1/3/2019: EPIRBs and false alerts

After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the Coast Guard is urging anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device. Owners of commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people, and uninspected commercial vessels are legally required to carry an EPIRB. However, the Coast Guard recommends that every mariner who transits offshore or on long voyages should carry an EPIRB.


12/26/2018: Third party oversight – one year after the commandant’s Final Action Memo on the El Faro sinking

On Dec. 22, 2017, the commandant of the Coast Guard released the Final Action Memo for the Report of the Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking of the steam ship El Faro and the loss of its 33 crewmembers. In the FAM, the commandant signaled the Coast Guard’s commitment to making improvements to prevent similar marine casualties. This post highlights the actions taken to address gaps in third party oversight and the Alternate Compliance Program in the year since the FAM was released.


12/20/2018: Clean Gulf 2018 Recap – Incident response lessons learned

Staff from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi attended the Clean Gulf conference in New Orleans last month and had the opportunity to talk about lessons the responders learned from two significant marine casualty incidents. In this post, Maritime Commons is providing an overview of the presentations for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference.


12/18/2018: Comment period extended – Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the public comment period on the Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual notice of availability until Feb. 13, 2019.


12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting Jan. 16, 2019, led by the Coast Guard, in preparation for the sixth session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at the IMO Headquarters in London in February.


11/16/2018: Recap of recent National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

Committee members discussed topics such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security, the port security grant program, and CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, a voluntary program through which CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.


10/30/2018: Rear Adm. John Nadeau remarks on the safety, security of the Marine Transportation System

Earlier this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, addressed American Waterways Operators members during AWO’s Fall Convention in Houston. Nadeau discussed the importance of the Marine Transportation System to the U.S. economy and national security and Coast Guard and maritime stakeholder contributions to a safe and secure MTS. Maritime Commons is posting an abbreviated version of his remarks for the benefit of our readers unable to attend. The remarks are not ‘as delivered.’


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


10/10/2018: Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees

In an effort to better recognize those companies, operators, and vessels that have earned the E-Zero designation on their QUALSHIP 21 certificate, Maritime Commons will periodically publish the names of the latest vessels to earn the E-Zero designation.


10/1/2018: Credentials lost due to Hurricane Florence

In accordance with Federal Regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Florence or subsequent flooding.


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