8/8/2018: Termination of U.S. Coast Guard rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC information

The Coast Guard will cease the rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings over High Frequency Simplex Teletype Over Radio service as of Aug. 30, 2018.


8/8/2018: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet September 11-12 to discuss various issues related to personnel in the United States Merchant Marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The meetings will be open to the public.


8/7/2018: Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet September 13-14 in Dania Beach, Florida, to discuss matters relating to medical certification determinations.


8/6/2018: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Polar icebreaker program available for public comment

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment, as lead agency, on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Polar Icebreaker Program’s design and build of up to six polar icebreakers. Comments must be received by Sept. 20, 2018


8/3/2018: Latest developments regarding TWIC Reader Final Rule

Maritime Commons is sharing an update from the Office of Port and Facility Compliance in order to keep our readers informed of the latest developments regarding the TWIC Reader Final Rule.


7/31/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee upcoming meeting and vacancy announcements

The Coast Guard published two notices in the Federal Register regarding the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee announcing the date of the next committee convening, and extending indefinitely the application period for a committee position that will come vacant Sept. 30, 2018.


7/23/2018: 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum

The Global Positioning Systems Directorate has announced the 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum. The meeting will be held Sept. 12, 2018, at the TASC/Engility facility in El Segundo, California, and will be available through teleconference. The purpose of this meeting is to update the public on GPS public document revisions and collect issues/comments for analysis and possible integration into future GPS public document revisions.


7/9/2018: Waterway suitability assessment to increase liquefied natural gas facility berths and vessel traffic; Cameron Parish, Louisiana

The U.S. Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment regarding plans for new berths at an LNG facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and to increase the number of LNG vessels at the facility from 400 to 580 annually. The Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment were submitted by Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. Comments must be received by August 8, 2018.


6/22/2018: Notice of Policy Implementing the 2016 Amendments to STCW in Support of the Polar Code

This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations. This policy is effective June 22, 2018, but the Coast Guard requests public comments on it.


6/22/2018: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – TWIC Reader Rule Delay of Effective Date

The Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register June 22, 2018 to delay the effective date for certain facilities affected by the final rule entitled “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements,” which was published in the Federal Register Aug. 23, 2016. The Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date for two categories of facilities by three years, until Aug. 23, 2021.


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