Headlines: NOAA – enforcement of ship strike reduction rule; NTSB – recreational boating removed from most wanted list; BOEMRE – fish comparison study; MARAD – LNG DWP license application; OFAC – economic sanctions against Iran; FERC – East River tidal energy project; NATO – Shipping Centre Alerts; Kenya – Best Management Practices deter pirates; Kiribati & Fiji – shipping pollution violation investigation; and Suez Canal opened to shipping – November 17, 1869.
November 17, 2010
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NOAA – enforcement of ship strike reduction rule
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it has taken action to enforce the North Atlantic right whale ship strike reduction rule. Notices of violations proposing civil administrative penalties have been issued with regard to seven vessels for allegedly violating seasonal speed limits intended protect the highly endangered whale. Penalty assessments range from $16,500 to $49,500. The vessel owners and operators have 30 days to respond to the notice of preliminary assessment. (11/16/10).
NTSB – recreational boating removed from most wanted list
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release updating its list of most wanted safety improvements. Enhancement of recreational boating safety has been removed from the list for the first time since 1994. The NTSB has asked states to require personal floatation devices for children and to implement training and licensing requirements for recreational boaters. Seventy percent of the states have responded favorably to those recommendations. (11/16/10).
BOEMRE – fish comparison study
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a news release stating that it has completed a comparison study of fish living at Pacific offshore oil and gas platforms and natural reefs. Of particular note, the commercially depleted species of rockfish were found in abundance around oil and gas platforms. (11/16/10). Note: This provides evidence that some fish are brighter than some fishermen give them credit.
MARAD – LNG DWP license application
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it and the US Coast Guard have received an application for the licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) to be located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 16 miles off Asbury Park, New Jersey. 75 Fed. Reg. 70350 (November 17, 2010).
OFAC – economic sanctions against Iran
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice publishing the names of 37 newly-designated entities and five newly-designed individuals whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13382 relating to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Many of these entities are associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). The designations are effective immediately. 75 Fed. Reg. 70352 (November 17, 2010).
FERC – East River tidal energy project
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice concluding the pre-filing process and approving the process plan and schedule for the East River Tidal Energy Pilot Project. The project calls for construction and operation of a tidal energy facility in the East River at Hell Gate. 75 Fed. Reg. 70224 (November 17, 2010).
NATO – Shipping Centre Alerts
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) posted its latest chart of Shipping Centre Alerts. It shows both Alerts and pirate events for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010 in waters in and around the Indian Ocean. (11/16/10).
Kenya – Best Management Practices deter pirates
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the freighter African Eagle was attacked by pirates off the coast of Kenya, but evaded capture through the use of Best Management Practices. Barbed wire and electrical fencing installed on the vessel prevented the pirates from boarding. (11/16/10).
Kiribati & Fiji – shipping pollution violation investigation
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it recently conducted workshops in Kiribati and Fiji regarding investigation of shipping pollution violations. (11/16/10).
Suez Canal opened to shipping – November 17, 1869
The Suez Canal opened to shipping on November 17, 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.
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
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