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.


11/7/2018: Updated Plan Review Guidelines from Marine Safety Center

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons will regularly announce when the Marine Safety Center posts updated Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines. This post contains the updates for October.


11/2/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for IMO’s 121st session of IMO’s Council

This open public meeting will be held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.


10/25/2018: Harmonization of fire protection equipment standards for towing vessels

The Coast Guard is finalizing the interim final rule “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment” effective Nov. 26, 2018, to align fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


10/24/2018: Coast Guard to present during ASTM International’s automation and cybersecurity workshop

The workshop provides a forum for the exchange of ideas related to the operation of autonomous vessels in the maritime sector, as well as ship automation and cyber risk management in the maritime domain. The objective is to identify potential opportunities for standards and related products applicable to advancements in automation, autonomous shipping, and maritime-specific cyber risk management issues.


10/12/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Fortifying the U.S. cyber protection and response posture

As one of the lead agencies tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the Marine Transportation System and maritime critical infrastructure and key resources, the Coast Guard has invested heavily in cyber risk management efforts. These efforts focus on the Coast Guard Cyber Strategy’s three strategic priorities of: defending cyberspace, enabling operations, and protecting infrastructure. The Coast Guard has approached these priorities through various policies, guidelines, and other initiatives both internally and through collaborative efforts. In the second installment of our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month series, we discuss a few of the cyber-focused initiatives the Coast Guard is leading, either in effect or in development, that will help to continue fortifying our nation’s cyber protection and response posture.


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


10/5/2018: National Academies releases report on Coast Guard vessel stability regulations

In September 2017, the Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards asked the National Academies, through the Transportation Research Board Marine Board, to review Coast Guard regulations and policy documents that establish stability requirements for U.S. Flag vessels. The National Academies formed a committee whose members have expertise in naval architecture, vessel design, ship construction, regulation and inspection activity, safety standards development, and marine transportation and vessel operations.


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