Headlines: National Commission – draft partial findings; DOJ – company sentenced to $1.75 million fine for knowing discharges; Detroit – jail term for making false distress call; FERC – Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project; OFAC – information re Somali SDNs; EU NAVFOR – surveillance and disruption of pirates; Somali Basin – two pirate action groups disrupted; Somali Basin – pirate vessel destroyed; EMSA – November newsletter; India – accession to Wreck Removal Convention; and Back to standard time – Sunday, November 7, 2010.
November 5, 2010
Bryant’s Maritime Blog
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National Commission – draft partial findings
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling posted draft partial findings prepared by its staff stating, among other things, that the national interest requires continuation and expansion of a strong offshore drilling program, but one with a better balancing of risk and with greater safety protections for human life, the environment, and the economy. (11/1/10).
DOJ – company sentenced to $1.75 million fine for knowing discharges
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a new release stating that a ship operator was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $1.75 million and to remit a payment of $350,000 as community service after pleading guilty to knowingly discharging oil from one of its ships in Antarctic waters, bypassing the oily water separator. The company was also placed on probation for three years, during which time it will be required to operate under an environmental compliance plan. (11/4/10).
Detroit – jail term for making false distress call
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a Detroit man was convicted in federal court of making a false distress call to the Coast Guard as part of a scheme to fake his own death. Coast Guard rescue crews were diverted from actual response calls to answer this one. The individual was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, supervised release for three years, a special assessment of $100, and was ordered to pay $14,302 in restitution to the Coast Guard. (11/3/10).
FERC – Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Under the proposal, a plant would be constructed and operated in Cameron County, Louisiana for liquefaction and export of natural gas. Comments on this proposed project should be submitted by November 29. 75 Fed. Reg. 68347 (November 5, 2010).
OFAC – information re Somali SDNs
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted a document, updated September 22, 2010, providing information regarding Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) listed in accordance with E.O. 13536 relating to terrorist activity in Somalia. Four of the listed individuals (Abshir Abdullahi “Boyah”; Mohamed Abdi Garaad; Farer Mohammed Mana’a; and Mohamed Sa’id “Atom”) are, according to the document, associated with piracy and/or arms shipments by boat to Somalia. (11/3/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Allen Black of Winston & Strawn LLP.
EU NAVFOR – surveillance and disruption of pirates
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that it conducts surveillance of sensitive areas to detect the presence of suspected pirates. Friendly approaches are made to non-suspicious vessels, while suspicious vessels are investigated. Commercial maritime traffic is monitored. (11/4/10).
Somali Basin – two pirate action groups disrupted
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the warship SPS Galicia located and disrupted two pirate action groups in waters off the coast of Kenya. (11/4/10).
Somali Basin – pirate vessel destroyed
The UK Ministry of Defence issued a news release stating that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Fort Victoria, deployed in Somali Basin, located, boarded, and destroyed a pirate vessel found to be carrying assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. Also found on board the whaler were two hand-held GPS receivers, three makeshift ladder sections, and four mobile phones. A small skiff was being towed astern. The whaler was destroyed. The nine suspected pirates were placed on the skiff and provided with oars so as to reach shore. (11/3/10).
EMSA – November newsletter
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted its November newsletter. This edition addresses, among other things, possible changes to the agency’s mission and the recent IMO audit of the EU’s LRIT Data Centre. (11/4/10).
India – accession to Wreck Removal Convention
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to accede to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 and to proceed with the amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 which will become necessary, consequent to the accession of the said Convention. (11/4/10).
Back to standard time – Sunday, November 7, 2010
Long-suffering readers are reminded that, at 2:00 a.m., local time, on Sunday, November 7, the United States goes back to standard time (from GMT-4 to GMT-5 for the Eastern Time Zone). Many nations observe daylight saving time during their summer season, but the dates for conversion between standard time and daylight saving time are not uniform and can lead to confusion, so be careful.
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
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