Headlines: Sabine-Neches Waterway – security zone finalized; San Diego – security zone removed; FWS – meeting of Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council; House – bill introduced re OCS drilling; House – bill introduced re OPA 90 responsible parties; House – bill introduced re restoration of Gulf coastal areas; Australia – National Ports Strategy; Australia – current ASMA Marine Notices; and Ireland – current DoT Marine Notices.
January 11, 2011
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Sabine-Neches Waterway – security zone finalized
The US Coast Guard promulgated a rulemaking finalizing its current interim rule the established a moving security zone for certain vessels in Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone Port Arthur and fixed security zones encompassing the mooring basins for LNG carriers while they are at Golden Pass LNG facility in Sabine and/or the Sabine Pass LNG facility in Cameron Parish. The final rule comes into effect on February 10. 76 Fed. Reg. 1519 (January 11, 2011).
San Diego – security zone removed
The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule removing a security zone on waters of San Diego Bay at the former Fleet Industrial Supply Center Pier. The pier is no longer owned by the US Navy and the security zone is no longer necessary. The final rule comes into effect on February 10. 76 Fed. Reg. 1521 (January 11, 2011).
FWS – meeting of Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will conduct a teleconference meeting on January 27. 76 Fed. Reg. 1628 (January 11, 2011).
House – bill introduced re OCS drilling
Representative Connolly (D-VA) introduced the Offshore Pollution Environmental Review Act (OPERA) (H.R. 52) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that treatment of the issuance of any exploration plans, development production plans, development operation coordination documents, and lease sales required under Federal law for offshore drilling activity on the outer Continental Shelf as a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment for the purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and for other purposes. (1/5/11).
House – bill introduced re OPA 90 responsible parties
Representative Connolly (D-VA) introduced the Stand by your Oil Pollution Act (STOP Act) (H.R. 54) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to extend liability to corporations, partnerships, and other persons having ownership interests in responsible parties, and for other purposes. (1/5/11).
House – bill introduced re restoration of Gulf coastal areas
Representative Scalise (R-LA) introduced the Gulf Coast Restoration Act (H.R. 56) to provide for restoration of the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and for other purposes. (1/5/11).
Australia – National Ports Strategy
The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese issued a media release announcing publication of the National Ports Strategy. When fully implemented, it will require ports to develop long-range development plans; provide a better balance between local communities and the needs of industry; streamline the environmental assessment and approval process; and place greater focus on performance. (1/7/11).
Australia – current AMSA Marine Notices
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a listing of its previous marine notices that remain in effect, as well as a list of those that have been recently cancelled. Marine Notice 1/2011 (1/7/11).
Ireland – current DoT Marine Notices
The Irish Department of Transport (DoT) issued a listing of its previous marine notices that remain in effect. Marine Notice 01 of 2011 (1/10/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
© Dennis L. Bryant – January 2011