4/13/2018: 2017 Port State Control Annual Report posted

This report marks another year of PSC activities and provides the global maritime industry key statistics and trends related to compliance with U.S. and international regulations.


4/6/2018: 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.


1/30/2018: Cruise Ship NCOE releases updated Field Notice 01-18, “Tender & Excursion Vessels”

Field Notice 01-18 provides amplifying guidance explaining the difference between a tender vessel and an excursion vessel onboard a foreign passenger vessel. This notice is intended for foreign passenger vessels operating in the U.S. using small vessels stored onboard the ship for excursion activities. Editor’s note: This is an update to the Field Notice 01-18 released Jan. 24, 2018.


1/24/2018: Cruise Ship NCOE issues field notice regarding tender and excursion vessels

Editor’s note: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-18, “Tender & Excursion Vessels” is being updated and is temporarily unavailable. We will repost the Field Notice as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.


1/24/2018: Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees

Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees under the Coast Guard’s QUALSHIP 21 program! QUALSHIP 21 recognizes foreign ships that have demonstrated the highest commitment to maintaining strict compliance with U.S. and international safety, security and environmental regulations.


1/17/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course

The Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner (FPVE) Course three times each year and is open to select segments of industry and Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and civilian members. The course is designed to provide instruction on the process for conducting foreign passenger vessel exams.


11/24/2017: Congratulations to the latest QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero designees

Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees under the Coast Guard’s QUALSHIP 21 program! QUALSHIP 21 recognizes foreign ships that have demonstrated the highest commitment to maintaining strict compliance with U.S. and international safety, security and environmental regulations.


11/22/2017: Notice of public meeting: International standards pertaining to maintenance, repair and training of servicing technicians for lifeboats, rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public town hall meeting December 11, 2017, to disseminate information related to the 2020 entry into force of international standards affecting the testing and maintenance of lifeboats, rescue boats and launching appliances, and authorization of service providers. This meeting pertains to new requirements the IMO adopted in 2016 related to maintenance of lifesaving equipment on vessels subject to SOLAS.


10/5/2017: Congratulations to first round of E-Zero certificate holders

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


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.


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