10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


9/5/2017: Updates on port conditions in Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston

The captains of the ports in Houston-Galveston and Corpus Christi announced updates to port conditions that took effect Sept. 2, 2017.


9/1/2017: Update on port conditions in Port of Corpus Christi

As of 2:15 p.m., Thursday the Coast Guard opened ports and waterways, with some restrictions, in the Corpus Christi captain of the port zone.


8/31/2017: Partial re-opening of the Houston-Galveston captain of the port zone following Hurricane Harvey

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston opened the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, and Freeport with restrictions.


8/23/2017: Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators National Quality Steering Committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting Aug. 2, 2017 to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the towing industry. Maritime Commons attended the meeting and is providing a summary of the discussions and key takeaways.


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

This new agreement signed July 20, 2017, 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.


7/31/2017: Coast Guard and International Cargo Gear Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

The Memorandum of Agreement is for inspections and tests performed on U.S. flagged vessels by ICGB on behalf of the Coast Guard.


7/20/2017: July 20 significant date for Subchapter M implementation

This post provides a summary of actions and due dates required for the towing vessel industry to comply with Subchapter M.


6/15/2017: New policy letter on Subchapter M implementation

This policy letter provide guidance to the Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) and Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as the towing industry on how to obtain initial COIs for greater than the percentage of the towing vessels outlined in 46 CFR 136.202 of 46 CFR Subchapter M.


6/5/2017: How are we doing?

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