Commencing 1 September 2011, my Blogspot blog will no longer be updated. Instead, readers should go to the blog on my official website, located at http://brymar-consulting.com/?page_id=6 . I apologize for any inconvenience, but my official website has the same information and more.
USCG – NPREP exercise;
Senate – hearing on USCG operations in Alaska;
India – response to oil spill from sunken vessel;
Ireland – guidance re 2010 STCW amendments;
UK – report on heavy contact incident; and
Opening of the Panama Canal – August 15, 1914.
August 15, 2011
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USCG – NPREP exercise
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a National Preparedness Response Exercise Program (NPREP) oil spill response exercise will be conducted in the vicinity of Ventura County on September 14 and 15. (8/12/11).
Senate – hearing on USCG operations in Alaska
The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing in Anchorage entitled “Keeping the Coast Guard ‘Always Ready’ in Alaska. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., Commandant, US Coast Guard, testified concerning the service’s operational presence in the Arctic. Changes in Arctic waters, such as the reduction in the ice pack and an expected increase in oil and gas exploration, will require enhancement of the Coast Guard assets and capabilities in that area. (8/12/11).
India – response to oil spill from sunken vessel
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release providing updated information regarding the response to the oil spill from the sunken M/V Rak Carrier off the Mumbai coast. Dispersants are being used to break up the floating oil. Divers will attempt to remove remaining oil from the wreck when weather permits. The crew welfare and logistics are being looked after. (8/12/11). Note: Press reports indicate that the master, chief engineer, and owner are facing criminal prosecution.
Ireland – guidance re 2010 STCW Amendments
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice providing guidance on implementation of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchstanding for Seafarers (STCW Convention). The 2010 Amendments are to enter into force on 1 January 2012 and will be fully effective on 1 January 2017. Marine Notice 42-2011 (8/10/11).
UK – report on heavy contact incident
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the heavy contact between a platform supply vessel and a support vessel in Aberdeen Harbour on 29 May 2010. The primary cause of the incident was poor coordination of the bridge team. Report 15/2011 (8/12/11).
Opening of the Panama Canal – August 15, 1914
The Panama Canal opened to traffic on August 15, 1914 with passage of the SS Ancon (pictured). First conceived in the 1600s, actual construction work was first begun by a French company in 1880. That attempt was defeated primarily by malaria and yellow fever. Work began on the present-day Panama Canal in 1904, success due in large part to wide-scale eradication of the mosquito discovered to carry yellow fever.
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Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
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© Dennis L. Bryant – August 2011