10/20/2014: National Boating Safety Advisory Council meeting

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its Subcommittees will meet in November to discuss issues relating to recreational boating safety. These meetings will be open to the public.


10/20/2014: IMO approves draft Polar Code environmental requirements

Update on the environmental requirements in the Polar Code regarding mandatory requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.


10/17/2014: Marine Safety Information Bulletin published with Ebola update

The Coast Guard provided an update to the maritime industry assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel and facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards.


10/17/2014: Importance of cyber safety and security to the Marine Transportation System

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas comments on the importance of cyber safety and security to the Marine Transportation System.


10/17/2014: Confronting today’s safety issues for ferries

The Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards for the Coast Guard, spoke at the 39th Annual Interferry Conference. For those of you who could not attend the conference, Maritime Commons is providing Lantz’s remarks…


10/17/2014: Offshore supply vessels of at least 6,000 GT ITC

The Coast Guard published a correction to the interim rule for offshore supply vessels of at least 6,000 GT ITC.


10/16/2014: Coast Guard Nationwide Automatic Identification System network testing

The Coast Guard will conduct AIS test messaging from all U.S. Coast Guard Nationwide AIS base stations located across the United States.


10/16/2014: Promulgation of Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

The Coast Guard published Alcoast 426/14 replacing Alcoast 411/14.


10/14/2014: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting – Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy remarks

Read Rear Adm. Paul Thomas remarks and recap of September 11, 2011 MERPAC meeting.


10/10/2014: National Vessel Documentation Center paperwork status inquiry update

The National Vessel Documentation Center now provides the ability for customers to electronically search for the receipt status of their paperwork to verify documentation received, and entered into the IT system, awaiting processing.


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