Headlines: BOEMRE – New York Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force; DOS – meeting of Advisory Committee on International Law; DOJ – proposed consent decree re OPA 90 violation; Strait of Juan de Fuca – codification of TSS; NOAA – Eastern North Pacific gray whale; MARAD – California Green Trade Corridor FONSI; Arabian Gulf – USN rescues two Iranian mariners; EU NAVFOR – Ukraine offers to participate in counter-piracy effort; and UK – investigation of fatal workboat accident.
November 19, 2010
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BOEMRE – New York Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a news release stating that it and the State of New York have established an Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force. The intergovernmental group is intended to facilitate communication between BOEMRE and state, local, tribal, and federal stakeholders concerning commercial renewable energy leasing and development on the outer continental shelf off the coast of New York. (11/18/10).
DOS – meeting of Advisory Committee on International Law
The Advisory Committee on International Law, sponsored by the US Department of State (DOS), will meet in Washington, DC on December 9. Topics on the agenda include international piracy, transnational environmental issues, and corporate social responsibility. 75 Fed. Reg. 70961 (November 19, 2010).
DOJ – proposed consent decree re OPA 90 violation
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on a proposed consent decree in the case of United States v. Bouchard Transportation Company relating to an oil spill that occurred in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts in April 2003. Pursuant to the proposed consent decree, defendants will pay $6,076,393 as natural resource damages to the natural resource trustees. Defendants also acknowledge payment of $1,573,529 for reimbursement of the trustees’ assessment costs. Comments should be submitted within 30 days. 75 Fed. Reg. 70947 (November 19, 2010).
Strait of Juan de Fuca – codification of TSS
The US Coast Guard issued an interim rule codifying traffic separation schemes (TSSs) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its approaches, in Puget Sound and its approaches, and in Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and the Strait of Georgia. These TSSs were validated by a Port Access Route Study (PARS), have been adopted by the IMO, and are shown on charts issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Comments on this interim rule should be submitted by January 3, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 70818 (November 19, 2010).
NOAA – Eastern North Pacific gray whale
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended, until December 8, the period within which to submit comments on the petition it received to designate the Eastern North Pacific population of gray whales as a depleted stock under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. 75 Fed. Reg. 70903 (November 19, 2010).
MARAD – California Green Trade Corridor FONSI
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it has completed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the California Green Trade Corridor Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TOGER) grant. 75 Fed. Reg. 70962 (November 19, 2010).
Arabian Gulf – USN rescues two Iranian mariners
The US Navy issued a news release stating that the USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) located and provided assistance to two Iranian mariners. The mariners were adrift after their dhow sank. The US Navy warship provided food and water. It also asked the Omani Navy to contact Iranian authorities. The US Navy warship stood by until the mariners were picked up by the Iranian Coast Guard. (11/18/10).
EU NAVFOR – Ukraine offers to participate in counter-piracy effort
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the Government of Ukraine has offered to participate in the counter-piracy effort of Operation Atalanta. (11/18/10).
UK – investigation of fatal workboat accident
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into a fatal accident on board a workboat in Roscoff, France on 1 March 2010. A deckhand was fatally injured when struck by a towing hawser when it parted. Investigation revealed that the workboat had no written procedures for towing operations. It was also revealed that the minimum qualification requirements for the skippers of UK workboats need review and updating. Report 14/2010 (11/18/10).
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Dennis L. Bryant
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