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8 TMWS 16 th - 30 th

8 TMWS 16 th - 30 th April 2018 Nautical News www.tmwsmagazine.com US Coast Guard eases the burden of marine casualty reporting Further to the alert “US marine casualty reporting” of 15 July 2016, the US Coast Guard (USCG) published a final rule on 19 March 2018, amending the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a “serious marine incident” (SMI). The final rule, which takes effect on 18 April 2018,increases the reportable marine casualty property damage threshold amount in 46 CFR 4.05-1(a)(7) from USD 25,000 to USD 75,000. It also changes the SMI property damage threshold in 46 CFR 4.03-2(a)(3) from USD 100,000 to USD 200,000. Mandatory drug and alcohol testing will still be required if the property damage meets the amended monetary threshold amounts of those marine casualties in excess of USD 200,000. The final rule in its entirety can be found in the Federal Register under Docket No. USCG-2016- 0748. Please note that other marine casualties detailed in 46 CFR 4.05-1, such as groundings, bridge strikes, losses resulting in reduced vessel manoeuvrability, impacts on vessel seaworthiness or fitness for service or route, loss of life, injury requiring professional medical treatment, or significant harm to the environment, must still be reported – regardless of the property damage cost involved. For example, if a vessel strikes a bridge, it does not matter whether the strike resulted in any damage, pollution, or injuries, as a bridge strike is in itself a reportable marine casualty. According to the USCG, the CG–2692 forms released in 2016 will also be amended to reflect the rule changes. The changes to Form CG–2692 will involve revising its title and moving certain sections to two new addendum forms. Background for the amendments US regulations require that vessels notify the USCG immediately of hazardous conditions and certain marine casualties. The original regulations that set the property damage dollar threshold amounts were enacted in the 1980s and have not been updated since that time. As the monetary thresholds for reporting have not kept pace with inflation, vessel owners and operators have been required to report relatively minor casualties. In addition, the original regulations require mandatory drug and alcohol testing following an SMI. As a result, vessel owners and operators have been conducting testing for casualties that are less significant than those intended to be captured by the original regulations. Updating the original regulations will reduce the burden on vessel owners and operators, and will also reduce the amount of USCG resources used to investigate these incidents. Recommendations Members and clients with US-flag vessels and vessels operating in US waters are advised to review the final rule to determine how the new reporting thresholds and drugs and alcohol testing requirement impact on their operations and revise their policies and procedures accordingly. It is also important to ensure that relevant crews and operational personnel are aware of the requirements to immediately notify the USCG of any hazardous condition or casualties onboard and that fleets have available the most recent version of the reporting forms. Not all casualties are reportable, as such reporting is dependent on the type of incident and the circumstances surrounding each incident. It is therefore difficult to provide a concise summary of the types of conditions that must be reported but in general, the “hazardous condition” notice requirements found at 33 CFR 160.2016 apply to a much broader range of conditions or casualties than the “marine casualty” notice and reporting requirements found at 46 CFR Subpart 4.05. One example is a fall overboard that does not result in injury or death but may create a hazardous condition when manoeuvring in congested waters. Additional guidance and interpretation of the aforementioned regulations, as well as the latest version of the CG-2692 forms, can be downloaded via USCG Operations Home: https://www.dco.uscg.mil and the menu path: Our Organization > Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy (CG-5P) > Inspections and Compliance (CG-5PC) > Office of Investigations & Casualty Analysis. www.seafarersjobs.com

16 th - 30 th April 2018 TMWS 9 Nautical News www.tmwsmagazine.com Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) assists in electrification of Elephanta island, a UNESCO world heritage site Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading international classification society, has successfully assisted public electricity distribution utility, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), in the marine cable installation works for the electrification project of Gharapuri island (popularly known as Elephanta island). As the agency overseeing the cable installation works, IR- Class was responsible for: • finalizing the route using route survey and bathymetry survey; • proposing technical specifications and construction methodology; • conducting a marine feasibility study with conceptual layout and; • making periodic inspection of cable installation in addition to conducting a final check To get electricity to the island, four, single core 22 KV Copper cables of 95 sq mm were laid below the seabed from TS Rehman Institute using the plough method over a distance of 7 kms – making this one of the biggest shore to shore cabling in India. Mr. Naresh Gupta, Sr. VP & Divisional Head – Industrial Services commended the IRClass team for achieving this milestone and said: “Adding this to our project portfolio demonstrates not just IRClass’ capability in handling large scale and technically challenging projects but also the trust we have earned from government bodies like the Government of Maharashtra – truly making IRClass the class by choice.” The island, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, had to depend on generators for power – for seven decades long, before finally receiving electricity. According to a spokesperson from MSEDCL: “This project is set to benefit 950 villagers from three Gharapuri villages – Shetbander, Morabandar and Rajbandar.” He added: “As this is MSEDCL’s first project involving laying undersea cables, it was crucial that we work with an experienced classification society like IRClass.” www.seafarersjobs.com

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