Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bryant’s Maritime Blog–23 November 2010

Headlines: Strait of Hormuz – advisory re threat of terrorist attack; GAO – small boat security strategy and foreign port security; National Commission – staff working papers; Unified Command – eighth bill sent to responsible parties; DOJ – conviction for trafficking in sperm whale teeth and narwhale tusks; DOT – US Atlantic Coast seaports; MARAD – funding for ballast water treatment technology testing; FEMA – grant for St. Bernard Harbor repairs; IMO – preview of MSC session; Arabian Sea – response to pirate attack on Chinese ship; and UK – MAIB Safety Digest.

November 23, 2010

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Strait of Hormuz – advisory re threat of terrorist attack

clip_image004 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing guidance to vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the Southern Arabian Gulf, and the Western Gulf of Oman. It confirms that the claim of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) that it attacked the tanker M Star is valid. The group remains active and can conduct further attacks on vessels in the area. All ships transiting these waters should exercise increased vigilance and caution, particularly during night transits with increased monitoring of small vessel/boat activity. Advisory 2010-10 (11/19/10).

GAO – small boat security strategy and foreign port security

clip_image006 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted its October 22 responses to various questions raised by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Topics addressed in the responses include small boat security, foreign port security, the port security grant program, the transportation worker identification credential (TWIC), and supply chain security. GAO-11-140R (11/22/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services.

National Commission – staff working papers

clip_image008 The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling posted two new staff working papers. The first, Stopping the Spill, discusses efforts to contain and control the blowout of the Macondo well. It concludes that the oil and gas industry was unprepared to respond to a deepwater well blowout on April 20 and that the federal government was unprepared to provide meaningful supervision and oversight of the response to an oil spill of this nature and magnitude. The second, Response/Clean-Up Technology, discusses advances in oil spill response and clean-up technology and continuing research and development efforts in this regard. (11/22/10).

Unified Command – eighth bill sent to responsible parties

clip_image010 The Unified Command issued a news release stating that the Administration sent an eighth bill for $25.4 million to the responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To date, the responsible parties have reimbursed the Administration in the amount of $581 million. (11/19/10).

DOJ – conviction for trafficking in sperm whale teeth and narwhale tusks

clip_image012 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a Massachusetts man has been convicted of trafficking in illegally-imported sperm whale teeth and narwhale tusks. (11/19/10).

DOT – US Atlantic Coast seaports

clip_image014 The Department of Transportation posted a fact sheet highlighting the major Atlantic container ports of New York/New Jersey, Virginia, Charleston, and Savannah, but also discussing other US ports along the Atlantic coast. Emphasis was placed on preparations for the expansion of the Panama Canal. (11/12/10).

MARAD – funding for ballast water treatment technology testing

clip_image004[1] The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a news release stating that it is providing $4 million funding and technical expertise to help upgrade the Great Ships Initiative (GSI) ballast water treatment technology testing facility in Duluth-Superior Harbor. (11/22/10).

FEMA – grant for St. Bernard Harbor repairs

clip_image016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a news release stating that it has provided funding in the amount of $1.86 million for repairs at the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District in Louisiana. The District’s office spaces were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. (11/22/10).

IMO – preview of MSC session

clip_image018 The IMO issued a news release previewing the upcoming session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), scheduled to be held in London on 24 November through 3 December. Topics on the agenda include mandatory fire test procedures; improvements to life boat hooks; piracy and armed robbery against ships; and implementation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. (11/22/10).

Arabian Sea – response to pirate attack on Chinese ship

clip_image020 clip_image022 The US Navy issued a news release stating that the USS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) and the USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) assisted in the response to a suspected pirate attack on the Chinese cargo ship Tai An Kou on November 20 in the North Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman. After the initial response by US Navy forces, the operation was transferred to the Chinese Navy frigate Xuzhou (FFG-530). (11/21/10).

UK – MAIB Safety Digest

clip_image024 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted the latest edition of its Safety Digest. The Chief Inspector voiced the need for improved formal and informal risk assessment before work commences. Safety Digest 2/2010 (11/22/10).

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Dennis L. Bryant

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1 comment:

  1. At the end of 2008 when the demise of h.r.2830 was assured for the start of this administration, all of the states rattle their swords with a predictable response to create meaningful legislation for ballast water, but the foreign shipping industry knew, and said, it was just a “pipe dream” as they knew they had won and a policy following an international approach,in favor of their economic business interest would prevail, instead of any enforceable, meaningful American law to protect all American waters equally. Now Wisconsin one of the last of the Great Lakes States with a loud bark is considering a policy to be the first to cater to foreign shipping. NY ballast water laws will be the last wasted money this administration will need to create with pressure to cave in favor of a weak military plan. Then this administration can proceed with a slow military delay program helping ease the economic pain to foreign shipping, forever giving up the opportunity to put America on a level playing field in manufacturing cost.
    California laws, although tough have historically already, been shown ineffective, because of the cost to make them meaningful through enforcement. This is obvious as the environmentalist, still are fighting for protection, from the ballast water problems that lurk beneath the sea. Unfortunately invasive s, human bacteria and virus, introduction will also be delayed for the whole world with a slow Federal policy or an international plan. As we continue to wait until sometime in the middle of 2011 for the military delay plan, watch NY and their laws, as it will be the tell, to the future, of any “change” in the way America dose business in the world.
    Unless comprehensive Federal policy (preferably law) is created directing the Coast Guard to enforce strong regulation, (law) the historic attitude of disinterest the Coast Guard has displayed will continue considering this an International Maritime Organization problem, allowing international shipping to circumvent compliance with environmental agreements, as is noted in the military millennium report discussing environmental international agreements and the compliance. The idea the EPA will enforce anything without an infrastructure, is a joke as was illustrated by their lack of enforcement for tar balls in Lake Pontchartrain and at Texas beach’s has already shown.