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March 24th, 2017 at 10:44 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – BWM extended compliance dates;

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice at record low;

NOAA – nominations sought for HSRP;

Senate – bill introduced re Chinese sanctions;

Senate – bill introduced re labor slowdowns at ports;

Australia – PSC report 2016;

Denmark – historical AIS data;

India – prohibition of deep sea fishing;

Singapore – BWMC reminder; and

Exxon Valdez oil spill – 24 March 1989.

March 24, 2017

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USCG – BWM extended compliance dates

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard posted revised highlights and tips for application concerning extended compliance dates under its Ballast Water Management regulations (3/6/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/Editorial/20170306/USCG%20BWM%20Extensions%20-%20Highlights%20and%20Tips%20for%20Application%20(06March2017).pdf?id=68672fd1046e359107841db93247d84ed29d2305&user_id=2a47d4dbfd24ce2da39438e736cab2d6].

NSIDC – Arctic sea ice maximum at record low

clip_image005 The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on 7 March at 14.42 million square kilometers (5.57 million square miles). This is the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record. Data also indicates that this winter’s ice was slightly thinner than previous years. (3/22/17) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2017/03/arctic-sea-ice-maximum-at-record-low/].

NOAA – nominations sought for HSRP

clip_image007 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it seeks nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). Nominations must be submitted by 30 May. 82 Fed. Reg. 15044 (3/24/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-24/pdf/2017-05639.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Chinese sanctions

clip_image009 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act of 2017 (S. 659) to impose sanctions with respect to the People’s Republic of China in relation to activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, and for other purposes. Senator Rubio issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s659is/pdf/BILLS-115s659is.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re labor slowdowns at ports

clip_image009[1] Senator Risch (R-ID) introduced a bill (S. 702) to amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 to deter labor slowdowns at ports of the United States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/22/17).

Australia – PSC report 2016

clip_image011 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted its Port State Control Report 2016. (3/23/17) [http://www.amsa.gov.au/forms-and-publications/international/publications/Ship-Safety/PSC-Annual-Reports/PSCREPORT-2016.pdf].

Denmark – historical AIS data

clip_image013 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is making available historical AIS data from 2006-2014. (3/23/17) [].

India – prohibition of deep sea fishing

clip_image015 The Government of India issued an order establishing temporary prohibitions on deep sea fishing in waters off the east and west coasts of India outside the territorial sea. (3/23/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201703230400247097932uniformbanonfishing23032017.pdf].

Singapore – BWMC reminder

clip_image017 The Singapore Maritime and Pot Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding stakeholders of pertinent provisions of the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004, which enters into force on 8 September 2017. Shipping Circular 8-2017 (3/23/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/8424b965-c3b3-4192-98bc-a7ef9c5587da].

EXXON VALDEZ oil spill – 24 March 1989

clip_image019 On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill (approximately 258,000 barrels), while not the largest in US history, was clearly the most important. It engendered much litigation. Public concern over the spill led directly to enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which mandated double hulls for new tankers, response plans, and a number of other remedial measures. OPA 90 also significantly changed the liability and compensation scheme for oil spills in US waters. The amount of oil entering waters of the United States from ships drastically decreased following implementation of OPA 90. Note: On a personal note, I was directly involved in development and promulgation of regulations implementing OPA 90 for the US Coast Guard, supervising a large staff of dedicated individuals. A lot has changed in the succeeding 28 years, most significantly the commitment of the maritime industry to minimize the risk of oil pollution from ships. One can only hope that oil discharges from point sources and non-point sources ashore demonstrate similar reductions.

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March 23rd, 2017 at 10:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – drug testing options;

USCG – search for cruise ship passenger;

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum meeting;

Senate- hearing on state of Coast Guard;

IMO – air emissions from ships; and

IHO – ECDIS data presentation.

March 23, 2017

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USCG – drug testing options

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin addressing drug testing options for mariner credential applications. (3/22/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/2017_03_21_drug_testing_options.pdf].

USCG – search for cruise ship passenger

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a search is underway for a passenger missing from a cruise ship in waters 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Due to the proximity of the incident to Cuban territorial waters, Cuban search and rescue authorities have launched assets to assist in the search efforts. (3/22/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18f27cf].

USCG – Arctic Coast Guard Forum meeting

clip_image005[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it is hosting an eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Principals Meeting on 22-24 March in Boston. During the meeting, the principals will sign a joint statement to adopt doctrine, tactics, procedures, and information sharing protocols for emergency response and combined operations in the Arctic. (2/22/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18f28ea].

Senate – hearing re state of Coast Guard

clip_image007 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing entitled “State of the Coast Guard: Ensuring Military, National Security, and Enforcement Capability and Readiness”. Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, US Coast Guard. (3/22/17) [http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=361629E8-CB07-4567-96AD-4C4A7E16950A]. The US Coast Guard posted a summary of Admiral Zukunft’s testimony. [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/adm-zukunft-testifies-before-subcommittee-on-oceans-atmosphere-fisheries-and-coast-guard/].

IMO – air emissions from ships

clip_image009 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice summarizing the regulations for air emissions from ships under MARPOL Annex VI. Marine Notice 5-2017 (3/22/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

IHO – ECDIS data presentation

clip_image011 The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) issued a bulletin concerning its new ECDIS Data Presentation and Performance Check for ships. (February 2017) [http://www.iho.int/srv1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=585:news&catid=166:1news-links&Itemid=287&lang=en].

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March 22nd, 2017 at 11:05 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG – maritime emergency responder certification;

DOJ – seafood processing company fined $60,000;

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 19-20 April;

Senate – bill introduced re Maritime Washington Heritage Area;

IMO vigilance following tanker hijacking;

Panama Canal – 1,000 neopanamax transits;

Panama Canal – locks lane outages; and

Queen of the North – 22 March 2006.

March 22, 2017

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USCG – maritime emergency responder certification

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a media advisory stating that, in Naples, Florida on 22 March, at the National Association of Boating Law Administrator NASBLA) boating operator search and rescue course, it will certify local maritime emergency responders from various state and local agencies. They will be entered into a qualification database maintained by NASBLA and recognized the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (3/21/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18d9a6f].

DOJ – seafood processing company fined $60,000

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a seafood processing company has been fined $60,000 and placed on probation for five years for dumping oily bilge water and raw sewage into the ocean off Alaska. The 78-year-old majority owner of the company has been fined $10,000 and also placed on probation for five years. (3/21/17) [https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak/pr/seafood-processing-company-and-owner-sentenced-pay-60k-dumping-oil-and-raw-sewage-0].

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 19-20 April

clip_image008 The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 19-20 April in Washington, DC. 82 Fed. Reg. 14000 (3/22/17) [].

Senate – bill introduced re Maritime Washington Heritage Area

clip_image010 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (S. 627) to establish the Maritime Washington Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. (3/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s627is/pdf/BILLS-115s627is.pdf].

IMO – vigilance following tanker hijacking

clip_image012 The IMO issued a news release urging renewed vigilance following the piratical attack on a tanker off the coast of Somalia. (3/21/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/10-BMP-piracy.aspx].

Panama Canal – 1,000 neopanamax transits

clip_image014 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that 1,000 neopanamax vessels have transited the expanded Canal locks in the nine months since their opening. (3/19/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/03/19/pr619.html].

Panama Canal – locks lane outages

clip_image014[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory concerning locks lane outages and changes to the Transit Reservation System during late March and early April. Advisory 10-2017 (3/20/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-10-2017.pdf].

Queen of the North – 22 March 2006

clip_image016 The ro-ro ferry Queen of the North operated on the Inside Passage between Port Hardy, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert, near the Alaskan border. On the evening of 21 March 2006, Queen of the North departed Prince Rupert with 59 passengers and 42 crew members for what was expected to be a routine voyage to Port Hardy. Just south of Prince Rupert, the route enters Grenville Channel between the mainland on the port side and Pitt Island and then Farrant Island on the starboard side. Grenville Channel is 72 kilometers (45 miles) in length and almost straight as an arrow. Exiting Grenville Channel, the route enters Wright Sound and turns to port, avoiding Gil Island dead ahead, and moving on to the next channel. At approximately 0021 on the morning of 22 March 2006, Queen of the North inexplicitly missed the turn exiting Grenville Channel. It continued on for 14 minutes after it should have changed course, transiting four nautical miles, and grounded at cruising speed (17.5 knots) off Gil Island. Although heavily damaged, the ferry remained afloat for about one hour. Fishing and recreational vessels from nearby Hartley Bay arrived quickly to assist as people evacuated onto the lifeboats. Various Canadian Coast Guard vessels were also dispatched. Due to the shock and confusion, along with the inclement weather, no accurate list of the evacuees was compiled during this process. It was only later that officials determined that two of the passengers were unaccounted for. They have never been found and are presumed to have died as a result of the grounding and sinking. The ferry was not equipped with a voyage data recorder (VDR), so conversations on the bridge were not recorded. There were two persons on the bridge at the time: the fourth officer and the helmsman. The second officer was on duty, but down below in the officers’ lounge at the time. In its investigation, the TSB recommended that large Canadian passenger ferries be required to install VDRs and that those ferries conduct regular fire and boat drills, including passenger counts. Those remedial measures have now been instituted.

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March 21st, 2017 at 10:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 March 2017

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season;

Senate – hearing re state of Coast Guard; and

Denmark – autonomous ships.

March 21, 2017

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St. Lawrence Seaway – 2017 navigation season

clip_image004 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a news release stating that 2017 navigation season for the Saint Lawrence Seaway has opened. (3/20/17) [https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/st-lawrence-seaway-opens-59th-navigation-season].

Senate – hearing re state of Coast Guard

clip_image006 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation issued a notice stating that the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard will conduct a hearing entitled “State of the Coast Guard: Ensuring Military, National Security, and Enforcement Capability and Readiness” on 22 March. The witness will be Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, US Coast Guard. (3/20/17) [http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=361629E8-CB07-4567-96AD-4C4A7E16950A].

Denmark – autonomous ships

clip_image008 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release discussing research into autonomous ships. (3/20/17) [http://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/Blue-Denmark-zooms-in-on-autonomous-ships.aspx].

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March 20th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 March 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – fishing vessel master pleads guilty to waste discharge;

BSEE – strategic organizational assessment;

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale;

House – bill introduced re Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs; and

House – bill introduced re maritime security training.

March 20, 2017

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DOJ – fishing vessel captain pleads guilty to waste discharge

clip_image004 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the captain of a fishing vessel pleaded guilty in federal court to discharging oily waste directly into the ocean and to conspiracy. (3/17/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/captain-fishing-vessel-pleads-guilty-discharging-waste-ocean].

BSEE – strategic organizational assessment

clip_image006 The National Academy of Public Administration issued a strategic organizational assessment of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). (3/17/17) [http://www.napawash.org/2017/1934-bureau-of-safety-and-environmental-enforcement-strategic-organizational-assessment.html].

Offshore North Carolina – wind energy lease sale

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the lease sale of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk has been completed. (3/16/17) [https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auctions-over-122000-acres-offshore-kitty-hawk-north-carolina-wind].

House – bill introduced re Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs

clip_image010 Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced a bill (H.R. 1559) to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs, and for other purposes. Representative Sensenbrenner issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/16/17) [http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398157].

House – bill introduced re maritime security training

clip_image010[1] Representative Ruiz (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 1619) to authorize assistance and training to increase maritime security and domain awareness of foreign countries bordering the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, or the Mediterranean Sea in order to deter and counter illicit smuggling and related maritime activity by Iran, including illicit Iranian weapons shipments. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/17/17).

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March 17th, 2017 at 10:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 March 2017

Headlines:

DHS – budget summary;

USCG – State of Today’s Coast Guard;

USCG – polar icebreaker returns from Antarctic;

USCG – cybersecurity guidance;

NTSB – conference on managing fatigue;

NTSB – Chairmanship change;

MMC – meeting on 5-7 April;

Senate – bill introduced re Chinese sanctions;

Panama Canal – vessel scheduling system;

Somalia – tanker and crew are safe;

Vernal equinox – 20 March 2017; and

St. Patrick’s Day – green beer all around.

March 17, 2017

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DHS – budget summary

clip_image004 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release summarizing President Trump’s budget proposal as it relates to the Department and its components. It indicates that, among other things, the Coast Guard budget will be sustained at current levels. (3/16/17) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/16/administrations-fiscal-years-2017-budget-amendment-and-2018-budget-requests-advance].

USCG – State of Today’s Coast Guard

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing Admiral Paul Zukunft’s view on the State of the Today’s Coast Guard. (3/16/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/the-state-of-todays-coast-guard/].

USCG – polar icebreaker returns from Antarctic

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the polar icebreaker Polar Star is returning to its Seattle homeport following successful completion of its Antarctic mission, supporting Operation Deep Freeze 2017. (3/16/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18de006].

USCG – cybersecurity guidance

clip_image007 The Eighth Coast Guard District issued Cybersecurity Guidance for FSO/CSO/OGAs to provide further understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to the maritime nexus. (3/6/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/FSO_CSO_Cybersecurity_Guide.pdf].

NTSB – conference on managing fatigue

clip_image009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that the agency will participate in the International Conference on Managing Fatigue, to be held on 20-23 March in San Diego. (3/16/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20170316b.aspx].

NTSB – Chairmanship change

clip_image009[1] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that President Trump has designated Commissioner Bella Dinh-Zarr as Chairman, replacing Commissioner Christopher A. Hart. (3/16/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20170316.aspx].

MMC – meeting on 5-7 April

clip_image011 The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) will meet on 5-7 April in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. The agenda will include pinniped and large whale scientific and policy issues in the Northeast. 82 Fed. Reg. 14234 (3/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-17/pdf/2017-05317.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re Chinese sanctions

clip_image013 Senator Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill (S. 659) to impose sanctions with respect to the People’s Republic of China in relation to activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Rubio issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/15/17) [http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=643BAF13-9F8D-470D-BB66-86057B828A80].

Panama Canal – vessel scheduling system

clip_image015 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a press release stating that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize the overall efficiency and reliability of services. (3/15/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2017/03/15/pr618.html].

Somalia – tanker and crew are safe

clip_image017 The EU Naval Force issued a press release confirming that the armed men who allegedly pirated the oil tanker Aris 13 have departed the vessel, which is now underway to a safe port. The crew is unharmed. (3/17/17) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-naval-force-somalia-confirms-fuel-tanker-aris-13-and-crew-are-safe-and-on-their-way-to-safe-port-after-armed-pirates-depart-ship/].

Vernal equinox – 20 March 2017

clip_image019 If things are sufficiently quiet (specifically at 1029 UTC, 20 March 2017), you may hear the crash when the sun trips over the equator as it slides north. This marks the commencement of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the commencement of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

St. Patrick’s Day – green beer all around

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 March 2017

Headlines:

USCG & NTSB – MV Caribbean Fantasy formal investigation;

Jacksonville – RNA established;

USCG – to present at oil spill conference;

Senate – bill introduced re Maritime Washington Heritage Area;

Australia – exploding headphone;

Somalia – tanker pirated;

UK – maritime & shipping statistics;

AMOCO CADIZ oil spill – 16 March 1978; and

MREN – cabotage rule change proposed.

March 16, 2017

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USCG & NTSB – MV Caribbean Fantasy formal investigation

clip_image004 clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a District Formal Investigation Hearing will be held in San Juan on 20-28 March to examine the circumstances surrounding the marine casualty involving the passenger/cargo ship Caribbean Fantasy on 17 August 2016 and the rescue of its 511 passengers and crew. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has joined the hearing to avoid duplicating the development of facts. (3/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18da1ae].

Jacksonville – RNA established

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) covering the St. Marys Entrance Channel, portions of the Cumberland Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean out to twelve nautical miles that will be in effect whenever any Navy submarine (foreign or domestic) is escorted by the Coast Guard within the Sector Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. The rule enters into effect on 17 April. 82 Fed. Reg. 13965 (3/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-16/pdf/2017-05229.pdf].

USCG – to present at oil spill conference

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin stating that it will present on a number of topics related to oil spill response at the upcoming International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach on 15-18 May. (3/15/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/15/3152017-coast-guard-to-present-at-iosc/].

Senate – bill introduced re Maritime Washington Heritage Area

clip_image008 Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 627) to establish the Maritime Washington Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (3/14/17).

Australia – exploding headphone

clip_image010 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a news release stating that, on a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a passenger was listening to music using a pair of her own battery-operated headphones. One of the batteries apparently exploded and the passenger suffered ear, face, and hair burns. (3/14/17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/newsroom/news-items/2017/battery-explosion-mid-flight/]. Note: While not maritime, this type of incident could also occur at sea. There is no mention of what song the passenger was listening to – probably heavy metal.

Somalia – tanker pirated

clip_image012 The EU Naval Force issued a press release confirming that the oil tanker Aris 13 has been pirated off the north coast of Somalia. The tanker’s master confirmed that armed men are on the vessel and are demanding a ransom for release of the tanker and its crew. (3/14/17) [].

UK – maritime & shipping statistics

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted its collection of maritime and shipping statistics. (3/15/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/maritime-and-shipping-statistics].

AMOCO CADIZ oil spill – 16 March 1978

clip_image016 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.

MREN – Cabotage rule change proposed

clip_image018 In the March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Cabotage rule change proposed. The article discusses the change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the 18 January edition of its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter. Reversing a 40-year practice, the change would prohibit use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment; valves and valve guards; damaged pipelines; platform repair material; and similar items from a US point to another US point. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 April. I am disturbed by the use of the CBP newsletter to announce this significant proposed change rather than the Federal Register, which is the official method for an agency to communicate with the public and the regulated community. (3/14/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170300.pdf]. Note: At the request of a long-suffering reader, I am reporting this item with a link to the proposed CBP ruling. [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Misc/Proposed_ruling_170118.pdf].

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March 15th, 2017 at 10:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 March 2017

Headlines:

White House – reorganizing the Executive Branch;

DOJ – retired USN flag officer and others indicted;

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates;

TSAC – meeting on 11-12 April;

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility;

St. Lawrence Seaway – SLSMC billing process;

California – SLC meeting on 23 March;

Indian Ocean – hijacking by pirates; and

MREN – Cabotage rule change proposed.

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White House – reorganizing the Executive Branch

clip_image004 President Trump issued an Executive Order ordering the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs. (3/13/17) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/13/presidential-executive-order-comprehensive-plan-reorganizing-executive].

DOJ – retired USN flag officer and others indicted

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a retired US Navy rear admiral and eight other naval officers have been indicted for trading classified information for bribes, including the services of prostitutes. (3/14/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-navy-admiral-and-eight-other-officers-indicted-trading-classified-information-massive].

USCG – Great Lakes Pilotage rates

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the 2016 rates for Great Lakes Pilotage (GLP) will remain in effect while the agency works to finalize the 19 October 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking. (3/14/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/14/3142017-update-on-annual-glp-rates/].

TSAC – meeting on 11-12 April

clip_image008[1] The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 11-12 April in Memphis. Topics on the agenda include: articulated tug/barge operations and manning; electronic charting systems; Subchapter M implementation; inland firefighting; and towing LNG barges. 82 Fed. Reg. 13828 (3/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-15/pdf/2017-05179.pdf].

DOT – GPS adjacent band compatibility

clip_image010 The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice stating that Global Positioning System Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Workshop VI will be held on 30 March in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the results from testing of various categories of GPS/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers. 82 Fed. Reg. 13924 (3/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-15/pdf/2017-05121.pdf].

St. Lawrence Seaway – SLSMC billing process

clip_image012 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued an Advisory stating with the opening of the 2017 navigation season the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada (SLSMC) has implemented a new process for billing and pre-clearance. All pre-clearance and transit declaration forms must be completed and submitted using online forms. (3/13/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/customer-advisories/advisories/ca20170313.html].

California – SLC meeting on 23 March

clip_image014 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice stating that on 23 March in Wilmington it will conduct a Customer Service Meeting and a Marine Invasive Species Program Workshop. (3/9/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP/SoCalCustSvcMtgLtrandAgenda.pdf].

Indian Ocean – hijacking by pirates

clip_image016 The UK Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) issued an advisory stating that a motor vessel has been hijacked in position 1158N 05045E, off the North East coast of Puntland Somalia. (3/14/17) [https://www.ukmto.org/indian-ocean]. Note: Unofficial reports indicate that the vessel is the small oil tanker Aris 13 en route from Djibouti to Mogadishu.

MREN – Cabotage rule change proposed

clip_image018 In the March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled Cabotage rule change proposed. The article discusses the change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the 18 January edition of its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter. Reversing a 40-year practice, the change would prohibit use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment; valves and valve guards; damaged pipelines; platform repair material; and similar items from a US point to another US point. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 April. I am disturbed by the use of the CBP newsletter to announce this significant proposed change rather than the Federal Register, which is the official method for an agency to communicate with the public and the regulated community. (3/14/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN170300.pdf].

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March 14th, 2017 at 11:27 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 March 2017

Headlines:

Red Sea – mine detonation;

FMC – regulatory reform task force;

USCG – towing vessel inspection;

USCG – tankerman PIC for towing vessels;

USCG – BWMS type approval certificates;

USCG – PWSRCAC recertified;

Lake Superior – icebreaking;

Arctic – sea ice at February record low;

House – bill introduced re anchorages; and

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

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Red Sea – mine detonation

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an Alert stating that a Yemeni Coast Guard vessel was damaged by a mine in Yemeni territorial waters in the Red Sea in the vicinity of Al Mocha.  Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area.  (3/10/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/23275/].

FMC – regulatory reform task force

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it has established a regulatory reform task force to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied. (3/13/17) [http://www.fmc.gov/fmc_establishes_regulatory_reform_task_force/].

USCG – towing vessel inspection

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter identifying the circumstances in which an uninspected towing vessel (UTV) decal may be used to meet certain requirements regarding issuance of the initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) under Subchapter M. CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-01 (3/10/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/CVC/CG-CVC_pol17-01.pdf].

USCG – tankerman PIC for towing vessels

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance for issuing Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsements of Tankerman Person In Charge (PIC) Restricted to Fuel Transfers on Towing Vessels. CG-MMC Policy Letter 01-17 (3/10/17) [https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc4/MMCpolicy/CG-MMC_pol01-17.pdf].

USCG – BWMS type approval certificates

clip_image009[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that, in response to widespread interest from the maritime industry, the Coast Guard will post copies of ballast water management system type approval certificates on its ballast water portal. The Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange remains the official site of available type approved equipment.  However, the copy on the portal allows viewing of the certificate in its entirety, including appendices.  Any inquiries regarding BWMS equipment and operating limitations should be directed to the manufacturer. (3/13/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/13/3132017-bwms-type-approval-certificates-available-online/].

USCG – PWSRCAC recertified

clip_image009[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) has been recertified. 82 Fed. Reg. 13643 (3/14/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-14/pdf/2017-04987.pdf].

Lake Superior – icebreaking

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that icebreaking operations are about to commence in the vicinity of Duluth-Superior of Lake Superior. Regional ice is not as expansive (3/10/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/18d18f2].

Arctic – sea ice at February record low

clip_image011 The National Snow and ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice extent for February 2017 averaged 14.28 million square kilometers (5.51 million square miles), the lowest February extent in the 38-year satellite record. This is 40,000 square kilometers (15,400 square miles) below February 2016, the previous lowest extent for the month, and 1.18 million square kilometers (455,600 square miles) below the February 1981 to 2010 long term average. (3/6/17) [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/].

House – bill introduced re anchorages

clip_image013 Representative Maloney (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 1504) to amend the Act popularly known as the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1915 to prohibit the establishment of certain anchorage grounds within five miles of a nuclear power plant, a location on the national register of historic places, a superfund site, or critical habitat of an endangered species, and for other purposes. (3/10/17).

ADM John Byng, RN, executed – 14 March 1757

clip_image014 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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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 March 2017

Headlines:

St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Notices;

Senate – opposition to USCG budget cut;

State Court – punitive damages for unseaworthiness;

ReCAAP – Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference;

New Zealand – biofouling ejection;

UK – Marine Navigation Act assessment; and

Daylight saving time.

March 13, 2017

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St. Lawrence Seaway – Seaway Notices

clip_image004 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System posted its usual series of Seaway Notices in anticipation of the scheduled 20 March opening of the 2017 navigation season. (3/10/17) [http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/news/notices/seaway/index.html].

Senate – opposition to USCG budget cut

clip_image006 Twenty-three Senators have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) registering their opposition to the proposed $1.3 billion reduction to the Coast Guard’s FY 2018 Presidential budget request. (3/8/17) [https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/03082017%20Letter%20to%20OMB%20Director%20Mulvaney,%20CG%20FY18.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Kim Hall of Brizo Maritime Consulting.

State court – punitive damages for unseaworthiness

clip_image008 In an en banc decision, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington ruled that seamen are entitled to seek punitive damages when their alleged injuries are due in part to an unseaworthy condition on their vessel in circumstances indicating at least recklessness on the part of the vessel owner. The court noted that unseaworthiness actions arise in common law and that punitive damages are available in common law. There is no US Supreme Court decision on point and the court declined to follow federal appellate decisions to the contrary. Tabingo v. American Triumph LLC, No. 92913-1 (Wash., March 9, 2017) [https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/929131.pdf]. Note: This decision was brought to my attention by my friend Rivers Black of Nicoll Black & Feig.

ReCAAP – Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference

clip_image010 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a notice stating that the Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2017 will be held in Singapore on 27 April. (3/10/17) [http://www.recaap.org/Portals/0/docs/Piracy%20and%20Sea%20Robbery%20Conference%202011/2017/ReCAAP%20ISC%20PSR%202017%20Programme%20(CAA%203%20Mar%2017).pdf].

New Zealand – biofouling ejection

clip_image012 The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries issued a media release stating that the bulk carrier DL Marigold was ordered to leave New Zealand waters and to have its hull thoroughly cleaned prior to re-entry. A dense coating of barnacles and tube worms was discovered on the hull and other underwater surfaces after the vessel arrived in Tauranga. (3/7/17) [http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/dirty-vessel-ordered-to-leave-new-zealand/]. Note: This is the first reported instance of ejection of a vessel from port for biofouling.

UK – Marine Navigation Act assessment

clip_image014 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted its Memorandum to the Transport Select Committee of Parliament comprising the Post Legislative Assessment of the Marine Navigation Act 2013. Among other things, the legislation amended other Acts relating to pilotage, harbor authorities, and the movement, mooring, manning, and equipment of ships. Comments received during the assessment were generally supportive, although a minority believed that the Act brought no obvious benefits. No stakeholders reported adverse impacts. (3/10/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/598025/post-legislative-assessment-of-the-mna-2013-memorandum-to-the-tsc-web-version.pdf].

Daylight saving time

clip_image016 Long-suffering readers are reminded that at 0200 local time, Sunday, 12 March 2017, most of the United States and Canada, plus Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti, implemented daylight saving time (going from GMT-5 to GMT-4 for the Eastern Time Zone). European nations and some others in the northern hemisphere implement daylight savings time on the last Sunday in March. It is unclear why we don’t utilize daylight saving time year-round. It is also unclear how changing the clock actually saves any daylight. There are mysteries not disclosed to mere mortals.

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