6/21/2018: Posidonia 2018 – The role of safety management systems in the next chapter of shipping

In the fourth and final post in our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia earlier this month, we share a condensed version of remarks by Rear Adm. John to a group of young maritime professionals and junior seafarers on the next chapter of shipping and the impacts of digitalization and the role of Safety Management Systems.


6/20/2018: GPS satellite maintenance

GPS users should be aware that there may be a short period of high Horizontal Dilution of Precision (HDOP) / Position Dilution of Precision (PDOP) in two locations June 22-23, 2018.


6/20/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Ballast water management regulations, global trends in the 21st Century

In part three of our Posidonia series, we share a condensed version of Rear Adm. John Nadeau’s remarks given during a conference jointly sponsored by the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and the International Propeller Club in Port of Piraeus. Nadeau talks further about ballast water management regulations, and then closes with a discussion on global trends and the impacts to the Marine Transportation System.


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.


6/4/2018: New commandant takes helm

Adm. Karl Schultz relieved Adm. Paul Zukunft as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change-of-command ceremony held Friday at Coast Guard Headquarters. Zukunft also retired from the Coast Guard after 41 years of service to the nation as part of the same ceremony and received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from President Donald J. Trump.


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.


5/11/2018: New policy letter available regarding Equivalency Determination – FRP gratings conforming to ASTM F3059

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards published Policy Letter 01-18: “Equivalency Determination-FRP Gratings Conforming to ASTM F3059,” that provides guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic gratings as equivalent to steel on inspected vessels, including mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms.


5/4/2018: “Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training” webinar sessions for AMSC members offered during May 2018

The Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance, in coordination with ABS Group, will provide four opportunities for Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) members to take “Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training” via webinar throughout May 2018.


05/03/2018: MSIB 04-18 Concentrated Inspection Campaign: Open Lifeboats

As noted in the Commandant’s Final Action Memo on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro, the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is initiating a Concentrated Inspection Campaign for all U.S. flag vessels fitted with open lifeboats. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that these critical lifesaving appliances are maintained in working order and ready for immediate use.


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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