2/15/2019: Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled, location changed

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the dates and location of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2019, has been rescheduled for March 12- 13, 2019. The new meeting location is at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center in Miami, Florida.


2/14/2019: Two new marine safety information bulletins for OCS vessels now available

The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.


2/8/2019: Withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemakings regarding hazardous substance response plans

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is withdrawing two notices of proposed rulemakings based on findings that the proposed rules are no longer appropriate to the current state of spill response in the chemical industry.


2/5/2019: Commandant discusses Arctic, Subchapter M, and more in INSIGHTS interview

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz recently did an interview with Marine Link Magazine staff for its Jan. 30, 2019, edition of INSIGHTS. During the interview, Schultz discussed a variety of issues relavent to the maritime industry, and as a courtesy Maritime Commons is providing a link to the article in an effort to keep our subscribers informed.


2/5/2019: Update to Policy Letter 17-04, “Subchapter M Third Party Organization Guidance”

This post provides information on updates to the Coast Guard’s Subchapter M Third Party Organization Guidebook.


2/4/2019: Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will meet in Miami, Florida February 20-21, to review and discuss recommendations from its subcommittees and to receive briefs on items listed in the agenda.


2/4/2019: Transportation of hazardous material by ferries

Hazardous Materials Regulations govern ferry vessels that transport hazardous materials. The most important question ferry owners/operators should ask is, who is a HAZMAT employee, and thus requires HAZMAT training? The Coast Guard recently consulted with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to ensure alignment regarding training for mariners working on ferry vessels that transport HAZMAT.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


1/3/2019: EPIRBs and false alerts

After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the Coast Guard is urging anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device. Owners of commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people, and uninspected commercial vessels are legally required to carry an EPIRB. However, the Coast Guard recommends that every mariner who transits offshore or on long voyages should carry an EPIRB.


12/26/2018: Third party oversight – one year after the commandant’s Final Action Memo on the El Faro sinking

On Dec. 22, 2017, the commandant of the Coast Guard released the Final Action Memo for the Report of the Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking of the steam ship El Faro and the loss of its 33 crewmembers. In the FAM, the commandant signaled the Coast Guard’s commitment to making improvements to prevent similar marine casualties. This post highlights the actions taken to address gaps in third party oversight and the Alternate Compliance Program in the year since the FAM was released.


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