Headlines: DOJ – terrorist indictment; Gulf of Aden – crew abandons VLCC, rescued by USN; USCG – risk-based targeting of foreign MODUs; DHS – semi-annual regulatory agenda; DOT – semi-annual regulatory agenda; EMSA – newsletter; Australia – AMSA Aboard; Australia – carriage of electronic nautical publications; Australia – Survival at Sea manual; and Canada – compulsory pilotage certification on Great Lakes.
July 7, 2011
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DOJ – terrorist indictment
The Department of Justice issued a press release stating that Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali national, has been indicted on charges of providing material support to al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), two designated foreign terrorist organizations, as well as conspiring to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives, possessing firearms and explosives in furtherance of crimes of violence, and other violations. He was captured in the Gulf region by the US military on April 19 and questioned for intelligence purposes for more than two months. (7/5/11). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Larry Brennan of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP. Unofficial reports indicate that Warsame was captured while traveling by boat from Somalia to Yemen. He was held on board a US Navy warship in the region for two months while being interrogated.
Gulf of Aden – crew abandons VLCC, rescued by USN
The US Navy issued a news release stating that the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) rescued the crew of the VLCC Brillante Virtuoso in the Gulf of Aden after they abandoned ship due to an uncontrolled fire on board. Before they abandoned ship, the crew reported that they were under attack by pirates. (7/6/11). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Larry Brennan of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP.
USCG – risk-based targeting of foreign MODUs
The US Coast Guard published a notice stating that the Office of Vessel Activities Policy Letter 11-06, Risk-Based Targeting of Foreign Flagged Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) announces changes to the agency’s system used to prioritize inspections of foreign-flagged MODUs and is effective immediately. 76 Fed. Reg. 39885 (July 7, 2011).
DHS – semi-annual regulatory agenda
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its semi-annual regulatory agenda. 76 Fed. Reg. 40073 (July 7, 2011).
DOT – semi-annual regulatory agenda
The Department of Transportation (DOT) published its semi-annual regulatory agenda. 76 Fed. Reg. 40091 (July 7, 2011).
EMSA – newsletter
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted its newsletter for July 2011. This edition includes articles concerning the Maritime Accident Review for 2010, a meeting of ISO environmental experts, and an e-learning package for port state control (PSC) officers. (7/5/11).
Australia – AMSA Aboard
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) posted the latest edition of its periodical ASMA Aboard. This issue includes articles regarding protection of the Great Barrier Reef, port state control, and the Montara Commission of Inquiry. (7/6/11).
Australia – carriage of electronic nautical publications
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice providing guidance regarding use of electronic nautical publications on board ships to meet the carriage requirements for nautical publications as set out in Chapter V (Safety of Navigation) of the SOLAS Convention. Marine Notice 9/2011 (7/4/11).
Australia – Survival at Sea Manual
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice advising of the release of an updated edition of the AMSA publication “Survival at Sea”. The publication is used as a training and instruction manual to provide a comprehensive guide on distress situations and emergencies at sea. Marine Notice 10/2011 (7/4/11).
Canada – compulsory pilotage certification on Great Lakes
Transport Canada issued a media release stating that, effective 1 July 2011, all Canadian ship officers who operate within the Great Lakes region are required to hold a valid pilotage certificate. (7/6/11).
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
© Dennis L. Bryant – July 2011