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October 16th, 2017 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 October 2017

Headlines:

Louisiana – oil platform explosion;

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria;

NAVSAC – meeting on 1-2 November; and

USCG – CGSIC meeting recap.

October 16, 2017

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Louisiana – oil platform explosion

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a search is underway for a missing man following an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain. The other seven men on the platform have been brought ashore. (10/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1bdbf5b].

USCG – Alternative Planning Criteria

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines for vessel response plans (VRPs). These national guidelines provide the maritime industry with updated information on developing and submitting alternative planning criteria (alternatives). Furthermore, they facilitate consistency in the Coast Guard’s review of proposed alternatives. 82 Fed. Reg. 46518 (10/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-16/pdf/2017-22333.pdf].

NAVSAC – meeting on 1-2 November

clip_image004[2] The Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 1-2 November in Arlington, Virginia. Topics on the agenda include: the Vessel Traffic Service Study and AIS aids to navigation. 82 Fed. Reg. 48106 (10/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-16/pdf/2017-22291.pdf].

USCG – CGSIC meeting recap

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing a recap of the 57th meeting of US Civil GPS Service Interface Committee held on 25-26 September in Portland, Oregon. (10/11/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/11/10112017-recap-of-the-57th-meeting-of-the-u-s-civil-gps-service-interface-committee/].

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October 10th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – links to web sites;

USCG – shipboard cyber risk management;

USCG – vessel stability and watertight integrity;

House – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico; and

Australia – rudder failure grounding.

October 9, 2017

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USCG – links to web sites

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing hyperlinks to frequently-visited USCG Headquarters sites. (10/6/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/06/1062017-updated-hyperlinks-for-frequently-visited-coast-guard-web-sites/].

USCG – shipboard cyber risk management

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders on the importance of shipboard cyber risk management. (10/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/09/1092017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-shipboard-cyber-risk-management/ http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/09/1092017-natl-cybersecurity-awareness-month-shipboard-cyber-risk-management/].

USCG – vessel stability and watertight integrity

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin recommending owners and masters of fishing vessels and other craft pay attention to vessel stability and watertight integrity. (10/6/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/06/1062017-marine-safety-alert-1117-remain-upright-by-fully-understanding-vessel-stability/].

House – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico

clip_image006 Representative Palmer (R-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 3966) to provide that provisions of title 46, United States Code, popularly known as the Jones Act and relating to carriage of passenger and merchandise in coastwise trade shall not apply for 5 years with respect to such carriage to and from Puerto Rico. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Palmer issued a press release explaining the measure. (10/5/17) [https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/palmer-and-vel-zquez-introduce-puerto-rico-humanitarian-relief-act].

Australia – rudder failure grounding

clip_image008 The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of the 19 August 2016 grounding of the tanker Bow Singapore at Port Phillip, Victoria. At 1614, as the ship neared the eastern end of the South Channel, the rudder ceased responding to helm inputs and remained at five degrees port. The ship started swinging toward the edge of the channel. Steering was regained a short time later but, despite the efforts of the pilot, the ship grounded at 1617. Investigation revealed that a telemotor solenoid, controlling the rudder’s movement, had stopped responding to electrical signals. Report 2016-005 (10/6 /17) [http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2016/mair/326-mo-2016-005/].

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October 5th, 2017 at 11:01 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 5 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Easter Great Lakes AMSC;

USCG – NMC seeks deck officers; and

Senate – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico.

October 5, 2017

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USCG – Eastern Great Lakes AMSC

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard seeks individuals interested in serving on the Eastern Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) or its four regional subcommittees: Northeast Ohio Region; Northwestern Pennsylvania Region; Western New York Region; or Eastern New York Region. Applications should be submitted by 6 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 46518 (10/5/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-05/pdf/2017-21486.pdf].

USCG – NMC seeks deck officers

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that it seeks applications from qualified deck officers to assist with the evaluation and approval of training courses and programs, qualified assessors, designated examiners, and instructors. Applications must be received by 4 April 2018. (10/3/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/courses_deck_vacancy_notice.pdf]. Note: Yesterday’s blog included the wrong link for this item. Mea culpa!

Senate – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico

clip_image006 Senator McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 1894) to exempt Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United States (commonly known as the “Jones Act”). Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator McCain issued a press release explaining the measure. (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1894pcs/pdf/BILLS-115s1894pcs.pdf].

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October 4th, 2017 at 11:35 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 4 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – DE and QA submissions;

USCG – NMC seeks deck officers;

Court – MSC vessel and oil spill liability;

Court – asbestos and bare-metal products;

SOMS – survey of shallower waters; and

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980.

October 4, 2017

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USCG – DE and QA submissions

clip_image004 The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin reminding mariners that Designated Examiner (DE) or Qualified Assessor (QA) requests and Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) applications are separate issues. The DE/QA requests should not be included with MMC applications as it delays processing. (10/3/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/de_qa_submissions_notice.pdf].

USCG – NMC seeks deck officers

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that it seeks applications from qualified deck officers to assist with the evaluation and approval of training courses and programs, qualified assessors, designated examiners, and instructors. Applications must be received by 4 April 2018. (10/3/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/announcements/2017/de_qa_submissions_notice.pdf].

Court – MSC vessel and oil spill liability

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that a ship owned by the Military Sealift Command and operated by a private contractor is a public vessel and thus exempt from liability under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). But, the court ruled that the government is subject to suit under the Suits in Admiralty Act for damages arising from an oil spill emanating from the vessel. Ironshore Specialty Insurance v. United States, No. 16-1589 (1st Cir., September 15, 2017) [http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/16-1589P-01A.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Bryant Gardner of Winston & Strawn.

Court – asbestos and bare-metal products

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that maritime law permits a manufacturer of even a bare-metal product to be held liable for asbestos-related injuries when the circumstances indicate the injury was a reasonably foreseeable result of the manufacturer’s actions, at least in the context of a maritime negligence claim and in view of the maritime law’s special solicitude for the safety and protection of sailors. In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation, No. 16-2602 (3rd Cir., October 3, 2017) [http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/162602p.pdf].

SOMS – survey of shallower waters

clip_image010 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Phase Two of the Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). This will further the work of Phase One by surveying the areas of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) that are shallower than 30m. (10/3/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/3c0aa947-49f1-4c2e-8390-a1b124ec8648].

MS Prinsendam fire and sinking – 4 October 1980

clip_image012 The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the master sent a message to the US Coast Guard requesting assistance. The ship was then 120 miles south of Cape Spencer and outside the range of USCG helicopters. The Coast Guard advised the master to send out an SOS, but he refused. The chief radio officer sent one anyway. Ships in the area responded, including the tanker Williamsburg, the USCGC Woodrush, and the USCGC Boutwell, which served as the on-scene coordinator. The master gave the order to abandon ship at sunrise. The Coast Guard, Air Force, and Canadian Forces dispatched long-range helicopters, which carried persons from the lifeboats to the Williamsburg. The Prinsendam was taken under tow, but the fire could not be extinguished and the ship was listing heavily in deteriorating weather. Permission to bring the ship into sheltered waters was denied by the Coast Guard, but probably had no impact, as the ship sank shortly thereafter. Woodrush located the last of the lifeboats and transferred the survivors to Boutwell. The tanker Williamsburg brought 359 passengers and crew safely to Valdez. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.

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October 3rd, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – cyber security awareness;

Puerto Rico & USVI – updated port status;

USCG – seventh BWMS type approval application;

USCG – TVNCOE website;

Port Canaveral – security zone expansion;

USCG – Belfast, ME anchorage areas;

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 October;

CBP – Jones Act waiver guidance;

US – 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan; and

UK – MAIB safety digest.

October 3, 2017

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USCG – cyber security awareness

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and providing links to various maritime cybersecurity resources. (10/2/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/02/1022017-october-national-cyber-security-awareness-month/].

Puerto Rico & USVI – updated port status

clip_image005 The news release updating that port status for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (10/2/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1bab453].

USCG – seventh BWMS type approval application

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that Purimar Ballast Water Management System submitted an application seeking Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval. This is the seventh such application received from various manufacturers. (10/2/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/02/1022017-seventh-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – TVNCOE website

clip_image007 The website for the USCG Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) has relocated. (9/29/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/tvncoe/].

Port Canaveral – security zone expansion

clip_image007[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to expand the boundaries of the security zone in Port Canaveral Harbor adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Comments must be received by 3 November. 82 Fed. Reg. 46007 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21230.pdf].

USCG – Belfast, ME anchorage areas

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard proposes to establish two special anchorage areas in the Passagassawakeag River in the vicinity of Belfast, Maine. Comments must be received by 4 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 46004 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21231.pdf].

SLSDC – Advisory Board meeting on 30 October

clip_image010 The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Advisory Board will meet on 30 October in Milwaukee. 82 Fed. Reg. 46120 (10/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21155.pdf].

CBP – Jones Act waiver guidance

clip_image012 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted guidance for parties seeking a waiver of the Jones Act. (9/28/17) [https://www.cbp.gov/trade/jones-act-waiver-request]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jon Waldron of Blank Rome LLP.

US – 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan

clip_image014 The 2017 Federal Radionavigation Plan has been posted. The plan includes a discussion of GPS backup options. (10/2/17) [https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/FederalRadioNavigationPlan2017.pdf].

UK – MAIB safety digest

clip_image016 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its safety digest including lessons to be learned from recent marine casualties. Safety Digest 2/2017 (10/2/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648760/MAIBSD2-17.pdf].

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October 2nd, 2017 at 11:07 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 October 2017

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro report of investigation;

NSGAB – meeting on 16-17 October;

Senate – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico; and

Panama Canal – swapping of booking slots.

October 2, 2017

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USCG – El Faro report of investigation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard released the Report of Investigation (ROI) into the loss of 33 mariners and the cargo ship El Faro on 1 October 2015 in the North Atlantic off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. The USCG Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision of the master to navigate the vessel too close to the path of the hurricane. Secondary factors included an ineffective safety management system within the operating company and failures by both the Coast Guard designated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations. The ROI is not yet final and is being forwarded to Headquarters for consideration. (10/1/17) [https://media.defense.gov/2017/Oct/01/2001820187/-1/-1/0/FINAL%20PDF%20ROI%2024%20SEP%2017.PDF].


NSGAB – meeting on 16-17 October

clip_image006 The National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Savannah on 16-17 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 45811 (10/2/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-02/pdf/2017-21090.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced to exempt Puerto Rico

clip_image008 Senator McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill (S. 1894) to exempt Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United States (commonly known as the “Jones Act”). Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator McCain issued a press release explaining the measure. (9/29/17) [https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=DCD8C587-7B43-4FE7-B99D-36C819A1844D].

Panama Canal – swapping of booking slots

clip_image010 The Panama Cana; Authority (ACP) issued an advisory concerning substitutions and swapping of booking slots between container vessels of alliance members. Advisory 36-2017 (9/29/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-36-2017.pdf].

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September 29th, 2017 at 11:19 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 29 September 2017

Headlines:

Puerto Rico – Jones Act waiver;

USCG – guidance re North Korea sanctions;

Hawaii – lava flow safety zone;

IWUB – meeting on 3 November;

BOEM – Cape Wind ROD;

House – bill introduced re Jones Act waiver;

Panama Canal – booking modification fees; and

Singapore – incentives for LNG use as marine fuel.

September 29, 2017

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Puerto Rico – Jones Act waiver

The Department of Homeland Security issued a press release stating that the Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico has been extended to cover all products. The previous waiver covered only petroleum products. (9/28/17) [https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/28/department-homeland-security-acting-secretary-elaine-duke-approves-waiver-jones-act].

USCG – guidance re North Korea sanctions

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin providing guidance regarding vessels potentially affected by US sanctions regarding North Korea. (9/28/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/28/9282017-information-on-vessels-affected-by-u-s-sanctions-on-north-korea/].

Hawaii – lava flow safety zone

The US Coast Guard has extended, through 28 March 2018, the safety zone in the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Ocean Entry on the southeast side of the Island of Hawaii. 82 Fed. Reg. 45461 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20902.pdf].

IWUB – meeting on 3 November

The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB), sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 3 November in Vicksburg. 82 Fed. Reg. 45583 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20912.pdf].

BOEM – Cape Wind ROD

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a notice announcing availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cape Wind Energy Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). 82 Fed. Reg. 45607 (9/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-29/pdf/2017-20936.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Jones Act waiver

Representative Meng (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 3852) to permit the waiver of Jones Act requirements for humanitarian relief efforts. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Meng issued a press release explaining the measure. (9/27/17) [https://meng.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-meng-vel-zquez-soto-guti-rrez-serrano-introduce-legislation-to].

Panama Canal – booking modification fees

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing modifications to the booking modification fees. Advisory 35-2017 (9/27/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-35-2017.pdf].

Singapore – incentives for LNG use as marine fuel

The Singapore Marine and Port Authority issued a circular announcing new port dues incentives on the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the port of Singapore. Port Marine Circular 14-2017 (9/28/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/95bf6a77-77e5-446c-831f-427c3de1bd6a].

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September 28th, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 28 September 2017

Headlines:

USCG – El Faro investigation;

USCG – NMSAC meeting summary;

USCG – safety alert compilation;

Arctic – sea ice minimum extent;

Court – limits of OCSLA jurisdiction; and

California – biofouling management.

September 28, 2017

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USCG – El Faro investigation

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it will release the S.S. El Faro Marine Board of Investigation report on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. This report identifies causal factors of the October 1, 2015 loss of the S.S. El Faro and 33 crew members. The report proposes safety recommendations for future actions to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.  The investigation was conducted by the US Coast Guard in full cooperation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). (9/27/17) [https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15ec4084bec5903d].

USCG – NMSAC meeting summary

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the 19-20 September meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). (9/27/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/27/9272017-natl-maritime-security-advisory-committee-meeting-summary/].

USCG – safety alert compilation

The US Coast Guard posted on its Homeport page a compilation providing access to its Safety Alerts issued since 1996. (9/26/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do].

Arctic – sea ice minimum extent

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued a news release stating that Arctic sea ice extent has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) on September 13, 2017. The 2017 minimum is the eighth lowest in the 38-year satellite record.  (9/19/17) [https://nsidc.org/news/newsroom/arctic-sea-ice-minimum-extent].

Court – limits of OCSLA jurisdiction

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) regulations do not apply to oil platform contractors other than platform owners and operators. United States v. Moss, No. 16-30561 (5th Cir., September 27, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-30561-CR0.pdf].

California – biofouling management

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted its Guidance Document for Biofouling Management Regulations to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species Arriving at California Ports. (9/27/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP/4_8_GuidanceDoc.pdf].

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September 27th, 2017 at 11:40 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 27 September 2017

Headlines:

USCG – safety alert re lifejacket lights;

USCG – safety alert re carbon monoxide;

USCG – Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee;

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study;

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 24-26 October;

GAO – polar icebreaking capability; and

California – marine invasive species program.

September 27, 2017

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USCG – Safety Alert re lifejacket lights

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert concerning Alcares water activated flashing lifejacket lights models Jack A1-ALK and Jack ARH-ALK. All the faulty lights discovered had leaky batteries and some were identified as having incorrect battery expiration labels. Safety Alert 09-17 (9/25/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/0917.pdf].

USCG – Safety Alert re carbon monoxide

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that in high concentrations can lead to illness or death. Safety Alert 10-17 (9/25/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1017.pdf].

USCG – Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it seeks interested individuals for membership on the Boston Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee. Applications should be submitted by 26 October. 82 Fed. Reg. 44827 (9/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-26/pdf/2017-20483.pdf].

USACE – GL-MR Interbasin Study

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended until 16 November the period within which to submit comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study. 82 Fed. Reg. 45008 (9/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20680.pdf].

IOOS Advisory Committee – meeting on 24-26 October

clip_image008 The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet on 24-26 October in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 82 Fed. Reg. 44993 (9/27/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20679.pdf].

GAO – polar icebreaking capability

clip_image010 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report recommending that the US Coast Guard complete a comprehensive cost estimate for a limited service life extension for the polar icebreaker Polar Star that includes cost estimating best practices before committing to this approach for bridging the potential capability gap in US polar icebreaking mission requirements. GAO-17-698R (9/25/17) [http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687330.pdf].

California – marine invasive species program

clip_image012 The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued an updated letter to shipping agents concerning the new requirements for the Marine Invasive Species Program. In particular, stakeholders are advised that the Annual Vessel Reporting Form has changed. Stakeholders are also reminded of the required Ballast Water Management Report. (9/22/17) [http://www.slc.ca.gov/Forms/MISP/2017_LtrAgents_UPDATED.pdf].

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September 25th, 2017 at 11:52 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 25 September 2017

Headlines:

Vieques – emergency supplies delivered;

Puerto Rico & USVI – port conditions;

Florida – ports and waterways assessment;

Bering Sea – medical evacuation; and

USCG – type approval issues.

September 25, 2017

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Vieques – emergency supplies delivered

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it delivered FEMA emergency supplies consisting of food and water to Vieques, Puerto Rico. (9/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b8e74e].

Puerto Rico & USVI – port conditions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release updating port conditions for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (9/24/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b9144d].

Florida – ports and waterways assessment

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is assessing Florida’s ports and waterways in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (9/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b8f67a].

Bering Sea – medical evacuation

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the USCG icebreaker medically evacuated an injured seafarer from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long in the Bering Sea 15 miles off Nome, Alaska. (9/23/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b8cc85].

USCG – type approval issues

clip_image005 The US coast Guard issued a bulletin explaining what happens to Coast Guard type approval when a manufacturer goes out of business. All equipment manufactured during the validity of the type approval certificate remains “Approved” as long as it is manufactured, installed, and operated according to the terms of the type approval certificate. Any maintenance and repairs to this equipment must also be performed in accordance with the manuals and components specified as part of the type approval. If the equipment fails to operate and parts from the original equipment manufacturer are no longer available, then the equipment is no longer operating under its type approval and must be replaced. (9/22/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/09/22/9222017-what-happens-to-coast-guard-type-approval-when-a-manufacturer-goes-out-of-business/].

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    logo11 Marine casualty investigations

    In the September 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Marine casualty investigations". The article discusses the laws, regulations, and policies concerning USCG marine casualty investigations. It also discusses how the preparation, review, and dissemination of marine casualty reports falls short of the mandates and recommends various remedial actions to improve the process.