1/15/2019: Notice of Postponement: Public Meeting for IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

Due to the government shut down, the public meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 to discuss U.S. positions on agenda items at the upcoming sixth session of the International Maritime Organization’s Ship Design and Construction Sub-Committee has been postponed.


1/9/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center issues updated bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In its updated bulletin, National Maritime Center adds Merchant Mariner Medical Certificates expiring in December 2018 or January 2019 to the list of mariner documents that will be extended through March 31, 2019, due to the lapse in appropriations.


1/7/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center – Mitigation efforts due to lapse in appropriations

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


1/3/2019: EPIRBs and false alerts

After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the Coast Guard is urging anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device. Owners of commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people, and uninspected commercial vessels are legally required to carry an EPIRB. However, the Coast Guard recommends that every mariner who transits offshore or on long voyages should carry an EPIRB.


1/2/2019: Minimum random drug testing rate set at 50 percent

The Coast Guard has increased the minimum random drug testing rate for 2019 as a result of Drug and Alcohol Management Information System data for the most recent reporting year indicating that the positive rate is greater than one percent.


12/26/2018: Third party oversight – one year after the commandant’s Final Action Memo on the El Faro sinking

On Dec. 22, 2017, the commandant of the Coast Guard released the Final Action Memo for the Report of the Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking of the steam ship El Faro and the loss of its 33 crewmembers. In the FAM, the commandant signaled the Coast Guard’s commitment to making improvements to prevent similar marine casualties. This post highlights the actions taken to address gaps in third party oversight and the Alternate Compliance Program in the year since the FAM was released.


12/21/2018: Adoption of RTCM Standard 13200.0 for electronic visual distress signal devices

In this post, the Coast Guard announced release of new guidance for acceptance of electronic visual distress signal devices that are evaluated as meeting the design and performance requirements of the recently published Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.


12/21/2018: Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments as part of an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.


12/21/2018: UPDATE – Recreational vessels and multi-year COD renewals

This post provides additional information regarding the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 and the provision that allows recreational vessel Certificate of Documentation holders to select a multi-year renewal.


12/20/2018: Clean Gulf 2018 Recap – Incident response lessons learned

Staff from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi attended the Clean Gulf conference in New Orleans last month and had the opportunity to talk about lessons the responders learned from two significant marine casualty incidents. In this post, Maritime Commons is providing an overview of the presentations for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference.


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