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA), official log book, and medicines and medical equipment. Shipping Circular 09-2014 (3/31/14).

UK – MAIB business plan

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Business Plan 2014-15. (3/31/14).

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March 31st, 2014 at 11:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 31 March 2014

Headlines:

Suez Canal – incidents on transiting vessels;

ICJ – whaling in the Antarctic not scientific;

Gulf of Mexico – emergency disconnect of offshore facility;

MARAD – War Risk Insurance;

FWS – ANS Task Force meeting;

MARAD – Renewable Diesel for Marine Application;

FMC – cruise passengers affected by Texas oil spill;

St. Lawrence Seaway – navigation season opens; and

UK – sleep-induced grounding leads to hefty fine.

March 31, 2014

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Suez Canal – incidents on transiting vessels

clip_image004 The US Navy Maritime Liaison Office, Manama, Bahrain issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) advising that reports have been received of incidents occurring on vessels transiting the Suez Canal allegedly in retaliation for Suez Canal Port Authority employees not receiving cigarettes from the crew. It is recommended that additional steps be taken by transiting vessels to minimize the risk of such incidents and to assist in prosecuting perpetrators when such an incident does occur. MSIB 04-14 (3/28/14).

ICJ – whaling in the Antarctic not scientific

clip_image006 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that whaling as conducted by Japan in the Antarctic does not comport with the requirements of scientific whaling under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Among other things, the Court has ordered that Japan revoke any extant authorization, permit, or license to kill, take, or treat whales in Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan), (ICJ, 31 March 2014).

Gulf of Mexico – emergency disconnect of offshore facility

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it is responding to a report of an emergency disconnect and production shut-in onboard the Helix Producer 1 located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 100 miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana. The shutdown was triggered by an electrical blackout on the offshore facility. Electrical power has since been restored. There were no injuries. Less than one gallon of hydrocarbon was released during the disconnect. (3/28/14).

MARAD – War Risk Insurance

clip_image010 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule making non-substantive changes to the War Risk Insurance regulations. The changes come into effect on 30 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17896 (March 31, 2014).

FWS – ANS Task Force meeting

clip_image012 The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will meet on 7-8 May in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include Quagga Zebra Action Plan update, ballast water research, and fracking as an AIS pathway. 79 Fed. Reg. 18053 (March 31, 2014).

MARAD – Renewable Diesel for Marine Application

clip_image013 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) belatedly posted its report: Renewable Diesel for Marine Application. The study compared the operational and performance differences in a test vessel’s use of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) versus a 67/33 blend of USLD and Amyris Renewable Diesel (ARD), which is derived from sugar. No significant differences were found between the test vessel’s use of neat ULSD and the blend in terms of engine performance, fuel economy, air emissions, engine vibration, underwater radiated noise, and effect on the engine itself. (8/30/13).

FMC – cruise passengers affected by Texas oil spill

clip_image015 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the cruise lines impacted by the Houston Ship Channel oil spill have made arrangements for refunds and reimbursements for affected passengers. (3/28/14).

St. Lawrence Seaway – navigation season opens

clip_image017 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release stating that the Seaway’s 56th navigation season opened on 28 March with the passage of the Algoma Equinox through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. (3/28/14).

UK – sleep-induced grounding leads to hefty fine

clip_image019 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that the owner of a coasting ship which grounded in an environmentally sensitive area in the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast has been ordered to pay nearly £73,000 in fines and costs after its crew failed to keep a proper lookout. The officer of the navigation watch had fallen asleep before the grounding. (3/28/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 March 2014

Headlines:

USN – shooting incident update;

USCG – lifeboat release mechanisms;

USCG – preemption assessment framework;

BSEE – voluntary confidential near-miss reporting;

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas – incidental take of marine mammals;

NOSAC – meeting;

MACOSH – meeting; and

Singapore – online appointment system.

March 28, 2014

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USN – shooting incident update

clip_image004 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it has identified the deceased civilian suspect in the shooting incident on USS Mahan (DDG 72) at Norfolk Naval Station as Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, a truck driver. Mr. Tyrone had an apparently valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in his possession. Although he had no official business at the Naval Station, he drove his truck through Gate 5 at the Station, proceeded to Pier 1, left his truck, and boarded the Navy destroyer, where he was confronted by security personnel. He and a Navy petty officer died in the ensuing altercation. Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident continues. (3/27/14).

USCG – lifeboat release mechanisms

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of a policy letter regarding the recent IMO amendment to Chapter III of the SOLAS Convention relating to lifeboat release mechanisms. For vessels subject to SOLAS, the change comes into effect no later than the next scheduled drydocking after 1 July 2014. The Coast Guard recommends voluntary compliance with the guidelines in IMO MSC.1/Circ.1392 by US non-SOLAS vessels, MODUs, and offshore facilities that carry lifeboats and rescue boats fitted with release mechanisms described in the Circular. Comments on the policy letter should be submitted by 28 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17556 (March 28, 2014).

USCG – preemption assessment framework

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard has extended, until 26 May, the period within which it must receive comments on its draft assessment framework and organizational restatement regarding preemption for certain regulations issued by the Coast Guard. 79 Fed. Reg. 17482 (March 28, 2014).

BSEE – voluntary confidential near-miss reporting

clip_image008 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice stating that it will host public workshops in Los Angeles (22 April) and in Houston (24 April) on development of a voluntary confidential near-miss reporting system for use on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). 79 Fed. Reg. 17563 (March 28, 2014).

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas – incidental take of marine mammals

clip_image010 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice stating that it has issued letters of authorization for the nonlethal take of polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. 79 Fed. Reg. 17564 (March 28, 2014).

NOSAC – meeting

clip_image011 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in New Orleans on 16-17 April. Topics on the agenda include commercial diving safety; safety and environmental management systems; marine casualty reporting; and training. 79 Fed. Reg. 17557 (March 28, 2014).

MACOSH – meeting

clip_image012 The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet on 15-16 April in Washington, DC. 79 Fed. Reg. 17580 (March 28, 2014).

Singapore – online appointment system

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that, effective 1 April, it will be introducing an Online Appointment System to help reduce customer waiting time at the One-Stop Document Centre (OSDC). Port Marine Circular 06-2014 (3/27/14).

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March 27th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 March 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update;

USCG – cyber security and the MTS;

BSEE – PREP Guidelines update;

NOAA – introduction of species into NMSs;

Boston – maritime industry day;

House – maritime budget hearing; and

Senate – cruise ship safety and security.

March 27, 2014

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USCG – Texas City “Y” incident update

clip_image004 USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a bulletin updating the Texas City “Y” incident. The Captain of the Port (COTP) has authorized limited movement of commercial vessels, including commercial fishing vessels, through the safety zone from sunrise to sunset. Due to forecasted unfavorable tidal and weather conditions, vessel movements are authorized until midnight on 26 March. Transits through the safety zone of charter vessels, small passenger vessels, and recreational vessels are not authorized at this time. (3/26/14).

USCG – cyber security and the MTS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a message regarding cyber security and the Marine Transportation System (MTS). Among other things, it states that USCG Captains of the Port (COTPs) should encourage vessel and facility operators to inventory their cyber systems, identify those that could potentially contribute to a Transportation Security Incident (TSI), and evaluate the degree to which such systems could be protected from attack, misuse, or failure. The Winter 2014-2015 edition of the Coast Guard Proceedings publication will focus on cyber security. Coast Guard units, industry, academia, and other government agency partners wishing to submit an article on cyber security should contact CDR Nicholas L. Wong at (202) 372-1107 or nicholas.l.wong@uscg.mil no later than 4 April with a proposed topic and author. ALCOAST 122/14 (3/25/14).

BSEE – PREP Guidelines update

clip_image006 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines update. The Guidelines were last revised in 2002. Comments should be submitted by 24 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 16363 (March 25, 2014). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Don Toenshoff of the Marine Spill Response Corporation.

NOAA – introduction of species into NMSs

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to amend the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries (NMSs) regulations on introduced species to authorize certain introduced species of shellfish from commercial mariculture projects in state waters of the sanctuaries. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 11 April. 79 Fed. Reg. 17073 (March 27, 2014).

Boston – maritime industry day

clip_image004[2] USCG Sector Boston will co-host the Greater Boston Maritime Community Industry Day in Winthrop, Massachusetts on 9 April. (3/26/14).

House – maritime budget hearing

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs. Subcommittee Chair Duncan Hunter (R-CA) expressed concern regarding the budget cuts proposed for the Coast Guard and for proposed reductions in the Food for Peace program. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG, testified that the Coast Guard will strategically allocate resources to optimize mission performance. The Honorable Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Maritime Administration, testified that the budget request supports the agency’s mission to foster, support, and develop the nation’s merchant marine. The Honorable Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission, testified concerning the agency’s accomplishments and planned achievements. (3/26/14).

Senate – cruise ship safety and security

clip_image012 The Senate Commerce Committee issued a press release in which Committee Chair John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) states that he remains unconvinced that the cruise industry is doing enough to protect passengers. (3/26/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 March 2014

Headlines:

White House – security of maritime supply chain gift basket;

USCG – updated professional qualification checklists;

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA;

NTSB – meeting;

DOE – application to export LNG;

EPA & USACE – streams and wetlands protection;

USN – fatal shooting update; and

Paris MOU – HAVEP results.

March 26, 2014

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White House – security of maritime supply chain gift basket

clip_image004 The White House issued a news release stating that nations party to the Nuclear Security Summit agreed to seek enhanced measures to permanently remove nuclear and radiological materials that are out of regulatory control from the maritime supply chain. A fact sheet on this issue was also released. The term “Gift Basket” is used with regard to the maintenance of effective radiation detection systems and response procedures at large container seaports and related maritime supply chain security measures. (3/25/14).

USCG – updated professional qualification checklists

clip_image006 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement stating that the checklists used to help determine professional qualifications for Officer and Rating endorsements on Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) have been updated to incorporate recent amendments to the STCW Convention and other items. Among other things, the updated checklists now provide separate lists for national and STCW renewals. (3/25/14).

Hudson River – Tappan Zee Bridge RNA

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release reminding stakeholders that the regulated navigation area (RNA) in waters of the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge remains in effect. The bridge is in the midst of a multi-year repair and refurbishment project that necessitates the presence of work boats, many of them moored overnight in the immediate vicinity of the bridge. Commercial vessels transiting the RNA are restricted to a “Slow, No Wake Speed”, while recreational vessels are restricted to a speed of no greater than five knots. (2/25/14).

NTSB – meeting

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that it will meet in Washington, DC on 8 April to consider the marine accident report for the allision of the passenger ferry Seastreak Wall Street with Pier 11, Lower Manhattan on 9 January 2013. 79 Fed. Reg. 16831 (March 26, 2014).

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Delfin LNG LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed floating LNG liquefaction project to be located in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Comments on the application should be submitted by 27 May. 79 Fed. Reg. 16782 (March 26, 2014).

EPA & USACE – streams and wetlands protection

clip_image012 clip_image014 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have developed a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA, also known as the Clean Water Act) for streams and wetlands. Under the proposal, most seasonal and rain-dependent streams are protected, as are wetlands near rivers and streams. Other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water and protection will be evaluated through a case specific analysis of whether the connection is or is not significant. (3/25/14).

USN – fatal shooting update

clip_image016 The US Navy issued a news release updating earlier reports of the fatal shooting onboard USS Mahan on 24 May while moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 11:20 p.m. that night the civilian suspect approached the Mahan’s quarterdeck and was confronted by ship security personnel. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch. The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor responding to the incident. Navy security forces then killed the suspect, who did not have his own weapon. (3/25/14).

Paris MOU – HAVEP results

clip_image018 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships resulted in two passenger vessels being detained during 2013. A total of 232 inspections were carried out on 225 individual ships. Most deficiencies related to abandon ship drills (8.62%); fire drills (8.19%); closing devices/watertight doors (7.76%); and SAR cooperation plan for passenger ships (7.76%). (3/25/14).

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    In the April 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Doing less with less". In the article, I discuss the changes that the US Coast Guard may be required to undertake in view of that service's continually decreasing appropriations.