9/24/2018: Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee annual security exercise

Seventy participants from across the Gulf of Mexico attended Gulf Guardian, including representatives of the offshore maritime industry, oil and gas exploration and production facilities, and related service industries, as well as port authorities from Houston, south Louisiana, and Mobile. More than forty companies with operations in the Gulf of Mexico were represented at the exercise including


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.


9/7/2018: 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.


9/5/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 17th application for BWMS type approval

The application is for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Ballast Water Management System manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd.


9/5/2018: Updated Subchapter M FAQs now available

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise recently published the latest additions and updates to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels. As a convenience for our readers, in this post Maritime Commons is providing a compilation of those changes made as of Aug. 27, 2018.


9/4/2018: Towing industry safety statistics for 2017

The Coast Guard, in partnership with the American Waterways Operators, released the National Quality Steering Committee’s annual safety report. The report contains freight carrying towing industry data and measures for calendar years 1994 to 2017.


8/30/2018: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Wartsila Water Systems, Ltd.

The treatment principle of the Wartsila Aquarius EC BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 250 m3/h and 4,000 m3/h.


8/22/2018: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will meet in Houston, Texas, September 10-11, to discuss matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


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