Headlines: White House – Asian Carp Control Strategy; National Commission – final report due on January 11; BOEMRE – increased safety measures for OCS energy development; USCG – Shipboard Air Emission Reduction Technology Report; New York – safety zone around unexploded ordinance; USCG – salvage and marine firefighting requirements; House – bill introduced re oil spill judicial relief; Senate – MARAD Authorization bill reported out of committee; Wisconsin – proposal to adopt IMO ballast water standard; Gulf of Aden – pirates thwarted by razor wire; New Zealand – Safe Seas, Clean Seas; New Zealand – Look Out; and Singapore – amendments relating to IOPP Certificate and ORB.
December 23, 2010
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White House – Asian Carp Control Strategy
The White House released the 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework. As noted in the accompanying Summary, the Framework outlines a series of new projects to protect the Great Lakes from possible harmful effects of entry into those waters of the Asian carp. Among other things, the Task Force plans to develop alternate trap and net designs for Asian carp and to assess the impact of steel-hulled barges on the electric barriers. (12/15/10).
National Commission – final report due on January 11
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling issued a news release stating that it plans to release its final report on January 11, 2011. (12/22/10).
BOEMRE – increased safety measures for OCS energy development
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on its Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis regarding Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Comments should be submitted by January 24, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 80717 (December 23, 2010).
USCG – Shipboard Air Emission Reduction Technology Report
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are commencing a study on Shipboard Air Emission Reduction Technology for cargo and passenger vessels that operate in US waters and ports. Plans call for a survey of new and existing technology and any impediments to implementation. Comments and information should be submitted January 18, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 80833 (December 23, 2010).
New York – safety zone around unexploded ordinance
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has established a temporary safety zone in Gravesend Bay in the Port of New York to keep vessels away from unexploded ordinance recently discovered on the seabed southeast of the Brooklyn end of the Verrazano Bridge. (12/22/10).
USCG – salvage and marine firefighting requirements
Stakeholders are reminded that the Final Rule relating to salvage and marine firefighting requirements for vessel response plans (VRPs) for oil will come into effect on February 22, 2011.
House – bill introduced re oil spill judicial redress
Representative Markey (D-MA) introduced the Oil Spill Victims Redress Act (H.R. 6568) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to facilitate the ability of persons affected by oil spills to seek judicial redress. (12/21/10).
Senate – MARAD Authorization bill reported out of committee
The Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (S. 3566), as amended, has been reported out of committee and is available for consideration by the full Senate. (12/21/10).
Wisconsin – proposal to adopt IMO ballast water standard
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) issued a news release stating that it is proposing to change its requirements regarding ballast water discharges for ocean-going ships. The proposed requirements would adopt those provided for by the IMO, but would require that ocean-going ships continue to flush their ballast tanks at sea. A Feasibility Report prepared for the concluded that there is no available technology that could meet the previous WDNR standard (100 times greater than that required by the IMO) and that there would be no effective means of testing a vessel’s ballast water discharge for compliance with the previous WDNR standard. (12/21/10).
Gulf of Aden – pirates thwarted by razor wire
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that an attempt by pirates to board the cargo ship Thor Nautilus in the Gulf of Aden was thwarted through use of best management practices. The pirates were unable to penetrate the razor wire that had been fitted to the sides of the ship. (12/22/10).
New Zealand – Safe Seas, Clean Seas
Maritime New Zealand posted the December 2010 edition of its marine safety and environmental protection publication Safe Seas, Clean Seas. (12/22/10).
New Zealand – Look Out
Maritime New Zealand posted the December 2010 edition of its marine accident prevention publication Look Out. (12/22/10).
Singapore – amendments relating to IOPP Certificate and ORB
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding mariners that the Singapore Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Oil) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, giving effect to MEPC Resolutions 186(59) and 187(59), come into effect on 1 January 2011. Among other things, these amendments make changes to the IOPP Certificate and to the Oil Record Book (ORB). Shipping Circular 22/2010 (12/21/10).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
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