4/18/2018: Reminder – Changes to marine casualty reporting property damage thresholds now in effect

This post provides links to updated forms CG-2692 and CG-2692B, which have both been revised to account for the amended marine casualty property damage thresholds published in a Final Rule March 19, 2018. The new thresholds are effective today.


4/9/2018: Inmarsat network migration impact on maritime distress and safety services

Editor’s note: This post was updated April 10, 2018 to reflect that Inmarsat will begin the migration 1400 UTC May 9, 2018 instead of April 16, 2018, as originally announced. For the latest information, visit the Inmarsat website provided in our blog post. Inmarsat announced that it will migrate Inmarsat-C, Mini C, and Fleet77 used for Global Maritime Distress & Safety System, Long Range Identification and Tracking and Ship Security Alerting Systems from their I-3 to their I-4 Network.


4/4/2018: Marine Safety Alert 04/18 – Operation of main propulsion and essential auxiliary machinery

This alert is issued to inform operators of the role that the main propulsion lube oil system was found to have played in the EL FARO casualty. This alert also recommends that operators, especially ship engineers, review the operational procedures and limitations of vital propulsion machinery, and verify compliance with SOLAS, Classification Society and regulatory standards.


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.


3/13/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – Summary of keynote address by Deputy Commandant for Operations, Vice Adm. Charles Ray

Ray’s remarks focused on securing the alignment of safe and efficient commerce. He pointed out that 90 percent of the world trade is carried by shipping and the U.S. alone accounts for 26 percent of the world’s consumer market. The United States is the fifth largest ship-owning country by tonnage and accounts for 986,816 metric tons of goods and services, which equates to 1.47 trillion U.S. dollars.


3/7/2018: Rear Adm. Nadeau hosts Benkert award recipients for presentation ceremony in New Orleans

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented awards to the five winners of the William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence, during a ceremony in New Orleans, March 2, 2018. Maritime Commons announced the winners in a post Feb. 22, 2018, but we are sharing additional details about the achievements that earned them this prestigious award.


3/7/2018: Invitation to participate in Area Contingency Planning survey

The Coast Guard, along with its National Response Team partners, is requesting anyone with preparedness and response experience to complete a national online survey. The survey will be open from March 1st – April 30th, 2018. The time needed to complete the survey should range from 10‐25 minutes.


3/5/2018: Video and transcript of 2018 State of the Coast Guard Address available on line

Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered the State of the Coast Guard Address March 1 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This was Zukunft’s final State of the Coast Guard Address, as he will retire June 1, following the Commandant’s Change of Command.


2/28/2018: Op/Ed piece by Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy

Rear Adm. John Nadeau was invited to submit an opinion/educational article for the February 2018 edition of Marine News Magazine. In the article, Nadeau provides his views on the Coast Guard’s responsibility to safeguard the Marine Transportation System and enable the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce.


2/28/2018: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft will deliver the 2018 State of the Coast Guard Address, March 1, 2018, at the National Press Club, beginning at 2 p.m. The address will be available via livestream.


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