Headlines: EPA & USCG – enforcement of air pollution requirements; San Francisco Bay – Interagency Operations Center; NTSB – meeting; EPA – coastal development and rising sea levels; NOAA & USN – survey of Civil War wrecks; India & Mozambique – counter-piracy discussions; India – unified UN force needed to combat piracy; Singapore – Green Port Programme; and UK – response to diving incidents.
June 28, 2011
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EPA & USCG – enforcement of air pollution requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Coast Guard entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on the joint enforcement of air pollution requirements for vessels operating in US waters. (6/27/11). Note: The North America Emission Control Area (ECA) will become enforceable in August 2012.
San Francisco Bay – Interagency Operations Center
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a new Interagency Operations Center (IOC) will be formally opened on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay on June 28. The purpose of the IOC is to provide for improved planning, coordination, and execution of maritime operations in the Bay Area involving multiple federal, state, and local agencies. (7/27/11).
NTSB – meeting
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a notice stating that it will meet in Washington, DC on July 12. Among the matters to be considered is the marine accident report concerning the collision between a Coast Guard vessel and a recreational vessel in San Diego on December 20, 2009. 76 Fed. Reg. 37842 (June 28, 2011).
EPA – coastal development and rising sea levels
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a 179-page document entitled Rolling Easements. The document was prepared as part of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program. It explores the tension between coastal development and rising sea levels. (June 2011). Note: While the focus of the report is on beach property, such as hotels and vacation homes, some of the same issues apply to all coastal properties, including wharves, shipyards, and refineries.
NOAA & USN – survey of Civil War wrecks
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it and the US Navy have embarked on a research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels resting on the bed of the James River in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The USS Cumberland was lost on March 8, 1862, after being rammed by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack). The CSS Florida was lost on November 19, 1864 following a collision with a US Navy troop ferry. (6/27/11).
India & Mozambique – counter-piracy discussions
The Indian Ministry of Defence issued a press release stating that a delegation led by the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Mozambique is visiting India. The two governments will discuss, among other things, increased cooperation in combating piracy, including joint maritime patrolling off the coast of Mozambique. (6/27/11).
India – unified UN force needed to combat piracy
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that, while the current international cooperation to combat piracy is a good first step, a unified United Nations force will be required if piracy is to be eradicated. (6/27/11).
Singapore – Green Port Programme
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular announcing establishment of its Green Port Programme (GPP). Under the GPP, a 15% abatement in port dues will be granted to ocean-going ships that use type-approved abatement/scrubber technology or clean fuels during the entire port stay (of 5 days or less) within the Singapore Port Limits. Port Marine Circular 03-2011 A similar inducement is being established to encourage owners and operators of Singapore-flag vessels to reduce harmful air emissions. Shipping Circular 12-2011 (6/27/11).
UK – response to diving incidents
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press release stating that during 2010 it responded to232 diving-related incidents, including 66 decompression illness and 32 rapid ascent incidents. Medical emergencies accounted for 32 incidents. The total number of incidents, which included twelve fatalities, has increased in the last two years. (6/27/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
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Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
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