1/19/2018: Summary of Congressional testimony on the state of U.S. flag maritime industry

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. John Nadeau testified Jan. 17, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, during a hearing on the state of the U.S. flag maritime industry. Testifying alongside Nadeau was Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark “Buz” Busby, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Nadeau’s verbal remarks focused on the Coast Guard’s responsibility to protect the 25,000 mile marine transportation system that supports 250,000 American jobs and $4.5 trillion of economic activity every year.


1/12/2018: Release of Offshore Operations and Passenger Vessel Cybersecurity Framework profiles

These profiles reflect how organizations align the NIST framework’s cybersecurity activities, outcomes, and informative references to organizational business requirements, risk tolerances, and resources. They outline a desired minimum state of cybersecurity and cyber risk management, and provide the opportunity to plan for future business decisions.


1/11/2018: Admiral Benkert award submission deadline extended

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announced that the application deadline for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award is extended to January 26, 2018.


1/9/2018: Ship Structure Committee soliciting research ideas for 2018 Project Year

The SSC is seeking research ideas within four focus areas: 1) Structural Lifetime Extension; 2) Arctic Construction, Operations, Technologies, and Effects; 3) Composite Materials; and 4) SSC Follow-Up Report. All submissions much reach the SSC Executive Director by Feb. 28, 2018.


12/19/2017: Don’t miss the January 12 deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Adm. Benkert award for excellence in environmental protection

Started in 1995, the award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations which have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. It also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling and training while providing a means to share best practices with others in the maritime community.


11/20/2017: Update on draft NVIC 05-17 – Guidelines for addressing cyber risks at MTSA facilities

Over the coming months, the Coast Guard will evaluate the more than 250 comments received and identify sections of NVIC 05-17 that would benefit from a more detailed explanation to improve clarity. Once the comments have been evaluated and NVIC 05-17 appropriately revised, the final document will be posted to the Federal Register.


11/15/2017: Application period open for Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for excellence in environmental protection

Started in 1995, the award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations which have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment.


11/9/2017: Area Maritime Security Committees 2016 Annual Report – Challenges, Accomplishments, and Best Practices

Annual AMSC reports are an important tool used to compile and share information pertaining to AMSC issues such as: committee organization, training events, challenges, accomplishments, best practices, and recommendations. These efforts ensure the Coast Guard and the maritime communities maintain alignment with national preparedness goals, strategies, and reporting requirements, and ultimately serve to improve AMSC effectiveness nationwide.


10/30/2017: Nat’l Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Five key cyber questions and challenges facing the maritime industry

To wrap up this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month series, Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Link with the Office of Port & Facility Compliance, poses five key cyber questions maritime professionals can consider when deciding how to manage risks to cyber systems that are prevalent in our daily lives.