Headlines: NTSB – meeting; NOAA – members sought for HSRP; FMC – meeting; BOEMRE – improvements to permitting process; USCG – NMC performance report; Upper Hudson River – cleanup project commences; IMO – use of privately contracted armed security personnel; IEA – forecast for increased use of natural gas; Paris MOU – new targeting lists; and Shock & Awe – June 7, 1968.
June 7, 2011
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NTSB – meeting
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet in Washington, DC on June 21 to consider the marine accident report relating to the collision of the tugboat/barge Caribbean Sea/The Resource with the amphibious passenger vessel DUKW 34 in the Delaware River at Philadelphia on July 7, 2010. 76 Fed. Reg. 32993 (June 7, 2011).
NOAA – members sought for HSRP
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). Nominations must be received by July 29. 76 Fed. Reg. 32957 (June 7, 2011).
FMC – meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will meet in its offices in Washington, DC on June 8. During the open session, it will consider the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China request for adjustment of the NVOCC bond rider for China trades. During the closed session, it will consider a status report concerning the Container Freight Index and Derivatives Working Group and a staff briefing on meetings with the Transport Stabilization Agreement Representatives and Shipper Representatives. (6/6/11).
BOEMRE – improvements to permitting process
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a press release stating that is taking steps to improve the oil and gas permit application process. (6/3/11).
USCG – NMC performance report
The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) posted its Performance Report for May 2011. It shows that the Merchant Mariner Credential Application Inventory has declined for the fourth straight month. (6/6/11).
Upper Hudson River – cleanup project commences
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a news release stating that the second and final phase of dredging PCB-contaminated waste from the Upper Hudson River has begun. The cleanup project is expected to take five to seven years to complete. (6/6/11).
IMO – use of privately contracted armed security personnel
The IMO posted its new guidance regarding the use of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships in the high risk area. MSC.1/Circ.1405 is for use by shipowners, ship operators, and shipmasters. MSC.1/Circ.1406 is for use by flag states. (5/23/11). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend John Bennett of Maritime Protective Services.
IEA – forecast for increased use of natural gas
The International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a report entitled Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas. The report notes that natural gas is a flexible fuel that is used extensively in power generation and competes increasingly in most end-use sectors. It offers environmental benefits when compared to other fossil fuels. Gas resources are abundant, well spread across all regions, and recent technological advances have supported increased global trade. The report estimates that, over the next 25 years, natural gas use rise by more than 50% and will account for over 25% of world energy demand. (6/6/11).
Paris MOU – new targeting lists
The Paris MOU issued a press release announcing its new targeting lists for purposes of port state control. Of the 84 flag states evaluated, 18 have been placed on the Black List, 24 on the Grey List, and 42 on the White List. Of the Recognized Organizations evaluated, RINA, ABS, and DNV were considered the best performing. (6/6/11).
Shock & Awe – June 7, 1968
I was in a state of shock and awe on June 7, 1968, when Clara, the love of my life, agreed to marry me. The ceremony took place in the Memorial Chapel at the US Coast Guard Academy, where we repeated our vows 30 years later. Clara continues to exercise her prodigious ability to overlook my many flaws. After 43 years, I still cannot believe my good fortune.
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
© Dennis L. Bryant – June 2011