Headlines: USCG – self-defense of vessels of the United States; USCG – NOSAC vacancies; Massachusetts – “no discharge” zone; USCG – NMC performance report; BOEMRE – locating gas hydrate deposits; NOAA, BOEMRE & FWS – survey of protected marine species; IMO – Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea; IMO – World Maritime Day 2012; EMSA – Maritime Accident Review; and ReCAAP – boardings by robbers deterred.
July 6, 2011
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USCG – self-defense of vessels of the United States
The US Coast Guard published a notice stating that it completed a review of policy and public comments received regarding standard rules for use of force for self-defense of vessels of the United States. It determined that the current authorization in 33 U.S.C. § 383, Resistance of Pirates by Merchant Vessels, and the guidance published by the Coast Guard in Port Security Advisory 3-09 provide an adequate framework for standard rules for use of force for self-defense. 76 Fed. Reg. 39411 (July 6, 2011).
USCG – NOSAC vacancies
The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). Applications should be received by August 22. 76 Fed. Reg. 39410 (July 6, 2011).
Massachusetts – “no discharge” zone
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for coastal waters of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, collectively termed the Outer Cape Cod. 76 Fed. Reg. 39395 (July 6, 2011).
USCG – NMC performance report
The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) posted its Performance Report for June 2011. The report shows that there were 2288 merchant mariner credential applications being processed, down slightly from the previous month, and that the current net processing time (which does not include time waiting for information from mariners) was 15.81 days, down slightly from the previous month. (7/5/11).
BOEMRE – locating gas hydrate deposits
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a news release stating that it has completed a study of new and more effective methods of predicting, detecting, and mapping the occurrence of gas hydrates in deepwater environments. (7/5/11).
NOAA, BOEMRE & FWS – survey of protected marine species
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that, in cooperation with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), it is conducting a survey of protected marine species on the US Atlantic coast. (7/5/11).
IMO – Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
The IMO issued a news release stating that the 2011 Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will go to Captain Seog Hae-gyun of the Republic of Korea for his heroic actions to keep his vessel and crew safe, while suffering vicious assaults, following a hijack by pirates off the coast of Somalia. He delayed the vessel and surreptitiously communicated information to naval forces, which facilitated a dramatic rescue by commandos and resulted in the rescue of all 21 crew members. During the hijack, Captain Seog was subjected to a number of assaults, causing fractures to his legs and shoulders. He was later shot twice in the abdomen and once in the upper thigh, required several surgical operations, and almost lost his life. (7/4/11).
IMO – World Maritime Day 2012
The IMO issued a news release stating that the theme for World Maritime Day 2012 will be “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”. (7/4/11).
EMSA – Maritime Accident Review
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted its Maritime Accident Review 2010. This is the fourth in the EMSA’s series of statistical and analytical reports on commercial shipping accidents in and around EU waters. The number of accidents (559) and lives lost (61) represents a small increase over the number for 2009. (7/4/11).
ReCAAP – boardings by robbers deterred
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert stating that it recently received two reports of attempted armed robbery of ships. On July 1, robbers tried to board a bulk carrier underway in the Strait of Singapore, but were deterred by evasive action. On July 2, robbers tried to board a tug underway northeast of Horsburgh Light, but fled when the alarm was sounded. (7/4/11).
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
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