9/20/2018: Recap of recent National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

Representatives from the Coast Guard, offshore oil and gas industries, recognized organizations and numerous industry associations attended the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee semi-annual public meeting in Houston, Texas Sept 11, 2018. This post provides a brief recap of the presentations and discussions on the progress of a variety of issues, including reports and recommendations stemming from the deliberations.


9/19/2018: Withdrawal of Outer Continental Shelf activities proposed rule

The Coast Guard is withdrawing proposed rule entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities,” published Dec. 7, 1999, due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete.


9/19/2018: Final Rule – Ballast water management annual reporting requirement

The Coast Guard published a Final Rule eliminating the requirement for certain vessels that operate on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The final rule is effective Oct. 1, 2018.


9/18/2018: National Boating Safety Advisory Council meeting scheduled

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its Subcommittees will meet October 18-20 in Cape May, New Jersey, to discuss issues relating to recreational boating safety. These meetings will be open to the public.


9/17/2018: Congressional hearing alert – “An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources”

Deputy Commandant for Operations Vice Adm. Daniel Abel will testify Sept. 18, 2018, before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard.


9/17/2018: Reports of GPS problems submitted by public now available on Navigation Center’s website

Reports of GPS problems submitted to Navigation Center through the webpage will be posted to the GPS Problem Report Status webpage after review by NAVCEN staff. Reports will be anonymized to protect the submitter’s personal information and any equipment manufacturer data. All reports made in 2018 are now available and prior years will be available in the future.


9/14/2018: Updated Plan Review Guidelines from Marine Safety Center

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons will regularly announce when the Marine Safety Center posts updates to its Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines website. This post contains the updates for August.


9/7/2018: LGC NCOE publishes latest issue of ‘The Gas Gauge’ newsletter

The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise published its 2018 Summer edition of The Gas Gauge, a newsletter to share Coast Guard involvement and regulatory updates about the liquefied gas industry.


9/6/2018: Change 1 to NVIC 01-09, Voluntary Compliance with International Sewage Regulations

The purpose of NVIC 01-09, Change 1 is to provide additional guidance for vessel owners or operators as well as manufacturers of any shipboard sewage processing equipment, including facilities that test shipboard sewage and related processing equipment, to voluntarily request U.S. Coast Guard certification of compliance with international sewage regulations in Annex IV to MARPOL 73/78.


9/6/2018: Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group Update

The National Maritime Center is seeking individuals to participate in the engineer exam review working group, which is scheduled to meet November 6-8 in Dania Beach, Florida.


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