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November 20th, 2017 at 11:28 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 20 November 2017

Headlines:

DOJ – ending regulation by guidance;

USCG – robotic aircraft for sensors;

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January;

Australia – fitness for duty; and

Canada – maritime initiatives.

November 20, 2017

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DOJ – ending regulation by guidance

clip_image004 The Attorney General issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components prohibiting the use of guidance documents that have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law. (11/16/17) [https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1012271/download]. Note: In my opinion, the goal is laudatory, but the approach is impracticable. Promulgation of regulations has always been slow and tedious, and has become more so recently. As a result, for example, neither the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) nor any of its component agencies have issued any significant regulations this year. This is not to say that new regulations are unnecessary, but that the tunnel to completion is so long and obstacle-filled that their development and promulgation has largely become a fool’s errand. Industry and the public are better served by well-thought-out guidance than by no regulations at all, which are the realistic alternatives. The regulatory process must be made more efficient before informal guidance is banned.

USCG – robotic aircraft for sensors

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) sensors or payloads to determine their potential use in a maritime environment by first responders and DHS operational components. Comments must be received by 20 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55109 (11/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-20/pdf/2017-25076.pdf].

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will hold public meetings on 16 and 17 January 2018 in Washington, DC to receive testimony from maritime industry witnesses regarding a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16) that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. Comments on the petition must be received by 8 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 55104 (11/20/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-20/pdf/2017-25016.pdf].

Australia – fitness for duty

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice reminding owners, operators, and seafarers of the fitness for duty requirements, including hours of rest. Notice 14/2017 (11/17/17) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Canada – maritime initiatives

clip_image012 Transport Canada issued a news release announcing two new maritime initiatives: (1) Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness to provide stakeholders with greater access to local maritime data and (2) Anchorages to bring together stakeholders to develop a sustainable national anchorage framework. (11/16/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/11/government_of_canadatoimprovelocalmaritimesituationalawarenessan.html].

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November 17th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 17 November 2017

Headlines:

Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal;

FMC – petition for filing exemption;

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January;

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’;

NTSB – towing vessel explosion and fire;

Beaufort Sea – Liberty Project draft EIS;

Senate – hearing on Coast Guard readiness;

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners;

Court – unfair labor practices; and

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869.

November 17, 2017

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Puget Sound – withdrawal of anchorage proposal

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intends to withdraw its proposal for anchorages in Puget Sound. Comments on the proposed withdrawal must be received by 16 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 54307 (11/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-24942.pdf].

FMC – petition for filing exemption

clip_image006 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it received a petition from COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd.; Orient Overseas Container Line Limited; and OOCL (Europe) Limited for an exemption from agreement filing requirements. Comments on the petition must be received by 1 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 54341 (11/17/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-25007.pdf].

FMC – Petition P4-16 hearings in January

clip_image006[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it will hold public meetings on 16 and 17 January 2018 in Washington, DC to receive testimony from maritime industry witnesses regarding a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16) that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. (11/16/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/january_dates_for_petition_p4-16_hearings/].

EPA & USACE – ‘waters of the United States’

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Environmental Protection Agency issued a news release stating that it and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining ‘waters of the United States’. This amendment would give the agencies additional time to reconsider the definition. (11/16/17) [https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-amend-effective-date-2015-rule-defining-waters-united-states].

NTSB – towing vessel explosion and fire

clip_image012 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of engine explosion and fire aboard the towing vessel The Admiral on 14 July 2016 in Ingleside, Texas. The vessel’s starboard main engine oversped and exploded, causing a fire in the engine room. Two crew members were severely burned, one later died. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $300,000. The probable cause of the casualty was a misfiring cylinder that ignited lubricating oil in the engine sump. MAB-17/35 (11/16/17) [https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1735.pdf].

Beaufort Sea – Liberty Project draft EIS

clip_image014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it is extending, until 8 December, the period within which to submit comments on the Liberty Project draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The project relates to work planned for a small artificial gravel island in shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea. (11/16/17) [https://www.boem.gov/note11162017/].

Senate – hearing on Coast Guard readiness

clip_image016 The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing on Coast Guard Readiness. Testimony was presented by ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG; Ms. Etta King, King Cove, AK; Dr. Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University; and Mr. Lee Smithson, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. (11/16/17) [https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=CEB39F45-2CF1-4F94-9946-9B6F63EDCA27].

Senate – bill introduced re WWII merchant mariners

clip_image016[1] Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2127) 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. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/15/17).

Court – unfair labor practices

clip_image018 In a pair of related unpublished decisions, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petitions of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and its Portland, Oregon local seeking review of decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB had found that the petitioners had committed violations of federal labor law by engaging in deliberate work stoppages and slowdowns, making false safety claims, and engaging in coercive conduct against a Portland terminal operator and its customers. The court granted the NLRB’s cross-application for enforcement. ILWU v. NLRB, No. 15-1443 (DC Cir., November 6, 2017) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/judgments.nsf/BE023FF09613C345852581D00057843F/$file/15-1443.pdf]. ILWU v. NLRB, No. 15-1344 (DC Cir., November 6, 2017) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/judgments.nsf/2C7B80013A655700852581D000572689/$file/15-1344-1703148.pdf]. Note: These items were brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.

Suez Canal opened to shipping – 17 November 1869

clip_image020 The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal was closed to shipping during the Suez Crises of 1956-57 and during the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1967 and 1973. In 2008, over 21,000 ships transited the Canal, earning the Government of Egypt over $5 billion in tolls. Recently, a second lane to the Canal has been completed and placed into service.

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November 16th, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 16 November 2017

Headlines:

Northern California – safety zones established;

USCG – managing owner change of address;

USCG – RADM Benkert Environmental Award;

USCG – evolution of the OSV;

Marinette – restricted area expanded;

Baltimore – restricted area proposed;

Biloxi – restricted area proposed;

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity;

Court – maritime attachment denied; and

MREN – Back to basics.

November 16, 2017

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Northern California – safety zones established

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule establishing safety zones in the navigable waters of the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel; Noyo River Entrance Channel; and Crescent City Harbor Entrance Channel. These safety zones will be enforced when on scene conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, typically expected to be 20-foot breaking seas. The rule enters into effect immediately. 82 Fed. Reg. 53418 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24842.pdf].

USCG – managing owner change of address

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) issued a bulletin reminding stakeholders that changes of address of managing owner of a US documented vessel must be reported to the NVDC within ten (10) days. (11/15/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSCG/2017/11/15/file_attachments/913792/MO%2Baddress%2Bchange.pdf].

USCG – RADM Benkert Environmental Award

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard is accepting nominations for the 2018 RADM William M. Benkert Environmental Award. Nominations must be received by 12 January 2018. (11/14/17) [https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?&ID=406&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards].

USCG – evolution of the OSV

clip_image004[3] The current edition of the USCG Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) ‘Drill Down’ focuses on the evolution of the offshore supply vessel (OSV). (11/15/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/OCS%20NCOE/Drill%20Downs/DRILL%20DOWN%20-%20Evolution%20of%20the%20OSV%2011.15.2017.pdf?ver=2017-11-15-104100-417].

Marinette – restricted area expanded

clip_image006 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has expanded the existing restricted area on waters of the Menominee River adjacent to the Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard. The change enters into effect on 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53422 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24890.pdf].

Baltimore – restricted area proposed

clip_image007 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a permanent restricted area in waters of Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove in Baltimore adjacent to the US Coast Guard Yard. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53438 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24888.pdf].

Biloxi – restricted area proposed

clip_image008 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to establish a no anchorage restricted area within waters of the Back Bay of the Biloxi shoreline of Keesler Air Force Base. Comments on the proposal must be received by 18 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 53440 (11/16/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24892.pdf].

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity

clip_image010 Senator Harris (D-CA) introduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 (S. 2083) to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes. Senator Harris issued a press release explaining the measure. (11/7/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s2083is/pdf/BILLS-115s2083is.pdf].

Court – maritime attachment denied

clip_image012 The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that an attachment under the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims may not be used purely for the purpose of obtaining security except as an adjunct to obtaining jurisdiction. Plaintiff sought an order requiring the posting of security in aid of a pending international arbitration in London, but the defendant was present in the district. SCL Basilisk AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC, No. 16-15535 (11th Cir., November 14, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201615535.pdf].

MREN – back to basics

clip_image014 In the November edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (MREN) you can find my article “Back to basics”. The article discusses the importance of training and adequate rest for proper performance of duties by US Navy personnel in light of the recent series of marine casualties involving naval warships. In this regard, Navy personnel are no different than merchant mariners and the Navy should look to the merchant marine for examples of how the issue can be addressed. (11/15/17) [http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/MREN/MREN171100.pdf].

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November 15th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Arctic Navigational Safety Information System;

NSF – conduct of research in the Arctic;

CMTS – National Strategy for MTS;

House – bill introduced for whistleblower protection;

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program; and

Singapore – UNSC sanctions re North Korea.

November 15, 2017

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USCG – Arctic Navigational Safety Information System

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin highlighting the Arctic Navigational Safety Information System currently under development. (11/14/17) [http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/rdte-arctic-navigational-safety-information-system/].

NSF – conduct of research in the Arctic

clip_image006 The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a notice stating that it seeks comment on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic. Comments must be submitted by 16 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 52943 (11/15/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24678.pdf].

CMTS – National Strategy for MTS

clip_image008 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted the National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: Channeling the Maritime Advantage. The Strategy provides strategic guidance to the Federal interagency partnership under five priority areas: Optimizing System Performance; Enhancing Maritime Safety; Supporting Maritime Security; Advancing Energy Innovation and Development; and Facilitating Infrastructure Investment. (11/14/17) [http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/National_Strategy_for_the_Marine_Transportation_System_October_2017.pdf].

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection

clip_image010 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 4304) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. (11/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4304ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4304ih.pdf].

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image010[1] Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 4306) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. (11/8/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4306ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4306ih.pdf].

Singapore – UNSC sanctions re North Korea

clip_image012 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular forwarding the United Nations Security Council sanctions against the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North Korea). Shipping Circular 23-2017 (11/14/17) [file:///C:/Users/User/Videos/Misc/Downloads/sc_no_23_of_2017.pdf].

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November 14th, 2017 at 11:32 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 14 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall;

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia;

EMSA – overview of marine casualties; and

India – shipbuilding improvements.

November 14, 2017

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USCG – Kidde fire extinguisher recall

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert announcing recall of 134 different models of Kidde brand plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall. (11/13/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1217.pdf].

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia

clip_image006 The United Nations posted the Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia. It notes that pirate attacks increased after NATO terminated its counter-piracy operations. (10/12/17) [https://undocs.org/S/2017/859].

EMSA – overview of marine casualties

clip_image008 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents, which consists of a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). (11/13/17) [http://www.emsa.europa.eu/emsa-homepage/2-news-a-press-centre/news/3156-annual-overview-of-marine-casualties-and-incidents-2017.html].

India – shipbuilding improvements

clip_image010 The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a proposal for improvements relating to ships to be built in or imported into India. Comments must be submitted by 27 November. (11/10/17) [http://dgshipping.gov.in/WriteReadData/News/201711130426363629645hscode_draftorder13112017.pdf].

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November 13th, 2017 at 11:51 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 13 November 2017

Headlines:

OFAC – economic sanctions re Cuba;

DOT – drug-testing program;

Court – negligent mode of operation; and

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia.

November 13, 2017

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OFAC – economic sanctions re Cuba

clip_image004 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement the recent National Security Presidential Memorandum. These amendments implement changes to the authorizations for travel to Cuba and restrict certain financial transactions. The changes entered into effect on 9 November. OFAC also posted a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a Fact Sheet concerning the regulations. (11/9/17).

DOT – drug-testing program

clip_image006 The Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated a final rule amending its drug-testing program regulation to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethlamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte. Minor amendments to other provisions are included. The rule enters into effect on 1 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 52229 (11/13/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/pdf/2017-24397.pdf].

Court – negligent mode of operation

clip_image008 In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant vessel operator in a passenger trip and fall case. Among other things, plaintiff passenger asserted that defendant had created a negligent mode of operation on its vessel. The court held that, while negligent mode of operation may be a cause of action under Florida law, it is not recognized in admiralty law. Malley v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, No. 17-11437 (11th Cir., November 9, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201711437.pdf].

UN – piracy off coast of Somalia

clip_image009 The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2383 (2017) calling for development of additional safety and security measures on board vessels aimed at preventing and suppressing piracy off the coast of Somalia in coordination with the IMO. (11/7/17) [http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2383(2017)].

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November 10th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 10 November 2017

Headlines:

Yemen – temporary port closures;

USCG – AMSC 2016 Annual Report;

FMC – regulatory reform efforts continue;

FMC – draft strategic plan;

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity;

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection;

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program;

Court – maritime lien denied;

Court – passenger slip and fall;

IMO – port state control regimes;

EC – Belgium tax measures approved;

ReCAAP – October report;

Panama Canal – October operations;

Singapore – bunkering licenses revoked;

UK – fatal timber cargo accident;

SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975; and

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day.

November 10, 2017

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Yemen – temporary port closures

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted an Alert announcing the temporary closure of Yemeni ports. Alert 2017-008A (11/9/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/alert/2017/25538/].

USCG – AMSC 2016 Annual Report

clip_image006 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing publication of the Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSC) 2016 Annual Report. (11/9/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/09/1192017-area-maritime-security-committees-2016-annual-report-challenges-accomplishments-and-best-practices/].

FMC – regulatory reform efforts continue

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release summarizing the recent meeting of the Commissioners. The Commissioners approved the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines the FMC rules and regulations concerning Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA). (11/9/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/regulatory_reform_november_meeting/].

FMC – draft strategic plan

clip_image009 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that it seeks comments on its FY18-22 Initial Draft Strategic Plan. Comments must be submitted by 6 December. (11/6/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/commission_publishes_fy18-22_initial_draft_strategic_plan/].

Senate – bill introduced re port cybersecurity

clip_image011 Senator Harris (D-CA) introduced a bill (S. 2083) to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Harris issued a press release explaining the measure. (11/7/17) [https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/harris-sullivan-introduce-legislation-upgrade-cybersecurity-us-ports].

House – bill introduced re whistleblower protection

clip_image013 Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4304) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/8/17).

House – bill introduced re Sea Grant College Program

clip_image013[1] Representative Huffman (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4306) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (11/8/17).

Court – maritime lien denied

clip_image015 The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the denial of a requested maritime lien for certain undelivered items that had been ordered by the operators of a passenger vessel prior to its cessation of operation. While a maritime lien was allowed for delivered items (necessaries), the court held that inventory remaining in plaintiff’s warehouse had not been delivered in a manner as to create a maritime lien. Maine Uniform Rental v MV Nova Star, No. 16-2467 (1st Cir., November 7, 2017) [http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/16-2467P-01A.pdf].

Court – passenger slip and fall

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In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant cruise ship operator in a passenger slip and fall case. The court ruled that plaintiff failed to introduce any evidence that the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the alleged hazardous condition. Gorczyca v. MSC Cruises SA, No. 16-15491 (11th Cir., November 6, 2017) [http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/files/201615491.pdf].

IMO – port state control regimes

clip_image019 The IMO issued a news release stating that port state control regimes have pledged to strengthen their collaboration with the IMO and amongst themselves. They also agreed to consider moving away from ‘black/grey/white’ lists toward expanding an individual ship risk profile approach. (11/6/17) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/30-PSC-workshop.aspx].

EC – Belgian tax measures approved

clip_image021 The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has approved certain Belgian tax measures that encourage shipping companies to register their ships in Europe and so ensure higher social, environmental, and safety measures. (11/6/17) [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4382_en.htm].

ReCAAP – October report

clip_image023 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Report for October 2017. A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters were reported during the month. None of the incidents involved abduction of crew or hijacking of ships. (11/7/17) [http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=572&PortalId=0&TabId=78].

Panama Canal – October operations

clip_image025 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations during October. It includes the schedule of locks maintenance outages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Advisory 39-2017 (11/8/17) [https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2017/a-39-2017.pdf].

Singapore – bunkering licenses revoked

clip_image027 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the bunkering licenses of Transocean Oil Pte Ltd have been revoked for falsification of records and discrepancies in stock movement logbooks. (11/6/17) [http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/news-releases/detail/b3611b11-db2e-441b-8851-0f23da10c881].

UK – fatal timber cargo accident

clip_image029 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatal accident onboard the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam in Alexandria, Egypt on 19 December 2016. The vessel was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber. At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that was secured alongside after the timber deck cargo stack on which he was standing partially collapsed. Although the ship’s crew provided first-aid following the accident, the bosun later died of his injuries. Poor stevedoring practices probably contributed to the unsecured cargo stack collapsing, and no measures were in place to prevent the bosun from falling overboard as a result. With the deck cargo lashings removed, the cargo packages had insufficient racking strength to counter the effects of ship movement, cargo repositioning, dunnage displacement, barges securing to deck cargo stacks, and cargo discharge operations over a prolonged period. Report 25/2017 (11/9/17) [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a003f07ed915d15b3e5ae01/MAIBInvReport25_2017.pdf].

SS Edmund Fitzgerald – 10 November 1975

clip_image031 On 10 November 1975, the laker Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with a loss of all 29 hands. It was one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes, carrying over 26,000 tons of taconite ore between Duluth/Superior and the steel mills to the south. The “Fitz” had departed on 9 November in tandem with another laker, but sailed directly into an early winter storm. It sank suddenly, without making a distress call, at about 7:30 p.m., in heavy snow with winds gusting to hurricane force and seas exceeding 30 feet in height. Gordon Lightfoot memorialized the casualty in his hit song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day

clip_image033 Saturday, November 11, will be marked as the 99th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I – the war to end all wars, as it was proclaimed at the time. The day is commemorated as Veterans Day in the United States; as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth nations; and as Armistice Day in France and Belgium. On this day, we also should remember the sacrifices of our military personnel, as well as those of the merchant marine who deliver vital supplies across dangerous seas in time of war.

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November 9th, 2017 at 11:42 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 9 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – new MSC website;

USCG – boater safety education funding;

USCG – BWMS type approval application received;

USCG – amended BWMS type approval certificate;

Court – OPA 90 exemptions not applicable;

Court – LNG export licenses upheld; and

Australia – ship accommodation ladders.

November 6, 2017

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USCG – new MSC website

clip_image004 The USCG Marine Safety Center (MSC) issued a bulletin announcing the enhancements of its new website. All of its plan review guides, tonnage guides, and ballast water type approvals may now be accessed there. (10/31/17) [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/MSC/MSCIB/MSCIB_03-17.pdf].

USCG – boater safety education funding

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it may award up to $5.1 million for cooperative agreements in support of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. The deadline to apply is 26 January 2018. (11/8/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/08/1182017-notice-of-funding-opportunity-to-promote-boater-safety-education/].

USCG – BWMS type approval application received

clip_image004[2] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it received an application for ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval for the Electro-Cleen System manufactured by Techcross, Inc. This is the eighth application received from BWMS type approval. (11/3/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/03/1132017-eighth-application-received-for-bwms-type-approval/].

USCG – amended BWMS type approval certificate

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that an updated ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate has been issued to Optimarin AS for the Optimarin OBS/OBS Ex BWMS. (11/3/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/03/1132017-marine-safety-center-issues-amended-ballast-water-management-system-type-approval-certificate-to-optimarin-as/].

Court – OPA 90 exemptions not applicable

clip_image006 The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the owner of a vessel that was operated in a grossly negligent manner while operating under a bareboat charter may be fully liable for an oil discharge caused by such operation. Defendant had bareboat chartered its tug Mel Oliver to DRD Towing, which then operated the tug under a fully found charter to defendant. The tug was pushing a loaded tank barge across the Mississippi River with an unqualified person in charge when it collided with a downbound vessel, causing the loss of the tank barge and its entire cargo. The court found that DRD Towing was not a third party because it was in a close contractual arrangement with defendant and that defendant could not limit its liability due to the gross negligence. US v. American Commercial Lines, LLC, No. 16-31150 (5th Cir., November 7, 2017) [http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-31150-CV0.pdf]. Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend David Reisman of Liskow & Lewis.

Court – LNG export licenses upheld

clip_image008 The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit the petitions for review filed by an environmental advocacy group challenging defendant’s approval of three LNG export license applications. The court found that the approval decisions were not arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion. Sierra Club v. Department of Energy, No. 16-1186 (D.C. Cir., November 1, 2017) [https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/judgments.nsf/53A522314213ED75852581CB00429F92/$file/16-1186.pdf].

Australia – ship accommodation ladders

clip_image010 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice regarding potential hazards and risks associated with accommodation ladders rigged with unapproved or inadequate secondary means of support arrangements. Marine Notice 13/2017 (November 2017) [https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html].

Great Lakes storm of 1913

clip_image012 In early November, 1913, a blizzard struck the US Midwest and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Great Lakes storm of 1913 reached its highest intensity on 9 November. A total of 19 ships were sunk and another 19 were stranded on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Cargo losses were in excess of 68,300 tons and were valued at over a million dollars. More than 280 mariners lost their lives in the most destructive natural disaster to ever strike the Great Lakes.

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November 3rd, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 3 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – Authorized Classification Society Summit;

USN – comprehensive review of recent incidents;

MARAD – unscheduled lock outages;

USCG – maritime industry rescue training;

Hawaii – Insular False Killer Whale;

FERC – Fourchon LNG EIS;

CSHIB – Macondo Investigation Report;

CBP – 2017 East Coast Trade Symposium;

FMC – meeting on 8 November;

FMC – regulatory reform webpage;

FEMA – Buy American and Hire American;

Canada – Victoria Harbour cleanup;

New Zealand – cocaine seizure; and

Back to Standard Time – Sunday, November 5, 2017.

November 3, 2017

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USCG – Authorized Classification Society Summit

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it hosted the Second Annual Authorized Classification Society Summit on 17 October. The goals for the Summit were to promote: (1) a common understanding of Coast Guard policy and activities related to delegations for issuance of international certificates to US flag vessels; (2) accountability for organizations and personnel acting on behalf of the US Flag and identifying key performance indicators; and (3) collaboration with authorized classification societies to identify strengths and address gaps/obstacles in effective administration to further maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship within the US Flag fleet. (11/3/17) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/03/1132017-coast-guard-class-societies-meet-for-2nd-annual-summit-on-u-s-flag-state-program/].

USN – comprehensive review of recent incidents

clip_image006 The US Navy posted its Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents. The review examines systemic causes of these incidents and identifies actions needed to resolve them. (11/2/17) [http://s3.amazonaws.com/CHINFO/Comprehensive+Review_Final.pdf].

MARAD – unscheduled lock outages

clip_image008 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) posted a report entitled “The Impacts of Unscheduled Lock Outages”. The report stresses the follow-on costs of navigation breakdowns, including surging demand for rail transport, losses to farmers, and unsustainable increases in truck traffic on highways. (11/2/17) [https://www.marad.dot.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/low-res-Lock-Outage-NWF_FINAL_REPORT-2017-002.pdf].

USCG – maritime industry rescue training

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that an agreement has been signed with the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) for maritime industry rescue training between Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and LCA enrolled vessels. (11/2/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c14cb0].

Hawaii – Insular False Killer Whale

clip_image010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate critical habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment. A public meeting will be held in Honolulu on 7 December. Comments on the proposal must be received by 2 January 2018. 82 Fed. Reg. 51186 (11/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-23978.pdf].

FERC – Fourchon LNG EIS

clip_image012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the proposed construction and operation of Fourchon LNG LLC facility in Fourchon Parish. A public scoping meeting will be held in Cut Off, Louisiana on 16 November. Comments must be received by 6 December. 82 Fed. Reg. 51234 (11/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-23978.pdf].

CSHIB – Macondo Investigation Report

clip_image014 The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSHIB) issued a notice stating that it will meet on 14 November to consider possible changes to its Macondo Investigation Report (regarding the Deepwater Horizon casualty). 82 Fed. Reg. 51213 (11/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-24059.pdf].

CBP – 2017 East Coast Trade Symposium

clip_image016 The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that the 2017 East Coast Trade Symposium will be held on 5-6 December in Atlanta. 82 Fed. Reg. 51285 (11/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-24000.pdf].

FMC – meeting on 8 November

clip_image018 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 8 November in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda consist of: an update on the Supply Chain Innovation Teams Initiative; a briefing on economic analysis and statutory issues in the review process for carrier and marine terminal operator agreements; and Commission action on Petition P2-15, Petition of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America for Initiation of Rulemaking. 82 Fed. Reg. 51253 (11/3/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-24100.pdf].

FMC – regulatory reform webpage

clip_image018[1] The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release announcing establishment of a webpage dedicated to reporting on the agency’s regulatory reform initiative. (11/2/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/fmc_establishes_regulatory_reform_webpage/].

FEMA – Buy American and Hire American

clip_image020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Bulletin providing guidance to recipients of FEMA preparedness grants (including the Port Security Grant Program) regarding the removal of the “Buy American and Hire American” award term from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Standard Terms and Conditions for 2017. Grant Programs Directorate Information Bulletin No. 425 (11/1/17) [https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1509651625921-72868e051a203781aa59c6625272cf1f/Removal.pdf].

Canada – Victoria Harbour cleanup

clip_image022 Transport Canada issued a news release stating that a $5 million contract has been awarded to remove contaminated sediment for Victoria Harbour. (11/2/17) [https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/10/victoria_harbourcleanupcontractawardedtomilestoneenvironmentalco.html].

New Zealand – cocaine seizure

clip_image024 The New Zealand Customs Service issued a news release announcing seizure of cocaine valued at $20 million and the arrest of four men. The cocaine arrived in the port of Tauranga in a metal chest affixed to the underwater hull of a freighter. (11/1/17) [http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/stories/Pages/$20-million-cocaine-intercepted-in-Tauranga.aspx].

Back to standard time – Sunday, November 5, 2017

clip_image026 Long-suffering readers are reminded that, at 2:00 a.m., local time, on Sunday, November 5, the United States goes back to standard time (from GMT-4 to GMT-5 for the Eastern Time Zone). Many nations observe daylight saving time during their summer season, but the dates for conversion between standard time and daylight saving time are not uniform and can lead to confusion, so be careful.

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November 2nd, 2017 at 10:41 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 2 November 2017

Headlines:

USCG – racer fined for negligent operation;

USN – USS Fitzgerald & USS McCain collision reports;

FMC – meeting on 8 November;

House – bill introduced re port authorities;

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport; and

UK – electronic equivalents.

November 2, 2017

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USCG – racer fined for negligent operation

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a powerboat racer paid a $1,000 fine for negligent operation of his craft on the Saginaw River on 21 June 2017. Prior to participation in the International Outboard Grand Prix, the individual failed to observe posted ‘No Wake Zone’ signs and conducted a high speed lap around a transiting 600-foot freighter. (11/1/17) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c196ee].

USN – USS Fitzgerald & USS McCain collision reports

clip_image006 The US Navy issued a news release regarding the recent fatal collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCain (DDG 56), with links to the investigation reports, photos, and videos of both warships. (11/1/17) [http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=103130].

FMC – meeting on 8 November

clip_image008 The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a news release stating that the Commissioners will meet in open session on 8 November in Washington, DC. Topics on the agenda consist of: an update on the Supply Chain Innovation Teams Initiative; a briefing on economic analysis and statutory issues in the review process for carrier and marine terminal operator agreements; and Commission action on Petition P2-15, Petition of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America for Initiation of Rulemaking. (11/1/17) [https://www.fmc.gov/meeting_11-8-2017/].

House – bill introduced re port authorities

clip_image010 Representative Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Clean Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 4147) to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide certain port authorities, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available. (10/26/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4147ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4147ih.pdf].

UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport

clip_image012 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued its Review of Maritime Transport 2017. The report presents key developments in the world economy and international trade and related impacts on shipping demand and supply, and the freight and charter markets in 2016 and early 2017, as well as seaports and the regulatory and legal frameworks. (11/1/17) [http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/rmt2017_en.pdf].

UK – electronic equivalents

clip_image014 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice linking to individual approval letters for products which MCA recognizes as electronic equivalents for onboard carriage of IMO instruments such as SOLAS, MARPOL, and STCW. (11/1/17) [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mca-approval-letters-for-digital-nautical-publications].

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    logo11 Back to basics

    In the November 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Back to basics". The article discusses the importance of training and adequate rest for proper performance of duties by US Navy personnel in light of the recent series of marine casualties involving naval warships. In this regard, Navy personnel are no different than merchant mariners and the Navy should look to the merchant marine for examples of how the issue can be addressed.