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 […]


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.


2/26/2018: Interim rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment

This interim final rule applies changes made by the 2016 final rule to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection requirements to inspected towing vessels will align regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


2/23/2018: Notice of public meeting: IMO Subcommittee on Ships Systems and Equipment

The U.S. State Dept. will conduct a meeting, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, to prepare for the fifth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 12-16, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.


1/18/2018: Coast Guard to provide update on implementation of new lifejacket standards

Coast Guard representatives will participate in a WebEx teleconference hosted by the Lifejacket Association Wednesday, January 24, to provide an update on the status of the U.S. and Canadian implementation of lifejacket safety requirements and testing methods.


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.


10/1/2017: 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.


9/26/2017: Marine Safety Alert 09-17 Leaky Lifejacket Lights

The Coast Guard recently received a safety bulletin from Cruise Lines International Association that reported problems with lifejacket lights. The bulletin relates to Alcares water activated flashing lifejacket light, models Jack A1-ALK and Jack ARH-ALK.


9/22/2017: What happens to Coast Guard Type Approval when a manufacturer goes out of business?

All equipment manufactured during the validity of the type approval certificate remains “Approved” as long as it is manufactured, installed, and operated according to the terms of the type approval certificate. This post provides information about how the transfer of ownership or system alteration impacts the certificate’s validity.


9/5/2017: Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention, gives keynote at International Safety @ Sea Conference

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. John Nadeau recently spoke at the International Safety @ Sea Conference in Singapore, organized by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. The conference was convened to share best practices for safety at sea and included over 250 international maritime professionals. Nadeau’s keynote address August 22 kicked off a week of activity that included the inaugural ‘Community of Practice’ Forum, where 23 different maritime administrations, classification societies and NGOs focused on the topic of ferry safety.


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