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NRF supports bill requiring congressional review of tariff hikes

The US National Retail Federation welcomed legislation introduced on 25 June that would strengthen congressional authority over tariff increases like those imposed by the Trump administration during the past year. The measure would limit any new or additional tariffs imposed on national security grounds.

Connecticut signs legislation to develop offshore wind

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed legislation his administration introduced with the support of legislative advocates, authorizing the development of offshore wind in Connecticut. Now, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to begin the RFP process immediately.

US reintroduces South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act

US Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. This is a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities that take part ‘in Beijing’s illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.’

US releases 2020 Energy and Water Development Funding Bill

The US House Appropriations Committee released the draft fiscal year 2020 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation funds the US Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, the Department of Energy, and other related agencies. The legislation contains $46.4 billion in funding to spur energy innovation.

Bill introduced in the US to curb oil and gas methane emissions

US Rep. Diana DeGette introduced legislation to reduce the large amounts of methane pollution and waste that are being released into the atmosphere each year by oil and gas producers across the country. The bill would mandate oil and gas producers to capture 85% of all gas produced on public lands within three years of enactment, and 99% of all gas produced on such lands within five years of enactment.

US publishes framework for OFAC compliance

On May 2, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments in order to provide organizations subject to US jurisdiction, as well as foreign entities that carry out business in or with the US or US persons, or that use US-origin goods or services, with a framework on the necessary components of the sanctions compliance programs.

US mulls Jones Act waiver for LNG

US President Donald Trump is considering waiving the Jones Act requirement that only US-flagged vessels can move LNG from American ports to Puerto Rico. While top administration officials seem to be divided on the issue, the US President is leaning in favor of some sort of waiver. 

USCG: Process of officer and rating endorsements after March 24

The US National Maritime Center provided information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019. Under grandfathering provisions, mariners who started service or training for a national endorsement may qualify for the endorsement. However, mariners must meet certain criteria.

USCG accepts 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code

The US Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, ‘Acceptance of the 2009 MODU Code.’ The 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code was amended several times since its adoption. The most recent amendments include updated design and equipment requirements that derive from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.

New towing vessel receives first COI under Subchapter M

‘Virginia’ became the United States’ first new towing vessel to receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) since the implementation of 46 CFR Subchapter M. The vessel, owned by Plimsoll Marine, was built by Blakeley BoatWorks in August and will operate within the Cooper Consolidated fleeting footprint, on the Lower Mississippi River.

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