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.

5/31/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Bollard failures at marine facilities

The Office of Investigations and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 06-18, “Don’t Let Your Vessel Get Underway Unexpectedly: Bollard Failures at Marine Facilities,” to inform mariners of recent reports of shore side marine bollard failures whereby moored vessels were cast adrift. In some cases this resulted in damage to the involved vessel as well as other nearby vessels and shore side structures.

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.

5/18/2018: Navigation Safety Advisory Council vacancies

The Navigation Safety Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings, and groundings; Inland Rules of the Road; International Rules of the Road; navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety; and aids to navigation systems. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before July 17, 2018.

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.

4/10/2018: National Boating Safety Advisory Council appoints new members

The Coast Guard appointed 15 new members representing state boating safety officials, recreational vessel and equipment manufacturers, and national recreating boating organizations. Each member holds office for a term of up to three years.

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.

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