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January 5th, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 January 2017

Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico – oil platform fire;

USCG – Regulations & Standards newsletter;

NOAA – buffer zone weakens hurricanes;

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations and Rules;

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls;

DOC – FTZ activity approved;

Court – marijuana possession;

Singapore – compulsory financial security re seafarers;

Singapore – updated MLC certification requirements; and

Singapore Strait – collision and oil spill.

January 5, 2017

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Gulf of Mexico – oil platform fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is responding to a fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico 80 miles south of Grand Isle. The four people on board evacuated into the water and were recovered by an offshore supply vessel. Firefighting efforts are underway. (1/5/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2910798/].

USCG – Regulations & Standards newsletter

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard posted the Fall 2016 Newsletter of the Commercial Regulations and Standards Division. This issue is focused on marine environmental protection with articles on lithium-ion batteries and ballast water management systems. (1/4/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg52/docs/2016fall.pdf].

NOAA – buffer zone weakens hurricanes

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that during periods of greater Atlantic hurricane activity, a protective barrier of vertical wind shear and cooler ocean temperatures forms along the US east coast, weakening storms as they approach land. (1/4/17) [https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/periods-greater-atlantic-hurricane-activity-linked-weaker-us-landfalls].

SLSDC – Seaway Regulations and Rules

clip_image008 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) proposes to amend the Seaway Regulations and Rules. Comments must be received by 6 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 1285 (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-32000.pdf].

SLSDC – Tariff of Tolls

clip_image008[1] The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) proposes to amend the Tariff of Tolls. Comments must be received by 6 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 1287 (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-32001.pdf].

DOC – FTZ activity approved

clip_image010 The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a notice stating that it has conditionally authorized the requested production activity of TopShip LLC in the foreign trade zone (FTZ) at Gulfport. 82 Fed. Reg. 1316 (1/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-32031.pdf].

Court – marijuana possession

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the decision of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concerning the revocation of petitioner’s aircraft registration certificate. The certificate was revoked after he was caught using his aircraft to transport marijuana, which he does not deny. On technical grounds, though, the evidence was suppressed at his criminal trial in state court. He contested the certificate revocation because he was never convicted of the offense. The court held that his actions were punishable under state and federal law. The aircraft registration statute does not require that the aircraft owner actually be punished for the offense. Connors v. NTSB, No. 15-70333 (9th Cir., January 4, 2017) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/01/04/15-70333.pdf]. Note: While this is not a maritime case, it highlights the tricky situation of possessing marijuana on a vessel in waters of a state where such possession is legal, but is illegal under federal law. Be careful out there!

Singapore – compulsory financial security re seafarers

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the requirement to provide compulsory financial security relating to repatriation of abandoned seafarers and work injury compensation. Shipping Circular 03-2017 (1/4/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/f634b481-c0fe-4965-8cc5-e7d7adb9ed7a].

Singapore – updated MLC certification requirements

clip_image014[1] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of the requirement of the updated requirements for MLC 2006 certification. Shipping Circular 04-2017 (1/4/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/e31ebe6b-2850-4b09-9a36-bc6d5c60c78a].

Singapore Strait – collision and oil spill

clip_image014[2] The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the container vessels Wan Hai 301 and APL Denver collided in waters Pasir Gudang Port, Johor, Malaysia. Bunker fuel is reported spilling from APL Denver (1/4/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/aba4760d-8e0e-430d-b632-8b05054ec797]. A second news release states that the vessels are now berthed in port in stable condition. Response efforts to the oil spill are underway. The incident is under investigation. (1/5/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/1ad47e86-a3c3-4b0b-8f86-42b242e8987d]. A third news release states that the oil spill is impacting the western coastline of Singapore. Response efforts continue. [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/408c2e02-bb89-430a-a3d5-047007650ec5].

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January 4th, 2017 at 11:59 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 January 2017

Headlines:

Guam – safety zone proposed;

USCG – heavy polar icebreaker study RFQ;

USCG – Safety Alert;

USCG – civil penalty for laser strike;

Louisville – eMSI system test bed;

Singapore – shipping regulations amended; and

Singapore – cadet training berths.

January 4, 2017

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Guam – safety zone proposed

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone at Naval Wharf Kilo in Apra Outer harbor, Guam to provide a buffer between the explosives regularly handled at the wharf and the general public. Comments on the proposal must be received by 21 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 789 (1/4/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-04/pdf/2016-31894.pdf].

USCG – heavy polar icebreaker study RFQ

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it seeks a request for quote RFQ) for industry studies to identify solutions for the heavy polar icebreaker that minimize cost, schedule, production, and technology risk. Deadline for submittal of responses is 20 January. (12/23/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/newsroom/updates/icebreaker122216.asp].

USCG – Safety Alert

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding masters and crew members of the importance of following established safety procedures. Recently, a crewmember fell into the water and drowned. He was working over the side in a bosun’s chair when the line parted. He was not wearing a life vest and the safety harness had not been tied off. Alert 01-17 (1/3/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0117.pdf].

USCG – civil penalty for laser strike

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a $9,500 civil penalty has been assessed against the individual found to have interfered with the safe operation of a Washington State Ferry by shining a high-powered laser at the vessel on 22 October 2015. (1/3/17) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2910038/].

Louisville – eMSI system test bed

clip_image006 clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are developing an enhanced Marine Safety Information (eMSI) system being broadcast via AIS to transmit messages to vessels in the vicinity of Louisville regarding weather, bridge clearance, hazardous cargoes, safety and security zones, lock status, and aids to navigation (ATON). (1/3/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/charting-the-course-ohio-river-test-bed-explores-future-of-navigation/].

Singapore – shipping regulations amended

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea regulations and the Merchant Shipping regulations have been amended to incorporate recent IMO directives. Shipping Circular 30-2016 (12/31/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/2cf58dbd-32b2-4f45-87fc-ef73f918c8b9].

Singapore – cadet training berths

clip_image011 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular concerning relief support for companies providing cadet training berths. Shipping Circular 2-2017 (1/3/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/f3d689c3-f03b-4956-9f5b-580c952b6447].

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January 3rd, 2017 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 January 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Video of the Year;

DOI – Columbia River System Operations EIS;

IMO – Polar Code reminder;

IMO – IGF Code reminder;

COSPAS-SARSAT – MEOSAR update;

GLA – DGPS service; and

Singapore – MFM system use becomes mandatory.

January 3, 2017

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USCG – Video of the Year

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard is conducting its annual Video of the Year competition. Vote for your favorite video by 5 January. (1/1/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/].

DOI – Columbia River System Operations EIS

clip_image006 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice stating that the period within which to submit comments on its intent to prepare the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement has been extended to 7 February. 82 Fed. Reg. 137 (1/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-03/pdf/2016-31621.pdf].

IMO – Polar Code reminder

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release reminding stakeholders that the non-STCW provisions of the Polar Code have entered into effect. (1/1/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-Polar-Code.aspx].

IMO – IGF Code reminder

clip_image008[1] The IMO issued a news release reminding stakeholders that the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) has entered into effect. (1/1/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/01-IGF.aspx].

COSPAS-SARSAT – MEOSAR update

clip_image010 COSPAS-SARSAT issued a letter providing an update on development of the Medium-altitude-Earth-Orbit Search-and-Rescue (MEOSAR) system. The system is intended to provide global real-time coverage for the relay and location of distress beacons. (12/20/16) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/COSPAS-SARSAT_161220.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by Kate Duffy of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM).

GLA – DGPS service

clip_image012 The Commissioners of Irish Lights issued a notice reminding stakeholders that the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) provide a MF Radio Beacon Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) service on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. (1/1/17) [http://www.irishlights.ie/safety-navigation/notices-to-mariners/2017-02-gla-dgps-transmissions.aspx].

Singapore – MFM system use becomes mandatory

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders that, with effect from 1 January 2017, it is mandatory to use an MPA-approved mass flow metering (MFM) system for all marine fuel oil bunker deliveries in the Port of Singapore. Port Marine Circular 18-2016 (12/30/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/14010683-5d88-47c7-bf15-299409a00fd1].

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December 30th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 30 December 2016

Headlines:

USCG – seeking commercial vessel safety specialist;

FMC – Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement;

India – 2010 STCW amendments;

Panama Canal – Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program;

DHS – leap second; and

Out with the known, in with the unknown.

December 30, 2016

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USCG – seeking commercial vessel safety specialist

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a job announcement stating that it seeks a commercial vessel safety specialist (GS-1801-13) in the Vessel Response Team at USCG Headquarters. Applications must be received by 9 January 2017. (12/29/16) [https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/461055300].

FMC – Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement will go into force on 31 December. (12/29/16) [http://www.fmc.gov/NR16-29/].

India – 2010 STCW amendments

clip_image008 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular stating that enforcement of the 2010 STCW amendments relating to certificates of competency for seafarers will not be enforced until 1 July 2017. (12/29/16) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201612291256046783796engg_circular_eac_bracnh_03of2016_291216.pdf].

Panama Canal – Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program

clip_image010 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing the availability of an online application and user’s manual for the Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program. Advisory 63-2016 (12/28/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-63-2016.pdf].

DHS – leap second

clip_image012 Just when you thought that this horrid year was about to end, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a reminder that 2016 will be extended by a leap second at midnight (UTC) on 31 December. Enough already! (12/30/16) [http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gps/BestPracticesForLeapSecond12312016.pdf].

Out with the known, in with the unknown

clip_image014 Just when we were getting adjusted to significant fluctuations in ship values, charter rates, and fuel costs, we are now face to face with 2017. There is a reason that the ancient Romans named the upcoming month January, in honor of their deity Janus, the god of gates, doorways, and beginnings. The image of Janus is usually portrayed as looking both forward and backward. Either way, have a safe New Year’s Eve and a prosperous New Year – and may your apparent cliffs turn out to be low ledges.

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December 29th, 2016 at 11:11 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 December 2016

Headlines:

USCG – foreign rebuild determination;

USCG – US build determination;

DHS – Joint Task Forces for border & maritime security;

NOAA – oceanic whitetip shark;

FMC – petition for rulemaking; and

Court – premature summary judgment.

December 29, 2016

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USCG – foreign rebuild determination

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter stating that, based on the estimated steel work to be done in a foreign shipyard to a coastwise-qualified barge that was damaged in foreign waters, the barge will continue to be coastwise-qualified. The owner, though, is required to submit evidence of the actual steel work performed when repairs have been completed. (12/21/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/rebuild/Kirby.pdf].

USCG – US build determination

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a determination letter stating that a vessel the hull and superstructure of which are wholly fabricated in the United States and the bolt-on components of which, although foreign built, are assembled in the United States will be eligible for a coastwise trade endorsement. (12/21/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/rebuild/watermaster.pdf].

DHS – Joint Task Forces for border and maritime security

clip_image007 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted the statement of Secretary Jeh Johnson on the passage by Congress of the FY National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943), which includes (in section 1901) provisions for strengthening DHS by approving the establishment of Joint Task Forces for border and maritime security. These Joint Task Forces are comprised of the US Coast Guard, US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). (12/27/16) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/12/27/statement-secretary-johnson-passage-congress-fy-2017-ndaa-provisions-strengthening].

NOAA – oceanic whitetip shark

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it is considering designation of the oceanic whitetip shark as a threatened species. Comments must be received by 29 March 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 96304 (12/29/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-29/pdf/2016-31460.pdf].

FMC – petition for rulemaking

clip_image011 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Coalition for Fair Port Practices has petitioned the FMC to initiate a rulemaking to clarify what constitutes ‘just and reasonable rules and practices’ with respect to the assessment of demurrage, detention, and per diem charges to ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators when ports are congested or otherwise inaccessible. Comments must be submitted by 28 February 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 95612 (12/28/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-28/pdf/2016-31356.pdf].

Court – premature summary judgment

clip_image013 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated an order of summary judgment in favor of a maritime employer in an action brought to recover maintenance and cure payments made to defendant fisherman. The fisherman had returned to work on another fishing vessel while collecting maintenance and cure from plaintiff employer. The appellate court ruled that defendant had the right to notice and a reasonable time to respond before a motion for summary judgment could be granted. Block Island Fishing v. Rogers, No. 16-1267 (1st Cir., December 23, 2016) [http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/16-1267P-01A.pdf].

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December 28th, 2016 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 December 2016

Headlines:

USCG – extension of MMC expiration dates;

USCG – BWMS type-approvals;

TSAC – meeting on 18 January;

DOS – meeting re HTW 4 on 24 January;

USACE – Matagorda Ship Channel;

USACE – New Haven Harbor;

DOE – wave energy testing facility;

BOEM – Cook Inlet EIS;

Paris MOU – STCW certification requirements;

Australia – sulphur emissions in Sydney Harbour;

Panama Canal – PPUs on neopanamax vessels;

UK – collision due to lone watchkeepers; and

UK – carriage of dangerous goods & marine pollutants;

December 28, 2016

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USCG – extension of MMC expiration dates

clip_image003 The US Coast Guard issued a notice to US merchant mariners stating that due to a greater-than-usual volume of mariner credential applications being received, the Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) may be unable to process all Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) applications prior to the expiration of current documents. In an effort to address this issue, the Coast Guard is exercising its authority under 46 USC § 7507, and is granting an extension of national endorsements for any mariner whose MMC expires on or after December 1, 2016. This extension is effective immediately and will be valid until September 30, 2017. (12/223/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/2016_national_extension_authorization_letter.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type-approvals

clip_image003[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it issued the second and third US type-approval certificates for a ballast water management system (BWMS). The certificates have been issued to Alfa Laval Tumba AB and to OceanSaver AS after their systems were determined to meet the requirements of federal regulations. Other systems are also being evaluated.

TSAC – meeting on 18 January

clip_image003[2] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 18 January 2017, via teleconference. Topics on the agenda include: electronic charting systems carriage for towing vessels and implementation of Subchapter M. 81 Fed. Reg. 94398 (12/23/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/pdf/2016-30952.pdf].

DOS – meeting re HTW 4 on 24 January

clip_image005 The Department of State (DOS) will hold a meeting in Washington, DC on 24 January 2017 to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-committee on Human Element, Training, and Watchkeeping (HTW 4). Topics on the agenda include: implementation of 2010 Manila Amendments; human element; and guidelines for low-flashpoint fuels.  81 Fed. Reg. 95264 (12/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-27/pdf/2016-31056.pdf].


USACE – Matagorda Ship Channel

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) regarding the widening and deepening of the Matagorda Ship Channel. Comments must be received by 13 February 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 94352 (11/4/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/pdf/2016-30986.pdf].

USACE – New Haven Harbor

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to examine navigational improvements in News Haven Harbor. A public scoping meeting will be held in New Haven on 24 January 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 95122 (12/27/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-27/pdf/2016-31210.pdf].

DOE – wave energy testing facility

clip_image010 The Energy Department issued a news release announcing the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility. The facility will be constructed in Newport, Oregon, by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University and will support innovations in wave energy technologies capable of harnessing the significant wave energy resources along United States coastlines. (12/21/16) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-investment-wave-energy-test-facility].

BOEM – Cook Inlet EIS

clip_image012 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release announcing the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the possible environmental impacts of oil and gas development in the federal submerged lands of Cook Inlet, off Alaska’s southcentral coast. (12/22/16) [https://www.boem.gov/press12222016/].

Paris MOU – STCW certification requirements

clip_image014 The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that it is encouraging member states to take a pragmatic and practical approach to enforcement of the new STCW certification requirements for seafarers that enter into effect on 1 January 2017. (12/22/16) [https://www.parismou.org/inspection-certification-seafarers-under-stcw-after-1-january-2017].

Australia – sulphur emissions in Sydney Harbour

clip_image015 The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a marine notice requiring cruise vessels to limit sulphur emissions while at berth in Sydney Harbour. Notice 21-2016 (12/22/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Panama Canal – PPUs on neopanamax vessels

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory providing updated information on the requirement for Pilot Portable Units (PPUs) on neopanamax vessels transiting the Canal. Advisory 62-2016 (12/20/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2016/a-62-2016.pdf].

UK – collision due to lone watchkeepers

clip_image019 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between the general cargo ship Daroja and the oil bunker barge Erin Wood, east of Peterhead on 29 August 2015. At 1658 on 29 August 2015, the Cyprus registered cargo ship Daroja and the St Kitts and Nevis registered oil bunker barge Erin Wood collided 4 nautical miles south-east of Peterhead, Scotland. Minor damage was caused to Daroja but damage to Erin Wood included breaches of the hull, resulting in flooding of the vessel and pollution from leaking fuel cargo. At the time of the accident, both vessels were manned by watchkeepers not keeping a lookout and therefore unaware of the risk of collision. Report 27-2016 (12/22/16) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/585a70e9ed915d0aeb0000ea/MAIBInvReport27_2016.pdf].

UK – carriage of dangerous goods & marine pollutants

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a merchant shipping notice regarding carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form. MSN 1875 (M) (12/22/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/580291/MSN_1875.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 December 2016

Headlines:

USCG – comments sought re APC National Guidelines;

USCG – mariner training course approval backlog;

NOAA – black and white abalone;

Panama Canal – largest capacity vessel transit;

UK – human factors; and

Winter Cruising – 22 December 1837.

December 22, 2016

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USCG – comments sought re APC National Guidelines

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it is reopening the comment period for the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. It is specifically interested in comments related to the economic impact of the policy, especially in remote areas. Additionally, the coast Guard is interested in public comment regarding the exercise and verification aspects of the policy. (12/21/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/12/21/12212016-comment-period-to-re-open-for-alternative-planning-criteria-national-guidelines/].

USCG – mariner training course approval backlog

clip_image005 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement stating that, due to increased volume, it is taking longer than usual to process mariner training course approval applications. Applications are usually turned around in 65 days, but some requests are now taking more than 90 days. (12/20/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/course_approvals_inventory_notice.pdf].

NOAA – black and white abalone

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it intends to conduct five-year reviews for the black and white abalone. Comments must be received by 21 February 2017. 81 Fed. Reg. 93902 (12/22/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-22/pdf/2016-30710.pdf].

Panama Canal – largest capacity vessel transit

clip_image009 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that the 10,500+ TEU containership Valparaiso Express transited the expanded locks, making it the largest capacity vessel transit to date. (12/20/16) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2016/12/20/pr614.html].

UK – human factors

clip_image011 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a guidance note raising awareness of twelve of the most common people-related factors – the Deadly Dozen – that can affect maritime safety, along with suggested mitigating actions available to companies, masters, and seafarers. MGN 520(M) (12/21/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/579069/MGN_520_Final.pdf].

Winter Cruising – 22 December 1837

clip_image013 On this date in 1837, Congress enacted the so-called ‘Winter Cruising’ statute (5 Stat. 208), which provided: “The President of the United States is authorized to cause any suitable number of public vessels, adapted to the purpose, to cruise upon the coast, in the severe portions of the season, when the public service will allow of it, and so afford such aid to distressed navigators as their circumstances and necessities may require; and such public vessels shall go t0 sea prepared fully to render such assistance.”

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 December 2016

Headlines:

US & Canada – Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement;

White House – US Arctic OCS withdrawal;

White House – US Atlantic OCS withdrawal;

USCG – Polar Code reminder;

FWS – humpback whale;

EMSA – marine casualty overview;

Denmark – new NOTAM system;

Denmark – mariner certificate validity check;

Singapore – online Change of Agency function;

Scotland – new emergency towing vessel; and

Winter/Summer Solstice – 1044 UTC, 21 December 2016.

December 21, 2016

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US & Canada – Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement

clip_image004 clip_image006 The United States and Canada issued the Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement announcing a new partnership to embrace opportunities and confront challenges in the changing Arctic. The United States is designating the vast majority of US waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing. Canada will designate all Arctic Canadian waters as indefinitely off limits to future offshore Arctic oil and gas licensing. Both countries are launching the first processes ever to identify sustainable shipping lanes throughout their connected Arctic waters, including traffic separation schemes, recommended routes, and Areas to Be Avoided. The US and Canadian Coast Guards have begun a strategy to phase down the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic. The two nations are calling for a binding international agreement to prevent the opening of unregulated fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. (12/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/20/united-states-canada-joint-arctic-leaders-statement].

White House – US Arctic OCS withdrawal

clip_image008 President Obama issued a Memorandum withdrawing certain portions of the US Arctic outer continental shelf (OCS) from mineral leasing. The portions affected include most of the US OCS seabed under the Chukchi and Bering Seas. (12/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/20/presidential-memorandum-withdrawal-certain-portions-united-states-arctic]

White House – US Atlantic OCS withdrawal

clip_image009 President Obama issued a Memorandum withdrawing certain portions of the US Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS) from mineral leasing. The areas affected currently lie within the North Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Planning Areas. (12/20/16) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/20/presidential-memorandum-withdrawal-certain-areas-atlantic-coast-outer].

USCG – Polar Code reminder

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that the safety provisions of the Polar Code have been incorporated by SOLAS Chapter XIV so as to be applicable to those vessels subject to SOLAS and operating in Polar waters. Compliance with those provisions becomes mandatory as of 1 January 2017. (12/20/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/12/20/12202016-polar-code-solas-applicability/].

FWS – humpback whale

clip_image013 The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a rule removing the current species-level listing of the humpback whale and, in its place, listing the Cape Verde Islands/Northwest Africa, Western North Pacific, Central America, and Arabian Sea distinct population segments (DPSs) as endangered and the Mexican DPS as threatened. Humpback whales in the remaining DPSs are no longer covered by the Endangered Species Act. The rule enters into effect immediately. 81 Fed. Reg. 93639 (12/21/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/pdf/2016-30483.pdf].

EMSA – marine casualty overview

clip_image015 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted its Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2016. The overview consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). (12/20/16).

Denmark – new NOTAM system

clip_image017 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that, from 2 January 2017, Notices to Mariners will be available via a new and improved online system that also presents navigational warnings and shooting warnings. (12/20/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/DanishMaritimeAuthorityimprovesinformationforseafarersvianewonlinesystem.aspx]. Note: Hopefully, the need for shooter warnings is infrequent.

Denmark – mariner certificate validity check

clip_image017[1] The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it is now possible for anyone to check whether a STCW certificate issued by the DMA is valid. Entering the certificate’s reference number on the verification webpage will show the certificate’s validity and the functions that the certificate entitles the holder to perform. (12/20/16) [http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/Nowitispossibletocheckthevalidityofseafarers%27certificatesonline.aspx].

Singapore – online Change of Agency function

clip_image019 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing that, effective 3 January 2017, the owner or agent of a vessel that is in port will be able to electronically submit via Marinet an application for a Change of Agency. Port Marine Circular 17-2016 (12/20/16) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/eb333373-51cd-4708-ab43-0b8b6a897cf1].

Scotland – new emergency towing vessel

clip_image021 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release announcing that a new, more capable vessel, Ievoli Black, will take over emergency towing duties around the north coast of Scotland from the turn of the year. (12/20/16) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-emergency-towing-vessel-for-scotland].

Winter/Summer Solstice – 1044 UTC, 21 December 2016

clip_image023 The loud bang heard 1044 UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) today was the sun colliding with the Tropic of Capricorn. In the past, we might have used Greenwich Mean Time or GMT, but that was so 20th Century. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the longest night of the year – hopefully you slept well. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the longest day of the year – hopefully you paced yourselves. For those in an alternate universe, carry on.

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December 20th, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 December 2016

Headlines:

US & China – UUV returned;

CBP – Centers of Excellence & Expertise;

Port Arthur – LNG facility application;

EC – Italian freight transport scheme upheld; and

New Zealand – racing yacht nears landfall.

December 20, 2016

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US & China – UUV returned

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that a Chinese’s People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) vessel returned a USN Ocean Glider unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to the USS Mustin (DDG 89) in international waters near the location where it had been unlawfully seized. The US will continue to investigate the events and address them with the Chinese. (12/19/16) [http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1034224/statement-by-pentagon-press-secretary-peter-cook-on-return-of-us-navy-uuv].

CBP – Centers of Excellence and Expertise

clip_image006 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an interim rule establishing its Centers of Excellence and Expertise as a permanent organizational component of the agency and transitioning certain trade functions to the Centers. The rule also amends the definition for port directors to distinguish their functions from those of the Center directors. The changes enter into effect on 19 January. Comments must be received by 19 January. 81 Fed. Reg. 92978 (12/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-20/pdf/2016-29719.pdf].

Port Arthur – LNG facility application

clip_image008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Port Arthur LNG, LLC for authorization to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. Comments on the application must be received by 3 January. 81 Fed. Reg. 92809 (12/20/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-20/pdf/2016-30550.pdf].

EC – Italian freight transport scheme upheld

clip_image010 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has found two Italian public support schemes to encourage a shift of freight transport from road to rail and to sea to be in line with EU state aid rules. (12/19/16) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-4461_en.htm].

New Zealand – racing yacht nears landfall

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the racing yacht Le Souffle du Nord is heading for Bluff, NZ after incurring severe damage when it struck a floating object (suspected to be a shipping container) in the Tasman Sea. The yacht’s hull was split by the impact, which occurred during the Vendee Globe nonstop round the world race. (12/20/16) [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2016/20161220b.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 December 2016

Headlines:

South China Sea – US demands China return UUV;

White House – water infrastructure bill signed;

USCG – VRP exercises re SMFF;

Chesapeake Bay – proposed anchorage grounds;

USCG – liquefied gas forum;

USCG – safety alert re cooling jacket failures;

CMTS – Maritime Topic launch;

USN – 355-ship Navy sought;

Offshore New York – wind energy development;

NATO – Operation Ocean Shield ends;

Australia – STCW Convention amendments; and

MREN – Sea level in its many aspects.

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South China Sea – US demands China return UUV

clip_image004 The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a news release stating that it has called upon China to immediately return an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that it unlawfully seized on December 15 in the South China Sea. A Chinese Navy vessel launched a small boat and seized the UUV as the oceanographic survey ship USNS Bowditch was attempting to retrieve it and a second UUV. The incident occurred in international waters about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, the Philippines. (12/16/16) [http://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1032823/chinese-seize-us-navy-underwater-drone-in-south-china-sea].

White House – water infrastructure bill signed

clip_image006 President Obama signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act (S. 612), to provide improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes. (12/16/16) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s612enr/pdf/BILLS-114s612enr.pdf].

USCG – VRP exercises re SMFF

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing revisions to its earlier frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs). MSIB 16-16 (12/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/016_16_12-16-2016.PDF].

Chesapeake Bay – proposed anchorage grounds

clip_image008[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is analyzing comments received in response to its proposed anchorage grounds in Chesapeake Bay. (12/16/16) [http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2908962/].

USCG – liquefied gas forum

clip_image008[2] The US Coast Guard issued an announcement stating that it co-hosted the second Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum with the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Senior Coast Guard leaders and liquefied-gas-industry experts met for three days in Houston to prepare for increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces. (12/16/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/12/16/12162016-2nd-liquefied-gas-senior-executive-forum-held/].

USCG – safety alert re cooling jacket failures

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding MAN B&W MC-C main propulsion engines. Recent casualties have occurred where vessels with such engines have lost propulsion or suffered reduced maneuverability due to overheating caused by a loss of engine cooling water. Such water loss can be the result of the use of improper bolts or the improper installation of bolts holding the cooling jacket onto the cylinder cover. Engineering officers on such vessels should review applicable maintenance procedures and ensure compliance therewith. Alert 17-16 (12/16/16) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/1716.pdf].

CMTS – Maritime Topic launch

clip_image011 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin announcing that the CMTS Maritime Data Integrated Action Team (IAT), in conjunction with the Data.gov program office, is proud to announce the launch of the Maritime Topic on Data.gov. The Maritime Topic provides the Federal maritime community with a central location to archive and share datasets related to marine transportation. It includes an inventory of publicly available maritime datasets that are accessible through Data.gov as well as blog posts that allow agencies to highlight recent developments in the maritime data community. (12/16/16) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=4125].

USN – 355-ship Navy sought

clip_image013 The US Navy issued a news release calling for a 355-ship Navy in its 2016 Force Structure Assessment, including twelve carriers, 104 large surface combatants, 52 small surface combatants, 38 amphibious ships, and 66 submarines. (12/16/16) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98160].

Offshore New York – wind energy development

clip_image015 The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a press release stating that wind energy development rights to over 79,000 acres of the US outer continental shelf offshore New York have been awarded following a competitive lease sale auction. (12/16/16) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auctions-over-79000-acres-offshore-new-york-wind-energy].

NATO – Operation Ocean Shield ends

clip_image017 NATO issued a press release stating that its counter-piracy mission in waters off the coast of Somalia, Operation Ocean Shield, has ended. Its ships successfully patrolled those waters since 2009. (12/15/16) [http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_139420.htm].

Australia – STCW Convention amendments

clip_image019 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice explaining its approach to STCW Convention amendments due to take effect on 1 January 2017. Marine Notice 20-16 (12/16/16) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

MREN – Sea level in its many aspects

clip_image021 In the December 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Sea level in its many aspects". Everyone talks about sea level as it were a specific thing. Actually, sea level is calculated differently around the world. In addition, oceans are not level. Sea level is higher in Bermuda than in Charleston. The Pacific Ocean sea level at Panama is higher than the Atlantic Ocean sea level. Sea level worldwide is slowly rising. The major factor is thermal expansion of the water, but melting of glaciers and ice caps are also important. We should start taking steps now to minimize the impact of these changes. [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN161200.pdf].

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    In the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Salvage and marine firefighting verification". At the end of 2008, the US Coast Guard finally adopted its salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) regulations, which have proven to be unnecessarily complicated. Those regulations, which now cover large nontank vessels in addition to tank vessels, place the burden for determining the adequacy of SMFF assets on the vessel owners and operators - an evaluation that they have no capability to accomplish. The Coast Guard is now undertaking a drill program to test and verify the ability of selected vessels and their SMFF resource providers to meet the regulatory requirements. A strong SMFF presence is important to the proper protection of the marine environment.