10/23/2018: Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee will meet in Seattle November 15-16 to discuss various issues relating to safety in the commercial fishing industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


10/19/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Governmental Agencies Interaction and Resources

The Coast Guard works with other governmental agencies and private partners to identify best practices and resources for cyber risk management. These key partnerships are important to help ensure efforts to combat cybersecurity issues are most efficiently managed. This article highlights governmental agencies’ cyber interactions and some of the resources they can provide.


10/19/2018: Federal Register Notice: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices. To provide comments for the public record, follow the Federal Register link for each individual notice. Please note, the Coast Guard cannot […]


10/17/2018: U.S. Ballast Water Management Requirements: Operational limitations in type approval testing

This post provides information on a letter recently sent to the Coast Guard accepted independent laboratories providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems. The letter clarifies the responsibilities of the BWMS manufacturer, the Coast Guard accepted IL, and the Coast Guard, with regard to evaluating and assessing operational limitations of BWMS.


10/17/2018: Credentials lost due to Hurricane Michael

In accordance with Federal Regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Michael or subsequent flooding.


10/17/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2019 annual review and revisions to methodology

This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots. The result is an increase in pilotage rates, due to adjustment for inflation and the addition of two pilots.


10/16/2018: Imposition of conditions of entry for certain vessels arriving to the United States from Iraq

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register notice Oct. 12, 2018 that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from Iraq, with the exception of several exempted port facilities. Conditions of entry are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient port anti-terrorism measures in place.


10/15/2018: Recap of North American Ice Service’s 16th annual meeting focusing on modernization of ice services

The NAIS is a collaborative organization between the Ice Services of the United States and Canada that takes advantage of each members’ strengths to provide seamless ice information to government and commercial maritime interests in the Polar Regions, North American waters, and the Great Lakes.


10/12/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Fortifying the U.S. cyber protection and response posture

As one of the lead agencies tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the Marine Transportation System and maritime critical infrastructure and key resources, the Coast Guard has invested heavily in cyber risk management efforts. These efforts focus on the Coast Guard Cyber Strategy’s three strategic priorities of: defending cyberspace, enabling operations, and protecting infrastructure. The Coast Guard has approached these priorities through various policies, guidelines, and other initiatives both internally and through collaborative efforts. In the second installment of our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month series, we discuss a few of the cyber-focused initiatives the Coast Guard is leading, either in effect or in development, that will help to continue fortifying our nation’s cyber protection and response posture.


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


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