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March 5th, 2018 at 11:05 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – containers lost off North Carolina;

USCG – ballast water management guidance;

Puerto Rico – vessel salvage project nearly complete; and

Court – foreign v. domestic vessel.

March 5, 2018

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USCG – containers lost off North Carolina

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the container ship Maersk Shanghai reported that it lost 70 to 73 cargo containers about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina due to high winds and heavy seas. Mariners should transit the area with caution. (3/4/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1df7483].

USCG – ballast water management guidance

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) concerning ballast water management. It is intended to provide the latest guidance to maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel based on the latest regulatory amendments. NVIC 01-18 (3/1/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/NVIC/2018/NVIC-01_18.pdf].

Puerto Rico – vessel salvage project nearly complete

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the project to mitigate environmental threats and remove vessels sunk or stranded in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria is in its final stages. Of the 377 sunken or beached vessels, 376 have been mitigated or removed. (3/4/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1df8cb7].

Court – foreign v. domestic vessel

clip_image007 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment against plaintiff seafarer’s claim of personal injury based on negligence and unseaworthiness against defendant owner of a jack-up drilling rig. The decision was grounded on a failure of the plaintiff to provide evidence supporting her claim. More interesting, at least to me, was how the court struggled with whether the drilling rig was an inspected vessel. When the court couldn’t come to a satisfactory conclusion, it defaulted to a determination that the drilling rig must be an uninspected vessel. I ascribe this outcome to a failure on the part of counsel on both sides to clearly marshal their positions as the court seems to assume that the vessel was US flag. Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services, No. 17-30638 (5th Cir., March 2, 2018) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/17/17-30638.0.pdf].

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March 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address;

USCG – Polar Code harmonization;

OFAC – North Korea Sanctions Regulations;

NTSB – tanker allision and fire;

BOEM – civil penalty inflation adjustment;

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting on 19 March;

CMTS – webinar on 12 March re merchant mariner medical certification;

FMC – $465,000 in civil penalties recovered;

Court – sea otter translocation program;

India – certification of masters of polar waters ships; and

Singapore – prevention of pollution of the sea.

March 2, 2018

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USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, delivered the State of the Coast Guard Address in Washington, DC. He highlighted the achievements of the service’s workforce during the 2017 hurricane season. During three back-to-back storms, the men and women of the Coast Guard saved nearly 12,000 Americans. (3/1/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dee85c]. Note: A transcript and video of the Commandant’s speech are linked at https://www.uscg.mil/SOTCG2018/.

USCG – Polar Code harmonization

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing remarks of Mr. Jeffrey Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards during the recent International Conference on Polar Code Harmonization. (3/1/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/03/01/3-1-2018-remarks-by-director-of-commercial-regulations-and-standards-jeffrey-lantz-during-polar-code-harmonization-conference/].

OFAC – North Korea Sanctions Regulations

clip_image006 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a news release announcing the amendment and reissuance of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations. (3/1/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20180301.aspx].

NTSB – tanker allision and fire

clip_image008 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 6 September 2016 allision of the tanker Aframax River with two mooring dolphins in the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) near Deer Park, Texas. The allision punctured the ship’s hull plating, and about 88,000 gallons of low-sulfur marine gas oil spilled into the water. The oil ignited and burned for about 45 minutes. The two onboard pilots sustained minor burns, and the property damage exceeded $1.5 million. ​The probable cause of the allision with mooring dolphins and the subsequent fire in the waterway was a momentary abnormality of the tanker’s main engine governor actuator system in responding to command inputs from the bridge. MAB 18/06 (3/1/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1806.pdf].

BOEM – civil penalty inflation adjustment

clip_image010 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promulgated a final rule adjusting its outer continental shelf (OCS) civil penalties for inflation. The changes enter into effect immediately. 83 Fed. Reg. 8930 (3/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-02/pdf/2018-04248.pdf].

SLSDC Advisory Board – meeting on 19 March

clip_image012 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Advisory Board will meet on 19 March in Washington, DC. 83 Fed. Reg. 9084 (3/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-02/pdf/2018-04230.pdf].

CMTS – webinar on 12 March re merchant mariner medical certification

clip_image014 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) issued a bulletin stating that, on 12 March, it is hosting a webinar to address upcoming changes in the USCG merchant mariner medical certification. The speakers will be Captain Kirsten Martin and Doctor Laura Torres-Reyes, the Commanding Officer and Medical Evaluation Division Chief respectively of the USCG National Maritime Center. (3/1/18) [http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=6139].

FMC – $465,000 in civil penalties recovered

clip_image016 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it completed compromise agreements with six non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) recovering a total of $465,000 in civil penalties. (2/28/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_collects_465000_in_penalty_payments/].

Court – sea otter translocation program

clip_image018 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district courts’ decisions in favor of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in consolidated cases brought by fishing industry groups challenging the agency’s decision to end a 1987 sea otter translocation program. California Sea Urchin Commission v. Bean, No. 15-56672 (9th Cir., March 1, 2018) [http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/03/01/15-56672.pdf].

India – certification of masters of polar water ships

clip_image020 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular establishing transitional provisions for certification of masters and deck officers in ships operating in polar waters. NT/Exam Circular 02-2018 (3/1/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201803010618351920910nt_cir_02of2018.pdf].

Singapore – prevention of pollution of the sea

clip_image022 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular stating that amendments entering into force on 1 March have been made to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Regulations to incorporate MARPOL amendments involving Annex I (oil), Annex V (garbage), and Annex VI (air). Shipping Circular 4-2018 (2/28/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/09eaa328-77af-4e9c-9842-f77a7d9acf4c].

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March 1st, 2018 at 8:36 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 March 2018

Headlines:

USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address;

USCG – safeguarding the MTS;

USCG – Class I civil penalty action;

USVI – removal of displaced vessels complete;

Tennessee River – safety zone;

DOE – application to export LNG;

USN – OOD competency checks; and

UK – maritime technology revolution.

March 1, 2018

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USCG – State of the Coast Guard Address

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Admiral Paul Zukunft will deliver the State of the Coast Guard address on 1 March in Washington, DC. This will be his final such address as his tenure as Commandant expires this year. (2/28/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/28/2-28-2018-commandant-to-deliver-state-of-the-coast-guard-address/].

USCG – safeguarding the MTS

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Rear Admiral John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy submitted an opinion/educational article for the February 2018 edition of Marine News Magazine discussing the Coast Guard’s responsibility to safeguard the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) and enable the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce. (2/28/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/28/2-28-2018-op-ed-piece-by-assistant-commandant-for-prevention-policy/].

USCG – Class I civil penalty action

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has initiated a Class I civil penalty action against the owner of two fishing vessels in Alaska after one of the vessels was left adrift and derelict approximately 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor. Allegations include operating the vessels beyond the boundary line without valid load lines; lack of a valid towing operator; and the incorrect broadcast of Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) data. (2/15/18) [http://alaska.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/coast-guard-charges-owner-of-derelict-fishing-vessel-alaska-patriot/].

USVI – removal of displaced vessels complete

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) involving maritime pollution mitigation and vessel removal operations related to Hurricanes Irma and Maria have been completed in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). During the operation, 479 displaced vessels were identified and assessed, of which 459 were removed. (2/26/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dde94a].

Tennessee River – safety zone

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a safety zone on the Tennessee River from mile marker 446.0 to mile marker 454.5 during periods of high water. The rule enters into effect on 5 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 8748 (3/1/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-01/pdf/2018-04051.pdf].

DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image008 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Southern LNG Company for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Elba Liquefaction Project in Georgia. Comments must be submitted by 2 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 8860 (3/1/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-01/pdf/2018-04121.pdf].

USN – OOD competency checks

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release stating that it will continue to conduct officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks across fleet concentration areas. The competency checks provide data on how first-tour, qualified OODs perform in navigation, seamanship, and ship-handling, via written test and simulated at-sea scenarios. (2/28/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=104526].

UK – maritime technology revolution

clip_image012 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a news release outlining its vision for the UK to be at the forefront of a maritime technology revolution which is expected to result in the growing use of autonomous vessels and other developments. (2/28/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transport-secretary-outlines-goal-for-uk-to-be-at-the-heart-of-a-maritime-technology-revolution].

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February 28th, 2018 at 11:33 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 February 2018

Headlines:

BSEE – marine trash & debris training video;

Senate – bill introduced re Navy surface warfare operations;

Gulf of Guinea – suspicious activity; and

Marshall Islands – Kidde Fire Protection recall.

February 28, 2018

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BSEE – marine trash & debris training video

clip_image004 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a press release stating that it has updated the training video that encourages safe and responsible trash and debris removal. (2/27/18) [https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-releases-marine-trash-and-debris].

Senate – bill introduced re Navy surface warfare operations

clip_image006 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 2452) to provide for the improvement of the capacity of the Navy to conduct surface warfare operations and activities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but co-sponsor McCain (R-AZ) issued a press release explaining the measure. (2/26/18) [https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=B9806496-DD31-4D3C-AFC0-BA9B8C421708].

Gulf of Guinea – suspicious activity

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an alert concerning suspicious activity in the Gulf of Guinea. Alert 2018-003A (2/22/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2018/26790/].

Marshall Islands – Kidde Fire Protection recall

clip_image010 The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administration issued an advisory stating that Kidde Fire Protection has initiated a recall of HFC227/NOVEC 1230 Fire Extinguishing System Chemical Agent Gas Cylinder Valves. Marine Safety Advisory 06-18 (2/26/18) [https://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MSAdvisory_06-18.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Steven Jevnisek of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.

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February 27th, 2018 at 11:56 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – NPREP Deregulatory Savings Analysis;

NMSAC – meeting on 20-21 March;

DOJ – tanker operator and master sentenced;

OFAC – Libya sanctions; and

Denmark – routing measures proposed.

February 27, 2018

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USCG – NPREP Deregulatory Savings Analysis

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted the draft National Preparedness for Response Program (NPREP) Guidelines Deregulatory Savings Analysis. Comments on the Analysis must be received by 26 March. (2/26/18) [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2017-0894-0011].

NMSAC – meeting on 20-21 March

clip_image005 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 20-21 March in Oakland. Topics on the agenda include extremely hazardous cargo and regulatory reform. 83 Fed. Reg. 8492 (2/27/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-27/pdf/2018-03912.pdf].

DOJ – tanker operator and master sentenced

clip_image007 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tank vessel operating company and the master of the tanker Sea Faith were convicted on their guilty pleas to illegally dumping cargo residue and machinery space bilge water directing into waters off the coast of Texas without the use of required pollution prevention equipment. They also failed to maintain accurate oil and garbage record books. The company will pay a $2.25 million fine and serve three years of probation. The former master was sentenced to six months in prison, two years of supervised release, and a $2,000 fine. (2/26/18) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/tank-vessel-operator-and-master-convicted-oil-and-garbage-offenses].

OFAC – Libya sanctions

clip_image009 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice updating its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list for Libya. The list consists of seven vessels, in addition to a number of individuals and entities. (2/26/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20180226.aspx].

Denmark – routing measures proposed

clip_image011 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO’s Sub-committee on Navigation, Communication, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) approved the DMA proposal for new routing measures in the Skagerrak and Kattegat. The measure now goes to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for consideration. (2/23/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Paving_the_way_for_new_ships%E2%80%99_routeing_systems_in_the_Kattegat.aspx].

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February 26th, 2018 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 February 2018

Headlines:

Pacific Ocean – main engine casualty;

Maine – tugs collide, one sinks;

USCG – fire protection equipment for towing vessels;

USCG – proposed PREP Guidelines;

USACE – Brazos River Floodgates;

USACE – requests to alter civil works projects;

OFAC – North Korean sanctions; and

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852.

February 26, 2018

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Pacific Ocean – main engine casualty

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a bulk carrier with 21 crew aboard suffered a main engine casualty 120 miles off the Columbia River. There are no reports of injury or pollution. The vessel is now under tow. (2/23/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dd571c].

Maine – tugs collide, one sinks

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is investigating the cause of a tug collision that occurred three miles south of Kennebunk early on 22 February and monitoring the site where one of the stricken vessels sank. (2/23/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dd2e6d].

USCG – fire protection equipment for towing vessels

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule to apply changes may by the 2016 final rule on harmonization of fire protection equipment standards to inspected towing vessels. The amendment enters into effect on 28 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 8175 (2/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03733.pdf].

USCG – proposed PREP Guidelines

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the regulatory analysis of the potential deregulatory savings that may result from the revisions proposed in the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines and on the proposed Guidelines themselves. Comments must be received by 26 March. 83 Fed. Reg. 8290 (2/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03773.pdf].

USACE – Brazos River Floodgates

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on the draft integrated feasibility report and EIS for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway: Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks System. A public meeting will be held on 13 March in West Columbia, Texas. Written comments must be submitted by 11 April. 83 Fed. Reg. 8251 (2/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03852.pdf].

USACE – requests to alter civil works projects

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended until 6 April the period within which to submit comments on its draft circular for processing requests to alter USACE civil works projects pursuant to Section 408. 83 Fed. Reg. 8251 (2/26/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03851.pdf].

OFAC – North Korean sanctions

clip_image011 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice identifying a number of shipping companies and vessels that have been added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. (2/23/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20180223.aspx]. OFAC also issued a DPRK Vessel Advisory concerning North Korea’s illicit maritime activity. (2/23/18) [https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Documents/dprk_vessel_advisory_02232018.pdf].

HMS Birkenhead – 26 February 1852

clip_image013 On 26 February 1852, the troopship HMS BIRKENHEAD grounded at Danger Point, near Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying about 400 British soldiers to fight in the Kaffir War in South Africa. Also on board were about 200 civilians, mostly women and children. There were not sufficient lifeboats for everyone. The senior British Army officer onboard ordered the troops to stand fast as the women and children boarded the lifeboats. None of the soldiers broke ranks. The BIRKENHEAD sank soon afterwards. Only 193 of the approximately 643 people originally on board survived. From this event, the maritime tradition of “women and children first” is derived. Rudyard Kipling later wrote the poem “Solder an’ Sailor too”, dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Marines. The poem includes the lines:

To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,

Is nothing so bad when you’ve cover to ‘and, an’ leave an’ likin’ to shout;

But to stand an’ be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,

An’ they done it, the Jollies – ‘Er Majesty’s Jollies – soldier an’ sailor too!

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February 23rd, 2018 at 11:47 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 February 2018

Headlines:

White House – voyages to Cuba to be restricted;

USCG – towing industry safety statistics;

USCG – RADM Benkert Awards for Marine Environmental Protection Excellence;

NOSAC – meeting on 27-28 March;

CFSAC – meeting on 15 March;

House – bill introduced re leasing off Florida coast; and

Senate – call for better roads and ports.

February 23, 2018

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White House – voyages to Cuba to be restricted

clip_image004 President Trump issued a Proclamation authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to enhance and enforce restrictions on vessels that may be used for voyages to Cuban waters. (2/22/18) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-modifying-continuing-national-emergency-respect-cuba-continuing-authorize-regulation-anchorage-movement-vessels/].

USCG – towing industry safety statistics

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing release of the joint USCG and American Waterways Operators (AWO) National Quality Steering Committee’s annual safety report containing freight-carrying towing industry data and measures for calendar years 1994 to 2016. (2/21/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/21/2-21-2018-towing-industry-safety-statistics-for-2016/].

USCG – RADM Benkert Awards for Marine Environmental Protection Excellence

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing recipients of the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Awards for Marine Environmental Protection Excellence. (2/22/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/22/2-22-18-2018-biennial-rear-adm-william-m-benkert-award-recipients-announced/].

NOSAC – meeting on 27-28 March

clip_image006[2] The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 27-28 March in New Orleans to discuss regulatory reform. 83 Fed. Reg. 8095 (2/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-23/pdf/2018-03758.pdf].

CFSAC – meeting on 15 March

clip_image006[3] The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet by teleconference on 15 March to discuss regulatory reform. 83 Fed. Reg. 8096 (2/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-23/pdf/2018-03749.pdf].

House – bill introduced re leasing off Florida coast

clip_image008 Representative Rutherford (R-FL) introduced the PROTECT Florida Act (H.R. 5014) to provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes. (2/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5014ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5014ih.pdf].

Senate – call for better roads and ports

clip_image010 Senator Inhofe (R-OK) posted an article co-authored with Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and published in the Wall Street Journal calling for substantial infrastructure investment to improve the nation’s roads and ports. (2/22/18) [https://www.inhofe.senate.gov/newsroom/article/-inhofe-and-whitehouse-in-wsj-both-sides-of-the-aisle-want-better-roads-and-ports]. Note: As Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, these individuals exercise substantial clout over infrastructure issues.

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 February 2018

Headlines:

Mississippi – towboat fire;

USCG – Auxiliary UPV Examiner augmentation;

IMO – SDC 5 summary;

EC – car carriers fined €395 million;

Gulf of Guinea – protection against piracy; and

UK – Maritime and shipping statistics.

February 22, 2018

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Mississippi – towboat fire

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the towboat Leland Spears caught fire on the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi. Other towboats pushed it aground at mile marker 509, safely evacuating the eight people onboard. There are no reports of injury or pollution. A waterway restriction has been issued between mile markers 500 and 520. The incident is under investigation. (2/21/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dc99e9].

USCG – Auxiliary UPV Examiner augmentation

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance concerning USCG Auxiliary UPV Examiner training, qualification, documentation, funding, and support regarding the uninspected passenger vessel (UPV) safety program. CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-03 (2/21/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2018/CG-CVC_pol18-03.pdf].

IMO – SDC 5 summary

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the recent session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design & Construction (SDC 5). (2/21/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/21/2-21-2018-fifth-session-of-the-sub-committee-on-ship-design-and-construction-sdc-5/].

EC – car carriers fined €395 million

clip_image009 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that four maritime car carriers have been fined €395 million for participating in a cartel concerning intercontinental maritime transport of vehicles. (2/21/18) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-962_en.htm].

Gulf of Guinea – protection against piracy

clip_image011 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular providing guidance on protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region. NT Wing Piracy Circular 01-2018 (2/21/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201802210603328037038nt_pircey_cir_01of2018.pdf].

UK – Maritime & shipping statistics

clip_image013 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted its annual Maritime & shipping statistics. (2/21/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/maritime-and-shipping-statistics].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – web sites;

St. Lawrence Seaway – opening on 29 March;

NAP – transporting hazardous liquids & gases;

Court – adequacy of PWC warnings;

ILO – SID checklist;

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft; and

UK – HMS Ocean sold to Brazil.

February 21, 2018

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USCG – web sites

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard has one of the most extensive outreach programs of any federal agency. Not too long ago, it added new web sites for, among others, Operating & Environmental Standards (CG-OES); Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG); and the Marine Safety Center (CG-MSC). (2/20/18).

St. Lawrence Seaway – opening on 29 March

clip_image006 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Seaway will open to navigation on 29 March. Seaway Notice 1-2018 (2/20/18) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/pdf/navigation/notice20180220.pdf].

NAP – transporting hazardous liquids & gases

clip_image008 The National Academies Press (NAP) completed a new study titled “Safely Transporting Hazardous Liquids and Gases in a Changing US Energy Landscape”. It examines the transport of such items in the pipeline, rail, and water modes. (2/20/18) [https://www.nap.edu/download/24923?utm_source=NASEM+News+and+Publications&utm_campaign=27a8c11722-NAP_mail_new_2018_02_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-27a8c11722-102060401&goal=0_96101de015-27a8c11722-102060401&mc_cid=27a8c11722&mc_eid=5629ef0b84].

Court – adequacy of PWC warnings

clip_image010 In a diversity of citizen case and applying South Carolina law, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant manufacturer of a personal water craft (PWC) and against the plaintiff who was seriously injured when she fell off the PWC being operated by a 14-year-old and on which she was the fourth passenger and wearing only a bikini. Defendant had included warnings on the PWC itself and in the operator’s manual that the craft should not be operated by persons under the age of sixteen, that no more than three person should ride the PWC at any time, and that all persons should wear a wet suit bottom or similar protective clothing. Plaintiff contended that the warnings were inadequate, but the warnings clearly complied with state law. Hickerson v Yamaha Motor Corp., No. 17-1075 (4th Cir., February 20, 2018) [http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/171075.P.pdf].

ILO – SID Checklist

clip_image012 The International Labour Organization (ILO) published its Seafarer Identification Document Checklist (SID Checklist), providing guidance to member states on the preparation of these important documents. (February 2018) [http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_norm/—normes/documents/genericdocument/wcms_617300.pdf].

Panama Canal – maximum allowable draft

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory stating that, effective 19 March, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be reduced from 15.2 meters (50.0 feet) to 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Advisory 06-2018 (2/19/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-06-2018.pdf].

UK – HMS Ocean sold to Brazil

clip_image016 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a news release stating that the landing platform, helicopter ship HMS Ocean (L12), flagship of the Royal Navy, has been sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84 million. (2/19/18) [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-agrees-sale-of-hms-ocean-to-brazil].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 February 2018

Headlines:

USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments;

USCG – remarks at PVA convention;

USCG & NOAA – whale disentanglement training;

GAO – cybersecurity framework adoption;

India – certification of officers for polar operations; and

MREN – Strict liability criminal statutes.

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USCG – towing & salvage risk assessments

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding commercial towing and salvage companies to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene. Alert 2-18 (2/15/18) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0218.pdf].

USCG – remarks at PVA convention

clip_image004[1]The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing service remarks at the 2018 Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) convention. A major priority is overhaul of the service’s oversight and management of third party organizations. Other priorities include policies regarding emerging technologies and implementation of Subchapter M and ballast water management. (2/16/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/02/16/2-16-2018-passenger-vessel-association-2018-convention-recap-of-remarks/].

USCG & NOAA – whale disentanglement training

clip_image004[2] clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Station Honolulu crewmembers and personnel from the NOAA Fisheries telemetry team conducted whale disentanglement training off Oahu. (2/16/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1db8af6].

GAO – cybersecurity framework adoption

clip_image008 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on cybersecurity framework adoption. The report recommends further actions for determining framework adoption by the sector-specific agencies in consultation with their respective partners, such as the sector coordinating councils. GAO-18-211 (2/15/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/690112.pdf].

India – certification of officers for polar operations

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a Draft Exam Circular for certification of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters. (2/16/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201802160500348764756draft_cir_nt_160218.pdf].

MREN – Strict liability criminal statutes

clip_image012 In the February 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, you can find my article entitled “Strict liability criminal statutes”. The article discusses the omission from the Refuse Act of 1899 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of scienter provisions and how the courts over time have come to treat these statutes as creating strict criminal liability. Congress created the problem and Congress should fix it. (2/19/18) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN180200.pdf].

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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.