Headlines: Joint Investigation – evidence handling; HSRP – meeting; Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting cancelled; Massachusetts Bay – marine mammal harassment; DOS – delegation of certain maritime law enforcement functions; USCG – Polluting Incident Compendium; NMCO – 2010 GMISS conference; USCG – last LORAN station decommissioned; Court – personal jurisdiction lacking in Rule B attachment of EFT; Court – EFT ruled non-attachable (again); EC – ship building and repair concentration approved; Australia – winter edition of AMSA Aboard; Canada – report re sinking of whale-watching vessel; Singapore – draft amendments approved by MSC 87; and UK – trawler master convicted of going the wrong way in a TSS.
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Joint Investigation – evidence handling
The Joint Investigation issued a Fact Sheet regarding evidence handling and procedures. The fact sheet focused on the planned forensic analysis of the blowout preventer (BOP) once it is recovered from the seafloor. Plans call for the analysis to be performed at NASA’s Michoud Facility in East New Orleans. (8/31/10).
HSRP – meeting
The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a teleconference meeting on September 17 to discuss proposed revisions to its report on most wanted hydrographic service improvements. 75 Fed. Reg. 53665 (September 1, 2010).
Sea Grant Advisory Board – meeting cancelled
The Sea Grant Advisory Board, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued a notice stating that its meeting previously scheduled for August 30 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. 75 Fed. Reg. 53665 (September 1, 2010).
Massachusetts Bay – marine mammal harassment
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that it issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LP to incidentally harass small numbers of marine mammals during operation of its offshore liquefied natural gas LNG) facility in Massachusetts Bay for a period of one year. 75 Fed. Reg. 53672 (September 1, 2010).
DOS – delegation of certain maritime law enforcement functions
The Department of State issued a notice stating that certain maritime law enforcement functions have been delegated to the Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The delegated functions relate to certifying that a foreign nation has consented or waived objection to enforcement of US law with regard to a vessel registered with that nation and suspected of smuggling drugs or certifying that a foreign nation has denied a claim of registry made by a vessel suspected of smuggling drugs. 75 Fed. Reg. 53731 (September 1, 2010).
USCG – Polluting Incident Compendium
The US Coast Guard has posted an updated Polluting Incident Compendium. It contains detailed information regarding oil spills occurring in US waters between 1973 and 2008 inclusive. It also has summary data regarding oil spills in US waters between 1969 and 1972. The Compendium is in a 7.2 MB zip-file located on the USCG Homeport site. Click on “Investigations”, found in the left column. Scroll down to “Marine Casualty/Pollution Investigations”, found at the very bottom of the list. Click on the “Compendium” tab and then click on View Document. (8/30/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Dave Dickey of the US Coast Guard.
NMCO – 2010 GMISS conference
The 2010 Global Maritime Information Sharing Symposium (GMISS), sponsored by National Maritime Domain Awareness Coordination Office (NMCO) of the Department of Defense, will be held at the Hilton Baltimore on September 14-16. Discounted registration rates are available until September 9. (8/30/10).
USCG – last LORAN station decommissioned
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that its last Long Range Aid to Navigation (LORAN) station (located in Caribou, Maine) will be decommissioned on September 1. (8/31/10). Note: The LORAN program commenced during World War II to provide vital navigation information to Allied forces. It was expanded and enhanced during the following years. While the Global Positioning System (GPS) is generally more accurate, it is subject to jamming and interference. The termination of the LORAN program was a budget measure and, in my opinion, ill-conceived.
Court – personal jurisdiction lacking in Rule B attachment of EFT
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a court lacks personal jurisdiction over a defendant in an admiralty case where the sole basis for quasi in rem jurisdiction asserted by the plaintiff is a Rule B attachment of an electronic funds transfer (EFT). Sinoying Logistics v. Yi Da Xin Trading Corp., No. 09-5368-cv (2nd Cir., August 31, 2010).
Court – EFT ruled non-attachable (again)
In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that an electronic funds transfer (EFT) that was attached by a court in the Second Circuit prior to the court’s mini-en-banc decision prohibiting such attachment is not subject to re-attachment. GE Seaco SRL v. Shanghai International, No. 09-4832-cv (2nd Cir., August 24, 2010). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Michael Marks Cohen of Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney.
EC – ship building and repair concentration approved
The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it has cleared a proposed concentration between Abu Dhabi Mar and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in the areas of civil and naval ship building. (8/31/10).
Australia – winter edition of AMSA Aboard
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) posted the winter 2010 edition of its AMSA Aboard newsletter. Topics addressed in this edition include cargo lashing requirements and the met-ocean measuring equipment project in the Torres Strait. (8/31/10).
Canada – report re sinking of whale-watching vessel
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada released the Marine Report of its investigation of the sinking of a whale-watching vessel off Vancouver Island on 23 July 2009. The vessel was operating at high speed close to shore when it struck a submerged object. The 34 passengers were evacuated without injury. The vessel sank while returning to shore. Investigation revealed that the master was not utilizing available aids to navigation or instruments, allowing him to stray too close to shore, where he encountered a submerged rock. (8/30/10).
Singapore – draft amendments approved by MSC 87
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular informing the shipping community of draft amendments to mandatory instruments approved by the 87th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 87), with a view to adoption at MSC 88 in Nov/Dec 2010. Shipping Circular 11/2010 (8/30/10).
UK – trawler master convicted of going the wrong way in a TSS
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that the master of a British trawler pleaded guilty and was convicted of violation of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea by travelling the wrong direction in a traffic separation scheme (TSS). He was fined £3,500 and assessed £3,752.20 in costs. (8/31/10).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
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