Headlines: OFAC – economic sanctions against Iran; USCG – Safety Alerts re fixed firefighting system; USCG – restricted endorsements for operators of uninspected passenger vessels; USCG – top videos for 2010; NBSAC – meeting; UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport; EU – regulating air emissions from ships; Australia – audit and review of security plans; Australia – Great Barrier Reef ship reporting system; and Hong Kong – New Year’s celebration.
December 22, 2010
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OFAC – economic sanctions against Iran
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release stating that it has expanded the economic sanctions against Iran to designate additional entities. Of particular interest is the addition to the list of Moallem Insurance Company for providing marine insurance to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) vessels. (12/21/10).
USCG – Safety Alerts re fixed firefighting system
The US Coast Guard issued two Safety Alerts regarding shipboard fixed firefighting systems. Alert 10(a)-10 advises that investigation of a recent machinery space fire on a relatively new vessel revealed that the shipyard commissioning test procedures differed materially from procedures documented in the vessel’s Firefighting Instruction Manual (FIM). Utilizing the FIM, the master was unable to activate the fixed firefighting system for the machinery space. Stakeholders are strongly recommended to ensure that all supporting documentation for such systems is consistent with each other and with the relevant systems actually installed. Alert 10(b)-10 advises that investigation of a recent machinery space fire on a relatively new vessel revealed that numerous problems with the installation of the vessel’s fixed firefighting system had been overlooked during commissioning and during recent servicing and inspection by an authorized service provider. Stakeholders are strongly recommended to carefully and critically review, routinely inspect and maintain, and verify and test their fixed firefighting installations to ensure that they will operate correctly during an emergency. (12/21/10).
USCG – restricted endorsements for operators of uninspected passenger vessels
The US Coast Guard published guidance to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMIs) in determining appropriate qualifications for merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) for restricted endorsements for operators of uninspected passenger vessels (OUPVs). CG-543 Policy Letter 10-04 (5/10/10).
USCG – top videos for 2010
NBSAC – meeting
The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) and its subcommitteess, sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet in Orlando on January 14-16. 75 Fed. Reg. 80515 (December 22, 2010).
UNCTAD – Review of Maritime Transport
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its Review of Maritime Transport 2010. It shows that international seaborne trade contracted by 4.5% in 2009 to 7.84 billion tons. Recovery is underway, but it has proven to be slow and uneven. (12/20/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Jean-Philippe Gobillon of Adnavis.
EU – regulating air emissions from ships
The European Union (EU) Joint Research Centre (JRC) issued its report on Regulating Emissions from Ships. The report finds that maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions. A process for regulating air emissions from ships is currently under discussion in the IMO and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This report provides a comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions, and proposes policy options for reducing the emissions. (12/20/10).
Australia – audit and review of security plans
The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport issued a Guidance Paper on Requirements for Internal and External Audit and Review of Security Plans, applicable to maritime security plans of facilities, vessels, and offshore facilities. (12/20/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services, Inc.
Australia – Great Barrier Reef ship reporting system
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release reminding the maritime community that the expanded mandatory ship reporting system for the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef comes into effect on 1 July 2011. (12/21/10).
Hong Kong – New Year’s Celebration
The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice reminding mariners that the New Year’s Celebration and pyrotechnic display will occur in the Central Harbour on the evening of December 31, 2010. Vessels in the vicinity should exercise caution. Notice 194/2010 (12/20/10).
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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