7/16/2018: Covered areas on open decks – risks and requirements for passenger vessels

The evolution of passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. This is particularly evident on open deck areas where the current trend to situate a variety of cooking, dining, and entertainment options has increased the fire risk. When combined with an overhanging deck, awning, or similar covered area, these risks are compounded. This post provides information and guidance to minimize the risk of fires stemming from overhanging decks on board passenger ships.


7/10/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise summer newsletter highlights most common reasons for PSC detentions, deficiencies

The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in Ft. Lauderdale recently released its semi-annual newsletter and Maritime Commons will be releasing individually several of the articles that we think will be of particular interest to our readers. For more information about the CSNCOE, or to […]


7/6/2018: Recap of Coast Guard remarks during Korea Maritime Week

Director of Inspections and Compliance for the U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams had the opportunity to address about 250 members of the international shipping community last month during Korea Maritime Week. This post provides a recap of her remarks made during the Ballast Water Management Forum for the benefit of our readers unable to attend.


7/5/2018: Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees

In an effort to better recognize those companies, operators, and vessels that have earned the E-Zero designation on their QUALSHIP 21 certificate, Maritime Commons will periodically publish the names of the latest vessels to earn the E-Zero designation.


7/3/2018: Is your Automated Identification System ready for Subchapter M?

During the month of June 2018, over 50 percent of towing vessels operating in U.S. waters transmitted incorrect AIS data, and an alarming number of these vessels did not accurately report their dimensions or broadcast a properly assigned MMSI number. This post provides guidance to owners/operators for verifying compliancy with AIS requirements as they work to attain a COI under Subchapter M.


7/2/2018: MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil consumption reporting

Recent amendments to MARPOL Annex VI – Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships require that from calendar year 2019, each ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above collect the data specified in appendix IX of MARPOL Annex VI, for that and each subsequent calendar year or portion thereof, as appropriate.


7/2/2018: Collecting information for Subchapter M certificates of inspection

As of June 25, 2018, the Coast Guard has issued 22 certificates of inspection to towing vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas of operation. Additional inspections are scheduled between now and July 20, 2018, when Subchapter M is fully implemented. This post highlights several important points to keep in mind when seeking a COI.


6/28/2018: Coast Guard facility inspectors will use form CG-835F “Facility Inspection Requirements”

This post is to make facility owners and operators aware that effective immediately, Coast Guard facility inspectors will use Coast Guard Form CG-835F to document facility inspections. CG-835F is a modification of CG-Form 835, “Vessel/Facility Inspection Requirements,” and is specifically formatted to document facility inspection results. CG-835F contains no major changes to the information captured relevant to facility inspection activities.


6/26/2018: Former American Waterways Operators chairman earns Public Service Award

Mr. James Farley was presented with a Meritorious Public Service Award, the second highest Coast Guard Public Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to navigation safety, environmental stewardship and homeland security during his decades-long involvement with the American Waterways Operators.


6/25/2018: Recent law enforcement case highlights dangers of illegal passenger vessel charter operations

In November, we published a blog post on illegal passenger vessel operations and the risk they pose to public safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators. In this post, we highlight a recent case in Miami as an example of the dangers associated with illegal charter operations and the importance of a coordinated effort between federal and local law enforcement authorities and the passenger vessel industry to combat the problem.


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