8/14/2018: Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) Schema 3.6 90-day notice

An updated Notice of Arrival and Departure schema, versioned 3.6, will be released November 13, 2018, and will contain various schema improvements, updates to ports list and retirement of the National Vessel Movement Center workbook as a means of submission for Outer Continental Shelf Notices of Arrival.


8/10/2018: Guidance on qualification and renewal of STCW endorsements for Officer in Charge of a Nav Watch and Master

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing released two Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars Aug. 6, 2018 related to watch keeping aboard vessels less than 500 gross tons.


8/9/2018: Recap of Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators steering committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting July 31, 2018, with an agenda focusing on the concerns of the partnership and industry. This meeting marked the first NQSC meeting since Subchapter M towing vessel regulations went into effect July 20, 2018.


8/8/2018: Termination of U.S. Coast Guard rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC information

The Coast Guard will cease the rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings over High Frequency Simplex Teletype Over Radio service as of Aug. 30, 2018.


8/8/2018: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet September 11-12 to discuss various issues related to personnel in the United States Merchant Marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The meetings will be open to the public.


8/7/2018: Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet September 13-14 in Dania Beach, Florida, to discuss matters relating to medical certification determinations.


8/6/2018: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Polar icebreaker program available for public comment

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment, as lead agency, on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Polar Icebreaker Program’s design and build of up to six polar icebreakers. Comments must be received by Sept. 20, 2018


8/3/2018: Latest developments regarding TWIC Reader Final Rule

Maritime Commons is sharing an update from the Office of Port and Facility Compliance in order to keep our readers informed of the latest developments regarding the TWIC Reader Final Rule.


8/3/2018: Coast Guard, FEMA sign new Port Security Grant Program Memorandum of Understanding

The Port Security Grant Program was authorized in 2002 to assist port areas with meeting the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Act and to enhance preparedness to detect, deter and respond to terrorist attacks.


8/2/2018: Do you know how to report waterway hazards?

To keep our nation’s waterways open and safe, the Coast Guard relies on the input of the maritime community to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris. In this post, the Navigation Center reminds all waterway users, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, of several options to report waterway hazards.


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