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.


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.


3/20/2018: Recap of the 5th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response

The 5th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response was held at IMO Headquarters in London from February 5-9, 2018. This post provides a summary of the work completed by PPR 5 and its working groups on air quality, ballast water management, safety of pollution hazards of chemicals, and oil pollution, preparedness, response and co-operation.


3/16/2018: Summary of latest Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

Public subcommittee meetings were held March 6-7, culminating in the full committee meeting March 8. This post provides an overview of the activities of the security, liquefied gas, hazardous substance response plan, and regulatory reform subcommittees.


3/15/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – IMO and environmental standards

Jeff Lantz, director of commercial regulations and standards, briefed conference attendees on the leading environmental issues the International Maritime Organization is facing. Lantz’s presentation was part of a panel titled, “The Economic Calculus of 2020.” Other members of the panel included executives from Exxon, Marsoft, Inc., Alternative Marine Technologies, GTT North America, and Methanex Corp. Neville Smith with Mariner Communications moderated the session.


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.


3/12/2018: 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.


3/7/2018: Rear Adm. Nadeau hosts Benkert award recipients for presentation ceremony in New Orleans

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented awards to the five winners of the William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence, during a ceremony in New Orleans, March 2, 2018. Maritime Commons announced the winners in a post Feb. 22, 2018, but we are sharing additional details about the achievements that earned them this prestigious award.


3/7/2018: Invitation to participate in Area Contingency Planning survey

The Coast Guard, along with its National Response Team partners, is requesting anyone with preparedness and response experience to complete a national online survey. The survey will be open from March 1st – April 30th, 2018. The time needed to complete the survey should range from 10‐25 minutes.


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