1/2/2019: Minimum random drug testing rate set at 50 percent

The Coast Guard has increased the minimum random drug testing rate for 2019 as a result of Drug and Alcohol Management Information System data for the most recent reporting year indicating that the positive rate is greater than one percent.


12/21/2018: Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments as part of an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.


12/18/2018: Comment period extended – Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the public comment period on the Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual notice of availability until Feb. 13, 2019.


12/7/2018: Coast Guard seeking applicants to Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards and other matters as assigned by the Commandant. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before February 4, 2019.


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.


12/6/2018: Coast Guard seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents; medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels; medical examiner education; and medical research. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2019.


11/20/2018: Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference Dec. 5, 2018, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the committee. This teleconference will be open to the public.


11/13/2018: Coast Guard seeking public comments on draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate.


11/5/2018: Tankers-automatic pilot systems Final Rule published

This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction and updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems.


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.


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