12/15/2014: Implementation of new requirements for commercial fishing vessels

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 18-14 to remind commercial fishing industry about safety and equipment requirements.

12/15/2014: The future of marine fuels from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise

The LGC NCOE provided policy and project updates on the future of marine fuels at a Pacific Merchant Shipping Association event.

12/12/2014: Coast Guard cyber security public meeting

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., to receive comments on the development of cybersecurity assessment methods for vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard.

12/10/2014: Consolidated cruise ship security regulations

The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on cruise ship terminal security to provide detailed and flexible requirements for screening of persons and items intended for carriage on a cruise ship.

12/8/2014: IMO adopts Polar Code safety requirements

The International Maritime Organization finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

12/5/2014: OPA 90 Single Hull Tank Vessel phase-out finalizing on January 1

A reminder about the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the final phase-out date for all single-hull tank vessels and all single-hull tank vessels with double sides or double bottoms to operate carrying oil in bulk in U.S. waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone.

12/5/2014: Port access route study in the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea

The Coast Guard requests comments on the continuation of a study for an expansion of scope to the Port Access Route Study and how consolidating vessel traffic into a defined vessel routing system may impact or benefit the region.

12/2/2014: Towing Safety Advisory Committee vacancies

The Coast Guard seeks applications for six positions on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

12/1/2014: 2014 Spill of National Significance Seminar

The Coast Guard gathered top agency officials to discuss strategic plans for responding to a potential spill of national significance in the Arctic.

12/1/2014: Security update – Foreign vessels

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Foreign and Offshore Compliance Division posted updates to the foreign vessel security website.

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