2/15/2019: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The full Committee will meet on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Houston.


2/14/2019: Two new marine safety information bulletins for OCS vessels now available

The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.


2/6/2019: Notice of public meeting – IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The Department of State will conduct a meeting, open to the public, led by the Coast Guard. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the sixth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 4-8, 2019.


2/5/2019: Commandant discusses Arctic, Subchapter M, and more in INSIGHTS interview

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz recently did an interview with Marine Link Magazine staff for its Jan. 30, 2019, edition of INSIGHTS. During the interview, Schultz discussed a variety of issues relavent to the maritime industry, and as a courtesy Maritime Commons is providing a link to the article in an effort to keep our subscribers informed.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


1/15/2019: Notice of Postponement: Public Meeting for IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

Due to the government shut down, the public meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 to discuss U.S. positions on agenda items at the upcoming sixth session of the International Maritime Organization’s Ship Design and Construction Sub-Committee has been postponed.


12/21/2018: Adoption of RTCM Standard 13200.0 for electronic visual distress signal devices

In this post, the Coast Guard announced release of new guidance for acceptance of electronic visual distress signal devices that are evaluated as meeting the design and performance requirements of the recently published Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.


12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting Jan. 16, 2019, led by the Coast Guard, in preparation for the sixth session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at the IMO Headquarters in London in February.


11/28/2018: Marine Safety Center review of rigid hull inflatable vessels

The MTN provides an alternative design standard equivalent to certain regulatory requirements found in 46 CFR Subchapters T and S for rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar small passenger vessels.


11/8/2018: Avoiding tragedy 100 years after Princess Sophia sinking

Many of the safety items that Coast Guard foreign passenger vessel examiners check for are directly related to the lessons learned from the Princess Sophia disaster. For example, the primary cause of the grounding was a loss of awareness of the navigational picture that allowed the vessel to strike a charted and well-known hazard. As part of a cruise ship examination, the exam team checks the functionality of navigational equipment such as electronic charting systems, radars, and depth sounders, as well as the ship crew’s proficiency with using these systems. The team also reviews crewmembers’ licenses and training certificates to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications to fill these key shipboard positions. In this post, read about how, the past 100 years have allowed for the development of robust regulations to ensure the safety of all passengers booking passage on one of these non-U.S. vessels.


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