4/2/2018: Civil monetary penalty adjustments for inflation

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 was signed into law Nov. 2, 2015. Pursuant to the 2015 Act, all agencies must adjust civil monetary penalties annually and publish the adjustment in the Federal Register. The new penalties will be effective for penalties assessed after April 2, 2018 whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.


3/29/2018: Reminder – application period for Towing Safety Advisory Committee membership open until April 10

The Coast Guard will consider applications for five positions that will be vacant Sept. 30, 2018: Two positions representing the barge and towing industry, reflecting a regional geographical balance; one position representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry; one position representing shippers; and one position drawn from the general public to serve as a Special Government Employee. To be eligible, applicants should have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience regarding shallow-draft inland, coastal waterway, and offshore, navigation and towing safety.


3/29/2018: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee vacancies

The Coast Guard will consider applications for eight positions that become vacant Sept. 16, 2018. The membership categories are: Chemical manufacturing, marine handling or transportation of chemicals, vessel design and construction, marine safety or security, and marine environmental protection. Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before May 29, 2018.


3/28/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee vacancies

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking applications until April 27, 2018, for membership on the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee. This Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security through the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant on matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage, including review of proposed Great Lakes pilotage regulations and policies. To be eligible, applicants should have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience regarding the regulations and policies on the pilotage vessels on the Great Lakes, and at least five years of practical experience in maritime operations.


3/23/2018: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee vacancies

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction. Applicants selected for service on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee via this solicitation will not begin their respective terms until Jan. 31, 2019.


3/20/2018: National Boating Safety Advisory Council vacancies

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council advises the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety regulations and other major boating safety matters. Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard by May 21, 2018.


3/20/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference April 11, 2018.


3/19/2018: Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations Final Rule published

The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to eliminate outdated regulations that imposed unnecessary screening requirements on cruise ships and cruise ship terminals. This final rule replaces these outdated regulations with simpler, consolidated regulations that provide efficient and clear requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and persons on a cruise ship. This final rule will enhance the security of cruise ship terminals and allow terminal operators to use effective screening mechanisms with minimal impact to business operations.


3/19/2018: Updated marine casualty reporting property damage thresholds Final Rule published

This final rule changes the reportable marine casualty property damage threshold amount from $25,000 to $75,000. This final rule also changes the serious marine incident property damage threshold from $100,000 to $200,000.


2/27/2018: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet in Oakland, California, March 20-21, 2018, to review and discuss various issues relating to national maritime security. All meetings will be open to the public.


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