3/16/2018: Summary of latest Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

Public subcommittee meetings were held March 6-7, culminating in the full committee meeting March 8. This post provides an overview of the activities of the security, liquefied gas, hazardous substance response plan, and regulatory reform subcommittees.

3/16/2018: Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Western Rivers study

The Office of Navigation Systems is seeking input from interested mariners and maritime stakeholders for a study of navigation requirements for the entire Western Rivers System. This post provides details on the study and a link to an online survey. The survey is available until July 1, 2018.

3/16/2018: Reminder – National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

As a reminder, the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet in Oakland, California, March 20-21, 2018, to review and discuss various issues relating to national maritime security. All meetings will be open to the public. The meeting will also be broadcast online.

3/15/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – IMO and environmental standards

Jeff Lantz, director of commercial regulations and standards, briefed conference attendees on the leading environmental issues the International Maritime Organization is facing. Lantz’s presentation was part of a panel titled, “The Economic Calculus of 2020.” Other members of the panel included executives from Exxon, Marsoft, Inc., Alternative Marine Technologies, GTT North America, and Methanex Corp. Neville Smith with Mariner Communications moderated the session.

3/15/2018: Subchapter M regulations and marine firefighting requirements – A discussion from two perspectives

The Coast Guard will begin enforcing Subchapter M towing vessel regulations July 20, 2018, and it is important for tank and non-tank vessel owners and operators as well as towing vessel owners and operators to understand how Subchapter M may affect a towing vessel’s ability to be used as a resource provider in a Vessel Response Plan. To help our readers navigate this subject, Maritime Commons is publishing two perspectives in one post. The first post is written with the towing vessel owner/operator in mind, and the second post, immediately following, is written for the Vessel Response Plan holder.

3/13/2018: Tenth application received for BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its tenth application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the BIO-SEA B Ballast Water Management System manufactured by BIO-UV Group.

3/13/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – Summary of keynote address by Deputy Commandant for Operations, Vice Adm. Charles Ray

Ray’s remarks focused on securing the alignment of safe and efficient commerce. He pointed out that 90 percent of the world trade is carried by shipping and the U.S. alone accounts for 26 percent of the world’s consumer market. The United States is the fifth largest ship-owning country by tonnage and accounts for 986,816 metric tons of goods and services, which equates to 1.47 trillion U.S. dollars.

3/13/2018: Winners of Rear Adm. Bennis award for excellence in maritime security announced

This biennial award serves to highlight and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of the maritime community with regards to implementation of Maritime Transportation Security Act requirements and other maritime security best practices in safeguarding our nation’s Marine Transportation System.

3/13/2018: Activating a Vessel Response Plan

The implications of VRP activation are significant and a clear understanding is essential. Failure to activate a plan quickly or failure to use pre-contracted resources can result in delayed response and exacerbate potential environmental damages. In this post, we will attempt to clarify when plan activation occurs and which situations require plan activation.

3/12/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – Summary of remarks by Asst Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. John Nadeau

Rear Adm. Nadeau’s remarks focused on Port State Control for the past year and ballast water management compliance and extensions. Nadeau said his goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and efficient Marine Transportation System by focusing on oversight of recognized organizations, SMS effectiveness, cyber risk management, and future implications of autonomous vessels.

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