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August 22nd, 2018 at 10:26 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 August 2018

Headlines:

Hawaii – hurricane warnings raised;

USCG – safety alert re gangways and ladders;

USCG – “Onboard BW Management System” guidance;

NOSAC – meeting on 10-11 September;

USCG – shore leave survey;

Eastern Pacific – USN sailor lost overboard;

OFAC – six Russian vessels sanctioned; and

Arctic – sea ice conditions.

August 22, 2018

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Hawaii – hurricane warnings raised

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition Yankee has been set for the island of Hawaii and port condition X-ray has been set for the other main islands due to the approach of Hurricane Lane. (8/21/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/207a653].

USCG – safety alert re gangways and ladders

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding stakeholders of the potential safety hazards relating to gangways and ladders. Links are provided to a number of published requirements and best practices to improve gangway safety. Alert 14-18 (8/21/18) [].

USCG – “Onboard BW Management System” guidance

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing guidance regarding completion of the “Onboard BW Management System” block on the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) Ballast Water Management Report. (8/21/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/08/21/8-21-2018-onboard-bw-management-system-do-you-know-which-option-to-select-on-nbics-ballast-water-management-report/].

NOSAC – meeting on 10-11 September

clip_image004[3] The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 10-11 September in Houston. Topics on the agenda include lessons learned; ballast water management for MODUs; and use of OSVs for restoration/recovery activities. 83 Fed. Reg. 42521 (8/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-22/pdf/2018-18070.pdf].

USCG – shore leave survey

clip_image004[4] The US Coast Guard met with the Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) Center for Seafarers’ Rights and received its 2018 Shore Leave Survey. The annual survey is conducted at the Coast Guard’s request and assesses the ability of foreign seafarers to go on shore leave while their ships are making US port calls. The most recent survey revealed that 90.9% of foreign seafarers were allowed to go on shore leave, continuing a trend of gradual improvement. (8/16/18) [https://seamenschurch.org/sites/default/files/Shore%20Leave%20Survey-2018%20.pdf].

Eastern Pacific – USN sailor lost overboard

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it and the US Coast Guard are searching waters of the eastern Pacific for a Navy sailor who apparently fell overboard from the cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70). (8/20/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106794]. Note: This is the second Navy sailor apparently lost overboard in the last two weeks.

OFAC – six Russian vessels sanctioned

clip_image008 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice listing individuals, entities, and vessels subject to US economic sanctions. The list includes six Russian-flag vessels for violation of the sanctions against North Korea. (8/21/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20180821.aspx].

Arctic – sea ice conditions

clip_image009 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release summarizing current sea ice conditions in the Arctic. Sea ice coverage has been low this summer, but not to record-setting levels. While the Northern Sea Route is mostly ice-free, the Northwest Passage is relatively choked with ice. For the first year in recorded history, the sea ice normally fast to the shore of northern Greenland has deteriorated to the point that it has broken free. (8/15/18) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

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August 21st, 2018 at 10:29 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 August 2018

Headlines:

Hawaii – hurricane warning;

DOJ – additional charges in Fat Leonard case;

UK – guidance re approval of insurers; and

MREN – Government reorganization.

August 21, 2018

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Hawaii – hurricane warning

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that port condition X-ray has been set for the island of Hawaii and port condition whiskey has been set for the other main islands due to the approach of Hurricane Lane. (8/20/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/20757b0].

DOJ – additional charges in Fat Leonard case

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that three additional individuals have been indicted in the US Navy’s international bribery and fraud scandal. A retired Navy captain has been indicted on charges that he received $145,000 in bribes from foreign defense contractor Leonard Francis. Two chief petty officers were charged with honest services fraud relating to the same contractor. (8/17/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/former-us-navy-captain-and-two-chief-petty-officers-latest-be-indicted-international].

UK – guidance re approval of insurers

clip_image008 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted Guidance regarding its criteria for approval of insurers providing cover for the Civil Liability, Bunkers, and Wreck Removal Conventions. (8/20/18) [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/unknown-insurers-uk-criteria-for-approval-of-insurers-providing-cover-for-the-civil-liability-bunkers-or-wreck-removal-conventions].

MREN – Government reorganization

clip_image010 In the August 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Government reorganization". The article discusses the maritime aspects of the recent OMB proposal to reorganize the Executive Branch of the federal government. It points out that those maritime elements have stood the test of time and that they rely on various synergies and multi-taskings that would be lost in the proposed reorganization. The proposal looks like nothing more than old wine in new bottles. (8/20/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180800.pdf].

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August 20th, 2018 at 10:34 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 August 2018

Headlines:

White House – Defense Authorization Act and superyachts;

St. Lawrence Seaway – proceeding to final mooring position;

House – bill introduced re oil spills;

House – bill introduced to amend OCSLA; and

Suffolk County, NY – propeller guards.

August 20, 2018

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White House – Defense Authorization Act and superyachts

clip_image004 The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) has been signed into law. While not appropriating new monies, it does provide direction on how funds should be expended. Among other things, it directs the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating to issue large recreational vessel regulations applicable to recreational vessels over 300 gross tons that do not carry any cargo or passengers for hire. The regulations are to be comparable to the UK’s Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) or an equivalent code, regulation, or standard acceptable to the Secretary. (8/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5515enr/pdf/BILLS-115hr5515enr.pdf]. Note: This item was first brought to my attention by my good friend Mark Buhler of the Buhler Law Firm PA.

St. Lawrence Seaway – proceeding to final mooring position

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice regarding use of engines to proceed to a vessel’s final mooring position. Seaway Notice 11-2018 (8/17/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180817.pdf].

House – bill introduced re oil spills

clip_image008 Representative Engel (D-NY) introduced the Offending Oil Polluters Act (H.R. 6658) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny certain tax benefits to persons responsible for the discharge of oil or other hazardous substances into navigable waters of the United States. (8/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6658ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6658ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to amend OCSLA

clip_image009 Delegate Bordallo (D-GU) introduced the Offshore Wind for Territories Act (H.R. 6665) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral reef conservation, and for other purposes. (8/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6665ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6665ih.pdf].

Suffolk County, NY – propeller guards

clip_image011 The Suffolk County, NY Legislature adopted a resolution requiring that instructional vessels install and maintain propeller guards when operating in Suffolk County waterways. Res. No. 1402-2018 (7/13/18) [https://www.scnylegislature.us/DocumentCenter/View/45044/Introductory-Resolution-1402-18-PDF?bidId=]. Note 1: This resolution, however well intended, appears to conflict with federal policy. Note 2: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Matt Marion of Marion Law LLC.

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August 17th, 2018 at 10:13 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 August 2018

Headlines:

USCG – LED lighting interference;

USCG – lifejacket approval harmonization;

DOE – offshore wind energy; and

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929.

August 17, 2018

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USCG – LED lighting interference

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert stating that reports have been received from mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies when in the vicinity of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting onboard ships. Such interference can create safety hazards by disrupting radio communications, digital selective calling (DSC), and the automatic identification system (AIS). Guidance is included on procedures to check for such interference. Alert 13-18 (8/15/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1318.pdf].

USCG – lifejacket approval harmonization

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to harmonize its personal flotation device (PFD) standards with those of Canada. Comments must be submitted by 16 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 41095 (8/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-17/pdf/2018-17799.pdf].

DOE – offshore wind energy

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) posted a primer regarding offshore wind energy. (8/7/18) [https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/top-10-things-you-didn-t-know-about-offshore-wind-energy].

Coast Guard executes convicted murderer – 17 August 1929

clip_image008 James Horace Alderman was a notorious smuggler of alcoholic beverages – a rum runner – during the heyday of the Prohibition Era. He called himself the “King of the Rum Runners” in South Florida. In some ways, he was a miniature Al Capone. To many in the area, he was a folk hero, supplying booze that was withheld by the federal government. He dispensed equal parts of charity, corruption, and violence throughout the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, while smuggling liquor from the Bahamas to South Florida. On 7 August 1927, the 75-foot Coast Guard patrol boat CG-249, based in Fort Lauderdale, was transporting Secret Service agent Robert Webster to the Bahamas to investigate reports of counterfeit US currency. Half-way across, the patrol boat encountered a speedboat headed the other direction. Boatswain Sydney Sanderlin, the officer in charge of the patrol boat, directed the speedboat to halt. The speedboat, operated by Alderman and with an accomplice onboard, tried to flee. Alderman ignored the first warning shot, but stopped when the patrol boat fired its machine gun. Sanderlin sent one of his crew onboard to check the situation. The crewman quickly found 20 cases of liquor stashed in the engine space. Sanderlin ordered Alderman and his accomplice onto the patrol boat, after checking to ensure that they were unarmed. While Sanderlin went to the bridge to call his headquarters for instructions, Alderman asked a crewman for permission to go back aboard the speedboat to retrieve his jacket; the crewman assented. Alderman retrieved not only his jacket, but also a pistol. When Alderman returned to the patrol boat, he shot Sanderlin in back, killing him instantly. Alderman then grabbed Sanderlin’s .45 caliber pistol. Alderman shot and severely wounded a second Coast Guardsman (he died four days later). Alderman ordered the remaining federal officers onto the speedboat and directed his accomplice to get the speedboat underway. When the accomplice experienced engine trouble, Alderman turned to inquire as to the trouble. The unarmed federal officers jumped him. Alderman shot the Secret Service agent, killing him instantly. He shot and wounded another Coast Guardsman, who survived. By then, the federal officers had overwhelmed Alderman. His accomplice gave up without a struggle. After a speedy trial, Alderman was convicted of three counts of murder in the first degree within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and was sentenced to suffer death by hanging. His appeal to the US Supreme Court was denied, as was his request for clemency from President Herbert Hoover. The judge directed that Alderman be executed in the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. The County Commissioners, concerned about potential fallout from executing a local folk hero and about potential adverse impact on tourism, declined. The judge then ordered that the execution be performed at the nearest federal facility to the jail – which happened be Coast Guard Base 6 in Fort Lauderdale. At 5:00 a.m., on Saturday, 17 August 1929, the US Coast Guard carried out the judge’s order, hanging James Horace Alderman from a hastily constructed gallows in the seaplane hangar, two years and ten days after he committed his murders.

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August 16th, 2018 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 August 2018

Headlines:

Mississippi River – deepening to 50 feet;

Persian Gulf – naval activity;

DOS – meeting on 14 September re IMO III 5;

Alaska – stern of WWII destroyer located;

House – bill introduced re port security grants; and

Panama Canal – hot work requirements.

August 16, 2018

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Mississippi River – deepening to 50 feet

clip_image004 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Director of Civil Works signed a memorandum to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) requesting concurrence with the finding that the recommended deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC) to 50 feet is economically justified and environmentally sustainable. The memorandum also requests approval of budgeting for the project. (8/3/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/USACE_memo_180803.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Sean Duffy of the Big River Coalition.

Persian Gulf – naval activity

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory recommending heightened awareness of naval activity involving a number of nations in waters of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman. Advisory 2018-012 (8/15/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/advisory/].

DOS – meeting on 14 September re IMO III 5

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that an open meeting will be held on 14 September in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 5). Topics on the agenda include reports of allegedly inadequate port reception facilities; marine safety investigation reports; and harmonization of port state control (PCS) activities and procedures. 83 Fed. Reg. 40821 (8/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/pdf/2018-17701.pdf].

Alaska – stern of WWII destroyer located

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that the stern of the US Navy destroyer USS Abner Read has been located in waters off the Aleutian island of Kiska. The ship was heavily damaged when it struck a Japanese mine on 18 August 1943, taking the lives of 71 sailors. The remainder of the ship remained afloat and was towed to a shipyard for repair. (8/15/18) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/stern-of-world-war-ii-us-destroyer-discovered-off-remote-alaskan-island-by-noaa].

House – bill introduced re port security grants

clip_image012 Representative Meng (D-NY) introduced the Port Security Grant Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6609) to amend title 46, United States Code, to reauthorize the port security grant program, and for other purposes. (7/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr6609ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr6609ih.pdf].

Panama Canal – hot work requirements

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing revisions to its requirements for allowing hot work to be performed on board vessels while in waters under its jurisdiction. Advisory 28-2018 (8/14/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-28-2018.pdf].

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August 15th, 2018 at 10:04 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 August 2018

Headlines:

White House – Defense Authorization Act signed into law;

USCG – new NOAD schema to be released;

Court – premises liability under state law; and

Court – slip and fall on cruise ship.

August 15, 2018

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White House – Defense Authorization Act signed into law

clip_image004 The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) has been signed into law. While not appropriating new monies, it does provide direction on how funds should be expended. Among other things, it notes that the Coast Guard should maintain an inventory of six polar-class icebreakers beginning not later than fiscal year 2029. (8/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5515enr/pdf/BILLS-115hr5515enr.pdf].

USCG – new NOAD schema to be released

clip_image006 The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, an updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.6, will be released and will contain various schema improvements, updates to our ports list and retirement of the NVMC workbook as a means of submission for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) NOAs.  (8/14/18) [https://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/nvmc/(S(yaxcafted0qjeu1is4qlck5d))/News.aspx?newsId=935f86a0-2308-4e31-9db3-c73dcef705c5].

Court – premises liability under state law

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order certifying a question to the Washington Supreme Court regarding whether under state law a party (defendant Port of Bellingham) is liable as premises owner for an injury that occurs on part of a leased property used exclusively be another party (the Alaska Marine Highway System) at the time of the injury where the lease transferred only priority usage of the property. Plaintiff was injured when a passenger ramp that she was operating at the port fell. The district court held that the Port was liable. The Port appealed. Adamson v Port of Bellingham, No. 16-35314 (9th Cir., August 14, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/08/14/16-35314o.pdf].

Court – slip and fall on cruise ship

clip_image010 In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise line in a slip and fall case brought by an injured passenger, holding that plaintiff presented no probative evidence that defendant had violated any applicable industry standard. Krug v Celebrity Cruises, No. 17-14819 (11th Cir., August 14, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201714819.pdf].

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August 14th, 2018 at 10:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 14 August 2018

Headlines:

Baltimore – anchorage grounds proposal;

DOE – application to export LNG;

BOEM – offshore sand activities EA; and

Canada – AHTS conversions to icebreakers.

August 14, 2018

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Baltimore – anchorage ground proposal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations relating to three Baltimore Harbor anchorage grounds and to establish a new general anchorage ground. Comments must be received by 13 November. 83 Fed. Reg. 40164 (8/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-14/pdf/2018-17469.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Corpus Christi Liquefaction State III, LLC requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments must be received by 14 October. 83 Fed. Reg. 40269 (8/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-14/pdf/2018-17437.pdf].

BOEM – offshore sand activities EA

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it seeks comment on its draft environmental assessment (EA) for offshore sand activities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. (8/10/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note08102018/].

Canada – AHTS conversions to icebreakers

clip_image010 Public Services and Procurement Canada issued a notice stating that a contract has been awarded to Chantier Davie shipyard for the acquisition of three anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels and conversion into icebreakers for service in the Canadian Coast Guard. (8/10/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/news/2018/08/government-of-canada-awards-contract-to-enhance-canadian-coast-guard-icebreaking-capability-securing-middle-class-jobs-in-quebec.html].

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 13 August 2018

Headlines:

New Orleans – safety zone for fireworks displays;

Senate – bill introduced re amphibious passenger vessels;

Senate – bill introduced re Columbia River pinnipeds; and

House – bill introduced to amend OCSLA.

August 13, 2018

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New Orleans – safety zone for fireworks displays

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a permanent safety zone on waters of the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 94 and 97, above Head of Passes, to provide for safety during fireworks displays. The safety zone will be in effect during announced fireworks displays. 83 Fed. Reg. 39882 (8/13/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-13/pdf/2018-17263.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re amphibious passenger vessels

clip_image006 Senator McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill (S. 3301) to implement recommendations related to the safety of amphibious passenger vessels, and for other purposes. Senator McCaskill issued a news release explaining the measure. (7/31/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3301is/pdf/BILLS-115s3301is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Columbia River pinnipeds

clip_image006[1] Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Predation Reduction of Salmon Act (S. 3315) to allow for the taking of pinnipeds on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species. (7/31/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3315is/pdf/BILLS-115s3315is.pdf].

House – bill introduced to amend OCSLA

clip_image008 Delegate Bordallo (D-GU) introduced a bill (H.R. 6665) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral reef conservation, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/10/18).

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 August 2018

Headlines:

USCG – STCW endorsements as OICNW of vessels less than 500 GT;

USCG – STCW endorsements as Master of vessels less than500 GT;

USCG – recap of meeting with AWO;

MARAD – meeting on 12 September re DWP;

IWUB – meeting rescheduled to 28 August;

NOAA – lower than normal hurricane season; and

Panama Canal – July operations.

August 10, 2018

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USCG – STCW endorsements as OICNW of vessels less than 500 GT

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance on qualification for and renewal of STCW endorsements for service as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) on vessels of less than 500 GT that are valid in all waters. NVIC 02-18 (8/6/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/2018/NVIC-02_18.pdf].

USCG – STCW endorsements as Master of vessels less than 500 GT

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance on qualification for and renewal of STCW endorsements for service as Master on vessels of less than 500 GT that are valid in all waters NVIC 03-18 (8/6/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/2018/NVIC-03_18.pdf].

USCG – recap of meeting with AWO

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin providing a recap of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) steering committee meeting of 31 July, which focused on concerns of the partnership and industry. (8/9/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/08/09/8-9-2018-recap-of-coast-guard-american-waterways-operators-steering-committee-meeting/].

MARAD – meeting on 12 September re DWP

clip_image007 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that a public scoping meeting will be held on 12 September in Corpus Christi in connection with the Texas Gulf Terminals, Inc. deepwater port (DWP) license application. Written comments on the application must be received by 14 September. 83 Fed. Reg. 39813 (8/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-10/pdf/2018-17108.pdf].

IWUB – meeting rescheduled to 28 August

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that the meeting of the Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), originally scheduled for 30 August, has been rescheduled to 28 August. 83 Fed. Reg. 39734 (8/10/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-10/pdf/2018-17157.pdf].

NOAA – lower than normal hurricane season

clip_image011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it is now forecasting a lower than normal hurricane season in the North Atlantic for 2018. (8/9/18) [http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-forecasters-lower-atlantic-hurricane-season-prediction].

Panama Canal – July operations

clip_image013 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during July. It also includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the year. Advisory 27-2018 (8/8/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-27-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 August 2018

Headlines:

DOJ – cocaine smugglers sentenced;

DOJ – man pleads guilty to accepting $2.5 million;

MARAD – $4.8 million in Marine Highway grants;

Senate – bill introduced re waterfront communities;

Senate – bill introduced re ports and intermodal connections;

House – bill introduced re oil spills;

GAO – sustaining the US-flag fleet; and

New Zealand – vessel lost due to crew fatigue.

August 9, 2018

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DOJ – cocaine smugglers sentenced

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that five crew members of a low-profile vessel smuggling 1,205 pounds of cocaine have been sentenced to prison, with the captain of the vessel receiving 210 months in jail. The capture by the US Coast Guard involved the use of disabling fire from a Coast Guard helicopter as the captain tried to flee on a go-fast boat. (7/19/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/five-crew-members-sentenced-smuggling-1205-pounds-cocaine-high-seas-captain-low-profile].

DOJ – man pleads guilty to accepting $2.5 million

clip_image004[1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a man pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting $2,536,119.19 in bribes and kickbacks associated with federal energy savings performance contracts. The contracts included a US Coast Guard project in Puerto Rico and a US Navy project in California. (8/6/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-vt/pr/florida-man-pleads-guilty-accepting-25-million-bribes-and-kickbacks-0].

MARAD – $4.8 million in Marine Highway grants

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that $4.8 million has been awarded in grants to six Marine Highway projects. (8/8/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/maritime-administration-awards-4-8-million-in-grants-for-marine-highway-projects-throughout-the-u-s/].

Senate – bill introduced re waterfront communities

clip_image008 Senator Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act of 2018 (S. 3265) to require the Secretary of Commerce to undertake certain activities to support waterfront community revitalization and resiliency, and for other purposes. (7/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3265is/pdf/BILLS-115s3265is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re ports and intermodal connections

clip_image008[1] Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Port Operations, Research, and Technology Act (S. 3273) to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports, and for other purposes. (7/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s3273is/pdf/BILLS-115s3273is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re oil spills

clip_image010 Representative Engel (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 6658) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny certain tax benefits to persons responsible for the discharge of oil or other hazardous substances into navigable waters of the United States. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (8/7/18).

GAO – sustaining the US-flag fleet

clip_image012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on sustaining the US-flag fleet. The report notes that in a crisis, the government relies on oceangoing US-flag ships and US-citizen crews to help the military. To ensure their availability, the government provides stipends and requires certain government cargoes to be shipped on US-flag ships. Despite these efforts, there are challenges. In recent years, US-flag ships have become more expensive to run and the government has shipped less cargo—making it harder for carriers to stay in business. In addition, there may not be enough US-citizen sailors to meet defense needs. The report recommends that the Department of Transportation (DOT) complete its development of a US maritime strategy. GAO-18-478 (8/8/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/693802.pdf].

New Zealand – vessel lost due to crew fatigue

clip_image014 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the owner of a commercial fishing vessel was fined $27,200 after being convicted of dangerous maritime activity following the loss of the vessel due to excessive crew fatigue. (8/7/18) [<a href="http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NEWS180807.pdf">August 7, 2018</a>].

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    logo11 Liquefaction

    In the October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Liquefaction". The article discusses the shocking number of bulk carriers that have suddenly and catastrophically been lost at sea in recent years. The known or suspected cause of these tragic losses has been liquefaction of cargo. Despite efforts of the IMO, insurers, and trade associations, these losses continue. Installing a longitudinal bulkhead in each cargo hold would reduce the risk of liquefaction and the consequent loss of ships, cargo, and crews.