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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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USCG Issues Notice

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the regulations issued on April 23, 2002 establishing a special load line regime for river barges operating on certain Lake Michigan routes came into effect on June 20, 2002. Owners or operators of dry cargo river barges desiring to operate on those Lake Michigan routes must submit barge information to the Coast Guard in order to qualify for the special regime.

FMC Issues Notice of Complaint Filing

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice that a complaint has been filed with that agency alleging that the Puerto Rico Port Authority violated the Shipping Act of 1984 in connection with negotiating and entering into maritime terminal leases and agreements. Source: HK Law

FMC Issues Notice

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a notice stating that it is extending the period in which comments may be submitted in regards to the investigation of shipping restrictions, requirements, and practices of the People's Republic of China. The FMC is extending the comment date to June 27, 2002.

FMC Issues Notice

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a notice stating that an item has been added to the schedule for the closed portion of the FMC meeting on January 30, 2002. The Commission has added consideration of an application of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. to approve a revised escrow agreement for its passenger vessel certificate of financial responsibility. Source: HK Law

FMC Grants Enlargement of Time

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Enlargement of Time

USCG Issue Notice on PVSA

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that owners and operators of uninspected passenger vessels over 100 gross tons that carry 12 or fewer passengers for hire may now submit an application under the Passenger Vessel Safety Act (PVSA) for a special permit to participate in a Marine Event of National Significance. Specific manning, structural fire protection, operating, and equipment requirements for a limited fleet of PVSA-exempted vessels may also be developed. Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Issues Notice on NAIS

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that it intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) as part of the environmental planning process for the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The Coast Guard will conduct a public meeting in Washington, DC on December 22. Written comments on the project should be submitted by December 23. 70 Fed. Reg. 70862 Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting

– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law

USACE Issue Notice on Boston Maintenance Dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it has prepared a draft supplemental environmental impact statement relating to maintenance dredging in the Boston Inner Harbor. Comments on the draft should be submitted by February 27. Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Notice on FEIS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Main Pass Energy Hub deepwater port (DWP) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is available for review and comment. Public meetings will be held in Grand Bay, Alabama (March 21); Pascagoula, Mississippi (March 22); and New Orleans, Louisiana (March 23). Written comments should be submitted by April 24. Source: HK Law

AMSA Issue Notice on Use of Marine Hydrometers

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Notice reminding the maritime community of the correct use of marine hydrometers. There are two types of marine hydrometers. Load line hydrometers are used to determine displacement of the ship at a given waterline and enable compliance with the Load Line Convention. Draught survey hydrometers are used to determine the apparent weight of the ship and from this the commercially accepted weight or apparent density of the cargo on board. Draught survey hydrometers should not Source: HK Law

Australia Issues Notice on Piracy

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Notice advising owners, operators, masters, and crew of the latest guidance from the IMO on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, as well as the Australian Ship Reporting System for use by Australian ships. Source: HK Law

FERC Issues Notice on Calhoun LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice stating that a draft environmental impact statement has been prepared for the Calhoun LNG project. The project proposes construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Point Comfort, Texas. Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Issues Notice

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has drafted revised guidelines on medical and physical examinations for merchant mariner credentials. Comments on the draft guidelines should be submitted by November 27. 71 Fed. Reg. 56998 Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Notice onLNG DWP Application

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that the final environmental impact statement for the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) license application is available for review. The application is for a project that would be located in federal waters of Massachusetts Bay approximately 13 miles south-southeast of Gloucester. Meetings to receive public comments will be held in Gloucester (November 8) and Salem (November 9). Written comments must be submitted by November 25. Source: HK Law

Corps of Engineers Issue Notice on MRGO Navigation Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO) Navigation Project for bank stabilization. Comments should be submitted by January 4, 2007. 71 Fed. Reg. 7449 source: HK Law

OSHA Issued Notice on Shipyard Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice confirming that its incorporation by reference of 19 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to fire protection for shipyard employment. Source: HK Law

EPA Issues Notice on Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that, effective June 1, refiners will begin producing low-sulfur diesel fuel for use in ships. Initially, the sulfur content may not exceed 500 parts per million (ppm). The eventual goal is a maximum sulfur content of 15 ppm. Source: HK Law

MarAd Issues Notice for Public Meetings on LNG DWP

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that meetings to receive public comment on the planned Clearwater Port liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) will be conducted in Oxnard (October 3) and Santa Clarita (October 4). Written comments should be submitted by October 18. Source: HK Law

Washington State issues Notice of Violation to USACE

The Washington State Department of Ecology has cited the US Army Corps of Engineers for spilling approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic oil into the Columbia River from a dredge on October 17, 2005. The Notice of Violation also states that the Corps waited 90 minutes before notifying the agency of the spill. source: HK Law

MARAD Issues Notice on Cabotage Trade Exemption Application

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Notice stating that it received an application from owners of the ASPHALT COMMANDER to utilize the vessel in the cabotage trade for a period of six months. The U.S.-flag vessel was built with the aid of construction-differential subsidy and is barred from the cabotage trade without special permission. Comments on the application must be submitted by March 27, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 13755

Shipping Coordinating Committee Scheduled to Meet

The Department of State issued Notices of three upcoming meetings of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. All meetings will be held in Washington, DC. A meeting on March 12, 2003 will prepare for the eighth session of the IMO Subcommittee on Bulk Liquids and Gases. 68 Fed. Reg. 9107

Euronav Pays Bond to Buy 15 Maersk Tankers

Photo: Euronav NV

Euronav NV will repay the US$235 million bond issued to finance the acquisition of 15 VLCC oil tankers from Maersk Tankers Singapore, following a closure of its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange. According to press release, Euronav issued notice to exercise its right to request the contribution of 30 outstanding perpetual convertible preferred equity securities on January 30, 2015. It  expects to repay the bond on or around February 19, 2015.

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