Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bryant’s Maritime Blog–4 November 2010

Headlines: EPA – gasoline with greater than 10% ethanol; MARAD – withdrawal of foreign rebuilding proposal; OFAC – sanctions against North Korea; FMC – NOI re EU liner shipping exemption repeal; Indian Ocean – small passenger vessel hijacked by pirates; IMO – environmental project agreement signed with Norway; and UK – CPP control failure results in allision with lock gates.

November 4, 2010

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EPA – gasoline with greater than 10% ethanol

clip_image004 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a regulatory program to help mitigate the potential for misfueling certain engines, vehicles, and equipment with gasoline containing greater than 10% by volume ethanol up to 15% ethanol (E15). The proposed rule would require all E15 gasoline fuel dispensers to have a label if a retail station chooses to sell E15 and seeks comment on separate labeling requirements for fuel blender pumps and fuel pumps that dispense E85. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by January 3, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 68043 (November 4, 2010). Note: Dispensing of E15 gasoline is an issue of particular importance to owners and operators of many recreational and similar vessels as E15 gasoline may damage some seals and fuel lines currently in use.

MARAD – withdrawal of foreign rebuilding proposal

clip_image006 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is withdrawing its proposal to reconsider the standards that should be applied concerning determinations of foreign reconstruction or rebuilding of US-built vessels for purposes of participation in the Capital Construction Fund (CCF) and Cargo Preference programs. MARAD notes that recent federal court decisions seem to have resolved questions in this regard. 75 Fed. Reg. 68019 (November 4, 2010).

OFAC – sanctions against North Korea

clip_image008 clip_image010 The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued regulations, with immediate effect, revising the US economic sanctions with respect to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea). OFAC intends to supplement these regulations with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy. 75 Fed. Reg. 67912 (November 4, 2010).

FMC – NOI re EU liner shipping exemption repeal

clip_image012 clip_image014 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. 75 Fed. Reg. 67970 (November 4, 2010).

Indian Ocean – small passenger vessel hijacked by pirates

clip_image016 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that a Comorian vessel with a crew of nine and carrying 20 passengers has been hijacked by pirates while en route from Comoros to Dar es Salam, Tanzania. (11/3/10).

IMO – environmental project agreement signed with Norway

clip_image018 clip_image020 The IMO issued a news release stating that it and the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad) signed a framework Co-operation Agreement, under which Norad will provide contributions to the Organization’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme. A sum of some US$3 million will be made available under the Agreement, to be drawn down on a project-by-project basis over a three-year period. The selected projects will concentrate on activities related to the protection of the marine environment, focusing on development co operation to enhance the capacities of developing countries to implement and enforce related IMO standards. (11/3/10).

UK – CPP control failure results in allision with lock gates

clip_image022 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted the summary of its Preliminary Examination into the allision of a general cargo vessel with the lock gates at Immingham. Examination revealed that, as the vessel was departing the lock, it suffered a controllable pitch propeller (CPP) control power failure, causing the vessel to accelerate. The cause of the failure could not be determined. (11/3/10).

If you have questions regarding the above items, please contact the editor:

Dennis L. Bryant

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135



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