11/9/2018: Engineering Design & Testing (EDT) approved as third party organization under Subchapter M

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted on its website Nov. 7, 2018, that the Coast Guard has approved Engineering Design & Testing (EDT) as a third-party organization to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M.


11/8/2018: U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-014- GPS Interference in Eastern Mediterranean and Red Seas

Maritime Commons is sharing the content of U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-014-GPS to inform our readers that significant GPS interference continues to be reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea near Port Said, Egypt, the Suez Canal, and in the vicinity of the Republic of Cyprus.


11/8/2018: Avoiding tragedy 100 years after Princess Sophia sinking

Many of the safety items that Coast Guard foreign passenger vessel examiners check for are directly related to the lessons learned from the Princess Sophia disaster. For example, the primary cause of the grounding was a loss of awareness of the navigational picture that allowed the vessel to strike a charted and well-known hazard. As part of a cruise ship examination, the exam team checks the functionality of navigational equipment such as electronic charting systems, radars, and depth sounders, as well as the ship crew’s proficiency with using these systems. The team also reviews crewmembers’ licenses and training certificates to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications to fill these key shipboard positions. In this post, read about how, the past 100 years have allowed for the development of robust regulations to ensure the safety of all passengers booking passage on one of these non-U.S. vessels.


11/7/2018: 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 updated Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines. This post contains the updates for October.


11/6/2018: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 12th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


11/5/2018: Tankers-automatic pilot systems Final Rule published

This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction and updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems.


11/2/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for IMO’s 121st session of IMO’s Council

This open public meeting will be held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.


11/1/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 21st BWMS type approval application

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its twenty-first application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Cathelco Evolution Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Cathelco Ltd.


11/1/2018: MSIB 009-12 (Rev 1) Employment of non-credentialed personnel onboard certain U.S. documented vessels

This revision follows recent adverse port state control actions against U.S. flagged vessels that revealed several cases of U.S.-documented vessels calling on U.S. ports with non-U.S. credentialed personnel instead of U.S. citizens. The intent of this MSIB is to provide information and guidance to vessel owners and operators regarding the provisions for employment of non-U.S. credentialed personnel on board certain U.S. documented vessels, and, the potential negative implications of non-compliance.


11/1/2018: Coast Guard, South African agencies hold seminar on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement

In September, subject matter experts from the U.S. Coast Guard traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for four-day seminar to exchange information and share techniques with officials from the Republic of South Africa on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement. Staff from the Coast Guard’s Compliance Analysis Division at Headquarters led the seminar and discussed the U.S. process for ensuring compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and actions the U.S. government takes when it suspects civil or criminal conduct aboard a foreign or domestic vessel.


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