Headlines: Gulf of Aden – mothership abandoned by pirates; James River – temporary safety zone; DOD – lease of vessels, aircraft, and combat vehicles; Maine – “no discharge” zone; UK – collapse of crane at Southampton docks; EC – infrastructure development aid partly approved for Piraeus; and Hurricane contingency plans – updated.
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Gulf of Aden – mothership abandoned by pirates
The European Union Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa [MSC-HOA] issued a press release stating that one of the Operation Atalanta warships is shadowing the pirate mothership and skiffs believed to have been involved in the recent attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The mothership (a dhow) is believed to have been hijacked earlier. A second press release states that the pirates sailed the dhow to a point near the Somali coast, where they boarded their skiffs and sped to shore. The 14 original crewmembers of the dhow are safe and well. (7/15/09).
James River – temporary safety zone
The US Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone encompassing the M/V Del Monte in the James River Reserve Fleet on the James River in Virginia. The purpose of the safety zone is to restrict vessel traffic movement to protect mariners from hazards associated with Navy live fire and explosive training events. The safety zone will be in effect from July 30 to August 8. 74 Fed. Reg. 34248 (July 15, 2009).
DOD – lease of vessels, aircraft, and combat vehicles
The Department of Defense (DOD) has amended the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement statutory provisions relating to long-term leases and charters of vessels, aircraft, and combat vehicles. The amendments come into effect immediately. 74 Fed. Reg. 34265 (July 15, 2009).
Maine – “no discharge” zone
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the coastal waters of Southern Mount Desert Island in Maine. 74 Fed. Reg. 34340 (July 15, 2009).
UK – collapse of crane at Southampton docks
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that a Coastguard helicopter medically evacuated the individual who was injured when a crane collapsed onto a container ship at Southampton docks. The incident is under investigation. (7/14/09).
EC – infrastructure development aid partly approved for Piraeus
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it approved public financing for construction of a pedestrian bridge and jetties in the passenger section of the Port of Piraeus. It expressed doubts regarding public financing of a jetty and acquisition of different types of equipment in the container terminal section of the port. (7/14/09).
Hurricane contingency plans – updated
The “Hurricane contingency plan” page of my website - Bryant’s Maritime Consulting – has been updated with the addition of material from Sectors Baltimore, Key West, and Long Island Sound. As we move further into the North Atlantic hurricane season, it may be timely to review relevant plans. It also should be noted that Hurricane Carlos is now moving west across the Pacific Ocean in the general direction of Hawaii. (7/14/09).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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© Dennis L. Bryant – July 2009