Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bryant’s Maritime Blog–12 July 2011

Headlines: BOEMRE – Mid-Atlantic offshore wind EA; NOAA – largetooth sawfish designated endangered; Columbia River – barge breaks free, then corralled; House – bill introduced to allow coastwise operation of foreign cruise ships; and UK – SAR helicopter service.

July 12, 2011

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BOEMRE – Mid-Atlantic offshore wind EA

clip_image004 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on its draft environmental assessment (EA) considering the environmental impacts and socioeconomic effects of issuing renewable energy leases in identified Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The development is part of the Smart from the Start project. Comments should be submitted by August 11. 76 Fed. Reg. 40925 (July 12, 2011).

NOAA – largetooth sawfish designated endangered

clip_image006 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule designating the largetooth sawfish as endangered throughout its range. NOAA does not intend to designate critical habitat for the species. 76 Fed. Reg. 40822 (July 12, 2011).

Columbia River – barge breaks free, then corralled

clip_image008 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and others responded to a barge on the Columbia River that broke away from its mooring three miles downstream from the Dalles Dam. The barge has now been secured and the incident is under investigation. (7/11/11).

House – bill introduced to allow coastwise operation of foreign cruise ships

clip_image010 Representative Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the Cruising and Restoring U.S. Investment and Stimulating Employment Act (H.R. 2460) to amend title 46, United States Code, to allow operation of foreign-flag cruise ships in the coastwise trade of the United States. (7/8/11).

UK – SAR helicopter service

clip_image012 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued the statement of Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond advising that, owing to irregularities in the bidding process, the procurement of future search and rescue (SAR) helicopter capability will not go forward at this time. The current arrangements will continue in place until the issues have been resolved. (7/11/11).

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Dennis L. Bryant

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