Commencing 1 September 2011, this 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.
US – economic sanctions against Syria;
DOJ – shipping company sentenced for oil pollution cover-up;
USCG – use of LA51 Joint Non-Lethal Warning Munition;
Houston – ship-barge collision;
USCG – Proceedings magazine looks at MTS;
ReCAAP – July monthly report;
India – consideration of new welfare scheme for seafarers;
Panama Canal – restrictions on oil tankers without double hulls; and
UK – aircraft carrier segment under tow.
August 19, 2011
Bryant’s Maritime Blog
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US – economic sanctions against Syria
President Obama signed an Executive Order imposing economic sanctions against Syria, effective immediately. Supply of services to Syria by any United States person is prohibited, as is the importation of any petroleum or petroleum product of Syrian origin. No United States person may finance or facilitate any transaction by a foreign person that would be prohibited if performed by a United States person. The sanctions are explained in an accompanying Presidential Memorandum. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a notice listing Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for purposes of this Order. (8/18/11).
DOJ – shipping company sentenced for oil pollution cover-up
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a Puerto Rican-based shipping company has been sentenced to pay a penalty of $700,000 and to institute an environmental compliance plan after being found guilty of violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and of making false statements to US Coast Guard inspectors. When the ship’s oily water separator became inoperative, oily waste water was pumped directly overboard and fraudulent entries were made in the oil record book. (8/18/11).
USCG – use of LA51 Joint Non-Lethal Warning Munition
The US Coast Guard is seeking comment on its draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for nationwide use of the LA51 Joint Non-Lethal Warning Munition. The non-lethal 12-gauge munition would be used to augment USCG security and law enforcement missions in US waterways. Each LA51 cartridge is comprised of a pyrotechnic projectile with a pyrotechnic time delay. After firing, the cartridge would airburst approximately 100 meters downrange, with a bright flash and a loud report. Comments should be submitted by 2 September. (8/17/11).
Houston – ship-barge collision
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a tanker and a tank barge (being pushed by a towing vessel) collided in the Houston Ship Channel near Pelican Cut. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The tanker reported a breach of its starboard ballast tank. Damage surveys are being conducted. The incident is under investigation. (8/18/11).
USCG – Proceedings magazine looks at MTS
The Summer 2011 edition of the Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council has been posted. This edition focuses on the US Marine Transportation System (MTS) and its value to the nation. It includes a matrix comparison of federal agencies with significant responsibilities for MTS functions. The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) has published an updated list of maritime transportation-related Federal Advisory Committees. (8/18/11).
ReCAAP – July monthly report
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued its Monthly Report for July 2011. Nine incidents of piracy or armed robbery of ships (eight actual and one attempted) were reported during the month. This compares with eleven incidents reported during July 2010. (8/18/11).
India – consideration of new welfare scheme for seafarers
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that the Government is considering introduction of legislation providing for reinforcement of the Monthly Ex-gratia Monitory Assistance (MEMA) Scheme operated by the Seamen’s Welfare Fund Society (SWFS) and introduction of a contributory Annuity Scheme for seafarers. (8/18/11).
Panama Canal – restrictions on oil tankers without double hulls
The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory announcing that, effective December 31, 2012, oil tankers of 600 tons deadweight and over but below 5,000 tons deadweight without double hulls will no longer be allowed to transit the Panama Canal if loaded with oil. In the meantime, such tankers arriving for transit loaded with oil will be assigned extraordinary tug assistance at all locks and through Culebra Cut at the vessel’s expense. Other restrictions apply to Category 2 and 3 tankers and to single-hull tankers of 5,000 tons deadweight and above subject to MARPOL Annex I, Regulation 21. Advisory 17-2011 (8/16/11).
UK – aircraft carrier segment under tow
The Royal Navy issued a news release stating that an 8,000 tonne segment of the HMS Queen Elizabeth is being towed around Scotland from the Clyde to the Forth, where it will join other sections to form the UK’s next aircraft carrier. (8/18/11).
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 – August 2011