Monday, June 13, 2011

Bryant’s Maritime Blog–13 June 2011

Headlines: PNT – LightSquared effects on GPS; Lake Charles – exportation of LNG; Massachusetts – taking marine mammals incidental to LNG operation; Los Angeles – San Pedro Waterfront Project; USCG – CTAC; Columbia River – Cottonwood Island Anchorage; Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – temporary safety zone; USCG – mooring line operational safety; House – bill introduced re petroleum development off Cuba; Somalia – pirates release freighter; ReCAAP – robbers board LPG tanker; ReCAAP – robbers board general cargo ship; EMSA – June newsletter; Dubai – unauthorized anchoring; Hong Kong – sea parade; India – cruise shipping; Ireland & France SAR cooperation agreement; Panama Canal – locks maintenance & transit reservation; Singapore – autonomous system experiments; and UK – regulation of ship-to-ship transfers.

June 13, 2011

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PNT – LightSquared effects on GPS

clip_image004 The Space-Based Positioning, Navigation & Timing Committee posted its Report concerning LightSquared Effects on GPS Test and Analysis Results. Testing shows that all GPS receiver applications evaluated were impacted to one degree or another by the proposed LightSquared network. (6/9/11). Note: LightSquared proposes to build a nationwide high-speed wireless broadband network. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has conditioned approval of the LightSquared proposal on results of the testing program.

Lake Charles – exportation of LNG

clip_image006 The Department of Energy issued a notice stating that it received an application by Lake Charles Exports LLC requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export up to 15 million metric tons per annum of domestic natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) for a 25-year period. Comments on this application should be submitted by August 12. 76 Fed. Reg. 34212 (June 13, 2011).

Massachusetts – taking marine mammals incidental to LNG operation

clip_image008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule governing the taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to port commissioning and operations at the Neptune Deepwater Port for liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation in Massachusetts Bay for the period of July 2011 through July 2016. 76 Fed. Reg. 34157 (June 13, 2011).

Los Angeles – San Pedro Waterfront Project

clip_image010 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has made available its Final General Conformity Determination and Record of Decision (ROD) for the San Pedro Waterfront Project in the Port of Los Angeles. 76 Fed. Reg. 34212 (June 13, 2011).


clip_image012 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that establishment of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of the US Coast Guard. Comments on this action should be submitted by July 13. 76 Fed. Reg. 34240 (June 13, 2011).

Columbia River – Cottonwood Island Anchorage

clip_image012[1] The US Coast Guard proposes to increase the size of the Cottonwood Island Anchorage on the Columbia River. Comments should be submitted by July 13. 76 Fed. Reg. 34197 (June 13, 2011).

Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal – temporary safety zone

clip_image012[2] The US Coast Guard has established, through June 21, a temporary safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal from Mile Marker 296.1 to Mile Marker 296.7 near Romeoville, Illinois during the temporary simultaneous operation of dispersal barriers IIA and IIB. The rule will be enforced daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 21. 76 Fed. Reg. 34145 (June 13, 2011).

USCG – mooring line operational safety

clip_image013 The USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Marine Safety Alert reminding mariners and operators of the inherent dangers involved in line-handling operations. During the past two years, the sector has investigated two deaths and nine injuries related to line-handling. (5/26/11).

House – bill introduced re petroleum development off Cuba

clip_image015 Representative Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced the Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 2047) to amend the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 to exclude from the United States aliens who contribute to the ability of Cuba to develop petroleum resources located off Cuba's coast and to provide for the imposition of sanctions and prohibition on facilitation of development of Cuba's petroleum resources, and for other purposes. (5/26/11).

Somalia – pirates release freighter

clip_image017 The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that the freighter Yuan Xiang and its crew of 29 have been released from pirate control off the coast of Somalia. The vessel had been hijacked on 13 November 2010 approximately 650 nautical miles east of Salalah, Oman. (6/9/11).

ReCAAP – robbers board LPG tanker

clip_image019 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an alert stating that an LPG tanker was boarded by robbers while underway approximately 3.6 nm southeast of Raffles Lighthouse in the Singapore Strait. The robbers escaped with laptops, mobile phones, and cash. The crew was not injured. Incident Alert 14-2011 (6/7/11).

ReCAAP – robbers board general cargo ship

clip_image019[1] The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an alert stating that a general cargo ship was boarded by robbers while underway approximately 1.9 nm west of Batu Berhanti buoy in the Singapore Strait. The robbers escaped with watches, mobile phones, and clothing. The crew was not injured. Incident Alert 13-2011 (6/3/11).

EMSA – June newsletter

clip_image021 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted its newsletter for June 2011. This edition discusses, among other things, the Blue Belt pilot program to streamline procedures for intra-European shipping and development of an integrated maritime monitoring service (MARSURV) to allow EU NAVFOR to track merchant vessels in the High Risk Area off the coast of Somalia. (6/8/11).

Dubai – unauthorized anchoring

clip_image023 The Government of Dubai issued a Maritime Bulletin stating that it will closely monitor and identify vessels that are anchoring in Dubai waters without authorization from the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA). Mariners are advised to carefully ascertain their location, request permission from the DMCA to anchor, and maintain their AIS transmission during their time in UAE waters. (6/5/11).

Hong Kong – sea parade

clip_image025 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that a sea parade made up of launches of the disciplinary services will proceed from Causeway Bay to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 0745 hours and 0805 hours on 1 July to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Notice 63-2011 (6/10/11).

India – cruise shipping

clip_image027 The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that India’s first cruise liner and onboard training ship has been commissioned. The Cruise Shipping policy permits 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Shipping Sector including Cruise Shipping. Foreign flag cruise ships/vessels have also been permitted to make coastal voyages between different ports of India in relaxation of the provisions of Section 407(1) of the MS Act. (6/8/11).

Ireland & France – SAR cooperation agreement

clip_image029 clip_image031 The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a press release stating that Ireland and France signed an agreement on cooperation regarding search and rescue (SAR) services in waters off each other’s coast. The technical agreement allows for the mutual cooperation and interoperability of aviation assets in the event of a major incident. (6/9/11).

Panama Canal – locks maintenance and transit reservation

clip_image033 The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that, from June 14 through June 24, the centerwall culvert at Gatun Locks will be out of service for rehabilitation of rising stem valves, replacement of cylindrical valves, and other maintenance work. During this period, lockages through Gatun Locks will take longer than usual. In addition, the east lane of Miraflores Locks will be closed for miter gate maintenance work from June 17 through June 23. Therefore, Transit Reservation System Condition 1.a will be in effect from June 13 through June 17 and again from June 23 through June 24. Condition 2 will be in effect from June 18 through June 22. Advisory 11-2011 (6/9/11).

Singapore – autonomous system experiments

clip_image035 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a notice stating that, from 25 June to 26 July, autonomous system experiments will be conducted in various working areas in Singapore waters. Experiments and collection of data will be carried out by deploying autonomous underwater vehicles, which will be closely followed by safety boats. Mariners are reminded to keep well clear of the working areas. Port Marine Notice 72-2011 (6/10/11)

UK – regulation of ship-to-ship transfers

clip_image037 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) posted the statement by Mike Penning, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, regarding legislation to regulate ship-to-ship transfers of oil carried as cargo in territorial waters outside harbor authority areas. The DfT also posted a summary of comments received by Suffolk residents and responses thereto. (6/8/11).

If you have questions regarding the above items, please contact the editor:

Dennis L. Bryant

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135



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