(a) ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME PRACTICE MANUAL. To supplement and clarify the United States "Supplemental Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions" the Middle District must adopt and publish a manual that governs admiralty and maritime practice in the Middle District.
(b) ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME PRACTICE COMMITTEE. The chief judge must appoint a standing committee comprising representatives of the admiralty and maritime bar and must designate the chair. The committee must consist of no fewer than five admiralty and maritime lawyers, each appointed for no more than three years. The committee must meet at least annually to consider and recommend improvements to the manual.