12/14/2018: Coast Guard and industry reps host 4th Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

Senior Coast Guard leaders and liquefied-gas-industry experts from around the country recently came together in Houston to discuss ways the maritime community can prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases, and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the continued growth of this multi-billion dollar industry in the maritime domain.


12/12/2018: New issue of ‘Drill Down’ now available

This issue of Drill Down explores Public Law 96-378, the first regulation to define “Offshore Supply Vessel” and “OSV Service.”


12/11/2018: Coast Guard publishes first Domestic Vessel Annual Report

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the publication of the first 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report. This report highlights U.S. domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics and will serve as a baseline to study trends, identify key performance indicators, and bring attention to issues in the fleet.


12/4/2018: Long Range Identification and Tracking: Have you reported in the last six hours?

Long Range Identification and Tracking plays an important role in Maritime Domain Awareness. Countries that fall under the purview of the SOLAS convention can share the necessary marine security information along with all other required information about the ships that sail through the countries’ coastal boundaries. In this post, the Navigation Center provides information about reporting requirements.


11/26/2018: NOAD Schema 3.6 and Nat’l Vessel Movement Center Workbook 7.6 released

The National Vessel Movement Center recently announced release of updated Notices of Arrival and Departure schema version 3.6, as part of efforts to enhance maritime domain awareness and improve handling of essential data contained within NOAD.


11/20/2018: Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference Dec. 5, 2018, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the committee. This teleconference will be open to the public.


11/13/2018: Marine Safety Center issues 13th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval certificate

The Marine Safety Center issued the 13th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


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.


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