Headlines: Joint Investigation – addendum to DNV report; Massachusetts – commercial wind energy leasing area to be reduced; USCG – MSST 91111 disestablished; EPA – Tier II emission standards for spark-ignition marine engines; Court –dismissal of collateral attack on S&R proceeding; Australia – investigation of grounding in Queensland; New Zealand – changes to pilotage rules; Panama Canal – work on miter gates; Somalia – pirates release bulk carrier; and UK – warning re unexploded ordnance.
May 3, 2011
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Joint Investigation – addendum to DNV report
The USCG-BOEMRE Joint Investigation released Addendum to the Final Report of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) regarding its forensic examination of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer (BOP). The addendum provides corrections to the text of the original report; clarifications requested by BOEMRE relating to fault tree analysis, alternative theories, cutting (or not) of upper VBR hoses via ROV, and support for elastic buckling theory; an update of the off-center drill pipe finite element analysis (FEA) model; and revised figures and update text for the DNV Forensic Report stating at page 156 directly following figure 133. (4/30/11).
Massachusetts – commercial wind energy leasing area to be reduced
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a press release stating that it will reduce the area offshore Massachusetts under consideration for commercial wind energy leasing. This action is being taken following receipt of comments from the Governor, the Congressional delegation, and the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry. BOEMRE has received eleven submissions from ten companies describing commercial leasing interest within the areas covered by the December 29, 2001 Request for Interest (RFI). (5/2/11).
USCG – MSST 91111 disestablished
The US Coast Guard issued an announcement stating that Maritime Safety and Security Team Anchorage (MSST 91111) has been disestablished pursuant to the FY11 Continuing Resolution. ALCOAST 217/11 (4/29/11).
EPA – Tier II emission standards for spark-ignition marine engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it is granting California its request for authorization to enforce its emission standards and other requirements for its second tier (“Tier II”) of emission standards for new marine inboard/sterndrive spark-ignition engines. Petitions for review must be filed by July 5. 76 Fed. Reg. 24872 (May 3, 2011).
Court – dismissal of collateral attack on S&R proceeding
In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit largely affirmed a district court’s dismissal of the complaint filed by a US merchant mariner who was issued an admonishment by the US Coast Guard in a suspension and revocation (S&R) proceeding. This was the plaintiff’s second attack on the admonishment. His first complaint, filed several years ago, was dismissed for failure to exhaust administrative remedies and for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. This complaint is largely a collateral attack on the earlier ruling. The district court this time dismissed the case with prejudice. On appeal, the court upheld the dismissal, but ruled that it should have been without prejudice. Rogers v. Ingolia, No. 10-30648 (5th Cir., May 2, 2011).
Australia – investigation of grounding in Queensland
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a media release stating that it has commenced an investigation into the 29 April grounding of a bulk carrier departing the Auckland Channel in Gladstone Harbour, Queensland. The vessel was refloated with tug assistance on a flooding tide. There were no reports of injury or pollution. (4/29/11).
New Zealand – changes to pilotage rules
Maritime New Zealand issued a media release stating that new pilotage rules came into effect on 1 April 2011. New compulsory pilotage areas have been established in Stewart Island and in the Pelorus Sound/Admiralty Bay/French Pass area. Provides of pilotage services are required to have approved proficiency plans to ensure the proficiency and competence of their pilots is maintained. (5/2/11).
Panama Canal – work on miter gates
The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that, beginning Tuesday, May 3, three separate locks lane outages will take place while work is performed on various miter gates. Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a will be in effect on May 6. Advisory 8-2011 (4/29/11).
Somalia – pirates release bulk carrier
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that Somali pirates have released the bulk carrier Sinar Kudus. The vessel was hijacked on March 16. (5/1/11).
UK – warning re unexploded ordnance
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice advising the public to exercise caution if they encounter items suspected to be unexploded ordnance. While the description and location of the item should be noted and reported, the item should not be touched, moved, or lifted. (5/2/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
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