USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions (Update 11 Mar 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has reconsidered its previous interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with respect to ballast water management system (BWMS) compliance dates. Due to drydock slippage, the Coast Guard has determined that existing extensions with a compliance date stipulated as the ‘first scheduled drydock after (date)’ will…

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Flashback in maritime history – Explosion, sinking and fatalities on chemical tanker Bow Mariner 28 Feb 2004

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 28 February 2004, the chemical tanker Bow Mariner caught fire and exploded while the crew was engaged in cleaning residual methyl tert Butyl ether (MTBE) from cargo tank number eight starboard. The “Bow Mariner” was a 570-foot, Singapore-flagged chemical tanker built in 1982, and was managed by a Greek company, Ceres Hellenic Shipping…

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USA Ballast Water Management Reform

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The article discusses the recently enacted Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but…

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Flag State Control in the USA – 2017 Report

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This Report collates data from the Coast Guard’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2017 calendar year. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of responsibility contained 12,189 vessels with active COIs. There were 905 Marine Inspectors (MIs) assigned to field units who conducted 18,424 inspections. As this is…

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USCG updates the Notice of Arrival and Departure (e-NOA/D) available means of reporting (Nov.2018)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that NOAD Schema 3.6 and NVDC Workbook 7.6 have been officially released. As part of ongoing efforts to enhance maritime domain awareness, USCG continues to improve handling of essential data contained within Notices of Arrival and Departure (NOAD). An updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.6,…

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USCG – BWMS update compliance date extensions, type approvals and next steps (October 2018 )

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Continuing USCG coverage of September’s Ballast Water Management and Technology North America conference, staff from the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards and the Marine Safety Center gave conference attendees an update on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water program. Following is a recap of those presentations for our readers who were…

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Confidential near-miss reporting methodology that the USCG could adopt

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. This article discusses the value of near-miss reporting in the improvement of safety and identifies a methodology that the US Coast Guard could adopt, with industry support, to implement a confidential near-miss reporting regime similar (but not identical) to the program utilized in the aviation industry. As in most if not…

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