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May 25th, 2018 at 7:39 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 May 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – digest re sinking of El Faro;

NTSB – insufficient mooring arrangement;

USCG – BWMS website updates;

USCG – GMDSS to expand to polar regions;

FMC – information sought on PierPass amendment;

MARAD – USMMA Superintendent transferring to HQ;

MTSNAC – meeting on 11 June;

DOJ – ocean pollution consent decree;

House – bill introduced re TWIC readers;

House – bill introduced to require TWIC testing; and

Australia – loss of propulsion.

May 25, 2018

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NTSB – digest re sinking of El Faro

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a16-page illustrated digest summarizing the critical events and decisions that led to the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of El Faro and the loss of all 33 crewmembers. The digest also synopsizes the more than 60 recommendations issued throughout the NTSB’s investigation of the sinking. The infographics and summary make for an easy-to-read digest, compared with the thousands of pages that comprise the NTSB’s final report and associated investigative documents, while still imparting potentially lifesaving information to our stakeholders.  While the full accident report, available at www.ntsb.gov, remains the agency’s definitive document on our investigation of the sinking, this digest provides an overview of this landmark marine accident, and a review of what government and industry can do to prevent such an accident from happening again. (5/24/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/SPC1801.pdf].

NTSB – insufficient mooring arrangement

clip_image007 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 7 June 2017 incident in which the unmanned crane barge Troy McKinney broke free from its mooring and struck overhead power lines crossing the Harvey Canal in Harvey, Louisiana. No pollution or injuries were reported. Damage to the crane barge was negligible, but damage to the power lines totaled about $440,000. The probable cause of the incident was the barge’s insufficient mooring arrangement, which did not prevent the barge from excessive movement and breaking away. MAB 18-10 (5/24/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1810.pdf].

USCG – BWMS website updates

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the Marine Safety Center (MSC) recently updated two tools on its ballast water management system (BWMS) website. New checklist items have been added to the BWMS Type Approval Review Checklist. In addition, the Letters of Intent Register has been updated to include both the system name and the manufacturer’s name. (5/24/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/24/5-24-2018-latest-updates-to-marine-safety-centers-ballast-water-management-system-website/].

USCG – GMDSS to expand to polar regions

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the IMO has recognized satellite communications company Iridium as the second service provider for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) will work with Iridium to finalize details of the Service Provider Agreement and address implementation details. Service is expected to begin by 1 January 2020 and will provide global coverage that includes both polar regions. (5/24/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/24/5-24-2018-u-s-based-iridium-to-expand-gmdss-to-polar-regions/].

FMC – information sought on PierPass amendment

clip_image012 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners have voted to issue a Request for Additional Information (RFAI) in response to an amendment filed in April by the parties to the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA). The amendment would change the PierPass fee structure and use appointment systems for dray truckers serving facilities at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Once WCMTOA responds to the RFAI, the Commission will have 45 days to analyze the amendment. (5/24/18) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_wants_more_information_on_pierpass_amendment/].

MARAD – USMMA Superintendent transferring to HQ

clip_image014 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that RADM James Helis, Superintendent, US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is transferring to Washington, DC to serve as Special Assistant to the Administrator. (5/24/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/statement-from-the-maritime-administration/].

MTSNAC – meeting on 11 June

clip_image015 The Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will meet on 11 June in Washington, DC. 83 Fed. Reg. 24389 (5/25/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-25/pdf/2018-11254.pdf].

DOJ – ocean pollution consent decree

clip_image017 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that two Honolulu-based fishing companies, managers, and operators have entered into a consent decree to perform corrective measures and pay civil penalties to address claims stemming from numerous discharges of oily bilge water from their vessels. (5/24/18) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/hawaiian-fishing-companies-managers-and-operators-will-perform-corrective-measures-and-pay].

House – bill introduced re TWIC readers

clip_image019 Representative Katko (R-NY) introduced the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (H.R. 5729) to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. (5/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5729ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5729ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced to require TWIC testing

clip_image019[1] Representative Katko (R-NY) introduced the Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 5730) to require testing and evaluation of advanced transportation security screening technologies related to the mission of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purpose. (5/9/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5730ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5730ih.pdf].

Australia – loss of propulsion

clip_image021 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the loss of propulsion on the passenger cruise ship Norwegian Star in Bass Strait on 10 February 2017. The starboard propulsion unit had been recently repaired. The port propulsion unit was inoperative. The ship departed Melbourne on a cruise to New Zealand. Shortly after departure, the starboard propulsion unit failed and the ship had to be towed back to port. Investigation revealed that the unit failed due to an error in the design of the modification made as part of the repair. MO-2017-003 (5/24/18) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5774327/329-mo-2017-003-final.pdf].

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May 24th, 2018 at 10:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 24 May 2018

Headlines:

USCG – performing inspections also performed by ROs;

USCG – updated Subchapter M FAQs;

FEMA – PSGP Grant Opportunity;

USN – celebrating National Maritime Day;

Senate – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil and LNG;

House – bill introduced to outlaw OPEC;

Canada – 2018 Pilotage Act Review; and

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May 24, 2018

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USCG – performing inspections also performed by ROs

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued guidance to USCG marine inspectors performing inspections on US-flag vessels where certain delegated functions are also performed by Recognized Organizations (ROs). This guidance formalizes a process, known as a Quality Case, for the Coast Guard to request an internal investigation or root cause analysis when objective evidence indicates that a potential failure or lack of effectiveness of the Recognized Organization’s Quality Management System resulted in the unsatisfactory execution of delegated function(s). CVC-WI-005(1) (5/23/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/CVC_MMS/CVC-WI-005(1).pdf].

USCG – updated Subchapter M FAQs

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin containing updated Subchapter M frequently asked questions (FAQ). (5/23/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/23/5-23-2018-updated-subchapter-m-faqs-now-available/].

FEMA – PSGP Grant Opportunity

clip_image008 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) Grant Opportunity. Applications must be received by 20 June. (5/23/18) [https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=PSGP].

USN – celebrating National Maritime Day

clip_image010 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in Norfolk joined the maritime industry to celebrate National Maritime Day recognizing the service and sacrifice of US Merchant Mariners. (5/23/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105721].

Senate – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil and LNG

clip_image012 Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 2916) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/22/18)[ https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=B1A381F6-A677-4AB7-9B2F-F157EF58E421].

House – bill introduced to outlaw OPEC

clip_image014 Representative Chabot (R-OH) introduced a bill (H.R. 5904) to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/22/18).

Canada – 2018 Pilotage Act Review

clip_image016 Transport Canada posted the 147-page 2018 Pilotage Act Review. (5/22/18) [http://www.tc.gc.ca/documents/17308_TC_Pilotage_Act_Review_v7_FINAL.pdf].

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May 23rd, 2018 at 10:17 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 23 May 2018

Headlines:

DOE – application to export LNG;

Newport News, VA – proposed restricted areas;

Little Creek, VA – proposed restricted area;

ITC – submarine communication systems;

New York Bight – wind energy development;

Senate – bill introduced re export of crude oil and LNG;

House – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil and LNG;

India – coastal movement of containers; and

Singapore – smoke emissions by vessels in port.

May 23, 2018

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DOE – application to export LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice stating that it received an application from Freeport LNG Expansion, LP requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Comments must be received by 23 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 23909 (5/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-11013.pdf].

Newport News, VA – proposed restricted areas

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish restricted areas and danger zones in the waters of the James River, Skiffes Creek, and Warwick Rive at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Comments must be submitted by 22 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 23864 (5/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-11016.pdf].

Little Creek, VA – proposed restricted area

clip_image009 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a restricted area in waters of Fisherman’s Cove and Little Creek Harbor at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. Comments must be submitted by 22 June. 83 Fed. Reg. 23867 (5/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-11017.pdf].

ITC – submarine telecommunication systems

clip_image011 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice stating that it has opened an investigation into alleged patent infringement regarding certain submarine telecommunication systems and components thereof. 83 Fed. Reg. 23936 (5/23/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-11008.pdf].

New York Bight – wind energy development

clip_image013 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the period within which to submit comments on offshore wind energy development within the New York Bight region has been extended to30 July. (5/22/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note05222018/].

Senate – bill introduced re export of crude oil and LNG

clip_image015 Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill (S. 2886) to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to reinstate the ban on the export of crude oil and natural gas produced in the United States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/21/18).

House – bill introduced re carriage of crude oil and LNG

clip_image017 Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5893) to require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/22/18).

India – coastal movement of containers

clip_image019 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued an Order relaxing the restrictions on the coastal movement of EXIM transshipment containers and empty containers. (5/21/18) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201805220358231235315GeneralorderNo1of2018-Relaxation_sd.pdf].

Singapore – smoke emissions by vessels in port

clip_image021 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular concerning smoke emissions by vessels in port. Port Marine Circular 5-2018 (5/22/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/6b8b3ece-ff98-4bb4-88ae-d3246e5dbd3b].

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May 22nd, 2018 at 10:37 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 22 May 2018

Headlines:

White House – National Maritime Day;

White House – National Safe Boating Week;

FEMA – $100 million for PSGP;

FEMA – guidance re cybersecurity investments;

USCG – meeting on 13 June re IMO TC 68 and C 120;

Hawaii – lava flow dangers;

BOEM – offshore renewable energy leasing;

Denmark – new ship routes; and

Malta – removal of grounded vessel.

May 22, 2018

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White House – National Maritime Day

clip_image006 clip_image008 clip_image010 The White House issued a Proclamation signed by President Obama designating May 22, 2018 as National Maritime Day in recognition of the many services performed by the US merchant marine. All ships sailing under the American flag are requested to dress ship. [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-22-2018-national-maritime-day/]. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) also issued a news release concerning the national celebration event being held in Washington, DC to honor merchant mariners and the maritime industry. [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/event/2018/2018-national-maritime-day-2/] (5/21/18).

White House – National Safe Boating Week

clip_image011 President Trump issued a Proclamation designating the week of 19-25 May 2018 as National Safe Boating Week. (5/18/19) [https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-19-may-25-2018-national-safe-boating-week/].

FEMA – $100 million for PSGP

clip_image013 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin announcing the FY 2018 notices of funding opportunity for preparedness grants, including $100 million for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). (5/21/18) [https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1526583583711-cfe0c3433555e90ba502b5f48c3bfc3b/IB_FY_2018_Prep_Grants_NOFO_Release_Final_508_Compliant.pdf].

FEMA – guidance re cybersecurity investments

clip_image013[1] The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin to provide supplemental guidance to inform cybersecurity investments under the FY 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program. (5/21/18) [https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1526922815455-2896d7e92f04d3a897ed045357d38455/Cybersecurity_FY18_NOFO_Supplement__FINAL_508_5_21_18.pdf].

USCG – meeting on 13 June re IMO TC 68 and C 120

clip_image015 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that a public meeting will be held on 13 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming sessions of the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee (TC 68) and Council (C 120). 83 Fed. Reg. 23700 (5/22/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-22/pdf/2018-10898.pdf].

Hawaii – lava flow dangers

clip_image016 The US Coast Guard issued a news release warning of the hazards of approaching waters near where lave is entering the Pacific Ocean from the Mount Kilauea volcano. (5/20/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f17178].

BOEM – offshore renewable energy leasing

clip_image018 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that the period within which to submit comments on its proposed path forward for offshore renewable energy leasing in the Atlantic has been extended to 5 July. (5/18/18) [https://www.boem.gov/note05182018/].

Denmark – new ship routes

clip_image020 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that it is making preparations, in coordination with Sweden, to implement new ship routes through the Kattegat and Skagerrak now that the IMO has approved the concept. The new routes will be in place from 1 July 2020. (5/18/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/New_ship_routes_will_support_safe_navigation_in_Danish_waters.aspx].

Malta – removal of grounded vessel

clip_image022 Transport Malta issued a press release stating that removal of the grounded vessel Hephaestus will commence on 21 May. The vessel grounded during a storm on 10 February. (5/18/18) [http://www.transport.gov.mt/news/press-release-18-may-2018-removal-of-the-grounded-vessel-will-commence-on-monday].

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May 21st, 2018 at 10:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 21 May 2018

Headlines:

NTSB – meeting on 5 June re Caribbean Fantasy;

USCG & EPA – meeting on 5 June re sulfur cap;

USCG – first West Coast Subchapter M COI;

Long Island Sound – large whale stranding response;

MARAD – worldwide measles outbreak;

MARAD – NDRF Industry Day on 22 May;

Senate – bill introduced re water development;

House – bill introduced re rivers and harbors;

House – bill introduced re sexual assault/harassment;

House – bill introduced re maritime border threat analysis;

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners; and

GAO – Homeland Security acquisitions.

May 21, 2018

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NTSB – meeting on 5 June re Caribbean Fantasy

clip_image006 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that the Board will meet on 5 June in Washington, DC to consider the marine accident report concerning the 17 August 2016 fire onboard the ro-ro passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy off San Juan. 83 Fed. Reg. 23492 (5/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-21/pdf/2018-10865.pdf].

USCG & EPA – meeting on 5 June re sulfur cap

clip_image008 clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a public workshop on 5 June in Washington, DC in preparation for the upcoming session of the IMO working group on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex IV (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap). 83 Fed. Reg. 23476 (5/21/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-21/pdf/2018-10696.pdf].

USCG – first West Coast Subchapter M COI

clip_image011 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the first Subchapter M Certificate of Inspection (COI) on the West Coast has been issued to the Tidewater Barge Line’s Crown Point of Vancouver, Washington. (5/18/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f11f6f].

Long Island Sound – large whale stranding response

clip_image008[1] clip_image013 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) entered into the Long Island Sound Large Whale Response Plan to coordinate response to stranding of large whales. (5/18/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f1274e].

MARAD – worldwide measles outbreak

clip_image015 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an advisory stating that a Travel Health Alert Notice has been issued regarding an outbreak of measles in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. International travelers should ensure that their vaccines are up to date. Advisory 2018-008 (5/18/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/advisory/2018/27724/].

MARAD – NDRF Industry Day on 22 May

clip_image016 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) Industry Day will be held in Washington, DC on 22 May. (5/18/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/ships-and-shipping/strategic-sealift/marad-national-defense-reserve-fleet-industry-day/].

Senate – bill introduced re water development

clip_image018 Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 2800) to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes. (5/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2800is/pdf/BILLS-115s2800is.pdf].

House – bill introduced re rivers and harbors

clip_image020 Representative Shuster (R-PA) introduced the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (H.R. 8) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes. (5/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr8ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr8ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re sexual assault/harassment

clip_image020[1] Representative DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill (H.R. 5857) to protect transportation personnel and passengers from sexual assault and harassment, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative DeFazio issued a press release explaining the measure. (5/17/18) [https://defazio.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/peter-defazio-introduces-legislation-addressing-sexual-assault-and].

House – bill introduced re maritime border threat analysis

clip_image021 Commissioner Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) introduced a bill (H.R. 5869) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a maritime border threat analysis, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/17/18).

House – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image021[1] Representative Garamendi (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 5849) to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States merchant mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. (5/18/18).

GAO – Homeland Security acquisitions

clip_image023 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Homeland Security acquisitions. It recommends that DHS update its acquisition policy to require certification of fund memoranda when programs re-baseline as a result of breach and assess programs’ post-implementation reviews to improve performance across the acquisition portfolio. GAO-18-339SP (5/17/18) [https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691817.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 18 May 2018

Headlines:

USCG – offshore safety;

USCG – NAVSAC members sought;

FMC – complaint alleging misdelivery;

Nashville – allision with railroad bridge;

Canada – safer navigation & emergency response;

China – caution re fishing vessel areas;

Panama Canal – Port of Balboa; and

Panama Canal – BAPLIE filings for full container vessels.

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USCG – offshore safety

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the recent Center for Offshore Safety panel discussion on Safety, Safety Management, and Future Regulatory Activity. (5/17/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/17/5-17-2018-recap-of-center-for-offshore-safetys-panel-session-with-assistant-commandant-for-prevention-policy-and-bsee-director/].

USCG – NAVSAC members sought

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC). Applications should be submitted by 17 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 23285 (5/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-18/pdf/2018-10618.pdf].

FMC – complaint alleging misdelivery

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a complaint by JC Horizon Ltd against China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd. It alleges that respondent unloaded complainant’s cargo in the wrong port and then charged demurrage. 83 Fed. Reg. 23275 (5/18/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-18/pdf/2018-10662.pdf].

Nashville – allision with railroad bridge

clip_image010 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the 11 March 2017 allision involving the towing vessel Steve Plummer. The towboat was pushing three loaded barges on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. As the tow passed beneath the CSX Railroad Bridge at mile 190.4, the second and third barges allided with the bridge’s upstream guard pier. No injuries or pollution resulted from the accident; however, the two barges sustained damage and the guard pier was destroyed in the allision. ​The probable cause of the Steve Plummer tow’s allision with the CSX Railroad Bridge was the pilot’s decision to tow three loaded barges during rising river conditions with swift currents, which overwhelmed his ability to maneuver the tow through the bridge. MAB 18-09 (5/17/18) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1809.pdf].

Canada – safer navigation & emergency response

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing new measures for safer maritime navigation and emergency response. (5/16/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/05/government-of-canada-introduces-new-measures-and-enters-into-new-partnerships-for-safer-maritime-navigation-and-emergency-response-through-the-ocea.html].

China – caution re fishing vessel areas

clip_image014 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular urging caution when navigating through fishing vessel areas in the coastal waters off Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, China. Shipping Circular 7-2018 (5/17/18) [https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/cc0fa49f-4e63-46ef-b7dc-31045886df2c].

Panama Canal – Port of Balboa

clip_image016 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory concerning the surveyed depths and maximum allowable drafts in the Port of Balboa. Advisory 16-2018 (5/16/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-16-2018.pdf].

Panama Canal – BAPLIE filings for full container vessels

clip_image016[1] The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing modifications to the bay plan/stowage plan for occupied and empty locations (BAPLIE) filing requirements for full container vessels utilizing the Canal. Advisory 15-2018 (5/16/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-15-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 May 2018

Headlines:

OMB – maritime sector regulatory costs;

DOS – meeting on 28 June re HTW 5;

Senate – bill introduced to improve drug testing; and

New Zealand – failure to keep a proper lookout.

May 17, 2018

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OMB – maritime sector regulatory costs

clip_image004 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on how the federal government may prudently manage regulatory costs imposed on the maritime sector. Comments should be submitted by 16 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 22993 (5/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-17/pdf/2018-10539.pdf].

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DOS – meeting on 28 June re HTW 5

clip_image008 The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on28 June in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training, and Watch Keeping (HTW 5). Topics on the agenda include fatigue, fires on ro-ro spaces, and low-flashpoint fuels. 83 Fed. Reg. 23036 (5/17/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-17/pdf/2018-10480.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to improve drug testing

clip_image010 Senator Thune (R-SD) introduced a bill (S. 2848) to improve Department of Transportation controlled substances and alcohol testing, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (5/15/18).

New Zealand – failure to keep a proper lookout

clip_image012 Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that the master of an Auckland ferry was fined $2,000 following a collision resulting from his failure to keep a proper lookout. The collision with a recreational vessel occurred on a still night with a lot of light reflection on the water. (5/16/18) [https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2018/20180516a.asp].

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Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter – 16 May 2018

Headlines:

Treasury – international boycott countries;

House – bill introduced re navigation facilities;

Court – LHWCA situs test;

Court – quantum meruit;

EUNAVFOR – IMO briefing re Operation Atalanta;

Arctic Council – Arctic Shipping Forum;

Malta – unsuitable scale of digital chart; and

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft.

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Treasury – international boycott countries

clip_image004 The Department of the Treasury issued its annual list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The list consists of Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 83 Fed. Reg. 22751 (5/16/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-16/pdf/2018-10373.pdf].

House – bill introduced re navigation facilities

clip_image006 Representative Bustos (D-IL) introduced the Navigation Workers Protection Act of 2018 (H.R. 5688) to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 relating to the operation and maintenance of navigation facilities, and for other purposes. (5/7/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5688ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr5688ih.pdf].

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Court – LHWCA situs test

clip_image010 In a brief unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a truck driver’s injury at a mixed-use site located near but outside the port was not covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) because the site was too attenuated to meet the statute’s site test. Ahmed v. Western Ports Transportation, No. 16-73676 (9th Cir., May 14, 2018) [https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2018/05/14/16-73676.pdf].

Court – quantum meruit

clip_image012 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit applied state quantum meruit principles to affirm that the company that supplied bunkers to a merchant vessel is entitled to recover the value of the bunkers even though the vessel owner had previously paid a now-bankrupt intermediary. Martin Energy Services v. MV Bravante IX, No. 17-10899 (11th Cir., May 10, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201710899.pdf]. Note: One of my long-suffering readers pointed out that the vessel owner did not pay anything to the OWB entities.   It only paid the interpleader deposit which was claimed by the bunker supplier, Martin, and by ING Bank, the alleged assignee to the OWB entities’ claims against the vessel owner.

EUNAVFOR – IMO briefing re Operation Atalanta

clip_image014 The EUNAVFOR issued a press release stating that it briefed the IMO on its counter-piracy Operation Atalanta. The discussion was broad-ranging in nature, covering the military assessment of the Somali piracy threat, Somalia capacity-building progress, and the range of maritime security threats facing international shipping in the Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Western Indian Ocean. (5/11/18) [http://eunavfor.eu/eu-navfor-and-imo-cooperation-and-coordination/].

Arctic Council – Arctic Shipping Forum

clip_image016 The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum is open to Arctic States, Permanent Participants, and Arctic Council Observers and select others. It has established a publicly accessible web-portal that can be used by those involved in Arctic marine operations to assist in implementation of the Polar Code. (5/15/18) [https://pame.is/arcticshippingforum].

Malta – unsuitable scale of digital chart

clip_image018 Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the bulk carrier Universal Durban on 13 May 2017 south of Palau Serasan, Indonesia. Investigation revealed that the scale of the digital chart in use on ECDIS was unsuitable for navigation in the area and the quality of data encoded within the composite data quality attribute was not within the thresholds defined by the category of zone of confidence. During passage planning, the proper navigational chart for transit through this area had accidently been deleted from the chart order. Report 10/2018 (5/14/18) [https://mtip.gov.mt/en/msiu/Documents/MV%20Universal%20Durban_Final%20Safety%20Investigation%20Report.pdf].

Panama Canal – maximum authorized draft

clip_image020 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that the maximum authorized draft for Neopanamax vessels will remain at 14.63 meters (48 feet) until further notice. Advisory 14-2018 (5/14/18) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2018/a-14-2018.pdf].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 May 2018

Headlines:

New York – tanker-fishing vessel collision;

Columbia River – mass casualty exercise;

NOAA – comments on Biological Opinion;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 6 June;

Court – quantum meruit;

IMO – autonomous ships;

Paris MOU – air emission Letters of Warning; and

Canada – National Trade Corridors Fund.

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New York – tanker-fishing vessel collision

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the loaded tankship Tofteviken and the fishing vessel Polaris collided off Bridgehampton, New York. Polaris suffered damage to its bow and outrigger. Tofteviken suffered a 30-foot gash along its portside hull. There were no reports of injury. Tofteviken has anchored awaiting survey. The incident is under investigation. (5/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f01f5a].

Columbia River – mass casualty exercise

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that federal, state, tribal and local agencies will conduct a mass rescue operation exercise along the Columbia River at The Dalles. The exercise will simulate a large passenger vessel casualty that causes mass injuries and forces passengers into the water without lifejackets. (5/14/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f019ad].

NOAA – comments on Biological Opinion

clip_image009 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended, until 23 July, the period within which to submit comments on its Biological Opinion on chlorpyrifos, diasinon, and malathion. 83 Fed. Reg. 22480 (5/15/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-15/pdf/2018-10346.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 6 June

clip_image011 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SDSDC) Advisory Board will meet on 6 June in Washington, DC. 83 Fed. Reg. 22578 (5/15/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-15/pdf/2018-10248.pdf].

Court – quantum meruit

clip_image013 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit applied state quantum meruit principles to affirm that the company that supplied bunkers to a merchant vessel is entitled to recover the value of the bunkers even though the vessel owner had previously paid a now-bankrupt intermediary. Martin Energy Services v. MV Bravante IX, No. 17-10899 (11th Cir., May 10, 2018) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201710899.pdf].

IMO – autonomous ships

clip_image015 The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued a news release stating that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee will take up the issue of regulation of autonomous ships at its upcoming meeting (MSC 99). (5/14/18) [https://www.dma.dk/Presse/Nyheder/Sider/IMO_to_pave_the_way_autonomous_ships.aspx].

Paris MOU – air emission Letters of Warning

clip_image017 The Paris MOU issued a news release stating that, starting 1 January and in an effort to encourage timely compliance with the planned improvements to air emission requirements, its member states will begin issuing Letters of Warning to ships not meeting those requirements. (5/14/18) [https://www.parismou.org/paris-mou-agrees-focus-prevention-air-pollution-ships].

Canada – National Trade Corridors Fund

clip_image019 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing the $2 billion National Trade Corridors Fund to improve, among other things, sea ports and intermodal facilities (5/12/18) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/05/national-trade-corridors-fund.html].

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Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 May 2018

Headlines:

USCG – rebroadcast of NGA navigational warnings;

USCG – bulk liquid transfer monitors;

USCG – Safety Alert re internal reporting systems;

USCG – FRP gratings;

USCG – application for BWMS type approval;

USCG – Jordan Cove LNG review completed;

Guantanamo Bay – servicing buoys;

DOE – California Maritime Academy prevails; and

NPS & MARAD – maritime heritage grants.

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USCG – rebroadcast of NGA navigational warnings

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard proposes to cease rebroadcasting HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Comments must be received by 13 July. 83 Fed. Reg. 22276 (5/14/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-14/pdf/2018-10215.pdf].

USCG – bulk liquid transfer monitors

clip_image006[1] The US Coast Guard promulgated the Regulated Bulk Liquid Transfer Monitors Manual. This manual expounds on the authority and jurisdiction used by Coast Guard personnel to conduct oil and hazardous material transfer monitors and to enforce compliance with facility and vessel pollution prevention regulations. COMDTINST M16455.11 (4/23/18) [https://media.defense.gov/2018/May/04/2001912396/-1/-1/0/CIM_16455_11.PDF].

USCG – Safety Alert re internal reporting systems

clip_image007 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding owners and operators of all commercial vessels of the importance of developing and maintaining organizational-wide internal reporting systems. The purpose of such a reporting system is to allow vessel employees at any level to anonymously report, when desired, issues related to vessel material safety, operational safety and environmental compliance. The reporting systems must operate with a non-retaliation policy, which explains that the organization will not retaliate against any employee who, in good faith, reports a potential violation. Reporting policy should dictate that all company officials know that any attempt at retaliation against an employee who uses the reporting system or engages in any kind of whistleblowing would result in immediate disciplinary action. Without such a policy, employees and others will likely be hesitant to report potential problems internally. This non-retaliation policy is critical if your reporting system is to be effective. Safety Alert 05-18 (5/10/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0518.pdf?ver=2018-05-11-143013-140].

USCG – FRP gratings

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter providing guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) gratings for use on inspected vessels, including offshore drilling units and floating production platforms. CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-18 (5/1/18) [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Design%20and%20Engineering%20Standards/Life%20Saving%20and%20Fire%20Safety/Docs/CG_ENG_01-18_FRP.pdf?ver=2018-05-10-135343-997].

USCG – application for BWMS type approval

clip_image009 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the fourteenth application for ballast water management system BWMS) type approval has been received for the OceanGuard Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Headway Technology Co., Ltd. (5/11/18) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/05/11/5-11-2018-14th-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – Jordan Cove LNG review completed

clip_image010 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it completed its review of the Waterway Suitability Assessment submitted by KSEAS Consulting on behalf of Jordan Cove LNG for the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal planned for construction and operation in Coos Bay, Oregon. The USCG Letter of Recommendation has been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). (5/11/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ef91ba].

Guantanamo Bay – servicing buoys

clip_image011 The US Navy issued a news release concerning the servicing of buoys in Guantanamo Bay by the crew of USCGC Willow (WLB 202). (5/11/18) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105552].

DOE – California Maritime Academy prevails

clip_image013 clip_image015 The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a news release stating that the California Maritime Academy won the third biennial collegiate wind competition, creating that best wind turbine design. (5/11/18) [https://www.energy.gov/articles/california-state-university-maritime-academy-blows-away-competition-3rd-biennial-collegiate].

NPS & MARAD – maritime heritage grants

clip_image017 clip_image019 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with MARAD, is awarding $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants. (5/11/18) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/newsroom/news_release/2018/national-park-service-and-maritime-administration-announce-2-6-million-in-maritime-heritage-preservation/].

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    logo11 Scrapping risks

    In the May 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Scrapping risks". The article discusses the recent conviction of a ship owner and two senior executives for illegal export of ships for scrapping. It behooves owners to carefully consider options when their ships reach to end of their economic lives. While some economic benefit will be lost by scrapping those ships in full compliance with the various laws and regulations, there will be gains in areas of worker safety and health and the environment.