8/1/2017: Coast Guard and National Cargo Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

Editor’s note: The signing ceremony with the National Cargo Bureau was held July 20, 2017, prior to Rear Adm. Paul Thomas’s transfer to New Orleans, Louisiana to begin his new assignment as the 8th Coast Guard District commander. Rear Adm. John Nadeau assumed responsibilities as assistant commandant for prevention policy July 28, 2017.

Written by Mr. John Hannon, Domestic Compliance Division, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention and Mr. Ian Lennard, president of the National Cargo Bureau (NCB), recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for inspection and plan review performed on commercial cargo vessels by NCB on behalf of the Coast Guard. Among the functions performed by NCB are: inspection of cargo loading, cargo securing and stowage, approval of grain loading manuals, issuance of grain loading certificates and certification of inter-modal cargo containers.

NCB has performed work on behalf of the Coast Guard since its establishment in 1952 based on authority contained in the code of federal regulations.  The establishment of a formal MOA with NCB was prompted by the recently enacted International Maritime Organization Code for Recognized Organizations. This new agreement outlines specific operating standards for organizations such as NCB including record keeping, quality management systems, training and qualification of personnel, liability, and governmental oversight of activities.  Both the Coast Guard and NCB welcome this opportunity to affirm mutual commitment to safety and quality in the maritime workplace.

A copy of the MOA is available online.

Photo of RADM Thomas and Ian Lennard

Rear Adm. Thomas and Mr. Lennard after signing a Memorandum of Agreement between the Coast Guard and the National Cargo Bureau July 20, 2017. NCB has performed work on behalf of the Coast Guard since its establishment in 1952 based on authority contained the code of federal regulations. The establishment of a formal MOA with NCB was prompted by the recently enacted International Maritime Organization Code for Recognized Organizations.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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