Headlines: DOT – report on America’s Marine Highways; USN – shipboard energy conservation; Shipping Coordinating Committee – meeting; FMC – rules of practice and procedure; MACOSH – reestablishment and meeting; Galveston – maritime firefighting symposium; USCG – conditions of entry lifted with regard to Mauritania; IMO – MBMs for reduction of GHG emissions; Singapore – award for harbor pilots; and UK – advice re Fukushima accident – redux.
April 6, 2011
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DOT – report on America’s Marine Highways
The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release stating that Secretary Ray LaHood has submitted to Congress the report on America’s Marine Highways. The report highlights the benefits of using coastal and river transportation as part of America’s new clean energy economy. (4/5/11).
USN – shipboard energy conservation
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting innovative concepts from industry and academia that can introduce applications for Navy shipboard energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction with the potential for rapid transition to Fleet operation. The BAA is open until 31 October 2012. (4/5/11).
Shipping Coordinating Committee – meeting
The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will conduct two meetings in Washington, DC to prepare for upcoming events at the IMO. On May 4, the SHC will meet to prepare for the upcoming session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 88). Topics on the agenda include: maritime security, goal-based ship construction standards, LRIT, and dangerous goods. On May 24, the SHC will meet to prepare for the upcoming session of Subcommittee on Safety of Navigation (NAV 57). Topics on the agenda include VDR performance standards, e-navigation strategy implementation plan, AIS policy, and casualty analysis. 76 Fed. Reg. 19176 (April 6, 2011).
FMC – rules of practice and procedure
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is seeking comments on possible amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure to update and clarify its rules and to reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission. Comments should be submitted by May 6. 76 Fed. Reg. 19022 (April 6, 2011).
MACOSH – reestablishment and meeting
The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been reestablished as being in the public interest. It will meet in Washington, DC April 19 and 20. 76 Fed. Reg. 18798 (April 5, 2011).
Galveston – maritime firefighting symposium
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, on April 6, it will conduct a maritime firefighting symposium onboard the Texas Maritime Academy training vessel Cape Gibson docked in Galveston. (4/5/11).
USCG – conditions of entry lifted with regard to Mauritania
The US Coast Guard issued an advisory stating that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has been determined to be maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in its ports. It has therefore been removed from the list of countries with regard to which conditions of entry have been imposed on vessels arriving to the United States therefrom. Port Security Advisory (2-11) (4/5/11). Note: The advisory includes a current list of countries that have not been determined by the US Coast Guard as maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in their ports.
IMO – MBMs for reduction of GHG emissions
The IMO issued a news release stating that steady progress was made in considering the development of suitable market-based measures (MBMs) for international shipping at the third intersessional meeting of IMO’s Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships, held in London on 28 March through 1 April. (4/5/11).
Singapore – award for harbor pilots
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that five Singapore harbor pilots have been presented the Biennial Incentive Award (BIA) for their level of professionalism, teamwork, technical expertise, safety awareness, and shipmaster’s satisfaction. Each award comes with $2,000 in cash and a Certificate of Commendation. (4/5/11).
UK – advice re Fukushima accident – redux
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued Advice to Mariners, Ports, and Port Authorities following the Accident at Fukushima in Japan. It notes that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised that British Nationals observe an 80 km exclusion zone around the reactors. No remedial measures are required for vessels staying outside the exclusion zone. (4/4/11). Note: This item was first posted in yesterday’s newsletter. Unfortunately, the UK authorities misspelled the name of the nuclear facility in both the notice and its URL. They then corrected it in both places, making the old link inoperative.
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
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