6/25/2018: Winners of Rear Adm. Bennis recognized for excellence in maritime security

In March, we announced the winners of the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in maritime security. Since April, leaders from around the Coast Guard have presented awards to the five winners. Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, made the final presentation this week, and Maritime Commons is sharing additional details about the achievements that earned the five winners this prestigious award.


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.


2/23/2018: U.S. Dept. of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announces new global shipping advisory regarding sanctions risks related to North Korea’s shipping practices

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued an advisory to alert persons globally to deceptive shipping practices used by North Korea to evade sanctions.


10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


7/20/2017: Change 1 to NVIC 4-87 – Reporting of Inadequate Port Reception Facilities

The change updates guidance for U.S. vessel owners and operators for voluntary reporting of inadequate port reception facilities (PRFs) in countries that are party to Annexes I, II, V, and VI of The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978, as amended, (MARPOL).


6/28/2017: Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection Capt. Josh Reynolds answers questions on building a safety culture vs. a compliance culture in the offshore community

As a follow on to our post covering last month’s Offshore Technology Conference, Maritime Commons is providing a summary of responses to questions asked by attendees during the conference as well questions submitted to conference organizers in advance. All responses were provided by Capt. Joshua Reynolds with the 8th Coast Guard District OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection.


6/5/2017: How are we doing?

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6/5/2017: IOSC Recap #5 – USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to rail incidents planning project

Fifth in our IOSC series is recap of a presentation by Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Wirth, titled “USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to Rail Incidents Planning Project.” Wirth responded to two train derailments, first in Paulsboro, N.J., and then barely a year later, a second in Philadelphia. Her talk focuses on the importance of working with all stakeholders in the area and how they addressed the challenges resulting from increased rail transport of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and Bakken crude oils through the maritime environment.


1/31/2017: Changes to Navigation Center website

The Coast Guard Navigation Center has implemented a small but important change to its website address.


9/1/2016: Gaining insight on cyber risk management

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, recently met with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Cyber Resilience for an open discussion regarding cyber risk management in the marine transportation system (MTS).


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