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March 19th, 2018 at 11:12 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 19 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – cruise ship security regulations;

USCG – marine casualty reporting property damage thresholds;

DOS – meeting re IMO LEG 105;

USCG – study of Western Rivers System;

USCG – summary of CTAC meeting;

USCG – Proceedings; and

UK – ship-barge collision in heavy weather.

March 19, 2018

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USCG – cruise ship security regulations

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule eliminating outdated regulations that imposed unnecessary screening requirements on cruise ships and cruise ship terminals. The amendments enter into effect on 18 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 12086 (3/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05394.pdf].

USCG – marine casualty reporting property damage thresholds

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule amending the monetary threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and a serious marine incident. The amendments enter into effect on 18 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 11889 (3/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05467.pdf].

DOS – meeting re IMO LEG 105

clip_image007 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that it will conduct a meeting on 16 April in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Legal Committee (LEG 105). Topics on the agenda include provision of financial security in case of abandonment of seafarers and with respect to claims for personal injury or death and fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident. 83 Fed. Reg. 12070 (3/19/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05480.pdf].

USCG – study of Western Rivers System

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it seeks input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements for the entire Western Rivers System. Comments should be submitted by 1 July. (3/16/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/16/3-16-2018-coast-guard-seeks-mariner-input-for-western-rivers-study/].

USCG – summary of CTAC meeting

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). (3/16/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/16/3-16-2018-summary-of-latest-chemical-transportation-advisory-committee-meeting/].

USCG – Proceedings

clip_image009[1] The Spring 2018 edition of the Proceedings of the Coast Guard Journal of Safety & Security at Sea has been posted. The focus of this edition is Marine Protected Areas. (3/16/18) [http://digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?m=44587&l=1#{"issue_id":479100,"page":0}].

UK – ship-barge collision in heavy weather

clip_image011 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision of the general cargo ship Saga Sky and the rock carrying barge Stema Barge II on 20 November 2016 off the south coast of the UK. The barge was anchored prior to the collision. The cargo vessel dropped its anchor at about time of the collision. Heavy weather caused both anchors to drag, severing two subsea power cables. The cargo vessel was found to have deficiencies with its weather forecast reception facilities and the barge should not have been allowed to anchor so near the subsea cables. Report 3-2018 (3/16/18) [https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/collision-between-general-cargo-ship-saga-sky-and-barge-stema-barge-ii-resulting-in-subsea-power-cables-damage].

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March 16th, 2018 at 10:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 March 2018

Headlines:

Chicago – temporary safety zone;

Ohio River – temporary safety zone;

Northern California – proposed RNA;

USCG – Subchapter M and marine firefighting;

USCG – IMO and environmental standards;

NTSB – fire on ro-ro vessel;

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems;

House – bill introduced re offshore wind career training;

GAO – ACE interagency management approach needed;

Court – dismissal of salvage claim for failure to prosecute;

Canada – potential places of refuge;

Denmark – medicines and medical supplies; and

Amoco Cadiz oil spill – 16 March 1978.

March 16, 2018

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Chicago – temporary safety zone

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will enforce the safety zone on waters of the Main Branch of the Chicago River on the morning of 17 March during the annual dying of the river for St. Patrick’s Day. 83 Fed. Reg. 11646 (3/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/pdf/2018-05390.pdf].

Ohio River – temporary safety zone

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary final rule establishing a safety zone on the Ohio River from mile marker 236 to 239 due to severe out draft from high water. The safety zone enters into effect immediately and will remain in effect until 30 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 11644 (3/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/pdf/2018-05385.pdf].

Northern California – proposed RNA

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard has reopened, until 30 March, the period within which to submit comments on its proposed regulated navigation area (RNA) at harbor entrances along the coast of northern California. 83 Fed. Reg. 11649 (3/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/pdf/2018-05342.pdf].

USCG – Subchapter M and marine firefighting

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin discussing the Subchapter M regulations and marine firefighting requirements with the towing vessel owner/operator in mind and with the with the vessel response plan (VRP) holder in mind. Enforcement of Subchapter M commences on 20 July. (3/15/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/15/3-15-2018-subchapter-m-regulations-and-marine-firefighting-requirements-a-discussion-from-two-perspectives/].

USCG – IMO and environmental standards

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Mr. Jeffrey Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, at the Connecticut Maritime Association conference concerning the leading environmental issues the IMO is facing. (3/15/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/15/3-15-2018-cma-shipping-2018-imo-and-environmental-standards/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MaritimeCommons+%28Maritime+Commons%29].

NTSB – fire on ro-ro vessel

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 24 February 2017 fire in the upper vehicle deck of the US-flagged roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carrier Honor which was en route from Southampton, England, to Baltimore, Maryland. The fire was extinguished by the crew using the vessel’s CO2 fixed firefighting system. One injury was attributed to the firefighting efforts. The accident resulted in extensive damage, amounting to more than $700,000, to the Honor’s hold as well its cargo of about 5,000 vehicles. No pollution resulted from the accident. The probable cause of the fire was a fault in the starter motor solenoid in one of the personally owned vehicles being transported in the vessel’s cargo space. MAB 18-07 (3/15/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1807.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems

clip_image009 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018 (S. 2511) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. (3/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2511is/pdf/BILLS-115s2511is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re offshore wind career training

clip_image011 Representative Tsongas (D-MA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5291) to establish an offshore wind career training grant program, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Tsongas issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/14/18) [https://tsongas.house.gov/press-releases/tsongas-keating-and-grijalva-introduce-legislation-supporting-american-energy-jobs/].

GAO – ACE interagency management approach needed

clip_image013 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) import processing system. While use of ACE has improved efficiencies for CBP and the trade community, its use by other federal agencies is uneven. GAO-18-271 (3/14/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/690666.pdf].

Court – dismissal of salvage claim for failure to prosecute

clip_image015 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an in rem salvage claim for failure to prosecute. Black Water Marine Explorer v. Unidentified Shipwrecked Vessel, No. 17-2077 (4th Cir., March 15, 2018) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/172077.U.pdf].

Canada – potential places of refuge

clip_image017 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that potential places of refuge have been designated in Haida Gwaii. (3/14/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/03/haida-nation-and-transport-canada-identify-new-potential-places-of-refuge-for-ships-in-haida-gwaii.html].

Denmark – medicine and medical supplies

clip_image019 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that regulations have been amended simplifying the handling of medicine and medical supplies on Danish ships. (3/15/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Medicine_on_ships_made_easy.aspx].

AMOCO CADIZ oil spill – 16 March 1978

clip_image021 On 16 March 1978, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) AMOCO CADIZ lost steering in a Force 10 storm and grounded on Portsall Rocks off the coast of Brittany, France. As it broke up, the tanker lost its entire cargo of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil. The coastal areas in the vicinity were heavily impacted by the spill. After receiving limited compensation under the Civil Liability Compensation (CLC) and Funds Conventions, the Government of France brought suit in the United States against Amoco Oil Company, the parent company (twice removed) of the ship owner. The federal court awarded damages in favor of France, holding that the liability allocation and channeling provisions in the conventions were not applicable since the US was not party thereto. The CLC compensation limits were subsequently raised.

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March 15th, 2018 at 10:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 March 2018

Headlines:

Gulf 0f Mexico – bi-national spill response seminar;

USCG – direct submission of medical certificate applications;

House – hearing on maritime programs budget;

Denmark – EfficienSea2 conference on 5-6 April; and

UK – maritime and shipping statistics.

March 15, 2018

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Gulf of Mexico – bi-national spill response seminar

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a US-Mexico oil spill response seminar was conducted in New Orleans to promote a coordinated response to a pollution event that crosses the border in the Gulf of Mexico. Participating agencies included the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Secretaria de Marina, the Agencia de Seguridad, Energia y Ambiente, and the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos. (3/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e21b4d].

USCG – direct submission of medical certificate applications

clip_image008 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin providing updated guidance concerning direct submission of mariner medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719KE forms) to the NMC. (3/14/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/submission_med_cert_apps_nmc.pdf].

House – hearing on maritime programs budget

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing entitled “Review of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs”. The witnesses were: Admiral Paul F. Zukunft and Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, USCG; Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, MARAD; and the Honorable Michael A. Khouri, FMC. (3/14/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402236].

Denmark – EfficienSea2 conference on 5-6 April

clip_image012 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it will host the EfficienSea2 conference on 5-6 April on Copenhagen. (3/14/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Save_the_date_conference_on_digitalisation_on_5th_6th_of_April.aspx].

UK – maritime and shipping statistics

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) updated its Maritime and Shipping Statistics. (3/14/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/maritime-and-shipping-statistics].

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March 14th, 2018 at 11:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 March 2018

Headlines:

MARAD – National Maritime Day celebration on 22 May;

USCG – activating a VRP;

USCG – Excellence in Maritime Security;

USCG – tenth BWMS type approval request received;

Hudson River – safety assessment;

FMC – French America Line cruise cancellations;

House – hearing on maritime programs budget;

Court – passenger’s negligence claim dismissed;

Canada – removal of abandoned boats;

Singapore – AC electric arc welding equipment; and

ADM John Byng, RN, executed – 14 March 1757.

March 14, 2018

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MARAD – National Maritime Day celebration on 22 May

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it will host a ceremony in Washington, DC celebrating National Maritime Day on 22 May. (3/12/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/event/2018/2018-national-maritime-day/].

USCG – activating a VRP

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin clarifying when vessel response plan (VRP) activation occurs and which situations require VRP activation. (3/13/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/13/3-13-2018-activating-a-vessel-response-plan/]. Note: This new bulletin includes subtle differences from the guidance provided in January.

USCG – Excellence in Maritime Security

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing the winners of the 2018 Rear Admiral Bennis Awards for Excellence in Maritime Security. (3/13/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/13/3-13-2018-winners-of-rear-adm-bennis-award-for-excellence-in-maritime-security-announced/].

USCG – tenth BWMS type approval request received

clip_image006[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) received an application for ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval for the BIO-SEA B BWMS. (3/13/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/13/3-13-2018-tenth-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

Hudson River – safety assessment

clip_image006[3] The US Coast Guard posted its Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment. PAWSA workshops were held to provide stakeholders an opportunity to assist the Coast Guard in understanding navigation safety and environmental concerns. The workshops recommended establishment of a Hudson River Safety Committee; an increase in recreational boating safety information; and clarification of current regulations. (3/13/18) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/pawsa/WorkshopReports/Hudson_River_PAWSA_Workshop_Report_FINAL_VERSION_03132018.pdf].

FMC – French America Line cruise cancellations

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that passengers with cancelled cruises on French America Line should have received refunds via credit card, travel insurance, or check from the Key Bank/French America Line escrow account. Payments made for airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, etc. are not covered by the FMC’s Passenger Vessel Program. (3/13/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/french_america_line_cruise_cancellations/].

House – hearing on maritime programs budget

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on 14 March entitled “Review of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs”. Scheduled witnesses are: Admiral Paul F. Zukunft and Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, USCG; Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, MARAD; and the Honorable Michael A. Khouri, FMC. (3/12/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402236].

Court – passenger’s negligence claim dismissed

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff minor passenger’s claim against defendant cruise line alleging negligence, fraud in the inducement, and fraud by concealment. Plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted by two minor male passengers in their stateroom. H.S. v. Carnival Corporation, No. 17-14372 (11th Cir., March 12, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201714372.pdf].

Canada – removal of abandoned boats

clip_image014 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that $1.2 million is being awarded to remove abandoned boats and wrecks nationwide. (3/12/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/03/government-of-canada-funds-the-removal-and-disposal-of-abandoned-boats-through-the-oceans-protection-plan.html].

Singapore – AC electric arc welding equipment

clip_image016 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular recommending the fitting of safety measures, such as a voltage limiting device (VLD) or a low voltage shock preventer (LVSP), on AC electric arc welding equipment onboard ships. Shipping Circular 05-2018 (3/13/18) [file:///C:/Users/User/Videos/Misc/Downloads/sc_no_5_of_2018.pdf].

ADM John Byng, RN, executed – 14 March 1757

clip_image017 On 14 March 1757, Admiral John Byng, Royal Navy, was executed by firing squad while he was kneeling on the forecastle of HMS Monarch in the Solent. Admiral Byng had been court-martialed for personal cowardice, disaffection, and for not having done his utmost to prevent Minorca from falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca on 20 May 1756. He was convicted only of “failing to do his utmost”. The British and French fleets were numerically equal (ten ships each), but the British had scrapped their group together hastily and its ships were in disrepair. The British fleet suffered significant, but not fatal, battle damage. When the French fleet departed at the end of the engagement, Admiral Byng did not order his fleet to follow. Rather, he had the fleet sail to Gibraltar for repairs. It was this departure to Gibraltar that the court-martial interpreted as a failure by the Admiral to do his utmost against the French. The court-martial was highly controversial, with many contending that the Navy panel had found the Admiral guilty to hide their own failure to properly prepare the fleet for the mission. Regardless, the event is said to have instilled a tradition of aggressiveness in Royal Navy officers.

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March 13th, 2018 at 10:48 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – port state control and BWM;

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 to be retired;

Tokyo MOU – CIC preliminary results;

RMI – seafarers on polar waters ships; and

RMI – report of injury or loss of life.

March 13, 2018

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USCG – port state control and BWM

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the remarks of Rear Admiral John Nadeau at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference concerning port state control and ballast water management. (3/12/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/12/3-12-2018-cma-shipping-2018-summary-of-remarks-by-asst-commandant-for-prevention-policy-rear-adm-john-nadeau/].

USCG – NOAD Schema 3.4 to be retired

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that NOAD Schema 3.4 is being retired in 30 days. Any submitted NOAD form utilizing Schema 3.4 after the retirement date will be rejected. (3/12/18) [https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(hd0m0mruxqdxto2geeesy3tq))/News.aspx?newsId=72464928-f37c-43a4-b871-a1cec0445f21].

Tokyo MOU – CIC preliminary results

clip_image007 The Tokyo MOU issued a press release stating that preliminary results of the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation show that member Authorities inspected 6,720 vessels, of which 36 were detained (0.54%). (3/12/18) [http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press%20release%20on%20results%20of%20CIC%20on%20Safety%20of%20Navigation-f.pdf].

RMI – seafarers on polar waters ships

clip_image009 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) issued an advisory concerning certification requirements for seafarers operating on ships in polar waters. Marine Safety Advisory 07-2018 (3/1/18) [http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MSAdvisory_07-18.pdf].

RMI – report of injury or loss of life

clip_image010 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) issued an updated form for the Report of Injury of Loss of Life. MI-109-1 (March 2018) [http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MI-109-1.pdf].

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March 12th, 2018 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 12 March 2018

Headlines:

North Carolina – stray containers monitored;

USCG – ECA limited exemption re Tier II engines;

USCG – National Quality Steering Committee meeting;

USN – ICEX 2018;

NOAA – new members appointed to HSRP;

EC – VAT on provision of yachts;

ReCAAP – February report;

Ireland – maritime cyber risk management; and

Panama Canal – February operations.

March 12, 2018

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North Carolina – stray containers monitored

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the approximately 76 stray shipping containers lost overboard during heavy weather from Maersk Shanghai off the coast of North Carolina are being monitored and assessed. One of the containers was carrying about 5,900 pounds of sulfuric acid. Only two of the containers have been found afloat. The vessel owners have arranged for placement of tracking devices and lights on them. A plan has been developed to use side-scan sonar to locate the submerged containers and assess their risks. (3/10/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e11c8c].

USCG – ECA limited exemption re Tier II engines

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the IMO adopted an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI that allows transit through an Emissions Control Area (ECA) with a Tier II engine if the vessel is sailing directly to or from a shipyard or other repair facility without loading or unloading cargo. Vessels wishing to enter either US ECA under this exemption must notify the USCG in advance. The amendment enters into force on 1 January 2019. (3/8/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/08/3-8-2018-marpol-annex-vi-removal-of-unintended-impact-to-shipyards-by-north-american-emissions-control-area-implementation/].

USCG – National Quality Steering Committee meeting

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin summarizing the recent meeting of the Coast Guard/American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership’s National Quality Steering Committee. (3/8/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/08/3-08-2018-coast-guard-american-waterways-operators-steering-committee-meeting/].

USN – ICEX 2018

clip_image007 The US Navy issued a news release announcing the kickoff of ICEX 2018 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of temporary Ice Camp Skate and the arrival of two U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines and one U.K. Royal Navy submarine. (3/7/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104633].

NOAA – new members appointed to HSRP

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a media release stating that three new members have been appointed to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). (3/7/18) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-appoints-new-members-to-hydrographic-services-federal-advisory-committee].

EC – VAT on provision of yachts

clip_image011 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has opened infringement procedures against Cyprus, Greece, and Malta for not levying the correct amount of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the provision of yachts. (3/8/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-1451_en.htm].

ReCAAP – February report

clip_image013 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its February Report concerning piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters. A total of five reports were received (three actual and two attempted). This compared favorably with the seven such reports received in February 2017. (3/9/18) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=621&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Ireland – maritime cyber risk management

clip_image015 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a notice regarding maritime cyber risk management. Marine Notice 8-2018 (3/8/18) [http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/MN%2008%20of%202018%20Cyber%20Security.pdf].

Panama Canal – February operations

clip_image017 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during February. Advisory 07-2018 (3/9/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-07-2018.pdf].

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March 9th, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – VADM Schultz nominated as next Commandant;

FMC – formal investigation re detention & demurrage;

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems;

House – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems;

Singapore – report on USS McCain collision;

UK – carriage of dangerous goods; and

UK – seafarer compensation under MLC 2006.

March 9, 2018

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USCG – VADM Schultz nominated as next Commandant

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz has been nominated to serve as the 26th Commandant. Pending confirmation, he is expected to relieve Admiral Paul F. Zukunft on 1 June in Washington, DC. VADM Schultz currently serves as Commander, Atlantic Area. (3/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e0d7ba].

FMC – formal investigation re detention & demurrage

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners voted to launch a formal investigation focused on practices of vessel operating common carriers and marine terminal operators related to detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. 83 Fed. Reg. 10481 (3/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-09/pdf/2018-04816.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems

clip_image008 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 2511) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/7/18) [https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=314B2C76-636A-4CD0-96F6-D858860C6F23].

House – bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems

clip_image010 Representative Palazzo (R-MS) introduced a bill (H.R. 5196) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Palazzo issued a press release explaining the measure . (3/7/18) [https://palazzo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399464].

Singapore – report on USS McCain collision

clip_image012 The Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau issued the Final Report on its investigation of the collision between the container ship Alnic MC (AM) and the destroyer USS John S. McCain (JSM) in Singapore waters on 21 August 2017. The report stated that the collision happened because of a sudden turn to port by JSM. The sudden turn was due to a series of missteps that took place after a transfer of propulsion controls, which led to confusion as to which station had steering control, and an unintentional reduction of the port engine throttle which increased the rate of JSM’s turn to port. (3/8/18) [https://www.mot.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/collision-between-alnic-mc-and-uss-john-s-mccain-21-august-2017fbb8a9e0d243486a903b817f70996233.pdf].

UK – carriage of dangerous goods

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note addressing the transport of dangerous goods as defined by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code when carried in a private vehicle not in commercial use or by a foot passenger on a Ro- Ro ship. MGN 545 (M&F) (3/7/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/686501/mgn545.pdf].

UK – seafarer compensation under MLC 2006

clip_image014[1] The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Guidance Note outlining the main changes in shipowner liability following the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (2006), including seafarer compensation. MGN 480 (M) (3/7/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/442353/MGN_480_Shipowner_liability_-_Gov.pdf].

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March 8th, 2018 at 11:06 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 8 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – harmonization of MMC expiration dates;

USCG – use of existing SMS to obtain initial COI;

USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions;

USCG – ninth BWMS type approval request;

USCG – Benkert Awards for Environmental Excellence;

DOS – meeting on 2 April re MEPC 72;

NSIDC – polar sea ice at record low;

House – hearing on USCG program implementation; and

EC – Brexit Preparedness Notices on Maritime Transport.

March 8, 2018

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USCG – harmonization of MMC expiration dates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing US merchant mariners with guidance for requesting harmonization of expiration dates of merchant mariner credentials and mariner medical certificates. CG-MMC Policy Letter 01-18 (2/28/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/MMC/CG-MMC-2%20Policies/CG-MMC%2001-18%20Harmonization.pdf?ver=2018-03-02-071916-180].

USCG – use of existing SMS to obtain initial COI

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued Change 1 to its policy letter concerning use of existing safety management systems to obtain an initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) under 46 CFR Subchapter M (towing vessels). CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02 (CH-1) (3/7/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2017/CG-CVC_pol17-02(Ch1).pdf].

USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a closer look at NVIC 01-18 and BWMS compliance date extensions. (3/7/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/07/3-7-2018-a-closer-look-at-nvic-01-18-and-bwms-compliance-date-extensions/].

USCG – ninth BWMS type approval request

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received an application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval for the BALPURE BWMS. This is the ninth application received requesting such type approval. (3/7/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/07/3-7-2018-ninth-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – Benkert Awards for Environmental Excellence

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the William M. Benkert Awards for Environmental Excellence were awarded on 2 March at a ceremony in New Orleans. (3/7/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/07/3-7-2018-rear-adm-nadeau-hosts-benkert-award-recipients-for-presentation-ceremony-in-new-orleans/].

DOS – meeting on 2 April re MEPC 72

clip_image006 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 2 April to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72). Topics on the agenda include ballast water management, air pollution and energy efficiency, and reduction of GHG emissions. 83 Fed. Reg. 9882 (3/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-08/pdf/2018-04686.pdf].

NSIDC – polar sea ice at record low

clip_image008 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice has set a record low in coverage and that Antarctic sea ice has reached its second lowest minimum on record. (3/6/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/03/a-warm-approach-to-the-equinox/].

House – hearing on implementation of USCG programs

clip_image010 The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on implementation of Coast Guard programs. Testimony was received from Rear Admiral Linda Fagan, USCG and Mr. Nathan Anderson, GAO. (3/7/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402214].

EC – Brexit Preparedness Notices on Maritime Transport

clip_image012 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport posted the EC Brexit Preparedness Notices on Maritime Transport. The notices address industrial products, seafarer certificates, and maritime transport. (3/6/18) [].

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March 7th, 2018 at 11:25 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 7 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG & USN – heavy polar icebreaker RFP;

USCG – Area Contingency Planning survey;

USCG & NOAA – navigation rules in US Coast Pilot;

CMTS – marine-related webinars in March;

House – hearing on implementation of USCG programs; and

India – adequacy of port reception facilities.

March 7, 2018

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USCG & USN – heavy polar icebreaker RFP

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the US Navy, in collaboration with the Coast Guard under an integrated program office, released a request for proposals (RFP) for the advance procurement and detail design for the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker, with options for detail design and construction for up to three heavy polar icebreakers. (3/6/18) [http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Surface-Programs/Polar-Icebreaker/].

USCG – Area Contingency Planning survey

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing that the National Response Team (NRT) is seeking feedback through an online survey regarding the current state and future direction of area contingency planning nationwide. The survey will continue through 30 April. MSIB 02-18 (3/5/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_002_18.pdf].

USCG & NOAA – navigation rules in US Coast Pilot

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The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up to incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s US Coast Pilot publications. (3/6/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dffc4c].

CMTS – marine-related webinars in March

clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) will host two webinars in March on marine-related topics. The first, on 12 March, will concern the USCG Merchant Mariner Medical Certification program. The second, on March 14, will address the Federal, State, and local resources that can assist employers in finding, hiring, and training veterans in the maritime transportation industry. (3/6/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/06/3-6-2018-webinars-hosted-by-u-s-committee-on-maritime-transportation-system/].

House – hearing on implementation of USCG programs

clip_image014 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release stating that, on 7 March, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing on implementation of Cost Guard programs. (3/5/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=402223].

India – adequacy of port reception facilities

clip_image016 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice establishing a standard procedure for assessment of adequacy of a port reception facility. Indian ports will be audited annually. (3/6/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201803060508415240698sop_eng_port_reception_facility_2018.pdf].

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March 6th, 2018 at 11:18 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – Sector Charleston AMSC;

USCG – deck water spray systems on LGCs;

MERPAC – meeting on 20-22 March;

Baltimore – Port-wide Industry Day on 17 April;

FMC – formal investigation re detention & demurrage;

IMO – MARPOL amendments;

IALA – 2018 E-Navigation Underway Conference;

Strait of Malacca – hydrographic survey; and

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987.

March 6, 2018

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USCG – Sector Charleston AMSC

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks applications from individuals interested in serving on the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) for Sector Charleston. Applications should be submitted by 5 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 9530 (3/5/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-06/pdf/2018-04496.pdf].

USCG – deck water spray systems on LGCs

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning the continuing problem of inadequate deck water spray systems on liquefied gas carriers. (3/5/18) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=15184&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston].

MERPAC – meeting on 20-22 March

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups will meet on 20-22 March in New Orleans. (3/5/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2018/merpac_2018_notice.pdf].

Baltimore – Port-wide Industry Day on 17 April

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard is hosting the Federal Agency Quality Work Group’s Port-wide Industry Day on 17 April in Baltimore. Submit topics of interest to: secmdncrpss@uscg.mil (3/5/17).

FMC – formal investigation re detention & demurrage

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners voted to launch a formal investigation focused on practices of vessel operating common carriers and marine terminal operators related to detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. (3/5/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/formal_investigation_in_detention_demurrage_case/].

IMO – MARPOL amendments

clip_image008 The IMO issued a news release reminding stakeholders of amendments to the MARPOL Convention that entered into force on 1 March. These amendments include changes regarding ship fuel oil reporting requirements, garbage classification, and the IOPP Certificate. (3/5/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/04MARPOLamendments.aspx].

IALA – 2018 E-Navigation Underway Conference

clip_image010 The 2018 E-Navigation Underway Conference, sponsored by the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and hosted by the California Maritime Academy (CMA), will be held in Vallejo, California on 2-3 October. (3/5/18) [http://e-navnorthamerica.org/].

Strait of Malacca – hydrographic survey

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) by the three littoral States – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced today.  Phase Two will cover waters shallower than 30 meters within the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) from One Fathom Bank in the Malacca Strait to Horsburgh Lighthouse at the eastern entrance to the Singapore Strait. This is a continuation from Phase One, which focused on five depth-critical areas of the TSS in the SOMS.  (3/5/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/b9576877-7fe0-4612-8c14-761b568a50ad].

Herald of Free Enterprise – 6 March 1987

clip_image014 The HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE was a double-ended ro-ro car and passenger ferry operating between Bruges-Zeebrougge, Belgium and Dover, England. On 6 March 1987, it departed Bruges-Zeebrougge with a crew of 80, carrying 459 passengers, 81 cars, 3 buses, and 47 trucks. Due to a series of mistakes, the bow doors were not closed prior to leaving port. Upon leaving the harbor and while the ferry was proceeding at over 18 knots, water entered the vehicle deck in large quantities. The free-surface effect of the water impaired stability and led to the capsizing, which occurred in less than one minute. The sinking resulted in 193 deaths. Following the accident and investigation, various changes were made to IMO regulations regarding design and operation of ro-ro passenger vessels. The incident was also the impetus for establishment of the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

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    logo11 Tugs and VRPs

    In the April 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Tugs and VRPs". The article discusses the transition of tugs and towboats from being uninspected vessels to inspected vessels of the United States and that transition's impact on vessel response plans (VRPs). VRP plan holders and preparers should carefully review their current plans to ensure that the tugs identified therein will actually be eligible to provide the services stated in the locations called for.