9/6/2018: Change 1 to NVIC 01-09, Voluntary Compliance with International Sewage Regulations

The purpose of NVIC 01-09, Change 1 is to provide additional guidance for vessel owners or operators as well as manufacturers of any shipboard sewage processing equipment, including facilities that test shipboard sewage and related processing equipment, to voluntarily request U.S. Coast Guard certification of compliance with international sewage regulations in Annex IV to MARPOL 73/78.


8/24/2018: Updated Plan Review Guidelines from Marine Safety Center

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons will occasionally announce when the Marine Safety Center makes updates to Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines posted to its website. This post provides links to the PRGs updated during the month of July 2018.


8/20/2018: Lifejacket approval harmonization

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a policy letter to harmonize personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs.


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.


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