Headlines: USCG – banning of substandard foreign vessels; NOAA – NARW ship strike reduction; FMC – NOI re EU repeal of liner shipping block exemption; MARAD – application for membership on MTSNAC; USCG – NMC performance report for October; EC – integration of maritime surveillance; Australia – container ship grounds, is refloated; Australia – carriage and use of ECDIS; Australia – helicopter operations; and Singapore – specifications of marine fuel.
November 2, 2010
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USCG – banning of substandard foreign vessels
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has released Policy Letter 10-03, Banning of Foreign Vessels. This policy letter outlines Coast Guard procedures for denying entry of certain foreign-flagged commercial vessels into any port or place in the United States as a result of the vessel’s history of operating in a continuous substandard condition in waters subject to United States jurisdiction. The policy became effective on September 1, 2010. 75 Fed. Reg. 67386 (November 2, 2010).
NOAA – NARW ship strike reduction
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Compliance Guide for North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) ship strike reduction explains that the ten-knot speed limit applying to vessels of 65 feet in length or greater came into effect on November 1 in the Mid-Atlantic US Seasonal Management Areas. The speed limit and mandatory ship reporting requirement will come into effect on November 15 for the Southeast US Seasonal Management Area. The ship strike reduction rule is discussed in greater detail in the NOAA news release. (11/1/10).
FMC – NOI re EU repeal of liner shipping block exemption
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) soliciting information and comments concerning the effects on international liner shipping of the repeal by the European Union (EU) of the liner block exemption from competition laws that took effect on October 18, 2008. This information will assist the Commission in its identification, analysis, and evaluation of any consequences of the EU policy decision on US trades. Responses should be submitted by January 18, 2011. (11/1/10).
MARAD – application for membership on MTSNAC
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that applications for membership on the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) should be submitted by November 17. (11/1/10).
USCG – NMC performance report for October
The US Coast Guard posted the October Performance Report of the National Maritime Center (NMC) Marine Credentialing Program. The report shows, for the month of October, an inventory of 2,987 credential applications, a throughput ratio of 99%, and a net processing time of 18.46 days. (11/1/10).
EC – integration of maritime surveillance
The European Commission (EC) posted its Draft Roadmap towards establishing the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain. The goal is to generate a situational awareness of activities at sea impacting on maritime safety and security, border control, maritime pollution and the marine environment, fisheries control, general law enforcement, defense, and economic interests, so as to facilitate sound decision-making. (10/20/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friend Louis J. Le Gendre of International Shipping & Logistics.
Australia – container ship grounds, is refloated
Maritime Safety Queensland issued a media release stating that a container ship en route from Brisbane to Singapore grounded on a sand bank in Moreton Bay. There have been no reports of injury or pollution. A second media release states that the ship has been refloated and its hull is being inspected for damage. The incident is under investigation. (11/1/10).
Australia – carriage and use of ECDIS
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance regarding the carriage and use of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). The requirement for carriage and use of ECDIS enters into force on 1 July 2011. Marine Notice 15/2010 (10/21/10).
Australia – helicopter operations
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing advice to ship owners, operators, masters, shipping agents, port authorities, pilotage providers, classification societies, and helicopter operators regarding ship-helicopter operations. AMSA has accepted as an example of best practice the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Guide to Ship Helicopter Operations, 4th Edition, as it is the most up-to-date guide promoting standardized procedures for ship-helicopter operations. Marine Notice 16/2010 (10/29/10).
Singapore – specifications of marine fuel
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising that, from 1 July 2012, all Singapore bunker suppliers will be required to comply with ISO 8217:2010 regarding specifications of marine fuel. Port Marine Circular 13/2010 (11/1/10).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
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