Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bryant’s Maritime Blog–2 August 2011


USCG – meetings re STCW 2010;

COAC – meeting;

USCG – NMC performance report;

BOEMRE – worker safety in offshore renewable energy operations;

Lake Calumet – monitoring for Asian carp;

Outer Cape Cod – No Discharge Area finalized;

EMSA – newsletter;

Tokyo MOU – CIC questionnaire;

Canada – Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship; and

UK – consultation on PSC regulations.

August 2, 2011

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USCG – meetings re STCW 2010

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will host a series of meetings to receive comments on its proposal for implementation of the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention). The meetings will be held at Miami (August 22); New Orleans (August 24); Seattle (August 26); and Washington, DC (September 7). Written comments should be submitted by September 30. 76 Fed. Reg. 46217 (August 2, 2011).

COAC – meeting

clip_image006 The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), sponsored by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will meet in Long Beach on August 18. Items on the agenda include an update on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). There will be a live webcast of the meeting. 76 Fed. Reg. 46312 (August 2, 2011).

USCG – NMC performance report

clip_image004[1] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued its Performance Report for July 2011. The report shows that the current inventory of merchant mariner credential applications has decreased for the fifth consecutive month and that throughput has increased for the sixth consecutive month. (8/1/11).

BOEMRE – worker safety in offshore renewable energy operations

clip_image008 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a press release stating that it initiated a study on regulating worker safety in connection with the development of offshore renewable energy on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The study will identify workplace risks involved in renewable energy operations, such as work performed in proximity to high-power electrical devices on offshore substations; use of elevators for wind turbines in highly corrosive environments; accessing turbine blades for repairs; crane and diving operations during construction; and use of carbon dioxide fire suppression systems in potentially manned areas. (8/1/11).

Lake Calumet – monitoring for Asian carp

clip_image010 The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) issued a news release stating that intensive monitoring action has begun on Lake Calumet and surrounding areas after three consecutive rounds of Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling yielded positive results for Asian carp DNA. At present, eDNA evidence cannot verify whether live Asian carp are present, whether the DNA may have come from a dead fish, or whether water containing Asian carp DNA may have been transported from other sources, such as bilge water. (7/29/11).

Outer Cape Cod – No Discharge Area finalized

clip_image012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that the Outer Cape Cod No Discharge Area has been finalized. (8/1/11).

EMSA – newsletter

clip_image014 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) posted the August 2011 edition of its newsletter. This edition includes article concerning ship recycling and fair treatment of seafarers. (8/1/11).

Tokyo MOU – CIC questionnaire

clip_image016 The Tokyo MOU posted a Questionnaire on its upcoming Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on structural safety and the International Convention on Load Lines. (8/1/11). Note: Masters may wish to use the questionnaire to check, prior to arrival in a Tokyo MOU port, for compliance with the listed standards.

Canada – Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship

clip_image018 The Canadian Ministry of National Defence issued a notice stating that the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Project has been established in order to deliver to the Government of Canada a naval ice-capable offshore patrol ship to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada’s waters, including the Arctic. The vessel must be able to operate year-round in medium first-year ice and have an ice capability for its own mobility (but not to provide icebreaking services to others). The vessel would be armed and may be required to be able to embark and operate with an on-board organic helicopter. (7/28/11). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Louis J. le Gendre.

UK – consultation on PSC regulations

clip_image020 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that it has begun a consultation on proposals to implement European Directive 2009/16/EC on port state control (PSC) through new UK regulations and procedures. Comments should be submitted by 9 September. (8/1/11).

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




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