07/17/2018: New Ship Structure Committee report released: SSC-474

The Ship Structure Committee announced the publication of a new report, SSC-474, titled “Structural Assessment of Aged Ships,” by Mr. Gregory Walker, Mr. Brendan Connell and Mr. Sean Kery of CSRA. The report describes the development of an assessment process to accurately predict the survivability of a corrosion-degraded ship in specific wave conditions.


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 […]


7/2/2018: 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.


6/21/2018: Posidonia 2018 – The role of safety management systems in the next chapter of shipping

In the fourth and final post in our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia earlier this month, we share a condensed version of remarks by Rear Adm. John to a group of young maritime professionals and junior seafarers on the next chapter of shipping and the impacts of digitalization and the role of Safety Management Systems.


6/20/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Ballast water management regulations, global trends in the 21st Century

In part three of our Posidonia series, we share a condensed version of Rear Adm. John Nadeau’s remarks given during a conference jointly sponsored by the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and the International Propeller Club in Port of Piraeus. Nadeau talks further about ballast water management regulations, and then closes with a discussion on global trends and the impacts to the Marine Transportation System.


6/19/2018: Marine Safety Alert – A PFD that’s unwearable makes an emergency situation worse

The Office of Investigations and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 11-18 to raise awareness of potentially
dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices. During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency.


6/19/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Role of the Regulator

In part two of our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau continues his discussion at the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association’s conference on air emissions, shifting to the role of the regulator in the fast-past and ever-changing global maritime shipping industry, all in the context of ballast water management regulations.


6/18/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Coast Guard perspective on IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, represented the U.S. Coast Guard at the Posidonia international shipping conference in Athens, Greece earlier this month and participated in several panel discussions on topics relevant to the international maritime community. This post kicks off a four-part series highlighting Nadeau’s presentations, for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference. In our first post, Nadeau gives his perspective on enforcement of the upcoming IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.


6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

The Coast Guard congratulates the Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee as the recipient of the 2017 AMSC of the Year award. The award is based on outstanding achievements and contributions in safeguarding the Marine Transportation System, including port areas, adjacent waterways, coastal and/or shore areas, waterfront facilities, and other maritime critical infrastructure and key assets.


6/14/2018: Maritime Commons launches official LinkedIn page

We have launched an official Showcase Page on the Coast Guard’s enterprise LinkedIn account as another opportunity for us to communicate with you, the maritime professional, on the latest Coast Guard issues and topics that affect you.


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