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3/18/2019: Reminder – Subchapter M certificate of inspection and marine firefighting requirements

Maritime CommonsMonday, March 18, 2019 - 10:19 AM
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance would like to remind the owners and operators of towing vessels that intend to participate in marine salvage or marine firefighting contingency plans and operations to note this on their Certificate of Inspections and ensure the vessel complies with the [ Read Full Article ]

3/18/2019: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study: Port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas

Maritime CommonsMonday, March 18, 2019 - 9:10 AM
The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is beginning a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The Ports and Waterways Safety Act requires the Coast Guard to study potential traffic density and assess the need for safe access [ Read Full Article ]

3/15/2019: International Oil Spill Conference call for technical papers and posters

Maritime CommonsFriday, March 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM
The paper and poster presentations form the backbone of the IOSC’s technical program and contribute to the vast canon of oil pollution knowledge shared between the government, industry, and academia. Invited authors present their respective papers or posters during speaker platforms or interactive [ Read Full Article ]

3/14/2019: Safety Alert 01-19 – Don’t get burned! Be ready with a proper firefighting outfit

Maritime CommonsThursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:38 AM
Safety Alert 01-19 to remind mariners of the importance of maintaining essential firefighting equipment to adequately protect crew members from heat, smoke, and steam in the event of a fire onboard. [ Read Full Article ]

3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters

Maritime CommonsThursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:48 AM
This posted highlights two recent back-to-back law enforcement cases in Florida that demonstrate the aggressive posture the Coast Guard is taking to eliminate illegal passenger charter activities. Because Smartphone-based applications have made it easier in recent years for passengers to locate and [ Read Full Article ]

3/13/2019: Update from National Vessel Documentation Center

Maritime CommonsWednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM
In this post, the National Vessel Documentation Center discusses impacts of the partial government shutdown on its operations and provides instructions for renewing CODs or requesting other services. [ Read Full Article ]

3/12/2019: MSIB 03-19 – Guidance on Certificate of Documentation delays

Maritime CommonsTuesday, March 12, 2019 - 8:07 AM
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued MSIB 03-19 to provide guidance for mariners who have been affected by delays in the time necessary for the National Vessel Documentation Center to issue Certificates of Documentation. [ Read Full Article ]

3/11/2019: Ballast water compliance date extensions: Next scheduled drydock

Maritime CommonsMonday, March 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM
In this post, staff from the Environmental Standards Division offer guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of a ballast water management system extension period. [ Read Full Article ]

3/7/2019: Investigation leads to mariner conviction and prompts Coast Guard data quality improvements

Maritime CommonsThursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:36 AM
Although attempts by mariners to operate vessels using invalid MMCs are a rare occurrence, it does happen, and the Coast Guard and the maritime industry have an online MMC verification tool to alert them to the few cases that surface each year. Upon entry of mariner identification details by a [ Read Full Article ]

3/6/2019: Acceptance of 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code, as amended

Maritime CommonsWednesday, March 6, 2019 - 1:35 PM
The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, to accept the amendments from the 2009 MODU Code, which include updated design and equipment requirements that stem from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation. [ Read Full Article ]