7/16/2018: Covered areas on open decks – risks and requirements for passenger vessels

The evolution of passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. This is particularly evident on open deck areas where the current trend to situate a variety of cooking, dining, and entertainment options has increased the fire risk. When combined with an overhanging deck, awning, or similar covered area, these risks are compounded. This post provides information and guidance to minimize the risk of fires stemming from overhanging decks on board passenger ships.


07/13/2018: Public hearing being held July 16 in Houston, Texas, for Bouchard No. 255 tank barge incident

The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning July 16, 2018, at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston to consider evidence related to an incident that occurred aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge. The hearing will continue to July 27, 2018.


7/10/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise summer newsletter highlights most common reasons for PSC detentions, deficiencies

The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in Ft. Lauderdale recently released its semi-annual newsletter and Maritime Commons will be releasing individually several of the articles that we think will be of particular interest to our readers. For more information about the CSNCOE, or to […]


6/25/2018: Recent law enforcement case highlights dangers of illegal passenger vessel charter operations

In November, we published a blog post on illegal passenger vessel operations and the risk they pose to public safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators. In this post, we highlight a recent case in Miami as an example of the dangers associated with illegal charter operations and the importance of a coordinated effort between federal and local law enforcement authorities and the passenger vessel industry to combat the problem.


6/20/2018: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting last month to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. The Coast Guard/PVA partnership was established in 1996 as a non-regulatory mechanism for cooperative, informal, consistent and structured activities to address issues of passenger, personnel, and property safety, and environmental protection within the domestic passenger industry. This post offers an overview of the discussions as well as updates on the partnership’s on going work.


6/19/2018: Marine Safety Alert – A PFD that’s unwearable makes an emergency situation worse

The Office of Investigations and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 11-18 to raise awareness of potentially
dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices. During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency.


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.


6/1/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Ethylene vapors activate carbon monoxide alarm

The Office of Investigations and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 07-18, “Ethylene vapors activate Carbon Monoxide alarm: Take action, retreat, and avoid harm,” regarding reports that Port State Control Officers received alarms on their portable 4 gas meters giving a reading of 60 to 100 parts per-million carbon monoxide during a recent examination of a liquefied gas carrier that had cargo tanks containing ethylene vapors.


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