6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

The Coast Guard congratulates the Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee as the recipient of the 2017 AMSC of the Year award. The award is based on outstanding achievements and contributions in safeguarding the Marine Transportation System, including port areas, adjacent waterways, coastal and/or shore areas, waterfront facilities, and other maritime critical infrastructure and key assets.


6/14/2018: Maritime Commons launches official LinkedIn page

We have launched an official Showcase Page on the Coast Guard’s enterprise LinkedIn account as another opportunity for us to communicate with you, the maritime professional, on the latest Coast Guard issues and topics that affect you.


6/11/2018: Three Marine Safety Alerts – High levels of hydrogen sulfide gas; water slides aboard commercial vessels; Gulf Coast vessels and blended fuel oils

The Office of Investigations and Analysis issued three Marine Safety Alerts to warn mariners of several potentially dangerous conditions that owners, operators, and captains should be on the lookout for onboard their vessels.


5/21/2018: U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-008 – Global Measles Outbreak

As a courtesy to our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing the content of U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-008 to alert mariners that the Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles Outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.


5/17/2018: Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s panel session with assistant commandant for prevention policy and BSEE director

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, recently joined Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle for a panel session during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The session, moderated by Charlie Williams with Center for Offshore Safety, was part of COS’s Senior Regulatory Leadership Perspective series on Safety, Safety Management, and Future Regulatory Activity.


5/14/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Implementing an internal reporting system may reduce risks

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that owners and operators consider the value of implementing reporting systems recognizing that such reporting can assist them in remaining compliant with various domestic and international requirements. Reporting will allow the owner and operator to become knowledgeable of issues related vessel material safety, operational safety and environmental concerns. This additional awareness allows management control and may reduce the impact of costs associated with repairs, environmental penalties, injuries and other circumstances before they become problematic to the owner and operator.


5/9/2018: Date set for formal public hearing for Bouchard No. 255 Tank Barge

The hearing will convene at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston July 16-27, 2018, to consider evidence related to the explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of life that occurred onboard the Bouchard No. 255 Tank Barge off the coast of Texas in 2017.


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.


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