Friday, April 3, 2009

Blog – 3 April 2009

April 3, 2009

Bryant’s Maritime Blog

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GSA – DHS Headquarters consolidation project

clip_image002 The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice stating that it issued a Record of Decision (ROD) to implement Campus Redevelopment Alternative 5 (as defined in the final environmental impact statement) for the consolidation of the Headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the St. Elizabeths facility in Southeast Washington, DC. 74 Fed. Reg. 15272 (April 3, 2009).

STB – acquisition by Holland America Line

clip_image004 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a notice stating that it has tentatively approved acquisition by Holland America Line, Inc. of Royal Hyway Tours, Inc. (a motor passenger carrier regulated by the STB). The acquisition will receive final STB approval if no opposing comments are filed by May 15. 74 Fed. Reg. 15321 (April 3, 2009).

IMO – meeting re seafarer shortage and piracy

clip_image006 The IMO issued a news release stating that it recently hosted a meeting with industry representatives to review developments related to the growing shortage of seafarers worldwide and the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. (4/2/09).

IMO – competent authorities re carriage of grain & solid bulk cargoes

clip_image006[1] The IMO issued a circular providing an updated list of designated competent authorities responsible for the safe carriage of grain and solid bulk cargo. BC.1/Circ.66 (2/6/09).

IMO – Panama accedes to Bunker Convention

clip_image006[2] The IMO issued a circular advising that the Republic of Panama deposited its instrument of accession to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001. The Convention will enter into force for Panama on 17 May. There are now 35 Contracting States to the Convention, representing approximately 74.26% of the gross tonnage of the world’s shipping fleet. Bunkers.1/Circ.24 (2/18/09).

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Dennis L. Bryant

Bryant’s Maritime Blog

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