4/9/2018: Recap of the 5th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The Sub-Committee established three ad hoc working groups on fire protection, life-saving appliances, and the development of measures for onboard lifting appliances and winches, and an ad hoc drafting group on the develop of guidelines for cold ironing of ships.


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.


3/29/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – The critical role of integrating new technology within the regulatory approval process

Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2018 may be over, but Maritime Commons continues to bring you coverage of Coast Guard presentations from the conference. In this post, the chief of the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing discusses autonomous vessel technology and the regulatory approval process.


3/22/2018: Marine Safety Alert 03-18 – Zipper adhesive failure impacting immersion suits

During a recent inspection, U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control examiners discovered a significant flaw involving almost all of a vessel’s immersion suits. The examiners noted that the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit had failed.


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.


3/13/2018: 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.


3/13/2018: Activating a Vessel Response Plan

The implications of VRP activation are significant and a clear understanding is essential. Failure to activate a plan quickly or failure to use pre-contracted resources can result in delayed response and exacerbate potential environmental damages. In this post, we will attempt to clarify when plan activation occurs and which situations require plan activation.


3/12/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – Summary of remarks by Asst Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. John Nadeau

Rear Adm. Nadeau’s remarks focused on Port State Control for the past year and ballast water management compliance and extensions. Nadeau said his goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and efficient Marine Transportation System by focusing on oversight of recognized organizations, SMS effectiveness, cyber risk management, and future implications of autonomous vessels.


3/12/2018: Coast Guard, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to begin focused crane inspection campaign

The campaign, scheduled to take place this spring, will involve interagency teams visiting multiple drilling and production units across the Gulf of Mexico. Teams will use a focused inspections protocol to evaluate safety, gather and provide data to BSEE’s Office of Safety Management.


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