12/7/2018: Coast Guard seeking applicants to Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards and other matters as assigned by the Commandant. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before February 4, 2019.


12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting Jan. 16, 2019, led by the Coast Guard, in preparation for the sixth session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at the IMO Headquarters in London in February.


12/6/2018: Coast Guard seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents; medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels; medical examiner education; and medical research. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2019.


12/4/2018: Long Range Identification and Tracking: Have you reported in the last six hours?

Long Range Identification and Tracking plays an important role in Maritime Domain Awareness. Countries that fall under the purview of the SOLAS convention can share the necessary marine security information along with all other required information about the ships that sail through the countries’ coastal boundaries. In this post, the Navigation Center provides information about reporting requirements.


11/28/2018: Marine Safety Center review of rigid hull inflatable vessels

The MTN provides an alternative design standard equivalent to certain regulatory requirements found in 46 CFR Subchapters T and S for rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar small passenger vessels.


11/28/2018: Congressional hearing alert – Polar Security Cutter acquisition

The Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer, Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, will testify Nov. 29, 2018, before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to discuss Polar Security Cutter Acquisition.


11/26/2018: NOAD Schema 3.6 and Nat’l Vessel Movement Center Workbook 7.6 released

The National Vessel Movement Center recently announced release of updated Notices of Arrival and Departure schema version 3.6, as part of efforts to enhance maritime domain awareness and improve handling of essential data contained within NOAD.


11/20/2018: Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference Dec. 5, 2018, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the committee. This teleconference will be open to the public.


11/16/2018: Recap of recent National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

Committee members discussed topics such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security, the port security grant program, and CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, a voluntary program through which CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.


11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources

In most Captain of the Port zones, primary SMFF providers rely heavily on subcontracted resources to meet the SMFF requirements. The availability, capability and intent of all required resources to respond is critical in determining compliance with federal SMFF regulations. Because of this, it is crucial for the plan holder to understand the relationship between the primary SMFF provider and the provider’s subcontracted resources. By doing this, plan holders will be able to identify discrepancies or gaps and make the necessary corrections to maintain compliance with SMFF planning requirements. In this post, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy offers information to assist Vessel Owner/Operators in understanding the SMFF requirements to ensure compliance with regulation, and when VRP activation is required.


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