Headlines: NATO – enforcing arms embargo against Libya; EU – additional sanctions against Libya; IMO – maritime operations in Japan; CBP & USCG – procedures with regard to arrivals from Japan; Gulf of Mexico – response to oil spill; USCG – two High Endurance Cutters to be decommissioned; Crescent City – crane barge arrives to begin debris removal; IMO – maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean; Australia – AMSA Levy Payment Portal; and Canada – Atlantic Gateway announced.
March 25, 2011
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NATO – enforcing arms embargo against Libya
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issued a news release stating that its warships and aircraft have begun patrolling the approaches to Libya to enforce the United Nations arms embargo. The warships may stop and board any vessel they suspect of violating the embargo. (3/23/11).
EU – additional sanctions against Libya
The Council of the European Union issued a press release stating that the EU has adopted additional sanctions against Libya so as to implement the most recent UN Security Council resolution. Most trade with the Government of Libya and its various public and commercial entities is prohibited. (3/24/11).
IMO – maritime operations in Japan
The IMO issued a news release advising masters to comply with the latest NAVAREA warnings relating to Japan. Ports not damaged by the earthquake and tsunami are operating normally and radiation does not present a health hazard. (3/24/11).
CBP & USCG – procedures with regard to arrivals from Japan
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) And the US Coast Guard issued a joint message to the maritime community regarding their procedures with regard to the situation in Japan. While the agencies do not expect radiation levels on vessels and cargo arriving from Japan, they are, out of an abundance of caution, instituting certain screening measures. For vessels transiting within 50 miles of the damaged nuclear reactors, the Coast Guard will perform additional screening before the vessel arrives in a US port. For vessels arriving from Japan, CBP will perform a radiation assessment of the vessel and a sample of its cargo when the vessel arrives at its first US port. (3/23/11).
Gulf of Mexico – response to oil spill
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the State of Louisiana are working with the responsible party to clean up an oil spill from an offshore oil platform that was being shut down when oil started leaking. Some oil has reached the shore at Elmer Island. (3/23/11).
USCG – two High Endurance Cutters to be decommissioned
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the High Endurance Cutter Hamilton will be decommissioned on March 28 in San Diego after 44 years of service. The Coast Guard issued a second news release stating that the High Endurance Cutter Chase will be decommissioned on March 29 in San Diego after 43 years of service. (3/24/11).
Crescent City – crane barge arrives to begin debris removal
The Unified Command issued a news release stating that a heavy-lift crane barge has arrived in waters offshore Crescent City, California to begin retrieval and removal of debris from the tsunami that struck the port following the earthquake in Japan. (3/24/11).
IMO – maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean
The IMO issued a news release stating that the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and the IMO have launched a study on maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean. The study will focus on: (1) social aspects; (2) maritime surveillance and safety; and (3) investment in maritime infrastructure. (3/23/11).
Australia – AMSA Levy Payment Portal
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it has launched its Levy Payment Portal, allowing shipping agents and owners to check the status of levies and make payments on line. (3/24/11).
Canada – Atlantic Gateway announced
Transport Canada issued a news release announcing the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor Strategy, intended to open increased maritime and intermodal traffic through the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. (3/23/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
© Dennis L. Bryant – March 2011