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June 27th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 June 2014

Headlines:

USCG – NOA exemption;

USCG – - cargo transfer operations;

USCG – William M. Benkert Awards;

USCG – NOAD Notice Tracking;

Lake Erie – “no discharge zone” for New York waters;

DOD – RIMPAC exercises begin;

House – bill introduced re water development appropriations;

House – bill introduced re Transportation Bonds;

Court – choice-of-law provision governs;

EC – harmonized reporting procedures;

EC – liner shipping exemption extended;

India – non-IG insurance companies;

Ireland – virtual aid to navigation;

New Zealand – coastal navigation safety review; and

Singapore – COC revalidation.

June 27, 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. Schrödinger had two cats, calling them a paradox.

USCG – NOA exemption

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule exempting from the requirement to submit a Notice of Arrival (NOA) US mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other US vessels when moving directly from one outer continental shelf (OCS) block area to another. This exemption comes into effect immediately. 79 Fed. Reg. 36401 (June 27, 2014).

USCG – cargo transfer operations

clip_image005 The USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued an Instruction regarding cargo transfer operations by a foreign tank vessel in advance of an overdue safety compliance examination. This policy is intended to help minimize cargo transfer delays within the Houston-Galveston (including Texas City, Freeport, Port Arthur, and Lake Charles) Area of Responsibility. The Sector also issued a Cargo Waiver Request Form for use in accordance with the new policy. (6/16/14).

USCG – William M. Benkert Awards

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release announcing presentation of the 2014 William M. Benkert Awards recognizing maritime industry efforts for their environmental protection programs. (6/26/14).

USCG – NOAD Notice Tracking

clip_image007 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a bulletin stating that the NOAD Notice Tracking feature has been moved from the homepage to the Developer subsite. (6/24/14).

Lake Erie – “no discharge zone” for New York waters

clip_image009 clip_image011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it approved the petition of the State of New York that New York State waters in Lake Erie qualify as a “no discharge zone” since there are adequate facilities in the area for boats to pump out their sewage. (6/23/14).

DOD – RIMPAC exercises begin

clip_image013 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise consisting of 20 plus nations and hundreds of aircraft, ships, and submarines, has begun in waters in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (6/26/14).

House – bill introduced re water development appropriations

clip_image015 Representative Simpson (R-ID) introduced a bill (H.R. 4923) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. Representative Simpson issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/20/14).

House – bill introduced re Transportation Bonds

clip_image016 Representative Bentivolio (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 4945) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue Transportation Bonds to fund transportation projects in each State, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/24/14).

Court – choice-of-law provision governs

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that an otherwise valid choice-of-law provision in a maritime contract is enforceable and may require application of a jurisdiction’s statute of limitations, in lieu of the doctrine of laches, to govern issues regarding the timeliness of claims asserted under that agreement. In the instant case, a dispute arose between plaintiff marine insurer and defendant insured over coverage under the insurance contract, which provided for application of New York law to such disputes. New York law includes a six-year statute of limitations. Suit was brought by plaintiff insurer more than six years after the dispute arose. Plaintiff’s argument that the traditional maritime doctrine of laches was applicable in this case proved to be unavailing. American Steamship v. Dann Ocean Towing, No. 13-1495 (4th Cir., June 26, 2014).

EC – harmonized reporting procedures

clip_image020 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it adopted the report on the functioning of the reporting directive, which aims to ensure that by June 2015 vessels entering or departing EU ports will provide required information electronically via one single entry point – the National Single Window. (6/25/14).

EU – liner shipping exemption extended

clip_image020[1] The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has extended for another five years the validity of the existing legal framework exempting, if certain conditions are met, liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules. (6/24/14).

India – non-IG insurance companies

clip_image022 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a bulletin stating that it has revised the status of two non-IG insurance companies regarding insurance for entry of ships into ports, anchorages, and offshore facilities. (6/24/14).

Ireland – virtual aid to navigation

clip_image024 The Irish Commissioners of Lights issued a Notice to Mariners stating that a virtual aid to navigation has been established to mark a new depth of 8.0 meters at the Rigg Bank. (6/26/14).

New Zealand – coastal navigation safety review

clip_image026 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that it is undertaking a review of coastal navigation safety to identify risks and assess current and potential safety measures. (6/26/14).

Singapore – COC revalidation

clip_image028 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding holders of Singapore certificates of competency (COCs) of the requirement to revalidate their COCs meeting the requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention. Shipping Circular 10-2014 (6/25/14).

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June 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 June 2014

Headlines:

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment;

Texas City – safety zone removal;

USACE & EPA – waters of the United States;

MARAD – CVS&S Training Provider Certification;

CBP – NCAP ACE document image system;

USCG – PREP cycle change;

USCG – members sought for NAVSAC;

FWS & NOAA – critical habitat;

FWS & NOAA – ESA policy;

DOI – DWH Early Restoration PEIS;

NOAA – humpback whale;

Illinois River – allision with dam;

GAO – counterpiracy efforts; and

Texas – The Responder newsletter.

June 26, 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. Schrödinger had two cats, calling them a paradox.

Port Arthur – waterway suitability assessment

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment from Enterprise Terminalling LLC regarding the company’s plans to construct, own, and operate a waterfront facility handling liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) at its Vidor, Texas facility within the Captain of the Port (COTP) Port Arthur Zone. Comments on the proposal must be received by 24 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 35766 (June 24, 2014).

Texas City – safety zone removal

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule removing the Snake Island Safety Zone, also known a Shoal Point, within the Texas City Channel. The change comes into effect on 14 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 35687 (June 24, 2014).

USACE & EPA – waters of the United States

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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have extended, through 20 October, the period within which to submit comments on the proposed definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA, also known as the Clean Water Act). 79 Fed. Reg. 35712 (June 24, 2014).

MARAD – CVS&S Training Provider Certification

clip_image009 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice providing stakeholders with its final policy regarding Cruise Vessel Security and Safety (CVS&S) Training Provider Certification as provided for in the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010. 79 Fed. Reg. 36125 (June 25, 2014).

CBP – NCAP ACE document image system

clip_image011 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice announcing that it plans to modify the National Customs Automation Program NCAP) for the Automated Customs Environment (ACE) test concerning the Document Image System (DIS) to allow participants to submit electronic images of a specific set of CBP and Partner Government Agency (PGA) forms and supporting information via a CBP-approved Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The test ill commence no earlier than 10 July and will continue until concluded by way of announcement in the Federal Register. 79 Fed. Reg. 36083 (June 25, 2014).

USCG – PREP cycle change

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is changing from a three-year to a four-year cycle for conducting the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP). This change has been coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) through the National Schedule Coordination Committee (NSCC). Comments must be submitted by 5 September. 79 Fed. Reg. 36328 (June 26, 2014).

USCG – members sought for NAVSAC

clip_image013 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). Applications should be received by 30 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 36327 (June 26, 2014).

FWS & NOAA – critical habitat

clip_image015 clip_image017 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have extended until 9 October the period within which to submit comments on their proposed changes to the definitions and regulations for designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 79 Fed. Reg. 36284 (June 26, 2014).

FWS & NOAA – ESA policy

clip_image015[1] clip_image018 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have extended until 9 October the period within which to submit comments on their draft policy regarding implementation of section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 79 Fed. Reg. 36330 (June 26, 2014).

DOI – DWH early restoration PEIS

clip_image020 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice announcing availability of the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Final Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 79 Fed. Reg. 36328 (June 26, 2014).

NOAA – humpback whale

clip_image021 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it received a petition to identify the Central North Pacific population of the humpback whale as a distinct population segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act. Information and comments relating to this petition must be received by 28 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 36281 (June 26, 2014).

Illinois River – allision with dam

clip_image023 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the allision of the tow of the towing vessel Dale A. Heller with the Marseilles Dam on the Illinois River on 18 April 2013. The probable cause of the allision was the decision of all involved parties to proceed with the passage of the tow during a period of record-high water and significant risk. Contributing to the allision was the failure of the Marseilles Dam lockmaster and the towboat master to communicate effectively about the actual positioning of the dam’s gates before and during the transit. MAB 14/11 (6/25/14).

GAO – counterpiracy efforts

clip_image025 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report regarding the ongoing US counterpiracy efforts, primarily off the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea. The report recommends that the National Security Council Staff (NSCS), with the Secretaries of Defense and State, collaborate with the involved agencies to assess their efforts and to determine whether additional actions are needed to guide efforts in the Gulf of Guinea. GAO-14-422 (6/23/14).

Texas – The Responder newsletter

clip_image027 The Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted the June 2014 edition of The Responder newsletter. This edition has articles regarding the Texas City Y oil spill, as well as one on the scrapping of USS Forrestal in Brownsville. (6/23/14).

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June 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 June 2014

Headlines:

White House – Counter Piracy & Maritime Security Action Plan;

TSA – TWICs with missing fingerprint information;

USCG – Qualified Assessor application procedure;

USCG – CFSC members sought;

USCG – hurricane contingency plans;

DOE – how a wind turbine works;

Senate – bill introduced re water rights;

House – bill introduced re DHS appropriations;

House – bill introduced re water development appropriations;

House – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure fund;

Canada – loss-of-tow incident;

India – OSV manning requirements; and

Coast Guard Auxiliary authorized – 23 June 1939.

June 23, 2014

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White House – Counter Piracy & Maritime Security Action Plan

clip_image004 President Obama released the United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan. The Plan, which implements the National Strategy for Maritime Security and the Policy for the Repression of Piracy and other Criminal Acts of Violence at Sea, provides guidance for counter-piracy efforts and outlines that the United States will use all appropriate instruments of national power to repress piracy and related maritime crimes. This plan supersedes the “Countering Piracy off the Horn of Africa Partnership & Action Plan” of 2008. (6/20/14).

TSA – TWICs with missing fingerprint information

clip_image006 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that some Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards were recently produced without the fingerprint template files. Workers holding these cards who need to prove their identity by biometric match will not be able to do so until their cards are replaced. TSA will replace improperly produced cards at no cost to the card holder. TSA has posted a 192-page list of affected cards. (6/18/14).

USCG – Qualified Assessor application procedure

clip_image008 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin discussing the procedure used to apply for designation as a Qualified Assessor. (6/19/14).

USCG – CFSAC members sought

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC). Applications must be received by 25 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 35562 (June 23, 2014).

USCG – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image010 With assistance from some long-suffering readers, I have again updated my list of US Coast Guard Hurricane & Heavy Weather Contingency Plans. This version includes the latest revisions to the plans for Sectors Boston, Corpus Christi, Long Island Sound, New Orleans, San Juan, and St. Petersburg. If any reader learns of a more recent version of such a contingency plan for any USCG Sector, please advise so that my list can be kept current. (6/20/14).

DOE – how a wind turbine works

clip_image012 The Department of Energy (DOE) posted an informative article on How a Wind Turbine Works. (6/20/14).

Senate – bill introduced re water rights

clip_image014 Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 2496) to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Barrasso issued a news release explaining the measure. (6/19/14).

House – bill introduced re DHS appropriations

clip_image016 Representative Carter (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 4903) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. (6/19/14).

House – bill introduced re water development appropriations

clip_image017 Representative Simpson (R-ID) introduced a bill (H.R. 4923) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Simpson issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/20/14).

House – bill introduced re transportation infrastructure fund

clip_image017[1] Representative Webster (R-FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4925) to amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Revolving Fund, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Webster issued a press release explaining the measure. (6/20/14).

Canada – loss-of-tow incident

clip_image019 The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued the report of its investigation into the loss-of-tow by the tug Charlene Hunt of the former passenger vessel MV Lyubov Orlova in waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on 24 January 2013. The major factors leading to the loss-of-tow were lack of preparation, bad weather, and a mechanical breakdown on the tug. The towed vessel was left derelict and adrift in international waters of the North Atlantic and is presumed to have sunk. M13N0001 (6/19/14).

India – OSV manning requirements

clip_image021 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued a notice seeking comments on draft amendments to minimum safe manning requirements for offshore supply vessels operating in Indian oil fields. Comments should be received by 26 June. (6/18/14).

USCG Auxiliary authorized – 23 June 1939

clip_image023 On 23 June 1939, a law was enacted to establish a Coast Guard Reserve [the name was later changed to the Coast Guard Auxiliary] to be composed of owners of motorboats and yachts to assist the Coast Guard in the saving of life and property and in the patrolling of marine parades and regattas. 53 Stat. 854.

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June 20th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 June 2014

Headlines:

USCG – seeking VTS Director;

CTAC – meeting;

Offshore Oregon – determination of no competitive interest;

FERC – Freeport LNG EIS;

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG EIS;

DOE – authority to import/export natural gas;

DHS – Chemical Sector Security Summit;

FMC – statement on P3 Agreement;

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas;

IMO – maritime education & training;

NATO – Somali piracy update;

New Zealand – deep sea mining application refused;

UK – fire protection arrangements; and

Summer Solstice – 21 June 2014.

June 20, 2014

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USCG – seeking VTS Director

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a job announcement stating that it seeks qualified applicants for the position of Vessel Traffic Service Director (GS-2150-13) in Seattle, Washington. Applications must be receive by 27 June. (6/13/14). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend John Veentjer of the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound.

CTAC – meeting

clip_image004[1] The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 19-21 August in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include safety standards for the design of vessels carrying natural gas or using natural gas as fuel; and safety standards for ship-to-ship transfer of hazardous material outside the baseline. 79 Fed. Reg. 35369 (June 20, 2014).

Offshore Oregon – determination of no competitive interest

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it has determined that there is no competitive interest in the area requested by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center to acquire an outer continental shelf (OCS) marine hydrokinetic (MHK) research lease in waters approximately five nautical miles offshore Newport, Oregon. 79 Fed. Reg. 35377 (June 20, 2014). The project is further discussed in a BOEM press release.

FERC – Freeport LNG EIS

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Freeport LNG liquefaction and modification projects. 79 Fed. Reg. 35345 (June 20, 2014).

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG EIS

clip_image008[1] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed Corpus Christi LNG Project. Comments must be received by 4 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 35344 (June 20, 2014).

DOE – authority to import/export natural gas

clip_image010 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it has issued various orders granting authority to import and export natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG). 79 Fed. Reg. 35337 (June 20, 2014).

DHS – Chemical Sector Security Summit

clip_image012 The National Protection & Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPI/IP) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council are cosponsoring the 2014 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore on 23-24 July, with Pre-Summit activities on 22 July. (6/19/14).

FMC – statement on P3 Agreement

clip_image014 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a statement on the P3 Agreement, noting that the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China announced its decision on that agreement. (6/18/14).

Senate – bill introduced re export of natural gas

clip_image016 Senator Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill (S. 2494) to expedite applications to export natural gas, to require the public disclosure of liquefied natural gas export destinations, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Udall issued a news release explaining the measure. (6/18/14).

IMO – maritime education and training

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release stating that “Maritime education and training” has been selected as the theme for World Maritime Day for 2015. (6/19/14).

NATO – Somalian piracy update

clip_image020 The NATO Shipping Centre issued its Weekly Piracy Update for the period 11-18 June. It notes that eleven crew members of the MV Albedo, held hostage by Somalian pirates since November 2010 have been released. Somalian pirates now hold 39 seafarers as hostages. (6/18/14).

New Zealand – deep sea mining application refused

clip_image022 The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZEPA) issued a media release stating that it has refused consent to the application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd for a marine consent for its iron sand mining project in the South Taranaki Bight. The major reason for the refusal was uncertainty around the scope and significance of the potential adverse environmental effects and those on existing interests, such as fishing and indigenous culture. (6/18/14).

UK – fire protection arrangements

clip_image024 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued updated statutory guidance regarding fire protection arrangements (MSIS 12) for the guidance of surveyors to ensure compliance with requirements covering merchant ships. (6/19/14).

Summer Solstice – 21 June 2014

clip_image026 The Summer Solstice, marking the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere, occurs at 1051 UTC on Saturday, 21 June 2014. This represents the sun’s furthest progression northward for the year. As global warming continues, it is expected that the sun will progress farther and farther north each year, until it is finally located directly over the North Pole, with the Alaskan North Slope becoming the new Riviera.

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June 19th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 June 2014

Headlines:

IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2014;

USCG – 2014 Arctic priorities;

USCG – inspection of MSP vessels;

York River – danger zone;

House – Maintaining Coast Guard Readiness;

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization;

New York – electric canal boat;

Paris MOU – targeting lists;

ReCAAP – product tanker hijacked;

Canada – Enbridge Northern Gateway Project;

UK – crewman lost overboard;

UK – port freight statistics; and

UK – National Naval Memorial.

June 19, 2014

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IMO – Day of the Seafarer 2014

clip_image004 The IMO issued a news release stating that 25 June is celebrated globally as the Day of the Seafarer 2014. This year’s theme is “Seafarers brought me . . . .” – recognizing the hard work and high degree of responsibility of seafarers in keeping the global economy afloat. (6/18/14).

USCG – 2014 Arctic priorities

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release outlining the service’s 2014 Arctic priorities. These priorities, which include recapitalization of a polar icebreaker, are built around three strategic objectives: improve awareness, modernize governance, and broaden partnerships in the Arctic region. (6/18/14).

USCG – inspection of MSP vessels

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on proposed changes to its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-13 regarding inspection and certification of vessels under the Maritime Security Program (MSP). Comments on amendments to NVIC 01-13 should be submitted by 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 35177 (June 19, 2014).

York River – danger zone

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is establishing a danger zone in waters of the York River off Cheatham Annex in York County, Virginia. The regulation comes into effect on 21 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 35049 (June 19, 2014).

House – Maintaining Coast Guard Readiness

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted an oversight hearing on Maintaining Coast Guard Readiness. VADM Charles Michel, USCG testified about how the Coast Guard supports mission readiness through recapitalization of assets. Ms. Michele Mackin, GAO, testified that better information is needed on performance and funding to address acquisition shortfalls. Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, Congressional Research Service, testified on issues related to Coast Guard acquisition funding and acquisition programs which will affect future Coast Guard readiness. Mr. James Offutt, Navy League, testified concerning the growing capability gap resulting from inadequate appropriations for the Coast Guard. (6/18/14). Note: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a more extensive report on this issue.

CRS – USCG polar icebreaker modernization

clip_image012 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued its report on Coast Guard polar icebreaker modernization. Without making any recommendations, the report discusses a number of issues for Congress, including the number and capabilities that the Coast Guard will need in the future; the timeline for acquisition of a new polar icebreaker; and the disposition of the USCG icebreaker Polar Sea, currently in commissioned, inactive status. RL34391 (6/5/14).

New York – electric canal boat

clip_image014 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a news release announcing the launch of an all-electric dredge tender work boat on the Erie Canal in the Utica area. The project will help determine how best to transition the State’s work boat fleet to a cleaner propulsion system. (6/17/14).

Paris MOU – targeting lists

clip_image016 The Paris MOU posted its new performance lists for flag states and recognized organizations, also called the “White-Grey-Black Lists”. The performance lists will be used for targeting port state control inspections, with effect from 1 July. (6/16/14).

ReCAAP – product tanker hijacked

clip_image018 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert stating that the product tanker Ai Maru, en route from Singapore to the Gulf of Thailand was boarded by robbers on 14 June. An Update states that the robbers stole approximately 620 metric tonnes of MGO before fleeing. The crew was unharmed. (6/17/14).

Canada – Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

clip_image020 The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel of the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued a Decision Statement conditionally approving the construction and operation of a terminal at Kitimat, British Columbia and two pipelines between Bruderheim, Alberta and Kitimat. Additional information regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is provided in a news release from Natural Resources Canada. (6/17/14).

UK – crewman lost overboard

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the crewman lost overboard from the general cargo vessel Sea Melody in Groveport, River Trent on 18 December 2013. He was pulled overboard from the forward mooring area when his foot became caught in the bight of a mooring rope as the vessel was shifting berth. Investigation established that the crewman was unsupervised at the time; that the crew had not been briefed before the operation began; and that there was a breakdown in communication between the shore linesmen and the crew. Report 16/2014 (6/18/14).

UK – port freight statistics

clip_image022[1] The UK Department for Transport posted the Port Freight Statistics for the quarter ending 31 March 2014. Freight through UK ports generally increased by 1% over that seen during the same quarter in 2013. (6/18/14).

UK – National Naval Memorial

clip_image024 The UK Government issued a news release stating that the National Naval Memorial was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. It honors and celebrates all who joined the naval service in the past or who will do so in the future. (6/17/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 18 June 2014

Headlines:

White House – protection of oceans and coasts;

White House – combatting illegal fishing;

USCG – container inspections;

Jacksonville – safety and security zones;

FMC – request for additional information;

Offshore Massachusetts – propose sale notice;

Offshore Massachusetts – revised EA;

DOI – offshore Massachusetts availability;

USMMA – new training vessel; and

Australia – international scam alert.

June 18, 2014

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White House – protection of oceans and coasts

clip_image004 The White House issued a Fact Sheet regarding protection of the oceans and coasts. Among other things, it calls for new protections for marine areas and potential expansion of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (6/17/14).

White House – combating illegal fishing

clip_image004[1] President Obama issued a Memorandum establishing a Comprehensive Framework to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. (6/17/14).

USCG – container inspections

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated its National Container Inspection Program (NCIP) Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP). The publication gives actionable, step-by-step procedures regarding the NCIP in direct support of the policy and doctrine prescribed by the NCIP Manual. It also provides updated targeting criteria and revises the way container inspections are categorized. (May 2014).

Jacksonville – safety & security zones

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard proposes t modify several aspects of the safety and security zones within Sector Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Among other things, it would establish safety zones governing port closures in the event of natural or other disasters. Public meetings will be held in Jacksonville (23 June) and Cape Canaveral (25 June). Written comments should be submitted by 9 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 34674 (June 18, 2014).

FMC – request for additional information

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it has formally requested that the parties to Agreement No. 012274 – OVSA/PIL Space Charter Agreement provide additional information. This action prevents the agreement from becoming effective as originally scheduled. 79 Fed. Reg. 34751 (June 18, 2014).

Offshore Massachusetts – proposed sale notice

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for commercial leasing for wind power on the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts. Comments should be submitted by 18 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 34771 (June 18, 2014).

Offshore Massachusetts – revised EA

clip_image010[1] The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice stating that it has prepared a revised environmental assessment (EA) for commercial wind energy lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). 79 Fed. Reg. 34781 (June 18, 2014).

DOI – offshore Massachusetts availability

clip_image012 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release announcing that the nation’s largest offshore wind energy area, located offshore Massachusetts, is available for commercial development. (6/17/14).

USMMA – new training vessel

clip_image014 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release stating that the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) training vessel, Kings Pointer, has been rechristened. The vessel previously served as a solid fuel rocket booster recovery vessel for NASA at Cape Canaveral. (6/16/14).

Australia – international scam alert

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that there is a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSID) and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies. These offers are invalid and are actually attempts to illegally obtain money and personal identification from responders. (6/17/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 June 2014

Headlines:

FERC – Freeport LNG projects EIS;

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG Project EIS;

MARAD & NATO – counter piracy efforts;

ACRCC – updated plans;

Court – federal admiralty jurisdiction;

ILO – enhanced seafarer protection;

Australia – crew member fatality;

Port Metro Vancouver – trucking efficiency;

Marshall Islands – carriage of publications;

New Zealand – loop lashing of timber deck cargoes;

Panama Canal – second shipment of lock gates; and

UK – allision with quay.

June 17, 2014

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FERC – Freeport LNG projects EIS

clip_image004 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that a final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared for the proposed Freeport LNG liquefaction and modification projects. (6/16/14).

FERC – Corpus Christi LNG Project EIS

clip_image004[1] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a news release stating that it seeks comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed Corpus Christi LNG Project. Comments should be submitted by 4 August. (6/13/14).

MARAD & NATO – counter piracy efforts

clip_image006 clip_image008 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release concerning the work of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) with NATO to strengthen maritime security, particularly efforts to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea. (6/12/14).

ACRCC – updated plans

clip_image010 The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) announced the release of the 2014 Monitoring and Response Plan and the 2014 Great Lakes eDNA Monitoring Program intended to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and to prevent the invasive fish species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. (6/4/14).

Court – federal admiralty jurisdiction

clip_image012 In an action to enforce an English court’s judgment on a derivative contract for future ocean freight rates, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that federal admiralty jurisdiction applies to an action to enforce a judgment of a foreign non-admiralty court if the claim underlying that judgment is maritime under the standards of US law. D’Amico Dry Limited v. Primera Maritime (Hellas) Limited, No. 11-3473-cv (2nd Cir., June 12, 2014).

ILO – enhanced seafarer protection

clip_image014 The Danish Maritime Administration issued a news release stating that, at the 103rd International Labour Conference in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted new provisions on the protection of abandoned seafarers and seafarers who have been injured in occupational accidents. The new regulations are expected to enter into force in two years and six months, unless 40% of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 ratifying nations reject the new provisions in writing. (6/16/14).

Australia – crew member fatality

clip_image016 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the crew member fatality on board the general cargo ship Toucan Arrow at Portland, Victoria on 7 October 2013. The crew member was crushed between the ship’s aft gantry crane and a cargo hold hatch lid while the crane was being prepared for cargo loading operations. The crew member did not comply with the ship’s safe working procedures and did not ensure that the crane driver was advised and that the gantry crane’s electrical power supply was isolated before he began work. In addition, the audible and visual ‘crane in motion’ warning devices were not fully operational and effective. MO-2013-010 (6/16/14).

Port Metro Vancouver – trucking efficiency

clip_image018 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that it is contributing $3 million to reduce trucker waiting times at Port Metro Vancouver by using new technologies to better link operations across the four terminals. (6/12/14).

Marshall Islands – carriage of publications

clip_image020 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) issued a notice providing guidance to owners and operators of Marshall Islands vessels on carriage of publications. Generally, publications may be carried in either paper or electronic format, but copies of the International Code of Signals and the IAMSAR Manual should always be available in the form of hard copies for emergency use. There are also backup requirements for ECDIS and electronic nautical publications. When electronic nautical publications with electronic backup are carried, portions of the publications needed for navigation while the vessel is en route between ports (tide and current tables, light list, etc.) should be printed and included with the voyage plan. Marine Notice 1-000-3 (May 2014).

New Zealand – loop lashing of timber deck cargoes

clip_image022 Maritime New Zealand issued a Safety Bulletin recommending loop lashing as the safest practice for securing timber deck cargoes in order to prevent damage or hazard to the ship and persons on board and to prevent cargo loss. (6/16/14).

Panama Canal – second shipment of lock gates

clip_image024 The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the second shipment of four rolling gates for the third set of locks has arrived from Trieste, Italy. Half of the sixteen gates for the Canal Expansion Project have now been received. (6/12/14).

UK – allision with quay

clip_image026 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the contact of the oil tanker Apollo with the quayside in Tilbury, River Thames on 25 July 2013. The tanker was rounding Tilburyness in a strong tidal flow when it left its intended track and made heavy contact with the quay, damaging both the tanker and the quay. The bridge team consisted of two pilots, the master (who had just returned to the bridge), the office of the watch, and a helmsman. At the time of the incident, one of the pilots was undergoing a practical examination and, although he had conduct of the vessel, he was not authorized to pilot a vessel of Apollo’s length and draft. The tanker was fitted with a controllable pitch propeller, but neither pilot was aware of this before eth accident. The propeller pitch was briefly set to zero, after which the tanker veered off course and made contact with the quay. Report 15/2014 (6/12/14).

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June 16th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 June 2014

Headlines:

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone;

FWS – preventing spread of AAIS;

DOI – DWH ERP/PEIS withdrawal;

House – bill introduced re USMMA funding; and

In memoriam – fire on passenger vessel General Slocum.

June 16, 2014

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Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from Mile Marker 296.1 to Mile Marker 296.7 at specified times from 9 June to 1 August while the US Army Corps of Engineers installs a new permanent fish barrier. Enforcement will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 9-13 June; 16-20 June; 23-27 June; and from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 30 June – 4 July; 7-11 July; 14-18 July; 21-25 July; and 28 July – 1 August. 79 Fed. Reg. 34231 (June 16, 2014).

FWS – preventing spread of AIS

clip_image006 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeks comments on the Classroom Guidelines for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Comments should be submitted by 16 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 34342 (June 16, 2014).

DOI – DWH ERP/PEIS withdrawal

clip_image008 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice withdrawing its earlier notice that announced the availability of a Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Final Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. When finalized, the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS will be made available to the public. 79 Fed. Reg. 34342 (June 16, 2014).

House – bill introduced re USMMA funding

clip_image009 Representative Israel (D-NY) introduced the Midshipmen Education Certainty Act (H.R. 4830) to amend title 46, United States Code, to ensure continuing funding for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. (6/10/14).

In memoriam – fire on passenger vessel General Slocum

clip_image011 On 15 June 1904, the passenger vessel General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives.

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June 13th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 June 2014

Headlines:

USCG – Tall Ship Bounty ROI;

PHMSA – special permit request;

PWS – double hull tanker escort;

USCG – CIRCAC recertification;

ITC – marine sonar imaging devices;

NOAA – marine sanctuary nomination; and

USCG – conditions of entry re Nigeria.

June 13, 2014

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USCG – Tall Ship Bounty ROI

clip_image003 The US Coast Guard released the Report of Investigation (ROI) into the sinking of the Tall Ship Bounty in the North Atlantic in October 2012 with the loss of two lives. The ROI concludes that a combination of faulty management and crew risk assessment procedures contributed to the sinking. Specifically, choosing to navigate a vessel in insufficient material condition in close proximity to an approaching hurricane with an inexperienced crew was highlighted. (6/12/14).

PHMSA – special permit request

clip_image004 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice stating that it has been notified by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Department of State (DOS) that an operation is underway to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program, including the removal of 19 different chemicals from Syria used as precursors to chemical weapons. Five of these chemicals are bound for Port Arthur, Texas, where they will be destroyed and disposed (the “operation”). These five chemicals have been/are to be transported to a Norwegian sovereign immune cargo vessel, which is ultimately bound for Port Arthur. There are no explosives or munitions associated with the chemicals, and these chemicals have not been assembled into weapons or mixed for weapons purposes. OPCW informed PHMSA that these five chemicals are being shipped in sixteen 20-ft ISO maritime shipping containers in various packagings. However, due to incomplete information from international officials and questions about loading,

PHMSA cannot confirm that the UN packagings containing the chemicals

are compliant with the Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR Parts

171-180 (HMR). Due to the lack of compliance assurance with the HMR, the shipper has requested a special permit (SP) from PHMSA. A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared. Comments on the draft EA should be submitted by 23 June. 79 Fed. Reg. 33802 (June 13, 2014). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jerry Crooks of Shell Trading US Co.

PWS – double hull tanker escort

clip_image003[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule requiring that double hull tankers navigating waters of Prince William Sound (PWS) be escorted by two tugs. The regulation comes into effect on 14 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 3384 (June 13, 2014).

USCG – CIRCAC recertification

clip_image003[2] The US Coast Guard seeks comments on the application for recertification of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (CIRCAC). 79 Fed. Reg. 33930 (June 13, 2014).

ITC – marine sonar imaging devices

clip_image005 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it has received a complaint regarding certain marine sonar imaging devices. Comments on the complaint should be submitted within eight calendar days. 79 Fed. Reg. 33949 (June 13, 2014).

NOAA – marine sanctuary nomination

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a rule re-establishing the process for nomination of areas of the marine and Great Lakes environment as national marine sanctuaries. The rule comes into effect on 14 July. 79 Fed. Reg. 33851 (June 13, 2014).

USCG – conditions of entry re Nigeria

clip_image003[3] The US Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory stating that, effective 26 June, it will impose conditions of entry for vessels arriving in the United States from Nigeria, with the exception of certain ports, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a port of either country; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a port of either country; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port of either country; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. Port Security Advisory 2-14 (6/12/14).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 June 2014

Headlines:

USCG – conditions of entry from Nigeria;

NOAA – meeting re IWC;

House – bill introduced re USMMA funding; and

New Zealand – failure to report grounding.

June 12, 2014

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USCG – conditions of entry from Nigeria

clip_image003 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 26 June, it will impose conditions of entry for vessels arriving in the United States from Nigeria, with the exception of certain ports, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a port of either country; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a port of either country; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port of either country; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US.. 79 Fed. Reg. 33771 (June 12, 2014).

NOAA – meeting re IWC

clip_image005 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it will hold a public meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland on 7 August in order to prepare for an upcoming session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). 79 Fed. Reg. 33726 (June 12, 2014).

House – bill introduced re USMMA funding

clip_image006 Representative Israel (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 4830) to amend title 46, United States Code, to ensure continuing funding for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (6/10/14).

New Zealand – failure to report grounding

clip_image007 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the master of a foreign freighter was fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to failing to report that his ship had grounded in New Zealand waters after dragging anchor. (6/11/14).

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