Headlines: Horn of Africa – escort for heavy-lift vessel; Somalia – body of deceased suspected pirate repatriated; USCG – barge fleeting facility security requirements; Shipping Coordinating Committee meeting; NOAA – HSRP charter renewed; Tacoma & Seattle – AGM discoveries; Australia – update re offshore oil leak; and Rotterdam Rules – analysis.
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Horn of Africa – escort for heavy-lift vessel
The EU Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA) issued a press release stating that EU NAVFOR warships escorted a large semi-submersible heavy-lift ship through waters of the Horn of Africa. The ship is transporting an oil production platform from the Maldives to Norway. Due to its slow speed and low freeboard, the ship is particularly vulnerable to piratical attack. (9/15/09).
Somalia – body of deceased suspected pirate repatriated
The EU Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA) issued a press release stating that the body to the suspected pirate has been handed over to Somalian officials. (9/15/09).
USCG – barge fleeting facility security requirements
The US Coast Guard issued a policy statement defining what areas of a barge fleeting facility are subject to maritime security requirements. Barge fleeting facilities can generally limit their Maritime Security Transportation Act (MTSA) footprint to the free-floating barge tiers that fleet MTSA-regulated barges, so long as appropriate security measures are taken at all access points. PAC 10-09 (9/9/09).
Shipping Coordinating Committee – meeting
The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the US Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on September 23. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Legal Committee. Topics on the agenda include, but are not limited to: provision of financial security; fair treatment of seafarers; and review of national legislation regarding piracy. 74 Fed. Reg. 47637 (September 16, 2009). Note: This notice corrects the notice of September 9 on the same subject.
NOAA – HSRP charter renewed
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the charter for the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) has been renewed. 74 Fed. Reg. 47555 (September 16, 2009).
Tacoma & Seattle – AGM discoveries
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a news release stating that Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg masses were discovered on ocean shipping containers on a vessel that arrived in Tacoma and in the cargo holds and near the bridge of a vessel that arrived in Seattle. The AGM is native to north-eastern Asia and is a significant threat to forest trees and other plants in North America. (9/11/09).
Australia – update re offshore oil leak
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release providing an update on the oil leak off the coast of Western Australia. (9/15/09).
Rotterdam Rules – analysis
Lawtext Publishing Limited issued a Flyer announcing the release of its book: A New Convention for the Carriage of Goods by Sea – The Rotterdam Rules. The book is a detailed analysis of the recently adopted UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea. The Convention is scheduled for a formal signature ceremony in Rotterdam on September 20-23, 2009. I had the privilege of seeing the book in draft and have written a review summarizing my perspective thereof. (9/15/09).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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