Last month, Coast Guard members had the opportunity to present during the 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. The event, held biennially since 2007, brings together some of the world’s leading experts to discuss the ongoing and expected impacts on naval and maritime operations due to rapid change in the Arctic sea ice cover. Maritime Commons attended the symposium to bring you, our readers, the latest on Arctic-related topics affecting maritime industry.
8/14/2017: Waterway suitability assessment for operation of liquefied hazardous gas terminal in Port Arthur, Texas
The Coast Guard posted a notice to the Federal Register announcing that Lynx Terminals LLC has submitted a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment to the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Port Arthur, Texas, regarding the company’s plans to handle and transport Liquefied Hazardous Gas (LHG) at the Port of Port Arthur docks. The deadline for the public to submit comments and related material is Sept. 13, 2017.
8/11/2017: Marine Safety Center issues update to Ecochlor’s ballast water management system type approval certificate
The certificate has been updated to reflect DNV-GL’s evaluation and recommendation that Ecochlor be approved for use with all filter models of the Filtersafe BS-series. Filtersafe Standard and Turbo BS-series filters may be used with no limitation to their associated treatment rated capacity.
8/10/2017: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate to Ecochlor, Inc.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the fifth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Ecochlor, Inc. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.
8/9/2017: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-17: Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Short-term Temporary SOx Exceedances
Field Notice 01-17 provides Coast Guard expectations for dealing with alarms from EGCSs, where such alarms are triggered by short-term temporary emission exceedances due to predictable operations of vessels, such as engine load changes. Field Notice 01-17 is intended for vessels operating in the U.S. portion of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) and the U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA.