Headlines: USCG – self-defense of vessels of the United States; BOEMRE – leases for wind power facilities on Delaware OCS; Gravesend Bay – safety zone; San Diego – proposed amendments to cruise ship safety zones; Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – temporary traffic restrictions; UN – proposal for special courts to prosecute pirates; and Indian Ocean – pirates hijack cargo vessel.
January 27, 2011
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USCG – self-defense of vessels of the United States
The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its current policy regarding standard rules for the use of force for self-defense of vessels of the United States. The current policy is published at Port Security Advisory (3-09). Comments should be submitted by March 1. 76 Fed. Reg. 4706 (January 26, 2011).
BOEMRE – leases for wind power facilities on Delaware OCS
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a notice regarding commercial leasing of areas on the outer continental shelf (OCS) off Delaware for wind power facilities. One responsive and responsible indication of interest has been received. Others interested in such a lease must submit a proposal by February 10. 76 Fed. Reg. 4716 (January 26, 2011).
Gravesend Bay – safety zone
The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule establishing a temporary safety zone in Gravesend Bay, New York Harbor, to protect persons and vessels from recently discovered military munitions. The safety zone will be in effect through 30 June. 76 Fed. Reg. 4529 (January 26, 2011).
San Diego – proposed amendments to cruise ship security zones
The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for security zones on navigable waters adjacent to cruise ships operating in the Port of San Diego. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 28. 76 Fed. Reg. 4833 (January 27, 2011).
Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – temporary traffic restrictions
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal between Mile Markers 296.1 and 296.7 will be closed to navigation from 7 a.m., January 27 until 7 a.m., January 29 so that the US Army Corps of Engineers can continue testing the electric dispersal barrier. (1/26/11).
UN – proposal for special courts to prosecute pirates
The United Nations issued a news release stating that the UN special envoy on maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia has proposed setting up two special courts in Somalia (one each in Puntland and in Somaliland) and one in Tanzania to prosecute suspected pirates. Mr. Jack Lang said the estimated $25 million cost is relatively modest compared to $7 billion estimated cost of piracy in the area to date. (1/25/11). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friends John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services and Ron Signorino of Blue Oceana.
Indian Ocean – pirates hijack cargo vessel
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the general cargo vessel Beluga Nomination has been hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean approximately 350 nautical miles north of the Seychelles. The condition of the crew of 12 is unknown. (1/25/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
© Dennis L. Bryant – January 2011